Valentine Blog Hop

The Most Important Part of Valentine’s Day

 

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I’ve been with the hubs for a long time. We’ve had our ups and downs, but I’ve been lucky to snag a man who is a gentlemen, and can stir some romance. Therefore, although I enjoy the fun of Valentine’s Day to show those we love just how important they are, I think that should happen all year long.

Therefore, when we had two beautiful girls fifteen years ago, I told my husband that he had a new role to play, one that was very important in shaping the minds and expectations of two little girls. He was, and will always be, their first valentine.

Her First Valentine

In some ways I think Elementary School has it right. The kids decorate a special box and then receive valentine’s from all the kids and often a treat with the cute card. Thus depicting Valentine’s Day as a day to be especially nice to one another, and share treats and smiles.

As kids get older, the day becomes more about select friends, and —shudder—boyfriends, long before a young heart can truly comprehend the complexity of love. 

Because Every Girl Deserves a Prince

My girls will always have Prince Charming—their Dad. He always gets flowers, chocolate or another little gift for the girls on this special day.

I’ve always believed relationships are pushed too quickly onto young hearts, long before they’ve found their own confidence and learned to love themselves. (I wrote this post about the importance of having confidence & learning to love yourself.)

Easy Valentine Gift & Date Ideas

If you’re looking for fun, or sexy ideas for your valentine, check out the Pinterest board I’ve created just for that! (Right here.) I made the man bouquet a few years ago with a few tweaks of my own. 

This board also features the Candy Heart Romances by The Wild Rose Press. If you’re looking for short, sweet reads to get you in the mood for love. (Including my story, Forget Me Not) saleThey’re on sale now until Valentine’s Day at The Wild Rose Press. 

 

A Super-Easy Romantic Treat for your Valentine

Do you want something that’s super easy, with only a few ingredients, and is loved by just about everyone? Well, I’ve got my go-to solution for a delicious desert that takes absolutely no time to throw together but makes you look like a superstar.

Because who can say no to melted chocolate

Chocolate Fondue

  • 2  11 1/2  oz bags of Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Optional: 1/4 tsp mint extract or 1-2 T creme de menthe

Melt together. Wham-Bam- heavenly melted Chocolate Madame! 

I have an old-school fondue pot, but I think you can make do with a saucepan if you plan to gobble it up. 

Dippers: 

Use forks, fondue fork or drizzle over individual servings 

Pound Cake, Angel Food Cake, Strawberries, Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, apples, cookies—just about anything goes! 

What Do You Think is the Most Important—or Your Favorite—Thing About Valentine’s Day? 

Comment below for your chance to win a copy of one of my ebooks. One comment will be chosen randomly by Thursday, February 16th. 

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17 thoughts on “The Most Important Part of Valentine’s Day

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  2. Judith Sterling

    For me and my husband, Valentine’s Day is usually just another day. But we show and voice our love for each other every single day. I love that your husband is your daughters’ valentine. So special. We have twin boys, so they’re not as into it as girls might be. Still, we always give them cards and chocolate on Valentine’s Day, just to reiterate our love for them.

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    1. Maureen L. Bonatch Post author

      Judith- congratulations! You are the winner of your choice of one of my ebooks! Thank you for participating in the Valentine’s Day Hop!

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  3. Elizabeth Alsobrooks

    Love the chocolate fondue recipe! I actually have a chocolate fountain we bought when we got married. Imagine being married to a man who is more a chocoholic than me?! That in itself is romantic. This house ALWAYS has a bit of chocolate stashed and you can bet my Valentine’s chocolate box will be HUGE to accomodate two chocolate lovers! LOL!

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    1. Maureen L. Bonatch Post author

      That will need to be a big box, Elizabeth. One of my daughters inherited my chocolate sweet tooth big time- she even goes hard core- dark chocolate! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Diane Burton

    Like you & your Hubs, mine & I have been together a long time. 44 years and counting. We’ve had great times and some not so great. Through it all, we hung onto each other and got through it. Valentine’s Day might be just another day to some. I usually make his fav meal and he brings me flowers. So sweet. A week later is his birthday so we do something different each year. I’m glad we found each other.

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  5. Marissa Garner

    If a couple has to wait until Valentine’s Day to express their love or recognize how important their significant other is, then I’d be worried. As you and others have said, we express our love daily. It may not be with flowers and candy, but it’s sincere. Your hubs sounds like a great guy. Good catch!

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    1. Maureen L. Bonatch Post author

      Thanks Marissa- and agreed- never wait for one special day to express your love. Every day is special.

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  6. Marilyn Albert

    Great story and never thought about how correct you are that elementary school has it right! Well, yes every day should be Valentine’s Day, and you should celebrate love, Valentine’s Day is a sweet reminder to make sure you do it! Too often life gets in the way and we forget. It doesn’t have to be pricey or fancy, sometimes it’s the simplest things that mean the most. I sent in kisses for my son to share with the boys at his lunch table. ( secretly I was hoping he would do this and not save them to pass out to girls- I agree relationships are pushed way to early in teens when they don’t know themselves) he came home from school to tell me I shared them,telling the guys at the high school lunch table-here these are from my mom in case your mom doesn’t love you. While a typical teenage boy response to his buddies to me it meant he certainly knew he was loved by me,his mom and was letting them all know that! Best present and it didn’t cost a thing! Of course I will take the dozen red roses from my husband anytime and I loved the ones he got me this year, but my son’s sentiment was just as great! Of course I told him he shouldn’t have said it that way but I was beaming inside with pride from ear to ear- lol. Thanks for the recipe what a great way for me to use up those leftover choc. Chips from the Xmas cookies I never made.

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    1. Maureen L. Bonatch Post author

      Marilyn, thank you so much for visiting! How sweet! It’s often the littlest things that mean so much. I bet those boys appreciated it 🙂

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