It’s All About Happy

Good Morning Everyone!

The sun is shining, the birds are singing and today happens to be my birthday. Happy Birthday to me! It also happens to be the first day of my starting Gretchen Rubin’s, The Happiness Project. Last night some of the amazing women from Mom It Forward got together for a virtual book club chat led by Angie Lee and inspired me to read it. I am just a few pages in and have already found so many things resonating with me.

The words of the writer Colette had haunted me for years: “What a wonderful life I have had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” I didn’t want to look back, at the end of my life or after some great catastrophe, and think, “How happy I used to be then, if only I’d realized it.”

Kristen does a great roundup on her blog each week of her Happiness Project progress and has inspired me to do the same here. I haven’t picked a day in each week that I will post about it, but I will, I promise. I am going to start now.

Happiness Project #1 Started on my 39th birthday!

One of the things I can tell you makes me happy is how much travel and spa writing I am getting the chance to do. Last night I found an invitation in my inbox to attend a fun event in NYC all expenses paid the end of April. YAY! I am trying to think how I can take Connor along to see the Big Apple as one of my big goals over the last three years we have him home is to spend more time traveling with him.

Spa Week is coming up! Which makes me VERY happy. I have an appointment almost every day, April 11-17th to write about a new spa experience. The really cool thing about Spa Week is that you can get a ton of treatments for $50. Which is a super cheap treat for yourself in the spa world. I am going to do things I have never done, like botox and spray tans. I remember the first time my sister in law got a spray tan, she was completely orange. So, I am hoping that has changed in the past 10 years. Fingers crossed.

The last thing on my happiness project today? I am breaking my own rules and actually running a giveaway for the first time in a very long time. It’s going to be super simple and I really hope you play along.


One $50 Spa Week Gift Card that is redeemable year around, and it never expires. It can be used during Spa Week as well.

Spa Week $50 Giftcard Image

How to enter:

There is one thing I am always dying to know when I get a massage: Should I get completely naked? I undress down to my granny panties. TMI? Probably, but if you want to win you have to tell me your naked truth!

Leave a comment telling me if you get completely naked for a massage or just how disrobed you get.

That’s it. No other hoops to jump through. For you guys and gals that love extra entries I will give you more options.

Extra Entries: You must leave a separate comment for each entry and extra entry-it’s how I count how many entries you have.

1. Browse the $50 spa week directory (enter your zip code on the left hand side) and tell me what treatment looks the most enticing. There are  a lot of different things to do besides the standard mani/pedi.

2. Tweet something like: Do you get naked for spa treatments? @chaotic_barb & @spaweek want to know:

3. Like Spa Week on Facebook

4. Like Mom Off Track on Facebook

Rules: Open to US Residents 18 and older. It’s your responsibility to make sure spa’s in your area are participating by checking the Spa Week site. Giveaway ends April 7th, 2011 at 7pm MST. Either or The Winner Is Plug In will be used to determine the winner. Read the full Terms and Conditions here.

And the winner is….

Spa Week Giftcard Winner Announced

Congrats KIA! Email on the way!


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  1. Will says:

    I disrobe completely IF the massage is therapeutic. I get sports massages, too, that focus more on muscle conditioning, etc. Those aren’t as relaxed. Clothes are so stifling, even undergarments, when all I want is complete relaxation.

  2. Heck yeah I do – my underwear and bra can pay for their own massage if they want one! :)

  3. I liked Spa Week on FB! :)~

  4. I liked Mom Off Track on FB :)

  5. Marie says:

    I actually got my first massage this past year and had to ASK the same question of the masseuse. She looked at me like I had four heads. After our brief introduction, I indeed ended up sans clothes.

  6. Lisa-Marie says:

    Yep…nudie is the way to go! They’ve got those drapes to keep most parts covered ;-)

  7. NAKED… seriously.. if I’m gonna get a massage I want the whole package (No.. NOT the happy ending :) )

  8. We are FB friends!!

  9. I am FB friends with Spa Week!

  10. kia says:

    I have no issue getting nekkid for a good massage. It isn’t like the masseur has not seen a body before.

  11. Julie Rosier says:

    I tweeted,I like it on FB and no, I don’t get naked!! Eww, I’m too old to be scarin’ people!

  12. SunRae says:

    At first I keep my grannie undies on too – but now I am au natural.

  13. SunRae says:

    I would love the 50 Min Customized Massage with Choice of Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Relaxation or Muscle Therapy Techniques and Warm Foot Cleanse

  14. SunRae says:
  15. SunRae says:

    I Like Spa Week on Facebook

  16. SunRae says:

    I Like Mom Off Track on Facebook

  17. Dawn says:

    Massage – what a wonderful concept – and I wear my cute little VS bikini undies now that I can wear them without feeling like a spandex reject! :P Not that I get to go very often…

  18. Dawn says:

    Have to say this package (60 Min Pampering Package: Includes 30 Min Spa Manicure, 30 Min Pedicure and Deep Hydrating Treatment) sounds really good right now. Haven’t had a pedi since before I broke my leg @ Christmas and now that I can wear 2 shoes again, my feet need some pampering.

  19. Dawn says:

    Spa Week is now my FB friend :)

  20. Dawn says:

    and finally, I am FB friends with the indomitable Mom Off Track! Happy Birthday Barb!

  21. Denise S says:

    I’ve never gotten a massage, but I would stay as clothed as possible.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  22. Denise S says:

    I most want to get a chemical peel.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  23. Christy says:

    I have not had the priviledge of getting a massage. Isn’t that sad! If I did though, I think I’d wear bra/undies or a tank top?

  24. Christy says:

    A Chocolate Body Scrub or a Hot Stone Massage sounds good!

  25. i’ve never had a massage…i would probably do a panty and bra type deal. I’d be too shy to take any more off. haha

  26. a pedi really would be nice…or this warm foot cleanse. nice!

  27. Christine says:

    as clothed as possible

  28. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I get completely naked, I like the hot stone massage and you don’t get the right feel if your clothed.

  29. Kelly Ann T. says:

    The hot stone massage is the most appealing to me.

  30. Kelly Ann T. says:
  31. Sharon Harmon says:

    No way! I keep my undies ON! lol! ;)

  32. Kelly D says:

    I’d leave some clothes on for a massage.

  33. paige chandler says:

    I’m very shy and ALWAYS leave the panties on.

  34. paige chandler says:

    The hot stone massage sounds awesome.

  35. Denise B. says:

    For a facial, just my underwear; for a massage, just a towel.

  36. Denise B. says:

    I “Like” Spa Week on Facebook.

  37. Jeff says:

    I get naked for the massage. You feel like jelly after you get one!

  38. Jeff says:

    Hot stone massage looks good.

  39. Jeff says:
  40. Jeff says:

    Like Spa Week on FB.

  41. Jeff says:

    Like Mom Off Track on FB.

  42. Denise says:

    I have a hard time with massage (yes I’m weird), so you’ll always find me in panties.

  43. Mariel says:

    Disrobe completely

  44. Betty N says:

    The only type of massage I have ever had was neuromuscular and not only did I leave my undies on, but it was done through the sheet that covered me!

  45. Betty N says:

    I have never had a manicure or a pedicure and could really really use both so I would choose the
    60 Min Pampering Package: Includes 30 Min Spa Manicure, 30 Min Pedicure and Deep Hydrating Treatment

  46. Betty N says:
  47. Betty N says:

    I like Spa Week on facebook

  48. Betty N says:

    I like Mom Off Track on facebook (Betty N)

  49. amanda h says:

    I usually wear a bikini and strip down to that :)

  50. amanda h says:
  51. T. Lawson says:

    Completely naked!

  52. chelsey says:

    Just underoos

  53. Giant Sis says:

    Everything but my underwear!

  54. Giant Sis says:

    I definitely want the 60 Min Hot Stone Massage at a local spa!

  55. Giant Sis says:
  56. Giant Sis says:

    I Like Spa Week on Facebook – liz t. n.

  57. Giant Sis says:

    I Like Mom Off Track on Facebook – liz t. n.

  58. cindy w says:

    I leave my undies on.

  59. Claire says:

    I’ve never had a massage but I imagine I’d keep my undergarments on

  60. Adrienne Bireley says:

    I’ve never had a massage but I think I would leave my skivvies ON.

  61. Adrienne Bireley says:

    I LIKE Spa Week on Facebook. Adrienne Crook Bireley

  62. Adrienne Bireley says:

    I LIKE Mom off Track on FB. Adrienne Crook Bireley

  63. Melissa says:


  64. Chris says:

    All the way down to the birthday suit!

  65. Chris says:

    I like Spa Week on Facebook.

  66. Chris says:

    I like Mom Off Track on Facebook.

  67. Linda Lansford says:

    I were some clothing

  68. Chris says:

    I think I’d try Botox with you Barb. That way we can make each other laugh even harder at our new Nancy Pelosi foreheads.

  69. Janna Johnson says:

    underwear only!
    thanks for entering me!
    Janna Johnson

  70. Erica C. says:

    I’d want my undies on :)

  71. Adrienne Gordon says:

    yep, i go all the way.

  72. Jillian says:

    I’ve never had a massage at a spa before, i don’t think i would do it totally naked though

  73. Jillian says:

    the body wraps sound fun

  74. Jenn S. says:

    I will lose my clothes for a good massage.

  75. tasha says:

    Birthday suit for me!

  76. Jenn S. says:

    I would love the 75 Minute Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Custom Facial from a spa near me.

  77. tasha says:

    liked spa week on facebook under tasha j robinson

  78. Jenn S. says:

    I already liked Spa Week on facebook. :)

  79. tasha says:

    liked mom of track on facebook under tasha j robinson

  80. tasha says:

    ooooh… the 90 minute spa manicure and pedicure for sure!

  81. tasha says:
  82. Daria says:

    Panties on – nothing under my panties needs massaging :) Shoulders and low back – DO!

  83. Daria says:

    I like Mom off track :)

  84. Ivan Bradley says:

    This Prize ( if I win it ) would be for my wife. I’ve never gotten a massage in my entire life ( it’s true) but if I ever got one I would not be nude. I know my wife has had some but I never bothered to ask her.

  85. Scott Martin says:

    Nothing but what god gave me.
    Scott Martin

  86. Scott Martin says:

    I liked you on Facebook. THANKS for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!

    Scott Martin

  87. Scott Martin says:

    I liked Spa Week on Facebook. THANKS for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!

    Scott Martin

  88. Melodic Mom says:

    I always do bra-off, underwear-on. Why should I take my underwear off? They aren’t touching that part.

  89. Melodic Mom says:
  90. Melodic Mom says:

    I like the hot stone massage.

  91. monte says:

    My first massage Was with Hot Stone So Relaxing

  92. ferriz says:

    completely naked. not by choice, but they make me do it. totally uncomfortable until they start working their magic and then i totally dont care about them maybe seeing my girlie bits. :: blushes ::


  93. ferriz says:

    fb fan: xferriza2 (Danielle b)


  94. ferriz says:

    fb fan them: xferriza2 (Danielle B)


  95. Sara Filler says:

    I have never had a massage so I haven’t really thought of the “completely disrobing”!

  96. sarah t says:

    i leave my underwear on

  97. Ceinwyn says:

    Buh bye clothes! The place where I get massages has the most delicious sheets, it’s like snuggling with bunnies or marshmallows or something ridiculously soft like that .

  98. Daniel M says:

    never had a massage, probably wouldn’t get completely naked

  99. I leave my underwear on, then hop under the sheet as quickly as possible.

  100. The “stress melter” at a spa near me sounds great. I could really use that right now!

  101. I like Mom Off Track on Facebook!

  102. Angela Winesburg says:

    I go completely nude, it costs too much not too!

  103. Judith says:

    i get naked to my panties, I got someone else to massage there.

  104. Judith says:
  105. Judith says:

    I would like a refreshing facial

  106. Judith says:

    I Like Spa Week on Facebook

  107. Judith says:

    I. Like Mom Off Track on Facebook

  108. Debra F says:

    I definitely leave my panties on for a massage!!! I’m too modest not to

  109. Debra F says:
  110. Debra F says:

    I Like Spa Week on Facebook
    Debra Ford

  111. Debra F says:

    I Like Mom Off Track on Facebook
    Debra Ford

  112. Pam says:

    I always leave just my underwear on.

  113. Kristin says:

    Casting a vote for nekkidity

  114. Kristin says:

    Hot stone massage!

  115. C Duran says:

    Panties stay on!

  116. Sarah L says:

    I get a massage every other week at a local massage school. I have RA and this seems to help me.
    I have no problem with taking off all my clothes. The students are taught good modesty preserving techniques. I like the name of one: The Diaper Wrap.
    Thanks for the contest.

  117. Sarah L says:

    I’d try the hot stone massage.

  118. Sarah L says:
  119. Sarah L says:

    FB like you: Slehan

  120. Sarah L says:

    FB like Spa week: Slehan

  121. katfam says:

    I leave my underwear on. I’d feel very uncomfortable without them.

  122. katfam says:

    I like you on FB.

  123. katfam says:

    I like Spa Week on FB.

  124. tracey byram says:

    I’ve never had a massage before. It seems way too personal to me.

  125. cathy says:

    the bra goes the undies stay.

  126. cathy says:

    Liked spa week on FB

  127. cathy says:

    liked Mom off track on FB

  128. cathy says:

    I tweeted but it is not giving me the link to post. I am drewnphilipmom

  129. Anna W says:

    I tweeted as @FELTit


  130. barbara wright says:

    LOL – funny you should ask! I have never gotten a massage because I was afraid I had to get naked and there’s no way I’d do that

  131. Anna W says:

    FULL HOUR MASSAGE. That just says it all to me. If I can push my luck, add a full body wrap.


  132. Anna W says:

    Panties. Granny or otherwise. No problem letting the girls hang out!


  133. barbara wright says:

    The 75 minute mandarin mani/pedi sounds great

  134. barbara wright says:
  135. barbara wright says:

    I Like Spa Week on Facebook – barbara wright

  136. barbara wright says:

    I Like Mom Off Track on Facebook – barbara wright

  137. susan smoaks says:

    i get completely naked

  138. Happi Shopr says:

    I’ve never had a massage beyond ones from my hubby and I always strip all the way down. ;)

  139. Christal Couturier says:

    I leave my skivvies on thats it

  140. Christal Couturier says:

    I would get a refresher facial peel

  141. Christal Couturier says:

    Like Spa Week on FB
    christal fuller couturier

  142. Christal Couturier says:

    Like Mom off track on FB

  143. lisa says:

    Granny panties for me as well.

  144. lisa says:

    A Min European Facial with Eye Treatment sounds nice.

  145. lisa says:
  146. lisa says:

    I Like Spa Week on Facebook (lisa smith)

  147. lisa says:

    I Like Mom Off Track on Facebook (lisa smith)

  148. Diane Baum says:

    I’m shy and don’t follow rules well…leave on my socks and undies

  149. Nicole Greene says:

    I leave my undies on, but that’s it–everything else comes off!

  150. Nicole Greene says:
  151. Nicole Greene says:

    The Hot Stone Massage with Essential Oils sounds awesome!

  152. Nicole Greene says:

    I “LIKE” Spa Week on FB (Nicole Pitts)

  153. Nicole Greene says:

    I “LIKE” you on FB (Nicole Pitts)

  154. DanV says:

    I just do what they tell me

  155. heather c says:

    Yup. Nekkid as can be!

  156. heather c says:

    I would probably get the 50 Min Brightening Facial!

  157. heather c says:

    I like spa week on facebook!

  158. heather c says:
  159. Summer says:

    I have no idea really, I have never had a professional massage but I would probably leave unmentionables on.

  160. Michelle H. says:

    I have had one massage and they offered me a small towel wrap.

  161. Veronica Garrett says:

    Don’t you get naked and they hand you a towel?

  162. Sand says:

    I leave on my underwear but take everything else off.

  163. Pamela S says:

    That’s one of the reasons I don’t like massages. But the few I’ve had I’ve NOT gotten naked. Thanks so much!

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