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Six Things You’ll Want For Valentine’s Day That Don’t Cost A Thing

466120339I will never forget the very first Valentine’s Day I spent with my husband (then boyfriend). It was 1999, and we spent a long weekend with two other couple friends at a cozy casino resort in the Northeast. During the day, we girls spent our time getting massages and pedicures while the boys drank beer and gambled in the casino. At night, we had lavish dinners and drank plenty of champagne. It couldn’t have been more romantic. To top it all off, I was gifted with a beautiful diamond pendant necklace. It was perfection.

Fifteen years and three kids later, my wish list is a bit simpler. Would I like to re-create the sort of blissful romance I had in years past? Of course. But, my priorities have definitely changed with the two new little loves of my life.  Nowadays, I consider it to be a true gift if I am able to use the bathroom without a kid trying to jump on my head at the same time. So, for this year, I present this fantasy list of six things I want for Valentine’s Day that don’t cost a thing:

1. A sleep-in.

You know when a mommy friend posts on Facebook that she was able to “sleep-in” until eight A.M.? Well, I am not talking about that kind. My version of a sleep-in is one that I vaguely recall from my single years after a long night out. It is the type of sleep-in that I used to have after falling into bed face first, with a full make-up on, and ringing ears. This sleep-in entitles me to an uninterrupted slumber, with a mind at rest and completely oblivious to anything else going on in the world. There will be no tiny tyrants pounding on my door as my husband has taken them to the park (or Mars, I have no real preference) for the entire day. When I do awake, I will be so blissfully out of it I will not even be aware of what day of the week it is.

2. A bubble bath.

I am not really a big bath person to begin with. If I am blessed enough to get a three minute shower on a given day, I consider myself lucky. However, there is something so appealing about this bubble bath business! I would love try it. I am fascinated by those scenes in the movies where the woman is surrounded by lit candles, while noshing on strawberries and drinking champagne. I would love to know what it is like to soak in a tub sans baby toys or whatever mystery items my kids happened to throw in there that day. In fact, I don’t even need the strawberries. I can go straight to the champagne.

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  • Bethany Ramos

    I want the whole list!! It sounds like a dream.

  • Lee

    Forget the bubble bath. I want my husband to actually scrub the bath. I even bought him a special bath scrubber this past weekend as an early valentines gift to me.

    • Kathleen Sullivan

      Ooooh yes, the husband cleaning the entire house! Now that is a true gift!

  • Drstephaniedvm

    I’m honestly just hoping my husband acknowledges that Valentines Day is a thing. Not super hopeful since he didn’t acknowledge Christmas this year :-/

    • Muggle

      My fiance has to work in the evening. We might get some time in the morning… but I’m not getting my hopes up.

    • Kathleen Sullivan

      I agree with you, I always need that acknowledgement.

  • Guest

    If you want to get in on the bath game I recommend getting some Lush bath bombs or melts. I thought I liked baths before but I swear to jeebus you haven’t had a bath until you have a bath bomb that explodes flower petals into the tub (and smells like roses) or fills it with glitter (and smells like Skittles). You can thank me later.

    • Kathleen Sullivan

      Lush bombs! I need to try them! Thanks!

  • keelhaulrose

    I’m stuck 8-10 hours in a minivan with the family this weekend while we go visit the in-laws.
    All I want for Valentines is a Playplace halfway through the trip that doesn’t look like a CSI tech’s wet dream and a trip that doesn’t include the phrase “I need to potty” less than a mile after we pass a rest stop.

  • Robotic Arms Dealer

    Going down on each other?

    (OH PLEASE! yall thinking it too!)

    • Kathleen Sullivan

      My #7! Omitted for space lol.

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