How We’re Celebrating Valentine’s Day At Home

Happy Valentine’s Day, babes!!❤️

I’ll be honest with you, this holiday has always kind of been whatever to me, whether I’m in a relationship for it or not! I think my favorite way to celebrate is probably just to treat myself and whoever I’m spending it with.

It’s also a excuse to indulge a little – get a mani/pedi, maybe a new outfit, get a present for someone I love, bake a rich dessert, or eat a fancy dinner! That being said, my bf and I have never gone out to celebrate Valentine’s Day, just because all the restaurants are so overcrowded and overpriced. I’m also not a big fan of fixed price menus since you don’t get as many choices!

So, instead, here’s a rundown of how I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day at home! And, luckily my bf doesn’t actually read this, so it’ll still be a surprise to him😉

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A special, home-cooked dinner. Like I said, we love to cook at home! Since I’m now the one with the flexible schedule, I’m planning on making us a pretty full feast, just for fun! In the past, we’ve had risotto and lamb chops, so something a big more indulgent. I think I’ll continue the trend with this Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle or Shrimp and Bacon Risotto!

And dessert! Last year I made this Dark Chocolate Eclipse Cake and it was SO good. I honestly might just make that (’cause if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), but I’m also think something like these Brownie Layer Cheesecake parfait things could be cute, maybe with some strawberries on top for festivity🍓

Plus Foot Massages… because I’m not very good at giving full body massages and it’s cheaper than the real thing😂 Not to mention it’s more comfortable and fun to just do it at home! I got this foot scrub and lotion from Barefoot Scientist and I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to break them out!

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And probably a movie. We don’t actually watch movies all that often, especially if we’re too tired on a weeknight to get through the whole thing, but we do like to curl up on the couch and watch something! Lately we’ve been loving The Good Place and the new season of True Detective.

But then a weekend getaway😍 We found out pretty recently that Alex has President’s Day off work, so we were thinking of heading up to a family friend’s cabin in the mountains tomorrow, but then we found out it’s got no power from all the snow! Instead, we’ll be heading up to the Santa Barbara area for wine tasting for just one night, but I’m so excited! I really just wanted to do something special since we’ve been spending so many weekends huddled up at home. Maybe the rainy season will end soon…

Anyway, that’s about it – I hope you guys have a fun night celebrating!! Even if you’re single or honestly just not even doing anything, take this night to show yourself some love. You deserve it!!!💕💕

xo Jordan

3 Cute V-Day Food Ideas (for You or Your Boo!)

Hi friends!! I’m back today with some Valentine’s Day cuteness ’cause let’s be real, the fun of this holiday is basically just the treats you get to indulge in😏

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Cute V-Day Food Ideas (for You or Your Boo!)

I’m going to be honest with you, I could kind of care less about Valentine’s Day. I mean, for like 95% of my life I was single for it, and even if I did have a boyfriend, it felt like any other day. I think my number one thing about it is just knowing that someone thought about me, but the truth is that if you’re dating someone who you’re truly meant to be with, that person is going to show you they’re thinking about you every damn day, y’know? Last year, Alex and I just made dinner at home and this year we’re planning on doing the same thing. I’ll definitely be whipping up something sweet, which I’m veryyyyy excited for (!), but otherwise it’ll be low key!

Regardless of who you’re with (or not with) this V-Day, I think the most important thing you can focus on is showing love to yourself and those around you. Call your parents, your siblings, your best friends, and tell them how much you care about them. Maybe write a card, or bake them something sweet you know they’ll love. And if it’s just you at the end of the night, treat yourself to some self care – a face mask, glass of wine (or kombucha), an episode of your favorite Netflix show, and a lil’ dessert. You deserve it! If you’re looking for something extra to do for yourself, your bae, or just the ‘gram, I’ve got some ideas for you guys that I’ve either done myself or have found across the web during my V-Day research!

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Heart-Shaped Food – This one is probably the easiest, cheapest, cutes thing you could possibly do! All you need is a heart cookie cutter and the possibilities are endless. Last year I made us heart-shaped avocado toast (basic b meets overrated holiday😂) and this year I’m planning on making heart-shaped pancakes! The ones in the photo at the beginning of this post were just made from the Birch Benders mix I had on hand and I added an easy chia-berry jam on top.

If you wanted to be reaaaaal cute, you could do pink jam so instead of using mixed berries like I did, do only raspberries or strawberries! To make it, put frozen berries of whichever variety you’d like in a microwave safe dish for about 30 seconds, add a tablespoon of either whole or ground chia seeds, and stir to combine. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then you’re good to go! I like to use ground chia seeds, which are nice since you can’t even taste them, but they still help bring the jam together like whole seeds do.

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Cute V-Day Food Ideas (for You or Your Boo!)

White Chocolate Valentine’s Day Popcorn – This one is so perfect if you’re doing a galentine’s party or having a movie night in! I originally made this recipe two years ago, but if I were making it today I’d probably swap out the candy hearts for pink, white and red m&m’s! I know that might be overkill on the chocolate, but like, is there such a thing? The answer is no. Plus they might melt a little and be all soft and chewy and magical. Highly recommend.

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Pink Puppy Chow (Vegan!) – I originally found this recipe here, and proceeded to pin it immediately because HOW cute. The only reason I didn’t make it this week is because I can’t actually be trusted with a bowl of this stuff, but 1) Valentine’s Day is for sharing and 2) this recipe seems to be slightly better for you, so I really should…but I think it would be SO stinkin’ cute to put a bag of this in your honey’s work bag so that they have a sweet treat during the day. Or, let’s be honest, just put it in your own bag because that post-lunch sweet tooth is REAL #amiright

Here are some other last-minute ideas in case you need some more V-Day inspo!

How to Have the Perfect Valentine’s Date Night In – Because going out on Valentine’s Day is sooooo overpriced and overcrowded!

25 Things to Make Your Valentine for Breakfast – If you have some extra time in the morning, I think starting the day off with one of these would be soooo fun!

Baked Conversation Heart Donuts – I cannot get over these.

What to Cook for Valentine’s Day – For cooking together!

5 Ways to Be Your Own Valentine – brb, gonna start implementing these into my daily life…

Well, there ya have it! Let me know what your Valentine’s plans are this year in the comments and seriously, if you’re by yourself, I hope you have the most epic self-care sesh there ever was.

xo Jordan