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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Why Do I love You?

Did you ever ask yourself, why do I love my significant other?  Why do I tolerate football games on Sundays, the remote being lost, the different ways that your significant other handles the kids vs. how you do?  Is it love? Is it being complacent? Is it because there is no one else out there?  Deep down when you think about the reasons that you fell in love, those reasons are all there.  Love is messy and not the way you see it on Hallmark movies.  I love my Hallmark movies and never miss a chance to watch them. As a matter of fact, I have not missed any of the Valentine’s Day movies they have been showing over the last 2 weeks. So today on the eve of Valentine’s Day, I think about all of that and I ask myself, “why do I love Marcus so much?”
When Marcus and I met,  he left a whole world behind in NJ to be with my two children and me.  He did not look back to see what he left behind. A few years later, we had a baby that was born at 27 weeks.  I became very sick with  stroke level blood pressure and almost lost my life. After the baby was born 13 weeks early, he took care of me  and made sure that I got to the hospital for 5 months while our baby hung on for his life. When the baby came home, he left his job to take care of the him full-time because of all the medical challenges that he had. It has been 7 years since our baby was born and thanks to him, our son has had a fighting chance of recovery as he received care from therapists at home and good medical care.
When he is not taking care of the baby,  he is taking care of our dog Daisy and my parents.  He nursed our family dog Rusty until his last breath,  When he could not walk, he would pick him up and take him outside, bathe him, brush him and hand feed him.  When my older kids need something, they call on him and he is always there with a smile on his face to lend a helping hand. There are not any words to express what he does for us all. In between all of this, he manages my author contracts, our wedding business 27 Miracles, and our charity The Gift of Life. He is now my manager as well for Mrs. Windermere.  Inbetween all of this, he goes out and marries couples . Happy Valentine’s Day to my angel and funny Valentine Marcus, God gave me a Winner!!!!”
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The Day is Almost Here What Do You Have Planned

Do you remember your first date? Do you have a favorite song that you and your significant other enjoy listening to? Incorporate these concepts into the day such as having a date at the same location you had your first date. Those first date memories will come back, and you can ponder on why you fell in love. Adding little touches unique to your relationship will make the day more romantic.

This was not our first date, but it was a place that we considered important in our life as our love romance was very serendipitous!

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Wedding Day Proposals By Women

Every four years on February 29  is  known as leap year.  The last one we had was on 2/29/16, so that means the next one is on 2/29/20.  It is also the day when you were in school that they would have Sadi Hawkins day .  See some of the traditions as written by columnist Bob Driver for the Clearwater Sun  ad how he describes it.  Click the link for the full article.

In olden days, Feb. 29 was also celebrated as Sadie Hawkins Day, the time when girls were permitted to ask the boys of their choice for a date or whatever else the girl might have in mind.

Sadie Hawkins was the invention of Al Capp, a brilliant cartoonist who for 40 years or so drew the comic strip Li’l Abner. In the strip, Sadie was the homeliest girl in Dogpatch. She never had a date or a boy friend. Finally, as she reached the desperate age of 35, her father decreed that on a given date every spinster in Dogpatch would be entitled to pursue any unmarried male of her choice. If by sundown she could drag him across the finish line, the man had to marry her.

Capp invented Sadie Hawkins in 1937, as one more colorful character in the Li’l Abner cast. By the early 1940s the idea of an annual Sadie Hawkins Day had swept the nation. Each February, hundreds of colleges and high schools held Sadie Hawkins dances and carnivals. At one point an estimated 40,000 events took place. A related tradition sprang up which decreed that every four years – on Feb. 29 – women were free to propose marriage to their sweeties. I’m not sure anyone knows how many weddings were generated by this Leap Year custom.

Read about some Leap Year Traditions below.  Click on the link to read the full article:

Leap Day Traditions

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I do! Traditionally, women take the ring into their own hands and propose on Leap Day.

’Leap Day’ is February 29, which is an extra (intercalary) day added during a Leap Year, making the year 366 days long – and not 365 days, like a common (normal) year. Nearly every 4 years is a Leap Year in our modern Gregorian Calendar.

Ever since Leap Years were first introduced over 2000 years ago with the transition from the Roman Calendar to the Julian Calendar in 45 BCE (Before Common Era), Leap Day has been associated with age-old Leap Day traditions and folklore.

What is a Leap Year and when is the next one?

When and what is Leap Day?

Women propose to their men

According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Bridget struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every 4 years. This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

In some places, Leap Day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.

So although this is not a Leap year, it is the season of love and no matter what you decide to do this year for Valentine’s Day, make it a fun one!

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Romantic Weekend Getaway

As we approach Valentine’s Day weekend some couples want to plan a romantic getaway locally and some have a few more days that they can get away to a beach or ski resort.  Whichever you do,  plan on lots of romance and making it just about the two of you.

I remember my Valentine’s Day weekend last year.  Funny enough we had always wanted to go see the smoky mountains but due to our busy schedules with school, work, business and an active family life, we could never just get it on the schedule.  By the time we planned to do something, everything was booked or very expensive since it was Valentine’s Day weekend. We decided to go to Mount Dora and find a bed and breakfast on a Saturday afternoon to stay at and just make it a relaxing weekend.  The weather was beautiful for Florida,  a nice Florida winter.  We stopped at the famous Yalaha Bakery for lunch and ate on their outside picnic tables.  It was great to be outdoors enjoying the Florida crisp air and talking with my Valentine.

As we were eating we could not help but reminisce about not going to the mountains. Marcus, my husband and Valentine, said, “you know what,  let’s just get in the car and drive North until we get tired and then we will stay in a hotel and go exploring in Georgia.”   I said,  “are you crazy, it’s 4pm.” But the excitement of the unknown with my Valentine, set the mood and  so off we went!!!

We talked as we drove out the interstate to Georgia.  We had the best conversations and left business talk at home.  We stopped a few hours later at a Marriott in Macon Georgia and when we arrived, we dropped our overnight bags and went to the hotel restaurant. We had our favorite gourmet pizza, Marguerita pizza and enjoyed more laughter.  Later on, we walked around the hotel and enjoyed some coffee while we thought about the drastic temperature change ( it was 25 degrees, definitely not the 60 we left in Florida!)

The next morning, Valentine’s Day, we woke up, had a hearty breakfast and checked out to go start our day exploring.  We drove out to see mountains and stopped at a few antique shops and enjoyed each other’s company as we strolled on the cold streets of Georgia.  We had lunch (indoors of course) at a cute little cafe and continued our exploration of the Georgia mountains.  We went on the winding curves of Blood Mountain and just enjoyed the cold, but breath-taking views.

At the end of the day we had to head back home as we both had to be at work the next day.  We drove what seemed like all night (we had drifted 3 hours beyond Macon, so that added time to our trip). But on the way home with a coffee stop and dinner stop, we talked about our lives together and what we have accomplished.  We also talked about how much we enjoyed being with each other.

The trip to many may seem crazy because it was so unplanned and most that know me, know as a wedding and event planner I have everything planned to the last minute.  But what was great was just that , the spontaneous last minute trip.  It made us feel relaxed, because we did not have an agenda to be anywhere or see anyone at any special time.

Enjoy the rest of our pictures from our Georgia adventure!


So the next time you get an idea to do something different and unplanned, go for it, you will find those are going to be your most treasured moments!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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