Valentine’s Day: 12 Tips to Keep the Love Alive


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Earlier this week, Matt and I found out that two of our good friends are getting divorced. I am devastated and still struggling with the shock of it all. I was going to share some fun date night ideas for Valentine’s Day, but now I feel compelled to share more meaningful (and some fun) tips for keeping the love alive with your significant other. (This post also features tips–you’ll know them when you see them–from the one and only Mr. Matt Sanchez.)
Twelve Tips to Keep the Love Alive this Valentine’s Day:
  1. Always put clean socks in each other’s faces.
  2. Do The Twist, in any/all forms: with your hair, when dancing, when ordering an ice cream cone.
  3. …Basically, have lots of inside jokes. 😉
  4. Let your spouse talk with a ridiculous accent when ordering food in the drive through.
  5. Know your strengths: one of you will choose your dog’s breed, the other will choose your dog’s name. For the record, I get to choose the breed!
  6. Workout together, even if it’s not “together.”
  7. Take a minute each day to imagine your life without him/her. Then look for all the reasons you never want this to come true.
  8. Watch your favorite shows together, but when you don’t share a favorite show, let your spouse enjoy his/hers.
  9. Don’t get offended every time you identify a difference, whether difference of opinion, perspective, style or approach. People are different. It’s not that big of a deal.
  10. When you don’t understand each other, you each have to try your hardest to see the situation from the other’s point of view. Empathy and compassion are among the bravest of emotions.
  11. The longer you’re together, the more you’ll become aware of each other’s shortcomings and imperfections. This is when you must look for reasons to love each other deeper. It’s humbling knowing that if you can easily see your spouse’s shortcomings, you better believe he/she can see yours. Don’t ever begin to think you are better than one another. Selfishness is not happiness.
  12. Tickle the toes as often as you can. But be prepared to get kicked.


Happy Valentine’s Day, from Matty & me.
 Photos by Ashlee Brooke.


  1. LOVE this look! & #4 :)!

    Posted February 15, 2015 | Reply
  2. Diana says:

    Super cute photos!!

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    Posted February 15, 2015 | Reply
  3. These are so sweet. I love your outfit! Those wreaths are beautiful. Happy Valentine's Day!

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    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

    Posted February 15, 2015 | Reply
  4. Natali says:

    What a lovely post!? I can agree on so many of these tips and I'm happy to see that I am doing them "correct". 🙂
    3,4,6,7,8 and 11 are the ones I relate to the most! Have a great Sunday!

    Posted February 15, 2015 | Reply
  5. Matt says:

    Love you!!!

    Posted February 15, 2015 | Reply
  6. I agree with #11 so much!


    Posted February 15, 2015 | Reply
  7. Revital says:

    wow!! such pretty photos and outfit! love it

    Posted February 15, 2015 | Reply
  8. Great post and tips. Plus I love your skirt and flowers!!

    Sara Kate Styling

    Posted February 16, 2015 | Reply