Your Valentine’s Day Checklist is Here!
Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, February 14th
(little known fact: It’s always on February 14th)
Mark it on your calendar and DO NOT FORGET and DO NOT procrastinate.
Make plans NOW. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Even a carpet picnic with candles can be romantic.
Send flowers to her. Splurge for something spectacular. Size matters! Order early.
Give a card! You don’t have to spend money on a store bought card. Make a list of things you love about your special someone and create your own card.
Every couple has a “special song” Play it! And put together a playlist of songs that remind you of each other and your love.
Wear something that makes you feel fabulous. When you feel fabulous, it shows!
Don’t be a dude! Show her your soft side….be a gentleman. Open the door for her, pull out her chair, stand up when she gets up and returns to the table. NO CELL PHONES.
Make her or him feel like they are the only one in the world. If you had one day left on earth, what would you want her or him to know? Say it!
Schedule a sitter. Have them come early so you can get ready without rushing around.
Get Valentine‘s Day treats for your kids. The best gestures can be small.
Help the kids make Valentine’s Day cards for their friends. Grab some red, pink and white paper, some glue and some card stock and go crazy! Be sure to attach a piece of candy!
VALENTINE’S DAY BY THE NUMBERS
Spending in the U.S. this Valentine’s Day is expected to reach $19.6 billion, according to the National Retail Federation.
Here are some Valentine’s Day stats:
More than half of Americans – 55 percent – are expected to mark the holiday, spending an average of $143.56 each, the retail federation said.
The highest amount of spending is expected to go toward jewelry, with 1 in 5 consumers planning to purchase it, for a total of $4.7 billion.
The most popular gift for Valentine’s Day is candy, with 55 percent of Americans expected to buy sweets for their loved ones. Spending on candy alone is expected to reach $1.8 billion.
The trade group said 94 percent of Americans say they want to receive chocolate or candy for Valentine’s Day, a higher percentage than for any other gift.
Americans are also expected to spend $2 billion on flowers for the holiday, the National Retail Federation said.
Roses are the favorite flower for Valentine’s Day. The Society of American Florists estimates 250 million roses are produced for the day.
Greeting cards are also hugely popular.
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THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR A BETTER RELATIONSHIP
What are the three best things you can do for your relationship?
- Stop all the shame, blame and criticism. Instead, ask for what you want in a clear, specific and positive manner. This goes double for wives! Men need to feel competent. They react better when you tell them what you do like, which behaviors make you happy. So instead of grabbing the sponge and telling your husband he doesn’t know how to wash the dishes, instead, say ‘thank you for pitching in!’ When men get acknowledged for things, they’ll keep doing them.
- The Triple A Theory. Apology, affection, and a promise of action. Say you’re sorry for what you’ve done to disappoint your partner. Immediately offer a hug, a kiss, a meaningful gesture of warmth. Then pledge to do something that matters to your partner. The whole thing will take 2 minutes, but in that time you’ve healed the past, built a bridge to the present, and created hope for the future.
- Pump some fresh air into it. A long weekend away would be ideal, but even a few hours away from work, the kids, the cell phone, and life’s responsibilities helps. Reconnect with each other by remembering the things that made you fall in love in the first place.