So remember how I
kinda neglected my husband on Christmas. (See this post.)
Well, one of my readers, Marce, pointed out in the comments section: “Luckily Valentine’s Day is right around the corner…you have time for a re-do.”
Awwhh, shoot! I thought I had a full year to pull myself together, but it turns out I only had 6 weeks.
So I set my mind to work on Valentine’s Day for my HUBBY. (I still have no idea what I am doing for my kids. But that is the order it should be, right?!) I saw a couple ideas on Pinterest of doing 14 days of Valentines for your hubby. Click on the pictures to go to the actual websites.
These printables are all really cute and I loved the idea of 14 Days of Valentine’s, but I wasn’t sure if 14 snacks were really Chad’s thing?
This is when I decided to do “14 Days of Valentines”… but in my husband’s love language. (Remember my blog series on love languages?)
I knew Chad’s love language was physical touch, but how was I going to come up with 14 different ways to incorporate touch without basically pimping myself out for 14 days?
Or it would be easy to spend some Quality Time together in 14 different ways. Go for a drive. Watch TV together. Sit by each other at dinner. Visit him at work. I could even redo “Choose Your Own Date” and we could have a night of fun.
Even Gifts would be better than Physical Touch… I could just print out the 14 gift ideas above and call it good.
But Physical Touch in 14 different ways? I had to get thinking and get creative.
Here are the 14 different ways I came up with to show love through physical touch. (My daughter and dad and hundreds of strangers read my blog so I used discretion when needed.)
1. Spin the bottle
2. Hold hands at the movie
3. Scratch back
4. Massage scalp
6. Professional massage
7. Long kiss
8. Snuggle and watch favorite TV show
9. Yoga together
10. Chocolate chip cookies (o.k. not touch, but he loves my chocolate chip cookies so I had to throw them in there somewhere)
11. Play footsies at dinner
12. Make out session
13. 5 minute hug
14. Free choice
I decided I wanted to make a banner that could be displayed for the 14 days but that would also hold the 14 surprises.
So I bought 14 cute little gray chevron print sacks from Pebbles in my Pocket for 20 cents each. They are 2″ x 4″.
I fancied up some mini clothespins with some spray adhesive and red glitter.
Then I cut out hearts to glue on the front of the bags.
I wrote the “physical touch” activities on gray paper cards.
I numbered the hearts 1-14, slipped the cards in, and put it all together.
I plan to clip the clothespins to some toole and hang the banner above our bed to add some Valentine decor to our room.
As I thought about what touch to assign to what day, I considered our schedules and the natural flow of our week. And I am not above moving cards around as the week unfolds and schedules change. Afterall, Chad doesn’t know what the next day says, right?
The 14 Days of Valentines turned out to be really cheap because we already had a movie gift card to use and Chad had a professional massage coming. So I really didn’t have to buy much. I think I spent a total of $5 on supplies for the banner.
I am proud of myself for putting my husband back at the top of the list and for giving him something that he would really want instead of a gift that I want to give.
Now I better start thinking about what I am doing for my kids…