Simple – that is really how I try to live, especially when it comes to different holidays. I don’t like to give into the mainstream celebrating and commercialism that surrounds them. Valentine’s day is really no different.
All I have seen lately are red and pink colored chocolate boxes and stuffed animals in store windows trying to make people think they need to spend all this money to show they care. I personally believe it is the thought that really does count. I am all about the little things and pleasures. I don't need a heart shaped pillow to know that J.P cares.
One of my most memorable and thoughtful Valentine’s day gifts was from last year; a bunch of beautiful long stem organic carrots. Yes, you heard that right carrots. For those who know me, it really was the perfect gift for me. And let’s be honest, it was good for the environment, too!
So why not avoid all that needless shopping and do something thoughtful for your partner or kids or friends this year?
By avoiding more consumerism and emphasizing more thoughtfulness, you get the dual benefit of being green and feeling appreciated this year. Below are some ways of combining your love for the planet and love for your partner or kids…you get the picture!
- Everyone likes to receive cards especially for Valentines day. Instead of chopping down all those trees and spending more money, use what you have around the house to create the perfect card. Now you can’t tell me those aren't the cutest cards? But, if you lack craftiness, like myself send an e-card!
- If sweetness is on the menu, the best treats really are homemade hands downs. Attempt I make my very own raw vegan chocolate bark which is quite simple.
- But if you must, always look for fair-trade/organic chocolate and if you are wondering why, Jennifer from Not easy to be green explains it all.
- Plan and make your dinner together using fresh organic and local ingredients. Most of my favorite meals are homemade. Try this easy salsa or raw tzatziki sauce to dip some nice red peppers.
- If you are thinking of spicing it up and would like some candles think of using non-petroleum based ones. Those candles are a chalk full of chemicals. Look for beeswax and non-GMO soy candles. Better yet make your own.
- Flowers are nice, but a plant would last so much longer and contribute to you breathing in cleaner air. Look for a nice local and organic plant. Nothing says I love you like breathing in fresh clean air.
- One super creative and cute idea I came across was “the jar of love and encouragement.” Simply fill a glass jar with multiple small slips of paper that include reasons why you love or appreciate your son, daughter, or spouse. Now that definitely shows your love and green side.
So, before running to the store, and spending your hard earned money think about how you can show you care for them, and the planet as well. Remember, simple and creativeness is key!
What are your Valentine’s day ideas for this year?
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