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Weekly Tips | February 11, 2014

Mwah!


Chocolates? Check. Romantic dinner? Check. Planting a smooch on the environment? Not to worry, we got you covered! Share the love this Valentine's Day with tips and ideas sure to make Mother Nature swoon. She'll think you're the bee's knees, but we already know you are - mwah!

Love Cards

Are you thinking of giving cards this Valentine’s Day? Send out homemade personalized romantic cards or create a pun-filled day for all ages to enjoy by crafting humorous DIY Valentine’s. Inspiring Pretty, a creative blog, has even more ideas on unique DIY cards and envelopes.

New Waste-free Traditions

Instead of cut flowers, teddy bears, or jewelry, go out and experience what the Pacific Northwest has to offer for every taste and interest.

Walk through the Washington Park Arboretum or a botanical garden. Take a trip to the Northern Trail of Woodland Park Zoo or Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, where you will encounter real teddy bears. There are many things to do around Seattle, whether you spend it making a nice dinner together, eating out at your favorite restaurant, going to a museum, the theater or a concert.

Sweet Tooth

These delicious chocolate recipes are sure to satisfy anyone’s craving for a sweet treat. Are you thinking of baking some cookies? Mold cookie dough to spell out “I love you,” create sweet morsels topped with a kiss, or cut out heart shapes for a unique and personal twist. Even experience a chocolate factory by venturing out to tour Seattle's Theo Chocolate.

Complement your sweets with a bottle of wine from Willamette Valley Vineyards located in Oregon. Similar to other wineries, they have pledged to reduce their environmental impact. Each bottle of wine has a recycling refund statement, offering customers a small compensation for the bottles returned to the winery (even by mail).

Sources: DIY Cards | Pun Valentines Day Cards | Inspiring Pretty | Creative cards and envelopes | Woodland Park Zoo | NW Trek | Events in Seattle | Chocolate Recipes | Theo Chocolate Factory | Willamette Valley Vineyards
 

The Big Picture

According to the National Retail Federation, the average person in the U.S. spent about $130 dollars for Valentines Day in 2013. This year that number is expected to grow to about $133 with a total spending expected to reach about $17 billion.

Hallmark Corporation estimated that roughly 142 million cards are exchanged worldwide, making Valentines Day the second-largest holiday for giving greeting cards.

Sources: National Retail Federation | Hallmark
 

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