Baby it’s cold outside!

Looks like everyone I know woke up to sub-freezing temperatures this morning – and we’ll all be lucky if those numbers climb past freezing today. Nothing we can do about the weather though, so why not make the most of it? Here are some ideas on how to stay warm and while spending QT with your other half:

Last night, I made “Beans & Greens” soup for dinner. A delicious concoction from one of our dozens of cookbooks and it warmed us right up (especially mine because I topped it with crushed red pepper flakes). Definitely worth trying on these cold winter days/nights!

Cozy up on the couch, or by the fireplace with a cup of spiked apple cider (recipe) and chat with your significant other or play a game. We like Scrabble when it’s just the two of us (or Just Dance for the Wii). If you’re not looking to warm up with alcohol, try hot chocolate topped with marshmallows or make your own peppermint mocha latte (recipe) if you’re in need of caffiene. A great chance to just talk and be together.

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Need to get out of the house? If you’re lucky enough to have snow, build a snowman, make snow angels, have a snowball fight (no hitting in the face!). Don’t have snow but plenty of cold air? Bundle up and go for a walk (take your hot chocolate with you!). Go to a show. Go see a movie. A basketball game. Don’t let winter make you lazy while you sit around watching random TV shows, use your “cold” time to warm up with the one you love. Last weekend, we saw American Hustle on Friday night and Wolf of Wallstreet Sunday afternoon, and we even ventured out on Saturday night for Jay-Z.

photo3If you’ve made a resolution to get in better shape, there’s no better time than the present to start working out. I mean, if you’re cold, and you start moving around, you’ll warm up, right? We hit the gym on Saturday morning together. It’s true what they say, “Couples who sweat together, stay together.” Okay, maybe no one says that, but you do have more motivation to work out when you’re there with someone else, and you can push each other to go a little faster, for a few more reps, or to do that one exercise they hate (squats, ugh!).

It’s hard to think of doing much more today than going straight home, putting on sweatpants and fuzzy socks and curling up in a blanket on the couch. That’s okay too, if that’s what you really want to do. But it’s more fun to get creative, avoid your phone, TV and computer and spend some time doing something fun. Maybe not the most memorable day ever, but it’s quality time and better than being bored alone on the couch!

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