Videos To Watch For Tips And Tricks For Decorating Your Apartment!

One of the many fun things about having your own space is decorating and finding your individual style. Apartment living can require you to get creative when figuring out where each item of furniture should go, in order you optimize all areas. Often, we turn to others for their advice and guidance while depending on their opinions to help us figure out what looks the best. Afterall, sometimes social media just knows best! If you are looking for some inspiration and your Pinterest board is just not cutting it, check out these 4 YouTube videos for decorating ideas!

10 SMALL APARTMENT DECORATING TIPS + HACKS by Lone Fox

Join Drew as he takes you through his 10 tips for decorating a cozy-sized apartment. Just because you have a limited space does not mean you have to feel cramped and cluttered. From elevated beds that have storage space underneath to what color furniture you should be looking for, he covers some great hacks that you may not have thought of yourself! 

Alexandra Gater

If you are looking for a channel with a ton of tips and tricks, Alexandra’s is the one for you! Her channel is dedicated to design and decorating tips. She has some of her videos separated into playlists including, “How Tos”, “Clean/Organize With Me”, and “Paint It Possible” so that you can find what you are looking for quickly. Alexandra also does a lot of fun DIYs to follow! And really… is there anything better than hearing those compliments on your DIY creations?

2020 Affordable Apartment Tour

While you want your apartment to look nice, most people do not like to spend a ton of money on decor and you do not have to! “Words For My Daughter” takes us on a tour of her beautifully decorated apartment and shares with us where she got her household items for low prices! Budget friendly while looking high end? Who could ask for anything more!

INTERIOR DESIGN: How to Make Your Home Look Expensive On A Budget

Everyone’s budgets are different. Sharrah goes through the best interior design tips for budgets of all kinds. You will learn many useful tips and while you are at it, check out her channel! She has a lot of fun decor videos for many occasions such as how to decorate for different seasons of the year!

Social media is a great resource when it comes to finding hacks and DIYs for every aspect of your life, and YouTube is the best! There are so many other fun and helpful videos that you can look at to ensure you find your own style without it being too costly. Happy Decorating!

The Benefits of Renting

A big part of growing up is moving out and living on your own. Finding a place to live can be stressful and the idea can be daunting, but it does not have to be! You will face the challenging question of whether it is better to rent your first place or to buy. While there are certainly pros to both of these options, find out more about the benefits of renting!

One of the perks of renting is the low maintenance that comes along with it. When you own a home, if something breaks or goes wrong, you are responsible for hiring a professional to fix it or you have to purchase the supplies to resolve the problem yourself. This can become costly. When you rent, there is a maintenance team for you to depend on if something goes wrong. Having this feature available helps decrease the stress that homeownership can cause, especially if you are trying to save. 

While it can vary, another pro of renting is the monthly cost of rent is typically less than a mortgage payment plus applicable fees. This gives you the opportunity to save up your money to eventually own a home, go on that dream vacation, or add to your retirement fund. 

With renting often comes flexibility. Life happens and sometimes things come up such as new job opportunities, family emergencies, downsizing, etc. Renting gives you that relief of flexibility. Most leases are 12 months commitments, so find out if there are lease break fees and/or opt in options to take advantage of so you are not locked in for a full year unnecessarily. Of course, the benefit to being “locked in” is that the rate won’t be changing in the middle of the lease term! Flexible renting is much less of a hassle and will not make you feel as tied down or stuck in one place. 

If you rent an apartment, a big perk are the amenities that come with your apartment community. Your community may have a fitness center, a pool, a playground, etc. Gym and pool memberships can be expensive. It is definitely a money saver to have those features included in the rent. Not to mention, this is a great way to meet your neighbors and enhance that feeling of community. Take advantage of the community atmosphere created for renters, and attend their monthly resident functions… what a great way to meet your neighbors!

Low maintenance, flexibility, amenities, and saving money are all awesome perks that come with renting. Aside from these reasons, renting has many other positives. Find time to conduct your research, write a pro/con list, and give yourself time to figure out what is the best for you and your situation. Whether you are renting an apartment, a condo, or a house, make sure it is somewhere you feel comfortable calling home! 

Tips For Finding The Perfect Off Campus Apartment

Heading off to college can come with many exciting changes! One of those changes, for some, includes living on your own for the first time. While this may sound equally exciting and intimidating, it can also be an amazing opportunity to find yourself and grow. Finding the perfect place to live is not always easy. Here are some tips to remember when searching for the perfect off-campus apartment! 

When looking for a place to live, it is always important to do research on the area that you will be residing in. Do you feel safe? Ensuring that you feel comfortable where you live is principle.  If you are a student, research how far the apartment is from your school. Is it manageable for you? Also look up how close the local grocery store, convenience store, urgent care, etc. is from your home. Now that you are an adult living on your own, you are in charge of your own food and amenities. Knowing where these places are compared to your apartment community is important. 

Having a pet is optional, of course, but it does not hurt to have a furry companion by your side during a time of change. If you decide to have a pet, you will need to find an apartment community that allows pets. Call and ask the team what their pet policy is. Are certain breeds not allowed? Are only small dogs allowed? What is the pet fee? These are the types of questions you should be inquiring. Before taking on the responsibility of a pet, make sure you can not only afford one but have the proper necessities to care for them.

One of the most key parts of finding an apartment off campus is making certain that the rent is within your budget. Ask the team if they have any incentives for students. Know what you are looking for in an apartment community. Make a list of what amenities you want– a pool? playground? gym? You will be living there so you deserve to live the life you want. However, if the rent is not within your budget, it is important to note what amenities you could live without and find an apartment community that is more reasonably priced for you. 

Search for a roommate that you can rely on. College can be stressful as it is and the last thing you want is someone who does not make it any easier on you. But do not forget to have fun with your roommates! Get excited about having a place together and take some time to sit down and think of how you want to decorate your apartment! This is home for you– make it cozy, a place of comfort, and the perfect place to have a relaxing movie night after a tough exam! 

Flexibility is key! Some apartment communities offer lease length terms that are conducive to student renters. At DLP Real Estate Management, our renters are offered the Elite Resident Program! Elite Resident Program is a unique benefit that offers residents as an opt-in program, whereby residents enjoy additional perks. To learn more, ask the team at your community for more information!

Lastly, make a pro/con list of every place you are considering living. It is hard to make such a big decision but seeing it written down on paper can often ease the stress and make the process a little bit simpler. Additionally, ask those around you who you trust on their honest opinions on the apartment community you are considering. Sometimes others see something that we do not. In the end, it is your decision but it never hurts to get a second opinion. 

 

Tips To Saving Money on Summer Vacation!

Summer is officially here! June 21 marked the grand entrance of the season that so many people look forward to each year. The kids are out of school and vacation is on the mind. While it is definitely exciting, it may also be stressful. Vacation can be expensive but it does not always have to be! Check out these 4 ways to save money on this summer’s vacation!

1. Bring your own food

The price of food at popular vacation destinations tends to be higher than normal during the summer. One of the best ways to solve this is to bring your own food! Whether you are going to the beach or an amusement park, pack your own sandwiches and snacks! This is not only a great way to save money, but if you have a picky eater in your family, you are guaranteed to have something that they like! 

2. Go somewhere you can drive to

A vacation is about what you make of it and not how fancy the destination is! If you are on a budget, take a trip to a place that you can drive to! Whether you take a day trip or a long weekend, making fun summer memories is what is most important! Research all of the beaches, lakes, antique shops, amusement parks, etc. in your surrounding area and plan the perfect summer outing!

3. Limit souvenirs

When you are on vacation, you want to have something to show for it when you come home. Try limiting your souvenirs, especially if you are flying! Before your trip, think about the one thing you want to pick up for yourself. T-shirts, magnets, snow globes, etc. are all perfect souvenirs to help remember your trip by but just like food, they can be overpriced. Set a budget on how much you want to spend on mementos and try to stick to it!

4. Make lists!

Before going on vacation, make a list of everyday essentials that you use and could not live without while you are away. This is a useful tool in trying to prevent forgetting something at home and having to buy it when you get there. This will help you save extra cash and decrease that feeling of “ I feel like I am missing something.” Make your lists a few weeks in advance rather than the night before you leave. As vacation dawns closer, stress levels and hecticness tend to rise. Help yourself out and begin to prep early! 

No matter where you go this summer, enjoy your vacation! Planning a trip, despite how far you go, can be stress inducing especially financially. Follow these tips and research some more in an attempt to ease your anxiety. Everybody deserves time to relax! 

Creating Summer Memories!

June 21 marks the first official day of summer! The season full of warmth and sun in the fun is quickly approaching. Summer is the perfect time to create memories with the people you care about the most. If you are struggling to come up with an itinerary for the summer time, we have got you covered! Here is a list of fun activities for you and your friends this summer!

1. Take a splash at a water park!

Embrace your inner mermaid and enjoy a day at a waterpark! Waterparks are perfect for people of all ages. Whether you want to chill out in the lazy river or test your courage on the daring slides, it is sure to make the perfect day out!

2. Enjoy the waves at the beach!

Ah yes, the beach. The perfect place to relax. A beach day makes a fun day trip or road trip. Grab your favorite book, delicious snacks (beware of the seagulls), and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing. It is the peaceful day that you deserve. Make the beach your oasis this summer!

3. Go for a hike!

Summer is the best time to get out and get active! Take advantage on a nice day and go for a hike! Listening to the sounds of nature while exploring the great outdoors is sometimes the perfect way to unwind! Take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh air. Our world is an amazing place!

4.Take a trip to a museum!

Just because it is summer does not mean that learning is completely off limits! Check out the museums in your area and spend a day learning about the history that brought us to where we are today! Not to mention, history museums are not the only type of museums. There are science, art, technology, etc. museums as well. You learn something new everyday so why not make a summer memory out of it?!

5. Become an artist for the day at Painting with a Twist!

Painting with a Twist has become a popular activity for many people. Painting With A Twist allows you to embrace your inner Picasso and create a masterpiece of your very own. Bring your wine and your best friends and follow along as the instructor guides you through the painting process step by step. You will be amazed at how it turns out! When you are done, hang it in your apartment for all of your guests to see!

6. Enjoy a picnic with someone you love!

Some of the best summer memories are the ones you create outdoors! Invite your friends over for a picnic full of all of your favorite foods. There is nothing better than soaking in the sun, catching up on life, and relaxing with the people who mean the most!

7. Stay indoors and watch a movie!

Sometimes you just do not feel like leaving your house and that is ok! Whether you are by yourself or with a friend, having a movie day is always a great option for a fun day. Pick a movie from each genre and relax. You will laugh, cry, scream, and create awesome memories.

These are just some of the many options for a fun summer outing that you can take advantage of! Make memories with the ones you love that you can treasure for a lifetime!

DIY Spring Crafts!

It’s Spring! Flowers are starting to bloom, grass is starting to grow, the sky becomes a little more blue, and the world is full of bright and fun colors! What better time to liven up your apartment? This Spring embrace your inner artist and create some cute decorations to hang around your apartment! These are so easy that even those with no artistic bone in their body can do them! Below are 5 DIY Spring Crafts for you to enjoy:

1.Spring Coloring Sheet

If you are on a budget, or just cannot squeeze in a time consuming craft, don’t worry about it! Pull out your 64 pack of crayons (admittedly, the best pack of crayons), print out the worksheet, and let your inner Picasso ‘spring’ out! Coloring is also a super helpful de-stressing activity too! When you are done, hang up your masterpiece!

What you will need:

Crayons/ Paints

Coloring Page

2. Window Clings!

Window clings are a blast from the past for some people. There is something magical about the way the sun shines through the window and your artwork glows in the rays. Luckily, this fun form of art does not have to live in the past! If your local store does not sell them, Amazon has a ton of fun window cling kits that will totally make for a fun afternoon craft! Grab some puffy paint, make them your own, let them dry, and voila! You now have a colorful, long lasting decoration that will liven up your apartment!

What you will need:

Window Clings

Puffy Paint

3. Tissue Paper Flowers

Tissue paper flowers can be used to decorate for any occasion! Baby showers, wedding showers, Halloween, and more!  There is an array of different flowers you can make and luckily, YouTube has hundreds of tutorials! While this is one of the more time consuming crafts, it is definitely a fun one and you can even make a crafting afternoon out of it with your friends! Afterwards, grab a vase and put your creations in there! Not only will you have a cute decoration, but the awesome memories behind it. Plus, on the bright side, these flowers will never die!

What you will need:

Tissue paper

Ruler

Scissors

Stapler

Thread

4. Paint Your Own Flower Pot

“April showers bring May flowers.” Spring is all about the flowers. The weather is getting warmer and the plants are starting to bloom. Spring is the perfect season to get started on your planting. If you are planning on growing a plant this Spring, add a little bit more fun into it! Get crafty and paint your own flower pot. Decorate it however you want and make it your own! This will make raising your plant a little bit more special!

What you will need:

Flower pot

Paint

Paint brush

Stickers (optional)

5. Create butterflies out of pipe cleaners!

Butterflies are one of the biggest symbols of Springtime!  Create your own to put around the house by making beautiful butterflies out of pipe cleaners! This is a fun craft to do with kids or friends! Check out this article by Fave Crafts on how to make your own butterflies!

What you will need:

Pipe cleaners

Beads

Large beads and buttons

Spring is the perfect time to refresh and relax! Unwind from the busy week and enjoy crafting! You never know–you may love it so much, it may become your new hobby!

How To Keep That ‘Spring’ In Your Step

It’s SPRING! Time to awaken, rise & shine! Now that the weather is getting nicer, it’s time to get out of the winter-blues and get re-energized! Check out these great ways to motivate yourself this Spring — it’s time to get that ‘spring’ in your step!

1. Take Walks To Refresh Your Mind

Whether you are in school, at work, or at home– it is always nice to take a break from the hecticness of life and get some fresh air. Step outside for 5-10 minutes, put all phones/computers away, and enjoy the scenery around you. This helps clear the mind and refresh your focus.

2. Set Goals You Want To Accomplish

If you are a goal-oriented person, take some time to write down what you need to get done and pick a date that you want to accomplish it by. This gives you a goal to actually look at and a timeline to follow rather than to just think about. If it helps, write down milestones indicating what part of this goal you want to have complete by a certain date. This is definitely helpful in keeping yourself on track to reaching where you want to be!

3. Make A To-Do List

While looking at the big goal can be motivating, it can also be overwhelming. Take it day by day. Each day before you go home, write down what you want to complete the next day. You will then have a plan in place and it will make focusing a lot easier because you will not be as scatterbrained. Although, it is important to remember that sometimes you will get thrown curve balls and other tasks may arise distracting you from your to-do list. If this happens, don’t sweat it! Take a deep breath and tackle them!

4. Find People To Support You

It is important to surround yourself with people who know your goals and milestones. Let the people you feel comfortable with know what you want to accomplish. Tell them if they see you falling off track, their support and guidance is appreciated! Remember, the people around you should be lifting you up rather than knocking you down.

5. Kick The Negative Thinking

Kicking the negative thoughts is definitely easier said than done. Filling your head with “ I can’t do it” or “It’s too hard” will just decrease your motivation more and more day by day. Change your “can’t” into “can” and if it a task is challenging– ask for help! Even if it is the simplest task, someone around you should be willing to help you figure it out!

6. Take Away Distractions

Distractions can make completing your tasks almost seem impossible. Smartphones and social media, especially, are a big culprit in keeping people away from their work. If you find this is the case for you, take away the distractions. Flip your phone over so you do not see it light up each time you get a notification, delete your social media apps until you get home, put your phone away completely, etc. Out of sight, out of mind is definitely the motto to follow when it comes to distractions.

7. Take Care Of You!

The most important step of all is taking care of yourself! Eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep, drinking the required amount of water, etc. can do wonders for you. When you feel good and take care of you, it can help you stay focused and motivated.

These are just some of the helpful suggestions that you can follow to keep that motivation going year round! Keep that ‘spring’ in your step and accomplish those goals!

A Guide To Spring Cleaning Your Apartment

Spring is in the air! It is officially time to open the windows, let the warm sun in, and clean out your apartment from all of the clutter that was stored over the Winter… but where do you start? It can be overwhelming trying to tackle everything you own at once, so the best option is to take it one step at a time. Here is a guide to help you with your spring cleaning!

Before starting, if you are feeling a bit anxious and need a method to lean on to help you organize everything, research the KonMari Method. The KonMari Method is “a system of simplifying and organizing your home by getting rid of physical items that do not bring joy into your life” which was created by organizing expert, Marie Kondo. If you have Netflix, Marie Kondo has a show which helps families and individuals clean up their home. For tips, tricks, and the perfect show to binge watch, check out Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix!

1.Create a list to help you stay organized!

It definitely can be anxiety-inducing to have multiple areas of the apartment that need to be straightened up. Before diving into the mess, take a minute to write a list of what rooms you want to conquer on which days. That way you have organization and a set plan. You can also create a list of which items you would like to focus on each day rather than doing it by room. For example, tackle clothes on Monday, tubberware on Tuesday, and so on. This is another helpful method in getting your apartment in order!

2. Lean on the things you love to help motivate you!

Finding motivation can be a challenge sometimes, especially when it comes to cleaning. Head to Starbucks and buy your favorite drink, open the windows, play your favorite music and start cleaning! When you have some of your favorite things surrounding you– it makes it a little bit easier to find the energy to get done what you need to get done! Not to mention, it makes it a lot more fun!

3. Throw away what you do not need!

This is one of the more challenging parts of spring cleaning. If you are someone who grows sentimental attachment to a lot of items, it can be hard to declutter and let go. Tackling this issue is a big focus of the KonMari method. To decide whether or not an item should go, pick it up and hold it. If you feel the item “sparks joy” for you, keep it! If you feel as though you do not experience any joy holding the item, throw it away. One way to decrease the feeling of guilt that sentimental people may have when throwing an item away is to thank the item with a simple “thank you”  before tossing it in the bag.

4. Take short mental breaks!

Let’s face it, cleaning can be exhausting especially if you have been doing it all day. Rather than cleaning everything in one fell swoop, give yourself a break every so often. Grab a snack, take a walk, read a chapter of a book–this will give you a mental break and refresh you. Set an alarm on your phone so that you can stay on top of your task and not get distracted for too long!

5. Take everything out and put it back in a more organized way!

When trying to organize a cabinet or a closet, it can be hard to clean it up when there are items all over the place. For areas that are deeper such as a cabinet, take everything out of it and place it on the ground. This gives you the chance to see everything that is in there, throw away what you do not want or need, and place it all back in an orderly fashion. Everything will have a place and you will know what is where.

6. Get some Spring decor to liven up your apartment!

After you are done cleaning, it is important to keep the festive Spring mood alive! Buy a bouquet of bright flowers as well as a few household items such as colorful pillows, throw blankets, cooking utensils, window decor—anything that makes it feel like Spring in your apartment. This will not only make your apartment look super cute but it will bring life to it as well!

After you complete your spring cleaning, light a candle, have a glass of wine, turn on your favorite show, and relax in your nice clean home. There truly is no better feeling than coming home to a clean house so enjoy it!

 

6 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes To Make At Home!

While one of the best parts of any holiday is the food, St. Patrick’s Day has its own selection of treats that will be sure to satisfy your taste buds and get you into the Irish spirit. If you do not feel like going out this St. Patrick’s Day, embrace your inner chef and make a homemade meal at home with the ones you love! You do not have to be Irish to enjoy these because as they say “everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!” Here are 6 food items you can whip together this weekend!

1. Corned beef/Ham and cabbage

This is one of the most famous meals cooked on St. Patrick’s Day. While the tradition is to make Corned Beef with cabbage, some people substitute it with Ham. Throw it in the crockpot in the morning, let it sit, and voila– you have a delicious, traditional Irish meal.

Ingredients

3-4lbs corned beef brisket*
– 6 potatoes (peeled & quartered)
– 4-6 medium carrots (peeled & cut into 3-4 pieces)
– 1 medium onion (cut into 4-8 wedges)
– 1 head cabbage (cut into 6-8 wedges)
– 1 (12oz) bottle of Guinness
– 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 bay leaf
– 2 T brown sugar + dash of cloves mixed on meat

You can find this recipe and a step by step guide at Mom Endeavors!

2. Irish Potato Candy

The infamous Irish Potatoes are an Irish delicacy that originated in Philadelphia. If you are not familiar with these, do not worry! Not only are they delicious, but they are quick and easy to make and especially fun to do with children! Why not try something new this St. Patrick’s Day?!

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (1/2 package)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

Eventually all of these ingredients will be rolled up and formed into a ball. Although that sounds easy enough, there is a process to creating the dough and you can find this recipe and that process on Simply Whisked!

3. Homemade shamrock shakes

Around this time of year, McDonald’s is known for their Shamrock Shakes. These green milkshakes have become iconic and something that most people look forward to each year. If you are craving one, but do not feel like going out– make it at home! All you need is:

1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream.
1/2 cup whole milk.
10 drops green food coloring.
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Throw it into a blender and there you go! A shamrock shake! This is a simple recipe that is sure to satisfy those late night cravings and can be found on Epicurious!

Pro tip: If you are a fan of the infamous, Thin Mint, Girl Scout Cookies– add some chocolate ice cream into the mix! It’s not the actual cookie, but it tastes pretty close!

4. Irish Soda Bread

Once again, this recipe is a staple around this time of year in Irish families. Irish Soda Bread sounds more complicated than it actually is! This 8 ingredient recipe is not only scrumptious but it smells great when it is cooking! To find the steps of creating this  perfect Irish Soda Bread recipe, check out Simply Recipes!

Ingredients:

4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup currants or raisins
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups buttermilk

5. Lucky Charms Dessert

Ah, yes Lucky Charms! This popular sugary cereal is known for its sweet marshmallow bites that come in a variety of shapes representing some of the most recognizable Irish symbols such as a 4-leaf clover. These marshmallows are not only good to have for breakfast but they make a great dessert as well. Whether you put them on top of your green frosted cupcakes or mix them into your rice krispie treats–your taste buds will be pleased with this sweet treat!

6. Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse

This is a recipe for our 21 and older crowd! Bailey’s Irish Cream is an ingredient found in many desserts. While it is alcohol, it makes for a great ingredient that gives an exquisite flavor. If you are looking for the perfect dessert for you and your friends, Lemon Tree Dwelling, has the recipe for you!

Ingredients

2 tsp. unflavored gelatin
2 Tbsp. cold water
1/4 c. boiling water
1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder for a more intense chocolate flavor, add 1 additional Tbsp.
1 1/2 c. heavy cream very cold
1/2 c. Baileys Irish Cream very cold
1 tsp. Vanilla

This is a chocolate treat that is a fantastic way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and will definitely leave you wanting more!

There are so many amazing Irish meals that you can make right in the comfort of your own home this St. Patrick’s Day. Invite your friends over and have your own festive, Irish party! Be safe, eat well, and have fun this weekend! 🍀

6 Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Ideas!

February is the month of love! With Valentine’s Day approaching, it is always an exciting feeling to think about spoiling the one that you admire. Although with all of that happiness and excitement might come the daunting feeling that it could be financially difficult to pamper your significant other. Luckily, it does not have to be that way! Here are some inexpensive Valentine’s Day ideas to make that day just as special!

1. Make your own chocolate covered strawberries together!

Chocolate covered strawberries are a delicious Valentine’s Day staple. Head to the grocery store, buy the ingredients you need, pour a glass of wine, and create a date night full of making desserts and watching your favorite movie! Tis the season for red, white, and pink so definitely be sure to buy colorful frosting and heart shaped sprinkles to decorate your creations! This is a fun, yummy, and inexpensive idea!

2. Snuggle up at home and watch a movie
Speaking of watching a movie, you can never go wrong with a stay at home movie night! Sometimes it is difficult to agree on a movie that both you and your other half want to watch every other day of the year. So to make this extra romantic, watch something that you know they love! Whether it is a sappy romantic comedy, action packed film, or their favorite Disney cartoon, just the fact that you are agreeing to watch it with them will make it all the more special! This is the perfect way to unwind from the hecticness of life! Remember to bring make the popcorn!

3. Take them out on a picnic
Picnics have always been a romantic gesture. Just you and your love sitting outside in the warm sun enjoying a delicious homemade lunch makes the perfect date. If you live in a state where it is warm enough to go the local park for a picnic– do it! This is an inexpensive idea that anybody is sure to appreciate. If you live in an area where it is way too cold to be outside, no worries! Indoor picnics are totally just as thoughtful as they would be if they were outside! Location does not matter, it is the company that does!

4. Make them a delicious home cooked meal
There is something exceptional about enjoying a home cooked meal made by the one you love instead of going out to eat. While eating at a restaurant is enjoyable as well, making your meal at home gives you the opportunity to personalize the meal with something extra that you know your significant other likes with no added cost! Not only that, but you can dance around the kitchen, cook together, and just enjoy each other’s company in your own home!

5. Write them a heartfelt letter expressing how you feel!
Love does not need to be shown by expensive materialistic gifts. There is something moving about a handwritten letter expressing how you truly feel that will melt anybody’s heart. The fact that you took the time out of your busy schedule to sit down and write about how much your significant other means to you is sure to bring a smile to their face. One gesture will mean a lot and your words will be treasured for a lifetime.

6. Enjoy their favorite pastime with them!
Most people have that one pastime from their childhood they loved to do! Ice skating, playing softball, dancing — no matter what it is, find a place where they can live out their childhood passion! For example, if they were a performer growing up, check the local community theater to see what production they are going to be putting on! Let them embrace their inner theater nerd!  If they loved to sing, head to the local karaoke bar! Seeing their inner child come out is sure to make their Valentine’s day and yours!

Overall, there are so many creative and inexpensive ideas that you and your significant other can do together in this Valentine’s day! Materialistic items are not everything and that is important to remember. While showing your love every day of the year is imperative, make them feel like the only person in the world especially on Valentine’s Day!