Helpful tips on celebrating Valentine’s Day every day of the year

Celebrate Love & Valentine's Day Everyday With These Tips

It’s easy to be romantic and thoughtful on Valentine’s Day but we all know that it’s more important to carry out the spirit of love throughout the year. Coming up with fun and creative ways of telling your partners and children that you care about them may need some planning, but it’s crucial in building a lasting and meaningful relationship.

Ellen Reynolds, a fundraising executive at a top New York university, says sharing quality time with your family every day is just as important as exchanging gifts on Valentine’s Day.

The joys of sharing a meal

Reynolds says one of the most important things you can do for your family is making sure you have dinner together. “In this day and age, when we are all asked to work beyond the regular office hours, it’s really crucial to make sure we find time to have dinner together every night,” she offers. “I know it can be difficult to get everyone together at the same time but that’s the number-one rule in my family. We talk about our day and share our thoughts.” You could also make your loved one breakfast in bed. Check out easy breakfast in bed recipes here.

Daily Words and Gestures

Sometimes, it’s easy to take your loved ones for granted. That’s why it’s always a good idea to tell your partner and children how much you care about them on a regular basis. “I tell them every day,” says Reynolds. “It may sound corny, but I don’t think a day has gone by that I haven’t told my husband and son that I love them before they go to sleep.” She says a bedtime kiss, a hug before leaving for work, or simply holding hands while walking are wonderful ways to reaffirm your love.


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Meaningful Actions

You should never underestimate the romantic powers of a well-packed lunch. Reynolds says despite having a very demanding career, she still manages to make lunch for her husband and her son. Some days, she also includes a sweet note with the meal. “My husband’s friends are always surprised when they find out that I make his lunch, but the truth is that I really love doing this for my family,” she notes. “It’s one of the few things I can do for them every day.” Reynolds says one of her artistic friends actually draws a little cartoon with magic markers on her son’s paper lunch bag. “It’s nothing elaborate, just a cute drawing or a favourite comicbook character, but it really carries a loving message.”

The Art of the Thoughtful Gift

On occasion, you need to let your spouse or kids know that you have been paying close attention to what’s important to them. “When you’re the mother of a teenage boy who really loves music, you need to remember that his favorite band’s concert tickets go on sale at a certain time during the day, even though you have thousands of things to do at work,” says Reynolds. “You will buy every reissue of every Beatles album the day they go on sale because your husband is a die-hard fan without even thinking twice about it.” On your day off, indulge them in all their favourite activities, simply serve them breakfast in bed, or offer a nice massage after a stressful day at work.

As Reynolds puts it, “Life is very precious, and I think you should be mindful of the love that you have in your life each and every day,” she concludes. “With these daily gestures, simple gifts and spoken words, you let the people around you know that you love and care for them deeply, because today is really all we know we have for sure.”

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