Hannah here - We’ve covered loving yourself, loving your mates and loving your kids. We also happened to be married and although Valentines has sort of turned into a commercial spend fest focussed only on romantic love between men and women (ugh) we do happen to have mostly functioning relationships with men, whom we both rather quite like. We also love our planet however and together, we have come up with 5 ways to love your partner that don’t cost the earth.
1) Flowers - Buy a plant or seeds instead. Lets talk about flowers. I love them as much as the next lifestyle blogger but unless they have been grown in your garden or locally, they have probably been shipped in from abroad at horrifying cost to the planet, and the people who grow them. (read more here). At the very least make sure your roses are Fairtrade. But we think buying a gorgeous succulent, rose bush or a packet of heirloom seeds is a much nicer, longer lasting expression of love. A rose bush has the added benefit that should you (heaven forbid) have a teensy little summertime row, you can present a conciliatory reminder of Valentine's...
2) Berries - Buy frozen British. Pinterest is choc full of Valentines recipes that involve berries of course! Valentines and strawberries are like super BFF’s. BUT non local, out of season berries are are another eco bummer so instead, go to the freezer isle and buy British frozen berries instead. Most supermarkets stock them.
3) Forgo gifts and make something instead. Make something from our Quick and Easy Valentine Makes or sweet like our Xs and Os cookies or Davina and Elfie's Happy Valentine biscuits.
4) Don't panic buy: If you haven’t got any time to make anything (and we understand, we totally do) don’t panic buy. The best thing my mister and I ever did on valentines day was sit down with a bottle of wine and simply tell each other why we loved each other. I think we wrote it down first, then read it out. God thats so cheesy I wanna puke, but stay with me. We have been together for 13 years and know each other very very well. But we both ended up sobbing unabashedly because we had no idea about all the silly things we loved about each other. The wine helped to lubricate this process, so to speak, so we recommend that!
5) Do something for your partner that they LOVE: If turning up physically empty handed just won’t cut it, make a simple card and plan to do something really simple that your partner loves. Take them to the British Museum Library room if they are into books. The woods if they could do with a break from the city. Make them breakfast, run them a bath, or just get jiggy under the covers. ( Katie has some ace tips for tired parents, ooh err!) Or plan some date days throughout the year, as suggested by the lovely Heather from Growing Spaces.
How are you celebrating Valentines tomorrow? Ours will probably involves a bit of No.4 and a fish and chip dinner. And remember- whether you are in a relationship or not, the very best thing you can do this month is love yourself.
Lots of love from Hannah + Davina!
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