Three Luxurious DIYs Just In Time for Valentine’s Day

So, there’s this old adage that if you don’t love yourself, it’s hard to love someone else. Listen, I don’t want to sound like a corny Pinterest board, but there’s something to that nugget of wisdom. Self-love begets real love.

And there are a million ways to practice self-love and its cousin, self-care. Some of them are rather profound, such as surrounding yourself with positive people or seeking out therapy. But there are other, less profound ways, too: Taking a long bath, cooking yourself a healthy dinner, laughing your ass off with your best friend.

Skincare may fall into the “less profound” route, but it’s fun, easy, and just so happens to be our expertise (though we’re happy to go to a therapy session with you, too). Here are three ultra-luxurious DIYs to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day and, well, any day.

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S.W. Recipe: Galentine’s Day Edition

Even though it is plagued by a brutally hokey name, I still consider Galentine’s Day a worthy holiday for two reasons.

One, even though I’m happily married, I think Valentine’s Day is kind of a joke. It’s basically a kinda-makes-you-feel-bad holiday invented by 1-800-FLOWERS and only celebrated in earnest by newly minted couples (the ones that don’t fart in front of each other yet), “smug marrieds” (term courtesy of Bridget Jones), and/or sugar-high third-graders. So, any holiday that attempts to subvert the sanctimonious vibe of V-Day is good by me.

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S.W Recipes: Vegan Coconut Butternut Soup

Hi. First things first, let’s start this whole thing off by making an outrageous (but totally true) claim: this is going to be the easiest soup you’ve ever made in your life. There, I said it. I can’t take it back now and suddenly I’m feeling a little nervous about it, but I’m sticking to it. Easy. Peasy.

Second, please take a second to say coconut butternut five times fast.

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Vegan whole grain brownies for the love of your life (or, you know, you)

Hi! In case you weren’t already aware because the marketing world hasn’t been beating it into your head for the last two and a half months (you know, starting a week before Christmas), tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Are you wearing a pink sweater? Going on a cliché (I mean CUTE.) date? Holding a dozen roses? Microwaving a sad (AWESOME) dinner for one?

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Sneaky Healthy Holiday Recipes

How To Be Sneaky Healthy at the Holidays
(No One Has to Know You’re Eating Vegetables)

Here at S-Dubs, we’re all about balance. And by balance, we mean, a good amount of indulging with just the right amount of healthy-so-you-and-your-skin-don’t-die. If you have food allergies, sometimes it’s almost easier to stay healthy, especially at the holidays. You get to walk into every holiday party, proclaim that you can’t touch the dairy unless they want a broken toilet, and move on. But if you’re just on the sensitive side, or you’re aware that you need a certain amount of healthy food to stay glowy and happy, then it can be a little harder. You want to have a good time, you want to have some of that onion dip, you don’t want to walk around telling everyone that said dip will give you zits for days, but you also don’t want zits for days. Are we speaking your language?

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vegan mac and cheese recipe

S.W. Recipe: Vegan Butternut Squash Mac ‘n “Cheese”

 So, if you think this post is going to be all about how I love mac ‘n cheese, but how I’m vegan and the struggle is so real… you’re wrong. For one, I’m one of the few people in the universe that is lukewarm on mac ‘n cheese (childhood incident involving vomit – k?). Moreover, I am decidedly NOT vegan. I like half and half in my coffee, cheese pizza, yogurt, Ben & Jerry’s, etc.
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S.W. Recipe: Date Energy Balls

When we’re really busy, our healthy eating habits tend to fall by the wayside; snacking digresses into a handful of chocolate covered raisins, a bunch of chips, or – worse of all – an iced latte. All of these snacks, while tasty going down, leave us feeling lethargic, kind of guilty, and totally hungry.

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S.W. Recipe: Elana’s Veggie Sushi

If you know me, you know that I love sushi. I would eat it every single day if it was socially acceptable (is it?) and if I didn’t live with another human that enjoys some culinary variety. With this noted, sushi is always something I order in, which isn’t something I’m totally proud of — it can get expensive and it produces an awful lot of waste (hello, plastic-packaged soy sauces!).

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S.W. Recipe: Aloe Vera Margaritas + Fresh Pico de Gallo

Cinco de Mayo is quite possibly our favorite holiday to observe. It’s almost like a kick-off party for the warmer months, filled with tacos, margaritas, and unlimited chips and salsa. I mean, seriously, what’s not to like? As such, we couldn’t allow this holiday to pass by without sharing two of our favorite Cinco-ready recipes: Aloe Vera Margaritas and Fresh Pico de Gallo. Both of are wholesome without being party poopers, loaded with flavor, and guaranteed to give your gathering what it needs to become a full-on fiesta. Read on!
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