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It was so wrong! And so right. It was wrong because I was just getting over the flu so my body was telling me to go lie down for a few hours, or weeks. And we didn’t know to book a restaurant for dinner so we couldn’t find a single place to eat! This was before cell phones so we couldn’t call ahead while driving. We just walked in and out of restaurants and were disappointed each time. Finally, we found a table at a popular Italian place but not until 9pm! I couldn’t help but laugh.
Our Valentine’s Day was so right because, well, we loved each other! We were young and inspired. We exchanged greeting cards and chocolates, and he gave me a giant stuffed bear. I fell asleep with it that night. Ah, Valentine’s Day of youth!
That was the first of many Valentine’s Days in which I wasn’t single. I don’t tell this to many people, but it’s my favorite holiday! It’s so pretty. One of the main reasons I love it so much is the element of surprise. Whether you’re single, taken, or married, you never really know what will happen. And sometimes you have to create that magic and mystery yourself. There’s nothing wrong with that! I think of it as a family holiday, but then that leads me back to what started my family. My relationship with my husband. So whether snuggling close with him, or with all four of us, I know it will be a gorgeous day.
For as long as I can remember, I have expressed myself in words. And for as long as I can remember, I have relied on Hallmark Signature Cards to be the beginning of my expression of feelings. Gifting cards is so important. Hallmark Signature Cards have been my top choice and my sister and I would try to top each other with the BEST and MOST appropriate and relevant cards. Whether to each other, or to the idea of romance in our lives down the line. In fact, if I saw a particularly romantic card at the store, I would buy it. Even when single. It’s because it gave me something to dream about and to look forward to – a real, messy, wonderful, expressive love. And gosh, I have found that.
In fact, I was super excited to go to Walmart last week to get a head start on my Valentine buying. It seriously gives me glee! You can often hear me laughing or maybe even see me wiping away tears in the card aisle. It’s PERFECT for me:
At Walmart, you can find the newest collection of Hallmark Signature Cards for Valentine’s Day. When you go to Walmart, it’s easy to get everything you need – including the perfect card. Hallmark always has a card for everything. Their wide range of cards covers you from every day and birthday, to special occasion and seasonal. My eye is on the prize!
Like I was saying above, sometimes you have to create your own magic on Valentine’s Day. There’s no use sitting and waiting for what will happen. You can make it happen! Here are 7 Unique and Creative Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day:
1 – Instead of going out, and trying to find a private or quiet place to eat, choose a home cooked meal. Not only that, make it together! Maybe one of you cooks and one doesn’t. Maybe you both do, or neither do, but you can try a meal or week’s worth of meals from a meal subscription service. That can be fun, and romantic. We did that last week. Delicious.
2 – Instead of a night spent alone, spring for a girls’ night out or even a solo date with a movie and ice cream. (my favorite)
3 – Instead of flowers, try a plant. It lasts longer. Or maybe plant a tree. You never know how big it will get.
4 – Instead of chocolates, make a dessert together. If you are already making dinner together, great. If not, sometimes it’s fun to focus on making one part of a romantic dinner. Dessert is a favorite meal for some! (me)
5 – Instead of an exotic weekend getaway, (which actually sounds awesome, but money, and time, and kids) be a tourist in your own town. We have a little city full of treasures we have yet to discover. And there’s always more to discover.
6 – Instead of a solo date, consider a group date! Split the duties and the costs and have a ton of fun. Another idea is to volunteer on Valentine’s Day. Pay a visit to people in extra need of love this year.
7 – Instead of fumbling for the words to say, let Hallmark Signature Cards be your guide. They’re always mine. Sometimes it’s just as meaningful, if not more, to find the meanings in these beautiful cards. I ALWAYS find ones that say exactly what I want to say. In fact, I have a great idea. Write a haiku in your card. It’s simple and it’s a way to say so much, in not so many words. Just like a card. It’s unique and creative and doesn’t put too much pressure on you. Try it!
Love is quite simple
It only needs an open heart
Wild, ready to soar
Be sure to look for a coupon in the aisle at Walmart, where you can save $2 on 3 Hallmark Valentine’s Day Cards! Right now through Ibotta at Walmart, earn $1 back on any Hallmark Valentine’s Cards priced $2.97 and above! Offer through 2/14 or while supplies last.