14 Questions With My Valentine + $100 Giveaway!♥

I have always loved Valentine’s day. My mom and I used to make pink frosted sugar cookies with sprinkles and fun cards for the classroom. I loved anything pink, sparkly, hearts, and sweet. Not much as changed.♥

Instead of sharing a Valentine’s Day recipe, I wanted to do a fun Q&A with my special Valentine. I will also be giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card as my Valentine’s Day gift to you! (details at the bottom of the post.)

I feel so lucky to get to spend my Valentine’s Day with Kyle. I mention him a lot on the blog, but I keep most details about his life on the private side. He’s a very quiet person, more of a minimalist, has zero social media, loves to read books, watch films, and he works hard. I also think he’s pretty funny and cute. He’s accomplished so much, and it’s hard for me because I just want to shout everything from the rooftops because I’m so proud of him. Luckily, he agreed to do a Q&A and answer some of the questions you guys asked! These questions were hard because I had so much to say, but wanted to keep it simple. ♥


Visit this Instagram picture, tag your Valentine/Galentine, and comment your favorite thing about them! 

  • you can enter as many times as you’d like, because I know we have more than one special Valentine/Galentine!
  • Winners will be announced Wednesday! 21st! 🙂

Outfit Details:

Mauve Cardigan // White Scallop Eyelet Top // Bamboo Boots Metallic Heel (buy one get one $12 & they come in black) //Velvet Dotted Puff Sleeve Top // Simple Square Pendant Necklace //

Now, Questions for you! 

  1. Who is your Valentine/Galentine?
  2. Give me a fun fact about you & your Valentine/Galentine


  • Trisha

    Nothing made me happier than reading that you guys love dateline lol I’m OBSESSED!

    Reply to Trisha
  • Kalahni

    Y’all are adorbz.

    Reply to Kalahni
  • Dani

    Beautiful couple!

    Reply to Dani
  • Amanda

    This made me smile. I’ve followed you (via your blog, not creepily) for many years and love seeing how genuinely happy you are now. Kyle seems to complete you perfectly 🙂

    Reply to Amanda
  • Rosanne

    Love this!!! Finally read it!!
    You two are absolutely sweethearts together, your answers were sweet. Nice to know you as a couple

    Reply to Rosanne
  • Jennifer Hayden

    My husband is definitely my Valentine. We met when I was trying to set him up with my best friend who had a crush on him. I was 16 and 26 years later we are still in love.

    Reply to Jennifer Hayden
  • Emily

    Hi Tara, Happy Valentines Day! My Valentine and I might move to Charlotte. I think you posted something about the hot spots in Charlotte, would you mind linking me there? Thanks a million!

    Reply to Emily
  • Ashton Jury

    I love that both of you have a parent that is a twin! I’m not sure how that works but I wonder if that means you guys would have twins if you decided to have kids! My Valentine is of course my husband and we were friends for almost 10 years before we started dating, I never would have thought back then that we’d end up together. Also we love road trips, we want to see all 50 states before we’re 50 I’ve got 20 years lol and I we went to 9 just last year! Road trips are a blast we drove from Seal Beach California all the way to Devils Tower Wyoming and even to Mount Rushmore, we don’t have a dog anymore (passed away) but I loved road trips for that reason that we could bring her.

    Reply to Ashton Jury
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Awww I love your love story!

      I love that idea of all 50 states! I had that goal when I was younger. Would be fun to continue 🙂

      I’m sorry to hear about your dog:( <3

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  • Maurice

    Happy Valentine’s day you love birds

    Reply to Maurice
  • Alison

    Where are your shoes from?

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  • Jessie

    I loved the dress you posted on your IG story. Where was it from?

    Reply to Jessie
  • Haley

    This was the best post! My husband and I have never argued either. People always think we are lying when it get’s brought up! My parents were the same way.

    Reply to Haley
  • Emily

    Okay we have so many similarities. 1) My boyfriend and I are both introverts and literally love spending time at home with our dog. 2) He has no social media (except twitter which he uses SOLELY for the purpose of following ESPN) 3) we don’t call each other pet names either, which at first I thought was kind of worrisome haha. His name is Daniel and most of the time I call him Danielle or Daryl (someone once thought his name was Daryl and I found it hilarious and call him it the majority of the time) 4) I always say we don’t fight either, but when I think about it I’m like well maybe we do…..I just call it a disagreement and not a fight? Lol definitely have never raised our voice or anything like that

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  • Riley

    These photos are the sweetest 🙂

    Reply to Riley
  • Anonymous

    Where will you move?

    Reply to Anonymous
  • Kara

    Thanks for the Valentine’s day post. My husband similarly does the paper towel thing. I truly don’t get it. I probably never will 🙂 Thanks again for sharing!!

    Reply to Kara
  • Kristin

    This way great! Thanks for showing us this side of Kyle. Also, I laughed way too hard at his comment about you hiding in closets to scare him. That is amazing and, to me, how you know your relationship is perfect. Laughter! I can’t wait to marry my best friend this November <3 Happy Valentine's Day. xoxo

    Reply to Kristin
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hahahaha we are always playing pranks on each other. I kind of learned my lesson though because after scaring Kyle multiple times, he decided to get me back by hiding under the bed and grabbing my ankle when I walked by it. IT WAS TERRIFYING, but I had to give it to him! lol It was good.

      Congrats on getting engaged! <3

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  • Rhonda Jones

    TaraLynn, This has to be my favorite post of yours! I’ve followed you for many years and seeing you happy and in love looks great on you! You and Kyle are definitely meant for each other…consider yourselves VERY BLESSED! Thanks for sharing your and Kyle’s beautiful “love story”.

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  • Patricia L

    You guys are so incredibly cute!! Loved this post!!

    My Valentine is my husband, Scott. A fun fact…. I fell in love with him on the phone before I even seen him in person. We worked for the same company but different buildings and he had to call me for work and we would end up talking. I had to ask someone to point him out for me so I knew who I was talking to!

    Reply to Patricia L
  • Jana Nelson

    Love love love love love this blog post!

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  • Nancy

    Love this! I remember the first time you posted about Kyle on the blog. So happy for you!

    Reply to Nancy
  • Rachel

    AWWWW! How cute! I can relate to many of those things!

    Pro tip: to avoid stealing all of the blankets, my husband and I choose to use separate blankets! I love it because I have a super thick fluffy warm blanket and he has a very thin one since he’s always hot.

    I can’t believe you don’t use emojis! I love using them! 😂 I probably over use them… haha!

    I’d highly recommend a road trip across the states! Our country is so beautiful! I’ve been to 47 States and I want to go all 50 before my 30th Birthday! (I still have 2 years so it’s doable!) Do a New England road trip in the fall… there’s nothing more beautiful than driving under a deciduous forest tree canopy in the fall! 😍 Utah has some absolutely beautiful national parks! The red rock formations and Grand Canyon are unlike anything I’ve seen! So beautiful!

    You said you don’t plan on staying in Charlotte forever? Do you see yourself coming back to Iowa?

    Where did your parents meet in Italy?! I lived in Vicenza for a few months, what a beautiful country!

    All in all, I’ve followed your blog for many years and it’s evident how happy you are now. I love seeing the joy in your life!

    Reply to Rachel
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Rachel!

      Thanks so much! 😀

      Lol we have two comforters and two throw blankets, but I still end up just taking them. WHOOPS. Selfish sleeper.

      I use them ALLLLLLLL the time, but Kyle never has used an emoji and it became more of a joke between us so we’ve kept it going lol

      Yes that is exactly what we want to do one day!

      No no no , never going back to Iowa lol I really want to stay on the East coast!

      They met in Gaeta!

      Thanks for the kind words, Rachel!!!

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  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    Gahhhh I loved this so much! You guys are so sweet to each other and I LOVED Kyle’s comment about communication. That’s the #1 thing that has kept Ben and I going after 10 years!
    BEN is my Valentine 🙂 and I don’t see a change in that ever!

    Ben’s secret talent is making the funniest, most adorable cards/books out of construction paper. He’s this big tough muscle guy, and then he comes out with these pink and purple heart shaped, layered cards for me that are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Oh, and he secretly loves to draw too! (And he’s good at it)

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you both!

    Reply to Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you, Susie!!

      You’re right. Communication with him is so easy and that’s how it should be! I never feel as if I can’t say something. He’s just the best!

      That is so cute!!! Love that!

      xo xo xo

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  • Ann

    You two just need to set a date already! (Wedding date!) ❤️❤️❤️

    My Valentine is and always will be my hubby of almost 25 years! We’ve been together more than not, high school sweethearts! ❤️ I felt the way about my hubby that Kyle did about you when you had your first impression! I knew we’d be together forever!

    Love the positive vibes you give to each other!

    Reply to Ann
  • Amy

    This is so cute!

    Reply to Amy
  • Zoe

    I love that you described him as sincere. It makes everything he answered about you a lot less cheesy and more…well…sincere. 🙂 I’d say the world needs more sincerity.

    My husband and I have such an easy relationship too. There have never been doubts about it, for either of us. We got married at 18(me) and 22(him). And this summer will be 7 years.

    We have three kids, but one in particular is our little valentine (her birthday is today). 😉

    Reply to Zoe
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Zoe!

      He really is the most sincere person I know, and I just wish everyone could know him the way I do!

      Wow congrats on such a beautiful relationship and marriage! xo

      Tell her I said happy birthday! <3

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  • Kelly

    Your parents met in Italy? Are they Italian?

    Reply to Kelly
  • Kelli

    Oh my gosh this is such a cute idea! Love it!

    My valentine is my husband Mike. Were keeping it low key this year since he’s on call, renting a movie and getting heart shaped steaks to grill!

    Fun Fact: The 2nd year my husband and I were dating (we’ve been together 9 years, married for 2), he took me ice skating and I had never been before. Well, I fell and he came to help me up. We had been skating for a long time and I was FROZEN, so I didn’t feel it when he stepped on my pinky finger with his ice skate :/
    One re-attached finger nail, 1 finger cast and 12 stitches later, we continued our valentines day plans and went to the movies to watch SAW 🙂

    Reply to Kelli
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kelli!

      Thanks so much!

      Sounds like the ideal Valentine’s day!

      Oh no!!! lol Bet you haven’t been skating since lol

      Have a great Valentine’s day! Stay off the ice 😉

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  • Amber RayAnn

    What a fun post!! It was so fun to read your answers. Happy Valentine’s!! ❤️

    Reply to Amber RayAnn
  • Jessie @ The Acquired Sass

    This is such a fun post!

    No emojis? I think 25% of all my texts to anyone are just emojis. Do you use them with other people or not at all?

    How interesting about your grandpa’s being cops – my husband is one.

    And I have to laugh at the nicknames. He calls me punk – but we also have alter egos, Morty & Marjorie, which is exactly who I’m sure we’ll be in 40 years. Crotchety old folks. Haha.

    1. I guess I’d pick my husband. 😉

    2. Hmm, fun fact. We met on a dating site – but I was actually good friends with his cousin in college + another one of his cousins works with me, and did all of my job training. We also really aren’t big on texting each other – so I often have to go searching for him in my texts. Or it’ll just be him asking each night what is for dinner. Haha.

    Reply to Jessie @ The Acquired Sass
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Lol! I use emojis like it’s my job!!!! but I realized the second month of us dating, we had used ZERO emojis!!! lol mainly because Kyle’s never used them, so it’s been kind of like a joke between us, but we just don’t use them now. But all of my friends and I are pure emojis!!

      Tell your husband I said thank you! What a rewarding and brave job he has! <3

      hahahahahahahaha yes!! love it! You should get dogs/or cats and name them that.

      You should probably pick him 🙂

      lol that’s funny. Kyle and I dont talk on the phone much, but since we don’t live together and don’t see each other on the weekdays (unless rarity) we text during the day. Normally photos of the dogs and funny memes.

      Have a great Valentine’s day!

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  • Gabby

    Your hair looks pretty in these photos. What do you use to curl it?

    Reply to Gabby
  • debbie in alaska

    This was really stinking sweet. Yay love.

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  • Sharon

    This has to be my favorite post of yours! What does Kyle do for work?

    Reply to Sharon
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Sharon! Thanks so much 🙂

      I don’t mind sharing fun little things about Kyle and I’s relationship, but I just want to keep his professional life private! 🙂 Hope you understand!


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  • Jen D

    I loved this post, how fun! My fiance and I have never argued either. We have dated for 5yrs and bought our first home together last summer so it’s definitely not for lack of opportinity (haha). Sure we’ve gotten frustrated or annoyed with each other, or disagreed about things, but we have never had any kind of real fight. People look at me like I have two heads when I tell them that but it’s the truth!

    Reply to Jen D
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jen!

      Yes! I’ve never been much of an argumental person. I don’t really deal with people who like to fight or cause drama, so luckily we both like that! We definitely disagree about things, but it’s never fight-worthy. We have funny debates lol

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    Will you be my Valentine? 🙂 these photos are so nicely edited, what did you use to make them?

    Reply to Linda @ the Fitty
  • Sara

    Loved this post! I’ve been following your blogs for years and I’m truly inspired in all that you have accomplished. Bravo!
    I met my Valentine 15 years ago working at a movie theatre together. He has never been the romantic type but a few times a year he’ll surprise me with something wonderful! Now, married for almost 8 years and have 3 beautiful boys, we barely have time for “us” as a couple… something we need to work on, but he is the love of my life and the man by my side and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
    Happy Valentine’s day!

    Reply to Sara
  • Samantha

    How sweet! This was such a happy post. Made my day.

    I also don’t have instagram, but I’d love to enter!

    Reply to Samantha
  • Noel

    My valentine is my hubby who is just as obsessed with our dogs as I am!

    Reply to Noel
  • amanda june

    okay i have to admit i totally do the paper towel thing too! 😂 it’s to reuse them later, right? it seems like a waste to throw away a barely-used paper towel, and it could come in handy later for little spills…at least that’s how i am. if this is you too kyle, i get it man. i get it.

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  • Gabb

    Love the post, not going to lie I teared up during it… I’m a sucker for this stuff.

    My Valentine is my boyfriend. I was his bartender for 2 years before we started dating and we’ve been together ever since! He still liked me after I flagged him on his birthday too haha. We move into our first house in 3 months 🙂

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  • Courtney

    A fun fact is that my Valentine and I just got engaged last week! We’ve been together for 9 years , and made it through parts of college, four jobs, three moves and two states , and are even more in love than we were when we first met! I never really wanted to get married or plan a wedding or do any of that, but now that we’re engaged, everything suddenly changed. I can’t wait to marry him!

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  • Jennifer

    What a cute post! 🙂

    The paper towels on the counter made me laugh, I am guilty of doing that and it drives my husband crazy haha!

    Reply to Jennifer
  • Kelly

    You two are thee cutest!

    1. Well, I have a couple. My husband is my Valentine, but I also have my loves, my daughter, Addison and my pup, Finn.

    2. Fun fact: We started dating 10 years ago (sophomore year of college) and I remember freshman year (we were friends beforehand), he said he was going to marry me one day. I laughed in his face…who is laughing now lol

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  • Susie

    Awww!! You two are the cutest! No doubt you two were put on this earth for each other…Happy Valentine’s Day!

    My Valentine is my husband of 19 years. I saw the sweetest sign at Hobby Lobby that I’m stealing for him “You have my whole heart for my whole life”. And our 3 daughters are my Galentines always!

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  • Amanda|The Kitcheneer

    Such a CUTE post!
    My valentine is my husband Jake. We met our second week of our sophomore year in college (10 years ago!!! YIKES). But the random fact is he made the first move and kissed me. The funny part is I was so surprised by the kiss (I am incredibly shy) that I turned around with a HUGE smile on my face and walked away! He had NO idea how I felt!!! But he still asked to make it FB official a few days later <3 ….and now we have been married for 5 years 🙂

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  • Katie

    Love finding out a bit more about Kyle! He’s so mysterious. This is my first Valentines Day as a married woman and my husband is in Greece! We live in Saudi Arabia and he is chaperoning a middle school trip. So tonight I’m getting together with some friends to order food and watch a chick flick. Can’t really complain! Thanks to you and Kyle for sharing with us.

    Reply to Katie
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Katie!

      I love him to pieces.

      Awwww he’s in Greece?! Wow! Sounds like you guys are so adventurous!

      xo xo Enjoy your day with your friends!

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  • Brittany

    Such a sweet post 💕. You make a great couple! I loved the 20 facts at the end- I think it’s funny that Kyle does not drink coffee 🙂 & you both have parents that are twins!

    I have two Valentine’s this year- my husband Adrian & our almost 2 month old son Jack! Fun facts- 1) 3 years ago I got a Valentines Day shout out from Adrian on The Ellen Show while he was deployed in the military. 2) Our son Jack’s due date was December 25th (Christmas baby!) although he was actually born on December 17th.

    Reply to Brittany
    • Taralynn McNitt

      He does love the smell of it though:)

      Awwww congrats on little Jack!!

      How awesome is that! & please thank your husband for his service from me! & thank you for being an amazing military wife! I know it’s not always easy. xo

      xo xo xo

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  • Alison Williams

    Y’all are so cute. Kyle is handsome. I think it is great he doesn’t use social media. Leaves more time for books and movies.

    Y’all seem well connected. Seem to be on a good path for the future. That’s nice to see in these times. Living one day at a time. I just got a a new sign for my house last week. Says – “You, Me & The Dogs”. That would be perfect for y’all. Happy Valentine’s!

    Here is the link for the sign. https://www.smallwoodhome.com/products/wood-framed-signboard-you-me-the-dog-multiple-sizes-available

    (Can’t believe you don’t call him Freddie! Haha. Since he favors Freddie Prinze Jr. – a younger Freddie that is!)

    Reply to Alison Williams
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Lol well, my best friend’s boyfriend’s name is Freddie, so that would be a little weird hahahaha

      He does love his books and movies!

      awWWWW love love love THAT SIGN!!!

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  • Kayla Miser

    My friend Kelsey is for sure my galentine. We always laugh and have been there for eachother since high school.

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  • Kayla Miser

    I love that my husband is always so thoughtful.

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  • Becca

    I love this post! Thanks for sharing!

    My special valentine is my fiancé! This is our 6th valentine’s day together! It’s truly hard to describe just one thing I love about him. I think if I were to choose one it would be how genuine and sensitive he is. He puts on a bad boy act and the majority of his friends don’t realize how sensitive he is. He cried a river the day he proposed to me, he cries every Sunday at church and gets super emotional around his family. He’s got the biggest heart and it definitely shows! 🙂

    Reply to Becca
  • Laurel Hernandez

    Love this! You two are super cute! I totally get the roadtripping everywhere with your dogs, I wish I could do the same with my cat 😋
    My valentine is my hubby Mario. We were friends in high school and have been together for a little over 8 years! ❤️

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  • Jen

    Such a fun post! Thank you both for being willing to give us a little bit more about your story 🙂

    My Valentine is my husband, of course. Nine years together (and four years married this summer) and he’s still the one <3

    Fun fact: This year we both decided to invest in 23 & Me kits for each other's V-Day present to learn more about our heritage and health. Both sides of his family came from Italy and I'm a mix of various European countries so we're excited to see what we learn!

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  • Megan Bressler

    Love it!

    Reply to Megan Bressler
  • Anonymous

    Which Shakespeare play or sonnet is that from?

    Reply to Anonymous
    • Taralynn McNitt

      It’s actually from opera Falstaff was taken from Shakespeare’s literature! I had this conversation with Kyle last year when I put the quote on his last Valentine’s day gift! Some people give the credit to Arrigo Boito, so it’s not actually 100% for sure that it’s actually from Shakespeare.

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Mira

    Any way to enter if we don’t have instagram?!

    this was really sweet! thanks for sharing!

    Reply to Mira
  • Kelsey Weissner

    Oh my goodness I love this post!! <3 the pictures are so sweet and I love hearing how he talks about you, Taralynn. Too cute! And LOL to the "we love Dateline" fact because it's one of my favorite shows too.

    My Valentine is my boyfriend of almost 2 years, Dan! He texts me every morning, but his good morning text wishing me a happy valentine's day today put the biggest smile on my face–I love how he still has that effect on me! Can't wait to celebrate with him after work today 🙂 A fun fact about Dan and I is that despite our personalities being pretty opposite from each other, we balance each other out so perfectly that our time together is so effortless and natural. I've never experienced such a harmonious dynamic before, but I know I'm never letting go! 🙂

    I hope you and Kyle have a wonderful Valentine's Day! And thank you Kyle for sharing with us!

    xo Kelsey

    Reply to Kelsey Weissner
    • Taralynn McNitt

      He is just the sweetest!:)

      Lol how can you not like Dateline! We have our popcorn ready never miss and episode!!

      Sounds like Dan is a keeper!!!

      Happy Valentine’s day to you!

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  • Katie

    Aw this was such a fun post, I loved reading it and getting to know more about you guys! Happy Valentines Day!
    XO, Katie | http://www.meshkomoments.com

    Reply to Katie
  • Patricia

    Okay this might be the cutest thing ever? Kyle seems so sweet. I was hoping there would be more info on how you guys met! I remember you mentioning something about it being on the riverwalk and I always wondered if he just directly came up to you (like a boss lol).

    Reply to Patricia
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Patricia!

      Thanks so much! I thought it would be a great cheesy little Valentine’s day post 😉 It wasn’t actually at the Riverwalk. We met at Freedom Park and it was just really random. Not much of a story! We exchanged numbers and it took us about a month before we even met up. We texted a lot and then I finally got the guts to go on a date with him!

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    This is by far one of my favourite posts by you, Taralynn. 🙂 Loved the more personal dip into your relationship! The photos are lovely too! ❤️❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  • Hillary Danielle

    My Valentine is my wonderful, loving husband! And my Galentine is my older sister. I spoiled her this year and sent her flowers and chocolate covered strawberries, because I know her husband usually forgets about the little things like that.

    A fun fact about my Valentine is that I have known him since I was 18 and he was 23 (I’m 26 and he’s 31 now), and he was my supervisor at my first job when I worked the later shift (5-10pm). A fun fact about my Galentine is that she is expecting her first child in July! I’m going to have a nephew!

    Also, I find it funny that the one nickname you have for Kyle is King! I completely understand calling your significant other a name you don’t know how it started. I have been calling my husband Chief for the past 2 years or so, and I have absolutely zero idea on why or how that started, but it’s stuck!

    Reply to Hillary Danielle
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Hillary!!

      Love it! I’d say my mom is my Galentine ALWAYS!!

      Love the fun fact and congrats!!!! How exciting!:D

      Hahahaha It just stuck and we always call each other silly names that make no sense. We are complete children sometimes. But if he ever called me babe or sweetie I’d probably look at him as if he was flying. haha

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