31 Dec

Spa Diaries – Fall 2016

December 31, 2016

My Fall 2016 Spa Diaries column in Homefront Magazine features: Belkyra – an injectable treatment to reduce a double chin Burger King adds saunas to their restaurant in Helsinki Bus shelters in Bogota, Colombia provide massages while you wait for the bus To check out the full article, click here.  

01 May

carved snow wall

Sleeping on ice at Hôtel de Glace

May 1, 2016

An overnight stay at Quebec’s famed ice hotel, Hôtel de Glace Homefront Magazine featured the story of my stay at Quebec’s ice hotel, Hôtel de Glace, in their Spring 2016 issue. Click here to view it or read the story below. It’s a spectacular, sunny day as I make the final turn off the highway towards Hôtel de Glace, eager […]

25 Feb

Spa Diaries – Winter 2015/2016

February 25, 2016

Babymooners, Snow Spa and a Wealth of Wellness My latest Spa Diaries column in Homefront Magazine: Babymoon ideas from the fantastic Glorietta Bay Inn in Coronado, California and the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mandara Spa’s new “snow spa” aboard the Norwegian Escape cruise ship. And a wealth of wellness, highlighting the innovative and extensive wellness programming available […]

25 Aug

The luxury of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

August 25, 2015

The famed Blue Lagoon has been on my list of places to visit for quite some time. Last year, after competing in a half marathon in Copenhagen, I decided it was time to take a quick side trip to Reykjavik. Check out my story below, originally published on Examiner.com. For years, Iceland was absent from […]

09 Jun

Find the facial cosmetic filler that’s right for you

June 9, 2015

Find the facial cosmetic filler that’s right for you by Wanda Love Originally published on Examiner.com Botox injections take top place for injectable facial treatments, followed by cosmetic fillers. With the abundance of facial fillers and volumizing products flooding the market, consumers seeking rejuvenation treatments are finding it challenging to determine their best option. ‘First […]

02 May

Spa review – Rock Spa at Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs

May 2, 2015

Check out my review of Rock Spa in Palm Springs  Healthy Living + Travel   Rocking out at the Rock Spa, Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs

01 May

Spa Stories – Spring 2015

May 1, 2015

Einstein comes to the spa The range of spa beds available is astounding, and though comfort remains key, high-tech options abound. The Bellevue Hotel on the Croatian island of Losinj offers a “Diamond system” spa therapeutic bed that uses a combination of colour therapy, sound therapies and—purportedly—Einstein’s quantum theories to create an exceptional guest experience. […]

11 Mar

5 tips to stay safe at the nail salon

March 11, 2015

Love it or hate it, the ‘mani-cam’ at the Golden Globe Awards is proof that fingers are the focus with trendy manicure treatments and the release of new nail polish colours and finishes each season. As people dash to the corner nail salon for an inexpensive manicure and pedicure, stories continue to circulate about infections […]

13 Feb

Looking for love this Valentine’s Day?

February 13, 2015

Valentine’s Day advice from Dr. Lizette Lourens I love working with my clients, including the ever fabulous Dr. Lizette Lourens in Calgary, Alberta. Click here to check out the article I prepared for Healthy Living + Travel featuring her advice to add a little passion to your Valentine’s Day.  And here are her Top 10 Tips […]

28 Jan

Spa diaries – Oh, baby! From babies to boomers

January 28, 2015

Homefront Magazine – Winter 2014/2015

02 Jan

Well played, 2015. Well played.

January 2, 2015

January 1st is always filled with such promise. Ah, the start of a new year. Each year on this day I spend a little time mapping out my objectives and strategies for the upcoming year. I prefer not to call them resolutions as those often seem doomed to fail. I write down things I want […]

17 Oct

Spa diaries – Queen bee in beauty & psychic connections

October 17, 2014

Queen bee in beauty and psychic connections Queen bee in beauty Bee venom is creating a beauty buzz, courtesy of Kate Middleton. The Duchess made headlines for using bee-venom products to achieve a bridal blush on her big day. Also known as apitherapy, the application of bee venom is believed to excite the skin into […]

19 Aug

Exploring Chicago on foot

August 19, 2014

Chicago I think this was my fourth time in Chicago. My first visit must have been in 1986. I was there for a broadcast promotions conference. The only reason I can even guess at the date is because I remember being in the audience for the Oprah Winfrey show….before anyone knew who she was. She was […]

07 Aug

Water therapy, Vampire Facelift and What Happens In Vegas

August 7, 2014

My “Spa Diaries” column from Homefront Magazine, Summer 2013 Water, water, everywhere Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs, California, has recently introduced Waterdance to its spa menu. Lie back in the water of the Watsu pool, gently supported by the arms of your therapist as your body is guided through a range of wave-like movements. The […]

15 Jul

Gaia Spa in Istanbul

July 15, 2014

Holy Hamam, I love Istanbul! I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Istanbul several times now and the city never fails to thrill me with new tastes, smells and adventures. On my quest to experience all things spa, I visited Gaia Spa at the Grand Hyatt in Istanbul for a hamam treatment. Check out my full […]

15 Jul

The Vampire Facelift

July 15, 2014

Yes, I’ve had a Vampire Facelift. No, I’m not trying to Keep Up With The Kardashians, but as a spa writer, I’m obliged to try various treatments. To be fair, the wilder and wackier they are, the more intrigued I am in trying it. My experience with the Vampire Facelift took place in Calgary with the […]

15 Jun

Spa diaries – Homefront Magazine Summer 2014

June 15, 2014

My date with Marilyn, tee-d off & better than the tooth fairy

08 May

Euphoria at eforea spa at Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham

May 8, 2014

I had the pleasure of visiting eforea spa at the Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham. What a lovely relaxing atmosphere and an exceptional spa team!Lest you think I’m all about the healthy part of spa…trust me, I did a double-take at the dessert case in the lobby restaurant. To read my full review of eforea spa, click […]

18 Feb

Spa Sibo – A Spa Gem in Russia’s Olympic City

February 18, 2014

I was fortunate enough to attend the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games in Russia. Despite all the negative stories and the threat of terrorist attacks, I had a fantastic time! I attended a number of events – men’s and women’s hockey, figure skating, speed skating, curling and slalom, and I still managed to carve out time to […]

08 Jan

Nirvana in the midst of Moscow

January 8, 2014

To read my review of Mandara Spa at the Lotte Hotel in Moscow please find it here  

16 Aug

Turning 50

August 16, 2013

Yes, I turned 50 this year.  While those may seem daunting digits, I decided to challenge myself to write 50 random things I’ve learned in my 50 years. Here they are: Cherish your parents. They’re the ones who will love you – even those times when you’re rather unlovable. Spend time with your parents and […]

08 May

Serenity in the City, ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton Moscow

May 8, 2013

The elegant Ritz Carlton is located beside Red Square in the heart of Moscow. When visiting, be sure to check out the rooftop bar with great views of the Kremlin walls and onto the Square. The view helps ease the sticker shock of $30 martinis. Click here to check out my review of the lovely […]

01 Jan

Spa diaries – Homefront Magazine Winter 2012/2013

January 1, 2013

Bagelhead & Bamboo-zled

29 Feb

1972 series hockey

Where were you in ’72?

February 29, 2012

The universe has an odd sense of humour. I have never had much interest in hockey. Yet I find myself married to a ‘hockey guy’. My sweet husband has worked his entire career in the hockey world. Thankfully he is unfazed by my lack of knowledge or interest in the game. You’re a good man, […]

04 Feb

Russian gym

Tales from the Russian gym

February 4, 2012

I recently had lunch with two friends, Ann & Camille, at The Sad (translation: “The Garden”) – a restaurant in our Moscow neighbourhood which features a beautiful tropical interior, complete with birds flying overhead. While enjoying our meals, we began sharing stories of our escapades and observations while working out at our gyms here in Russia. The […]