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. BrowseΒ 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 Β 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:Β

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!



  1. 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. 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.

  3. Lisa-Marie says

    Yep…nudie is the way to go! They’ve got those drapes to keep most parts covered πŸ˜‰

  4. says

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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! πŸ˜› Not that I get to go very often…

  8. 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.

  9. Denise S says

    I’ve never gotten a massage, but I would stay as clothed as possible.
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  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. Denise says

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Jillian says

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

  17. Jenn S. says

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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 ::


  20. Sara Filler says

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

  21. 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 .

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. Summer says

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