As we approach the holiday season and year end, our stress levels are likely to climb. Between pressures at work, shopping and family gatherings, making time for yourself let alone time for a date night can get a bit tricky. Kill two birds with one stone by transforming your home into a relaxing spa setting. Pull out your fluffiest robes, light a few candles, pick up a few essential oils like lavender, and turn on some calming music. Commit to a night of total relaxation where you don't discuss children or work or what you are going to get your grandma for Christmas this year. Of course a trip to the spa is wasted without a good massage, so get those oils ready, warm up a few damp washcloths in the microwave, and rub the stress away.
In a season all about food, you may be craving something light and simple. An array of vegetables, fruits and light dips are the perfect dish for a night at the spa. Prepare a few light appetizers before you get started and then snack on them while your face mask dries or while you are getting a foot massage. Hummus is a perfect option as it can be easily altered to fit your taste preferences and it's healthy too. The base of a good hummus includes garbanzo beans (chickpeas), tahini, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt and olive oil. From there you can add anything from sun dried tomatoes to Kalamata olives. Be sure to include a bottle of Champagne and a few pieces of chocolate and feel the stress melt away.
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