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I know a lot of people hate Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday that exists, pretty much, to force people to spend money. In a relationship: “We know you love your significant other, and hopefully you tell them everyday, but if you don’t do it today with a $50 box of candy and some really overpriced flowers you are going to hell.” Not in a relationship: “Wow, you haven’t found the love of your life yet? That must suck, but lets really highlight that fact by making absolutely everything couples themed and obnoxiously lovey dovey. Also, have you seen our free three day trial on eHarmony?” Andy and I met on eHarmony, I can totally make that joke.
But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be awful. Use it as a chance to not necessarily spend a lot of money, but to do something special for the people you care about boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse/friend/whatever. I’m big on the “making stuff” for people so I’ll have some DIY inspiration for you guys over the next few days. Since mailing something can take a while, I wanted to share these valentine gift box ideas first. Obviously you don’t have to mail them, but I really like getting things in the mail.
I absolutely LOVE this idea. There were many years when I couldn’t afford to go out and by gifts, and I had to get creative. Paper is cheap and these hearts can be made from almost anything newspapers, magazines, old college reports, junk mail envelopes…. If this heart attack isn’t your style here are several other options for giving you loved one a “Heart Attack” in the snow, on their lawn or at their home.
Holiday in a Box
What are the things you deem essential for celebrating Valentine’s Day? I’m a big fan of candy and crafts, but there have been years when I felt the day was better spent on take out and chick flicks. Make a list, and then fill a box with the corresponding items.
Find cute heart shaped box, decorate the outside, fill the inside with candy, done. Sort of like the box above, but more labor intensive and candy based.
Valentine’s DIY Day 1. Check.
All images and tutorials are from the links embedded in the respective project titles.
Tomorrow is the dreaded Valentine’s Day. Even if you’re okay with your single status, all the pink hearts and rose petals can start make the strongest of us feel a little left out. My best advice for surviving is this: Get together with your other single friends and celebrate being strong enough to not be in a relationship for the wrong reasons, also buy yourself some of those chocolates, you deserve them too. However, If you are running a little short of single friends opt for Plan B and have a “me” night. Watch your favorite movies, order take out and have a spa night. Here are some recipes to get you started.
Oatmeal Lavender Face Scrub
1 cup ground oatmeal
1/2 cup dry lavender flowers, stripped of stalks
1/2 cup powdered milk (either whole or nonfat)
2 teaspoon cornmeal
Combine all the dry ingredients, genitally massage into damp skin and rinse with warm water. The extra can be bagged up and kept for six months.
Recipe from here.
4 Tbsp plain yogurt
2 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp lime juice
Blend ingredients, adding cornstarch as a thickening agent if needed. Apply to face and massage 1-2 minutes. Rinse. This unique combination of ingredients leaves your skin smooth and radiant.
Recipe from here.
Easy Bath Salts
3/4 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup sea salt
1/4 cup baking soda
6-8 drops of your fave essential oil(s)
Optional: dried lavender or rose petals
Combine all the ingredients together, and store in a jar with a lid.
Recipe from here.
Julie’s Favorite Sugar Scrub
2 cups brown sugar (lightly packed)
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
1/4 cup honey
Combine all ingredients and genitally massage in to rough or dry skin and rinse with warm water. Personally, I use it when I shower, but be careful the almond oil can make the floor a bit slick.
All of this should be administered with a batch of brownies, a dozen (or two) cookies and/or some serious ice cream.
* Please be conscious of any food allergies that you have, if you can’t eat it, it probably isn’t a good idea to rub it on your skin.
Image from here.
I am horrible about gift giving holidays. I shop early, find the “perfect” gift, safely tuck it away and congratulate myself on my excellent taste and timing. Fast forward a couple of weeks, oh wait, what is the adorable little trinket here? Oh, this would be perfect for…damn! And now I have the dilemma of going with the previous “perfect” gift, that now seems so incredibly lame, or do I spend MORE money and buy the new gift? It’s a fifty fifty toss up on which argument wins, and I have gotten better now that budgeting is a little more important. All this being said, sometimes the cards are stacked against you and you really need that last minute save to make your loved one’s or your own holiday a little extra special. Here are some great ideas from some of my favorite blogs:
This is the BIG weekend for the house, we have painters, movers, delivery men and hopefully cable guys scheduled to work their magic. I have a lot of things I am hoping to post about in the next few days, namely the long awaited wedding photos and new house pictures!