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  • Have your busy work week, budget cuts and time with the kids sent the days of wine and roses to the far reaches of your closet along with dusty old love letters? Who says serendipity is always the key to a romantic rendezvous? Valentine's Day is the perfect reason to schedule it!  A few tips to planning a Valentine Date with your husband (and igniting some excitement).
    Choose a date and stick to it.

    Your Valentine date need not necessarily fall on the 14th of February. Set a schedule convenient for you or your husband to have uninterrupted time and stick to it. Once you have plotted it on your calendar (and his), there is no crossing it out. Everything else should fall into the cracks.
    Arrange for a sitter.

    Ask . a family member, a relative, a close friend or your trusted and reliable yaya to look after your kids. Prepare a checklist for your sitter so you don't need to keep calling or sending a text message while you're out on your date, and instruct her to call only in case of emergency. Remember, this is your date, so it's okay to let your mind stray away from diaper changes, evening baths and story time for a couple of hours.

    Go for atypical or nostalgic.

    Plan a not-your-usual-coffee-date kind of date! Find a picnic spot and pack all his favorites in your picnic basket—his favorite food, favorite bottle of wine (or beer), and favorite CD. Or, dine at the restaurant where you had your first date, visit the church where you were wed, or literally drive down memory lane by taking a joy ride to places you've been to before you were married and just talk about those good ol' days over good ol' drive-thru food!
    Take photos.


    It only comes once a year, and if Christmas and New Year deserve good snapshots, so does Valentine's Day! Take pictures of yourselves out on your date and keep the restaurant receipt, movie tickets, or any other memorabilia to make a scrapbook of that day for you to always remember and share with your kids.
    Planning a Valentine date and putting much thought into the littlest detail to make your date special are the best ways to let him know he is loved and appreciated. You might even get a relaxing foot massage at the end of the date. Now, that wouldn't hurt.

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