New Indiegogo Campaign – Soapberry

tree-to-tubI love crowd funding, I am always surprised with the innovated gadgets and products.  Today I learned about a new Indiegogo campaign that will be launching on 11/1/ 2016. The campaign is for Soapberry which is the the world’s most gentle soap.

I was informed that 99% of body care products rely on harsh synthetic lather – even so-called “natural” options. Tree To Tub, will be the first to harness the Soapberry – an ultra-gentle, self-lathering fruit that will completely replace chemical lather. The Soapberry lather washes off every dirt and grime while protecting your vital natural oils.soapberry

I am huge on volunteering or contributing and admire companies that proactively help different organizations. When you purchase Soapberry Tree to Tub will donate percentages of our campaign funding in your name to the Mending Kids International charity. How awesome is that?!

I will be receiving some samples soon and will post all my findings on either Cutegeek or Hi-Tech Chic. For more information or to purchase Soapberry products click here.

Information and images provided by Tree to Tub 

Elgato Introduces Eve – the World’s First Wall Switch for the Apple HomeKit

eve-lightRecently I installed the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch: throughout my condo. I decided on the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch because it was the easiest to install due to it not having to be hard wired to the light switch. It was also less expensive but I was curious how other light switches compare.

Today Elgato launched the Eve Light Switch which is the world’s first light switch designed for the Apple HomeKit and is a more permanent installation versus my Philips Hue Dimmer Switch which runs on batteries. While wondering if I should go out and purchase the new Eve Light Switch I decided to do a comparison of both products before I change out one switch for the other. Below are my findings and  comparison of Eve Light SwitchPhilips Hue Dimmer Switch, and the Philips Hue Tap Switch to help you  make an educated decision on which light switch works for your home. Also below is the pricing and links to all three switches.

Elgato Eve Light Switch: $50.00


  • Hardwired wall switch replacement – requires professional installation or a savvy DIYer who is comfortable replacing a wall switch, shutting off power at the breaker, etc.
    • Single pole switches only – will not work with 3-pole switches
  • Only compatible with Apple HomeKit and Apple devices (no android)
  • Does not require a special Hub to make it work
    • Uses Bluetooth low-energy technology to connect directly to iPad, iPhone and AppleTV – this makes it more secure than WiFi
    • To control remotely from outside the house, an iPad, iPhone or AppleTV must be near the switch to make a Bluetooth connection
  • Does not require smart bulbs – so you could use your existing bulbs
    • You’ll save money on smart bulbs, which cost between $15-50 per bulb but the switch cost $50 and can only control the light the switch belongs to or can be programmed in the app to activate “scenes” if there are other Eve Light Switches in the house
    • If you do have smart bulbs as well, the switch will always be in sync with the bulbs – this means if someone turns the lights off from the switch, you can still turn them back on/off from the app vs. our house that has the old switches too and if you turn those off, you cannot control the smart bulbs at all.
  • Does not also serve as a remote – you cannot pull the switch off the wall and use it on the couch like we can do with Philips Hue Dimmer Switch and Philips Hue Tap Switch (the round one).
  • Can be controlled by voice through Siri
    • Requires Apple HomeKit (AppleTV + Apple Home app)
    • It doesn’t look like you can dim the lights from the switch – you can dim lights from the app
  • Aesthetically, it’s a nicer/cleaner looking switch
  • Eve Light Switch is much more comparable to Lutron Caseta switches vs. Philips Hue Dimmer Switch (which I currently have)

Philips Hue Dimmer Switch: $25 (or $35 bundled with one smart bulb)phillip

  • Completely wireless – does not require professional installation or dealing with shutting off power, risking shocking yourself, etc.
    • Switch can be installed anywhere, even where there is no existing light switch and can be screwed into the wall or simply pasted using the included double-sided tape so you make no holes and can easily move in the future
    • Switch is removable from the wall plate (magnets hold it in place) to be used as a remote anywhere in the house
    • Switch runs on batteries
  • Works straight out of the box with no setup if purchased with a bundled smart bulb
    • Doesn’t require the Philips Hue bridge if you just want to use it with the bulb it came with
    • If purchased as a standalone switch, it will need to be set up in the Philips Hue app and requires the Philips Hue bridge to connect with other smart bulbs in the house
  • Uses Zigbee wireless technology (the standard for smart home) making it compatible with many smart bulbs and hubs on the market, not just Philips Hue
  • It can be programmed to control and dim any single smart bulb or group of bulbs in the house
  • If you’re just getting into smart home lighting, this is the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get started. Especially good for those who aren’t sure they want to invest in smart home or for those who rent vs. own and don’t want to make a permanent installation – when you move, you just take your smart bulbs and dimmer switches with you. No need to un-install and replace with the old switches.

Philips Hue Tap Switch: $50phillip-tap

  • Requires Philips Hue bridge
  • Controls “scenes” only – So like ours, we have it programmed for “Movie” “TV” and “Full Bright” scenes
  • Completely wireless – does not require professional installation or dealing with shutting off power, risking shocking yourself, etc.
    • Switch can be installed anywhere, even where there is no existing light switch and can be screwed into the wall or simply pasted using the included double-sided tape so you make no holes and can easily move in the future
    • Switch is removable from the wall plate (it clicks into place, no magnets) to be used as a remote anywhere in the house
    • Does not run on batteries. Uses a small burst of kinetic energy when you push the button. No batteries ever!
  • Round design makes it look strange and not as obvious that it’s a light switch or what the buttons do.

After reading this what switch do you think you would purchase and why? Below is a contact form that will go directly to me where you can contact me and tell me what switch you decided for your home.

Good luck on your light switch search!

Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation Awards Giant Destination Mars Map™ to Space Foundation

discoverymEarlier this month President Obama announced they have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space. The main goal is sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ambition to one day remain there for an extended time.

Per Obama getting to Mars will require continued cooperation between government and private innovators and believes we are already well on our way. He also stated that within the next two years, private companies will for the first time send astronauts to the International Space Station.

One of the many questions about Mars exploration is do we have a realistic map of Mars. Though we don’t have a highly detailed map what we do have is a 25 by 25 foot Giant Destination Mars Map™ that is located at the Space Foundation‘s Lockheed Martin Space Education Center located in the Discovery Center.  The Giant Destination Mars Map™ depicts the Mars MOLA image, which measures the elevation of the surface features of Mars, and it includes the landing locations of NASA Mars robots.

Currently the Space Foundation, in conjunction with the Mars Robotics Laboratory, is using the Giant Destination Mars Map™ for research to cover topics on map reading, latitude/longitude comprehension, topographical map comprehension, mission planning, spatial awareness, scale models and other Mars-related lessons. Within the next two years, private companies will for the first time send astronauts to the International Space Station.

Like a geek I love anything about space, I could watch hours of documentaries on the topic. I’m am stoked on the progress we are making to one day visit Mars as an American citizen regardless if we are astronauts or not.  We are in exciting times, if only we could figure out beaming my life would be complete.

Below is the Official Press Release with more information on the Giant Destination Mars Map™. Enjoy!

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 26, 2016) — The newest education tool at the Space Foundation’s Lockheed Martin Space Education Center, located at the Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, is a Giant Destination Mars Map™ recently awarded by Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation.

As a Mars Map recipient, the Space Foundation will receive honorary membership into the exclusive ShareSpace Foundation Mars Map Society, a select group of educators around the world who have also received a Mars Map. They have their own space on, where they can discuss Map curriculum, lessons and activities and share photos and video of their students’ work with the Map.

The Map measures 25 feet by 25 feet, allowing an entire class to interact with it. The Map depicts the Mars MOLA image, which measures the elevation of the surface features of Mars, and it includes the landing locations of NASA Mars robots.

The Space Foundation is using the Map in conjunction with the Discovery Center’s Mars Robotics Laboratory to cover topics that include map reading, latitude/longitude comprehension, topographical map comprehension, mission planning, spatial awareness, scale models and other Mars-related lessons.

Last school year, the Space Foundation served more than 20,000 students and teachers with standards-based, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. A quarter of these students were low-income and under-represented, and were able to come on field trips to the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs because of scholarship funding.

Because the Space Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, philanthropy is critical to its education mission to inspire and build a STEM-based workforce and the next generation of explorers and innovators. Learn more about Space Foundation education programs at

*Fact and information are from the Space Foundation and Obama quotes from CNN

Press Release: Monster Moto’s Mini Powersport Bikes and Go-Karts

moto-bikesChildren’s toys are so much cooler and hi-tech than when I was a kid and these products are no exception. Today Monster Moto announced their mini powersport line up of gas and electric powered mini bikes and gas powered go-karts. After checking out their product line I was very impressed that they had a pink mini bike for girls called “Muddy Girl.” This a great step in the right direction, I recall the days when there wasn’t many options for women.

The Go-karts are a different beast considering it needs to be rugged however a little bit of a feminine touch would be nice.  Currently they only have two colors, Camo and all black with bold red graphics. I am certain that they will expand this product line in the future.


I think this is an ideal Holiday gift to get the kiddos outside (like we did back in the day) instead of gaming inside all day. Below is the official press release with more information about the Monster Moto powersports line.

RUSTON, La. (Oct. 25, 2016) – Monster Moto, America’s premier powersports producer of off-road mini bikes and go-karts, is gearing up for the holidays with its complete line of gas and electric powered mini bikes and gas powered go-karts. The easy-to-ride mini powersports lineup offers outdoor adventure and limitless fun for kids of all ages, making Monster Moto products the perfect gifts this holiday season.

Launched in 2013, every holiday season Monster Moto products grow in popularity among young riders and adventurers and continue to be the perfect gifts for helping families ditch the electronics and video games to enjoy the outdoors. All of Monster Moto’s mini bikes and go-karts are made with high-quality, reliable components and are capable of delivering years of off-road fun and excitement.

Parents need not worry about spending extensive time assembling the products. Both the gas powered mini bikes and go-karts come 95% assembled and only need a couple of small parts attached with the included tool kit before it is ready to go. The E-Mini Bike also comes nearly fully assembled, needing only the handlebars attached and a full charge before its first use.

“At Monster Moto we know the holidays are very important for quality family time across the U.S., which is why we are so proud that our products create an environment of memory-making for families during this time of the year. We continue to do everything we can to produce top-quality mini bikes and go-karts that are easy to set up and work perfectly right out of the box,” said Alex Keechle, chief executive officer of Monster Moto. “Our customers rely on us and our products to help create special moments in a child’s life, and we take that responsibility very seriously in everything we do.”

Nearly all of Monster Moto current line of products are assembled in its new 100,000 square-foot headquarters in Ruston, La. Monster Moto is currently transitioning all of its assembly operations to the United States and the move has created new jobs while providing positive economic impact to the city of Ruston.

The move to Ruston and other strategic decisions by Monster Moto has provided a real boost in sales and brand recognition. This holiday season, Monster Moto is expected to hit a new milestone of 100,000 units sold.

Monster Moto currently has a variety of key partners that are supporting the custom patterns available on several Monster Motor products including Mossy Oak®, Realtree®, Muddy Girl®, and RCH Racing. Partnerships with several more top brands are already in development.

Monster Moto products are available at and in hundreds of major retail locations throughout the country.

About Monster Moto

Monster Moto is a maker of high quality, affordable mini bikes and go-karts. By 2017, all of Monster Moto’s products will be completely assembled in the United States at the company’s 100,000 square foot production facility in Ruston, La. Founded in 2013, Monster Moto focuses on ensuring all of its mini bikes and go-karts are made with high quality parts and detailed attention to construction to help get kids outside to focus on the important things: enjoying the outdoors, exploring off-road, and making lasting memories with family and friends. Monster Moto stands behind its products with a 90 day warranty, and the company’s customer service center is open seven days a week. Monster Moto also has a 100% spare parts inventory as well as 600 service centers throughout the country. To learn more about Monster Moto, visit or contact

Bose virtual “F1 Garage Experience” and Fan Fest with Facebook

bose1stThough all the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix racing fun was at the Circuit of the Americas, they also had several other events in downtown Austin, Texas as part of the F1 weekend.  I attended 2 of the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix events over the weekend, the Bose virtual “F1 Garage Experience” and Fan Fest.

The first event I attended was the Bose virtual “F1 Garage Experience” in downtown Austin, Texas. The experience starts with putting on the new Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones and going into a dark room which was the size of a one car garage. Once it starts you are transported into the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Garage. Before they start virtually working on the car to be raced the walls and floor light up with a timer, different 3D patterns of the race tracks and other images, and foot prints on the floor walking around the car that you are supposed to step on.bose-car-picWhile wearing the new Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones you can listen in on mechanics talking and also when they begin working on the car. Soon after hearing the mechanics chatting the floor lights with an outline of a race car and you can hear them beginning to work on the car.  At the end the car is ready to hit the tracks and the experience was over. Before I left I also took a few pictures of items on display and this car. All in all is was an awesome experience and I am now a HUGE fan of the Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones.

The following day I went to F1’s Fan Fest in downtown Austin where they closed off 3 blocks on the infamous 6th street for F1 fanatical who aren’t at the races. Fan Fest had live music, car displays, photos, exhibits and the activation booth from Facebook plus Bud Light, Topo Chico, Perky Jerky, and Advance Auto Parts booths.


Besides taking pictures and listening to live bands performing on different roof tops of bars I also checked out Facebook‘s VR Glass Room. I have tried the Oculus Rift many times for VR gaming demos but not for a VR experience of being in another country or in outer space. While waiting in a short line I was asked to take a picture wearing the Facebook branded Gear VR headset. I am convinced no one can look good wearing those. Even the most beautiful woman in the world would look silly wearing a VR headset.

While in line I started talking to the Facebook’s staff members to get the skinny before going in. The Facebook staff informed me the demo was using Gear VR hardware powered by a smartphone for the visuals and audio. That perked my curiosity and made me excited to have this new experience! When I entered the Facebook VR Glass Room I was quickly outfitted with a pair of Facebook’s implementation of Gear VR goggles and geared up for my 2 minute demo. Once it started, I started having the VR experience of being in different lands and outer space. It was amazing since everywhere you would turn (up, down, left right and behind you) it was as if you were really there.fb-fanfest

One of the Asian countries featured in the experience had you on boat (or canoe) and when you would turn behind you there is a person in the boat with you that seemed very real, somewhat spooked me out a tad. I do have to say that since I’ve experienced gaming demos on the higher-end Oculus Rift, the Gear VR’s graphics were not as crisp as I would prefer or have experienced in the past. Regardless the Facebook VR experience was amazing and got me excited to see what the future will hold for VR and Oculus.

I hope all that attended Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix had an amazing time in my hometown Austin, Texas and enjoyed our fabulous BBQ plus all the live music. As this was my first time covering the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix and events I had a blast! Till next year Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix fans!

Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix 2016 Starts Today!


Today is day 1 of the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix that is held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The gates at the Circuit of the Americas will open each day at 7am. The 3-day F1 event will include performances by Taylor Swift and Usher with the Roots on the Super Stage.


On Friday the events at Circuit of the Americas will end by 6:40pm. On Saturday the Taylor Swift concert starts at 7pm and on Sunday the Usher with the Roots concert starts at 6.00. The concerts will be general admission and all holders of a Saturday ticket for USGP weekend (including the 3-Day GA wristband) will have access to the Taylor Swift concert.

For the schedule of F1 events at Circuit of the Americas click here and to buy a tickets plus directions click here.

If you are not going to the Formula 1 Grand Prix races there are still some events in Austin that are Formula 1 themed. Below are some events that are celebrating the Formula 1 races this weekend.



Time: 10:00pm – 4am

Where: 213 West 5th St, Austin, TX View Map


  • DJ Jake Brice
  • Chicken George
  • Go Go Garcia


  • Mixer Rogers
  • DJ Bigface
  • Chorizo Funk



When: 10/17/ 2016 – 10/23/ 2016


  • Monday October 17 through Friday 21st of October from 11AM to 5:30PM
  • Saturday, October 22, from 10AM to 8PM
  • Sunday, October 23, from 10AM to 6PM

Where: 323 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701



Where: 6th Street between San Jacinto Blvd and Neches Street


  • 5 PM – 6 PM: White Ghost Shivers
  • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Wino Vino
  • 8 PM – 9:45 PM: Boss Street Band
  • 10:15 PM – 12:00 AM: Flying Balalaika Brothers


  • 4:30 PM – 6 PM: Peligrosa’s DJ Manolo Black
  • 6:30 PM – 8 PM: Stella Cottrell
  • 8:30 PM – 10 PM: Riders Against The Storm – Body Rock
  • 10:30 PM – 12:00 AML Ducado Vega in celebration of Prince

I have already started celebrating Formula 1 weekend since Thursday where I attended the Chandon and McLaren Enjoy the SPARK with Jenson Button.chandon-event

The drink of the night was created by Jenson Button himself called SPARK by Jenson drink that is made with Chandon’s Brut.  It was delicious! I included the recipe in my post before the event but below is the recipe just in case you didn’t get a chance to read the post.

spark-jThe SPARK by Jenson


  • Ice cubes
  • 68 oz. dry gin
  • 17 oz. lime
  • 1 tsp. vanilla sugar
  • 06 oz. Chandon Brut
  • Twisted lemon peel

Directions: In a Burgundy glass filled with ice, pour the gin, add lime juice and sugar. Mix lightly and fill with Chandon’s Brut. Twist the lemon peel and flame it over the glass using a blowtorch.

During the event Jenson Button did an on stage interview and towards the end there was some Q & A plus you get to get a picture with Jenson Button himself. Here is a video after asked how he got started racing.

Here is another video ask Jenson Button what’s next after he retires from racing. He mentioned he was really into cycling and marathons; maybe that will be what’s next for him. Here is a video with him candidly answering the question.

The Formula 1 fun has just started and today I plan to attend the Bose “F1 Garage Experience” event and Fan Fest, say hi if you see me!

TONIGHT: Chandon & McLaren Formula 1 Cocktails with Jenson Button

Tonight I will be attending the Chandon and McLaren’s Enjoy the SPARK with Jenson Button event in Austin, Texas as we gear up for the 3- Day Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix. The event is in celebration of the newly formed partnership between Chandon and McLaren.


For the celebration Chandon has created two original SPARK cocktails inspired by drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. An original and elegant drink, the SPARK by Jenson is the newest twist to the classic English cocktail Gin & Tonic. Inspired by his Spanish Origins, the SPARK by Fernando blends spice taste profiles featuring pepper paired with grapefruit flavors. Below are the recipes and directions for The SPARK by Jenson and The SPARK by Fernando.

spark-jThe SPARK by Jenson Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes
  • 0.68 oz. dry gin
  • 0.17 oz. lime
  • 1 tsp. vanilla sugar
  • 4.06 oz. Chandon Brut
  • Twisted lemon peel

Directions: In a Burgundy glass filled with ice, pour the gin, add lime juice and sugar. Mix lightly and fill with Chandon Brut. Twist the lemon peel and flame it over the glass using a blowtorch.

spark-aThe SPARK by Fernando Ingredients:

  • Ice cubes to chill
  • 0.33 oz. pink pepper berried syrup
  • 1.35 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 2.03 oz. Chandon Brut
  • 1 chili pepper

Directions: Chill the pink pepper syrup and the grapefruit juice in the mixing glass. Strain the mixture to a flute glass and then add Chandon Brut. Garnish with chili pepper.

Chandon is one of my favorite wineries in Napa Valley to visit when I lived in the Bay Area. I love their wine so much I probably went there more than twice a year when I lived near there. I’m excited to try the cocktails inspired by drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso attend the Q&A panel and also the meet and greet portion of the event.

This should be tons of fun or DANGEROUS since Chandon’s sparkiling and still wines are some of my favorites. I will be tweeting @nrpena, @cutegeek, and @hitechchic using #EnjoytheSpark plus post video’s I can catch on my youtube.

I will also be attending today or in the next few days the Bose “F1 Garage Experience” in Austin per my previous post and will post on the above channels as well.

My first Formula 1 experience is starting off awesome (even though I’m not going to any of the races as of yet). Stay tuned for my recaps of both!



Hot off the press…

Coach is celebrating 75 years of craftsmanship with a global online auction of 48 customized vintage bags beginning October 19th.  The auction will launch online HERE and will be available until October 28th at 5pm EST.

The collection includes newly restored, one-of-a-kind vintage bags and collaborative bags inspired by Lena Dunham, Debbie Harry, Kate Bosworth, Chloe Grace Moretz and more.

The first $50,000 in sales from this auction will benefit The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to ensure the preservation of fashion history and advance fashion as an art form.

Iconic and original Coach silhouettes, including the Duffle (1971), the Saddle (1972) and the Dinky (1980), were customized by hand for the auction according to three different themes:

  • Celebrity-Inspired Bags:  11 pieces featured in the auction are dedicated to Coach Executive Creative Director Stuart Vevers’s long-time friends and muses. Each of these bespoke bags references the individual’s character and personality, and is finished with a Coach hangtag signed by the muse who inspired it. These include the revered Debbie Harry, the ingenious Lena Dunham and the effortlessly cool Kate Bosworth. Other friends of Coach represented include campaign star Chloe Grace Moretz, model Dree Hemingway and more.
  • Bags Customized with Modern Icons and Motifs:  26 bags have been sourced and refurbished and then specially re-worked and crafted in Coach’s leather workshop in NYC. Each personalized bag reflects Coach’s history and quality, but is re-imagined for today’s modern Coach girl with unique design applications like fringe, patches and studs.
  • One-of-a-kind Bags matched to special items and one-of-a-kind experiences:  The last section of the auction features 11 custom packages of bags paired with the items that inspired them — a Duffle covered in pins is offered with the runway jacket it references, and a one-off ‘Dinky’ bag featuring a patched snakeskin version of Rexy The Coach Dinosaur is accompanied by a super-sized 3-D leather Rexy puzzle. Several lots create the opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like attending a Coach runway show in New York City, or having a Coach bag named after you.


  • Stuart Vevers:  “This was a very personal project for me — many who gave their time and love to it are friends we’ve collaborated with since I joined Coach – so it felt like family. I am so happy to be able to support the cause of fashion scholarship and preservation by celebrating Coach’s own heritage and craft with these inventive, unique pieces.”
  • Lena Dunham:  “I have always been an admirer of Stuart’s aesthetic, and I am so honored to be part of Coach’s global auction benefitting The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’ve always wanted to inspire a hoagie sandwich, but a bag is so much better.”


New Technology: 3-D Mammography Helping to Detect Breast Cancer

breast-cancer-ribbonIt seems like every day there is a new 3-D product out and it doesn’t stop at just consumer products but also in the medical field. Recently I learned about the 3-D mammography and how it’s the newest technology to help detect breast cancer faster than the 2-D mammograms plus reduces the number of false positives.

The 3-D mammography recently came to market and not all OBGYN’s have this capability in fact only 50% of the facilities in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium within the United States offer it. Currently many patients are not aware of this new technology. For those who have not been informed or not aware the 3-D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or X-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3-D picture of the breast. You may also hear it called breast tomosynthesis.*


It’s different from traditional mammography in that traditional mammography obtains just a single image. The breast is positioned the same way it is in a conventional mammogram, but only a little pressure is applied — just enough to keep the breast in a stable position during the procedure. The X-ray tube moves in an arc around the breast while 11 images are taken during a 7-second examination. Then the information is sent to a computer, where it is assembled to produce clear, highly focused 3-dimensional images throughout the breast.**

There are still many studies out to prove this will be the new way everyone within the United States will be screened using 3-D mammography but it seems very promising. For more information on 3-D mammography click here.

Don’t forget to do a breast check monthly and contact your doctor immediately if there is something abnormal. Remember though October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month that your contributions are needed throughout the year so they can find a cure.

Below are a few great sites where you can donate to help end Breast Cancer:

  •– “Every $1 we raise helps 3 women get the care they need now to make the best decisions to protect their precious lives.”
  • Susan G. Koman– “80 cents of every dollar spent by Susan G. Komen supports mission programs and services.”
  • NationalBreastCancer.Org– “Your donation will make sure that every woman who needs a mammogram receives one through our National Mammography Program.”

Thank you to all who have contributed during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the year! Let’s be the generation that ends Breast Cancer!





spa-week-betterHappy National Spa Week!

National Spa Week is a biannual (Fall and Spring) week of events that include signature $50 spa services, spa promotions and a robust Spa & Wellness Gift Card program.’s goal every year and remind people about health and wellness year round plus reminding us sometimes we just need to be pampered.

If you want to give the gift of wellness during National Spa Week the Spa & Wellness Gift Card is a perfect gift. The Spa & Wellness Gift Card is accepted at over 8,000 spa and wellness locations across North America and is sold in over 60,00 retail stores nationwide including Target, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and on

To receive exclusive information on participating spa and wellness locations and their $50 services, spa-goers should register on as early as possible.

I hope you all have a great National Spa Week and below is a sampling of some of the TOP FULL-SERVICE TREATMENTS available for the Fall Spa Week Event from October 17th-October 23rd. Continue Reading →