Ah, Galentines Day. A sacred holiday observed on February 13th by single females and their friends everywhere. Here are some ways to have an environmentally mindful, fabulous day of papering that would make even Leslie Knope envious, all while keeping your budget in mind.
Grab a bowl filled with warm water. Add some almond or grape-seed oil, a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I like lavender or eucalyptus), and soak your troubles away. RGB Cosmetics makes some great nail polishes that are produced under fair trade conditions. Additionally, all products are cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free, and vegan. To top it all off, each bottle is under $10. Check out some of their trendy colors here.
Homemade Bath Bombs
Get together with some of your girlfriends and make these DIY bath bombs! Extra bonus: you can treat yourself to a luxurious bath when your friends go home. To make these all-natural bath bombs, you’ll need:
- Baking Soda
- Cream of Tartar
- Arrowroot Powder
- Pink Himalayan Salt
- Liquid Coconut Oil (or other Carried Oil)
- Essential Oils for Fragrance
- Bath Bomb Molds – (You can also use Norpro meatball tongs).
You can likely buy most of these ingredients in bulk, which will cut down on cost and waste since you will only buy what you need. Get the full recipe here, courtesy of NaturallyHandcrafted.com!
Host a Galentines Day Brunch
Check out your local farmers market for seasonal produce and inspiration! You could make waffles from scratch and adorn them with pomegranate or pears, purchase bacon from a local farmer, whip up some sweet potato hash browns, and scramble some eggs from a local hen farm. Of course, no brunch would be complete without Mimosas. Lucky for you, oranges tend to be in season during the month of February, which means…. Orange juice sales! See if you can get your hands on some fresh squeezed juice for optimal taste. You could juice your own, but most Whole Foods locations have a juice bar with pre-squeezed fresh OJ. Mix it with your favorite champagne and drink as is, or if you’re feeling really adventurous, add some frozen pomegranate seeds to step up your brunch game.
Potluck Dinner and a Show
Plan a cute potluck dinner with your friends! While you can’t be entirely in control of what your guests bring, you can make sure that your contribution is healthy and eco-conscious. Plus since you will only be responsible for one dish, you will spend less money overall, which is always a good thing. After dinner, treat you and your guests to a double feature of Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL. Come on, you know those movies were made for Galentines.
Grab a group of friends (heck you can even go by yourself!), and set out to do a day of good. A lot of people are “volunteered out” after the holidays, which means there are plenty of organizations that would greatly appreciate your presence! Find a place near you that you think could use some help-a food bank, a women’s shelter, the humane society, etc. and get out there and spread the love.
Slap anyone who uses the word “single” in your presence.
This is 100% eco-friendly and 100% free.