Bet you thought you were going to be reading a post about hearts and flowers; romance; and, how awesome Valentine’s Day is. I don’t subscribe to the “there’s nothing better than Valentine’s Day” camp. Sorry, not here. I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. I’m all about sharing alternate ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Better than Valentine’s Day: alternate ways to celebrate it
In my world, almost anything would be better than Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day isn’t a true holiday. In my world, I believe when you love people, it’s best to show them every day. When you come home, kiss them, hug them and treat them well. When you leave them, kiss them, hug them and say something nice to make them smile. Treat the ones you love well, and don’t take them for granted. You never know when you might lose the ones you love either to death, or perhaps divorce. People can only take so much, for so long, before they want better for themselves.
So, for those that aren’t up for celebrating Valentine’s Day in the traditional ways: dinner out, flowers, chocolates and whatever else people do for Valentine’s Day, let’s explore some other options, shall we?
Luckily, this year, Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday. It’s the perfect morning to sleep in. Throw some cereal out for the kids, a couple of bowls and let them fend for themselves. It’ll do them good. Perhaps they’ll even consider offering you a bowl while you relax in bed, watching guilty pleasure television! Kids can surprise you. Mine surprise me every day, in good ways and in not so good ways.
Watch movies with bad acting, but great adult scenes
Grab snacks, some drinks, lock your door, keep your PJs on and snuggle up to watch movies with bad acting, and all those adult scenes you can’t watch with the kids in the room! If you know me, I’m not one to filter anything, even television the kids watch. There are many days you’ll find my kids watching movies like Divergent, Pitch Perfect and This is Where I Leave You. Movies I won’t let my kids watch? The ones that have crazy sex scenes in them. Kissing is fine, but they won’t be sitting down with their bowls of popcorn to watch Fifty Shades of Grey, or Fifty Shades Darker. Even I have some standards. I wouldn’t want to subject the kids to such horrific acting at such an early age, especially since they aspire to be actors.
However, I rather enjoy horrible acting in movies. So if I want to sit down, watch me some Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, I’m going to be doing it solo. I’ll have my secret snacks, and my adult beverages, while I sit back, relax and take it all in. Doing it on Valentine’s Day is just as good a day to do it, as any other day!
Binge eat all the snacks you never let the kids eat
There’s always certain foods you keep off limits for the kids. All the ones you loved as a kid. However, now? All of them are killing us. However, after growing up on them, we’re all addicted and crave them. You hide them in your room, in a box, under the bed. These snacks can only come out late at night, when the kids are asleep, and your day has been a nightmare. Well, break them out for Valentine’s Day. You can restock them all with great Valentine’s Day sales over the next couple of weeks. Trust me.
Yes, I do my best to NOT consume these chemical ladened, artificially flavored, and pre-packaged foods. However, sometimes, I just want to bury my damn face in a box of Yodels, or Crunchy Cheetohs, without little eyes throwing me the shame. Just leave me alone with my snacks, kids. Mama grew up with them, and they comfort me. I’ll get back to the healthier eating tomorrow, after Valentine’s Day has ended.
Enjoy a cocktail
You’ve seen all the “Sweetheart Valentine’s Day” cocktails. Screw them. Hunker down with The Broken Heart Blues cocktail. It’s got Vodka in it, so hello? It’s perfection. Thanks Anna from My Life with Kids. She knows how to make a girl happy on the big “holiday.”
I’m not a bitter, divorced chick. I’m just someone who never loved Valentine’s Day. I truly believe you should treat the people you love well, all year long. Every day, cherish those you love. Never take them for granted. When you fail to show the people you love that you truly want them around, well, they won’t be around.
I prefer to spend Valentine’s Day showing myself a little extra love, so I can continue to be there for everyone else I care about. It’s my “self-care” holiday, and I intend to enjoy the sleep, the movies, the snacks, and perhaps a Vodka cocktail, or two, or three…..