Winter Date Ideas

Looking for something else to do when temperatures drop and you're bored of the same old bars? Here's our list of date ideas that will keep things exciting even when the weather is drab!

AROUND CHICAGO

1. Ice Skating Try Millennium Park's newest addition to their collection of ice rinks: an ice ribbon! When your muscles get tired and your nose is sufficiently frozen, warm up inside with a hot chocolate (with whipped cream, of course!).

2. Adler Planetarium Gaze at the stars here in the big city! Explore one of the Adler's many exhibitions or shows, and take a peek at their schedule of Illinois resident discount days.

3. Chicago Cultural Center Take advantage of all the amazing shows and exhibitions the cultural center has to offer! From music, theater, dance, visual arts and more, there is something for everyone!

4. BYOB Painting Get to know your creative side and attend a painting class! One Strange Bird in Wicker Park provides a fun, relaxed environment for your next date night - the only thing you need to bring is the wine! Sign up online here.

5. Arcade Bar Heat things up by challenging your date to a competition! Emporium in Wicker Park and Logan Square and Headquarters Beercade in Lincoln Park have great selections of old school and new games (not to mention great beer lists!).

Stuck at home? Snowed in? Just plain don't want to go outside? We don't blame you. Here are 5 more ideas for when date night includes flannel jammies.

at home

1. Cook a new recipe together Experiment! Try that weird ingredient you've been meaning to try for ages. Ask grandma for her famous cookie recipe. Relax and chow down.

2. Foot rub, wine, and Netflix This one is pretty self explanatory. Light a cozy fire while you're at it!

3. Table Topics A conversation starter more than a game, Table Topics comes in a variety of subjects. Try the one for couples!

4. Read to each other When you're tired of the television or board games, cuddle up in a blanket and share your favorite book or short story.

5. Build a fort and sleep in it Act like a kid again! Make your fort super comfy with extra pillows and blankets. Get real fancy by adding twinkle lights.

Cozy up to your loved one and enjoy!

Warm hugs,

Amanda

Aromatize This!

While yesterday may have been the Autumnal Equinox and officially the first day of fall, we all know what that means: the days of open windows and clear nights are most certainly numbered. Or who knows, maybe this fall will be unlike the typical Chicago season and linger around the seventies on through October. Regardless, we here at OSB like to be prepared so when those windows do come down, be sure to keep your home smelling fresh and cozy with these quick tips!

Keep That Candle Burning Bright

Gardenia + Tuberose 

Fig + Cardamon

Blood Orange + Citrus

Pick your pleasure with these delicately scented candles. Though the garden blooms are long since past, floral, earthy or citrus accents add a welcoming and calming touch to any room. If you are more of the DIY type OSB offers a mason jar candle making class as well! Sign up here.

Image via  @onestrangebird

Image via @onestrangebird

An Herbal Cleanse

Image via  BLDG 25

Image via BLDG 25

For those outside the know, a smudge or smudging ceremony is a great way to reset the spiritual energy of a home. Just grab a smudge stick - sold at OSB's brick & mortar location - a ceramic bowl and glass of water just in case those embers get out of hand. Light the wand and then blow it out as you would with incense. Carry the stick and ceramic dish - all the better to catch the embers with darling - as you make a pass through each room. The trailing smoke is said to cleanse each room's energy as well as reinvigorate the spiritual space. If interested in a more involved smudge stick instruction check out this how-to by BLDG 25.

P.S. If the spiritual aspect is not quite up your alley, the smudge stick - a wand typically comprised of white sage - also leaves a light, herbaceous scent throughout your household.

Über calming to say the least. 

Image via  @the.fox.den

Image via @the.fox.den

Rub-a-dub-dub!

Image via  @prettylittlefawn

Soap, salts and suds are most definitely a way to up your bath time, especially if you pay attention to the scents and aromas you are adding. If on the hunt for an invigorating bath try Bonnie Rosemary + Mint bath salts or if a more soothing experience is required Paddywax's Peony + Clover or Lilac + Moss soaps are sure to do the trick. Just dim the lights, add a candle and let the aromas you choose get to work!

DIY Home Fragrance

Image via  The Yummy Life

Image via The Yummy Life

If you are in search of a homemade air freshener or alternative to a candle or smudge stick, these DIY room scents, featured on The Yummy Life, are a quick way to aromatize your home. All you need are a handful of ingredients - this depends on how complex and in-depth you hope the scent to be - a stovetop, crock pot, and water. Just toss the herbs and spices into a pot, add water, bring to a boil, then simmer. Seriously, I have tried this with a single cinnamon stick and my kitchen, living room and entryway had a Big Red kind of verve after a few hours so be warned, the longer you simmer, the bolder the scent!

Happy aromatizing everyone!

- KCH

New Fall Art Classes

We love fall here at One Strange Bird (pumpkin and chai everything!), so we came up with a host of new classes to celebrate the season! Get in touch with your crafty side and sign up for one of our classes.  Discover a new skill and take home your amazing creations!

Knitting 101. Discover your talents at this addicting hobby. Start a simple 2-color scarf and learn all the basics, such as casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and binding off. You won't want to put your yarn down! Once you learn the basics, you'll be all set to make gifts for friends and family for the holidays (or cozy creations for yourself!). Sign up here.

Mason Jar Candles. We are addicted to candles here at One Strange Bird. Personalize your own with different wax colors and scents, and take home your creations to decorate your space for all of those fabulous fall dinner parties you're planning. Sign up here.

Printed Tea Towels. Create your own stamp and block print your design to personalize a kitchen tea towel. Perfect for hostess gifts, too! Sign up here.

Day of the Dead Mask Making. Paint and decorate your own Dia de los Muertos mask with paint, glitter glue, sequins, and more! Wear it out to all of your Halloween and Day of the Dead events. Sign up here.

DIY Wine Glasses. Always seen perfectly decorated wine glasses on Pinterest, but don't have the space or materials available? Our teacher will show you how to make a set of 4 pin-perfect glasses, perfect for entertaining! Sign up here.

Woven Wall Hanging. Discover the latest craze sweeping the craft world and make your own textile art! Learn how to weave from one of our teaching artists and impress houseguests with your DIY savvy. Sign up here.

Artwork by  Amanda Smith , teaching artist

Artwork by Amanda Smith, teaching artist

Watercolor Painting. Ever wanted to try your hand at watercolor but didn't know how to get started? Learn the basics to create beautiful works of art from a painting pro. Sign up here.

Baby + Me Onesies. Expecting or have a newly arrived little one? Bring them in their carrier (or your belly!) and decorate 2 onesies in a baby friendly environment! Choose your fabric and use stencils to design adorable baby wear. Sign up here.
P.S. Planning a baby shower? We also do onesie decorating parties! Give us a call or visit our party page for more info.

See you for class!

- Amanda