Little Indulgences - More Than 400 Ways to Be Good to Yourself by Cynthia MacGregor
“This book is filled with indulgences—treats and activities for every taste and budget. Open it up at random when you’re feeling down. Use it as a planning tool. That’s right, you should actually plan to be good to yourself. Keep it handy for that inevitable day when you want to treat yourself but you’re feeling so blue or bored or tired that you’re fresh out of inspiration.” – Cynthia MacGregor

Today is a special day.

At least, it can be, if you want it to be. All you need is a little inspiration, a dash of whimsy, and a desire to be good to yourself.

Author Cynthia MacGregor has written a delightful book offering over 400 ways to give yourself a special day. Some cost money and some are completely cost-free. Whether you desire extravagance or simplicity, Little Indulgences brims with great ideas that you can do with alone or with a friend, at home or away, quietly or exuberantly.

Whimsical navy-blue fonts grace this 200-page soft cover book, and offers great ideas like:

Visit a playground. Just watch and listen to the kids. Swing on the swings.

Hold a yard sale, clearing out all the stuff that you really don’t need and that is taking up space, and make a profit on your clean-up.

Have chocolate for breakfast.

Throw a tea party and ask each person to bring two of their favorite herbs or spices. Then have everyone create exotic, new tea blends from all the different ingredients offered.

Have your car washed, waxed, and detailed.

Send flowers to the local nursing home—it will make you feel fabulous.

Read some young adult fiction, such as Nancy Drew or Harry Potter.

Give yourself permission to procrastinate.

Buy a big floppy men’s shirt to wear yourself.

Read the employment ads—not just the ones pertaining to your current career, but every ad. Imagine yourself changing careers midstream. What else would you like to do? Now, are any of these temptations actually feasible?

Buy a deck of tarot cards and do readings for yourself.

Little Indulgences is bubbling over with ways to comfort, pamper, uplift, edify and entertain yourself. These indulgences come in four categories:

Instant Indulgences – Spur of the moment pick-me-ups
All Day Indulgences – Mark your calendar to devote an entire day to yourself
Rewards Over Time – Indulgences that keep on giving, such as an exercise program or taking a night class
Generous Indulgences – For those times when the best thing you can do for yourself is to do something for someone else

I found this book a delight to read, but it’s even more fun to actually do the suggestions! If you’re looking for a good gift for that special lady—a mother, sister, wife, girlfriend, daughter, teacher, minister, or neighbor, for example—Little Indulgences - More Than 400 Ways to Be Good to Yourself would be a fabulous choice.

More importantly, it would be a great gift for you! Don’t forget to take time to give yourself a special day!

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