The National Retail Federation projects Valentine's Day spending will shoot to $18.9 billion this year -- about $142 a person on candy, flowers and apparel. A whopping 91 percent of those polled by the NRF are planning on doing something special for their significant other, and that won't come cheap. It could, though.
Heartbreak is so terribly unnatural. Therefore, I imagine, there's no real cure or real trick to pull yourself out of it. I think the only way to get over it is to first simply sulk in it.
As a new parent, we are not getting handpicked gifts from our infant, so that leaves us with recognizing their first affirmations of love. As a mom or dad of a tiny tot, we know that they already feel love, but how do they their show love?
Here are some gifts created by momtrepreneurs or mother-owned businesses, because what better way to gift yourself or others than by giving back to hard-working mamas?
Your smell intoxicates me. Your arms provide strength and comfort. Your eyes see my soul.
Just before midnight on Valentine's Day of 1991, I got the best Valentine's Day present I've ever had: my daughter, Michaela. She was the best present not just because she was my first child, but because of what she has taught me -- mostly, by being different from me.
Making you aware of these pitfalls is not meant to scare you off of dating -- quite the contrary. It is meant to give you a heads up so instead of feeling frustrated you can embrace and enjoy your new dating life.
At its best, Valentine's Day is a reminder to recognize the loves in your life. It doesn't have to be formulaic or mandated from large corporate interests. And just because those corporate interests exist doesn't mean we have to scrap the entire holiday.
What was the moment you decided that your significant other was really "The One" for you?
Anyone who has ever met me would attest to the fact that I am a very logical person. This clearly does not lend itself to highly romantic ideas like "love at first sight". If you are like me, then you can use Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) principles to guide you!
The idea of "self love" can seem rather cosmic, narcissistic and alien to some of us. But it's essential if we want a fulfilling relationship with others. The first and most important part of it is to know that we need to accept and love ourselves before we can truly accept others and love then unconditionally.
These two steps are the way back to loving you. When you do, you open the doors to be loved fully. You no longer need that validation that you are lovable and enough from outside. You simply know. Any love that arrives only expands your knowing.
But don't the day's little moments make you want to laugh, cry, or sigh with relief? Doesn't it all add up to love, or something like it? And isn't that worth pausing to remember? A haiku is only seventeen syllables, after all.
These are 10 properties where I have personally stayed and can attest to their sense of romance- some within reach and some remote but worth it all the same. You can head to them anytime of the year with your loved one or if you believe in Feb 14th, right away!
Valentine's Day does not have to be about your one and only -- that's the traditional way, but it's limited. What if Valentine's Day was a time to celebrate LOVE and the many ways it can show up?
Another great example of being clear about what you want, then making your own decisions about food. How many of us often feel impelled to eat something just because someone gives it to us? Mindful eaters don't fall into that trap.