Smart Girls Create Their Own Romance.

Valentine’s Day. It’s supposed to be a day full of romance, with gigantic bouquets of red roses, candlelit dinners, and last but most certainly not least, heartfelt declarations of never ending love.

Yeah. Sure.

My husband, while a wonderful, caring, gentle man, is not one to wax poetic about his feelings for me. Sure, I get roses more often than not. And those roses are often accompanied by a nice card. But his manner of delivery is usually something like, “Here, I got you some flowers. Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you like them, because they were damn expensive.”

Not exactly the language that sets a girl’s heart aflutter.

Rather than getting angry, I remind myself that it is actions, not words, that matter. That he might not be big on romantic deeds, but he knows exactly what I really need for Valentine’s Day. But every once in a while, I wish he had a Cyrano de Bergerac in his pocket.

I’m not the only one, am I ladies? I know I’m not.

So when I heard that Jim McCann, the founder of 1-800-Flowers, had a new book out called Celebrating Love: Share Remember Cherish, I was intrigued. I mean, come on. If  anyone is going to know how to write a love note, it ought to be the guy who runs a huge online florist, right?

I haven’t seen the actual book, but I’m told it celebrates all four seasons of love, from spring (who doesn’t love puppy love?) to winter (I don’t know about you, but I want my hub to still have my back when I’m old).

He says it tells the story of his own love, in 150 entries. And he promises that we’ll all connect to what’s inside.

Since love is pretty universal, I’m guessing he’s right. But more important? I’m guessing my hub can gain inspiration from his words (i.e., I give B permission to copy an entry and pretend it’s his).

Better yet, I have a copy to give away. That’s right. This Valentine’s Day, you can hand your loved one his very own copy of Jim McCann’s book. The motive? Can be your secret.

And if you’re the type who likes to make a grand statement? Write your valentine a love note on the 1-800-Flowers Facebook page. You could win a free bouquet (which you could send to yourself, if he forgets).

But back to the giveaway. If you want to win a copy of  Celebrating Love: Share Remember Cherish, tell me why your husband/boyfriend/girlfriend/partner needs a pocket Cyrano de Bergerac in the comments. Or, you know, just leave me a comment.

That’s it. Easy peasy. So come on. Scroll on down and enter (this is my first giveaway, yo. So support me. Please?).

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers.  If I could, I’d send each and every one of you a bouquet of roses. But instead, you’ll  have to settle for a virtual smooch.



Now go leave me a comment.

Disclosure: This giveaway was made possible by Mom Spark Media. I will be getting my own copy of the book in return. But the thoughts contained within? Are all my own.

18 Comments on Smart Girls Create Their Own Romance.

  1. Kimberly
    February 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm (5 years ago)

    Your blog is a crack up. My husband does the same thing…although I doubt I’ll get flowers but you never know! :-) Thank you for being sweet and letting me use your blog top 10 on my blog…they were great! I think I’m convinced everyone they want to have another baby :-)

    • Amber
      February 15, 2011 at 9:44 am (5 years ago)

      So did you get flowers? I didn’t, but I did get a night off from putting the toddler to bed, so it’s all good.

  2. The Centsational Saver
    February 14, 2011 at 8:15 am (5 years ago)

    Hi! Funny write-up. I’m a fellow Mom Spark member showing you some love and support! :) My husband needs this book because he left romance at the alter.

    • Amber
      February 15, 2011 at 9:44 am (5 years ago)

      I think most men do, don’t they? Thanks for the support!

  3. for you
    February 14, 2011 at 9:46 am (5 years ago)


    Author: Robert Small

    As I write, I’ll sing this song
    for the greatest love I’ve ever known.
    To my heart, you have the only key,
    I beg of you, never set me free.

    I prayed to God for a love so true
    now, I, realize He already knew.
    In time my prayer WAS answered,
    the most wonderful woman

    What we share feels so right
    to say I love you every night.
    Wonderful moments shared,
    precious memories, still tell me you care.

    I see your shadow,
    as I lay myself to sleep.
    Dreams of you, oh so sweet
    in my heart, I will keep.

    Look into my heart, my life.
    Tell me, what do you see?
    can you feel the need, the want, as I
    to be your husband, you my wife.

    Much joy and happiness you’ve brought me.
    If I had life to live again, I’d want to with you,
    my lover, my best friend.
    Always and Forever, I’ll love you till the end.

  4. Tori
    February 14, 2011 at 9:48 am (5 years ago)

    Mommy, Mommy, let me say,
    “I love you in every way.
    I love you for all you do.
    I love you for being you.”
    Mommy, Mommy, let me say,
    “Have a Happy Valentines Day
    and I want an owl!”

  5. Rebecca
    February 14, 2011 at 10:34 am (5 years ago)

    Everyone needs a little help in the love department, not only guys. My guy? He’s bringing home dinner. I’m stoked.

    • Amber
      February 15, 2011 at 9:43 am (5 years ago)

      Dinner is a good valentine’s day present if you ask me!

  6. Lady Jennie
    February 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm (5 years ago)

    Ok I’ll support you but I can’t win because I’m in France (and everyone just breathes romance here, especially my husband NOT).

    • Amber
      February 15, 2011 at 9:43 am (5 years ago)

      Well, I thank you for your support.

  7. Gail
    February 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm (5 years ago)

    My in-laws bought a cottage in Michigan. And it needs a lot of work, (think Deliverance). And since my Workaholic is a workaholic and can do everything, he is doing a lot of the work.
    So we were up there last weekend, and his MOTHER tells me, “I don’t think your hubby is coming home this week, he is going to stay and work on the cottage.”
    Besides the fact that is is V-Day, and even though I am not much into celebrating, he could have told me himself that it is going to be a girls’ night, or week.
    So far today I have received a Happy Valentine’s Day text, after I sent him one.
    I do love my Workaholic. Even when he ditches me. For work.

    • Amber
      February 15, 2011 at 9:43 am (5 years ago)

      Boo on ditching workaholics! We didn’t even celebrate – too tired. I guess that means we’re old married people, huh?

  8. Megan (Best of Fates)
    February 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm (5 years ago)

    That book sounds so…interesting. Though that partially because I’m not a sucker for seasons.

    • Amber
      February 15, 2011 at 9:42 am (5 years ago)

      Interesting is better than not interesting, right? You might get an awwww or two.

  9. SaucyB
    February 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh could my man use this. I know he loves me to pieces but he’s just not a romantic, cards and flowers type of guy. I am a romantic, cards & flowers kind of girl.

    SaucyB recently posted… High Waisted Jeans: High Fashion or Hot Mess?

  10. (Florida) Girl with a New Life
    February 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm (5 years ago)

    My husband and I have an agreed on gift that always hits the spot and requires little effort–a gift certificate to my fav spa/salon. It wins me over every time and never gets old. Plus it saves him too. Call us practical. Call us happy.

    • Amber
      February 16, 2011 at 8:54 am (5 years ago)

      That is a wise man you have there. Wise indeed.


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