My husband and I have never made a big deal of celebrating Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, when we were dating it was fun to plan for the big holiday. My husband put quite a bit of thought into his gifts back in those days and come to think of it, I was a bit more intentional too. But for the past few years, we’ve kind of let the day slip past almost unnoticed. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve already received the best Valentine’s Day gift ever. I mean, how do you top perfection, right?
This year is different. I’m not sure why, but I decided that I really wanted to do something special for my husband. Something he would never expect. So I began to wrack my brains coming up with something that would knock off his socks.
And I came up with….
Wait for it…
That’s right. I’ve been married to this man for 22 years and other than ahem… the obvious… I can think of nothing to give him for Valentine’s Day. And then it happened. As my husband and I got ready for bed last Sunday, he commented that he hadn’t seen me blog over the weekend. I thought about it, and though I’d spent some time on the computer, it was very little. Surprised, I commented that I was caught up for the moment. And he replied, “That was really nice. I appreciated that you took time off to be with us.”
And that’s when the lightbulb went off. I would make him a coupon book. But this one would be just a little bit different than those I’ve seen in the past. Instead of filling it with things I would do, or could do for him, I would fill it with things I wouldn’t do, as a blogger.
Using my new Acer convertible laptop I received to write this post of creative road trip ideas for TravelingMom.com, I set to work creating a set of coupons that read things like:
I will not use hashtags when I send you a text.
I will not live tweet from our date.
I will go out to eat with you and not photograph my food.
I will not talk about my online friends as though you’ve met them.
I will have a conversation with you and not mention my page views, sponsored post or Twitter followers.
I also created a blank coupon so I could fill it in later. I printed my coupons, cut them apart, used my paper punch to punch a hole in the top left-hand corner of the cards and put them on a metal ring.
I love the way they turned out and I know my husband will get a good laugh over them when he sees his Valentine’s Day coupons.
What do you have planned for Valentine’s Day?
Disclosure: I received the Acer Aspire Switch 11 convertible laptop to facilitate my post for TravelingMom.com only. I was not asked to write this post or share this information.
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