I subscribe to an email newsletter from Living On A Dime. It’s a mother and daughter team that I would describe as creative, genuine, wise and “down-home” practical. Their passion is for others to know how to live a fun and frugal life.
They are offering their Valentine’s Day On A Dime E-book for free. (In their email, they encouraged us to forward the link, in case you were wondering).
Here are a few of their ideas:
For the kids:
- have a Valentine’s Day treasure hunt. Leave little notes around with the last one leading back to the kitchen table with a heart full of candy.
- fix as many red foods as possible for lunch (or in their lunch box): red Jello, red pudding, red apples, toast with strawberry jelly, tomato soup, red applesauce, red Kool-aid, strawberry milk or red frosted cookies.
- Mail your pre-addressed and stamped Valentines to Loveland, Colorado and they will postmark them and mail them back to you. Send them to: Postmaster, Valentine Re-mailing, 446 E. 29th St., Loveland, CO 80538. My kids LOVE to receive mail addressed to them.
For your husband:
- hide “Why I love you” messages all over the house. I did this with ‘love coupons’ last year and he really was surprised. (Plus, he didn’t find all of them right away, which was a nice surprise – for him and me).
- use red lipstick to make hearts and love notes on the rear view mirror, car windows, bathroom mirror or windows of the house. Leave a kiss on his napkin for lunch or dinner. (Every time he travels, I go to the airport, find his car and draw a heart on the windshield to welcome my weary traveler home).
- If you don’t have money to go out to a restaurant, have a romantic picnic dinner on the living room floor. Lay out a blanket, light some candles, play some soft music and enjoy a quiet dinner after the kids are in bed.
Hope this e-book inspires you as much as it did me.
PS My red velvet cupcakes turned out FABULOUS!
The white chocolate cream cheese frosting? Not so much.
I didn’t have a bag of powdered sugar so I made my own by adding 1 tablespoon cornstarch for each 1 cup of white sugar. The flavor was delicious, but the texture was grainy. Oh well. Today I’ll try again with the store-bought powdered sugar:)