For the man who's been more than my best friend

An Open Letter To The Man Who Has Been My Valentine For The Past 5 Years

Thank you for being my Valentine each and every day.

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I remember being young and always looking forward to Valentine's Day. I don't know what it is about it, because really it's just any other day. But there's something special about it because it always gives me butterflies. Or maybe it's the person I get to spend Valentine's Day with who gives me butterflies. Yeah, that must be it.

To the man who allows me to be myself, thank you for putting up with my crazy. On this special day, I need you to prepare yourself, but I know you already know. Instead of taking an hour to get ready, I'll probably take two. So just be ready. Also, we can't forget the camera for obvious reasons.

Thinking back to Valentine's Day in elementary school, I was the girl who dressed in pink, with a heart sticker on my cheek and a handful of Valentine's in hand. Side note, but whoever stopped that tradition in middle school probably had a bad breakup at some point.

Anyways, back to my Valentine: I met you in middle school and both know what happened. I was a bully, and I took your chair one day but thank goodness you didn't mind too much, because who knew just a few years later, I'd be drawing hearts next to your name in my notebook, rather than taking Biology notes.

I never thought I'd have a high school sweetheart, let alone a Valentine at all in high school. Everyone knows high school is the worst when it comes to love. Or maybe that's college, who knows. All I know is I am one lucky girl. I am lucky because I get to spend Valentine's Day and every other day with my best friend. I don't care if we go out to the fanciest restaurant there is or spend the evening watching movies and eating chocolate. If I'm with my Valentine, I'm happy.

When you've been with someone long enough, you kinda just know. Things flow, and there's little pressure. I don't have to say anything. You know me to my core and I couldn't feel more secure. You are my best friend, my boyfriend, my Valentine, and my rock.

After five years, I still love celebrating Valentine's Day with you. You let me be me. To this day, I will wake up on Valentine's Day feeling especially lovey and girly, wanting to spread love and appreciation. Some people may hate Valentine's Day, but I will forever feel butterflies when thinking of my first Valentine.

To the man, I never expected to meet, let alone fall for. Thank you for being you and for letting me be me. Thank you for loving me each and every day. You are my Valentine today and for as long as I can see. It's safe to say, I think you're stuck with my crazy.

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9 Date Ideas To Make The Hottest June Yet

These date ideas are guaranteed to warm up your summer dating life.

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June is finally here and summer flings are at their peak. In my opinion, summer is the best time for anyone looking to impress their partner with some unforgettable dates. School is over for the next couple of months so you can definitely take advantage of all the free time with your loved one.

Here are nine summer date ideas to keep your summer relationship hot and memorable.

1. Picnic in the park

A super cute and super simple date idea. Pack some sandwiches and a couple of drinks are you're set for a great lunch at the park with your lover.

2. Beach day

Who doesn’t love the beach? And it’s cheap too! Laying and getting a suntan with your partner by your side can be a great time.

3. Go camping

Plan a couple of days off of work to go camping. Whether you want to take a nice camper or pitch a tent, enjoying the great outdoors can be very romantic.

4. Attend a baseball game

Professional or amateur are both equally as fun. I intern for a baseball team and I can tell you that heading to a game with your bf/gf and a drink in your hand can be one of the best times you experience this summer.

5. Mini golfing

I love mini golfing, it’s one of the most classic summer dates you can go on. Spice it up and check out a mini golfing place you haven’t been to before.

6. Zoo trip

I just did this the other day and it was perfect. Looking at cute animals as well as getting your steps in is an idea date this summer.

7. Trip to the state fair

I’m from Wisconsin and our state fair is out of this world. Enjoying some time with your loved one while snacking on greasy fair food has got to be one of the best dates you can go on this season. Although are state fair isn’t until later in summer, check out when yours is.

8. Outdoor movie

Outdoor movie theaters are underrated. It’s another classic that you can’t go wrong with. Watching the sunset go down behind the screen while munching on popcorn with your S.O. sounds amazing to me.

9. Go boating

Taking a trip to the lake on a boat can never go wrong (unless it rains). Listening to good music with some drinks and enjoying the water and sun can be a great summer date.

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5 Best Quotes By Marilyn Monroe

Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.

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Starring in her first film in 1947, Norma Jean Mortensen, better known, and forever immortalized by her stage name Marilyn Monroe, cemented herself as not only a top-billed actress during her time, but came to be recognized as one of America's greatest, and most popular sex symbols. One who stood as the very epitome of shifting attitudes towards sexuality during the transition between the 1950s and 1960s.

Often typecast as the "dumb blonde", and widely perceived as engendering the use and popularity of such a stereotype through her works "How To Marry A Millionaire" and "Gentleman Prefer Blondes", Monroe to this day, remains an enduring, and lasting fixture in Modern American Pop Culture. With the now deceased starlet's birthday having been celebrated not less than a week ago, here are 5 of the most memorable quotes even the characters Monroe herself portrayed, could never have forgotten:

1. "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."

So what if people think you're a freak? If being seen as a freak is the price for the enjoyment of being yourself, so be it. Be you're freak'n self.

2. "Give a girl the right pair of shows and she'll conquer the world."

Part of winning over the affection of others is not just being able to form a talent, but rather, possessing a talent for form.

3. "Fear is stupid. So are regrets."

Its one thing to hold yourself back because of stage fright. Its another to miss out on the good show you could have put on.

4. "I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot."

Thanks for the shoes, Sir. I've always stood taller, and higher than you. Now I can prove it.

5. "Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul."

In Tinseltown, everyone is a commodity. A product. Designed to do what the buyer asks, and wants at a price. No more, no less. Even if you are worth more than that which was paid for you.

Although Marilyn Monroe's career and life was tragically met by an unbowed, unprecedented end in 1962, allowing her to dominate The Golden Age of Hollywood for just half-a-decade, her presence, her memory -- forever imprinted on pin-ups, mugs, and movie-posters -- remains, permanently tattooed onto conscience of pop culture. Serving as a reminder to all those entranced, taken by her ditsy, but raptors presence, that despite how those around us will seek to prescribe us an identity due to our appearence, or monetary benefits, there is a part of us -- one the lights cannot touch and the bills cannot bury no matter how far and high they stack -- that cannot be bought or defined. By none other than ourselves.

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