So often as women we spend our time being busy helping and thinking of others instead of ourselves. We often forget that sometimes we need a little pampering and spoiling as well to get us through the day. To help you out and to inspire you to be a little kinder to yourselves I have the lovely Kylie Ofiu guest posting on 20 ways to treat yourself for under $1. I don't know about you but I am seriously excited to see what she has come up with for us. For under $1 I think I need to try them all!
Take it away Kylie.
Often when we think of treating ourselves we think it will be expensive so we just put it out of our minds. Of course there are many ways to treat ourselves that would cost a fortune such as a day at a spa, but there are also many ways you can treat yourself for under $1!
1. Scented candles or melts
These can be bought cheaply either in packs for less than $1 each, online or from garage sales since everyone gets given packs and not everyone uses them.
2. Eat with the fine china
What are you saving it for? Use it, even if it is just a slice of cake or an apple cut up for yourself, use the good china. It will make you feel special. Or make a nice meal, set the table with the good china, glasses and treat the whole family.
3. Drink from crystal glass
Lots of us get them when we get engaged or married or we might inherit some, but not many of us use them. I once lived with a lay who only drank from crystal glasses. She said she had been given so many over the years and after her divorce, thought to herself, “Every day is special. It is special because I am alive, I have my family and I am special!” So she decided to use all her ‘good’ glasses and she says she feels special using them.
4. Sugar oil body scrub
This is really easy to make and feels so nice. All you need is sugar and oil from your kitchen plus some essential oil to scent it. Mix it together in equal parts (more sugar if you like a rougher scrub) then use it next time you have a bath or shower. Many expensive days spas use this but will charge you a lot for it.
5. Give yourself a pedicure/manicure
There are many tutorials online about how to do it and your hands or feet will feel so good once you’ve done it.
6. At home facial
You can use ingredients from your kitchen to make an assortment of masks. To give yourself a facial cleanse your face, use a face scrub followed by a mask then finish off with toner and moisturiser. Take your time, put on some soothing music and enjoy it.
7. Shower or long hot bath by candle light
Light your favourite scented candle and wash or soak away your worries. The soft flicker of candle light is much more relaxing than your lights.
8. Use lovely soap or shower gel
Even expensive ones work out less than 50 cents per use and you will smell and feel great.
9. Take the time to watch the sunset
We are all so busy rushing around all the time that we don’t often stop to appreciate beauty. Once night, just stop and relax for a while to watch the sunset. It is very relaxing.
10. Magazine or book from an op shop
They are often only 50cents and you can find some really interesting ones that you would not normally buy.
11. Use those samples
We often get given samples that just sit in the bathroom cupboard never to see the light of day. Pull them out and use them. You will probably find some pretty perfumes or nice scented lotions to use.
12. Borrow a DVD from the library or a friend
This is free and a great way to watch a movie you might not have thought of until it was in front of you.
13. Small chocolate
A small chocolate or 1 piece of good quality chocolate is a treat. A whole block will make you sick. Savour the little pieces and enjoy the taste rather than eating it as quickly as possible because you desperately need a chocolate fix.
14. Pamper party
This does not have to be done in conjunction with any party plan company. You could get your friends, family or even just you and your daughter(s) together. Everyone bring their products then take it in turns giving each other manicures or facials.
15. Marshmallows in your hot chocolate
It is so simple, yet hardly anyone does it. A few marshmallows are not expensive and they are so nice and gooey in hot chocolate.
16. Visit a museum, art gallery or botanical garden
You can do it on your own or with friends. There is something in pretty much every area where you can go and appreciate art, history or nature.
17. Have a gratitude journal
Get a nice note book and pen you use just for writing what you are grateful for. It will help you appreciate what you have and a pretty set will feel nicer to use.
18. Go for a walk
Going out for a walk in the fresh air can feel so good. You don’t need to rush around, just stroll along and appreciate the beauty.
19. Watch the clouds or star gaze
Lay on your back and watch the clouds or stars. Make pictures out of the clouds or look for constellations in the stars
20. Do a happiness list/project
Just like Naomi is doing on here. Doing things that make you happy don’t always come first in our list of priorities as mums, but it sure will help everything and feel like a little treat every day.
Kylie is guest posting the whole month of July and you can check out her blog HERE.
What do you do to treat yourself?