Today I Love…

Woo boy did I ever have a busy weekend. We traveled to Detroit and Chicago to celebrate my sister’s college graduation. We left early Friday morning and finally got back to our house and fell into bed around 12:30 last night. I am taking it easy this week and really hoping that I’ll be able to catch up on some sleep. The main thing I’m loving this Tuesday is just being home where I can relax and cook some good, healthy food.

As for a few more things I currently love:

Today I Love…

How adorable my sister looks all dressed up for graduation.

This Lego reenactment of the US v England World Cup game.

The blue in this bedroom

Sipping coffee from these cute mustache mugs.

World Cup anything. Brazil and North Korea kick off in an hour.


Tomorrow night, Dan and I are hosting a Jazz and Martini party to celebrate my 25th birthday. I’m excited. I borrowed a dress from my sister that is tailor-made for twirling. We’re going to have a build-your-own Martini Bar. I’m hoping it will end up being as much fun as I think it will be.

That’s my big plan for the weekend. And with that, I’m out for the week. Have a wonderful weekend!



My parents, sister and sister’s boyfriend are visiting this weekend. Everyone arrives tomorrow and I am getting pumped for their visit. We’ll be partaking in all of the best Baltimore activities: lacrosse game, crab feast and duckpin bowling.

Duckpins are so much fun! If you’ve never played, it’s basically like bowling only pint-size. The pins are small, the balls are small and you get three rolls per frame instead of two. I think it’s a lot more enjoyable than regular bowling and I’m definitely better at duckpins than I am at the full size game.

Have you ever played?


With Easter approaching, one of my favorite things ever has returned: the Washingtong Post Peeps Diorama Contest!

I love this peeps contest and the detail that went into so many of the entries.

You can see them all here, or check out some of my favorites below. (Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images.)

More Adorable Animals

My mom just forwarded an email to me that contained the following pictures. They are adorable, so I thought I would share them.

Pets on Furniture

Have you ever seen Desire To Inspire’s feature Pets on Furniture? It’s exactly what it sounds like: readers send in adorable and hilarious photos of their pets lounging on furniture. I love it. My favorite pictures are the enormous dogs that have squeezed themselves into small chairs or couch corners. Pets can be so ridiculous.

Maybe I should send in a photo of my ridiculous cat. He’s constantly sleeping like this:

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

I would like to send out an enormous thank you to everyone who participated in my Super Awesome Mega Cool Massage Giveaway and a double thank you to everyone who helped me spread the word about it! While I didn’t quite reach my goal of 50 entries, I got pretty darn close. So to celebrate and show my appreciation, I’ve decided to choose two winners! That’s right, TWO people will receive gift certificates for a free 30 minute Extremities Treatment massage session!

Who has two thumbs and is the most generous massage therapist in Baltimore?

THIS GAL! (That’s a picture of me.)

Yesterday, I chose two winners via a random number generator and today, I’m happy to announce that the winners of my Super Awesome Mega Cool Massage Giveaway are:

Lauren (athlEAT) and CharmCityKim! Congratulations ladies! I’ll be emailing you soon about where to send your gift certificates.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and don’t forget that everyone who entered gets 10% off of any massage session scheduled on or before April 30th! Give me a call and celebrate spring with a fabulous massage!

If you want to know about upcoming giveaways or other promotions, be sure to keep an eye on my website or become a fan of Claire Taylor Massage on Facebook. I’ll be running special promotions for Facebook fans and I had so much fun doing this giveaway that I’m thinking I’ll hold another one in the future!

And one final note to end things here:

May is National ALS Awareness Month. ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Awareness is an important cause to me because my grandmother was diagnosed and lived with this terrible disease for two years before passing away in April of 2000. To honor her memory and support the efforts of those who are working to find ways to treat and cure ALS, I will be donating 10% of all massage proceeds I receive during the month of May directly to ALS research. You can help me donate to this important cause by scheduling a May massage.

Thanks and congrats again to our wonderful winners!


To celebrate the start up of my own Massage Therapy business, I am hosting what I would like to believe is a super, awesome, mega cool giveaway.

Please note that because my business is based in Baltimore, Maryland, this contest is only open to Baltimore Area residents. I promise to do another giveaway in the future that can include everyone in the whole wide world, but for now, it pays to live in or near Baltimore!

The Prize

The winner will receive a Gift Certificate for a FREE 30 minute Extremities Treatment session.

Normally priced at $25, this is a 30 minute massage session that focuses on the hands, feet, head and neck. It is an immensely soothing and relaxing massage session that helps relieve muscle pain and tension in the parts of our bodies that are overworked every day as we move and work throughout our day-to-day lives. This massage treatment is performed with the client fully clothed and includes a heated neck wrap to melt away neck and shoulder pain and a soothing eye pillow to cool and relax tired eyes.

The gift certificate is good for up to one year (from this contest’s end date) and is fully transferable, so even if you aren’t interested in a free massage, you can give the gift certificate to a friend, family member or loved one!


Everyone who enters this contest will receive 10% off any massage session scheduled between now and Friday, April 30, 2010. Please check out my website for information about all of my available sessions, my two Baltimore City locations, available hours and to schedule a session. Mention the discount code “Blog Contest” when contacting me to your schedule session to receive 10% off.

Additionally, if I receive 50 or more entries for this contest, I will choose TWO WINNERS and each will receive a FREE gift certificate for a 30 minute Extremities Treatment. So be sure to spread the word!

So here’s a quick run down of the loot:

-Free gift certificate for a 30 minute massage session, given to 2 lucky winners if I get at least 50 entries.

-Everyone who enters gets 10% off any massage session with Claire Taylor Massage scheduled up through Friday, April 30th.

How To Enter

1. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing.

Note: Your comment must include a way to contact you, either a link to your personal blog or an email address where I can reach you if you are the winner. If you do not leave a way for me to contact you, I will not include your entry in the drawing. I assure you that I will not add your email address to any mailing lists. I will only use it to contact you if you are the winner. If you do not feel comfortable leaving a contact in your comment, then please email me at to let me know which entry is yours.

2. To earn a second entry, you can blog about my giveaway! Please leave a link to your blog post in your comment so that I know to put you down for two entries. In order for the second entry to count, your blog post must include a link to this giveaway post and a link to my massage therapy website: Please be sure to include that the contest is only open to Baltimore Area residents!

3. This contest will be open until Friday, March 19 , 2010 at 11:59 pm. I will select the winner(s) via a random number generator and announce the winner(s) on this blog on Monday, March 22nd.

Good luck and please feel free to contact me anytime between now and April 30th to take advantage of the 10% discount! All of my contact information can be found on my website.

Yet Another Chance To Win Something Wonderful

Katie at Health For The Whole Self is giving one lucky reader a twelve pack case of Chobani Greek Yogurt in assorted flavors. Visit her site for the full run down on how to win and her suggestion for what looks like an absolutely delicious way to use your potential prize!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

My husband and I are having some friends over this evening to grill up some burgers and sausages and drink Black and Tans and other appropriate, but entirely non-green Irish beverages. It’s going to be pretty laid back, but fun, I hope.

Do you have anything special planned?

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