Hi, lovelies! 💓 I hope you’re having a great Saturday! Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! It’s the season of chocolates, roses, and heartfelt greeting cards. Who else looks forward to those goofy e-cards on Facebook? My faves are The Office themed ones, featuring Dwight and Jim lol! 💌
Growing up, I loved Valentine’s Day! Some of my best memories were waking up every year to an adorable gift basket from my mom! It was also so much fun celebrating at school with my classmates. Everyone was way too excited about paper cards and stickers to worry about math problems!
Back then, my family would always go out to dinner together. Before the day ended, my grandpa made sure to buy us all assorted chocolate–it was so sweet. This year, I’ll be spending my third Valentine’s Day with Alejandro. (Time seriously flies!)
At the end of the day, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the ones you love, whether it’s your partner, bff, or family member! But what about showing yourself a little TLC?
Sometimes, our busy schedules make it difficult to set aside time for self care. This Valentine’s day, don’t forget to treat yourself! Here are some simple ways to pamper yourself on February 14th!
25 Self Care Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2019
1. Get a Valentine’s Day themed manicure.
What better way to pamper yourself than with a manicure? If you want to stick to the Valentine’s Day theme, go for pink or red nail polish. You can also add embellishments like hearts, flowers, or glitter! But what if pink isn’t your thing? Try yellow polish or rainbow nails instead–that’d be so fun!
2. Make chocolate covered strawberries!
I’ve been craving chocolate covered strawberries so badly, lately! This easy and straightforward recipe by Alicia from Balancing Motherhood looks AMAZING! She even adds toppings like sprinkles and mini chocolate chips, which is super cute!
3. Sign up for a sip & paint class!
This would be a wonderful Valentine’s Day activity to plan with your besties!
4. Pamper yourself with a homemade face mask.
An at home spa day is a great way to relieve stress from the week. Light a candle, take a bubble bath, file your nails, and enjoy a homemade face mask! Elle has some awesome spa-worthy face masks you can try on Valentine’s Day! My favorite is the “hydrate and nourish” face mask. All you need is honey, oats, and an avocado!
5. Start a crafty DIY home decor project for your bedroom.
Yesterday, I was browsing through Pinterest and found this DIY Flower Wall! So pretty!
6. Go to the mall and have a shopping day!
Maybe there’s a purse you’ve been eyeing for a while now, or you’re looking for a few more graphic tees to add to your collection. It’s okay to splurge every now and again! As a Valentine’s Day gift to myself, I’m ordering this tee from Lights’ online store. Her merch is always stylish and cool!
7. Order your favorite takeout Chinese food.
Laid back evenings are the best! Grab a Redbox movie and pick up some Chinese food on your way home. I’m getting hungry already thinking about vegetable fried rice, orange chicken, and lo mein! YUM!
8. Listen to a new album in full.
9. Buy colorful flowers at the supermarket.
Brighten up your living room with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It doesn’t even have to be roses! I’ve been known to buy sunflowers during the wintertime. That pop of yellow adds so much light to my apartment on winter days!
10. Donate to a cause of your choice.
Helping others will make you feel fulfilled and happy. Research different charities and donate what you can. Encourage the people around you to donate as well!
11. Make gift baskets for people you love!
DIY a Valentine’s Day gift basket and deliver it to someone you love, whether it’s your mom, dad, grandparents, bestie, or S/O! Fill the basket with things like chocolates, a gift card to their fave restaurant, puzzles, or a new phone case. You can even add a card or personalized note! It’ll be such a sweet thought!
12. Have a dance party in your kitchen!
Alexa….play Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira on repeat.
13. Plan a solo weekend getaway or road trip.
Traveling solo is one of my goals for this year–I think it’d be such an empowering experience! Book a room for one at a cute bed and breakfast or resort, even it’s only 10 minutes away from home! Go window shopping downtown, grab lunch at a diner, and relax with a good book. It’ll be the perfect mini getaway!
14. Watch rom-coms on Netflix. The cheesier, the better!
Who doesn’t love a cheesy, feel-good rom-com? My go-to is A Cinderella Story, but Netflix has some other amazing choices! Here are The 25 Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix Right Now, via Pop Sugar.
15. Pick out a random novel at the bookstore.
Afterwards, head to a coffee shop nearby and read a chapter of your new book!
16. Have a Sephora run and choose a bold Valentine’s Day lippie!
There are so many stunning lipsticks out right now! Try a bold shade like hot pink, burgundy, or red. I recently ordered Red Velvet from Sephora’s liquid lipstick collection and I’m super excited! Have you ever tried Sephora’s lipsticks? Also, what is your fave lipstick shade for this season?
17. Bake chocolate chip cookies.
Warm up your place with the sweet aroma of cookie dough and chocolate. Nothing can beat my mom’s chocolate chip cookies, but this recipe from Lindsay at Pinch of Yum looks delicious!
18. Check out what’s playing at the movie theater.
Don’t forget the popcorn!
19. Play a few rounds of Mario Kart.
Mario Kart is a classic choice! Of course I’m a 90’s kid, so I might just be biased! If you’re a video game lover, choose your favorite game, order a pizza, and enjoy a relaxing night at home!
20. Laugh it up at a local comedy club.
In October, I went to a comedy club for the first time and it was such an awesome experience! I took my mom out to Zanies for her birthday and we had a blast! They offered a lot of yummy food and drinks on their menu, which was a huge plus!
21. Brew a soothing pot of tea.
The perfect beverage for a cold February morning. I love cuddling up with a blanket, magazine, and cup of hot tea on snow days . ❄️
22. Clean out your makeup drawer, desk, or closet.
Who else is a fan of those makeup decluttering videos on YouTube? Quite a few beauty gurus have done them and they’re so satisfying to watch lol!
23. Try a new hairstyle just for fun!
In November, I chopped off about 6 inches of my hair and decided to go for a long bob. Every now and again, it’s nice to change things up!
24. Catch up on some YouTube videos with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s!
Your favorite YouTuber’s latest videos + a pint of The Tonight Dough = the best Thursday night!
25. Create a dream board for 2019!
In a journal, write down a list of goals for the year. Afterwards, buy a few magazines and cut out pictures and quotes that inspire you. Hang up the dream board as a visual reminder of your 2019 goals! 💛
I hope you enjoyed this post, lovelies! Have a fantastic Saturday and Happy Valentine’s Day! x
How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Also, what are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day memories?