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It's The Thought That Counts: Valentine's Day Gifts Ideas

Valentine's Day is coming up and you probably are scrambling around trying to figure out how to outdo yourself this year. Doing the normal candy-dinner-sex-repeat V-Day is boring, so instead, shower your love with intangible presents: time, energy and effort. Give them an out-of-this-world Feb. 14th that will have them bragging to their buds.

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Spa Treatment

Turn your bathroom into a candlelit spa with a bubble and rose petal bath. Apply a facial while they lie in the sudsy pool of water, then warm their towel. As they finish the first step to relaxation, prep the bedroom for a one-on-one massage. After a full-body rubdown, end their spa day with a basketful of aromas, candles and other spa-themed trinkets.

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Picture Says a Thousand Words

Make a homemade photo album or book of your relationship throughout the year(s).

Album:

1. Put the album in chronological order of events.
2. Make a theme for each event and decorate each page in accordance with its theme.

Book:

1. Start the story with the way you met, Notebook-style. You probably won't have a picture of your first date but have fun with it. (Maybe have some sketch a few things up.)
2. Turn the book into a comedy-turned-love story without an ending.

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Happy Hour

Together, you and your valentine can create a signature drink. Have fun trying out different ingredients until you mix up the perfect beverage, the one you both love.  Record your final ingredients, name it and toast to many more happy hours together.

Remember: Think outside the box when you go to the liquor and grocery store.

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IOU

Create numbered IOU cards that your valentine picks throughout the day. As time flies, tell your boo to "pick a number." You might want to leave your day open because the rules are that you have to fulfill the IOU.  Make it fun, sexy and spontaneous!

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Balloon Notes

Write little love notes about how you feel about your valentine and put them into one balloon each. Blow up the balloons and spread them around the room. Watch their face light up as they pop to read each love message.

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Edible Arrangements

Instead of buying one and having it delivered, make your own edible fruit set.

What You'll Need:

Chocolate Chips

Oil

Fruit

Directions

1. Cut up the fruit a little bigger than bite size

2. Melt the package of chocolate chips and add a small amount of oil.

3. Let chocolate cool til it's warm

4. Dip fruit into chocolate and feed your valentine.

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Scavenger Hunt

Turn V-Day into an extreme scavenger hunt.  Put little clues around the city (or town) at his or her favorite locations. Of course, make the last destination you!

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Calendar

Create a 12-page "love" calendar.  Add photos at the top of the page with special events pre-written on the dates, such as anniversaries and birthdays.  It's a great gift and it makes sure the person doesn't forget future important dates.

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For The Married Couples

Update your wedding vows. Create them during the day and share them with your love during your evening plans.

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Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

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"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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