Monday, February 07, 2011

Last minute Valentine's Day ideas

Personalized Creations has an abundance of Valentine's Day gift ideas including:

And a bunch of other stuff that can be personalized.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Simple Date Night Prescription

Simple Date Night Prescription

"Rather than visiting the same familiar haunts and dining with the same old friends, couples need to tailor their date nights around new and different activities that they both enjoy ... The goal is to find ways to keep injecting novelty into the relationship. The activity can be as simple as trying a new restaurant or something a little more unusual or thrilling -- like taking an art class or going to an amusement park."
Source: Tara Parker-Pope. "Reinventing Date Night for Long-Married Couples." 2/12/2008

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Count down to Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!A oft-heard Christmas Carol is the Twelve Days of Christmas in which a "true love" sends a different gift over the course of 12 days.

My true love sent to me
  • Twelve drummers drumming,
  • Eleven pipers piping,
  • Ten lords a-leaping,
  • Nine ladies dancing,
  • Eight maids a-milking,
  • Seven swans a-swimming,
  • Six geese a-laying,
  • Five golden rings,
  • Four calling birds,
  • Three French hens,
  • Two turtledoves,
  • And a partridge in a pear tree!
I never did get what leaping lords are good for but that is beside the point.

For Valentine's Day, take the same concept and make a "count down to Valentine's Day".

Twelve (Feb 3)
Lots of things comes in dozens like flowers, doughnuts and eggs. Also, you should be able to find flowers for a reasonable price still.
Eleven (Feb 4)
Eleven sweet nothings like the candy hearts or Dove Chocolate Promises both of which have messages for the day.
Ten ( Feb 5)
Ten digits like phone numbers or fingers. Send an "I love you" TXT message or use your ten fingers and give a nice massage.
Nine (Feb 6)
Nine languages of love. Write nine different notes that say I love you in 9 different languages:Ek is lief vir jou, mi stimabo, Asko maite zaitut,eu te amo,Hu Guiya Hao,Wo ie ni,Mi amas vin,Nu' umi unangwa'ta,Ti amo,Techihhila. Leave the notes in places where they will be found through-out the day. For bonus points, put them in fortune cookies or wrapped in kisses.
Eight (Feb 7)
Create a CD with eight songs your valentine will like. You could also give the eight green M&Ms and then share the rest. You could also give 8 Kisses or Hugs and Kisses keeping in mind that not all Kisses come from Hershey.
Seven (Feb 8)
Seventh heaven: 7 chocolate dipped strawberries or the strawberries without the chocolate.
Six (Feb 9)
Half dozen heart shaped cookies
Five (Feb 10)
5 Golden rings like funnions or 5 TXT messages that say I love you (see Nine above).
Four (Feb 11)
Four favors: give four Love Coupons
Three (Feb 12)
Three balloons. For extra credit, put something in the balloon like a mini 3 musketeers bar, a little note or a present split into three pieces.
Two (Feb 13)
Lots of great things come in pairs. Give either earrings, tickets or socks. Another idea is something his and hers like a keychain.
One (Feb 14)
Write a letter to your sweetheart expressing love and gratitude. This can be the final gift by itself or attached to the gift.

Have a happy Valentine's Day.

10 Ways to make Valentine's Day wonderful for your wife

All Pro Dad: 10 Ways to make Valentine's Day wonderful for your wife

Handle Valentine’s Day poorly, men, and the results can be catastrophic—a marriage conflict situation out of nowhere. When we get it right, however—using our thoughtfulness and class—all can be right with the world. So, here are 10 ideas worth their weight—in chocolate! Try two or three, or do everything on the list.