10 Cold Weather Dates to Warm Up Your Romance

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It’s easy to hibernate during the winter but don’t let sleet, snow and wind chills freeze your romance! There are tons of great, inexpensive dates you and your significant other can enjoy together — despite the weather. If you’re looking for fun ideas for an evening out, here are 10 cold weather dates that are sure to warm up your romance.

1. Go snowboarding or skiing

Amp up your adventurous side and don some snow pants and goggles! When you’re finished hitting the slopes you can warm up in the lodge area with some hot chocolate. Never been before? Even better! Trying something new with your significant other can bring you even closer together.

2. Plan a themed movie night

Pick a movie with a very specific theme — try to choose one neither of you have seen. Then make dinner or snacks together that match the theme of the movie. For instance, watch The Breakfast Club and cook up some french toast or pancakes, or My Big Fat Greek Wedding and eat gyros with cucumber sauce. Or pick a movie with a very specific setting (Chicago, New York, Philly, a tropical island) and eat foods native to the area. Make sure to snuggle up close under a warm blanket!

3. Make oven s’mores and hot chocolate

Just roast your marshmallow over the burner. If you have an electric oven or don’t like the idea of using the burner, make s’mores inside the oven on cookie sheets or use the microwave instead. Here’s a great oven-baked s’more recipe. Try this simple, old-fashioned stovetop hot chocolate recipe or this slightly fancier version of hot cocoa with real whipped cream.

4. Warm up with a Hibachi Grill

This Japanese cuisine is also an art form and sure to entertain. Plus, you’re right up close and personal with the grill, so that’s sure to raise temps.  If you’ve never had it before, all the better. You can Google hibachi grills in your area to find an appropriate restaurant.

5. Spend a night at the library

Find your favorite books from childhood, look up love sonnets, read favorite passages from your most-loved novels or choose a topic before you arrive and find interesting books to share with each other about the topic. You might even leave with some new good reads!

6. Grab a sled

Sledding is free if there’s a hill in your area. You could also check out the local ski or sledding hills that have rope tows to take you to the top. These spots are great because there are often lodge or snack bar areas where you can have a warm drink and thaw out.

7. Slip on some skates

You can decide if you’ll brave the elements for an outdoor rink or try a warmer alternative inside, but the goal is the same. Slip on some skates on and impress each other with your best routines. If nothing else, it’ll have you grabbing onto each other for support and laughing at each others antics.

8. Have a picnic

An outdoor picnic in wintertime can actually be a lot of fun. If there’s a lake or something similar in your area that completely freezes over, you can drive your car out on the lake and have a tailgating party, just the two of you (follow safety precautions and rules for your city). Or just find a scenic spot and spread out a thick blanket. Choose a meal that’s nice and warm, like a pot of chili or soup and hot chocolate or tea. Dress for the weather and make sure to snuggle up for body heat! If this idea doesn’t sound appealing, you could opt to have a winter picnic inside, too. Set your picnic blanket up on the floor and add candles for romance.

9. Play games

Pick out a few favorite games for two and have a board and card game marathon. Don’t forget to decide on a prize for the tournament champion beforehand! Some great two player games, include: Sequence, Stratego, Perpetual Commotion, Scrabble, Bananagrams, Boggle, Battleship, Rummikub, Racko, Blink, Qwirkle, Set, Blokus.

10. Have a “tropical beach night”

Set out pictures of tropical beaches and summertime fun. Turn up the thermostat and dress for summer. Make a tropical or summertime meal, like Strawberry Soup, Kalua Pork, or Tangled Thai Salad. Try some yummy frozen drinks like Pineapple, Banana and Coconut Smoothies, Key Lime Pie Shakes, Tropical Slush, or Non-Boozy Mojitos. Dance to tropical or island style music (things with ukulele or steal drums) and make dreams and plans for the summertime months.

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7 Tips for a More Romantic Bedroom

If you haven’t been feeling very romantic lately, your bedroom could be to blame. Bump up the passion with these seven suggestions for a more idyllic love nest.

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1. Cut the clutter

Tripping over shoes, laundry, and sewing projects does not add to the atmosphere. Visual clutter can also cause a problem – keep pattern mixing to a minimum and try to have a color/pattern/texture scheme that “flows.”

 

2. Lighting

Stark lighting is about as flattering to your bedroom as a burlap sack is to your body. For romance, create areas of shadow and light with candles, small lamps, or even a few strings of holiday lights rather than relying on overhead lighting. Mirrors bounce light around and add an extra bit of flavor to a room.

 

3. Texture

If any of your romantic fantasies have ever involved a bear-skin rug, you’re already on your way to creating a bedroom made for love! Soft, plush, silky, sheer… combine your favorites in and around your bed to create the perfect place to cozy up. Pillows, curtains, rugs, or a canopy are great places to start.

 

4. Artwork

Your bedroom wouldn’t be complete without a bit of creative décor, but beware! Don’t fill your room with photos of your children, parents, or even yourself as a child if you want to keep things romantic. Instead, use photos of the two of you that invoke loving memories. If you’re looking for other affordable wall art, do a search on Etsy – you may come across a few love-inspiring works like these. You can also try your hand at some “love”ly DIY art like this. Bonus: this one doubles as mood lighting!

 

5. Simple and chic

Don’t clutter spaces and tabletops with too many decorative items. Avoid stashing hobby items, stuffed animals, and personal collections in the bedroom. They’re cute and they’re special, but they’re not necessarily romantic.

 

6. Turn off (or move out) the TV

If you have a TV in your room, turn it off at a certain time each night. That goes for other electronic gear as well. Nothing kills a mood like a sitcom theme song.

 

7. Bedroom maintenance

Squeaky bed frames, a door that rattles, or a comforter that scatters feathers everywhere can be real mood wreckers. Could you use a lock on the door? Better window coverings? A fresh coat of paint on bedroom furniture? Put a little time into the room and you and your love will soon be relaxed and romanced.

 

Looking for some examples of great romantic bedrooms? Remodelaholic shared some great ideas for budget-friendly master bedrooms here.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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