Valentine Ideas that cost NEXT TO NOTHING but are PRICELESS
Ohhhh...love is IN THE AIR!!
According to the largest market research company in the USA (IBISWorld) the number one spending holiday is....no big surprise...CHRISTMAS. The 2010 spending logged in at $135 BILLION. Next was Thanksgiving at $30.5 Billion and then there's Valentine's Day where the 2010 spending was noted at $17.6 BILLION.
BUT now it's "Valentine Season" and it can be stressful!
How can I show my beloved Valentine that they are the greatest thing since sliced bread but not spend too much money!?! Times are tight for a lot of us in the cash department.
Does your Valentine have expectations of grander that you just cannot provide? I'd have to say that as you get older you need less STUFF to prove how special you are to someone. My ideas work for anyone!
As a woman of frugal upbringing (which sparked creative art projects regularly with my mom) I’ve got some great ideas for you to consider either asking for (of your Valentine) or giving to your Valentine.
Take your Valentine to the top of Rocky Peak and have lunch.
Don’t forget a pad or blanket (there are a few awesome rocks you can sit on).
Rocky Peak Trail has it’s own off ramp from the 118 Freeway. It’s 2.4 miles to the top and you LEAVE CIVILIZATION to enjoy what used to be the bottom of the ocean!
According to Archeologist (and 805 Boot Camper) Maggie, the giant rocks that you see all over Hummingbird, Rocky Peak and Chumash (they look like they tumbled down the side of the mountain) were actually moved by a large body of water - aka an OCEAN! We’re living in an old Sea Monkey (remember those) world!
Find A Trail
Simi Valley has the greatest and most beautiful trails!
Bring your Valentine to The Getty Center or Getty Villa.
The Getty Center is no-charge, (the Getty Villa is also free but you have to have advanced timed tickets) you just need to be able to get down the 405 Freeway.
If you work on Thursday February 14th but can take the day off The Getty Center offers neat tours scheduled regularly in The Gardens, Architecture and Collection Highlights. Here is a little snippet of a current Exhibition called "Farewell to Surrealism" that I think might be very interesting: "
In 1939, three artists, Wolfgang Paalen, Alice Rahon, and Eva Sulzer, left Paris to explore the indigenous ruins of the Pacific Northwest and pre-Columbian Mexico. They settled in Mexico City, becoming part of an international group of surrealist artists and writers exiled there during the 1940s."
Cook a meal together! Take turns taking pics of the process.
It doesn’t have to be healthy - it should be something you LOVE or maybe you can find a new thing to create.
First figure out what you want to cook then grocery shop for the ingredients (this could be part of the together time).
Cooking together is very fun (except when someone gets the towel wet and snaps you with it, repeatedly). Be sure you set the table and enjoy the time together without a TV rolling.
After you dine, why not play an old card game like: SNAP, Crazy 8's, Blackjack or how about MEMORY!!
Remember and write down a great memory you have of you and your Valentine together.
This is super special. I actually ask for it every Christmas from my kids. Just 3 memories they have with me, their Grandma’s and Amanda. It is something I keep in my nightstand and read over when I catch a glimpse of it. I love their handwriting and everything about it!
You can make a frame to hang on the wall of the story too. If it’s more than a sheet of paper, no problem... make two frames! Thrift stores always have frames for sale.
I promise, every single time you see it your heart will swell with happiness.
Tell your Valentine 3 or more NEAT THINGS ABOUT YOU and/or your life.
Write each NEAT THING down on a 3x5 card and place them all around places that you think they’ll frequent on a regular day.
Location ideas: In the toothbrush area, on the shower head, in the fridge, on a windshield, in a desk drawer. You could even cut hearts out of paper and write the neat thing on it.
Neat Thing Ideas: Your first car, your favorite vacation as a kid, what was your first pet, your current favorite place to eat-out for lunch, who inspires you in life now and when you were younger (could be different)... hopefully you get the idea.
Just for kicks, put one of the cards in a place they DON’T frequent often and it’ll be neat when they finally find that special one!
“Good-Chi-Out” a room together that you share.
If you believe in flows then you should know about the ancient art of feng shui. You can get a book on this at Michelle Schwabe’s $5 or Less Bookstore (I know because I did!) here in Simi Valley.
Some believe that the way your rooms are set up will help dictate the way balance of energy will flow through your life.
The person that built the house we live in HAD to have done it with this in mind because almost everything about our house complies with the rules in feng shui. There are four elements (fire, water, metal, earth) that were placed PERFECTLY around our home. Next time you visit I’ll show you!
Check out the guidelines for a bedroom set up according to Rodika Tchi (experienced full time feng shui consultant with 12 years of experience):
Go to a High School Event or Senior Center Event
Get your Valentine’s agreement that you celebrate on a different day.
The high schools have so much going on and watching kids perform is one of the greatest things ever.
Simi Valley High School Royal High School Santa Susana High School Moorpark High School
Make a Time Capsule. This is something you can open NEXT Valentine’s Day!
The kid Valentines in your life would really like this.
I found this super easy guide to making one - check it out!
Visit an Animal Sanctuary.
There are some pretty neat places that have such a good feeling about them!
The Gentle Barn: is in Santa Clarita.
You can HUG A COW together!
If you are an Animal Lover (and hopefully your Valentine is too) then you know how much animals need LOVE too!
If you know about another sanctuary, please let me know.
Lastly, DON'T BUY A CARD, MAKE ONE!
There is still time to print a photo you love or draw a picture. I believe we all have an artsy-bone and you CAN make something that has heart and thought in it. Your Valentine will LOVE it!