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Six Last Minute Date Ideas

February 14, 2018
Easy and quick last minute date ideas perfect for Valentine's Day

How many of y’all had Valentine’s Day sneak up on them? Yeah, I understand. Even with all the in-your-face advertising, so many folks find themselves scrambling to put together an evening for their significant other. So you come home with some wilted grocery store flowers and that’s the end of it, right? It doesn’t have to be! Even the biggest procrastinator can put together one of these last minute date ideas.

The key with these last minute date ideas is that they don’t need that much planning, but are still impactful. You will likely need to pick up a few items on your way home from work, but these ideas don’t require reservations or tickets. If you aren’t normally a Valentine’s Day rockstar, break out one of these ideas and step up your game.

Last Minute Date Ideas

1. Pop some popcorn, break out the chocolate and have a movie marathon. Choose a theme like romantic comedies, musicals, super heroes or even thrillers and try to pick movies neither of you have seen.

2. Have a super fancy dinner…at home with takeout. Seriously, go all out. Break out tablecloths and candles, the fancy dishes and get dressed to the nines before having pizza or Chinese food.

3. Have a board game night and place a friendly bet on the winner. Try classics like Monopoly and Battleship or new favorites like The Oregon Trail card game or Catchphrase. You could also invite another couple over to up the fun and the stakes.

4. Write and exchange love letters (bonus if you read them out loud to each other). Ok so this one will require a little work on both of your parts, but it’s such a sweet idea that I couldn’t skip it.

5. Candlelit floor picnic. How romantic would this be?! You could eat takeout, make something fancy or just have a regular weeknight dinner. The idea here is to have an indoor picnic full of candlelight (and maybe a glass or two of wine), conversation and together time.

6. Have an at-home chocolate tasting. People are all aboard the wine tasting train and it’s ok, but show me a place where I can try like 12 different kinds of chocolate without judgement and you will have my heart forever. It would so cool to bring home a bunch of different brands and types of chocolate to find your favorite. You can find some variety at the regular grocery store, but I am always impressed with the selection at World Market. They have so many different flavors!

Don’t be a Valentine’s Day dud this year! Even if it’s last minute, you can still put together an evening for you and your significant other that’s fun and unique. Do you have any suggestions for last minute dates? Add them in the comments so all the procrastinators can benefit!

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Galentine’s Day Ideas

February 9, 2018

When you’re not in a relationship (or if you’re a military spouse separated from your loved one) it can feel like there’s nothing for you on Valentine’s Day. I beg to differ. If celebrating with a significant other isn’t an option, you should celebrate all the other people you love! There are ways to share the love with family, co-workers and neighbors, but the most popular non-romantic Valentine’s date has to be friends. Luckily there are so many wonderful Galentine’s Day ideas that will have you and your best friends feeling the love on the 14th!

My husband and I have spent a lot of Valentine’s Days apart throughout our relationship and I’ve always been lucky enough to celebrate with some fantastic friends. While it won’t take the sting out of missing my husband entirely, celebrating Galentine’s Day certainly puts some of the fun back into the day.

The key to any of these Galentine’s Day ideas is that they’re fun and different from the normal Valentine’s Day romantic activities. Ultimately, just about any activity can work for Galentine’s Day as long as it’s something you and your friends enjoy. You could even combine some of these ideas and make a whole day (or evening) of it.

Galentine’s Day Ideas

Take a class

I’ve found the best way to avoid focusing on missing my husband is to try something new that’s just for me. If you add in a friend or two, that makes it even better.  Class ideas include cooking, painting, pottery, workout, photography or wine tasting. If you opt for that last one, definitely plan to take a cab or have a designated driver!

Have a fancy donut date

And I mean super fancy: try one with funky toppings and unique flavors. Sit in the donut shop, savor your treat and enjoy the conversation. You could also do the same thing at a coffee shop, ice cream store or bakery. The point here is to treat yourself and slow down long enough to enjoy it.

Do something physical

If you’re feeling down about not spending Valentine’s Day with a significant other, you may really want to spend all your time on the sofa, watching Netflix and eating candy. But I don’t think you should, instead get a Galentine and get moving! Go for a run, take a nice long walk, take a yoga class or try rock climbing. Not only will it keep you from wallowing, but you may even enjoy yourself.

Have a spa night

Spa days are popular Valentine’s Day gift ideas, but turning it into a spa night makes it great for Galentine’s Day. After the day is over and the little ones are in bed, give yourself a little pampering. An at-home manicure, pedicure or facial are all nice Galentine’s Day ideas, even if you do it solo and FaceTime with friends!

Don’t act your age

I think when women reach a certain age, we make ourselves a list of things we’re “too old for” and it’s not always fair. So in honor of Galentine’s Day, think of things you enjoyed when you were and do them again! Maybe it’s having a slumber party complete with staying up too late and laughing too hard. Maybe it’s going roller skating and rocking out to all the top 40 hits. Maybe it’s eating dessert for dinner. Whatever it is that you think you’re too old to do, go for it and drag your friends along with you. Let yourself go for just a little bit and you’ll be amazed at how much fun you actual have.

Valentine’s Day may be marketed towards couples, but it can still be fun if you’re flying solo. Hopefully these Galentine’s Day ideas have gotten you excited about celebrating a different kind of love on the 14th!

When you're not in a relationship or if you're separated from your loved one, it can feel like there's nothing for you on Valentine's Day. Luckily there are so many wonderful Galentine's Day ideas that will have you and your best friends feeling the love on the 14th!

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Five Things Your Valentine’s Day Care Package MUST Have

January 8, 2018

Valentine’s Day care packages get the short end of the stick, don’t they? To accommodate shipping times, they often have to go out right after the holidays, when you’ve exhausted your care package creativity and maybe your budget. But your loved one deserves a care package for Valentine’s Day, don’t they? How are you supposed to pull a box together so quickly? You focus on a few Valentine’s Day care package must haves and take a little help wherever you can get it.

Yes, it would be fantastic if you were able to make your Valentine’s Day care package light up, sing and shoot out heart-shaped confetti. I’m sure your service member would love a fancy watch, a new iPad or a set of fancy headphones. But as you recover from the holiday craziness, focus on simplifying both the contents and design. Stick to Valentine’s Day care package must haves and give yourself a break!

Valentine’s Day care package must haves

Pictures

If your loved one is away from home during any portion of the year, odds are he/she misses you and the rest of the family.  This may be especially true around the holidays and through Valentine’s Day.  Since you can’t actually send yourself overseas, send the next best thing: photos! You could send photos from the holidays, random “day in the life” shots or get really sassy and have a boudoir shoot done. Package any photos up in a cute way that will make your loved one feel a little closer to those at home.

Love letter

I know technology is a modern military spouse’s best friend, but I kind of miss the days where couples wrote long love letters to each other when they were separated. Those seem infinitely more romantic than a “miss you ;)” IM at 3 am, don’t they? So one of your Valentine’s Day care package must haves is a love letter! Don’t worry, I’m not saying you have to write 8 pages of poetry. Just a simple one-page letter that tells your service member why you love them or a sweet greeting card with a short note in it.

Something sweet

Cynics will tell you that Valentine’s Day was just invented to sell candy, but I disagree. Valentine’s Day is a great time to remind someone that you love them and if you do it with candy, all the better! That’s why something sweet is on my list of Valentine’s Day care package must haves.  Now depending on your loved one’s personal tastes, the something sweet could take on a variety of different forms. But be careful about sending chocolate: even though the temps are slightly cooler now, odds are the chocolate will melt by the time it reaches your loved one. If chocolate is a must, consider a version that won’t melt like Nutella or a mug cake (Duncan Hines makes a great chocolate one).

Sentimental gift 

I think we all fall into the “more expensive, the better” trap when it comes to gifts, but Valentine’s Day gifts can be the exception to the rule if you’re willing to get a little creative.  Instead of shipping expensive items, consider sending a gift that’s more sentimental than expensive.  Maybe it’s a poem you wrote or a short video where you share reasons you love them. Or you could go old school with a mix tape full of songs that make you think about them.  Your loved one will love these sentimental gifts!

Lots of love

This is probably the most important item on my list of Valentine’s Day care package must haves because what’s Valentine’s Day without love? No matter what your care package looks like or what it contains, your service member will care most about the love that went into creating it. You can add a little extra love to your care package with a spritz of perfume at the end, a few extra notes tucked in between items and selecting items that will brighten your loved one’s day.

Do you need a little extra help with your Valentine’s Day care package? I can help you cross decorating off your to-do list with my Valentine’s Day care package. You can purchase it online in my Etsy shop and it comes with everything you see below.  It’s $15.00 and ships quickly and for free! I’ve only made a limited number so order soon before they run out!

Valentine's Day Care Package Must Haves

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Solo Valentine’s Day Ideas

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweet blog friends! In a way, all of you are my Valentine this year. Military spouses tend to spend a lot of “couple” holidays alone and I am rocking another solo Valentine’s Day today. That’s right, I said rocking. Even though my husband isn’t here, I can still make the most out of the day. And if your loved one is gone (or you’re single!), you can as well.

I think we focus a lot of our Valentine’s Day attention on romantic love, but there are so many other people you can share the love with today. If you’re solo, consider focusing your attention on other people in your life.

Celebrate Galentine’s Day.

Odds are you have a few solo ladies in your life; find a way to celebrate with them. Maybe it’s going out for lunch or getting together for after-work drinks. Invite a fellow military spouse over for dinner or leave encouraging notes in your neighbors’ mailboxes.

Nurture those friendships, give them love and have fun today. Surround yourself with people you love and celebrate other relationships in your life.

 

Give to others. 

We focus on giving during the Christmas season, but why not continue that on Valentine’s Day? You could volunteer or donate what you would normally spend on Valentine’s dinner to your favorite charity. Bring a sweet treat to work or to your neighbors. Or spend an extra 10 minutes playing fetch with your four-legged family members.

Your actual action may be small, but the impact it has could be huge, especially if you encourage others to continue the cycle of giving.

Treat yourself. 

You’re constantly taking care of others, managing things on your own and holding down the fort while your spouse is gone. But maybe it’s time to take care of yourself and what better day to do that than Valentine’s Day? Who says you can’t be your own Valentine?

Spouse Connexion has some great suggestions for pampering yourself on Valentine’s Day. Take a bath, watch your favorite movie or get your hair done. Make some time for yourself in order to make the day special.

While a solo Valentine’s Day may not be your first choice, you don’t have to let it ruin your day. There are so many ways to spread the love and celebrate the holiday. How do you plan to spend your Valentine’s Day?

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

February 13, 2017
Last Minute Valentine's Day Ideas

Can you all believe that tomorrow is Valentine’s Day?! Maybe it’s because this weekend felt more like April than February, but Valentine’s Day snuck up on me this year. And I’d be willing to guess it has for some other folks as well. Don’t worry, there are plenty of last minute Valentine’s Day ideas that will make your sweetie feel loved (and they won’t even know you almost forgot!)

I think Valentine’s Day has become a bit too commercial for my taste; we go all out on this one day of the year, but forget to love each other the other 364 days. So if you find yourself scrambling for a last minute idea, consider things you’d do on any other day.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Bring flowers. 

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret: florists aren’t the only place to find swoon-worthy flowers. In fact, they may not even be the best place. Most grocery stores have pretty legit floral departments that have cheaper blooms throughout the year. Now, you likely won’t be able to get anything exotic or out of season, but you may really be surprised at what you find. Higher-end grocery stores tend to have the best selection, although they will be pricier. Whatever you do, don’t forget to take the price tag off!

Make dinner. 

Have you ever seen a romantic comedy that shows Valentine’s Day dinner at a restaurant? Everyone is all smushed together and the menu is fixed so they can hustle more people through the doors? Yeah…no thank you very much.

Instead of fighting the crowds or making a last minute reservation at your 100th choice, cook at home. After all, you’re already at the grocery store buying flowers! Make it a whole date and cook with your significant other. If you have kids, get them involved as well. What makes this different than any other weeknight? Well, it’s all in WHAT you cook. Get a little adventurous with something brand new or up your game a bit and grab filet mignon instead of chicken.

Then get all dressed up, dim the lights, break out the fancy dishes and put on some romantic music. The more you make it feel like a fancy restaurant, the more special it will be.

Write them something. 

I know that not everyone would agree with me, but nothing is more romantic than a sweet love note, even if it was a last minute idea. I would rather have 100 little love notes than one piece of expensive jewelry, hands down. It’s personal and thoughtful, even if you’re not the best writer in the world. It doesn’t need to be long or really even on paper. An unexpected sweet text message can be just as powerful. Not sure where to start? Here are a few prompts:

  • I love you because…
  • You are the best at…
  • My life without you would be…

So put pen to paper (or thumb to phone screen) and tell them how you feel about them and why!

Just because you haven’t planned tomorrow for months, you can still make someone feel loved with these last minute Valentine’s Day ideas. What ideas would you add to the list?