Ahhh, Valentine’s Day, the day to celebrate your love for another person, be it in secret through a cryptically worded card, an overblown expression of love in the form of giant teddy bears, roses and balloons, or a quiet and romantic dinner for two at your favorite restaurant. For us this Valentine’s day will be spent at home (as it has been since the kiddies were born), but we will make the effort, because, why not?
I always find February to be the dullest month of the year (even duller than January!) and Valentine’s helps to break it up a bit. I know that Valentine’s Day now is basically a marketers dream, and several years ago I probably would have laughed at anyone suggesting they celebrated Valentine’s Day. But then I made the decision to stop being such a cynic and to embrace, and enjoy, many of the things I would have previously looked at with disdain – and you know what? I’m glad I did, because I discovered that deep down I am a hopeless romantic, and now I don’t care who knows it!
R will be doing the cooking this Valentine’s, as he normally does, and it’s always a real treat to sit down to eat whatever he has prepared – last year it was duck, and this year he has decided to go with a Moroccan theme – I can’t wait! I will spend time the week before finding just the right wine to go with each course, and on the day, make the dining room look nice (ie – hiding the Duplo, wooden train track and any other plastic tat that might be lying around).
I will also make the effort to make myself look nice (not something that comes altogether naturally to me – I’m turning 40 at the start of March and I still haven’t quite figured out how to apply eye liner properly!) Even though we are not heading out to a fancy restaurant I don’t intend to spend the evening wearing my Pj’s, which has become my standard weekend uniform this winter. I think this year I am going to embrace the love full on, and incorporate some hearts into my outfit. I may wear a dress or I may opt for some nice jeans and a blouse or jumper. I haven’t quite decided yet, but I have had fun doing a little bit of online window shopping! Here are some of my favourite heart based picks.