Treating Yourself Doesn’t Mean You Have to Spend a Fortune

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As the Holiday season draws near, stressful times may also follow. Everyone deserves a little R&R as we close out 2017 and head into the New Year, and what better way to treat yourself right before the Holidays? We all need a break every once in a while and we have found some inexpensive ways to treat yourself like a Queen (or King) right in your own home.

DIY sugar scrub

Exfoliation literally takes the edge off your skin by scrubbing away dry and dead skin to reveal a smooth, glowing complexion. Not only does it help with skin problems, it increases blood circulation for a healthy glow. The best part about sugar scrubs, they take very few ingredients to make AND you probably already own most of them.

All you need is sugar, olive (or coconut) oil, and a jar to keep the product. From there you can personalize this product to your desires. Add essential oils such as lavender or jasmine for a relaxing experience. You can also add coffee grounds for a great scent and the caffeine really makes your skin glow! Store in an airtight jar for continual use. Just remember to mix thoroughly before applying to your skin.

Homemade meals

Most weeknights we are so busy trying to get everyone in the home fed that we don’t think about enjoying actually cooking the meal. If cooking is something that you enjoy, find some recipes, hit the grocery store, grab a bottle of wine and spend an evening pampering yourself in the kitchen. Instead of rushing through the process, take time to enjoy the preparation and final resort. Don’t forget to grab dessert to get your mind off Holiday stress.

Here are 15 dinner recipes to get you started! http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g4770/dinner-ideas-for-two/

Face masks

Face masks are not only good for the soul, but also good for the skin. Thankfully, face masks are very inexpensive and you can lap in luxury for under $10. Here are some of our favorites that can be found at a local drug store. http://stylecaster.com/beauty/best-drugstore-face-masks/slide1

Don’t want to leave your home to find a great face mask? No worries! Just like the sugar scrub above, you can make a face mask at home with ingredients that are probably already in your pantry. One of our favorites is ¼ cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey and 1 medium banana (sounds crazy, right?). Mash up the banana and combine with yogurt and honey, apply to face and let sit for 10-20 minutes then rinse with cool water. Your skin will feel refreshed and soft!

Bananas not your flavor? Check out these other DIY face masks to find the one for you. https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/homemade-facial-masks-recipes/

Movie night in

Nothing can transport your mind out of the present quite like escaping with a movie. Instead of paying $10 – $12 for a movie ticket, bring the movies to your home. Rent or purchase a movie that you’ve been wanting to see OR grab a classic that you know you will love.

Grab some candy from a dollar store and go old school by popping your own popcorn. All you need is a container of popcorn kernels, oil and salt. Add three tablespoons of oil to a large saucepan on high heat, add a couple kernels to the oil as it heats up. Once those kernels pop, add the 1/3 cup of kernels and cover pan (leaving lid slightly ajar to let steam out. As the kernels begin to pop, shake the pan by the handle to mix up the kernels and avoid burning the popcorn. Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, take off heat. Dust with salt (or sugar) and enjoy!

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