Guest blogger is a stay-at-home-mom of two toddlers and has
been married almost 6 years now.
Traveling is in her blood but with two babies it has not been a priority.
Valentine’s Day is coming up soon but since the
Superbowl comes first, I know for a fact that my husband has not thought of my
gift yet. I am not sure if that is
a cruel joke from the NFL gods to put the Superbowl on during prime
Valentine’s Day shopping time or what, but it certainly makes it more
difficult for my husband to catch onto the not-so-subtle hints I leave
him. So, since my little notes,
emails, and cutouts from magazines are not working on my husband at the moment
because he is too busy planning his Superbowl dates instead of ours, I have
decided to just spell it out for the rest of the men in the world just in case
you are reading blogs other than football ones!
Hint #1 – If you and your special lady have only been
dating for a short time but are exclusive - a piece of jewelry would be nice
(and candy and flowers is not enough!), but during that new-relationship
period, all a woman wants is your undivided attention and to spend as much time
together as possible. Men, this is
important to know… a woman in a new relationship will basically agree to
like anything you like. She wants
you to think she loves the same things you love. What does this mean for you? A weekend away to a casino (Atlantic
City, for example http://www.villa4vacation.com/rentals/Atlantic-City.aspx)
for Valentine’s Day is the perfect gift. It is a win-win for both parties. The woman gets to spend an entire
weekend with her man and the man gets to gamble. Throw in a certificate to a spa at the
casino and you just bought yourself an hour at the tables while your lady gets
Hint #2 – Are you in an exclusive relationship or living
with your girlfriend? It appears
that your special lady has made it passed the first round of dating and you two
are in love. It is amazing that you
found someone who loves comic book movies and pizza with sausage, pepperoni,
& onions just like you! Well,
sort of. She is now waiting for the
ring so she has to keep up the charade that she loves all the same things as
you! For Valentine’s Day, you
need to reward her. She has sat up
in the bedroom too many Friday nights while you had Poker night downstairs and
she has tolerated the time conflict on the DVR between the ultimate fighting
matches and Gossip Girl one too many times. She is ready to explode like a volcano
on you unless you blow her socks off and give her a romantic weekend for
Valentine’s Day. One special
night is not enough for this lady.
She needs a whole weekend.
Whisk her off to the Florida Keys http://www.villa4vacation.com/rentals/Florida-Keys.aspx
or San Diego, California http://www.villa4vacation.com/rentals/San-Diego-County.aspx
and plan all her favorite things… spa treatments, shopping, sunset
dinners, and cocktails under the stars.
She will know you don’t take her for granted and don’t
worry, she won’t be looking in the champagne for a ring just yet
then. (If by next Valentine’s
Day you are taking her away for another romantic weekend – she will treat
the whole trip like one big scavenger hunt and the prize – one engagement
Hint #3 – Whether you are a newlywed or married for
quite some time, your wife has finally ‘fessed up that she dislikes your
favorite camouflage hat and your friends coming over on football Sundays. She has now taken control of your domain
and rules the roost. You love her
and she loves you so a special Valentine’ Day trip that offers things for
you both is perfect. You
don’t need to spend every minute together so while she is sunbathing
poolside http://www.villa4vacation.com/vacation-rental/Juan-Dolio/441530.aspx you can be teeing off on the
greens. Just getting away from the
daily grind is the perfect gift for your wife.
Other great destinations for Valentine’s couples:
Slopeside in Aspen, Colorado (perfect place to curl up by
the fire together at night) http://www.villa4vacation.com/rentals/colorado/aspen.aspx
Hint #4 - Now, this is an important one. The wife and mother! If you have children, you are already
walking a thin line in your household.
A mommy’s nerves are quite fragile. Her moods change more often than the
ocean’s tides, and she is tired!
Every holiday where there is gift-giving, a mommy wishes for just even
one night alone, only to wake up alone, to sit at the pool alone, read a book
that does not rhyme, have a glass of wine alone, and to dine with two hands
& while the food is still hot.
Basically, the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a wife and mother
would be a trip alone to a secluded place where cell phones don’t work
and there is no TV http://www.villa4vacation.com/vacation-rental/Vineyard-Haven/444324.aspx. Don’t take it the wrong way,
this lady loves you and her children, but after being a wife to someone and
being a mommy to kids, there is no more time in the day to just be her! You can come on this special trip but
knowing the kids are home with grandparents will only stress your wife out
wondering if they are on schedule or taking advantage of grandma! Give your wife and mommy the gift of
solitude this Valentine’s Day.
Hint #5 – Planning to propose this Valentine’s
Day? Yes, the ring should be
enough. You would think,
right? Well, you will later find
out after years of marriage that women are much more complicated than
that. Shocking, I know. Women love being able to walk around
with that diamond on their finger but what we love even more is to tell other
women how you proposed and gave them that ring. Sorry to disappoint you but just getting
down on one knee and reciting a speech you practiced for weeks just is not
enough. To be honest, once she sees
that glint of sparkle as you open the box, they stop listening. She will never remember what you said. But… we will remember what you
were wearing, what she was wearing, how her hair looked, and where it was. Make your engagement unforgettable and
propose in an exotic locale in the South Pacific… Tahiti is nice this time of year…
hint hint… http://www.villa4vacation.com/vacation-rental/Moorea/442669.aspx.
You will earn husband credits that will bring you right up till approximately
the 3rd anniversary.
(After that, you will have to start sweeping them off their feet all
over again! I know, it never ends,
but either does love. Congrats on
Here are a few other engagement ideas – tag line
“Go Big or Go Home!”
Monte Carlo http://www.villa4vacation.com/rentals/Monte-Carlo.aspx
Island of Malta http://www.villa4vacation.com/rentals/Monte-Carlo.aspx
Now, before the Superbowl airs this Sunday book your special
lady’s vacation http://www.villa4vacation.com/AdvancedSearch.aspx
and let her spend the next two weeks dropping hints on what she wants for
Valentine’s Day all the while, smiling, knowing you already got it for