They say the way to a mans heart is through his stomach.   Cooking dinner together and having a nice candlelight dinner with some fine wine is a great way to bring you closer as a couple.   It helps you work together as a team.   Oh and do not forget some soft music in the background.

Women love chocolate.

So buy a bag of any type of wrapped chocolates and a crystal vase.   Fill the vase with the wrapped chocolates and place it on the kitchen table as a centerpiece or her bedroom dresser.   Another great chocolate idea is to take chocolate kisses and spell out I Love You somewhere in the house like the kitchen table.

Besides chocolates, women love flowers.

A neat idea is to spread rose petals from the front door to the bedroom.   On the bed, make a heart out of rose petals and inside the heart leave a couple of gifts.   Then hide in the closet so you can see her reaction when she sees what you have done for her.

Instead of buying those cute little coupon books that you see in novelty stores, be creative and give it that personal touch by making your own.   All you need is some blank paper and a pen.   Then write out your own coupons for things like a free bubble bath complete with candles and champagne, a free back rub or one day off from cooking.

Remember your wedding toast, how special it was?

You can still capture that romantic moment at dinnertime.   Whether you are drinking wine, water or iced tea, toast each other after your meal.   The toast can be short like naming one thing you like about your loved one.   This will no doubt keep the spark in the relationship alive.

If you are in a long distance relationship or your loved one is deployed in the military, send them an email or text message or even a letter with the lyrics to a special song.   A good song choice is «Right Here Waiting for You» by Richard Marx.   Part of the lyrics to this song are:   «Wherever you go, Whatever you do, I will be right here waiting for you, Whatever it takes Or how my heart breaks, I will be right here waiting for you.»

Send your loved one sweet text messages at least once a day.   This will show them that you are thinking of them at that very moment.   Some SMS messages could read:   «My sweetie, you mean more to me than anything.   Your love has captured my heart.»  «Your love brings me such joy and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you.»