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A Simple Valentine's Day

Updated: Feb 15





I LOVE Valentine's Day! Honestly, I'm not sure why because my ex-husband gave me plenty of reasons not to (which I won't get into here LOL) but I think I just love- LOVE! Not just the romantic kind but celebrating the love of family, friends, and self-love too. This year, I am in a fully committed relationship with me! Before you can do anyone any good - you've got to start there- by truly loving yourself!



When I was a kid my Mom always had the cutest Valentine's Day gifts for my sister and I but what I remember most about them was that they were not just stuff for Valentine's Day -they were things that made you feel good like tights, bubble bath, lotion or a good pair of socks.


Valentine's Day is often associated with roses, cards, and cheap heart-shaped chocolate but to me, those aren't the parts anyone REALLY cares about. It's the simple nature of feeling loved and taking the time to appreciate that love with thoughtful and caring gestures.


The simple truth behind the numbers of Valentine's Day are anything but romantic.


In 2024, the NRF projects a whopping $25.9 billion in expenditures:

  • $1.6 billion on candy

  • $1.9 billion on flowers

  • Around 145 million cards are exchanged in the USA alone, generating a significant amount of waste.

  • In 2023, the United States imported about 2.8 billion cut roses, contributing to the extensive carbon footprint of their transportation and the environmental impact

  • 1 diamond carat causes miners to move 250 tons of earth


Why This Matters: The excessive consumption associated with Valentine's Day contributes to environmental degradation and wastefulness. However, celebrating love and affection doesn't have to involve excessive spending or environmental harm. A simple Valentine's Day can be just as meaningful, if not more so, by being thoughtful and kinder to the planet.


Instead, opt for these simple swaps:

  • Gift a live plant instead of cut flowers that can live much longer, if not forever!

  • Opt for a favorite flower as a more thoughtful and unique gift rather than roses.

  • Buy second-hand jewelry, after all diamonds are forever- why get one new?

  • Skip the traditional cards, making your own is way better anyway!

  • PSA: Those fake rose petals- are made of plastic and take 200 years to decompose

    • use real petals, paper or PLEASE pick them up when you've thrown them across the sand or ground for a romantic outing!

DIY Gift Ideas:

  • DIY upcycled picture frames

    • Use the frame to create a thoughtful gift with or without a photo

  • Make a jar of date ideas

    • Just write them on slips of pretty paper and put them in a jar. You can even make free date ideas

  • Dinner at home- you can still make it special with thought

    • as fancy or casual as you like

    • pick a theme (Italian sounds romantical!)

    • charcuterie boards are always fun

    • wine and pizza

  • Upcycle coffee grounds with

    • DIY candles

    • DIY exfoliant

  • DIY rose water using rose petals

    • Don't throw away those roses! Make this with the petals after they lose their luster!


Thoughtful Gifts:


Valentine's Day Décor:

Save your money and skip the excessive creation of MORE things being made. Shop handmade, upcycled, or second-hand décor items. Decorate with colors so they are more functional for more than one occasion. Think red, pink, and gold. I like to decorate with fabrics like blankets, towels, pillowcases, and rugs to create a cozy and romantic atmosphere. Plus they are much easier to store!


For example, I just got all this red and then I used it for the "Big Game" and then can double for Christmas or any time I need red!


Valentine's Date Night Outfits:


Whether you're going out or staying in, when you mix and match existing wardrobe pieces with festive flare! Using accessories works great too. No matter what you wear -if you feel great, you will look great! Even if you don't wear pink or red or something with hearts on it.


Date Night

o   Oversized blazer

o   Tank/ turtle neck/ nice shirt/ blouse tucked in or body suit

o   Nice jeans

o   Stilettos/ heels/ boots


  • Oversized blazer

  • Black Dress (LBD?)

  • Heels or boots

  • Tights

  • Red or pink accessories

Casual

o   sweater

o   Jeans

o   Sneakers or boots

o   Red or pink accessories

o   Red or pink lipstick and nails


Night in

o   Leisure Set

o   Cute Pjs

o   Lingerie


Recipes: Indulge in homemade treats like chocolate mug cake or chocolate-covered strawberries. Opt for locally sourced or organic ingredients to reduce your environmental impact.


Chocolate mug cake

  • Smaller mug (9oz) OR dump it upside down and put on a plate

  • 45 seconds ish

  • 3 tablespoons cacao

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 egg

  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

  • Pinch of sea salt


Optional Topping Ideas

  • A little splash of almond milk

  • Icecream

  • Berries

  • Whipped cream

  • Sprinkles

  • Cinnamon

  • Dark chocolate chips

  • Peanut butter

  • Coconut flakes


 

Chocolate covered strawberries

  • Strawberries with tops on (washed)

  • 1 cup Dark chocolate

  • ½ tablespoon Coconut oil



Drink

  • Cute glass

  • Strawberries (any fruit will work)

  • Local honey (or sugar anything sweet really)

  • Ice

  • Booze of choice

  • Club soda (optional)

  • Garnish with extra fruit and something else similar in color or green


Watch the video here. Rim the top of the glass in honey (optional). Muddle the fruit and honey. Fill the glass with ice of choice and add about 2 parts of the booze of your choice. Add the muddled fruit + honey and then top off with the (1-2 parts) club soda. Garnish with fresh fruit and a straw if you like! You can tailor this to add more sweetener as you prefer, just like you would your coffee.


Embrace the spirit of love and sustainability this Valentine's Day by prioritizing thoughtful gestures and eco-friendly practices. Let's celebrate love in a way that honors our planet and our relationships.


Simply,

B.

xoxo


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