Happy Valentine’s Day Week!

It’s that time of year again, where we embrace the commercialized holiday of St. Valentine.  While February 14th is no longer recognized as the day to remember Saint Valentine, the martyred saint; his name is kept alive year after year.  We fall in love with the idea of love.  We hope that on this day, the love we give away is returned.  We look forward to the gifts, the dinner, the cards and the sudden decrease of money in our wallets. We do this all with smiles on our faces! This year let’s give this ‘Valentine’s Day Industry’ a message and not buy the flowers, chocolate, jewelry and fancy dinners.  Let’s make cards out of construction paper, and bake cookies instead!  Let’s celebrate in March and tell this money-making industry ‘WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET THIS RIDICULOUS PRICE GOUGING FIASCO CONTINUE!’

Who am I kidding?  I sent my boyfriend an email with my wishlist of potential gifts on Friday; to which he laughed.  I think that gifts should come from the heart.  However, this month I have been trying to stick to not spending any cash towards items that are not absolute needs (#NoUnnecessarySpendingFebruary).  Of course, the best sales are going on, now that the winter months are almost over, so I see so many cute things and I’m like adding things to shopping carts and then abandoning them last minute.  It really is hard.  Anyways, my whole point was to give an idea on this Soulful Sunday.  Normally I would post sales going on and places to find awesome deals despite the price hikes that Valentine’s Day brings.  However I thought back to Christmas time, and the things I got or gave and I have to say that giving the gift of making memories was at the top of my list of favorites.  Last month, my boyfriend and I used one of the Christmas gift’s I got him, A Two-Hour Photography Workshop at Grand Central (NYC) with Judith from Sundays in New York.  
                               We took the train into the city and had brunch at Michael Jordan’s Restaurant in Grand Central Station.  I tried my first Bloody Mary (didn’t like it). 
We got to visit the nooks and crannies of Grand Central.  We laughed with the rest of the class as people tried to avoid the cameras.  We learned things, together.  It was an experience, a memory made to last in our book of memories.  Isn’t that what we really want anyways?  Memories to keep us warm when we’re bored in the nursing home at 93?
Simply Vera Platform Heels, Vera Wang for Kohls
Maybe I’m wrong, though :)  Comment below and let me know what you’re looking to get for Valentine’s Day, what your favorite Valentine’s gift has been thus far OR let my boyfriend know how great I look in these shoes!  
Until then,
djRelat7

17 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day Week!”

  1. I am happy to announce that I got my shoes YAY! Gotta love a boyfriend who follows email directions…errr I mean listens to you! I was also happily surprised with a Pandora One, yearly subscription! Danny ROCKS!

  2. I have that same tug of war inside of me often. I don’t want to feed into the consumerism but then they have the best sales. I like the idea of taking a workshop together. I think I am going to ask my family to incorporate this into some of our holidays. I think it will be much nicer than a bunch of gifts that we will throw away at some point or just let it clutter our lives.

    Peace,
    Morgan

    1. I concur. I try and do that with my nieces and nephew. They get so many gifts anyways, why not build some memories and share some new experiences. I’ve done that with them since they were little. I think that as adults, when we get older we don’t get as many gifts as we did when we were little. Sometimes we look forward to getting the gifts, but I’d take an activity any day. So many sites, like Groupon or Living Social have listings for “Experiences”. Why not get those on sale? ‘Cause you’re right, they don’t clutter your life!

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