hey bay + Zeel Massage Giveaway!

Hi friends! How are you doing? Happy almost-Friday! I have a giveaway coming atcha today, and another one tomorrow! Read on for the deets to win a free massage from my friends at Zeel.

Yesterday, we got to spend another day with Michele and Dave + their kiddos before they hit the road back to Phoenix. The weather was in the high 70s, which made it perfect for a bay day.

Mission bay

We went down to Mission so the kids could swim, build sand castles, and race between the playground and the water. 

Liv and levi

Miss P had lots of fun hanging out under the Sport-brella. She is turning into quite the little beach baby! She isn’t a fan of the water -neither am I. It’s freezing.- but loves the sand in her toes. 

Beach baby

As always, Liv had a blast. It was the perfect way to spend a day: playing in the water and hanging out with wonderful friends.

After our bay day, we stopped for lunch to-go from Mitch’s Seafood. If you’re in San Diego, or are visiting, YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS. It’s a cute little spot, tucked away (right by Point Loma Seafoods, which we also love), and everything is based off what the boats bring in that day. The Pilot had some insane crab and avocado toast,

while I got the fish tacos with grilled wild sea bass and wild shrimp. 

Fish tacos

They were, hands down, the best fish tacos I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to go back and take the fam next time they’re here.

Yesterday was one of those dreamy days which felt like a vacation after how the week began. (Thankfully we got all of our car issues sorted out!)

The best way to end a day, a massage AT HOME, from a fantastic massage therapist. 

Zeel massage

(The rest of this post is sponsored by Zeel and includes an awesome giveaway opportunity.)

When my friends at Zeel reached out to see if I’d be interested in trying out their services, I was pretty excited to check it out. I’m a huge fan of massages, not only because I’m a “physical touch” person and they’re so calming, but I also love them for the recovery benefits. When I’m training for a race or hitting the weights hard, I find that massages dramatically help reduce soreness. If you’re physically active or feel job or life-related ailments (I’m not hunched over at all typing this post… oops), they can help to stretch tight muscles and release tension. 

There are a few things that make Zeel stand out from regular spa massages:

-You get to enjoy your massage in the comfort of your own home. I found this aspect to be extra relaxing, because sometimes I feel frantic driving to an appointment if I’m running late, which drastically reduces the Zen factor. Also, the commute can be a deal-breaker if you’re short on time. With Zeel, an hour massage is really an hour, so you don’t have to include time out of your day driving to your treatment. For us, this worked out exceptionally well because the Pilot could hang out with the kiddos during my treatment, and I could play with the girls during his massage. If we would have booked massages at a nearby spa, it would have been around 4 hours out of our day instead of 2. Wins all around.

Zeel massage 2

-You can book a treatment after hours, when spas aren’t open. This is amaaaaazing if you want to book a treatment right before bed. After a massage, I’m in an unproductive fog of happiness anyway, so this is BRILLIANT.

-The app is so easy to use. You input what type of massage you’d like, if you’d prefer a male or female therapist, and the duration.

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The signal goes out to the available therapists and someone will accept your appointment. All you have to do is have a pair of sheets and pillowcase ready to go, and they bring everything else (including the table) with them.

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Katie was our massage therapist, and she was amaaaaazzing. I got a deep tissue massage (and she made the extreme tightness in my neck disappear) and the Pilot had a Swedish massage. Since we liked her so much, we marked her as “prioritize” on the app, so if she’s available next time we book, we can request her. 

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My friends at Zeel kindly offered a free massage for a lucky reader friend! We could all use a little extra relaxation, right? 🙂 Simply enter via the widget below.

Also, use this link to get $25 off your first massage if you decide to try it out!

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Ready, set, go! The lucky winner will be chosen Sunday night at midnight EST and announced Monday am.

Have a wonderful day!



Sponsored in partnership with Zeel. To participate, I also received a complimentary massage (we purchased the Pilot’s massage). Thank you so much for supporting this little blog.

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  1. Vicki L. on April 21, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Yoga class is my time to relax – I haven’t been going as regularly recently due to being busy, but I see it as my time to chill out, disconnect, and not think about stuff.

  2. Katie C on April 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Aside from massages, I think going for a jog can be very relaxing.

  3. Jen on April 21, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Acupuncture is my relaxing time!

  4. Julie on April 21, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    This looks so cool and a massage awesome!!

  5. Amanda on April 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Bubble bath! Not complete without a rewind candle, good book, and glass of wine!

  6. Kris on April 21, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I follow you on Instagram

  7. Kris on April 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I follow Zeel!

  8. Kris on April 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I read to relax

  9. Alex on April 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Massages are the best best way to relax

  10. Kate on April 21, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Going on walks, eating good snacks, biking, reading

  11. Robin on April 21, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I actually get massages to relax! Otherwise, workouts are my go to stress release!

  12. Michelle Takemoto on April 21, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    A massage would be amazing!!

  13. Nikki on April 22, 2016 at 3:14 am


  14. Hayley on April 22, 2016 at 4:19 am

    I love being near the water- at a beach or by the lake!

  15. Hayley on April 22, 2016 at 4:19 am

    I follow zeel on instagram

  16. Hayley on April 22, 2016 at 4:20 am

    I follow you on instagram

  17. Amy on April 22, 2016 at 4:29 am

    Music and a glass of wine!

  18. amanda jewell on April 22, 2016 at 4:36 am

    I loveeee massages! As a PhD student, I rarely have the time to go get them so this would be amazing! To relax, I typically workout, nap, hike, or cuddle!

  19. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on April 22, 2016 at 5:05 am

    A deep tissue massage has so many health benefits. I know I should make them a priority. Here is to having a massage soon! xo Lauren

  20. Tristica on April 22, 2016 at 5:53 am

    I’m running in my first half marathon next week. A message right now would be dreamy!

  21. Karlie on April 22, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I just had a baby, 7 weeks ago, so this would be the perfect way to relax and reward myself as a first time mom. I love massages and working out as a way to relax and relieve stress. This would be a wonderful way to appreciate myself!

  22. Tammy C on April 22, 2016 at 6:40 am

    When I am super stressed out, a jog is exactly what I need. However, I am sure a massage would also cure the stress!

  23. Mag on April 22, 2016 at 9:31 am

    My biggest relaxation sounds fake: I like to quietly and methodically tidy. Gives me a chance to cross something off the to do list without having to allocate a lot of brain power. Then I look around and my home is clean and I feel like I can take on the world. (Also helps to do this with a glass of chilled white wine.)

  24. Heather on April 22, 2016 at 9:44 am

    i like to take a walk with my pup!

  25. liz on April 22, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I can’t believe this was your first time at Mitches!?! Its my ALL TIME FAVORITE fish taco place and we always bring out of town guests there. Also you should try their crab poutine, its pretty amazing.
    Also the Zeel thing sounds awesome! I’ll have to give it a try.

  26. Brittany on April 22, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I like to drink some iced coffee on the couch 🙂

  27. Janna on April 22, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I love to read and take a bath!

  28. Jessy Carlisle on April 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I like you on Instagram!!

  29. Jessy Carlisle on April 22, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I like to get in the hot tub to relax!!

  30. Rebecca on April 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I love just sitting on my couch and watching mindless tv. It allows me to turn off my brain and just relax!

  31. Sarah B on April 23, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Sitting on the back deck while enjoying a glass of wine with my husband is so relaxing!

  32. Brianne Mitchell on April 23, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Wow. Zeel sounds amazing!!

  33. K on April 23, 2016 at 7:36 am

    outdoor runs are my zen time… anything outdoors really 🙂

    • K on April 23, 2016 at 7:36 am

      Also, I follow on instagram

  34. Amanda L on April 23, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Read a book or a nice long walk.

  35. Carly M on April 23, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I have a lounger chair in the backyard that I relax in while drinking a glass of wine. It’s everything after a rough day. And luckily in SD this is an option almost year round. 😉

  36. Kelsey Johnson on April 23, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I liked to turn my phone off to relax:)

  37. Vanessa on April 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I love to take a long walk to relax!

  38. Vanessa on April 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I follow you on instagram!

  39. Danielle on April 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I love curling up on the couch with a blanket, a cup of tea and some Netflix to relax after a long day.

  40. Diana on April 24, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I relax with naps, jasmine tea, and leisurely walks listening to podcasts!

  41. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats on April 24, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I love to sink into the couch and read a good book!

  42. Katherine McNerney on April 24, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I use exercise as my time to relax. Even intense exercise helps me decompress.

  43. Anna on April 24, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Yoga is a great relaxation tool for me! I need it in my life more often!

  44. allie on April 24, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I like to read, have a glass of wine or a nice ipa!!

  45. Nicole on April 24, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I love getting a pedicure to relax

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