While Valentine’s Day typically celebrates couples, there’s no reason that the holiday can’t be a celebration of amazing, individual YOU! Women are natural caretakers and on a daily basis they struggle to care for children, husbands, pets, parents and friends. This year for Valentine’s Day set aside time to care for yourself by indulging in a little me-time.
Spa services, like massages and facials, are much more accessible than they used to be thanks to online deal suppliers like Groupon or Gilt City. These suppliers make giving yourself a spa day much more accessible and affordable. If you’re hesitant to go alone, find a girlfriend who would be interested in going with you and be sure to take advantage of all the amenities, like a sauna, champagne and peace and quiet!
If you can’t make it to the spa, bring the spa home with you! To enjoy the full “spa” experience we recommend setting up your little sanctuary after the kids go to sleep, or sending them to Grandma and Grandpa’s for a sleepover so that you can feel the benefits of true relaxation.
Dim the lights, light some candles and run yourself a nice warm bath with green tea bags, which will help to detox your body while you soak. Apply a DIY face mask with fruits from your kitchen, like banana or avocado, which will help to make your skin smoother and more supple. Or, slice some cucumbers or use Chamomile tea bags to help soothe and de-puff your eyes.
Dinner and A Movie
Special Valentine’s Day menus at restaurants can get very pricey, and let’s face it, movies aren’t very cheap either! Dinner and a movie can be just as fun at home as long as you have the right ingredients and Netflix queued up with your favorite flicks.
To make the evening special, try cooking meals that pair up with the movie you will be watching. You can make yummy Cubano sandwiches, which were featured in the movie Chef with Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey, Jr. and Sophia Vergara. Cubano sandwiches are easy to make and are typically made with ham, although other ingredients can be swapped in to make the vegan version instead.
You can also pair the classic Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman film, Casablanca, with a recipe for Moroccan Turkey Meatballs, Woody Allen’s recent Midnight in Paris with a Sundried Tomato Pesto Quiche, or whip up some Cacio e Pepe while enjoying Eat, Pray, Love.
Snuggle With A Good Book
Busy moms know that carving out time to read a book can be next to impossible most days. Use this Valentine’s Day as an excuse to find a quiet, secluded spot in your house to curl up with a glass of wine and a good book.
If you’re in the mood for something humorous and light-hearted, check out Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple, which is an amusing examination at creativity, suburban life, and following your dreams. If you need an engaging self-help book, try Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. She also wrote Wild, which became an Oscar-nominated movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Pick up The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins if you’re a fan of Gone Girl and love a good mystery!
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