TBP Friday Faves: Pampering in Minutes on a Budget

‘Me time’ is a luxury.

It wasn’t before Nate was born – I had all the time in the world. But, now my time is ‘Nate Time.’ I’ve learned to steal moments where I can.

As a very new momma, I felt guilty about this. But, I’ve accepted that taking time for me is a necessity. It keeps me balanced and helps me to be a better momma and wife.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to pamper myself without taking tons of time.

Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dry Nail Polish

All my nail polish used to come from the beauty store. When I realized I’d have to get Nate in and out of the car seat for one stinkin’ bottle of polish I started picking it up at Wal-Mart or CVS. I tried a few different brands before my little sis told me she used Sally Hansen Insta-Dry. I bought a bottle not believing that it dried in 60 seconds or that it covers in one coat.

Oh, but it does!

I painted my nails and 60 seconds later I made a grilled portabello mushroom salad. No nicks. No smears.


Here’s a pic of my nails after 4 days of wear with just one coat. No top coat. I know – almost too good to be true. And for somewhere between $3.50 – $5.50 a bottle you can’t go wrong. Watch CVS for Sally Hansen ExtraBuck offers.

Clarisonic Mia

Ok, so the Clarisonic Mia‘s not exactly cheap. It runs about $110 dollars. Enough to cause me to pause before buying one.

Being frugal, I tried the Revlon version first. I loved it but it wasn’t as waterproof as they claimed and the insides rusted.

I eventually gave in and bought the Mia.

Oh, gosh, I love it. I love it. I love it. The Mia is 60 seconds of facial bliss. After two weeks of twice a day use, my skin looked like I had a $100 facial. In two minutes a day I can keep my skin looking salon-beautiful all year long. Not a bad deal.

Audio Books and my iPhone

Not exactly what might come to mind when one thinks of pampering. But, my beloved iPhone helps me get some ‘me time’ in.


Being a busy momma, Maggie is an avid audiobook listener. Once Nate came along I followed suit. I listen to books while I’m exercising, making dinner, and running errands. It feeds my insatiable need to learn and grow. Right now I’m listening to Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss for the second time. Before that I listened to Wishes Fulfilled by Wayne Dyer.

Even though I’m multi-tasking I still feel like I get my me-time. Check out Audible.com – you can get a free audiobook when you subscribe to their monthly program. And, of course, there’s an app for your iPhone too.

What are your favorite quick and simple ways to pamper yourself on a budget?

Amy Green is a co-founder of The Balanced Platter and the founder of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free and the best selling book, Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free: 180 Easy & Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less. She is also a co-founder of Nourished, the only specialty food blogger conference.

9 Responses to TBP Friday Faves: Pampering in Minutes on a Budget

  • Shannon says:

    I discovered Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri last Fall before my brother’s wedding…love it too! Although I have to say it does chip quickly (if you’re the kind of girl who’s always washing dishes or using her hands!)
    Am truly considering the Mia…sounds like a good investment but I do love the time away to get a facial. Decisions, decisions!

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    Amy Green Reply:

    @Shannon, I will still be getting an occasional facial when I can but I love having the Mia at home. My face loves it too!

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  • great post! I love the product review on the Mia. My friend has one and LOVES it!

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    Amy Green Reply:

    @Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy, Get a Mia. You will LOVE it. :)

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  • Alta Mantsch says:

    I have that same color of Sally’s Insta-Dri! I don’t find it lasts more than a day on my soft nails (maybe it would if I put gloves on to do dishes, but I’m lazy and I don’t) but it lasts forever when I give myself a pedicure! I love that it dries so fast.
    Also love my audible books on my iphone! Makes my long commute more tolerable.

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    Amy Green Reply:

    @Alta Mantsch, My nail polish stays on when I wash dishes. I don’t use gloves either. And I have my hands in dish water several times a day. Who knows?? Yes, LOVE it for pedicures!

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  • Aamina says:

    I’m so glad to see this post today. It’s our anniversary so I know now just what to get :)

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  • These are some good tips…good for gifts to give, too, I think.

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    Amy Green Reply:

    @Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free, Yes! My sister bought my nice a Mia and she loves it!

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