Let me tell you, there is no way I can get my husband to take a photo of us smiling at each other. Don’t get me wrong; we have a wonderful marriage. It’s a happy, healthy, strong relationship. Even so, my husband is a stereotypical veteran. He hates anything “mushy” or any display of public affection. On top of his disdain for all things romance, he suffers from multiple Army injuries, and doesn’t always feel well enough to go out somewhere. In other words: he’s not going out anywhere he doesn’t have to, especially for Valentine’s Day.

“It’s a made-up holiday!” Does your spouse say that? Yes, it is a holiday that benefits card companies, florists, and chocolatiers. I’m a seasoned veteran spouse; I’ve been married long enough that I understand my husband and I’m okay without having the stereotypical “date night.” Still, it is nice to acknowledge your other half and spend some quality time with them. So what’s a woman like me to do?

I’m here to tell you that you CAN have a wonderful Valentine’s Day… even if you can’t leave the house, and the kids are at home. You just have to get creative. I’m sharing an idea from my ebook “Valentine’s Day: When Your Wounded Warrior Can’t/Won’t Leave the House,” with you today! My subscribers will be receiving my ebook free this week.

Idea #5 Make a theme night at home. 

One of our family’s favorites is Pasta Night. We do pasta night every week, but if you want to make it special for a Valentine’s Day meal, pick up some garlic bread or fresh Italian bread, dipping oil, salad, wine, and tiramisu. Get into your theme! You can listen to Italian music. Stop by the dollar store for some colorful (and budget-friendly!) paper fan decorations. If you can’t get a babysitter, get your kids involved by decorating your dining room and coloring paper “place mats.” Thanks to the power of the internet at your fingertips, you can learn a phrase in Italian. Some suggestions: Good evening! Thank you for the meal! I love you! This food is delicious!

There are other great themes you can use as well. It doesn’t have to be lovey-dovey. Other upcoming events like the Olympics or Mardi Gras can work, too. The most important thing to remember is that you are creating a great evening to spend with your significant other. Create some wonderful memories and have fun with your theme!

I have lots of other ideas and strategies to share with you in my book. If you aren’t already on the subscriber list, join us and you’ll receive my free resources too!

Love and positive vibes,