Simple Love

The Hallmark day arrives again, Valentine’s Day. I don’t want to snub it completely, what’s the harm in being reminded to express your love for your nearest and dearest and not take them for granted? But it sometimes feels too forced, as if you simply must receive a card, roses, chocolates and an expensive dinner out or there’s something wrong with your relationship! 

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But we can enjoy Valentine’s Day without feeling like we are doing it for the sake of it.  How do you really want to spend the 14th February and have it feel special? As ever, it’s the little things. You can spoil your loved ones in thoughtful, meaningful ways and have a really special evening by delighting the senses without caving to the expensive paraphernalia. So stay in on Tuesday night and keep it cosy!

1) Cosy up
The weather is beyond cold at the moment, and nothing is more cheering on these dreadful evenings than a cosy fire. It’s my favourite thing. For those of you who don’t have an open fire or stove, using lots of candlelight will help create that relaxing, flickering glow.  Very ‘hygge’ altogether!

2) Get your taste-buds tingling
Make this spiced-chocolate aphrodisiac mousse from the fabulous Susan Jane White.  I love her decadent yet healthy sweet treats and this one is delicious. A perfect Valentine’s dessert, and so easy you’ll be making it again and again http://susanjanewhite.com/spiced-chocolate-mousse/. This will get your heart racing!

3) Dump the digital interference: 
Turn the TV and all your digital gadgets off! It’s so easy to get consumed by all the digital stimuli around us and it can play havoc with our personal relationships. Instead, why not play some of your favorite music, and give your partner some time and attention, away from social media.

4) Get some scents
Aromas can trigger varying emotional and physical responses in people and there’s nothing as pleasing to my nose than some wonderful essential oils.  Many essential oils have aphrodisiac qualities such as rose. (if it’s good enough for Cleopatra..) neroli, sandalwood, vanilla and jasmine. The handiest way to use essential oils is to heat the in an oil burner, but if you’re up to creating a massage lotion or oil - go for it! 

5) Go to bed!
Or at least, get to bed earlier, snuggle up together in freshly laundered sheets, and silk pillowcases, and feel the glow the next morning knowing you got your beauty sleep. That is, if you get your sleep ;) 

Happy Valentine’s xx