Every mom loves her time at the spa … and every mom knows it’s harder to get there once you have kids.
So why not re-create the experience at home?
Granted, you may not experience the same calm you’d get in a eucalyptus-scented massage room with the help of your gifted, professional therapist, but you can have a ton of fun creating a little R&R at home, and—bonus—it may even bliss out your kids.
Better yet: This spa day can be re-created with tips that cost as little as $2—instead of an afternoon that will set you back $200. Which is a whole different reason to say … ahhhhh.
Time to get the little ones busy peeling cucumbers! Read on for our tips …
1. Make Your Own “Spa” Shower
With a little imagination, many of the things you already have at home can be converted into spa gear. For instance, a spaghetti strainer has an obvious purpose in the kitchen, but move it to the bathtub, fill it with water and enjoy the “rain” from your fancy new showerhead. In a preschool, this would be a water table for sensory experience, but at home it’s just fun. Let the kids use strainers, ladles, straws, sponges and any other implements that are safe and water-resistant to splash around to their hearts’ delight.
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2. Set the Mood
You’ll be amazed at how you can improvise a spa in your everyday bathroom. Light a scented candle (safely out of reach, of course) and create a lotion “bar” for kids to use in their hand and foot massages. Even a squirt of mom’s perfume can be an exciting substitute for true aromatherapy. Dim the lights, cue up some classical music (you can use a classical station through the free Pandora or Spotify apps—Bach is a good starting point) and let the spa experience begin.
3. Give Them a “Mud” Treatment
A mud bath might be a little extreme in your own bathroom, but what about a pudding bath? Chocolate pudding in the tub makes a fun finger paint for kids who still put everything in their mouths. Tell them they’re going to get a mud treatment, and let ‘em paint their way to happiness.