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Rekindle your romance

IF VALENTINE'S Day is the only day that you show your empress or king time, love and affection, you probably don’t need telling that you should make more of an effort to do so all year round!

However, Valentine’s Day is a great time to start rekindle romance or affirm your feelings for the one you love. Here are a few ‘afro-romantic’ tips to ensure you have a memorable day.  

Re-enact your first date

There’s a good chance that the beginning of your relationship was the time when you made the most effort to show your romantic side, so why not turn back the clock and remind your partner how charming you were when you were first dating?
Think back to your first special date, make a reservation at the same place, and reminisce about how you felt about each other when you first met. Do the same things that first sparked the initial flame.

Cook for each other

Cooking together is another great option to get you lovey-dovey on Valentine's Day. The key is to get adventurous and whip up something new. Turn on the music, play with the ingredients and cook up a delight.

Don’t get up!

It’s probably not a good idea to skive off work (Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday), but why not spend the weekend having a lazy lie-in? Snuggle up in each other's arms, watch a DVD, play footsie or whatever else tickles your fancy!

Love Letter

Why not channel your inner poet and send your partner a creative love letter? You could hide the notes in various places for him/her to find such as a coat pocket, purse/wallet or inside the car.

Get Physical

No, not that kind of 'physical'. but another activity that is sure to get your hearts racing. Plan something exciting like going to an amusement park, motorcycling or go karting.

Take it slow

If you’re not keen on fast-paced activities, going for an outdoor walk can be romantic. If the weather scuppers that plan, why not arrange an indoor activity like going to a museum, the theatre or the cinema? Or if you’re really spontaneous, grab a map, randomly pick an area and go for a drive!

Have a dance

You don’t even have to go out to enjoy a slow dance with your partner. Choose some good mood music, clear a portion of your living room to give you space to move and place candles around the room. Turn on the music, get nice and cozy in each other’s arms and enjoy a slow dance.

Create a playlist

Start to reminisce on all the great music tracks that you’ve enjoyed throughout your relationship, create a playlist of those songs and play your album throughout the day or the weekend.

Massage

A massage is an intensely personal and intimate gift. Buy some massage oil and lay out the Egyptian sheets. Try to keep everything soft and sensual. Light some scented candles, follow Bob Marley’s incentive and “turn the lights down low” and take it in turns to give each other a massage.

Share your dreams

There is nothing like taking a quiet moment together to reflect on your hopes and dreams for the future as a couple. Discuss what you want the future to hold. Write down your thoughts and put them in a box. This is something you do every Valentine’s Day.

Love in the community

If you're feeling really fortunate to be spending Valentine’s Day with a wonderful person, why not share some of that joy with others who may be alone, especially those who have lost their spouse? Take time out to visit an elderly relative or an elder in the community, or if you have a friend or family member that has lost a loved one, send them a card or shower them with love. After all, love is meant to be shared.

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