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Op-Ed: A Mother’s Treat

April 28, 2016

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In my eight-year career as a licensed massage therapist, I have worked with a lot of mothers. From relaxing and ache-relieving prenatal work for expectant mothers, to women who are balancing a full plate of job responsibilities and child-rearing, to stay-at-home moms, those who are nursing newborns, coordinating their schedules around the school drop-off and pickup times, managing a household, fundraising, PTA-committed, and after-school ferrying to this lesson or that soccer team, the to-do list of a mother is literally endless.

Even when the kids grow up and move out on their own, it’s a lifelong bond that sustains throughout our whole lives. Beyond the day-to-day minutia and the emotional labor of mothering, there is so much that is culturally wrapped up in the archetype of “Mother.” And as human beings, we start to “should” on ourselves about what it is to be a mother. Not only do we try to measure up to what society dictates what motherhood is, we try to shoehorn that into our own identities, expectations of ourselves, and busy schedules. Being a mother can be an emotionally complex roller coaster ride: a constant dance of your child’s needs vs. your needs.

It can be very hard to justify self-care as a mother. There will always be something that your children need, and it is easy to prioritize those needs without a second thought. But at some point, because we are all finite human beings, our energy stores run low, and our giving power dwindles. There is a popular analogy I like to use in the treatment room with those who are mothers or caregivers: in the event of an emergency on an airplane, the oxygen masks are released from the upper compartment. You are always instructed to put the oxygen mask first over your own nose and mouth before attending to your children. Why is that? Because, as caregivers and mothers, if we cannot breathe first, we cannot help anyone else. Past a certain point, it can become nearly emotionally impossible.

Here’s hoping no one ever has to experience anything like the above scenario, literally or figuratively. And all of this is to say that self-care is, at the end of the day, just as crucial as the oxygen we breathe! So if this rings true for you, or if it’s bringing someone to mind whom you know and love that would benefit from some much-needed self-care, guess what? In celebration and support of mothers everywhere, milk + honey is offering exclusive Mother’s Day packages and specials.  It’s one-stop shopping for services to help you or someone you love create a day of relaxation, love, and gratitude.

Contributor: Kelly M, one of our talented 2nd Street District massage therapists.

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Getting to Know: the Houston Management Team

April 6, 2016

Say “hello” to our Houston management team: Karena, Gene, and Lauren.

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Karena, General Manager

What is your favorite spa treatment?
As a spa manager for over a decade, I’m in love with all aspects of the beauty industry, so it’s really hard for me to choose just one. However, I’m currently loving our massagesI’ve been putting a lot of stress on my body getting ready for the opening, so these treatments are the highlight of my day!

What are five things that you want to accomplish in 2016?
My personal goals this year are to: travel more, cook amazing dishes, discover new artists, and make more time for yoga and running. My professional goal is to show the people of Houston how great milk + honey is!

What are your favorite restaurants in Houston?
Oh my, there are so many great places here. For breakfast, I love going to either Antidote or Juice Girl. Typically, I have lunch at my desk, which is great since my temporary “office” has been Pondicheri. They’ve been such lovely hosts and are fantastic neighbors. For dinner, I enjoy eating at Pax Americana, Pass and Provision, and Coltivare Pizza and Garden. These restaurants are so delicious and they never cease to amaze me.

If milk + honey were to expand, which cities would you like to see us in?
Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, and San Diego.

What is the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
Always drink plenty of water and to get at least seven hours of sleep. These two things will do wonders for your body.

What is your favorite thing about milk + honey?
The team! Everyone here has been so kind, helpful, and nice. It’s truly refreshing to be around a group of people who want the best for everyone they come in contact with.

What’s the best thing about being a spa manager?
Seeing people reach their goals, whether it be financial, emotional, physical, or spiritual! I love being surrounded by people that work hard and want to better themselves.

If you could be in any other profession, what would it be?
I can’t imagine working in any other profession. I fell in love with this industry eons ago, and I can’t picture myself being anywhere else.

 

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Lauren, Assistant Manager

What is your favorite spa treatment?
I love them all, but since you’re making me pick one I have to go with our Signature Facials! Every time I get one, I always end up falling asleep. On the bright side, I waking up with a healthy and glowing complexion.

What five goals that you want to accomplish in 2016?
I have three personal goals this year: to learn another language — specifically Spanish, travel to one new place, and journal more. My two professional goals are to build the River Oaks location to become one of milk + honey’s most successful locations and to do something every day that positively affects another person. 

If milk + honey we’re to expand to another city where would you like to see us?
I think we should definitely expand to Denver!

What are your favorite restaurants in Houston?
I recently went to Hugo’s for brunch and absolutely fell in love with this place. It’s one of my new favorite spots. When you go, be sure to order The Greatest Margarita Ever Sold!

What is the number one place people have to visit in Houston?
milk + honey of course!

If you could be in any other profession, what would it be?
I think it would be so interesting to be a pathologist.

What is your favorite book and why?
I enjoyed reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. To me, this book transcends time and culture, and teaches people to have the courage to listen to their heart and to follow their dreams. 

 

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Gene, Assistant Manager.

What is your favorite spa treatment?
My absolute favorite treatment is one I’ve yet to try, a HydraFacial! I’ve seen the results and am looking forward to getting this amazing service. I love that I’m a part of a company that is keeping up with such cutting-edge technology.

What five goals that you want to accomplish in 2016?
My personal goals this year are to learn to make egg rolls, workout more, finish writing my book that I look forward to publishing later this year, and give back to my community more. My professional goal this year is to expand my network.

What are your favorite restaurants in Houston?
My favorite places to eat at in Houston have to be Bernie’s Burger Bus, Revolution Juice Bar and Grill (it’s vegan and gluten-free), Baba Yega Cafe, and Mr. Peeples!

If milk + honey we’re to expand to another city where would you like to see us?
I would absolutely love to see milk + honey tackle New York City! As a former New Yorker, I think the response would be overwhelmingly positive. I would also love to see us expand to Atlanta!

If you could be in any other profession, what would it be?
I’m so happy that I’ve found a home here at milk + honey and am able to exercise my ultimate passion of being able to make people feel good about themselves and about their appearance. However, if I wasn’t the Assistant Manager at milk + honey, I’d be pursuing a career in fashion, where I have a very extensive background in the industry.

You’re having a dinner party next Saturday night, what three people, dead or alive, are you inviting? 
My three dinner party guests would have to be Beyoncé (for obvious reasons), Patrick Kelley, a famous African-American designer during the 1980s who broke down race barriers for African-Americans in the high fashion industry, and Civil Rights activist, Bayard Rustin, who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr.

If you could be on any TV, what would it be and why?
I would definitely love to be a cast member on could be on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta! Hopefully, my robust personality would land me a spin-off!

What is one place people in Houston have to visit?
The number one place everyone should enjoy in Houston has to be Discovery Green. This gorgeous park is nestled in the downtown area and houses festivals, concerts, movies in the park, romantic picnics, kids’ play dates, and doggy play dates! It’s honestly one of my favorite places to unwind in the city.

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No April Fool’s Here: We Promise Clean, Green, Safe Beauty

April 1, 2016

 

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At milk + honey, we care deeply about the environment and have taken proactive steps to do our part — from creating our own urban apiaries to formulating our luxurious bath and body care line using organic, plant-based ingredients. To celebrate Earth Month, we’re showcasing our spa and salon’s natural treatments that are not only good for you, but also utilize safe, green beauty practices.

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New In: The Bearded Bastard

March 28, 2016

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The Bearded Bastard. The name catches your attention and the packaging makes you do a double take, but it’s the sheer excellence of the product that keeps you hooked.

We’re excited to offer a selection of The Bearded Bastard fine men’s grooming products at all our milk + honey locations, including the signature beard oil, beard balm, and mustache wax. We encourage you to come in, pick your favorite scent (Woodsman, Opium Den, and Morocco), and try the testers… it’s certainly a product that appeals equally to your tactile sense as it does your olfactory one.

Every product we feature on our shelves must pass our stringent “clean ingredient bill of health,” as well provide our clients with an elevated, effective, unique skin and/or haircare experience. And in The Bearded Bastard, we’ve found a lineup that not only checks all of those boxes, but is handcrafted right here in Austin, Texas. That’s right: The Bearded Bastard not only keeps beards and mustaches happy, but is also locally-owned and operated, responsible, sustainable, plant-sourced with high quality ingredients, and smells so darn good. All that’s left to do is to come by and stock up.

 

Source: The Bearded Bastard | Facebook

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