Happy Valentine’s Day

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Every year I receive a red rose from a man. He’s not my boyfriend.

Don’t worry, so does every other woman in my office.

Every Valentine’s Day, this guy comes in with his bag of fresh red roses and hands out one to each lady in the office. It’s a sweet tradition that I look forward to every year. He’s definitely the most-liked person in the office on February 14, and every women is a little bit more smiley than usual with our roses displayed on our desks in paper coffee cups and random thermoses.

(My honey deserves a mention, too. The bouquet of a dozen red roses and one bright yellow one I found on my dresser this morning definitely beat out the single one I get at the office.)

Here’s hoping your Valentine’s Day was as sweet as mine.

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7 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas (For Him & Her)

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Don’t be the one who gives the boring, cheesy or lazy Valentine’s Day gift this year. Because nothing feels like your loved one didn’t try like a box of going-stale generic chocolates from the drugstore, am I right?

Whether you’re giving gifts to your significant other, friends or family members, skip the greeting cards, boxed chocolates and stuffed bears this Valentine’s Day.

Instead, with a little do-it-yourself effort, you can turn everyday items that your loved ones will actually use into Valentine’s Day gifts. Here are seven ideas.

1. Natural and organic beauty products

Give your loved one a fancy lotion, soap, shampoo, moisturizer or other beauty product. I’m not talking Suave® here. Think more natural and organic products that feel spa-like. (My favorite natural brands that you can easily find at your local Target are Acure, Alba Botanica, Pacifica, S.W. Basics and Yes to.) Make the gift feel Valentine’s Day-themed by tying a red ribbon and twine around the bottle.

2. Everyday essentials in a cute container

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Whether you’re gifting a few beauty products or another assortment of items, like a coffee mug and a package of locally-roasted organic coffee, tie the items together by placing them in a cute basket, crate or bucket (like this IKEA bucket.) Be sure to choose a container that you think the recipient will use again. That’s part of the gift!

3. Health gifts to feel good

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Give your significant other health items that will make her feel good. Maybe she’s been meaning to take more vitamins, for example. Gift her fish oil, a women’s multivitamin or a probiotic. (Again, tie a red ribbon around the bottle to make it festive for Valentine’s Day.) And, be sure to opt for high-quality vitamins. Check out Whole Foods, Sprouts or Trader Joe’s.

4. Tea for comfort

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Another feel good gift is tea. Whether loose leaf or in bags, tea is warming, comforting and uplifting. Make the gift feel special by checking out a local health food store or tea shop. You’ll be more likely to find something besides the regular brands you see in grocery stores.

Or, opt for a different type of tea (black, green, white, herbal) than he normally drinks. Or, a brand she hasn’t tried before. As a diehard black tea drinker, I never would have guessed that I’d love herbal bedtime teas, but they’re my favorites right now. The go-tos in my mug are Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief and Yogi Bedtime tea.

And, if you want to add-on to the gift, give a related item, like a small plate for his tea bag or a tea infuser so she can try loose leaf tea.

5. A plant (or two)

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A bouquet of flowers is fun, but gifting a plant is even better. Plants brighten up a space, clean the air and they last longer than a dozen roses. (If you need ideas for what plant to buy, here are my five favorite low-maintenance houseplants.)

6. Fill a mason jar

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This is a simple gift idea that still feels special. Fill a mason jar (or two) with her favorite candy or nuts. It’s a two-in-one gift.

7. A favorite wine or beer

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Gift your loved one a favorite bottle of wine or a pack of beer. It seems simple, but if it’s a brew he’s been meaning to try or a wine you think she might like, the thought really does count. Be sure to tie on a red ribbon for that extra thoughtful touch.

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Don’t stress out about a Valentine’s Day gift. These simple, yet thoughtful, gift ideas are all you need.

(This is not a sponsored post. Any product recommendations, thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.)

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5 Valentine’s Day Home Decorating Ideas

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I’m not usually one for decorating my home for, what I call, the “smaller holidays” (Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July.) Too much work. But, a couple days ago I went to turn my calendar to February and such a happy picture of heart-shaped cookies greeted me that I felt the urge to celebrate.

Valentine’s Day may seem like a cliché holiday, but you can’t argue that it does bring a bit of cheeriness to this blistery-cold winter. The cookies and chocolates. The flowers. The happy colors. (Well, I’m a fan of red at least. See title of blog). The sentimentality. It’s one day where I think it’s okay to be corny.

Even if you don’t have a special someone, you can still use Valentine’s Day to appreciate the other people you love. Write a cheesy poem for your best friend. Bake cookies for your co-workers. Give your doggie an extra treat and belly rub. And, why not decorate your house? You know, just a little. These five ideas are simple, not cheesy. You won’t find any corny plastic hearts or teddy bears here.

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1. Accessorize with pink and red
You can’t beat free decorating. Simply reuse items that you already own to spruce up your home for Valentine’s Day. Add a touch of red, pink or white here and there. A pink pillow on the bed. A red blanket across the couch. Group books with pink or red covers together.

Or, you can create a display like I did above by assembling several Valentine’s Day-themed items together. Arrange your display on a dining room table, fireplace mantle or anywhere else you like. All of the items above were already around my house. Get creative and see what you can come up with!

2. Scrumptious cookie display
Break out that heart-shaped cookie cutter that you never use and, well, use it! Bake your favorite cookies, cut them into hearts and then place them in clear jars. Easy (and yummy) decorating. Display a row of the cookie-filled jars along your kitchen counter, or place a jar here and there around your home for a sweet surprise every time you walk into a room.

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3. Flower power
Flowers can dress up your home subtly for Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to use roses, unless you want to. A bouquet of flowers is inexpensive and you can do a lot with just one bouquet. Check out my tips on how to arrange flowers and make the most out of your bouquet.

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4. Temporary Valentine’s Day art
I actually stole the idea for this hanging collage from a friend who had her collage decorated for Valentine’s Day last year. It’s a great way to fill up a blank wall. All it requires is picture hanging wire, nails and small binder clips. (See instructions here.)

Use this easy hanging collage to display Valentine’s Day cards or love notes! You can also fill it in with any other pictures or images that contain a red, white or pink theme. You don’t need to spend any extra money on pictures. Just cut some out of magazines or make cute hearts out of newspaper. For the vintage lovers, I think it would be fun to mix in a few vintage valentines. Like these…

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You can find them at antique and vintage stores right now! The best part about this collage? It can be completely temporary. Take it down after Valentine’s Day, or leave it up and just swap out the pictures.

5. Heart banner
Create a simple heart banner to drape across a mantle or bed headboard. It adds just a touch of Valentine’s Day whimsy to a room, without going overboard. You can create one out of supplies you probably already have on hand—newspaper, construction paper, cloth. Just search “heart banner” on Pinterest. There are tons of ideas!

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I hope these ideas help you get your home festive for Valentine’s Day!