Monday, February 2, 2009

Low Cost Ideas for Valentine’s

First off, I want to say a big "Congratulations" to all the Steelers fans out there! The Cardinals and the Steelers both were amazing and the Steelers certainly deserved the Superbowl trophy. It was definitely a great game to watch. Fantastic job Pittsburgh!

Now on to this week's post...

Who said Valentine’s Day had to be expensive? Here are some ideas for enjoying Valentine’s without worrying about the cost.

Ideas for Kids

Food Ideas

  • Make cookies using heart shaped cookie cutters
  • Make cupcakes or a cake by using a heart shaped pan
  • Have the kids involved by having them put on the sprinkles and the icing
  • Make a batch of cookies and put them in a tin box to be sent to school (or even send some to your loved ones)
Craft Ideas – if these are for school, you can easily add a note and attach some candy to it to make it complete for giving and sharing

  • Paper flowers (make via tissue paper)
  • Paper airplanes (make via construction paper)
  • Have them draw pictures for each of their friends, along with a note
  • Have them make their own cards
  • Don’t forget the teachers, they can do the same crafts above for them
  • For more ideas, Kaboose, has some unique crafts that they can create
What to keep on hand for Valentine’s crafts:

  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue stick
  • Elmer’s Glue or glue sticks
  • Hole puncher
  • Heart and other themed Stickers
  • Ribbon
  • Red or pink Construction Paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Candy – easily available from your local dollar store
Ideas for Adults

  • Treat each other to a massage at home. You just need to have lotions if you don’t have any scented oils. Make sure to know the basics of massage.
  • Have a nice dinner for two (if you have kids, have them spend the night or a few hours at the grandparent’s house or even in another room watching a movie, or have a later dinner after they go to bed).
1. Have flowers – try the grocery store if you don't want to go to the florist
2. Have candles lit
3. Have a favorite music CD playing in the background

  • Enjoy watching a movie together.
1. Get under the covers and cuddle
2. Make some popcorn
3. Treat it like a date

  • Maybe finish an item that has been on that list of “things to do” for longer than it should have been. Won’t that be a surprise?

If you don’t have a significant other, who said you can’t enjoy Valentine’s?

  • Light some candles
  • Burn some incense
  • Have a bubble bath
  • Fill your place with flowers
  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Order or make your favorite dish
  • Read a book that you have wanted to for quite some time
Valentine’s is meant not only for your loved ones, it’s a day for all. Share yourself with others - whether it is a smile or some other kindness that you can provide (opening a door for someone, getting to know someone at work that you haven’t talked to before, etc.). Then make this something you do every day rather than just on a ‘special’ day.

You have 12 days to work towards this, better yet, start early. Start today.


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