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Today’s post is from Brooke! Read on, cupid. 

Whether we want to believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Whew- time flies! With that in mind, I am here to give all of you a sustainable spin on the holiday of love.

Did you know that in 2013 the average person celebrating Valentine’s Day spent $116.21? This year, instead of going to a fancy shmancy restaurant and exchanging fancy shmancy gifts, why not make this Valentine’s Day one filled with fun, inexpensive, and sustainable memories? Because most people expect the Valentine’s Day classics such as flowers, sweets, or a sentimental card, I have put together a few ways for you to satisfy your hubby’s expectations while remaining personal, creative, and most of all sustainable.

1. Roses are red, violets are blue, try this and they will love you!

Instead of waiting in line and throwing down $25 bucks for a dozen roses, get creative with a new flower presentation this V-Day. If you have plants growing in your yard, utilize those freshly grown items in your own way for a unique looking bouquet your lover will definitely appreciate. For you crafty ones out there, upcycle old newspapers or storybooks and turn them into a beautiful bundle of roses. Learn how to make them here!

 2. For a Sweet & Yummy Valentine

Steering away from the boring box of mixed chocolates that many receive, present your Valentine with a creative display of their favorite sweet. Reuse an empty spaghetti sauce container or mason jar and fill it with a dessert that will strike your valentine’s fancy. You would be amazed by how you can use items around the house to your advantage, like this empty pill bottle

 3. Custom Cards

Instead of going to the nearest store to buy a pre-written Valentine’s Day card, present your valentine with something creative and personal. Grab this morning’s newspaper and scraps of paper or cloth and upcycle those materials to make your own Valentine’s Day card. You can even spice up a customized card by turning it into a scroll with the use of an empty paper towel roll. Here’s how it looks! For those of you who may not have a way with words, use an old deck of cards and transform them into a touching or funny expression of your love by writing 52 ways why you like your Valentine this year and bind them together, like this!

However you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, get creative, and consider the fun and sustainable advantages to these ideas that will be sure to pull on your lover’s heartstrings!