DIY Spa Hacks

There is nothing better than feeling vibrant, energetic, and beautiful. Often times we use beauty products, facials, or other beauty services to get us closer to this feeling. But, those can be expensive! Not to mention that at certain places, the products they use aren’t really that great for your skin.

There are things that you can do at home that will make you feel like you are at the spa. And, this way you can apply exactly what you want. In this post I am going to give you a few ideas as to what you can do to give yourself the relaxing day you deserve.

Body Exfoliation 

SALT SCRUB:

1/2 cup of organic sea salt
1/3 cup of organic raw sugar or 1/3 cup of organic cane sugar
1 cup of room temperature coconut oil {best when it has a liquid consistency}
30 drops of essential oil

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SUGAR SCRUB:

1/2 cup of organic raw sugar or 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
1/3 cup of organic sea salt
1 cup of coconut oil {best when it has a liquid consistency}
30 drops of essential oil

Try these while you are in the shower! Take your time, and gently exfoliate all of your body. This will leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed.

DIY Strawberry Face Mask

You need:

Strawberries
Plain yogurt
Lemon juice
Honey
A knife
A fork
Measuring cups and spoons

Step 1: Cut and mash the strawberries

Step 2: Add 1 tablespoon of honey

Step 3: Add 1 tablespoon yogurt

Step 4: Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Spread on your face, put on some relaxing music, and enjoy!

DIY Spa Bath

The best part about a spa is the atmosphere. It smells amazing, is very relaxing, and gives you a sense of peace. You can make your bathroom feel like this too! Find some lavender scented candles, a bath salt of your choice, and bubble bath. Place the candles around the room, draw up your bubble bath, and turn on some relaxing music (I love the relaxation channel on Pandora). Put on your face-mask, and allow yourself to relax!

Healthy V-Day Ideas

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I am going to preface this post with this: This is not a post about how you shouldn’t eat anything unhealthy on Valentines Day. I am a total believer in treating yourself! Rather, this is post is meant to give you some ideas about how you can treat yourself, but in a more HEALTHY way.

Valentines Day is full of tempting foods; donuts, pizza, fancy dinners, chocolate, chocolate covered chocolate… did I mention chocolate? So it may be difficult to be super healthy that day. Again, that is OK if you don’t go out on a complete binge and make yourself feel sick. Trust me, it can be easy to fall into the Valentines Day vortex, that is why I am going to give you some tips/options as to what you can treat yourself with on Valentines Day…while staying healthy!

The have 1 rule

If you have 1 piece of pizza, 1 donut, 1 piece of cake, this is not going to set you completely back. The keyword here is 1 though. If you have 3 pieces of pizza, some cake, and a donut you are not going to feel good about yourself!

Swap Hershey’s for dark chocolate

There are some chocolate options that are better than others. Dark chocolate is always an awesome alternative to the milk chocolates, reese’s, etc. If you make sure you limit yourself to a few pieces, not the entire bar, you will be fine!

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Make your own

Instead of ordering a bunch of pizza that night, invite your friends over for a night of pizza making fun! You can go to the store, buy all the ingredients, and make it at home! There are some great healthy pizza recipes out there. Click here for my favorite.

Keep it simple

If you are going out on a date to a super fancy place you are still allowed to indulge. However, instead of ordering a ton of appetizers, dinner, and desert, limit yourself to maybe one of each. Or, you could even split the meal with your date! That way you get to try some of everything, but you don’t get super full and feel bloated for the rest of the night.

Remember, Valentines Day is all about love! Love your body enough to want to take good care of it, after all what’s the point in celebrating the day of love if you are feeling bad about yourself!

Money Saving Tips

As a teenager it can be a really hard balance between buying things that you want and buying things that you need. There is gas… which you HAVE to buy and, there is clothes, coffee, etc. which you WANT to buy. It can be really frustrating when you find yourself running out of funds every month, even when you think that you had done a good job budgeting everything out.

I have found that all of the little purchases are the ones that add up! The things like coffee, clothes, movies, food, etc. Those are the purchases that you don’t see as a big deal but when they happen often that is when it can create an issue. There are steps that you can take to cut the amount of money you spend on these small things. Below I am going to give you some easy money-saving ideas… its up to you to put them to use!

1. Don’t go to Starbucks EVERYDAY. An average Starbucks drink costs around $4. Doesn’t seem like much, but, if you go 3-4 times a week that has already added up to almost $20! Instead, cut your Starbucks runs to maybe once or twice a week. You can make your own coffee at home… they sell the chai and other drinks in large bottles that will end up cheaper than a daily purchase at the store!

2.Buy what you need before what you want. If you know that you are going to need gas this week, don’t go out shopping. Wait until you have purchased everything you need and then if you have money leftover, TREAT yourself! That way you always have the necessary things and you won’t feel guilty about buying yourself something.

3.Eat at home. All of those food purchases will really start to add up. Instead of going out and getting food, try to make sure you have food at home. That way, you can cook yourself something (healthy) and not spend the money. Also, try to keep some snacks on hand if you know you tend to get hungry throughout the day… no vending machine purchases!

4. Keep your spending money with you. I have found that if I keep the amount of cash I know I can spend that month with me; I am less likely to go buy a bunch of stuff. When you use your card it may seem like you can sort of buy whatever you want. With cash you have that amount and then you are done.

All in all, just try to be smart with your money. Think about what you are buying and make sure it is worth it!