How to Pamper Yourself on a Budget

pamperSometimes you need to take some time and just pamper yourself. Whether you need a break or you’ve been feeling stressed or anxious and just need to unwind, it’s healthy to take that time for yourself. Even taking 15 minutes has psychological and physical benefits. You’ll feel refreshed and happier. When you focus on an activity just for you, your stress level goes down. Taking the time to refresh yourself is good for the people around you, too. If you’re less frustrated, you get along with others better.

This pampering or me time can be anything you enjoy, whether it’s a bubble bath, a long hike, or a good book. It just needs to be something you enjoy and leaves you feeling refreshed. But what if you are tight on money? How can you pamper yourself and recharge the batteries when it seems like you have no cash to spare? Read on!

Spa Time

Maybe you enjoy the pampering of a spa day. That can get pricey. But with some homemade pamperitems made with stuff you probably already have around the house, you can create your own spa day!

  • Make a turmeric facial mask, found here. I love this mask and try to use it a couple of times a week. It leaves my skin cleansed and soft.
  • Have a warm foot soak with epsom salt and your favorite essential oils. I personally love lavender for relaxation. This foot bath is amazing. It keeps the water hot, has soothing bubbles, and rollers for massaging the bottoms of your feet.
  • Better yet, take a hot bath with epsom salt and essential oils. Or make these amazing homemade bath bombs. This is another idea that you can customize with different essential oils.

Bookworm or Netflix Addicts

pamperI love to read and I also love Netflix. But I often read at night to fall asleep or listen to Netflix/Hulu as only background noise. This means I’m not fully paying attention. So if I really want to pamper myself, this is what I do:

  • Turn on my diffuser with my favorite blend of essential oil blends. My favorite is an equal mix of peppermint, lavender, and grapefruit oils. I also enjoy cinnamon oil.
  • Make a cup of my favorite tea. I especially love hibiscus tea. Sometimes I grab snacks, too.
  • Put on some comfy clothes, whether it’s sweats, pj’s, or a soft, comfy robe.
  • Get comfortable on the sofa and enjoy a good book or a show I’ve been wanting to see.

This one could also become a theme. For example, make it a Star Wars marathon or a chick flick marathon.

Other Ideas

Try these other ideas for me time:

  • If exercise recharges your batteries, take a walk or go an a hike. Plug in your headphones with your favorite playlist.
  • If you love to cook or bake, pick a recipe you haven’t tried before and make it.pamper
  • Invite a friend or friends over for tea, coffee, or a meal.
  • Spend time helping others.
  • Learn a new hobby or craft or catch up on some projects that need to be finished.
  • Get a massage.

There is no right way to take some time for yourself. The important thing is to choose something you enjoy and that leaves you feeling refreshed, whether it’s spending some time by yourself or with friends. Hopefully you’ve gotten some ideas and can enjoy yourself without spending an arm and a leg!

How do you relax and recharge? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Winter Crochet Roundup

crochetI love crafts and DIY. Hobbies help me unwind, give me something to focus on when I’m depressed, and give me a sense of satisfaction at having accomplished something with my own 2 hands. I’ve enjoyed scrapooking, making cards, knitting, jewelry making and bead work, and sewing. With the colder weather, I’ve been working on projects to keep myself warm. Today I would like to share some of my favorite crochet projects from around the web, along with pictures of my finished projects.

Knee-High Socks

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You can find the pattern for these socks here. I added three rows of crocodile stitch to the top. I love to wear these with boots. My feet are perpetually cold in winter. With these socks they are so warm and cozy. This pattern would also be pretty in a variegated yarn.crochet

Crochet Beret

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I love how that rhymes! Find the pattern here. The great thing about this pattern is how versatile it is. It works up quickly, too. I think it took me about 2 hours to finish this one. You could add a crochet flower to make it a little more feminine, something like this. crochet

 

 

 

Fingerless Iron Man Gloves

crochetThese have got to be the coolest pair of gloves ever! The pattern is here. The website also includes a free printable version of the pattern. Iron Man is my husband’s favorite Avenger, so I knew as soon as I saw it I would have to try out this pattern. This isn’t the best picture, but they turned out awesome.

 

 

 

Crocodile Stitch Fingerless Glovescrochet

The pattern I used is no longer available for free, but this one is pretty similar. I LOVE these gloves. It did take a few tries to get the hang of the crocodile stitch, but the results are worth it.

 

 

Crochet Ruffle Scarf

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What winter project list would be complete without a scarf? I love the ruffle scarves that have become popular in recent years, but the special yarn is a bit pricey. I came across this pattern that uses regular yarn, and was very pleased with the results.

 

 

 

My current project is a blanket made from African flower hexagons. It’s a great project for using up those last little bits of leftover yarn. It’s going to take a while, though. I need about 200 hexagons. I’ll share more as I make more progress on it. What are your favorite winter crochet projects? Let me know in the comments below!