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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day (Spa Day)

The beautiful children who make my Mother's Day possible.
     I just want to say how awesome my family is. I'll be working tomorrow on Mother's Day, but I won't even mind because of how awesome my husband and children have made me feel.  On Thursday, they took me out for a night on the town. This morning, Ray made me flourless pancakes. Then today, my daughter gave me a spa day.

     I know there are a lot of people who love to go to the spa. I would probably be one of them, if I could afford it, but having a spa day at home is so fun and relaxing, and you can do it, too.

     We started with cucumber water. Lydia went to the garden and picked a fresh cucumber, but you can buy one for the occasion. We peeled it, cut it up, and poured cold, filtered water into the glasses with the cucumber. You could even add some mint. This water is super refreshing and detoxifying.

     Then we scrubbed our faces with a scrub made from honey and cinnamon that a friend gave me. But you could use that leftover oatmeal in the cabinet that you're not eating now that you're Paleo. I keep mine around for a gentle scrub, plus it's great for calming itchy skin in the summer when everything is biting, stinging, or burning.

     We used a commercially available peel-off honey mask because I love peeling my face off like a monster on spa days. It's soothing and fun and leaves your face feeling really soft and nourished. While we waited for the mask to dry, we painted our nails, so they could dry, too. Then it was time to relax and dry.

     After the mask was peeled off, it was time for a relaxing bubble bath, followed by a coffee grounds scrub, which is wonderful for enlivening skin, detoxing, and helping to get rid of cellulite. All you have to do is mix about 1/4 to 1/2 coffee grounds with water to make a paste and use it all over (with the exception of neck and face). I suggest doing this in the shower because it can get really messy. Then rinse it off. The natural oils in he coffee leave your skin so smooth and moisturized that you won't need lotion afterwards, and you'll smell delicious.

     Our big finally was a pedicure and foot treatment, complete with foot scrub, pumice stone, toe nail polish, and lotion. All this, and I never had to leave the comfort of my own home. I got to stay with my loving family all day. Plus we got to make some delicious Paleo chocolate-dipped strawberries.

     So to all the mom's out there, Happy Mother's Day. I hope you have a great day full of happiness and joy. Give me a thought, since I'll be a work. And enjoy your children. They're the ones who made this day possible.