For many, roses and candy are the usual “go-to” VALENTINE’S GIFTS. So, how about giving that very popular heart-shaped box full of mystery candy? I know those chocolates look super tempting, BUT….DO NOT let all that pretty red packaging fool you. If you read the labels on the package, you’ll see why.
Many of these Valentine chocolates are full of genetically modified organisms (aka GMOs). These are organisms whose genetic material have been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Stick with “organic” chocolate. Also, just because it says “organic” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s low in sugar, but it does mean that GMO-containing ingredients are NOT used.
Below are our TOP 3 Valentine’s Day gift ideas that benefit the mind, body and soul:
1. Flowers OR Living Plant
Roses are very popular during Valentine’s Day. Want to do something different? Consider other types of flowers that won’t wilt right away. Our favorite flowers include: Chrysanthemums, Calla Lilies, Gladiolas and Sunflowers.
Maybe you don’t want to give flowers again this year because you’ve become so predictable. Well, how about giving your Valentine a beautiful living plant. Plants endure long after February 14th. Just like flowers, plants can be displayed in the office or in the bedroom. Don’t forget: green plants are perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for men as well!
2. Romantic Dinner at Home
Valentine’s Day dinner is always a great idea. Do you want to avoid the crowded restaurants? Then have a romantic dinner at home. Set the mood: play some romantic music, diffuse some essential oils, and cook a favorite meal that both of you love.
If you don’t have time to cook, then order gourmet food “to go”. After all, home cooked meals are great, but getting stuck cleaning the pots, pans and dishes is a mood-breaker. I certainly prefer eating at home on Valentine’s Day because restaurants are too crowded which results in poor customer service…you don’t want to get upset when your waiter gets your meal wrong. That type of stress is a mood-breaker as well.
3. Weekend Getaway
You don’t need to pressure yourselves by pampering yourselves on February 14th especially if the 14th falls during the middle of the week. We all know that Valentine’s Day can be pretty stressful, especially if you have work the next day.
Make it a Valentine’s Weekend Getaway instead. This will allow both of you to plan the details ahead of time, so you can relax AND enjoy yourselves. Who doesn’t love a massage or a spa treatment? Make sure both of you get pampered together.

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Edna Dimataga-Fernandez
Edna Dimataga-Fernandez founded The Wellness Institute in 2013. The company utilizes a holistic model of wellness consulting focusing on the 6 dimensions of organizational well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual & financial health. The Wellness Institute provides holistic health assessments, corporate well-being workshops & wellness consultations with holistic health practitioners. Wellness-Spring, the company’s holistic health store, sells organic & non-toxic health & beauty products. A portion of the proceeds is donated back to causes that support women, children, health, wellness & education. She has worked & consulted for companies in the insurance & financial services industry, the medical & behavioral health field and the non-profit sector. Edna holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a Past President (2010-11) of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors - Los Angeles Chapter and is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Department of Insurance.