WHY MY MOM IS MY BEST VINA

The shops are now filled with beautiful floral arrangements, unique mug designs are on the shelves and pamper packages are a dime a dozen. Yep, it’s time for Mother’s Day!

Yes, many people say, ‘you shouldn’t just tell your mom how much you love her once a year,’ (kind of like the Valentine’s Day critics), and I do agree to some extent. However, now everything is mom-themed and for a change it’s not hard to find a key ring that says ‘World’s Best Mom’. That’s what I aim to show my mom this year, that not only is she my world’s BEST MOM, but she’s also my best vina. What follow are 5 reasons why my mom is my best vina, so here they are:

DISTANCE, WHO CARES? NOTHING CHANGES

Candice and her mom
Me and my mom 🙂

In a world today where young adults aim to travel and experience the world, we often find ourselves away from home for long periods of time. In my case, I moved around the country, but not once would my mom miss a thing. When we talk, she doesn’t miss a single beat. It was as if she’d been staying next door to me the entire time, and I just sat in her lounge and unwound after the crazy days at the office.

SHE’S SEEN IT ALL

Being with my mom, I get to be my most natural self. No being the ‘perfect wife’ or the ‘star employee.’ When I’m with her I get to be my introverted self, with dreams of a simpler life. I can share my true feelings, emotions and thoughts with her and I can tell her all my secrets, knowing it won’t be circling through a few other ears a week later. Plus she’s seen it all. Every phase I have ever gone through, every colour I’ve died my hair and every broken memory. (OMG… I’m trying not to cry here!)

SHE UNDERSTANDS

Another reason my mom is my best vina is the judgement-free zone that she and I have with each other. Like I mentioned before, she knows the deepest secrets I have. She listens to me when I need to rant or cry over an argument with my husband, and she never passes judgement on me or anyone. (Except she obviously takes my side deep down…)

MOM’S ADVICE IS PROBABLY THE BEST ADVICE

Candice, her mom, and her brother
Christmas gang

When we’re young, we don’t always want to admit that mom knows best, but when we get older we learn that it is indeed so. When we do ask mom for advice, she is also most likely to give you the best outsider perceptive as she probably understands your background, history and why it is that you’re having a dilemma in the first place.

MOM IS MY NUMBER ONE FAN

 I could decide tomorrow that I was packing up my life as we know it and am going to travel the world as a backpacker or go live off the grid in a small deserted town, and one thing will always be for sure is that she will support me in whatever I decide to put my mind to. She would obviously question everything, but it is only out of love and to make sure I am doing it with the right mind and for the right reasons.

No relationship is perfect, but if it were, just imagine how boring life would be…

4/20 VINA DATE IDEAS FOR STONER BABES

Okay, so it might seem pretty self-explanatory why you’d want to spend 4/20 stoned as a mark of celebration, but there are tons of other ways to partake in the holiday. You can keep it simple and simply smoke, or you can throw the best event ever for your fave stoner vinas. For the sake of shaking things up, here’s a list of cool vina date ideas for any vinas looking to celebrate 4/20!

ROAD TRIP

Marijuana is legal in multiple states. California, Colorado, and Massachusetts are just a few places where you can legally light up. Grab your 21-and-up vinas, and take a trip. Pun definitely intended.

MOVIE NIGHTS 

In keeping with the tradition of Halloween and Christmas, it makes sense to gorge yourself on holiday-related films. So in this instance, watch movies that put marijuana at the center. How HighUp In SmokePineapple ExpressHarold & Kumar Go To White Castle, and Half Baked are just a few ideas of holiday classics. (Don’t forget snacks, trust me.)

POTLUCK

You can invite your stoner vinas over for a weed infused bake-off, or maybe just have everyone bring snacks to pig out after you spark one!

AT-HOME MUSICAL FESTIVAL

If you can’t make it to one on 4/20, create your own festival. Head to a plain wall, grab a projector, and compile a YouTube playlist of your favorite artists. Blast music, smoke and enjoy. (Don’t forget the Rihanna!) 

These are just a few ideas for stoner vinas to celebrate 4/20. Maybe you can start a new tradition. Above all else, be sure to indulge responsibly, there is a such thing as too much. Have fun, but be safe!

How do you plan to celebrate? Let us know in the comments!

EASY WAYS TO GIVE BACK FOR RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY

I always feel warm and fuzzy inside when I hear about random acts of kindness. Scrolling through social media, you can find countless posts of ‘Hometown Heroes’ and other do-gooders. Although random acts of kindness should be done, well, randomly, Feb. 17 is the day we all celebrate doing nice things for someone else.

Coffee for two

PAY IT FORWARD

This happens to be my favorite way of throwing a random act of kindness out into the Universe. Paying it forward is a small gesture that can mean tons to someone else. I’ve been on the receiving end of people paying it forward several times, but the time that stands out the most was about eight years ago when I was out having breakfast with my son. A college-age girl was sitting near us. We didn’t notice her looking different than anyone else, however, she noticed us. When our bill came, the waitress told us it was already paid for. The young woman was happy to see a mom and her son bonding and decided to pay for our bill. She was long gone by then, so I was never able to catch her name or what she distinctly looked like. If you’re out there reading this, “Thank you!”

THIS IDEA IS COMPLIMENTARY

Everyone loves being told that they look good. Make today the day where everyone (or close to everyone) you meet is left with a compliment. Let them know if you like their hair, clothes or shoes. Nothing beats an acknowledgment from a stranger. If the local barista isn’t donned in her cutest blouse, leave telling her how she makes your morning coffee run that much more special. Kind words can be powerful.

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DONATE OLD ITEMS

Most of us have a few old towels or blankets lying around that we don’t need or use anymore. Gather them up and donate them to an animal shelter. Animal shelters often need towels and blankets to care for the kittens and puppies. They get used quickly and are costly to restock. Help those helping the animals in your community and call your local animal shelter to ask if they could use some new supplies and when the best time for you to drop some off is.

The only way to make Random Acts of Kindness Day better is by gathering up your vinas and celebrating together! 😍 Head over to Hey! VINA to find your perfect Good Samaritan partner-in-crime today! 👯💕

IMPRESS YOUR VINAS WITH THESE COCKTAIL-MAKING TIPS

Vina: bold, intelligent, badass. She’s the life of the party. She can mix a drink.

To help bring out that life-of-the-party vina that’s inside of you, I’ve compiled a tried-and-true list of cocktail-making tips so you can be that girl wherever you’ll be celebrating next.

Before I started following these five simple steps, not even my most beautiful glasses, stainless steel shakers, or a phone full of Pinterest recipes could save my drinks from coming out too strong, too sour, too much like juice, or too much like toxic waste. These tricks have helped me become more creative behind the bar and have given me a better understanding of how much alcohol each drink needs, all while keeping things simple, sweet, and cheap.


1. LESS IS MORE WHEN IT COMES TO INGREDIENTS

A good cocktail doesn’t need to be complicated. Many of the best cocktails have three or fewer ingredients. The important thing to know is what mixes well with what. Here are two of my favorite simple drinks that have less than three ingredients:

The Paloma: 1/4 cup of tequila, 1/4 cup grapefruit soda (like Fresca or Jarritos), served on the rocks with a lime wedge. Add a salted rim to feel like a real pro.

The Bellini: 2 ounces chilled fruit purée (traditionally peach), 3 ounces prosecco. Usually served in a champagne flute, start with the fruit puree on the bottom, then pour the prosecco over the top. Feel free to add a fragrant garnish to up your bar cred.

These and other gorgeous two-ingredient cocktails can be found at http://www.mydomaine.com/two-ingredient-cocktails

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WHEN IN DOUBT, STICK TO THE CLASSICS

Who’s ever turned down a whiskey and Coke or vodka and soda? These drinks are well known for a reason and are simple to make. The best part about their simplicity is that it makes them easy to customize and dress up. Put your own original spin on any of the classics with fresh herbs, splashes of fruit juice, or even a simple lime or lemon to impress your vinas.

GET CREATIVE WITH FRESH FRUIT AND KOMBUCHA

When you’re drinking, you ’re probably not drinking for the health benefits (unless you’re one of those red-wine-with-dinner people). Still, it’s nice to mix up a fun drink that ’s light on guilt sometimes. Fresh fruit, kombucha, and even Perrier can make awesome additions to classic drinks. (HINT: The Real Food Dietitians suggest replacing the ginger beer in the classic Moscow Mule with kombucha and adding fresh ginger, mint, and cucumbers.)

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CHEAT SHEETS ARE A VINA’S BEST FRIEND

Now that you have the inspiration, it ’s time to get technical. You don’t want to make your drinks too strong or watered down. To ensure that you pour just right every time, check out this amazing cheat sheet that explains the use of “parts” in drink recipes. You can always print it out and keep in your kitchen so you ’re ready for your next soirée.

USE THE TOOLS AVAILABLE

There are so many amazing resources where you can find easy drink recipes. Use them! There’s no shame in borrowing a few tips and tools from the pros. Here are two personal favorites:

Now that you know the tricks of the trade, I fully expect to see you giving back to the Vina community by hosting a meet and greet cocktail party with your new matches!

Find some new vinas to invite to your next cocktail party by downloading Hey! VINA on the App Store today! You’re new best friend could be just a swipe away! 👯📱

5 SWEET VALENTINE’S TEXTS TO SEND TO YOUR VINAS

Happy Valentine’s Day, vinas! Let’s turn this “Hallmark holiday” into a time to show our ultimate appreciation for our gal pals. Here’s a list of 5 sweet texts to send your vinas this GALentine’s Day!

1. I APPRECIATE YOU

There’s no better feeling than being appreciated by your friends, and now is the perfect chance for you to show how much you care about your vinas! Whether they supported you through a difficult time or grabbed a couple of drinks with you in the city to celebrate your new job, let them know you’re so happy they’ve been there for you.

2. YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL, AND YOU DON’T NEED ANOTHER BOY/GIRL TO TELL YOU THAT

Valentine’s Day may feel like a difficult pill to swallow for those who are “alone” on the holiday. Let your vina know that she is loved on this holiday by you, her true friend. Make sure she knows she doesn’t need a romantic partner to tell her that!

3. YOUR FRIENDSHIP MEANS THE WORLD TO ME

Going along with number 1, this is a sweet text to let your vina know that you’re in it for the long haul. You two have cultivated a beautiful friendship, so make sure you let her know you’re not going anywhere! She’ll totally smile at the fact that you’re her forever friend.

4. LET’S HAVE A WINE & PIZZA NIGHT

No solid plans for this holiday? Turn your frown into a smile with a vina meet-up tonight! Order in a bunch of cheesy pizzas, and watch some cheesy rom-coms. (My favorites include “She’s All That,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” and “You’ve Got Mail.”) Pair the pizzas with a wine of your choosing, and bam! You’ve got a perfect night with your perfect vina. Make a VINA-tines out of it and invite other vinas that may not have plans yet by creating an event on the Hey! VINA app.

5.ONE DAY YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A LOVELY WEDDING, AND WE’LL LAUGH ABOUT THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

If your vina loves the idea of love but hasn’t found the “one” for her yet, help her out by letting her know that her time will eventually come! Make sure she doesn’t give up hope, and she’s awesome the way she is now; she just needs someone to see how truly wonderful she is.

Let your vinas know you care about them on this Valentine’s Day by swiping on Hey! VINA. Friendship is the love that never fades!

HOW TO HAVE THE MOST EPIC GALENTINE’S DAY WITH YOUR VINAS

First thing’s first, what is Galentine’s day? Observed on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day celebrates platonic friendships. There are so many epic ways that you can celebrate, but the only truly important thing is that you and your vinas have a fabulous day. Here are five ways to get your creative side rolling for some fun, VINA-tines dates!

SPA DAY

Massages, pedicures, manicures, face masks: You can have it all! If you can’t afford to go to your local spa or salon, then make your own spa day at a friend’s house.

SHOP TILL YOU DROP

Grab your favorite gal pals and go on an endless shopping spree to your favorite mall. Buy yourself or your friends something you wouldn’t normally buy, such as clothes, gadgets or any random trinkets that may catch your eye this holiday. We dedicate this day to girl power. Even though Treat Yo Self falls on October 13th, use this Galentine’s day to think about yourself and your girls for once. You can never go wrong with treating yourself to chocolates. Or, you can always wait until the day after Valentine’s Day for some discounts.

MOVIE NIGHT

If new movies come out that your friends might want to see, a movie night can always act as a relaxing way to spend Galentine’s Day. You and the girls can always make it a wine night as well by buying a box of wine…. or five. (Only if you’re of legal drinking age please.)

WINE AND DINE

Invite your vinas over, choose a recipe that you’ve been dying to try and enjoy some quality wine with your vinas as you cook together. Combine it with a movie or two and some face masks. Voila, the perfect night in with your best vinas. What could be better?

GIFT EXCHANGE

Why not give a gift to show your appreciation for your best friends? It doesn’t need to cost you an arm and a leg to give the most meaningful gifts to your friends. Forget the roses (but not the chocolate) and get some gifts that might serve more purpose this year. You won’t believe the look on your bestie’s face when she unwraps a framed copy of her favorite photo of you two with a heartfelt note taped to the back.

Don’t have Galentine’s Day plans yet? Don’t worry–start swiping on Hey! VINA to get in on the fun with events near you!

5 MOVIE DATES FOR YOU AND YOUR VINAS THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

If you’re single this Valentine’s day, don’t panic—we’ve got you. Just because you’re riding solo doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of the holiday. This #GalentinesDay, celebrate the love and friendship your vinas bring to your life with a movie night out, followed by a pizza-and-milkshake session to soak up each other’s awesomeness. Need some VINAspiration for the kick-ass women in your life? Shop our online store here, then check out the *must-see* movies hitting the big screen this February:

WHAT MEN WANT

First on the list is our girl Cookie Lyon in this remake of the 2000 film “What Women Want.” She plays Ali Davis, a successful sports agent who’s constantly boxed out by her male colleagues. When Ali is passed up for a well-deserved promotion, she questions what more she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world, until she gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. With her newfound power, Ali looks to outsmart her colleagues as she races to sign the next basketball superstar, but the lengths she must go to will put her relationship with her best friends and a potential new love interest to the test.

Watch the trailer on IMDb here.

HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U

Next is “Happy Death Day 2U,” the sequel of the 2017 movie “Happy Death Day” (make sure you’ve watched it, otherwise you’ll be a bit lost!) Starring Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma, and Ruby Modine, the plot follows Tree, played by Rothe, as she unexpectedly re-enters the time loop and becomes determined to escape it after finding out her friends are now involved. When she discovers that Lori Spengler, the original killer, has been murdered, Tree must face the new killer in order to uncover their identity and break free of the time loop once and for all.

Watch thetrailer on IMDb here.

COLD PURSUIT

No list is complete without a revenge movie – and who does revenge better than the seasoned Liam Neeson? In “Cold Pursuit,” Snowplower Nelson Coxman (Neeson) seeks revenge against a drug cartel in his Rocky Mountains hometown after his son is murdered by the gang. It stars Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum, and Tom Bateman.

Watch the trailer on Youtube here.

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FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY

This next one is a #GIRLPOWER comedy/drama. It is based on the life of Paige, a retired English professional WWE wrestler and actress. Paige is a two-time Divas Champion and was the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion in WWE’s developmental branch NXT, holding both championships concurrently at one time. “Fighting with My Family” follows the Bevis family, who are all professional wrestlers, as they try to work through the issues that arise when sister and brother duo, Paige and Zak, audition for roles in WWE.  It stars Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vince Vaughn.

Watch the trailer here.

THE TURNING

For all the horror-loving vinas, I found this one – “The Turning.”   The plot centers around a mysterious estate where newly appointed nanny Kate is charged with the care of two disturbed orphans, Flora and Miles. She begins to believe the country mansion in which they reside is haunted by a ghost. I’ll be honest, the trailer scared the bewilderment out of me, and I am not so sure that I will be able to sit through the entire movie.  But I know my girls are tough as nails, amirite?

If you’re brave enough, watch the trailer here.

If you don’t have a gal pal to spend Galentine’s month with, swipe right on the Hey!VINA app!

NATIONAL MAKE A FRIEND DAY: 7 THINGS TO ASK YOUR NEW VINA

Happy National Make a Friend Day! Hope everyone is feeling social, as today is the day to make a new friend! I have five questions to help you vinas break the ice. Talking to new people can be riveting yet equally terrifying, for it is hard to figure out what to say. Here are some suggestions to make things a little easier.

1. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?

This one is easy to say, and easy to put into a conversation effortlessly. It will also show you what you and your new bestie have in common. Asking about their hobbies is a great way to ease into a conversation, as it allows the other person to share their personal passions with you. It will make you closer to this person, too! 

2. IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE TYPE OF FOOD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I suggest asking this one because I find everyone loves food, and many different types! Not only will you and your friend know what foods you like, but it is an easy way to then go get food together. It is a good question to ask to start hanging out more often.

3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GENRE OF BOOKS OR TV SHOWS?

You can tell a lot about a person from what they read. You can tell if they like fiction, poetry, non-fiction and more. Maybe if you have read the same book, you can then talk about it. If you don’t read, then ask about their favorite movie or TV show. It’s a great way to learn about a person.

4. WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL ONE DAY?

This question is harder to ask unless you are true future friends. You really must be having a great conversation! Nevertheless, asking it helps you learn about a person’s hopes and dreams, which is a great way to become best friends.

5. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO STUDY YOUR MAJOR/GO INTO YOUR FIELD OF WORK?

Finally, this is a simple question and easy to start a conversation with. We all decide to study a particular subject for a reason, and there’s no better way to delve into a person than through what they do on a daily basis. Not only, but it’s a great segue into a multitude of other subjects that can arise out of asking this question!

6. WHAT WOULD BE THE MOST AMAZING ADVENTURE TO GO ON?

Adventure buddies are the best buddies, and finding out what they deem to be one is important! Whether that be running around the city capturing photographs of the daily grind, going hiking, or stalking your fave celeb who coincidentally is in town as per their Instagram posts, having a vina that shares these thrills is a major plus. There’s nothing better than having a partner-in-crime on these outings—plus, it’s fun to see how’ll they’ll answer this one!

7. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD DO AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIVES?

This one could potentially reveal two things: the values your vina finds most important in life, as well as their personality. Skydiving? The sense of freedom and thrill, and that they’re badass babes. Walking the pilgrimage Camino de Santiago in Spain? Nature-loving and perhaps trying to find their zen in life. The possibilities are endless, and this question is just vying for an answer that contains a great story!

Overall, I suggest asking these questions in any order you feel comfortable. Be fearless in the making a new vina friend. Be social and be happy. Ask as many questions as you need; just follow the conversation naturally and have fun!

Happy National Make a Friend Day — head over to Hey! Vina to start finding your gal gang!

GALENTINE’S GIFT GUIDE: DIY GIFTS FOR YOUR VINA

Hello, vinas! Galentine’s Day is coming up quickly, and we like to think of it as one of the best days of the year. What’s not to love about showering your besties with affection? Read on for a list of awesome DIY gifts for those special vinas in your life!

PICTURE PUZZLE

Friend puzzle.pngWhat better way to show a vina you care than to give them a picture of the two of you?! Websites like Walgreens, Shutterfly, and Walmart let you upload your favorite picture to their website and turn it into a puzzle! Your vina can make and break the puzzle apart as many times as she wants, or she can make it once and frame it!

ADVENTURE JAR

Paola shared a drawing with youAre you and your vina always looking for a new adventure to go on? Then make her an adventure jar! All you need is a mason jar, popsicle sticks and paint! Write different adventure ideas on one side of the popsicle stick and color code the other side with the paint by price range, indoor / outdoor, or whatever you think is best! Combine all the popsicle sticks into the mason jar, color side up, and decorate the jar as you please.

FLORAL LETTERS

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Everyone deserves flowers sometimes, so shower your vina with a floral arrangement made with love! All you’ll need is a cardboard letter of your vinas initial or initials, floral foam, hot glue, scissors, and fake flowers of your choice. Cut the face of the cardboard letter off and glue the floral foam inside of the letter filling as much of the letter as possible. Insert the fake flowers into the foam, gluing them if necessary.

4. S’MORES BAGGIE

S'mores baggie.pngLet your vina know how much you appreciate her with a s’mores kit! Gather chocolate, graham crackers and a heart-shaped marshmallow in a baggie and write up a card saying “Life is s’more fun with you.” Don’t forget to make a baggie for yourself, too, so you can make s’mores together!

Have a Happy Galentine’s Day, vinas! Don’t forget to check out the discovery tab on the Hey!VINA app for some gal plans in your area!

THE PERFECT VINA VALENTINE’S DATE IDEAS

‘Tis the season for heart-shaped everything, mountains of roses and heaps of chocolates. Love is in the air, and that’s a beautiful thing! I believe one of the most unfortunate misconceptions about Valentine’s Day is that it’s centered around romantic love, specifically. I don’t subscribe to this notion, and neither should you! Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate all forms of love, especially friendship. So, why not set aside some time this February to get together with your vinas and celebrate each other? In fact, I’ll even offer up some ideas to help ensure you have the perfect VVD—Vina Valentine’s Date!

GET FANCY

I love to dress up for an evening out—any excuse to put on a dress and a pair of heels. If you and your vina(s) feel the same, go all out with your fancy plans! Here are some ideas for your kickass date:

  1. Get blowouts together—there’s nothing like going out with your hair on-point, and it’s that much better when you have your vina pals with you! Many salons will throw in a complimentary glass of champagne or wine.
  2. Prep for your date together, and plan to get dressed and ready together. I always love doing this with friends before a big event—we chat, help each other get ready, and pregame for the evening with some wine. So, why not put on some mood music, bust out the bubbly, and shamelessly compliment each other while you get glammed-up for a fantastic evening?
  3. Go to that fancy-ass restaurant you and your vinas have been dying to try! This is the perfect opportunity to splurge and enjoy a dining experience you wouldn’t normally treat yourself to. Also, there should absolutely be candlelight—this is really non-negotiable.
  4. Exchange Valentine’s gifts over dinner. Do you love giving and/or receiving gifts? Me too! You can go the more traditional route and give each other ostentatious bouquets or more personalized gifts that represent your friendship.
  5. Don’t forget dessert! Honestly, I think dessert should be mandatory for all dates. If your dinner isn’t followed by a delicious sweet treat (Mmmm, ice cream. All day. Every day. Ice cream), then I don’t think it truly counts as a date, but I digress.

BE ADVENTUROUS

Are you and your vinas looking for something a bit more exciting? Do I have the PERFECT plan for you! You know how you’ve both talked about wanting to get a tattoo, but you just never seemed to get around to it? Here’s your opportunity! I HIGHLY recommend choosing an artist in advance and doing a consultation to ensure you and the artist are on the same page regarding your tattoo vision. Here’s the perfect game plan for you and your besties:

  1. Start the day off with a scrumptious brunch (I suggest avoiding booze).
  2. Shake off nerves by watching your and your vinas’ favorite Netflix series (I highly recommend “Queer Eye” or “Grace & Frankie” 🤗).
  3. Get your tats! Some parlors will let you sit in the room with each other as moral support (you can always chat with your artist beforehand about this).
  4. Take some time to admire each other’s new ink.
  5. Celebrate! I recommend ice cream followed by hours of dancing (either out on the town or in the comfort of your home wearing your coziest PJs).

FEELING CRAFTY?

Do you love getting creative and creating eye-catching crafts? Then you’d better prepare yourself for this epic VVD!

  1. Both of you choose a Valentine’s craft from Pinterest and purchase the supplies prior to the date.
  2. Meet at either of your abodes and exchange crafts (this can be your V-Day gift to each other)!
  3. Take it a step further before you begin your crafting extravaganza by both picking a cocktail recipe to try. Besides, I’m pretty sure cocktails make everyone better crafters.
  4. Construct your creations.
  5. Admire each other’s works of art!

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KEEP IT COZY & CASUAL

Not feeling up for a night on the town? Opt for a cozy night in instead! You can have a perfectly wonderful Vina Valentine’s date within the comfort of your own home. Here’s how:

  1. Dress code: pajamas (10 points to Gryffindor if they’re footies).
  2. Have everyone bring their favorite snack to share.
  3. Menu: comfort food—whatever brings warmth to your heart and happiness to your tummies. To go along with your pajama theme, you can prepare a menu of your favorite breakfast dishes (i.e. pancakes smothered in peanut butter and maple syrup 😍).
  4. Have some wine or mimosas (if you go with the breakfast theme), and let your vinas know how awesome you think they are.
  5. End the evening with your favorite best friend flick! Can’t think of one? “Bridesmaids,” “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” and “First Wives Club” are all excellent options.

GET PAMPERED

Treat yourselves to a day of relaxation and self-care. Here are some steps to your perfect date:

  1. Start the day off at your favorite cozy breakfast spot. You can even order-in, if you’re wanting to keep it super chill.
  2. Surprise your vinas with a trip to the spa.
  3. Enjoy luxurious facials, massages and mani-pedis.
  4. Afterward, go for a refreshing smoothie.
  5. End the evening with a relaxing yoga session at that awesome spot you’ve heard so much about.

Whatever you decide to do with your vinas this Valentine’s Day, remember to set aside some time to express your gratitude for each other and remind one another what badasses you are!

There’s nothing quite like being affirmed and appreciated by a friend, so jump on the Hey! VINA app to start connecting with your potential new besties!