Cranberries are always on our holiday table, in both dishes and decorating! What better way to spice up your dinner this holiday than with some new, healthy recipes featuring delicious Ocean Spray cranberries! Maria Menounos from EXTRA has teamed up with Ocean Spray to show you what’s on her healthy holiday table this year. She shares some fresh, new recipes with us that are cranberry-infused from drinks to dessert to side dishes that will keep the calories at bay….can’t ask for anything better than that this holiday season!
The day of my massage started like it any other usual day does, complete chaos and mayhem. I was up a couple times during the night with the newborn and of course my toddler had to throw the most horrific tantrum just as I was supposed to leave. Needless to say, I was more than ready to get some time to myself.
beautiful waiting area
I arrived to Elements Therapeutic and walked in to the most adorable, calm and relaxing space. I have only gone for massages at those commercial day spas and I felt more comfortable and welcomed walking into Elements than at any of those larger spas. The Elements staff was so friendly and didn’t make me feel awful that I was 10 minutes late! (Punctuality is my arch enemy!) I opted for a postnatal massage since I had my little one less than 4 months ago. Michael, my massage therapist (and who also owns the place) was on point with everything about this massage. He asked me what areas needed most work and answered any and every question I had. Michael is a seasoned therapist who has opened numerous spas at top hotels around world. Out of over 150 Elements around the country Michael is one of only five who is both an owner and licensed massage therapist. So expect top notch when you are there!
Now about my massage…..the 55 minute session was built around ME! Not about what the therapist wanted but it was all about the areas that were most troublesome for me. The postnatal massage was awesome, for lack of better words! All the areas that have been so achy and tired were targeted, especially that pesky lower back pain all us moms get. I felt like a million bucks! What I loved most of all was how after each area was targeted, a hot towel was placed on you to keep the muscles loose, it felt fantastic! Little touches like that, along with the friendly demeanor make Elements Therapeutic stand out above the rest. The price didn’t break the bank either – for my 55 minute massage, I paid around $49. Check out the prices here.
I am a firm believer in that everyone deserves a little “me” time once in a while and Elements Therapeutic is definitely the place to do it. You get a personalized, unique experience that leaves you feeling just wonderful!
Since Christmas is right around the corner, check out the deals at Elements Therapeutic. They have some great deals going on for both members and non-members. HINT, HINT husband!
Elements Therapeutic is located in the Polo Club Shoppes in Boca Raton at 5030 Champion Blvd. Suite D7 and opened Monday – Saturday from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM and on Sunday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Call them at 561-241-6690 to schedule an appointment today!
So about a week ago, my husband had the wonderful idea of having Fettuccine Alfredo for dinner. Don’t have to ask me twice! Pasta with lots of butter, cheese and milk? Uh no brainer.
We wanted something to bulk up the Fettuccine Alfredo recipe we have perfected and our usual go-to add in is chicken. BORING. We needed something different to spice up our Saturday night, seeing as we would probably end up spending the night sprawled on the couch watching HGTV or Food Network. I know what you’re thinking..we are cah-rayyyzaaay!
He brilliantly suggested baby portobello mushrooms. I typically don’t step out of the box when it comes to my add-in’s but we were feeling a little spunky that night. Nothing better than making an already delicious recipe even more amazing. So here’s what we did:
In a medium sized pan, heat olive oil and garlic. Once the garlic and oil become fragrant, add mushrooms and saute for about 5-10 minutes, depending how you like your shrooms cooked. Throw in some fresh parsley. Remove from pan, leaving the excess oil.
Prepare your Alfredo Sauce. Boil water for pasta. Once ready, drain pasta reserving some of the water from the pot. Add sauce and mushrooms and mix together till pasta is coated. If the pasta starts sticking together and becoming dry, add some of the pasta water to it. Garnish with extra parsley, some Parmesan and serve!
Changed a plain old pasta dish into a lick your bowl kinda meal. Already thinking about what other dish I can remix next….