The shops are overflowing with red roses, heart-shaped chocolates and plush ‘I love you’ teddy bears. Yep, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Regardless of whether you celebrate the day or not, there really is no harm in spreading a little bit of love around. In a relationship or riding solo, it doesn’t matter. February 14th doesn’t have to be all about romantic dates, expensive roses, lavish gifts and too much chocolate. The day is about love. Love of all kinds – platonic, romantic and even self love.
If you are a little lost for gift ideas for your special someone you can always take inspiration from this list of valentine’s gifts for fit chicks or whip up these simple, yet delicious refined-sugar free chocolates for your loved one. (You’ll get extra brownie points for the home-made factor). Of course, nothing really beats receiving some heartfelt words written in a beautiful card or letter.
For all the singles out there, why not do something to spoil yourself this valentines day? Schedule in some me-time, book yourself in for a massage and a manicure or fill up a bubble bath, light some candles and relax with a good book. Pure bliss!
Or you could do what I did and #lockinthelove. What’s that I hear you ask? Lock In The Love is a fantastic campaign currently being run by The National Heart Foundation. There are #lockinthelove installations set up in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, where you can come to dedicate a heartfelt message in memory of a loved one, to celebrate an anniversary or just to show you care.
For just a $10 donation you will receive a red padlock and heart-shaped fob in which you can write your message of love and lock it on. With heart disease remaining the number one killer of Australian men and women, this campaign is not only a beautiful way to share some love this Valentine’s Day, but it is also a very worthy cause.
You may have already come across the #lockinthelove installation in your local city. In Perth you can find the bright L.O.V.E letters in the Murray Street Mall in the city. Launched on January 22nd and running until February 16th, there is still time to head on down, buy a lock and dedicate a special message to your valentine, loved one or secret crush. While you are there, why not see if you can find the One Active Life lock.
Maya Cherian, Donor and Community Relations Coordinator for the Heart Foundation’s WA office, says the Lock In The Love campaign has been a huge success so far. She has seen some truly heartwarming and also some very emotional messages locked on to the Perth installation. Behind every lock is a story. “I love chatting to people and hearing their stories”, said Cherian.
Not a #lockinthelove installation in your local city? That’s ok. You can still support this great cause by purchasing a lock and a heart online.
For more information, dates and locations check out The National Heart Foundation website.
And For Some Other Ways To Share Some Love This Valentine’s Day…
- Send an appreciative text message to a friend, family member or loved one
- Shout a co-worker a coffee
- Donate to your favourite charity
- Compliment a Stranger
- Cook dinner for your household
- Send an anonymous love note
- Buy a homeless person some lunch
- Hand out roses to people passing by
- Let your partner have the night off from housework
Share the love this Valentine’s day!
Love Elo xx