DIY Spa Sunday!


Okay, so I spent quite some time in the kitchen playing with food, though not all of it to eat! More on that later….

It's truly been a simple Sunday in the kitchen. Breakfast was a giant green smoothie of watermelon, banana, strawberry, and spinach. Lunch was leftover brown rice, curry cabbage and peas, and the spicy cucumber namul again – this time with half an avocado sliced into it too. I haven't had dinner, but since my lunch was SO late, I may just munch some fruit or skip it entirely.


I did spend some time in the kitchen prepping my lunch for tomorrow….but I'll tell you about that tomorrow 🙂


I did another P90X video today. Disc 2 in the kit – plyometrics. HOLY. COW. No weights or bands – but crazy jumping moves (they have low-impact modifications thankfully) and squats.

At 41 minutes I had to press pause. I wanted to barf, and was planning on quitting then. However, after sitting down for about 5 minutes, I saw the screen on pause, felt like a wuss, and finished it. As a result, I have two shots of my HR monitor. 548 calories in 64 minutes (and at least 5 of those, I was sitting down).


I also couldn't keep up with several of the moves. When that happened, I either did the modifications or did squats until they move on. My oldest walked past the living room at one point, saw me running in circles, and just went “huh…ok”. Then left.

What I really liked about this and yesterday's video is they break everything down into 30-60 second segments, and it makes the workout really fly by (even when contemplating hurling).

I also can definitely feel the mild soreness in my chest, back, abs, and thighs from yesterday's workout. Quite the intense little program!


So biggest news….my son M left today for 3 weeks at camp 😦

I know he's going to have a really great time. He's been excited for weeks and apparently knew some people as soon as he got there. But still…..I'm going to miss him terribly. His sisters gave him a big group hug. They're sad he's away too….


A VERY long time ago (mid and late 90's), I would occasionally make my own beauty products. Lotions and soaps mainly, but still had a great time making and using them. Over the years I've gotten busier and could start affording store bought brands, so I hadn't thought about making my own in years. However, as articles about animal testing, sourcing of ingredients, chemical laden products, and more blogs talking about “green beauty”, the ideas have been percolating in the back of my melon for a few months now.

I put a lot of thought into the things I will put IN my body. Fruits, veggies, and whole grains are the bulk of what I eat (don't get me wrong…this girl loves her chips and salsa and wine and beer too!), but I'm always conscious about every bite I take. I won't eat it if I suspect it's not vegan, and I won't use any clothing/cosmetics/etc that have animal products in them (leather, lanolin, beeswax, etc) or engage in animal testing.

So after D left with M to go to camp, I whipped up some recipes, worked out, and got busy on my own little Spa Sunday!

I belonged to a book club in the mid-90's (similar to that tape and CD club!), and got this book in a batch of 5 for 1 penny. I haven't looked at it in years, but could never bring myself to put into the donate bin. I'm glad I didn't. A few of the things I did today either came from or were inspired by this book.

Here's my list!

Making the toner took the longest, only because it involved boiling and cooling of ingredients. I used fresh mint from my herb garden and the zest of an organic orange. Steep each in boiling water until cool, mix, add vodka, and…based on a suggestion from my cousin SR, added some freshly grated ginger!


The face scrub was just 1/2 cup of strawberries, the juice of one lemon, and about 1 tsp of jojoba oil (I have it on hand, as I use it as a moisturizer in the winter.

The cinnamon and sugar body scrub was 5 tbsp of date sugar (I wanted a course sugar) and 1 tbsp of cinnamon. That's it! When I got my washcloth wet and put my liquid soap in it, I dumped about 1/4 of the mixture in and scrubbed away. It smelled so yummy and worked very nicely.

I ended up not mixing molasses and lemon, and just used straight molasses. I thought about beer too, but I'll use that next time!

My face mask was 1/2 of an avocado mixed with 1/2 of a ripe banana. I applied after I was out of the shower, let sit for 10 minutes, and then rinsed.

My final step was to apply the toner. It was light and refreshing, and it made a ton! I certainly won't be running out anytime soon.

Overall, it was fun, and while I was thinking I may smell like a fruit basket by the time I was done, I don't! I have drier hair and skin, so I picked ingredients that were moisturizing and gentle. The strawberries with their hulls provided mild exfoliation without making my skin burn. The mask was so hydrating, I didn't need to apply moisturizer or jojoba oil afterwards. The molasses was probably the most surprising though. My hair is curly, and I don't use shampoo (haven't in 7 years). I just condition daily and that's about it. That, combined with the foods I eat, has mostly rectified my dry hair issue. However, it's summer and I love being outside and in the pool/ocean, so I want to be sure to take care of it without having to buy big treatments. I used about 1/8 – 1/4 of a cup (my hair is fairly short), applied it right after rinsing out my conditioner, and let it sit for about 10 minutes. I was expecting it to be sticky and difficult to use, but it wasn't. It rinsed out nicely, and my curls dried softly.

So there, my first (but not last) DIY Spa Sunday!

Oh, and also….R woke today with no fever, and has remained fever free all day! Woo hoo….


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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

2 thoughts on “DIY Spa Sunday!

  1. I did the Insanity workout for a while and those plyometrics were killer. Ouch, but effective.

    Love the DIY beauty products. High quality organic vegan beauty stuff can be so expensive. Yours look simple to make. And you can really feel good about what you’re putting on your skin!

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