February is here and it just so happens to be one of my favorite months! For one, my birthday is in February. Without this month, I wouldn’t be here. Secondly, it’s an important month because it’s Black History Month. Lastly, Valentine’s Day is this month and it’s so imperative to spread love. It costs nothing to spread kindness and cheer, but if you’re wanting to buy a gift for someone else or even yourself, I’ve got you covered.

Here’s my Valentine’s Day gift guide:

Red Velvet Mocha & Raspberry Mocha from Game Day Coffee Co.- Their coffee is delicious! The flavors are phenomenal and you can even purchase a heart-shaped cookie with your order. If you’re not sure what to get someone, a gift card is always a great choice. They are offering these flavors as well as 10% off all of February and 20% off on Valentine’s Day. 832-595-4673, https://www.gamedaycoffeeco.com/.

Roses and Chocolate Covered Strawberries from The Farm Patch- You can’t go wrong with getting someone roses! They are perfect for Valentine’s Day. If you prefer another flower though, they offer a wide array of arrangements. One of my favorite treats for Valentine’s Day is chocolate covered strawberries and they have the best ones. They offer pre-ordering as well as walk-ins. 979-822-7209

Bathbomb Milkshake from Moxie Souls- Taking a bath is one of the most relaxing things in my opinion. Even more, a bubble bath! With this, you will receive four bath bombs and a scrubby. She is offering these with a Valentine’s Day theme and they are $15 instead of the regular price of $20. sales@moxiesouls.com, www.moxiesouls.com

Valentine’s Day Basket from Pure Romance- This Valentine’s Day basket can be tailored to your needs or your special someone’s needs. You can add a bubble bath, body splash, body shimmer, body oil, and that’s just to name a few. 979-676-3068, PureRomance.com/BeatriceGarcia

Jewelry from Micah Frey- Jewelry is always a great gift! It can be for any occasion and is thoughtful. Micah’s jewelry is very unique and beautiful. She is offering $5 for all her jewelry that is on hand and it comes in a cute box. Shop at her link, but to get the deal you have to contact her directly. 217-549-7188, https://www.plunderdesign.com/micahfrey

Spray Tan from Touch of Color Spray Tans by Erin- It always feels good to look your best for a special holiday. It helps me feel my best when I have a little color and glow to me. A spray tan is a safe way to help you look sun-kissed without it looking fake. 979-574-8232

Brazilian Wax from Kendra Renee Holistic Skin Nutrition & Expert Waxing- If you have romantic plans with a special someone, you might want to get some professional primping. Don’t try to do it yourself! Kendra will make it as painless as possible. 979-398-2452, https://www.kendrarenee.org/#/

Staycation at Milton Parker Home- I’m a big proponent of stacycations. It is a blast to see your town in a different way and not have to travel far from home. This bed and breakfast is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and feel spoiled. They are offering $199 per night which includes breakfast and a late check out at noon. 979-779-7171, https://www.miltonparkerhome.com/

Photography Session with Precious Pixels – It’s always fun to get dressed up and do photos with a significant other or friend. Plus, it’s always hard to remember to get updated photos. Get them now before things start getting to busy and you push them off. They are offering a 1 hr session, 5X7 metal print, and access to studio wardrobe for only $99. 979-402-7095, https://preciouspixels.org/valentines/

Night at Instaland BCS by Vacanva- This can be a fun date night or fun night out with friends! It is made up of February themed sets that are on Instagram influencer level. They are offering Daddy Daughter night, Mommy Son night, and Galentine’s night. They have partnered with I Heart Mac N Cheese, Hey Sugar, and Calvery Court’s Canteen to offer specials for each night.  http://www.instalandbcs.com/

BYOB Cooking Class from Cook N Grow- Instead of going out to dinner, why not do a cooking class together? Activities like this will bring you closer together and you’ll have fun while doing it. You can choose between Italian, South American, and Spanish food. (979) 402-0516, http://cookngrow.com/

Something else to do in February is to create an at home office. With COVID still here, offices are becoming essential to homes. Many buyers are looking for a space that is a designated office or can be multifunctional and used as one. If you’re thinking of selling, it’s a good idea to try to show off a space like this.

Here are a few rooms that can be used as an office:

Guest Bedroom- A guest bedroom is your best option and the most subtle way to do it. You can use a nice rug with a desk on it and make it the focal point of the room. You can also stage it in the most likely way buyers would use it by having a daybed on one wall and a desk on the other wall. This way you can use it as a guest bedroom as well as your at home office.                                                                                           

Formal Dining Room- Many homeowners are getting away from the formal dining area. The space can be an area that is hardly ever used or it can be utilized in a different way. Depending on the set up, this room can be repurposed as an office. Some formal dining areas have doors which is ideal for an office.

Breakfast area- This is another eating area that can be transitioned into an office. This room is probably the least ideal, but it is an option. You might want to keep your formal dining area and are more open to opting out of the breakfast area. You could set it up completely like an office or have it subtle by using a table that doubles as a desk. Many kitchens are adding built-in desks, so you could even do that. Make sure it has a good flow to it though!

Master Bedroom- At first thought this might not seem like the best idea, but it actually makes the most sense depending on size of the room. Some master bedrooms have sitting areas or a nook that would be perfect to use as a work space. If you have a window that bumps out, you can have a desk built in that space. You could also have a desk built with shelving above it to make it look more appealing.

With more people starting to work from home and some possibly permanently working from home, an at home office is an important space to consider.  Whether I’m working with a buyer or seller, I use my 9 years of experience to help create options that best fit my clients needs. I’d love to be your contact for all things real estate and BCS related. I hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day and help spread kindness!

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