A kindergarten Valentine’s Day party is one of my earliest happy
memories, and I can still feel the excitement and joy! Who can forget
decorating a beautiful box with a slit on top with red and pink colored
paper and doilies all done up, spending hours choosing cards to give,
carefully picking just the right card for each kid in your class,
signing them with proper penmanship, and looking forward to the school
party with those special cupcakes covered with little candy hearts that
said how cool you were! Life was sweet at five!
Pictured Above: A Valentine's Cupcake made by my niece Amanda Smith.
Go to Dinner! It is a very popular day to take your loved ones out to Dinner to celebrate! There are so many great Truckee Restaurants
and Lake Tahoe Restaurants that would be great options for a fantastic
meal! Reservations are advisable! This is not the day to spring for
McDonalds! Any of the more Expensive Truckee Restaurants would be a great choice!
Couples Massage / Spa Day: Another great thing to do, is get a Couples Massage together! Check out my Truckee Beauty & Spa
page - The Spa at Squaw Creek at the Resort at Squaw Creek and the Spa
at the Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe at Northstar are great options to check
out for a day of pampering with your honey!
Squaw Valley: Take
part in one of the many activities hosted by Squaw Valley. Meet singles
on KT, find the hidden heart bags all around the mountain.
Spend Valentines Day in Truckee If you are not lucky enough to live in the Truckee area,
there is no better place to have a fun and romantic time, or to bring
your entire family! You can check out and compare all the Major Travel
Sites for the best Hotels deals right from the Truckee Travel Guide
website - just look for the Truckee Hotel Search Bar at the top of the
right hand column on any page throughout the website! Looking to stay at
one of the nearby cities like Reno, Incline Village, Olympic Valley, Stateline, South Lake Tahoe, or Tahoe City etc, each town or city highlighted on this site will have it's own Hotel Search! Don't pay more than you have to!!
Named after several early Christian martyrs named Valentine and established in 496 AD.
It did not become associated with “romance” until the Middle Ages!
Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the poem, "For this was Saint
Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate", to
honor King Richard II of England and Anne of Bohemia.
During this time, young men and women would draw names
from a bowl to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear their
names on their sleeve for one week.
Symbols of the holiday are heart shapes, Cupid, doves, candy, flowers, greeting cards, cupcakes, and anything red or pink!!!
In 1797, "The Young Man’s Valentine Writer" was
published, which contained many verses for lovers to use who could not
develop their own sentiments. Valentine cards with verses became popular
in the next 100 years, especially unsigned ones sent through the mail
to your secret sweetheart.
Cupid is the symbol of love. It is said that if Cupid
shoots his arrow of love and it hits you, that you will fall madly in
love with the next person that you meet! Watch out!
Paper Valentines were mass produced in the early 19th century and morphed into ones made with real lace and fancy ribbons.
Today, handwritten notes have given way to mass
produced cards, and all kinds of gifts. Roses, chocolates in heart
shaped boxes, and jewelry; nothing is too small for your sweetie!
Over one billion Valentines are exchanged each year in
the United States, given not just to sweethearts, but family members,
kids, friends and classmates. The sentiment expressed is appreciation!
The internet has allowed a new way of showing love:
e-cards, or printable greeting cards. Over 15 million e-cards were sent
189 million stems of roses are sold in the U.S. on
February 14th! Red roses are traditional for true love! Better know this
The holiday has become completely commercialized!
Caring can’t be purchased for money. Some of the best gifts are hugs and
simply saying, "I love you"!
It's a Love Song!
What would the day be, without listening to some of your favorite Love Songs? Below is Love Never Fails by Brandon Heath!
Best Holiday Love Quotes:
The rose is red, the violet’s blue, the honey’s sweet, and so are you. English nursery rhyme ~ Author unknown
"You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams" ~ Dr. Seuss
"For you see, each day I love you more, today more than yesterday, and less than tomorrow." !~ Rosemonde Gerard
"Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence." ! ~ Vincent van Gogh
"A life without love, is like a year without summer." ~ Swedish Proverb
"Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear." ~ John Lennon
"Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love, and you fall forever." ~ Author Unknown
"Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart." ~ Author Unknown
"Love is the only gold." ~ Lord Alfred Tennyson
"To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven." ~ Karen Sunde
Food Substitutions for Chocolate:
Food Substitutions for Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate!
This year 35 million heart shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold, but you must tango for 16 hours to burn off the calories!
A box of 25 truffles will set you back around 3250 calories!
Try: 1 cup coconut milk ice cream, 1 cup raspberries, and 2 T sliced almonds for 270 calories!
Try: A fruit parfait of 1 cup fresh strawberries, 6 oz
nonfat Greek Yogurt, topped with 2 T dark chocolate chunks for 200
Try: 1 cup of fruit to dip in ¼ cup melted dark chocolate for around 180 calories.
Try: Large Strawberries dipped in dark chocolate for 74 calories for 2 of them.
Try: 10 raspberries with 1/8 cup of light whipped topping for 54 calories!
Treats for kids parties would be: strawberries and
dried apricots dipped in dark chocolate, large pretzel sticks dipped in
chocolate, smoothies made with low fat yogurt and fruit, fruit skewers
with strawberry yogurt dip, or make a veggie tray in a heart shape
surrounded by mini tomatoes, heart shaped peanut butter and strawberry
jam sandwiches, or non food options.
Holidays have become overly commercialized and centered on processed
candy, sweets and other stuff! Simplify the season and develop healthy
diet habits for your love of chocolate! A little great chocolate with
fruit goes a long way! Strawberries dipped in chocolate can make you the
hit of any party you attend, especially if you are a guy! A simple hug
and an "I love you" can mean more than any store bought toy, or piece of
jewelry! Flowers though are a must for all!