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Being a single mom running a home business, I can sometimes be a bit too laissez faire about certain “personal care” tasks, so “that time of the month” is sometimes a nice excuse to have a night of pampering and catch up on all those self-care rituals.
I also like showing my daughter that there is nothing to dread about getting a period, and that it can be a celebration of femininity and can be made into something to look forward to. I love including her in a girly night of home pedicures, facials, and yes, desserts.
I grabbed all of my spa night supplies from Walmart – I love the one-stop shopping especially at this time of the month. I want to get what I need and get home – and it’s also a treat to be able to grab a new nail polish or the latest edition of my favourite magazines at the same time.
Ella also suggested that we put together a “girly night kit” for her aunt, so we grabbed some supplies we thought she’d enjoy, too. (You can see them at the bottom of the post.) Because we purchased two packs of U by Kotex® products, we were eligible to redeem a special reward via the SNIPP Rewards platform. (Ella was super excited to be able to pick a song to download and listen to on the drive home.)
We got home and spread out our supplies:
- U by Kotex® Sleek® Tampons (these ones are my “at home” supply)
- U by Kotex® Click® Tampons (these ones are my “on the go” supply, as they are compact but still provide great protection)
- Teeth whitening strips (just for me – I’m a coffee addict)
- Face mask & facial massager
- Orange stick, nail file, nail polish detailer, nail polish, & top coat
- Facial razor
- Leg razor
- Hair mask & comb
- Favourite magazines
- Homemade bath salts & foot tub
Ella picked a move while I made us a couple of chocolate mug cakes.
How to Make a Chocolate Mug Cake
Mix the following ingredients together in a microwave-safe mug:
- 1 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoon plus teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Stir the dry ingredients together really well before adding:
- 2-3 teaspoons coconut oil
- 3 Tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat the mug cake batter in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute 20 seconds, depending on the strength of your microwave. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.
Next, Ella and I indulged in some manicures and pedicures. She loves soaking her feet in the little pedicure tub (a storage bin we use to keep our pedicure supplies in until next month) and I’ve recently been adding in handfuls of our Sleeping Beauty Bath Salts to increase the indulgence factor.
To make your own rose petal bath salts, combine:
- ¼ cup Himalayan pink salt
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup dried rose petals
Store the bath salts in a mason jar and just sprinkle a handful into hot water for a luxurious soak. (Make sure to remove your nail polish before soaking your feet.)
How to do an At-Home Pedicure
After your feet have had a relaxing soak (at least five minutes) you can indulge even further with a home pedicure.
First, start off by scrubbing off any dead skin with a good quality loofah or foot file.
Next, trim and file your toenails and push back the cuticles beds with an orange stick.
We bought these cute faux-gel polishes at Walmart for $2 each and they were super fun. Ella requested two-tone toes with the purple and pink polishes. Make sure to add a top coat after the polish has dried.
Finally, moisturize your feet. I used to moisturize every night and wear a pair of socks to bed to encourage the softening – I used to also wear moisturizing gloves, too! – but at least doing it this one time a month helps me feel a bit better.
“The Girly Night Kit”
Ella had a lot of fun putting together this girly night kit for her aunt, including:
- her favourite magazine
- a favourite movie (also one of Ella’s favourites)
- black nail polish, a nail file, and an orange stick
- hair mask
- a homemade mix for a chocolate mug cake (plus a note with directions)
Of course, we included a box of U by Kotex® Sleek so she wouldn’t have to worry about running out or being unprepared when her period arrived.
And just in case her aunt is not as “girly night savvy” as we are, I made this printable guide for all of our favourite things to do on girly night. If you’d like tips on at-home facials, pedicures, or a printed copy of the recipe – grab yours, too!