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Valentine’s Day Dates

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Think you have to be rich to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Wrong. Valentine’s Day, like other holidays, doesn’t have to break the bank. No matter what your budget is, there are always ways to celebrate. The big day is only one week away, so if you don’t have something planned, I have a few inexpensive suggestions for you.

1. Cook Dinner

You can surprise him/her with a homemade dinner, or make it a duo activity and pick out your meal together, go shopping to get the ingredients, and spend some kitchen time together while your favorite music plays in the background. Or, maybe one of you will focus on the meal while the other focuses on the dessert. Don’t forget to light the candles for the mood!

Romantic Cute Dinner For Two Valentine's Day

Photo © Creative Cooking With Muriel

2. Have A Picnic

You can still have a picnic even if it’s cold outside. Just bundle up with some scarves and mittens, bring a cozy blanket, and find a spot in a park or beside a lake. Snack on fruit, cheese, crackers, and of course, chocolate. When it gets too cold for comfort, head back home and warm up inside with some cocoa!

Winter Outdoor Picnic In The Snow Valentine's Day

Photo © Juliet Is The Sun

3. Enjoy The Waves

Pick up some dessert and enjoy it by the beach as the waves crash in. Be sure to get there before sunset for a romantic view. End it with a stroll in the sand.

Valentine's Day Sunset Beach Waves Dinner Dessert Candles Romantic

Photo © Five Star Beach Properties

4. Rent A Hot Tub

In some towns, you can rent a private hot tub by the hour for pretty affordable prices. Grab your bathing suits and some towels and spend the night relaxing in hot water. Afterward, grab drinks or a late dinner.

Happy Couple On Valentine's Date In Hot Tub

Photo © Best Hot Tubs and Spas

5. Go Out

Downtown or near campus there are always places with fun events like dancing, karaoke, ice-skating or other holiday-themed events. Check your local paper or Craigslist – you’re bound to find something!

Karaoke Couple Singing Valentine's Day Date

Photo © Men’s Fitness

6. Try Something New

Get takeout at that new restaurant you always drive or walk by, rent a couple new movies, take it all back to your place and veg out. Afterward, venture out for dessert or create something on your own with what you already have in the cupboards. Anything new is bound to be exciting and make for a memorable night.

New Restaurant Choice Valentine's Day Date Dinner

Photo © South Pacific Hotel

Just remember to enjoy the day and the rest will come naturally. Get creative and have fun! What are some Valentine’s Day date ideas you have? Leave them in the comments below!

 

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3 Budget-Friendly DIY Valentine’s Gifts

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Oh, you want me to pay $45 for flowers that cost only $20 yesterday? Yep, it sounds like it’s Valentine’s Day!

We all know that the prices of the typical v-day gifts such as roses and chocolates double or even triple the week of February 14th, and yet some of us still go out and pay these crazy prices. Well I’ll give you some do-it-yourself gifts ideas that are not only much more sensible in terms of price but are also a lot more thoughtful than any store-bought gift.

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You could find about a dozen of these at most stores for about $30 (if not more), but honestly it’s just strawberries dipped in chocolate. You could make more than a dozen of these just from getting strawberries and a chocolate bar. Wash the strawberries first and break up the chocolate bar into a small pot filled with a little bit of hot water. The chocolate will melt nicely and become perfect for dipping the strawberries into. Place the chocolate-dipped strawberries on to a baking sheet and then place them into the fridge to harden. Get creative and use other fruits to do this with – such as apples or bananas. This delicious treat is fun and romantic to share with your Valentine.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Photo © 1-800 Flowers

2. Scrapbook

All you need is some scrap booking paper (or even just colored card stock), some ribbon to tie the pages together, and photos of you and your Valentine. This can be a very thoughtful and creative gift to add that sentimental and personal value needed on Valentine’s Day to put a smile on your partner’s face.

DIY Valentine's Day Couple Love Scrapbook Craft

Photo © Paper Laces

3. Heart-Shaped Food

Making a meal for someone can be so gratifying – especially if they are someone special. Make your Valentine some morning pancakes, afternoon sandwiches, or dessert cookies. Whatever you make – shape them into cute hearts! You could use a heart-shaped cookie cutter or free-hand. It’s a simple idea that’s great for your budget and one sweet gift!

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Pancakes Strawberries Valentine's Day Breakfast

Photo © Very Best Baking

Put your own special touch to any of these ideas and I assure you that your Valentine will be just as happy (if not more so) with a home-made gift made with love.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Don’t Break It: Sticking To Your Resolutions

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Even if they don’t admit it, everyone has some sort of New Year’s resolution! Every year is a fresh start and the idea of a life refresh button is something everyone is happy about. The biggest issue with resolutions is sticking to them! Here are a few tips that I used last year for my resolution and I actually accomplished my goal! My goal was to lose 30 pounds, and I did that plus a little more by following these tips! These may not work for everyone, but it’s a good place to start!

1. Tell People About Your Goal

Accountability is something that almost always works, because we don’t want others to know if we fail! The more people that know about your goal, the better. I was embarrassed about admitting I needed to lose weight, but I posted it on Facebook anyway because that was a solid 1,000+ people that would be aware of what my goal was for the year. Not to mention the love and support I got from everyone throughout my weight loss made me feel amazing!

Facebook New Year's Resolution Post

Photo © happyplace

2. Self- Motivation Cards & Posters

This isn’t something I do just for a resolution, I have these for when I’m feeling sad, anxious, or mad – but it definitely worked during my weight loss challenges. I put together for myself little note card booklets with uplifting, inspiring, and motivating quotes that I look through when I feel down! This helps when you don’t have someone else there to motivate you, and it helps to clear your head of the negative energy we put on ourselves!

Self-motivation poster

Photo © weknowmemes

3. Recruit A Friend

If there is someone you know that you think would want to make the resolution with you, that will help you! Especially if you’re doing something like losing weight, eating healthier, quitting smoking, etc. It’s great to have someone go through the struggle with you, so you don’t feel alone! It’s also great to have someone who can be constant motivation for you!

Work Out Buddy Motivation Partner

Photo © The Shoulder Guy

I hope these can help you accomplish any goal you have set for yourself and this New Year! Just keep reminding yourself why you set the goal in the first place, and that can be such a great motivation in itself!

Happy New Year!

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5 Ideas For Celebrating New Year’s Eve

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

A night as big as New Year’s Eve deserves a celebration just as big! If you are stuck on how to celebrate the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, check out these suggestions:

1. House Party

Get a bunch of friends together for a New Year’s Eve party! Whether it be at your place or someone else’s, have everyone bring a dessert, dinner dish, or drink, and dress up! You can rent a couple movies or dance to the year’s hits until the ball drops!

New Year's Eve Holiday College Party

Photo © College Fashion

2. Bar Gathering

Campuses always have bars open New Year’s Eve. Call up a few in your area, ask what celebrations are going on, and head over with a few of your friends! Usually bars offer live music, contests, karaoke, and other fun deals to pass the time until the countdown.

Happy New Year Bar Party College Friends

Photo © Fado Irish Pub

3. Beach Bonfire

Close to the water? You can maybe pool your money together with some friends and rent a beach house for the night’s celebrations or you can build a bonfire on the shore! Have a small barbecue, make s’mores, and discuss your favorite moments of the year and your New Year resolutions.

Winter Beach House

Photo © chez sven

4. Hike Your Favorite Mountain

Grab your significant other or friends and bring a picnic with sparkling cider for a midnight view of the city’s celebrations. Chances are you’ll see fireworks from somewhere over the city, but even if you don’t, the view of the stars above will add to a night you won’t forget. Just don’t forget the flashlight!

Winter Hiking Picnic

Photo © meetup

5. Games

If you do stay in your dorm, visit home, or are at a friend’s house, add games to your celebrations! This guessing game idea from Real Simple is one of my favorite ideas – print and cut out the cards, have each person fill them out, then take turns guessing who wrote what. Another great game is Quelf, which I guarantee will have you laughing nonstop. Or, have all your friends bring their favorite game and take turns!

Playing Game Boards

Photo © kickingdownthedoor

No matter how you celebrate, make sure champagne or sparkling cider is present! It just wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve celebration without the bubbly!

 

What do you like to do New Year’s Eve?

 

Happy New Year!

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Gratitude

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

With the holidays, come a lot of feelings of want. Such as, “I want this present,” “I want my house to look good,” and so forth. Even though we create those long wishlists and daydream about what we want, rarely do we take the time to appreciate what we already have. That’s where gratitude comes in.

Gratitude, simply put, is acknowledging and appreciating what you have. Whether it’s taking the time to thank somebody who held the door open for you, or thanking your mother for home-cooked meals, expressing your gratitude can actually make you happier.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., at the University of California, and his colleague Mike McCullough, at the University of Miami, conducted a study on gratitude by having their participants keep a weekly journal. One group described five things they were grateful for in the last week; one group described things that had gone poorly; and one group described things that had affected them, without stating if it had gone negatively or positively. Ten weeks later, the group that had been keeping track of their gratitude, felt better about their lives as a whole and were a whole 25% happier than the group that focused on the negative.

So what are some ways you can focus on what you’re grateful for?

1. Keep A Gratitude Journal

Write down five things you’re grateful for every day. Once you start looking for things to be grateful for, they’re everywhere. Then you can reflect back on them if you are ever feeling down.

Gratitute Journal Diary

Photo © sharedeasel

2. Say Thank You

Sometimes we say the words “thank you” without thinking about it – but next time you say it, really mean it and appreciate what’s being done. Thank your waiter for their great service. Thank your mom for giving you a killer taste in music. Thank your friends for always listening. Realize how much others really are around to help you out.

Thank you note

Photo © dryicons

3. Write A Gratitude Letter

If there’s someone in your life who has affected you positively or did something you never thanked them for, now is the time to let them know you appreciate them. Jot down why you’re grateful for them, and stick it in the mail. Sometimes it is extra nice to get stuff like this down in writing.

Thank you note card message

Photo © stockpiling moms

So don’t be bummed this year if you didn’t get something you wanted or were hoping for. Remember that there is so much you already have!

What are you grateful for this holiday season?

 

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