This month is all about celebrating love and friendship: it is the perfect time to shower your family and friends with gifts from the heart and gifts of your time.
Good morning friends, yesterday was Ground Hog day and Phil predicted that we were going to see 6 more weeks of winter Many of you, including most of my family, are shoveling out from 6-10 inches of snow so I would guess that you are not happy with the groundhog. Honestly, I am not ready for winter to be over(then again I am not shoveling snow), I want to enjoy the rest of my nesting season.
The good news is that it is February and there is a lot to celebrate this month: Valentine’s Day, National Dark Chocolate Day, National Pizza Day, International Friendship Day, Black History Month, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, to name just a few things(see more here).
February is the month of love..
Valentine’s Day is not a holiday that everyone enjoys or even celebrates and some even refer to it as a ‘Hallmark Holiday’, perhaps because it is synonymous with romantic love and grand gestures. But I like to think of Valentine’s Day and the month of February as a time to celebrate ALL of the people in my life.
What about you? Are you a “fan” of Valentine’s Day? Do you think if it as a Hallmark holiday?
Who Should You Celebrate During the Month of Love and Friendship?
- Family and Friends
How to Show Love During the Month of February
Make time for self-love and self-care. Be sure to get enough rest, get your vitamin D by getting outside at least 20 minutes a day, eat well and hydrate. Water is good for your skin, hair, organs and mind and during the winter our skin dries out because of the dry air, so we need to replenish it. If you do not think you are drinking enough water here are 5 easy ways to drink more.
Relax, read, regroup. Treat yourself this month to some of the little things that make you happy; a bath with your favorite pampering products and a glass of wine while you soak away the cares of the day. A cup of coffee with a friend, or a day of pampering at the spa. A weekend streaming movies in your jammies and your favorite take-out meal. There are so many ways to show ourselves love, we just have to remember that we deserve to be loved and treated as well as we treat others. Last but not least, practice gratitude.
Family, Friends, Significant Other
The most heartfelt gift that you can give your loved ones in your time, it is priceless. Go for a drive(this one of my favorite things to do with my mom), visit your old house or neighborhood and reminisce about the past.
Plan an adventure with your kids, maybe a hike or a scavenger hunt. Have family game day or do a puzzle together.
Bake or cook a favorite dessert or meal. Baking is my “love language” and if you receive a gift from me it is from my heart and from my kitchen. You could make these candy favors with your kids or if you are not a baker how about this fabulous candy and cookie board?
Plant a garden or some pots of herbs or bulbs(if it’s too cold)with your kids or create a fairy garden.
Make or send cards and letters by snail mail.
Call friends and family, share a Zoom Valentine’s Day party.
Say “I Love You.”
Show love to others by acts of kindness.
Volunteer for a cause that is close to your heart. Donate blood.
Spring clean and give your gently used things to a shelter, church, or an organization in need.
Take treats to your neighbors, offer to pick up their groceries, or shovel the snow.
Take some time this month to spread kindness, love, gratitude and friendship, it makes each and every day of our lives so much better.
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
As I mentioned above I think the best gifts are gifts from the heart. That said, here are a few of my favorite gifts to give on Valentine’s Day.
- Books, coffee table books, the latest bestseller and of course a romance novel
- Bath Salts or Bubble Bath
For my husband(who has everything), I make him a chocolate dessert, this year it will be a German chocolate cake and I give him a card. More often than not I do not give him a gift unless I find something really special. At this point in our lives we have everything we need and more, not to mention the fact that if he finds something he wants he just buys it.
I like to send and give love and gifts all year long, not just on Valentines day to let my friends and family know that although they are far away they are still in my thoughts.
Remember this friends, in every relationship you get out of it what you put into it. So ask yourself this, are nurturing the relationships in your life that are important to you? If not maybe that is something to work on this year.
What do you typically give or like to receive for Valentine’s Day? Do you prefer to give flowers or chocolates?
Have a great afternoon.
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