If I’m lucky, I get to a spa about once a year. It’s not a high priority for me to do on a regular basis. While I love a good massage, I know there a million other ways to spend my money. The relaxing atmosphere, on the other hand, is something that every mom could use a little more of. These little things are inexpensive to introduce and easy to add in to your normal routine. And if you’re lucky, one of your kids might be willing to give you a foot rub for a small bribe. You know how you walk in to a spa and you instantly exhale, your shoulders release their tension and you let out a sigh in the best possible way? A lot of that has to do with the smell. Lavender is the most common scent you’ll encounter. To bring that spa vibe in to your home, look for ways to infuse your home with lavender goodness. My husband gave me this Hundredth Acre lavender soy candle for Christmas and it’s my fave! It smells amazing and there is something so decadent about burning a candle when you are mom! Maybe that is in part to feeling like you have to hover around it to make sure your kids don’t reach over it or try to light their homework on fire. Water even tastes better in a spa, amIright? Spa water is so delicious. Literally all they do is pop in some cucumber and lemon slices and BOOM. Magical spa water. This is super easy to do at home. You just have to remember to do it. The size of my fridge means that making a large batch of this is out of the question. But you can make this, a glass at a time, by just adding a few slices of your favorite citrus, herbs and cucumbers. The flavor will not be quite as intense since it won’t have as much time to infuse as a large batch. But it’s a great way to jazz up a plain glass of water and get you hydrating! You could always make a mason jar full the night before so it has time to get extra flavorful! But remembering to do that, on top of making sure homework is done and dinner gets cleaned up is added work.
There’s only been a handful of times where I’ve had multiple treatments or spent several hours hanging out and enjoying the spa and all it has to offer. On those occasions, sipping on herbal tea was SO relaxing! My go-to teas are usually English Breakfast or Earl Grey. I usually grab those when I need a little pick me up late in the afternoon. But an herbal tea is super calming. It’s a great way to wind down. So make your tea, step away from the electronics and really use the time it takes to drink it to coccoon yourself in a calm bubble. I recently came across these fantastic herbal teas from Moontime Tea. Not only are these herbal teas made with great tasting ingredients, but they also promote health and wellness. They come in Whole Health, Cleanse, Libido and Fertility. I tried out all of them except Fertility, because this baby maker is closed. These teas were created for women and drinking them gives us an opportunity to reconnect with ourselves. It’s important! If you’ve ever been shushed in a spa for gabbing with your girlfriends you’ll know that a spa really encourages you to spend time with yourself and reflect. You can do this at home too, by enjoying your cup of tea. Quietly. These teas use organic ingredients, that smell AMAZING! and taste delicious too. There is NO harsh light at a spa. So mimic that at home by not using overhead lights but using soft light bulbs in lamps instead. The softer light will let you relax. And it will help disguise the dust bunnies you’ve been meaning to vacuum up. I’m certainly no suggesting you spend all day in a dimly lit house. But for those minutes, half hours or hours that you want to recharge, soft light is better.
Now let’s talk about robes. It’s the quickest way to make it feel like a spa. But for me, a robe on a week day or in the middle of the day is just weird. Of course, wear one whilst you are getting ready in the morning but then you’re fully dressed and probably need to be for school pick up. Relaxing in robes is best on weekends when you you don’t have to be anywhere and can lounge and enjoy yourself. #robelife.
I realize that the spa like atmosphere you’ll create at home is in no way as luxurious as what you’ll find at an actual spa. Do what you can to find little moments for yourself, where you can transport from your normal mom duties to a place where you can get a little bit of me time. I love to make my home feel like a spa!
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