5 Ways to Pamper Yourself Every Day

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I need something to look forward to every day. So, when I come across something that gives me a lift, it quickly turns into a habit. I have my afternoon tea habit. My bite of dark chocolate habit. And a few other easy luxuries that make a winter day feel cozy instead of cold. Without breaking out a box of Mallomars or the vino (not that there's anything wrong with either), here are five ways I indulge every single day.

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Dark chocolate. Every afternoon I let one Dove Promise melt slowly in my mouth. Sometimes I'll eat two, but no more. The velvety, rich dark chocolate is much more satisfying than a handful of M&M's. And according to Web MD, dark chocolate can lower high blood pressure and is a powerful antioxidant.

Happy socks. I wear them and every time I take my shoes off I see something colorful and bright. I like Boden's new Everyday Socks, a box of striped or polka-dot socks for everyday of the week.

Shea Butter Hand Cream. I keep a tube in my handbag and slather it on at a red light, waiting to pick up my daughter at preschool or whenever I find myself with a spare second. I love how my hands feel when the light turns green. I have a tube from L'Occitane and it smells like --.

Cleansing Face Masque. I used to give myself a home facial every week before I had kids. I recently bought a face masque and (even more importantly) started using it. It feels amazing. I even caught my husband with it on. (I'm not making this up.) Pampering yourself really does feel good. Duh! I like Kiel's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque.

Black tea. I drink a cup of good, dark tea every afternoon. Many cultures rely on tea for an afternoon or morning lift and, according to Web MD, tea may help with cancer, heart disease and even weight loss. I drink PG Tips, but there are a lot of great brands out there.

Please feel free to share with us your daily rituals!

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