More often than not, I find myself unable to enjoy the basic necessities I enjoyed before I had kids. These basic necessities have now tuned into "luxuries", not for the lack of support, but simply because I do not want to miss out on precious family time.
Getting my nails or hair done on a regular basis would mean leaving my hubby and boys on one of hubby's days off. He is a business owner, and as you know, running a business is more than a full-time job. It is a twenty four hour a day, seven day a week, job. So, while he encourages me to leave him with the kids to get myself pampered, I simply do not want to miss out on quality time spent with my husband and our kids.
Fortunately, the owners of Mommy's Retreat know my predicament and have done something very unique about it.
Mommy's Retreat is a full service salon with a complimentary childcare.
I cannot convey my sheer joy and excitement when I came across this fabulous salon. I had to experience it for myself, and what a fabulous experience it was!
The salon is owned and operated by three business savvy sisters, who had an incredible idea and are great at what they do.
As we spoke and set up my visit, I was asked how many kids I would be bringing and their ages. It was recommended that we come about fifteen minutes prior to my appointment, so that the kids could settle in, and so that I would meet and get comfortable with the onsite child care professional.
As we arrived, I was surprised by the charming, feminine, and for lack of a better word, adult, look and feel of this salon. I'm not sure what I expected from a salon with a day care. Maybe I expected something like a kids salon? Characters on the walls, toys all over, and mom's being tugged and pulled in every direction. Luckily, this was not the case.
Upon arriving, we were greeted by one of the owners, who walked us to the day care in the very back of the salon.
One of hubby and my main concerns about taking the kids here was that we did not want them to inhale all of the fumes that come from chemicals used in dyes and nail products.
To my relief, the ladies at Mommy's Retreat have that covered. Not only do they use ammonia free dyes for that specific reason, they also glassed off the day care area to prevent any fumes traveling to the little ones.
The day care room is split into two separate areas, one for infants and young toddlers, and one for slightly older toddlers and kids.
The kids are free to roam from one area to the other and are closely watched and played with, by a day care professional.
The wonderful, Rema, played with my boys the entire time that I was in the massage chair, getting my nails done.
After dropping my boys off and settling in my chair, I was offered a complimentary mimosa. Mimosa's, mommies, every day of the week!
Mimosa's in the mornings and wine in the evenings... and day care. Can I move in?
As I got pampered, I was able to keep an eye on my boys from where I sat. However, should they have gone out of view, the salon provides iPads on which mommies are able to watch their kids play through the cameras set up in the day care area. Genius! These wonderful women have thought of everything!
I enjoyed a guilt free manicure and pedicure, loved the peace of mind that comes with knowing that I am not taking away from family time and that my children are enjoying themselves in plain sight, and one more very special plus... I loved being surrounded by other mommies.
The conversations were hilarious, and serious and all about motherhood. Being surrounded by likeminded women, who share in your daily struggles and understand you like no other ever could, that was special. That was unexpected!
This is not just a gimmick. The hair stylists, make up artists, and nail people are professional and qualified. They do a great job.
The prices here are extremely reasonable, and not just reasonable for a salon with the added bonus of a day care. No, the prices are very reasonable, period.
You can book online or by calling, and you get a text sent right to your phone, because lets face it mommies, we have enough to think about without having to remember dates and times of future appointments.
Before the boys and I left Mommy's Retreat, I booked my next appointment, along with an appointment for one of my girlfriends, the mommy of Princeton's best friend. I booked the appointment without even asking because, well, because there is no way that any mom would say no.
Group packages coming soon!