Even if you prescribe to the notion that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday (well, it kind of is…) it’s a great occasion to show those in your life that you care by doing something sweet. Keep reading to hear how my traditions have changed over the years, and get some ideas on new traditions that can seem a little more personal and a little less drugstore.

Valentine’s Day is a high-pressure holiday, but don’t fret! There are some easy ways that you can class up your look and gifts without breaking the bank or looking like you tried too hard. Keep reading to see our favorite tips for making the day special – and not a headache!

red lipstick

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably searching for the perfect Valentine’s day look – the outfit, the makeup and the hair. I tend to be a makeup minimalist. I’ll cover up zits and blotchy spots as well as use mascara and eyeliner, but that’s about it. This allows me to keep my morning routine to 10 minutes or less.

But why not spice things up a bit for Valentine’s Day? I won’t lie, I am deathly afraid of red lipstick. Actually, I don’t like wearing red anything – I’ve never felt good in red. I’ve always believed that some people can pull it off, and others, well, can’t.  Apparently, wearing red lipstick isn’t so cut and dry.  It turns out that anyone can pull off red lipstick if it’s the right shade, the right outfit and the right occasion.

The other day, Kathryn wrote about the STRESS surrounding Valentine’s Day.  While letting go of those crazy, unattainable romantic ideals will definitely alleviate some Valentine’s Day stress, my motto, like the Boy Scouts, is to always be prepared.

If you want a special Valentine’s Day, help plan one! Don’t leave everything up to you significant other. Sure surprises are nice, but just because you take charge doesn’t mean that he won’t surprise you with something.

While going out to eat is a standard V-Day activity, maybe this year you should cook an extra-special meal at home.  Here are some healthy Valentine’s Day meal options:

Meal 1:
Herbed Pork with Sauteed Wild Mushrooms
Kale Saute
Shortcake Biscuits with Berries

Ugh, here it comes again.  That day of heart-shaped balloons, drug store roses, cheap chocolate, and stress.  Yes, every year I get stressed about Valentine’s Day, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who does. I worry about what the day will be like and whether it will be special, then there’s the accompanying stress when it doesn’t turn out quite how I imagined.

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