Spa Day

Last Friday the boys took a day trip to the New England Aquarium in Boston. It was Laurent's special date with Daddy as last year both girls went to concerts alone with Damien. With our move just seven weeks away it was now or never for this much planned and anticipated trip for Laurent. 

With the boys away it was the perfect timing for a girls only spa day. 

We started the day with a fruit and nut salad inspired by a 30 Day Vegan course recipe. One of my contributions to the day. 

From there Celine took over. 

Celine has shown an interest lately in herbal and natural skin care. She's spent the last couple months reading my herbal books and library finds - learning and also further stocking our supply of essential oils, plant and mineral material, and carrier oils. 

She has even shown an entreprenuerial spirit by selling some of her luscious and lovely smelling skin cream to lucky family members. Proud mama grinning from ear to ear.

It was Celine's interest in making homemade skin products that inspired spa day. She planned the treatments and directed the activities for the day. I planned and executed most of the food and Brienne was a ready and willing helper.

I think it goes without saying how delighted I was to spend an entire day with my girls pampering ourselves. We did hair conditioning and facial masks. Foot soaks (with rolling marble massage) and nail treatments. We played games of Uno and spent the afternoon watching Sense and Sensibility. 

How did I get so blessed to have two girls who I have the privilege of raising? Girls, whom I sincerely hope, will share many more spa days with their mother.

Of course we ate "spa" food. Fresh fruit salad for breakfast and spring rolls for lunch. The wrappers I used weren't all that great so these are the saddest looking spring rolls I think I've ever made but they tasted good regardless. 

And what's spa day without mid afternoon Lemon/Lime Ginger Aide tea? Also inspired from 30 Day Vegan. 

If you are interested in planning your own spa day Celine used recipes from these two books - The Herbal Body Book: A Natural Approach to Healthier Hair, Skin, and Nails and Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self both by Stephanie Tourles.

These, along with a few others, are the natural skin and body care books we recommend. 

A day of beauty treatment, relaxation and quality time together was just what we girls needed as we near the end of March and approach the final weeks before our move. 

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  • Granola Girl

    Granola Girl on March 28, 2011, 2:52 a.m.

    This too cute! The Barracuda used to love painting his toe nails when he was about 2 and we would do that together, but somehow I have a feeling I'm not going to really get to have a "spa day" with him anytime soon :) I'll have to live vicariously through your daughters.


  • Emily

    Emily on March 28, 2011, 3:31 a.m.

    I love this! What fun. I especially love the picture of you guys in the mirror with your masks on. This is a day you and the girls will keep tucked in your hearts forever. I think we need a spa day (soon) over this way. I'll jot down all these delicious details for reference. Thanks for sharing.


  • Francesca

    Francesca on March 28, 2011, 5:41 a.m.

    So much fun! I used to do spa afternoons with my sister. Now I'll just have to wait for my daughter to grow up a little bit more :) PS if you were to recommend only ONE of those books, which one would you choose?


    • renee

      renee on March 28, 2011, 11:13 a.m.

      Francesca, I'll confer with Celine and get back to you.


    • renee

      renee on March 28, 2011, 1:17 p.m.

      Celine recommends (and I agree) Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self.

      Many of the recipes in the other book we recommended by Tourles are included in this book. Also this book has a lot of recipes. The other one has less. 


  • Bridget Stevens

    Bridget Stevens on March 28, 2011, 11:43 a.m.

    what a beautiful day you had! I love it! Thanks for blogging about such lovely moments, they are as inspiring as anything else (especially w/ a3.5 year old girl in the house who already loves such things and has 3 brothers! we need girly inspiration around here!)


  • renee

    renee on March 28, 2011, 1:18 p.m.

    Snooping around at Amazon I found this book that looks like it might have good recipes for an at home spa day. 

    EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends

    I can't personally recommend it but it looks perfect for spa-specific recipes.


  • tara

    tara on March 28, 2011, 6:22 p.m.

    That looks like it was so much fun. Having the two boys, I don't think spa days like these will be in our future but I do have friends with girls.


  • Nicola @ Which Name?

    Nicola @ Which Name? on March 28, 2011, 11:46 p.m.

    What a special day! My mom and I did spa days at home, too, and now do them out for birthdays/special occasions. I love Celine's initiative and your yummy food! Love seeing those book choices. I had recently been looking for Tourles' book at the library. They don't have it, so am trying to decide between inter library loan and purchasing it. What sweet girls you have. Something to look forward to as Lala gets bigger! Nicola


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