Vegan for a Week – A Carnivores Journey, Part One

If you have ever been curious about the vegan lifestyle, you will enjoy the next few guest posts by Megan White, Licensed Esthetician and Skin Care Expert and Diana, Licensed Massage Therapist and Spa Mangager at Haven Salon & Spa.  Today, Megan explains why she choose to adopt the vegan lifestyle several years ago and how she feels her health has benefited since.

This week at Haven, Megan is helping our Spa Manager, Diana, sample the vegan lifestyle for the next seven days.  We will also share Diana’s journey into the vegan world and what she discovers along the way.

Megan:  

I grew up just like everyone else, you eat everything that is put on your
plate and you don’t complain! Of course that meant your plate had a
variation of meat, potato and some sort of vegetable. Now I was not the
kid to know any different, I just ate what my parents told me to eat.. I
did however suffer from a lot of stomach pains, body aches, and migraines
that only increased the older I got. At the time I never connected the
two together, many people were unaware of the affects your food can have
on your body.

When I graduated high school in 2005, my body really started telling me
something was wrong. My stomach pains got to the point where I couldn’t
even get out of bed and I would sleep with a heating pad every night. I
went to the doctor to get tests done, and unfortunately in my situation,
the doctor couldn’t find anything except a little irritation in my
stomach. So for the next few years I dabbled in a few different diets,
seeing if I could figure out the best balance for me.

In 2009 my sister brought to my attention a book that changed my life,
Skinny Bitch. Now I know the title sounds a little harsh, but the content
of the book is completely fascinating! It talks about how eating meat and
other bi-products can affect your body and why. It also goes into detail
about the treatment of animals in bigger farms and how that treatment
affects your body. The day I finished that book, I cleaned out my
cupboard and fridge.

I know that the vegan lifestyle isn’t for everyone, and I also know that
there is a lot of controversy on if it is truly healthy. I do focus on
getting the main vitamins and minerals such as B12, calcium, iron and
protein, but I now can live a life of not being in pain, or with my new
knowledge, the guilt of what I eat. I also feel that being a vegan has
given me the opportunity to really spread the word on a healthy lifestyle.

When I came to Haven it was the usual, people being curious and, slightly
afraid of my ideas on healthy living. The last year and a half has been
exciting and challenging, not wanting to step on toes of fellow coworkers
AND guests, but also wanting to spread my passion for wellness. Diana
approached me about this idea in December about taking her vegan for a
week, and my first reaction was thinking it was a joke. After long
discussions and her excitement on the idea, my excitement grew as well!

I hope that reading Diana’s blog not only gets you excited to follow her
journey, but also gets your excited to start your own. It doesn’t have to
necessarily be vegan, maybe just Meatless Monday’s or trying out new types
of dairy-free milk or new fruits and veggies. Any little change that can
bring wellness
to your home means that we as a community are on the right path.

Diana:

I should start by telling you that I am a carnivore and have always been.
I also love to cook with all the traditional staples: butter, eggs, cheese
and so on. Another fact about me: my kids raise beef and pork! One of my
great pleasures is to cook for family and friends. I occasionally like to
bring treats into work for all the girls at Haven Salon and Spa, cookies
and cakes have always been the biggest hits.

About a year and a half ago a bright and wonderful young women named Megan
joined our team. Her life choices are very different then my traditional
way of thinking; Megan is a vegan.
Now I nearly had a nervous break down trying to make something that she
could eat, which is nothing with a face or came from a face, so pretty
much everything I know!  After several cooking attempts I just brought her
a juice!

What’s been great about having Megan on our team is she only brought a new
passion to the spa, but also her wonderful ideas to help Haven promote
health and wellness. This has been awesome because that is one of our
missions at Haven, inspiring our community through beauty and wellness.
Megan tries to do little things to inspire the team such as posting fun
facts in the break room.

So curiosity has won me over and I’ve asked Megan to help me go vegan for a
week. Talk about out of my comfort zone! She has taken me grocery shopping with a few recipes
for me to cook myself, with a lot of ingredients I’ve never heard of or
attempted to use.

Stay tuned for the updates of Diana’s adventure into the vegan world.

3rd Annual Toast to Success

James and Tamika Jones invite you to the 3rd annual Toast to Success at Haven Salon and Spa on Saturday, June 9 from 6:00-9:00pm benefiting Love Jones 4 Kids and Freedom House Ministries.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Highlights of the event include:

  • Wine and hors d’ oeuvres courtesy of Grapevine Cafe
  • Grand Prize raffle which includes 4 Packer home game tickets
  • Special guest appearances
  • Live and Silent Auction items (sneak peak: Walt Disney World Vacation, Pizza Party for 6 with James and Tamika, Autographed memorabilia)

Visit Love Jones 4 Kids and Freedom House Ministries to learn more about the event and the organizations.

Haven Joins Wear Yellow Day

Today is “Wear Yellow Day” in Wisconsin supporting Sting Cancer’s mission to raise awareness and funds to help end cancer and provide support for cancer patients.

Sting Cancer is a group created at Preble High School eight years ago. Since their founding, Sting Cancer has had more than 2,500 students involved and helped more than 500 cancer patients.

Today at Haven purchase any product with SPF and receive 15% off. Also, Haven will donate $1 to Sting Cancer for every SPF purchase made.

Join the fight against cancer by protecting yourself from the sun and donating towards a life-changing cause.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

With less than two weeks until Mother’s Day we want to share some of the great things we have to offer as a way to remind your mom how special she is.

Gift certificates are always available by stopping at Haven, via phone (920) 339-1111 or ordering online. Right now you can choose a gift certificate online that is Mother’s Day themed.

To purchase a gift certificate online click here.

Gift certificates are available in any denomination and can be used towards any service or product at Haven. Giving a gift from Haven is perfect because your mom will know how much you care and also be able to choose exactly what makes her happy.

Whether its a spa service, nail service, or hair service your mother will be pampered like a queen. Why not come together and enjoy the day with mom?

Let us suggest a few of our favorite Mother’s Day packages:

Our Express Package includes an express manicure, express pedicure, 15 min. chair massage, and make up application ($125).

The Pure Luxury Half Day includes a 60 min. Haven Signature Massage, 45 min. Haven Signature Facial, Haven Signature Manicure, steam shower, blow dry and style, make up application, and a spa lunch ($235).

They All Day Rejuvenation includes a 60 min. Haven Signature Massage, 60 minute Haven Signature Facial, Revitalizing Spa Manicure, Revitalizing Spa Pedicure, steam shower, blow dry and style, make up application, and a spa lunch ($345).

Visit our website for more Mother’s Day ideas.

Free Dermalogica Gift with Purchase, Today Only

Do you love the Dermalogica products? Are you interested in trying them? Today is the day to restock your cabinet or give these luxury skin care products a try. Today only, purchase $50 on Dermalogica products and receive a free gift with purchase. A package of three travel size Dermalogica products valued at $89 will be yours! The gift includes travel sizes of age reversal eye complex, overnight serum repair, and super rich repair.

Better yet, all of the Dermalogica and all other products that we carry are 10% off through Saturday. Can’t make it in? Place your order over the phone and you can still receive the discount. 920-339-1111.

Saturday is our second BOGO of the week. Buy an Aveda Phomolliant and receive the full size refill for FREE. Limit one purchase per guest.     .

 Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13–just around the corner! Gift baskets of products and Haven gift certificates are sure to make any mom  smile from ear to ear. To purchase a gift certificate stop in, give us a call, or order online at any time.

Now through May 27 vote for Haven on the CW 14′s hot list contest under the sexiest looks category. You can vote one time per day and by voting you will be entered in a drawing to win an Ipad 2. Click here to vote!

We appreciate you choosing Haven as your place for beauty and relaxation.

Happy Hour at the Beauty Bar

Come to Happy Hour at the Beauty Bar today from 4:00-7:30pm at Haven.

Enjoy wine, cheese, and a preview of Jane Iredale’s Spring Make-up Collection. We will be selling the Spring Collection and all of the Jane make-up for 15% off today only.

Can’t make it in? Call 920-339-1111 to purchase your products over the phone.

Customer Appreciation Days continue through Saturday. Here’s a sneak peak of the great deals to come!

Stop in and purchase $50 of Dermalogica products on Friday and receive a free gift with purchase valued at $89. This gift includes travel sizes of age reversal eye complex, overnight serum repair, and super rich repair.

Saturday is our second BOGO of the week. Buy an Aveda Phomolliant and receive the full size refill for FREE. Limit one purchase per guest.     .

 Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13–just around the corner! Gift baskets of products and Haven gift certificates are sure to make any mom  smile from ear to ear. To purchase a gift certificate stop in, give us a call, or order online at any time.

Now through May 27 vote for Haven on the CW 14′s hot list contest under the sexiest looks category. You can vote one time per day and by voting you will be entered in a drawing to win an Ipad 2. Click here to vote!

We appreciate you choosing Haven as your place for beauty and relaxation.

Moroccanoil Hairspray, Buy 1 Get 1 Free

Today only, purchase 1 Moroccanoil hairspray and get another FREE! In honor of customer appreciation week we are promoting specials and events for your favorite products.

Whether you prefer the medium or strong hold finish from Moroccanoil you can get 2 for the price of 1 today only. Limit 2 purchases per person.

Don’t forget all of our products are 10% off all week long! Can’t make it in this week? Call and purchase over the phone. 920-339-1111

Here’s a sneak peak of our other Customer Appreciation specials:

On Thursday come to Happy Hour at the Beauty Bar. From 4:00-7:30 enjoy wine, cheese, and a preview of the Jane Iredale Spring Collection. All Jane Iredale orders will be 15% off.

Stop in and purchase $50 of Dermalogica products on Friday and receive a free gift with purchase valued at $89. This gift includes travel sizes of age reversal eye complex, overnight serum repair, and super rich repair.

Saturday is our second BOGO of the week. Buy an Aveda Phomolliant and receive the full size refill for FREE. Limit one purchase per guest.     .

 Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13–just around the corner! Gift baskets of products and Haven gift certificates are sure to make any mom  smile from ear to ear. To purchase a gift certificate stop in, give us a call, or order online at any time.

Now through May 27 vote for Haven on the CW 14′s hot list contest under the sexiest looks category. You can vote one time per day and by voting you will be entered in a drawing to win an Ipad 2. Click here to vote!

We appreciate you choosing Haven as your place for beauty and relaxation.

Customer Appreciation Days all week at Haven

This week is all about YOU! We would like to thank each of our loyal guests this week by offering you fabulous discounts and special treats throughout the week.

We’re kicking off the week with 10% off all products. We carry Aveda, Bumble and bumble, Brazilian Blowout, Moroccanoil, Dermalogica, and Jane Iredale product lines. This discount of 10% off will run throughout Saturday.

On Wednesday take advantage of our Moroccanoil BOGO special. Purchase either the medium or strong finish and get another FREE! Limit purchase of 2 hairsprays per guest.

On Thursday come to Happy Hour at the Beauty Bar. From 4:00-7:30 enjoy wine, cheese, and a preview of the Jane Iredale Spring Collection. All Jane Iredale orders will be 15% off.

Stop in and purchase $50 of Dermalogica products on Friday and receive a free gift with purchase valued at $89. This gift includes travel sizes of age reversal eye complex, overnight serum repair, and super rich repair.Saturday is our second BOGO of the week. Buy an Aveda Phomolliant and receive the full size refill for FREE. Limit one purchase per guest.Can’t make it in for any of our Customer Appreciation Days? Order your products over the phone and receive the same great discount. Our number is 920-339-1111.

Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13–just around the corner! Gift baskets of products and Haven gift certificates are sure to make any mom  smile from ear to ear. To purchase a gift certificate stop in, give us a call, or order online at any time.

Now through May 27 vote for Haven on the CW 14′s hot list contest under the sexiest looks category. You can vote one time per day and by voting you will be entered in a drawing to win an Ipad 2. Click here to vote!

We appreciate you choosing Haven as your place for beauty and relaxation.

Vote for Haven on the CW 14 Hot List!

Haven was selected as one of the top three nominees for the CW 14′s Hot List Contest. We are honored that our guests nominated us for this contest.

Now we need your help again. Help us be crowned winner of our category, “What Salon, Boutique, or Spa offers the sexiest looks?” by CW 14 and all of our loyal guests. Voting starts Monday, April 23 at noon and ends Sunday, May 27 at midnight.

To vote visit CW 14′s Hot List link

You can vote one time a day and by voting you’ll be entered to win an Apple Ipad 2 from the CW 14.

Don’t forget to vote! We appreciate your support.

Light the Way: Celebrating Earth Month with Aveda

April is Earth Month and Haven is joining Aveda’s initiative to help those in our community Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good.

Celebrating Earth Month is important because of the thousands of lives that are touched:

  • $16 million raised for clean water in 5 years
  • 3,000 women trained in community environmental management
  • 26,000 people benefit from wells and water infrastructure
  • hundreds of other clean-water related projects      source: Aveda.com

Click Here to Watch this video from Aveda to be inspired by EarthMontH2012

How can you get involved? Purchase a Light the Way candle for only $12. 100% of the sales helps to provide clean water. One candle will provide 6 months of clean water to someone.

There are other ways to do your part. Remember that when we live in an eco-conscious way we are protecting the Earth and saving valuable resources. Purchasing 1 litre of shampoo is equivalent to the amount you would get from 4 bottles, except when purchasing the litre you only pay for the price of 3 (you get 1 bottle free!) and 36% less plastic is used.

Do you want to get involved? Purchase a Light the Way candle and spread the message: look good, do good, feel good.