6 Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Love the idea of Valentine’s Day but not the overpriced gifts and expectations you see in the media? Or maybe you just don’t have it in the budget to go “all out.” Now, I love a fancy dinner and bouquets of flowers like most girls, but I also like the intimate and thoughtful gifts too, and admittedly, so does my bank account. So here are 5 Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas that won’t break the bank but will definitely break the heart, in a good way! Apologies for the silly tagline, I just had to!

Bike Ride through the park & Picnic

If you’ve got time during the day or plan to celebrate over the weekend this would be a perfect day date. Look around your area and find a park that you could ride bikes in, or even ride your bikes to and enjoy a picnic lunch or even dinner. And don’t worry if you don’t even own a bike, there are plenty of new businesses that have bike rentals by the hour.

Hand-made cards & hand-picked flowers

I feel like a hand-made cards and hand-picked flowers are often overlooked. I don’t know about you but I love the sentiment behind a card that was specially made for me and flowers that were hand picked by someone who loves me. I honestly prefer the look of wild flowers over a bouquet of roses. So, if there are any guys reading this, girls like this kind of stuff. Make us feel loved and special. Knowing that someone was thinking about you during the day and took the time to make something for you is one of the sweetest feelings!

Movie night with all your favorite snacks

So the weather didn’t turn out the way you thought it would, or maybe it did and this is what you had planned all along! Enjoy a cozy Valentine’s Day evening in, watching your favorite movie, or a new one paired with all your favorite snacks & drinks. Grab blanket and snuggle up on the couch!

Watch the sunset with home-made dinner.

Or even the sunrise with a home-made breakfast. But if you’ve got a little extra moolah, go to a fun little cafe near you for an early morning breakfast! There’s something nice about waking up when it’s quiet out and going out somewhere to watch the sunrise.

Ice Skating & Dessert

Ice skating is such a fun activity to do and a great way to make fun of each other. Queue all the crazy legs and falling. Even if you live in Hawaii of all places, you can still go ice skating! At least if you’re on Oahu. And after all that fun, head out for some dessert. I personally like to get Hot Fudge Sundays from McDonalds plus, they’re only $1 or, again, if you’re in Hawaii somewhere around $2. Lucky we live Hawaii!

Board Games/“Get to know you” Quizzes & Desserts

This is one of my husband and I’s favorite thing to do on date nights, or even late nights when the girls are asleep. We’ll look up “Get to know your spouse quizzes” and others along those lines. They’re so fun to do and often times have questions you never really thought to ask. And as always, bring some desserts and/or your favorite drinks to enjoy!


And remember, it’ not all about buying the most expensive and most elaborate gifts, but making them feel loved! Maya Angelou, said it well,

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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5 Tips for Newbie Bloggers +Instagram Pointers

Are you a new blogger or interested in blogging? Today on the blog I’m sharing a few helpful tips for newbie bloggers. Now, I’m no expert blogger, but I have learned a few things along the way, that I’d love to share!

When I first started blogging, it was this unknown world, there’s no master guide to blogging, it’s just you and the internet. I had so many questions on how to do things and even what I “should” do as a blogger. At times it would be frustrating and time-consuming and by the end of it, I would still be confused. So here’s are a few things I’ve learned while blogging over that past year.

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30 Fall Transitional Pieces Under $30: Beat the Heat with these Fall Styles & 20+ Outfit Ideas

Alooooooha! Fall is finally here! Unless you’re in Hawaii, or another tropical place, then summer it is! Now, I love Hawaii life, but those typical fall outfits just don’t work well here. So I need to get a little more creative when I’m pretending that Fall is here! So if you’re in place that doesn’t experience the cooler fall weather, or you’re stuck in that “in between season”, here are 30 Fall transitional pieces that all under $30. Woohoo! Let’s get started!

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11 Summer Swim Suits under $35

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I LOVE summer. It has always been my favorite season, aside from the sometimes blistering hot weather…ok, fine, the continuously hot weather. I love all things summer, the long days, the sunshine, going to the beach or the pool. It just feels so much more relaxing. No wonder I ended up moving to Hawaii. But hey, we do get a little teeny tiny winter over here too, so I wouldn’t exactly say it’s an “Endless Summer.” 😆

Since summer if in full swing, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some super cute swimsuits that are all under $30. Woohoo!

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Favorite Baby Products: 0-2 Months

Aloha, mamas…or dads! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite baby products that I’ve been using and have loved for baby’s first two months. I like to stick to the basics, nothing too fancy. I really want to share the things that I think are worth spending your money on and a couple that you don’t necessarily need, but are awesome. So let’s get to it!

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Everyday Make-Up Routine

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Sharing my everyday 10 minute make-up routine today! My favorite part is there’s no foundation 🙌🏼 It’s perfect for this hot and humid summer heat ☀️🥵 I’ll start this off by saying I’m no make-up guru. BUT, that is exactly why I want to share this. I’m just a normal girl who sometimes doesn’t know what some products are for 😆 and I don’t usually like to drop all my moolah on expensive products 🤷🏽‍♀️ And I’m pretty sure there are plenty of other girls out there in the same boat with me 🙋🏽‍♀️ So I hope you enjoy and find some products you’ll love! I’ll be linking all the products below and on the @liketoknow.it app.

Tips: When applying the concealer it may look too light at first, but just make sure to really blend it out when applying the loose powder.

Concealer– I usually use LIGHT but this time I’m using IVORY.

Concealer Brush

Eye Shadow Pallete– Morphe 15D Dayslayer (Crease: NATURAL, Brows: DESSERT, Eyeliner: SWEET)

Fit Me Loose Powder- 20 LIGHT MEDIUM

Eyebrow Gel– CLEAR

Blush– 25 PINK

Blush Brush

Highlighter-MOONLIGHT PEARLS

Mascara– BLACKEST BLACK

Lipstick– 15 LOVER. Stays on all day even with kids rubbing up all over you!

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4.29 | Welcome Eve Marie

Birth Stories. I love hearing about people’s birth stories, there’s so much emotion and excitement and memories that will never leave you. Today, I’m sharing my birth story. It’s not my first and I hope it’s not my last. There’s nothing really crazy or super unique about it, but it’s mine and I will always cherish it. My due date was April 20, and from how my first pregnancy went, I was pretty sure I’d go past my due date. And I did. Overall I had a really easy pregnancy and I’m so grateful for that. But there’s nothing like those last two weeks. Time seems eternal and your energy levels are pretty low, especially with a two year old running you all over the place.

Just to warn you, I might get a little detailed here and there, not too much, just a little. But hey, it’s a birth story, what do you expect?

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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mothers day gift guide pin (2).pngMothers deserve the best! And I’m not saying that just because I am one. Okay, maybe a little. But seriously, becoming a mother, even a parent, makes you realize how much hard work your own parents have put in. And I don’t think you fully understand until you’re up at 2am with a crying baby. So let’s celebrate our mothers/mother figures this Mother’s Day and show them how much we appreciate them.

 

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Easter Dresses under $30

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It’s finally spring! Woohoo! I absolutely love spring. All the flowers, colors, and the weather is just beginning to warm up, it all makes me so happy. With Easter just around the corner, I decided to round up a few Easter/Spring dresses that are all under $30. Perfect for that last minute shopping before Easter Sunday. Let’s get started!

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What’s in My Hospital Bag?

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I hope you all had a great week! Over here in the McColgan home, we are patiently awaiting the arrival of our second baby! Woohoo! Definitely having lots of emotions. I’m so excited and at the same time a little intimidated! But I’m pretty sure those are normal feelings when you’re about to give birth and bring home a new baby! So I thought it would be fitting to share with you guys what’s in my hospital bag…the second time around. I‘ll try to link all the items for you guys and I’ve also attached a printable “Hospital Bag Checklist” that you can use as well!


 

 


Nursing Bra  |  Striped Pajama Shorts  |  Black Pajama Shorts with Tassel  |  Lanolin  |  Soothing Gel Pads  |  Gingham Bag  |  Toiletries Bag  |  Nursing Pads

 

Hospital Bag Checklist

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Click HERE to download!