Valentine’s Day Gift Guides 2023

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon and if you’re shopping for the perfect gift for that special someone, we’re here to help! This is a day to show your adoration and appreciation for your loved ones, and a thoughtful gift can really make someone’s day. You don’t have to go overboard, and you don’t have to spend a lot – sweet and simple is a great way to go. See our Valentine’s Day gift guides for her and for him below.

For Her

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Give her a sweet and sentimental gift like this “What I Love About You” book, or something traditional like Godiva chocolates or an eternal rose.

Gift your glamour queen a gift she’ll love as much as you love her – this Elemis Glam & Glow set or this Madly Truly Deeply eyeshadow palette are both lovely options.

Give her something luxurious like a satin pajama set or a satin pillowcase set so she can get that much-deserved beauty sleep!

Or gift her something thoughtful and dainty like a delicious smelling candle or a beautiful rose quartz necklace.

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Necklace
Necklace
Eyeshadow Palette
Eyeshadow Palette
Book
Book
Satin PJ Set
Satin PJ Set
Candle
Candle
Eternal Rose
Eternal Rose
Pillowcase Set
Pillowcase Set
Skincare Set
Skincare Set
Chocolates
Chocolates
Necklace
Necklace
Eyeshadow Palette
Eyeshadow Palette
Book
Book
Satin PJ Set
Satin PJ Set
Candle
Candle
Eternal Rose
Eternal Rose
Pillowcase Set
Pillowcase Set
Skincare Set
Skincare Set
Chocolates
Chocolates

For Him

Give him a suave gift like a sophisticated cologne or this bodywash set so he can look good, smell good, and feel good, or a massage gun so he can unwind and relax.

Give him the gift of style with a fleece quarter zip, wool socks, or a classy watch.

Gift him this tender-hearted adventure book for couples so he can record all of your special moments together and will have a little help coming up with ideas for date night!

Or give him a manly man gift like a “Bachelor Pad” candle or beef jerky gift box!

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Body Wash Set
Body Wash Set
Massage Gun
Massage Gun
Quarter Zip
Quarter Zip
Solid Cologne
Solid Cologne
Candle
Candle
Wool Socks
Wool Socks
Jerky Gift Box
Jerky Gift Box
Watch
Watch
Adventure Book
Adventure Book
Body Wash Set
Body Wash Set
Massage Gun
Massage Gun
Quarter Zip
Quarter Zip
Solid Cologne
Solid Cologne
Candle
Candle
Wool Socks
Wool Socks
Jerky Gift Box
Jerky Gift Box
Watch
Watch
Adventure Book
Adventure Book

Valentine’s Day Decor from Target

Okay seriously, what would we do without Target? This favorite retailer hits the spot every time without doing too much damage to our bank accounts…as long as we exhibit a tiny bit of self-control. Whether we’re looking for something for a little home refresh or unique and classy holiday decor, Target always has what we need (and what we didn’t even know we needed, too). We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Valentine’s Day decor from Target. Check it out below!

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Love is in the air! And splashed all throughout our home with this fun, heartwarming decor. Welcome guests with this sweet doormat, pile the couches with adorable throw pillows, adorn the walls with Valentine’s-themed garland and signs, and stack the shelves with cute decor – then start every day with this endearing mug filled with your favorite morning beverage.

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Mug
Mug
Love Sign
Love Sign
Kissing Booth Sign
Kissing Booth Sign
Love Pillow
Love Pillow
XO Wall Decor
XO Wall Decor
Garland
Garland
Stitched Heart Pillow
Stitched Heart Pillow
Heart Pillow
Heart Pillow
Textured Heart Pillow
Textured Heart Pillow
Doormat
Doormat
Heart Wreath
Heart Wreath
Mug
Mug
Love Sign
Love Sign
Kissing Booth Sign
Kissing Booth Sign
Love Pillow
Love Pillow
XO Wall Decor
XO Wall Decor
Garland
Garland
Stitched Heart Pillow
Stitched Heart Pillow
Heart Pillow
Heart Pillow
Textured Heart Pillow
Textured Heart Pillow
Doormat
Doormat
Heart Wreath
Heart Wreath

Date Night Oufits

Date night is an important part of any relationship. Whether you’re planning a first date, an anniversary date with your significant other, a catch-up date with your best girls, or a night spent dating yourself, having a killer outfit is key. From casual to elegant, we’ve rounded up some date night outfit inspo for whatever you may be planning. See our date night outfits below.

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If you want to go for a cute and cozy look, this flowy turtleneck paired with leggings and knee-high boots is a great outfit for a lowkey dinner or even a first date!

This look is sweet and feminine with its ruffles and dots and pretty pink color. Wear this for drinks with the girls or a night at the movies.

This outfit is sleek and classic. If you’re heading out to your favorite local eatery, this is the perfect look!

This tiered dress is fun and flirty!! If you’re going out to show or plan to dance the night away, this outfit is a must!

This sparkling outfit is elegant and is ideal for a nice dinner with your S.O.

For a subtly sexy date night look, this outfit is a great choice! It shows just enough skin and is perfect for a night out on the town.

Shimmer and shine in this metallic jumpsuit! Throw it on for a group dinner with friends and show off some serious style.

This dress is classy and sophisticated, and it’s a great option for a fancy dinner or dignified event!

Soup Recipes

Soups are an easy, delicious, and (usually) healthy meal option, and they can really hit the spot on a cold winter day! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite soup recipes to share with you so next time you’re stumped about what to make for dinner, you can whip one of these up and make the whole family happy! See our soup recipes below.

Stracciatella Soup

A heartwarming, delicious and nutritious soup. Made in the beloved Always Pan!!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 4 eggs (whipped)
  • Spinach
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes to garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  • Simmer chicken (or vegetable) stock on medium heat and slowly add whipped eggs.
  • Let cook for about two minutes and then add uncooked spinach. Continue to cook until wilted. Add grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes.

Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

A creamy, filling soup perfect for family dinner on a chilly night!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 celery chopped 
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped 
  • 1/2 onion 
  • Olive oil
  • Chopped garlic (about three cloves)
  • 3 TBS flour 
  • 4 cups chicken broth 
  • 1 cup uncooked rice 
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound uncooked chicken cut into bite size pieces 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Chop all veggies 
  • With 1 TBS oil, sauté celery, onion and carrots in soup pot for 5 minutes
  • Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds
  • Add in flour and cook for about a minute (coating veggies)
  • Slowly add in chicken broth (scraping the bottom of the pot)
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Stir in rice and heavy whipping cream
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer
  • Cover the pot with lid to cook rice for about ten minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Add in chicken and cook for another 10-12 minutes (while stirring occasionally so rice doesn’t stick)
  • Serve hot with your favorite bread or crackers

    *Krista’s pro tip: I personally cook the rice separate and instead of adding when you add the cream, let the soup broth cook for a bit then add the chicken and let cook. If you’re planning on saving leftovers, it’s best to keep rice separate since it soaks up the broth! 

Mushroom Soup

This mushroom soup has a kick of spice! It’s delicious by itself or with rice and/or chicken!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 TBS plant-based butter
  • 10oz mushrooms
  • 1 TBS Hungarian paprika
  • 1 TBS coconut aminos
  • 2 cups no salt added chicken broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 TBS tapioca flour
  • Ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place butter in sauce pan and melt
  • Add sliced mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes, until tender
  • Mix in paprika, aminos, and broth – simmer on low for about 15 minutes
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together almond milk and flour – then add to sauce pan
  • Stir well and let simmer (don’t boil) covered, for about 15 minutes
  • Stir in pepper, lemon juice, and sour cream and allow to heat for about 5 minutes
  • Garnish with parsley and enjoy!

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Dupe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound spicy sausage (or mild if preferred)
  • Diced pancetta (1-pack sized) or bacon
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 2 TBS flour 
  • 4 cups chicken stock 
  • 4 large potatoes (russet)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Kale

DIRECTIONS:

  • Chop onion, garlic and potatoes
  • In pot, heat a drizzle of oil – crumble up sausage and brown it, drain well and move to a plate
  • In same pot cook the pancetta (or bacon) using the grease from the sausage. Cool till crisp. Once done move to plate, clear all but 1 TBS of oil from pot
  • Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes
  • Add garlic and cook for an additional minute
  • Add flour to onion and garlic and stir to combine. Cook for about a minute.
  • Pour in chicken stock and gently stir as you pour, add potatoes and bring to a boil
  • Cook until potatoes can be pierced with a fork (about 15 minutes)
  • Add in cooked sausage, pancetta/bacon (leaving some for topping), heavy cream, and kale
  • Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Top with pancetta/bacon pieces and serve!

Old Navy Winter Faves

Winter weather calls for lots of cozy fabrics and warm layers, and all of that bundling up can leave you feeling like a giant marshmallow. The trick is to stock up on winter staples that are comfy but still cute. These pieces from Old Navy will keep you toasty without having to sacrifice style! See our Old Navy winter favorites below.

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For your winter workout, grab these CozeCore stirrup leggings, this rib-knit long sleeve top, and this two-tone sherpa pullover to look cute and feel cozy while getting your daily activity in!

For lounging around or running errands, these fleece wide leg pants and half-zip sweatshirt will keep you warm while still looking super stylish.

For a day at the office, these pixie pants paired with a satin boyfriend shirt will have your coworkers voting you “best dressed.”

And for weekend brunch with the girls or a day out with the fam, don these high-waisted straight jeans with a rib-knit bodysuit and a oversized chunky cable-knit cardigan for a chic yet classy look.

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Cable-Knit Cardigan
Cable-Knit Cardigan
Rib-Knit Bodysuit
Rib-Knit Bodysuit
High-Waisted Jeans
High-Waisted Jeans
Satin Boyfriend Shirt
Satin Boyfriend Shirt
Pixie Pants
Pixie Pants
Fleece Half-Zip Sweatshirt
Fleece Half-Zip Sweatshirt
Wide Leg Pants
Wide Leg Pants
Rib-Knit Long Sleeve
Rib-Knit Long Sleeve
CozeCore Leggings
CozeCore Leggings
Sherpa Sweatshirt
Sherpa Sweatshirt
Cable-Knit Cardigan
Cable-Knit Cardigan
Rib-Knit Bodysuit
Rib-Knit Bodysuit
High-Waisted Jeans
High-Waisted Jeans
Satin Boyfriend Shirt
Satin Boyfriend Shirt
Pixie Pants
Pixie Pants
Fleece Half-Zip Sweatshirt
Fleece Half-Zip Sweatshirt
Wide Leg Pants
Wide Leg Pants
Rib-Knit Long Sleeve
Rib-Knit Long Sleeve
CozeCore Leggings
CozeCore Leggings
Sherpa Sweatshirt
Sherpa Sweatshirt

Snow Boots Under $50

It’s snowy season and if you live anywhere that gets any amount of snow in the winter, you know how necessary good, practical footwear is! Outfitting the fam with snow boots doesn’t have to be expensive though, and there are so many fun styles to choose from – these snow boots will help you stay stylish in the snow and keep your wallet happy! See our snow boots under $50 from Amazon below.

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For the ladies, these fashion-forward tan and cream boots, these tall white-as-snow boots, these cozy gray boots, or these pretty soft pink boots are all snow bunny stylish and less than $50!

For the men, these simple tan boots, these suave blue and brown boots, these classic blue boots, or these practical gray boots are great options for winter and are all under $50!

And for the kids, these furry white boots, these chic tan boots, these all-purpose gray boots, and these fun green and black boots will help them find their personal style without breaking the bank!

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Kids’ Black & Green Boots
Kids’ Black & Green Boots
Kids’ Gray Boots
Kids’ Gray Boots
Kids’ Tan Boots
Kids’ Tan Boots
Kids’ White Boots
Kids’ White Boots
Men’s Gray Boots
Men’s Gray Boots
Men’s Blue Boots
Men’s Blue Boots
Men’s Brown & Blue Boots
Men’s Brown & Blue Boots
Men’s Tan Boots
Men’s Tan Boots
Women’s Pink Boots
Women’s Pink Boots
Women’s Gray Boots
Women’s Gray Boots
Women’s White Boots
Women’s White Boots
Women’s Tan and Cream Boots
Women’s Tan and Cream Boots

Snow Day Activities

We love a surprise snow day! There’s nothing better than waking up to a world of white and finding out school and work are cancelled. If you’re home with the kids on your next snow day and are looking for some entertainment inspiration, look no further! These snow day activities will keep the fun coming. See our roundup of snow day fun from Amazon below.

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If you’re itching to get outdoors and smell the cool, crisp air and feel the fluffy snow underfoot, these activities will provide hours of entertainment! Get building with these snow block molds, a snowman accessory kit, this Sno Bucket of fun complete with tools and snow dye, or a handy dandy snow shovel for all of your digging needs. Feel the need for speed with these inflatable sleds or this super cool Ski Skooter, and prepare for the battle of a lifetime with this snow blaster gun and snowball makers!

If staying indoors is more your thing, read up on the science of snow with this book, make your own inside snow with this insta-snow powder, or have a snowball fight around the house with these perfectly plush snowballs!

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Ski Skooter
Ski Skooter
Inflatable Sleds
Inflatable Sleds
Snow Toy Kit
Snow Toy Kit
Sno Bucket of Fun
Sno Bucket of Fun
Snow Shovel
Snow Shovel
Snowman Accessories
Snowman Accessories
Snow Block Molds
Snow Block Molds
Plush Snowballs
Plush Snowballs
Insta-Snow Powder
Insta-Snow Powder
Book
Book
Ski Skooter
Ski Skooter
Inflatable Sleds
Inflatable Sleds
Snow Toy Kit
Snow Toy Kit
Sno Bucket of Fun
Sno Bucket of Fun
Snow Shovel
Snow Shovel
Snowman Accessories
Snowman Accessories
Snow Block Molds
Snow Block Molds
Plush Snowballs
Plush Snowballs
Insta-Snow Powder
Insta-Snow Powder
Book
Book

Splurge vs Save – The Winter Outfit Edition

We’re taking some hot winter trends and putting our Frugal and Thriving spin on them, because staying up to date with the coolest styles doesn’t mean you have to break the bank! We’ve put together a winter outfit edition of Splurge vs. Save. Check out the name-brand dupes of some of this season’s trendiest items and look great for less.

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A belted wool coat is the “it” item this winter! Dress up any outfit and add instant sophistication. This version from Express costs $278, while this version from Venus is only $89.

A soft, cozy turtleneck will keep you warm on the coldest of days. This version from Nordstrom costs $90, while this version from Amazon is only $27.

Black skinny jeans are classy and modern. This pair from J. Crew costs $128, while this pair from Old Navy is only $30.

Knee-high boots are a winter staple and are perfect for work or play. This pair from Nordstrom costs $125, but this version from Kohl’s is only $36.

A cute, convenient bag is a must, and a camel-colored crossbody bag hits both marks! This version from Madewell is $168, while this version from Shein is only $20.

Finish your look with a sleek pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses. This pair from Ray-Ban is $155, but this pair from Ralph Lauren is only $67.

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Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Crossbody Bag
Crossbody Bag
Boots
Boots
Jeans
Jeans
Turtleneck
Turtleneck
Jacket
Jacket
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Crossbody Bag
Crossbody Bag
Boots
Boots
Jeans
Jeans
Turtleneck
Turtleneck
Jacket
Jacket
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Crossbody Bag
Crossbody Bag
Boots
Boots
Jeans
Jeans
Turtleneck
Turtleneck
Jacket
Jacket

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Sunglasses
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Crossbody Bag
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Boots
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Jeans
Turtleneck
Turtleneck
Jacket
Jacket
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Crossbody Bag
Crossbody Bag
Boots
Boots
Jeans
Jeans
Turtleneck
Turtleneck
Jacket
Jacket
Sunglasses
Sunglasses
Crossbody Bag
Crossbody Bag
Boots
Boots
Jeans
Jeans
Turtleneck
Turtleneck
Jacket
Jacket

Winter Beauty Products

Winter can be a drag for a lot of reasons (shoveling snow, anyone??) but it can be especially harsh on our delicate skin and hair! Taking the time to hydrate properly and making sure you’re using high-quality moisturizing products will help you get through those cold, brittle months with your skin, hair, and sanity intact! These highly hydrating beauty products are perfect for winter, and they won’t break the bank! See our favorite winter beauty products below.

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A nourishing cleanser is the first step for glowing skin in the winter! This gentle face cleanser from First Aid Beauty removes dirt and makeup while hydrating and soothing skin.

SPF is not just for summer! It’s important to protect your skin from the sun in every season, and this ultra-hydrating moisturizer from Kiehl’s offers SPF while leaving skin feeling soft and balanced.

Nighttime is when our skin takes the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate, so using a deeply moisturizing night cream will allow you to wake up with a dewy, fresh complexion. This repair cream from Biossance fortifies the moisture barrier and plumps up the skin!

For extra overnight nourishment, use a sleep mask! This water sleeping mask from Laneige will have your skin glowing by morning.

And for soft, supple lips, a lip mask is exactly what you need! This lip sleeping mask from Laneige is a cult favorite for a reason – it delivers intense moisture and plumps your pretty pout!

You’ve attended to your face, but don’t forget about the rest of your body! Sometimes a no-frills moisturizer is exactly what you need, and this CeraVe daily moisturizing lotion will have you saying goodbye to dryness and hello to smooth, soft skin.

For those pesky, extra-dry areas, a little Aquaphor will go a long way! Dab a little on chapped hands or windburned lips and protect yourself from the harsh elements!

Practice good winter hair care with a leave-in conditioner from our favorite MoroccanOil. This formula will leave your locks looking luscious and smelling amazing all day long.

For even more hair hydration, we love this Olaplex No. 8 moisture mask. Boost shine and repair hair damage in just 10 minutes!

Winter Home Refresh from Target

The holidays have come and gone and as much as we love all of our festive decor, we’re ready to tuck it away until next November. Taking down your holiday decorations can leave your home feeling oddly blank and bland though, so we’re here to help you give your home a fresh update for winter with a few new key pieces. These home items from Target in cozy neutrals and warm golds will make your sanctuary feel comfy and calm – and they’re versatile enough that you can use them from season to season! See some of our favorite winter home refresh products from Target below.

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Cozy neutrals and warm gold tones help bring a little softness to your home during the harsh winter months. Pops of green will make your space feel livelier and more playful, and adding knitted and woven textures brings a sense of comfort and charm. Candles help set the mood with soft lighting, a big mirror helps open the space up, and a few eye-catching pieces serve as gorgeous focal points throughout the room.

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Tassel Throw Pillow
Tassel Throw Pillow
Knit Throw Pillow
Knit Throw Pillow
Throw Blanket
Throw Blanket
Filler
Filler
Disc Sculpture
Disc Sculpture
White Sage Candle
White Sage Candle
Vetiver and Cedarwood Candle
Vetiver and Cedarwood Candle
Taper Holders
Taper Holders
Wall Mirror
Wall Mirror
Faux Fern
Faux Fern
Lantern
Lantern
Tassel Throw Pillow
Tassel Throw Pillow
Knit Throw Pillow
Knit Throw Pillow
Throw Blanket
Throw Blanket
Filler
Filler
Disc Sculpture
Disc Sculpture
White Sage Candle
White Sage Candle
Vetiver and Cedarwood Candle
Vetiver and Cedarwood Candle
Taper Holders
Taper Holders
Wall Mirror
Wall Mirror
Faux Fern
Faux Fern
Lantern
Lantern