I mean, honestly...Aren't you more tired during this time of year?
Don't get me wrong.
I am absolutely, positively in the proverbial holiday spirit, and I'm Fa la la la la, la la la la-ing all over town.
But after the school drop-offs and pick-ups, running my garden variety errands, and doing, you know, all the extra stuff that is part and parcel of this time of year, I find myself eyeballs-burning, I-could-fall-asleep-on-a-bed-of-hot-coals tired by day's end.
That said, the idea of pampering myself prior to my sleep-induced coma still sounds more than mildly enticing.
I've been whipping up this lavender pillow mist recipe from Food.com for a while now, and I just made a new batch a few nights ago.
It's easy, quick (No lie, I did it while the kids brushed their teeth before bed!), and best of all, it's cheap: You can find everything you need for under five bucks.
This recipe makes for the perfect stocking stuffer -- and a wonderful gift to yourself.
Here's what you do:
*Grab one of those small, travel-sized spray bottles, which is perfect for leaving on your nightstand, and small enough to carry in your diaper bag or purse, too):
*Add 1/2 cup of water
*Add 1/2 teaspoon of witch hazel:
*Then add 4 to 5 drops of lavender oil. Here's where I modify. I use an essential oil from Fabulous Frannie called Sleep that is equal parts pure chamomile, marjoram, lavender, and vetiver...and I like a heavy scent, so I use -- gasp! -- about 20 drops:
*Then close the bottle tightly, shake well, and spray onto your pillow sheets.
Here are three more things:
*Crawl into bed.
*Inhale the rich, soothing scent.
*And pretend you're spending the night in an upscale hotel, because that's the kind of feeling this spray evokes.