“TAKE MY HEART AND LETS NEVER PART” Submitted by: Wesley Clark, Resident Assistant, The University of Georgia BE HOMEBODIES Sometimes the best Valentine’s Day gift you can give is the gift of uninterrupted time together doing nothing You don’t need to leave the house to make Valentine’s Day special Think of how great it could be to spend the entire day in bed together---without interruption. Turn off your phones, don’t answer the door and enjoy each other. MAKE HER DINNER There’s nothing anyone loves more than being completely taken care of—so wherever you’re planning on spending the night on Valentine’s Day, give her a dozen roses and a nice card (where you tell her how much she means to you). Light some candles, cook a nice dinner, give her a mini-massage, and tell her not to get up from the couch (or bed) all night long because this is her night and you want her to completely relax No woman will complain MAKE A PATH OF ROSE PETALS Anticipation is half the fun of a romantic surprise. Start the excitement when she walks in the door by leaving a trail of rose petals leading to bedroom, where she’ll find Valentine’s Day gifts. Feel free to go all out with the heart-shaped box of chocolates, red-and-white teddy bears and Lovehearts. Today is the one day she won’t say no to corny romance. GET PHYSICAL No, not that kind of ‘physical’. With any luck, that’s where your Valentine’s Dat date will end up, but you can start things off by getting your heart rates racing together doing something exciting like going to the amusement park or going jet skiing. The idea is to enjoy a little activity and get those endorphins flowing, which is proven to leave you both in loving moods. GO FOR A MASSAGE Going for a massage is a Valentine’s Day treat no woman will oppose. Either book her a full-body massage at her favorite spa, or include yourself and book a couple’s massage. A relaxing massage is just the thing to get both of you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. GET AWAY If you’ve got the time, money, and freedom, stretch your Valentine’s Day into a Valentine’s weekend away at a romantic resort far away or bed-and-breakfast nearby. Do some research a few weeks before and send her three options, so she won’t be completely thrown off guard and can book the time off if needed. Then sweep her off her feet (or, out of wherever you live). This way you can continue the relaxation of a minivacation with time spent alone together. Who says no to a vacation? DRESS UP Make a dinner reservation somewhere fancy and dress up in your finest. Better yet, tell her the night before that she needs to dress up (so she can prepare—she may need to do her hair or pluck her eyebrows) because you have a reservation. Dressing up always makes the occasion feel extra special, and she’ll love that you put thought and planning into making a reservation. If you’re a couple who enjoy getting the chance to get all dolled up, and you can both have fun looking your best while spending time together.