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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

A Thoughtful Valentines Day

By Suzanne O'Connor

The word for Valentines Day is thoughtfulness. You don’t have to spend a gazillion bucks make your special someone feel special.

So here are some frugal ideas!

For All Romantics:
- Instead of giving flowers, give a “live” plant they can plant in their garden.
- Deliver one long stemmed, red rose everyday to their office for a week. Labor intensive… but a great way to get your point across!
-Hide Valentines Day cards in places where “he” or “she” will find them.
- Memorize a Shakespeare sonnet (118 is a good standard) and deliver it at an appropriate moment.
- Create a romantic dinner at home. Cook up a special menu, set an appropriate dining table and play soft music. Dress for the occasion.
- Learn “I love you” in as many languages as you can. Write them down in personal notes and deliver them with gifts of scented soap, lotions and bath oils…
- Romantic coupon books filled with massages, star gazing, wine tasting and other romantic IOU’s.
- Go out for a picnic. Load up on delectable gourmet foods from Trader Joes.
For Those of Us Already Married or With Kids:
- Give yourself the night off.
  Have the kids go to a friend’s or relative’s house for the night. Then create a romantic home cooked dinner, rent a favorite movie and snuggle up.
- Go with her to Victoria Secrets and help choose an outfit. It will be “quality time” follow up with a nice meal and ….
- Surprise your loved one when they come home from work. Load up on dozens of candles from tapers to votives. Then light and set them around the house. When they arrive home from work, greet them with a glass of
  wine with the warm romantic glow from the candles.
- Frame the lyrics to your wedding or special love song… or sing it!
- Have your kids create their Valentines! Draw pictures of hearts, a bouquet or even a “best mom” ”best dad” and frame it.
- If mom or dad is a chocoholic, a large hand-painted mug with sumptuous chocolate mix is a good bet.
- Make a family Valentine of chocolate fondue. Recipe
  This is also great for teens and their friends.

The true art of romance is making your special someone feel special. It has nothing to do cost and has everything to do with making someone feel cared about. The little details, effort and thoughtfulness that go into your Valentine gift matter the most.

Happy Valentines Day!

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