Valentine’s Day is that extra special day during the year to celebrate your feelings towards the people you love and cherish - FAMILY. I am lucky enough to be married to my sweetheart, and having the added blessing of 3 beautiful children fills me with pride and joy. Who is your special Valentine, and how do they make you feel?
Make it Personal. For me, having the chance to express my feelings for my family of Valentines is not about expensive baubles or marketing schemes. Instead, I try to use my creativity and think about fun ways to express myself to make my loved ones happy, since this truly is a holiday that epitomizes the saying. “It’s the thought that counts”.
Find the Time. Being pressed for time in a household where both parents work full time, I have to make the most of my time for planning by using normal lunch breaks and errand running to the fullest. Where could you find a little time to plan some personal Valentine surprises?
Keep it Simple. There are so many ways to make your Valentine feel loved; keep it simple by focusing on their favorite things. My motto is, “Make it, bake it, or take it”, which means I use creative energy to individualize my surprises by making something, baking something, or taking something to my loved ones. Waking up a little earlier to make a special breakfast is a great way to start the day, whether it is chocolate chip pancakes or scrambled eggs and heart shaped toast. Also, sneaking a special treat into lunches with a personal note is a good surprise during school or work. Writing a poem or letter to your loved ones describing what makes them special is an amazing way to connect, and making a playlist for those little music lovers is also a great way to create lasting memories. If you need a little inspiration, the internet is full of great ideas to get those creative juices flowing. What simple things can you think of to surprise your Valentine?
I would love to hear what you come up with for Valentine’s Day and I challenge you to make new traditions with your sweetheart and your family. Remember, simple gestures and thoughtful planning are the keys to making an extra special day for your Valentines!