Feeling A World Away, At Ste. Anne’s Spa

As the weather gets colder, I’m faced with the reminder that Winter is definitely on it’s way!

In some places, the “white stuff” is already on the ground!

On these chilly days, I’m transported back to that last weekend in September. When Mike and I had a far overdue day date. We were pampered, fed delicious food, enjoyed actually finishing a conversation, without the usually “MOM!!! MOMMY!! MOM!!” interruptions! All the while, admiring a breathtaking view!


Where is this magical place where there are no interrupting kids, no bums to wipe, no snacks to serve? It goes by the name of Ste. Anne’s Spa

Ste. Anne’s spa
Voted Canada’s favorite spa from 2006-2014, it’s really not hard to see why!

The Spa is only 90 minutes from Toronto, but you feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city! As soon as you enter the spa you’re greeted by the pretty decor and friendly faces of the helpful staff!

Guests can enjoy, many body work services including massages, Esthetic and seasonal treatments. Wellness classes like yoga, and meditation. Explore the grounds and see their outdoor trails, hot tubs, swimming pool, steam room, sauna or fitness centre.

You can enjoy day trips or even stay overnight, in one of their beautiful cottages!


Mike and I Headed right for the quiet room upon arrival! (After slipping into our super comfy robes, of course!)

This room is my dream come true! A room full of amazing massage chairs with a full view of the beautiful grounds! Plus NO TALKING! Hence the name QUIET room! It was heaven!

After that, it was time to head off for our couples massages!

I had never had a massage before, and had no idea what to expect! It was 6o minutes of pure bliss! When I say I didn’t want to leave that room, or that table I’m not lying! Mike pretty much had to drag me out!

We then enjoyed a delicious lunch. All meals are gluten free and can be adjusted to your dietary needs! My chicken club sandwich was so yummy! I pretty much inhaled it! dessert was a delicious butter tart topped with Ice cream, also amazing!

After lunch a visit to the pool and grotto brought us some much needed relaxation. I preferred the hot tub while Mike braved the icy cold plunge pool! He said he felt great after, but I wasn’t up to trying it out! That hot tub was just too cozy!


We lounged in some chairs poolside until it was time for afternoon tea… Seriously! Who’s life is this?

Afternoon tea was an assortment of sandwiches, cheeses, sweet treats and fruit. So delicious! Also can I say, you’re allowed to ask for seconds of anything you really liked! (UMMMMM! how about all of it!) I also feel the need to mention the freshly baked cookies, coffee, tea and cucumber water. Served all day in the lounge!


Hey! You know me by now, this girl is all about the food!

After that we went to a meditation class.

The atmosphere was so calming and I left the class feeling incredibly calm and at peace.
On the way home we made a stop at their bakery to pick up some treats for the kids, and Me of course ha!

All in all it was an incredible day.

Mike and I had some overdue one on one time. We also got to do something just for ourselves, which as parents really doesn’t happen often at all. The staff at Ste. Anne’s was amazing! They cater to your every need from the moment you walk in, to the moment you leave. It’s a little peace of heaven that I wont soon forget!

Also, because I plan on making a return trip VERY soon!

If you’re in need of relaxation, delicious food and little getaway this is your place! Tell them Francesca sent you.

Who knows, we just might run into each other!

xo,

Fran

 

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Making Time for me with Arla Cheese

For me, the fall is like the unofficial start to the year.

It’s a time to reset, and get back on track after a summer spent putting fun first.

It’s always the busiest time of year in our house. The Fall brings back to school schedules and routines, weeknight sports and dance practices. Early mornings, grumpy kids and one tired mama!

With all the hustle and bustle, I always try to take a little time for myself. Some days it’s hard to find the time, but once Emilia is down for her nap…. it’s time for me to treat myself! It’s so important to take a step back, and focus on myself for even just a few minutes a day. It’s all about finding that balance friends, without it you’ll definitely burn yourself out!

making time for me

You all know me, food is my love language! What better way to take some me time, than to sit down with a good snack! This recipe is quick to prep but delivers a big punch!

So when it’s time for me to catch up on blogging, my favorite shows or lets face it… do absolutely nothing! This snack has quickly become one of my go to recipes!

cheesy havarti jalapeno dip

This delicious cheesy jalapeno dip pairs perfectly with veggies, pita bread and of course tortilla chips and uses Arla Jalapeno Havarti as its base, which gives it a creamy smooth texture with a little kick!

cheesy havarti jalapeno dip

Next time you need a little snack time inspiration give this one a try! You can thank me later!

cheesy havarti jalapeno dip

Cheesy Jalapeno Dip

  • 1 200g block of Arla Jalapeno Havarti  (cubed)
  • 2 Tbsp of flour
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Cup of milk
  • 3 Tbsp of canned chopped green chilies
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onion (optional)
  1. In a small sauce pan, on medium heat, melt butter.
  2. Once melted, whisk in your flour. Whisking until smooth, and lightly golden. (about 3-4 minutes)
  3. Pour in your milk and continue to whisk until smooth. Cook and mix until mixture starts to thicken. (about 3 minutes)
  4. Reduce your heat to low. Add your cubed cheese and chilies. Stir until cheese is completely melted. (1-2 minutes)
  5. Remove from heat, top with green onion and serve with your favorite snacks!

There you have it!

5 Steps to the perfect afternoon pick me up snack!
For even more about Arla cheese and their delicious products check out their Facebook page and for more recipe inspiration take a look at their Instagram account ! 

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Always remember to take a time out, just for yourself.

You deserve it!

xo,

Fran

This post was sponsored by Arla cheese, as always my opinions are true and my own

 

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