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Our Favourite Ways to Pamper Mum at Home

To celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, we've come up with some ways you can give her a proper treat day - without having to go to the spa!


While we know you like to treat your mums on a regular basis, we know that for Mother's Day the desire to make her day easier is even bigger.

Not every wallet can afford to book mum into a luxury spa for the day, so this year we've gathered together everything you need to turn your home into a relaxing spa. You may need to head out to the shops for a few items but we promise, mum will enjoy it!

The atmosphere

Spa atmosphereOne of those luxury items at the spa is the fluffy bathrobes they provide from the moment you arrive. Now you don't need to go for the bathrobe, but a scented pillow, fuzzy blanket or fluffy bath towel will help mum relax into your home spa.

You might even treat her to a new pair of pyjamas or slippers. A few scented candles or fresh flowers around the house will also add to the atmosphere. Scents like lavender are known to help with relaxation.

The treatment

In preparation for the spa day, your children will need an adult helper to play chemist. From mixing and stirring and measuring the ingredients, there are lots of jobs for children of all ages. You can involve them from the beginning, have them help you make a list, go to the shops with you - the more involved they feel, the more they'll feel they're contributing to this special treat for mum.

Relaxing Foot Soak

A foot soak is a great way to detox and relax, especially since many of us spend all day on our feet.

1 cup Epsom salt
1 peppermint tea bag
1 chamomile tea bag
1 basin of water

Fill a basin with warm water and add the Epsom salts and tea bags. Soak feet for 30 minutes.

Papaya Face Mask

Papaya facemask This mask is easy to make and can help rejuvenate the skin, because papaya has enzymes in it similar to alpha hydroxy acid which can be found in many facial masks.

3 tablespoons of blended papaya
1/3 cup oatmeal
1 tablespoon of honey

Blend all the ingredients together. Smooth mask on to face and leave on for five to 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Honey Hair Pack

Honey does great things for the hair. It's a natural humectant, which means it attracts and holds in moisture. It's good for treating hair that has been damaged by the sun, wind or styling, and it will add body and bounce to your strands. It may seem a bit sticky, but honey rinses out of the hair very easily.

1/2 cup of pure honey

Massage the honey into your hair and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. You may cover your head with a plastic shower cap or warm towel. Rinse your hair well with warm water.

Super Muscle Soothing Soak

Mother's Day meal

This is the perfect bath after a day of strenuous activity. She'll feel her muscles relax as she bathes.

1 cup coarse salt
1 cup baking soda
1 cup Epsom salts

Mix together all ingredients and store in an airtight jar. To use, pour 1/2 cup of bath soak under warm running water.

The extras
Now that you've turned the house into a spa, and mum's soaking in the bath with her salts, it's time for the rest of you to turn into the little elves you know you can be. From cleaning the kitchen to making her lunch, make sure mum doesn't have to lift a finger today. In between treatments, why not bring her a healthy snack or a cup of tea or a book or magazine so she can enjoy her favourite pastime in peace. After a relaxing day, a meal with her nearest and dearest will end the day on a high.

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