Pampering Your Man on Father’s Day

Ever notice that mothers are often praised for their love and dedication, while dads are trailing somewhere not too far behind, usually pushing the cart or carrying the shopping bags. They're the ones who pick up the pieces when everything falls apart. With their tools, they fix the roof, mow the lawn and put together the flat-pack IKEA furniture. Is there anything a dad can't do?

Economic hard times and out-of-work fathers mean buying his favorite “big ticket” toy is out of the question this Father’s Day for many families, as the extra cash is needed to run the household. Of course there are other ways of celebrating fatherhood and one very important way is indulging him with escapism. According to Dr. Judith Orloff, author of Emotional Freedom, when life is more stressful, we need an escape even more because it is a healthy and positive coping mechanism that helps us find an oasis of calm.

Below are a few suggestions for mom to create the perfect oasis of calm for dad this Father’s Day and all are under $50.00!

Soothe Your Senses Day Spa for Men and Woman, www.sootheyoursenses.com, located in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, offers an array of treatments to lovingly pamper an overly stressed dad. The Vichy shower and the aromatherapy steam room are two treatments I highly recommend. However, the devoted staff will be happy to suggest other treatments to revive dad’s spirit.

The Colors of Wine, www.thecolorsofwine.net, Atlanta’s premier boutique wine shop, has an outstanding selection of wine and accessories. Located in charming Vinings, this boutique wine shop has everything from aromatic Albarinos to zesty Zinfandels, allowing mom to set the mood for romance on Father’s Day.

Soulstice Natural Products, www.soulsticenaturalproducts.com, is a New Orleans favorite. Their all natural products are the ultimate accoutrement for bringing dad’s sexy back. Mood enhancing aromatherapy candles and bath salts with scents like Leather, Voo Doo and Love Potion #9 will create such a state of deep relaxation in his body, dad will be wishing everyday were Father’s Day!

Whatever you do this Father’s Day, the most important thing to remember is…anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a daddy!

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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, Georgia's Own Credit Union, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.