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Dating on a Budget: Fun and Affordable Valentine’s Day Dates!

Whether you’re a struggling student or you’re simply trying to live more financially savvy, you can still treat your main squeeze to a fun and intimate Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank! Here are some of our favorite date ideas that will still keep you on budget!

Take a Hike…Together!

Nothing beats the affordability of your own two feet! Take a romantic stroll on the beach at sunset or gear up and head to your local trail head and enjoy the great outdoors with your special someone! Don’t forget to pack our Chia Squeeze pouches for a snack!

Watch the Sunset (or Sunrise!)

It’s hard to think of anything more romantic than watching the sun go down while embracing your one and only. Something about watching watching Mamma Earth do her thang really sets the intimate vibe! If you can’t schedule in a sunset and you’re both early risers, the good news is this show runs more than once a day and is arguably equally as romantic – it’s just in reverse!

The Classic: Picnic at the Park

Go old school with this timeless date strategy! Grab a blanket and cooler or basket filled with snacks and beverages and head to your local park!

Here is a simple Mini Peanut Butter and Chia Jam Heart Sandwiches recipe that you can include in your snack bag:

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 pieces of bread of choice
  • Peanut Butter of choice
  • Jam or Jelly of choice
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Mix chia seeds with jelly in a separate bowl 
  2. Place peanut putter onto bread with a knife and then spread the chia jelly and onto the other side of the bread
  3. Bring together and use cookie cutters to cut into fun shapes such as hearts!
  4. Put into a container or reusable bag (such as a Stasher Bag) and enjoy!
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Bike Ride

A two-seater might be hard to get, but a bike ride together makes for a great time together. If you don’t own, chances are there is an affordable bike-share service in your town, perhaps even offering complimentary rides for new service! Cycling is not only a guaranteed good time, but it’s also an environmentally-friendly way to get some cardio in together and explore more of your town! Go ahead and bring along your picnic basket and stop at the park or beach for the ultimate timeless Valentine’s Day experience!

Stream & Swoon

Some might call it Netflix & Chill, but cliche or not you can’t argue with the money-saving affordability of a movie at home. If you’re already spending money on streaming services, you may as well make it a date!

Here is a DIY Garlic Butter Chia Seed Popcorn recipe to snack to ad some class to your home-theater experience:

Ingredients/Supplies:

  • 1 bag of plain microwavable popcorn
  • 1 large bowl
  • 3 tbsp melted butter OR melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Heat the butter (or coconut oil) so that it is fully melted. Cook the popcorn as directed.
  2. Once all kernels are popped, open the bag and drizzle with the butter (or coconut oil), shaking the bag after to ensure all kernels are evenly coated. Then sprinkle the chia seeds, onion powder, and garlic powder, and toss to event coat kernels once again. 
  3. Pour into a large bowl and enjoy!
Photo from: Sarah Remmer (www.yummymummyclub.ca)

 

6 Mindful Date Ideas That We’re in Love With

It’s February and love is in the air! In a month that’s tailor made for true romance, what better way for hearts to grow than to engage the mind with your special someone? We have a big crush on these out-of-the-ordinary date ideas and we think you’ll fall for them too, so grab your sweetheart by the hand and check out these 6 Mindful Dates! It just might be a match!

Volunteer: While you’re taking the time to fall in love, why not share the love with some do-good feel-good activities? Volunteering together is a great way to spend quality time together and that passion for helping others can surely help intensify the passion in your relationship! Plus giving back to those in need is always rewarding and good for the soul! Here are few opportunities that should be easy to find in your community: animal shelters, beach cleanups, soup kitchens, youth mentorship, charity fun runs, Meals on Wheels; the options are limitless!

Learn a new skill: There might not be a better way to bond with your other half while applying your mind than by learning a new skill together! Try taking a cooking class and share a plate of a delicious meal that you made together. Sign up for some swing or salsa dancing and instantly sweep each other off your feet. Learn a new language together so you can both apply it on your next international adventure! You can put a real emphasis on what it really means to share special experiences!

Acro Yoga – This engaging discipline of yoga might really help build a deeper mental and physical connection between you and significant other! Not only is it thrilling and intimate, but it can also open up communication and trust with one. PLUS, finding fun in fitness with your partner is always an indicator for a great date night!

Staycationing – Be a tourist in your own town! You’ll both be surprised at how fun it is to recreate the thrill of a far-off jaunt (and the romance it sparks) by hitting all the most popular tourist traps in your city! Hop on a bus tour and check out how non-locals perceive your town. Swing by the most overrated local eatery and share a plate of that ‘world famous’ Mac n cheese featured on that Food Network show that one time last decade. Don’t forget to grab matching tacky souvenirs to commemorate your trip!

Bike Ride: Get the wheels spinning in your love life with a casual cruise around town! It’s always nice to get outside in the fresh air and take in some beautiful scenery with your significant other! Bonus points for tandem bikes! 😉

Hike: Couples hikes are classic but often overlooked opportunities to get some alone time with your love! Get away from daily distractions and explore together, you’ll be strengthening your connection as well as your quads! Be sure to pack some Chia Squeeze to share with your main squeeze!

Good luck lovers! Remember to send us a postcard from your honeymoon! 😉

 

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5 Ways to Love Yourself

5 Ways to Love Yourself

April 14, 2016
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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we often lose focus of what’s most important in our lives – ourselves! This weekend, we encourage you to find the time to say, “I love ME!” with some indulgent self-love. Here’s 5 simple ways to create some well-deserved me time.

1. Make Your Own Bath Bomb and Use It

What better way to sit back and relax than from the comfort of your own bathtub?  Buy yourself some flowers, submerge, and soak in this bath bomb. DIY inspiration from A Pumpkin & A Princess.

Source: A Pumpkin & A Princess
Source: A Pumpkin & A Princess

 

2. Get a Mani/Pedi

Grab a friend and get out of the house or bring the nail party to your place! Either way, this simple nail design trick from The Beauty Department will be sure to keep those hands and feet in the festive spirit.

Source: The Beauty Department
Source: The Beauty Department

 

3. Take a Yoga Class

Clear your mind, ground yourself in the moment and, most importantly, sweat it out! Try a new yoga studio around your area or explore a new pose you’ve always been wanting to try. Your body will thank you for re-centering it back to balance.

Source: @jessicarichburg
Source: @jessicarichburg

 

4. Snuggle Up and Read a Book

Curl up in your favorite spot in the house, make a cup of tea, and light a candle. Be a bookworm for a day, giving yourself an hour or even an entire evening to invest yourself in the moment, without any distractions.

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5. Go For a Walk

Get outside for a breath of fresh air! Explore a new hiking trail or take your furry friend to the park. Spend time doing what feels good for you physically and mentally by checking back in with yourself while exploring what the beautiful outdoors has to offer.

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Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding

Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding

April 14, 2016
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Aristotle once said, “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” This Valentine’s Day, drop that box of chocolates and give your sweetheart something good for the body and soul! Our decadent Chocolate Raspberry Chia Pudding is full of heart-healthy Omega-3s and protein to satisfy any chocolate craving for this special day. The best part? This dessert has no added sugar and tastes absolutely amazing! It is sure to surprise and delight your sweetheart’s soul. We promise 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp Mamma Chia organic chia seeds
  • 2 cups organic non-dairy milk
  • 6 large squares organic dark chocolate (at least 60% cacao)
  • ½ cup fresh organic raspberries + 6 to decorate

Directions:

  1. Place raspberries and 1 cup of non-dairy milk in blender and puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into a glass jar and add 3 Tbsp. of Mamma Chia organic chia seeds. Stir well with a spoon, or if your jar has a lid, shake well until all of the seeds are evenly covered  in the raspberry liquid. Cover with a tight lid and and place in the refrigerator.
  2. Place 4 chocolate squares into a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until chocolate is fully melted. If a microwave isn’t available, melt the chocolate over low heat on the stove. Be sure to place chocolate in a heatproof bowl that fits snugly over a pot of barely simmering water (or put the bowl directly in a wide, shallow skillet of barely simmering water). Stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted and smooth; remove it from the heat. Add 1 cup of non-dairy milk and whisk until combined.
  3. Once the chocolate mixture is cool, pour it into a glass jar and add 3 Tbsp. of chia seeds. Stir well with a spoon, or if your jar has a lid, shake well until all of the seeds are evenly covered in the chocolate liquid.
  4. Keep the raspberry and chocolate chia seed mixtures in the fridge overnight for at least 4 hours.
  5. Layer the chocolate and raspberry chia pudding into 2 small dessert glasses.
  6. Chop the remaining 2 squares of dark chocolate and use to decorate the chia pudding. Top with 2-3 fresh raspberries and enjoy!