Beyond Chocolates

February means Valentine’s Day, and I can still smell the overpriced roses and taste the decadent chocolates now. Flowers, candy and cards do big business this time of year, and expectations are high—mostly for men—to bring home something spectacular that will testify to the power of romantic love. But can this love be shown in other ways? Perhaps even on other days? Here are three fun things you can do to think outside the Valentine’s box while still making this holiday a time to celebrate.

Add More Memory
Recall something of significance your sweetie has shared in the past. Then find a way to bring that memory into the present. Whether it was a favorite song he mentioned last week, or a childhood joy you know she loved years ago, you can highlight its value today. Listening is a gift you can give any day of the year. Making a new memory based on an old one shows that you love and listen to your Valentine. Amaze him with your creativity!

Start the Countdown
Maximize this season of love with a countdown to Valentine’s Day. Each day leading up to the 14th can bring its own unique gift, not necessarily wrapped in pink and red. To think outside the Valentine’s box, what can you give or do for your loved one? It could be a shoulder massage one day and a foot rub the next. Seven days of love notes, her favorite coffee after work, his favorite snack on game night. Give your love something to count on!

Beat the Expectations
Reduce the pressure to reach romance novel heights on Valentine’s Day by remembering there are always opportunities to show true love. If the only day you bring her flowers or cook his favorite meal is Feb. 14, then your heart is missing the beat. Bring home chocolates just because it’s a Wednesday. Set out the best crystal just to celebrate a good day. Find small ways to delight each other, every day. What can you begin with now?

Contact Us

Related Posts

Family Matters

4 Tips To Reduce Stress In 2019

Advertisements are filling the mail, decorations are mounting in the stores and the time for planning the events of the season is here. But thoughts of all these activities can bring more stress than pleasure if we lose perspective and allow anxiety to take over. If the holidays are becoming more stressful than joyful, you ...

Family Matters

Don’t “Cold Turkey” Technology

If you’re in charge of making this year’s family Thanksgiving one to remember, a potential recipe for disaster is insisting everyone go “cold turkey” on using handheld devices. No, teenagers shouldn’t be sending Snapchats when grandma asks them repeatedly to pass the cranberry sauce—be in the moment, kids!—but some traditions are bound to change right ...


The Great Thing About Gratefulness

The sights and sounds of the holidays are all around us. It started before our Halloween candy had even been devoured. Turkeys, trees, candles, and lights have popped up everywhere you look and will be with us through the start of the New Year. It can very be easy to get caught up in the ...


The Greatest Gift

Imagine a gift that can increase self esteem, reduce stress, and can be given to anybody. Imagine a gift that can lift spirits, enliven inspiration, and even ignite passions.  This ideal gift is not found by shopping online, or at the mall, or within the catalogues mounting in your mailbox.  It is not something that ...

Family Matters

Five Ways to Handle Holiday Hazards

Holidays are a time to enjoy traditions, family, friends and connectedness. However, we often let our behaviors prevent us from making the most of a special season. The likely result may be regret, resentment or simply tons of stress on us and our families. Here are five examples of holiday hazards, with tips to minimize ...