With Valentines Day coming up it can be seen as another expense, that is if you celebrate it. I found it does not really have to cost much to show your partner that you love them. Simple DIY style cards and gifts top anything that you can buy.
Here are a few ideas that I really like:
1. 12 Stay At Home Date Nights
Every couple especially when you have children should not forget the love you have for each other. By making that little bit of time each month to enjoy each others company will help keep you connected.
This idea has been floating around online where people make a date night each month of the year. 12 dates are picked out and each one popped into their own envelope labelled with a month on the front. At the beginning of each month your partner opens the envelope to reveal what the date is and you both arrange a time within that month to set it.
Now being a mother, and a very attached mother should I say to my children, I thought about doing this but with Stay At Home Date Night Ideas. It means we don’t have to send the children anywhere and it won’t cost a lot of money.
For Valentines Day you could do 12 months worth of envelopes to take you up until next year or do 11 months to take you up until the end of the year.
1. Game Night
2. Bake Together
3. Chocolate Tasting
4. Breakfast In Bed
5. DVD and Snacks
6. 3 Course Meal
7. Wine Bar At Home
8. Break A Record
9. Get A Take-Away
10. Paint together on a big canvas
11. Have Bath/Shower Together
12. Living Room Picnic
2. Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Hearts
Making something always makes me smile because regardless of how it turns out, it is the thought that counts. This really easy recipe will create some lovely tasting shortbread biscuits that you can wrap up and pop into your partners lunch box as a little surprise treat.
It does not cost a fortune to do and if you don’t have heart shaped cutters just cut them into any shape.
Angela Creese Recipe ( Used by Nigella)
150g Plain Flour
50g Caster Sugar
100g Chocolate, melted
Heart Shaped Cutter
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C
2. Mix together the butter and sugar in a bowl, gradually add the flour and knead with your hands to form a ball.
3. Roll out to 1 cm thick and use the cutter to cut out the shortbread into shapes. Place on a baking tray.
4. Bake for 10/15 minutes.
5. Melt the chocolate in a bowl above simmering water.
6. Dip each shortbread into the melted chocolate and leave to cool. Sprinkle with sugar.
3. Valentine Lunch Box Notes
If your partner is working on Valentines Day, this little creative and simple lunch box idea will hopefully put a smile on their face.
All you need are post-it notes or bits of paper that you can write little messages or jokes on and then stick them in your partners lunch box.
1. I Love You
2. Are you a Banana, Because I find you a-peel-ing!
3. Hurry Home, Waiting for a Kiss
4. Best Husband Ever. Just Saying!
5. Hello Handsome
Have a wonderful Valentines Day whatever you end up doing.