Valentine’s Day is pretty easy for the guy. All they have to do is go with one of the three standbys: flowers, chocolate, or jewelry. Yet, what should you buy him for Valentine’s Day? Obviously, those standbys aren’t going to work, so what are you supposed to do?
The trick to buying your husband or boyfriend the perfect present is to keep it simple. Don’t overthink it. Just stick to the basics. For example, here are 3 fantastic gift ideas that your loved one is sure to love.
To begin with, all men thrive on competition. Whether it’s at work, on the sports field, or during a chess tournament, they want to be the best. That’s why your boyfriend prefers to jump on his game console over snuggling on the couch after a long day at work. It’s not that he doesn’t love you and want to spend time with you – it’s just that he needs to feel that sense of victory after being beaten down by his boss all day.
So instead of fighting for his attention, join him! Give him that game he’s been dying for and spend the afternoon playing with him. You don’t have to turn into a gamer, but playing with him every once in a while will let him know that you want him to relax and have fun.
If you’re worried about buying him a game he already has, pre-order one of the amazing games that are coming out this year. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Wii U) and For Honor (PS4, PC, and Xbox One) are two of the most anticipated games for 2017.
There’s a reason why the saying “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” is so prevalent – it’s true! Men associate home cooked meals with being loved and cared for, so cooking for your husband or boyfriend is the perfect way to show him you care.
If you really want to make a special meal for him, call his mom. She can give you the exact recipe for his favorite meal or comfort food. Since it’s a recipe he’s familiar with, his taste buds are sure to love it and he’ll appreciate the extra effort you made to make him happy.
However, if you’re too nervous to call his mother for whatever reason, here are three delicious and easy recipes for you try this Valentine’s Day.
You were probably a little surprised when you saw this last gift idea, but sometimes the best present you can give is to take care of your man. Men often only think about the necessities and not about making their lives more comfortable. That’s where you come in.
For instance, your boyfriend probably bought the cheapest set of sheets he could find when he first moved into his apartment and hasn’t thought about buying bedding since. If so, his sheets are worn-out, holy, and more than a little faded. By giving him high-quality, organic sheets, you’re giving him a gift that will last for years and help him sleep better at night.
Now, I wouldn’t go out and buy him that super cute duvet cover that you think would just completely transform his décor (or lack thereof). Instead, stick to bamboo sheets or a silk pillow. Bamboo bed sheets will keep him from overheating at night and a silk pillow will provide better neck support than the flat cotton pillow he’s currently sleeping on.
While giving him something practical isn’t the most romantic present, it does show that you care. Plus, it provides the perfect opportunity to transition the night into the bedroom, which is what your guy really wants anyway.
What other great gift ideas can you think of? Let us know in the comments below!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking of what to give the wonderful woman in your life. Yet, Valentine’s gifts can be tricky. It’s hard to come up with the perfect present that shows her how much you love her.
To help you gentlemen out, here are 5 creative gift ideas that are sure to sweeten your sweetheart’s day.
Are you looking to get cozy with your loved one this Valentine’s? Then give your lucky lady a beautiful set of bamboo bedding! Whether it’s a bamboo blanket, bed sheets, or a comforter, she’ll feel like a goddess when she sleeps under the soft, silky texture of bamboo.
Moreover, if you buy your bamboo bedding from Cozy Earth, you don’t need to worry about finding the right pattern or design to go with your wife or girlfriend’s decorating taste. All of Cozy Earth’s bedding comes in a crisp, clean white that will never gray or yellow and will go with everything!
However, if you know she wants a bed set with a little bit of color, bamboo bedding is still a fantastic present. You just need to break your Valentine’s Day gift into two parts. First, you give her the luxurious, high quality bedding that she always wanted, but never been able to justify buying for herself (especially if you have kids). Then, you offer to take her shopping for the duvet cover of her choice. She gets to pick out the design she really wants and you get to give the perfect present – it’s a win-win for everyone!
In addition to a good night’s sleep in a luxurious bed, what a woman really wants is some time to relax. After all, she works, cooks, cleans, and takes care of the kids – when does she have time to slow down and take care of herself? Consequently, one of the best gifts you can give her is to book her some time off and send her to the spa. While this present is a tad cliché, it’s cliché for a reason.
So, which spa should you send her to? One option is Massage Envy. They were ranked as America’s #1 spa franchise in 2017 and they have locations in all 50 states. Additionally, their prices are relatively cheap while still receiving good reviews.
To book your loved one a relaxing time at the spa, visit www.massageenvy.com today!
Does your girl equate reading with relaxing? Then give her the collectible edition of her favorite book! Barnes and Noble has a fantastic collectible series of the classics. With their gold leafing and embossed covers, your bookworm’s eyes will light up at the sight of her new treasure.
If you’re not sure which to give her, here are a few good choices:
After all, how could she not think of you as her Mr. Darcy or prince charming after giving her one of these gorgeous books?
If books aren’t really her thing, every girl loves flowers. Yet, flowers aren’t really a surprise on Valentine’s Day. So, how do you take your darling’s breath away with this traditional gift? By giving her a membership to the Flower of the Month Club!
When your sweetheart is a member of the Flowers of the Club, Amazing Clubs sends her a gorgeous bouquet of exotic, in-season flowers every month. As each new bouquet arrives, you’ll show your girlfriend or wife that you love them not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day of the year.
All of our suggestions so far have been rather grand gestures, so let’s end with a present that’s more light-hearted. What’s a quirky gift to start your Valentine’s Day festivities on a fun note and bring a smile to your girl’s face?
Try giving your girlfriend a coffee mug with the message “You’re So Lucky to Have Me” inscribed on it! Imagine her surprise and laughter when she gets her morning jolt. You can make this gift yourself or buy it from etsy.com.
What other great gift ideas can you think of? Post in the comments below and help a brother out.
Happy New Year! In addition to all the parties and holiday cheer, it’s the time of year where you start thinking of all the goals you want to accomplish.
You could go with the usual goals of exercising more and eating healthier, but no – you want to do something more. You want to make a real and substantial change in your life and the world around you. You want to live a more environmentally conscious life and it wouldn’t hurt to save a little money at the same time.
You’re probably thinking, “Wait, I want to do what now?” While these are lofty goals, they’re actually easier to accomplish than the traditional New Year’s goals of exercising more and eating healthier.
With exercising and eating healthier, you have to go to the gym day after day and resist eating that second serving of that dessert time after time. With living a greener life and keeping a little green in your wallet, you just have to make a few one-time changes and you’re good for the rest of the year.
What do you need to do in 2017 to be financially and environmentally savvy? The best place to start is in your home. Here are 4 easy ways you can make your home more environmentally friendly and help your piggy bank to grow.
The first way to live a greener life takes less than a minute and costs you absolutely nothing – turn down the temperature on your hot water heater. By turning down the temperature, you avoid scalding yourself in the shower and save energy.
For example, most hot water heaters are set to 140°F. However, the Department of Energy recommends that you reduce the temperature to 120°F. According to The Simple Dollar, you reduce your energy costs by about 10% if you follow this recommendation. While this isn’t a huge decrease, you’ll still save around $20 every year with this one easy trick.
The next few items on our list require a trip to the hardware store, but will save you significantly more than $20.
Let’s start with replacing your lightbulbs, particularly with replacing all of your old incandescent lightbulbs with light emitting diode (LED) lights. According to Energy.gov, LED lights use 75-80% less energy than traditional lightbulbs while still producing the same amount of light. Additionally, they last 25 times longer than incandescent lights.
So, what are the drawbacks? Well, LED lights tend to cost more initially. Incandescent lightbulbs cost about 1 dollar each while LED lightbulbs cost between 5-8 dollars. However, they actually save you money in the long run because they use less energy and have a long lifespan.
For example, the lifespan of an LED lightbulb is 25,000 hours. At $0.12 per kWh, you would spend $30 on energy costs during the lifespan of an LED light. In contrast, an incandescent lightbulb only lasts around 1,000 hours. Aside from the cost of replacing that lightbulb 25 times, you would spend $180 on energy costs for an incandescent light. In other words, using an LED light saves you $150 on energy costs in the long run.
Next, swap out your shower head for a low-flow shower head. A low-flow shower head reduces that amount of water you use per minute. For example, most shower heads use 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm). By using a shower head that uses .5 gallons less, you can save 2,900 gallons of water. While that’s only $25 a year, you’re significantly increasing your water conservation by switching to a low-flow shower head.
Nowadays, most hardware stores carry 2.0 gpm shower heads, but these eco shower heads tend to cost more. However, you can find eco-friendly shower heads online that range from 0.5-2.0 gpm and only cost between $10-30. By making this small investment now, you could save $625 over the next 25 years.
The final way you can live an eco-friendly lifestyle this New Year is by changing your sheets, specifically changing to organic bamboo sheets. By investing in these luxuriously soft sheets, you support an industry that strives to protect the environment, not destroy it.
For example, bamboo never needs to be treated with pesticides because it is naturally resistant to disease and most insects. In contrast, cotton (the traditional material for bedding) is extremely pesticide intensive. It is treated with 16-25% more pesticides than any other crop in the world.
Additionally, Cozy Earth bamboo is never treated with harsh dyes or chemicals, further reducing pollution and protecting the earth. By choosing high-quality bamboo bedding like Cozy Earth’s organic sheets, you are reducing your carbon footprint and making the world a greener place to live.
As with most of our tips above, there is some upfront cost to making this eco-conscious switch. However, a set of premium bamboo sheets can last up to 15 years if cared for properly. In comparison, cheap cotton sheets only last a year or two at most. That means you need to replace them over and over again, essentially throwing your money away year after year.
By following the tips above, you conserve energy and water. Additionally, you reduce your overall carbon footprint while sleeping in luxury. Meanwhile, you’re saving money and watching your wallet grow. So, are you ready to make the switch to a greener lifestyle and leave more green in your wallet this New Year?
The holiday season is over; it’s time to hunker down and wait for spring to come. However, there are still a couple of months of snow and ice before your favorite groundhog declares winter officially over.
In the meantime, you’re left shivering at home, cranking the thermostat as high as it can go until you’ve thawed out – that is until you get the bill. Immediately, you shut off the heat and start shivering again.
It seems like there’s no win, but here are five tips and tricks from Cozy Earth that will keep you warm this winter without running up your heating bill.
Let’s start with our most obvious tip: bundling up. While bundling up seems like a no-brainer, it’s a step that many people overlook. By wearing warm layers indoors, you can turn your thermostat down a few degrees without sacrificing comfort.
So, wear warm layers such as thick sweaters and fuzzy socks when you’re at home! Cuddle up on the couch under a cozy blanket. Do everything you can to keep yourself warm and then worry about your house.
Next, let’s move on to keeping your house warm. The first thing you should do is to reduce the amount of heat escaping from your home.
To reduce the amount of heat escaping your home, replace all the old weather stripping around your doors and windows. In fact, replacing old weather stripping can save 20% on your heating bill according to the Department of Energy.
In addition to replacing old weather stripping, you can close your blinds and curtains at night to prevent heat from escaping through the glass of your windows. By reducing the amount of heat that escapes through your windows, your furnace won’t need to work so hard to replace the lost heat.
You can even cover your windows with clear plastic sheets to really take your heat conservation up a notch. These clear sheets are very discreet and help to retain heat while still letting the sun naturally lighten and warm your home during the day.
Did you know that your ceiling fan can help keep a room warm as well as cool it down? All you need to do is reverse the direction of the fan so it spins clockwise.
How does reversing the direction of your ceiling fan keep you warmer? Well, when you turn the reversed ceiling fan on at low speed, you create a small updraft in the room. This updraft pushes any warm air that has risen back down, keeping the occupants more comfortable at the lower levels of the room.
Fifth and finally, buy bamboo bedding. By investing in a luxurious set of bamboo sheets and an organic comforter, you stay at the perfect temperature all night long even if you turn the thermostat down. The soft, plush fibers of bamboo envelope you in the cozy comfort you need to sink into the deep, satisfying sleep you’ve always dreamed of.
To browse our wide selection of king, queen, twin, and crib size bamboo sheets and comforters, visit cozyearth.com today.
What other tips and tricks do you have to reduce your heating bill? Let us know in the comments below!
Are you thinking about investing in a luxurious bamboo comforter, but aren’t sure you’re ready to jump into that pile of plush bedding quite yet? How do you wash bamboo bedding anyway?
Don’t worry – if you’re asking these questions, you’re not alone. Bamboo has just barely broken into the bedding world and most people don’t know how to care for it. So, how do you take care of your premium bamboo comforter? Well, here are some quick and practical tips on how to care for and clean bamboo.
First, you should always use a bamboo duvet cover. If you use a duvet cover, you will almost never need to need to wash your beautiful organic comforter. The most you probably need to do is air it out every 3-5 months.
To air out your comforter, hang it in mild to moderate sunlight for 1-3 hours. The sun will dry out any body oils and moisture your bedding may have soaked up. By drying out these oils, the sun naturally refreshes your comforter without damaging it, reviving its soft, plush texture and making it feel brand-new.
While only airing out your comforter every few months is the ideal situation, we all know life happens. For instance, imagine your gorgeous comforter has just arrived in the mail. You planned on buying that duvet cover, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Are you really going to wait for a duvet cover when your soft, luxurious new comforter is just begging for you to curl up in it?
Of course not! So you grab a book and just a little cup of your favorite drink. Then, even though you’re trying to be careful, you spill something on your fluffy white bedding. Oh no! Have you just ruined your brand-new bedspread? No – in most cases you can spot clean it.
To spot clean your organic comforter:
If you need to wash your entire bedspread, then put your comforter in the washing machine while the stain is still damp and follow the instructions below.
Let’s move onto machine washing your comforter. Whether it’s silk, down, or cotton, almost all comforters are extremely difficult to deep clean. Usually, you can only spot clean or dry clean them and who really wants to drag their poofy comforter to the dry cleaners?
Well, one of the biggest perks of bamboo is that you can wash it at home! To clean your cozy comforter in your washing machine and dryer:
See it’s that easy! If you want to discover more about the benefits of bamboo bedding, read Why Bamboo Comforters Are the Best.
While no one wants to take their comforter to the dry cleaners, dry cleaning will always be the best way to protect and extend the life of your bedding. After all, the purpose of dry cleaning is to protect fabrics from the viscous spin cycles of washing machines and dryers. So, how do you find a high-quality, professional dry cleaner that will care for your bedding like it is their own?
Now you know how to naturally freshen, spot clean, machine wash, and find a good dryer cleaner for your bamboo bedding. The only step left is to find the organic comforter of your dreams! To find your perfectly plush comforter, check out Cozy Earth’s bamboo comforter or dual bamboo comforter today!