Baby, It’s Cold Outside, so let’s Blog With Friends
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I was so busy with work outside the home, plus the holidays and a wee little bit of traveling, that I neglected to blog. Which kind of makes me sad, but was definitely a needed time-out. How about you? Did you give yourself a break over the hectic holiday months? I hope so. Luckily, I have some wonderful blogging friends who still keep tabs on me, and they nudged me to tip my toes back in the familiar waters. Hence, here we are with the Blog With Friends group again, and I must say, I missed these projects and the lovely ladies who make them happen. Plus, I get to be a little romantic this time around.
As appropriate for January, we’re talking cold. Now, I realize some of us think 32 degrees is cold, while others of you are living in snowdrifts and just hoping to hit zero on the thermometer. Hopefully our “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” month will provide you with some inspiration. Or at least something to ponder on occasion. As for me, well, let’s face it: I’m not exactly the projects and recipes queen, but I do love all things tech, including movies and – if you’re on a tablet – books. I’m going to share some ways to get you warm in my entry, 10 Romantic Movies and Books. Some will be a little sexier than others, but hopefully they’ll touch your heart and warm you up in all the right places!
For cold-themed January, five bloggers are presenting you with their takes on what you can do to keep those winter blues at bay. There’s a delicious Italian soup recipe, DIY projects for a snowflake wreath as well as a beginner’s tutorial on making a headband, capped off with romantic date night ideas as well as my movie and book suggestions. See the links at the bottom of the post for these fabulous ideas from the beautiful Blog With Friends team!
And now…romantic books & movies to warm you!
Feeling Warm & Fuzzy & Romantic on the Inside
No matter where you live in the United States, you’ve at least heard of a “snow day.” Those days when the weather outside is frightful, and buses can’t go pick kids up. And parents cringe, knowing that they will have to either find a babysitter on short notice OR entertain their children for a day. Hence, snow day activities that populate Pinterest and other spots. But I think that it’s nice to have a snow day plan of your own. When it’s cold and you can’t get outside to exercise or work in the yard or just take a stroll around the block, may you want to snuggle up with a good book or two. Or check out a movie that will make you smile.
In that spirit, I’ve compiled this very short list of 10 romantic movies and books to warm you
- MOVIE: Love Actually. This is always my go-to romantic charmer, whether it’s Christmastime or not. Plus, Thomas likes it because, well, nipples, and lots of laughs thrown in with the romance. Sam at the airport is definitely our favorite part of the whole flick.
- BOOK: Outlander. You may have seen the series on Starz, but the time-traveling historic adventure is loaded with romantic tension. And it’s pretty tough to beat the rugged hills of Scotland when it comes to romance.
- MOVIE: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. You should know going in that most of the stars in this movie are well past their 20s. The whole premise is a group of British citizens who move to India in retirement. Then the past and present collide in romantic entanglements. It has a magic quality that stays with you when it’s over.
- BOOK: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. If you love Jane Austen and you love zombie adventures, you can’t beat this historical re-telling of Elizabeth Bennett and Mark Darcy’s romance. And picturing Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy doesn’t hurt.
- MOVIE: 10 Things I Hate About You. Before Heath Ledger was a huge star, he was a cutie making time in this Shakespearean inspired romantic comedy. There’s a subplot with Kate’s sister that’s also delightfully charming.
- BOOK: Beautiful Disaster. Bad boy meets good girl. What’s not to love?
- MOVIE: Good Will Hunting. Yes, there’s lots of brainiac talk in this story of a young man “discovered” for his genius. But the romance between Matt Damon and Minnie Driver really drives the storyline, as does Robin Williams’ sweet talk of his deceased wife.
- BOOK: Where the Heart Is. This is one of my favorite Billie Letts’ books ever. Long before the movie version with Natalie Portman, I fell in love with the young girl who gives birth in a Walmart in Oklahoma. There’s nothing but love in this story of lives shattered and rebuilt.
- MOVIE: 13 Going on 30. Jennifer Garner changed gears with this romantic comedy, and she nailed it. Even if it’s not an original premise, watching a 13 year old come to grips with how she jostled her life into her 30s is a wonderful reminder of staying true to the dreams of your younger self.
- BOOK: Wuthering Heights. The one classic that serves as my go-to book when I need a dose of tortured romance. Be prepared to cry.
Keep in mind that almost all the books can also be found in an audio version, so if you spend lots of time in your car or have a big trip planned, you can always hit up Amazon Audible and scan their 180,000+ files. Plus, if you get a version done by someone with a really awesome voice, it’s downright soothing to listen to the book.
This is not intended to be a thorough list. I have more than 10 books and movies in my home. I have more than that on the Kindle! But as always, please feel free to share book and movie suggestions with me in the comments, so I can find even more romance this winter!
Now…ready for more ideas on what to do when it’s cold outside? Keep on reading!
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – December Blog With Friends
Need some Pinterest-worthy projects to keep you busy during January?
Check out the other bloggers in this month’s A Blog With Friends Project!
Crockpot Italian Soup: For that cold winter day, to warm you right up by Karen at Baking in a Tornado
Snowflake Wreath: DIY an adorable wreath to warm up your decor by Rabia at The Lieber Family
Easy Beginner’s Crocheted Head Warmer: first try at crocheting, with a nerdy twist by Robin of Someone Else’s Genius
At Home Date Nights: Ideas for the best way to stay warm with your special someone by Lydia of Cluttered Genius