As you all know Valentines day is coming up very soon, so I thought I’d talk to you today about it.
Apparently it originates from back in the 5th Century named after a Christian Martyr but has origins in the Roman Holiday Lupercalia which in fact marks the beginning of Spring.
Okay so it’s not exactly clear as to what made it a public holiday today, but the UK brought the idea in the 19th century to gift others with greeting cards, flowers and chocolates.
This is celebrated today as an annual holiday to show how much we love each other by presenting gifts or going out on dates.
Me and my partner Liam used to celebrate by going out on a nice romantic date. It was really nice spending quality time as a couple and be myself instead of just being a Mum. It’s the one day I can dress up and feel like a woman.
I don’t know about you, but I always struggle to find a gift for my partner (men are so hard to buy for. Us girls like the simple things – flowers, chocolates, jewellery etc). I thought i’d list a few ideas out there to share with you in case you’re struggling to find something for your partner.
You can find a variety of personalised gifts including:
- Dog Tag necklaces
- Mugs with photos (you and him/her, the kids etc)
- Grooming sets (i’m talking about beard & hair trimming sets by the way)
- Key chains
- Teddy Bears (if he/she likes soft toys)
- Chocolate (once gave my partner a quote from ‘Frozen’ in chocolate- he loved it)
- Cushions with your photo on it
- Marshmallows with photos on (heard you can get them from Boomf but can also find other sites that make them too)
Or if you are a spicier couple for Valentines day, you could look into:
- Romantic reward scratch cards
- Karma Sutra playing cards
- Fifty Shades Adult Game
- Willy care kit
- Bondage kits
- or even Grow Your Own Girlfriend
Lovehoney has a wide variety of spicy valentines gifts you could look at, but if not, I’ve heard Poundland are doing a cheap raunchy range too this year!
I prefer more of the sentimental gifts (I’m a romantic at heart) but I think they are harder to find unless you go searching specifically online. I’ve come across some nice gifts on there including a book you can fill your life story in – kinda like a scrap book, but slightly different. Quite handy to write your own love story to reflect on later in life.
Valentines day is definitely an excuse to go for some couple time. You are a parent all the time, but it’s important to spend atleast one day a year just being you and spending it with the one you love so dearly.
Me and Liam tend to go to the cinema to watch a movie. In the past we’ve been to see the Fifty Shades movies (got us in trouble a couple of times – we have proof, Aurora and Kiiara!). We also like to grab a bite to eat afterwards.
This year we have the children and no babysitter, so it will be a night in with a Chinese Takeaway and a sweet bottle of wine. Simple things like that usually make me happy.
If you aren’t stuck without a babysitter, there’s plenty you could do. Here’s a few ideas.
- Go for a nice meal and a stroll together afterwards.
- Spa day for 2
- Night away in a hotel (All-inclusive makes it better)
- Cook a 3-course candle-lit meal, run a hot bubble bath & cuddle up on the sofa watching a romantic film with popcorn and wine.
Whatever you decide to do, make it special, cherish the time you spend together and if you don’t want any more kids, use protection!
Being a parent is important, but making sure you spend time with your spouse is just as important – it keeps your relationship alive and helps it to become stronger.
There are also single parents out there who don’t have a partner to spend time with. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you. Here’s a few ideas to help enjoy a ‘You’ day!
- Arrange to have a night out with friends. This can include going to the cinema, going for a nice meal together, or even go for a spa day
- Arrange a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go
- Have a cosy night in, either just by yourself or invite friends over – girly night with face masks, movies & chocolate
- Have a ‘giving’ day – go out into town giving out free hugs, go to a homeless shelter to help out, or spread the love with positive messages on post-stick notes in your local area
- Spend quality time with your kids – Valentines-themed crafts, a kids meal out, or make a time-capsule Valentines video for the following year!
Whatever makes you feel warm inside, feel better than an average day, just go and do it! As a couple or a single person, Valentines day is about love and happiness. Do what makes you happy, no excuses!
If you have any suggestions for a nice Valentines day as a couple, or even as a single parent that I haven’t already listed, please post them in the comments section below. I’d be happy to hear them!
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