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Valentines Day Creative Ideas

With Valentine’s Day upon us, it’s time to come out with all the Valentines Day creative ideas as to make this day a bit more special for the one(s) we love dearly, and for ourselves ultimately. There is no teaching that prepares us for love, but luckily there are ideas.

Valentine’s Day is a day to remind ourselves of love, whether we like it or not. If we are to make the most of our living in general, there is much gain in subscribing to the view that it’s a good thing to have at least one day in a year to dedicate it to all things Love & Romance. Sure enough, many of us don’t need that day, because we show our love & appreciation on a daily basis. However, for others that fell in a routine, or shy away from love, Valentine’s Day gives a convenient platform to make things happen that would otherwise be postponed, overlooked, or forgotten.

There are some of us, who easily adhere to the notion that Valentine’s Day should be banned from the face of the Earth. As with anything worthy, this day and its concept has been commercialized and abused too, but also very accommodating and revitalizing. The point is, we better not look for what’s wrong or bad about this day, but look on the bright side and see all the benefits it brings us. It’s up to each of us individually if this day will turn out good or bad for us.

In order to make the best of it, and to make it right this time, here are some Valentines Day creative ideas to get you going. Hopefully, you will get inspired by it to create your own unique ideas on what to give and what to do on Valentine’s Day.

Creative Messages

* I love you not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you
* You stole my heart, but I love you anyway
* You are my rock
* Here’s my heart, opening for you, take it darling it belongs to you
* Don’t say you love me unless you really mean it, cause I might do something crazy like believe it.
* I love you as big as the sky, as tall as the mountains and as deep as the ocean.
* You are my everything
* My world is a better place because of you
* You are my truest love
* You are my dream come true
* I didn’t know love before I met you

Creative Gifts

* your faces on Adam and Eve Artwork, done by a local artist or ordered online
* license plate frame with Valentine hearts
* a nice key with a key-chain saying “The Key To My Heart”
* charm bracelet with as many charms as years you’ve been together
* online course on ‘How To Consistently Give A Full Body Orgasm’
* self- made bookmark with a personal picture and romantic quote or poem – designed in a photo editor, then printed on photo paper and cut out
* revived old T-shirt with a romantic picture or message, printed first on textile foil and then printed on the T-shirt by ironing
* a game, such as ‘Foreplay Game’
* “Will Cook For Sex” Apron

Creative Things To Do To Your Sweetheart

* breakfast in bed
* make heart-shaped bread toast for breakfast with hot chocolate dip
* make a path of rose petals or potpourri
* fill her/his bath tub with rose petals
* call your favorite radio station and dedicate a song to your love
* perform a special act – dance for him, sing and/or play under her balcony, recite your poem or Shakespeare’s love sonnet
* organize a romantic treasure hunt
* write a romantic, passionate, handwritten, heartfelt love letter
* steam up the bathroom and write a message such as “Pete Loves Kathy” on the mirror for your partner to read when she/he uses the bathroom.
* wear ‘I love [her/his name]’ T-shirt all day long

Creative Things To Do Together

* re-enact your first date
* spend the night in a fancy hotel
* ice skating
* spend the day at a theme park or zoo
* rent a chauffeured limousine and drive to a scenic spot for a picnic
* play a game – Take a deck of 52 cards. Assign each card a thing to do. For example, Aces get a kiss, etc. Shuffle the deck and spread the cards out. You and your honey take turns drawing cards. Whatever card says to do, you must do. Be creative with your ideas and have fun!
* a bubble bath for two
* read ‘Kamasutra’ together
* make a photo album of your favorite memories together
* take silly photos of each other
* carve a heart with your names into a tree or bank
* kiss in new, special ways – kiss like you never kissed before
* don’t forget to make love, of course, with extra passion and imagination

When picking out a present or things to do on the day, keep in mind that most women love with their ears, and most men love with their eyes. Also, remind yourselves what you mean to each other and what love is all about. Love means having to align yourself with another person. In order to strike gold in love department, we must know that love is helping someone to grow. Use this Valentine’s Day to declare your undying love, and you will surely be rewarded for it, one way or another. Hopefully these Valentines Day creative ideas will bring more love to you.

Written by Natalija Domin, a member of multimedia artists team ‘Talidari’ with over 20 years of personal experience with arts, wellness and love. For much greater selection of Valentines Day creative ideas – homemade, unique, and traditional – visit http://www.talidari.net/valentines-day-creative-ideas.html. Once there, you will also get the gifts, such as e-book with 101 romantic ideas, top-production videos, artsy pictures, romantic poems, and much more.

Six Inexpensive and Creative Ideas For Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, a day that each year puts fear into the hearts of men. Every year, you promise yourself that next year; you are going to do something different. If you still do not have any creative ideas for a special surprise, do not panic. Here are some Valentine’s Day gift ideas (many inexpensive) that are sure to please your love on that special day.

Balloon Surprise

This one will require handwritten notes to your Valentine. Phrases like “I love you”, “Thanks for being you”, or “You mean more to me than anything” are good as well as sayings that have special meaning only to the two of you. You can write short memories of fun things you did together, a memorable vacation or a special moment you shared, like the birth of a child. Once you get the notes written, cut them into small sections. Make sure each note is small enough to be folded and placed in a balloon. You can purchase a small helium tank and balloons at most party stores. Take a balloon, insert a note into it, and then blow it up. When your Valentine comes home, have her pop each balloon to read your message of love.

Recreate Your First Date

Unless it was just a total disaster, your first date probably holds a lot of sentimental value for both you and your loved one. What better Valentine’s Day surprise could there be than to recreate the first date, a time when you first fell in love? Go to the same restaurant, rent the first movie you watched together, take her dancing to the same bar – whatever you did on that first date, make it happen again. Even if it was a disaster, you can recreate it, making it better the second time.

Getaway Trip

This one will require more money and a little preparation, but is sure to be great fun for both of you. Plan a secret weekend vacation. If you have kids, arrange for babysitters without letting your love know about it. Book the airline tickets, make the hotel reservations and when Friday rolls around, surprise her by having her bags packed, ready to go. Las Vegas is a great getaway destination. You can even renew your vows in a fun setting, like wedding chapel that has an Elvis impersonator do the ceremony. If you cannot afford a big trip, book a weekend at a bed and breakfast within driving distance. A getaway involving just the two of you will be fun no matter where you go.

Special Songs

Here is an inexpensive way to show her that you remember those special love songs. Make a compact disc of songs that have special memories for you and your Valentine. You can do this on your computer using iTunes or Windows Media Player. If you do not have the songs on a compact disc already, you can even download them from places like Amazon, Buy.com or iTunes for less than a dollar each. Each time she hears this CD, she will think of you!

Romance Scavenger Hunt

Buy small presents like a bag of candy kisses, a bottle of her favorite perfume or a single rose. Then create a few presents of your own such as a handwritten poem, a compact disc of special songs, or a handmade Valentine’s Day card. Write clues that will be attached to each present, telling her where the next present can be found. Make the last present something that will last a while like a picnic dinner, a bottle of champagne hidden close to the fireplace or lingerie in the bedroom.

Chocolate Fun

If you both love chocolate, this can be a very fun and sexy idea. Make a batch of chocolate pudding and feed it to each other sitting by the fireplace. You may want to place a blanket or something on the floor in case it turns into a playful food fight. To spice it up, remove one article of clothing each time you feed your loved one and ask her to do the same. This can even lead to a romantic shower for two, so have candles ready in the bathroom.

As you can see from these ideas, Valentine’s Day does not need to be anything extravagant. It just takes a little effort and creativity on your part and you can turn this Valentine’s Day into one that your special someone will remember forever!

Sara Fox is the owner of St Valentines Day Gifts. Get more Valentines day ideas by reading her newest tips on “How to Create a Romantic Valentine’s Day Evening at Home”.

Valentine’s Day – 5 Ways to Avoid Getting Ripped Off!

Valentine’s Day is one occasion when it is all too easy to go completely overboard in an effort to woo your sweetheart. Cleverly cashing in on all that frenzy, restaurants offer overpriced lunches and dinners, while the prices of flowers skyrocket. All in all, a stressful affair, and none too easy on the wallet!
But, there’s a way of getting around it. Here is a list of what not to on Valentine’s Day along with what you should do!

1. Valentine Flowers
Don’t:
Don’t buy that super expensive bouquet of long-stemmed roses. If there is one flower that suddenly costs a fortune on Valentine’s Day it has to be the red rose. Even if it cost you a week’s earnings, roses will ultimately wilt just like any other flower.

Do:
Since practically the whole world is exchanging red roses — and paying through the nose for the same — you have resolutely decided to be different. If Valentine’s Day falls during Spring where you are, when Nature is in full bloom, then why not make her a pretty bunch of wild flowers. They are colourful, attractive and refreshingly different. Or, get her a lovely potted evergreen plant — symbolising your undying devotion to her.

2.Valentine’s Cards
Don’t:
A store-bought card may be extravagantly worded but it is also expensive, not to mention impersonal. Well, the words are written by someone else while you just add your name underneath. Is it time to look for a more personal (and cheaper) alternative?

Dos
Create your own Valentine’s Day card instead. Make her a gigantic one, cover it with love notes and photographs of the two of you. Feel like a child on a school project as you use crayons, glitters, gold or silver ink — juts let the creativity flow. You will be surprised at much you enjoy yourself too!

3.Eating out
Don’t:
Give eating out a miss this Valentine’s Day. Everyone does it and you want to be different, right? In addition, the din and the overpriced menu just might take the romance right out of the quiet and intimate dinner that you had fondly planned at that fancy restaurant.

Do:
Plan a romantic ‘night in’ instead — right in your home. Don the chef’s apron and cook a special meal for her. Lay the table with some sparkling silverware and lit candles. Sprinkle the tablecloth with rose petals (you can be smart and buy the roses a couple of days in advance and store them in ice cold water) and have soft music playing in the background. Even if it is a simple fare, the fact that you took the trouble to present it so aesthetically will be enormously appreciated.

4.Pampering essentials
Don’t:
Tempting as it is to book her (or both of you in a spa), you will also end up paying a hefty price for all that impersonal massaging and pampering. Even as you are inhaling the fragrance of those aromatic candles, your mind is ticking away, wondering how big a dent it is going to make in your overstretched budget.

Do:
Bring the entire spa experience home! Stock up on some classy spa toiletries, draw the curtains and set the mood with scented candles and diffusers. Have the appropriate soothing music playing in the background. Take turns in giving each other a long and relaxing massage with aromatic oils. Run a bath and take naughty soak together!

5.Extravagant Valentine’s gifts
Don’t:
Don’t make the mistake of splurging on overly extravagant gifts, particularly if your budget is a tight one. A gift that cost a fortune does not necessarily translate into the ideal one.

Do:
Do get a little something romantic for her. A recently conducted survey threw up surprising facts. Of the nearly 200 respondents (men and women) who participated in the online survey, a whopping 58 percent of the women preferred romance over expensive gifts as a birthday present. For the average woman, a romantic weekend getaway with her man meant much more than a high-priced bauble.

Most men have a harrowing time cracking the mystery of romance. Just what is this elusive thing that women are so hung up on?! Tip: It isn’t something that you buy at the local greetings card store or at the florist.

A great romance always has an element of surprise in it — good ones, mind you. Like leaving a love note on her pillow — no occasion at all, but just because you wanted to. Or slipping a sweet and naughty note inside her bag as she leaves for work. Or, surprising her with dinner cooked by you when she crawls home from work after fighting that crazy traffic. Small things that tell her you were thinking about her.

Hot, passion is fine but romantic gestures make a woman feel that she is much more than just a desirable body. So, this Valentine’s Day do something different. Avoid going with the herd and sweep her off her feet with your romantic moves!

Daya is an experienced writer and journalist. She has spent much time researching Saint Valentine’s Day. Her articles are published mainly at http://www.4-valentines-gifts.co.uk/. She works in the UK gift retailing industry currently, writing for a major UK online retailer of gifts for women. Daya suggests her employer’s range — at http://www.pressies4princesses.co.uk/gifts-valentines-1.shtml — to men hunting for ‘different’ Valentine’s Day gifts for their girfriend, wife or secret love this year.

January/February 2007 Newsletter

Happy New Year from Frugal Families!

I hope you had a happy and healthy start to 2007! I know a lot of our members made resolutions involving money and I’m sure many of you have done the same. Perhaps you’re trying to spend less or focus on debt payoff. No matter what your financial goals, remember that you can’t save pennies (for use in any purpose) if you don’t know where they’re going. Make sure to use our FREE printables to help you find where those pennies are going.

Budgeting Worksheets

Many people find that they’ve overspent during the holidays and now that the bills are coming in, the stress is going up. I found a couple of new articles for you on the subject and one focuses specifically on money and stress. I hope you find them helpful.

Stress and Money

Reducing Stress

This time of year, we focus quite a bit on saving on our energy bills. Here are a few tips that can help you start saving immediately.

-Wash in cold water only. Most clothes don’t need to be washed in warm or hot water especially this time of year. This will save you a considerable sum of money on heating up that wash water. Don’t forget, you really only need about half of the recommended detergent to clean clothes (not an energy saving tip, but a good tip none the less).

-On a good blustery day, get down and feel around for drafts and other cold areas. A lit stick of incense will actually help you see the drafts around windows, electrical outlets and doorways. All of those drafty areas can be the equivalent of an open window in your home! Use towels, draft dodgers, window quilts and other inexpensive and quick fixes to cut down on those drafty areas.

-Turn down your water heater or furnace. Water need only be 120 degrees Fahrenheit to kill germs and provide for a hot shower. If you’ve got your water set to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s not only wasting money, but can also be dangerously hot if you have young children in the home.

-Turning down the thermostat even a few degrees can save a lot of money. To compensate for the cooler house temperature, add a layer of clothing to everyone, have a nice supply of lap blankets for when you and the family slow down to read, play games or watch TV.

-Take advantage of naturally warm areas of your home. With the amount of baking and cooking I do, the kitchen area is always warm. I run a little counter top fan when I’m baking that blows the warm air out of the kitchen into cooler parts of the house. I also run a small fan in our furnace room that blows the warm air out of there and into the family room, which has meant almost having no heat turned on in that room.

There’s nothing like sitting down to a nice cup of something hot on a cold winter day but have you priced those coffee beverages in the little cans? Even a store brand will run you about 3.99 to 4.99/can! Here are some recipes to make them yourself and save a ton.

Homemade Coffee Mixes

Here’s a great recipe for homemade hot cocoa mix. You can use more dry milk and less non-dairy creamer if you want and you can easily exchange the sugar for sugar replacements so it will fit in with your New Year’s diet.

1 cup of non-dairy creamer
1 cup of dry milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Add 3 tsps to hot water and enjoy.

Homemade coffee mixes can also make a nice Valentine’s Day gift for the special coffee-drinking someone in your life! You can mix up a batch or two and place them in recycled jars (mayonnaise or mason jars work nicely) with some leftover glittery silver and red Christmas notions or cut out red hearts from tissue paper and use white glue to modge podge the hearts to the jars.

I’ve also founds some new articles for Valentine’s Day for you! Frugal and budget-wise ways to still show someone special you love them, WITHOUT breaking the bank!

Having a Frugal Valentine’s Day

Valentines with your Kids

Valentine’s Day gifts on a budget

I truly think some of the best Valentine’s my husband and I have enjoyed have been the ones we’ve had since starting our family. We stopped spending the money on the glitz and glam and started getting more thoughtful with our gifts.

I also made my expectations very clear to him to avoid problems. He thought he HAD to get me flowers on Valentine’s Day, but to be honest, as nice as they were, I hated him spending the money for something that died pretty quickly. One Valentines, he stopped at the grocer to pick up something I needed and called me to ask if he could buy me flowers, too. Well, I had just gone through that grocer’s flyer and noticed that they had 5 lb bags of sugar on sale for only .99 (a good price in our neck of the woods). There was a 5 bag limit, though. Instead of flowers, I told him it would be “sweet” if he got me 5 bags of sugar instead! I ended up making him a batch of his favorite homemade fudge (with the sugar he got me) for HIS Valentine’s present. I was happy and he was as well. It was frugal and practical and we both loves our “presents”.

Cutting expenses and staying frugal is always easier if you have like-minded people to share the ups and downs with. Our forums offer that supportive community.

Romance on a Budget – Love Is Patient, Kind, and Cheap!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and men from Alaska to Florida are breaking into a cold sweat. They’ve bought into the fallacy that romance equals money. Men everywhere have been frightened off by television and movies and believe that romance is something outside of their budget. They are wrong.

When I think of the most romantic and breathtaking stories that my friends and I discuss over coffee, we don’t talk about flying off to Europe or drinking the most expensive champagne. The little things like holding hands, reading stories together, and lots of laughter are what we hold dear.

I’ve put together a list of ways to show love — without running up your credit card bill. And, ladies, this list is for you, too. Initiate the following ideas with your Sweetie, and show him how much you care. The ideas below are for men or women and fit every budget.

Love Notes – Leave Love Notes for your Sweetheart to find.

Pampering – Brush her hair. Scratch his back.

Wildlife – Feed the ducks, squirrels, birds, turtles or fish near you.

Games – Turn off the TV. Sit and play cards or board games together.

Cooking – Find recipes to make with your sweetheart.

Candles – Candles should be used every day — for meals, bath time, snuggling.

Read together – Choose a book and take turns reading it to each other.

Photos – When is the last time you had a photo taken together? What are you waiting for?

Work Date
– Surprise your love with a lunch date.

Stroll – Leave the TV, phone and computer behind and go on a walk together.

Spell it Out – With Sidewalk Chalk, write your names in a heart on the sidewalk where your sweetheart is sure to see it.

Entertainment – Go see a High School or College play or concert. It is affordable and fun!

Slow Dance – Turn on the radio and dance to the songs you fell in love listening to.

Star Gaze – Drive out to the country and look at the stars.

Volunteer – Choose a charity or cause that means something to both of you and work together to make the world a better place.

Love Story – Write how you met, fell in love, how you felt, what your thoughts were. You will treasure looking through these books over the years.

Love Grows – Plant a garden together. Herbs, vegetables, flowers, fruit — anything you both like.

Cheer – Go to a High School Sporting Event.

Warm Hearts – Snuggle by a campfire or build a fire in the fireplace.

Watch the Clouds – Lay together and watch the clouds go by. Talk about the different shapes you see.

Connect – Hug, Hold Hands, Put your Arm around your Sweetheart.

Big Money
– Write your Sweetheart a Check for One Million Kisses. Or make a coupon book of treats for him or her.

Window Shop – Go downtown and window shop.

Early Days – Look at photo albums of yourselves when you were kids through your dating years.

Puzzles – Do a jigsaw or crossword puzzle together.

Wish List – Both make a wish list of things that make you happy and put them in order. Hugs, dates, gifts, time together, intimacy, etc. Then look at the lists. They may surprise you.

People Watch – Sit on a bench and watch people go by. Try to guess their stories.

Play – Go to the park and swing.

Kiss – Before you part for the day, kiss for 10 seconds. It is much better than a quick peck on the cheek.

Picnic – Get take out food or make a picnic lunch. Take your time and enjoy your meal together outdoors.

Throw Rocks – Go to a pond, creek, or lake and throw rocks. Try to skip them or aim for different targets.

So, although an occasional expensive dinner is appreciated, it is truly the day-to-day affection that builds romance and love. Yes, Love is Patient, Kind — and Cheap!

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