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For me the highlight of Valentine’s Day is when it’s over and all of the chocolate goes on sale.  I’m sure this is the same for all of the other singles out there. It’s actually kind of shameful that we need a holiday to show our love for someone. Most people either love it or they hate it. Personally, I don’t completely agree with the holiday and here’s why:

In a lot of cases, Valentine’s Day is a day for men to “make up” for the fact that they’re totally unromantic the other 364 days of the year. Also, I believe that a man should give flowers, chocolates, and unconditional love to his lady year round. I would rather be surprised with a romantic dinner and flowers on a random day. It means so much more that he took the time to do something like that on a completely insignificant day.

I feel like Valentine’s Day takes a toll on the single girls out there. Some the single ladies in the world hate V-day because they haven’t found that special someone yet. In most cases, you’re perfectly fine with being single on any other day of the year. Don’t let everyone else’s love (or lust) get you down!

Some of the female population without a man just got out of a relationship. Nothing like the most romantic holiday of the year to twist the knife caused by a recent break-up. “Love hurts” you say? Nope, but heartbreak does.

 And then there’s the proud single ladies. Livin’ life for yourself, independent, career-driven and proud of it. On the most romantic day of the year we’re happy hanging out with our besties or doing our own thing.

……possibly with Netflix and a bottle of wine.

If you’re without a plan, here are some quick ideas to keep you entertained while couples are wining and dining.

1. Make Dinner for your Besties

Untitled-1 Here’s a recipe from Martha, the queen of cooking.

2. Not a Fan of the Kitchen? Host a Wine Tasting

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 Get more info about wine including this cheat sheet here.

3. Have a Spa Night

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 Facials, mani’s and pedi’s anyone? This Queen of Heart’s manicure from Lucky is so cute. Emily from Cupcake’s and Cashmere also has a great guide for the perfect nail colour here.

4. Keep it simple: pizza and movie night.

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Healthy pizza recipe from The Clever Carrot. See some of my favourite movies here. They’re all good, I promise!

5. Have a productive night in.

closetThere’s always something that you’ve been “wanting to get around to” but haven’t had the time (like making your closet look like this one!)

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Once the holidays have come to an end I have no desire to see any more snow for approximately another 350 days. Actually, in a perfect world we would only have snow for the days of December 24th, 25th, and 26th. I’m a huge fan of a “White Christmas” but could live without the stuff for the rest of the year. Now that it’s nearing the middle of February if it warmed up I definitely wouldn’t be mad.

Aside from the dreadful road conditions and extreme coldness, the winter weather here in Canada enforces some restrictions on us fashion forward beings who don’t wear sweatpants and sweatshirts every day (uniform of a university student). Being the world’s biggest fan of high heels, I have learnt the hard way that wearing them to walk on the snow and ice-covered sidewalks is not only impractical but incredibly dangerous – you have been warned! Also, skirts and dresses are among my favourite wardrobe items but a thirty below windchill can get a little chilly on your you-know-what.

So for the six months of the year that there’s snow up here, I’m wearing pants, cardigans, blazers, winter jackets and dreaming of the summer months. Needless to say, I envy my fellow bloggers who live in sunny California while I’m in snowy Canada.

That’s all I have to say about that.

Image Credit: SomeeCards

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Christmas is a very special time of year. I hope that everyone is spending time with their loved ones, enjoying holiday traditions as well as making new memories that will last a life time. The best present under the tree is the warmth, love and laughter that Christmas brings.

Happy Holidays