Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Too Much Mom Tuesday: Spahhhh

<- This is how I want to be buried.

What better way to celebrate this non-mommy post than to talk about the happiest place on earth?

It seems almost mean that I would write about this when so many of us (like me) can't afford to get pampered very often, if at all. There used to be a time when getting a massage every couple of months was a must for me. It was also a time when I'd go to the movies every single weekend, and do my nails about every month.

Sigh. Those days are over.

Lately, while I'm going about my day, I seem to be having flashbacks of my teen/college years. Which is funny 'cause I would NEVER want to go back, but I think my body is trying to tell me something. Like, "you used to treat me better, and why oh why do you abuse me today." So I've been trying to find little ways to show myself some love, without having to break the bank. Here's what I got so far:

Doing My Own Nails
Speaking of that, you HAVE to check out this video (if you haven't already - it seems like everybody has):

If you didn't have the patience to watch, she's joking about how nice ladies at nail salons try to sell you more services. And you see, when you do your own nails, you do it on YOUR terms. Yeah, it's tricky to get the hang of it, but once you do (not that I'm there already, but improving as we speak), you start getting picky about how other people do your nails. It's very irritating when someone does it worse than you would've at home and charge you $20 for it. See, girls, there are advantages!

Do Your Own Aromatherapy
I think one of things that addicted me to spas was their wonderful smell (the good ones, at least). But you see, you can BUY these things (for a couple dollars at Target/Bath&Body Works). After I started using a wonderfully scented body wash, my spa cravings have drastically reduced. I highly recommend smelling like a cupcake.

Don't Skip The Moisturizer
After an exhausting day, it was very tempting to just go straight to bed after a shower. Because remember, my big hair = a long and tiring detangling process. But as I got more disciplined about not skipping the body lotion routine, it gave me a nice auto-massage. It's amazing how much just a bit of pressure as you apply the lotion can help your achy muscles. It also helps if it smells like cupcakes (but might make you hungry at night, so maybe not).

When All Fails, Just Go To a Spa Already
I have a groupon on hold, waiting to be used on my next breakdown. It's been over a month, so I guess I should be proud of myself. Or I could reward myself with a good massage.


Cam - Bibs & Baubles said...

i'm totally with you. i have a groupon on hold for a facial and mani/pedi. i must use them soon. i did paint my nails last week - it has been at least 6 months. making progress... baby steps! :)

The Hubby Diaries said...

I just took advantage of SPA WEEK... let's me feel better about splurging for a service because it's "on sale". Keep an eye out for future weeks...


(visiting from LBS!)

Ms. Blasé said...

I can't say that I've ever been to a spa, but I did (at my childhood friend's insistence) get my nails done before. Even though it was twelve years ago, it was an "interesting" experience. I guess that's why I enjoyed that YouTube vid so much :-)

Glad to hear that you're starting to take time out to pamper yourself. I guess I should follow in your footsteps.

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