The word “hack” is thought of in a bad way most of the time – from lousy professional service to illegally getting into a computer’s system. A lesser known (but more positive) definition of “hack” is “a clever solution to a tricky problem.” That’s the topic of this week’s Granite Transformations blog – a few […]
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, show Mom your love and appreciation by giving her the day off and treating her to a day she’ll never forget. For the best Mother’s Day idea for your Mom, first give some thought of what you think she would want most. What would make her feel special? […]
Red roses, chocolate, champagne and heart-shaped candies can only mean one thing –Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and love is in the air! Valentine’s Day can be one of the most romantic holidays for couples in love. Oddly enough, however, it can also be one of the most stressful holidays for couples. Why? They want to show their love – but they don’t know how, or they are afraid of disappointing their better half.
Here are some fun and stress-free ideas to surprise your loved one and show them how much you care for them on Valentine’s Day (and every day of the year, for that matter).
We all love to hear why we’re loved. Here’s an easy DIY way to remind your partner about all the things that make them special to you. All you have to do is write down each thing you love about them on separate small pieces of colored paper and put them in a clear jar marked “Why I love you.” It’s a sure way to bring a smile to their face and a great way to remind them why you love them.
Dining out at busy restaurants on Valentine’s Day can drain all the romance out of your date night. There are crowds, long wait times and you can’t get a reservation anywhere. Why not keep the romance at home and plan a romantic picnic dinner with all of your favorite foods and drinks? Make the room cozy and warm with a quilted blanket on the floor and a few safely-placed lit candles. You can even bring some fun into the night by making s’mores over some of your candles.
Not only is this a great gift idea but one of the most thoughtful. We’ve all had days when all we want is to hear words of kindness, encouragement, praise or to just know that we’re loved and appreciated. Writing personalized notes that are tailored to your partner’s personality for different times and situations is a heartfelt way to show them how much you love them and that you’ll always be there for them. Some examples of when a good time to open them might be: after a fight, when you’re feeling down, when you miss me…and you can include photos, inspiring quotes or poems, inside jokes you only share together, etc.
This could be the easiest yet most fun way to surprise your Valentine. The ideas and possibilities are endless. Fill the bag with all of their favorite things – and even some surprises, like tickets to a concert or sporting event!
Setting aside one special date night every month is a fun way to plan your special time together. Think about seasonal outings for each month that are tailored around your interests together, and let the fun begin! There are many creative ways that you can present these to your partner – in a jar, on a ring of cards, in a basket with envelopes, in a three-ring binder – the possibilities are endless!
We hope these DIY gift ideas have inspired you to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one!
Happy Valentine’s Day from Granite Transformations!
With 2015 upon us, there’s no doubt the majority of Americans have already formulated a list of well-intentioned resolutions – and may have even included some type of home improvement project in the mix. Financial experts say that Americans took more control of their finances and made money-related resolutions more of a priority in 2014 […]
Every year, on January 1st, you begin to think about all of the things you want to do differently in the New Year. Lose weight. Exercise more. Drink less. Save money. Pay off debt. Spend more time with the family. But what about setting some goals for your home improvement objectives? Meeting goals for your […]
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As the year winds down and the air gradually gets colder, we’re reminded that it’s time to prepare our homes for the upcoming winter months. Granite Transformations has compiled a checklist of essential tips to guide you through a smooth transition to winter. Clean Out Your Gutters: Once the autumn leaves have fallen, clean them […]
In today’s market, keeping your jewelry appraisals up-to-date on your insurance policy can save you money in the case of an unfortunate event. More than $1 billion in jewelry is lost or stolen in the United States every year. A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners reported that 59% of consumers […]
Although the green movement and many Earth-friendly messages have made their presence known in the mainstream, there are still homeowners who are unaware of some easy energy and money saving changes they can make to combat both high utility bills and global warming. With a few minor adjustments to one’s home, the savings can really […]
Think of landscaping as the ultimate accessory for your home. The perfect balance of trees, shrubs and flowers can enhance your street appeal and welcome your friends and family to a showcase of beauty. Most often, however, this makeover comes with a hefty price tag. Traditionally, homeowners may expect to pay anywhere from 5% to […]