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Valentines Day – You Plan it!


Photo by: Darwin Bell

Valentines day is right around the corner.

Is anyone out there worried? Worried that your husband didn’t plan anything spectacular. No dreamy, romantic, candlelit dinner, no flowers, no chocolates. Cheer up! I have a great solution for you!!

Why don’t you plan Valentines day??

I don’t think I’m the only wife out there who ends up planning Valentines Day. Planning is just not my sweet husbands thing. I’ve come to terms with this… so I’m ready to move on and make Valentines day special one way or another.

We are attempting to be debt free, so money is tight. Just because money is not freely flowing this year, that doesn’t mean that I can’t plan a romantic and fun date night for my sweetie.

Here are just a few tips for planning a GREAT Valentine’s date with your hubby:

1. Get a babysitter (overnight if possible)

2. Keep it simple… come on girls, we know what guys want on Valentines day, I’m not afraid to say it… no… I am afraid to say it, I think my mother in law read this blog occasionally. You know what I’m getting at. I’m not saying that you can’t plan a beautiful dinner, dress up and romance your hubby. Please do all those things if you’d like, I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.

3. Take time for yourself… Valentines is a great excuse to dress up, shave those legs that have been hiding in jeans all winter, paint your toe nails and put on makeup. I think most husbands (ok, maybe just mine) would say that I don’t take the time to get dolled up anymore. I just don’t have the time. Usually I can mange to pull all the cheerios out of my hair just in time to give Kevin a kiss when he walks in the door.

4. Feed the man. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. This IS true. Steak is usually on the menu when I’m planning a special dinner. He’s a steak and potatoes guy. It makes him happy!

5. Plan what HE likes. Selflessness is the biggest challenge in most marriages. We may want the chocolate, flowers, diamonds… what does he want? What would he love. A small gift? A delicious meal? A movie night? Or something else (refer to #2 for another idea).

6. Reap the rewards. When we bless our husbands usually those blessings come right back to us. There is a saying “a happy wife is a happy life” I think that works both ways.

If you’re not “feeling” the whole make your man dinner idea. Check out Restaurant.com for some great deals on local dining gift certificates. Just be sure to read the fine print, many establishments don’t allow these to be used on Valentines day.

How do you celebrate Valentines Day? What are you going to do this year?

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  • Jenny
    January 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Donna, you crack me up! Believe me, after a 4 month hiatus due to pelvic rest orders, we will be having some fun that evening as well ;P
    I love how you are so right about just taking charge, each year I truly wish that my hubs would plan somthing special, like I read on other people’s blogs, or hear my friends talk about. But there is a time to submit, and that time is Now! Thanks to you. I will be planning valentines day this year, again, but with a refreshed look at it.
    Last year I put post-it notes all around his bathroom mirror so when he woke up, he read 41 post-it’s about why I love him, each one was pink, and had one word to describe him on it.
    And I know it is after valentines day, but Titus K from church will be talking at Lipstick and Crayons on “Ways to Bless Your Husband” on the 17th. Ideas for next year, or just everyday practical things you can do to strive to be that Proverbs 31 Woman/Wife, Ha!

    • Donna
      January 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm

      Jenny, now you really got me laughing!! I also Love the post it notes idea! I’m going to have to steal that idea and use it next week when I take the kids for a week away up to CT. It will be a nice suprise for him when he comes home to an empty house on Wednesday.