I feel like there are two types of people when it comes to Valentines Day. People who love it and people who hate it. 

Actually, wait, nevermind. I apologize, It's a little more complicated than that.

Let me clarify. I mean that when it comes to people who are in relationships, there are two types of people: those who love Valentines Day and those who hate it. 

You know, I totally get the grumblings of those Anti-Valentines Day peeps. It's a Hallmark holiday where the price of flowers and chocolates  is jacked right up... and there is pressure to spend money just to tell the person you love JUST how much you love them. 

Grumblings of those Anti-Valentines day folks include the argument that they don't need to "bend over" just to show the person they love that they care... especially if they show them that they love them every other day of the year. 

I get it. I agree. You shouldn't have to spend money just to show some love... BUT I still think you should celebrate anyways!!

Even if you don't go the traditional route of "bending over" for flowers, chocolates and a romantic dinner on the town... as busy parents I think we should take any opportunity we get to tell the ones we love, just how much we dig them! 

Heck, write a little LOVE letter, plan a nice dinner at home, curl up in bed and watch a movie, carve out some time to just get it on... just do something!! 

You're probably getting sick of me saying that when you're relationship is at it's best, you're better parents, step-parents and just all around happier people... But it is the TRUTH ...As busy parents we should be take ANY opportunity we can to model a loving relationships!

(This is especially true when there is a second marriage involved, because well, as we know the children's perception of a "happily ever after" is mostly likely a little tainted!)

This year my husband and I aren't doing anything over-the-top... just a nice dinner out!! Well, maybe not... we don't have the hockey schedule for the kids yet so Valentines Days celebrations may be pushed to the following day, but either way we are taking the opportunity to have a date night! 

It's like I said above, it doesn't need to fit the stereotypical Valentines Day celebration! It doesn't need to cost a fortune. It doesn't need to be "Pinterest Perfect", it doesn't need to include expensive jewelry (however honey, if you are reading this I am not completely opposed to that idea). just show a little extra love to your lover, because well... why the heck not?! 

I'm curious, what are you up to this Valentines Day? Are you a lover or a hater of this Hallmark Holiday? Let me know in the comments below! I just LOVE hearing from you! 

x Jamie