D.I.Y Valentines Day Date Ideas


Ah, Valentine’s Day. It’s one of the most commercially driven days (aside from Christmas) that we go crazy over. But how can you not love a holiday that celebrates love? Love is such a beautiful thing. Valentine’s Day allows me to show the ones that I love, how much I truly appreciate them and value them. If you’re anything like me, you want to do something special for your beau, but you don’t really want to break your pockets, which is why this year, I decided to be creative with my Valentine’s day ideas. I wanted to experiment with a DIY Valentines Day; that’s right, do it myself! I am sharing some of my ideas because I am positive you will be inspired by these cost-effective alternatives to celebrating Valentine’s Day with that special someone. All of these ideas fall under $30, and if you aren’t sure which idea fits your budget, you can use these personal finance tools to determine what you can spend, worry-free!

Indoor Camping

Under $10

Just imagine a night in an oasis bungalow that you created for yourself in the comfort of your very own living room. You can decorate the tent with blankets and pillows and stream lights to add to the ambiance. If you don’t have a tent, create your own, surrounding your bed. Using sheets, curtains, and a few thumbtacks, enjoy a change to your normal bedroom routine while indulging in pillow talk and smores.

Wine Tasting

Under $25

Wine tasting can be pretty costly, so why not create your own? Head over to your local supermarket, my favorite is Trader Joes because their wine selection is robust and very cheap. They also have a really great selection of cheese which you can pick up to add to the tasting menu. Pick up about 2-4 wine bottles from different parts of the world and when you get home, break out those wine glasses that you keep in the cupboard for special days and treat yourself to a wine tasting that will blow your mind. Continue reading “D.I.Y Valentines Day Date Ideas”

Don’t Put Me In A Box

One Friday after work, I felt like painting. If you remember it was on my summer bucket list to paint my version of contemporary art (which is one of my favorite categories of art). I went to an art store in Soho and spent over $70 on five canvases, three paint brushes, and six acrylic paints. Once home, I sat on the floor and created for the rest of the weekend.


One of the things this experience taught me is to never have an opinion about someone’s ventures or capabilities if you haven’t tried it for yourself. For years, I would look at art in museums and question why it was art. It looked so elementary. Yet, when it came time for me to create art of my own, I struggled. My brushstrokes were noticeable; My letters were too big, my lines were uneven, and my colors didn’t blend well. Gradually, I began to revere all artists because painting is not an easy task. There’s a certain technique you have to have and I knew I wouldn’t master it all in one weekend but with practice, maybe I would. Continue reading “Don’t Put Me In A Box”

How to Plan a Vision Board Party

IMG_9869So you want to plan a vision board party? Well, as someone who just hosted a very successful one, I’ll explain how. It’s rather simple and it was an idea that came about randomly. I knew it wouldn’t take much thought to put together and it would be a fun excuse to bring close friends together for an afternoon of fellowship and fun.

Google Docs

I am going to start this post off with a tip. Google Docs is the best. I used google docs to plan out my party and create a contact list for attendees.

Invite list

Unless you have the space, its important not to invite too many people since this is a huge arts and crafts task that requires time and space. Also since a vision board party outlines someone’s innermost desires for their present and future be mindful of who you invite and make sure everyone is encouraging to one another.


Figure out a date, time and location. I sent all my invites via e-vite. I found a cute template and the rest was history. Most importantly, my invitations didn’t cost a dime and I was able to keep track of who viewed the invitation and RSVPs.

The invite encouraged people to answer the following questions:

  1. What is my vision for my life?
  2. What are my dreams?
  3. What do I need to do to achieve my dreams?
  4. How much of my past is shaping the way I think and what I do? Is it affecting my present and future?

I also encouraged people to bring their own magazines. Continue reading “How to Plan a Vision Board Party”

How to Make a Vision Board

In a previous post, I touched on the idea of Visualization. Now I want to put visualization into effect with vision boards. Creating vision boards is nothing new to me. I used to do this throughout college and even won an Excellence in Communication Award for representing ageism and race in a collage (but that’s neither here nor there).

What you need to create a vision board is simple:

  • Magazines (which I am sure many of us have those at our disposal)
  • Poster Board (which you can get for about $1 or less)
  • Glue and Scissors
  • IMG_9846You can spend about 30 minutes to 1 hour looking through magazines. I love to find great words and titles for my vision board. I am always on the search for words like Strength, Freedom, Women, and Travel. I also love abstract and strikingly beautiful pictures; colorful, bright and inspiring. I rip everything that is aesthetically pleasing to me and I put them in a section. Continue reading “How to Make a Vision Board”
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