Valentine’s Day is Here

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! By now most everyone has planned their day and night out for Valentine’s Day, but if you have not here are a few ideas that are not only good for Valentine’s Day, but any day that you want to have a date night.  This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday so the beginning of the week celebration is hard.  Some couples celebrated during this past weekend and others will incorporate their celebration in to next weekend because it is President’s weekend.  Whatever you decide to do whether go out, get away or stay at home, there is no right or wrong way to spend the day.  The important thing is to remember that God gave you that special someone to share your love with and every day of the year, not just Valentine’s Day, is an opportunity to show that special someone that you love them with your words and acts of love.

If you are still looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day or a few days later, here are a few ideas:

  1. Try a dessert only place

2. Go to a show or a play

3. Take a moonlight carriage ride in the park

4.Plan a romantic dinner out on the town ( just be prepared for set menus at certain places and reservations will be needed)

5. Check your town for art festivals

6. A weekend getaway

7. A night at a bed and breakfast (Mt Dora is beautiful with its historical places)

8. A couples massage and pampering at a spa ( check out groupon for specials)

9. A walk on Park Avenue in Winter Park, ending at a cafe for coffee and romantic whispers

10. If you are staying home, rent a romantic movie, order take out from your favorite place and dance to your favorite song (if you have kids, maybe a night at grandma’s or babysitter for a few hours.  It is a school night so dinner may need to be a little earlier)

11. Champagne toast Balloon Ride

12. Picnic in the park or at the beach

13. Dinner or lunch cruise ( Rivership Romance has some great excursions on the St. John’s River)

14. Fondue for two (The Melting Pot has several locations )

15. Dancing the night away (Universal City Walk and Disney’s Pleasure Island have dancing halls)

Whatever you and your sweetie decide to do on this day, enjoy it.  It does not have to be fancy and expensive to show someone that you love them.  If all you can do is write a love letter and say , ‘honey I love you,” then make it the best handwritten letter and I love you that you can think of.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Moores! We hope that you enjoyed this 14 day countdown to Valentine’s Day!

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Dateless on Valentine’s Day

Let’s face it, for those that are single, Valentine’s Day can be one of the loneliest and longest days of the year, especially as you lead up to the day.  We have all been there at some point in our lives.

I remember early on in my dating life, getting ready for a date and buying the perfect dress and making plans with a young man to go out to dinner.  I was so excited, new dress, perfect hair and a great day to go out for dinner for two at a romantic place. This was my boyfriend that I had been dating a year.  My pick up time was 5pm for reservations at 6pm.  I was ready on time and sat in the living room waiting with my parents for my date to arrive. As I sat there waiting 5:05pm came, 5:15pm came, I thought this is strange he is never late, he as a matter of fact was always early.  I thought maybe he got stuck in traffic since he had recently moved three towns away from our house.  I called and no answer.  I waited and waited.  My parents knew right away something was not right but they tried to remain supportive through the wait as they watched their daughter’s  soon to be happy face turn to tears. Finally at 6:30pm, mom and dad said , ” I am sorry that he never came.” I was devastated.

I threw on a jacket and some boots over my dress and said I am going out for a drive.  I ended up at the local arcade to just hang out and play games alone.  It was pretty quite as most kids were either out on dates or just home too embarrassed to be seen without a date.

Just when I was about to leave, I saw a friend of mine we will call him “Jake” and he asked what I was doing there all dressed up (although a jean jacket and boots over a nice dress is kind of the fashion crime of the day!), I sheepishly replied that I was stood up.  He looked at me and said, “let’s go hang out for a bit, you can’t be dateless on a night like this.”  Everything was already packed being Valentine’s Day or too expensive for kids on a budget, so we ended up at Chuck E. Cheese (don’t laugh!).  We were the only ones in the show section of the place as by this time it was almost 8:30pm at night.  The manager brought us some pizza and a flower vase with a red rose in it and said you kids enjoy.  We put coins in the juke box to play songs and danced to a few fun songs and a slow dance.  We laughed and I felt better at not having to spend Valentine’s Day alone.  My friend “Jake” turned one of the most romantic days of the year in to a friend date that I would remember and treasure forever.

“Jake” and I were friends so there was never any sparks there.  A few years later he met a wonderful girl and got married right after college.  As for the guy that stood me up, I found out that he had met someone else when he moved away and he started dating her at the same time as me and well the rest is history.

So on this Valentine’s Day, do not feel alone if you do not have a special someone to be with.  Make it a girlfriend’s night out, or pamper yourself with a massage, pedicure, facial or a good book to read and celebrate you.  Love yourself!

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