Skip going out this year!  Here’s 7 Simple Steps to the Perfect Valentine’s Day at Home.

I’d like to thank Z Living on behalf of their new show Altar’d for bringing this post about Valentine’s Day at Home to you.  As always, I only write about things I believe in and think you will enjoy.  All opinions are my own.

Valentine's Day at Home- 7 Steps to the Perfect Valentine's Day at Home

 

Hello! Hello!

I asked you guys on Instagram last week what your honest opinion of Valentine’s day was and it seemed like a lot of you didn’t go all out for the big day.  It can be expensive, crowded and overwhelming.  Honestly those are the same reasons the Hubs and I have never gone out for Valentine’s Day.  I think a couple years in a row we got burritos for take out because he knows that’s my all time favorite food.  Yes… for real!!  True love at it’s finest.  haha!  Regardless of what you eat, Valentine’s Day at home is the way to go.

While I don’t like to make a big fuss about Valentine’s day, I still love a good cheesy holiday.  I feel like there are some really easy ways to make the day feel a bit special without even leaving  your house.  And honestly you don’t have to spend much money to make that happen.  The biggest thing is to really spend time together doing what you love!

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With that in mind, I thought I’d help you out with some great ideas for a simple, yet memorable Valentine’s Day at Home.

Valentine's Day at Home- 7 Steps to the Perfect Valentine's Day at Home

7 Steps to a Perfect Valentine’s Day at Home

1. Don’t Skip Flowers

Getting flowers on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a big deal.  Since the prices can be marked up, go to your favorite grocery store earlier in the week and pick up a bouquet.  It’s possible to find options for $20 or less.

Valentine's Day at Home- 7 Steps to the Perfect Valentine's Day at Home

No need to spend a bunch of cash on a big arrangement right now when the prices surge.  Arrange them yourself in one of thousands of vases you already own.  In my opinion fresh flowers are kind of a requirement for Valentine’s Day.  They set the mood and make the day feel romantic.

Valentine's Day at Home- 7 Steps to the Perfect Valentine's Day at Home

If you are single, buy your own flowers.  Trust me, it’s worth it.

2. Open the bubbly

A nice bottle of champagne, sparkling wine or prosecco (<—Italian bubbly that is often cheaper and just as good!) can go a long way to make your Valentine’s Day at home a little more dreamy!

Valentine's Day at Home- 7 Steps to the Perfect Valentine's Day at Home

This is another small gesture that makes the day seem special, without that much effort or cost!

Valentine's Day at Home- 7 Steps to the Perfect Valentine's Day at Home

3. Cook a new recipe

Eating out on Valentine’s Day can be expensive and crowded.  I’m all for eating in on Valentine’s Day.  To make your Valentine’s Day at home special, find a new recipe or two that you can cook with your sweetie.

Try this for a pescatarian menu—>

Kale, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad

Salmon with Greek Yogurt Dill Sauce

6 Ingredient Healthier Twice Baked Potato

Roasted Lemon Parmesan Broccoli

Try this for a vegetarian/vegan menu—>

Vegan Cobb Salad

Farro, Mushroom, Cranberry & Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

Vegan Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe / Running in a Skirt

Curry Roasted Cauliflower

4. Make DIY Chocolate Covered Strawberries

For dessert, make chocolate covered strawberries!

Ohhhh my goooodddness guys.  I just figured out how easy it is to make chocolate covered strawberries at home.  These literally took me 10 minutes to make.

Valentine's Day at Home- 7 Steps to the Perfect Valentine's Day at Home

First step is washing and drying your berries.  Second you get a couple of handfuls of good dark chocolate chips and put them in a microwave safe glass bowl with a flat bottom.  Next you microwave the chocolate in 20 second increments until it’s melted… checking and stirring it after each interval.  While you are melting the chocolate, lay out a piece of wax paper on your counter.

Valentine's Day at Home- 7 Steps to the Perfect Valentine's Day at Home

Once the chocolate is liquid, you grab it by the green stem and twirl it in the chocolate until it’s covered.  Place it on the wax paper to get hard again!

Valentine's Day at Home- 7 Steps to the Perfect Valentine's Day at Home

That’s it!!! So simple and a great DIY hack.  Is there anything more sweet and romantic as a plate of these?

5. Light Candles

Candles are so romantic!  Gather up the candles in your house and start lighting.  Some mood lighting can transform your everyday scene to something special.

Valentine's Day at Home- 7 Steps to the Perfect Valentine's Day at Home

6. Create a Home Spa

Turn your own bathroom into an at home spa with more candles, roses and bath salts!  What happens next is up to you ;-).

7. Watch Altar’d

After all your Valentine’s Day at home fun, sit down to a romance inspired new TV show on Z Living called Altar’d.  It will be showing on Valentine’s Day at 8 PM!

The premise is a bride and groom take a 90 day fitness challenge right before their wedding.  The catch is they will be separated and can’t see each other or even contact each other until they are walking down the aisle!  So the new looks and weight loss will be a complete surprise.

Altar’d focuses healthy weight loss without extreme tactics.  The couples will be working out an hour a day with fitness experts Chris Marhefka and Erin Stutland and eating only meals designed by a diet delivery service.  The transformations are pretty amazing, inspiring and of course a bit romantic!  These couples are so in love.

There will be sweat, tears, major breakthroughs and some stress of going through the process alone… in the midst of some serious real life wedding planning.

Altar’d is about making yourself better solo, so you can go into a marriage being your best version of you! In the end, isn’t that one of the romantic things on my list?!

Tune in Tuesdays at 8pm, including Valentine’s Day (next TUESDAY!) to Z Living.  The love these couples share will bring you to tears and remind you of why you love sweetie too.

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However you spend Valentine’s Day, I hope yours is amazing!

I’m linking up with Marvelous Monday, Thinking Out Loud Thursday, Wild Workout Wednesday, Fit and Fashionable Friday and Fashion Friday.

Thanks for stopping by today! Come back tomorrow for a Valentine’s Day smoothie.

Your turn!

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

Will you be watching Altar’d with me!???

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