Ultimate Self Care for the Fit Mama

Mamas, you know we are always talking about self-care here at FIT4MOM. But, seriously, have you been listening? Are you taking time for YOU?

Guess what? Sometimes we forget, too! But, as we always remind you - you have to take care of YOU to be the best you for your family. What have you done for yourself lately?


Admittedly, I forget to do this sometimes, myself! My typical version of self-care is exercise, a pedicure every couple of months, and going to Whole Foods by myself. My main hobbies include... umm... working, momming, and late night cleaning while drinking wine with NCIS playing in the background.

I'm a very much a creature of habit! So, when The Grand Spa reached out and offered me an 80-minute massage I almost said no (because, I could do ALL THE THINGS during that time away from the kids... can you just watch my kids instead?).

However, my wonderful business partner (thanks Andrea) signed me on up to go take a break for myself (even though I told her SHE should go instead). She couldn't believe I had not been to a professional massage before! My mother-in-law actually bought me a Massage Envy gift card over two years ago and I still haven't gone to use it, because... I always need to do all the things before I take a break for a massage.. right?

So, I went, and even that day I was anxious about taking a break from work, from kids, from the home, from life. Then I walked in, I was handed a glass of champagne and I didn't look back.


The visit started out with a tour of the spa. They do so much in this little bungalow, I couldn't believe it! Hair, nails, massage, facials, and more. They have a separate men's area (the outside area has a putting green!) for dads to visit, as well. I was then led into the locker room, where I put on a comfy robe and took a private elevator upstairs.

I went into a relaxing room with Bruce. I was a little intimidated, I honestly assumed I would probably get a female masseuse. Then Bruce told me his rules for the room. One was that I was to feel comfortable, let him know if he was going too hard/soft (because he avoided talking/asking - something that when you're consistently around kids you do not expect, AT ALL) and then HE GAVE ME PERMISSION TO TAKE A BREAK.

Yeah, you heard that right.

He said that his main rule was that I forget everything that is happening outside the room for the next 80 minutes.


Can I do that?

Is that ALLOWED?

Forget the kids? My 28 jobs? My to-do list? Dishes? Dinner? ALL OF IT?

Okay, fine, Bruce. I might be able to do that. (I didn't fully succeed, but I sure tried... I need more practice - which means I'll just have to go BACK to the Grand Spa.. like tomorrow.. right? So I can practice this?)

The massage was incredible! Seriously, THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED FOR MOTHERS DAY. Post-massage, I just was not ready to go home - I was hooked and knew I had another hour at least before I needed to get back to the kids.

I went outside in the courtyard, grabbed another glass of champagne, and did a meditation (I had just started the day before the Oprah's 21 Day Mediation Experience - a definite must, Mama!). Then I returned to the locker room, took a shower (by MYSELF), then enjoyed the sauna for a while before heading back to reality.

Overall, it was a nice and quiet, relaxing experience. I'm definitely interested in their Grand Spa Membership and wanted to share that with you (hey, Mother's Day is coming up, ya know!). I know that's what I'm asking for!


The Grand awaits to “Teach You How to Spa” in a Grand way!

The Grand understands the importance of a consistent beauty regime and offers special pricing for Grand Spa Members’ monthly visits and treatments with exclusive pricing and exceptional members only events.

All Grand Spa Memberships Include:

  • Unlimited use of Infra-Red Sauna, team Room and Relaxation areas
  • Monthly applications of customized Keratase
  • Shu Uemura Hair Masque with Complimentary Detoxifying Peloid Mud in our Steam Room
  • Membership pricing on select services
  • 10% discount for Med Spa, Salon and Retail
  • Monthly Yoga Classes and Grand Goddess Ceremony


  • Couples Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage Grand Spa Wrap, Scrubs and Bath
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Pre-and post Natal Massage
  • A shiatsu Oriental bar Therapy
  • Grand Thai Table Massage
  • Grand Classic Marine Algae Wrap Detox Treatments


  • Custom Couture Blow dry & Style
  • Custom Hair Cut and Style
  • Special Occasion Hairstyling
  • Custom Highlights
  • Hair Color Retouch
  • Gloss Toner

AND MORE! Visit www.grandbeautyspa.com for more services.


We are excited to announce that Grand Spa has teamed up with Tampa Bay Parenting for a #MyHeroMom contest in honor of Mother's Day!

Nominate your #MYHEROMOM and WIN a Grand Spa Day for Two!

Moms come in many shapes and sizes. There are step-moms, foster moms, adopted moms, grand-moms, teacher-moms and of course Moms.

This Mother’s Day, we want to celebrate our Hero Moms.

Tell us about your hero mom and why she inspires you: Is it her kind-heartedness? Her bravery? Her selflessness? Her sacrifices? It could be your mom or someone else’s mother.

Tell us why your #myheromom is so special and you could win a Spa Day for Two from Grand Beauty Spa and Tampa Bay Parenting. We’re certainly not looking for the perfect mom (because none of us are) but we’d love to hear about it! We’ll share some of our favorite entries around Mother’s Day.

Contest Details:

Answer the questions HERE in 300 words or less. Our panel of judges will pick three winners. The winning Moms and guest will be treated to a Spa day on Saturday, May 13th. The 2 runners-up will each receive a $100 gift card to Grand Beauty Spa.

So make it an extra-happy Mother's Day in your house this year, and send in your entry! All five winners will be published on www.grandbeautyspa.com

Please include a photo of yourself and/or your hero mom. The contest begins April 15th and will run until Monday, May 1 st at 10 p.m. (EST). The Grand Spa will contact the winner(s) by noon on May 5th.


Don't want to wait until Mother's Day?

The Grand Beauty Spa recognizes that every guest’s face and body are unique. We customize and continually update treatments to meet client’s needs and deliver the benefits they seek. No luxury is spared in our quest to create unparalleled results.

Visit them and save 10% on any service when you mention FIT4MOM and use the code TAMPABLOGGERS.

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Disclaimer: I was compensated with a complimentary massage in exchange for my honest review. We hope you enjoy the review and are inspired to do some SELF-CARE. All opinions are my own.

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