Valentine's Day is ten days away and research shows that couples don't make plans in advance for the "holiday", but maybe we should. Here are a few ways to do it.

Advance planning will show the person in your life that you are thoughtful, so in advance of your date, maybe the day before, send them a card in the mail, either at home if you know they get the mail before you do, or at work to perk up their day. Tell them that you're looking forward to spending time with them. You don't have to write a poem or an epic letter. Just a few simple words like "I can't wait to see you tonight" will go a long way. Fact.

Plan an intimate dinner at home. Whether it's just the two of you or incorporate the whole family, staying home is always better than waiting in line for a table at a crowded restaurant. You can't hear each other, the kids may be tired or it may just be too cold to go outside. Make something everyone will like, light some candles and stay in. Even if you make your honey's favorite meal and throw in a pizza for the kids, it's much more intimate than bundling up and fighting the crowds.

Pair whatever you make for dinner with a nice bottle of wine or champagne. It makes the meal a little more fancy. You don't have to be a wine expert to know what goes with what. There are plenty of free apps on the market that will be able to help you pick out a good wine. One of the favorites among my wine loving friends is HelloVino. It allows you to choose a wine based on what you like, what you're eating or the occasion. It's free and available for the iPhone or the Android.

Cap off the night with a starlight walk around the neighborhood. After dinner, you may be feel full up to the gills, but a brisk walk in the chilly air may revitalize you for some fun later on. Plus, it gives you a reason to hold hands and walk a little closer.