POSTS WITH TAG: valentine's day

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    Remember when you and your valentine were all sexy and romantic? V-day generated excitement and anticipation. It took planning and forethought.

    I remember not passing gas for like, the entire first year to keep the love alive. I think I spent the last 6 months of that year permanently hunched over in pain. What, you didn’t think I was gonna go there? Oh, but I did.

    Before we had kids, my husband would send flowers and take me to incredible restaurants. You know, those fancy ones that require reservations to be made more than 7 minutes in advance?

    After having kids, I've received the BEST handmade cards ever and heard the sweetest sweet nothings from my adorable little imps, but marriage wise, romantic holidays have lost something that I can’t quite put my finger on. Oh right, ROMANCE.

    Yes, V-Day has changed, which is why I made a marriage edition of candy sweethearts, and this: a comparative look at how it was before kids vs. after... 

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    I've had some awkward V-Day Moments, from my daughter, then 5 years old, trying to soap opera kiss me to my husband trying to stuff himself and champagne into our undersized NYC bathtub in our undersized NYC apartment to my Ry telling me I make her want to "puke of love."

    That said, I've decided this year will not be awkward. No, we will all be realistic in our planning and our phrasing.

    I picked up a pack of those V-Day Sweetheart candies. You know, those chalky conversation hearts that are supposed to represent the sweet nothings you would whisper in your lover's ear (like, I LOVE U, B MINE, KISS ME ...). And I thought, This is anything but realistic phrasing.

    Which is why I give you this list: Phrases that should be etched on those cute little hearts, after a few years of marriage ...

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    Ugh. Valentine's Day. The older I get, the more I loathe the whole idea of it. Want to know why? Because while there are people who are all giddy and happy spending that day with the one they love, plenty of others wind up feeling alone, lost -- and with their feelings really hurt.

    Especially kids. I know it's kind of a big tradition to have a party at school and pass out Valentine cards to all their friends, but doing so totally has the potential to backfire and make certain children feel upset and pretty craptastic.

    Let me explain.

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    As if we ladies need another reason to eat chocolate, thank the heavens that Valentine's Day is on the horizon. Heck, even if you're not a fan of all of the mushy gushy things that go along with the Hallmark holiday -- at least you will blend in while gobbling down baked goods come Friday, February 14

    Mmmm, baked goods. Double chocolate cupcakes, chocolate-covered pretzels, heart-shaped cakes and ice cream sandwiches: the amount of heart-tastic treats you can overindulge in this Valentine's Day is endless. Whether you're looking to drown your dateless sorrows with the help of your KitchenAid stand mixer or are hoping to whip up something sweet for your sweetie, check out our roundup of 10 decadent chocolatey recipes perfect for Valentine's Day, here:

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    It's Valentines week, chocolate lovers. And you know what that means? Y'all are Googling "how to make chocolate-covered strawberries" right about now. Well, you've come to the right place! We know how to do that, and we will show you how with pictures and everything. You may want to check out this Valentine's Day chocolate-covered strawberries recipe and these 9 Secrets to Perfect Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. Obsessed? You think we're obsessed with chocolate-covered strawberries? Why would you say that??? (Slinks away wiping berry juice and melted chocolate off mouth.) Seriously, though, we hope you find this tutorial as helpful as we found it delicious!

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    There's another side to Valentine's Day that some of us forget when we're shopping for racy red lingerie: it can be a sweetly innocent day when we celebrate our love for our children, moms, dads, and good friends. These gorgeous Strawberry Milk Whoopie Pies make us feel like kids again -- there's something so wholesome about them. While whipping these up, you'll feel like you're making V-Day cards out of construction paper and crayons again.

    And everyone in your life -- from your smallest tot to the lover who will also appreciate your lingerie -- will feel the love when you present these little beauties to them. 

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    What could possibly be sweeter than this? Cherry chocolate cups are perfect for your Valentines, big and small. They hit all the important notes: Pink, sweet, chocolate, and small enough to hold in your hand. And they're simpler to make than they look, too! You make your own little chocolate cups and fill with a deliciously sweetened cherry and cream cheese filling. What a treat!

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    You don't have to be all paired up on February 14 to enjoy Valentine's Day to the fullest. Sure, it's a holiday typically reserved for love birds. But if you're a foodie, it can be more than that! Valentine's Day can be a great opportunity to celebrate loads of great delicious treats that go so well together, it's clear that they are meant to be. You know, like peanut butter and jelly, or cream cheese and a bagel, maybe even Goobers and popcorn! No? I guess maybe that's just me.

    If you're a single foodie, it can be hard to find greeting cards to send to your friends and family that don't send mixed signals. There's only so many cards with fat, naked, winged babies you can give folks before they start serving you up major side-eye. That's why this list of cards featuring great options for foodies in the Valentine-giving state of mind is so perfect. All of the fun and personality with none of the treacle (mmmm treacle) or cliches! 

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    How was your Valentine's Day? Did your sweetheart give you a box of chocolates? Did you enjoy some sweet bon bons, maybe a candy heart or two, perhaps a heart-shaped frosted cookie? I hope you enjoyed it, whatever you got. Because some women were not so fortunate.

    Jimmy Kimmel (that jerk!) decided to ruin Valentine's Day for several couples. He challenged his viewers to give their girlfriends "something they would hate" for Valentine's Day, video record it, and send it on over to the show for posterity. I'll never look at a box of chocolates the same way again.

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    As it turns out, Valentine's Day isn't just for cynics and over-the-top types who overshare on Facebook. There are others who seem to think of the holiday as a perfect opportunity to spread the love. Like an unidentified elderly couple from Pittsburgh who took it upon themselves to treat two young college students on a date to a $250 dinner at an upscale restaurant last Thursday.

    The couple apparently footed the bill for Reddit user gnomiegnomie, who was dining at a nearby table at Pittsburgh's Eleven restaurant. The gift was revealed in a note.

    Check it out ...

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