10 Ways to Show Love

Since it's the 10th of the month today, I thought I'd share 10 of my favorite ways to show someone I love them. 



I'm a pretty touchy, feely person who genuinely loves to shower my family with love and attention. I feel so happy when I make those around me smile and try to show  

1.  Buy them little gifts for no reason-- I love to buy little unexpected gifts here and there and surprise someone I love with a token of my affection.  It can be something as small as a can of coke for my husband or a set of candles for my mom.   I always love getting unexpected gifts that show someone was thinking of me.  

2.  Cooking up a favorite food or dessert in the kitchen-- I love being in the kitchen and often make little treats or special/ favorite meals; sometimes for a special occasion or celebration and other times "just because."  My husband loves strawberry shortcake and enjoys a trifle cake so one time I combined his two favorites into a strawberry shortcake trifle.  It was a huge hit with the whole family. 




3.  Spending quality time with them-- Sometimes the best way to show someone you love them is to set aside everything else and just be with them.  Spending time together having fun and making memories. 

4.  Listening to them-- My boys can and do drone on and on about video games often telling me so much detail about a game I have never played and know nothing about... it can get a bit annoying at times but I still try to listen to them because I want them to know that they are important to me and I am interested in what they have to say.  

5.  Sharing hugs and kisses!

6.  Lending a helping hand-- Again this can be something as small as helping Ian clean his turtle tank or as big as helping a family member move or my husband build a whole set of kitchen cabinets.  One way I like to show love is to help out when others need help.

7.  Planning little (or big!) surprises-- I love to surprise those I love and while little surprises can be just as fun nothing beats a big surprise!  Last year my mom and I planned a surprise trip to visit my sister on her birthday.  She had moved away just a few months before and was not expecting my mom and I to fly down to see her.  It was wonderful (and made all three of us cry!). 


8.  Giving meaningful gifts-- Birthdays, Christmas, baby showers, bridal showers, etc.  There are so many times we're expected to give gifts but I don't like to give just any old gift.  I love to make handmade, meaningful gifts like scrapbooks and photo calendars.

9.  Doing Thing I Might Not Otherwise Do-- Alec loves adventure parks and while I am not a fan of heights I'll go with him just because he enjoys them so much.  I've been to monster truck shows, watched Lord of the Rings movies (both at the theater and at home), and many other little thing that I would not normally have done otherwise all for the sake of my loved ones. 

10. Making an Extra Effort-- My husband recently wanted to go to lunch and while I was comfy at home in my yoga pants and sweatshirt I decided to get dressed up, do my hair, makeup and nails even though I didn't really feel like going at first because every now and then I think you need to go that extra mile and put in that bit of effort for those we love.  (and of course it was totally worth it and we had a wonderful time!)


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Comments

  1. All of your 10 suggestions are wonderful. I think I like #4 the best. Listening = love to me. The strawberry trifle looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. There are so many great suggestions here! I really like how you mentioned buying a "just because gift" or making their favorite food.

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    1. Sometimes it's the little things that add up.

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  3. The listening one - so good! Sometimes it is hard to stay engaged when the littles go on and on but it does make them happy when I actively ask questions about what they're talking about too! Happy week to you!

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    1. It really can be and I do find myself tuning out at times but I try not to.. at least not all the time!

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  4. Love these. I like to buy gifts for people just because I'm thinking about them too.

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    1. It's fun to see the delight on their faces when they aren't expecting anything.

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  5. I think #4 is so important, especially with teens. Sometimes when my kids are talking to me, it may seem like trivial stuff. But then all of a sudden the conversation turns to something more serious.

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    1. Exactly; kids (teens) often need to work up to what they really want to say.

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  6. Love this post! Thank you for linking up with me. I agree about going the extra mile! You look so pretty in all your pictures! Have a great week.

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