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A lush towel and robe. Aromatherapy. Soothing music. And some body pampering! Welcome to your DIY homestead spa. It couldn’t be easier! We’ll show you how. Take these 10 simple steps to completely relax and spoil yourself regularly.

DIY Homestead Spa Step 2: Essential Oil Diffuser and/or pretty candles to set the perfect mood.Step 1: Stay Hydrated With Lemon Water

Prepare a small pitcher of lemon water to drink while you soak in the tub (We’re getting to that). Lemon water is rich in vitamin C, hydrates you, aids in digestion, may improve skin tone, and even supports weight loss.

Step 2: Get That Essential Oil Diffuser Workin’

Diffusers are great for transforming the average bathroom into your own personal spa. Keep a handful of essential oils on hand that you find soothing and great for relaxing. Yes, you can use candles instead. Better yet, light some unscented candles even if you a diffuser to create the perfect atmosphere for your homestead spa.

DIY Homestead Spa - Use a soft cloth to remove your face mask.Step 3 : Prepare Your Bath

Not just a plain bath! Step up the spoil factor with a bath bomb, liquid bubble bath, an herbal pouch, etc.

Step 4: Play Some Tunes

I love sound therapy for my homestead spa time. It’s so relaxing! You choose whatever music or sounds give you a sense of calm and help you enjoy the entire experience. Remember, it’s all about you, gorgeous farmgirl!

DIY Homestead Spa Step 7: Soak in a bubby, scented bath.Step 5: Face Mask Time

As the bathtub fills up, deep clean your face and neck with a seaweed mask. This is especially important to do if you’ve been out in the sunlight all day. Put your hair up in a towel or bun and gently smooth on the mask. If you don’t have seaweed mask handy, that’s okay. Use what you’ve got! Clay masks are also fantastic for removing toxins and smoothing the skin. Even a mashed avocado makes a great face mask!

Step 6: Deep Breathing

Take a deep breath in, allowing the abdomen to expand gently. Hold it for a moment or two before exhaling. Repeat 5 times. This will lower your blood pressure, relax your muscles and prepare you for the goodness to come. This is YOUR homestead spa time. Your “me time.”

DIY Homestead Spa Step 3 - Prepare your bath with salts, bombs, or herbal soaks.Step 7: Sink Into Your Luxurious Bath

Remember to relax and take your time. Don’t think about anything but the scents, sounds, and the way your body feels. Exfoliate with a loofah or sugar scrub. Use a bath pillow to lay back and be absolutely still for at least 5 minutes before rinsing. For the best results soak for about 20-25 minutes. Pat yourself dry, but don’t rub all the moisture off! You’ll need it for the next step.

Step 8: Moisturize Your Skin

Immediately choose your favorite body butter fragrance or natural lotion. Your moist skin will drink it in and leave your skin softer than ever. Massage the body butter or lotion in, especially in any areas showing cellulite (Yeah, I’m there with ya). Don’t forget your feet and hands. We farming, gardening gals are on our feet and use our hands a LOT. That’s why we call it a homestead spa. Now wrap yourself up in the warmth of a comfy bath robe.

Step 9: Remember That Face Mask?

Wash off the mask gently with a soft cloth and warm water. Some like to finish with a splash of cold water to close the pores. You do what works best for your skin, but don’t forget to moisturize and use an anti-aging serum.

Step 10: Finish Your Lemon Water

Before you re-enter real life, finish your lemon water! This keeps the cycle of detoxifying in motion, and you’ll be hydrated from the inside out. Slip into bed. Read a book, magazine or write a passage in your journal. What a restorative evening!

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The Attractions of a Luxury Cruise

December – March are the wettest months for some of us in the States, and farming is pretty much shut down ’til spring. December – March are also the driest months for most of the Caribbean islands. You see where this is going, right? It might be time to take a luxury cruise. Even if you haven’t considered one before, it’s probably time you did since these long-distance, sight-seeing voyages are so much fun and could be the ideal holiday for you.

Sightseeing made easy

A cruise will enable you to see the world in comfort. All the business of planning your itinerary, meals and accommodation are taken care of, freeing you up to enjoy the wonders of your chosen trip. There are cruises to every corner of the world, some with flights to the start-point and others that take you right around by sea. It’s a great way to get a glimpse of many different places, including ones you might not feel safe visiting independently, and when you’ve seen one part of the world, you can book up to see another (budget permitting).

Luxury

If you’re in need of rest and pampering, you’ll get it on a luxury cruise. With the exceptional food, comfortable accommodation, and relaxing ambiance, you’ll soon unwind and forget the hassles of everyday life. Whether you’re lazing by the pool, drinking at the bar or enjoying one of the onboard activities, you’ll be living the high life.

Entertainment and activities

You’ll be spoiled for entertainment choices on a cruise ship. Events and activities provided will vary from one trip to another, but you can be sure of a rich variety. There’ll be live music, comedy, and movies, for instance, and all sorts of activities to join in, from dance and sports to games and quizzes, and there’s sure to be a gym for working off the big meals. Additional facilities and pastimes may be available, too, with a surcharge.

Social life

You’ll meet all sorts of people on a cruise ship, and many holiday-makers form life-long friendships that way. If you’re traveling with a partner or group of friends, you’ll have opportunities for fun together, away from the crowd, as well as getting to know new people and extending your circle. There’s space for time alone, too, and where better to dream and reflect than out on the eloquent ocean?

Seascape and atmosphere

The sea makes a beautiful backdrop for a holiday, with its many moods and colors and the open sky above. Morning, noon and night, there will be a horizon to rest your eyes on, with the warmth and camaraderie of cruise ship life at your fingertips, too.

Value for money

Cruise prices per person, per night, vary between companies and trips and can look rather high at first glance. But bear in mind that they usually include board and lodging, entertainment, facilities and the journey itself, and sometimes stop-off accommodation, too, when staying overnight on land. Overall, a cruise may not be any more costly than an independently arranged vacation, and may even be cheaper, as well as easier, so do the math and weigh up the pros and cons. On some cruise lines, passengers have reported incurring extra costs, usually for luxuries not covered by the quoted price, such as alcoholic drinks, which can be expensive, and certain facilities, so check these out at the start so you can make informed choices on any extra spending. There will be plenty of free options for you, too.

While the cruise experience is not for everyone, it’s one of the most popular forms of a holiday, attracting fans of all ages, from all walks of life, so make sure you check it out. Whatever type of trip you decide on, make sure it fulfills a dream.


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