Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
We always get something small and fun for our boys, but with my husband, every day is Valentines Day and we don’t feel pressured to give money to Hallmark to tell each other how we feel, LOL.
But we still like to do fun things for each other just because. Here are some fun ideas for you to say Happy Valentine’s Day or just I Love You.
Go on a road trip
Take a day trip somewhere beautiful or scenic with a picnic. Depending on where you live, this may or may not be doable! If you live in the Midwest or East Coast, you probably should host a living room floor picnic instead 🙂
Leave a note somewhere unexpected
A great example of the little things that count. Finding a small surprise like a lovely note, poem or picture in their wallet or around the house will be sure to put a smile on your partner’s face. And remember it’s free so it could be done all year round.
Cook dinner at home
Fancy dinners out on Valentine’s Day will set you back bucketloads, that’s if you managed a reservation in the first place. Why not whip up your partner’s favourite dish at home instead?
Make a playlist
It’s the mixed tape for the digital age. Incorporate all the songs that have meant something to you both — the first time you burst into song together in the car, that great concert you guys went to or the tune you danced to together.
A picture tells a thousand words
So imagine the epic poem a collection of pictures will translate to. Make a picture book of your first date together or the first holiday you went on. If you go digital, there are loads of photo apps to help.
Suck it up and be selfless
Do something your partner loves to do that you normally steer clear of. Are they a mad mini golf fan? Go along to a course with them.
If you know there’s something your partner has been griping about, fix it for them as a surprise. Get out the WD40 and fix that squeaky door or mend his favourite shirt.
But remember, while Valentine’s Day only comes around once a year, there’s no reason why you can’t do things at any time throughout the year. You don’t need a specific date to show how much you care.
Here are a few inexpensive Valentine Treat Ideas
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
For an easy, romantic dessert, try strawberries dipped in dark chocolate.
Total Time: 41 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 1 min.
Yield: 10 servings, 2 strawberries each
20 medium strawberries (about 1 lb.)
9 oz. dark chocolate morsels (or chopped semi-sweet chocolate)
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1. Wash strawberries; dry completely. Set aside.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment (or waxed) paper. Set aside.
3. Place morsels and oil in microwave-safe container. Microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds; stir; microwave for an additional 30 to 45 seconds or until just melted. Do not overcook. Set aside.
4. Hold a strawberry by leaf, dip into melted chocolate; lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberry on parchment paper. Repeat with remaining strawberries.
5. Set strawberries aside for 30 minutes, or until chocolate hardens.
This sparkly, alcohol-free take on a Cuban classic is just the ticket after a hot, sweaty dance-a-thon with Chalene or Shaun T.
Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 serving
1 cup sparkling water
1 tsp. finely grated lime peel
3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint
1 scoop Tropical Strawberry Shakeology
1½ cups ice cubes
Mint spring and strawberry slice for garnish (optional)
1. Place sparkling water, lime peel, lime juice, mint, Shakeology, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour in tall glass and garnish with mint sprig and strawberry.
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