Family Spa Night!

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We all know how valuable “me” time is. I can’t think of a more perfect scenario…all alone, bubble bath, glass of wine, mask, scrub, mani, pedi…all the time to yourself to think or just zone out and relax. As wonderful as that alone time is, it can be fun to include the kids! After all, where are our daughters going to learn the beauty of spa time if not first hand from mom? Every now and then, I’ll set aside some time to share the spa experience with my girls. This does not rule out boys. I see a lot of moms in our store with their sons picking out fun smelling bath products. By teaching boys at a young age how nice it is to pamper themselves, 2 things can happen. #1 he will appreciate taking care of himself as he grows older and #2 he will totally understand when his wife absolutely has to have a massage or she will die! May as well teach them this while they’re young, right? Here are just a few ideas that we’ve done. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a good bonding experience with the kids!

Bathtub Pedicures: This is one of my favorite treats to share with my daughters. It’s also one of the easiest! To set the mood, we’ll light some candles and put them around the tub. We run the water, add some bath salts and some bubble bath and then soak our feet. I like to enjoy a glass of wine while we do this, and I make sure my younger spa patrons are served something fruity and non-alcoholic in a wine glass. We’ll soak for about 15 minutes and chat while we enjoy the warm water and bubbles. After we apply a nice moisturizer and polish each other’s toe nails. Well, my girls polish each other’s nails, I polish my own because I’m a control freak when it comes to my nail polish.

Yogurt and Honey Face Mask: My girls always like to watch me mask. It used to scare them when they were really little! The way the mask dries and turns a strange color would make them freak out…I guess I looked pretty bad, but I love the end result.  They are always wanting to try my products, but obviously putting a deep cleansing clay mask on such young and sensitive skin is out of the question. I looked around a lot on the internet and in stores for a mask my kids could do with me. I came across a recipe for a yogurt and honey mask. It’s great for sensitive skin, moisturizing and very easy to make. Take 1 tsp. of plain yogurt; 1 tsp. of honey…you will want to microwave the honey for about 20 seconds to get it to a runny texture. If 20 seconds isn’t enough, try 10 second intervals until it reaches the right consistency. Mix the two ingredients together, make sure it’s not too hot and apply to your face, leave on for 15 minutes and remove with a warm, wet washcloth. This recipe makes one mask, so double or triple the measurements as needed. Follow with a light moisturizer and you’ve just had a mini facial!

Hand scrub/mini manicure: Another fun spa treatment to do is a hand scrub you can make at home, followed by a mini manicure. It’s made with olive oil and brown sugar…2 ingredients almost everyone has in their pantry. It’s very simple to make. 2tbs. olive oil, 1/4 cup dark brown sugar. Mix together and rub into your hands, pushing your cuticles back while you’re scrubbing. Rub into hands for about a minute, you can leave it on for up to 5 minutes for maximum softening results. Rinse well under warm water and follow up with a moisturizer. Moisten a cotton ball with a little rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover to remove the lotion or any residue from your nails. If your nails are oily, the nail polish won’t dry. Finish up with polishing your nails and your spa night is complete.

We like to set the mood for the night when we indulge in Family Spa Night. Bathrobes, slippers and a stress free attitude are required. I enjoy these night with my girls, even though they are not often enough. I hope you enjoy some of these tips with your family. Don’t have kids? No worries, ask some girlfriends over or have a really quiet spa night with just you and your hubby!

You’ve been beautified!