Valentine's Day

How to Say Love Without Saying Love

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Valentine’s Day and love – they go together like peanut butter and chocolate. With sky rockets in flight as Cupid draws back his bow with all his tiny might, VDay is as celebratory as New Year’s Eve and the 4th of July combined. Being the iconic day for expressing love, it made The Kissing Expert ponder the ways we might express our love for someone without relying on the actual word.  Romantic love has been a “hot topic” through the ages. By

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Slideshow: See 80+ Years of Coca-Cola Valentine’s Day Ads

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When it comes to Coke’s connection with holidays, few dates on the calendar can top Dec. 25th thanks to iconic Christmas campaigns featuring the Sundblom Santa Claus and the Coca-Cola Polar Bear. But Coca-Cola and Cupid go way back, too. Coke produced promotional Valentine’s calendars as early as 1889, and Valentine’s Day print ads in the Coca-Cola Archives date back to 1926 (see black-and-white image above). Check out a

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A Valentine's Day Touch

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With Valentine’s Day, just around the corner, I want to do something different to highlight the love, and friendship. I first want to take you on a visual celebration of one of the most personal and romantic expressions of love – the act of holding hands. Sabine and Issac They’re best friends. Inseparable in fact. And at just six years old, to them, holding your best friend’s hand is just about the best thing in the world. “She has a sweet

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My Vintage Valentine: Turn Back Cupid's Clock With These Retro Ideas

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Valentine’s Day can get complicated. Hard-to get dinner reservations, expensive-yet-mediocre meals and grand expectations can turn the sweet holiday into a sticky mess. Perhaps that’s why evoking a simpler time is in vogue. Retro-themed Valentine’s gifts are making a comeback, like these old-fashioned grooming products for bearded gents. There are plenty of other ways to create a retro-themed day that’s high on the romance,

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Opinion: Why Proposals Matter

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June: it’s the month for blushing brides in white veils and doves trumpeting skyward. But before meeting at the alter to say “I Do,” there’s the business of “Will You Marry Me?” So The Kissing Expert thought it an apt time to reflect upon the query, given the commitment that hangs in the balance.A Little HistoryFor many centuries, and in some cultures today, the “Will You?” has been less of a request, and more of a “You Will” command with families

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Table for One: Celebrating Singles Awareness Day

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Valentine’s Day. It's a day filled with expectations.For some, it’s a time to start picking off rose petals asking… She loves me, she loves me not? For others, the anticipation goes a little further… Will he pop the question?Needless to say, love is in the air. But many men and women are catching a different “love bug,” causing uneasiness in the pit of their stomach. No, not butterflies. Nausea.Because for those without a valentine, Feb. 14

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Opinion: What Does Love Look Like?

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Valentine’s Day. It’s the highest holiday of love known the world over for centuries. Images of hearts and roses and poetic missives inflate our romantic expectations. Some will be thrilled with fulfillment. Others might crush unrequited. With so much talk about what love feels like, it seemed fitting to also ponder its guises. What does love look like? The Ancient Greeks were among the first to qualify its different states, feelings

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Think Outside the (Chocolate) Box: 5 Creative Valentine's Date Ideas

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How do you make a lasting impression on Valentine's Day? Should you jump out of a plane with your beloved? Go kickboxing or cut a rug? According to "reality-based" dating coach Evan Marc Katz, planning a Valentine’s Day date that’s a bit outside of the norm is all about context. Katz shoots from the hip, and is more likely to espouse the benefits of “subverting the Valentine's Day formula” than churn out recommendations for so-wacky-she’ll-never-forget

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Feeding the Lovebirds: How Romantic Restaurants Prep For The Year's Top Date Night

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It's 4:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, and 400 oysters are waiting to be shucked to order at Canoe in Atlanta. Fifty pounds of house-smoked salmon are ready to be served with more than 100 potato pancakes. Chef Matthew Basford expects to feed 400 to 450 diners on Valentine’s Day, and he estimates approximately one-quarter of those lovebirds to order the filet mignon The entire restaurant staff is preparing for one of the biggest restaurant days

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