Rave: Female Role Models

From what we understand, Valentine’s Day is the leading cause of vision boards and Alanis Morissette during the month of February. It can be a nice opportunity to plan a date night, or ladies night but let’s be real: most of the time it is overhyped, cliché, and regardless of marital status, can make you feel depressed and disappointed. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. You don’t need to nurse your post Valentine’s Day feelings-hangover with mountains of pink and red wrapped sale candy*, or define yourself by this Hallmark Holiday. As an office full of fierce, 20- and 30-something women we are champions of the fearless, independent woman. Today, we salute them. Here are some of the ladies that inspire us:



Tina Fey


From head writer on SNL, to actress, to author, to mother, Fey’s list of accolades is seemingly endless. Since her stint as the first female to lead the SNL writing team, she has continued to break gender barriers and bring a feminist voice to the main stream. The message from her success (and of her fictional counterpart Liz Lemon), is that we as women don’t have to choose between career and family life. She blew us away co-hosting the Golden Globes with Amy Poehler  and we look forward to seeing her in her first project after 30 RockThe Nest.

Jennifer Lawrence


We can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see a young starlet with ambition, modesty and a sense of humour. Jennifer Lawrence continues to impress us with her down to earth attitude, and grace under pressure. At only 22, she is a two time Academy Award nominee for best actress in Winter’s Bone and this year’s Silver Linings Playbook and has nailed the iconic role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Did we mention she beat Meryl?

Lena Dunham

While Lena Dunham is probably the newest on the scene as far as these role models go, that is not to say she has had the least impact. In only it’s second season, her much-talked-about Judd Apatow produced HBO show Girls has been nominated for four Emmys, won two Golden Globes and has been lauded as the definitive voice of the young female generation. She has unapologetically helped lead the charge in redefining what it means to be beautiful and feminine in our society in the face of cruel criticisms.  

Kathryn Bigelow



One of the most influential female filmmakers to date, Kathryn Bigelow does not do rom-com fluff. She was the director behind two of the most well-known and hard hitting American war films of our era, The Hurt Locker (for which she was the first female to win the Academy Award for Best Director, beating out ex-husband James Cameron for Avatar. Zing) and this year’s Zero Dark Thirty. She bravely faced criticism and controversy regarding the subject matter of her films and continues to thrive as a woman in notorious “boy’s club”. 


Emma Watson


It’s not all witchcraft and wizardry for the former Harry Potter actress. Like her character Hermione Granger, throughout the decade long franchise we saw Watson grow from an unknown awkward pre-teen, to a charming and poised young woman.  Unlike other starlets who grow up in the spotlight, Watson has kept a firm head on her shoulders and has managed a successful acting and philanthropic career without sacrificing her education. 



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*You should probably have some sale candy. C’mon, Valentine’s Day comes but once a year. 

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Media, Darling: Roz Weston + Katherine Holland

Seeing as how today is the international day for lovers, we decide to make a slight deviation to our Media, Darling column and feature one of our favourite media couples: Roz Weston and Katherine Holland. 


Former
Howard Stern intern, Roz Weston started his on-air career as the host of
Toronto’s first live, late night talk show Last Call. From there, Roz eventually made the move to entertainment reporter on Global TV’s ET Canada, alongside hosts Cheryl Hickey and Rick Campanelli. He starts every day off bright and early on the Kiss 92.5 morning show Roz & Mocha. Roz’s better
 half is Katherine Holland, photographer and contributing editor to Toronto’s Vitamin Daily. This bubbly, rock n’ roll couple are parents to the adorable Roxy Alabama. Today they share their insights on navigating the world of love, journalism and the Hollywood Pass.  


Twitter: @kittyholland, @rozweston


Did you meet because of working in the media industry?

ROZ: Well, seeing as how we met at a party that was also attended by Paris Hilton,
then yes. However, I also believe that all this time we have secretly judged
each other for being at a party that was also attended by Paris Hilton.
KATHERINE: We did, actually! Rick Campanelli’s going away
party from MuchMusic. But we had seen each other at media screenings long
before that, and stared each other down through our reflective aviators. I
remember thinking we looked like the sloppy outcasts, and therefore should be
best friends. When we met – we were.


How do you manage your schedules to ensure you have enough family time and
romantic time?
 
ROZ: I don’t think you can. It’s impossible to manage getting up at 4 a.m. for
five days straight, then be told to get on a flight for three days at the end of the
week. But when I’m home, I’m ‘home’. I don’t go out and I rarely socialize
during the week. Family time is whatever you make it. Katherine still picks me
up from work every night with our kid – so some of our funnest times are
singing songs together while stuck on the DVP. You make it fun.

KATHERINE: I don’t know how much we ‘manage’, we just
prioritize. When we’re not working, we’re usually together. It’s as simple as
that. I love being near Roz, and when we go a couple days without seeing each
other I feel like my heart stops working. 


Where would you like to be five years from now?
 
ROZ: Still with the woman who loves me… Only a fatter, greyer, more tired version
of me.

KATHERINE: I want to be five years better in my work, five years older, and
sharing Valentine’s Day with my 8 year old (OH MY GOD) and my Roz. 


Do you think being partners in the media industry presents any unique
challenges?

ROZ: For sure, when neither of you work 9-5, weeks can fly by without any
structure. Not to mention that both our jobs come with a ton of homework.
KATHERINE: What he said.


Conversely, what benefits are there to working in the same industry?

ROZ: The understanding that there is zero routine, and we’re both cool with
that. Totally cool. I’m proud of Katherine’s work, and her work ethic. I
wouldn’t love her the way I do if she didn’t work as hard as she does.
KATHERINE: You know the same people, and usually love the
same people. You are grateful for everyday you work, because you know there are
only so many people who get to work doing something they love in this industry.
I’ve wanted to work in media as long as I can remember, and seeing Roz at the top
of his game, hammering away at it everyday makes me so, so happy. I know how
hard what he does is, and he is the only person I know who could do it.


Do you ever get jealous of the attention one another receives being in the
public eye?

ROZ: No. Not at all. However, taking someone’s picture is a very intimate
procedure, and the editing process afterwords sometimes means, in any given
week, Katherine will stare at another man’s face more than mine. Also, I love
that other dudes are into my girlfriend! She’s hot.

KATHERINE: Oh god, no. It’s part of the job. I’m happy when
other people recognize how wonderful Roz is. He really is.

Best advice you’ve ever been given?
ROZ: Treat work like work! Don’t wrap your lifestyle up in it. It’s not who you
are, it’s just what you happen to do for a living.
KATHERINE: Make it about everyone else.


Any advice for other prospective media couples?

ROZ: Don’t gossip about the industry at home, realize that you’re both going to
have highs and lows at different times and ease up on the advice. Even though
you may know the industry in and out, sometimes you just need to shut up and
let your partner rant about their shit day.
KATHERINE: I don’t think we’re so different. I would give a
media couple the same advice I would give any other couple: prioritize. If your
partner isn’t adding to your life – they’re taking away from it. So work hard
to make sure they know you love them, and do your best to better their life.
Everyone wins.


What rule(s) do you live your life by?
ROZ: Just fill your house full of love and see what happens.
KATHERINE: I try to live my life according to something I
once read in a Dave Eggers novel, “more bleeding, more giving”.


Question for Katherine – Do you prefer watching Roz on TV or listening to him on the radio?
HA! Well, they’re different beasts, and he’s excellent at
both of them. But I’m a sucker for the worn-in feeling of radio. I picture
bearded men wearing track pants and hungry women in rock and roll shirts
booming the news of the world into little microphones. I went to radio school,
I worked in radio, and I love radio. Hearing Roz’s laugh when I wake up in the
morning is just about the most charming thing I could imagine.

Question for Roz – Would you rather have Katherine or someone else take your photo?

If I had my way, I’d never have my picture taken. But if I have a choice
on photographer… There is no choice. It’s her and only her.


We hate?
 

People who love to hate everything.


We love? 

Most things.


Favourite date? 

Once we drove up to Casino Rama for a Joan Jett concert, and I
swear to god she stared right into our eyes, seducing us with that raspy voice,
as we sat in the front row. We both died. Then we ate steak.


Hollywood pass (i.e. the one celeb the other is given a “pass” for, should the
opportunity arise)?

Joan Jett all around.


Big spoon or little spoon?
Our heights are 6”4 and 5”1. Not a lotta options.

Rave: Better Sex in No Time

Maybe there isn’t anything sexy about bulky
winter jackets and clunky boots but there is no denying that one of the best
ways to stay warm during these cold months is, well…body heat. After a long day
of work and trudging around in the snow (or rain, as it happens today), we know you may not be in the mood to
get up close and personal with that special someone – and so does sexpert
Josey Vogels, author of Better Sex in No Time – A Guide for Busy Couples. We had a
chance to speak with Vogels about the book, and a few simple ways to have better
sex in no time.


So Josey, what prompted you to write this book in the first place?
I’ve been writing about
this stuff for awhile, almost 28 years in fact. This is my sixth book and when it came to coming up with another book
idea, one of the things I really felt like I was hearing was that despite all
the great sex advice they’ve heard over the years, between kids and having jobs
and social lives, a lot of couples think “my God, by the time we end up in bed
together, I’m so tired that the idea of sex is just the furthest thing from my
brain.” These are couples that generally like each other
and feel like they want to have more sex, but their lifestyles and
schedules just aren’t allowing it. It seemed to be a really common
problem and on top of that, I think that in this day and age, couples are
feeling a lot of stress because everywhere they look in this
sexualized culture, it seems like everyone is having better, faster, stronger sex. Here they are
saying to themselves, ‘We’ve been together for a while and we have kind of lost
some of the spark; how can we get that back?’
28 years! That’s a pretty long time. Do you think that a book like
this is more necessary now than when you first started out?
Definitely. I wouldn’t want to send us back to the 50s when
most families were living off a single income and mom stayed at home, but the
truth of the matter is that studies have shown that couples were having more
sex in that era. There was just more time
for it and I think that now, the expectations are so high we put a lot of
pressure on ourselves to be involved in everything. And technology, despite making our lives easier, in
some ways actually is a real-time suck. Sometimes it’s easier to zone out in
front of the TV or in front of your computer than it is to really delve into
your psyche and try to dig up that passion and desire for your partner.
Would you say the book is targeted specifically for couples that
have lost the spark? Or as a precautionary measure for new couples as well?
It’s funny, I was just
talking to someone yesterday who was in a relationship that she left because
the sexual compatibility wasn’t there, and she’s now with somebody that she’s
very sexually compatible with. Her boyfriend saw her reading the book and
said “we don’t need that” but you know
what, I wouldn’t be so quick to judge. In some ways, when you’re in
that early stage and you’re just so into
each other, it’s actually a good time to start talking about it. When you’re both really open and you’re
feeling really sexually connected you can build a more varied repertoire so
when things do get a little stale you know how to
change it up and you’re comfortable enough with each other to explore.
The first few chapters of the book really focus on the non-sexual
aspects of the relationship, like romance and seduction and going on
dates. Would it be fair to say that the
major hurdle couples are facing isn’t just a lack of sex, but intimacy?
Absolutely. If there’s one
message I want people to get from the book, it’s that. I hear from couples all
the time that they’re like two ships that pass in the night – they barely
see each other.  They finally get some
time together on the weekend but they are so disconnected during the week that
the expectation that they’re going to fall into each other’s arms is pretty
unrealistic. It’s not all about the grand gestures, it’s about the little things
every day that keep you connected. Connection leads to sex and vice versa, so if you’re staying
close when you do have some time, sex won’t feel so far out of reach. 
Now by the end of the book we see the opposite extreme.  We’re talking whole chapters on toys and
kink. Do you think books like this, and
the popularity of books like 
50 Shades of Grey have lifted that taboo and made it more
mainstream?
I don’t want to say its
more mainstream but it definitely opens the door to curiosity and to women
thinking “you know what, this whole sex thing is kinda fun and maybe I’m
allowed to be more curious and maybe I’m allowed to push the limits of what I
expect from sex.” You don’t have to build a dungeon in your basement any time
soon, but engage in a little light bondage, a little spanking, playing with pain
and pleasure, role playing. When you’re with somebody
for a long time, people fall into a rut  and can start to follow a
script when it comes to sex. One of the things that I think is really great about being a little bit more experimental is that it breaks some
of those scripts and injects some adventure into your sex
life.
We’re pretty open minded up here on the Fourth Floor but we’ve got
to admit, even we were blushing at some parts of the book. What do you
recommend to help the more bashful couples out there, to help them out of their
comfort zone?
Just considering the book
is a good first step. I never encourage people to get so far out of their
comfort zone that it is damaging psychologically or that it creates resentment. I talk a lot about the trust
that you have to have with a partner to be able to go a bit further with your
sex life. I think that it starts with
just talking, and reading a book like this – even just little parts of it. There is nothing that says you
have to act upon it right away. It’s a way of opening up the door a little bit
and opening up that communication so you can discover things you didn’t know about your partner. The whole philosophy of this book is
that everything you want in life you have to achieve in baby steps – you’re not
going to run a marathon tomorrow if you’ve never put on a pair of running shoes. It’s all about taking a step and building on that and not worrying about
what everyone else is doing. Just do
what is comfortable for the two of you and explore it together because you two
are the only ones involved in your sex life (unless you want to bring in
others).
We like that the book isn’t so much about making time, but making
the most of the time that you have.
 
Exactly, that’s a great way
to put it. People say “we’d love to be having more sex”  but
what does that mean? It’s an abstract goal. What about a deep kiss in the morning before you
leave before work instead of that perfunctory quick kiss, deepening your
connection and just being more in the moment with each other for 10 seconds. If you have a minute, send a flirtatious text or an email letting them know a nice thing
you appreciated that they did that day. All those things build on each other. It’s like
with the analogy of losing weight, though its not a very sexy, you start by taking
the stairs instead of the escalator, salad instead of fries, and then you
eventually achieve your goal. But thinking about it as an abstract thing
that you’ll someday get to is sort of self-defeating.
The most romantic day of the year is coming up. Any special plans
for Valentines Day?
Unfortunately my husband is
working at a car show, and I’ll be working media all day, which is often the
problem we have with Valentine’s Day. We
usually end up celebrating Valentine’s Day on a different day which is fine – my
whole thing is about the focus on connection. As opposed to going for the
grand gesture and big expensive dinner, dozen roses and all the clichés, to me it’s an opportunity to plan a date. It’s marked on the calendar for
you to make a plan that is focused on the two of you. If
you have kids, ship them off with a babysitter and get a hotel room. Hell, order a pizza and throw a blanket on the living room floor
with a nice bottle of wine – whatever works, as long as it’s just the two of you. That’s the most
romantic thing you can do in whatever form it takes.

For more advice from Josey about being in the moment and keeping
things hot in and out of the bedroom, check out Better Sex in No Time.

Rave: Yogurty’s, Jamba Juice and Yogen Früz bring you contest fun

We fourth floor ladies love yummy treats as much as we love movies. We’re excited to share news about some upcoming contests from our friends at Yogurty’s, Jamba Juice and Yogen Früz. It’s never too cold for quality froyo or a smoothie. Besides, you can keep warm at the movies with these hot flicks hitting theatres in a few short weeks.


Warm Bodies 
First up is Warm Bodies, opening February 1. A funny twist on a classic love story, this zom-rom-com is a tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world. Watch the trailer here and the first few minutes of the film here.

Yogurty’s and Jamba Juice have partnered with eOne Films to offer you a chance to win a pair of tickets to a private screening in Toronto. No promises, but we hear stars Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer might even attend. Plus, the fourth floor is giving away an awesome prize pack valued at $105, with a Warm Bodies hoodie, T-shirt and mittens to keep you warm, plus buttons and chapstick. 

Want to win the Warm Bodies prize pack from On The Fourth Floor? Simply
tweet at @rockitpromo: Warm Bodies opens in theatres Feb. 1. I want to
win a prize pack! My fave Warm Body is ___ . And tag
@JambaJuiceCA or @Yogurtys.

You can also enter to win passes to more advance screenings and prize packs by following @Yogurtys and @JambaJuiceCA and using the hash tags #YogurtysWarmBodies or #JambaJuiceCAWarmBodies. Plus eOne Films is giving away $20 gift cards to Yogurty’s through their social media channels. Yum. 

Grand Prize – Warm Bodies
Wait – there’s more! There is a grand prize trip for two for you and your favourite warm body to a sunny destination. Second prize is a private screening for two and complete his and hers outfits from Roots Canada. Awesome, right? Just visit http://www.warmbodies.ca to enter. Contest starts January 18.


Safe Haven
Yogen Früz is working with Alliance Films to celebrate the Valentine’s Day opening of Safe Haven, starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, and based on the novel from best-selling author, Nicholas Sparks.


The one and only Nicholas Sparks. 


When a mysterious young woman arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller. Watch the trailer here. Valentine’s date night anyone?

Text to win: Enter for your chance to win a trip for two to the red carpet Hollywood premiere of Safe Haven. This contest* is up and running so just text HAVEN to 12345 (standard rates apply). 

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So there you have it. Prizes, froyo, romantic movies and sunny vacations. What more could you ask for?

Fave 5: Not-so-typical Valentine’s Day events

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, for most of us it’s a love-hate relationship. Some of us love it, some of us hate it (and some of us land firmly in the middle). 

For the lovers, a typical V-Day usually entails going out for a romantic dinner and maybe a movie or cocktail after. For the haters out there, (single or coupled up) staying home and pretending you forgot that it’s February 14 isn’t necessary. Embrace your warm fuzzy self, and somebody you love, and check out some unconventional events happening around the city that even the biggest cynic is sure to enjoy.

SPiN Toronto – 461 King St. W.
Singles, couples and groups are invited to SPiN Toronto’s first ever Valentine’s Day party, where fake blood is welcome, gory costumes are encouraged and bloody drinks are being served. There is also a killer photo booth and a prize to be won for goriest costume. Ping pong is free after 9 p.m. Not into Valentine’s Day? Just think of it as a Halloween party in February.
Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
From the looks of it, horror and romance seem to be going hand in hand this year. If it’s not cheesy, typical love day plans you’re after (we’re not that kinda girls), then head to Casa Loma where the Brant Theatre is presenting Dracula, A Love Story, a play by Sharyl Hudson. The play takes you from room to room throughout Toronto’s own Gothic mansion, as the actors bring the famous Bram Stoker novel to life. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $34. 
Supermarket – 268 Augusta Avenue
WORN FASHION JOURNAL is hosting a karaoke night starting at 9 p.m. at Supermarket in Kensington. Tickets are $7, and just $5 if you wear red. Who doesn’t love belting out love songs and a cheap cover?

Oz Studio – 134 Ossington Ave.
If live music is your thing, then Love Near Bellewoods is the place to be. Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club, Chris White of Bellewoods and Luke Laldone from Born Ruffians are all part of the lineup that may just serenade the crowd with love songs. Rumour has it that there will also be a few surprise guests. And because Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without DIY crafts, there will be a card making station with paper bag mail boxes for the first 50 people to arrive. The party starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $7. 

Whistler’s Grille and Cafe, 995 Broadview Avenue
If you’re in the east end, The Cabbagetown Theatre Company is putting on No Sweetheart Required, a cabaret evening of short and sassy comedies and musical performances. Tickets are $20 and group rates are also available for 10 or more people (you’ll also be entered into a prize draw). The event starts at 8 p.m. 



 

It’s Valentine’s Day – got plans?

Whether you’re single, in a relationship, or “it’s complicated”, the pressure’s on to do something today. Fear not – if you haven’t yet figured out your game plan, we have some non-cheesy ideas to help you out.
Flying solo?
The great thing about being single for V-Day is that you don’t have to consider anyone else when making plans. Pretty sweet.

If staying in, grab some wine, takeout and a classic romance like The Way We Were or Breakfast at Tiffany’s. These flicks focus on good storytelling and great acting, so you won’t roll your eyes at the love stories.  


Lisa: My best Valentine’s Day ever was at my friend Fran’s house. We were both single, so she invited me over, cooked her famous KD, with dill pickle-flavoured Crispers and tortilla chips with spinach dip. We dimmed the lights, lit some candles, and laughed more than I ever have before on Valentine’s Day.

Take the pressure off to do something romantic and hang out with friends. The Drake Hotel’s 86’D Monday, Valentine’s Edition, is a great night out. Bartenders will compete for the honour of best Pink Squirrel. What’s a Pink Squirrel, you ask? Find out tonight at 7 p.m. There’s also great live music from Boot Knives to go along with your cocktails. 
 This is not the Pink Squirrel that will be at The Drake.

Michelle: Being single on Valentine’s Day can be super fun. I’ll have dinner with my other single friends at Woodlot and dance up a storm at The Modern Love Affair party at Footwork. Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about romantic love.
A deux
Of course, being in a relationship for Valentine’s Day is great. On what other day of the year is it acceptable to publicly proclaim your affections in the most over-the-top way you can think of?
Instead of typical roses and chocolates, why not show your love by making something yourself? The effort put in will be majorly appreciated. We love Bakerella’s massive list of sweet treat suggestions. Like her 14-layer cake. 

Bakerella’s mega-impressive 14-layer cake
Rachelle: Valentine’s Day will always hold a special place in my heart. I got engaged on V-Day in Quebec City during Winter Carnival. My husband Ariel proposed in front of 80,000 onlookers at the annual Winter Carnival parade. We became local celebs, made it into two newspapers and were the photo of the day on Le Soleil’s website.
Just because you’re taken doesn’t mean you have to have a quiet, candlelit dinner. Go for a skate on an outdoor rink with some hot chocolate, then play a board game at Snakes and Lattes. Some friendly competition, a wobbly pop and a few good laughs is a lovely way to spend an evening. 
 Play nice! Image source.
Christina: Favourite spot? My house! I hate going out to restos because more tables are crammed into the same space. This year, the fiancé and I are grabbing some lobsters, a bottle of wine, and watching America’s Funniest Home Videos. Wow… I just realized how domestic that sounded. 

Another fun idea is a staycation. Find a deal on Hotwire.com, or get a package from a hotel like The Drake or the Yorkville InterContinental. It’s a getaway without the hassle of travel, and you won’t even have to make the bed in the morning.

Debra: For one of my fave Valentine’s Days, Matt had our friend Chef Ezra Title drop off a delicious meal at our house. Matt’s a fantastic cook, but this was nice as he didn’t have to do anything but follow some simple instructions, and we had a brilliant meal at home with nowhere to go after but our living room to listen to music and drink wine.
 

 Happy Valentine’s Day!

A visit from Consolidated Credit: Diamonds and debt don’t have to go hand in hand!

Just when we think we have no more holidays to buy for, up pops Valentine’s Day. The idea of using our credit cards or putting out cash for gifts and dates gives us chills. It amost makes us want to do away with Cupid altogether. Luckily, we chatted with Ann Dennis, Communications & Public Relations Manager for Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, who gave us awesome tips for keeping our budgets in check. Read on for Ann’s advice.

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Cupid’s arrow is soaring, signaling it’s time to search for the brightest and best Valentine’s Day gift – otherwise known as something very sparkly for someone you love. However, if you haven’t saved enough to pay for that little gem, it could become the cause of unwanted financial stress on your heart and your bank account. 



“Money worries add enough stress on a daily basis. Don’t add to it by buying a Valentine’s gift that leaves you debt-laden,” said Jeffrey Schwartz, executive director of Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, Inc. “One of the keys to financial heart happiness is changing habits and attitudes towards money.”

Like Dustin, an alumnus of Consolidated Credit Counseling Service of Canada’s Debt Management Program, who has a new outlook on spending. “My wife and I are saving for a house this year. To help stay within our budget this Valentines Day, we’re staying home and enjoying a romantic movie night with pizza and wine. The time spent together will far outweigh the value of diamonds!”

Here are a few more ideas that will help take the pressure off your wallet:
Surf the internet, not the stores. There are so many free e-card websites out there with creative cards – you’re bound to find more than one to fit the occasion. In fact, send multiple messages to keep your special someone smiling all day long.
Home is where the heart is. Follow Dustin’s lead: pick up a bottle of wine, order pizza and rent a romantic movie. Or sub in boozy hot chocolate and a roaring fire – whatever it is that takes you and your partner to your happy place! 

Take a walk down memory lane. Celebrate on Sunday, February 13 instead, and spend the day visiting the places in the city where you met, had your first kiss, the coffee shop where you spent hours getting to know each other or took your first walk in the park.

Exchange homemade presents. Receiving a gift that’s homemade and comes from the heart is more meaningful than receiving something store-bought that doesn’t fit right or you don’t really like. 

For more money-saving inspriation, visit Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada’s Facebook page or follow them on Twitter: @debt_free_2day.