Create a heart healthy Valentine’s dinner

happy valentines meal

 

Valentine’s Day is here! Have you made plans to celebrate? If you are like millions of others, your plans probably include a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant. As a highly introverted person, the thought of sitting in a loud crowded restaurant is not my idea of a romantic night. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a meal out as much as anyone. But around Valentine’s Day, when most nice restaurants at full capacity, I’d much rather have a quiet evening at home. Can you relate? (Or did you forget to make reservations for you and your sweetheart?) Don’t fret. I’ve got some delicious heart healthy dinner ideas from the Emmet Street Creations archives that are easy to make but taste like you spent hours in the kitchen. Just mix and match the recipes from the list below for a quiet meal that will make your love swoon.

Starters:

Main Course:

Dessert:

Great gift ideas: Valentine’s Day Edition

Valentine's Day Gift Idea - Spa Day Basket

Are you struggling to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone? Nothing says, “I love you,” more than a gift you created yourself. With a small amount of effort, you can put together a gift that brings hours of joy and relaxation to your Valentine: A spa day basket!

You’ll need:

  • A decorative basket (you can get these pretty affordably at your local craft store) or a sturdy gift bag.
  • A fluffy white washcloth to nestle the items in (or really customize the basket by making your own hanging soap pouch).
  • Fancy bath accessories such as a loofah, bath pouf, natural sponge and massaging tool.
  • Your favorite Emmet Street Creations products! Our Exfoliating Rosemary Mint,  Blue Agave and Eucalyptus, Lavender and Mint handcrafted soaps are perfect scents to create a spa day experience. Remember to use coupon code LOVE16 at checkout to save 15% off purchases of $15 or more in our Etsy store!

That’s it! You get the satisfaction of putting together a great gift and your love gets a ready-made way to relax!

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Valentine’s Day sale in the Emmet Street Creations Etsy store!

15% off $15 or more sale

 

Because we love ya, baby, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a discount to products in the Emmet Street Creations Etsy store.

That’s right! Spend $15 or more in the Emmet Street Creations Etsy store and get a 15% discount. Simply enter code LOVE16 at checkout.

Even though we love you all year long, act soon–this discount is only around until February 29!

Know someone who’s looking for a sweet Valentine’s Day gift? Why not share this coupon code? It’s easy! Simply use one of the sharing buttons below (Note: If you’re reading this via e-mail or reader, you’ll need to link to our website to use the sharing buttons).

New creation in the Etsy Shop: Peppermint lover’s sample pack

Peppermint lover

Do you love the eye-opening scent and cooling sensation of peppermint? Now you can stock up on your favorite scent and save money with the new Peppermint Lover’s Sample Pack, on sale now in the Emmet Street Creations Etsy shop.

For $15, you’ll receive the following 4 bars of our handmade soap, all featuring the exhilarating scent of peppermint:

  • Peppermint – Straight up peppermint essential oil will give you the revitalizing kick you need to wake up in the morning.
  • Exfoliating Rosemary Mint – This soap makes the perfect foot scrub to use after a long walk or run in the park. Pulverized juniper berries work to exfoliate rough patches and smooth your skin.
  • Revitalizing Rosemary Mint – Moisturizing olive and rice bran oils soothe and moisturize your skin without the exfoliating juniper berries.
  • Eucalyptus Lavender and Mint – Soothe yourself into the day with the pretty blue and purple swirls of this amazing smelling soap. Skin loving olive, rice bran and avocado oils will keep your skin silky soft.

Know someone who loves the scent of peppermint? Why not let them know about the Peppermint Lovers Sample Pack? It’s easy! Simply use one of the sharing buttons below (Note: If you’re reading this via e-mail or reader, you’ll need to link to our website to use the sharing buttons).

Add a little excitement to your day with a mystery soap sampler

mystery soap sampler

Let’s face it, in the art of soap making, things don’t always go according to plan. I’ve made my fair share of less than perfect soap. I often experiment with color combinations and new techniques and sometimes these experiments result in soaps that don’t make the cut for their own listing in my shop. The colors may not look as pretty as they did in my head, the scent might not be as strong as I wanted or I might have messed up the design I was trying to achieve. But no matter what the flaw might be, the soap is still perfectly good at performing its duty of keeping you clean while nourishing your skin.

I usually hold the “oops” batches for my own personal use but now I’m offering them to you in a mystery soap sampler at a discounted price. For only $15, you’ll receive a bag filled with five different full size bars of soap adding up to one pound or more. The contents of your sampler will remain a mystery until you open your package but a list of the soaps and ingredients will be included in the bag.

The mystery soap sampler is an exciting way to save money while stocking up on an item you use every day!

Not the adventurous type? Check out the Clearance section in my shop for other money saving offers!

Monday musings: Handmade soap and good, clean fun

 

Dead Sea Clay

With several social engagements, seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens (awesome) and staying up to watch the reboot of the X-Files (awesomer) last night, this little soap maker is plum tired out. Luckily, I did find time to play around in the soap lab on Friday. I’m trying to formulate a soap that will help my own combination skin. I used Dead Sea clay (shown in the picture above) and tea tree oil. It’s still too soon to say how this soap turned out but I’ll keep you posted!

Handmade soap

There are so many creative soap makers that inspire me. Check out some of my favorite finds on Pinterest! (Are we pinning buddies there? We should be.)

Good, clean fun

If you’re not following Emmet Street Creations on Facebook, here’s some of the fun you missed:

Previous musings from Emmet Street you might have missed

Emmet Street Creations would like to wish a very happy (if belated) birthday to Dolly Parton. My co-blogger, Kelly, is a huge fan and she spelled out why in a post last year.  She even travelled to Knoxville to see Dolly perform in person and to experience the wonder of made-from-scratch Southern biscuits

Who’s your favorite musician and how far have you traveled to see them perform?

New creation in the Etsy shop: Handmade peppermint soap

Peppermint Handmade Soap

 Handmade Peppermint Soap in the Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy

Are you a night owl? When your alarm goes off at the crack of dawn (or earlier), do you chronically hit the snooze button in the hopes that five more minutes will magically make you feel rested and ready to tackle the day? Yep, me too.

That’s why I like to keep a bar of peppermint soap in my shower. Peppermint isn’t just a fun scent for the holidays. It’s fresh clean scent is wonderfully eye-opening any time of the year. When 5 A.M. rolls around and I’m faced with another day in the cubicle jungle, a hot shower surrounded by the clean scent of peppermint is just the thing to get me going.

Want to give peppermint soap a try? You can find it, along with many other tantalizing scent options, in the Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy.