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I Surprised Our Mother’s Day Giveaway Winners

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If you guys remember, back in May we did our annual Women of Today Mother’s Day Giveaway and received some really amazing entries … So much so that I couldn’t pick just one winner — I had to pick three! The winners each received a special spa day, and as luck would have it one of our winners was based in Austin. I decided to stop in and surprise Svetlana and her mom Raisa as they were enjoying their special spa day together at the Lake Austin Spa Resort! It was so much fun to sneak in there and see the look on their faces!! They had no idea I would show up!

Giveaways and experiences are such a special part of Women of Today! The positive exchange of experiences we all share is exactly what I envisioned taking place when I created Women of Today.

Svetlana nominated her mother Raisa back in May and I know why — She is incredible. She raised two fantastic daughters despite the deaths of her own father and her husband, she lived through the collapse of the Soviet Union, got herself a degree despite multiple challenges, and is now a loving grandmother herself now. She sacrificed so much for her own children, and continues to give back as a volunteer at Camp Eyas, a local non-profit that helps military families who have lost loved ones. You can read more about her story on Women of Today here. Svetlana also posted an amazing recap of the day to her own blog. I was tearing up reading about what the day meant to her and her mother Raisa. She was kind enough to let us share her post here with you all. Have a look below.

From Svetlana’s Blog, LRFit

I have been following WomenOfToday.com for quite a while.  Women of Today is a wonderful community run by an extraordinary woman, Camila Alves, and her amazing team.  I highly recommend checking it out!  You will find awesome recipes, decor and style ideas, great advice about anything women/home/kids related, and more!  They also do cool contests.  A recent contest involved writing an inspirational story about your mother. The grand prize was a spa package. My mom has a really amazing story, so I decided to give it a try.  Long story short, we won a spa package!

Our spa experience was so wonderful that I want to share it with all of you.

My mom and I spent a beautiful day at the Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Upon arriving we were greeted with delicious mimosas. What a great way to start your day of relaxation!

We relaxed in the gorgeous Blue Room while filling out some paperwork and drinking mimosas.

After our massages we were treated to champagne, freshly squeezed juice, and delicious bites.  It was so special to sit in the private beautiful outdoor suite, feeling relaxed after the great massage and body scrub, drinking champagne, and talking to my mom.  It was one of our best mother-daughter dates!

Next, it was time for lunch.  We dined at the Aster Cafe (the lunch was included in our package!).  It felt really cool to eat lunch in our bath robes    The cafe is really nice and beautifully decorated.

Our server Jordan was great, he happily answered all of our questions and went out of his way to make sure that we had a great time.  I must add that the food was very delicious and healthy.  We loved everything we ordered, but the first prize went to the spiced beet dip and the salmon entrée (and of course the key lime sorbet!).

After lunch we checked out the indoor pool. It is a gem! The outdoor pool is great too!

Then we decided to check out the lake.  What a beautiful place it is!  Just outside the spa building, there is a nature paradise with amazing lake views.  We spent a lot of time relaxing in the hammocks by the water.  I can’t even describe how great it was.  I could spend the whole day in that hammock.  I didn’t want to leave.  Here is my view from the hammock   

My mom took a nap in a hammock.

My mom and I had an unforgettable day!  Thank you so much to Camila, Lexi, and the Women of Today team for such a wonderful gift!  Thank you to the fabulous staff at the Lake Austin Spa Resort!  The spa is excellent, the resort is stunning, and all the personnel is friendly and knowledgeable.  We will definitely be back!

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Beijos xx

by Camila Alves McConaughey