Sooo Valentine’s Day is today, and some people are really excited and some are pretending the day doesn’t exist. No matter how you feel about this holiday, you deserve to celebrate and make it a great day whether you’re single or taken. I know that Valentine’s Day is the worst day of the year for some people, and to others it’s like Christmas only with more flowers and chocolates. This year, I hope everyone has a wonderful day despite any circumstances, and makes it the best ever. If you have a honey to celebrate with or even just some friends or even just you and your couch, here are some last minute ideas in case you’re stuck in panic mode with no plans 🙂

For Couples

Make Dinner at Home: Romantic, fancy dinners are lovely, but making memories in the comfort of your kitchen is even better. The two of you can cook up a recipe you’ve been dying to try, or maybe a favorite of yours. No matter what you make, it’ll be special and wonderful because it was made with love by both of you and you’ll have fun making it too! Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll be giggling and creating something with your love and honestly, what’s better than that? 🙂

Here are some recipes from my Pinterest board for some even more inspiration!

Build a Fort & Watch Movies: We all have a five-year-old inside of us that loves making forts and watching movies on the floor with a bunch of pillows. Why not bring out the inner child in both of you and create the most epic pillow/blanket fort of all time. You can order some food, make snacks, gather all your blankets and pillows, watch your fave movie and cuddle all night.

Explore: If you don’t have dinner plans, and you and your bae aren’t in the mood to cook but don’t know where to eat, then play the left-right game. Essentially, you start off somewhere and go back and forth deciding when to turn right and when to turn left (no using your gps unless you get super lost) until you end up somewhere you’ve never been or stumble upon a restaurant you’ve never heard of. This is a super fun idea, especially if you and your babe are the adventurous type 🙂 Who knows, you might find your favorite new spot!

For Friends

Have a Party: If you and all your friends are single ladies, then there is no better way to celebrate a day of love than with your girls. Have all your friends over, tell them to dress up and have a fancy feast or wear pjs and order out! Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have fun and no that friends are just as wonderful valentines as a significant other 🙂

Have a Spa Day: Manis, pedis, face masks, comfy pjs, wine, and all the best movies and pizza out there. Have a spa day/night with your girls to help unwind and forget about all your troubles. Ulta offers some really affordable masks, and you can also find other reasonably priced spa essentials there as well! Go grab yourself some supplies and relax the night away!

Go Out for a Fancy Meal: You don’t need a bae to wear a hot dress out to a fancy dinner. Grab your girlfriends, tell them to wear their hottest outfit, and spoil yourselves with a fab dinner. You can all treat one another and have the elaborate date you deserve with the ones who will always have your back.

For Yourself

Don’t Diet: Don’t worry about the calories, don’t count the carbs. Eat all the chocolate you want, all the wine you need, and all the pizza you deserve. You have the right to eat and drink as much as you want (without getting sick of course), without feeling down about yourself. Let loose, relax, and eat the extra slice of pizza. You’re perfect the way you are and you absolutely deserve it.

Go Shopping: Valentine’s Day is a day full of love, and who better to love and spoil than yourself. Take the day to splurge a little and buy an outfit that makes you feel amazing. Get that highlighter that makes you feel like a goddess. You need to love yourself before you can love anyone else, so take time to be comfortable in your skin and get that me time you need!

Relax: You know that bubble bath you’ve been dying to take but haven’t had time? Now is the time. Go to Lush, buy that bath bomb, and use it for an incredibly relaxing experience. Everyone needs to “me-time” and there is no better day to relax the night away in the tub than Valentine’s Day tbh. You can light some candles, play music, grab your favorite book, and soak into the colors of the tub. Pretend your a mermaid or go completely zen. Whatever you decide, relax and enjoy!

I hope that you all have a fantastic Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love! Remember, this day is not about flowers, chocolates, or gifts. It’s about celebrating the people we love each and every day 🙂 Let me know what you guys are planning on doing tonight! I hope this post inspired someone and you have the best Valentine’s Day yet 🙂

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For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Dana. I am a recent college grad who loves fashion, animals, and sweets. I have a lot of passions in life, I am a very impulsive person…but I think that’s a good thing. Writing has been a part of who I am and what I love to do since I was very young. I’ve always had a fascination with words. I think it’s incredible to create a story or put words on a page just from the most creative part of your mind. I was an English major so I also tend to overthink and analyze everything. But that’s not what I want to talk about today. What I want to talk about is far more interesting and exciting. For those of you who know me, you would know that I created a blog a few months ago called sunflowers for the soul. I loved that blog, but something was missing. I felt very lost, and like I had so many people to compete with. Starting out as a very small, unknown lifestyle blogger is extremely difficult. Even though I blog for fun and not just hopes to create a career out of it, I was feeling very discouraged. And it sucked. The thought of blogging made me anxious, and seeing other lifestyle bloggers put out content 5 times a week made me very jealous and stressed. I felt like I was in a hole with no way to escape. That’s not what I wanted blogging to be. That isn’t what blogging should be. Blogging is supposed to be a way for people to create content they are passionate about and share it with the world. That is the side of blogging I want to be a part of. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are ups and downs to blogging. Not everything is as perfect or fabulous as we may make it seem. I want things to be different with this blog. I want to be passionate about writing and posting again, and because of Marina De Giovanni I have that fire again.

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