Origami and 2 other last minute Valentine’s Day ideas

There you are, yes, right now, wondering if you did enough for your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Sure you got him or her a gift (well, maybe you did), but how can you go above and beyond in a thoughtful, very quick way?

Here are a few ideas that will either enhance your existing gift or save your behind if you didn’t get anything for your loved one. Note: These can also be used for your mom or mother-in-law.

1. An origami heart

You can use it for decorating (it’s all about presentation) or the heart itself can be the gift.

  • Write a nice letter expressing your feeling for that person and fold it into a heart.
  • Make several hearts and use them as a coupon system. For example: Turn in one heart to redeem a 10 minute foot rub, etc.
  • Make tons of hearts and write something you love about your significant other on each one.

The video below is the best I’ve found to make an easy, yet aesthetically pleasing heart. Oh, and you’ll need to make the paper square beforehand. You can do that by folding the top left corner of the paper down to align with the right edge. Tear off the excess portion (about two inches) and you’ve got a square.


2. Write your feelings

This is just as simple as it sounds. Write down your feelings so your loved one can read them anytime. Take it a step further by buying a picture from and printing your letter and cutting it to size to fit the frame. It’s a great gift for an office desk or something that will go nicely on a night stand near their side of the bed.

Other options include:

  • Presenting a letter or poem to your loved one as an accompanying gift.
  • Making this activity a part of your date night. Have both parties write a letter.

Valentine's Day letter

credit: valentines-2015.com

3. Do the video thing

Maybe you have a great singing voice, maybe you don’t. Either way, make a video where your loved one can see your personality and a bit of emotion expressed. It doesn’t need to be insanely good quality (smart phone should suffice), it just needs to be you doing your thing. For me, I would probably take a more humorous route and cover an existing love song changing the words to fit our relationship. It’d probably be more humorous than anything, but I’d still get my point across about how much I love my wife.

Valentine's Day videocredit: sheknows.com

There you have it folks, good luck today and just remember…

You can't have no in your heart - Joe Dirt

3 super simple ways to exercise your creativity everyday

Ideas. The world is full of them yet when you want a good one it seems they’re nowhere to be found. Perhaps you’ve felt that way, but here’s the good news. When you’re trained to recognize ideas you’ll come to realize they’re actually everywhere… and you’ve probably been having them all along.

In my college days — I say that like they were so long ago (2 years and a bit) — I read a book titled, “How to Get Ideas.” I highly recommend it to anyone.

The author, Jack Foster, essentially claims that an idea is nothing more than the new combination of two or more existing elements. It’s taking existing things and putting them together in a new way.

He then makes the argument that the more you see in a day (read, watch, converse with people, etc.), the better your chances will be at catching something from the pond you fish from for new ideas. More you learn/see = more fish in pond.

Now that I’ve covered that and hopefully convinced you that you’re just as creative as the next guy, here are three super simple ways to exercise your creativity everyday.

1. Take a picture everyday

This used to be somewhat of a daunting — and expensive — task.  You remember, back in the days of camera film? Yeah, those days. Well, thanks to the wonderful world of smart phones, you’re an armed photographer. After all, the best camera is the one you have on you, my friend Ken Ahlstrom says that and I completely agree.

There you have it, whether it’s a selfie, felfie (family selfie) or something completely different, you should set a goal to take at least one new picture daily. You’ll be surprised how the creative juices will flow day after day.

Parker Macey crawls

My boy, Parker, planning his next move.

2. Reach out to someone different everyday

You’ve probably been the recipient of a random phone call, text message, tweet or Facebook message when an old friend is reaching out to keep in touch. It’s a great feeling when you know people care about you. So, how does this help your creativity?

The very process of selecting a different person everyday to contact requires a slice of creativity. Couple that with the personal, well-crafted message and voila! Each day you’ll make someone happy while becoming more creative.

contacting someone

Although the meme is extremely relatable, never underestimate the value of a phone call.

3. The daily doodle

If you keep a journal this is a great opportunity to doodle. Each day consider writing the date in a different format or trying to write something in a newly invented and personalized font. Create breakout boxes in your journal that are meant solely for doodling.

Even if you think your doodles are ridiculous, you’ll be surprised how creative this process makes you feel. For those who don’t journal, well… grab a piece of paper and pen. Even if you throw your designs away, just the action of doodling on something will spur creativity.


Now go try these three suggestions for a week and see if you feel more creative!