Here Are The Cute Winter Dates College Guys Actually Want To Go On

Whether it's summer or winter, every season consists of all different kind of dates you can do with your lover during that time of the year. Autumn is making its way out and winter is knocking on the door. There is plenty of things to do during winter that you can involve your significant other in, but most of the time, I'm picking out what my boyfriend and I should do and he just goes along with it.

A lot of the times I'll drag him to the mall to go Christmas shopping or to watch sappy holiday movies with me and deep down I know he's hating every minute of it, but props to him for sticking through with it!

This season, I asked my boyfriend some dates he'd love to go on this snowy season and here is what he said:

1. Movies

My boyfriend loves movies, he has seen more movies than I could ever name. The movie theater also happens to be his favorite place. If he's not looking to sit outside in the cold, the movie theater is the perfect date indoors. Pack a blanket, grab some popcorn from concessions and spend the next two hours watching the big screen with your BF.

2. Just staying inside

If he doesn't feel like going out, plan a movie marathon inside the coziness of your own home. Find some of his favorite movies and watch them together while cuddling up with some blankets.

3. Visiting a botanical garden

Botanical gardens during the holidays are filled with awe. Expect to be outside for a while so make sure to bundle up. My boyfriend and I went last year and had so much fun. Your boy will have a wonderful time checking out the lights with you by his side.

4. Snowboarding

What guy doesn't like to go snowboarding? My boy loves it. There are so many ski resorts that are out there. Plan a day and shred some slopes together.

5. Ice skating

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If snowboarding isn't for either of you, try ice skating. Usually there's always a place open, indoors or outdoors, where you can rent some skates and fly around a rink.

6. Attend an NFL game

NFL season is in its peak in the winter. Going to a professional sporting event is for sure to put a smile on your boyfriend's face. It can be -30 and you can still catch me and my BF out there in the cold cheering on our Pack.

7. Sledding

Bringing out your and your man's inner child can never go wrong. Sledding is cheap and so much fun.

8. Gingerbread house contest

Competitiveness is something both my boyfriend and I have in common. We did a gingerbread house contest last year and loved every second of it, or maybe I just did because I won the poll for the best house! Either way, it brings out both your creativeness and who doesn't love a little friendly competition?

9. Snowball fight

This "date" is on the top of my man's list for some reason... a snow ball fight! It's free so it can't get much better than that.

10. Couples massage

Winter is all about being warm, cozy and relaxed. A couples massage is the ideal date for any man that's under stress during college and it's a couples massage so it's a win win for the both of you.

11. Brewery tour to try seasonal beers

The best date for any guy. Bring your man to watch how one of his favorite drinks gets made and then try some seasonal brews to see if you find a new one you two like.

12. Play board games

One of the most classic winter dates there is. Bring out the old board games and make some hot chocolate to have a cozy night in with your lover.

Hopefully, there's a date in here you really think your boy will love, have a great winter!

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8 Qualities That Still Hold Up When Looking For The 'Perfect Guy' In 2019

He hasn't come along yet, but I'll know him when I see him.


Ah, the mythical "perfect guy." Technically, he doesn't exist.

But there are guys that seem perfect to the people who love them despite their flaws. Over the years, I've compiled a mental list of things I look for in a guy. The list has changed over the years as different things became important to me. It's probably as complex and comprehensive now as it'll ever get, but I can't be sure.

The following are in order of importance, at least for me. Here are the best qualities to look for in a man in 2019:

1. Having strong faith.

This is crucial! I'm Christian, so for me, that means if he's not a Christian, it's a dealbreaker. My morals and beliefs are very strongly linked to my faith in God, and I just can't be with someone who doesn't share that conviction. I wouldn't marry a man who's not a Christian, so why even bother dating one?

"Imagine a man so focused on God that the only reason he looked up to see you is because he heard God say, 'That's her.'"

2. Kind

This is also very important! I've liked guys in the past who had some of the other qualities I looked for I but weren't kind. A relationship without kindness is toxic. Everyone deserves someone who treats them well, but that person should treat everyone well. They shouldn't discriminate with their kindness.

3. Funny

I need a guy who can make me laugh! He also needs to be able to understand my sense of humor, which is mostly sarcasm. I find a lot of things funny: jokes, puns, memes, no matter how seemingly stupid. If you've got those, you're golden.

4. Smart

Intelligence is attractive. It's true. I want a guy who's smart but isn't conceited. He knows he knows a lot but he doesn't think he's better than everyone else. He doesn't have to be a genius. He could be really smart in one subject, or kind of smart in many subjects. I just want him to know a thing or two about a thing or two.

5. Hardworking

My guy needs to be ambitious. He needs to have goals that he works toward. He can't be lazy. I believe that it is primarily the man's duty to financially support his woman. This is most applicable in marriage, but it works in dating relationships, too. I don't want someone who is unable to provide for me. In order to do that, he needs to be able to provide for himself.

6. Cute

You knew I'd get to this! I'm not blind, after all. Trust me, I think it's important for a guy to be attractive. But it's not as important as everything listed above this. I've been told I have weird taste in guys in terms of looks. What I see as cute doesn't always line up with society's definition. The important thing is that I'm attracted to him. Physical attraction is important in a relationship. To be picky: I don't like facial hair or too much muscle. I do like chest hair and back muscles.

7. Creative

This can mean a lot of different things. He could draw, paint, write, sing, play an instrument, etc. As long as it shows that he's inclined to use the right side of his brain. I'm a writer, so I'm naturally more drawn to people who prefer creativity over logic.

8. Interested in Me

Despite being last, this is extremely important! Without this, none of the other things matter. It's just like every other crush I've ever had. Nothing different. Nothing special. While I've been able to find guys who exhibit the first seven qualities, the eighth has been much harder to come by. I've never been in a relationship, so I imagine it will be really wonderful when I eventually find someone who reciprocates my feelings.

Some people may think my standards are too high, but I refuse to lower them. I believe that God has someone out there for me who lives up to these standards and even exceeds them. I just have to be patient and trust His timing.

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The Friend You Like Romantically Doesn't Owe You Anything

The friend-zone can be escaped, but not in the way you might want

We've all heard the story of the "friend-zone." Boy is in love with his best friend, she dates all the wrong guys and fails to notice how perfect he is, then eventually realizes how wrong she was and they live happily ever after.

I used to think that the friend-zone was a myth that lonely men created to feel better about themselves. But then I got friend-zoned myself.

Yes, it sucked, but the second I realized I had feelings for a friend (that I knew had no such feelings for me), I decided to suppress the feelings. When that wasn't enough, I cut them off for a bit, then, slowly, I felt OK. I could communicate with them without having unwanted romantic feelings pop up. I had escaped the friend-zone.

Having gone through that, I had more sympathy for someone I had to friend-zone a little while later. I had been friends with this guy for a few months. I didn't have many college friends yet and I was really lonely, so having his company really meant a lot at the time.

This caused me to not be able to see what should have been clear: he had a crush on me. When I finally made the realization, I immediately let him know that I didn't feel that way about him. He said it was OK, but I could tell it wasn't.

We didn't talk at all over the summer and when we came back for the fall semester, he would barely look at me. I had started dating his friend, which caused an even bigger rift between us.

Though I understand where he's coming from, I was also really mad at him for a long time.

It was as if he was only nice to me because he wanted romance in return. But people are not vending machines. You can't put in your "nice guy" coins and expect love, sex, or whatever the hell it is you want in return.

It hurt me to know that he only wanted romance and once that was off the table, he no longer wanted anything to do with me.

But then I thought back to the friend that had friend-zoned me. Unrequited affections really suck, especially when they're for someone that you spend a lot of time with. But the key is to work to escape it.

Yes, liking someone you're friends with and them not liking you back is a real thing, but people tend to treat the friend-zone like this mythic hell dimension that can never be escaped. But you can escape. Just maybe not in the way you'd like to.

Now there are three ways you can escape the friend-zone:

The first option is to confess your feelings and try to win them over. Now, this isn't completely unheard of. I've had friends that have dated people who had previously friend-zoned them, but it's extremely rare and risky. You have to risk your entire friendship in order to do this. If it doesn't work out, it could strain the friendship or sometimes break it beyond repair.

You can also do what my ex-friend did and completely cut the person off. If you're being a love-zombie and only doing nice things for the friend because you expect romance in return, leaving the situation might be the most healthy decision for you. I understand now that my friend might have stopped talking to me out of self-preservation. But it still hurts the people involved.

The third and final option is to just get over it. It's harsh, but it's real. Why try something you know is going to fail and cause pain to both sides? Yes, getting over crushes can be really difficult, but getting a normal friendship back rather than being stuck a love-zombie for them is worth the pain.

Whichever one you choose, just remember this: Your friends do not owe you any romantic affection. The work you put into making them happy should just come out of the goodness of your own heart. If you expect romance in return, you're not being a good friend to them. If you really care about them, don't put that kind of pressure on them. They don't want a mindless love-zombie that does their bidding for the hope that they'll get a tiny love kernel out of it. They just want a friend.

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