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I Might Be Single But I Still Love Valentine’s Day And The Love I Show Myself

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It’s February and soon restaurants will be filled with couples eating pasta by candlelight and florists in a frenzy delivering bouquets to offices around the country in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

As a single person who has been single for quite some time, the heart-decorated holiday should fill me with dread if life was portrayed as a romantic comedy. Like, I haven’t had a date on Valentine’s Day since Enrique Iglesias’ ‘Bailando’ was regularly played on the radio. However, I love Valentine’s Day.

My love for Valentine’s Day started when I was still in elementary school.

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Growing up, I waited excitedly for the holiday every year. Really, it was only so I could check out which new cartoon designs came out on Valentine’s Day cards. I made sure to meticulously plan out which Valentine’s Day cards I would give my classmates so that I wasn’t repeating from the year before.

My mom and I made it a tradition throughout elementary and middle school to pick out little rose plants or flower pots to give to my teachers and coaches. Once, my coach even brought me the very first rose bud that grew as a thank you gift. All the feels.

In college, I still made it a point to wear some type of pink or red clothing item on Valentine’s Day, even on the year when Apple came to campus and filmed my multimedia class for a commercial. True story—I appeared in a spot for Apple wearing a rose boho headband because well, Valentine’s Day!

My sentiment on this holiday as a single person falls in line with that of the Latin American countries who celebrate February 14 as el Día del Amor y la Amistad (day of love and friendship.)

I find it as the perfect opportunity to celebrate love in its many forms and eat some sweets with those that have given me reasons to laugh and smile on a daily basis.

Valentine’s Day can be a holiday that you enjoy all the same whether you’re single or not.

Practice some amor eterno this year!

From writing down things I’m grateful for to adding some tones of blush or red in my wardrobe for the day, here are five ways in which I practice Valentine’s Day as a day of love AND friendship without wanting to chuck my co-workers’ rose arrangements in the trash just because I’m single.

1. Give you mama, abuelita and familia a call to tell them Happy Valentine’s Day

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As someone who has lived in multiple states for school and work, nothing beats picking up the phone to wish them a day full of amor and happiness on Valentine’s Day. Love can be spread through the miles through some good old-fashioned communication.

If you don’t have a current main squeeze, don’t flip out. You got this! There are plenty of people in your life who would appreciate a warm text message, phone call, or card via snail-mail to tell them how much they are loved.

2. Write down 14 things you’re grateful for.

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Keeping a gratitude journal every day of five blessings you’re grateful for might get forgotten in between finishing your meal prep and reviewing your work presentation for the next morning. However, making a list for one day seems like a much more doable task you can squeeze into your routine.

Write down 14 things that light you up and spark joy, Marie Kondo-style.

They can be as small as seeing your dog wag its tail each time you come home to as big as being thankful you have a job you are growing and building a career in.

3. Incorporate some hearts, red or pink hues in your wardrobe.

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You might think that wearing red and pink together makes you look like a walking Kate Spade ad. I’m here to tell you the colors are welcome in your office or school setting on Valentine’s Day.

Pick out a small accessory to dip your toe in the trend: wear some pink sunglasses a la Bad Bunny, bundle up in a blush pink coat or wear a red enamel heart pin.

This year, wear your heart on your sleeve!

4. Host a Galentine’s party.

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It’s not a typo. Galentine’s is a thing!

I’ve been hosting an annual Galentine’s Day party for a few years now and invite all my single friends and friends whose baes are long distance.

One year we all dressed up and went out for drinks at a rooftop patio. Last year the party took a funny turn by going around the room and telling each other our worst date stories while we ate pizza and munched on brownies.

A festive party can help your friends shake off the stigma of being single on this couple-ed up holiday.

5. Practice some self-care

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After a long day, sit back and relax with some facial masks and a lush bubble bath. If you don’t want to wear any pink clothing on Valentine’s Day, cheat a little and put on some pink grapefruit mask to give you some zen before you shut your eyes.

Valentine’s Day can be a day you look forward to whether you have someone to give you a besito to or not.


READ: Get In The Valentine’s Day Mood With This Playlist Of Spanish-Language Love Songs

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year as a single person? Let us know in the comments!

Don’t Fret. Here Are Some Perfect Galentine’s Day Gifts Created By Latina Entrepreneurs

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Don’t Fret. Here Are Some Perfect Galentine’s Day Gifts Created By Latina Entrepreneurs

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This Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate all the strong, fierce, and beautiful Galentines in your life. You can celebrate by gifting them items made by some equally strong and beautiful Latina entrepreneurs. You could even host a major dinner for all of your besties to celebrate the love. Whatever way you celebrate, here are a few wonderful gifts to show them how much you love them and their friendship.

Say it with a Spanish Valentine’s Day card.

Sometimes things just sound better in Spanish, like this card from Magic Mood Art. You might not be rolling in the dough, but you can brighten up your Valentine’s day with a funny greeting card for less than the cost of a latte.

Show them how much you appreciate them with a Viva La Mujer shirt.

Give the MUA in your life something to add to their collection with a Melt Cosmetics Metal Gloss.

Kiss nude lips goodbye this Valentine’s Day. Your friends can thank you when they coat their lips with this glossy pink finish from Latina-owned Melt Cosmetics.

How about a Latino-inspired greeting card in English?

Your squad knows you love them pero like food comes first sometimes before morning hiking workouts. These cute cards are just some of the fresh sayings Martha Valdes. She is the owner of the boutique Martha of Miami.

Give them a wardrobe boost with some Valentine’s-Hued clothing from Eye Candy Boutique.

Owner Elsa Fernandes wants you and your bffs to know that love comes in all shapes and sizes. That’s why she’s celebrating plus size girls with adorable clothing and accessories from her Eye Candy Boutique. Grab some purple, pink or red items that will make your Galentine’s Day attire pop!

Show that you want to hold these friendships tight by way of a hair clasp.

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For your ArtSy best friends, get them a pearl-studded barrette from Miami-based Style Mafia, owned by fashion blogger Simonett Pereira. Her avant-garde style mixes fresh and feminine finds with some minimalism.

Josefina by Vero Solis is always a good choice.

Give a Galentine’s Day gift your friends can wear with pride—they can show off their Mexican roots. These chic and colorful pieces from Mexican designer Vero Solis are a must-have. This ‘Mexicanita’ shirt can be your friends’ dose of required red on Valentine’s Day. ♥️

Mapache Jewelry will make anyone shine.

Give your girls the right crystals to heal and #bless their life with pieces from Rochelle Martin’s jewelry line. Trinkets include little crystal charms that can be incorporated into accessories for their everyday errands.

HoneyBGold Hoops because hoops are a girl’s best friend.

Help your friends take on the world this Valentine’s Day with or without a honey by their side. All they need is some rockin’ pairs of hoops by Latina jewelry designer HoneyBGold!


READ: Best Valentine’s Day Gifts And Activities For the Love of Your Life That Aren’t Just A Dinner

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This Miami Woman Wants To Make It Easier For You To Send Your Love Breakfast In Bed

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This Miami Woman Wants To Make It Easier For You To Send Your Love Breakfast In Bed

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Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to plan a super special surprise for your bae on Valentine’s Day, like breakfast in bed. Fortunately, if you’re based in the Miami area, Food Love 2 Go should be a number you save into your WhatsApp contacts list ASAP.

Simple in its concept but elaborate in its execution, recipients are greeted at either their homes or offices with a custom display of balloons, pastries, greeting cards, chocolates, pancakes and even Venezuelan treats to brighten up their special occasion.

Imagine waking up to a spread like this just for you from your boo for Valentine’s Day.

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Red love❤️

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This year, Food Love 2 Go is spreading the love with more than just their desayunos sorpresas (surprise breakfasts), they are also creating red-themed floral arrangements with that tropical touch Miami is known for.

Food Love 2 Go is offering some special Valentine’s Day displays to start the day right.

Who wants to treat their special chikkibaby to this kind of breakfast in bed?

Food Love 2 Go was originally started on Valentine’s Day in 2015 by Venezuelan entrepreneur Andrea Zerpa.

The company’s busiest days are Valentine’s Day, obviously, as well as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The idea of gifting someone breakfast in bed is good for multiple reasons. Mainly, it’s because you don’t create a mess to make the breakfast in bed so that’s a plus.

Zerpa did put the business on hold for a couple years before really pushing the band out in the Miami area.

After taking a hiatus for a couple of years, Zerpa relaunched the brand in 2017 and the orders have been coming in for deliveries from Homestead on the south tip of Miami-Dade County to Boca Raton in Palm Beach County.

“My inspiration was to gift happiness and love through a sweet detail like breakfast in bed or a surprise breakfast,” Zerpa says.

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She is delivering smiles one surprise at a time through her breakfast menus, with the Nutella pancakes winning out as the most popular items among her clients.

You can order arepas, tequeños, Venezuelan desayuno criollo, scrambled eggs, truffles and mini bottles of prosecco.

The framed photo is really the icing on top. It is the kind of adorable and cheesy addition we all love to see from our greatest loves.

Zerpa has always had a love for food and how it can impact people.

In her native Venezuela, she worked with nutritionist Guillermo Navarrete and now is spreading that passion stateside.

She said that 80 percent of her clientele are women and recipients are very happy with their gifts.

Deliveries for Valentine’s Day range from $150-$200 and includes the delivery fee, the gifts, custom food order and decorations.

Her orders are filling up, so contact Food Love 2 Go to place your order for Valentine’s Day.

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#tbt Dia del amor y la amistad 💖

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Spread the amor to your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, mom, dad, child or besties!


READ: This Valentine’s Day I Am Treating My Husband To The Same Love He Gives Me Year-Round

Are you in Miami and celebrating Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments!

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