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Nordstrom Spa Experience

I am holding the Nordstrom level four credit card. However, I never exercise my benefit of a complementary spa treatment. It came across my mind of trying it out several times but I always dismissed it. Under my daughter’s encouragement, I invited her to join me. She is twenty but is more brave than me of trying out new thing. Anyhow, she fits the appointment into her busy schedule. We had lunch and shopped before our appointment. It was lovely to spend the extra time with my daughter. I wanted to tell her “l love you” again and again.

We arrived at Nordstrom spa 10 minutes early. The receptionists were welcoming and warm. After we checked in, we were lead to the changing rooms to get into our robes and waited in the parlor to start the foot baths.

It was a new experience for both of us. We took our time talking and gauging and guessing what will come next. The staff was very attentive. They were busy filling our water and gave us time to soak the feet in the warm water. We were well-pampered.

After the parlor time, the pleasant massage therapist lead us to separate treatment rooms.  She politely asked me if I had any special work-ons. She also instructed me  how to get on the table and where to hang the robe. With soothing music and dim lights, I was totally unwound in my relaxing massage room.

My massage started from my right leg up. She put lavender oil on her palm and worked systemicly to smoothing each muscle out of any knots.   I could feel the tense escaping and i almost fell asleep. The same treatment was applied  to my left leg and back torso, followed by treatment of my left arm and then right arm.

The 1-1/2 hour massage put my muscles, bones back to the right place physically, and elaborated the mood mentally. The total experience was amazingly refreshing. I felt so much better than before I went in. The spa experience was my self-investment to my health.  I promised Nordstrom Spa secretly that I would come back.

Top Tip For Season Changeover

October in California is warm and golden during day but cold at night. It is really awkward to put all the light weigh clothes away. It always feels I may need it sometimes. This anguish thoughts usually put the transaction on hold until I run out of reasons to delay the task . Actually, the season changing process can be smooth and fun. Don’t take it as a one-time job but think it as a month long process. The secret is to put something away after each laundry.  The summer-colored breezy materials can go first, then shorts, sandals. It is also a good time to sort out out-of-favors, out-of-shapes, and new favorites to come back the next year.  Leave out something fun that I can layering them in the fall.

Each time you put away a few clothes, you bring out some cold weather pieces. Start from thicker jackets, cold weather colored shirts, cardigan and then sweaters and heavier coats.  Other than the lightweight denims, most of my jeans are staying. The denims are essential of my closets.

This is also a good time to sort out the out-of-favored fall/winter clothes. One stone kills two birds: Declutter the closet and season change over at the same time.  Now you have put away the summer cloth and reorganize the cold weather outfit. You are done until next time.


Affordable Dress

From lacy cocktail dresses, statement making vintage dresses, trendy off shoulder dresses or girly skater dresses, Aqua fashion has it all. Other places offer these dresses for upwards of $40! Luckily, you can buy it here for only $20!

For a limited budget, these dresses are classy and economical. I have being buying aqua dresses for my daughter to wear for multiple events. After multiple uses,  I donated them to another loving family to not feel guilty about the money spent!

All in all, I found some pretty good deals whenever Bloommingdale’s has promotions. I will post some of my good finds from my recent shopping trip soon.


Simple Pork Broth Noodle

This is so unexpected. My daughter brought her boyfriend Rocky and my son brought her girlfriend Phoebe home for this weekend. Philip and I were delighted to meet them.

These adult kids are too busy to cook for themselves. I am more than happy to prepare some easy, delicious and nutritious meal for them. I happened to have some simple pork broth so I made a delicious pork soup noodles with chopped scallions. You may add some green if you have them handy.


2 cups of home made pork broth
2 scallions minced
1 handful or fresh ramen noodle

salt and ground pepper

In a large pot, bring the pork broth to broil. Add salt to the broth. In the meantime, cook the noodle according instruction. Drain the noodle, ladle the hot broth into the noodle and top with scallions and fresh ground pepper.

This  noodle can be prepared quickly and served as light brunch or lunch if accompanied by a few small dishes.