And The Christmas Challenge is really meant to also cover all our gifts for the year including birthdays and special occasions.
Possibly not everyone celebrates Valentines Day. I do as basically my motto is if it is good and sweet I'm in. And yes we should do lovely things for those we love all the time but an extra push never hurts!
Also somehow my celebrations have expanded. Once I would have wanted to do something romantic but now I think of sending pretty little things to friends, making heart shaped cakes for the girls as little gifts and it being a day of sweet tokens of affection. Maybe some romance as well!
Once before I wrote about Valentines Day and how I read on a forum about a woman who was saying it was her and her husbands anniversary and she had no money so they could not celebrate. I thought that was terrible as you do not need money to celebrate! That infuriates me! Hello! A little effort goes a long way!
For a situation like that I would say why not write your husband a letter or list the things that you appreciate about him? Seriously, take time and write them down. If you have a hard working, honest and kind husband you have a lot to be thankful for. Many men work so hard and without many thanks. If you were to write in a card I really love and appreciate the way you..." and fill this in from the bottom of your heart, seal it up and tie a ribbon around it... I pretty much guarantee he will think this is the best thing ever. He might cry. In a good way!
Or make a special dinner, light candles or bake a heart shaped cake for desert. Truly it is not important about the money!
One of my successes was during the day I set up a table for two that looked really nice out in our yard. It did involve dragging outside lots of things but it looked lovely! I baked a brie in puff pastry and served it with a salad and made heart shaped pavlovas for desert. But as soon as Andy came home from work he saw the table and candles etc outside he knew it was a special dinner. He knew how much trouble I had gone to! He loved it!
In my opinion the tougher men are on the outside the mushier they are on the inside. They see what you did for them and know how much trouble you went to. That touches their heart.
One time years ago I had a friend who completely forgot it was her wedding anniversary. Did nothing. Her husband was a fisherman and out at sea. He was due back in several hours. She was stuck. I suggested we go down to the warf and find his car.... and we took red lipstick and covered the car with kisses. (Side note... we looked like idiots doing this and got a few looks) HOWEVER when he came back everyone saw his car covered in lipstick kisses. I did worry he wouldn't like the lipstick on his car but no it was a massive success. He loved it! He left that lipstick on his car for about two weeks so other people could see it! And that went down as a best anniversary ever!
So really a little imaginations, a little effort, a little fun mean more than money.
This year I have small gifts for a few friends. I am making a heart shaped pink friendship card to send to my friend in the nursing home. And I will decorate the envelope so it looks exciting on arrival!
I am making heart shaped powder puffs! I have six made so far...
And heart shaped soaps. These are my first soaps of the year! They were a simple melt and pour soap that Helen gave me for my birthday. All I had to do was add colour and I put dried rose buds in them... but they worked out really well!
During the week I am making two other types of soap and then will do a post that should contain a method of soap that anyone will feel happy to try at home. So if you have always thought about soap making this is it! So gather things to use as your moulds.
I am big on heart shaped food. Other Valentines Days on work days I have sent heart shaped scones, biscuits, sandwiches etc in lunch boxes. I've made heart shaped pancakes fro breakfast...
This year I am making a heart shaped chocolate brownie, tying it up with a red bow and adding a card. I will present it still warm with a bowl of strawberries and cream. Done.
Andy will love it! Plus left over brownies will go in his lunch box all week! Bonus!
If you are in Australia Adriano Zumbo and Donna Hay both have fool proof stunning brownie mixes that are beautiful. I don't normally use a packet mix for anything but I do this as I ate one out and asked for the recipe and this was it! But it is so good and makes a beautiful gift.
So they are my little plans to make a couple of people feel special for Valentines Day and you certainly don't need to spend a lot of money to do it!
A little effort to show your love and appreciation of someone is never a bad thing.
If you have ideas please share! We can get through another occasion without blowing the budget and mainly making our own gifts!
Have a really good week. We have lovely weather and I am painting, making soap, shopping and learning all about Aldi!
See you Wednesday to update on The Vicky Challenge! xxx