Pure Indulgence

by tinareale on May 15, 2012

I have never gone crazy over gifts for holidays like Christmas or anniversaries. For those celebrations, I prefer to just spend time with loved ones and forget about the gifts. The relationships matter to me most. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t love some gifts or special treatment on occasion. In fact, after becoming a mother, I quickly realized just how much I value that personal attention and gift giving from time to time.

After giving out so much of myself as a momma on a daily basis, it feels nice to sit back and relax for a day or two. I know my kids and Peter value me immensely and they regularly show their gratitude. Peter marvels me with the support and love he doles out on a regular basis. Yet Mother’s Day is still something special to me – a time meant to get pampered and indulged. This weekend was spot on.

It all started Saturday morning with a usual morning run – my weekly dedicated “me time”. After I arrived home, Peter quickly informed me that I had all the freedom I wanted for the weekend. I played a bit with the kids, then headed to part one of my pampered day: a chiropractic adjustment (so needed) and a sports massage. Heavenly!

I let the masseuse know to focus on my lower back and legs since I want them as loosened up as possible before the race. Then, I realized my hot spots were my adductors and piriformis. Having an hour long massage with the majority of it focused on your booty and inner thighs makes things a tiny bit awkward. Still felt good.

When I got home, Peter told me that I didn’t have time for anything since we had someplace to go. I had not a clue where we could be headed, until he sent me into a salon for a spa manicure and pedicure!

After 20 weeks of training, a foot rub with exfoliation and a mint mask felt glorious on my feet. It’s also nice to have pretty feeling feet and hands (a rarity for me).

Then, the remainder of Saturday, I had the chance to do something even more rare.

I lazed around all afternoon with a book. And a beer. Not an unusual combination by any means.

The pampering and indulgence continued Sunday morning when I came down the stairs to receive a surprise from the kiddos – flowers and a handmade card.

The most heart-melting of it all. Makenzie’s pride handing over the flowers had me beaming with love. I don’t want them to ever grow up!

They will always be this sweet, young, and innocent, right? If only.

We spent the morning at church with friends, which was a very moving service. Our pastor actually had everyone besides moms leave the worship hall so he could give us a special short message and pray for us. Then, everyone else gave a standing ovation as we exited. Talk about feeling special.

A good portion of Sunday included indulgence. First up…lunch with the girls – my mom, my sister, and Makenzie. Three generations of gorgeous ladies.


You all wish you could dine with that, don’t you?

We visited a taqueria that none of us had been to before, but wanted to try. Pure Taqueria.


We started with some chips and salsa.

A lot of times I can tell if I will like a Mexican/taqueria style restaurant based on their salsa. Yep. I make snap judgments based on the salsa. This one passed the test.

My theory has yet to fail me. Everything else was spot on, as well.

The house margarita…


…and the tacos…


One Fish and One Pork – they are my weakness.

The indulgence couldn’t stop there, though. A bit after eating came the time for more indulgence.

A mother-daughter cup of frozen yogurt shared with Makenzie. The best way to end the weekend! This Mother’s Day was absolutely perfect. Just the right amount of time to myself, special treatment, and time with family.

What did you do this weekend? How do you like to pamper and indulge?


1 Amy Lauren May 15, 2012 at 8:24 am

Looks like you had an amazing Mother’s Day. I love how it was 3 generations eating together in the restaurant like that. So glad your kids have their grandma around too :) .

Pampering is definitely better than gifts to me. A massage and pedicure is something you can use, really helps you destress. Stuff will eventually just become clutter or you’ll outgrow it, it’ll break, etc. I spent the weekend running a 5K race and hanging with the hubs, and we went out with his parents for Mother’s Day.

2 Amy Lauren May 15, 2012 at 8:26 am

Oh, and I did a survey from your blog in mine today, too! Just wanted to mention :)

3 Parita @ myinnershakti May 15, 2012 at 8:42 am

Sounds like a lovely weekend, Tina! That mani/pedi sounds amazing!

I was recently gifted with a massage at my bachelorette party, and it was glorious!

4 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

Happy belated Mother’s Day! Your mom, sister, and daughter are all as gorgeous as you – so sweet! :)

5 Alyssa @ fit and fun in third May 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

Sounds like a PERFECT Mother’s Day weekend! Much deserved I’m sure!! :)

6 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers May 15, 2012 at 9:03 am

Sounds like a fantastic weekend! I’ve never had a sports massage, but oh man do I want one!

7 tinareale May 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

They hurt so good!

8 Brooke @ Exercise for Fries May 15, 2012 at 9:03 am

Looks like you had an amazing mothers day!

I judge Mexican restaurants on their salsa as well. If a Mexican restaurant can’t get salsa right then I’d be a little nervous for the rst of the meal!

9 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 15, 2012 at 9:21 am

That looks like the perfect indulgence for Mother’s Day! Is is bad that I recognized Pure before I saw the name. :) They have a good brunch too!

10 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 15, 2012 at 9:24 am

that sounds like a wonderful mother’s day!!! Lots of pampering and relaxing!

11 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile May 15, 2012 at 9:35 am

That sounds like the perfect weekend! You deserve it :D

12 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries May 15, 2012 at 9:55 am

what a perfect weekend!! i’m so glad you enjoyed yourself. you absolutely deserved it! good choice on the mexican and froyo too! ;)

13 sarah @ sarah learns May 15, 2012 at 10:20 am

it looks like you had a pretty great (and much deserved) weekend! :)

i didn’t get to see my mom this weekend :( but i did have a fabulous day of hiking with my husband and babies (ok, my dogs are my babies). it was perfect!

14 Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves May 15, 2012 at 10:22 am

Happy late mother’s day! You deserved a great, relaxing, pampering weekend!

15 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning May 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

What a nice mothers’ day weekend! I go for deep=tissue massage every two weeks. I’ve been going to the same MT for years- and she cuts me a major deal and knows every muscle of my body very well. I definitely think it’s a must for anyone that works out like you or I do!

16 tinareale May 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I try to go every 2 weeks for the sports massage too. I love it! Although it pains my guy that I’m a runner. He always says “and all my hard work will be gone in a matter of days”. Hahaha!

17 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 15, 2012 at 10:45 am

Sounds like an amazing and well-deserved weekend! There’s nothing like a nice mani/pedi and massage to relax a girl. :)

18 Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run May 15, 2012 at 11:09 am

Sounds perfect!

19 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life May 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

So glad you had time to relax and celebrate a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend – you totally deserve it, lady!
P.S. – I need to talk your ear off one of these days soon ;)

20 tinareale May 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I’m game when you are!

21 Lisa May 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

Awe. Looks like you had an amazing day to recuperate from all the shenanigans over the past couple of weeks! I hope you had an awesome Mother’s Day! You deserve it lady! You all look so much alike, so beautiful!

22 Lauren May 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

You deserved every single bite of these indulgences lady! Happy Mothers Day to you hun!

23 Heather (Heather's Dish) May 15, 2012 at 12:09 pm

i’m so glad you had such a good weekend! i bet you feel nice and noodley now, right? :)

i got breakfast in bed, a shopping spree and snuggles from my favorite two guys and the pups…perfection!

24 tinareale May 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Definitely sounds like perfection!

And what did you buy? ;)

25 Heather (Heather's Dish) May 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm

oh you know, just a few summery things ;) since i’m still not at my post-preggo size and shape i just needed a few things to make me feel like a hot mom so i’m not swimming in maternity wear and depressed about not wearing old summer clothes :)

26 Cheryl @ Happy is the new healthy May 15, 2012 at 12:35 pm

This looks like a whole bunch of awesome. And you deserve it all! :)

27 Shady May 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Let me say this (and risk myself being attacked for saying it). In my house, we have never celebrated Mothers day. My mom’s bday is at the end of April and in my mom’s eyes, we love, appreciate and value her on a daily basis. She doesn’t need a special day for us to honor what she’s done. I have developed an active dislike of M Day this year though. Because the only thing it makes me feel is less of women, less of a person and of lesser value than those with children because I have chosen to not have any. After my convocation ceremony from university in a few weeks, no one will ever celebrate the achievements of my adult life besides me, because they aren’t as important as being a mom. And that makes me so sad.

28 Heather @ Better With Veggies May 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Sounds like a fabulous Mother’s Day weekend!! I have always heard good things about Pure, although I haven’t had more than drinks there.

29 Leonor @FoodFaithFitness May 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Looks like a great Mother’s Day weekend! I celebrated all weekend as well.

30 jobo May 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

sounds perfect!!! What a guy for giving you the whole day to YOU including mani and pedi and massage. Must have felt like cloud 9! I too agree with you on the salsa thing, you can always tell if it’s gonna be a good meal by the salsa! happy mothers day!!

31 natalie @ southern fit foodie May 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

What an amazing Mothers Day! I really like what your pastor did – that is so cool. Happy (belated) Mothers Day!

32 amy May 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

ahhh what a great mothers day!! sounds pretty much perfect!

i do love a good pedicure..it just feels so good. or getting my hair done-which i need bad right now…especially highlights haha. other than that, shopping always makes me happy :)

33 Lee May 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Sounds like a wonderful mother’s day to me! I wish your chiropractor was closer to me. I think maybe i need to start going.

34 Samantha May 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Wow what a beautiful weekend! That sounds like a fantastic Mother’s Day!

I like to pamper/indulge in a lot of the same ways! Mani/pedi, relaxing with a book and a beer or glass of wine, sometimes just lazing and watching TV for an hour. When I indulge food wise I try to find a place I wouldn’t frequent – and really spend time and enjoy myself.

35 Paige @ Running Around Normal May 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Your family is amazing! That sounds like such an awesome day of getting pampered.
I always feel weird at first when the massage therapist is massaging my butt! lol But hey, when ya got tight hips… :)

36 Marla-Deen May 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

A good beer and good read, followed by a margarita? What a day! I also love how your pastor celebrated Mother’s Day- how special is that?

37 Sara @ Nourish and Flourish May 16, 2012 at 12:14 am

There’s so much joy and gratitude resonating from this post! I’m so happy you were able to spend the weekend in the company of friends and family, but that you were also able to escape for a few hours so that you could restore both physically and mentally (the massage and pedicure sound heavenly!). I wish I could have seen Mackenzie hand over the card to you…How sweet!

38 Jen May 16, 2012 at 12:37 am

Awww…you definitely picked a good hubby! :) So glad to hear that you had an awesome Mother’s Day! And, I so wish that I could have seen Mackenzie’s face when she proudly presented the flowers…such a sweetheart!!!

39 Jen May 16, 2012 at 12:45 am

Oops…I mean Makenzie’s face – sorry about that!

40 [email protected] May 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

Theres not much better then getting a hand-made card from someone you love, and it’s always the best seeing them smile as they hand it over and watch for your reaction. Sounds like you’re very lucky to have spent your mothers day weekend exactly how you wanted! I’ve never had a pedicure that incorporated a mint mask scrub, sounds very indulging! And what could be better than a massage a week before a big race? Speaking of…good luck!

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