Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is no fun to spend alone. It feels like we have all been spending a lot more time separated from the ones we love since last February and I hope many of you don't skip that loving feeling this Valentines day, but look for creative ways to make it feel special! As I thought about how I would spend my Valentine’s Day, I knew I would try to do something special with my two little girls (heart shaped cookies anyone!?), but how will I spend my solo evening? As I began to plan an evening of Netflix and the Bridgertons with a side of Ben and Jerry’s, I thought I would consult experts on spending holidays alone- fellow military spouses. Whether this is your first or a string of many days alone, there are plenty of ways you can still make it fun!
Check out the advice from these military spouse bloggers:
Jessi: I save up new episodes of my favorite shows and go get an expensive dessert out to eat at home. Or spa day with my girlfriends whose husband's are also gone.
Kate: My daughter is taking me out for Valentine's Day! She's only 6 so my husband is leaving money in an envelope with her and she is going to pay. they planned out everything together and she will tell me the plan the day we have our date!
Emilie : self-date. mani-pedi, spa, HIRING AN EXTRA VISIT FROM THE CLEANING LADY
Kaycee: For my entire adult life I've celebrated it as Valendoom's Day. This tradition started back in college because I was always the single one in my group of friends, so I invited my fellow single ladies to order Chinese food, rent a movie and have some drinks at my house. My super rad husband continues this tradition with me and when he's away, I carry on... I reach out to my friends that are also solo and we have a low key, chick flick/drinks/Chinese food binge fest!
Deanna: I did a spa day last year. Brand new book, bath bombs, chocolates, whatever struck my fancy at the time. It was a good pick me up when I felt down too.
Christine: I had one of the best Valentine's Days once when my husband was on an exercise when we were in Korea. I went out with 3 other spouses and we stuffed ourselves on wine and Thai food.
Lizann: I like to get together with other wives and have a “Galentines Day”. I included some of my ideas like a Paint and Sip party, Horseback riding, Murder Mystery dinner, Escape Room, etc in this post.
Noelle: If you’re able to contact your SO from afar, you can watch a movie or TV show over FaceTime! I do this all the time with my husband since we live 7 hours apart.
Another military spouse, Sarah clued me into the “Galentines" concept (sorry Gentlemen, Guyentines- doesn’t have the same ring to it, but know these ideas apply to you as well!). She told me, “If you haven't seen Leslie Knope's Galentine's Days on Parks & Rec, you should. Great ideas for female milso's to get together LOL!"
Whether your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend/significant other is deployed, on detachment or just far away, don’t let it get you down. Many of the ideas above can be modified to accommodate stay at home rules in your state or town like, ordering food for delivery or takeout so you don't have to cook, or consider a Zoom "date night" with your spouse or friends. It might be just what you need to make spending this Valentine's Day alone not so lonely! I hope the ideas above have inspired you to make the most out of Valentine’s Day.
What are your plans this Valentine’s Day?
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