Hello, lovelies! I hope your day is good. Can you believe January is over? I can hardly believe I started my new habits and workout 3 weeks ago. It is still going well so far with a few sidetracks (because let’s face it, life happens). If you follow me on social media, you probably know that I started the Focus 2019 with Jordan Page from Fun Cheap or Free. I discovered her YouTube channel and blog last year and absolutely love her personality and large family. She inspired me to plan my year in advance and January has been a great month. But, all this to say that February is all about relationship and friendship which is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It is not one of my favourite holidays but I am all about building strong relationships. This year, I thought about sharing alternative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, other than flowers and store chocolate. I hope you will be inspired and enjoy the company of your friends, family and partner this month.
In case you do not know, the flower industry is not as environmentally-friendly as you would think. To have certain flowers during the winter months, we have to import some of them from other countries with different environmental and labour practices. If you like flowers, it is something to keep in mind and reminder to compost them after.
An alternative to flowers would be a plant to add to your home or succulents or cactus. It can be locally sourced or imported but mostly can be enjoyed all year long.
This is another industry to be careful of because of the destruction of the forest as well as labour. Beside these very important issues, common chocolate brands sometimes contain chemicals, artificial flavours and sweeteners, and are very high in artificial sugar. If you still want to enjoy chocolate, there are fair-trade brands you can purchase from or you can look at Certified B Corporation for more information on ethical and sustainable companies. I recommend chocolate from Justly Market to order online or brand suggestions from The Good Trade.
I like to spend my money and time on experiences with friends and family for holidays and here are a few of my favourite to do.
Dinner and a movie
That is a classic date night and always a good idea. You get a chance to catch up, get to know each other and share stories over dinner and enjoy some popcorn and watch a movie. It is nice, relax and you enjoy a good conversation. It is also a great gift to give to friends and family, also include babysitting if they have young children.
Friends date night
This is my favourite. You can invite a friend over/go out for dinner, movie, coffee, walk, exhibition, visit a museum, board games, etc. You do not need to spend money to enjoy your time with good friends. You can always double date or go as a group of friends. Seasonal events in your cities can also provide some inspiration and could be inexpensive.
Get to know your spouse
Pinterest is always a great source of ideas for activities and inexpensive ways to spend quality time with your spouse. There are lists of discussion topics or questions to ask your significant other to get to know them a little bit more. You can do this over a camping evening in your living room, over dinner at home or out, on walks or hikes, as a game night, etc.
There you have 5 simpler and conscious way to celebrate Valentine’s day with the people you love in your life. I personally recommend spending quality time over things or gifts (although I do enjoy gift giving and receiving). I hope this inspires you for a few last minute way to enjoy this day with friends and family. I wish you all the love for this month and hope you will be back here soon. In the meantime, I will share this month with you on my social media and wish you a good day.