Experiencing Valentine’s Day

Experiencing Valentine’s Day

How many people actually remember what they got for Valentine’s Day last year?  How about the year before?  I would venture not too many of us recall those gifts.  But, what if the gift was a trip to Napa Valley touring the wineries and vineyards?  Chances are pretty good that we would remember THAT gift, right?

Lulu’s Valentine’s Day party looms large in the Keats household.  Of course, because I work at a Stationary/Craft store that specializes in fantastic, creative and colorful cards and gifts, the pressure is on  to deliver something unforgettable for Lulu’s class. I’ve already spent a small fortune pulling together the Valentine’s surprises for Lulu.  Once I finished buying the stuffed animals, cards and candy, I started to wonder how much is too much to spend on Valentine’s Day?  Is it normal to spend $40 on specialty cards that our children must assemble and decorate prior to giving to her classmates? Is there a right amount?  How much should Adam and I spend on each other?  What, exactly is “love” worth on Valentine’s Day?  So, like any good mom addicted to google, I looked for an interesting infographic to share on my site:  


Courtesy of: CashNetUSA It’s Economic

I’ve come to a decision.  My love cannot (and should not) be measured with dollars.  I guess I can’t be included in these statistics because this year, it’s not for sale.  In lieu of tangible objects, I have requested that my loved ones shower me with great experiences.  It looks like DailyFinance.com  agrees with my preference too. (At last!  Some validation!) Today’s article entitled “Last Minute Valentine’s Gifting: Survey Reveals Consumers Want an Experience” identifies that more and more couples (or in our case families) are craving having experiences like going to concerts, musicals and other large group venues.   (Monster Trucks anyone?)  I guess it’s time to throw away that gift box and candy I was going to give Adam tomorrow for Valentine’s Day because we have decided to go tUniversal Studios Orlando for Valentine’s Day, President’s  Day, Mardi Gras and Purim: It’s a celebration of multiple holidays wrapped into one adventure.

We are hitting the road and venturing down to Florida to embrace:

  1. The sun (Sorry, but when you live in Chicago, it’s hard not to crave a warm sun shining on your white & pasty skin)
  2. The Despicable Me Minions
  3. Mardi Gras parade to rival the ones in New Orleans
  4. The Incredible Hulk Coaster
  5. And, of course, my personal favorite, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Best of all, I will toast Valentine’s Day with my two favorite people: Adam and Lulu.  Better yet, we’ll all be drinking butter beer!

butter beer

Mmm….Butter Beer. Lulu gets a Butter Beer Mustache in front of Hogwarts.

Wishing everyone a sunny, love-filled Valentine’s Day!  I can’t wait to experience my gift!

  • Did you guys have a blast? Hope so! Just saw Adam’s pic on FB. Fun!

    • Renee Keats

      Amazing fun! Will do a full review within the week!

  • Thanks for sharing my infographic! Hope you had fun in Orlando! I would rather be at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter than in Chicago right now.

    • Renee Keats

      Mu pleasure! Harry Potter was great! The butter neer even better! But, the weather was cool and windy. Dreading going back to Chicago. 🙁

      • Yum! I love the butter beer! I still have the mug from when I was there the month after they opened.

  • Best Valentine’s Day gift ever and for everyone! Loved following along on FB and seeing all your photos. Hope it was a marvelous trip – looked like it. We are going next year over February break 2014 but skipped this year….. going to run the Disney Princess 1/2 again and the kids and i will run the 5K together again too – less than a year away now 🙂

    • Renee Keats

      It was great! Stopped in the new (and improved) Fantasyland and loved “Under the Sea.” Had lunch at “Be Our Guest” in the Beast’s castle. Heavenly! Would love to meet up with you at one of the parks–can you imagine how much fun we would have!

  • Visiting you today courtesy of the Bloggy Moms February Blog Hop! So glad I clicked on your link. I enjoyed your post and wholeheartedly agree that some holidays just shouldn’t be measured in $. Enjoy your wonderful warm vacation, living in New York we’re currently under 2 ft of snow…I’d love a warm vacation about now.

    • Renee Keats

      Thanks for visiting. Yes, it was a great gift–experiences that will be remembered longer than the gifts and candy we purchased. It is 7 degrees in the Windy City. Makes me long for the warm Florida winds.