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4 Nontraditional Ways to Say 'I Love You’

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No longer reserved for sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, celebrating love has become a month-long affair. Grandiose declarations and over-the-top proposals splash across your social media feed and local news. Flowers and chocolates dominate storefronts and email blasts. We leave love notes to our spouses, send fanciful cards to our families and hide sweet treats for our children, all beautiful gestures. Let me introduce four unconventional ways to express your love this month and beyond.

Community Service

Is there a cause close to your love’s heart? Show what’s important to them is also important to you. Arrange a few hours of volunteer time with their favorite charity, collect items for donation to their local church or help with a community project. You and your beloved will not only strengthen your bond with each other but foster relationships in your community.

Family Date Night

Games, crafts, movies and adventures…gather the kids and plan an evening of fun! Save chores and homework for another time, check the ‘business talk’ (bills, school, etc.) at the door and designate this a work-free zone. Kids of all ages will want to help plan the family’s activities, and an evening without your typical everyday responsibilities can bring everyone closer together. 

Start a Daily Tradition

Day-to-day life can become mundane and it’s easy to forget small gestures that make your spouse’s heart flutter. Add an action or two to your day letting your special someone know they’re on your mind. What can you do easily to let them know you love them? Text a short message at the same time every day. Tuck a sweet note into their pocket for them to find later. If you’re more practical than romantic, find a task you don’t mind doing but you know is a chore for your spouse like folding laundry or packing lunches.

Spa Party

Celebrate your friendships a la Galentine’s Day! What better way to show your girls you adore them than with a party? A healthy alternative to happy hour, offer friends a few hours of time together while treating skin to a natural, indulgent spa treatment. Play a grown up version of ‘dress up’ with Sheer Minerals makeovers, melt away stress with a relaxing foot spa or delve into the magical world of essential oils.

Do you, your family and your friends celebrate love in an uncommon or nontraditional manner? Let us know how in the comments!

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