This months Center Parcs challenge is to create your own mini-spa at home. I've not yet been to a proper spa (roll on May) but I did have a mini spa experience at an event last summer, I had a manicure, mini massage and my eyebrows threaded. I was reluctant to join in at first, but after I can easily see why you'd want it to be something you did on a regular basis.
To join in the challenge just take a look at the Tots 100 page. They are choosing wildcard bloggers to become Center Parcs family bloggers and enjoy a break at one of their resorts so it's well worth having a go and blogging about it.
Now, I'm a busy mum with three young ones, but the older ones are around a lot too and my 'me time' is very restricted. You may think that creating a mini-spa at home would take all day, but you can still have a little pampering even if time is limited. I usually get about 30 minutes and this is an example of what I do.
I often shower with a toddler in the room, squirting out the toothpaste in the sink or throwing the towels into the bath tub (The toddler, not me) so to get some time to shower on my own is already a treat in itself. To make it more special I like to use some lovely products and really pamper my skin and hair. This time I used a gift set I was brought for Christmas. The name Chilli Pepper was slightly off putting, but I can assure you that I didn't end up smelling like an Indian take-away.
I cannot deny it, it happens to the best of us, I am getting old. I can see it in my face even when my head is in full denial. So a good facial routine is a must. I am lucky to have a lovely set from Center Parcs Aqua Sana Spa. I have a Decléor hydrating skin ritual kit.
Starting with a beautifully aromatic essential oil, followed by a 'flower nectar' moisturising cream. Finally a delicate gel eye cream. I love it, it always makes me feel refreshed and soft.
By now my 30 minutes are up, but I'm feeling refreshed and renewed and ready to face anything...yes, even an hyperactive toddler.
If I have more time I tend to go for a nice touch of nail polish. I love painting my nails, although I keep them fairly short. I have a huge collection of colours and find I always feel better with a touch of colour. (I don't really wear make-up, so I have to add it somewhere.)
I hope I've proved that even busy mum's can spare enough time for a little pampering.