Happy Valentine’s Day!! What have you got planned? Chris and I are enjoying dinner at home (I’m making my prawn pasta specialty – recipe to come tomorrow!), a dvd and some wine. Whether you’re married, dating, or footloose and fancy-free – I hope you have a great day and make sure you treat yourself to a little love too (I booked a mani!)

Oh and I read the sweetest thing on the adorable Karina’s blog last night, I felt like I needed to share it with you too… it totally made me teary (ok, it actually made me cry). Here’s a little love story for you…

“My Sweet husband, John, and I were married for 46 years. Each Valentine’s Day, he’d send me the most beautiful flowers containing a note with five simple words: ‘My love for you grows’. Four children, 46 bouquets and a lifetime of love were his legacy to me when he passed away two years ago.

On my first Valentine’s Day alone, 10 months after I lost him, I was shocked to receive a gorgeous bouquet addressed to me… from John. Angry and heartbroken, I called the florist to say there had been a mistake. The florist replied, ‘No, ma’am, it’s not a mistake. Before he passed away, your husband prepaid for many years and asked us to guarantee that you’d continue getting bouquets every Valentine’s Day’. With my heart in my throat, I hung up the phone and read the attached card. It said, ‘My love for you is eternal’.”

Aww…. isn’t that so sweet! I made Chris read it too. Anyway, moving on to the main event… If you were around these parts yesterday, you may have noticed the amazing Erin from Living in Yellow and I are celebrating Valentine’s with a special feature called Love Notes.

A few weeks ago we put the word out to find the biggest lessons you’ve learnt about love, your best pieces of relationship advice and your favorite ways to show someone you love them.

We both loved reading your responses! Following our posts yesterday about the biggest lessons you’ve learnt about love and your favorite ways to show someone you love them, I’m super excited to reveal your best pieces of relationship advice… and if you haven’t shared yours yet, comment below!

Fighting and arguing is normal. Remember that its okay to fight hard, but love harder. Duckie, Frikken Duckie
Never stop making out like teenagers. Ashley, Oh Wells Instead Of What Ifs
Never lose sight of your love for one another. Comprimise is neccessary for a healthy relationship. Debra, Stylewise By Debra

Keep family and friends out of your marriage or relationship. After you blasted your husband / significant other out to your family and friends, and then you make up, then you bring them to the family BBQ. Can we say, awkward? Rekita, Lovely Army Wife

Be yourself from the start. Don’t try to act like someone you’re not to get them to stick around. The truth will always come out. I am a little fireball sometimes. And he loves me anyway! Helene, Helene In Between
Saying sorry is so important! Humbling yourself and being able to admit you are human and you make mistakes helps remove many of the arguments from a relationship! Carisa, Bunnies and Pearls

Don’t sweat the small stuff! It would be silly to tell someone, “We broke up because he kept leaving the toilet seat up.” See what I mean. Don’t sweat the small stuff!! Serena, The Serena Saga

My best piece of relationship advice? Enjoy each others’ company – love, laugh, be silly and have fun. Create memories that you can look back on, reminisce and cherish. These are what create lasting bonds.

I feel like I’m still learning all the ins and outs of how to have a successful relationship and I’ve been in one for five years! I think it’s important to try new things together to create shared experiences. I don’t think it has to be a “big budget” new thing either: Go to a new restaurant, get lost in a new neighborhood, see a movie…but do it together. Nicole, Probably Polka Dots
“No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater” – Sarah Dessen. Through time and life experiences, it’s becomes easier to remind myself nothing is perfect. It would be boring if it was! Melissa, In Her Boots
Spend time with each other in many different ways. Spend time alone, spend time with families and spend time with friends. But mostly, just spend time together. Sometimes I have to remind myself to close the computer/blogs and start cuddling ;-) Chelsea, My Pink Scribbles
My best advice is actually for single people. Don’t go looking for the perfect relationship or try to make it work when it just isn’t. When the perfect relationship is ready to happen, it will and it will probably be when you least expect it. Paige, A Dose of Paige
My best piece of relationship advice comes to you from my Nonna. I’m pretty sure as soon as I turned thirteen, she made it one of her goals to remind me of this almost daily. “Breanna, you need to marry your Best Friend.” I’m so lucky to still have her around today…my best friend and I visit her often :) Breanna, Counting Blessings

Don’t forget me time! It makes together time more fun. Kelli, Dancing In The Rain

Every time you say “I love you” mean it like it’s the first time your saying it. It’s a big word so don’t throw it around. Tara, A Brew of Blessings
Remember that the other person is human too. Love them the way you want them to love you – with high expectations that push you to be a better person, but understanding and accepting your flaws as part of who you are. Elle, Wishing Good Luck
Focus on learning how to be single well, much of which includes learning who you are and how you function as a person). Annie, What She Saw

Pick your battles. Going through a relationship is hard and it takes work. Let the small stuff slide and handle the big stuff with patience and respect. You may yell, but be careful what you say. Teresa, My Day Starts With Chips
To accept and to love. Very simple, yet very hard to do. And my favorite – always end each night with an “i love you” and a kiss no matter what. Marquis, Simply Clarke
Keep the relationship fun. Don’t take everything so seriously. Love one another and respect each other. Brooke, Wide Open Spaces

My best piece of relationship advice is to listen to your heart… kind of like you listen to your stomach when it tells you it wants chips and guac with a shot of tequila. But really, know that only YOU know what’s best for yourself. Kait, GridIron Lipstick

That not all advice people give you will be right for your relationship. You should use your heart and your head. Laura, Fairdale Diaries
The best things in life aren’t free and relationships take a whole lot of work! We can’t expect all smiles and flowers all the time. The best relationships are built on the hardest of times. If it’s meant to be, love will prevail. Yikes sorry to sound cheesy guys! Kim, Polkadot Smile
Committment, Compromise, Communication. Amber, Dawn to Dusk
As a newlywed, I have learned that men CANNOT read your mind. No matter what, you have to communicate your needs and wants in a relationship because men are wired totally different than women. Kalyn, Love.Laughter.Happily Ever After
You only get out of a relationship what you put into it! Good relationships take time and effort. Contribute to the relationship, communicate and show affection! Rebecca, Mommy in Heels

Don’t speak unkindly about your loved one in front of other people, especially when they’re not around. When you’re talking down about the person you love, it doesn’t make you look like a solid pair. Instead let people know about all the wonderful things that person does for you. Kristen, Milo and Molly

Laugh. Smile. Have patience. Listen (even when you don’t want to). Learn to balance the give and take. Relationships cannot survive on giving or taking alone… there must always be a balance. Be crazy attracted to your significant other. Be IN love forever. Jac, Nora & Jac
To laugh! My husband and I took conflicts WAY too seriously our first year of marriage. We have since learned the valuable lesson of laughing through disagreements – through seeing the humor in our differences. Lauren, The Thinking Closet
Always listen to the other person. Whether it’s something they are asking you, something really important or if they are just telling you about their day. Krystal, Unintentional Sahm
Never stop dating your husband once your married. Make date nights a priority. It helps keep the sparks flyin` if you know what I mean! Karla, Forever Newly Wedded

Laugh. All the time. At everything. And kiss…kiss a loooooot. Christina, Every New Day

You are all so fabulous with advice! It’s been such a delight to learn so much from you! If you haven’t shared yet, please do – what’s your best piece of relationship advice?

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