Thrifty Low Fuss Valentine’s Day Date & Gift Ideas

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Looking for some inexpensive and low fuss ideas for Valentine’s day? As a wife who has been celebrating Valentine’s Day with her hubby for over 20 years now I have plenty to share with you.

I know some thrifty people argue that Valentine’s Day is a commercialized holiday forcing us to show love and affection to our spouse when we really should be doing it on a daily basis, but I disagree. I think Valentine’s Day is great for reminding us to honor our loved ones just a bit more now and again than we do every day.

Dozens of inexpensive and low fuss Valentine's date and gift ideas.

Since I have been writing this blog for just over 5 years now I have shared quite a few thrifty Valentine’s ideas. Today I thought rather than try and put a new spin on already good material I would just share the links to all my posts pertaining to Valentine’s Day and/or thrifty dating ideas.

Valentine’s Day Themed Date And Gift Ideas

10 Ways Thrifty People Celebrate Valentine’s Day For Less

Play A Game Of Hide And Seek Valentine’s Day Style

4 Creative Ways To Use Post It Notes For Thrifty Valentine’s Day Fun

Simple Sweets To Make Your Sweetie For Valentine’s Day

5 Last Minute Thrifty Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him

Dozens of inexpensive and low fuss Valentine's date and gift ideas.

Thrifty Dating Tips

How To Get Out Of A Date Night Rut Without Blowing The Budget

Where We Save & Where We Splurge On Our Weekend Getaways For 2

5 Date Ideas For $5 Or Less

10 Ways Thrifty People Dinner Date

10 Dates Thrifty People Take

How To Earn Enough Swag Bucks To Pay For A Dinner For Two Each Month (point guidelines are a bit outdated, but the information can still help you figure out Swagbucks and start earning gift cards for date night)

Got a thrifty Valentine’s  date or gift idea? Share it with me and my readers in the comment below!

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RV Trip: Week 3: St Mary’s & Little Talbot Island

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There are some days that I feel like we surely have been gone from home way longer than three weeks and then there are other days when I go, “Wow, where did the time go?”

RV Trip Week 3: St. Mary's & Little Talbot Island

Monday we made the best of the short amount of time we had left in St Mary’s when it wasn’t raining. We went and saw the McIntosh Sugar Hill ruins. What I loved most about the ruins was seeing how the walls were made with mostly shells. I learned later in the week at another place we visited that this type of construction is called tabby.

Oh and printed capri-length leggings and a long t-shirt are fast becoming my favorite travel outfit of choice. I can wear them with runners when we are going to be walking miles, or with sandals if we are going to be driving most of the day. Very versatile and very comfy.

RV Trip Week 3: St. Mary's & Little Talbot Island

We spent the majority of our week checking out all the local beaches in the Amelia Island area of Florida. We went to Amelia Island beach, Little Talbot Beach, The Bluffs on Big Talbot Island, and the historic American Beach.

American Beach was my favorite; miles and miles of light grey sand and amazing waves as far as the eye could see.

RV Trip Week 3: St. Mary's & Little Talbot Island

One afternoon exploring the beaches didn’t go so well though. It wasn’t the beach (we were at the Bluff’s) it was the access to it.  It appeared that storms must have eroded the trails down to the beach. Our family had to carefully climb our way down.

The day was very warm and we really should have brought water with us and worn sunscreen. I was getting a bit crabby from mild dehydration and sunburned shoulders when we reached these rocks in the picture above. In my crabby mood I tried to take them a bit too fast, wanting to get back to the truck for water and shade. My speed was a bad idea I slipped and sliced open my ankle.

The cut isn’t too bad, but it does sting and rubs in every pair of shoes I have with me. It is a constant reminder that crabby moods get you nowhere.

RV Trip Week 3: St. Mary's & Little Talbot Island

We did see a few more sites than just beaches. Our favorite was Fort Clinch. The site costs $2 per person to get in and it was another $3 per vehicle to get into the state park where it is located.

RV Trip Week 3: St. Mary's & Little Talbot Island

The brickwork in all the buildings and in the walls around the fort was incredible. I kept thinking about how long it must have taken to build by hand.

 

RV Trip Week 3: St. Mary's & Little Talbot Island

 

I loved the privacy we had at our campground on Little Talbot Island. What I didn’t love so much were the bugs. People–it seriously looks like mosquitoes were trying to map out the constellations on my body! I just wanted to sit outside and read, but they were having none of that!

 

RV Trip Week 3: St. Mary's & Little Talbot Island

 

Which is why I squealed with joy when my husband surprised me with a small tent that I could sit in and read without getting bit.

This tent is also giving me a place to go in the early mornings when everyone else in the family is sleeping. Up until now I would try my best to sit quietly on the couch and read or work with a headlamp while everyone continued to sleep for 2 more hours.

The tent allows me to do yoga, read and color in my bible, work, or read a book and not be fearful of waking anyone up.

I keep it warm with a small space heater, and my husband bought me a battery operated light that hangs from the ceiling (similar to this one, but a different brand).

I call in my introverting room.

 

RV Trip Week 3: St. Mary's & Little Talbot Island

 

This marsh might have been one of the reasons why the campground was so buggy, but it provided some beautiful sunsets during the week.

My husband and I also caught an early morning sunrise on the beach. You can view that on Instagram.

 

RV Trip Week 3: St. Mary's & Little Talbot Island

 

We have been under budget each week so far so my husband and I decided to spend some of the surplus we have created on a hotel room for the two of us one night.

Remember: our eldest is almost 21 so he is more than old enough to watch his 16 year old brother and 14 year old sister for an evening for us (not that they need a lot of watching at their ages, but they do need an adult present for the night hours).

Our RV is just 27 feet and all one room (yep–no separate bedrooms) so I think both kids and parents enjoyed the time apart.

 

RV Trip Week 3: St. Mary's & Little Talbot Island

 

My husband and I soaked up every minute of the time we had in the hotel leaving only for dinner…and what a dinner it was.

We went to downtown Fernandina Beach to Timoti’s Seafood Shak. OH, MY! I had the best shrimp and fish tacos.

Afterwards we couldn’t resist going in to the nearby Nana Teresa’s Cake Shop and picking up a HUGE cupcake each. We took them back with us and enjoyed them later in the evening.

 

RV Trip Week 3: St. Mary's & Little Talbot Island

 

The campsite did not have internet or good cell reception so I spent 2 or 3 mornings during the week trying to keep caught up with work.

I am happy to report that some of that work included the final touches on my eBook! Melinda Martin is doing an amazing job designing the eBook for me.  It should be available to purchase on Amazon in the next few weeks or so. I can’t believe it is finally this close to being done.

Come back next Monday to see what we got up to this week.

Join me on Instagram for daily updates. I am doing my best to post one photo update a day on Facebook too.

First time hearing about our trip? You can catch up on our all our trip updates on the RV trip page.

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How To Stay Motivated And Kick Your Clutter To The Curb For Good!

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You have tried a thousand times before to get rid of the clutter in the house, but it keeps coming back. How on earth do you not just get rid of it–but keep the clutter gone for good?

Stay motivated and kick your clutter to the curb for good with these decluttering tips.

Honestly I am still working on this problem too, but I am getting closer to the “livable” clutter free home I keep as a goal in my head. I emphasize livable because I am not aiming for zero clutter, instead I guess I would say an 85% clutter free home.

I can’t see my family ever not having a small pile of clutter here and there–it just doesn’t suit our creative personalities. I can, however, see a day when the thought of a guest opening up the attic door no longer fills us with fear. In fact, each day we get a little closer to that happening.

How To Stay Motivated And Kick Clutter To The Curb For Good

 

Have A Clear Vision

Did you see those important words in the opening paragraphs? Let me repeat them: “but I am getting closer to the “livable” clutter free home I keep as a goal in my head.”

You can easily swap the word “goal” for “vision” in that sentence–especially since the goal is extremely visual, at least it is for me. When I close my eyes I can see what I desire my home to look like when I reach my goal level of clutter removal.

The kitchen counters will be clear of all but a few daily essentials, the cupboards will have space in them. The attic, oh that dreaded attic, will be clear of all but a few bins full of Christmas decorations and camping gear. You will be able to walk into our shed, see exactly what you want, grab it and exit without stepping over things or fear of things falling on you.

As I said, my family isn’t there yet, but we get closer every day because I know what the finish line looks like and when you know the direction you are racing towards it makes it easier to race it.

 

Keep The Vision Alive

Life is busy! Decluttering is time consuming and sometimes very emotionally draining. There are so many other things that we could be doing than attacking our clutter so why bother?

Don’t give in to this train of thought. You are worth it! A decluttered home is a haven at the end of the day, a cluttered one just adds stress.

Stay motivated to reach your clutter free vision by talking to friends in the trenches (my decluttering Facebook group is a great place to find some). Read all you can get your hands on about decluttering (find more about that at the bottom of this post). Make a vision board of your ideal home on Pinterest. Not your dream home necessarily, but pictures of rooms with just the right amount of clutter for your life. Rooms that you look at and go, “Oh, I could so relax there,” “Wow, I would love to serve my loved ones a meal in that room.”

 

Create A Plan And Stick To It–Or Change It To One You Can Stick To

With a vision in hand and a way to keep it alive you now need to do the work. This is the hardest part. As I have said before, decluttering isn’t fun. It is often mind numbing. Items can tug at our hearts in much more powerful ways than they should and sometimes what we find under the clutter or in it can be downright nasty.

This is where having a plan can help. A plan can give us the discipline we need to touch the hard and boring stuff.

There are so many ways to declutter, here are a few to get your mind whirling about what would be the best plan for you:

 

Keep Attacking It For The Rest Of Your Life

I am sure I am not the only one with chronic health problems and here is the thing that hit me one day: clutter is a chronic HOUSE problem.

One of my chronic health problems is low iron. Doesn’t sound like a big problem, but when I stop taking my daily iron pill I slowly spiral to the point where I live my day in a fog and can’t concentrate on a thing. That is a problem!

Sometime in my 30s I finally learned that when my iron levels reach healthy levels I can’t say, “Well that problem is taken care of,” and stop my iron supplements. I can cut them back to a lower level, but I can’t stop. When I do I lose weeks of precious time to brain fog.

Clutter is the same. It isn’t ever really gone for good. We are constantly accumulating new things. Things are constantly wearing out or we lose our need for them.

Treat clutter like a chronic health problem; create a plan to keep it at bay for the rest of your life.

For me that means committing to filling a box full of items to give to a local thrift store each and every month. It also means taking one month a year to go through our home from top to bottom to gather things to sell and then what doesn’t sell goes to the thrift store.

So you need two decluttering plans, one to beat it back to acceptable levels and another to keep it that way. When you develop those two plans you will achieve your vision of a clutter free home and you will have kicked clutter to the curb for good!

Some Great Books To Help Keep You Motivated

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  2. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

  3. Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind and Soul

  4. 31 Days To A Clutter Free Life: One Month to Clear Your Home, Mind & Schedule

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