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Monday, Monday (on a Tuesday)… or a few links to help wrap our collective brains around the fact that Valentine’s Day is around the corner

tree hotel Sweden

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If you really want to go for it, you should give your valentine tickets to Sweden and a stay (with you, of course) at the TreeHotel, where every room is a unique and distinctive tree house. Just you try to come up with something more romantic.

nova natural valentine cards

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Walk away from the giant hypnotic pull of Hallmark and make your own Valentine’s Day cards with your kids. Begin with this great template from the lovely Nova Naturals blog and then go as simple or elaborate as your fancy takes you…

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Give your sweetheart a leather journal into which he can pour out his feelings of love for you (and then when you’re having a tough moment, hopefully he’ll go back to it, read over what he wrote and that original flame will burn once again…)

Photo: Valerie Peterson for the New York Times

Photo: Valerie Peterson for the New York Times

Add a little vodka induced heat to your evening with this spicy hot chocolate cocktail from the New York Times.


Illustration by Ellen Jang for A Cup of Jo

How about helping cure what ails your sweetheart by giving a foot massage that has some actual basis in reflexology? Joanna Goddard from A Cup of Jo hooks us up with some basic knowledge…


If you can go online to order your meals, your movies and pretty much anything you need for your house, why not mail order the makings of a perfect date night? I kid you not. The age of has arrived.

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No Valentine’s Day is complete without doing something a la Martha Stewart… If you’ve got to hand out multiple gifts, how about making these pink and chocolate heart shaped cookies?

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