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Mindy Trujillo


Woodhouse Day Spa and Self-Care

I’ve taken a break from most things blog related because, well, it’s been a rough few months. Tragedy at work and health issues in the family have left me unable to write about much; my head and heart haven’t been in the game.  Until now.

This is a quick post about self-care. We all need it. Now I’m not saying we have to go to the “treat yo’ self” extreme of Tom and Donna in Parks and Rec. I’m not talking about maxing credit cards on shopping sprees, but rather intentionally doing things that better our emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental well-being. This might include counseling, exercising, meeting a friend for coffee, getting plenty of rest, going on a weekend hike, driving with the windows down while listening to your fave tunes, reading a good book, and getting a massage.

Cheesy but so true!

I haven’t been so good at this lately because life has been crazy; however, I am intentionally pursuing it! I have a book by my side, I’m leaving for vacation today, I’ve started eating healthier again, I’ve contacted my counselor, I went on a hike last weekend with friends, we’ve taken drives with the top off the jeep, I got air in my bike tires, and. . . I got a massage and facial this week.

This leads me to Woodhouse Day Spa. Woodhouse is my “treat yo’ self” place. There is no spa as peaceful and relaxing as Woodhouse. Think plush robes, essential oils, and berry-infused water. Think expertly trained massage therapists and skin estheticians with calming voices and the perfect touch. I’ve been a visitor to both the Montgomery and Liberty Woodhouse locations and each has been a needed oasis.  A time to feel spoiled.  A time to rejuvenate.  A time to breathe deeply.  A time to  clear my mind.

Trust me, whether you try a facial, massage, or sleep treatment, you will be gifting yourself some incredible self-care. Every single time I’ve visited Woodhouse, I’ve left feeling better about myself – the stress just melts away.

All. The. Details.

The quiet room. I thought about moving in.

Ahhh, an extensive facial! No makeup- don’t care. Curly hair- don’t care. My skin has never felt so good.

When life gets hectic, or the bumps in the road throw us off course, we often forget to take care of ourselves.  But, after awhile, we aren’t any good for anyone else.  And if you’re a fixer and a doer like I tend to be, you truly enjoy doing for others; remember though, like most things in life, it’s all about balance.  So cheers to taking better care of ourselves and not feeling one bit guilty about it.

P.S.- The new location in Liberty Township is about 10,000 square feet of pure bliss. And, they are running a special this month- get a premium facial and receive 40% off skincare items during June.

Whatever you do, just take care of YOU.  Yes, you are worth it! Yes, you matter!

GO THERE (Woodhouse Day Spa)! TRY THAT (self-care, facial, massage)!


ALL/ EAT (out)

New Places to Eat in Cincinnati Part 6: Branch

If I were sending you to just one new restaurant, this would be it.  Located in the old Central Trust Bank in Walnut Hills, right on the corner of Madison and Woodburn, this incredible space that sat empty for years is once again alive and open to the community.

Paying homage to its original purpose, Branch is a really unique space with lots of old bank details, including the restaurant name, a menu organized by Shares (think appetizers) and Stocks (main dishes), and dessert cocktails like the Frozen Account.  That attention to detail also includes lots of fun nods to the prohibition era with a Temperance Map above the bar, water served in an old gin bottle, and the Night Drop, an “underground” bar.

And if that isn’t enough, the staff is welcoming and the food is bright, complex, rich, and cozy.  Open my account because I plan on being a loyal customer at Branch!

Let me give the rundown on what I’ve tried so far:

From the Brunch Menu

Beignets: Holy smokes!  These are not the average every day beignets (well, if I were to ever actually make beignets); no, these are pistachio praline beignets served with pistachio praline to add a little something extra extra! Delish!

Challah French Toast:  In an attempt to not look like we were ordering the entire brunch menu, we got a half order of french toast. I loved the warm butter and maple syrup.  As with everything we ordered, every plate is beautiful and intentional, including this one.

Shrimp and Grits: I will be straight up honest.  This was my husband’s pick and the last thing I wanted him to order.  I tried to nudge him in a different direction, but man I’m glad it didn’t work.  I literally kept reaching for his bowl because I could not get enough.  This dish is super creamy and cozy and rich . . . from the homemade chicken stock to the cream, butter, and mushrooms, it’s perfection.

Steak, Egg, and Potatoes: Think juicy flank steak cooked a perfect medium and topped with an over easy egg and chimichurri sauce.  Unbelievable.  And, I don’t even care about potatoes, but these smashed, roasted, and then deep fried red skin potatoes are out of this world.

If you’ve read my blog, you know I have a love affair with coffee, especially when it comes from a local roaster.  So the cherry on top of this amazing meal was the perfectly brewed cup of Urbana coffee!  Keeping it local!  It’s all in the details at Branch. And speaking of details, owls happen to have a special place in my heart because my grandmother loved owls, be sure to look for them around the restaurant.

Don’t forget this is a two-in-one spot: Branch restaurant up top and the Night Drop bar below.  Two completely different spaces, two different feels, two different purposes- both worth a visit (or two or three)!

P.S.- I’m looking forward to trying the dinner menu next. Thank you, Branch for having us!

GO THERE (Branch)!  TRY THAT (Beignets, Shrimp & Grits)!