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The Perfect Postpartum Spa Day at Home

“Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body”. –Golda Poretsky

Did you know that pampering yourself is the best way to recharge from nurturing others? The best part is, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars or hours of time away from your bundle of joy to do so. Your home is your sanctuary -- the sacred place where you unwind and let go of the stressors of the outside world. With minimal effort, some of nature’s best ingredients and a vivid imagination, you can create the perfect spa day at home.

Step 1: A hot cup of hot lemon water. Tension, stress and fatigue are your body’s way of letting you know it needs mental and physical rest. It’s good to first cleanse the body while prepping to relax and release. Beginning your pampering session by drinking a cup of hot lemon water or decaffeinated tea will give your insides a good ole’ fashioned rinsing.

Step 2: Set the mood. Set out a robe and turn on some music that sets a serene atmosphere. If reading is soothing to you, be sure to have some magazines or books nearby. Ah! And to add the perfect touch to your day of bliss, no bathroom is complete without a live plant or orchid and a perfectly folded towel.

Step 3: Take a bath. There are many ways to tailor your at home spa. It could be giving yourself a DIY manicure, doing a facial or simply having a moment of total silence and peace just to yourself. I personally find that there's something very spiritual about taking a bath and visualizing the hot water melting my worries away. Whatever you decide on doing, make sure you have someone to watch after your little one and shut yourself out of the daily grind to allow uninterrupted "me-time."

Step 4: Don't forget about bath salts and essential oils. Epson salt is fairy dust for new moms. I sprinkle it in every bath as it not only relaxes aching joints and stiff muscles, but draws out toxins. You can also enliven your senses by putting essential oils in a diffuser or drops directly into the bath tub. My favorite essential oil for bathing and relaxation is lavender -- it smells SO good and is a great oil to diffuse for added relaxation, especially before going to bed. Grapefruit oil is a wonderful energizer and mood enhancer.

Step 5: Detoxify and fancy it up. If you’re in search of a more detoxifying experience, add apple cider vinegar to the tub and if you’re feeling fancy, sprinkle some rose petals in your bath water.

Step 6: Moisturize. Coconut oil is one of nature’s finest ingredients. If you suffer from dry skin, it’s the perfect remedy for adding moisture and leaving you with dewy skin. Coconut oil also makes your skin supple enough to rub your own shoulders in between professional massages. Plus, it's awesome for firming breast tissue and smoothing away stretch marks.

Step 7: Do a facial. While your pores are open, after bathing in hot water, it’s time to apply your facial. A mixture of avocado and sea salt is a great mask for moisturizing and exfoliating at the same time. Honey, lemon, papaya, olive oil, tea bags and fennel are alternate ingredients that make for great DIY facials. You can also experiment with making your own eye crème by blending cucumber and Aloe Vera gel. Yet, in my opinion, the mask of all masks is the pure bentonite clay mixed with apple cider vinegar. This mask has so many benefits it will leave you in awe.

Step 8: Do it all in silence. While your facial is percolating, take some time to sit in silence, focus on your breathing and envision yourself happy and whole. If it’s hard to find a quiet corner in your home, put in your headphones and zone out to a guided meditation on YouTube.

Step 9: Stretch and hydrate. Culminate your hour of serenity by doing a few yoga poses or stretches, and replenish the fluids you lost in your warm bath by drinking some coconut water.

Step 10: Close your eyes for a minute (or ten). When it’s all over, you can climb into your own bed and take a power nap.

The best part about creating the perfect spa day at home is that you can tailor it to fit your growing needs. Carve out some time on your calendar weekly to create a sacred place to unwind. By activating your senses and enhancing your beauty from the inside out, you’ll come out looking and feeling like the glowing goddess that is you!

Shea Edwards is a native of Richmond, VA currently living in Los Angeles, with her husband and 11 month old daughter Lulu where she enjoys swimming, thrifting, traveling and deep belly laughter. She is an ordained minister, trained actress, writer and host. Shea hopes to one day live in a quaint town with her very own rose garden and swimming pool.

Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)

Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

volition face + body care duo

This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.

$70

Allover roller

esker allover roller

This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.

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Kombucha making kit

farmsteady kombucha making kit

What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.

$45

Laetitia lipstick

cupid & psyche laetitia

This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!

$23

Jigsaw puzzle

inner piecec jigsaw puzzle

Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.

$30

Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.

$39

'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."

$35

Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.

$24

Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.

$22

Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!

$25

Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.

$32

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.

$105

Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.

$17

Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.

$68

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