Being a mom has certainly evolved since I was a kid. The demands and expectations of motherhood are at an all-time high and it’s not exactly glamourous. First, there are the daily chores of cooking, cleaning, laundry, driving kids to activities, and running errands. Then, schools often depend on parents to join various committees to help the school function. There is more parent involvement in schools today through fundraising and just being present in school during the day than ever before. Kids expect to see their parents on assembly days, project presentation days, half days, snow days, sick days, field trips, lunch, and library duty to name a few. Moms are always on call 24/7/365. Sound like a lot? It is! Us moms are great at taking care of others first, while our needs tend to take a back seat. How are we supposed to stop and smell the roses when all we can smell is the dirty laundry that is spilling out of the bedrooms?
There is always more to do, so instead of waiting for that break to arrive, it is important that we fit in times to make ourselves a priority. And, what better time to gift ourselves this nurturing, than on Mother’s Day!
Your Mini-Vacation at the Home Spa
I give myself one hour a week when I transform my bathroom into a spa oasis. First, I let my family know the plan and request no one interrupt me during my “spa time.” I gather my ingredients and head into my sanctuary. Then, I set the mood in the bathroom by lighting candles and putting on some soft music.
While the water is running, I wash and exfoliate my face and prepare my facial mask. I’ll use whatever I have in the house for my facial. For example, if I want to moisturize my skin, I mix yogurt with a little honey. I spread the mask all over my face (avoiding the eyes, of course), then grab my bath salts and climb in the tub. After sinking into the tub, I add in my bath salts and inhale the amazing aroma. I relax in the tub for about 15-20 minutes until my face mask is dry. After washing it off with hot washcloths, lastly, I apply my nighttime facial serum.
Walking out of the “spa” I feel refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for what awaits me again on the other side of the door. I greatly appreciate my family respecting my “spa-time” as I’ve learned to appreciate that it’s the little things in life that keep me going.
Me Time – Bliss Bath Salts
|Essential Oils||Latin Binomial||Quantity|
|Ylang ylang Essential Oil||Cananga odorata||3 Drops|
|Lavender Essential Oil||Lavandula angustifolia||6 Drops|
|Spikenard Essential Oil||Nardostachys jatamansi||2 Drops|
|Palmarosa Essential Oil||Cymbopogon martinii||4 Drops|
|Epsom Salt||1 Cup|
Since I traded in my dressy clothes and heels for yoga pants, sneakers and pulled up hair, I’m not always feeling or looking my best. The sweet, delicate floral combination of essential oils in this bath salt, help me feel tranquil, and reconnected with my feminine energy.
Face Food Facial Mask
For the mask, “feed” your skin with the mixture that sounds like a fit for your face.
Blend plain organic yogurt and honey (great for dry skin).
Egg white – to tighten pores.
Blend your favorite clay with aloe, water or gentle hydrosol for skin detox.
Try adding a pinch of turmeric, spirulina or matcha tea powder for extra antioxidant effect.
Nourishing Nightime Facial Serum
Combine the following in a 1 oz. glass bottle:
|Common Name||Latin Binomial||Quantity|
|Vetiver Essential Oil||Vetiveria zizanioides||1 Drops|
|Copaiba Essential Oil||Copaifera officinalis||2 Drops|
|Petitgrain Essential Oil||Citrus aurantium var. amara||3 Drops|
|Evening Primrose Oil||Oenothera biennis||1/2 Ounce|
|Rosehip Seed Oil||Rosa moschata||1/2 Ounce|
Happy Mother’s Day!