From Tracie: How I Opened My Home Spa

Monday, August 09, 2010

How I Opened My Home Spa

Let's face it, we all need some pampering and fun in our lives, and those trips to the spa are too few and far between. I figured if I opened up my own, in my house, I would make it there far more often.  Also I could stay in my pajamas while being pampered.

First Step - Hire a nail technician.
I thought this would be a difficult process, requiring lots of interviews.  I am happy to report that my first candidate was so perfect, I hired her on the spot! Who could resist that smile? Also, she wanted to be payed in cookies, which was a plus.
She even provided her own tools, work table, and refreshments. 
(Nail polish and hair bows she bought with birthday money, and an ice chest)

Second Step - Test out he new hire. See if she is any good. 

Technician Katarina quickly got to work on my nails. 
This nail polish color is named Silly. 

After she finished my nails I painted hers. Then it was time to turn Silly into Awesome. All that was required was sticking one hand in the freezer for a couple of seconds.

Is this not the coolest thing ever? The nail polish changes colors! I knew the bottle said mood color changing on it  when she bought it, but I didn't really believe it would do that. Here are my and Katarina's nails after we each stuck one hand in the freezer! Amazing. I think of it as nail polish that is also a toy...and a thermometer.  Pretty and useful. Good stuff.

Step Three - Hire a Hairstylist.
I lucked out again, my nail technician was also able to do hair. Since I pay my spa employees in cookies, the fact that I didn't have to hire a hairstylist means more cookies for me, right?
I like the matching bows.....they go nicely with pajamas and color changing nails. 

Step Four - Relax. 
We watched The Shaggy Dog, the original with Fred MacMurray, and ate cookies deposited our paychecks. 

A good opening day for my home spa. I think I will definitely have to open it up for business again this week.


  1. This is so adorable. You ladies are too cute together!

  2. That sounds like fun! Makes me want to do something extra special with my lil girl tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing this love, me and my girl will try it out. :)

  4. Can I make an appointment? I have oreos! like a lot of fun. I can't wait for days like this with Claire!

  5. How awesome to have your own spa at home!

    Come by when you can....

  6. This is awesome! I love that you and your little girl have the best time together.

  7. what a fun and fresh idea----except my gals are too little to paint anyone else's nails (they have tried to do their own and it was a disaster of epic proportions)...but they do like to play hair salon! She is so cute!

  8. From Diana (Georgia)
    Can I come over to play and relax at your house? I work for Oreos or Thin Mints. Scalp massage is french silk pie. (just sayin')

    I think you should do a posting of all the ideas you have for fun stuff at home with your kids. Just wonderful, Tracie!

  9. OH that looks like sucxh fun and I love the nail polish.. that is neat..

  10. Lovely! Katarina did an amazing job on your nails. I can't wait to try this with my daughter when she gets a little older. What a fun thing to do together.

  11. Awesome! I'd totally open a home spa over here as I know of three cookie loving Dudes who'd be game, but I'm pretty sure I'd look like an extra in the Lion King live production afterward that I'd rather not risk it. They are a little overzealous when it comes to painting and the like!

  12. You know what the problem's going to be, don't you?

    You find an awesome stylist then you never want to let them go.

    Eventually, you may want her to go to college or something...

    That's going to be a problem, only getting your hair and nails done at Christmas and Easter.

    And then she may want to be paid in loads of laundry.

  13. This looks awesome! What number do I call to book an appointment? :)

  14. You girls are too precious...your relationship with Katarina makes me think of me and my mum... :)