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Valentine's is upon us again, and while we're all for loving and being loved, there's always something a little contrived about February 14.

Queues in every shop for last-minute bunches of flowers, restaurants packed to the brim with couples who'd much rather be chilling at home… and the teddy bears. So many teddy bears.

This year, we're opting for something a little more subtle with our Valentine's plans. After all, there are loads of ways to show you love someone and not all of them have to involve rose petals and cheap boxes of chocolate.

Here are a few ways to show your love – without the cheese…

1. Choose your card wisely
Go for a handmade option, or pick one of these no-bullsh*t cards by one of Ireland's many genius designers. You don't have to buy a card plastered with hearts just to make someone feel loved… promise.

 

2. Make your gift personal
Ditch the loveheart teddy and go for a little momento of your relationship instead – a photo collage, a framed receipt/ticket stub from your first date, or a copy of the film you both watched on your first awkward trip to the cinema.

 

 

3. Surprise them with their favourite meal at home
Deliveroo offers delivery from top Dublin restaurants – everywhere from Carluccio's, Brother Hubbard and Dillinger's to Leo Burdock's – direct to your door in an average of 32 minutes. What more could you want for a night in?

The Deliveroo team were out to #ShareTheLove in Dublin yesterday – so be sure to show yours this weekend.

 

4. Whip them up breakfast in bed
You don't need to go all gourmet – some eggs, toast, avocado, OJ and coffee make for a cheap and totally delicious brekkie. Plus, once it's made you can hop back into bed and get cosy too!

 

5. Plan a totally chilled out date day
Sometimes you just need to forget what you "should" be doing and go with your own flow. Binge-watch Netflix all day, go to a double feature in the cinema, head to the beach for a long walk followed by chipper chips… whatever it is, do something that'll leave you both relaxed and smiling from ear to ear.

 

6. Book a cheap trip to somewhere you've never been
Budget airlines are perfect for random mini breaks, but if you want to stay closer to home, simply head off on the train or bus to a county you've never visited before. Beats a package trip to Lanzarote any day.

 

7. Just say it
Sometimes just saying the words "I love you" is enough to give your other half the best feeling in the world.

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A survey carried out by Match.com has revealed that we put a lot of faith in our dogs, when it comes to judging our potential partners.

According to the results, 25% of women have been more attracted to someone because of their pet, and almost half like to see if their dog reacts well to their date.

They also found that 59% of respondents would perceive their date as more attractive, if they found out he or she had adopted their pet rather than buying from a breeder.

Things get a little awkward when it comes to mixing cat people with dog people though. The survey revealed that 97% of cat owners would have a relationship with a ‘dog person’, but only 66% of dog owners would be open to dating a cat person.

How much faith have you got in your dog’s match making abilities?!

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With all of these awful rumours about their marriage going around, the couple have reaffirmed their relationship with exciting tour news!

As of yet, there had been no news on whether the On The Run tour would make it as far as Europe – but now that’s all changed!

Unfortunately, there is no Irish date yet, and it is not known if there will be, but they are going to Paris.

That’s right, the power couple have announced two nights in the French capital, and will perform on the 12th and 13th of September.

We better get booking those cheap Ryanir flights now – this is one concert we do NOT want to miss!

Here’s the On the Run trailer, just in case you’ve forgotten how awesome it’s going to be:

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A new study has found that supermarkets are now the best place to snag your dream man!

According to the survey, one in eight (13 per cent) shoppers admitting to swapping numbers with a fellow trolley-pusher.

Six per cent have dated someone they met in the supermarket, and two per cent of those questioned said they had married someone they met at the supermarket!

It seems we can pick up a lot of clues about someone’s personality from what they have in their shopping basket.

Nearly two thirds (63 per cent) admitted they would be more attracted to someone if they shared similar shopping and eating habits.

According to data revealed by Shopitize app, 6.38pm is the best time to bag a beau with most singles hitting the shopping aisles in the early evening.

Psychologist Dr David Holme said, “Lust-fuelled moments in darkened clubs and bars are the worst times to be selecting a partner for life.

“In contrast, in the clear light of the supermarket aisle, the contents of our trolley will say more about our personalities and habits than interrogation by a dating website.”

Trolleys at the ready ladies!

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It looks like the Mr. & Mrs. Carter tour is coming. Except, it’s called the On The Run tour.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have both recently finished up tours of their own and are now doing one together!

The joint tour has been speculated for weeks now but has only been made official today.

It will run from June to August with sixteen dates around the US.

Information in regards to the European tour dates have yet to be released.

We really hope they don’t keep us waiting for too long!

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