As you know, I’m not one to make resolutions for the New Year. I think it’s important to make daily changes with mini goals as opposed to a grand commitment to modify something in your life drastically. However, I was a card-carrying gym regular for a number of years and saw many people give up on their resolutions come mid-February. My thoughts were that it always happened around Valentine’s Day. Maybe the influx of chocolate and sweet treats surrounding the holiday were enough to break their will.
So this year, I am recommending a gift that gives a better chance of not ruining any resolutions. You can enjoy chocolate without calories or guilt and jewelry and roses without the hefty price tag. How? Netflix!
Let’s start with chocolate because, well, I love chocolate. Netflix is filled with great options, including chocolate-themed movies and sweet shows.
Chocolat – As a Catholic, I’ve given up chocolate more than once for Lent. This romantic comedy of a mother and daughter opening an unusual chocolate shop during the height of Lent has me completely intrigued!
Like Water for Chocolate – When Pedro marries her sister, Tita throws herself into her cooking – and discovers she can transfer her emotions through the food she prepares.
Me Late Chocolate – In this international romantic-comedy, Moni’s friends encourage her to start a new life after losing her (jealous and possessive) boyfriend in an accident. Mmmm… chocolate.
Cupcake Wars Collection – Let the frosting fly in this food fight! Cupcake bakers from around the country compete to show who is the icing on the cake. If this show doesn’t make you want some sweets, nothing will!
Ace of Cakes Collection – You’ve probably spotted his gourmet baking mixes and ice cream on the grocery store shelves. Watch the show that made Duff Goldman a household name as and his crew of talented bakers use power tools to shape some pretty impressive cakes.
The Great British Baking Show – Move over Downton Abbey, make room for some British bakers! Follow the baking competition as 12 bakers create cakes, desserts, pastries and tarts and the field is eventually narrowed to one master.
We cannot forget about a girl’s best friend and some beautiful flowers, right?
Diamonds – Kirk Douglas and Dan Aykroyd star in this comedy about a family who goes cross-country searching for diamonds.
Bed of Roses – You can’t go wrong with a classic love story involving flowers and a secret admirer! Check out Christian Slater and Mary Stuart Masterson in this classic romantic drama.
Of course, Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without love and romance! Everyone has their own idea of what makes a great romantic movie. From Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence to 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, Netflix has plenty of options to choose from!
Oh, and if Valentine’s Day just isn’t your thing… there’s a movie for that, too. Check out I Hate Valentine’s Day to see if you connect with it.
Whether you like to enjoy dinner and a movie or cuddled up at home with the love of your life, Netflix has you covered. And you won’t be breaking any resolutions.
How will you spend your Valentine’s Day?