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Eat in. Avoid the restaurant crowds and pick up your favorite dinner to go.

  • Fine dining. Dine under the stars, at a park, or by candlelight on a blanket in the living room.
  • Wow him. If you don’t have time to make a special dinner, make or pick up a “wow” dessert.
  • Play hooky. Take a day off from work together. Your kids are at school, and you can hire a babysitter for the afternoon so you can just enjoy each other’s company for an entire day. Need more motivation?
  • Get cultural. Get lost in a museum or art gallery. It can spark interesting conversation and reveal more to you about how your husband sees the world.
  • Relax together. Book a couples massage. By the time you get back home, you’ll be super relaxed and ready for some late night fun.
  • Clip coupons. Give him this collection of Valentine coupons for a back rub, his favorite home-cooked meal (plus dessert!), an afternoon of uninterrupted time for him to watch sports, or maybe instant forgiveness for one of his little irksome habits.
  • Sun fun. Watch the sunrise. Wake up early and bundle up. It’s a great excuse to snuggle with your valentine. Or, find a romantic spot and watch the sunset together.
  • Have a staycation. Decorate a room in fun, cheesy, and cheap items that will make you feel like you’ve traveled afar.
  • Think back. Pull out your wedding video and watch how the conversation and memories come naturally. In fact, there is a great app called iHeartus where you can catalog your love story with words and pictures. It also gives date ideas and discounts.
  • Skate. When was the last time you went ice-skating without the kids? Hand holding, hot chocolate, and laughter. What else do you need?
  • Workout. Go to the gym together. (And be sure to praise his physique and stamina during the workout!)
  • “Valentine.” Reminisce about your first Valentine’s Day as a couple. Pull out old photos if you have them.
  • Romance him. Try one of these 41 ways to romance your husband.
  • Showtime. Pick him up from work and whisk him away to an action movie he’s wanted to see.
  • Dress for success. Wear something new to bed. (No flannel, even if it’s a cold night).
  • Early to bed. Are your children young? Avoid the expense of a sitter by putting the kids to bed early so you can have a romantic dinner on your own.
  • Escape. Do you have teenagers who stay up later than you? Take your dinner and mood music on the road. Go to a park with a view of the water. If it’s cold, sit in the backseat with a blanket and cuddle. You can even make it dinner and a movie with your laptop or a portable DVD player.
  • Keep it light. No serious discussions about finances, kid troubles, or criticisms of your husband.
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