Today is the day: Happy Valentine’s Day! My favorite color is pink, so any holiday that revolves around it is one that leaves me feeling pretty giddy inside. Plus, all the hearts, chocolate and candy everywhere put me in a good mood, too. We usually celebrate by going out to dinner, but this year we are staying in and cooking a “pink and red” dinner.
I know that some people say it’s silly to have one certain day to celebrate love, but I really don’t see anything wrong with making your love, family and friends feel special. We should really strive to do that every single day.
Whether you are going out tonight, staying in, celebrating with your significant other or spending it with your best friends, I hope that you will take a little time to love on someone else that is equally important: yourself! A little extra love and care can work wonders on our bodies and minds. We all deserve it.
I’ve come up with a few ways to pamper yourself tonight (or sometime this week). Do these to get ready for your big date or even the next day to wind down and relax. Share these ideas with your significant other or your friends to make them even more fun.
Take a bubble bath – $6.99
There really is nothing better than taking a hot bubble bath. It’s the perfect way to wind down and relax your body. A hot bath is known to release muscle tension, as well as soothe tired, aching feet. I like to turn on some music and light a few candles when I take a bath to set the mood. There are so many fun scented bubble baths, too, so be sure to experiment. One of my favorites smells like funnel cake. Yum!
Paint your nails – $5.97
There is something about fresh painted nails that just makes me feel good. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, hot pink or red are great color choices. I tend to always have my nails painted pink. One of my favorite “trendy” colors right now is gray. Try it. I promise it looks amazing! Add a sparkly topcoat for a little extra sass.
Soothe your feet – $19.99
My mother in law just gave me one of these foot spas for Christmas and I have made very good use out of it. I’m on my feet all day at work and they definitely need some TLC every now and then. It’s a little like taking a bath and getting a foot massage at the same time. That sounds perfect, right? Be sure to get a good foot lotion to rub on after for extra moisture. Men can enjoy this, too! My husband enjoyed it, although he would probably not admit to that. : )
Try a facial – $7.14
I did my first at-home facial about two years ago and I have been hooked ever since. Burt’s Bees is one of my favorite brands (for anything) because it works and it never bothers my super sensitive skin. A facial rejuvenates tired skin and leaves your face feeling clean and refreshed. Try a chocolate facial mask for only $1.99. That’s the next one on my list to buy!
Curl up with a good book – $3.55
This one is a little more about pampering your mind. I love to read, but so often I find myself turning on the tv instead. Make it a point to spend some time with a favorite author. A book can stimulate your brain and increase your creativity, all while helping you escape to a fantasy world for a little while. Light a few candles to really set the pampering mood. Head to your local library and score some great reads for free while you’re at it!
Sometimes we get so busy with work and life that we forget to take time to take care of ourselves. I hope this list encourages you to do a few special things for yourself this week. We all deserve to be pampered a little bit every now and then. Even the simplest things can restore and rejuvenate us.
While you’re at it, you can even use a few of these ideas for Valentine’s Day for your significant other (hint-hint: guys!). Women definitely love to feel special.