This post is long overdue but is coming at the perfect time!
You all know I have been working on increasing my daily self-care and establishing healthy and new routines that will in turn make me a better wife, mother, person. I’ve hit some bumps along the way, most recently with a bout of sickness and sinus gunk that pretty much has put me out of commission. This week is the first week I am feeling almost back to my normal self, so it’s back to the self-care regimen.
The reason I say this post is coming at the perfect time is because Brian and I are taking a weekend getaway, just the two of us (yay!) to Carmel. His mom and sister were flying out to spend some time with us (and by us I mean the kids), and they suggested we go somewhere, take a trip, enjoy the weekend. Little hesitation was spent making the decision! Although, I did go through a small ounce of mom-guilt, being that excited to have a weekend with the hubs, kid free. But I have told myself to stop those thoughts! We deserve it.
These past few months have been stressful with Brian studying for a licensing test and being more stressed at work. We are both looking forward to a weekend away with time to do whatever we want. There really is no schedule (gasp! or spreadsheet, HA) with an itinerary, we are literally driving down and figuring out what we want to do. I have done a little preparation, and found this amazing looking spa called Refuge that I want to check out. With hot and cold pools, a sauna and the option of a massage…it looks like heaven. And a relaxing few hours is much needed for these two tired parents…but now back to self-care!
This post is all about Pampering Yourself and finding what works for you! Some pampering can be as little getting your nails painted (or doing them yourself), taking a bubble bath, a new haircut, buying a new lotion smell or lighting a candle that helps you relax. Seriously, it could be anything to make yourself feel better.
I am a bath girl, with water piping hot. I have found this amazing company that is all about pampering! It’s called Perfectly Posh and my friend from college, Amanda is a consultant (check out her site here). I have purchased lotions, lip balm, bar soap, face masks and my latest addiction is their bath salts.
They go perfectly with my ultra hot water, the smells are fantastic AND you get to mix and match what you like. With over 30 choices of fragrances, you can find what works best for you! Seriously love these little packets of joy!
My other favorite way to pamper myself and little pick me up is to do my nails. I thoroughly enjoy getting them done, and would rather someone else do all that work, but who has the $$ to do that as often as we like, right?? I have found this gel nail kit that works wonders! The most frustrating thing when painting nails is in a few days they chip…all that work for nothing. With this kit, it looks just like the pros did them and they stay on for two weeks. The kit I use is called Sensationail. You can get the kit along with a variety of colors on their site, at Target, or Walmart or on Amazon. Wait until there is a sale though! The starter kit can be a bit pricey, but way cheaper than shelling out $60 for a mani/pedi every few weeks.
Massages are another one of my fave ways to relax (hence my hope and longing that Refuge will make it on the to do list this weekend!), but they are uber pricey. The hubs is always a good alternative, but that usually lasts about 3 solid minutes before his concentration is back on the TV! Not quite the same as paying someone to rub your muscles for an hour, but again, not a bad alternative.
The last pick me up that always works for pampering is my sense of smell. I can get so worked up and distracted by daily tasks, but stopping and putting on some lotion allows me to slow down and take some breaths. Perfectly Posh has a variety of smells and I also love the Aromatherapy line from Bath and Body Works, especially the stress relief one containing Eucalyptus Oils! My other love for smells comes from Scentsy. I have 2 warmers that are usually always on at my house! I just purchased the Autumn Sunset from my girl Liz, and it is my fall favorite! I put a few drops of lavendar oil in the warmer and that combination is heavenly! Seriously, you should try it!
Anywho…just wanted to jot down a quick post about self-care and different ways to pamper yourself. From relaxing bubble baths to lighting a candle. Find what works for you and DO IT! Your loved ones will thank you for taking time out for yourself.
Stay tuned for more ideas!