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with Relationship Speaker/Author/Coach...
Larry James

Romantic Ideas to Make it
Valentine's Day All Year Long!

Part 1 of 2
Larry James

To be a special Valentine to your partner takes lots of energy, time, attention and Love. Let's all give some thought about who we are being in our relationship, what we can do to make them better and who we will have to become to have them be healthy and successful.

Celebrate your relationship or reach out and touch someone you love. Consider celebrating with friends or family. Be creative. Take some time to give some thought to how your partner likes to be acknowledged, appreciated and loved.

You must consitently invest in your relationship to receive its dividends. No deposit. . . no return.

Make EVERYDAY Valentine's Day for your partner or someone you love.

1.  I proposed to my wife on Valentine's Day. I went to the Olive Garden in the afternoon and left three red roses and a vase and asked the manager to have someone watch for us and when the waitress brought our drink order to have the roses and our engagement ring with a beautiful card delivered. Bring your own Valentine's candles, rose pedals, etc.

2.  Send your partner a special note to their office telling them that tonight you are offering a full-body massage, with candlelight and favorite beverage. Let your fingers do the talking. It's a great way to express your love for your partner. Or, hire a masseuse to give your partner a professional massage at home.

3.  Have a caterer deliver and serve a beautiful meal to your home for Valentine's Day.

4.  If you plan to buy a dozen roses, put one on her pillow, one on the dresser, one on the TV; scatter them throughout the house and leave a special love note with each one.

5.  Women: Do something WITH him that he wouldn't expect you to do. Tickets to a sporting event; plan a fishing trip. If you hate sports, go anyway and allow yourself to have fun just being with him. Show interest in his hobby, interests and pastimes.

6.  Go for a special "hot-air balloon" ride, complete with picnic basket, a blanket, champagne, just for the two of you.

7.  Plan a special date. Pretend it's your very first date. Have fun. Dance. Watch the sun complete your day in the arms of your significant other.

8.  Leave "Post-It" notes with special messages hidden all over the house for your lover to find when they least expect it. Hide them in a pair of pants they have in the closet, inside every pair of shoes, under things, inside books they read, inside folded towels they will use, in the car, taped inside the fridge, on the telephone, in the sugar bowl, etc. It may take them days to find them all and they will love every one.

9.  Choose a lake resort or favorite beach. Rent a rowboat. Pack a picnic basket. Bring your favorite music, find a secluded area and have some fun.

10.  LISTEN all-year-long for ideas or things your partner would like to have or do. Make notes to yourself and buy that special thing and surprise them with it when they least expect it (especially after they might have forgotten about it.).

11.  Record a "love message" on a cassette or CD and use some very special words to express your love for your partner. Borrow some words from several greeting cards. Put the recording in the cassette or CD player of their car, stick a note on the rear view mirror that lets them know it's there. Try to make it long enough to last until they get to the office.

12.  If you are giving your partner a ring, buy a large box of Cracker Jacks, unseal the bottom and the package with the tiny prize inside. Put the ring in the surprise package, seal it back up, wrap the Cracker Jacks with paper with red hearts, write a special love note on the outside and give it to them.

13.  Make a copy of your wedding photo, put it in a special frame and write the words, "I love you more today than yesterday," and sign your name.

14.  This idea takes some planning ahead. Create a "love journal." Jot down one special idea for each day of the year and present it to them on Valentine's Day.

15.  Men: Put a note in her Valentine that says, "I love you and to prove it, I promise to give you the TV remote for 30 days!"

16.  Buy some sidewalk chalk. Draw a large heart on the driveway with red chalk and write, "I love you" in the middle.

17.  Make a colorful banner on your computer with hearts, etc., that expresses your love and put in on the garage door, so it's the first thing your partner sees when they come home.

18.  Next year, buy 14 Valentines and beginning on the 1st of February, give them one for each day leading to Valentine's Day.

19.  THINK AHEAD. Plan a romantic weekend get-away, away from the phone, the children, TV, etc. Just BE together. Taking time away from your usual environment and routine to go somewhere different and create quality time together. It is a wonderful way to keep romance alive.

20.  It's easy to buy a card or gift in the store, but it is very special to take the time to make your own. This will have much more impact as it will be coming straight from your heart and therefore will go straight to the heart of the person you are sending it to. Just the fact that you took the time to stop and create something so personal for them is a gift in and of itself. Most likely they will cherish it and also realize how much they mean to you. Mail it to them with a "Love Stamp."

21.  Instead of asking your love out the traditional way... kidnap her and take her away for a night of romance! For extra fun, use a squirt gun and play-cuffs! Blindfold her and take her somewhere really nice for dinner. Remove the blindfold when you arrive at the restaurant, but put it back on her when you leave. Take her to special places that you have been before, or places that hold memories (where you met, where you spent your first Valentine's Day, etc.). At the end of the night tell her how much you loved every place you have ever been with her and everything thing you have ever done and that you would do it all over again.

22.  Surprise your sweetheart when they least expect it. Show up at work, school, on their lunch-break, etc., just to give them a rose, a kiss, a hug or a special card and tell them you love them.

23.  Plan ahead. Find a nice hotel with a Jacuzzi suite with bubble bath, 2 glasses with sparkling wine, heart-shaped balloons, rose petals on the bed, a Happy Valentine's Day sign on wall, heart-shaped candles everywhere, chocolate kisses, roses (one for each year together), red and white Valentine lights and music.

24.  Before your partner takes a shower, write a message to him in the mirror with your finger, like 'I love you' or 'I love it when you're clean!'. He won't see it when he gets in, but when he gets out of the shower and the bathroom is all steamy, the message will "magically" appear on the mirror. When the mirror fogs up the natural oils that were released by your skin will prevent that area from steaming over.

25.  Keep a ready supply of several different colored dry-erase markers in your bathroom. Leave love notes for your partner on the bathroom mirror, and afterwards they wipe right off. It also may encourage a rather quiet and non-romantic man to leave some romantic notes of his own.

26.  Long Distant Relationship: Write a very special love message on the back of a small jigsaw puzzle, then take the puzzle apart so he or she has to put it together to read the message. Mail the puzzle all at once or several pieces at a time.

27.  Find a full picture of you or design a special love message and have it put on a t-shirt, pillowcases, or bed sheet, etc.

28.  Put a note on the rearview mirror in their car on the anniversary of your first date. On the note ask if they remember the importance of this day. When they come home have a trail of flower petals leading them from clue to clue. At the final stop present them with an invitation for an evening of re-enacting your first date.

29.  If you are giving your partner a bracelet, buy her a stuffed bear, and have the bear wearing the bracelet. Wrap it and have a waitress deliver it to your table during dinner.

30.  Here's a crazy idea. For dinner on Valentine's Day, make most of the food you prepare either red or pink. Red mashed potatoes, pink bread, red Jell-O, and a red tinted heart cake with pink icing. Use red potpourri. Scatter red candles of all shapes and sizes all over. Try to incorporate hearts in as many ways as you can

31.  If you are Internet savvy, make a special Website for your sweetheart. Fill it with hearts, poems, "I love you" messages, pictures and whatever turns them on. Go to a site that allows you to create a free Website and make a Website for your sweetheart. There are many places that offer free Websites that are fairly easy to create!

32.  Put love notes and Hershey Kisses in your sweetheart's cereal box.

33.  Plan ahead. Fill a blank book with letters, scribbles, a few photos, and even poems of your feelings for your partner.

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