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Swedish Massages, Award Nominations + Unicorn Shenanigans

by Nellie

It should be required law in the United States of America that mothers HAVE to take time for themselves. At least once a month, moms are required to do something special to benefit their peace of mind. Let’s be honest. We deserve it!!

Body By Brooklyn

Clinton Hill is one of those areas of Brooklyn that is insanely hard for me to get to. I have to take THREE trains to get there. (this is what I get for living on the southern tip of the borough!) however, it is completely worth every second of the travel. Body By Brooklyn is the most calming oasis that gives the most awesome and amazing massages a girl can ask for.

In addition to the massage, you can jump in one of the many saunas and jacuzzi. Or just sit by the fireplace and read a book. As you can tell, this place makes me happy.

I got a Swedish massage and the first thing he asked was where my problem areas were. I automatically thought of the 5 miles I ran that morning and said my quads. Upon further investigation however I was tense pretty much everywhere. All the kinks were literally pressed out of me and just like that I felt like a new person! I need to do this every six weeks. I just need to make a standing appt.

Award Nominated Blog

Next month I’ll be speaking on a panel at the Mom 2.0 Summit in Orlando. I’m crazy excited to chat about how I transitioned my knowledge of blogging into a business. If that isn’t enough, I am nominated for an award for Most Engaging Content. I am over the moon with excitement just to be nominated especially because the ladies in my category are incredible!!

Now to find a dress…

Unicorn Shenanigans

So you might have heard of a not so known unicorn drink that Starbucks unveiled a few days ago. My initial reaction was in the following order.

  1. Wow that is so pretty. Imagine how that would look on the ‘gram!
  2. Wait–how many colors?
  3. Where does the coffee go?
  4. None of this is natural. I’m scared.

I opened up a harmless conversation on the topic on my personal Facebook page. We dissected the drink, nutritional contents etc. done.

The next day however, people were mad.

“THE INTERNET WON’T JUDGE ME AND MY FOOD CHOICES.”

“WHY CAN’T PEOPLE EAT WHAT THEY WANT?!”

“STOP JUDGING MEEEEEEE, LOOK AT ME, I’M DRINKING 18 UNICORN FRAPS AT THE SAME TIMMME JUDGE MEEE!!” (this one really happened)

“WHY DON’T YOU TALK ABOUT {INSERT HOT BUTTON TOPIC HERE} THE WAY YOU TALK ABOUT THIS DRINK?! (because remember, we NOT allowed to be outraged over the minor things and the major things all at the same time)

I find this particularly interesting on so many levels. It’s so insane how far we will go to defend food. It’s food. Just like the legendary Sean Carter said: What you eat don’t make me….poop. I promise if I see you on the street with a unicorn frap I won’t run up on you and scream hysterically “END THE UNICORN” and slap the drink out of your hand. Blue, Pink, White stuff all over both of our shoes. I promise I won’t.

The part that made me happy was that most are looking at the facts before ingesting the latest social media sensation. For the first time in a long time nutrition labels are being circulated openly and freely–for a long time we operated under such a don’t ask don’t tell policy when it came to food–this was a step in the right direction.

I’m pretty sure my reaction was deeply steeped in my recent research of artificial dyes and what they do to your body–to our kids bodies. It goes way beyond the sugar content (which rivals three snicker bars?!) but it’s really about the stuff that makes me question if it really is okay.

Here it is: if you want one get one! I’m not going to tell you what to drink. Spend your $5 and go to town. However, one thing you will NOT do is tell me how to feel about it. Just because someone brings up facts about a drink does not mean it’s a personal attack on what you do with your body. Are we allowed to disagree or nah? I am hardly the food police but again, I think I was predisposed to question the coloring because of my extensive research on dyes and artificial flavors.

Drink up, friends.

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When is the last time you got a good massage? Are you attending Mom 2.0? What do you think of the unicorn shenanigans?

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8 comments

Janine HulDie April 21, 2017 - 6:33 am

Huge congrats getting to speak at the upcoming conference as you are truly an inspiration so I am not surprised they asked you to speak. As for the unicorn drink at Starbucks just looking at it makes my thighs spread. Seriously just too rich for my blood calorie wise and also agree about the dyes. A friend of mine though actually tried it and said the sprinkles tasted like vinegar m. So all of that I will be passing on that one, too.

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Allie April 21, 2017 - 6:48 am

You my friend continue to amaze! Congratulations on the nomination and speaking engagement!!! And pampering? I’m way overdue and need to book something ASAP!! As for the Starbucks unicorn? I couldn’t care less. You know that (and many other Starbucks drinks) would never pass these lips!!!…but it’s fun to see people lose their minds.

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Tamara April 21, 2017 - 9:19 am

You DO have engaging content! Congrats! THIS is engaging content! Wheee!
I agree about moms doing things for themselves.. boy do I after spring break.
As for the defensiveness over the drink, I couldn’t really relate at all. Maybe it’s because for so many of us, food = emotions. Comfort food.. feeling better.
I was turned off by the drink pretty early on, because I’m all about coffee drinks. Had it been unicorn coffee? I probably would have gotten ONE. One and done!

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Kita April 21, 2017 - 9:48 am

I am not hear for the unicorn stuff at all lol. I will be at Mom 2.0 can’t wait to meet you!

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Gail April 21, 2017 - 12:07 pm

Yeah, I got caught up in the unicorn nonsense. Yikes, people were taking the unicorn shade soooooo personally. I even got called a cyber bully (but I deleted the comment because, come on!). We were criticizing the drink, not the people. That ain’t food by any stretch.

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Denise Wei-Vital April 21, 2017 - 4:20 pm

Girl you rock!! Super happy for you and honored to know you as a friend. I wish i was going to hear you speak! And that unicorn crap..blah After that black bun at burger king I wont be trying anything with that much dye! Lol

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LaShawn April 22, 2017 - 9:17 am

“Wait–how many colors?
Where does the coffee go?
None of this is natural. I’m scared.”

ALL OF THIS was my initial reaction. But the internets reaction the next day to “sugar shaming” really made me rolls my eyes. I mean really?

Anyhoo!!! Can’t wait to see you in a few weeks at Mom 2!

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Diana April 22, 2017 - 2:27 pm

This -> “I promise if I see you on the street with a unicorn frap I won’t run up on you and scream hysterically “END THE UNICORN” and slap the drink out of your hand. Blue, Pink, White stuff all over both of our shoes. I promise I won’t.” I made a healthy smoothie inspired by the frapp, but not because I don’t think anyone should get the Starbucks version. Just to offer another option (and actually mine has a totally different flavor). I tried to be careful in my post to not hate on the Sbucks frapp. So far, it seems to be received well and with the right intent. It’s been really interesting to see how passionate people are about this drink. I agree with you, though. I don’t care if people drink it or not, but I do think everyone gets to have their own opinion of it. As one of the YouTubers I like (Shameless Maya) says, “Do you boo”. 🙂

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