Valentine’s Day is not a holiday that I typically put a lot of time, effort, or thought into.
It’s just a month after our anniversary and a couple of weeks after Jackson’s birthday (and still so close to Christmas!) and honestly, by the time February rolls around I’m just a little tired of celebrating things. I’m ready for a break.
Thankfully, Corey agrees and neither of us take this holiday very seriously. Some years we’ll make each other a little gift, some years we do nothing. Last year, he sent flowers to me at work, which was a lovely surprise but honestly probably the biggest gesture either of us has ever done for Valentine’s Day.
But! This year I’m feeling a little more inspired. The last few months have been busy and difficult and exhausting for the both of us, and I think we could both use a little extra love this Valentine’s Day. The only problem? After our big 5-year anniversary date and Jackson’s birthday party, our budget for celebrations is at about $0. I figure I’m probably not the only one looking for some creative ways to celebrate on the cheap, so I rounded up more than 30 ideas for how you can make this Valentine’s Day a little special, without spending a ton of time or money!
It’s not Thursday, but it’s time for a little throwback…
You may or may not know this about us, but Corey and I were high school sweethearts.
Look! Senior prom!
Last Friday marked 10 years of dating for us. Ten years! I’ve been with this man for over a third of my life. Absolutely crazy. I’ve shared so much of our marriage with you all throughout the years (heck, I blogged about our entire wedding from planning to honeymoon!) but I’ve never really shared much about “the early years.” So, when I was asked to write a post about the new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Choice, and share about my own love story, I absolutely could not pass up the opportunity.
Alright, I’m wrapping up my posts about The Husband Project today. I know I shared that I got a free copy of the book in exchange for posting about it a few times, but let me reiterate: I sought this opportunity out because I was so excited about reading the book – they did not approach me. I am so glad that I asked, because this little project has been so incredibly inspiring for me and it has helped me spend a lot more time focusing on making my marriage even better and pouring some extra love into our relationship. Read More
Okay, so last time we talked about The Husband Project I shared about my experience and how I felt about it – I can’t say enough positive things about this book and how much it impacted me! I did realize, though, that I didn’t do a great job of explaining what it actually is. So, here goes: The Husband Project is a book that encourages you to do kind things for your spouse on the regular. It’s a 3-week long challenge with different things to do every day that focus completely on making your spouse happy. It definitely was a lot of work but I had so much fun with the challenge that I decided to think up a few more things that I could do for Corey – I didn’t want to be done with it, so why not keep going? I probably won’t keep doing it every single day, but I want to do two or three a week to keep myself thinking of different ways I can make him smile! So, here are 20 more sweet little surprises that I’m going to try to do for him over the next few months.
Watch the sunset together
Stay up late in bed chatting
Cook a fancy meal together
Send him sweet texts all day long
Spend the evening totally focused on him, no distractions
Watch a movie in bed together
Suggest playing his favorite game or watching his favorite show
Make a list of reasons I love him and leave it somewhere he’s sure to find it
Surprise him after work with his favorite drink and a snack
Go out of my way all day to be kind to him or do things for him
Thank him for something that I don’t usually notice
Make breakfast for him before work
Pray for him (and let him know I did!)
Initiate a dance party in the kitchen
Let him sleep in on a weekend morning
Offer to run an errand that he doesn’t want to take care of
Order a small gift for him on Amazon – act surprised when it arrives!
Take Jackson out of the house for a few hours to give him some quiet time at home
I know it’s a little cheesy to have a list of things to do like this, but I’ve got to say that having it written down somewhere was a huge motivator for me to get it done! It really helped me stay focused on how I could make him smile, and it really reminded me of how much I love doing little things for him with no expectation of anything in return. I truly feel like a strong marriage has to have a lot of selflessness in it, and so that’s something I really want to focus more on over the next several months.
What are some of the little things you like to do for your partner?