Valentine’s Gift Ideas

Valentine’s gifts don’t have to be extravagant (unless maybe you’re in really big trouble with your significant other!).  A traditional token, or a thoughtful, personal pick can be the winner.  Here are 7 ideas to get you in the mood:

 
1) Spa day – who wouldn’t love a gift certificate to their favorite salon or spa for a little R & R?  Massage Envy has some affordable massages and packages.
 
2) Chocolate lava cakes with jeni’s ice cream – These chocolate lava cakes can be baked right in your cozy kitchen (easy!) and they put on quite a show with a scoop of your favorite Jeni’s Ice Cream!
 
3) Soothing Touch massage oil (sandalwood is a favorite) plus a weekly back rub promise – this is a treasured and thoughtful gift for a hard-working partner that needs your TLC
 
4) Big Dipper heart-shaped candle or aromatherapy glass candle – helps set the mood, clear the air, and impart delightful honey scents around your home
 
5) piece of local art – check out local venues and galleries like Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, or Washington Glass School in Mt Rainier.  You can find something really special that will last forever, and help support local artists!
 
6) frame a photograph of a meaningful person, place or pet – this is a simple gift that conveys love, and evokes lasting memories
 
7) pretty recycled paper stationary set – a classic gift, Papyrus has some nice recycled sets
 
No need to shun Valentine’s Day or purchase tons of ridiculous, meaningless trinkets – you can get personal and really make a statement to your special one!
 
Alyssa works in multiple MOMs locations.
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Response to Ruth Bourdain’s Food Year In Review

“The expansion of Eater, the surge of food bloggers, and easier accessibility to quality products helped to bridge the gap between the obscure and the mainstream. The word foodie spawned a negative connotation and battles emerged between common folk for food superiority.”

“Ruth Bourdain” makes an entertaining point with this proclamation of 2010 as The Food Year. I can only hope 2011 is as big on food education [people should know what “organic” means by now!] and awareness. Bourdain asks “what else was popular this year?” and to that I answer: coconut water, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut yogurt, coconut ice cream, raw food snacks like raw kale chips, Fat Toad Farm Caramel, Jeni’s ice creams, Kombucha drinks, and even Ayrshire chicken. What did you add to your pantry this year?

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