As an #autismmom, it is hard to find a babysitter on a Tuesday, let alone on what has become the biggest date night of the year – Valentine’s Day. We celebrate nearly everything on off-days. Our June anniversary is marked in April or October. Birthdays are often celebrated plus or minus a month. Valentine’s Day is usually low-key – dinner at home, and maybe I’ll make a fancy dessert, like these make-ahead molten chocolate mousse cups.
Since my husband and I work at the same school, we often take advantage of the students’ offering of roses delivered to the classroom or office of your choice, but after almost two decades of marriage, we forego the hoopla of overcrowded restaurants and overwrought menus.
There is another holiday in February that I CAN get behind, however – Galentine’s Day. Technically celebrated on February 13, this holiday has evolved from the fictitious event on the television show Parks and Rec, with the premise of ladies celebrating ladies. Now of course, if throwing a midweek party isn’t going to happen for you, then do this on a different date (see above, because, #life).
You can certainly go with #teampink or #teampurple – but no need to limit yourself- pick whatever brightens your day!
The initial Galentine’s Day was a chance for character Leslie Knope to get plenty of whipped-cream-topped waffles (made simple with a great waffle iron), but there are plenty of other great brunch options like this granola or these quickbreads. Or skip brunch and go with a cheese plate, salad bar, or any other food you like!
Try this easy cocktail (Combine sparkling wine with elderflower syrup and a squeeze of caviar – or other- lime). For the bubbly, consider sparkling wine from One Hope– each bottle supports children’s causes. Or for a zero-proof option- start with a sparkling cranberry or
It doesn’t need to be big, but it can be a fun way to help your guests continue to celebrate Galentine’s Day even after they have left! It can be a decorated sugar cookie, or a small bottle of One Hope sparkling wine to continue the celebration.
And of course, the perfect activity to celebrate Galentine’s Day is fresh manicures for everyone. Color Street is the brand name of globally patented 100% Nail Polish Strips. These nail polish strips can be applied to fingers and toes in just a few minutes. Color Street Nail Polish Strips go with every outfit, fit users of all sizes and make it easy to have beautiful nails!
And nail polish, unlike any other beauty product is something YOU can enjoy the whole time you are wearing it – not just when you get a peek in a mirror. The new
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