It’s Day 23 of being back to blogging, and in preparing to celebrate Valentines Day with my hubby, I’m reminded it’s little gifts given with great love that are often the biggest blessing. Back when I was newly in love with my preppy husband, I went on an elaborate shopping spree and purchased several updated classic argyle sweaters for him. At the time, his reaction –– appreciation for the thought but NOT the gift –– surprised and hurt me. But that was before I understood he didn’t wan’t his classic clothing and or any other aspect of his appearance updated. Over time I learned he doesn’t wear cologne, hates jewelry and doesn’t enjoy my taste in art, books or music. What he does value is quality time spent, heartfelt messages and favorite fat free foods! Armed with this knowledge, I skipped Zumba for an early date night (so we could beat tomorrow’s crowds), added a hand written note and symbol of our love story to a faith based card, and gifted him with fat free Fig Newtons. Sounds pretty simple but he was blessed by these little gifts given with great love.
It isn’t necessary to break the bank to make Valentines Day special. Instead, with a little effort, thought and time, the holiday can be one that reflects the things that are meaningful to your relationship. When this happens, there’s a magical opportunity to create a lasting romantic memory –– which I consider priceless. Based on our sweet time together this evening, I believe my hubby agrees. Though there were no extravagant gifts or grand gestures, there was lots of laughter and lobster dinner! We enjoyed these little gifts given with love. Another thing there’s lots of.
It’s Day 252 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and though I had an uber productive work day, and then Zumba, I switched gears afterward to prepare for Valentine’s Day tomorrow because I heart my hubby! When I was in school for my Masters in Leadership and Coaching, one of the things that excited me most was learning how to build a coaching toolkit. Putting that knowledge into practice today in order to customize coaching tools to fit Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, my holistic coaching agency, was such an enjoyable task that the day flew by. Before I knew it, it was time to put work away, go dance, and then shop for a few items that will show my sweet husband how much I heart him!
Pink Collar Valentine’s Day Planning – You don’t have to break the bank to get bang for your buck. All of these items and others can be found at your local grocer. Add a shopper’s discount card and you may have $ left over for a romantic dinner date! Hope you’re inspired!
A Meaningful Message
Faith is the foundation of our relationship, so I appreciate the fact that Hallmark and Dayspring offer a small selection of faith-based/Christian cards. This evening I found one with all the elements I look for: A hint of pink amidst the red (a pink envelope is a bonus!), a message that captures the essence of our life together, including the ups and downs, and gratitude that God blessed me with the one my heart adores. Tonight’s find even has a touch of humor. It features two squirrels in love, which is appropriate because my handy hubby works diligently to keep the ones that inhabit our yard (the woods basically), from eating the grass on the side of the house. Every year after he lays new sod, we watch from our kitchen window as they make short work of his hard work!
A Tasty Treat or Two
Food and drink are usually part of my husband’s gift. Because he’s very health conscious, I try to avoid giving him something super sweet and was pleased to find fruit juice/veggie drinks in red and pink that he’ll enjoy. All the pleasure, none of the guilt! Well, a little guilt because I got him a cake pop – pink of course!
Setting the Mood
Finally, creating a romantic atmosphere with decor is one of my fave parts of the holiday, so a pink glitter “LOVE” sign – set amongst the brie cheese of all places – was a serendipitous find! Apparently Kroger, our local grocery store, likes creating atmosphere too because many of the wedges wore glittery hearts…Then again, perhaps the marketers just know the way to our hearts is through our tummies – with yummy cheese!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose woman for whom God blessed the broken road, I’m truly thankful to have someone special this holiday. That said, I never want to forget those who don’t. My prayer for you is that you will experience the love of friends and family in a way that it seems God is giving you a hug with skin on it. And for those of you who are in a romantic relationship, I pray you don’t take it for granted, especially because of longevity. You never know if this Valentine’s Day will be your last..That’s why I want my hubby to know how very much I heart him!
I won’t be blogging tomorrow so I can spend the evening with my sweetheart. So, on Valentine’s Day, and always, I hope you are Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and fully comprehend this this: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13, NIV). Jesus did that – because He hearts you!