We had so many stories submitted in The Dig Me Out of the Doghouse Contest that we need your help selecting the best candidate who deserves to stay out of the dog house this Valentine’s Day. We selected the top 5 stories so scroll down and vote for your favorite candidate. The winner will be announced on Feb. 13, just in time for Valentine’s Day! The winner gets a prize package with everything needed to create a perfect Valentine from Ibedzz and other sponsors below. WINNER WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE PACKAGE VALUED AT MORE THAN $1,500 WITH GIFTS FROM OUR SPONSORS INCLUDING:

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Here are the five finalists. Read them and then vote for your favorite in the poll below:

Finalist #1:

Dig me out of the Doghouse please... Although there is a vitural cornicopia of things filled that constantly keep me in the dog house, I am going with my classic story (that gets relived each and every year on her birthday)...

Simple advice, in hindsight....

Gentlemen never buy your wife an electric lawn mower for her 30th birthday because she can get "fit" pushing it and it will be less noisy when she is mowing the lawn...

10 years in the doghouse, still doing time...

Great, now I just told everyone she is 40... Oh well, here's to another 10 years in the "DH..."

Finalist #2:

My husband and I have been through so much together. This past year we lost our baby Nathaniel. He was stillborn. We buried him. My husband has been the most supportive person, we cried together, he has been the one who I have leaned on the most, and he never falters. We have two other children, we have decided with us both being older in age to just stay with the two, Nathaniel was going to be our last, and he is. My husband is always saying how we need to get away together to reconnect, to rebuild on what we have. We never have the time or money to do it. This Valentines I would like to take the stress away from my husband who holds it all on his shoulders all the time, and do something great for him, for us. If ya'll could help us in that, it would be amazing. I know he truly deserves it. He is a great husband, a wonderful father, and is devoted to his family.

Finalist #3:

I put myself in the dog house about six months ago and ever since then I have been trying to find my way out but every time I think I'm there it gets a little bit worse. It all started early last year when my wife and I ran into financial trouble. After several months of slowly falling behind on bills we reached a point where we were behind on every bill we had. Out of money and out of ideas I began to sell my personal belongings in a attempt to keep our house and cars, but eventually I ran out of things of value and told my wife we needed to sell her weddings rings. It's not at all that I wanted to do this but after looking at our options it was the only way we could get the money we needed to save ourselves. My wife agreed with the understanding that as soon as we caught back up I would get her a new, even better of course, wedding ring. Unfortunately things still have n't gone as planned and two weeks ago we had to file for bankruptcy. So now with no ring to give my wife and no money to get her anything remotely close to what I promised, I could definitely use some help getting out of the dog house this Valentine’s Day. I could not have asked my wife to be any more understanding about this whole situation and I want her to know how much I appreciate and love her, and this would most certainly do the trick.

Finalist #4:

First I will introduce myself. My name is Tara and I am a mother of three, wife, graduate student, and speech therapist. With that being said my poor husband has been put on the back burner the past year (or 3) because of my very busy schedule. He is already gone half the time because he works in the oil field. His schedule for the past 7 years has been one week off and one week on. This schedule wasn’t so bad until we decided to have children, me work full time, and be a full time graduate student. We have a 4 year old daughter, a 3 year old son, and a 7 month old son! I work Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday all day at a Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic and at The Vine School as a Speech Therapist, have class Tuesdays and Thursday nights, and am doing my internship at Warm Springs Hospital on Mondays and Fridays. Every time he is coming home he says something like "did you put me in your planner for this week" or " can I be fit into your schedule while I'm home". I feel terrible and hate that it has been this way. Thankfully he understands that I am doing graduate school to make a better life for our family and we both know it will get better (in April 2014). This Valentine’s Day I would love to surprise him with this surprise package to reassure him that I love him very much and wish I could spend every minute with him and the kids. He would be so excited to know I am "putting him in my schedule for 3 full days" and going on a little vacation together with no interruptions!

Finalist #5:

My wife and I recently found out we are expecting our third child. Just as we began imagining life with three children, we began having complications. My wife went to the doctor and was put on bed rest. I should have gone straight home after work to help her with our two children, as well as comfort her but instead I thought I needed a guys night and headed to my buddies house to drink a few beers and play a little pool. My wife begged me to come home because she really needed me but I decided to ignore her and stay there. I finally decided to leave because she was blowing up my phone. On the way home I remembered my Dad was in a poker game at the country club and decided to stop and say “hi”. Of course I couldn’t stop by without joining in the game. I stayed there and played for a few hours and didn’t get home till 1:30am. The next morning I knew I had really le t my wife and family down. I should have been there for them instead of being selfish. Luckily we are still expecting and we pray every day for our new child to bless this world. I am so sorry I let this whole night happened I would change every diaper, cook my wife dinner while I am home, take the kids to the zoo and aquarium, and just not take any moments I have with my family for granted. KIXS can help my by just letting my wife know I am truly sorry and I am so thankful for everything she does for me as well as our family. Please help me out of my doghouse!

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Make sure you let your Valentine know this year how much you love them so you won’t be in the dog house next year!