5 Ways to Ruin Valentine’s Day

You should not be stressed out when coming up with Valentine’s Day ideas, but you probably are right? The pressure to do the “perfect” thing and buy the “perfect” gift can be a bit overwhelming (especially if you are dating). My advice is to keep it simple and intimate, perhaps even a bit fun. Here are 5 ways you can ruin Valentine’s Day– so please avoid them!

1. Stress yourself out about the details and in doing so stress out your boyfriend/other half. Guys already feel the pressure, no need to add to it.

2. Go out to a formal dinner, because you think you have to. If you both wouldn’t enjoy it on a normal day….what makes you think you’ll enjoy it now?

3. Spend a ton of money on the “perfect” gift. Why not make or buy something less expensive that he will actually enjoy? How about a new CD or book? Even just bake him some sweets…. most guys really don’t care about extravagant gifts.

4. Get your expectations up. If you expect to be wooed and swept away, and this does not happen exactly how you had dreamed- you will be disappointed. Why not just except to have a nice day together, and I bet all of your expectations will be met or exceeded.

5. Sulk. If you are single, don’t sit around and dwell on how you rather be dating. Instead, grab someone else who doesn’t have plans and hang out with them. Make plans with a girlfriends or even surprise your mother or grandmother and rent a movie and just stay in.

By: Tori Tait
Share! What are your suggestion for keeping Valentine’s Day simple and fun? I would love to hear what you are planning!
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Sweetheart Martini Recipe


Sweetheart Martini

A berry cute garnish for this maritni!

Ingredients

2 oz. Boru Crazzberry Vodka
2 oz. Pallini Raspicello

Instructions

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with raspberries and/or blackberries and enjoy!

Recipe and Photo from Bar None Drinks

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Mainstream Cleaners Gone Green

I have talked a lot about cleaning green here on Thoughtfully Simple. From do-it-yourself mixtures to some of the leading “green” brands; I am always looking to share new ways to clean your home in an earth friendly way. One thing I hear a lot of is how it is just so easy to grab the traditional cleaners that have always worked well at the grocery store. Well, in response to your comments…I have found a simple solution!

I recently had the pleasure of trying out a new green cleaner from the SC Johnson, A family Company. Nature’s Source is a new line of fabulous Eco-friendly cleaners that (dare I say it) work well! A new twist on your old favorites like Windex for your glass cleaning needs and Scrubbing Bubbles for your bathroom detail. Right at your local grocery store, you can find these trusted brands now reformulated with a more earth friendly formula.

I was impressed with how well these cleaners worked and how they really smelled fresh and clean without smelling like cleaner. From the kitchen to the bathroom (and many places in between), these green cleaners really get the job done.

So, there you have it….. green cleaning really is simple after all!

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Fun Valentine’s Day Table Top Decor

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and now is a great time to plan some holiday decor. In my search to find creative Valentine table top decor, I discovered Crossroads Cottage and their fabulous tablescapes. You will love all of their ideas and inspiring photos showing off their many table top ideas. My eyes were drawn to the Valentines designs of course, and I am dying to share them with you!

I love creating Valentine’s Day decor that is beyond the usual heart motif. You can play with fun and flirty patterns and colors when you are decorating. Above are Pinwhirls created out of romantic patterned paper with yummy names such as pink raspberry and candy stripes.

I love taken one item and using it several different ways when creating party decor. Here, you can see how these fabulous pinwhirls are used to pull the table top together.

  • Gathered in a vase for a whimsical centerpiece
  • Placed at each individual place setting doubling as name cards
  • Inserted into a cupcake for a fun and personal touch.

What a simple way to pull of some unique party decor! Oh– and did I mention this would be a great idea for any party your having? Check out all of their pinwhirl designs!

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Let Your Love Grow!

I have had the pleasure of discovering an inspiring company: Trees Instead. Trees Instead offers an eco-friendly alternative to giving the traditional bouquet of flowers. Now I will be the first one to admit, I love a gorgeous floral arrangement, but really, how much more thoughtful is giving a TREE? Fabulous!

I have an idea! How about sending your love bird a certificate telling them you purchased a TREE for them this Valentine’s Day? Not only is this a wonderful “green” act, it is so romantic. Come on, let your love grow! Trees can be sent for any occassion and can be purchased for as little at $25.00!

You can learn more about purchasing, sending, and visiting your tree at Trees Instead.

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How to keep cut flowers fresh

 

How to keep cut flowers fresh

4 tips for how to keep cut flowers fresh

Give Them Some Pop

  • If your cut flowers are looking a little wilted in their vase but you aren’t quite ready to toss them out, try giving them some life by adding a carbonated lemon-lime soda to their vase. Just don’t grab the sugar free version- they like it sweet!

Pour in the Vinegar

  • If your flowers are looking a bit thirsty, you can also try giving them this vinegar mix: 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 quart water.

Touch Up Their Roots

  • To keep your blooms around a bit longer, add 2 drops household bleach, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 quart water.

Sear Them, But Don’t Eat Them

  • If you have a gorgeous arrangement of flowers such as poppies, dahlias, or orchids you can sear their stems before putting them into the vase. Why? Well these type of flowers have hollow stems that secret a milky-types substance when cut. Searing the end of their stems will keep them perky a bit longer. Simply hold their ends to a flame for a quick sear and then place them in a vase with warm (not cold) water.
What works for you? I’d love to hear your secrets!
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