By April Overall
Whether you’re kicking it solo, swept up in the honeymoon stage, or have a bunch of rugrats running around your love shack, we’ve got your Valentine’s Day covered.
For the Honeymooners
Have you been drifting off into la la land in the middle of meetings? Pinning wedding dresses until the wee hours of the morning? Yup. You’ve got a classic case of the love struck. And we’ve got a seriously romantic plan for your Valentine’s night that’ll connect you to your true love and to nature.
If you really want to impress your honey, book dinner at a local restaurant that serves organic or locally grown food. Noshing on organic grub will reassure you that there weren’t any pesticides used on your roasted parsnips and no hormones pumped into your chicken kiev. Local food, on the other hand, drastically reduces the length your dinner for two takes to get to you – driving down emissions and upping your eco-karma. After you’ve stuffed yourselves silly, grab a tea to go and work off your supper on a winter’s eve stroll. Better yet, pack your snowshoes in the trunk and head out to a nearby walking trail. The moonlight will reflect off the snow, lighting up your path. How romantic!
For Your Little Valentines
Since this is a day to show just how big your heart is, why not spend it teaching the little loves in your life how to care for wildlife? Spend the evening in the kitchen with your kids making some yummy treats for the winged friends in your backyard. What could be more apropos than a heart shaped bird seed treat?
All you’ll need to make four medium-sized treats are:
- 1 ½ cups of wild birdseed
- 2 small packets of Knox
- ½ cup of water
- Natural twine (to hang the treats!)
- 4 heart-shaped cookie cutters
Dissolve two packets of the gelatin in ½ cup of water and bring to a simmer stirring occasionally.
After you’ve let the mixture cool a bit, add the bird seed to the mix and stir until the seeds are completely coated in the gelatin mixture. If you still find it a little watery, add a few more seeds to get the right consistency.
Snip four lengths of twine and tie each one separately. They should resemble four separate circles.
Pack the seed mixture halfway up in the cookie cutter, pressing down to make sure it’s packed solidly. Place the tied twine on top of the pressed seed and then begin to pack more seed on top until the cookie cutter is completely full of the mixture. Next up? Place the treats in the freezer overnight (freezing them will make it easier to pry them apart from the cookie cutters tomorrow). The next morning, separate the treats from the cookie cutter and let it dry out for a few days (flipping the treat every day – to let both sides dry out evenly). Once they’re ready to go, you can ask your kids to hang them on the trees in your backyard for the birds.
(Recipe from Bargain Hoot blog)
For the Solo Sistas
Just because you’re single, doesn’t mean you should skip out on the love fest. Show yourself a little love with a night of pampering. Turn off your cell, light some candles, turn on a little Bach and fill up your tub. You can add a few drops of natural argan or jojoba oil for an ultra nourishing soak – perfect to soothe dry skin (take that, old man winter).
Before you dip your toes in, slather a hydrating mask over your face and let it work its magic while you soak. You’ll want to look for products that are free of silicones, parabens, fragrance and added colour, uses recyclable packaging and does not test its products or ingredients on animals. My favourite hydrating miracle workers? Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque and Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask. Now soak. Relax. Enjoy a little quiet time with yourself – because it’s darn good company!
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