Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Whether you love Valentine’s Day, or you hate it, it happens. So, if you are going to celebrate it, then it should be fun. If you want to do your own thing, that should be even more fun.

Get creative

  • Museums– What better way to get creative than to go to a museum on Valentine’s Day? Or maybe a science center?
  • Go geocaching– Take the evening to go treasure hunting. it builds teamwork!
  • Go for a hot-air balloon ride– Is there really a better date than to look down on the world from a massive balloon?
  • Adult arcades– Grab a good drink and check out the local arcade. Most don’t close til 2am…
  • Create street art– Go buy a bucket of sidewalk chalk and create some Valentine’s Day street art around your hometown. Spare us the boy + girl forever hearts…
  • Go rock climbing– Indoors, of course, because it’s too cold for that otherwise.
  • Make pottery– There are a lot a places that will let you bring your own alcohol to a pottery making class. Sometimes there aren’t even classes. You can go in and make your own pottery, the business will fire it for you, and you can pick it up later. It’s a good date idea!

Standard date ideas

Some people like tradition. For those of you who want ideas but don’t want to get too wild, I have a fun list for you too!

  • Go ice skating– It is still cold outside and it will be great for ice skating! How many times have you gone ice skating on a date?
  • Play video games– Seriously, playing video games is relaxing. Yes, even if you are playing Call of Duty. Playing games like this with your significant other builds better relationships. It’s not proven or anything, but I’m convinced.
  • A quick lunch– Forget dinner. Make a good meal the night before and steal your sweetie away from work for a quick lunch.
  • Make dinner together– Just because you don’t have anything planned doesn’t mean you can’t have a good night. Help him/her make an awesome dinner for both of you. Don’t forget the wine! Try playing Twister when you are finished. It will be a good laugh if nothing else.
  • A movie night– Go see a scary movie! Forget romantic comedies! Go watch a slasher film.

Even though the above suggestions could all be really fun, this is my favorite.

You should replay your first date! (assuming you didn’t just start dating.) I’m not saying that you should try to make it happen like it happened. I’m just saying that you should go on the same date that you planned for your first real date.

A everlasting date story (for inspiration)

On my first date with my boyfriend we played putt putt and went to get ice cream. Nothing out of the ordinary. However, on our way to the putt putt course he told me that his grandma made fun of him before he left because he told her that he was nervous to go out with me. (Awww!) And after we got ice cream, we sat in the parking lot talking for over an hour.

The best part? We went to Walmart after that because one of us had to pick something up. When we got back to the car he opened my door for me. I know some of you think that is just adorable. I hate it. (I have arms, I can open the door by myself.) I said something about not liking it and he said “please get in the car”. I said “no”. So, he picked me up, threw me into the passenger seat, shut and locked the door, and hit the panic button while running away from the car.

Hilarious! We’ve been dating for about 6 years now.

A date doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t overplan or go out of your way to make it expensive. Have fun. Enjoy it!

DIY Valentine’s Day Conversation Magnets

DIY Valentine's Day Conversation MagnetsI was walking through the grocery store the other day looking at the Valentine’s Day candy when I saw conversation hearts. I wrinkled my nose because I immediately imagined the chalky taste associated with them. I guess it depends on your taste, but I’m not wild about them. So, I decided to make conversation magnets for Valentine’s Day instead. They are useful and cute!

 

DIY Valentine's Day Conversation Magnets materialsThings You Will Need:
Pen
Scissors
Accent gems
Diamond Glaze
Scrapbook paper
Magnetic tape strips

*You can get the gems from the Dollar Store and the magnetic tape strips from Walmart.

Ignore the paint brush. I don’t know why I put it in the picture, but you won’t need it.

 

DIY Valentine's Day Conversation Magnets

 

Step 1:
Pick a pretty Valentine’s Day paper that is pink or red and trace the gem. When you cut it out, cut inside of the circle to make it a bit smaller.

 

DIY Valentine's Day Conversation Magnets

 

Step 2:
Write some conversation notes on the circles you’ve just cut out. Make sure you write small and keep it in the center.

 

DIY Valentine's Day Conversation Magnets

 

Step 3:
Add a small drop of Diamond Glaze on the back of the gem. Lay one of the circles face down (so that the writing faces the back of the gem) onto the glue. Let it dry.

 

DIY Valentine's Day Conversation MagnetsStep 4:
Add another drop of glue to the back of the circle and press a pre-cut strip of the magnetic tape.

The magnet had a layer of adhesive on the back of it, but considering that I spend $1 something for the whole pack, I didn’t trust the adhesive to stick. Go with the glue.

Let it dry. Repeat for the remaining magnets.

 

DIY Valentine's Day Conversation Magnets

DIY Valentine's Day Conversation MagnetsWhen you are finished, you should have something like the above image.

They are cute and functional! Mail them to your friends 🙂

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her 2014

After I posted by Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him 2014, I got a request for Valentine’s Day gifts for her. So, this is for you!

(Most) women are easy to buy for. If you get chocolate, flowers, and/or dinner, you’re doing pretty well. But, there are always some ladies that hate that stuff. I hate getting flowers. Save your money… Surely there are other women out there who feel the way I do. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a few ideas for the hard-to-buy-for women in your lives.

Let me know what you think! If you have ideas to add you can leave them in the comments. Please do, my readers will thank you!

VillaSorgenfrei

wish necklace

wish necklace

This is a really cute idea. It is a necklace with dandelion seeds inside. It will remind her to wish and to dream. She will love it! $24.90

Oster

Electric Wine Opener with Wine Chiller

Electric Wine Opener with Wine Chiller

If your girl likes wine, this would be an awesome gift. It comes with a wine chiller and an electric opener. How great would it be to not have to pop the cork out of a wine bottle ever again? $21.49

Burt’s Bees

Burt's Bees Tips and Toes

Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes

This is the Tips and Toes kit from Burt’t Bees. If you are unfamiliar with Burt’s Bees, I assure you it is amazing and that, assuming she likes lotion and lip balm, she will love this. $10.39

eugenie2

love pillow

love pillow

This one is really a really cute gift. Obviously, it makes more sense to get this for someone you live with. It is a simple idea that really shows you are thinking of her. Not to mention that she will think of you more often… $25-$28 depending on your color choice.

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him 2014

Here’s to another Valentine’s Day. Don’t just go out to eat and watch a movie. Do something fun that you don’t normally do.

In the meantime, you should probably start checking out some good Valentine’s day gifts for the man in your life. So, let me help you out. I’m compiled a few good ideas for you to consider. I did put some thought into this, by the way, so I hope you like it!

Click the images for links!

tiposcreations

Cigar Case, Flask, Zippo Lighter Combo

Cigar Case, Flask, Zippo Lighter Combo

Some men  like cigars, and those who do will love this combo! It includes a cigar case, flask, and a zippo lighter. All items are monogramed. $54.99

 

FiredUpLadiesHammer

Personalized Guitar Pick

Personalized Guitar Pick

If you have a boyfriend that plays guitar and you feel like getting him a cute, yet sappy, gift you could always  go with a personalized guitar pick. It is made of 24 gauge metal, so he can actually play with it, or it can just be a sentimental gift. $19

 

Bluegrass Barrels

oak whiskey barrel

oak whiskey barrel

I got a whiskey barrel for my boyfriend for Christmas this past year and he LOVED it. This is definitely something to consider if the man in your life is a whiskey drinker. It is low maintenance too!  $53.99

 

TOOKS

Audio Beanie With Built-in Removable Headphones

Audio Beanie With Built-in Removable Headphones

This hat has built-in headphones. From what I’ve heard, the beanie’s audio is superior to typical headphones. $24.99

 

Arkon

Bicycle and Motorcycle Mount for Smartphone

Bicycle and Motorcycle Mount for Smartphone

This is actually a pretty cool gift. I didn’t even know they made these. Any active boyfriend will enjoy this if he likes his bike 🙂  $16.99

 

Gift Republic

Grow Me Hot Stuff Gift Box

Grow Me Hot Stuff Gift Box

I know very few men who dislike hot food. It must be a guy thing. And if he likes peppers you can always get him a kit to make his own. $8.51

That’s all I’ve got for now. If you have any more gift ideas, please leave them in the comments!

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him

Valentine’s Day: A day created by Hallmark-like companies. I won’t get all scroogy on you though. I’ve decided to be useful and compile some links to gifts you can get for him for Valentine’s Day. These are not gifts for her because she is easy to buy for. Jewelry, chocolate, anything with hearts, make her dinner, buy her flowers, clean the house, etc and it will make her happy. There are so many options. But there aren’t so many obvious options for him.

He is important on Valentine’s Day too. It is about LOVE or some junk like that. I would say he fits into that category for you, right? If not, maybe it is time to reevaluate… but I’m not a therapist. To each his own.

I promise these aren’t the cheesy make-him-dinner type of gifts. I put some thought into this!

Click images for links to the gifts.

Gifts to buy for Valentine’s Day:

Saddle-leather-tablet-case

Saddle Leather Tablet Case from Pottery Barn

45mm-cronograph-watch

45mm cronograph model Ralph Lauren watch

live-edge-cutting-board

Live Edge Cutting Board With Knife

 

More affordable (but still awesome) gifts:

stuffed-hamburger-press

Stuffed Hamburger Press

headphone-case

leather monogram headphone case

hershey-kiss-gift

An inventive way to give kisses

 

DIY gifts:

gummy-worms-jar

Hooked on you: gummy worms in a jar

alcohol-bouquet-for-men

These are man flowers. Alcohol bouquet

bbq-rub

Do-it-yourself BBQ rub.

Gifts For Him

I gave you an idea of what to give the girl in your life for Valentine’s Day and a few of you emailed me and asked what I recommend you give the men in your lives. Here are some suggestions for you. Very last minute though.

*click image for link

Things You Pay For:

Leather Wallet

 

Man Cave Sign. Every man should have one of these if he has a room of his own.

 

Bacon Flavored Chapstick. Seriously girls… What man doesn’t enjoy bacon?

 

Beer Sign

 

Flask

 

Dodge Clock

Things You Make:

Record Bowl- Awesome!

 

Tread Belt

 

Soap

 

Peg Board Organizer

 

Car Wash Kit

 

Hemp Bracelet

 

 

Men, if you have anything to add please feel free to do so!

Need a Valentine’s Day Gift For Her?

I have never been into holidays but Valentine’s Day is coming up so lets do something fun for it. If you are going to give her something you should give her something that you’ve made. If she is a good girl, she will appreciate it. It isn’t about the money… its about the thought. (At least it should be.) So, here is a DIY tutorial for paper beads which you can use to made her a bracelet or a necklace. I was skeptical about trying this but I really do like the results.

This is fairly low cost so that is always a good thing. The most expensive parts were the string (I used elastic string), the eyelets and the Mod Podge. I would say you shouldn’t spend much more than $10 on materials.

*You should do this in a well ventilated area. The chemicals from the glue and nail polish can be a bit much.

Pretty cute, yeah? Let’s begin then.

Things You Will Need:

  • Magazine
  • Mod podge
  • Exacto knife
  • String, wire or hemp
  • Disposable paint brush
  • Thick needle or toothpick
  • Paper clips (large if possible)
  • Eyelet (connectors for your bracelet or necklace)

Step 1:

Cut up a few pages of your magazine into slender triangles like the above. You can choose whichever shape you would like for your beads.

Step 2:

Begin wrapping your paper (thick side first) around your toothpick or needle.

Step 3:

Use your paint brush to cover your soon-to-be bead in Mod Podge. Open up your paper clip and move your bead from the needle (or toothpick) to the open paper clip to dry.

Step 4:

Find some clear nail polish and coat the soon-to-be bead for a glossy shine.

Step 5:

Open up a another paper clip and transfer your bead from your needle (or toothpick) to the paper clip.

Step 6:

Once again, prop your paper clips up on something to dry.

Step 7:

Attach one of your eyelets to your string of choice. Begin to string your beads. Attach your other eyelet and connect. Tah daaah! A pretty bracelet!

I hope you like this one. It is cute, light weight and can be very trendy! 🙂 Happy beading!

These bracelets will be available in my Etsy Shop if you are interested in purchasing one.