I was never a huge fan of Valentine’s day. In fact, I’m still not. Do we really need a particular date to tell our partners how we feel?! Does it need to be the fourteenth of Feb for me to get flowers? Nope. However the real reason I’m not a fan of V-day is that, being in a long-distance relationship, I really, really, really don’t want to see cute couples, lovey-dovey cards or be reminded that yet again a Skype date will have to do.
For new readers of the blog, W and I have been long-distance since the start of university in 2012 having gotten together at the age of 16 – and whilst we haven’t been too far apart, it isn’t the easiest of situations. Luckily Valentine’s 2016 falls not only on a weekend, but on a planned visit weekend too – we’re attending a wedding on the Saturday so have a hotel booked and (weather dependent) a countryside walk planned.
As we’re managing to see each other we’ve decided not to do gifts this year (though I’m far too excited for another fiancé card!), but here’s a few little ideas of how to spend Valentine’s when in an LDR…
Ah, the ol’Skype date. We try and Skype once a week anyway, but on certain occasions we’ll try and make it a bit more special. Maybe have dinner ‘together’ or really make the effort to make sure we’re not skyping whilst studying or (ahem) blogging…
Flowers by Post*
Contradicting myself here! I love receiving flowers (or indeed, treating myself) however I’m not the biggest fan of “Valentine’s flowers.” Luckily Blossoming Gifts have a pretty decent range of ‘Flowers by Post‘ – unfortunately my bouquet this time arrived a little bit battered, but I’ve had some fab ones in the past. I found once I removed the daises from this boquet it looked a lot better – and actually the carnations are still going strong 10 days later. I know I’d be super happy to receive a bunch of flowers in the post at any time – just having fresh flowers around really brightens my mood and puts a smile on my face!
As a special treat, use the code BGIFTS33 to get an excellent 33% off a bouquet. This does have a few exclusions (including the bouquet I ordered) however if you fancy upholding tradition there’s a multitude of red-rose bunches to choose from.
One of the best ways to cheer me up when I’m feeling a little lonely is to spend time with friends. Sure, they aren’t quite as cuddly as W, but a girls night in definitely makes me smile. Grab a bottle of wine, shove on Mean Girls and you have my perfect Valentine’s right there!
Last Saturday, feeling a bit worse for wear, we treated ourselves to a couple of tubs of Häagen-Dazs*, got the blankets on the sofas and binge-watched Ex on the Beach. The Chocolate Salted Caramel flavour is divine!
If all else fails, Valentine’s is the perfect time to have a quiet evening pampering yourself. Light some candles, pull out your favourite products, grab some magazines and a cheeky bar of chocolate. I’ve been loving using a combination of Soap & Glory’s Breakfast Scrub and Lush’s Argan body conditioner for a really luxurious shower. I’ve also been mixing up pampering evenings with a little light wedding ‘planning’ (i.e. dress dreaming). Definitely helps with final year stress…
So, Valentine’s in an LDR can be okay – just ignore any soppiness, hand-holding and PDAs around you…
Are you a fan of V-day? How are you spending it this year?