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A Lil' Pampering in Preparation for the Holidays

The key to a joyful holiday season starts with taking care of yourself and those around you

Chilly nights, crisp mornings, and pumpkin spice wafting through the air - fall is here and so is the holiday season. Soon, festivities will be underway as will the pursuit of the magic of the season.

It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind and forget how to enjoy the season. Often there is family to host, food to prepare, shopping, and parties; it is also hard to find time for yourself. From cookie decorating parties to school performances and exchanging secret Santa gifts with co-workers, the stressors can build up.

The key to a joyful holiday season isn’t just advance planning and organization. It starts with taking care of yourself and those around you. Slow down and take time out. Simplify your lists in the order of importance and strategize accordingly. Take a moment to appreciate the season and the blessings surrounding you.

Say yes to what fills your bucket, like placing self-care on your to-do list. To help, we have a few ideas for a little pampering yourself for the holidays. Go ahead and give yourself permission to indulge and the best way it to treat yourself to a trip to the salon. A fresh look might take the edge off all the planning and preparation for the festivities.

Mykala and Co Salon

1. What are your salon's top services, especially for a little pampering during the holidays?

Mykala and Co Salon in Eagle, Idaho, specializes in hand-tied extensions and color services. Both are luxury services to help you feel and look your best, just in time for all your holiday parties to attend! Our colorists offer expertise in fashion colors, brunettes, blonding, and lived-in colors. Need to update or freshen your look? Our professionals can help you achieve that. We also offer free product consultations to match you with the correct products for your hair and lifestyle.

2. Do you have any tips for preparing for a visit to your salon?

Make sure to book an appointment online or text us at (208) 971-3535. Making the appointment as soon as possible as the holidays book up quickly. Since we don't accept walk-in clients, an appointment is a must! When coming for coloring, it is best to arrive with unwashed hair so that we can avoid your hair feeling stripped of oils and moisture. If you are getting extensions, be sure to book your appointment in advance of events and parties that you are attending, as it takes 24-48 before you may wash the new extensions.

3. How about gift ideas? I.e., gift certificates or salon merchandise.

We sell top-of-the-line Kevin Murphy and Unite products for both Men and Women. We offer a wide array of options, including oils, smooth and shine treatments, straightening and relaxing styling fluid, styling tools, and shampoo plus conditioners for every hair type! We sell gift cards if you don't know exactly what to buy. Any of our girls would be happy to provide some recommendations.

4. Any further tips that you would like to mention?

Check out our Instagram @mykalaandco to see our work! We would love to meet you and have you visit our salon. Also, check out our website at

Merry Maids

Merry Maids helps put the Merry in Christmas. What a great way to pamper yourself and others by hiring a service to make your holiday preparations extra clean.

1.       What are your cleaning service's top services, especially for preparing for the holidays?

We offer deep cleaning to prepare for company during the holidays. With all the extra entertaining, it's a great idea to pay attention to often overlooked areas like the oven, refrigerator, microwave, and bathrooms. We also provide extra organization in the coat or linen closets and pantries. Merry Maids also provides other types of cleaning services like polishing silver. Just ask if you have any special requests that you aren't sure we cover. We might be able to add that to our services.

2.       Do you have any tips for preparing for the cleaner's arrival?

Pick up items and put away what you can. Clear off counters as much as possible this will allow our team to focus on cleaning as opposed to spending their time preparing an area to be cleaned. Pick up toys, clothing, and other items off the floor to help vacuum and clean the floors. Make sure that pets are secured so they aren't underfoot. If at all convenient, most house occupants should either leave or go to an area of the home that won't interfere with the cleaning process. Make a list of items you'd like addressed so that the cleaners know your specific areas of concern. If you have specific products that you would like to use, make sure that you have them available for the cleaners.

3.       How about gift ideas? I.e., gift certificates.

The gift of cleaning is a great present for anyone! We offer gift cards on our website, or you can contact our office to purchase directly.

4.       Any further tips that you would like to mention?

Always let your cleaning team know if you have any special requests or areas of concern that you'd like us to focus on. We genuinely appreciate knowing what's most important to you and being able to help!

For more information, contact Stephanie Summers via email at

Salt Sanctuary

Salt Sanctuary is all about nurturing the mind, body, and soul with gentle, natural healing modalities helping to relieve stress and restore our guests with a sense of well-being.

1. What are Salt Sanctuary's top services?

Halotherapy is at the core of everything we offer here. Halotherapy has been proven to help reduce stress and keep the respiratory system clear and healthy.

We also specialize in Face Lift Massage, a unique and pampering treatment. The focus is on releasing the tension in the facial, neck, and shoulder muscles.

The Holidays bring forward the need for self-care more than ever! When stressed about shopping, cooking, buying, decorating, etc., it sometimes takes the joy out of the holidays. Self-care is key to embracing the true spirit of the holidays with gratitude and generosity of spirit.

2. Do you have any tips for preparing to visit Salt Sanctuary?

Before coming for a visit here, it is best to be well hydrated, dressed comfortably, and not in a hurry for the next thing. As with all massage, it is best to arrive with an empty stomach to get the maximum benefit of the therapies.

3. Should reservations be made, and how far in advance?

Our massages get booked a few weeks in advance. Reservations are also recommended for halotherapy visits.

4. Any further tips that you would like to mention?

We offer a family room that the little ones love as buried treasures are found on the salt floor. Beach blankets and toys are available to use as well as books and blocks for quiet creative play. Parents get a break, and the littles have fun. 

We also offer crystal bowl sound healing sessions in our treatment rooms. Sound therapy combined with halotherapy is an extraordinary experience. Sound therapy helps balance and help to clear the mind.

We do not allow any electronics into the rooms as they interfere with the negative ion therapy that is also happening in the treatment rooms. Gadgets can be left at home or in the car, or they are turned off and left in baskets until the session concludes. Gift certificates are available.

  • Merry Maids Brad Dionne w/Founder Dallen Peterson
  • Christina Baylis, Owner
  • Owner, Mykala

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