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BYOV: Be Your Own Valentine

Single/Married/It’s Complicated (I love that movie)? It doesn’t matter! Be your OWN Valentine this year. It doesn’t matter if you're with or without, the best kind of love is the kind you show yourself. Because “if you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?  Can I get an amen?” - The ever wonderful, RuPaul.

As a professional Self Care Practitioner (SCP, it’s a real degree), I’ve put together a list of my absolute musts for enjoying a little you time. Here we go!

Step 1

Is your house clean? I know this sounds like a chore but having a clean and organized space is crucial to your mental and physical well-being. Would you bring a date back to a cluttered Gray Gardens disaster? Maybe you might, but I don’t recommend it. We’re trying to set the stage for some self care here, not dressing the set for Fraggle Rock.

Step 2

Once you’ve vigorously cleaned your home you’ll be tired and relaxed. Now’s the time to light up your Bijou soy candle. Pick your fave (a relaxing Lavender and Chamomile never hurt), or for the advanced candle user, pick two complementary scents to burn for a custom ambiance. I recommend burning Claudette · White Petals and Hedy · Ambre & Tubereuse to feel like you’re strolling through the gardens at Versailles.

Step 3

Pour yourself a glass of wine. Have a heart-healthy red, or a heart-healthy white, or a heart-healthy glass of straight-up tequila. Is it heart-healthy? Are you loving it? Sounds like your heart is in it to win it.

Step 4

Draw yourself a bath. Why do we say draw? Maybe we should say pour yourself a bath because that feels like wine and I like wine. Throw some Lush bath bombs in there and properly clog up your drain. You can worry about that later. Luxuriate in that bath with your wine and Bijou candles and think about how great it is that we get to have dogs. They are house wolves. Literal wolves that live in our house and love us and we love them. I just can’t get over it. Alright, enough about me, this is YOUR time.

Step 5

Order yourself something DELISH! I would go for a burrito with an obscene amount of sour cream but other great options are: pizza, macaroni and cheese, Chinese, Indian, pizza, specifically Domino’s, and don’t forget dessert. Is this the best date night or what? Don’t even worry about onion breath, get extra onions, or don’t, this is about you.

Step 6

Horrifying face mask time! This Hanacure mask makes you look like a zombie while you’re wearing it, but once removed, gives you the skin of a newborn baby. It removes impurities, leaving your skin reinvigorated to look more firm and lifted, smoother and evenly toned.  That’s right, Benjamin Button yourself.

Step 7

Indulge in a little online shopping. Go ahead, treat yourself to something special. I use the Honey Chrome Extension that automatically searches for discount codes. It makes online shopping just THAT much sweeter. Maybe you’re shopping for a lipstick, that perfect pair of jeans, a pair of boots that go with everything, or all three!  Live your best life, it’s your day!

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