I am off to Center Parcs soon as one of their team of bloggers, and I have to say one of the things I am most looking forward to is a session at their Aqua Sana spa. I love being in hot water. Literally, not so keen on the metaphorical kind.....
This months bloggers challenge, in which Tots100 bloggers can win a chance to join the Center Parcs blogging team, is to have a home spa. I could write a post about home made spa treatments, with oats and yoghurt etc, but I have to be totally honest and say that smearing dinner on my face is not my idea of pleasure. You may scoff, but when doing some research (i.e. googling) for this post, I saw someone suggest using houmous as a facepack. Now I don't care how soft it makes my skin, the only way I want houmous near my face is if it is in my mouth! If I want a face pack, I buy one in a sachet from my local purveyors of beauty goodness.
BUT at home my bathroom is my sanctuary. It has a lock. I can grab myself half an hours peace while lolling in a warming tub, so here is my guide to the perfect bath:-
Candles - I have some battery powered ones so the kids can't become fire starters by mistake/on purpose. Mood lighting, combined with my natural myopia means I can't see clearly enough to notice the stretch marks and baggy tummy, and can continue to maintain the delusional mental picture of a body in the flush of youth.
Aromatherapy Bubble Bath- I love a nice smelly bath with lavender or Ylang Ylang or the like. Plus it has the added bonus of masking the smell of socks from the washing basket.
Chocolate - minstrels are good, melt in your mouth not in your hand, but anything will do, as you are in the perfect place to wash it off should you become a gooey mess.
Music - drown out the sound of your kids bugging your other half by playing some relaxing music. In my case I relax by listening to punk rock, you may prefer Enya tho....
Wine - drinking red wine in the bath is one of the most truly decadent things in life. Some prefer champers, but I am a red wine or whisky girl.
Now sink back in the bubbles, and *meditate/dream of Benedict Cumberbatch/sleep. (* delete as applicable, but if the latter be careful not to drown, it ruins the relaxing vibe.)
Have a nice, warm and fluffy towel ready for when you are done, and if you can't match the angelic pureness of a white spa gown, be like me and opt for barmaid leopard print!