Mother’s Day Relaxation Kit

Giving Mom The Gift Of Relaxation

(NAPSA) – A little bit of creativity, packaged with a lot of care, seems to be the trend this year for Mother’s Day. A hand-assembled ‘relaxation kit’ is one example of a great gift for mothers.

Creative Cook’s Kitchen suggests combining handy accessories with make-it-yourself beauty regimens, such as a face mask, for a spectacular basket. The items, all created from household ingredients, are easy to assemble and make an impressive presentation.

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Mother's Day Relaxation Kit

Ingredients

Honey-Oatmeal Facial Mask:

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats, finely processed
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • small jar

Chamomile-Almond Facial Mask:

  • 1/2 cup Water, boiling
  • 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers, dried
  • 2 tablespoons bran
  • 2 tablespoons almonds, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • small jar

Basket:

  • cucumber
  • cellophane, or plastic bag
  • ribbon
  • handled basket
  • craft paper, shredded
  • terry cloth hand towels
  • soap
  • nail brush
  • hair clip
  • cotton swabs
  • emery boards
  • 1 jar honey-oatmeal mask
  • 1 jar chamomile-almond mask
  • 1 cup, filled with herbal tea bags
  • hand cream
  • scented candles
  • instruction card

Instructions

Honey-Oatmeal Facial Mask:

  • In a medium bowl, combine oats and honey to form a paste.
  • Transfer the mixture to a small jar.

Chamomile-Almond Facial Mask:

  • In another bowl, pour boiling water over chamomile flowers; let stand for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture through a sieve set over a bowl.
  • Transfer 3 tablespoons of strained liquid to a small bowl. Add bran, almonds and honey; mix well. Transfer to a small jar.

Assembling the Basket:

  • Cut cucumber in 1/8-inch slices. Pack slices in cellophane bag; tie with ribbon.
  • Line the basket with shredded craft paper. Roll 1 hand towel; place in a corner of the basket.
  • Tuck soap and nail brush into the towel; attach the hair clip. Bundle cotton swabs and emery boards; tie each with ribbon and add to basket. Arrange the other items in the basket.
  • Write the instructions for using the facial masks on a note card:
    'Enjoy each for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.'
  • Include the recipes for both masks. Punch a hole in the card and use ribbon to attach the card to the basket.
  • To make the holiday even more of a relaxing respite, consider including a gift voucher for a massage with the basket, taking Mom out to lunch or making her favorite dish for dinner.
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