Becoming a mom thrusts a woman into one of the busiest, most joyful time periods in her life. However, this time can also be very stressful. There never seem to be enough hours in the day to get all of those 'mom jobs' done, even when a dad is around to help. This is especially true with the busy schedules that arise during the spring months. During April, everyone is happy to see the end of winter. By the time May arrives, however, many moms are worn to a frazzle. Sometimes, it takes a personal reinvention to become the best mom that a mother can be, both for her children and for herself.
The month of May is Pregnancy AwarenessMonth, a month to focus on pregnancy and women's health. This is the time when thousands of women celebrate not only pregnancy, but also on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle with a focus on stress reduction. When mothers take better care of themselves, they are better equipped to take better care of their little ones.
In trying to come up with viable solutions to the issue of self-care and stress reduction, I was influenced by a stay at the Halekulani Resort and Spa in Oahu.
Taking some me-time, I visited the day spa where a sense of renewal and revitalization was instilled through their Abhasa Tropical Facial. This face mask not only had a wonderful refreshing aura, but also restored the natural balance of moisture to my skin.
Few can afford a trip to a spa every week, but anyone can enjoy this inexpensive, luxurious facial mask that is gentle and kind to the skin with its all-natural, skin nurturing ingredients. There is no better treatment than that one can experience in the comfort of her own home using a few simple ingredients. Here is a recipe inspired one of the more popular hotels in Honolulu:
Avocado & Banana Face Mask
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
Peel and chop the avocado and banana and place in a blender. Use the pulse button for 30 seconds until the fruit has begun to mix. Pour the oil and honey in and continue to mix until the fruit and liquids have blended together.
Find a quiet place and apply the mask to your face and neck. I add cucumbers to my eyelids to truly recreate the spa atmosphere. Although their health benefits are sometimes rumored to be a myth, cucumbers do in fact reduce swelling and add antioxidants to the skin. Leave on for approximately 15 minutes and remove with warm water.
You can use this mask during the kids’ naptime or when the house quiets down around bedtime. I hope you and your skin enjoy your refreshed and invigorated complexion!
About the Author: Kendra Thornton is a long-time travel expert who has been packing her bags and traveling the world since she was 3 months old. Her passion for travel is only eclipsed by her passion for her three beautiful children. She's been lucky enough to combine the two, and is often featured as an expert in family, luxury and adventure travel for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, and CW networks. Kendra has been to 28 countries on 6 continents, and has been quoted in the news about seasonal travel trends and destinations all over the United States. Stepping out of the corporate spotlight to take on the role of being number one mom and wife, Kendra found that her utmost desire in life is in her home. "It is apparent that vacations refresh us…but why does that “refreshing feeling” only have to be a few days out of the year?" Combining her travel experiences with her love of motherhood, Kendra's goal is to recreate the refreshing spa experience with holistic ingredients that are safe for any mother or child!
Do you have any at home pampering that you enjoy? Any you can recommend??