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Why I Like Valentine’s Day (+Giveaway!)

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary shirt from Peter Banir Clothing for this giveaway and received no financial compensation. All opinions are my own.

Valentine’s Day for me is always an interesting affair.

As a child I LOVED IT. My birthday is February 15. I loved hearts, the color pink, and cupcakes. I was popular, happy, and outgoing. I gave a Valentine to EVERYONE. I received an awful lot. I thought of Valentine’s Day as an extension of my own birthday. A pre-birthday celebration wherein I got to tell all my friends that they were super an awesome. And eat chocolate.  I loved everyone all the time, so why not tell them AND celebrate my birthday? Win-win, right?

Here I am, sometime around Valentine’s Day with my childhood best friend (and still current bestie!):


Don’t we look adorable?!?

Then I grew older and the media frenzy around Valentine’s day has also grown. And now when I tell people my birthday is the day after Valentine’s Day the response is “Oh I’m so sorry.” Huh.

Yes, Valentine’s Day is a cheesy Hallmark card. I can tell you that I’ve had some amazing Valentine’s Days, I’ve had some ho-hum ones, and I’ve probably had some truly horrible ones (a middle school prank from a group of mean girls will always make me shudder). But, overall, I actually like Valentine’s Day. It’s silly. But it’s a wonderful reminder of how we should love each and every single day.

I love my life. I love the people in it. And, gosh darn it all, I try to let them know that I appreciate them as often as possible. I probably don’t do it as much as I should. Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for me to tell the people in my life how much I care, how much they mean to me on all the days of the year that AREN’T holidays. It’s a chance to remind myself that I love ME too. And to appreciate all the good stuff about me. (Because, at the end of the day, you are your own best Valentine.)

So this Valentine’s Day I ask that you, no matter how you feel about the day, find some joy. Use it as an opportunity to better love the important people in your world. To love your life! Because each and every day it’s the loving that matters the most.

I am so grateful to you all so, to share my love for you, I have a special Valentine’s Day giveaway! You can win a Love Life shirt from Peter Banir clothing! Because, after all, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to appreciate all that you have and truly love the life you lead. Bonus points for sugary goodness, chocolate and flowers. 😉 Thank you so much for sharing this gift with me and my readers Peter Banir Clothing!

My friend Alice gracefully modeled this shirt for y’all: (Don’t worry, you get to choose your own color and size!)


Enter below and you can LOVE LIFE too! 😀 Thank you again Peter Banir Clothing, y’all rock!
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How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? What do you love most about your life? Can you turn this Hallmark Holiday into an excuse to reconnect with the people you care about and tell them how much you love them? And then the trick is to remember to KEEP telling them how you care–each and every day!!




  • Crystal H

    February 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I love Valentine’s Day too…but that could be because I found my soul mate early in life. 🙂 Happy early Birthday!

    I would pick the red on grey if I won!

  • Running Betty

    February 10, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I like the grey because of the traditional red heart. Glad you had fun with Alice!

  • Sara M

    February 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Love the red on gray color! It seems so classy and fun at the same time! Very cool line of clothing too!

    Happy Birthday Lora 🙂

  • Judith

    February 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I love the red on gray! The gray shirt looks so soft!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    February 10, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I’d go with the purple!
    I love V-Day! Nothing special, but it is just a fun “sweet” day!

  • Farrah

    February 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Aww.. :]! Happy early birthday if I for some reason don’t drop by your blog over the weekend! <3 You and your best friend look so cute, and it's awesome that you're still best friends now! :]

    Light blue is my favorite color, so I'd go with that one! <3

  • Katie Mulford

    February 10, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I agree! I don’t particularly feel strongly one way or the other, but I do see the holiday as a way to celebrate ALL the people you love in your life…not just your significant other.

  • Kristen

    February 11, 2015 at 1:05 am

    I love the colors of this shirt – they would match my new running shoes perfectly!

  • Anna B.

    February 11, 2015 at 3:17 am

    I would love either the purple or the turquoise!

  • Amy Lauren

    February 11, 2015 at 7:42 am

    I would get the gray top.

  • Shannon

    February 11, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I like the red on gray color best!

  • Alexandria @ Al2getherfit

    February 11, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I love Valentine’s Day! We usually do something special at home like have a “love” themed dinner. I think going out to dinner on Valentine’s day is such a chaotic, none romantic thing, since everyone and their mom is also at dinner with you! 🙂
    I love the purple one! I don’t have many purple shirts.. 🙂

  • latanya

    February 11, 2015 at 9:01 am

    the gray top

  • Holly E

    February 11, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I love the purple.

  • Ken C

    February 11, 2015 at 11:06 am

    the purple is nice

  • steph

    February 11, 2015 at 11:16 am

    red on grey 🙂

  • Amy

    February 11, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Happy Birthday! I think it’s great that your B-Day falls the day after Valentine’s Day! I’d love to win this *GIVEAWAY* for this cute shirt! What a completely positive message to display on a T!

  • Keri

    February 11, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    love the purple!!

  • Paige c

    February 11, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Red on gray!

  • Elisabeth

    February 11, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I love the grey tee!

  • Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More

    February 11, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    I like the gray!

  • Michele P

    February 11, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    my daughter would LOVE the pink on purple v neck tee and my fave is the pink on turquoise v neck tee.

  • Tammy Mcconnell George

    February 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    love the grey with red writing.

  • Caroline

    February 11, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    perhaps the grey? Looks SO comfy!

  • liz l

    February 11, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Gray for me

  • Kristen M

    February 11, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I’d get the red on gray. Cute shirt!

  • Peter Banir

    February 11, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Hello ladies. I see the Red on Gray is heavily favored. Good luck to you all. Lora, will they be a Valentine’s/ birthday bash this weekend…?

  • Jordan D.

    February 11, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I like both the red on grey and the pink on turquoise. Love this t shirt and its message!

  • Jaclyn Reynolds

    February 12, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Would love the grey!

  • Ruth C

    February 12, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I would like the Purple one shown

  • Aurora

    February 12, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Love this top. My favorite color is purple

  • Michelle C

    February 12, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Never thought too much about Valentine’s but it is the day Matt and I really started dating 😉 and I do LOVE spreading the love to the kids.

  • Kristen

    February 12, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I think you chose well with the purple!

  • BreannaS

    February 12, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I like the red on grey as well.

  • Dawn Monroe

    February 12, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Id probably pick the orange on navy.

  • Terra Heck

    February 13, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I would like red on gray please. I just noticed you share the same birth date with my husband.

  • ellen casper

    February 13, 2015 at 6:42 am

    I like the grey one

  • Madeline

    February 13, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I’d love the pink!

  • Sharon

    February 13, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Love the pink on purple!

  • Tessa

    February 13, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Love the light pink on hot pink!

  • Joy C

    February 14, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Red for sure!

  • Heather ODonnell

    February 14, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Either grey or purple

  • Katrina J

    February 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Pink on Turquoise 🙂