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Winter Date Ideas

February 7, 2018
Winter Date Ideas

I know spring and summer tend to get all the date attention with their warm weather and outdoor activities, but winter deserves more credit! The cozy blankets, warm fires and the romance of snowy nights are truly the makings of a picture-perfect date. If you’re willing to get creative, you can come up with so many fun winter date ideas!

A lot of winter date ideas focus on the holidays or snow day activities, but let’s be honest, that only covers a small portion of the winter season. There are so many winter dates that aren’t holiday-themed or snow-dependent, even a few that you can do outside! The key to a good winter date (or any date for that matter) is lots of time spent together so ultimately it’s important to do something you both will enjoy.

Winter Date Ideas

Living room camp out

Drag all of the blankets, pillows and sofa cushions into the living room and set up camp for the night. Watch movies, eat snacks and snuggle by the fireplace.  This is a great, low-key date idea that won’t break the bank and still allow you to reconnect. You can also add in little ones fairly easily.

Netflix marathon

While you’re camped out on the living room floor, you’re going to need something to watch. Pick a TV series or set of movies on Netflix or AmazonPrime and binge watch all night long! Some recent favorites from my house: Psych, Bones, Downton Abbey or The Crown.

Ice skating

Ok so maybe this one does involve snow a little bit, but you can also find indoor ice skating rinks. Follow up your best pairs skating routine (or frequent falls) with a little hot chocolate (or adult beverage) and you’ve got a great date.

Watch a sunrise/sunset

Sunrise and sunset watching have long been a date staple and this doesn’t change during the winter.  With the shorter days of winter, you won’t even have to get up too early to catch a sunrise!

Board game tournament

This idea will be better if it’s a group date and a few couples participate. Pick games that aren’t too complicated and involve a lot of group participation. Options like Cards Against Humanity and Catchphrase will be sure to bring out the laughs. The Oregon Trail Card Game is also a good option, especially for those of us who played the computer game as children.

Visit a museum

Museums are great additions to your list of winter date ideas because they aren’t weather dependent.  Plus you’ll walk away having learned something during your date which is always nice. Admission varies on museum topic and location, but many are free or offer discounted tickets for students or military.

Go indoor rock climbing

Winter date ideas don’t all have to be inside and involve snuggling! This is a great time to try an indoor activity like rock climbing. It’s fun, gets your blood pumping and is something you can both learn together.

Go see a play

You don’t have to travel to New York City to see great theater. Most major cities play host to traveling plays throughout the year and the winter is a great time to see one! If ticket costs are a bit too high for your budget, consider going to a matinee instead. Same performance, cheaper tickets. Colleges and universities also frequently put on plays (or have traveling productions stop there) and those tickets are usually VERY reasonably priced.

Theme dinner night

One of my favorite winter date ideas is cooking with my husband, especially if it’s a new dish.  You could totally have a theme-dinner night (think Italian, French or even nostalgic comfort food) and make the cooking part of the fun.

Go to an arcade

Arcades are not just for teenagers. Places like Dave & Buster’s are more and more popular among adults, especially since they have adult-only hours and serve alcohol. Plan to eat and drink as you try to win as many tickets or points as possible. Surprise your loved one with a prize you won for a fun keepsake!

Go bowling

Bowling sounds a little cheesy when it come to date nights, but it can actually be fun! Make it a contest and have the loser buy dinner or drinks.

Volunteer together

There are so many great causes out there in need of donated time and talent. Choosing an organization that appeals to you both and spending a day giving back is a unique twist on the date night concept.

Test your teamwork at an escape room

I think my husband and I are going to give this one a shot! These escape rooms are all the rage right now and can be a bit pricey, but seem like a blast. This is also a fun group outing idea for multiple couples or even single friends to join you.

Rent a cabin and have a romantic weekend getaway

This is probably the ultimate (and priciest) winter date idea on my list, but it should definitely stay on your list.  A weekend getaway is kind of like two or three weeks worth of dates combined into one outing and it can be really refreshing! Check sites like Groupon Getaways for deals that can make it much more affordable.

Share your winter date ideas in the comments below! For more date ideas, check out some of my other blog posts!

Winter Date Ideas

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Winter Weather Mood Boosters

January 20, 2017
Winter Weather Mood Boosters

Happy Friday, everyone! I don’t know about y’all, but I find myself more in need of a weekend when it’s been a short work week than when it’s a regular one. Combine that with some blah winter weather and I am in serious need of a mood boost!  Luckily I’ve found some winter weather mood boosters that always brighten my spirits. I’ve used them a lot over the past few weeks!

Winter Weather Mood Boosters

Embrace it. 

If it’s cloudy/rainy/bitterly cold outside, then stay inside and live it up! Have a movie marathon or finish that book collecting dust on your coffee table. Light a fire (or flick the switch if you’re me), brew a cup of tea and have a full on snuggle session on the couch. If you’re in need of a snuggle buddy, I have two very needy dogs who would gladly volunteer!

Exercise.

Science has shown time and time again that exercising can dramatically improve your mood. But when the weather outside is frightful, how do you get moving and reap those benefits? I’m a huge fan of yoga and that’s the perfect indoor exercise option. If hardcore cardio is more your style, YouTube has a lot of workout videos available. And as much as I dislike it, cardio equipment may not have you breathing fresh air, but it will help boost those mood-friendly chemicals in your brain.

Light a scented candle. 

Scented candles can be a great mood booster and judging by my growing collection, they work for me too! I love picking out just the right scent to make the house feel cozy and smell delicious. You’ll find one burning most evenings after dinner in my house and all day on rainy days. Citrus scents are particularly cheerful, while lavender can be very relaxing. If you’re not a fan of open flames, there are many other options out there.

Laugh it out. 

They say “laughter is the best medicine” for a reason. There are very few problems I’ve run into in my life that a good belly laugh didn’t help. Winter weather is no exception. Get together with a friend who always brings the laughs or watch a funny movie. I use comedy specials pretty heavily during deployment to lighten the mood and they’d work perfectly to combat the winter yuckiness.

Let as much natural light in as possible. 

This is my favorite winter weather mood booster. We don’t currently have curtains or blinds on most of our downstairs windows and gloomy winter days have made me very grateful for that! By letting in as much natural light as possible, the house seems cheerier even on days that it’s yucky out. It also inspires me to get up and at ’em earlier than say noon because the house isn’t dark and conducive to sleep.

What winter weather mood boosters do you use to stay cheery?

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Snow Day Activities

January 22, 2016

I went to the grocery store yesterday and was met with a scene straight out of an post-apocalyptic movie.

People were everywhere, wildly grabbing bread, milk, eggs, booze…you know the essentials. Shelves were empty, cashiers looked afraid and I swear I saw one woman clear an entire shelf of Oreos into her cart. There may have even been a zombie or two.

Why the widespread panic?

It’s supposed to snow today.  Like all day. Which in North Carolina means that roads shut down, businesses and schools close and everyone loses their collective minds.  And, thankfully, most people stay home.

So to fully celebrate the day, I’ve rounded up some fun snow day activities for kids of all ages!

Break out the board games and have an all-day Monopoly/Scrabble/Battleship tournament.

Bake loads of cookies. I suggest these bad boys. Or these.

Have a movie or TV marathon (bonus if there’s a pillow fort involved).

Spend the day snuggled up under loads of blankets reading as many books as you can. For little kids, there are sites that will actually read books aloud!

Bundle up, head outside and paint the snow!

Make (and eat) loads of snow cream.

Have a scavenger hunt! This example is for kids, but you could easily make a grown-up one.  Maybe hide some of that alcohol you bought in your pre-snow panic.

Play charades! This is a great list of ideas.

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