After shelling out for holiday presents,
decorations and food, you may not have $200 left over to drop on a
day at Bliss. But you and your kids can enjoy a relaxing afternoon
together by creating a spa experience at home. Here's how:
Set the stage. Simply moving a few
personal hygiene activities from the bathroom to a wider space can
make them feel less like chores and more like pampering. Kids who
squirm when the nail clippers come out will sit still for a
"manicure" or "pedicure." Turn down the lights and play soft
Gather your supplies. You don't need an
elaborate set of tools; just a clipper and file will work for a
pedicure, as long as you make an occasion of it. Put a few drops of
essential oil into a container of warm water for a foot soak and
have towels within easy reach. For an added touch of luxury, warm
them in the dryer first.
Add some glam. Kids love color, so set
out nail polishes, from candy pink to monster green and punk-rock
purple. If toxicity is a concern, Piggy Paint offers a line of
kid-friendly, water-based polishes, available at
Take your time. Just like at a real spa,
the key to a relaxing spa day at home is not to rush through it.
With distractions minimized, kids have the opportunity to focus on
subtle pleasures like the rich scent of cinnamon in a cup of cider,
the swish of warm water around chilly toes or the light through the
falling snow outside.
Make sure mom (or dad) gets a turn. Once
you've painted the last little piggy on your kids' feet, let them
play beautician while you relax as their client. If you don't want
them to glob sparkly fuchsia polish all over your nails, you can
let them give you a hand massage or dab a honey-and-oatmeal skin
mask on your face. You'll get a much-needed break from household
demands and they'll learn that parents deserve pampering,
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