10 Ways & Reasons to Sneak Affection Into a Busy Life

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10 Ways & Reasons to Sneak Affection Into a Busy Life

The other day, a friend I were having a great girls’ night out dinner at a fabulous Italian place. It’s a popular place for date night. Sure enough, most of the tables were occupied by couples. However, we were struck by the glaring absence of something particular – affection. Many of the couples walked in side-by-side, usually with both partners’ hands just hanging straight down against their sides or with the man’s hands stuck in his pockets while the lady’s were occupied with a purse and phone. The whole night, we saw only a handful out of the dozens of couples we saw holding hands. There was a lot of individual scrolling through phones, with little interaction as they waited for a table or awaited their orders.

What happened to affection? Those sweet touches and brushes against each other that flood you with soothing and mood-boosting hormones and make you feel closer to your loved one – incorporate affection into your day. We all get busy with waking up, getting the kids ready for school, working, supervising extracurricular activities, cooking meals, doing laundry, cleaning the house, running errands, and putting the kids to bed. A busy life can seem like it leaves little to no time and creates too much stress for someone to just sit down and have a relaxing cuddle session.
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10 Ways to Brighten Your Partner’s Morning

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10 Ways to Brighten Your Partner's Morning!

1. Kiss them awake

The gentle sensation of soft lips pressing against your sleepy neck and trailing down your shoulder, the warm feeling of your partner’s mouth embracing yours. Comfort, closeness, and care in the form of kisses to ease a sleepy partner awake. No jarring alarms to begin the day with a twinge of annoyance. Start the day instead by stirring your sweetie to consciousness tenderly and lovingly, letting them wake up slowly to a feast of attention, affection, and love.

2. Tuck them in again

Many of us have the sorry situation of needing to wake up earlier than our partners – the groggy, unwilling lift of the comforter and the cold march to the shower. Meanwhile, our partners may or may not wake up when we get out of bed, sleepily blink a “good morning” to us, and spend a lucky extra hour back in dreamland. For those of us that need to wake up earlier than our sleeping beauties, give them a dose of affection when you wake up. Before you go shower, take some time to make them more comfortable – make their extra hour of sleep even more enjoyable. Wrap the blankets around them and cover the ankle that crept outside the comforter while they slept. Stroke their cheek and fluff their pillow. Make a blanket burrito out of them if they enjoy being wrapped up in warm, cozy blankets. It’ll warm up both of you emotionally and give you something to feel good about as you start your early day.
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12 Meaningful Thoughts to Express to Your Valentine

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12 Meaningful Things to Express to Your Valentine!

1. “I’ve become a better person because of you.”

It is a deeply moving thing to hear – you meant so much to them and were such a positive influence that you pushed them to become a better person. They wanted to become a better person for you, and they became a better person because they met you. You gave their life new meaning and purpose. When they hear these words, they’ll have a sense of responsibility for loving you that gets validated and a feeling of humble honor as they think about all the ways you’ve improved their lives, too.

2. “I have never loved you more and I will never love you less than I do in today.”

This is a classic love quote, but take a moment to really consider what it signifies. My love for you grows each day. I love you more than yesterday, but less than I will love you tomorrow. Every day, I fall more and more in love with you. It lets them know that every day, they make you happier and happier and you find new things about them that make you love them even more. The more time you spend together, the more reasons you find to be grateful for having them as your partner. Your love deepens as time go by.

3. “The moment that I realized I loved you was when….”

You know you love each other, and you know that you fell in love somewhere along the way. Take some time to tell your sweetie when it was that you realized that you fell in love. It doesn’t have to a specific moment – for many people, it was a sudden realization one day that it had already happened. Tell them about that day. If there was a specific moment, your partner will feel touched to hear it and you’ll both reflect fondly to the beginning of your love.
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12 Ways to Add Spice to Your Relationship This Valentine’s Day

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12 Ways to Add Spice to Your Relationship This Valentine's Day

1. Trip to the lingerie store

Ladies, it’s time to treat yourself and your man. The silky satins and the luxurious laces that make you feel beautiful have the benefit of making your lover very aware of what a goddess he is with. Treat yourself to an indulgent little shopping spree at your favorite lingerie shop. On Valentine’s Day, perhaps before you go out for dinner, treat your man to a spectacular one-woman fashion show. Throw on the heels you feel most confident in and sit your fella down on the bed. Put on some sexy diva music to get you feeling like a vixen. Watch his jaw drop as you keep emerging from the closet or bathroom in a scandalous negligee that highlights your elegant décolletage or a matching set that emphasizes your ample curves. On second thought, maybe you should postpone this show until after dinner – otherwise, you might miss your reservation.

2. Make like teenagers and go make out

It’s time to throw it back to the days of yore. The hormonal teenage days of frenzied kisses before your dad opened the door, the eager nights of scouting for a dark parking lot in which you’d release your adolescent amorousness – oh, the memories of being young and in lust. Drive around. Be sixteen again and look for a parking spot that’s dark and discreet enough for you to go fool around in the backseat. As adults, we tend to go on autopilot and get right down to the entrée. Be teenagers again and feel the thrill of locking lips and letting hands roam. Feel free to let things go further. After all, there’s no curfew to worry about this time.
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10 Gifts Under $20 That Your Valentine Will Find Priceless

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10 Gifts Under $20 That Your Valentine Will Find Priceless

1. Love letter on a beautiful roll of ribbon

Put on a suave dab of your best cologne and strut yourself into your nearest fabric store, gents. Browse the wares of this likely all-female store. Examine the silky ribbons, admire the satin sheens, and marvel at the luxurious lace. Considering her favorite colors and styles, pick out a ribbon of thick width in a beautiful pattern that you know she would adore. Once you’re back home, unravel the ribbon from its spool and begin writing a love letter to her. Mind your penmanship! When you’ve reached the end of the ribbon, roll it back onto the spoon. When you present her with this gift, she’ll be touched as she unspools and reads several yards’ worth of your love for her.

2. Beer with creative labels

There’s no need to buy expensive bottles of whiskey to impress your sweetie. Just get a case or two of his favorite beer in glass bottles. Create your own special labels to put on the bottles! Design some labels using downloaded templates or make your own using Adobe InDesign or Photoshop. If you want to go for a classy and funny look, use a black and white picture of him as the label’s figurehead. You can write all sorts of interesting things on them – a pretend historical biography of him as the greatest beer drinker in the world, reasons why he is such a good partner, and memories of him that you cherish. If you’d like to be punny, include phrases like “Love Lager,” “Beloved Male’s Ale,” and “I love you beery much.” He’ll love getting his very own brand of beer.
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