Changes Being Made at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta

This past March, Mandarin Oriental Hotels announced that they were taking over the management of the Mansion on Peachtree, located in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. Now rebranded as The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, changes are being made around the 127-room hotel, beginning with the spa.

Formerly named 29 Spa, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta has changed its treatment offerings, which include an Oriental essence massage and a red clay scalp massage. Some of the treatments will even have some local flair, like the Peaches and Cream treatment with cream and peach oil.

The hotel also plans to infuse an Asian touch by offering the Mandarin Oriental foot ritual, where guests will be presented with slippers and receive a foot bath with custom oils. Guests can also sip on tea and use an oshibori towel, a traditional Japanese wet towel.

The spa menu will also be updated with various Asian-style foods.

“Enjoy the perfect mix of Southern hospitality and oriental charm by making your reservation at this new Mandarin Oriental property in Atlanta!” –The Informed Traveler


Megan’s Visit to Watson Elementary

A while back, I was asked to read to one of the Kindergarten classes at Watson Elementary School in Austintown, Ohio (which I happened to attend a LONG time ago and where my mom currently teaches).

One class of 25 soon turned into two classes—with a total of 50 kids! Naturally, I was a little nervous to see all those little eyes staring up at me, and I was crossing my fingers that I chose the right books. I chose one book about dinosaurs and another about bears, and thanks to my mom, I had puppets to go along with them! The kids were amazing and so well behaved. We had a great time and made sure there some goodbye hugs …. 50 to be exact.

Clean the World Donates Soap to Mentor Leader’s Trip

Clean the World donated 600 bars of soap to a Mentor Leader’s mission team at Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Austintown, Ohio, where our own Katie Hively attends.

Take a look at the Mentor Leaders packing the soap to take on their trip!

The mission of the trip was on hygiene, and after an 18-hour bus ride, the team delivered the soap to Gbenchal, a small village in Togo, West Africa.

Many thanks to McConnell Marketing for making the connection, Clean the World for the soap and Brown Horse Garments for covering the shipping costs.

Marriott Vacation Club Partners with Clean the World

This week Marriott Vacation Club, a global leader in vacation ownership and brand of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: VAC), announced their partnership with Clean the World Foundation, Inc.

Clean the World’s mission is to put soap in the hands of people who need it most—improving hygiene and sanitation conditions, reducing impact of disease and promoting better hygiene and living conditions worldwide. In doing so, the group recycles partially used bars of soap and bottled amenities from resorts in the United States and distributes new soap to communities around the globe.

“This is a great program that helps so many and we’re excited to be involved. To be able to repurpose an item that previously had been discarded to make such a difference to those in need is very rewarding,” said Lee Cunningham, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer –North America and the Caribbean, Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation.

According to Clean the World’s press release, “31 of 43 Marriott Vacation Club resorts in the U.S. have currently contributed over 9,800 lbs. of soap and 6,100 lbs. of bottled amenities…As a result, more than 52,500 clean bars of soap and hygiene kits have been distributed to 55 countries, diverting 8 tons of waste from landfills across the country.”

Clean the World CEO and co-founder, Shawn Seipler, said of their first timeshare partner, “Marriott Vacation Club is a prime example of the true commitment we witness among our partners with regards to sustainability and social responsibility. The Owners and guests…can feel good knowing that their partially used amenities, which previously would have been discarded into landfills, are now being recycled and given to children and families in desperate need of hygiene products…”

In just three years, Clean the World has recycled and distributed over 10 million bars of soap to families worldwide, while diverting over 1.4 million pounds of landfill waste.