default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

The Heart Wants What It Wants -- On Valentine's Day

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 1:32 am, Wed Jan 15, 2014.

(NewsUSA) - With the wrapping paper and bows barely put away, stores across the country are already prepping for the next major event -- Valentine's Day.

Whether loathed by the lonely hearted or embraced by hopeful romantics, Feb. 14 can elicit everything from anxiety to optimism. And why not? It is the one day a year that expectations are high, and hope is in the air.

Unfortunately, men can be poor planners when it comes to this special day, and trying to please one half of a couple without breaking the bank can also be a struggle. Which is why, say experts, the most romantic day of the year tends to be anything but.

"The majority of men act like robots, purchasing flowers and chocolate for their sweethearts because that's what everyone else is doing," says Michael Webb, a relationship author. "Many people celebrate the day out of obligation rather than celebration."

But it doesn't have to be that way. Check out the following ideas to help jog the most uncreative mind to new heights:

* Consider the alternatives. Dinner reservations on Valentine's Day (which happens to be on a Friday this year) require (sometimes) planning months ahead of time. If you haven't already done so, a breakfast or brunch instead can be just as lovely. Besides being more inexpensive than dinner, it also allows for a full day of Valentine's activities (planning still required).

* Attend to the little things. It's been said that the devil is in the details, and never is this more true than on the most romantic day of the year. So, whether you're fine dining or having an intimate dinner for two at home, candles, soft music and incense can create a memorable ambiance not to be soon forgotten on this day of dates.

* Make a romantic gesture. Romance doesn't have to break the bank. A few special truffles to be enjoyed with a bottle of wine are far more inexpensive (and appreciated) than a large box of chocolates. Or rejuvenate your youthful spirits by going to your neighborhood park and playing on the swings and slides. Oh, and be sure to put the same effort into the evening to make it just as romantic.

For everything you need for a romantic evening this Valentine's Day, check out www.adamandeve.com. For a limited time only, you can use the discount code HEART2 and get 50 percent off one item, free shipping and a free gift.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.


Should graduations return to the Grape Bowl?

Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

Total Votes: 214


Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists