Posted ByTiffany Smith
Sometimes you need a little pampering. Here are suggestions for heading to the spa.
Your perfect Mother's Day gift: a spa day!
Did your teething baby wake you up three times last night? Did you spend the day chasing a hyperactive 4-year-old through the park? Or are you just plain tired?
This Mother's Day, tell your partner and kids to hold off on the flowers. Instead, you need some relaxing, indulgent me-time. You need a trip to the spa.
Here are six tips for making the most of your special day.
Most spas have a long menu of things you can choose from. From a manicure/pedicure to a facial to a reflexology massage to a wrap-your-body in seaweed treatment, you can find something that will help melt away mommy stress. Or, if your child is in the midst of the terrible twos, you may need a day-long visit for all of the above -- and a glass of champagne. Give your loved ones a hint on what sounds the most appealing.
If your budget is a concern, lots of spas have first-timer discounts or run promotions around Mother's Day. You can also find deals through sites like Spafinder, Groupon and LivingSocial. Have friends who need a spa day? Book together and get a group deal.
Prepare Your Body
Part of the fun of going to the spa is the before and after. Do some yoga poses to stretch out your muscles that morning -- watch a yoga video on YouTube for tips.
Get Some Help
After you've spent all of that time at the spa, don't ruin it by going home to a house-full of chores. It's easy to wreck a new manicure or stress out your muscles. Either get the more intensive to-do items done earlier in the week, ask the family to pitch in as a part of your Mother's Day gift or hire a housekeeper to help out.
The day of your visit, limit heavy meals, caffeine and alcohol. They'll make it harder to relax and enjoy the full experience.
Enjoy the Extras
Going to a spa should be an event! Not just a quick run-in-run-out for a massage. Many spas also have steam rooms, hot tubs, etc. Get there at least an hour early to unwind.
Create an At-Home Experience
If the price of this pampering is just too much or your goal is to create this type of experience on a more regular basis, you can do a few things at home. Ask that your partner, parent or nanny give you a little extra time by yourself. Or hire a babysitter to watch your kids, so you can relax in a warm bath with some homemade bubble bath and post-bath natural jasmine body lotion.
Tiffany Smith is a senior associate editor here at Care.com. She has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- thats a different story! Follow her @tiffanyiswrite.com.