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How to Say I Love You on Valentine's Day & Every Day

Updated on February 1, 2018
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JJ has been writing helpful and fun articles online and in print for over 18 years. She enjoys sharing tips and ideas.


Love Words and Ideas for Valentine's and Every Day

How do you say "I Love You" for the first time or the millionth time? Here are lots of ideas for saying these words with loving quotes, love poems, & love notes full of romance and/or fun.

How can you tell a new boyfriend or Valentine you love him? How about your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife? Need the right words for that secret crush?

Get ideas right here!

On this page you will find:

  • Love note ideas
  • The right words to share your love
  • Cute tips and ideas to demonstrate your feelings


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A Fun Idea: How to give someone a "Heart Attack"

See #5 on the list below!

Fun Ways to Say and Show Your Love

1) Just say it! I love you!

2) Write a note: "I love you."

3) Cut out a paper heart and hide it in a special place where it will be found.

4) Cut out 500 paper hearts of all sizes and colors. Tape them up all over a room.

5) Give someone a "heart attack" - cut out hearts (about 5" and larger) from thick paper or craft foam. Attach with tape or a hot glue gun to craft sticks (like popsicle sticks). When finished, sneak over to your love's house and stick the hearts-on-a-stick all over the yard by pushing the sticks into the dirt or grass.

6) Write "I Love You" on the bathroom mirror in lipstick.

7) Draw a heart on the bathroom mirror in lipstick.

8) Fill up your love's car, bedroom or ?? with lots and lots of heart-shaped balloons.

9) Send flowers.

10) Bring your love a single rose.

11) Buy a mushy love card.

12) Make a mushy love card.

13) Buy or make a funny love card.

14) Take a walk on the beach.

15) Write "I love you" in the sand at the beach.

16) Plan a candlelight dinner.

17) Make a giant banner out of a roll of butcher paper (they have red, pink, white, etc. at most school supply or larger craft stores)

18) Buy a gift on this page and have it delivered!

19) Write an "I Wuv U" note in childlike handwriting with crayon.

20) Write an elementary-type school note that says "I like you. Do you like me?" [followed with check boxes for Yes, No or Maybe]

21) Heart jewelry says I love you, without words.

22) If appropriate, buy a puppy or kitten for your sweetheart. How fun!

23) Use a special talent of yours; write your love a song, paint a painting, write a poem or ?

24) Give that special someone a heart-shaped bowl full of Hershey's Kisses.

25) Give someone a hug. Sometimes words are not needed.

26) Hold hands.

27) Pack a picnic and take your love to a lovely place.

28) Make or buy a CD of love songs.

29) Text Message: ILY (I Love You)

30) Text Message: U R GR8T (You Are Great)

31) Text Message: Can't W8 2 C U (Can't Wait to See You)

32) Text Message: Be Mine?

33) Text Message: *hugs*

34) Text a heart <3 (arrow, 3)

35) Send an email love note. Write from your heart.

36) Send a free online card from or Yahooligans

37) Buy a white dry-erase board and put in up where it can be seen daily. Use it to leave notes, draw hearts, and more.

38) Draw hearts and/or write notes on a driveway or sidewalk with pink chalk.

39) Send a romantic gift for no reason.

40) Buy window paint markers. Write and draw loving things on your loved one's car or home windows.

41) Think up cutesy nicknames for each other. Be careful - they might stick!

42) Cuddle up on the couch and watch a romantic movie.

43) Look lovingly into his/her eyes.

44) Plan a special date to do something he or she adores.

45) Leave little love notes in drawers, the glove compartment, a lunch box, in pockets - anywhere!

46) Tape a note to a baseball or bat: You're a homerun, babe.

47) Here's a corny one to write somewhere: "I love you till Niagra Falls"

48) Or how about "I'll love you as long as butter-flies."

49) Leave a note in a unexpected place

50) Yell it from the rooftops!

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Did you ever say I Love You to someone who did not say it back? (ouch)

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Little Love Note Words & Sentiments to Copy, Tweet, and Use!

(Feel free to use these for little notes to leave around the house or ??)

  • Somebody loves you! Guess who?!
  • I love you so very much.
  • I'm all yours!
  • My heart belongs to you.
  • You mean the world to me.
  • I love your kisses.
  • I am so lucky to have you.
  • I am so happy to have you.
  • Wherever you go, I am there with you.
  • Though we are apart, you're always in my heart.
  • XOXOXOXOX (hugs and kisses)
  • Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, I just might be, Falling for you.
  • You melt me.
  • You make my head spin and my legs go weak.
  • You're the one.
  • I love you to the moon and back.
  • I think I am falling in love with you.
  • I can't wait to see you again.

How often do you say I Love You?

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Other Words for I Love You

Share your feelings your way with loving words

1) You are my one and only.

2) You are the love of my life.

3) With every breath I take, I love you more and more.

4) You are my everything.

5) Yesterday I loved you the most I could love anyone, yet today I love you even more.

6) You make my heart go pitter-patter.

7) Roses are red, violets are blue, this is a note…to say I love you.

8) Be my love forever more.

9) I can't imagine my life without you.

10) My hearts aches when we are apart.

11) I care so much for you.

12) It's you and me forever, baby.

13) You are the most beautiful person in the world.

14) Luv ya!

15) I want to spend the rest of my life making you smile.

16) Thank you for loving me.

17) You are so special to me.

18) You are my sweetie!

19) Marry me?

20) Everyday my first thought in the morning and my last thought of the night is of you.

21) You make me smile.

22) I love you so much I feel like my heart will burst.

23) Forever Yours.

24) Always and Forever, I will love you.

25) Every day, in every way, my love for you grows.

26) How do I love you? Let me count the ways.

27) You are my soul mate.

28) Ich liebe dich (German for I love you)

29) Je t'aime (French for I love you)

30) Kimi o ai shiteru (Japanese for I love you)

31) The amo (Spanish for I love you)

32) Vos amo (Latin for I love you)

33) Ya lyublyu tebya (Russian for I love you)

34) Wo ie ni (Chinese for I love you)

35) Jag a"lskar dig (Swedish for I love you)

36) You are the cream in my coffee.

37) You are my perfect match.

38) You take my breath away.

39) I prayed for love and you came into my life.

40) You are my gift from God

41) I Found My Love In You

Words to Use on Homemade Love Notes

To make home crafted notes, simple print or write out special sayings. For a bit of fun and romance, hide them in drawers, a lunchbox, a book, or anywhere else the will be found!

Here are some ideas for love note words:

  • Ooh Baby, I love your way.
  • My heart is all yours!
  • You are so adorable!
  • You are so hot! (Tape this to a bottle of hot sauce or Red Hots candies)
  • Love you, Babe
  • Can't wait to see you!
  • I'm thinking about you - right now.
  • I am forever yours.
  • Good morning, my love.
  • Have a great day at work knowing I love you!
  • Can't wait until tonight!
  • You are so sweet! (Try taping this note to a candy bar)
  • Love you now. Love you forever.
  • Thanks for being you.
  • You are on my mind today.
  • You're the love of my life.
  • Love you, Sweetie!
  • Bee my honey!

Homemade Coupon Ideas

To make homemade coupons for your sweetie:

  1. Cut some paper into rectangles (red or pink are nice) or layout coupons on your computer to be printed and cut.
  2. Choose an idea to write or type (from the list below or come up with your own words).
  3. Consider adding coupon words like "never expires," "subject to availability," "offer good until (date)" to the top and/or bottom.
  4. Add a dashed line around individual coupons

Here are some ideas for wording:

  • This coupon good for one kiss (or maybe more!)
  • This coupon good for one hug
  • This coupon good for a romantic dinner (with me!)
  • This coupon good for a surprise
  • This coupon good for a massage

Think about your special person. What kind of coupon would they appreciate?

Have you ever said a very romantic & meaningful I LOVE YOU?

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Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me.

— Sarah Bernhardt

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      AttractThatPerson 4 years ago

      Great catch phrases and so true! Thanks for your lens. I enjoyed checking it out :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens. I suggest try a night picnic by the beach. Its really romantic

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      Tricia Deed 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Great job, with a lot of variety.

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      AmandaJon 4 years ago

      Useful and informative. A very good lens!

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Fabulous lens. Very heartwarming

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      ukprowriter 5 years ago

      Awesome lens. Thanks for sharing

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I get pretty inarticulate when trying to express love. Not good for someone who takes pride in her writing. It's my family background causing that.

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      I'm feeling the love, reading this lens!

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      RomanticBedroomI 5 years ago

      You lens is fantastic, I really enjoyed it.

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I love, love, love this wonderful lens. Thanks for making it.

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      planetocean79 5 years ago

      I love this lens, just love it.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Words truly have power.

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      Linda Hoxie 5 years ago from Idaho

      These are all wonderful, so much inspiration to give to that person you love!

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! :)

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      We're always saying I love you in our home - it's never an underused phrase and is meant wholeheartedly. My favorite 3 little words ever :)

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      erini75 5 years ago


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice quotes..

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      JennaBaxton 5 years ago

      Cute lens :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice quotes :)..

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      MimayManalo 5 years ago

      I love you is something tiny little three word phrase is one of the most powerful strings of words in the world and that would be most adorable when you put art on it.. something like your lens talk about.

      It is very lovely to know more ways to say i love you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great ways to say I love you. Now everyone can say it. Make sure you tell your family that before it is too late. That is something you cannot change when they are gone.

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      Alexandra Douglas 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for writing this lens. It is very helpful. My boyfriend is still afraid to say it I believe but I have been saying it frequently.

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      attraction 42 5 years ago

      Thank you.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      @diy-plan: Oh my! That would melt just about any woman's heart!

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      DMVAgent 5 years ago

      wew .. that was great .. thanks for sharing this lens,very inspiring!

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      Jim Brown 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Tes yeux, j'en rêve jour et nuit. (I dream about your eyes day and night... pronounced: tayzyuh, zh'ohn rev joor ay noowee)

      Tu es magnifique!


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i like the ideas

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      So many great ways to say "I love you" :) Well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well now, this is a true labor of love!!!

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Brillant! I love this lens!

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      Charlotte Green 5 years ago

      sweet ideas.

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      MrInfopreneur 5 years ago

      nice lens. Thanks for the ideas

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Today I am on a Squid quest to find as many hugs as I possibly can and I found a few very wonderful hugs hiding out here. So a great big squid angel hug for you too. {{{Hugs}}}.

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      EnjoyLens 5 years ago

      Great lens, well done!

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      bilafond lm 5 years ago

      Alas, that love, so gentle in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof - Shakespeare. You have written a wonderful lens. Now how many times I would face the music trying your long lists :-)

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      alina nicoleta92 5 years ago

      Such a romantic lens. Just love it.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens, great job! Squdlike

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the quotes &lt;3

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i love u so much and always u r in my chest

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      just found this page,,, and i love it, thanks

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Great lens with some really sweet things to say and do. Thank you for sharing!

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      avigarret 5 years ago

      While it feels unoriginal after going through the content, I have to say I LOVE this lens :)

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      Dawn Michael 5 years ago from Thousand Oaks

      Thank you so much for a wonderful lens! Love and relationships are my life's work. I like your thoughts and gift ideas for expressing it. I love Love and romance! I also enjoyed "I Love you to Pieces"

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a romantic at heart. I enjoyed the lens :)

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this page, I am in love with love:~) See you around the galaxy...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love. One of the most sacred word in this world

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i love someone. she doesn't know i love her and i just cant say i love you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love some of the links you have to other quirky gifts. My father retired from the air force and I'm highly considering getting him that Air Force "message in a bottle" gift. How cool is that!!!! I'm bookmarking your lens for that purpose. So now, will you make money from that sale, since it's an external website and doesn't go through Amazon? I hope so!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      lovely lens

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      You're looking lovely too :-)

      Great list!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hey This Helped Me So Much Now I Know How To Nab My Crush At School. I Hope He Will Go Out With Me, If He Does Say Yes Then I Have You To Thank!!! Thank You So Much!!


      scream it from the rooftops


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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Blessed! Please add this to the plexo on my Valentine Gifts, What Sold and Blessings 2012 lens.

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      allenwebstarme 6 years ago

      Wow love this lens, beautiful lines to propose. Thanks for sharing.

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      haerych 6 years ago

      sweet and meaningful words for couple.good job!

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      haerych 6 years ago

      Sweet and meaningful to couples. good job!

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      howdoyouspellst 6 years ago

      What sweet words of love!!! Very romantic.

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      Heather Bradford 6 years ago from Canada

      love, love, love! ;-)

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      Merstarr 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Neither my hubby and I need help expressing ourselves.. we say I love you many times a day... but if I had a time travel machine there are some people from my past whom I would have given this to!!! I am submitting this lens for a Valentiniest lens quest! Happy Valentines Day :)

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      RazzbarryBreeze 6 years ago

      Loved your Lens. Very Nice job. Definitely will use many of your ideas ... Truly BLESSED!!!!

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      RickyDawn1 6 years ago

      Great Lens, Thanks for the help, I have trouble saying these three words ;)

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      Thrinsdream 6 years ago

      I'm going to have to say it . . . I LOVED this lens it is chocka block with wonderful "stuff" I will be revisiting some of the things on here as I am one of lifes' romantics! With lots of thanks and appreciation and love! Cathi x

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      Edutopia 6 years ago

      Great lens! Sometimes even the best among us need a little help conveying what is on the inside.

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Ahh! I am sure in love with love and all these ways to say it. WTG and *Blessed today!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      There's a whole lotta love on this page!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      beautiful and romantic ways to say and show your love..

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      LOVE THIS!

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      JohnRayner 6 years ago

      I love anything romantic

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      nikkic711 6 years ago

      Creative ideas!!!

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      Silencespeaks 6 years ago

      great way of spreading love. great lens. helps to learn new thing about lens writing

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: awwww tkats so sweet!!!! i just tould my bf i love him!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Had to see how others were feeling about love because I am at that point in my relationship where the words I love you are simply not grand enough! if there was ever meant to be a word more than that I wish I knew what is was!

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      lovegrowth lm 6 years ago

      Love is good!

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      SoftwareEngineer 6 years ago

      Very Nice :)

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      Excellent!v Thanks so much!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ty this site has refreshed me a little I am a sucker for romance and I needed a thought I am going to see my gf this Saturday and You reminded me to buy a single red rose as well as a few poems i have written for her well what ever ty lol

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      wheresthekarma 6 years ago

      I really enjoy your lenses, positive messages. :)

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      momsfunny 6 years ago

      Lots of unique ideas and loving words! Great lens.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens :) enjoyed reading it immensely!!

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      beckwong 6 years ago

      simply love this lens!

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      lucybrz1 6 years ago

      Love love L-O-V-E, the greatest feeling

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      breby 6 years ago

      Don't say it too much.. it can lose its meaning after a while... :)

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Love the love quotes! Blessed!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Loved it! just wrote my first lens ofn Happiness Quotes

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      Lu_anne 6 years ago

      Love this lens.:)

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      KaneshiaKelly 6 years ago

      I love this lens, u truly are gifted.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      @JohannDog: Awww...I know why, too! Your are fantabulous! &lt;3 Woof! (I tell my fuzzy friend that every day too - and she looks a lot like you!)

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      Johann The Dog 6 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      My Mum tells me she loves me every day!

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      NidhiRajat 6 years ago

      great and interesting!!!

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      alanbowman777 6 years ago

      Love needs to be expressed in not just words and not limited to romance will find a way to love,luv lol AN IMPORTANT LENS THIS ONE

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      manoj5917 6 years ago

      nice site

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      NidhiRajat 6 years ago

      its amazing to say I love you to my life.......

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      nice site :) thnx

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      pramodbisht 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thnk u vry much

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Nice lense, loved it:)

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Marvelous job on this beautiful lens! Keep up the amazing work!

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      dragonsix 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens, loved it. Here's what I practice, always tell your loved ones "I love you" every time you leave the house. You never know what can happen.

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      HeavenBlessedMe 6 years ago

      Loved your lens...a lot of great ideas here. Have a blessed day