• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
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    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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A Couple Pointers for Your VDay

Okay, so I do have one tiny confession to make.  Ask any one of my close friends and they will tell you how much I dislike Valentine’s Day.  If there could be a Scrooge of Valentine’s Day, it would most likely be me.  However, I know that for some people this is the best holiday in the entire world.  In fact, I was out shopping today and heard a sixty year old lady gushing about how Valentine’s Day was her favorite holiday as she was loading up her cart with Brach’s chocolates and window decorations.  It was quite adorable.

So, with that being put out there, I feel that I can still contribute to the holiday a little bit by providing some helpful ideas for you and your sweethearts.  With the rather minuscule bank accounts that we all have from being in school, I thought it might be appropriate to offer some “affordable” gift ideas for you to try out this year.  Here we go:

  1. Get a plastic container/box and decorate it.  Write different love messages on slips of paper and put them in it.  Girls love this kind of thing especially…who doesn’t like a little show of creativity?
  2. Frame some of your favorite pictures of you and your sweetie.  If you are feeling particularly adventurous, get plain wooden frames and decorate them with puff paint or other mediums.
  3. Make a playlist for them on Itunes or Windows and burn it onto a disk.
  4. Create a special drink together and make it your annual tradition.  Only for you two 🙂
  5. Watch a classic movie together at home, and make it “movie theatre” style.  No lights, popcorn, and maybe a kiss or two.
  6. Guys- Make your lady a meal, which ever one seems most appropriate.  Girls love a guy who can cook.
  7. Play a sport together.  This can be a great way to bond…just make sure it doesn’t get too competitive.  You want to still like each other when it’s done!
  8. Repeat your first date.  Do you remember what you did the first time you met?  Take a little trip down memory lane for the day.

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