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5 Affordable Ways To Show Love On Valentine’s Day

February is one of those months that some people love or hate (or love to hate), and I feel somewhere in the middle…  Is anyone else counting down the days until spring like me?!

While winter is still here and going strong, we might as well embrace and enjoy every minute of it. And hey, Valentine’s Day is just a week away! If you’re still looking for ways on how to show love on this particular day (or any other day if you wish), here’s 5 affordable ideas for you and your loved ones.

photography by Devin Cruz

Valentine's Day date idea cooking couple

1. Cook up a storm in the kitchen.

Whether you do it often or not, it’s always a nice gesture to cook for your loved one. Get your favorite recipe or find something you always wanted to try and just make it together! You will not only save money on eating at home, but also save yourself some stress when you avoid making those last minute dinner reservations.

Valentine's Day date idea wine tasting

2. Celebrate each other’s passions.

We all get busy with work and responsibilities sometimes, but it’s important to always make time for your special someone. I believe there is nothing more powerful than letting your partner know that you support his passions. Me and Rapha always try to be fair and devote equal amount of time to what we love doing individually. He knows taking photos and traveling makes me happy, and I know he can’t live without sports or playing disc golf. Even though my passions might not be his favorite things, the fact he does those things with me without twisting his arms makes me feel really special. And I’m happy to do the same for him!

Pictured: Wine tasting at my favorite winery – Honig in Rutherford, Napa Valley.   |   Wearing: Forever 21 dress

Valentine's Day mom daughter date

3. Surprise your family.

Valentine’s Day is not just about your significant other. Make sure you shower with love all of your loved ones! This year, I finally got to host my mom in America (after not seeing each other for over 4 years) and I made sure she felt loved. We celebrated so many occasions while she visited just because we don’t get to see each other often.The best part about showing love is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on your dear ones, it’s the company that counts!

Pictured: Sparkling wine tasting at Mumm.   |  Wearing: Ensemble box scarf, H&M jacket, ILY MIX sunglasses

date with mom Valentine's Day ideas

4. Make a personalized gift.

There’s nothing better than a thoughtful gift, even if you didn’t spend any money of it. It’s actually even better if you don’t. For me, it’s a thought that counts and time + effort into making something special for your loved ones. I love writing letters, cards, making memorable photo books or personalized shirts for my friends and family.

Make your Galentine feel special as well!

Valentine's Day gift idea

Another great idea for wine lovers? Grab your leftover wine corks (thanks, Honig Winery!) and make a heart or craft another special message!

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galentines day ideas

 5. The Penny Date Idea.

Like to be spontaneous and go with the flow? I recently came across this date idea on the Internet and immediately wanted to do it. Here are the rules:

  1. Get ready to go out and grab a penny.
  2. Let your partner choose a number between 10 and 20.
  3. Head out on the road and begin flipping. Heads it right, tails is left.
  4. Every time you come to a junction, flip the the penny and turn into that direction.
  5. Once you get to the number, STOP.
  6. Look around. Make a date where you are.


H&M jacket        Forever 21 vest     Old Navy pants      Goodwill shoes      Yes Style bag

What’s your favorite way to celebrate your loved ones on Valentine’s Day?

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Special thanks to Devin Cruz for the photos!

And to my love, Rapha, for being a part of it all!

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  1. Amy Arnold wrote:

    These are all such fun ideas, and I love that you included all kinds of loved ones.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    Published 2.8.17
    • Paulina wrote:

      Thanks, Amy! We often get so whiny about Valentine’s if we’re single, but there’s always somebody special in your life to celebrate on that day! XOXO

      Published 2.8.17
  2. Mahi wrote:

    perfect .. thanks for sharing this

    Published 2.8.17
  3. Rachel wrote:

    This is just the sweetest post! Love it. Happy Valentine’s Day!


    Published 2.8.17
  4. Sarah wrote:

    SO many great ideas here! I love the heart-shaped craft made out of wine corks and the penny date idea! 🙂

    Trendy & Tidy

    Published 2.8.17
  5. Klaudia wrote:

    So now I know after who you love fashion. Damn you have so beautiful mother. 4 years is a long time and I wish you could see her more often.
    I like your ideas. Especialy this about sharing passions. Unfortunately this year we don’t have a proper weather to go shooting.
    Greetings from Poland 🙂

    Published 2.8.17
  6. Shaine wrote:

    Such a great tips! Thanks for sharing this with us! Will take a note on this one 🙂

    xo, shaine | https://itsshaineivory.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/normcore-staple/

    Published 2.9.17
  7. Shauna wrote:

    I love the idea of surprising family. Such a cute and meaningful idea! Actually, I love your whole list!! 🙂



    Published 2.9.17
  8. Pam wrote:

    you guys are the cutest! the penny idea is genius!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    Published 2.9.17
  9. Ashley wrote:

    Great post, lady- love this! You don’t have to spend a ton of cash on Valentine’s to show you care, that’s for sure!


    Published 2.9.17
  10. Rina wrote:

    This post was so cute babe! I love all your ideas for showing love on Valentines day that are all very affordable too! Especially the last idea with the penny! I would probably have to drive somewhere more central first because if we did that right out of our house we would probably end up on somebody’s farm! lol!

    xoxo Rina

    Published 2.9.17
    • Paulina wrote:

      haha I know! I should have included that it’s better if you do that in the city 😛

      Published 2.9.17
  11. This was a very interesting post. Thanks for sharing your view… Happy valentine day, Enjoy !!


    Published 2.10.17
  12. Itzy wrote:

    Omg I love this!! You look beautiful.


    Published 2.10.17
  13. Jalisa wrote:

    That’s so sweet that you were able to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little earlier with your mom! I’m sure it must be a little hard to be so far apart, but I’m also sure that when you do spend time together, it’s the best time spent. Also, I LOVE your kitchen! It looks so cozy. Thanks for sharing these ideas with us, girlie, and I hope you’re having a wonderful day so far!



    Published 2.10.17
  14. Vanessa wrote:

    Awww! This is such a sweet post! Love the idea of celebrating each others passions!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    Published 2.10.17