Be My Valentine

February, the word, originates in Latin & signifies a “purification feast” that was traditionally held (source). Today, it’s also known as American Heart Month, Creative Romance Month, National Cherry Month & National Weddings Month. Typically the Chinese New Year falls within February,  though the date varies per year. This year the Chinese New Year fell on Tuesday, February 5th & welcomed the Year of the Pig. The month also houses fun “holidays” like Ground Hog’s Day (2), Valentine’s Day (14), Superbowl Sunday (2/3/2019), and every four years Leap Day (next one 2020)! (See my post on just Leap Day coming soon.)

Palentine’s & Galentine’s Day was yesterday & Single’s Awareness Day is tomorrow, so if you’re bitter about this holiday: respectfully move along.

Last Minute Gift Ideas:

  • Crafts – Handmade gifts can really come in handy during Valentine’s day
  • Food – Keeping in mind your bae’s faves, create a gift basket to Netflix & Chill with
  • Experience – Play or Concert Tickets, Midnight Premiere Movie Passes, Vacation Plans
  • Reciprocity – If during gift exchange you feel you’ve shorted your partner, you have the rest of the holiday to make up for it. Don’t let anything discourage you from spoiling yourself & your partner(s) with love

Poem Prompts:

  • a ballad on why your love is valid
  • an epitaph of what makes them laugh
  • a haiku about your boo
  • a limerick about your first kiss
  • a narrative of where you live
  • an ode to love
  • a quatrain about kissing in the rain, or
  • a refrain about what you’ve still to gain
  • a sonnet about what you’ve always wanted
  • a poem to show ’em you know ’em

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Flowers:

Name and Meaning
Alstroemeria flower is symbolic of wealthprosperity and fortune. It is also the flower of friendship.
Amaryllis This flower is symbolic of splendid beauty. It is also used to indicate worth beyond beauty.

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Anemone on a darker note indicates fading hope and a feeling of having been forsaken. On a positive note it symbolizes anticipation.

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Anthurium symbolizes hospitality. It is also used to indicate happiness and abundance.
Aster symbolizes patience. It is also indicative of a love of variety. It also symbolizes elegance and daintiness.

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Bird of Paradise symbolizes joyfulness. It also symbolizes magnificence. It can also be used to indicate exciting and wonderful anticipation.

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Bouvardia Double symbolizes enthusiasm. It is also used to indicate zest for life.
Calla Lily symbolizes magnificence and beauty. White Calla lilies combine these two attributes with purity and innocence associated with the color white to make it the perfect choice of flower in a Wedding bouquet.
Carnation symbolizes pride and beauty. A red carnation symbolizes love, pride and admiration; a pink carnation symbolizes the love of a woman or a mother; a purple carnation symbolizes capriciousness; a yellow carnation symbolizes disdain, rejection or disappointment; while a white carnation symbolizes innocence and pure love. A striped carnation conveys refusal.

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Chrysanthemum symbolizes fidelityoptimismjoy and long life. A red chrysanthemum conveys love; a white chrysanthemum symbolizes truth and loyal love while a yellow chrysanthemum symbolizes slighted love.

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Daffodil symbolizes regard and chivalry. It is indicative of rebirth, new beginnings and eternal life. It also symbolizes unrequited love. A single daffodil foretells a misfortune while a bunch of daffodils indicate joy and happiness.

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Shasta Daisy symbolizes innocence and purity. It conveys loyal love.

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Delphinium, Hybrid symbolizes big-heartedness, fun, lightness and levity. It also indicates ardent attachment.
Freesia symbolizes innocence and thoughtfulness.
Gardenia symbolizes purity and sweetness. They indicate secret love. They convey joy. They tell the receiver you are lovely.
Gerbera belongs to the daisy family and therefore assumes the symbolism associated with the daisy flower. Gerbera specifically conveys cheerfulness.

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Gladiolus symbolizes strength of character, faithfulness and honor. The Gladiolus flower signifies remembrance.
Heather Lavender symbolizes admiration, solitude and beauty while white heather symbolizes protection and indicates that wishes will come true.
Hyacinth symbolizes playfulness and a sporty attitude and in its extreme rashness. Hyacinths also denote constancy. Blue hyacinth stands for constancy, purple for sorrow, red or pink for play, white for loveliness and yellow for jealousy.

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Hydrangea symbolizes heartfelt emotions. It can be used to express gratitude for being understood. In its negative sense hydrangea symbolizes frigidity and heartlessness.

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Iris symbolizes eloquence. Purple iris is symbolic of wisdom and compliments. Blue iris symbolizes faith and hope. Yellow iris symbolizes passion while white iris symbolizes purity.
Larkspur symbolizes levity or lightness. It is also indicative of fickleness and haughtiness.
Lilac symbolizes youthful innocence and confidence. White lilac symbolizes humility and innocence, field lilac symbolizes charity while purple lilac symbolizes first love.

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Lily symbolizes purity and refined beauty. White lily symbolizes modesty and virginity, orange lily symbolizes passion, yellow lily symbolizes gaiety while Lily of the Valley symbolizes sweetness and purity of heart. The Easter lily is the symbol of the Virgin Mary.

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Name and Meaning
Orchid is a symbol of the exotic beauty. It symbolizes refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm. It also symbolizes proud and glorious femininity.

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Peony symbolizes bashfulness and compassion. It can also be used to express indignation or shame. It symbolizes a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity.

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Protea, King stands for change and transformation. It signifies daring and resourcefulness. It is symbolic of diversity and courage.
Queen Anne’s Lace symbolizes a haven or sanctuary. It signifies complexity and delicateness.
Ranunculus symbolizes radiant charm. It conveys a message that you are radiant with charm or you are attractive.
Rose symbolizes love. It signifies love in its various forms. Its symbolism varies based on color, variety and number. Learn more about Rose Flower Meanings.

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Snapdragon symbolizes graciousness and strength. Its negative connotations include deception and presumption.
Statice is symbolic of remembrance. It also symbolizes sympathy and success.
Stock symbolizes lasting beauty and a happy life. It is indicative of bonds of affection and is symbolic of promptness.
Sunflower signifies pure thoughts. It symbolizes adoration and dedication. It is symbolic of dedicated love. It is however also symbolic of haughtiness.

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Sweet Pea indicates delicate pleasure and bliss. It is a flower symbolic of departure after having a good time.
Tulip signifies a declaration of love. It also symbolizes fame and perfect love.

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Aphrodisiacs:

*Read at your own discretion. Nothing listed proved or guaranteed to work. *

Foods:

  • Aniseed/Anise
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Cardamom
  • Chocolate
  • Carrot
  • Chili Pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Fig
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Licorice
  • Nutmeg
  • Oysters
  • Papaya
  • Pine Nuts

Supplements:

  • Arginine
  • Epimedium
  • Fennel
  • Ginseng
  • Rhino Horn
  • Spanish Fly
  • Yohimbe

Other:

  • Scents
  • Music
  • Exercise

Whatever you’re doing today, with whomever you’re doing it with: have fun & feel the love.

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