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The 7 Things You Need For At-Home Spa Time

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It's been a long week, with a band concert and two softball games, and your husband has been on a three-day business trip. You need to relax, to chill, to calm, to escape. You are the mom in that commercial, where she exclaims, "Calgon!! Take me away!!!" (Please tell me some of you remember that one?)

Yes, you need to be taken away -- preferably to a spa where water, steam, and relaxation time work together to rejuvenate you. It actually isn't hard to recreate a trip to the spa in your own home. Here's a checklist of what you need:

-- Uninterrupted time. This is the main one. Plan your at-home spa time when your husband has the kids out for a few hours or at night, after they have gone to bed and he's out watching the White Sox with his buds.

-- A place to stretch out. Before you start the divine soaking bath and beauty fun, think about doing some stretching and a few yoga moves to loosen up and relax your whole body into the experience.

-- Candles and music. Set the mood, transport yourself out of your everyday. Turn off the lights and soak by candlelight. Pick some of your favorite music to play on that portable iPod speaker from your kids' room. Say "ooooh" and "ahhhh." 

-- Face mask. There are great, budget-friendly at-home face treatments out there, or you can make your own. Just don't try to squeeze any blemishes like the ladies do at the spa...that is just asking for trouble. Focus on a deep cleanse, the mask, and a good moisturizer after.

-- Bath salts or oils.  For the main part of your spa, the long soak in a steamy bath.

-- Body scrub and lotion. Toward the end of your soothing bath, scrub head to toe and rinse. As you dry off, slather body moisturizer all over to nourish that skin.

-- A fluffy robe. Snuggle into a cozy wrap to keep all of the good, restful feelings flowing as you settle into the couch or the bed.

Have you created a spa experience at home? What am I missing from the list?  

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by on Apr. 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Apr. 4, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Wine and slippers (or a brand new pair of fluffy socks)

by Suzie on Apr. 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM

looks like you got it all on there! great list!

by on Apr. 4, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I have alone time, but there is always a lot to do. I don't like baths anyway, I'm a shower gal. But I do like to put some nice music on, or listen to my relaxation tapes, put cucumber pads on my eyes, light a candle, and chill for a while.

by on Apr. 4, 2012 at 10:11 PM

i have never really done this..

i do not take very many baths since getting married.. 

by Ashley on Apr. 4, 2012 at 10:12 PM

ive never tried it before but i might now!

by Ashley on Apr. 4, 2012 at 10:12 PM


by on Apr. 4, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I just did it. It was pretty good. Need body scrub for next time though!

by on Apr. 4, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I haven't tried this before

by Malena on Apr. 4, 2012 at 11:40 PM

I can't even take a shower without being interupted.

by Malena on Apr. 4, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Right!!!!  I feel like I have a flasing neon sign that says "follow me"

Quoting KaylaMillar:

Uniteriptied time? I can even go per without a kid banging on the door! LOl

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