How We Celebrate Valentines Day on the Cheap!

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If your anything like my family right now, your broke! Christmas, overdone, but that happens every year so you're really not devastated. But the holidays never end so you have to plan for Valentine's day. Looking at the budget you don't really have the money to pay for a sitter and go out to eat, buy gifts for your spouse and kids, but you don't want to ignore the holiday altogether. So what do you do? 

Here is what we do.

The Gift
I ask my husband to do something for me that needs to be done but I don't want to do. My favorite to ask is detailing my car. I ask him to do this every Valentines and Mothers Day. It's cheap but yet sooooo nice. I usually give my hubby a full body massage. My husband doesn't get these on a regular basis even though I am a massage therapist. You know your partner better than anyone else do something that they will really appreciate to show your love. Cause that is what that day is all about yeah?

If your partner is the kind that likes receiving gifts more than not, then find something that they need or something cheap that they wouldn't already buy for themselves. For example, when my husband is feeling like a big spender he will buy me my favorite bottle of wine, I'm cheap it's 11 bucks, and chocolate covered strawberries. I love it!!

The Kids
Kids are easy, chocolate! I buy them whatever cute chocolate/candy box that they are into for that year. For dinner, we cook, or go to Papa Murphy's and get the heart shaped pizza. If I remember right its between 8-11 bucks a pizza. They love it.

The Date
After we send the kids to bed, we get romantic with Netflix and Chill.

For the whole day, I can spend as little as $40, including the pizza and kids gifts. We like it, it's a low key low spend holiday for us. I get my car cleaned he gets some much-needed attention and the kids have fun eating pizza and chocolate.

2016 Lessons and Goals for 2017

For my first six months blogging I have learned an overwhelming amount. I started this blog because I like to make a positive impact on people and because I thought it would be fun. I'm not sure how much of an impact it has made but it has been fun, and a whole lot of work. More work than I originally thought it would be, but, hey nothing good in life come easy yea?

So What Have I Learned

Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. 
It all takes time, building a blog, finding readers, gaining their trust. I started this adventure not knowing what to expect and I didn't have high expectations of how it was going to go so, patience is on my side for this aspect. 

Consistency is key.
At first, I had all these ideas and I was popping them out pretty rapidly, but then my ideas slowed then so did my posting, then the holidays happen. So the traffic on my site has been all over the place. As a blog reader, that is not ideal.

Writing a good blog post is a whole lot harder than I thought.
One of the qualities that I thought qualified myself for being a blogger is that in conversations I am a good story teller. So when I try to take a story that I've told and had a good reaction from and apply it to paper, something happens, it's not as good. I'm hoping practice can fix this.

Goals for 2017

I'm going to slow down my posting.
Twice a month will be my posting schedule. I want to work a lot on quality. Up until now, even this post, I would get an idea, write it in 10 minutes, edited maybe the next day then post it. I was just so excited I couldn't wait. With posting less I'll have more time to think about my post a little more, read and edit them more, and come up with really good quality topics.

Social Media
Learn how to use this tool better. I don't use social media a bunch in my personal life so learning how to navigate this will be a challenge for me.

I'm adding a few more chapters.
Fitness, I am, like just about everyone else trying to be more healthy. So I plan on throwing a few post about how I am doing with that. You have seen my post about hiking, I plan on expanding that a little bit and see how that goes.

I love smoothies and make them often for breakfast. The plan is to figure out how to do a post with a recipe and post some of my smoothy recipes for you.

I thank you! 
I thank you for sticking with me while I'm learning this whole blogging business. I hope that you will stick with me and watch me grow. I hope that you have had a great 2016 and that your 2017 is even better!