Romance for Every Day of the
by Nicole Dean
My girlfriends and I were talking.
We decided that we needed to teach the men in our lives this
phrase "Romance does not equal money." The men I've
talked with have been frightened off by television and movies
and believe that romance is something outside of their budget.
They are wrong. Romance does not equal money! Although an occasional
diamond necklace or expensive dinner is appreciated, it is truly
the day to day affection that builds romance and love.
I don't know about you, but when
I think of the most romantic and breathtaking stories that girlfriends
discuss over coffee, we don't talk about flying off to Europe
or drinking the most expensive champagne. The little things like
holding hands, reading stories together, and lots of laughter
are what we hold dear. And, ladies, this list is for you, too.
Initiate the following ideas with your Sweetie, and show him
how much you care. The 31 ideas below are for men or women and
fit every budget.
Love Notes - Leave Love Notes
for your Sweetheart to find.
Pampering - Brush her hair. Scratch
Wildlife - Feed the ducks, squirrels,
birds, turtles or fish near you.
Games - Turn off the TV. Sit
and play cards or board games together.
Cooking - Find recipes to make
with your sweetheart.
Candles - Candles should be used
every day -- for meals, bath time, snuggling.
Read together - Choose a book
and take turns reading it to each other.
Photos - When is the last time
you had a photo taken together? What are you waiting for?
Work Date - Surprise your love
with a lunch date.
Stroll - Leave the TV, phone
and computer behind and go on a walk together.
Spell it Out - With Sidewalk
Chalk, write your names in a heart on the sidewalk where your
sweetheart is sure to see it.
Entertainment - Go see a High
School or College play or concert. It is affordable and fun!
Slow Dance - Turn on the radio
and dance to the songs you fell in love listening to.
Star Gaze - Drive out to the
country and look at the stars.
Volunteer - Choose a charity
or cause that means something to both of you and work together
to make the world a better place.
Love Story - Write how you met,
fell in love, how you felt, what your thoughts were. You will
treasure looking through these books over the years.
Love Grows - Plant a garden together.
Herbs, vegetables, flowers, fruit -- anything you both like.
Cheer - Go to a High School Sporting
Warm Hearts - Snuggle by a campfire
or build a fire in the fireplace.
Watch the Clouds - Lay together
and watch the clouds go by. Talk about the different shapes you
Connect - Hug, Hold Hands, Put
your Arm around your Sweetheart.
Big Money - Write your Sweetheart
a Check for One Million Kisses. Or make a coupon book of treats
for him or her.
Window Shop - Go downtown and
Early Days - Look at photo albums
of yourselves when you were kids through your dating years.
Puzzles - Do a jigsaw or crossword
Wish List - Both make a wish
list of things that make you happy and put them in order. Hugs,
dates, gifts, time together, intimacy, etc. Then look at the
lists. They may surprise you.
People Watch - Sit on a bench
and watch people go by. Try to guess their stories.
Play - Go to the park and swing.
Kiss - Before you part for the
day, kiss for 10 seconds. It is much better than a quick peck
on the cheek.
Picnic - Get take out food or
make a picnic lunch. Take your time and enjoy your meal together
Throw Rocks - Go to a pond, creek,
or lake and throw rocks. Try to skip them or aim for different
So, although an occasional diamond
necklace or expensive dinner is nice, it is truly the day-to-day
affection that builds romance and love.