The Day for Love?

It’s coming! It’s coming!

The one day of the year where men across the globe are coerced and manipulated and pressured by florists and jewelers and who knows what else into validating their feelings with chocolate, flowers, a romantic dinner, or a weekend escape.

What a great deal…for the guy!

You mean to tell me that one day out of 365 they “have” to do something nice for their sweetheart? Really? Just one?

Ladies…I’m all for romance, and chocolate, and wine, and passionate getaways…but can we just get real here.

Romance is a 365 day a year thing. Period.

And don’t even get me started on Mother’s Day….

*sigh

The Better Alternative

Trinkets are nice…I agree. Flowers are beautiful. I love to have fresh flowers in the house at any given time simply because I love to keep beautiful things in my home.  I love back-rubs, silly notes, and quiet corners. I’m all about romance.

I’m also all about getting the most bang for my buck. And when it comes to the major holidays, including the “Hallmark” holidays, trading in one inflated priced item for two experiences later is all good with me.

You can still make Valentines Day special. And…you can still plan a getaway that keeps the fires burning. It’s okay if the two events don’t exactly match up on the calendar. Waiting even just one week or a couple of days can give you exactly the level of romance you are hoping for…without causing you anxiety over the price tag.

Watch the travel deal sites and airlines for upcoming specials. You can be “spontaneous” even when you choose to book a great deal on a flight or hotel months in advance. Get the big chunks out of the way early and you can fill in the details as the date gets closer.

Trust me, any girl will be happy to forgo an overpriced meal in a crowded restaurant for a long weekend getaway on another day. But hey, if you want to do both…that’s okay too! Just be you. Treat that special person in a way they know you value you them all 365 days of the year.

How will you celebrate your love…on Valentine’s Day, and every day that follows?