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Updated on Aug 2, 2011

The kids are back in school, but you're busier than ever packing lunches, helping with homework, driving everyone around, and holding down the fort. Whew! It sounds like you need a break. Fortunately, you don't need to go anywhere to get away – just turn your house into a resort for the day with our easy home spa ideas. Here's the recipe for a perfect home spa day.

Step 1: Start the day off right with a mini cleanse. Instead of reaching for the coffee and waffles, wake your body up with a delicious fruit-packed smoothie. These colorful creations are chock full of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and fiber. They're also quick to mix up and can be made with just about any fruit you have lying around – fresh or frozen. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even drop in a handful of the dark, leafy greens that are so good for you. With all that fruit in there, you won't even be able to taste the vegetables. Need some smoothie recipes to get started? Check these out!

Step 2: Stretch. After the kids have left the house, take advantage of the sudden calm to loosen tense muscles with your favorite set of yoga or pilates stretches. Or simply breathe deeply, roll your head and your shoulders, and shake it all out.

Step 3: Mix up some soothing spa treatments. Lots of luxurious treats for your skin can be made from common pantry ingredients like olive oil, honey, yogurt, oatmeal, avocados, etc. If you need some home spa recipes or ideas, these quick and easy goodies can get you started:

Step 4: Run a bath. There's nothing quite so relaxing as a warm bath. If you're out of bath salts or essential oils, try putting a few bags of chamomile herbal tea in the tub for a fragrant, soothing soak. No bath tub? Give yourself a steam facial instead by filling the sink or a large bowl with hot water, putting your face above it, and letting the steam open up your pores. Once you're warm and relaxed, apply your masque, scrub, or other treatment in gentle circles and let it do its magic.

Step 5: Give yourself a mini massage. Although it's not the same as having a masseuse work on you, you can work out the knots and aches in your shoulders, hands, feet, and legs yourself. Your muscles will be warm and relaxed right after your bath. Did you know you can use olive oil as a massage oil? Just mix in a drop or two of essential oil for a custom massage oil, courtesy of your very own kitchen.

Step 6: Treat yourself to a healthy and delicious lunch. Follow up your healthy breakfast with a vibrant salad filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Salad doesn't have to be a boring bowl of iceberg lettuce and limp tomatoes. How about a pear, cranberry, walnut, and gorgonzola salad? Or a coconut lime kale salad? Try one of our lively salad recipes, or come up with your own!

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

Crunchy Broccoli Salad

Step 7: Take a nap. It's a given that you don't get your recommended 8 hours a night. Getting enough sleep – or just down time – makes you a better and more patient parent. Be good to yourself and finish off your home spa day with an energizing nap. When the kids come home, life will go back to its usual chaos, so savor these final moments of peace and quiet.

The best thing about a home spa day is that you can customize it to whatever you have time for. Even if you can't count on having three or four uninterrupted hours, you can still indulge in some pampering. Whatever you do, remember that today is about relaxing, not stressing about holding the perfect spa day!  

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