make it a thoughtful valentines dayIt is a time to celebrate love, but it doesn’t have to be the romantic kind. Whatever your relationship status, you deserve to have a great Valentine's Day.

In recent years, the popularity of “Galentine’s Day” makes it easier to focus on the relationships that you do have. There has also been a push to love yourself and recognize the need for self-care. 

Here are some fun treats whether you are celebrating yourself, your friends, or your significant other.  


Yummy Treats

Coconut fat bombs are delicious sweet treats without all the sugar and processed ingredients found in most boxed chocolates! My sister, Joelle, introduced me to them years ago. I love them!


  • 2½  c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • ⅛ t. cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • ½ c. coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 T. cocoa powder (optional)
  • almonds, walnuts, or other nuts of choice


  1. Blend the unsweetened shredded coconut in a food processor with the vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  2. When it starts to form a butter, pour in the melted coconut oil. Continue to blend until smooth. 
  3. Put half the mixture into silicone molds.
  4. Mix 2 tbsp of cocoa powder in the remaining half (this is for the chocolate ones)
  5. Pour this mixture into another set of molds.
  6. If you would like to add some nuts to either mixture, it can be a nice touch.
  7. Throw them in the fridge and let them harden up
  8. Enjoy!

*This recipe was adapted from the RESTART Cookbook by Jeni Hall, NTP. You can also find great recipes on Joelle's blog From Scratch Farmstead.


Gifts Ideas

We want those we celebrate (including yourself) to feel special. Sometimes this includes getting a gift for someone hard to shop for. In that case, an experience is a great alternative to a traditional present. Consider getting them a/an… 

  • ticket to a sporting event
  • manicure/pedicure
  • foot, back, or full-body massage
  • ticket to a show at a local theater
  • Spotify gift card
  • store membership (Costo, Sam's Club, etc.)
  • escape room experience
  • ax throwing experience
  • coupon for watching their kids
  • coupon for making them dinner
  • weekend away
  • cooking class
  • sip and paint night
  • craft class (pottery, macramé, etc.)
  • trip away through extra airline miles
  • membership to the Morton Arboretum 



If you are going out to dinner, be sure to get your reservations now! But, while eating out is a nice option, something creative might be even more special. Think about what your loved one(s) would enjoy the most.

  • have an indoor picnic
  • make coconut bombs (see recipe above)
  • go cross-country skiing
  • play in the snow
  • watch a movie 
  • sit by the fire reading
  • discuss some of these questions 
  • journal about one of these prompts
  • have a game night
  • do some art 
  • go stargazing
  • take a class (cooking, painting, etc.)
  • enjoy some physical activity (indoor rock climbing, pickleball, bowling, etc.)
  • do a puzzle
  • make a scavenger hunt
  • go out dancing
  • do karaoke 
  • see a theater production
  • start a new tradition 

*For more ideas check out Affordable Valentine's Day Ideas.



I hope these suggestions will encourage you to celebrate yourself as well as others this Valentine’s Day! 

Dr. Jamie


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