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Dear Me

open quoteclose quoteWhat would I tell my younger self?
The other morning, while I was getting ready for work, I overheard something on television about the #Dearme Campaign. I was immediately intrigued and dropped everything to listen in. Going viral on Youtube was the #DearMe Campaign in celebration of International Women’s Day this month. Women all around the world were taking the challenge of writing a letter to their younger self, enlightening them on the important life lessons they had learned over the years and giving them advice. After watching the short campaign a few times, I wondered what I would tell my younger self. As a mother of two girls and a small business owner of a company that caters mostly to women and young girls, I find myself constantly giving advice to help save them from making the same mistakes I made when I was younger and wanting to inspire them in ways I never knew existed at their age. I feel like it’s my purpose to do so. I know what I tell my kids everyday but I sat and asked myself what would I tell MY younger self? And here is what resulted…

Dear Me,

I just want to tell you that everything is always going to be ok! If I have learned anything in life, it is that everything really does always work out for the best in the end even if it doesn’t seem that way in the moment. You will go through many bumps in the road and that’s ok. It’s all part of the journey. It is important to not stress over the final destination but to embrace living in the moment everyday and just enjoy the journey. This is your journey and no one else’s so embrace it and enjoy the ride.

You know that little funny feeling you sometimes have in your belly? Sometimes it’s a good feeling and sometimes not so good and you really are not sure what the heck is going on. Well good news, you are not fighting the flu. That feeling is your gut telling you something. It is trying to help guide you on your path. Remember to ALWAYS listen to it. When something just feels right in the pit of your stomach, then go for it and the same is true for the opposite. If it doesn’t give you the warm and fuzzies and you’re not sure you should do it then don’t. Chances are you are feeling that way because it will not serve you well. SO despite all your second guessing (which by the way try not to do too much) listen to how something or someone makes you feel. That feeling doesn’t lie.

open quoteclose quoteDo more of the things that make you happy.
Do more of the things that make you happy. Living your authentic self is all about being happy, whatever that means to you…Find it and do it often. It’s one of the best feelings in the world.

Remember to never give up. You will get there. Nothing great comes overnight. If you are passionate about your beliefs, believe it will happen. And when you do get there celebrate your successes. Celebrate the little milestones on your journey. The universe loves it. I used to and still do celebrate pampering myself. Once a month I would treat myself to facials, manicures, and pedicures massages. I loved it and I looked forward to it and still do today. It was, and still is, a passion of mine and there is nothing better in life than following your passion…and trust me…stick to what makes you passionate because some day you may even make it your career ;).

open quoteclose quoteBeing a girl is awesome and so much fun.
Being a girl is awesome and so much fun. You are doing a great job. Know that you are loved and appreciated! Be proud of yourself. Love intensely, help others, and be confident! Love the skin you are in, it’s yours. Embrace it! And last but not least, don’t worry so much! Believe me when I tell you are going to be just fine…actually, you’ll be more than fine ;)!

With All My Love and Wisdom,
ME…

5 days/5 reasons to love Pretty in Pink March Break Camp

Oakville March Break Camp Spa GirlsMarch Break is fast approaching; with all this winter weather Pretty in Pink is flying south. Join us for some tropical release as we celebrate “Birds of Paradise”
All Pretty in Pink camps are about being a more confident, natural you! We aim to inspire young girls with positive interactions. Each camp entices creativity, empowers healthy choices with themed snacks, physical activity and chemical free spa services and of course is a whole lot of fun.

 

It's time for March Break Camp

Pretty in Pink Spa Halloween Party

1. MONDAY: Pretty in Pink Flamingo

Creative: Paint design on a flamingo lawn ornament
Food Fun: Strawberry Daiquiri mocktails and pink cotton candy
Creative: Pink raffia necklace design
Movement: Learn to play croquet
At the Spa: Sparkly pink flamingo manicures

2. TUESDAY: My Macaw Mardi Gras

open quoteclose quoteMarch Break Camps are a creative, fun experience!
Creative: Mardi gras bead parrot mosaic
Food Fun: Tropical fruit display with crackers & cheese
Creative: Sew an adorable parrot stuffy
Movement: Mardi gras dance party and fun games
At the Spa: Hair braiding & styling with feathers and beads.

3. WEDNESDAY: Pretty as a Peacock

Creative: Peacock sequin, feather headband
Food Fun: Make a peacock out of fruit
Creative: Sculpt polymer clay friendship charms
Movement: Runway fun and Peacock strut
At the Spa: Peacock blue & green eye glitter
At the Spa: DIY papaya facials

4. THURSDAY: Birds of a feather

Creative: Pattern design and paint feathers
Food Fun: Pretzel feathers dipped in coloured chocolate
Creative: BFF Frame with your designer feathers
Movement: Karaoke tropical party
At the Spa: Mango hand massage.

5. FRIDAY: Toucan Dance Party

Creative: Toucan plaster mask
Food Fun: Umbrella drinks and fruit loop marshmallow squares
Creative: Mix mango and coconut sugar scrub
Movement: Dance games, dance performances and last day fun
PIZZA DAY

Like a Girl – September 19

At Pretty In Pink Spa we feel it is very important that young girls grow up realizing that being a girl is an amazing thing and should never feel anything less than AMAZING and PROUD. Our September event discusses the “Like A Girl” campaign aiming to empower girls as they write positive motivation messages, design a T-shirt with a “GIRL” power poem and of course developing positive friendships with our girl talk session, enjoy delicious snacks and of course Dance like No one is Watching!
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Pretty in Pink Spa March Break Camps

March Break Camp
March 10 – 14, 2014

Pretty in Pink Spa March Break CampIt’s been a long cold winter and we all deserve a break. That’s why we have designed an exceptional week filled with different themes each day to inspire creativity and passion. Come see what March Break at Pretty in Pink is all about!
MONDAY: Starting the week off in true Gleek-style, girls will dance, sing and create music videos all while enjoying all natural V.I.P. beauty treatments.

TUESDAY: Pretty in Pink is dedicated to providing young girls with life skills that will help them develop into strong and independent young ladies, so Tuesday will be dedicated to helping them find their pinkpreneur. We will talk about the benefits of being an entrepreneur and the girls will create their own line of beauty products. To end the tough day at the “office,” our girls will be treated to a relaxing manicure and pedicure.

WEDNESDAY: The fashionistas of the group will absolutely LOVE Wednesday when they get the chance to create their own Project Runway fashions. Our girls will end the day sharing their creations on the Pink Carpet! Say cheese!

THURSDAY (a.k.a. Makeover Day): Our Beautiful, Natural, You day is all about teaching girls how to take care of their skin. We will touch upon the importance of skin care and learn some home DIY skin care tips. Our girls will end the day experimenting with make-up as they learn some dos and don’ts from our very own team of experts. They will leave looking their absolute best (might be the perfect time for a date night with your child)!

FRIDAY: We end the week on a creative note with a blast of PINK! Friday is all about creating vision boards, canvas artwork, pink bath bombs, pink purses and pink daily inspiration journals.

This is definitely a week that the young girl in your life won’t soon forget. Treat them to the Pretty in Pink Spa Experience and leave the planning to us!

March 10-14, 2014 | 10am-4pm | $60 per day or $275 full week (prepaid)

5% sibling discount. Before & aftercare available. Spaces are limited
Campers will experience daily fun filled themed events showing off their creativity. Our camp includes crafts, spa services, healthy snacks & beverages!

EverythingMom.com | Pre-Teen Party Planning Made Easy

PRETTY IN PINK SPA MAKES PRE-TEEN PARTY PLANNING EASY

Written by Carrie Anne

Pretty in Pink Spa Makes Pre-Teen Party Planning Easy

We’ve been fortunate enough in the past to convince the kids to travel for birthdays instead of hosting a party. The reason is purely selfish on my part. The thought of planning, organizing, preparing, and running a birthday party with a lot of kids starts to stress me out before the process even begins.

Will everyone invited actually attend?
Will different friend groups get along or will I have to deal with someone else’s “drama”?
How am I going to get the house all tidied before everyone shows up?
Will I have enough food? Will they eat the food?
Can I keep everyone entertained?

Oh the list goes on. But my oldest insisted on having a party with her friends this year and it seemed silly to argue with her about my personal worries.  The challenge of course was finding a party venue that made my not-so-little girl happy without causing me anxiety to put it together.

Pretty in Pink Spa Makes Pre-Teen Party Planning Easy

Enter the Pretty in Pink Spa in Oakville an all-natural spa and retail outlet that caters specifically to the pre-teen girl. Speaking with spa owner Sonia about my party planning concerns, she concurred with my fears. It seems Sonia, like many moms, has dealt with many of the same worries. Pretty in Pink Spa actually emerged as the result of having gone through this same party planning stress herself. I was intrigued with the concept behind Pretty in Pink, both the natural beauty products used as well as the stress-free nature of their parties so I booked a party and here’s how they did against my past party planning concerns:

Does the theme appeal to pre-teens?
I don’t think my daughter is alone when it comes to her joy for pampering. She loves the idea of going to the spa as long as it is not geared to the preschool set. The fact that my daughter and the girls she invited talked about and planned for the event every day until the party date confirmed that the Pretty in Pink Spa party was a good choice.

Who handles the invitations?
It’s a little thing but it’s one more element when planning the party, creating invitations. Pretty in Pink provided cute little invites that we could fill out and give to the girls attending. I believe their plan is to one day add an online invitation option but my daughter loved hand delivering her special announcement. The invites are so much nicer than those printable ones you find online, again adding to the sophistication of the party, which my daughter loved.

Pretty in Pink Spa Makes Pre-Teen Party Planning Easy

Do I have to handle the food?
Most off-site party packages include the standard option of pizza. Neither I nor my daughter are huge fans of pizza, bad pizza, so I was thrilled that the Pretty in Pink Spa party packages included not only unlimited pink lemonade (so much nicer than pop) but also a choice of fresh gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches or an assortment of tea sandwiches. Of course a grown-up spa party required tea sandwiches. They looked so lovely on the tray with fruit and the girls savoured them. The best part is that I didn’t have to do anything – no ordering through another company or transporting them to the party – the sandwiches were there and ready when it was time to eat.

spaparty preteen allergyfood

Don’t forget the cake?
No party is complete without cake but at the Pretty in Pink Spa the girls are served delightfully delicious individual cupcakes. You could choose your flavour during the planning process. I like cupcakes because there’s no worry about cutting slices or someone getting a bigger or smaller slice but Pretty in Pink Spa can substitute with a cake if you prefer. Whether you go cake or cupcakes you don’t have to worry about ordering it, picking it up or even transporting it to the party because Pretty in Pink Spa has it all covered.

Pretty in Pink Spa Makes Pre-Teen Party Planning Easy

Will the girls be entertained?
We’ve done the off-site party idea but I always seemed to be involved in the party running elements. The host facility gives you use of their space and perhaps guidance for the activity but beyond that you were on your own. I didn’t feel that need to insert myself during my daughter’s Pretty in Pink Spa party. I think it helped that there were two ladies running the party. They made sure the girls’ drink glasses were always filled. They offered them pre-teen magazines to read as they waited their turn to get their nails done. They staggered party elements so everyone was doing something. They talked to them and played party games. I just sat back and watched my daughter and her friends soak-up every spa-loving moment.

Pretty in Pink Spa Makes Pre-Teen Party Planning Easy

How are allergies addressed?
Pretty in Pink Spa owner Sonia has personally dealt with the issues surrounding allergies and parties. Her philosophy is that no child should feel excluded or different from the other party guests. With that in mind, the Pretty in Pink Spa will work with you and your allergy needs when it comes to the food being offered. The fact that all the products used during a Pretty in Pink Spa party are all natural is also comforting. Although none of our guests had allergy issues, knowing that the spa could work with me was a huge stress off of my shoulders.

Pretty in Pink Spa Makes Pre-Teen Party Planning Easy

What about loot bags?
Oh the loot bag question. Do you? Don’t you? I struggle with this idea too. Attending and enjoying the party experience should be enough of a gift for the girls in my opinion but Pretty in Pink Spa does offer some added treats in their party packages. During the pink carpet walk spa staff will take a photo of each child that they can take home as a remembrance from their party. I thought this was a lovely treat. The party girls also gets a group shot which is a nice way to remember the fun the kids had together. Some party packages, like the Pretty In Pink package we booked, includes a spa craft. My daughter decided from the four different craft ideas to make a body scrub. The kids loved learning how easy it was to make their own scrub and at the end they each had a lovely container to take home.

Pretty in Pink Spa Makes Pre-Teen Party Planning Easy

If you’re looking for a more definitive loot bag to give the girls, Pretty in Pink Spa has a whole storefront of goodies that would work, from lip balm to bracelets. You can create your own or have the ladies at Pretty in Pink put one together for you.

Did I need a nap at the end of the party?
I know parties are supposed to be fun and a celebration for the kids but often or not as the host I find them stressful and exhausting. Although we couldn’t avoid a few attendee hiccups, the overall party process at Pretty in Pink Spa was pretty stress free, from the planning process to the actual party day. The ladies running the party were amazing, talking to my daughter and her friends about make-up and taking care of their skin. They were treated like the maturing girls they are and they seemed to relish in that role. Pretty in Pink Spa also offers a Photo Shoot DVD of the party for an extra fee but it is so worth it. Instead of running around snapping pictures of the moment I could actually be part of what was going on. It was a lovely way to celebrate my daughter’s birthday plus we now how a beautiful DVD of the event as a great keepsake.

Pretty in Pink Spa Makes Pre-Teen Party Planning Easy

So for someone who isn’t a fan of planning and running parties, Pretty in Pink Spa has won me over. But no matter how happy I am as the mom, having a party that delivers on my preteen’s dreams is the most important part. Checkout what our Junior Style Blogger had to say about her spa party experience at Pretty in Pink Spa.

Thanks to the folks at Pretty in Pink Spa for hosting our spa party and demonstrating that not all birthday parties have to be hard work.

Canadian Living – Pretty in Pink Spa for little girls is a happy, uplifting place to be

http://www.canadianliving.com/blogs/style/2013/12/05/pretty-in-pink-spa-for-little-girls-is-a-happy-uplifting-place-to-be/

 Pretty in Pink Spa for little girls is a happy, uplifting place to be – Canadian Living

The average spa caters to women over 20, perhaps with money, looking for a quiet moment away from noise (that includes the chattering of children!) and the clutter of the everyday. For Sonia Imerti, owner of Pretty in Pink Spa Studio, this model leaves out a critical but seemingly obvious client base: little girls.

Her “ah-ha” moment came when she was out of town for a family wedding and headed to a spa with the women in her family, including her young daughter. “When we checked in, it was a strict ‘No Kids’ policy,” she says. “We’d had no idea. My husband had already left with the ushers. I wanted to cancel my appointment but they’d already charged my credit card.” Imerti asked to speak with the manager and finally had her daughter admitted to the spa, for the full price of $120. “They did the seaweed mask on her legs. It was a long treatment. She couldn’t reach the bowls. Needless to say, she was devastated and hated the whole experience.”

Fast forward to 2013 and Imerti has filled this gap in the market (at least in Oakville, ON) with a thriving day spa that hosts birthday parties, mother-daughter treatments and monthly events (the next one’s on December 13), all in a pretty, girly space with beauty stations small enough for the under-five-foot set.

Pretty in Pink spa exterior

When Canadian Living‘s style intern, Helena, and I stopped by the spa one weekend, I expected to feel silly and out of place because of my age (much older than the average client aged 8 or 9). Instead, I felt right at home. Imerti says this reaction is common. When she first opened, “Moms would be dropping off their kids at the parties and say, ‘What about us?’” she remembers. “I’d giggle, but they’d say, ‘No, really. Can I have my bachelorette party here?’” The demand was so big that Imerti eventually hired an aesthetician named Lucy to give Éminence facials to women during the day while kids are at school. Teen boys have also been known to cross the threshold. “One boy whose acne was bad said, after coming to Lucy for a few sessions, ‘I can smile and it doesn’t hurt.’ That was huge.”

Pretty in Pink spa Mom and Daughter day

Imerti takes pride in being inclusive, especially when it comes to allergies. One of her daughters has celiac disease, so she is happy to cater to children’s food allergies at birthday parties (where the girls are offered cupcakes and lemonade in champagne glasses). The shop at the front of the space also carries a wide variety of organic and gluten-free beauty products from brands such as Éminence, 100% Pure and LACC nail polish. Whether or not a girl faces food or beauty restrictions, she can try almost anything at Pretty in Pink and be sure that it will be safe and smell and look good enough to eat.

Pretty in Pink spa

It all sounds great, but for me the real proof that this spa concept works is the way it makes little girls feel. While Helena and I were getting our nails done (after a relaxing organic facial), a mother brought in her young daughter and friend for pedicures. The two girls donned bright pink robes, sipped lemonade and looked around with wonder, as though they couldn’t believe their eyes. Pretty in Pink is essentially a wonderland with its wall of inspirational quotes, accent colours and treasure trove of goodies in the shop, and the giddy joy that girls young and old can experience makes it a really special place.

Pretty in Pink spa Pedi Station

Pretty in Pink spa Lipbalm Station

 

 

High Diamond Makes High Impact

High Diamond Makes High Impact

Message of Being True to Yourself Has Impact on Oakville Girls at Pretty in Pink Spa Event

High Diamond at Pretty in PInk SpaOakville, ON – December 4, 2013: Local celebrities, Catina and Angela Duscio, known as High Diamond, brought a positive message of confidence, inspiration and perseverance to girls in Oakville on Saturday, inspiring them to shine bright every day.

Sonia Imerti, owner of Pretty in Pink Spa Studio in Oakville felt she had to bring High Diamond’s positive message to young girls.

“Bullying and low self-esteem is so predominant with young girls today and it is a conversation that needs to take place on an ongoing basis in a safe and open environment,” says Imerti. “When I first learned of High Diamond’s struggles with bullying as they worked to make their dreams come true, I knew it was a message that would resonate with so many. Catina and Angela really engaged the girls in discussions about bullying and staying true to their dreams and you could see that it had an impact.”

Throughout the evening, attendees were treated to three songs – Broken, DreamGirl and Dance It Away, a song about bullying – and were encouraged to share their own stories of how bullying has impacted their lives and how they are looking for ways to live their dreams despite the negative comments and influences.

High Diamond at Pretty in Pink Spa Oakville“High Diamond was awesome! I thought it was cool that they shared their stories about being bullied when they were young,” says Josée, Age 9. “To hear that they were bullied and now are living their dreams made me feel hopeful. I want to do what they are doing when I grow up.”

Josée’s mom, Kelly, was thrilled with the event. “My daughter has wanted to be a singer for years, so I knew she’d love meeting High Diamond. But when the first words out of her mouth were about the girls’ struggles with bullying and how they listened to her stories, I knew that the event would have a lasting impression on my daughter.”

It seems like the girls from Oakville inspired High Diamond as well. Their new twitter hashtag – #imallergictogossip – was inspired by one of the girls Keira, age 9, who shared that when friends try to share gossip, she just says, “I’m allergic to gossip.”

About Pretty in Pink Spa Studio

Since 2011, Pretty in Pink Spa Studio has provided a relaxing and inspirational venue for girls and their role models to enjoy all-natural beauty treatments and products.  But, Sonia is passionate about bringing intimate and inspirational events to her business. The “Girl Talk” series was created to kick-start important conversations hosted by young role models with inspirational stories.  The creative monthly events, also gives the girls time to be young, have fun and embrace their inner beauty. Coming up are two such events – Pretty in Pink’s Old Fashion Holiday and their 3rd annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration. For more information on these and other events, check out www.prettyinpinkspa.com.

For more information, please contact
Sonia Imerti, Owner
Pretty in Pink Spa Studio
T: 905-842-7465
E: info@organickidsspa.com

 

Thanks to Richard Killey Photography and LEWS LENSES for these great pictures!

In Between Magazine – Girl Power

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inBetween is a bi-monthly online source for parents caught in the middle of raising a teen and young adult. The brainchild of two seasoned writers with more than 26 years of combined experience, inBetween is dedicated to parents of 14 to 22 year olds. inBetween connects readers with experts that cover everything from health, nutrition and family to relationships, fashion, trends and more.

 

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