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Monday, January 22, 2018

Valentine’s Day! Gifts Through the Times…

Filed under: Relationships,Valentine's Day — Larry James @ 10:30 am
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Deborah Lansing, Guest Author

The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on–the big day for love and romance is five week’s away. And you know what that means, guys? Time to start making those romantic plans…and shopping for the perfect gift. No pressure, right? And, for the love of all that is good, do not forget to mark the day in your phone…because, yeah, we know some of you forget!

So what do you get this year? That really depends on how long you’ve known the person you’re with—whether this is a significant other, spouse, new relationship. If you just started getting to know each other, then Valentine’s Day isn’t such a big responsibility. You’re not expected to go all out with flowers and all the big stops, because, yes, that could be way over the top (and kind of pushy). A small bouquet or gift is fine for a new relationship. Maybe talk about what the two of you want to do that day…keep it casual. Unless, of course, the relationship is really heating up. Then you may want to make a lasting impression.

If you’re shopping for a longtime love or spouse, Valentine’s Day is more of an event. But how much of an event depends on the two of you. If you’ve been together for a while, then you probably have an understanding about tastes and expectations. Maybe this means flowers, jewelry, candy. Or you may be a low-key couple and order pizza and queue up a few movies. Valentine’s Day means something different to every couple.

But what if you really want to do something different this year? Make a big splash perhaps. If this is the mother of your children we’re talking about, Valentine’s Day is a great time to present her with a pendant or ring with the family’s birthstones. Or maybe she’s always wanted diamond earrings? You can always surprise her with a unique bouquet—something beyond roses like sunflowers, daisies or even succulents!

Esquire has an amazing list of really unusual—and fantastic—gifts for women. Think boots, crossbody bags and “a badass earring!” Just so you know, big earrings are back! Small stackable rings are also a nice choice. Bath items like lotions and bubble bath, though, can be hit or miss. You really have to know his/her fragrance preference. Stylecaster also recommends breakfast in bed…complete with lots of heart-shaped balloons! If you’re on a budget, you can usually buy Mylar balloons at a dollar store!

Still in need of ideas or inspiration? Check out the infographic that looks at “Valentine’s Gifts through the Ages” below.

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Cupid, another symbol of Valentine’s Day, became associated with it because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards. Be sure to read” “The Story of Cupid.”cupid

Copyright 2017 ~ Deborah Lansing. Deborah Lansing was born and raised in San Diego, California where she attended Santa Clara University and graduated with a degree in Marketing. She has surfed since she was a teenager, and enjoys pretty much any activity that involves spending time in the sun.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Yes, You CAN Write a Valentine’s Day Letter!

Filed under: Love Letters,Valentine's Day — Larry James @ 6:30 am
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It’s a few days until Valentine’s Day, enough time to transform your relationship!

How? With a heartfelt Valentine’s Day letter of appreciation! Unsure what to include in your letter? I’m here to help—read on.

LoveLetter1. Plan ~ Get quiet and think of the person you’re writing to. Think what you’d like to tell that special someone to help them know they’ve made a positive difference, and how. Jot down a few positive words that best describe the person you’re writing to; if you can, recall examples of those positive qualities in action.

2. Write a draft that includes these components ~

• A story; a reminiscence. The easy one, for a romantic letter, is to describe how you first met. But if you’re writing to a friend, family member, or other relative, just someone else, just recount a shared, treasured memory that will bring a smile.

• The person’s lovable or admirable qualities. You already have the words and notes about how you’ve seen those positive traits in action; just write them up.

• Acknowledgment that the person has made a positive difference.
Everyone wants to know they’ve made a difference, but unless they’re told, they may not know they have. So tell how this person has made a positive difference–whether in your own life, in the life of someone you know, in the community, or in the world.

• An expression of thanks and love.
This can be brief – “Thank you” or “I love you so much for all you are.”

• Complimentary close and your signature. Use the expression most appropriate and natural for the circumstance and the person you’re writing to, whether it’s “In gratitude,” “All my love,” or “Your friend always,” and below that, sign your name.

3. Let your draft rest for 24 hours and then reread ~ Refine what you’ve written so it will read smoothly and contain no errors. Get a friend to read it also, if you can; fresh eyes see more!

4. Rewrite from your corrected draft ~ Use good stationery for this. For a romantic letter in particular, use handwriting or hand-printing; another type of letter can be printed on the computer, if you wish, in a nice, readable font—especially if it is likely to be framed.

5. Present your letter appropriately ~ A romantic handwritten letter can be presented, with or without an envelope, during a special dinner or other intimate moment. A non-romantic heartfelt letter can be presented in person while sharing a meal or a drink together. Keep that letter flat, if you can, with or without an envelope, or mounted in a certificate holder, or else framed. If you can’t present the letter personally, use an appropriate-sized envelope (large, flat envelope marked “Do Not Bend” is best). If the letter is framed, package it carefully to prevent damage in transit, and mark it “Fragile.”

6. Know the joys of a forever-enhanced relationship ~ Enjoy your Valentine’s Day,

LynetteSmithCopyright © 2015 Lynette M. Smith. Lynette M. Smith owns and operates All My Best Copyediting and Heartfelt Publishing and is the author of the award-winning comprehensive reference book, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special. For more information, visit: http://www.GoodWaysToWrite.com

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Little Known Facts About Valentine’s Day!

Filed under: InfoGraphic,Valentine's Day — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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Love and romance are in the air; Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Every February 14th, we celebrate relationships, old and new, with candy hearts, chocolates and roses. But who was St. Valentine and where did we get some of our modern-day traditions? Snuggle up with your sweetie and find some of the answers here in our Valentine’s Day infographic presented by Overstock.com.

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commentSubscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

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