The Big Reveal: Mandy’s Mommy Makeover! {Plus another Mommy Makeover Giveaway!!}

Last month, we were so happy to make one mom’s holiday season a little bit brighter with an extra special holiday makeover!!  Mandy is a mother-of-four who hadn’t had her hair cut in over a year, and had never had a massage in her life.  Need we say more?  It was time for this mom to enjoy a day for herself!

makeover4Mandy started her day of pampering at Massage Heights at  Iowa River Landing, where she received her first EVER massage!  She was treated to a one-hour massage, and she said she can’t wait to go back!  In fact, she said she’s going to tell her mom and all of her friends to start getting massages too!  It’s true…those ladies at Massage Heights will do that to you!  And we all just want to share it with our friends because EVERY mom deserves an hour of relaxing, stress-relieving massage.  It’s good for the body AND the soul!

Next stop on Mandy’s day was tHAIRapy with Amber.  As we said, Mandy hadn’t had her hair cut in over a year.  And we know she’s not the only one.  So many of us moms tend to put ourselves at the bottom of the list.  Our spouses and our kids have fresh hair-cuts and new clothes for the new school year, and sometimes we ourselves seem to be on pause. Well, it’s time to press that play button, mamas!  Mandy had a refreshing new haircut and color from Amber, and the term “thairapy” definitely fit this experience!  Check out how beautiful her hair is!!  Amber also gave her some subtle, yet gorgeous, makeover to finish off the look.  That is one pretty mom-of-four right there!

And last but certainly not least, Mandy and her husband are looking forward to a holiday dinner at Graze, downtown Iowa City.  She is excited to get dressed up and show off her new look, and she’s especially excited to spend some quality time with her husband, who works long, long hours every week.  If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy a good meal this holiday season, you should follow Mandy’s lead and take your family to Graze.  The food is amazing, the atmosphere is beautiful and welcoming, and the desserts…well, they speak for themselves.  Seriously, make a reservation today!

We want to say a BIG thank you to Massage Heights, Amber (stylist), and Graze for making Mandy’s Holiday Makeover everything we hoped it would be for her!  We received the sweetest email from her after the big day, telling us how grateful she was and how good she feels about herself after taking a day for just her.  That is the whole purpose of these makeovers, my friends, and if we could give that experience to all of you, we would do it in a heartbeat!!


On that note, let’s do another makeover, should we?!  It’s almost time for the new year, and that means it’s time for a “New Year, New You” makeover!  What mom wouldn’t want to start fresh in 2015, right?  So today we are announcing the next makeover in this amazing series!  During these cold (and sometimes depressing) months, we want to keep you moms happy and healthy and thinking about taking care of yourselves!  So, here it is…

“New Year, New You” Makeover Details

makeovercollage2Massage:  Let’s start it off right again, with a one-hour massage at Massage Heights, Iowa River Landing.  Let their staff pamper you, take a moment to relax, and enjoy some quiet time with your eyes closed (how often does that happen?!)

Hair:  Time for some more “thairapy” with Amber!  The lucky winner will receive a complimentary haircut and color (plus makeup application!) from THAIRapy with Amber.  If it’s been a while since your locks had some love, it’s time for us to change that for you!

Shopping:  An extra bonus this time around, we are giving our winner a $50 gift certificate to Tailgate Clothing.  If you have not been to this new shop downtown Iowa City yet, you NEED to go today.  It was the first stop on our Holiday Shop Crawl (more details to come this Friday!), and it is ah-mazing.  We can’t wait to see what adorable Hawkeye gear our makeover winner chooses!

DinnerYet another lucky mama who gets to enjoy the deliciousness of Graze Iowa City!  Our makeover winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to enjoy a meal that she did not have to cook, hopefully with her spouse or best friend or another special person in her life.

If you would like to start out 2015 with a bang and enjoy this day of pampering, enter to win the “New Year, New You” makeover today!  This contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 19th and the winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Saturday!  Good luck, and be sure to share this with your other mom friends who might enjoy a day for themselves in the new year!

How to Enter:

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*Please note:  we have scheduled these pampering appointments for Saturday, January 3rd, so please be sure you are available that day if you are entering to win! Thanks!*

Sara and her husband Matt (sweethearts since they were just 16) got married in 2007, and since then have welcomed four beautiful children (Sam in 2008, Cooper in 2010, Nora in 2012, and Adam James in December 2015). A born-and-raised Iowan, Sara received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (in Spanish Literature) from the University of Iowa. She's still teaching Spanish wherever and whenever she can, but her true passion is owning Iowa City Moms and building this community alongside her amazing team. Sara is also the Community Engagement Coordinator for City Mom Collective, and the owner of Cowork Collective downtown Iowa City. Common denominator in all of these jobs: community, community, community.


  1. I love these Mommy Makeovers! They always look so fun and relaxing! Have you announced the winner of the New Year, New You Mommy Makeover? 🙂


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