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Here’s a selection of Delilah’s favorite photos from her personal scrapbook:

   
Delilah just about fainted when she first laid eyes on her very own ketchup bottle!



Delilah thinks Clive Owen is cute, but she thinks Jack's even cuter.



Much tastier than the dress on the book's cover…


   
According to Delilah, these cookies almost look too good to eat. Almost.



This necklace makes Margo want to hurl.



Margo wants to smash this beautiful handmade ceramic sign with a hammer.





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LAVALIFE MAGAZINE
Most men hate Valentine's Day. They think it's a fake holiday designed to wring $200 from their wallets if they do comply, and hell to pay if they don't. The reality is even if you're a guy who could live happily without "celebrating" another damned Valentine's Day, to most women, it's kind of a big deal. This is the one day of the year where we hope you'll express your deepest feelings for us, show us and the world how much we mean to you, and frankly, surprise us with flowers, something sparkly and something made of chocolate. And possibly dinner.

Let's use this analogy: thinking that Valentine's Day is like any other day is like thinking the Superbowl is just another football game or the Stanley Cup is just another hockey game. It matters. It matters big.

But how do you celebrate Valentine's Day with someone you've just met? How can you avoid disappointing your date without sending the wrong message? I love you! I don't love you! I have no idea if I love you!

According to Lindt Chocolate's 2007 Valentine's Day survey, an overwhelming 70 per cent of men do not expect a gift on Valentine's Day. Forty-five per cent of young adults ages 24-34 believe the longer you have been with your significant other, the more you should spend on him/her for Valentine's Day. And 52 per cent of adults 65 and older believe you should spend about the same on Valentine's Day gifts throughout the course of your relationship.

No matter what your romantic situation, whether you're deliriously solo or madly in love, we've got some great Valentine's Day ideas you'll fall for... Read on.

If You're Single & Loving It
OK, just because you're single doesn't mean you shouldn't celebrate Valentine's Day. Treat yourself!

Ladies, take a day off work if possible and book a day at the spa. Or order a box of sumptuous chocolates and eat them on the couch in your pajamas, cuddled up with a girly novel like The Perfectly True Tales of a Perfect Size 12 ($13.00*, Plume) or a fun book like If Women Ran the World, Sh*t Would Get Done: Celebrating All the Wonderful, Amazing, Stupendous, Inspiring, Butt-kicking Things Women Do ($12.95, Conari). Revel in spending a solitary, giddy day pampering yourself.

Who said you need Prince Charming to live happily ever after? Treat yourself to a little bauble. Try the silver Happily Ever After cuff bracelet inscribed with, "And she lived happily ever after..." (www.femailcreations.com, $59). A sweet little reminder that we can live a fabulous life with or without someone else.

If you're a guy with no attachments, send your mom a card and be done with it. Or grab a group of unattached buddies and head over to a sports bar. You'll have the place to yourself, because no woman wants to get all dolled and shave her legs for chicken wings with a side of basketball on Valentine's Day.

If You're Single & Looking
Maybe you're on your own this year, but with any luck you'll be knee-deep in romance by the time next year rolls around. For both sexes, Valentine's Day is a great day to focus on what you're looking for, spend the night evaluating your online profile, adding some snappier lines and uploading a few more photos.

Consider throwing a singles-only party, treating yourself to something decadent, or at the very least offer to babysit for a home-locked couple who haven't seen romance since the baby was born. Good deeds have a way of coming back around.

Ladies, if you're looking for Mr. Right, this sweet perfume solid may be just what the love doctor ordered. Man-Magnet Parfum Glacé ($19.95, www.herbanavenues.com) was created based on studies that men associate the scents of cinnamon and vanilla with love. That's right, girls, all you need to attract a crowd of admirers is add a little cinnamon mojo.

Most importantly, don't let Valentine's Day turn into a reminder of what you don't have. Instead, let it inspire you to go after what you want.

If You've Had Just A Few Dates
It's a gift! It's a date! This is an inexpensive, adorable and romantic gift that you can enjoy together (or, frankly, a girl can chow down on by herself if a guy decides to dump her after date four). The Fondue Pot with Heart Marshmallows and Truffles from Harry & David. The best part? The whole thing will cost you less than $20. Set includes the Fondue pot plus four long forks ($14.95), heart-shaped Marshmallows ($4.95) at www.harryanddavid.com.

Another great gift: The "I Deserve" T-shirt (www.heyugly.com, $16.50). The shirt reads, "I DESERVE . . . Happiness, love, respect, peace, friends, health, freedom, acceptance, equality, fun, joy, prosperity, honesty, fulfillment, understanding, balance, contentment, serenity, success, support, appreciation, harmony, tranquility, miracles, more than I can possibly imagine, to feel, to grow, to live, to be, to dream, to search, to find..." Proceeds go to charity to benefit teen empowerment. The shirt tells your date you think highly of them, without messing around in the mushy stuff too early on.

If You've Been Dating 1-3 Months
Surprise your date with Fairy Tale Brownies Valentine Magic Morsels (www.brownies.com, $37.00). These bite-size brownies (original, chocolate chip, walnut, and my favorite, caramel) come in a sweet velvet heart box tied with a purple bow. I am not a brownie person, but I could not stop eating these. Utter brownie nirvana.

For the woman with a creative mind and a spontaneous sense of style, Found Parfum is a fresh scent that combines a warm heart of cassis, bay rose and cardamom lightened with pink grapefruit and sweetened with caramel and spun sugar. From Crabtree & Evelyn (www.crabtree-evelyn.com, $45.00)

If you want to spend your hard-earned cash on roses that last more than a week, we love this retro-looking pink vanity case brimming with a selection of delicate rosewater scented essentials for the bath and body. The Rosewater Sheer Vanity, also from Crabtree & Evelyn ($55.00)

Rethinking chocolate? Try the Chocolate Lover's Spa Set which includes a decadent milk chocolate body lotion, cocoa chocolate bath salts and bath gel, white chocolate bubble bath and mint chocolate foot scrub, and delicious French chocolate truffles, packed in an elegant brown suede hatbox ($39.99-$79.99 from 1-800-FLOWERS).

If You've Been Dating 3-6 Months
This is a luxe gift, but it will definitely sweep her off her feet. Instead of a box of chocolates (or in addition to, if you're a really romantic guy,) try La Petite Pearle's Caviar for Two (www.lapetitepearle.com, $75.00) which includes rainbow trout and American sturgeon caviars, along with mother-of-pearl tasting spoons and crème fraîche. Pair with a nice bottle of champagne or sparkling wine (we like Kluge SP 2003, $38).

For music-loving guys, try a guitar string bracelet from Relix ($75-$200, www.relix.com). Select a bracelet made from the strings of your guy's favorite guitarist -- from Carlos Santana to Maroon 5's Adam Levine to Ziggy Marley. This is one cool gift.

Another gift we love for women is the Body Rocks CKC bracelet, ($60, www.getbodyrocks.com). Many people believe that gemstones give off a certain kind of energy or healing effect. The CKC bracelet is dramatic and provides the wearer with strength, protection and insight. Proceeds benefit the children's cancer care through Children's Hospital of Boston. A perfect gift for creative types, woo-woo chicks and anybody with great style and a tender heart.

If You've Been Dating Six Months or Longer
Guys, I hate to break it to you, but six months or longer means jewelry. If you're not ready to commit, stick to bracelets, necklaces or earrings. If you need help picking something she'll like, ask her best friend to go shopping with you.

For Same-Sex Couples
LoveandPride.com has a fabulous selection of cool, romantic commitment jewelry for same-sex couples, but frankly there are dozens of pieces anyone would love. Designed by Udi Behr, whose funky cool designs appeal to A-list clients like Britney Spears and Sharon Stone; the jewelry is fresh, hip and fun.

Finally, guys, I'd like to leave you with one bit of advice: When it comes to Valentine's Day, flowers are mandatory. If you've had at least one date, and you're hoping for a second, send flowers on Valentine's Day. If you've been dating for three months, or married for 30 years, send flowers on Valentine's Day. I can't tell you why it's so important to us. It just is.

* All prices quoted in U.S. funds
Dating Expert Lisa Daily is the author of
Stop Getting Dumped!



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