We spoke to RHONY’s Heather Thomson to find out what’s next for the former Bravo star!

There’s nothing like a beach getaway with your best gal pal. You can sit and relax on the beach, spend a day at the spa, or partake in some fun fitness activities. That’s why we’re giving one winner and their BFF the opportunity to take a timeout and getaway to Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa. Not only that, but the winner and their bestie will each receive a $300 credit for Yummie workout gear so they can get active and do it in style.

What happens if you’re our lucky winner? You and a friend will get to stay at Beaches Turks & Caicos and enjoy their many amenities for four days and three nights. This includes unlimited access to Beaches Aqua Centers and activities like paddle boarding, tennis and more! There will also be daily seaside Yoga and meditation sponsored by Yummie. Plus, you’ll also have access to all of the resort’s restaurants and you’ll get to enjoy other fun perks like a private catamaran cruise and an exclusive beach bonfire. Of course, this giveaway wouldn’t be complete without a Red Lane Spa credit worth $200 to ensure you and your best bud can sit back, relax, and unwind. Talk about a dream getaway!

To celebrate this awesome giveaway we chatted with Real Housewives of New York star and Yummie designer, Heather Thomson. This Q&A is packed with info about dream vacation, best buds, and one of her biggest passions — No Barriers USA.

Tell us about No Barriers USA.

No Barriers not only inspired my new tagline* on this season of the Real Housewives of New York City, but also a new way of life. I’ve discovered there’s something that stirs us all when we think about the idea that we can break through the things standing in our way. In our hectic lives, we all search for our path forward, our personal road map for overcoming challenges and living a full and purposeful life. I certainly do. Being a No Barriers ambassador helped me more deeply understand and discover the strength within to overcome the challenges I face—the challenges we all inevitably face.

*Editor’s note: “I’m stronger than anything in my way.”

How did you get involved with it?

One of my best friends, Remembrance Staber, first introduced me to No Barriers, when she invited me to the No Barriers Outdoor Classic in Ashville, NC. I attended this event as a celebrity hoping to raise awareness, and left forever changed. I was so moved after learning the stories of brave wounded veterans and speakers including, Kyle Maynard, the first quadruple amputee to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro without prosthetics. These stories of adversity and triumph over incredible odds really permeated with me as a parent of a child with challenges. Jon and I had already been trying to teach our son Jax a similar lifestyle of optimism even in the midst of struggles, and this No Barriers experience not only introduced me to this amazing charity, but perfectly illustrated the reality of what a no barriers lifestyle really is. 

We hear you recently summited four 14,000 foot mountains in Breckenridge, Colorado. How did that come about? How did you train for this adventure?

I was especially drawn to participating in this event because it brought people of all backgrounds and abilities together for a day of challenge and inspiration. It symbolizes the climb we all choose to make when pushing through barriers—everyone has a summit they yearn to reach. For some it’s a physical goal, for others it might be more personal. I’ve learned that with the right support along the way, (at NB, we call it our “rope team”), anyone can learn to understand, break down their barriers, and discover that “what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.”

How can people get involved with No Barriers USA?

By visiting http://getinvolved.nobarriersusa.org/ and taking the No Barriers pledge today!

What’s your dream vacation?

My husband and I went on safari in Africa with a few friends and that was definitely a dream vacation come true! My idea of a dream vacation has changed over the years. Now as a working mom, a dream vacation would be a trip that is adventurous and enables me to challenge myself.  

We’re so excited for the Life’s a Beach with your Bestie giveaway. How do you and your girlfriends wind down and relax together?

We love to grab a good bottle of wine and find a nice, quiet place to catch up. We also enjoy taking brisk walks together through the Berkshires.

#TBT Turksa and Caicos we miss you!! #surf #sand #rainbows #littles #yummielife

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You recently took a trip to Turks & Caicos on RHONY, what was your favorite moment from the trip?

As a group, we fight hard, and cry hard, but we also laugh hard. And the laughter was my favorite part of the trip to Turks & Caicos. I had a ton of fun paddle boarding and dancing at the Conch Shack.  


Who doesn’t want to travel like Heather Thomson? That’s why we partnered up with Spa Week, Yummie by Heather Thomson, and Beaches to give away the ultimate BFF getaway. Destination? Beaches Turks & Caicos! This prize includes two $300 Yummie by Heather Thomson credits (one for you and one for your bestie) so you can look great in paradise wearing Yummie’s sleek and stylish apparel. We guarantee you’ll feel confident as you head to a seaside yoga session in Yummie’s adorable Leah Capri and you’re sure to stay warm after the sun goes down in a pair of the brand’s sassy slim-cut ankle jeans.

Along with Yummie apparel, this amazing prize package includes four days and three nights at Beaches Turks & Caicos, a $200 credit to Red Lane spa, and much more. That’s definitely a prize that makes us say, “Holla!”

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