How to celebrate Valentine's Day when you're a single mom


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Valentine's Day is celebrated yearly on February 14, and it is usually a holiday reserved for couples who are celebrating their romantic love. For Latinos, the day is celebrated as a time to honor our friendships and the love we already have in our lives. If you are single on Valentine's Day, that is something that you can use to make the most of the holiday. Single moms have plenty of love to celebrate. Just because you don't have a partner, it doesn't mean that you aren't surrounded by plenty of people who adore you. 

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Every mom knows the purest form of love comes from your babies, so why not use this opportunity to celebrate how special that bond is? This is also a good time to cherish and recognize the wonderful friendships with our girls that keep us afloat in tough times. And most important of all, it is also the perfect time to show ourselves some self-love. Continue reading so you can have some ideas on how to celebrate Valentine's Day if you are a single mom.

Treat yourself to a spa day.

Treat yourself to a spa day.

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Spa days might not be in your budget, but Valentine's Day is a good day to splurge. Carve out some well-deserved "me time" so you can get a massage to release any tension you have been harboring in your body. There are plenty of places that offer discounts, and websites like Groupon also have some great deals. 

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Celebrate Galentine's Day with your gals.

Celebrate Galentine's Day with your gals.

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Galentine's Day is celebrated on February 13, the day before Valentine's Day, and it's the perfect day for the ladies to leave their men at home. Throw a party at your place, or head to brunch with your best girl friends, even the ones in relationships, so you can have a special day to celebrate the strong female friendships you have in your life. 

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Call up your single friends, and go out for a girls night.

Call up your single friends, and go out for a girls night.

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Shake the V-Day blues away on the dance floor! Book a babysitter and head out for a night on the town with your other fellow single moms or friends. There is nothing a little good music and drinks can't fix, so put on your best heels and your prettiest dress, and have some fun!

Have a movie night with your kids.

Have a movie night with your kids.

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To keep up with the theme, you can choose an empowering movie like Frozen, Stitch, or Moana that celebrates a love that's not exactly romantic but is just as strong. You can also go the traditional route and have them watch Lady and the Tramp or other children's movies that show the power of love.

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Treat yourself to a self-care day.

Treat yourself to a self-care day.

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A simple manicure and pedicure can do wonders to brighten your mood. Head to your local nail salon for a Valentine's Day mani-pedi and you'll be feeling good about yourself all week.

Treat your kids and yourself to a special dinner.

Treat your kids and yourself to a special dinner.

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Make some reservations at that cool new restaurant you've been meaning to try, or head to your kids' favorite local eatery and have some fun! Order some delicious food and share a delicious dessert, and remind each other of all the love that exists within your little family.

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Do some arts and crafts with your little ones.

Do some arts and crafts with your little ones.

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Have them make V-Day cards and fun arts and crafts for their loved ones and their classmates. It will be a great time to bond, while they also learn to show the people around them that they care.

Buy yourself some flowers!

Buy yourself some flowers!

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Everyone deserves flowers on Valentine's Day! They don't have to be red roses, but some fresh flowers will liven up your space and remind you of all the beauty that deserves to be celebrated. 

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Valentine's Day is also about giving, so get your kids a little treat.

Valentine's Day is also about giving, so get your kids a little treat.

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Part of the joy of having a significant other on Valentine's Day is thinking of what to get them on the special day. The same goes for your kids! Gift them a little something special to remind them that they are loved and deserve to be spoiled. 

Write a letter to yourself.

Write a letter to yourself.

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Whether you are sad about being single on Valentine's Day or not, take out a pen and paper and list all of the things you love about yourself. This will be a great reminder of all that you have to offer a future significant other, and if you have time, go ahead and write a list of all the qualities you want in a partner. Manifest a new love in time for the next V-Day!

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V-Day is all about the sweets.

V-Day is all about the sweets.

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You don't have to break the bank buying sweets and treats for your kids. Roll up your sleeves and have them help you bake some cookies or a cake so you can all have some special treats to enjoy during the holiday.

Have a moment to yourself to enjoy a sweet treat.

Have a moment to yourself to enjoy a sweet treat.

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Have a glass of your favorite wine, indulge in a box of your favorite chocolates or candy, or order your favorite takeout food. Any of these things will be so filling, and it will remind your brain and your body that you have a right to enjoy the good things in life. 

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