OMG. Stop the presses – I’ve just been offered a mom-blogger perk. A “perk”, in mom-blogger lingo, is the equivalent of getting swag at red carpet events. Sort of. Well okay, not really.
Anyway, it involves stepping out of my comfort zone and tightrope walking and jumping off what looks like a telephone pole, even though I’m scared of heights. But still…
Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson AZ – a pretty luxe operation (Brangelina has stayed there, ahem – mind if I name drop?!) – has offered me (did you hear that? me!) a weekend away from my sherpa-mom life in their spa with free accommodations and healthy dining, and YOGA classes and all kinds of outdoor stuff like zip lines and tightrope walking and what looks like jumping off the top of a telephone pole.
Me! (BTW they haven’t paid me to write this or anything, and they said I don’t have to write a blog post about them unless I feel like it! I’m feeling pretty dern big-headed so of course I’m telling you. Also, it was really nice of them!) The thing is, it’s been hard to look my husband in the face over the last year and three months since I started my blog and tell him how excited I am that I make 0.00001 cents per half-click on my ads. I tell him it’s my salary. And he has to keep a straight face.
This is big. It gives me a veil of some legitimacy. He works for Big Blue and gets to swan off to conferences in Vegas and Florida and all over the place, get wined and dined. This is sort of like that, right? You see: I’m catching up with him. Right?
So far on the blog my only real perk has been one measly free carton of Blue Bunny Ice Cream and a Blue Bunny ice cream scooper (these PR folks really know their target demographic)! I ate the ice cream and promptly lost the scooper because I don’t have a trowel so the kids used it to dig in the garden…blah-bla-blah.
Then I got offered a weekend getaway to a romantic B&B in Virginia last year but when I asked if they had roll-away beds to accommodate my children they informed me that kids are “not encouraged” to come with, so I said sayonara. (Maybe some parents find this amazing but I actually prefer to travel with and be with my children.)
And this week I got another perk which brings my perk tally up to three – heh! – free tickets for me and my family to go to see the Medieval Times show and have dinner! They want me to do a blog post about what I’m guessing is going to be a really good show (knights on horseback, stabbing at your dinner with a spear, a castle, knights on horseback, did I say knights on horseback? – I’m all over it). They want me to blog about the show so that they can spread the word.
But the Miraval luxe spa thing – why did they ask me? Is it because they can tell from reading my blog that I’m over-parenting, that I’ve lost my mojo and I could really use a spiritual kick in the yoga pants? Or a good night’s sleep without someone asking for a cup of water 40 million times? (This perk is a kidless one, but I’m okay with that. I think I’m ready to be in a hotel room without my kids jumping on the bed…)
PS: A side note, I am afraid of walking a tightrope. Total coward. Also I drink too much coffee and would probably get car sick up there. But wouldn’t this be great blog fodder?
I could just wear my yoga pants around the place, the ones that I sleep in! Talk about relaxing!
One small catch is that although I wear yoga pants, I don’t actually do yoga. At. All. Kapiche? (Is that hypocritical or do a lot of you moms do this? Could you please let me know in the comments if there is anybody reading this over the summer, anybody at all? Aren’t yoga pants the new sweats?)
Take a look at the yoga class and all the cool outdoorsy stuff they do at Miraval in this video:
In their email to me which I got just now – they used the word unplug. As in: we’d encourage you to unplug.
Miraval Resort & Spa would like to invite you to attend the Mommy Blogger Me-Time Getaway at Miraval in Tucson, Arizona.
Miraval is an award-winning, all-inclusive destination retreat nestled in the warm shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains. To sum up the Miraval experience, think fresh, locally sourced ingredients in every mouth-watering meal, development activities that make the heart-pump and the head re-think, and fabulous spa resources that make the senses ignite. In May, Miraval unveiled the brand new Life in Balance Spa with Clarins – designed with an appreciation for the natural splendor of the Sonoran desert. Our new menu of spa services were created to offer guests the most innovative, life-enhancing treatments in the world.
Our Mommy Blogger Me-Time itinerary will give you the chance to experience the new Life in Balance Spa in addition to everything Miraval has to offer – from rise-and-shine yoga to tightrope walking 35 feet in the air — plus some free time to explore the resort on your own.
The all-inclusive Me-Time Getaway includes complimentary accommodations in one of our casita guestrooms; ground transportation to and from Tucson International Airport; all healthful meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages; and participation in a vast array of self-discovery and growth activities. You’ll also have full access to Miraval’s extensive resort amenities including 24-hour use of the Body Mindfulness Center and the swimming pool area with its cascading waterfalls, acupressure stone walk and whirlpool.
Press rates are available for those who cannot accept press trips. Please note that airfare is not included in Miraval’s Mommy Blogger Me-Time Getaway.
We hope you can join us.
Miraval. You won’t find you anywhere else.
What do you think? Should I go?
PS: Oh my goodness! Look at the list of activities!