What’s Next After Valentine’s Day?

February 14th creates mixed emotions for people: some celebrate their love for their partner, while others celebrate being single with friends, some enjoy the day alone with wine and ice cream and there are some don’t celebrate at all.

But what happens after Valentine’s Day?  Where do we go from Cupid’s celebration?

Here are some suggestions to put a spring in your step:

1) Pamper yourself.

It’s super important to have “me time.” It can be anything that gets you feeling spoiled.  Take a break to curl up and read that book that you keep eyeing but never get a chance pick up.  Put the headphones on to listen to the tunes that you have recently downloaded.

Have a spa day. If you don’t have time for an entire day, maybe a facial or just a pedicure. Also a hot rock massage helps melt away any stress that you might be holding in from the winter blues. It’s all about taking care of yourself.  

2) Take a class or volunteer.

Spring is the perfect time to start something new.  If there is a class on your bucket list, move it over to your accomplish list. It doesn’t have to be a full semester course, there are one night classes or classes for 6 weeks.  There are all kinds of classes out there: from cooking to photography; music to languages.  Have a look at the local colleges and any online programs in your area.  

Volunteering is all about your passion. It also flexible to work around your schedule.  The opportunities are everywhere: from dog walking at the local shelter, to reading to seniors to helping out at events. Whatever your interests are, there is a volunteer job that matches.

Both of these activities promotes self-confidence and is also a great way to meet people with similar passions.

3) Spend time with friends and family.

Nothing bond friends and family like a potluck or an afternoon out at the bowling lanes. Dust off pictionary, charades or the family favorites to spark healthy competition.  It’s relaxing and fun to be around people that have been with you through thick and thin. Enjoy the time to just release stress and be yourself.  

4) Enjoy the great outdoors.

There is something about Mother Nature that is refreshing and invigorating. For those who may not be hiking enthusiasts, there is lots to do outside.  In the winter, there is snow shoeing and skiing, also there are some local attractions that are opened all year round.  You could also play tourist for an afternoon and explore your town on foot.   The goal is to disconnect from the everyday routine to help reset and energize.

5) Spring cleaning.

Nothing helps moving on better than letting go.  Take on that one closet that you look away from every time you walk by it. Donate the clothes that you have not worn in a year to a non-profit group.  Recycle old electronics that are sitting around collecting dust. There is a sense of accomplishment and closure when you clear things out of your home that you no longer need.  

Valentine’s Day may be over for another year, some enjoyed the love and passion of it while others maybe not so much. Spring is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to release, energize and let go.

How Did You Know Your Partner Was The One? From The Plenty of Fish Team

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, we asked our fellow Plenty of Fish employees,

“When did you know your significant other was the one?”

Today, we are so happy to share their beautiful, funny and heart warming responses with all of you!


Top 5 Netflix Shows to Bond With Your Partner Over

I think we can all agree that the most difficult part about a relationship isn’t the sacrifices, or anxiety, or cohabitating. It’s deciding what to watch on TV, obviously. Picture it, the idyllic night in, involving all the staples: a cozy blanket, your University hoodie, a glass bottle of wine, a bowl of popcorn with melted butter on top (because YO-freakin’-LO), and your partner in comfy town. The only thing this coveted situation is in need of is something to watch. Familiar classics like Friends or The Office will satiate you for a time but before long one of you will be scrolling through Instagram or asleep before Ross even finds out about Monica and Chandler. This is a slippery slope indeed, a choose your own adventure of sorts.

The most ideal way to navigate your Netflix queue with your partner is to consult The Trifecta of Bingeworthiness (patent pending). Preparing to glue your eyeballs to the TV for an undetermined amount of time is like finding the one. In order to avoid making a frivolous decision, the answer to the following three questions must be a resounding YES:

1 – Can you assume that the characters will hold your attention for more than a few episodes?

2 – Does more than one season of the show in question exist?

3 – Does it have the ability to spark interesting conversation between you and your SO post viewing?

Of all the programs, in all of Netflix, let these walk into your List.

Black Mirror

If non-stop captivation and post viewing discussion revolving around human nature are your thing, Black Mirror is the ticket. This nearly unavoidable anthology centres around science fiction, dystopian futures, and moral ethical dilemmas. With four seasons of no more than 6 episodes per season, each averaging 60 minutes in length, it is an excellent recipe for binge-watching.

This is Us

I’m not trying to tell you how to live your life, but if you have not yet let the Pearson family into your living room, what are you even doing? This real, emotional, loveable show requires a box of Kleenex, and someone sweet to watch it with. Get ready to fall in love with every character on This is Us, they are all hashtag goals. (Except teenage Kevin – he’s a brat. You’ll understand once you watch). Fair warning, after seeing the kind of man Jack is, the marriage Randall and Beth have, and the sibling relationship between Kevin and Kate, you’ll be holding your nearest and dearest to a whole new standard.

The Good Place

At the off chance that you aren’t following Kristen Bell on Instagram or the more probable chance that you don’t have cable, prior to being added to Netflix you may not have heard about a gem called The Good Place. Come for the scintillating take on the afterlife, stay for the Eleanor (Kristen Bell) flashbacks – they’re “forkin’” great.


Formerly called Scrotal Recall (I’m not joking), Lovesick is the most underrated show on Netflix. It has everything; awkwardness, multiple and intertwining love stories, and a wicked soundtrack (Alt-J, Metronomy, Django Django…). Following the lives of three best friends – specifically one’s sordid sexual past, Lovesick manages to tackle subject matter in the most refreshingly relatable, down to earth way. This British sitcom is impossible not to love.

The Last Man on Earth

Will Forte is basically the newest version of a Michael Scott-esque (The Office) character and it is excellent. He is the right amount of cringey; you hate him, yet find yourself rooting for him. The Last Man on Earth is a comedy full of holes, nothing about it is realistic and that is what works. It dances on the line of dry and slapstick in a way that will make you literally laugh out loud. On paper, it may not seem that appealing, but I dare you to just watch one episode – spoiler alert: you can’t.

A Valentine’s Day to Remember – The Best Gifts for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you used up all your gift ideas for Christmas, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! While a cute card and flowers can go a long way, we want to give you some out-of-the-box ideas to consider. From inexpensive, sentimental gifts to pricier items to surprise your sweetie, here are 10 Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your significant other.

Beer or Wine Subscription Club

If your beau is a wine or beer lover, give them the gift that keeps on giving. Sign them up for the Beer of the Month Club. With different membership options starting at $27.95, they will get a hand-selected monthly shipment of microbrews from around the world.

If your significant other is a wine connoisseur, gift them a subscription to the Tasting Room for $40. Once they sign up, they’ll fill out a survey about their preferences/taste and receive a new bottle from around the world each month. No matter their beverage of choice, discover new spirts and brews and share a glass of wine or a cold one with your one and only; cheers!

Specialty Candy Gift Sets

While you can’t go wrong with the old faithful of Valentine’s Day gifts, think outside the box (of chocolates) and shop for specialty candy gift sets from Sugarfina. From vodka-infused candies to decorative gift boxes and mix-and-match DIY candy options, you can find a gift for your significant other that will tickle their taste buds and touch their heart.

Fitness Tracker

If your beau made a resolution to step up their fitness game in 2018, this is the perfect gift to help them keep track of their milestones. With so many different models, you can find a fitness tracker that fits their style. Why not get one for both of you so you can work on your fitness together? Find one on the Fitbit website or check for deals on Amazon.

Engraved Jewelry

Want to score some points this Valentine’s Day, check out these personalized engraved necklaces. Pick your anniversary, first date or any other significant milestone and inscribe it on a pendant for your love to wear. They’ll have a special keepsake to remind them how much you love them, and you’ll have a reminder so you’ll never forget the important dates!

Spa Day For Two

We can’t think of anything better than sharing a relaxing day at the spa with your beau. Start off with a duo sauna or steam with cucumber and lemon water in hand followed by the ultimate full body massage. Find a spa near you and book this well in advance to secure your day of serenity.

Pajama Set

Whether you buy a full set, a robe or some matching onesies, PJ’s are a great gift to help your significant other feel warm and cozy. Go with the classic hearts or red and pink theme, or find a funny matching pair you can wear together. Everyone has a daily morning routine whether it be shaving, moisturizing or putting on makeup, a great add on to the warm and fuzzies gift could be a Harry’s grooming set or Sephora gift set.

The Latest Gadgets

Good communication is essential to any relationship and a new phone or tablet can help you keep in touch with your loved ones. Reliable tech is especially important in a long-distance relationship. Whether you exchange frequent text messages or prefer FaceTime, make sure you can keep in touch. If you don’t want to shell out the cash after the holidays, but still want to surprise your sweetie, check out great deals on Gazelle certified refurbished devices. Score a like-new smartphone or tablet for less and still have cash left over for a Valentine’s Day date.

DIY Sentimental Scrapbook

You probably have lots of cute pics of the two of you on Facebook or Instagram, but how many actual prints do you have? Grab some of your favorite shots and put them together in a photo album or scrapbook. This is an inexpensive gift and the perfect idea for the craft or DIY enthusiast. Your guy or girl will love looking back at all the memories you’ve shared.

Yours and Mine Glasses

Whether you have trouble remembering whose cup is whose or you just want some nice looking glasses for a cocktail or nightcap, check out this cute Yours and Mine set. You can toast to your love and keep your drinks to yourself.

Romantic Getaway

If you really want to pull out the big guns, plan a romantic getaway for the two of you. You can go somewhere exotic, or stay close to home and go camping and unplug for an intimate weekend away. If you’re worried about costs, check for deals on Travelzoo and Groupon, or plan a staycation or a romantic picnic. You can ditch the dinner crowd and enjoy the time with just the two of you.

If you start planning now, you can make this Valentine’s Day one your guy or girl will never forget. No matter where you are in your relationship, you can find a gift that will make your significant other feel special. Whether it’s a new relationship or you’ve been together for years, enjoy Valentine’s Day with your special someone.

Gift Ideas For Your Valentine

Do people really still give gifts for Valentine’s Day? Apparently the answer is yes, and according to 55% of women, tacky jewelry, was the worst gift they’d ever received from their significant other. To avoid another year of necklaces that read “sexy b*tch” in rhinestones; PlentyOfFish has created the ultimate gift guide for you and yours, using survey data from over 20,000 single men and women from the site.

The Top Three Gift Ideas  

The Activity Date – Survey says; 34% of single men and 30% of single women claimed the best gift they’d received from a significant other was a fun outing or activity they did together. Whether it be a sports game, dance lessons, or bungee jumping, plan your Valentine’s day around a fun activity you know your partner will love! For those of you in a long term relationship, take a trip down memory lane and recreate the very first date you and your partner shared.

Gift Ideas – Concert Tickets, Broadway Show, Sports Game, Salsa Lessons, Drive-in movie night  

Romantic Weekend Away – Listen up gentlemen; 28% of women said the best gift they’d ever received was a romantic getaway. Plan a  weekend away where the two of you can spend some quality time together. If this gift is a little out of your price range, book a one night stay-cation at a hotel in your own city and embrace your inner tourist.  

Gift Ideas – Mountain/Lake Resort and Spa,  Boutique hotel in your own city, Old fashion road trip

Cologne for Him – Every woman loves a man who smells amazing! Evidently men agree, with 24% of men claiming the best gift they received from a significant other was cologne. Head to your nearest department store, ladies, and pick out a winning scent for him.

Gift Ideas – Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau De Parfum, Brickell Organic Beard Oil, Kiehl’s luxury body products

Additional Gift Ideas For Her and Him 

Turntable & Vintage Vinyls – Whether it’s The Best Of Sinatra, The Bee Gees Live, or Daft Punk’s latest collab, there’s a vinyl that will make any music lover swoon! Turntables made an epic come back over the last couple of years; consider buying your SO their very own. Audio-Technica produces a fantastic product that won’t break the bank.

Craft Brews – No one really understands craft beer more than the millennial generation; because, god forbid they’re caught drinking name brand. Grab a growler of your friend’s absolute favorite craft brew and make a night of it. For those of you looking for a double date idea; hop into your local brewery and ask for a tour.

Cookware from Le Creuset – Romantic dinner for two anyone? Le Creuset is the finest French Cookware and a perfect gift for the ultimate foodie! Take a page out of Julia Child’s cookbook and remember, “The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give.” – Julia Child

Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones – Nothing screams romance more than Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones! In all seriousness, if your friend or partner is a techy, you have just made their days of coding a whole lot easier.

Frank & Oak Carry On Cocktail Set – If your partner is a Globetrotter – this Frank & Oak cocktail set will have them buzzing from take-off to landing!

Spa Night at Home – Transform your home into your very own spa; set the mood with relaxing music, cucumber infused cocktails, aromatherapy bath and massage essentials! Wrap each other in housecoats and cheers with a nightcap.

Do you have a stellar gift idea you want to share with us?! Comment below!

♥ Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

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