5 Ways to Have an Unforgettable Valentine’s on a Budget

At its heart, Valentine’s Day is a moment to cherish and celebrate a romantic partner and your relationship together. While this should be one of the happiest days of the year, all too often stress and anxiety about having “the perfect day” can ruin the moment.
First things first – realise that you do not need to spend a large amount of money to give your partner the perfect Valentine’s Day experience. Your partner will always love and cherish a moment that you put real thought and care into rather then over a fancy dinner and expensive gift done just to fulfill an expectation.
So, if you really want to have a day to remember without breaking the bank – consider any of these five options.

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Plan a Thoughtful Night In
Chances are you’re both working and since Valentine’s Day is on a weekday this year, getting out may be more trouble than it’s worth. Simply getting a few hours to relax with each can be the best date of all, especially if go the extra mile.
  • Volunteer to make your partner’s favourite dinner. Or, even better, work together to make a memorable meal.
  • Be sure to add a little extra with how you prepare the dinner – dress up a bit, light some candles or open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving.
  • Clean and decorate a little ahead of time to help clear your minds and put you in a better mood.
  • Make a playlist of your favourite songs, both for the dinner and for the time you’re relaxing together afterwards.

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Create a DIY Gift Basket
Gifts are an essential part of a celebration, they help to mark the occasion and can serve as a special surprise for your loved one. That doesn’t mean you need to go “all out” on the one perfect gift – a selection of thoughtful items will have the same impact.
  • Chocolates are the expected sweet gift for Valentine’s, but don’t be afraid to break the mold if your partner prefers other treats. Nuts, fruits or candies can be just as delicious.
  • Take those treats and arrange them in a Valentine’s Day themed mug or red and white dish. The extra effort helps to show your appreciation.
  • If you would like to craft something unique for your partner, consider taking inspiration from any of these DIY gifts. We especially like the #10 book safe, the #24 map themed coasters and the #75 flavored salts.
  • There is nothing that says “I love you” than taking your time to put your own words down on paper. A sincere letter about your true feelings will be something your partner will cherish for years.

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Enjoy a Casual Date Night
Have a little more freedom on hand and want to spend a night out? You still don’t have to book weeks ahead. A casual date night will not only will be easier to plan ahead, it’ll be easier on the bank account as well.
  • Not all romances are tragic, a night of laughs can be a great time. Look for local comedy shows or stand-ups, or improv troupes that you and your partner can enjoy.
  • Not afraid to laugh at each other? Try finding a bar that offers karaoke. This could also be an amazing double date opportunity.
  • Dinner and a movie may sound cliché, but as always, it’s the thought that counts. If nothing great is playing at the local cinema, consider taking in a college theatre production or other small venue show.
  • If you and your partner enjoy alcoholic drinks, take a tour of a brewery or distillery. Local crafting is huge right now and chances are you have a nearby location where you can enjoy a tasting menus for a wide variety of flavours.

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Share the Love
Love is greatest when it’s shared, so don’t feel like your Valentine’s Day has to be spent with just your partner. Special nights with friends and family can be even more enriching when you embrace the other relationships in your lives.
  • Can’t find a babysitter for the kids? Plan a family game night with desserts and hot chocolate. It’ll be a great opportunity to pull them away from their online devices.
  • If you have family members who are alone on Valentine’s, consider making plans to invite them over – especially if they’ve just lost their own partner. Just that one night could mean the world to them.
  • A day of service could also make the difference for someone’s life. Volunteering for your church, shelter, food bank or local charity may not be the traditional idea of a Valentine’s date, but it might end up being the one you’ll remember for a lifetime.
No matter what you decide to do for your partner on Valentine’s Day, just remember that the thought, care and presentation will put into it will give you both with more than any amount you can spend.
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Still Time To Change Your Hairstyle This Year!

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to get on trend for 2018. We’ve picked out some of the most popular styles and haircuts for this year. Whether you want to announce to the room “I’m here!” or go subtle, there’s an option for you.
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Curtain Bangs Are BIG BIG BIG!
Curtain bangs, called that name because they part like curtains, are on the top of the radar. Not sure? The style is up 600 percent in search on Pinterest! What’s so great is that this this versatile fringe style is an easy way to make your current look…well, look new! Parted down the center and with longer hair than regular bangs, it’s a synch to avoid the awkward bangs grow-out stage when you want to move on.

When you’re styling curtain bangs, use a small round brush and a finishing spray to keep them in place, like Refinish Control Spray.

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Playful Fringe Is So Much Fun!
Combining long, eye-grazing fringe with a sleek bob is totally on point for 2018. The best thing about this haircut is that it can easily be tailored to your personal style and features. To ensure the fringe has just the right volume, blow that hair forward when you step out of the shower to prevent any cowlicks in the front. When blowing your whole head dry, use a round brush and direct the hair forward, toward the face. Top it up with some dry shampoo like THE CHAMP Conditioning Dry Shampoo to give it a little oomph!
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Expanded Curls Are the Rage!
This cut is for the bold of heart! It’s so popular you’ll be seeing it on the runway and in the supermarket! While the cut is key, the style calls for using the diffuser attachment on your hairdryer to bring out the natural curl and help them literally stand out! Apply a bit of REJUVENIQE® Oil Intensive throughout your hair to enhance the curls and given your hair a bit of a luminosity.

It’s Valentine’s Day. Whatever Can You Do That’s Different?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and that age old question pops up: What can I do with my boyfriend/husband/significant other that’s not same old, same old?
Here are a few ideas for Valentine’s Day that go outside the usual flowers, chocolate and lavish dinner out.
  • Go Dancing. Real dancing. Take a class, hit a salsa club (for quickie lessons, try this link or simply go see live music where you just have to dance!
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  • Try Karaoke. As hokey as it may seem, karaoke is really a ton of fun. What better way to celebrate your chemistry than singing classic couples duets such as “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” and “I Got You Babe” together?
  • Hit a Comedy Club. Laughter is at the heart of intimacy, after all. Laugh the night away with a Valentine’s Day themed show at a local comedy club. A stomach aching from laughter is the best feeling when it’s shared.
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  • Get a Couple’s Massage. Not only is this relaxing and totally indulgent, it will put and your boo in the mood for love! Tons of spas make hay out of this romantic holiday with couples specials so take advantage of reduced prices.
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  • Make Your Man Breakfast In Bed. You can’t go wrong with this one, especially when you blow caution to the winds and make chocolate chip pancakes!
  • Go Tapas Hopping. Instead of sticking to just one spot, hop around to different places, grab seats at the bar, and order different kinds of wine and tapas at each place. It’s soooo much more fun than a regular sit-down dinner.
  • Get Out of Town. From a bed-and-breakfast to a 5-Star, you can’t go wrong with a special night away. In fact, many places hold Valentine’s specials so scour around for the trip that looks most fun!

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While there really are a ton of different things you can do, it’s important to realize that it’s not what you do but rather, how you treat your special love while you’re on this Valentine’s Day date. Romance happens anywhere as long as you pay attention to your partner, remember what they like and let them know your heart goes pitty-pat when you see them. In the end, anything can be romantic, even hot dogs and a baseball game, when you’re with the one you love. The key to long-lasting romance is not the bouquet of roses but the spark of knowing there’s always more to learn about each other.
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Want To Be Happier, Healthier? Keep A Gratitude List!

Want To Be Happier, Healthier? Keep A Gratitude List!

Do you ever feel like you’re down in the dumps and can’t climb out? Do you ever wish you had more energy? The antidote? A gratitude list.
Gratitude List Helps

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Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, enjoy good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships, say researchers.1

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Wow! Who doesn’t want to feel that way? The most common way to cultivate a pervasive feeling of gratitude is to keep a gratitude list – it will change your life! People who keep a gratitude list report feeling:

  • Alert, alive, and awake
  • More joy and pleasure
  • Increased optimism and happiness
  • Less lonely and isolated2
Writing Your List

When writing your gratitude list, use a full sentence for each item like, “I’m grateful for…” or “I’m grateful that…”

This allows you to put down a thought that is giving thanks as opposed to just listing things or people.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
—  A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Try it yourself! Within only a few weeks, you will find that doing a regular gratitude list can actually change your entire perspective on life!
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Here at MONAT, gratitude is a core part of our culture.

Which is why we all exhibit a MONATtitude of gratitude! Gratitude is what makes our world go around!

1 MAIN, D.5 SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE. NEWSWEEK. NOV. 25, 2015. http://www.newsweek.com/5-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude-398582

2 EMMONS, R., Ph.D., Why Gratitude Is Good. Greater Good Magazine. Nov. 16, 2010. http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good/