It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while the baby will nap a little longer than expected or a friend will volunteer to take the kids to a movie. Suddenly, you’ve got an hour or two all to yourself. What do you do? First, thank your lucky stars, then find a way to savor the moment. Because these occasions often arise without any preparation, we’ve created a go-to list of easy ways to relax and unwind during your alone. Come back to them over and over again because they never get old and always do the trick.
Turn your bathroom into a mini-spa and give yourself an at-home manicure and pedicure. After they’re perfectly trimmed and filed, coat your nails in one of the luxurious, yet affordable Sephora by OPI nail colours ($9 each).
Whether you download a new one to your Kindle or go the old-fashioned route, a good book is no-fail way to escape the stress of the everyday. Kathryn Stockett’s The Help ($14) has gotten amazing reviews from both critics and customers alike.
If you can’t remember the last time you sat in your bath tub and had a good soak, fill it up and hop right in. Invest in Carol’s Daughter all-natural Groove Sea Salt Scrub ($28) which contains red currant and sea salt to exfoliate and moisturize your skin.