A Month of Romance while we Blog With Friends
Ah, February. Time to watch the snow fall (or in our case, pull out flip-flops for the 70 degree surprise days) and ponder on your love for others. Well, at least the folks that you want to share your special heartfelt feelings with. Me and some of my blogging buds have been pondering on the romance of Valentine’s Day for you, and thinking, maybe you need a few helpful hints for this year’s annual lovefest. Back again this month with my Blog With Friends group, and as always, they do not disappoint.
Since it is already(!) February, we’re talking romance. There’s plenty of ways to be romantic with your significant other, but we just want to share a few ideas with you that you can use or tweak to meet your needs. Some of us are a little more creative, and some of us are a little more lazy when it comes to the traditions of amore, so whether you like to cook or just cozy up to show your love, I think you’ll find something to suit your needs. As for me, well, I’m still paying Christmas bills, so I decided to go with Romance on the Cheap: Simple DIY Projects to Show Your Love.
For romantic February, seven bloggers are presenting you with their ideas on how to keep those home fires burning. There’s a terrific recipe for crusted prime rib, no bake cherry pie, non-food gift ideas, how to use your love languages, and even a little bit of anti-romantic sentiment. See the links at the bottom of the post for these fabulous ideas from the beautiful Blog With Friends team!
And now…romance at a discount!
DIY projects so simple, even I can do them
Valentine’s Day can spur a lot of emotion in people – sometimes positive, sometimes not so much. But when you’re bombarded with commercials for jewelry, candy, perfume/cologne, clothes and more, it can make you a bit of a cynic. And a bit afraid to open your wallet a mere six weeks after Christmas. Fear not, my friends! There’s still simple ways to show someone that you care, and a few DIY projects that even a kid can do (and sometimes does better) might make you feel a little less anxious.
- Free Printables – I freaking love the free printable section of Pinterest. There are so many wonderful bloggers out there creating beautiful little printables. Grab one that suits your relationship – romantic, sentimental, silly, sexy – and just print it out. It might be lovelier in color, but the message is most important, so black & white is perfectly fine. And along that line…
- Make Your Own Card – Okay, we all did this as kids for our parents, and think how happy they were to receive them. One of my favorite Valentine’s card is one my husband made for me. Now, his included pictures and fun fonts, but he could have written it on construction paper with a marker, and I would have been thrilled. If you’re really creative, write a poem or a song and then read/sing it out loud to the recipient. Instant brownie points!
- DIY some art – Now, don’t think I’m suggesting you paint the next great masterpiece here. I simply thought about all the dry erase boards and chalkboards we have floating around our house, and realized, that could make a fun little art project. So I created a “I Love You Because” frame, and now, I can just write little notes on it using dry erase pen anytime I want. From “I love you because you have an awesome butt” to “I love you because you think I’m hilarious.” Use whatever font, paper and frame you want to make it your own.
- Notes, notes, notes – Although flirty texting is tons of fun, sometimes it gets cut short due to work and other distractions. So, write it down. It’s easy to pop a post-it note into a lunch box, but have you thought of other possible locations? You can put it on your significant other’s steering wheel, on the bathroom mirror, inside the underwear drawer, inside a briefcase, wrapped around a toothbrush handle. I’ve written notes in the steamy shower door, so he can see it later and know I was thinking of him in the shower. *wink, wink*
- Jar of Awesomeness – My husband and I have a “Thank You” jar we share. It’s filled with slips of paper that tell each other thank you for things that might otherwise slip through the cracks. But there are plenty of romantic things you could share with a jar. Make a jar of cheap dates, or a jar of travel destinations. Use your jar to collect spare change for a few extra bucks for a “date night.” Share sexy secrets or fantasies, and one night, sit and read them together, straight out of the jar!
This is not intended to be a thorough list, but maybe it will get your imagination flowing. Just think of something fun, sentimental and special you’d like to receive, and turn it into a gift for someone that you love!
And, for even more ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for everyone – wives, husbands, kids, grandparents, neighbors, even pets, check out my Valentine’s Day Lovely board on Pinterest!
Now…ready for more ideas on how to create some romance? Keep on reading!
Romance – February Blog With Friends
Need some Pinterest-worthy projects for February? How about suggestions on music, language and dessert? Check out the other bloggers in this month’s A Blog With Friends Project!
Crusted Prime Rib: A romantic dinner for your Valentine love by Karen at Baking in a Tornado
Using Love Languages to Romance Your Mate: how to say “I Love You” so your mate will understand by Rabia at The Lieber Family
%@*! Romance: Anti-Romantic in an Enlightened Age by Robin of Someone Else’s Genius
Best Love Songs Ever by Lydia of Cluttered Genius
Please, Don’t Pass The Chocolate…: non-food Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him/her/both by Shannon of My Brain on Kids
Sweets for my Sweet: a no bake pie when you’re short on time but long on love by Dawn at Spatulas on Parade