On My Way & Frugal Questions

Ahhhhh, I finally did something nice for myself in the last 24 hours. I had a deep conditioning hair treatment and trim last night. It felt good to see my hair swing luxuriously after a nice cut and it was sooooo soft. I haven't had a salon hair conditioning treatment for so long. I try very hard to live economically and frugally so I can send funds to Kenya. See here for the Missions of Hope a worthy mission in need of your support.

And today I broke down and got some spa treatments. I travel tomorrow and where I am going it is very dry. I decided to have a hydrating facial and paraffin treatments for the hands and feet. I haven't had a facial in about a year and half. That is really too long a period and my skin was quite clogged even though I wash religiously, exfoliate and don't wear facial make up.

I've never had a parrafin treatment for the feet before. Just once for my hands. It was a little tricky lying on a masseuse table with my face and eyes covered in gauze and a facial mask while the aesthetician is saying "stick your foot deep into the oil. put it in, put it in" and I couldn't see the darn thing!! The wax was also too hot but all in all when it was done it felt good to feel the smoothness of the skin after winter's dryness. I didn't get a pedicure this time although this is something I usually do get. All the treatments were part of a well priced spa package which also included a half hour massage. I got the lady to concentrate on my lower back and upper neck for the massage. Wow! I did not realize how tight my upper neck was. After the work was done, I felt a bit groggy and tired but in a nice way. I will sleep well tonight and travel tomorrow in a relaxed manner.

It feels nice to treat myself after a long period of self imposed austerity. If any of you are of the frugal mindset, I'd love to know whether you ever treat yourself to mani/pedis, body massage, facials and the like? If so, do you feel guilty doing it or do you consider it as something you do for your well being and health? Are there things you do in between to prolong the benefits of your facials, mani/pedis or hair treatments so that you don't have to go to the salon every month? I'd be interested in your tips and what you've learned for saving the precious hard earned dollars while at the same time looking well.

I will be traveling over the next week or so. If I have time before I leave, I will schedule a post or two to publish in my absence. Failing that I will post from my destination.

Here is a picture of where I'm going.

Stay well.


  1. Looks like you have a nice trip upcoming... Hope you have a wonderful time. Take lots of pictures!!!!

    It's nice to treat ourselves to some luxuries every once in awhile. I'm glad to hear that you did just that. Good for YOU!!!!

    Have a great trip.

  2. oooh I can't wait to find out where you are, it looks lovely!

    I've only once had a facial and I thought it made my face feel worse!!

  3. Hi Betsy, thank you for your lovely comments. Do you ever go to the spa yourself? What do you think about the treatments? I shall post pictures of my destination if I can get some good ones :-)

    Notes, thanks for dropping by. I'm sorry to hear your facial didn't agree with you. My guess is the person doing the treatment wasn't very good or they would know what was good for your face.

  4. That looks lovely - I hope you have a wonderful time!

  5. I do a lot of exercise and my muscles are often tight / tired / sore. As part of my 101 things to do in 1001 days challenge I have committed to a massage once a month. And I will love every minute of it. In the past I have had facials but could never really see a lot of benefit in that. I figure as long as I cleanse often, exfoliate sometimes and moisturise well then that is enough for me.

  6. Thank you affectioknit! I will :-)

    KC, if you do a lot of exercise, the massage will be so nice. Good for you that you have committed to getting one per month. I have a lot of muscle problems and sometimes I do get the massages/physio every month too. It really helps.


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