True Love, Chocolate, and Jill Scott: 3 Perfect Ingredients for this Valentine’s Day

BY: - 8 Feb '17 | inspiration

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February is truly a celebratory month for me because two of my kids were born in February and then there’s Valentine’s Day. And although I am not one to go overboard by spending lots of money or planning super elaborate activities, I can appreciate these special times that are set aside to celebrate my loved ones.  As a busy wife and mom of 4, special occasions give me reason to slow down and be intentional. And with that being said, here’s why I think true love, chocolate and Jill Scott are the perfect three ingredients for this coming Valentine’s Day (or for any special occasion for that matter.)

True love, chocolate, and Jill Scott are the perfect three ingredients for any special occasion…especially Valentine’s Day.

True Love

True love is not necessarily about having a husband, girlfriend or special love interest in your life.  To me, it’s more about the people in your life that love you unconditionally. My mom love’s me unconditionally (even during those times when I know she doesn’t like me that much.) My husband loves me unconditionally, even when I know I get on his nerves. My bestie Krystall and I love each other unconditionally. We know each other’s secrets, the good and the bad, and we continue to love each other through it all.

So if you’re dreading Valentine’s Day because you don’t have that special someone in your life, then I want you to think about all of the people in your life that truly love you unconditionally. And you’ll find that you have a lot of people to celebrate with come February 14th.

Special days like your birthday or Valentine’s Day, mean so much more when your true love reaches out to say:  “I love You,” or “Happy Birthday,” or “I’m Thinking of You.”



me-and-baby-girlChocolate is one of my favorite things in the world and only my true loves would know that.  To me, chocolate represents any thoughtful gift – which is a key ingredient for the perfect Valentine’s Day. Giving thoughtful gifts means you’ve taken the time to listen and observe and to find out exactly what your loved one likes, wants or needs. It sends a message that you’re in-tune with your loved one. And that’s all they want on their special day.

My daughter’s birthday was last week, and one of her favorite gifts was a bookmark.  I heard her say, in passing one day, that she wanted a nice bookmark (because she reads a lot.) When she pulled that bookmark out of the gift bag, you would have thought she pulled out a new laptop.  I got it right…and it only cost me seven bucks! It doesn’t always have to be some grand expensive gesture (although those are nice from time to time.)  Most times, some “chocolate” will do.

READ: Don’t Let this Be You! 5 Things that Could Get You into Trouble on Valentine’s Day

Jilly From Philly

Wouldn’t it be nice if Jill Scott, herself, would write a special message to your loved one (on your behalf) for Valentine’s Day or their Birthday?  Well you’re in luck, because Jill Scott and Hallmark’s Mahogany brand have launched the Jill Scott Collection that brings “Jill’s bold, authentic and soulful personality to life” through the poetic messages in her cards. In her cards, Jill says exactly what I am thinking and feeling…but for the life of me, I just can bring myself to express.


So while I’ll say:

” I love you and love being married to you.”  

Jill says:

“I Want To Have You. I Want To Bathe In You. I Pray You Want Me, Too.  I Desire You.”  

Yessssss! those are the perfect words! Thanks Jill!

So as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays and other special occasions come and go this year, don’t forget to use those times to show your true loves just how much you love them (even if you haven’t spoken to them in awhile.)

What three ingredients make the perfect Valentine’s Day or Birthday for you?

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Hallmark. I have partnered with them to spread the word about the launch of the Mahogany Jill Scott CollectionAll opinions and stories are my own. Click here to find Mahogany in stores near you.

About the author

Ronnie Tyler wrote 528 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.


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