Today I want to resurrect something I wrote WAY back when I first started my blog and had no idea how to really write a post. It was written in the summer but the ideas are relevant for the fall as well. I reworded it just a tad, but my naivete still shines through ;)
Lazy summer days have allowed me to spend more time relaxing, playing with my kids, and not worrying so much about getting things done around the house. I've even had time to consider having a few moments to pamper myself during those late evening hours when the kids are in bed. But since most of us don't have the money to go to an expensive spa, I give you five cheap, relaxing things to do at home:
Take a bubble bath and read a book. Scrouge around the house and find some bubble bath, even something that might be pink with princesses on the bottle :) Enjoy a nice, long, hot bath. I also find that it is easier to do my devotions when all is quiet around the house, and mornings aren't always that way, so I've come to do them at night! I've also been reading some Christian fiction lately, enjoying Beverly Lewis books about the Amish.
Exfoliate your skin. Maybe that doesn't sound relaxing to you, but I love the feeling of having smooth skin! Take a half hour in the evening to do a good job shaving and exfoliating the rough skin on your elbows, knees, and especially heels (flip-flops, anyone?). Before you shave, use an inexpensive exfoliating body wash (Suave has a good one) for a closer shave. Shave in the direction of the hair growth if you are constantly getting those red bumps afterwards or apply a thin layer of olive oil before you shave. Use a mixture of 1/4 c. sugar and 1 Tbsp. of olive oil, wet your skin and scrub dry areas with a washcloth, loofah, or a special foot file if you have one.
Have a cup of decaffinated tea or warm milk and sit on your porch. Soak up some of the last rays of the day, when you are least likely to get a sunburn :) Spend some time in prayer or reading your Bible while you marvel at the beauty of a God-created sunset.
During the afternoon, if you have some free time, lay down in your bedroom, door closed, with cucumber slices over your eyes and a gentle fan blowing if it is hot. The cucumber slices diminish swelling and are so refreshing. Use your quiet moments to pray or just to think about the days ahead...but no stress allowed! You might just fall asleep ;)
Go to bed earlier than usual! What's more pampering than that? Leave the dishes and the laundry until tomorrow. Throw your bedsheets in the dryer for a few minutes before you crawl into bed to warm them up (if no one is sleeping in them already of course!) Get under the covers, snuggle up, and go to sleep!
How do you pamper yourself at home on the cheap?