Home Spa Ideas for Moms and Daughters

Set up a nail-painting station.Every girl likes to be pampered, and your daughter is likely no exception. Having a spa night at home with your favorite girl is a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening, and doesn't have to cost very much. With a few simple ideas and some easy preparation, you and your daughter can enjoy a calming night at home, while you chat, bond and get pretty in the process.

Here are a few ways you can turn your home into your very own mini-spa:

Set the mood -- If possible, try to send your spouse and other children out for the evening so distractions can be at a minimum. Turn the lights down, light a few scented candles and select some soothing music. My 11-year-old daughter suggests downloading apps on your phone or music player that allow you to play relaxing sounds, like waves crashing or rain falling. Or, you could opt for more upbeat selections -- remember, you want to relax, not fall asleep!

Get comfy -- Get into your fluffiest robe and slippers, or slide on a pair of sweat pants or pj's. After all, the evening is all about comfort, not constriction.

Put on a good face -- Start your spa treatments by applying cooling facial masks to each other's skin. Many recipes require nothing more than items you have in your kitchen, like bananas, yogurt or avocado. You can easily make these masks during the day, then put them in the refrigerator until spa night, which will free up your time. Be sure to also slice a few chilled cucumbers and place them over your daughter's eyes, and your own. Stretch out on the couch and relax.

Pamper those fingers and toes -- A spa night wouldn't be complete without a mani-pedi station. Get a large bowl, fill with warm water, add a few drops of scented oil, and soak your daughter's feet for 10 minutes. Pat dry with a towel. Clip her nails, and apply lotion to the feet. Paint with one, or several, of her favorite shades. Follow the same steps for her fingernails. For extra pizazz after painting, apply nail stickers, which come in an assortment of styles and designs. Don't forget to do your own nails, too!

Make your own makeup -- A fun craft to do while your feet are soaking is to make your own lip gloss . This recipe requires only a handful of ingredients -- shortening, icing, sugar-free powdered drink mix, sparkles and olive oil -- and can even be made in advance. When you're done, have fun doing mini-makeovers on each other using your new gloss!

Eat treats -- Of course, you could provide lots of healthy snacks, like cut veggies, dips and fruit for your night of beauty, or you could skip it all and go for the sweets. Mini-cupcakes are easy to snack on, as are bowls of candies. Or, you could compromise; try melting a cup of chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds, then dipping speared cubes of fruit into the gooey mixture. After all, it's your night to indulge. Why not include chocolate?

Setting up a home spa is a fun and easy way to spend the evening with your daughter. In fact, she may like it so much, it might become a tradition!

Content by Karen Kinsey.