How-Tuesday: Impress Your Valentine For Under $10

That's right, I said it! You can impress your honey on Valentine's Day this year for next to nothing! Some choose to to shell out some serious cash on February 14th, but I think it's important to remember it's the thought that counts!

Here are just a few ways to say "I love you" this year:

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Marthastewart.com

You will need:

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 8 onces semisweet chocolate, chopped (I like using Baker's Chocolate brand)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pistachios (optional) 

What to do:

  • Place chocolate in a bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally, until melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. One at a time, dip each strawberry in chocolate, twirling to coat; then sprinkle chocolate-covered portion with pistachios, if using, and place on waxed paper.
  • Chill chocolate-dipped strawberries at least 15 minutes to set chocolate. (Strawberries should not be stored in refrigerator longer than 1 hour as condensation drops may collect on the chocolate.)

Creative DIY Cards

The Valentine's Day card. It can be such a hassle and a hard decision. "I don't want to say too much, or too little, it has to be just right" are probably your thoughts exactly as you stand in the corner drug store sifting through $8.00 greeting cards. 

Realsimple.com

Realsimple.com

These DIY cards from RealSimple.com are cute, humorous, light hearted and you can finish up the card by saying whatever you want on the inside. Plus, a DIY card will probably only cost you the time it takes to rummage through your junk drawer and find come crafty materials. 

Sharpie Mugs

You will need: 

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Abeautifulmess.com

  • A Sharpie permanent marker 
  • A plain mug (you can easily find one at the dollar store!)

What to do:

  • Draw or write whatever your heart desires on the mug.
  • Let your mug dry for a few hours or overnight before placing it into the oven. 
  • Bake the mug in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°F. Remember to place the mug in the oven before it heats up and leave it in until the oven cools completely so there won't be any cracks. 
  • Hand wash the mug gently instead of throwing it in the dishwasher, as a machine washer may ruin the design.

Be well, 

Lauren R.