Time are tough; everyone seems to be pinching their pennies these days. But we still need to enjoy ourselves. Despite the current financial climate and a shared awareness of the need to act wisely with our resources, we can still manage to have fun and find economical ways to indulge our fancies.
In the spirit of fun, here are a few of Alima's favorite affordable indulgences. (A special thanks to my smart and creative co-worker, Tracy, for her great ideas.)
- Spark your imagination with a trip to Powell's Bookstore online (www.powells.com). What you will find: eclectic magazines, used copies of Oprah's current pick, or perhaps an ornately scripted, first copy edition of your favorite book. Powell's Books is one of the largest, privately owned bookstores in the world, with a huge online presence. This site contains it all.
- Raise your spirits with music over the Internet. Sites like: www.shoutcast.com, www.pandora.com, www.radio-locator.com, or www.classical.com, offer listeners free access to music of all kinds. Whether you love Susan Boyle, Michael Buble, Mozart, George Winston, or Black Eyed Peas, the Internet will connect you to the source of your passion. Listen to your heart's content; even better, dance around your living room at the same time.
- Soothe your senses with a bubble bath. Hot, steamy water is soothing to achy muscles and heavy, fretful minds, while bubbles add a feeling of playful luxury. Fresh floral bath scents are perfect for summer while cinnamon, coconut and almond are cozy and comforting in colder months. Turn off the lights, light a candle, and add Epsom Salt for increased muscle relaxation.
We'd love to know: what are some of your favorite affordable indulgences?
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