Real talk: February can be a bit of a bummer. Temperatures are cold, skies are grey and we’re all still recovering from the post-holiday slump. But there is joy to be had this month. You just have to know where to look for it and get a little creative with your plans. And our February bucket list will serve up some inspiration for you. It is a leap year, after all, so let’s make the most of this extended month.
Cook A Hearty Soup
Wintertime weather is soup weather. No meal can warm you up quite like a big bowl of soup, stew, chili or chowder. We previously shared some slow cooker soup recipes for fall here, but they’re perfect for winter, too.
Get Lost In A Book
This February, curl up with a good book and get lost in the story. If you’re dreaming of summer weather, read something with a warm-weather setting and daydream your way to warmer days.
Binge A Netflix Show
When the weather is frigid outside, there’s no shame in staying indoors. This February, cozy up on the couch and binge that Netflix show you’ve been meaning to watch. Now is the time to indulge a little — it’s harder to rationalize staying inside when the sun’s out, so take advantage of the freezing temps.
Yoga, among its many benefits, offers a way to get in some exercise while staying home. Carve some time out for yourself this month and try practicing yoga at home.
Volunteer Your Time
This month, consider volunteering some of your free time to support a greater cause. Volunteer Match provides a list of local opportunities to check out in Chicago (or your current city).
Try a New Hobby
If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands this month, consider trying out a new hobby at home. We’ve previously shared a roundup of cheap hobbies you can do at home, like knitting and candle making. Check it out here.
Have A Date Night At Home
Valentine’s Day is mid-month, but why wait? Have a mini-holiday any day of the month with a cozy date night. Check out these at-home creative date night ideas here.
Go Out To Eat
You don’t have to stay inside all month long. Depending on the weather, February can be a good time to eat at one of your favorite restaurants or try a new spot you haven’t been able to check out yet. We recommend going to someplace that offers comforting, hearty meals. Here’s our post on five Gold Coast restaurants we love for some dining inspiration.
Buy Yourself Some Flowers
You deserve some winter blooms. Brighten up your space with a bouquet “just because.” Or treat yourself to a Valentine’s Day arrangement.
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