Take Some Time To Relax and Get-a-way

Every year during Valentine’s day weekend my husband and I take a Romantic trip to one of our favorite resorts: The Lodge of the Four Seasons.

I love the lodge of the Four Seasons, because it’s a great place to go winter, spring, summer or fall and they have an Amazing Spa along  with wonderful resort amenities,

During my recent trip to the Lodge of the Four Seasons, I especially enjoyed cuddling by the fire-place  with my hubby along with other couples. In fact, this was one weekend trip where I was there and truly in the moment.

Furthermore, my mind was not on my Business, or my to-do list, however, I enjoyed every moment of the trip.

Furthermore, I believe because I was truly there, it seemed like we were there for more than just 2 days.

Within 30-minutes of arriving to the resort, my daughter in-law and I rushed to the spa to get our massages and I must say that one of my prayers were answered.

After my 30-minute Massage, the lady who gave me a Massage revealed to me that she was the head of Spa Shiki and she shared some valuable health and cancer prevention tips with me.

I was completed honored to have the head of the Spa to perform my massage and I immediately recognized that I was  shown favor.   I want to share some of the tips with you that Ms. Ann shared with me:

  1.  She said women should invest in a body brush to release the toxins from their body 2-3 times a week.
  2.  She also encouraged me to take a bath in Epsom salt to release toxins from lymph nodes (under my arms) 2-3 times a week.
  3.  Use a antiperspirant deodorant to allow your lymph nodes under your arm pits to breath and release toxins that could cause breast cancer.

I really appreciated those health tips, because I have been praying about why so many women are coming down with breast cancer. When you pray, you never know how your answer will come from.

Ms. Ann  also recommended that I purchase some lavender oil to add to my bath water; I tried it and I slept like a baby that night! (I added a photo below of my holistic care findings at Spa Shiki)

Photo: I can never visit the Spa Shiki with buying some holistic body care products. Lavendar oil, all natural deodorant and a body brush to exfoliate my skin.

The best part of my spa visit was the salt water pool! Spa Shiki has an amazing salt water pool and I can never visit the spa without immersing my body in that Salt water pool or visiting their meditation room.

How long has it been since you have taken a weekend trip to relax? If it has been a while, I want to encourage you to unplug from your Business, relax and enjoy life!

What I have discovered about relaxation: The more relaxed that you are…the more creativity will flow!!

Sometimes we can get so caught up in the cares of this life, that we forget what it is like to stop and have a little fun!

With Relaxation in mind….




Travel Inspired Danielle’s Boutique

” I feel at home when I’m in my Boutique.”~Danielle Hubbard-Phelps

I am so excited to feature the Inspired Business Woman: Danielle Hubbard-Phelps of Omaha Nebraska. Danielle is not only an Inspired Business Women, but she is a close friend of mine. We went to High school together and we reconnected several years ago on Facebook.

Danielle is the Owner of Chocolate Cheetah Boutique; the mother of 7 Children and is also a Grandmother. Danielle is from my home town St. Louis, Missouri and loves being a business woman. She also owns a Family Home Child Care Business In Omaha.

I was inspired to feature Danielle on my Blog as I watched her transition from operating a home day to opening her very own boutique. In fact, as I viewed some recent photos of Danielle on Facebook I saw the glow in her face that comes when you are happy with what you do.So today I am going to share with you; what inspired Danielle to open her Boutique: Chocolate Cheetah.

The photo that you see below is of Danielle modeling some of the clothing from her newly opened boutique and I think she looks so comfortable in her skin. Also, she appears to be enjoying owning her new boutique.

What Inspired Danielle’s Boutique

Danielle’s boutique was inspired by her love for travel and she also loved to shop for nice things. In fact, Danielle’s family and friends would always ask her about the uniqueness of her clothing, shoes or purses that she found while traveling. They would also ask if she could find some unique items for them as well. So, Danielle decided not to only shop for herself, but to start shopping for others and start-up her very own Boutique.

Why Did Danielle Name the Boutique “Chocolate Cheetah”

The name Chocolate Cheetah was inspired by Danielle’s love for Espresso and chocolate colors in her home. She also loves “Cheetah” prints.

Danielle’s Start-up Cost Was very Low

While working at a local store, the Owner of the Building told Danielle that if she worked for him; that she could get the building next door to his store. So, she worked on the building; brought things from her home to strategically place throughout the shop and after lots of hard work and months of renovating the Boutique, she was open by June 2013!

I just love Danielle’s business skills!

One of the strategies that Danielle used to get inventory for her boutique was to invite customers to sell their clothes to the boutique and Danielle bought new and used clothing from her customers.

“I love to see the smiles on my customer’s faces”~Danielle-Hubbard-Phelps

Places Danielle Travels for Her Inventory

  • New York—> Purses
  • California—> Shoes
  • Chicago–> Jewelry

Social Events at Danielle’s Boutique

Every Wednesday at the Chocolate Cheetah Boutique, you can expect to join the event called: “Women Who Wine.” I just love this idea!!

Danielle wants the women who visit her boutique to have an elegant experience as they shop, enjoy wine, taste cheese along with a listening to a little jazz music. Candles are also lit throughout the boutique for a relaxing ambiance.

Also, Danielle invites local business owners to come and network on Wednesdays at her boutique and she may even allow local business owners to market their businesses, products or services.

The Marketing Strategy That Cost Danielle (2 Ice cream Cones)

Danielle decided to have her daughter and her daughter’s friend to stand in front of the store to hold her purses and wear her floppy hats to draw more attention to the boutique.

I thought this was a great marketing concept and a great way to get her daughter involved with the business. After modeling in front of the store, all Danielle’s daughter and friend wanted was: Ice cream!

Danielle’s Tip for New Boutique Owners:

  • Start Small
  • Use what you have
  • Don’t over clutter
  • Make your customers eyes wander
  • Constantly rearrange things
  • Add at least one new item a week

I hope that you were inspired by Danielle’s Inspired Business Woman Story along with gaining new business strategies from Danielle’s story. Feel free to connect with Danielle on Facebook and be sure to Like her Chocolate Cheetah Boutique Page on Facebook!