Shopping: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Gals

Valentine’s Day, Shalmentine’s Day.

No this is not some Bitter Betty post about Valentine’s, so don’t get all in a twist. Here’s the thing. I dig Valentine’s Day in the sense that I love candy (LOVE candy) and the opportunity to tell someone you love them when you might not otherwise be so inclined. I think Valentine’s Day is a little overblown in the whole ‘do something super romantic and sometimes pricey’ sense. If that’s your thing, more power to you. I think I’d be on board if I had more disposable cash and was looking for a reason to embrace the ‘treat yoself’ mantra. But I’m not and so, I can’t.

Here’s the other thing with Valentine’s Day. You’re going to see all kinds of really cute, adorable, sweet things and your man is, more than likely, not going to get any of them for you. He’s not combing the online Valentine’s Day gift guides looking for some sweet treat. At least mine isn’t. So that’s why I fully embrace the Valentine’s Day as a (and I know it’s cheesy) Galentine’s Day. Back in college, my bestie Kelly and I would always exchange Valentine’s Day gifts. And it’s a tradition we (almost always) continue to this day. Just a little happy to show my best gal that she’s loved.

At my office, we do a Secret Cupid gift exchange that works exactly like Secret Santa except no guys are allowed (is that an HR violation? oh well, we don’t care – it would be weird). A couple years ago, one of my friends even threw a Favorite Things party and it was the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. I went home with a few awesome favorite things, drank wine, hung out with good people and called it a night. No pressure, all fun.

So my vote for Valentine’s Day is to round up some gal pals for a fun gift exchange (White Elephant style would work too) over drinks. Or just snag a sweet treat for yourself to enjoy while combing through that Russell Stover’s box for all the good chocolates.

valentine's day collage

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p.s. – I can’t say enough good things about the Kate Moss Rimmel lipsticks. So good and under $5.
Oh and if you go for the rosebud salve, go for the tube. WAY less messy than the tubs.


Favorite Things: Tea Time Anytime with Pique Tea

Anyone else out there still sticking with your New Year’s resolutions? I make mine pretty simple so they’re a lot more attainable, it’s kind of cheating but hey, they’re my resolutions so I do what I want.

Today’s post is helping me with a couple of my bigger goals on a small level – 1. spending less, saving more, eliminating debt and 2. getting back to eating vegan before 6 p.m. (based on reading this book after having Reese to help get back in shape and trying to make it more of a lifestyle this year).

Here’s the thing though – the whole ‘vegan before 6 pm’ thing is a killer for my daily coffee routine. I love a good Flat White but it has a ton of milk which doesn’t make the cut, plus it’s a pricey habit so I’ve tried to cut back significantly in the new year. When I got the opportunity to try out Pique Tea, I was all about giving it a try. Sometimes when I get opportunities, I immediately think ‘nah not for me’ but with this one, I was game. Save money and get my daily caffeine fix? Yeah, I’ll definitely give it a go.

Here’s the difference with Pique Tea, and the main thing I love about it, they’re crystals instead of teabags or loose leaf tea. They come in little individual packets that are similar to the Propel or Crystal Light ones. I’m a big fan of this because they’re easy to grab and go and I’ve started tucking a couple in my bag so that I have them at work in the mornings. Side note: it doesn’t hurt that their packaging is clean and sleek plus it comes wth this pretty glass – all of which make it feel more aspirational, like I’m living in some sort of pretty instagram feed when make a cup.

You just drop them into your glass, pour in hot water and they dissolve almost immediately – so not a lot of waiting around for your tea to steep. I’ve loved all the flavors I’ve tried so far especially the black tea. I love black tea, mostly for the big caffeine boost but some brands are so strong that they give me a stomach ache – Pique’s is delicious (I add a Splenda – I’m not that hardcore) and gives me that little boost without making my stomach hurt. Now I keep a supply of all my favorites at home and work for easy access.

Last but not least, I love how on the back of the packages it tells you the level of caffeine in each flavor. In the mornings, I grab the Earl Grey or Black Tea; if I need a pick me up in the afternoons I go for the Green Tea. And since I can’t have a glass of wine at night as often now, I’ve started making a cup of tea in the evenings to help wind down.

If you want to give Pique Tea a try, you can get a free trial for a week’s supply that includes all five flavors (14 total sachets) by heading over here. 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pique Tea. All opinions and random ramblings are my own. As always, I only share products and services that I love and think you all will too. Plus little projects like this help me keep the blog up and running. 

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