Archive | September, 2013

TWICE AS NICE

October marks the 14th anniversary of marrying my “partner in crime”, my best friend, Scott. 

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So to honor that, we have come up with 3 specials for you to FALL in LOVE with SkinCatering!

  • Save 14% on Couples Massages (in home or in spa)  – have your appointment with a friend on the same day, the same time and get this special!
  • Save 14% on a Facial & Massage combo appointment – Have an amazing massage then receive a signature spa facial immediately after – all without ever leaving the table!
  • Save 14% on Gift Certificate purchases in October – Share the love!

SCHEDULE AND PURCHASE HERE

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THANKS FOR CELEBRATING WITH US!

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Not much has changed in 14 years, except it’s only gotten better!

Oh The Places You Will Go: 30+ Interesting facts about Springfield, Mass

Interesting Fact Number 1:

  • SkinCatering is opening it’s 2nd location in Springfield, MA in November 2013!

Yes, you read that correctly! My team and I have the honor of supporting, and caring for, the busy people of Springfield, Massachusetts.

So where will we be exactly?

Tower Square is the name of this special building that will house our 1600 square foot spa & skincare operation.

It’s located in the heart of downtown Springfield at 1500 Main Street.  Attached to the Marriott Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, and Mass Mutual, Tower Square has a 3 level parking garage, food court, restaurant (Currents), private dining club (The Colony Club), sports bar (Champions) and best of all…it’s within walking distance for most of our existing clientele that work in the area!

The view of our building from Main Street(photo courtesy of Tower Square)

The view of our building from Main Street
(photo courtesy of Tower Square)

I have a special love of Springfield, as this is where my grandparents were born and raised.

My grandma Shirley worked at the very first Friendly’s Ice Cream restaurant! She made the best Root Beer Floats when I was little.

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My grandparents, Fred & Shirley

While I grew up in Canada and visited Hampden County almost every summer, I’ve spent a lot of time here in the 16 years I’ve lived in the Pioneer Valley.  True to it’s historic reputation for innovative progress, I’ve pleasantly watched as positive changes have been made by people embracing the Revitalization of Springfield.  I am thrilled to be a part of it!

Before work, on your lunch break, or after work, you can schedule a full appointment or an express session at a time that fits your busy schedule.

Here are some great pictures of our second location:

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The view of our building from the Memorial Bridge
(photo courtesy of The Marriott)

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A sunset view of our building from the Agawam side of the river
(photo courtesy of destination360.com)

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A morning view of the Basketball Hall of Fame & Connecticut River, from one of the buildings in downtown Springfield. (photo courtesy of The Creative Strategy Agency’s instagram pic)

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A view of downtown Springfield & Tower Square on a crisp, Autumn morning.
(again, photo courtesy of The Creative Strategy Agency’s instagram pic)

More amazing pictures of the Springfield city skyline, can be found at:

Adam Belson’s Flickr Page

For our Boston friends wondering where Springfield, the 3rd largest city in Massachusetts and 4th largest in New England, is – It’s on the west side – between Worcester & The Berkshires!

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The other 29+ Fun Facts About Springfield, Massachusetts:

  • The Hartford-Springfield region is known as the Knowledge Corridor because it has the 2nd highest concentration of higher-learning institutions in the United States.
  • Recently, Springfield has become home to a number of biotech firms and high-speed computing centers. As of 2009 Springfield ranks as the 24th most important high-tech center in the United States.
  • In 1777,  George Washington and Henry Knox founded the United States’ National Armory in Springfield, which produced the first American musket in 1794, and later the famous Springfield rifle. (The Pentagon shut down the armory in 1968.)
  • In addition to its nicknames, Hoop City, The City of Progress, and The City of Homes, Springfield is also known as The City of Firsts because of it’s many innovations:

    • The first use of interchangeable parts and the assembly line in manufacturing, (1819, Thomas Blanchard)
    • The first American horseless car, (1825, Thomas Blanchard)
    • The discovery and patent of vulcanized rubber, (1844, Charles Goodyear)
    • The first American gasoline-powered car, (1893, Duryea Brothers) which in 1895 won the first automobile race in Chicago, Illinois.
    • The first successful motorcycle company, (1901, “Indian Motorcycle Company”)
    • Forest Park housed the United States’ first public swimming pool (1899)
    • The first and most widely read American-English dictionary, Merriam Webster, was created in Springfield (1806)
  • The world’s second-most-popular sport, basketball,  was created in Springfield (1891, Dr. James Naismith.)
  • Famous children’s author, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka “Dr. Seuss”) was born in Springfield, which inspired much of his work.
  • Springfield is home to Massachusetts’ largest Fortune 100 company, Mass Mutual Financial Group.
  • Is home to the world’s largest producer of handguns, Smith & Wesson, founded in 1852.
  • Springfield serves as the headquarters of the professional American Hockey League, the NHL’s minor league. (My personal favorite fact!)
  • The Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League (now located in Peoria, Illinois) was the oldest minor league hockey franchise in existence.  In 1994 the team relocated to Worcester and was replaced by the current Springfield Falcons, who play at the Mass Mutual Center.
  • Forest Park is one of the United States’ largest urban parks and also one of its most historically important urban parks. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted – the famed designer of New York City’s Central Park – Forest Park is nearly as large, and similarly diverse.
  • Springfield resident Mr. Everett Barney invented the clip-on ice skate and popularized the roller skate during the 19th century.
  • Springfield is home to Massachusetts’ 3rd largest employer, Baystate Health, with over 10,000 employees.
  • WWLP is the oldest TV station to air regularly scheduled programming in the market, launching its schedule on March 17, 1953, on Channel 61. (Now in Chicopee, MA)
  • Springfield was home to the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States, and the oldest radio station of any kind in New England: WBZ, which broadcast live from Springfield’s luxurious Hotel Kimball at 140 Chestnut Street, (now the Kimball Towers Condominiums) before moving to Boston in 1931.
  • Friendly Ice Cream Corporation – Founded in Springfield, 1935 (now located in Wilbraham, MA)
  • Good Housekeeping Magazine – Founded in Springfield in 1885.
  • Goodyear Tires – Founded in Springfield in 1844
  • Milton Bradley Company (maker of games like Memory, Battleship, Operation, and Candyland) – established in Springfield in 1860 (now located in East Longmeadow, MA)
  • Rolls-Royce of America Inc. was formed in 1919 in Springfield. A manufacturing plant was set up on Hendee Street.  The factory’s 1,200 employees produced 1,703 Silver Ghosts and 1,241 Phantoms. The 1929 stock market crash lead to the plant’s closure in 1931. The 1996 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Springfield Edition was made to commemorate Rolls-Royce of America’s 75th anniversary.
  • Sheraton Hotels and Resorts – founded in Springfield in 1937 with the purchase of The Stonehaven Hotel, and later the famous Hotel Kimball.
  • In 1968 Springfield Technical Community College was founded behind the Springfield Armory National Park. It is the only “technical” community college in Massachusetts, and was founded to continue Springfield’s traditional of technical innovation.
  • The Quadrangle, a cluster of  5 museums and a library (paid for by Andrew Carnegie) that surrounds a sculptural garden, includes the first American-made planetarium, designed and built (1937) by Frank Korkosz, and the most extensive collection of Chinese cloisonne outside of China.
  • Volleyball was invented in nearby Holyoke, MA but it’s first exhibition match was held in 1896 at the International YMCA Training School, now known as Springfield College.

Famous musicians from Springfield include:

  • Blues legend Taj Mahal
  • The band Staind and its front-man Aaron Lewis
  • The band Shadows Fall
  • Linda Perry, former leader singer of 4 Non Blondes and now famous songwriter and producer
  • Taj Mahal’s sister, Carole Fredericks, a soul singer very popular in France
  • Numerous jazz musicians, including Joe Morello, drummer for the Dave Brubeck Quartet; Phil Woods, saxophonist for Quincy Jones; Tony MacAlpine, keyboardist and guitarist with Steve Vai; and Paul Weston, composer for Frank Sinatra, among many others

Watch our facebook page to see pictures as we move in and as we share news of special events!

CHEERS!

Kim toasts to our success!

 

Jumping Face First

We’re so excited to announce that our Wing Girl, Shelly, got accepted into The Jolie Academy today where she will train to become a licensed ethetician!

Kim, our brilliant esthetics educator, is looking forward to helping mold her into her little ‘mini-me’.

Our team continues to work smarter, to give you the best care we can.

Please share your congratulations for Shelly in the comments section below!

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.” – Coco Chanel

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Trophy Wife

I’m honored to say that I am now a “Trophy Wife”.

Ok, maybe not in the way that society typically thinks of what that is, but it’s a condensed way of saying “Award-winning Entrepreneur who is also a Wife & Mother.”

Thanks to the many who voted for me, I am proud to say that I won the Western Massachusetts Women Magazine’s TOP WOMEN TO WATCH, 2013-14, for my category (beauty industry).

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Over the next year, I’m going to continue proving I’m worthy of the title.

You’re definitely going to want to watch this woman – AND her TEAM – because we have some pretty awesome stuff in store for you!

More than being a trophy wife (by my definition) I hope to be a really great role model for my younger cousin, Trelynn.  She is smart and witty, and would make a kickass entrepreneur if she decides to take that route.

On that topic, here’s a look at inspiring things for women.

My favorite book in the entire world is one that I read as a little girl: The Paperbag Princess. 

I recently read this article on Project Eve about Female Role Models, and I read this great article about 19 Best Paying Jobs For Women for which I’ve included the infographic here for you to see!

(yes, I read a lot)

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  • Thailand is the country where the percentage of female entrepreneur is the highest in the world followed by Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and China.
  • Women owned companies employ 35% more people than all the fortune 500 companies put together.
  • Women are starting new firms at twice the rate of all other businesses.
  • 40% of businesses owned in the USA are by women!

Trophy Wife. Yah, that’s me!

Coffee Talk: Episode 1, Collagen Treatments

Our very name says what we do!

We cater to skin. YOUR skin.

Proving we can be a little more serious when it comes to caring for our clients, Kim & Leanne discuss collagen treatments vs. natural treatments for your skin in this short episode of Coffee Talk!  But of course, we can’t help but to let our personalities peek through.

To learn more about the product, Stargazer, go to our online shop!

If Your Body Could Talk

I’m guilty of it too – of not being nice to myself.

For a long time I used self-deprecating humor as a way to get laughs. I would joke about my ‘fat ass’ and be the first to giggle about my multiple bellies.

Then one day I got sick of it.

I guess you could say that putting myself down no longer served me.

I wanted to love my body.

… and no amount of exercise or healthy eating changes could make that happen… yet.

I was miserable with how my body looked.  Actually that’s not true.  I was unhappy with how my body felt, which in turn, warped how I felt about my looks.

That was the turning point for me.

I started to be nice to myself.

  • I stopped saying mean things about my body (to myself & others).
  • I would smile in the mirror and find something good to say.
  • I began to love & respect myself.

It worked.

I no longer felt disgusting, which led to me wanting to do nice things for my body (like eating better, exercising, and rewarding myself with spa treatments.)

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Here is a simple Active Imagination Exercise that one of my business coaches taught me to talk to (and hear) my inner voice.

It works for other aspects of your Self as well.

The point is to view your inner voice, or your body in this case, as if it is a person standing in front of you, separate from yourself, and you have a conversation with them.

How To Get Started:

1) Be somewhere quiet(er), and get comfortable.

  • Sometimes, for me, this means I am laying in bed just after waking up.
  • Sometimes I am sitting on the couch, lamp shut off.
  • Other times I sit or lay on the floor, letting my body settle how it feels most comfortable.
  • You can even do this sitting in your chair, in your office, with the door closed, feet on the floor, hands in your lap.

2) Breathe.

  • A slow steady breath in.
  • A controlled exhale out.

I do this as many times as it takes until I feel calm and relaxed. Some days it is just a few breaths and I’m there.  Other times it takes me a few minutes to get into that space.

3) Listen to the noise.

  • Cars driving by.
  • Birds chirping.
  • People murmuring.

Take in all the busy-ness.

4) Listen to the stillness.

In between the noise, there are pockets of quiet. Find them.

  • It’s like moving the dial on a stereo to fade the music from the left speaker, to the right.
  • Imagine turning down the bass, and bringing up the treble.
  • Just let your ears do the tuning.

5) Begin the conversation with yourself.

  • You may choose to write or type out the conversation.
  • You may choose to speak out loud.
  • I personally like the quiet & stillness of just thinking the conversation in my head.

What feels right for you? I don’t think there is a right or wrong way – do what feels authentic for you. 

This was the dialogue I had with my body this morning, so you can see how it works:

Me: Good morning, Body.

(Then I be quiet, and listen for what the response is – don’t force it. Just listen.)

Body: Good morning, Leanne.

(Oh good! My body is awake and ready to talk!)

Me: How do you feel today, Body?

(Stay quiet, listen for response…it may take a few minutes, or the answer may come quickly.)

Body: I feel strong.

(I’m pleasantly surprised! I was not expecting that answer.)

Me: That is really great to hear that you feel strong because I have a lot to do today. What do you need me to do for you today?

(Again, quietly I listen…)

Body: I need you to stay hydrated today. It makes me feel weak when you don’t drink enough water.

(I blush a little, feeling guilty that I make my body feel that way.)

Me: I’m sorry I do that.  I can drink more water today.

At this point, instead of listening, I start to run down the list of things I could be doing to treat my body better, all the tasks I need to get done today, all the appointments I have to prepare for and it gets really loud in my head.

…and I realize I’m holding my breath and my butt is clenched tight with stress…

EXHALE.

INHALE.

EXHALE.

(…quiet space again)

Me: What else do you need me to do?

(…listening without judgement…)

Body: Don’t get too busy and forget to eat.  It makes me cranky.

Me: Oh…

I remind myself that the point of the conversation is to find out what my body needs TODAY.

Not yesterday, not tomorrow.

Just RIGHT NOW.

And all my body asked of me was to be hydrated and fed.

It didn’t yell at me.

It didn’t call me names.

It didn’t drag me over the coals for all the bad things I’ve done to it.

My body lovingly, and quietly stated what it wanted from me for today.

Simple.

INHALE.

EXHALE.

(Back to quiet, ready to hear what else my body had to say…)

Me: Ok Body, I promise to drink water and remember to feed you today.  What else would you like me to know?

Body: I really appreciate the quiet space you made to talk to me today. It makes me feel loved.

(I blush again…my body is so sweet & nice, not angry or hateful for my past transgressions…)

Me: You’re welcome.  I love you. Thank you for supporting me as I build my business.

Body: I love you too.

And with that, I felt complete and understood the conversation was over.

I opened my eyes and was ready to start my day.

I had no idea that my body was so kind and forgiving.

I should really be nicer to her.

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The Happy Hour Show, Episode 1

My wellness industry friend, Krista Ross posted this quote:

“If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.” – Jennifer Jones

I love this statement.

Our SkinCatering team is a personable, happy, and I’m thrilled to say – humorous, team!

Here we are with our second video ever, a series calledSkinCateringTV: The Happy Hour Show  – our version of The Late Show where we have special guests visit us for a chat (and some bevvies), and to play one of our fun games!

Karen Boyd of MIX 931 was the Celebrity for our first show, and the game is Spa Pictionary!

(We learned we need a bigger marker so you can play along with us at home!)

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Collaborating with other leading ladies always makes me smile. 

As a massage therapist, I spend a lot of time alone with my thoughts, massaging clients in a quiet room, careful to ensure a relaxing experience.

While I sincerely enjoy providing this service and it warms my heart to help restore peace & balance, sometimes I just need to be LOUD and SASSY!

ENTER… A CREATIVE OUTLET!

Recently, along with other MANY amazing women, I was nominated for an award called “Western Mass Women’s Magazine: Top Women To Watch”  for the Class of 2013/14.

Not ones to let an opportunity for fun slip past us, Meghan Rothschild & Emily Gaylord of Chikmedia, Karen Boyd from Mix931, and yours truly (Leanne from SkinCatering) got together to give you an entertaining movie trailer about why you should vote for us!

HOW TO VOTE

(voting ends September 10, 2013)
Go to http://www.westernmasswomen.com/
On the left hand side select Women to Watch Ballot

Type: 

  • “Meghan Rothschild, chikmedia” for Advertising/Marketing
  • “Emily Gaylord, chikmedia” for Graphic Design
  • “Leanne Sedlak, SkinCatering” for Spa/Beauty
  • “Karen Boyd, Mix 93.1” for Radio Personality

OUR FRIENDS IN CATEGORIES THAT YOU CAN ALSO VOTE FOR: 

Bethany Daley/Porterhouse Media
Brittney Kelleher – Westfield Bank
Claudine Gaj – The Magic Spoon Catering
Crystal Senter Brown – Self
Crystal Wrisley Vazquez/ Crystal Vazquez & Co / Westfield
Dani Williams – Dani. Fine photography
Debra Socinelli/ It’s a girl thing / Agawam
Elizabeth Ginter – BaconWilson
Jill Monson / Inspired Marketing
Karrie Welch – Fortunate Face Minerals
Kelly Stellato/ Walden Behavorial Care
Laura Albano / Hidden Treasures / Agawam
Laura Miacola / Westfield Bank
Lisa Joy Merrill – Joy Squared Photography
Lisa Powers/ CJC Events / West Spfld
Liz Washer, makeup artist / Spfld
Mary Beth Berrien – Westfield High School
Maggie Pereiras / WGGB / Channel 40
Michelle Cayo / Country Bank
Mila Trompke – Keller Williams
Pamela Thornton/ United Personnel
Tanya Costigan / Bowties & Butterflies Events/ Westfield
Tanya Ryan – Tanya Gets You Fit

Thanks for watching! (and voting)