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Planning Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a great day to brighten up a rather dull month and to show people how much you love them!

To prevent getting into a valentine's day rut, you can do a little creative planning.

Valentine Countdown

To get you ready for the big day, here is a checklist for every day.

Feb. 1 Write a love note to your honey, detailing what you love about him or her.
Make your bedroom romantic by getting things out of the room that have nothing to do with getting dressed, loving or sleeping.

Feb. 2 Light candles around the house for candlemas day.
Decide if you want to spend valentine's day with friends, significant other or family.

Feb. 3 Rent a sappy movie for your self to get in the mood or shop for some sexy outfit for valentine's day with or without friends.
Try your hand at a love poem.
Put on a Valentine Screen Savor

Feb. 4 Do three nice things for your significant other today.
Plan where to spend valentine's and make reservations or start picking up the house.

Feb. 5 Have a nice long talk with your honey, even if it is only on the phone.
If you are having dinner at home, decide on the menu. If not, think of a fun way to get to your destination.

Feb. 6 Find some romantic music to play at home or in the car for the big day. Start listening to it now.
If you have snow, freeze some snowballs for some fun this summer.

Feb. 7 Compliment your love at least three times today.
Get your haircut and/or a Makeover.
Take an Exceptional Marriage Quiz

Feb. 8 Get some extra exercise in today; try some yoga moves.
Give yourself a facial- steam your face, wash, exfoliate, put on a mask, rinse off, then apply moisturizer.

Feb. 9 Set out candles and massage oil for an early romantic time.
Order flowers.

Feb. 10 Do a random act of kindness for your sweetie and don't get found out.
Buy a present and make a card.

Feb. 11 Reread some old love letters and go through some pictures of the two of you.
Figure out or confirm any details of what you are going to be doing for Valentine's Day.

Feb. 12 Make fudge.
Give yourself or go out for a manicure and pedicure.

Feb. 13 Pick up a movie, flowers, or anything else you need for tommorow.
Take a nice, long bath. Defuzz, exfoliate your skin, and slather on some heavenly smelling lotion.

Feb. 14 Make sure house is clean in morning, including fresh sheets.
Send a virtual valentine.
Enjoy your day!


Here are some more Valentine's Day ideas to show your love to your family and friends:

Lunch Box love notes

Valentine's Week is also Kindness Week

Take the Love Test

Ways to say I Love You

Especially for singles

Valentine Crafts for kids

Valentine's Tea

Plan a valentine's tea with your daughter. My daughter has held one every year since kindergarten and it has become a fond tradition. The girls come wearing their dresses (although the dress code has loosened as she has gotten older)

Each year is a little different. We pick foods the kids can get involved in like decorating their own cookies or cupcakes or dipping strawberries in chocolate.

They don't really like tea, so the drink is usually something like rasberry lemonade. This year we found some cute valentines ice cube trays in the dollar section at Target. So we will be having pink lemonade with frozen heart ice cubes made from fruit punch in a glass pitcher.The table is always set with a special tablecloth and nice dishes.

After tea, they will go to the craft table. We have lots of materials out for making valentines. And they usually have some other crafts like jewelry making or bead valentine wreaths.

Then there are some games like guess how many conversation hearts are in the jar, heart find where hearts are taped around the living room and kitchen and the girls see how many they can get, and one year was hot heart played like hot potatos except with a stuffed heart.

 

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

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Beth Dargis helps the overwhelmed to create saner, simpler lives. For free monthly Simple Self Care Calendar and Weekly Simplicity Tips visit: http://www.encouragingcoach.com. This article is Copyright 2005 by Beth Dargis, Zeeland MI. To send feedback or request reprint permission (usually granted free of charge), please contact .

 

 

 

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