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Ask the Patch Pro: Valentine's Day

Looking for ideas to surprise your sweetie? Ask local experts for their advice in the comments section of this article.

Whether or not you believe Valentine's Day is a ploy by retailers, it's never a bad idea to show someone you love them.

In that spirit, this week's Ask the Patch Pro features two local bloggers who boast knowledge of current trends, holiday arts and crafts, romantic dining and much more.

  • Megan Cassidy, a Richfield resident and married mother of two, is the creator of Alphabet Adventures. Alphabet Adventures gives tons of ideas for arts and crafts projects, events and games to do with the kids. She's also great at finding a bargain, mostly free or low-cost events throughout the Twin Cities metro area. She's ready to give ideas for do-it-yourself Valentine's Day gift projects for both adults and kids. See her blog on Richfield Patch.
  • Melissa Saigh is a former television producer, reporter and news anchor, turned full-time stay-at-home mom and mommy-blogger. Her blog is called Minnesota Baby, and it's about her family's adventures traveling between Minnesota and Singapore. Melissa is a Hopkins native who now lives in Minnetonka, but when her husband AJ took a job in Singapore in late 2012, they decided to make the big move to Singapore for two years. Melissa regularly reviews family, parent and child-friendly products, services and events, and still appears on television in the Twin Cities. She's always up on the latest trends, and her most recent blog highlights Valentine's Day plans for Minnesota celebrity parents, such as media personality Amelia Santaneillo.

Whether you'd like to bounce a gift idea off someone, looking for tips on local romantic restaurants, or searching for ways to get the kids involved in making Mommy or Daddy a valentine, ask away in the comments section below. Also, if you have any loving suggestions for readers, please feel free to share, too.

Melissa Saigh February 06, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Tonight, I had dinner at Pairings in Eden Prairie with my girlfriends. Amazing! They are hosting a dinner on Valentine's Day for $50 a couple (not bad), and although I can't find the info online, they did have a flyer up at the restaurant tonight. Call for details: http://www.pairingsfoodandwine.com/
Becky Glander February 06, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Yum, I'm jealous! What is everyone's favorite restaurant in the metro area?
Melissa Saigh February 06, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Crave is always my "go-to" for good food (especially sushi), but Pairings was pretty amazing! Also, Ike's just opened up on the west-side, and I can't get enough of their food.
Vicki Strong February 06, 2013 at 04:47 AM
That's the 2nd Thursday of the month. So, I'm serving dinner at Woodbury Lutheran to about 100 people who stop by the Christian Cupboard to get food to help feed their families and then enjoy our monthly community meal. How's that for romance? Now that you've reminded me it's Valentine's Day I should figure out a way to make it special for couples/families who come in. Thanks to TST Catering for their generosity, I know the food will be great, even if it's just a hot dish and salad. Hubby and I will have to find time for romance some other night!
Megan Meuli February 06, 2013 at 02:02 PM
That's wonderful Vicki!

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