I love Valentine's Day, even ones when I didn't have a boyfriend. My mom used to have paper doily hearts, pretty paper and we would find things around the house to make beautiful valentines for friends and grandparents.

    And I think a little pink softens a house. This week my husband brought me a bunch of tiny, pink roses that I put in a crystal looking vase for the kitchen table.


    My eight year old daughter is hosting her annual Valentine's Tea on Friday.The girls come wearing dressing. My daughter and I will be making special chocolates this year for the guests.

    The table will be set with pretty dishes, dainty tea cups and red napkins. We will have rasberry tea, or juice depending on what the kids want. Food (cupcakes, cookies and valentine message hearts) will be served on lovely platters.

    After tea, they will go to the craft table. We have lots of materials out for making valentines. This year my daughter also wanted to have the girls make valentine's wreaths.

    Before they go home they can decorate paper lunch bags to put their valentines into.

    Valentine Countdown

    To get you ready for the big day, here is a checklist for every day.

    Feb. 1 Write a love note to your honey, detailing what you love about him or her.
    Make your bedroom romantic by getting things out of the room that have nothing to do with getting dressed, loving or sleeping.

    Feb. 2 Light candles around the house for candlemas day.
    Decide if you want to spend valentine's day with friends, significant other or family.

    Feb. 3 Rent a sappy movie for your self to get in the mood or shop for some sexy outfit for valentine's day with or without friends.
    Try your hand at a love poem.
    Put on a Valentine Screen Savor

    Feb. 4 Do three nice things for your significant other today.
    Plan where to spend valentine's and make reservations or start picking up the house.

    Feb. 5 Have a nice long talk with your honey, even if it is only on the phone.
    If you are having dinner at home, decide on the menu. If not, think of a fun way to get to your destination.

    Feb. 6 Find some romantic music to play at home or in the car for the big day. Start listening to it now.
    If you have snow, freeze some snowballs for some fun this summer.

    Feb. 7 Compliment your love at least three times today.
    Get your haircut and/or a Makeover.
    Take an Exceptional Marriage Quiz

    Feb. 8 Get some extra exercise in today; try some yoga moves.
    Give yourself a facial- steam your face, wash, exfoliate, put on a mask, rinse off, then apply moisturizer.

    Feb. 9 Set out candles and massage oil for an early romantic time.
    Order flowers.

    Feb. 10 Do a random act of kindness for your sweetie and don't get found out.
    Buy a present and make a card.

    Feb. 11 Reread some old love letters and go through some pictures of the two of you.
    Figure out or confirm any details of what you are going to be doing for Valentine's Day.

    Feb. 12 Make fudge.
    Give yourself or go out for a manicure and pedicure.

    Feb. 13 Pick up a movie, flowers, and anything else you need for tommorow.
    Take a nice, long bath. Defuzz, exfoliate your skin, and slather on some heavenly smelling lotion.

    Feb. 14 Make sure house is clean in morning, including clean sheets.
    Send a virtual valentine.
    Enjoy your day!

    Wonderful Valentine's Pages

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    Red Hot Valentine's Day Guide from IVillage.com

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    Heather's Holidaze

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    Cool Clips Clipart

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    Clip Art Desktop Publishing.com

    From About.Com

    Valentine Crafts

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    For more romantic inspiration visit my Love Page

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