Thursday, January 28, 2021

Monthly Musings: Valentine's Day/Love

I'm so excited that Holly and Patty are hosting Monthly Musings again this year. I didn't start joining in with them until midway through last year so I'm excited to walk through a whole year of musing with them. This month we're talking about Valentine's Day and Love. Read on to see my thoughts on this topic.


1) How do you show love? What is your love language?

I think I show love by giving gifts. I like to send people gift cards or buy them flowers. My primary love language is acts of service and I also like to do things for other people.

2) Do you have any fun Valentines' traditions?

To counteract some of the commercialism of Valentine's Day, we started going to MacDonald's for supper on Valentine's Day. It makes me laugh but honestly, it's hard to celebrate Valentine's Day with young kids.

The first year we went to McDonalds for Valentine's Day, 2012

3) Favourite Valentines' memory?

I think my favourite Valentines' memory is one year when I was in university, I commented how much Valentine's Day sucked as a single person. My friends went out of their way to make that day special for me. They gave me chocolates, made lovely cards, and I just remember feeling so loved. They honestly hosted the original Galentine's Day way back in 1993 just for me and I loved them for it.

4) Favourite Valentines' treat?

I don't know that I have a favourite Valentines' treat. I'm so boring :)

5) Do you wear Valentine's Day fashions?

No. I might try to wear red the day of, but I don't own anything particularly Valentines-y!

6) Valetine's Day... love, like, or hard pass.

Ahhh, it's okay. With younger kids it honestly just feels like a lot of work making cards for everyone in their classes. I do enjoy having an excuse to have a small celebration in the midst of February but Dave and I show love to each other every day -- we don't need a special day to celebrate it.

7) What do you think is the most romantic song?

I really love "Amazing" by Bruno Mars. I can't sing it out loud without starting to cry. Hahaha!!!

8) Dine out, take out, or cook in this Valentine's Day?

Sometimes we eat at McDonalds and sometimes we pick it up to eat at home. This year we'll be picking it up to eat at home. But at least we'll set the table nicely!


Our Valentine's Day table, 2018

9) Pink or red?

To wear, I choose red but if I decorate, I like going for more of a pink theme.

10) Flowers or chocolates? 

If you've read around here for any length of time, you'll know I absolutely go for flowers. After some discussion, I actually buy my own flowers for Valentine's Day because I love picking them out! And I always go for tulips.

After reading through my answers, I'm feeling a bit like I'm a Valentine's Day curmudgeon :) I'm looking forward to reading all the responses in the link up and seeing what I can do improve my Valentine's Day spirit!


  1. Loved reading these Natasha- love your McD's tradition- so cute! I am a sucker for flowers too :) Thanks for linking up!

    1. Thank you for hosting! I love these posts :) And yes, our McDonald's tradition is one that make me laugh but I love it!

  2. It’s so interesting to read everyone’s responses! I am a huge Valentine person but maybe bc I worked in a school and had to make it fun...HA! I love tulips around this time too! I love that your friends had a Galentine’s for you and may have started it all!

    1. Maybe as I work in schools more around Valentines Day I'll get more into the spirit of it. And yes, my friends were so sweet to do that for me.

  3. I have to admit the McDonald's idea is pretty funny. :)
    If it came down to flowers or chocolates...I would have to choose chocolates.

  4. We don't celebrate Valentine's Day so I had to skip answering these this month!

  5. Growing up it wasn't a thing at all in my house (that whole St. thing) one year, with my now ex-bf we did do a nice dinner out in Boston but otherwise neither of us needed a marked day!

  6. I don't think you sound like a curmudgeon, Valentine's isn't really a true holiday ha. I agree though - I enjoy any reason to celebrate when it's still winter! :)

  7. So fun that your tradition was to go to McDonalds on VDay! Love that Bruno Mars song! Tulips are my favorite flower!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  8. I got such a kick out of your McDonald's meal tradition. We are not that different, we get chinese food every year. And not even good chinese food, like the horrible fake mall stuff, but we love it. I don't think you're a Valentine's day curmudgeon since most people I know feel the same as you do. I think most people find the holiday a bit excessive.

  9. I love the McDonald's tradition!


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