Eight Years of Chocolate Blogging & a Valentine’s Day Giveaway #86

Valentine's Day Giveaway

Giveaway | 14th February 2017 | By

Happy Valentine’s Day. Today is of course a very important day for lovers. For me, however, Valentines Day has additional meaning. it’s the day CT and I set off on our year long adventure around the Antipodes and the day we arrived back home. It’s also the day I started my blog, Chocolate Log Blog, as it was then. So to celebrate this love of all things chocolate, I have a box of luscious chocolates from Hotel Chocolat for one lucky chocolate lover – a Valentine’s Day Giveaway.

Now that Chocolate Log Blog has morphed into Tin and Thyme, I don’t do as much chocolate blogging as I used to, but it’s still very much a passion and I create at least one new chocolate recipe a month. I’m also still running the monthly chocolate blogging challenge, We Should Cocoa. Astonishingly, this has been going for over six years now. Where does the time go?

To mark this blogiversay and my enduring love of chocolate, Hotel Chocolat sent me The Valentine’s. This box of heart shaped delights is from their Sleekster range and contains 27 delectable chocolates. Flavours include a fiery hazelnut praline with habanero chilli, salted espresso, honey, prosecco and gin and passion fruit cream. I love them all, but I was most surprised by the buttered rum, which I think might be my new favourite chocolate.

Valentines Day Giveaway

Anyway, this anniversary is a celebration of my readers too. This blog and the recipes I create would not exist if it wasn’t for you. Thank you so much for reading my posts, trying out my recipes and commenting. A special thank you goes to those who have stuck with me through the years – you deserve a medal! So to the giveaway.

The Valentine Sleekster is obviously no longer appropriate after today. Be not disappointed. For my Valentine’s Day Giveaway, I have a splendid Mother’s Day Sleekster to offer instead. A whopping 350g of dark, milk and white chocolates are filled with pralines, caramel, fruity truffles and tipsy ones too. If you want to get organised for Mother’s Day, which falls on the 26th March this year, this box is available at Hotel Chocolat retail outlets or online for £22.50.

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Hotel Chocolate is kindly offering one Tin and Thyme reader a Hotel Chocolat Mother’s Day Sleekster box worth £22.50. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received who will then be contacted via e-mail. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 3 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked. There are no cash alternatives. 

Valentine's Day Giveaway

The Mother’s Day Sleekster is offered and provided by Hotel Chocolat and Tin and Thyme accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party. Tin and Thyme reserves the right to cancel or amend the giveaway and these terms and conditions without notice.

Closing date is Tuesday 14 March 2017 
Do take a look at the Tin and Thyme giveaways page to see if there’s anything else you’d like to enter.

Hotel Chocolate Valentine’s Day

 I was sent the Hotel Chocolat Valentine Sleekster as a thank you. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own.


  1. Leave a Reply

    Tracy K Nixon
    14th February 2017

    It is a day to spend time with your loved ones, whether it is a partner, your family or a pet. And if you are completely on your own, you can treat yourself to something you love or enjoy!

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      Emma Eminoglu
      1st March 2017

      To appreciate your better half.

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    Jo Glasspool
    14th February 2017

    Its a day to spoil and be spoilt. Just have fun together.

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    Rebecca Nisbet
    14th February 2017

    another expense!! but a good reason to get spoilt!!

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    Tracey Peach
    14th February 2017

    Nothing much to be honest because I’m single I just treat it as a normal day But I do love Hotel Chocolat 🙂 x

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    Peter Watson
    14th February 2017

    Valentine’s Day is a celebration of lust and lust means choccies.

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    Debbie Smith
    14th February 2017

    for me it means getting flowers and my partner being nice to me lol xx

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    14th February 2017

    It means a time to enjoy all the pretty things that people put out. I don’t really go for Valentine’s Day in the typical sense because I don’t think a special day is needed to show someone you love them. Heart and flower shaped goodies are never a bad thing though!

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    14th February 2017

    I love Hotel Chocolat and would love to win this! To me Valentine’s day is all about having a great day spending time with my husband and children

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    Katie Skeoch
    14th February 2017

    It’s a day where I remind myself how lucky I am to have my partner & gorgeous boys around me.

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    Angie McDonald
    14th February 2017

    To me it’s just a day that represents the love that we all appreciate

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    William Gould
    14th February 2017

    It really doesn’t mean that much as we’ve been married for so long. It meant an “extra effort of wooing day” when I was younger and single though! lol

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    Tania Atfield
    14th February 2017

    It means a day to cherish with each other – if we have the time

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    emma walters
    14th February 2017

    a day to just take five in the mad rush of the morning and have that extra hug and cup of tea together

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    Isabel O
    14th February 2017

    It doesn’t really mean that much to be honest as I’m single but I’ll still curl up with a good book and my cat snuggled up on my feet this evening. 🙂

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    Kim M
    14th February 2017

    I think it’s a lovely day to make that extra effort for your loved one to show them how much you care x

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    Kim Neville
    14th February 2017

    Having some romantic time with my OH and a nice Italian meal, prosecco and praline chocolates

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      Clara E
      14th March 2017

      I’d love to win some of these yummy chocs

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    14th February 2017

    Happy Blogiversary Choclette. Blogging world has changed so much and there are only a few blogs I follow loyally, though I may not always comment and yours is one of them. I am genuinely so happy for you and truly wish you many many good years of blogging and happiness with your CT.

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      14th February 2017

      Aw, thank you so much Shaheen. Blogging has truly changed, so I do really appreciate comments and interaction from my vintage blogging friends.

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    frances hopkins
    14th February 2017

    We don’t really do a lot on valentines day, I just think love should be shown all year – not just on one day x

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    laura banks
    14th February 2017

    we usually end up celebrating it on a weekend near to the day if it falls on a weekday so its not really a special day as such to us

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    Iris W
    14th February 2017

    Happy Blogaversiary. We don’t really do anything special on Valentines Day, but I would love these chocolates though and would share with my loved ones

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    Sophie Roberts
    14th February 2017

    I don’t see it as a particularly special day, it’s crazy to express how you feel about someone on one day of the year. It should be all year round!

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    14th February 2017

    Valentine’s Day used to be a day when people could let others know that they had romantic intentions, although as Valentine’s cards were anonymous and not signed with real names, I’m not sure how that worked! It would be nice to go back to a gentler sort of celebration, and take the emphasis off spending money!

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      15th February 2017

      Yes, so true Suelle. It’s rather sad that it’s become associated with so much commercial hype.

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    Anthony Harrington
    14th February 2017

    It means a lot to us as our Daughter was born on a Valentines Day, so extra special

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    14th February 2017

    It’s just a nice way to think about my family and be thankful for them.

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    Virginia C.
    14th February 2017

    It is not a particularly special day for me. I think it’s quite commercial and an excuse to get people to spend money. I much prefer romantic gestures like cooking a meal for my partner or going for a long walk with him.

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    14th February 2017

    All I want is chocolate chocolate chocolate. Happy Valentine’s Day to me 🙂 lol

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    Stephanie Coals
    14th February 2017

    Have to admit that i’m not a fan of it, I think the idea behind it is lovely but it has now become so over commercialised and present focused that it’s lost its meaning for me.

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    14th February 2017

    Congratulations on the anniversaries, funny how some dates are are occurring theme in our lives. Love the idea of creating a new recipe every month, where does the inspiration come from?

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      15th February 2017

      Thanks Linda. Feb 14th is definitely an interesting day for me, but not in the obvious sense. Inspiration for creating recipes probably comes from thinking about food far too much.

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    Jenna Parrington
    14th February 2017

    For me it’s all about letting the person you love know how much they mean to you. It’s not all about the gifts.

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    Spencer Broadley
    15th February 2017

    Absolutely nothing – it is too cmomercialised and over-priced. A card and a home-made meal at home with possibly candles and wine is all that is needed

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    Eb Gargano
    15th February 2017

    Happy Blogiversary!!! Wow 8 years – you must have seen a lot of changes in blogging over the last 8 years…wishing you many more years of happy blogging! Eb x

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      16th February 2017

      Thanks Eb. Indeed, things are vastly different now, but I’m hoping I can hang on in there for a few more years yet.

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    Helen Thurston
    15th February 2017

    We don’t do much more than a card for Valentines Day (and some years we don’t even do that!) – far too commercialised. Having said that – nothing like a Happy Valentines Day text to make me smile 🙂

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    Jennifer Bruce
    15th February 2017

    Valentine’s day is a nice excuse for a bit of fun, even if it with not spending any money. We find our own way, our favourite meal, a “no tech” night and family time.

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    Donna S
    15th February 2017

    Valentine’s day means a nice meal probably a takeaway and some chocolates … or flowers… maybe both

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    Natalie Crossan
    15th February 2017

    A celebration of love…. and chocs….. and champers 😉 😀

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    felicity smith
    15th February 2017

    it’s my birthday so it means never going out in a group with friends as places don’t want a group booking and your friends are all off with their significant other anyway…

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      16th February 2017

      Oh nooooooooo! Perhaps you could have an official birthday and then you can choose your own date.

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    15th February 2017

    Congratulations! 14 Feb is a significant day for you and the chocolates look lovely. Now you just need to organise another trip to the Antipodes to celebrate 🙂

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      16th February 2017

      Hahaha, indeed that would be wonderful Johanna, especially as I now have family living in Melbourne.

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    melanie stirling
    16th February 2017

    Valentines day isn’t very different to any other day to me,my husband and I tell each other we love them about 20 times a day anyway.I did get nice flowers and a card though.

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    Helen Moulden
    16th February 2017

    I think it’s a day where companies make a lot of money. Romance shouldn’t be about just one day, it should be everyday.

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    Victoria Prince
    16th February 2017

    To me Valentine’s Day is a day to make your loved one feel particularly special, and celebrate your love for each other

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    Jinger Kat
    16th February 2017

    These chocolates look so special, I’m sure they taste great too. I’m a huge chocoholic

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    16th February 2017

    everyday is love and valetines day

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    Natalie White
    16th February 2017

    A chance to spoil each other! 🙂

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    kate kathurima
    17th February 2017

    Valentine is just another day me and my husband as one of us is always working

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    Sarahann Tonner
    17th February 2017

    Fir me, Valentines day is just a bit of din. I don’t take it seriously, we don’t exchange lavish gifts and are quite happy just using it as an excuse for more chocolate.

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    Jayne Townson
    17th February 2017

    Valentine’s Days to me means chocolate! We don’t bother with cards as it just seems an excuse for the card shops to make money, but I do like having a box of yummy valentines day chocolates.

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    Kirsty Fox
    18th February 2017

    It’s time for me and my husband to spend together, just us.

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    sam macaree
    18th February 2017

    i’m currently single so it means nothing to me! (except cheap chocolate in the days after!)

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    Kat Lucas
    18th February 2017

    Valentines means taking extra time and effort to show your partner how much you care about them

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    Sirley Young
    19th February 2017

    It’s a good excuse to go heart mad in my planner 🙂

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    19th February 2017

    It means a warm breeze in the air and a spring in your step

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    Laura Nice
    19th February 2017

    Just to have time alone with my partner which we every rarely do.

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    19th February 2017

    Treat my mum to a day out and always have chocolates. Happy Mothers Day

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    Samantha O'D
    19th February 2017

    We don’t do valentines day, it’s not really a big deal to us

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    clair downham
    21st February 2017

    nothing as we have got older we are always too busy with the kids

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    Kim Styles
    22nd February 2017

    An excuse for a meal out !!

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    Liam Bishop
    24th February 2017

    Just showing my wife how much I still love her. We don’t go mad, but we do something together and make time for it.

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    Tee simpson
    24th February 2017

    It means a day where I think about loved ones past and present

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    Lin Martin
    25th February 2017

    A day to remind us how we should all be more loving, to everyone everyday and chocolate should always be quality!

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    Emma Ferguson
    25th February 2017

    It is a day to show how much you love that person

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    25th February 2017

    Just a day to exchange a card and remind each other of our love x

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    Elaine Savage
    25th February 2017

    Celebrating the very day we met, 42 years ago!

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    Rob Hutchinson
    25th February 2017

    Valentine’s Day means nothing to me – it’s just a day, like any other day.

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    Susan Lloyd
    25th February 2017

    It’s a good excuse for us to spoil each other x

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    Laura Todd
    25th February 2017

    Valentines day mean to me a special day to celebrate love & have a few chocs!

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    Harline Parkin
    25th February 2017

    To me it’s a time to rekindle a relationship with a loved one when sometimes in the year you just don’t get the chance for that lovely romance with both of us working

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    iain maciver
    25th February 2017

    a bit of pampering for my wife

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    lia sturman
    25th February 2017

    Valentine’s day means a nice meal probably a takeaway and some chocolates

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    Romana Richards
    25th February 2017

    It means little to us now. We did celebrate it when first courting, then we were married, kids came along, work became busy, kids now left and married and we have retired and sort of celebrate it continually by loving companionship. We enjoy and excuse to make a special meal whether it’s chineses new year, national sweet potato day or valentines. However, I am partial to the odd very nice chocolate treat, bunch of daisies or great tasting tipple but that is an expected ‘surprise’ year-round.

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      25th February 2017

      All sounds just as it should be. But now I want to know about sweet potato day 🙂

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    pete c
    25th February 2017

    an opportunity to express the love you have for your partner

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    kim wallace
    25th February 2017

    we have been married 27 years so just another day as every day special

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    Jennifer hull
    25th February 2017

    Nice day to share a meal and choc

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    Beverley Cousins
    25th February 2017

    To pen quality time together doing things you would not normally do

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    Hazel Rea
    25th February 2017

    A day to spend with my husband – we’ve been married over 30 years.

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    Brad Start
    25th February 2017

    Hotel Chocolat is so yummy, I’d love to win it for my mummy!

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    kat pope
    25th February 2017

    absolutely nothing. i’ve been single for a very very long time!

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    Angela Treadway
    25th February 2017

    to be honest you should show your partner you care everyday, not just valentines day x

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    Claire C
    25th February 2017

    Valentine’s Day for me is a bit of fun. A chance to show your loved one you care about them, and to do something nice. Me and my husband always treat it as a fun day, a chance for a silly present and to appreciate what we have.

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    25th February 2017

    The day to show the one you love that you love them and spoil them a bit 🙂

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    Maria Hackett
    25th February 2017

    a day with the family. we usually go out for a meal but this year we have twin babies so we just did a takeaway. x

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    Lorraine Mabbitt
    25th February 2017

    It’s a day of romance with the person you are dating or been with a long time

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    Alix boswell
    26th February 2017

    Another day to waste money – be single and buy yourself cake instead!

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    Keith Hunt
    26th February 2017

    Not a lot as we gave up getting gifts and just take a posh holiday each year.

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    Jennifer Haden
    26th February 2017

    Valentine’s is a day where we get to show our love to those we don’t normally always remind, that we do indeed love and cherish them greatly 🙂 x

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    Claire Woods
    26th February 2017

    Showing the person I love that I love them.

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    Hannah Scudder
    26th February 2017

    It is a good excuse for a date night with your partner.

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    kelly wheelhouse
    26th February 2017

    valentine’s day is just another day to me. the way I feel is that if you love someone you show it every day of the year, one day shouldn’t be any different to the others 🙂

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    Caroline Hunter
    26th February 2017

    I think it’s just an nice day to say I love you to someone special in your life. I know some people are a bit bah humbug about it but it doesn’t have to cost anything. To cook some one a nice meal or have an extra cuddle is enough 🙂

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    jo liddement
    26th February 2017

    We don’t usually celebrate Valentines Day but this year we actually crossed the border from Cornwall into Devon and went for a nice meal at an Italian restaurant.

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    Lindsey Stuart
    26th February 2017

    I actually really enjoy Valentines 🙂 To me it means date night! 🙂 I either prepare a nice meal at home for my partner and I or we go out! This year I made a lovely steak dinner and I was treated to lovely flowers and candles! To me it isn’t about giving it is just nice to have a romantic evening in together 🙂

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    Sheena Batey
    26th February 2017

    It shouldn’t really be any different to any other day but it makes you stop and consider each other. The same goes for Mother’s day.

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    Suzanne O'Neill
    26th February 2017

    Its the day when i go into work and come out in the daylight 🙂

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    27th February 2017

    Take time out to appreciate each other and reminisce about the old times together and when you met, or got engaged or married.

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    27th February 2017

    Valentines day for me means showing my family even more how much i love them by having love themed stuff such as for breakfast we have love heart pancakes

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    maria blythin
    27th February 2017

    it means love and fun to me and its also my wedding anniversary on valentines day x

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    Rachel Craig
    27th February 2017

    Valentine’s Day is for Celebrating Romantic Love. A Delicios meal and night at the theatre can be a wonderful way to Celebrate Valentines with a loved one.

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    Judith Allen
    27th February 2017

    I’m not really a fan, especially not of all the commercial pressure. It’s just a day. Though chocolate is always welcome.

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    Tracy Newton
    28th February 2017

    To me, Valentines Day means spending time with your loved ones.

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    Angela Kelly
    28th February 2017

    I don’t think you should need a special day to tell someone you love them.

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    Alison Johnson
    28th February 2017

    Love the chocolates & flowers but to be honest every day is Valentines Day with my Hubby. He is very romantic & I know I am lucky.

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    Ann-Marie Gould
    28th February 2017

    i dont have a partner but i think its a nice day to spoil someone you love and spend time with family

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    Zoe C
    28th February 2017

    An excuse to spend even more time with my husband!

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    Alexandra Dixon-Mersh
    28th February 2017

    Chocolates and a lovely meal!

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    28th February 2017

    Valentine’s day is a wonderful idea to think about loved ones, that has sadly turned too commercial

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    barbara daniels
    28th February 2017

    spending time with each other and being generous and loving

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    Christine Forbes
    28th February 2017

    I love Valentine’s Day. It’s one of the very rare occasions my husband & I have a night out without the children!

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    Rachel Smith
    28th February 2017

    It’s time for me and my boyfriend to spend quality time together

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    Colette Booth
    28th February 2017

    A day to tressure with the special women in your family and to feel treasured

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    Louise Comb
    28th February 2017

    Being honest, Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that much to me and me fella. We used to buy each other cards, and have a special meal. But the thing is, I’m a very lucky lady when it comes to love. Every day is like Valentine’s Day, so we don’t really need a ‘special’ day to celebrate it. Having said that, we would still give these yummy chocs a very good home, if I’m lucky enough to win 🙂

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    Ali Thorpe
    28th February 2017

    It’s a day to spoil one another but I think it’s good to make the effort all year round.

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    Lisa Buckley
    28th February 2017

    Being soppy with my other half…and staying at home for a nice meal

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    Jan Beal
    28th February 2017

    A time to appreciate the years we’ve spent together and the love we still share

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    28th February 2017

    Not a lot now we have been married for 11 years, we don’t bother with it any more, we treat each other all year long 🙂

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    Huw Jones
    28th February 2017

    Had a taste of these in their store the other day, if I don’t win will definitely be buying my mother a box!!

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    Emily Turner
    28th February 2017

    Despite believing that Valentine’s Day is far too commercialised, and that I love my boyfriend every day of the year, I love setting aside a special day to appreciate each other and show our love 🙂

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    glenn hutton
    28th February 2017

    I think it is a bit of a con as if you do not show it all year round then what’s the point? Invented consumerism, but yes I do buy a card and some chocs… 🙂

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    Paul Wilson
    28th February 2017

    If you’re a bloke it means you have to pay through the nose, or your really pay the price.

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    Helen W
    28th February 2017

    It’s a day to spend time with loved ones. and show them that you appreciate them.

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    Jodie Cook
    1st March 2017

    It is a day to stop and think about how much you appreciate your loved ones and show them you care.

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    Rich Tyler
    1st March 2017

    It means making sure the other person knows how much you think of them

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    Maxine G
    1st March 2017

    We don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, it just seems a shame that it takes a ‘day’ to tell someone special how special they are to you!

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    Emily Knight
    1st March 2017

    It doesn’t really mean anything to us! We get each other a card, but that’s it – it’s all a bit too commercialised for us…

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    Fiona K
    1st March 2017

    To me it is an excuse to buy chocolates and flowers

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    Jane Allen
    1st March 2017

    Not a great deal really. I have never bothered much with Valentines day. I do like the discount valentines chocolate in the shops after though!

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    Kelly Miotti
    1st March 2017

    Just another day. You should spoil and show your love everyday, not just because convention says you should. Still I will always get my partner a small card and maybe a little treat or a night away in a local English pub.

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    T. Brailey
    1st March 2017

    Cared for, loved, respected and happy. I love valentines day as it makes you feel as one.

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    Andrew Petrie
    1st March 2017

    Valentine’s day to me is a very good meal with a very good bottle. And just the two of us.

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    Helen Tovell
    1st March 2017

    The chance to spoil the ones you love

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    Laura Jeffs
    1st March 2017

    Valentines Day doesn’t mean a great deal to me, to be honest..if you love your partner you cherish them every day, not just one day a year..Having said that, my hubby and I do tend to go out for a nice meal on Valentines Day

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    Helen Tovell
    1st March 2017

    The chance to spend time with and spoil those you love, not just your partner

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    Bob Clark
    1st March 2017

    A time to reflect on 35 years of happy marriage

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    Claire Nutman
    1st March 2017

    Answering honestly, nothing but a chance for commercialism to shine its light, we are romantic throughout the year and make time genuinely, not when society tell us too !

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    Freya Knudsen
    1st March 2017

    It doesn’t mean a huge amount to me as my partner is nice to me all year round and loving although its the one time of year where I might get a bunch of flowers.

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    Clare Hubbard
    1st March 2017

    It’s just another day for us, we don’t sent cards to each other but we do try and sit down together after the children go to bed.

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    1st March 2017

    A wee meal out with my husband and some time for ourselves x

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    Lorraine Stone
    1st March 2017

    Being spoilt, maybe with flowers and chocolates too! Time for a cuddle-up on the sofa.

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    Mark Johnson
    1st March 2017

    Valetines Day is a very commercial day, a day for tokens and avoidance of commercialism

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    Helen Winson
    1st March 2017

    Is a day to cherish and spoil, loved ones!

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    Fiona Martin
    1st March 2017

    Valentines Day for me is a day to spend quality time with your loved ones, make an effort, spend the evening together away from tablets and phones!

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    Christine Taylor
    1st March 2017

    It means giving cards and having cuddles, maybe dinner for two at home or a movie night – nothing flash x

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    Jamielee Wells
    1st March 2017

    Valentines day is a day to spend with loved ones. Im not a huge celebrator of valentines day to be honest as i feel you should be able to celebrate your love any day of the year

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    Lauren Tourle
    1st March 2017

    Its a day to spend time with your loved ones and show them how much you appreciate them 🙂

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    Louise Smith
    1st March 2017

    Its the day one of the year we get to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner together and the only time my hubby sends me flowers!

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    Debbie W
    1st March 2017

    Unfortunately it means nothing to my husband so we don’t celebrate it, but we see eye to eye on most things so I tend to let him off the hook!

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    1st March 2017

    It means nothing to me as Im single

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    Louise A
    1st March 2017

    Doesn’t mean much to me, we have never celebrated it either by way of card or present

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    maddlena dalton
    1st March 2017

    It means romance and showing your other half you care

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    Laura H
    1st March 2017

    It’s something special between me and my partner that doesn’t involve the kids!

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    Jo Young
    1st March 2017

    It doesn’t mean much as we don’t celebrate it.

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    Carole E
    1st March 2017

    It’s a nice chance to spend some time with loved ones. We don’t have to spend money on presents. Time is more precious.

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    Heidi Brown
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    1st March 2017

    A chance to show my other half that they are

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    greig spencer
    1st March 2017

    a good reason to get spoilt

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    Phillipa ODonovan
    1st March 2017

    Nothing much, I think it puts pressure on people to impress, especially with social media. My partner and I ignore it completely

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    Sam McKean
    1st March 2017

    Valentines is a lovely way to show someone how much they mean to you

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    Steven S
    1st March 2017

    Being honest, very little. Comes soon after Xmas, my B’day and our Anniversary. Everything is expensive so would rather leave for another time and really treat my wife to a special day. We do discuss though so I know we are on the same page.

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    Alan Chung
    1st March 2017

    Valentines Day is about spending time with your loved ones and making them know they are special

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    Emma Wallace
    1st March 2017

    To be honest Valentines has lost its appeal over the years now that Im married – but I still celebrate it with a takeaway and small (non-romantic) gift

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    Jo Carroll
    1st March 2017

    I treat Valentine’s Day in a similar way to how I treat Mother’s Day…it’s an unashamed opportunity to tell your nearest and dearest how much they really mean to you. We don’t say it enough in day to day life do we?

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    Elisabeth Ries
    1st March 2017

    It might be seen as a bit commercial, but it is a nice day to make some time for your loved ones.

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    Rachael G
    1st March 2017

    A day to celebrate our relationship.

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    Kellie McIntyre
    1st March 2017

    Absolutely nothing-it’s just a normal day where flowers and chocolate prices increase!

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    Kev C
    1st March 2017

    its a chance to show mum some extra appreciation on her special day 🙂

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    Sarah Birkett
    2nd March 2017

    over commercialised. more aimed at the under 25s I think. I dont like someone buying flowers because he “has” to, it doesnt mean anything

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    Andy Burns
    2nd March 2017

    we dont go in for the commercial side what we do is come together as a family, make a lovely meal together and generally just have a special film night it with some extra goodies. My wife and i do however make our own cards for one another

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    Claire Conniff
    2nd March 2017

    Its just another day in the calendar. I don’t need to be told a particular day to tell or show my partner I love them.

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    Danielle Spencer
    2nd March 2017

    Valentine’s day is a day to spend with your loved ones, doing things you love. Not buying over priced flowers or going out to eat! haha.

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    Ruth Harwood
    2nd March 2017

    Well, to me, it’s just a way for companies to make you buy stuff you don’t need!!

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    2nd March 2017

    I’m afraid to say I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s day. I would prefer to give or get given a pressie out of the blue rather than on a set date.

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    Clare H
    2nd March 2017

    I hate it! overhyped and just another excuse for the shops to get money out of you!

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    Ursula Hunt
    3rd March 2017

    It means time to concentrate on your loved one

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    leanne weir
    3rd March 2017

    It means I should change the bed sheets. Only joking!

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    Jo Hutchinson
    4th March 2017

    Valentines Day is about spoiling your loved one even if its just to show how much you love them still.

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    Kirsten S
    4th March 2017

    Chocolate, lots of chocolate, and a reminder that my partner is the best. Then a little bit more chocolate.

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    4th March 2017

    To be honest: not a great deal. We go out for a meal but not usually on the day itself as we are both too rubbish to book a table in time

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    bella smyth
    4th March 2017

    To be honest with you not a great deal. Its just another day and a waste of money, i hate wasting cash so if my partner came home with flowers id be very cross as we live with a strict budget and its hard enough as it is without spending cash we dont have.

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    hali kinson
    4th March 2017

    an excuse to go out for a meal!

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    tammy westrup
    4th March 2017

    Taking time out to say/show how much you care

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    Ben Robb
    4th March 2017

    making more of an effort to express my love + passion!

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    Sam Rhodes
    4th March 2017

    Means spending time and enjoying and appreciating the person you love!

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    Kate Knight
    4th March 2017

    Time to spend quality time with my boyfriend

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    Kristy Brown
    4th March 2017

    A chance to spoil my man but be disappointed that he forgot 🙂

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    amy bondoc
    4th March 2017

    i dont celebrate valentines day at all probably cause i never get a gift. id be lucky if hubby remembers our wedding anniversay!

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    aaron reck
    4th March 2017

    Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. There is not enough love in the world. I think it’s more about the love of all mankind and being good to each other promoting each other in a way that is positive and beneficial to all. Everyday should be Valentine’s Day!

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    claire griffiths
    5th March 2017

    a day to spoil your loved ones

  187. Leave a Reply

    Heather brannan
    5th March 2017

    It’s a super romantic day that you spend with your partner doing special things together

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    Louise McArthur
    5th March 2017

    It’s a time for family I think, my son always runs me a bubble bath bless him

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    Emma Lycett
    5th March 2017

    Nothing, we should spread light and love every day of the year

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      5th March 2017

      Definitely Emma. If we all did that, the world would be a truly wonderful place.

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    5th March 2017

    another day to spend time with my husband, but I like to do that everyday

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    Sarah Ann
    5th March 2017

    It doesn’t mean much to us, we buy each other chocolates but don’t take it too seriously!

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    Susan Smith
    5th March 2017

    Oh wow, when i was younger it used to be the big think, sending and receiving cards, but i am now too long in the tooth to bother with it

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    Lynne Oconnor
    5th March 2017

    After over 30 years together it’s not really a big deal

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    Linda Griffiths
    5th March 2017

    it means spending time with the one you love

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    Shannon O'Donnell
    6th March 2017

    It’s a day to show your loved ones how grateful you are for their love and support and a chance to return the favour with any number of gestures to fit the budget

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    Susan Hoggett
    6th March 2017

    I must admit we don’t usually bother and prefer to save our money to put towards other things but I do like the idea of having a romantic day with my hubby.

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    Sarah Rees
    6th March 2017

    Not an awful lot really, we have been together years so we don’t really celebrate it at all. We usually celebrate our anniversary though

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    Kirsty M
    6th March 2017

    Like to have a nice meal for the family and a yummy desert but apart from that my hubby and I don’t do presents.

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    Keri Jones
    6th March 2017

    To me Valentines is just another day. My husband went all out for our very first Valentines together and I doubt he will ever be able to top it so we don’t celebrate x

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    Christine Caple
    6th March 2017

    We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, we have special days throughout the year though.

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    Lisa Wilkinson
    8th March 2017

    We don’t do a lot for Valentine’s Day. This year we just used it as an excuse to get a takeaway

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    Kimberley Ryan
    8th March 2017

    A little bit of fun and can be quite nice, but overly commercialised

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    Katy Malkin
    8th March 2017

    Just a day to love and be loved, hopefully like every day!

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    Victoria Hall
    9th March 2017

    A chance to say thank you for all you do

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    Patricia Avery
    9th March 2017

    Valentine’s Day is a chance for hubby and I to sit back and reflect on all that has happened since we celebrated our 1st one together in 1968. We count our many blessings 🙂

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    Rebecca L
    10th March 2017

    It’s largely commercialised – we prefer to do spontaneous thing through the year instead!

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    Sarah Wilson
    10th March 2017

    It means the chance to do something special for my husband.

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    Maureen Quinnell
    11th March 2017

    an overcommercialised made up day that manufacturers play on to boost sales – but I am still happy to receive a present…

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    Emma Jackson
    11th March 2017

    It doesn’t mean anything to me, its a day when companies over-charge for flowers, cards, meals etc. Every day is a day to celebrate love and show those you care about that you love them <3

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    Ann MacLean Fleming
    11th March 2017

    A chance to relax and spend some quality time together after a frenetic time at work helping other people get the perfect gifts for their loved ones

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    Anthea Holloway
    11th March 2017

    Valentine’s Day means a lot to me because I have celebrated 52 of these with my husband and everyone has been very special to us.

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    Lindsey Loughtman
    11th March 2017

    Valentines Day means a special meal and time together … we don’t do cards or presents

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    donna l jones
    12th March 2017

    to have a date night when you have children

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    Ellie Wood
    12th March 2017

    Spending time with my mum watching the great british bake off with a good G&T

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    Jackie Stevens
    12th March 2017

    Valentines Day used to mean more to me when I was younger but it was very special this year as it was the first Valentines I’ve had since getting engaged!

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    Rennene Hartland
    12th March 2017

    Valentines means to me spending quality time with your loved one and showing them how much you appreciate them

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    Christina Palmer
    12th March 2017

    Valentines is a time to spend some quality time together. Time for a treat – a takeaway and a bottle of wine

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    Meryl Thomas
    12th March 2017

    It’s a day to treasure your loved one, and to reflect on the love that is between you. It’s nice to have and give a pressie too as a token of the love between you. I always like to craft a pressie for my husband on Valentine’s day- I think it means more than one that is bought.

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    Emma Nixon
    12th March 2017

    We dont usually do much on valentines day. I prefer random surprises. I find it overpriced and commercialised

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    sheri Darby
    12th March 2017

    Not a lot our weeding anniversary is far more meaningful

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    Ruth Palmer
    12th March 2017

    Valentines day means….my birthday!!

  222. Leave a Reply

    Em S
    12th March 2017

    Valentine’s day is just another day for me, I try to remember buying a card for my husband but that’s about it.

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    Jeremy Andrews
    12th March 2017

    I avoid the commercial side but make sure I make my wife feel special like every other day.

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    Laura-Jane Baker
    13th March 2017

    We don’t buy in to the fuss of Valentine’s day by spending extortionate amounts on each other but we do take the time so appreciate each other so it’s a good reminder not to take each other for granted.

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    claire wilkinson
    13th March 2017

    Sorry but nothing!!! I think its a waste of money, we can tell each other we love them every day

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    Andrew Hindley
    13th March 2017

    It’s a day to show your loved one that you really care

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    Lucy Robinson
    13th March 2017

    I love Valentines Day its the only time I get a present and some flowers.

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    Sandra Jo Siddall
    13th March 2017

    Not very much to me because I am a single pringle but me and the kids usually have a movie night and pizza on Valentines day.

  229. Leave a Reply

    Michaela Jennings
    13th March 2017

    It’s a day to show your loved one how much you appreciate them

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    13th March 2017

    A chance to spend some time with loved ones and show them you care

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    13th March 2017

    To me Valentines Day means spending time cuddled up with my boyfriend and enjoying each others company. We show each other how much we love each other all the time, but Valentines Day is just an excuse to spend time as just us together and snuggle up. 🙂

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    Karen R
    13th March 2017

    It’s just a day to remind us not to take loved ones for granted

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    13th March 2017

    Rather bah Humbug, but it’s overhyped and has lost sight of the romantic roots.

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    Lynsey Buchanan
    13th March 2017

    Valentines day is a bunch of commercial nonsense and not that important to me.

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    Kat Allinson
    13th March 2017

    I think that Valentines day is getting too expensive and commercial, I like the token gestures but that’s enough for me

  236. Leave a Reply

    lesley brown
    13th March 2017

    For me, valentines day will now forever be the anniversary of my first labour…my son’s birthday is 15th February!

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    Lindy Hine
    13th March 2017

    Blatant commercialisation – it’s the rest of the year (and every year) that counts 🙂

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    natalie holland
    13th March 2017

    A little reminder to tell who you love how much you love them. (And mainly: An excuse to eat good food, drink nice wine and overindulge with your special someone!).

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    Bev Cannar
    13th March 2017

    Not a lot , we try to make time together every month, even a night in the campervan in a field nearby..

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    Diane Duggan
    14th March 2017

    It’s over commercialised but chocolates and extra attention are nice.

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    ellie spider
    14th March 2017

    Valentines day means absolutely nothing to me – I’m single but even if I wasnt it wouldnt be a big deal – i think you should show someone you love them every day rather than just one day a year

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    Rachel Heap
    14th March 2017

    I dont really think much of Valentines Day, I think you should be nice and treat your partner no matter whatever the occassion. x

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    sion gibby
    14th March 2017

    i’m afraid it’s a bit too commerical these days!

  244. Leave a Reply

    emma davison
    14th March 2017

    Too commercialised and about spending money. Pretty depressing all round really.

  245. Leave a Reply

    Geoff Hibbert
    14th March 2017

    It doesn’t mean anything to me because I’m an old age pensioner and I don’t bother anymore

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    Maria Jane Knight
    14th March 2017

    To me it means another gimmick to make money…me and my fella have been together 14 years and celebrate our love every day.

  247. Leave a Reply

    Donna Gilligan
    14th March 2017

    It means that the shops make loads of money! Other than that not much, I tell him I love him every day!

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    Ema J Lowe
    14th March 2017

    for me its just like any other day and I think its too commercialised these days.

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    laura cooper
    14th March 2017

    An excuse to have a lovely date with the person you love and spoil each other

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    Dawn Samples
    14th March 2017

    It doesn’t mean a lot to me at the moment as I’m not part of a couple. This year my daughter had a valentines disco so it was nice to be involved getting her ready for the disco so I could still be a part of iit x

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    Pat Stubbs
    14th March 2017

    hype, commercialism and alot of anxiety for those whose loved ones don’t ” deliver”

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    Tamsin Dean
    14th March 2017

    Not really one for all the mushy stuff, but partner is, normally do things over the year

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    14th March 2017

    It’s a good excuse to go out for a meal or have a takeaway

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    George Wright
    14th March 2017

    It gives us an excuse to have a special dinner & a bottle of wine!

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    Dawn Underwood
    14th March 2017

    I love it – I always get a nice card and a bunch of flowers

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    14th March 2017

    The day we don’t need to feel bad for buying more expensive piece of meat to cook a lovely dinner or treat ourselves to a meal out 🙂

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    Christine Hobbs
    14th March 2017

    I love Valentines Day for showing your Love in a well meaning way and not just with gifts, although chocolates are much appreciated and even if your single if you love someone show them by a gesture of cooking a meal or cup of tea on this special day.

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    Jessica Hutton
    14th March 2017

    It’s a day to spend with your loved ones. It’s not about expensive gifts to us. It’s more about quality time together xx

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    sue mcdermott
    14th March 2017

    Valentines is special to me as it was when my Husband proposed to me, we’ve been married for 27 years now!

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    Hannah Smith
    14th March 2017

    Valentines day used to drive me mad, but now I’ve got a long term boyfriend I quite enjoy it. We try to do something quite low key as the restaurants and shops always charge a fortune!

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    Cathy O
    14th March 2017

    A special day to remember just what love is and hopefully be spoilt too!

  262. Leave a Reply

    hannah oneill
    14th March 2017

    not that fussed about it. we don’t get cards for each other

  263. Leave a Reply

    14th March 2017

    Just a little time for each other

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    Claire Nelson
    14th March 2017

    Appreciating being loved. Spending time with family and indulging in something that you enjoy.

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    Judy Beba-Brown
    14th March 2017

    A day for cards and roses and a special meal – and having my clean socks all paired up for me! Ok, maybe a little unusual, but it makes me feel cherished.

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    Angela Macdonald
    14th March 2017

    I think it is just about appreciating the loved ones in your life, although I do think Valentines Day held more importance when I was younger and you sent cards as a secret admirer (and even received them from a secret admirer sometimes! with lovely/funny poems in them) x

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    sharon martin
    14th March 2017

    a day for relaxing and having some child free time to spoil ourselves

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    Petra Hora
    14th March 2017

    A dinner for my and my other half.

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    14th March 2017

    I make sure my wife knows just how much I love her on 365 days of the year. She forbids me to buy her forced and over-priced flowers for Valentine’s Day

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    Kerryanne Atkinson
    14th March 2017

    To me it means the one day you stop being distracted and to focus on and show appreciation to your loved ones,

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    Dawn Hull
    14th March 2017

    For me Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to spend quality time with my husband.

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    cheryl hadfield
    14th March 2017

    I think Valentines is very over commercialised, I don’t need one day to say I love you

  273. Leave a Reply

    Monika Bascombe
    14th March 2017

    My favourite mummy moment is when i go for parent evening to my son school to hear how smart and well mannered my boy is. I burst with pride

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    Jennifer Odell
    14th March 2017

    It’s a day for romantic love.

    I don’t get the whole sending a valentine’s card to your son, daughter, auntie, uncle, grandma, cat, dog etc.

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    tracy sinclair
    14th March 2017

    Valentines Day to me, means a day of being spoilt, whether its you being spoilt or you’re spoiling someone special, maybe with a special gift and a nice card, something different to the usual day x

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    Adrian Bold
    14th March 2017

    Valentines to me is a chance to spoil and show how much you love the person you are with, if you are lucky enough to be with someone.

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