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Beauty | Easy DIY Spa Treatments

Beauty // May 5, 2014

Even though we know we need some “me time” to decompress and recharge, much like everything else in our lives, we just can’t find the time to do it all. We can’t schedule a massage at the spa - that would take an hour out of our day that we don’t have to spare. When it comes to getting our nails done, anything longer than an express manicure is out of the question. And have you seen how much a facial costs? Oh, hell no. There has to be a solution that allows us to revitalize ourselves while also accommodating our busy lifestyle (and our pockets).

Lucky for us, there’s something we can do to fix our problem - starting with forcing ourselves to make personal wellness a priority.  Just because we can’t make it to a luxury spa resort doesn’t mean we can’t pamper ourselves. DIY it and turn your place into a Burke Williams with simple ingredients from your kitchen and some fabulous at home spa treatments. Check ‘em out here:

Bubble Bath With Soothing Lavender Bath Salts

* 1 cup Epsom Salt

* 1 tbsp Baking Soda

* 3 drops of Essential Lavender Oil ( add more drops for a stronger scent)

What’s more “ahhhhhh” than a hot bubble bath? To create this bathtub oasis, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Once you’re ready to hop in the tub, scoop about a half a cup of bath salts into the water and enjoy feeling all your tension melt away.

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Avocado Face Mask for Oily Skin

* 1 small avocado, mashed

* ½ teaspoon lemon juice

* 1 tbsp plain greek yogurt

* 1 egg

Olé! The guacamole facial is perfect to boost your skin’s moisture. Combine all the ingredients together and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, smear a thin layer on your face carefully to avoid your eyes. Sit with the mask on your face for 10 - 15 min before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

Brown Sugar Vanilla Body Scrub

* ½  cup brown sugar

* ¼ cup white sugar

* 3 tbsp vanilla extract

* ¼ cup almond oil

Get your glow on and exfoliate your skin with this yummy smelling body scrub. Mix everything together before lathering it on your skin in the shower to get rid of dead skin. Don’t be afraid to scrub hard and make sure you rinse well -  you don’t want any body parts stuck together!

Relaxing Rosemary Foot Soak

*  Rosemary

* 2 lemons

* ½ cup epsom salt

It’s important that we treat our feet! Show your tired soles some love by letting your feet soak for in this healing treatment. Boil a few branches of rosemary in water for five minutes. Find a separate container that you will use as your “foot bath” or purchase an inexpensive foot spa. Place the lemon slices, epsom salt and rosemary water in your foot bath (be careful!). Soak your feet for 15 minutes. Dry your feet a little bit and if you’d like to, attack those callused heels with a pumice stone. When you’re finished with your feet, lotion up with a creamy moisturizer (like a body butter) and slip into a pair of cotton socks to seal the deal. Hello, heaven!

What are some of your favorite “me time” rituals for a DIY at home spa treatment? Tell us in the comments below!

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Sunday, 19 February 2012 05:22

Day 20: The Power of White Space

February 20, 2012 

Just Be 

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of goals. I’ve written about making goals and achieving goals and planning, planning, planning on my blog. But there is also something to be said about throwing your plans to the wind and just living. Lately I’ve been feeling over-scheduled and overstressed. It seems like everything I’ve been doing is in order to reach some overarching goal. I have been constantly trying to move forward on something and it’s become exhausting. I realize I have forgotten how it feels to just be. To just wake up and do nothing “productive.” To just laze about in a sunbeam and casually flip through magazines. To wander aimlessly through shops or take naps in the middle of the afternoon.

Sometimes you just need white space.

If you’re anything like me, you may also have a tough time making time for the nothingness in life. You might feel positively guilty when you take the time to watch trashy TV instead of working on your masterpiece. You may be telling yourself that you’ll have all the white space you need once you launch your business or land your dream job. 

If you’re anything like me, you probably feel anxious about taking the time out to relax, because there’s so much work to be done, right? And right now, you need to keep charging full speed ahead to your goals.

Well, that’s a crock of shit. 

You need that white space in order to be productive. You need the time to relax and rejuvenate if you want to be the absolute rock star that you are. If you constantly have your blinders on while working diligently according to your plan, you’re apt to miss out on all the beauty the world has to offer. Or worse, you’ll end up burnt out, overwhelmed and frustrated as all get out.

Creating a White Space habit may seem daunting at first but you can boil it down to 3 simple steps:

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  1. Envision your Ideal Day – Find a quiet space and ruminate on your absolute perfect day from start to finish. Think about the itty bitty, nitty gritty details. The activities that you fill your ideal day with are your White Space elements. How can you work to schedule these elements into your current schedule?
  2. Fight the Resistance – You’re going to feel resistance to this whole idea. That means it’s working! What excuses come to mind when you begin to think about time out for yourself? These are your triggers. The next time any of these excuses pop up, that means it is time for you to take some time out for yourself – even if it is only 15 minutes.
  3. Schedule your White Space – Decide how much of it you want each day and slot it into your calendar. Once the White Space is slotted into your schedule, hold onto that space with your dear life. Be vigilant about your White Space. Do not let anything or anyone - not even yourself - shift your White Space.

Take time out for yourself. Take the time to wander. Explore. Be aimless. Be spontaneous.

Just be. 

Don’t worry about not having enough time. You have enough time. Enjoy it.

This article was part of our series "30 Days of Made: Love Yourself". Each day we released updates of videos, poetry, images, and original content, all based on the theme of loving yourself. Click the link to read more!

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