When you’re busy being supermami it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. Set aside at least one hour a week for a little nurturing and rejuvenation to replenish your inner resources. It is possible to treat yourself like a queen without spending a king’s ransom, and a bit of self-indulgence now and then is worth its weight in gold. Something as simple as trying a new perfume gives you a flirty boost as you tackle your busy schedule.
Here are a few pick-me-ups that’ll keep you looking and feeling like a million bucks.
Snack on Dark Chocolate • It seems like every day a new study comes out touting the health benefits of dark chocolate, so savor this treat guilt-free (in moderation, of course). Make your dark chocolate taste a little sweeter by opting for organic, fair-trade confections. Endangered Species Chocolates donates 10% of their net profits to fund species and habitat conservation efforts. The Chocolate Path offers ethically produced dark chocolate from all over the world.
Fill the Air with Scented Candles • Envelop yourself in luxury with a delicious room fragrance. Vie Luxe candles are a sensual delight. Or transform your home into a chic Paris flat with Diptyque home fragrances.
Try a Yoga Class • Find inner peace and serenity at a yoga class. If you can’t commit to a series of classes, many studios welcome drop-ins. Stretch out, center your breathing and find your inner glow. Namaste.
Go For a Mani/Pedi • Freshen up your look and get sandal-ready with a fabulous mani/pedi. For an afternoon of total luxury, go to a salon where you can sip cappuccino while your feet are massaged, soaked, and buffed to buttery softness. When you can’t splurge on a spa day, do-it-yourself is the next best thing. Try Deborah Lippmann’s Start Me Up nail treatment set ($44) or Earth Therapeutics Professional Pedicure Set ($19.99).
Take a Bubble Bath • After the kids have settled in for the night give yourself 20 minutes to relax in steamy, fragrant bubbles. You’ll emerge calm, clean, and smelling like a dream. Lush Bubble Bars & Bath Bombs definitely live up to the name. Carol’s Daughter carries yummy all-natural bath and body products.
Get a Facial • Whip up your own facial mask with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen. Check out these all-natural, DIY recipes from Reader’s Digest. On your next trip to the drugstore, pick up Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque ($4.71). Wrap your hair in a towel and kick back with this old school, mint green clay masque. You’ll feel like you stepped out of a ‘60s movie.