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Celebrate a Wedding Anniversary at Home

Whether it’s your first wedding anniversary or 50th wedding anniversary, these fun ideas will help you celebrate at home! We’ve put together a creative list of things to do on your anniversary that will keep your relationship strong. Love in the time of quarantine can be challenging. We are spending more time at home, performing the same daily routine. But this time has also helped us realize what really matters: human connection, love, and kindness. Spark the romance with a sweet and intimate celebration at home. For these ideas, you won’t need a big budget—just a little creativity and lots of love. Show your husband, wife, or partner how much they mean to you and make this wedding anniversary one to remember.

Wedding Anniversary Ideas

Go on a virtual date.

Through the power of technology, you can take a cooking class, explore Europe, or attend a concert all from the comfort of your couch. There’s lots of online sites that let you experience virtual travel or sign up for a class to learn French cuisine. Have you always wanted to see Germany or learn how to make a chocolate souffle? Now’s your chance! These virtual dates are budget-friendly, costing far less than actually traveling overseas or buying concert tickets. For your next wedding anniversary, experience something new and grow together!

Enjoy dinner and dancing at home.

Nothing says happy anniversary more than a romantic dinner and dancing. Unlike a loud restaurant, dinner at home is intimate and peaceful. Cook your favorite meal or try some of these date night recipes for your wedding anniversary dinner. After dinner, dance together in a candlelit room with soft music playing. This wedding anniversary idea offers simplicity and closeness. Make your relationship even stronger with good food and conversation. The best part of celebrating at home? You’re just a few steps away from the bedroom!

Create an at-home movie theater.

Transform your living room into a movie theater for two! This anniversary idea is easy to set up and super cozy. Follow these steps to create an at-home movie theater:

  • Black out your windows with dark curtains to make sure it’s extra moody inside.

 

  • Repurpose your Christmas lights and hang them inside. We recommend using Command™ hooks—they make hanging easy and don’t leave nail holes in your wall.

 

  • If your TV is on the small side, purchase an inexpensive video projector and hang a sheet on a blank wall to watch on the “big screen.”

 

  • Cover your couch with pillows and heaps of blankets. Or, you can create a floor picnic set-up and layer blankets and pillows on the floor.

 

  • Have your favorite movie snacks on hand or make fancy snacks you can’t find at a theater like chocolate chip cookies, caramel popcorn, and ahi tuna nachos with spicy sriracha mayo.

Experiment with mixed cocktails.

Release your inner mixologist and get a little crazy with fun boozy drinks. Here’s one of our favorite drink recipes to get your started:

Mint-to-Be Mojito

This romantic anniversary cocktail is sweet and tangy. Add a little spice to your night with a red drink that says, “we were meant to be.” You’ll need:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Mint leaves
  • Lime juice
  • White rum
  • Sparkling water

Place 6 mint leaves and ¼ cup lime juice in a jar and muddle together. Add 2 tablespoons simple syrup, ¼ cup cranberry juice, 3 ounces white rum, and a handful of ice. Mix everything together. Pour into two glasses and top each glass with sparkling water.

Play mini golf at home.

Set up a mini golf course around your apartment or house! You can make it together or surprise your partner. Get creative with your course. Construct ramps out of leftover cardboard. Cut holes out of shoe boxes to make tunnels. Stack plastic cups as obstacles. Try laying out yoga mats for a smooth playing surface. To make this mini golf really extra, craft little houses or castles from cardboard and decorate your mini golf course. Mini golf is a classic anniversary activity that’s perfect for any couple. The couple that plays together stays together! (We made that up but it could be a thing.)

 Exchange wedding anniversary gifts.

Whether you’ve been married one year or ten, an anniversary gift goes a long way to show how much you care. A special gift can put your celebration over the top. The best anniversary gifts don’t have to be extravagant but they should be meaningful. Surprise and delight your S.O. with a present that speaks to your relationship. For example, if your first date was at a vineyard, surprise your partner with wine from that same vineyard. Take your most treasured wedding photos and frame them. Write a series of love letters for every year you’ve been married and give them throughout the day as little surprises. Impress your partner even more with a gift like a personalized book about your relationship. The Book of Us is a sweet keepsake that tells your unique love story. Personalize this gift with your names, appearance, and photo. You can also edit text on every page to include inside jokes and loving messages. A personalized anniversary book is a special present to cherish and read year after year.

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Date Night Recipes to Make at Home

Impress your date with these easy dinner ideas for two! Who needs a fancy restaurant when you can enjoy fine dining at home? Your S.O. will love the thought and effort you put into planning a romantic dinner date night. These meals are packed with flavor but simple to make. Whether you’re looking to celebrate an anniversary or spend quality time together at home, these recipes will take your date night to the next level.

Date Night Recipes to Impress at Home

Epic Charcuterie Board

Let’s face it, charcuterie boards are so popular right now because they’re basically adult Lunchables. But hey, we aren’t complaining! A fancy meat and cheese board offers an impressive presentation and a wide range of food choices for your partner. The best part? You don’t have to cook a thing!

To create the ultimate charcuterie board, you’ll need a wide variety of snacking foods. Here are our tips and tricks for creating the ultimate snack tray to wow your date!

  • Roll up salami and prosciutto slices and cluster them on the board.
  • Scatter clusters of grapes, dates, and chocolate covered cranberries.
  • Add a small bowl with olives and another with honey.
  • Create groupings of cheese like smoked gouda, white cheddar, burrata, and blue cheese.
  • Instead of regular nuts, take your board up a notch with smoked peanuts, candied pecans, chocolate sea salt cashews, and cocoa roasted almonds.
  • If you want to be really extra, cut out star-shaped cheese and apples and scatter them around the board.

In this case, more is always better. Your wooden board should be overflowing with goodies. Once your display is complete, light some candles to set the mood, pour two glasses of wine, and snack away.

Guacamole and Homemade Tortilla Chips

This date night recipe is perfect as a pre-dinner appetizer, a post-dinner snack, or as the main meal if you both just really love guac. To make this zesty guacamole for your date, you’ll need:

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 a chopped onion
  • Roma tomatoes chopped
  • Cilantro (to taste)
  • Jalapeno peppers chopped
  • Chopped garlic or some garlic powder
  • Lime juice freshly squeezed
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Smoked paprika—just a pinch for a subtle smoky flavor

Mash the avocados and then add the rest of the ingredients and gently combine. Now for the final step: homemade tortilla chips. Cut corn tortillas into triangle wedges. Heat oil in a pan on medium high heat until the oil sizzles. Use metal tongs to put the tortillas into the oil and then remove them, blotting the extra oil off with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and enjoy!

Shrimp Risotto

Prepare an elegant dinner for two with this over-the-top shrimp risotto recipe. With complex flavors and a rich taste, this swoon-worthy dish will make your date night unforgettable! For this recipe you’ll need:

  • Olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4-5 cloves minced garlic cloves,
  • Minced mushrooms (to taste)
  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 pound large shrimp
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth (low-sodium preferred)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Red pepper flakes (to taste)

Cook the risotto first and keep warm when you cook the shrimp. To make the risotto, add oil to your pan and cook half of the garlic and all of the mushrooms until tender. Add the rice and cook for about 2 minutes. Add half the wine (1/4 cup) and cook until absorbed. Then add the chicken broth along with a dash of salt and pepper. Increase the heat to a boil and stir often. Then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 13 minutes until the rice is tender and creamy.

To cook the shrimp, put oil into another pan and cook the other half of the garlic with the shrimp. Sauté for 1-2 minutes on each side. Pour in the rest of the wine (1/4 cup) and add the red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer so wine reduces and shrimp cooks through. Stir in the remaining butter, lemon juice, and parsley. Add the spinach at the end and cook just until it’s wilted. Pour over the risotto and serve.

Chicken Carbonara

This date-worthy dish is rich and creamy. Pair it with white wine and enjoy a romantic Italian meal. You’ll need:

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion finely diced
  • 1/2 cup diced bacon
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 cups cooked chicken, cut in cubes or shredded
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups grated parmesan
  • Lemon zest
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley leaves chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta until al dente. Then drain the pasta and set aside. Cook the bacon until crispy and drain most of the oil. In the same pan, add the garlic and onion and cook for a couple minutes. Add the chicken and cook it in the same pan, using the leftover bacon grease and some oil. Cube or shred the chicken. In a bowl, mix the egg yolks, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, lemon zest, oregano, basil, and parsley. This is your sauce. Reduce the heat to low-medium. Add in the spaghetti and mix well. Reduce heat to low. Add the cream mixture and toss well until pasta is coated. Cook for 4-5 minutes, just until the flavors combine but before the eggs scramble. Add salt, pepper, and more parmesan cheese on top. Bold flavors make this a go-to recipe for your next date night.

Cauliflower Gnocchi Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

This easy dinner recipe is for those evenings when you don’t have the time or energy to cook from scratch. But we guarantee it’ll still impress your date!

This recipe only requires two ingredients (unless you want to make your own red pepper soup): red pepper and tomato soup and a bag of frozen cauliflower gnocchi. Cook the gnocchi according to package directions or use an air fryer. We recommend the air fry method, because the gnocchi become firm and slightly crispy on the outside—this way, they hold their shape when you add them to the soup. Heat up your favorite red pepper and tomato soup (or just tomato soup, depending on what’s in the pantry) and add the gnocchi. This dinner idea is a fun twist on the traditional soup with dumplings. It’s also healthier and vegetarian! Soup makes you want to cuddle up on a cold night. Plan your next soup and snuggles date night to spend lovey time together.

Salmon Pesto Pasta

This salmon recipe is a great way to show off your home chef skills! It looks beautiful and colorful in a bowl and tastes even better. To make this light date night meal you’ll need:

  • 1 pound of fresh salmon
  • 1 bag of asparagus
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • White wine
  • 1/3 cup jarred pesto
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta (option: sub for gluten free)

Cook the pasta according to the package directions, until al dente. Set the pasta aside. In a pan, cook the asparagus and red pepper in oil until softened but slightly al dente. Put this veggie mixture aside. Rub the garlic powder, salt, and pepper on the salmon. In a skillet, cook the salmon in oil over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes each side until lightly golden brown. Take the salmon out of the pan and set aside. Add chicken broth, pesto, and a splash of white wine to the same pan, but on low heat. Add in the cream and lemon juice. Wait until the sauce is lightly bubbling. Add the salmon back into the pan and break up into pieces with a spoon or spatula. Add in the asparagus and red pepper back in. Cook on low for 5 minutes, allowing sauce to thicken and flavors to combine. Add pasta to pan and mix until coated. Serve with fresh parmesan cheese on top. Light and fresh tasting, this salmon pesto pasta makes an elegant dinner for two!

Resources:

https://cafedelites.com/garlic-butter-shrimp-scampi/

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/lemony-shrimp-and-risotto-recipe-2018344

https://sweetandsavorymeals.com/chicken-carbonara-recipe/

https://www.saltandlavender.com/salmon-pesto-pasta/

 

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Virtual Dating Ideas

Dating right now may seem a little strange, but these virtual dating ideas will keep the romance alive and bring you even closer together. It can be challenging, at the best of times, to find creative things to do together. Besides takeout and a movie, you may find your options limited. But virtual dates are just as fun as in-person activities and help deepen your bond. Bring the magic of date night to your home whenever you need some “spice” in the relationship. Whether you are in a long-distance relationship, maintaining social distance at home, or quarantining together, these creative virtual dates will help you spark intimacy and laughter.

7 Virtual Date Night Ideas

Listen to a concert at home.

Concerts have been put on hold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tune into performances from the comfort of your couch. Check out music artists who are holding virtual concerts. The tickets are inexpensive, and you can stream it directly to your laptop or TV.

Take a virtual cooking class.

Have a fun virtual date night in your kitchen and learn to cook! Through the power of technology, you can video stream a cooking class by a professional chef and learn how to make a delicious meal.

Learn a TikTok Dance.

We know this idea isn’t for everyone, but few can deny the addictive power of TikTok. So if you want to get a little silly, try a popular TikTok dance and laugh at yourself and each other.

Stream a workout together.

Find a fitness class you can take together, no matter the distance. Stream a yoga class for a more relaxing couples’ workout or try a strength class to get sweaty, healthy, and happy together. Look for workouts on fitness apps, YouTube, and Instagram.

Plan a themed video call dinner.

Set the mood with candles and music during your Zoom call. But rather than a boring blah date, pick a theme for your romantic dinner like “The Great Gatsby.” Dress up and play themed music in the background. Take a virtual trip to Paris and create a themed “Together in Paris” dinner event—complete with French cuisine and violin music. Don’t forget to take pictures or screenshots on your video date night, so you can remember this time together.

Start a new hobby together.

Pick a hobby that fits both of you and dedicate some time each week to work on it. You and your partner can call each other to track progress, make it a competition if you’re feeling feisty, and create something special to send in the mail. Try picking up guitar and writing your S.O. a song. Crochet a scarf and mail the surprise package for their birthday. Practice painting and make your partner a piece of art to hang on their wall. Learn a new language and record an “I love you” message for your boo. There’s nothing sexier than hearing “Tu es l’amour de ma vie” (You are the love of my life).

If you want to surprise your loved one just because, a thoughtful gift surprise can make their whole day! Try sending them a personalized couple’s gift like the Book of Us, which captures your beautiful love story on paper. You can customize the title, illustrated characters, and the text on every page to include loving messages.

Hold a virtual game night.

Shake up date night with an exciting round of games. Choose a video-friendly game like trivia, murder mystery cards, an at-home scavenger hunt, or Battleship. If you’re into video games, try an online multiplayer video game or the trending computer game “Among Us.” Virtual game nights offer friendly competition and keep you connected.

 

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9 Ways to Practice Self-Care for a Better You

For this year’s New Year’s resolutions, focus on overall health and wellness, making yourself a priority. Here are nine ways to practice self-care for a better you. The pandemic has taken a toll on our mental and emotional health, our stress levels, and our self-love. By focusing on self-care this year, you can build your physical and mental strength. Practice these self-care tips throughout the year to build your self-esteem and confidence.

The trick about self-care is that it’s all about practice. When was the last time you made yourself a priority? It can often feel like there are more important things to think about or do. But it’s equally important to take time for yourself—take a breath and focus inward. Self-care is the effort of putting yourself first. We hope these self-care suggestions give you a daily dose of happiness and peace.

9 Ways to Practice Self-Care for a Better You

  1. Focus on getting enough sleep.

Sleep can have a huge effect on your emotional and physical state. Consider your nightly routine and ways to improve. Try to avoid caffeine and sugar before bed. Make sure your bedroom is dark—blackout shades are life changing! Stay away from your computer, phone, and tablet before bed. The stress of being an adult, especially during a global pandemic, can sometimes mean it’s harder to self-soothe compared to when we were children. Find ways to relax and decompress. Listen to music, read a book, or meditate. Above all, establish a sleep schedule. Go to bed the same time every night and wake up the same time every morning. This steady routine will help you stick to the schedule and get plenty of rest.

 

  1. Eat healthy and get into a self-care eating routine.

Eating healthy can boost your energy level, improve your physical health, and enhance your overall happiness as a result. Try to eat healthy meals regularly. Create a schedule and eat meals at the same time each day. Avoid eating or snacking after 7pm because your body is less likely to break down and process the food. Take care of yourself by taking care of your food health.

 

  1. Say yes to fun activities weekly without the guilt.

Put yourself first and do things that make you happy every week. Avoid guilt-tripping yourself like, “I should be working” or “I could be cleaning.” Push aside those negative thoughts and make yourself a priority. Do things that you love like reading, bicycling, watching your favorite movie, eating dessert in bed, tuning in to a virtual concert on your laptop. Set aside time to have fun!

 

  1. Make a list of fun to-dos each month.

If you love lists and checking boxes, this self-care practice is for you! Journal a list of activities you want to do each month. By listing them out, you’ll be more likely to do them. Cross them off or check the box every time you finish one. Create a list of activities big and small. For example, here is a possible list for February: eat a piece of chocolate cake, join a virtual fun run, have a friend over for socially-distant catch up, watch a favorite movie, sleep in on Saturdays, knit a scarf. Don’t make a crazy list you can’t finish. Instead, try listing activities that are simple, easy, and fun. When you look at the completed list, you’ll feel good knowing you devoted time to self-care.

 

  1. Make time for self-care trips.

Take a self-care trip every now and then to disconnect and rejuvenate. Whether you go on a big bucket list trip or a mini road trip, a self-care vacation can make a big difference in your mental health and wellness. Schedule weekends when you can get away. Just make sure to check that the locations you want to visit are open. Unwind by visiting a beach or find peace in nature by hiking in a state park. Even taking a trip to another local town helps you escape your regular routine. Boost your health and happiness with some dedicated self-care time.

 

  1. Show up for others to build a healthy community.

An important part of self-care is providing support to others. If you want positive, healthy support from others, you also need to reciprocate. Healthy relationships are two-way. By giving and receiving, you will build a healthy community of friends and family who care. They will show up for you when you need them. Self-care isn’t about isolating yourself. It’s about giving time to yourself as well as spending time with others who build your confidence, self-esteem, and healthy mindset. You will also feel good when you provide support to someone else.

 

Doing something kind for someone else is a great way to provide support. Surprise a friend or romantic partner with a thoughtful gift, such as the Book of Us®. This custom book about love is full of kind, sentimental messages that will make your loved ones feel special and valued.

 

  1. Create a hygge space in your home that’s just for you.

Design a corner or small spot in your home that has all your favorite things. Create your space with “hygge” in mind. If you haven’t come across the hygge trend yet, “hygge” is a Danish word—without a direct translation—that generally means a feeling of cozy contentment and enjoying the simple things. Embrace hygge by designing a spot in your home with warm blankets, a good book, candles, hot chocolate, fuzzy socks, twinkling lights, pictures of friends and family, and self-care products like nail polish, face masks, and body lotion. This inviting space will encourage you to relax and enjoy a few self-care hours in cozy happiness.

 

  1. Find a creative outlet.

Discover a creative activity you love that also helps release emotions. Self-expressive activities focus your mind, pushing out negative or persistent thoughts. They also help manage stress. If you are looking for a creative outlet, you can paint, draw, crochet, craft, write poetry, or take up an instrument. Express yourself creatively to work out problems, cope with stress, and embrace the beauty all around you.

 

  1. Schedule an appointment with a counselor.

Counselors can help teach mindfulness and self-talk techniques for making a better you. Therapy isn’t just for those who are experiencing extreme anxiety or depression. Therapy is for everyone, to help establish a positive state of mind and to handle day-to-day frustrations—or the enormity of a pandemic—a little lighter. Speaking with a counselor is self-care for your mind and emotions. Consider therapy to build an even greater love for yourself and those around you.

Resources:

https://www.countryliving.com/life/a41187/what-is-hygge-things-to-know-about-the-danish-lifestyle-trend/

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How to Celebrate Galentine’s Day with Your BFFs

Just before Valentine’s Day, it’s time to celebrate the lovely lady friends in your life on Galentine’s Day! Taking place on February 13th, this unofficial holiday was first invented by the Parks and Rec television character Leslie Knope as a time of “ladies celebrating ladies.” So ditch the men in your life and have some meaningful time with your favorite gal pals. Galentine’s Day is a perfect time to support, uplift, and empower the beautiful women in your life. Here are some ways you can celebrate Galentine’s Day with your best friends and strengthen your friendships.

How to Celebrate Galentine’s Day with Your BFFs

 

Brunch and Drinks

Celebrate like Leslie Knope with her lady friends and enjoy a delicious brunch with drinks and small gifts. A personalized best friend book such as Book of Us can be customized for two friends with their names, appearance, and fun friendship quotes. Share stories and make lasting memories together. This special time will help you express gratitude for your friendships and grow closer together.

 

Weekend Girls’ Trip

Spend some quality time with the incredible women in your life by taking a trip together! Plan a quick road trip to see some natural wonders of the world. You may want to self-isolate for two weeks before and after the trip, to make sure everyone is safe. There’s nothing like a girls’ weekend getaway to celebrate your amazing friendship!

 

Spa Time in Pajamas

For a quieter and relaxing evening, put on your PJs and enjoy spa treatments at home. Give each other manicures and pedicures. Try out different face masks and take silly pictures. Pamper yourselves with a girls’ spa night. You deserve it, just for being awesome and powerful women!

 

Rom-Com Movie Night

Spend the night with your best friends watching trashy, cheesy, ooey-gooey romantic comedies that make you laugh, cry, eye-roll, and swoon. Pop in some classics like: When Harry Met Sally, Sixteen Candles, You’ve Got Mail, While You Were Sleeping, and Princess Bride. A rom-com movie night is a fun way to spend Galentine’s Day with your movie-loving gal pals!

 

Video Call Long-Distance BFFs

Just because you and your friends live far away doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! Video call each other and have a Galentine’s Day celebration with your long-distance friends.

 

Wine Tasting

Visit your local winery for a Galentine’s Day wine tasting with your fave ladies! Make sure to bring one (or a few) bottles home for future girlfriend get-togethers. This is also a covid-friendly activity that can be enjoyed outdoors. If your state isn’t fully open yet and you can’t visit a winery, have everyone purchase some unusual-sounding wines and taste test them virtually on a zoom call!

 

Painting Party

A painting party is the perfect way to release your inner artiste! Go to a painting party at a local venue or organize your own at home with paint and canvases. Forget about creating a masterpiece and have fun being silly and creative with your friends! You can sit socially distant around a table or set up easels in your home that are six feet apart.

 

Game Night Potluck

Organize a girlfriend game night at your house for this special holiday! Ask a small group of friends to bring their favorite dish or dessert to the Galentine’s Day party, enough for everyone to enjoy. For an extra safe environment, hand out colorful face masks at the door that your friends can wear and take home. Game night brings everyone together for a celebration of your best female friendships.

 

The possibilities for celebrating are truly endless! But we hope these Galentine’s Day celebration ideas will help you plan a fun and meaningful event with your besties.

 

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Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her

Discover thoughtful and affordable Valentine’s Day gifts for your girlfriend, boyfriend, or romantic partner! This Valentine’s Day, think beyond a card and look for creative, unique gifts that will surprise and delight your S.O. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to express your love and show how much you care. It’s even more important to spread love, with the pandemic putting a strain on our plans and emotional health. Whether you’ve been together for a few months or years, a sweet present helps you connect with your partner and make memories together. We’ve rounded up some of the best Valentine’s Day gifts below. Surprise your sweetheart and celebrate the most romantic holiday of the year!

Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

Romance the special man in your life with a meaningful Valentine’s Day present. He’s sure to be impressed with these gift ideas below.

 

Sampler Pack of Hot Sauce

Spice up his life with an awesome sample pack of hot sauces. If his mouth waters at the thought of spicy food, he’ll be fired up to try these at your next Taco Tuesday.

 

A Personalized Book About Love: Book of Us®

Show him how much you care with a deeply personalized book about love! Customize the illustrated characters to resemble you and your partner. You can also include loving messages, photos, and your favorite relationship story on the back cover. Surprise him with a unique and lasting Valentine’s Day gift you both will treasure.

 

Video Game Console

Surprise him with a splurge gift he can play for years to come! If you love video games, this is also a win-win for you!

 

Suitcase and Surprise Trip

A hard case, high-quality suitcase is only part of the present! Put plane tickets or a road trip map inside to surprise him with a fun, romantic weekend together. Even if it’s not possible for you to travel now, this gift gives him something fun to look forward to!

 

Sports Fan Gift Pack

DIY a gift basket full of sports wear for the fanatic sports fan! Include a jersey, hat, and even a pair of shoes. The next time he watches a game, he’ll be decked out in his sports wear and thinking of you.

 

Custom Coffee Cup and Matching Dog Bowl

A man’s best friend is his dog. Melt his heart and give him and his dog matching cups they can drink from in the morning, with their names customized on the front.

 

Indoor Skydiving Gift Certificate

Give him the experience of skydiving without the extreme risk! He’ll love the rush and thrill of flight. Some skydiving locations also offer VR googles, immersing you in the flying experience. This is also a fun activity you can do together on Valentine’s Day.

Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

Find thoughtful and affordable Valentine’s Day gifts for your wife, girlfriend, or significant other.

 

Blow-Dryer and Curling Iron Kit

Upgrade her style tools with a high-end blow-dryer and curling iron. This cuts her time in the morning, giving her more time with you—not to mention fabulous hair!

 

Cute and Soft Pajamas

Every woman loves a cute pair of pajamas that are soft to the touch and cozy for snuggling and sleeping.

 

Bath Salts and Candle

Draw her a bath in the evening and surprise her with bath salts and a candle she can use right away. This soothing and relaxing Valentine’s Day gift pack is perfect for her to unwind after work.

 

Book of Us – Personalized Valentine’s Day Book

This custom book for couples is the perfect way to show your love! Create a thoughtful gift in only five minutes. Your book is personalized with your names and loving messages about your relationship. She will definitely be awe-struck by such a sweet and sentimental Valentine’s Day present!

 

Date Night Scratch Off Poster

DIY a poster of 25, 50, or 100 date night ideas. She’ll love all the thought and love you put into this special gift. Inspire your next date night and scratch them off as you spend romantic time together!

 

Engraved Cutting Board

Customize a cutting board with your names for a beautifully personalized Valentine’s Day gift. Whether you use it for chopping food at dinner date nights or creating a charcuterie board for your next couple’s party, this engraved gift is a sweet reminder of your loving relationship.

 

Food or Wine Subscription Box

If she’s a wine lover or a major foodie, get her a subscription box that delivers delicious joy at Valentine’s Day and year-round!

 

Give the unexpected this Valentine’s Day with these unique and creative gift ideas! Above all, have a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day with your partner that is filled with love.

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Lessons about Love from Billie Eilish Songs 

The rising singer/songwriter Billie Eilish sent a jolt through the pop music scene with sultry, sweet, and sometimes sinister songs that contain beautiful and raw lessons about love. Billie uses her songs to express the good and the bad about relationships and taps into heavy emotions.  

Music can play a crucial role in emotional learning, helping us to reflect and learn about our own relationships both past and present.    

Here are some love lessons from Billie Eilish songs that offer insightful lessons about healthy and unhealthy love.

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Negative self-talk and the journey to find self-love

Sometimes the relationship we need to evaluate most is the one with ourselves. The Billie Eilish song “idontwannabeyouanymore”, also heard on The Voice, depicts a narrator talking to herself in the mirror, struggling with insecurities and self-loathing.  

While the song’s title clearly evokes this negative self-talk, it also has a positive spin: the narrator is breaking away from her past—“we’ve made every mistake”—and telling herself she will no longer be that broken person. The sentence “I don’t wanna be you” changes meaning throughout the song, from self-deprecation to self-liberation.  

Self-love can come when we are more mindful, aware of how what we are thinking and how we are feeling.  

Experiencing the fear and wonder of falling in love

The ethereal song “Ocean Eyes” performed by Billie Eilish describes the fear, hesitation, and beauty of falling in love.  

The narrator expresses awestruck wonder—“can’t stop staring at those ocean eyes”—and an overwhelming feeling of emotion—“you really know how to make me cry.” The road to a healthy relationship often involves feeling insecure, afraid, and uncertain. But it’s those first steps into love, feeling mesmerized and vulnerable, that lead you on a wonderful journey. 

Grappling with heavy emotions as you work through complications in a relationshipwhen

Let’s face it—most relationships are complicated at one time or another. The song on Billie’s new album “I Love You” describes two lovers who care for each other and emotionally wound each other at the same time.  

Having made her lover cry, the narrator describes her own inner turmoil as she croons “I love you and I don’t want to.” Having allowed herself to be vulnerable—“Never been the type to let someone see right through”—the narrator ultimately admits, “I can’t escape the way I love you”. If you are in a relationship, you are pretty much guaranteed to get into arguments.  

This Billie Eilish song gives us another truth lesson about love: real love is messy.  

Difficulty of finding closure in a relationship

Billie’s song “When the Party’s Over” describes a narrator struggling to move on from her relationship.  

Though she dislikes the quiet at home, she has “learned to lose” her partner and asks, “Let’s just let it go. Let me let you go.” Yet she still intends to call them after the party. Relationships can be difficult to move on from.  We struggle with a suddenly quiet house compared to the lively interactions and communication in a relationship.  

This song captures the emotional roller coaster of going back and forth as the narrator tries to put some distance between herself and her partner. 

Hopefully we’ve inspired you to put on some Billie Eilish songs and reflect on these love lessons! ​

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7 Ways to Have an Epic Summer with Your BFF

Have a fun-filled summer with this list of activities for you and your best friend! Whether you’re looking to travel or enjoy the summer sunshine, we have an epic list of things to do with friends. Your best friend is like family—someone you can talk to about anything. With such a special bond, you deserve to plan an incredible summer together and make unforgettable memories. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune or plan an extravagant day. Any activity where you can laugh together is special. Check out these best friend activities for the ultimate summer vacation.​

Road trip to a new city.

Go on a fun adventure with your best friend to a city you’ve never visited. Road tripping gives you the freedom to explore, but on an affordable budget. Take in the beautiful views, karaoke to songs on the radio at the top of your lungs and feed each other snacks as you drive. Check out the city’s shopping area; visit a new restaurant; take funny pictures or a TikTok video. Before the day’s over, park at the top of a hill and watch the sunset. Summer days are gone before you know it. Make your best friend road trip one to remember.

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Visit a summer music festival.

Tick this one off your best friend bucket list and attend a summer music festival in your area. Dance and party to your favorite tunes with your ride-or-die BFF. A summer music festival has everything: sun, food, eclectic musicians, and a feel-good summer vibe with exciting energy. Rev up your summer and find a summer music festival near you!

Plan the perfect beach day.

Spend an epic beach day with your best friend this summer! We have you covered to make this the best day ever. Create a summer playlist on your phone and bring a cooler with snacks. Freeze a water bottle to use as an ice pack while suntanning. When it melts you have fresh, icy cold water to drink. Another summer beach hack: Freeze Kool-Aid into ice cubes and enjoy plain or drink with vodka in a reusable cup.

Bar and burger hop around town.

Pick your favorite rideshare app and hop around town to the best bars and burger places. What’s better than sampling the best local draft beer your state has to offer and not having to drive?

Workout with weights at the gym.

Want to get that toned summer bod? Working out with a best friend is the perfect way to stay motivated and healthy. Best friend workouts are also more fun. If you ride the struggle bus when it comes to pushing through a long workout, talking and joking with a friend makes everything feel easier. Grab brunch afterward as a reward for burning those calories.

Visit an amusement park.

When was the last time you rode a roller coaster or ate cotton candy? Summer is the perfect time to act like a silly kid and indulge your inner child! Go all out at the amusement park. Get soaking wet on the water rides. Play the carnival games to win a stuffed animal. Eat all the junk food. Splurge on a whole day of pure fun.

Attend a wine tasting.

Drinks with friends is always a good time! Find a wine tasting event at a local winery and sip the summer day away. Check out the winery’s event calendar to see if they are holding themed wine nights so you can choose your favorite. You can also host a wine party at your house! Just grab a few bottles of wine and create a simple charcuterie board. A wine tasting or wine party is a fun and classy way to spend time with your best friend this summer. Pour the rosé and enjoy a taste of summer.

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5 BFF Trip Ideas: Affordable Vacation Planning with Your Best Friend

Make unforgettable memories with your best friend this year and plan an epic BFF trip! These five trip ideas promise laughter and fun at affordable prices. Best friend getaways are the perfect time to grow even closer together, so why wait to start your next adventure! 

Labor Day weekend trip to Vegas 

Unwind with your best friend with a long weekend vacation that has everything: pools, warm weather, casinos, shopping, fine dining, clubs for dancing, and dazzling shows. Las Vegas offers some of the best hotel deals during Labor Day weekend. Share a room to split costs, purchase discount show tickets on the strip, and forget taxi costs because you can walk everywhere or take the free tram! Be sure to check out the Bellagio fountain show and the Mirage fountain show.  

Condo rental on the beach 

Enjoy a luxury best friend getaway without the hefty price tag of a four-star hotel! Online rental sites like Airbnb™ offer affordable condo rentals right on the beach. Stock the fridge with food and snacks and spend your days relaxing on the beach.  

Best friend road trip across country 

Grab your bestie and take an amazing cross-country road trip together! A summer road trip is the perfect adventure for making new memories. Be sure to snap pics along the way! When the vacation is over, create a personalized best friend gift such as the Book of Us™. Customize the book with funny stories or quotes from your adventures together and remember your vacation forever! BFF road trips aren’t just about sightseeing—they’re about the little things too: singing road songs in the car, feeding each other snacks while driving, watching the sunset, and telling each other funny stories and secrets. This best friend vacation is the perfect way to live your best life, spending it with someone you love!  

Glamping in California 

Take the traditional camping trip to the next level with this best friend vacation! A glamping trip combines the beauty of nature with comfortable accommodations. California offers beautiful weather year-round and gorgeous places to go glamping. Stay in a luxury tent with electricity and running water, a ranch, a mountain park, a luxe RV, or even a safari tent in the heart of wine country on the Sonoma Serengeti! Bond with your bestie on this summer vacay.  

Backpack through Europe (on the cheap!)  

A best friend trip to Europe might seem beyond your budget, but it’s definitely within reach! Backpacking through Europe is an exciting and affordable trip for you and your bestie. The most expensive part is the round-trip flight. Check out flight deals on Expedia, Hotels.com, and other online discount sites. You can also save up and use a program like Delta Skymiles®  to comp your flight. Consider a rail pass like Eurail Pass to travel between countries. This pass is a single ticket that allows unlimited travel on nearly every train in Europe! Review all the rail pass options and select the best one for your travel needs. As you hop to different countries, book your stay through Airbnb™ or stay at hostels for affordable accommodations. The best part about Europe is that sightseeing is free! There are countless monuments, buildings, and free museums to visit and explore.  

A BFF trip is the best way to make lifelong memories! Take a vacation with someone you love and grow stronger together. You will remember this vacation for years to come.  

Resources:

https://thesavvybackpacker.com/rail-pass-europe-guide-eurail/ ​