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Vanessa Lachey Reveals the Sweet Way She and Nick Keep the Romance Alive With 3 Children (Exclusive)

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey attended JBL Fest on October 19, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images for Matter

Love is in the air! Vanessa Lachey has three kids at home, but that hasn’t stopped the Top Chef Junior host and her husband, Nick Lachey, from keeping their romance alive.

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When it comes to getting caught up in “the kid bubble,” the Dancing With the Stars alum, 38, admitted to Us Weekly exclusively that she and her husband, 45, keep compliments in mind.

“You forget yourself, like, telling them how much you appreciate them and how handsome they are,” she said. “Instead, it becomes all about school pick-ups, soccer practice and dance class, and you forget to say, ‘Hey, you’re really cute,’ or, ‘Thank you so much for taking the kids to the bus today.’ You just want to feel appreciated.”

As for Valentine’s Day, the pair, who tied the knot in 2011, are loving their low-key plans. “Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that I want to get dolled up and get a babysitter,” Vanessa revealed to Us. “It can be just as romantic at home. I love that we’ve embraced that the last couple of years.”

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The former Total Request Live host and Nick will be cooking a meal together this V-Day. “I’m going to light some candles, light the fire,” the three-time mom, who partnered with Bob Evans to create two Valentine’s Day recipes, explained. “Just because we’re home doesn’t mean that it has to be the same routine.”

Vanessa also has plans to celebrate the special day with their kids. She and the 98 Degrees member share Camden, 6, Brooklyn, 4, and Phoenix, 2.

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“I love decorating the kitchen table because it’s the first thing they see when they come downstairs,” the former Miss Teen USA said. “There’s a mirror behind it, so there will be hearts on the mirror, and I decorate place settings. … I have the chair backs with their names on it and give them little things they can interact and engage with. No one wants to give their kids candy at seven in the morning, so it’s more puzzles and stickers as we’re sitting having a meal together.”

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