Valentine’s Day is For Everyone

As soon as the Christmas decor leaves the stores – POP! – it’s all Valentine’s Day. For all of January and into February every time we walk into Target it’s hearts and love, cupids and romance, red and pink and lace. Gushy valentines, sweet valentines and all sorts of romantic gifts for the one you hold dearest.

For some, Valentine’s Day brings a smile to their face. When you’re in love, you’re IN LOVE and everything that reminds you have that fluttering feeling is a win. For others though, the idea of romance brings about sad grimace.

I’d venture to say that the popularity of Valentine’s Day is about a 50/50 with family and friends in my life. Some love it, some hate it. And so, this year, I’m hoping to morph Valentine’s Day a little.

Rather than focus on romantic love when discussing Valentine’s Day with my kids I want to focus on regular ol’ love. The kind that leads us to show kindness and compassion, to find those who are hurting and give them a reason to smile.

So, pause for a moment, and think. Who in your life isn’t lovin’ Valentine’s Day this year?valentine's day is for everyone

Have someone in mind? Great! Me too! Actually, I’ve got 3 people who stand out …

In our close circle, we’ve got someone who has recently endured a break-up and is single, someone who is recently divorced and someone who is recently widowed. Each of them is hurting, each of them feels alone, and most of all, each of them is a prime candidate for a dose of extra attention!

Here’s a few ideas to show the love this Valentine’s Day – because, after all, Valentine’s Day is for everyone – no matter their romance status!

  • Have you kids draw a special picture and mail it off in time to arrive on Valentine’s Day
  • Bake these
  • Deliver coffee or a special beverage
  • Plan a girl’s night out for Saturday the 14th – pedicures, drinks and a movie!
  • Schedule a surprise massage
  • Order a personalized piece of jewelry or extra sparkle
  • Hand deliver flowers – Trader Joe’s has the best (and cheapest) bouquets
  • Invite your special someone over for pizza and a movie – we love the heart pizzas from Papa Murphy’s
  • Make this
  • Simply say, “I care about you and I’m here for you”

Do you have someone in your life who could use a pick me up this Valentine’s Day? Get it on your to do list to take care of them this year!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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