5 Cozy Winter Date Night Ideas

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I’m someone who tends to remember things by date, and I remember a date night we went on a year ago this weekend!

My mom and/or sister always comes for a weekend around Valentine’s Day or President’s Day and then we always take that opportunity to go on a real date. We have plenty of sitters around but there’s something about knowing the kids are happily and safely in relatives’ hands. Sometimes they take the kids out to a kid-friendly restaurant and/or movie, and then we have an at-home date. Sometimes the kids stay at their local grandparents’ house for a night or two. With my family coming this weekend and with the kids going to their other grandparents’ house next weekend, I have cozy winter dates on the brain.

It’s the time of year to hunker down and get close. I have been embracing all the coziest elements to better enjoy the colder and darker times. This means more bubble baths and reading by the fireplace. This means wrapping myself in my favorite grey cashmere blanket and watching winter movies. And this means still getting out there and enjoying the love and light of the season. I have told you before that I’m a soup fiend. I think about soup every day of fall and winter, and even a little bit of spring too. You also already know I love Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups. I also incorporate them into date time.

It's that time of year when you need to have some cozy date ideas to close out winter! We LOVE Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups and how warm and cozy they make us feel. #ad #CLVR #IdahoanSoups

It's that time of year when you need to have some cozy date ideas to close out winter! We LOVE Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups and how warm and cozy they make us feel. #ad #CLVR #IdahoanSoups

Sometimes you have to get creative, which I did with Cassidy yesterday, and he did with me. It was so much fun to have surprises all day long to find. He put special socks from one of my favorite movies in my sock drawer to find. He came home with chocolates and flowers, and put fun toys, games, and other presents all over my desk to find. The really funny one was that he put Valentine toilet paper in our new bathroom. Hilarious! For him, I thought about all the things that make the best Cassidy day/night and incorporated them into the house. I’m talking appetizers, a full dinner (even wine), snacks for late night TV, bath bombs, and a card on his pillow. It was such fun. And it reminded me to keep that magic going this winter.

Here are five of my favorite winter dates.

1 – Pop popcorn on the stove, add a sweet treat as well, and have a themed movie marathon. Coming up with the themes is fun. You can even find enough movies for a Valentine’s Day movie marathon. Or movies with snow in them.

2 – Choose a movie theater and go, and just see the first movie about to play, as long as it’s not sold out.

3 – Go to a Trivia Night at a local bar or club. We have local ones with movie themes, and there are at least three places in town that do weekly general trivia nights, and they all do them at different nights of the week for courtesy.

4 – Breakfast together! If you’re really enterprising, first a hotel night and then breakfast! The BEST.

5 – Have a cozy dinner night indoors and make soup the biggest part of your meal. Yes. Soup is amazing and versatile. It makes you feel warm, it tastes delicious, and there’s even something romantic about it. Sharing soup. YUM.

Idahoan Steakhouse Soups are quick and easy to make, and they cause the house to smell delightfully delicious for hours on end. That’s why I share it with Cassidy, because he is my SOUP-er significant other. Get it? Anyway, why do I share my Idahoan Steakhouse Soups with Cassidy? It’s because they give you the flavorful, slow-cooked taste of restaurant-quality soup at home, but in 5 minutes! There’s 4 varieties: Loaded Potato, Creamy Potato, Cheddar Broccoli and Cheddar Potato.

Otherwise known as my four favorite soup flavors!

It's that time of year when you need to have some cozy date ideas to close out winter! We LOVE Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups and how warm and cozy they make us feel. #ad #CLVR #IdahoanSoups

I also love that they bring together REAL, red Idaho® potatoes with flavorful seasonings and rich cheeses. This brings a creamy taste in every spoonful. All you have to do is add water, and then you get that creamy goodness.

You can find out more about Idahoan Steakhouse Soups by following them at @IdahoanFoods, and checking out their website.

What’s your favorite soup variety?

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5 Ways to Warm Up Your Winter

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Finally, it’s National Soup Month! Did you know that January held that honor?

For me, it’s National Soup SEASON. Or seasons. The thing is, everyone knows I love ice cream with rainbow sprinkles. I don’t really think about it until April or May, though. Then it has a natural reign until the sun starts setting earlier and earlier, and a new love takes over. I love soup SO MUCH. I pretty much want it and think about it daily. I used to spend hours upon hours calling up all the local cafes and delis to hear their soups of the day. This was always disappointing, though. Why is that?

It’s because they never had the soups I wanted. And if they did, it’s too expensive to buy restaurant soup every day. And even if I did that, it’s too hard to get out of the house on the most icy and frigid of days. Just today, I barely made it to school drop-off because of the cold rain puddles and black ice. Sometimes, often, you just want to snuggle up inside with a fantastic bowl of soup. And that’s where Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups come in. You could say I’ve found my winter love.

And THAT is how you celebrate National Soup Month. You can see why it’s National Soup Month, right? I fell on the ice just today getting to my car. There’s a cold wind, a layer of ice and snow, and still-early sunsets. It’s important to me to warm up my winter in style. I like things of comfort, warmth, and deliciousness. Here are my 5 ways to warm up your winter:

1 – Increase your core temperature by staying active. Put on music and get moving! Make sure you check up on your loved ones and any neighbors who might be extra vulnerable in cold weather. Bring pets inside! Our chickens stay in their coop.

2 – This is the time to make good use of your heaters and fireplaces. You’ve hopefully been saving for this! Keep safe by keeping anything flammable away from the heat sources. And don’t forget the power of extra blankets and good snuggles!

3 – Find unique ways to keep warm. Maybe you don’t have a bathtub? Head to a sauna or hot tub place. Join a Hot Yoga or Bikram class. Remember to think warm, or even hot. It’s good for your soul, and good for your body too to feel that heat.

4 – Prep your home. Close curtains, shades or blinds at night to keep cold out. During the day, let the warming sunlight in! And keep any unused rooms closed to prevent cold air from circulating through the house. Keep garage doors closed.

5 – Celebrate National Soup Month all winter long. In fact, all year long. And how do you celebrate it? Idahoan Steakhouse Soups warm us up during those cold winter months! Now this is my favorite way to enjoy soup. It’s a quick and easy and delicious meal option for my family. They give you the flavorful, slow-cooked taste of restaurant-quality soup at home, in just five minutes. We love all four delicious varieties: Loaded Potato, Creamy Potato, Cheddar Broccoli and Cheddar Potato.

I love that Idahoan Steakhouse Soups bring together real Idaho® potatoes with flavorful seasonings and rich cheeses. There’s a creamy taste in every spoonful! All you have to do is add water. And enjoy!

I love the ease that it takes to cook this, and also that they’re all my favorite varieties of soup. I love my soups to have broccoli, cheese, potatoes, and bacon. BOOM. Done. Each spoonful is delicious and hearty and WARM.

Find out more about Idahoan Steakhouse Soups here and follow them on their social channels at @IdahoanFoods!

What flavor would you most want to try?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.