Thursday, April 30, 2009

Happy Mudder's Day Contest

Nothing sounds more appealing than getting muddy with your mom and winning prizes, right? Well, each Wednesday in May at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa you can do just that!

Bring your mom each Wednesday in May (5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27) and she'll receive 1/2 price admission to Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa. Then, muddy up and meet us in Club Mud from 2-3 p.m. for your chance to win free grotto treatments & a chance at the grand prize $100 Glen Ivy gift card!

All you need is a swimsuit, a smile and a muddy mom (or any admirable female figure in your life)! Photographs will be sent to you via e-mail and also posted here on the Glen Ivy Blog. We will choose a weekly winner and they will be awarded with complimentary Grotto passes. Once we have four winners, the grand prize winner will be chosen by YOU by voting on the Blog. Voting will start Thursday, May 28th and ends Monday, June 1st, 2009.

So get your MUDDERS ready and remember, "The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful." --E.E. Cummings

Monday, April 27, 2009

Grotto Contest Winner

Congratulations to Kierre for winning the Grotto Contest! She has won a gift basket as well as complimentary Grotto and Spa Admission passes!

Not only did Kierre and her guest go green, but they also taught me about arid gardens!

Thanks to everyone who shared their green tips with me! I had so much fun going green with you all!

As Kierre would say, "to being green!"

Please feel free to share your green tips here.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Last Day of Grotto Contest

It has been so great learning how our guests stay green! I have thrown a few of the guest tips into my back pocket and will be using them in my life! Did you learn anything new?

Thank you to everyone who helped honor Earth Day!

I leave you with this: Take care of the earth and she will take care of you. ~Author Unknown

Kierre and her guest
"We plant arid gardens."

Sara and her guests
"We gave up paper towels!"

"Make it green or you ain't clean!"

Pam and her guest
"We recycle!"

Homer and Kristi
"We recycle!"

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Grotto Contest

One of our lovely Grotto Girls, Megan, went green today and took photos with some of our green & gorgeous guests! Green appears to be the new black ;-)

Interesting note: Debra and her guest talked about building with straw bales today! To be honest, I had no idea what they meant but once it was clarified, I was fascinated! If you want to learn more about building with straw bales, click here.

Thanks again to everyone who has participated in the Grotto contest! Isn't it great to be GREEN?

Megan and her guest
"I am learning how to recycle CD's in my AP Environment class!"
"I turn the water off while brushing my teeth."
"Recycle, Reduce, Reuse!"
Debra and her guest
"Build using straw bales!"
Kristi and her party
"Put your money where your mouth is!"

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, Glen Ivy gave every guest a Green Glen Ivy Recyclable Bag; along with the bag was a card letting everyone know about the wonderful green changes that S.E.E.D. has made here at the spa.

S.E.E.D. also put together some plants for Glen Ivy employees to take home and plant in their garden. Can you guess what the plant is? Neither can we!-- It's a S.E.E.D. surprise!

We also had another day of Grotto Go-ers at the spa today! Aly, one of the Grotto girls, got grotto-ed and made her way outside to take photos with our guests. From recycling to banning styrofoam products, Glen Ivy guests know how to GO GREEN!

"I love my Mother Earth!"
"I have converted my front yard ... NO MORE SPRINKLERS!"
Joanne and Dawn
"I have a recycle bin bigger than ever! I recycle big time!"Flouran and her guest
"I don't use styrofoam anymore, only vegetable-made
paper products!"
Cammie and her guest
"Ask our sister-in-law!"

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Grotto Contest

Going Green has never felt so right!

Today, one of Glen Ivy's own Grotto Girls, Misty, painted herself up and made her way throughout the spa to take photos with everyone! I heard some great ways that guests go green-- my favorite? Turning half the lights on in the classroom (by Dena)! Not only is Dena being green but she is teaching her kids to be green as well! Way to go!

We are one day away from Earth Day! Are you ready? We are-- Glen Ivy will be giving each guest a Glen Ivy recyclable bag tomorrow (while supplies last)! It can be used for groceries, traveling trips, a fashion statement or, my favorite, SHOPPING!

See you in the GROTTO tomorrow!

"I recycle as much as possible!"
"I am very green! I grow veggies, reduce the use of water bottles ... "
"I use plastic bags!"
"I go green by recycling paper, turning on half the lights in the classroom and using special light bulbs."
"We use bags for grocery shopping!"
"I buy recycled clothes, buy in bulk and buy organic produce. My trash cans are only 1/8 full, always!"
"I wash plastic utensils and don't use paper plates!"Rosie
"I do not use chemicals in my home."

Monday, April 20, 2009

Glen Ivy's Going Green in the Grotto

In honor of Earth Day, we want you to SHOW and TELL us how you are GOING GREEN!

Meet us in The Grotto from 2pm - 2:45pm, April 20th - 24th for your chance to win a Glen Ivy Gift Basket full of product and passes. Once you're painted green, share your best tips for green living and we'll post your photo and quote right here! The contest winner will be announced on Friday, April 24th.

We had some green guests stop by today to share with us ways that they try to make the world a better place. Check out our evironmentally-friendly guests below!

Mark and his guest
"We recycle and reuse!"
Debbie and her guests
"We put coffee grounds in our plants. They help to fertilize them and
they are especially good to roses!"Betty
"I recycle, and then with all the green I get for recycling, I recycle some more!"
Carmen and her guest
Tip for GOING GREEN: "Shower Together!"
"I ALWAYS recycle!"

I will see you all tomorrow-- same time, same place. And remember, sometimes you just GOTTA GROTTO! (try saying that 10 times fast!)

More Stress-reducing Tips from Glen Ivy Professionals

We hope everyone is having a stress-free April! Here are a few more stress-reducing tips for you to use in your daily life:

Take a mental break. Sometimes a minute of peace and quiet will do the trick. If you are getting stressed and overwhelmed, stop what you are doing and go outside. Often times a change of scenery will calm you down.

Turn on some tunes. It is said that the right music can lower blood pressure, relax your body and calm your mind. So if your stress level is reaching its high point, find some music that will put you at ease.

Laugh with a friend. Smiling can sometimes make us feel happy and relaxed. So call that friend that you know can put a smile across your face!

Create a mantra. Coming up with a short, positive statement can help you to center yourself. For example, when your life seems to be a catastrophe, saying “I am strong,” ten times might put you at ease.

Read a good book. Putting your mind into an activity as peaceful as reading a good book can help you to reduce your stress level. Grab that book and a nice blanket, and give yourself that much needed 20 minute break!

Hope you all enjoyed these stress-reducing tips! Please share your tips with us-- we want to know how you reduce stress in your every day life!

Always remember, take time out of your day ... FOR YOU! You deserve it!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Exclusive Online Only Bonus Sale

Good news for people who love good news - $100 Glen Ivy Gift Cards are now on sale for $75 each!

During this Online Only PreSale, get $100 Glen Ivy Gift Cards for only $75 each!

For a limited time, receive a FREE Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa Admission Pass (up to $49 value) when you purchase two (2) $100 Glen Ivy gifts cards for $75 each! (Total package value $249 for only $150!) Available online ONLY from April 15th until April 20th! BUY NOW!

Glen Ivy Spa gift cards are the perfect gift for any occasion ...

• Administrative Professionals Day, April 23
• Mother’s Day, May 10
• Father’s Day, June 21
• Bridal Shower
• Graduation
• Anniversary
• New Parents
• Birthday
• Any day!
• You!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

S.E.E.D.s of Change

In gratitude for the wonderful gift of warm water and for all that the Earth gives us, Glen Ivy strives to be as environmentally conscious as possible. To spearhead our green efforts is a volunteer group of employees that are passionate about preserving the Earth known as Sustaining Earth’s Environment Daily, or as we affectionately refer to them: S.E.E.D.

To date, S.E.E.D. has made some great changes and accomplishments at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa. Here are a few:
  • Implemented a spa-wide recycling program for guests and employees
  • Built 8 birdhouses around the spa to provide homes for Western Bluebirds
  • Eradicated Tamarisk Trees, which endanger the native plants and trees in Coldwater Canyon. This allows native trees and plants to thrive, thereby keeping the animals and insects that live here safe, happy and healthy too
  • Removed the use of all Styrofoam products throughout the spa
  • Created incentive programs for ridesharing and carpooling
  • Replaced 8 urinals with waterless urinals
  • Installed drinking fountains to reduce plastic cup usage around the spa
  • Consolidated vendors to reduce carbon emissions from delivery trucks
  • Use all drain water to water the landscaping and then drain into natural aquifer
Another “seed” worth noting is that Glen Ivy is a Founding Seed Spa in the Green Spa Network committed to promoting sustainable best practices in the spa industry.

We shared our list – now you share yours!

If you’re passionate about being green, we’d love to hear ways that you’re making a difference at home or at work, tips you think everyone should know, and any suggestions you have for the spa!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Stress-reducing tips from Glen Ivy Professionals

At Glen Ivy we know that adopting a spa lifestyle offers many ways to reduce stress everyday, at home, at work, and of course, at the SPA! Try some of these stress-reducing tips from Glen Ivy Professionals:

- Aromatherapy. Soothe your senses with scents that put you at ease. Use candles, lotions, or oils in your bath. Also, keep your favorite scented hand lotion in your bag for a quick pick me up, wherever, whenever.

- Take a bath. The warmth and floating sensation is a relaxing way to wash your stresses away.

- Exercise. And when you can’t break away, take 5 minutes to really stretch out your body. You’d be surprised how much tension is released!

- Eat lunch away from your desk. Lunch should be a micro-vacation from your work day. It should be relaxing and enjoyable. So when your lunch hour comes, enjoy a nice salad or sandwich and don't work!

- Bring elements of the spa into your home. Keep Glen Ivy's Lavender and Eucalyptus Body Products around your house to infuse your day with the rejuvenating moments of a spa experience!

Hope you enjoyed these first few tips - check back next week for more!

Yummy treats for your Holiday weekend

When I think of the holidays, I think of eating-- simple as that. For me, it’s the ONLY way to celebrate! On this Easter Sunday, one of the very few days Glen Ivy is closed, I will be spending time with my family, exploring the backyard for the Easter eggs that my mother still hides and trying something a little different-- I am no Chef Bill Wavrin but I do bake like the next Betty Crocker! I will be putting these delicious homemade recipes, courtesy the LA Times, to the test!
Holiday bake-off anyone? Enjoy!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Simple Suggestions for Stress Awareness Month

This month I will be doing my best to not bite my nails (and I mean chomp my poor nails, so bad), to not continuously check the locks on my doors when I know they have been locked (can someone say OCD?), to not re-check my phone to make sure my alarm is set at all hours of the night (I set an alarm to make sure my alarm is on, no joke) and to not remind myself of things happening in my Blackberry, AOL calender, planner AND notebook (I thought just purchasing the blackberry would keep me a line but it didn't). If anyone stresses, it's me.

April is Stress Awareness Month– a time when healthcare professionals, health promotion experts, and caregivers across the country join forces to raise public awareness about the cause and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

Here are some great tips for you (and me) to reduce our stress level this month from Jennifer Riley, a reporter at the Christian Post:

Provide a listening ear. Often, those who are going through stressful times simply need someone to talk to. Make an extra phone call or meet a friend for coffee and offer the opportunity for them to talk.

Send an encouraging note. Words are powerful. In the age of emails and text messages, handwritten notes show that you took time and effort to show you care.

Say “thank you.” Offer your gratitude for people. Thank a coworker for his or her hard work or a waiter for serving you dinner. Everyone wants to feel appreciated.

Laugh with someone. A good hearty laugh can relax you both and mentally lighten your load. Tell a joke or rent a funny movie with a friend.

Perform a random act of kindness. Surprise someone with the unexpected. It can be as simple as paying for a friend’s coffee or offering to watch the kids so a mom or dad can have time to relax.

Get a massage. It is said that an hour of professional massage can be as restful as 3-4 hours of sleep.

Help someone organize. When the places and things around us are in order, we feel a little more put together. Take time to help a friend clean out a closet or scrub the bathtub.

Take a walk. Exercise releases endorphins and makes us feel better all around. Walk around the mall with a coworker on your lunch break or meet a friend at a park after work and enjoy the fresh air.

Share a smile. This contagious act can easily brighten someone’s day. Smile to a passing stranger; it may make a big difference in his or her day.

Get away. Get away from the everyday circumstances that may be causing stress. Plan a weekend getaway or a day trip with a friend.

Pray. Say a quick prayer for your friend and put his or her stress in the hands of the Ultimate Provider and Healer.

National Stress Awareness Day is April 16.

To your health & happiness- and a stress-free month!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Glen Ivy's very own celebrity

If you have been to Glen Ivy in the last few days, you probably saw more than a few colorful blankets wrapped snuggly around Glen Ivy team members. These hand-woven wool blankets were lovingly made by the Chule family and given as gifts to Glen Ivy staff members that Chule has come to know and love (which, to say the least, is a lot of people!). There were quite a few blankets around the spa today to show Chule, who was here to visit, how much everyone loves them.

In his honor, we had a small gathering in the Tiempo Lounge for team members and guests who wanted to meet and greet Chule, Glen Ivy’s very own celebrity, and we all enjoyed Chule’s presence, yummy cookies and delicious lemonade made by Chef Bill Wavrin. (I will admit, the cookie tray closest to me went fast so I apologize if you didn’t get a cookie) :-)

I was so happy to spend time with Chule and see how genuinely happy he is to meet new people and his sincere ability to make everyone feel significant. Each person that walked in - friend or stranger (not for long!) - was greeted with a hug and a kiss by Chule!

We have a massage therapist, Karla, who learned to knit from her grandmother and wanted to share her gift with Chule and presented him today with a blanket – a bit of a role reversal as he was the receiver instead of the giver for a change.

I also got some great personal notes for Chule from some Glen Ivy team members:

“Chule is so lovable and the blanket he made me is just incredible! I love it and I love him!” -Leigh-Ann Davidson

“Chule personifies the spirit of generosity. He has always lived his life with a giving philosophy. In his late 80's, he is still our Macedonian Zorba, a dancing delight in many people's lives.” -John Gray

“In 2005, I wrote this Contemporary English haiku for Chule. He had given me the most perfect pink blanket and the words just came to me. Chule and Vera have that gift of giving that finds the best in a person – you can't help but feel thankful.”

wraps a warm pink wool blanket
round my grateful heart

-Anne Fees

You know the saying, “There are some people out there who just light up the world with their smile”? – well, that’s Chule. We are honored to know him and if you’d like to learn more about Chule and the family blanket business, please visit their website. You can even purchase a Chule blanket for yourself!

As well, we’d like to sincerely thank our guests today who, in the spirit of Chule’s kindness and generosity, donated food in an overwhelming way. We’ve filled barrels and barrels full of food that will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank in Riverside – we’re so excited to show up with a truck full of food!

Here are some photos of some our guests and Chule– enjoy!

March MUDness Grand Prize Winner

After a week of voting for the March MUDness Grand Prize Winner, the victor has been determined! Congratulations to Christine on her muddy mermaid memory! Winning by almost 50% of the votes, Christine will not only be taking home the March MUDness crown, but she will be participating in this day of generosity by giving a $150 Glen Ivy Gift Card to a loved one! I wonder how many best friends she has at this moment?

Thank you to EVERYONE who voted and participated in March MUDness! I hope you all had as much fun as I did!

Congratulations again Christine! We look forward to your next visit!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Valencia Grotto Winner

Congratulations to Dustin, the Valencia Grotto King! After a tough decision, the votes are in! We had some groovy (and goofy) green guests who joined in on the Grotto contest and with the competition fierce, Dustin was able to take home the prize using his best bodybuilder pose! ;-) Dustin received a gift basket courtesy of the Glen Ivy team in Valencia! Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to your next spa visit!

Any ideas for another contest? I know you all have great minds and I would love to hear your suggestions!!