Fantastic February Half Term Fun!

Fri 3rd February 2017

With warmer weather and spring on the horizon, February half term is a great time to get out and about with the family. Whether you’re staying at home or visiting somewhere new in a self-catering cottage for the half term break, there’s plenty of activities which will see your kids smile and enjoy themselves while parents can relax knowing there is plenty to do to for every taste and budget. 

Watch a film

For a lazy start to the day, Vue cinemas host Mini Mornings every morning during the holidays. Both adult and child tickets are £2.49 for selected movies so you could release your inner child for very little expense.

Odeon offers something very similar with Odeon Kids. Kids and adults can go every morning during the school holidays at a slightly higher ticket price of £2.50 Films showing this season include Moana, Kubo and the two strings, Storks, The secret life of pets and Trolls. 

Cineworld also does Movie for Juniors where you and the kids can get in for a tiny £2 each (3D £3.50). Choose from a selection of lively kid’s movies, from animated features to live action features. There is simply only one rule… Adults must be accompanied by children!!

Go bowling

Head over to a local Tenpin from Monday to Friday and get a cracking half term offer. If you go before 5 pm, kids can get two games of bowling and a burger meal all for only £8.70!! Don’t worry adults! You can get the same for £11.20.

Hollywood Bowl is also located across the country and have some great winter offers running, so be sure to check them out for some bowl-tastic fun, fun, fun

Please note, deals do vary between bowling alleys so we advise checking both the Tenpin & Hollywood Bowl websites before you go.

Soak up a little culture

There are free museums and art galleries up and down the country just waiting to be explored, and many of them host special events for children during the half term break.

Eat out on the cheap

You can guarantee that there is sure to be some great offers available for families and food over the half term week.

You will find a lot of them on websites like VoucherCodes and Voucher Cloud. Keep your eyes peeled for such offers as 40% off mains at Prezzo or 30% off any pizza at Pizza Express along with a whole host of others. They both also have a handy app that you can download for free onto your smart phones in the Apple app store or Google Play Store

Take a family trip to a historic castle for under £20

The English Heritage has a number of family tickets to historic castles across the country available for under £20.

So, fire up your family’s imagination by delving into England’s history, whatever the weather.

Whether you want to scale the ramparts of vast castles, discover woodland trails or explore underground wartime tunnels, there are plenty of activities to inspire children and keep them entertained.

Get a National Trust family membership

Exploring the great outdoors with your family has a number of benefits, especially if you are planning on a last minute holiday somewhere new and exciting.  

 A National Trust family membership can be a really cost-effective way to take a large family - the membership is valid for one or two adults and up to 10 children under 17 - to explore many picturesque locations across the UK, well worth it we say!

Will You Marry Me?

Thu 26th January 2017

Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days of the year to get engaged, (yes corny we know, but on the other hand but very romantic!) here is our simple guide that will hopefully give you a little… or a lot of inspiration to make your popping the question truly memorable for you both.

You want to take some time to sit and think about your relationship thus far, what are some of your best memories together? Do you have a favourite beach you love to go to every year? 

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Where the salty air and spectacular views alone make for an unforgettable proposal. Or maybe you love going for walks or bike rides together?

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What we are saying is you want to ensure that you make it the most perfect and meaningful proposal for your partner, something that they will remember forever.

You may have ‘the perfect idea’ in your head of whisking them away on a holiday abroad and making everything so planned and precise that you over think it and get nervous, what you really just want to do is relax and let the mood take you to the perfect place where the timing feels exactly right. Don’t be afraid to be spontaneous!

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Next up creativity!

You want to show exactly how much you’ve been thinking about it. Starting with the ring of course. This is something that needs a lot of thought. You could make your own designer or bespoke engagement ring, (just like our friend Jon has done for his funny and quirky fiancé Gemma, who most definitely needed something completely out of the ordinary and different! and we love it!!!) 

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Gemma’s bespoke daisy ring by Carole Allen Jewellery

Maybe your soon to be fiancé loves the idea of a classic vintage engagement ring, that family heirloom they always seem to talk about, or if they are anything like me the go to place to make a girls dream come true would be wrapped in a little blue box all tied with a white ribbon!

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Got a way with words? write a poem, or if that beach you return to year after year is the perfect place to get down on one knee, get someone to head out and write ‘Will You Marry Me?’ in the sand (and while they are there, have them take pictures.)

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The proposal!!

The first and only rule that you need to get into your mind is Do not overdo your proposal! Keep it simple yet special and sweet. Be who you are, and in your own special way say those three golden words.

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New Year... New You!

Fri 30th December 2016

So, it’s that time of the year and here we are again “what can I give up for 2017” “I need to lose weight” “I should really quit smoking” We say throw out those old and tired resolutions (that you’re never going to stick to anyway!) and put a positive twist into a new you!!

It’s time to work off those December calories. After eating our body weight and more in chocolate over Christmas and New Year, January is time to make that fresh start and start 2017 off with a BANG!!

Find a form of exercise that brings out the best in you!

We speak from experience in this department. After years of punishing ourselves in the gym to “lose weight” with boring, must do workouts by yourself every evening after work you find yourself dreading it, why? Because you don’t enjoy it! So, fast forward to 2016, we signed up to the brand new Academy Fitness in our hometown of Newquay, Cornwall that offers a little bit of everything including, morning Bootcamp, Spinning, Crossfit, HiiT (high, intensity, interval, training) as well as strength based classes, which we love and have found so much more satisfying than the hard slog of going it alone.

Ultimately you want to find a place where the classes are fun, yet challenging and the coaches are witty yet motivating and educational, which makes you want to want to go back for more.. Why? Because you enjoy it!

The gym is also a great community and a fantastic way to get to know people.

Tried Zumba?

Zumba or anything dance based is another great energetic (and we’re using that f word again), fun way to release those endorphin’s! It’s not as intense as lifting weights but the fast paced, uplifting music combined with a group of people, having a good time will burn a ton of calories without you even realising it. Find classes near you

But don’t feel like you have to go hell for leather right off the bat, why not challenge yourself with something a little easier, such as getting a fitbit and hitting the recommended goal of 10,000 steps a day.

Steer clear of the D word!

The word itself “diet” triggers thoughts of deprivation, and in life you don’t want to deprive yourself of anything! Remember, unrealistic goals lead to failure! It’s OK to eat a little junk food now and again. Start 2017 off by simply eating a little healthier than you do now and stay hydrated, it’s that easy!

Take the time to plan each meal and prep your work lunch like a boss and actually take that lunch break. Also cut out that extra sugar that you don’t need! Believe it or not, cutting down on just fizzy drinks alone, makes a huge difference.

The main thing to bear in mind is if you fall off the track; don’t be too hard on yourself! Everyone does it!! Enjoy the moment and get back on the road as soon as you can.

Set up a new savings account

Now this sounds like a no-brainer to us! Our colleague has a secret Disney pot where she has a standing order of £20 a week sent over. We think this is a great incentive that will pay off hugely when she surprises her children in a few years time with a magical trip to Florida.

Now of course you don’t have to save up to go to Disney, but why not set one up for a rainy day or last minute getaway. Even if it’s only £5 a week it all adds up.

Go on holiday!

There is nothing like a holiday to help energise, soothe and revitalise your body and soul. Especially if you work a long 40 hour + week so we say use that holiday allowance for an actual holiday! 

So many of us in our busy day to day lives use our well earned holiday time for days off here and there, we are saying NO MORE! Use 2 full weeks for that holiday of your dreams with the family! Whether it is a cosy cottage in Cornwall or a holiday abroad from somewhere on your bucket list, you’ve earned a little R&R so take it.

TV’s Festive Fortnight

Thu 15th December 2016

The bumper issues are officially out, the schools break up on Friday which means the big C word is almost upon us which means only one thing… It’s time to get busy with our yearly tradition of highlighting exactly everything that we want to watch on the box this Christmas.

Here is our brief guide to some of the best tele, on tele that we will be watching over the next few weeks.

Strictly Come Dancing
6.40pm | Saturday 17th
BBC1

If you have been hooked like us every Saturday night at the dance floor this is the night you want to tune in! That’s right its final night!!

With performances from Emeli Sandé and all your fan favourites set to make return to the ballroom this is set to be an exciting night with each couple performing three big routines. But the big question is, who is set to win that glitter ball trophy? 

#teamdanny #teamlouise or #teamori   

A Christmas Carol 
8.55pm | Saturday 17th
BBC2     

A fantastically animated retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale, a Christmas Carol is sure to get you into the festive spirit. With Jim Carrey bringing a perfect performance as miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas’s past, present and future to see if they can change his mean, old, stingy ways.   

Victoria Wood as Seen on TV Special 
7.40pm | Sunday 18th
BBC2    

Genius comedy sketches both written by and starring the late Victoria Wood will take you right back to the 80’s with such classics as Acorn Antiques, Two Soups and her quirky musical numbers that are sure to have you laughing all over again, as we’ve said pure genius.   

Cool Runnings 
1.45pm | Monday 19th
BBC 1    

“Nuff people say they know they can’t believe. Jamaica we have a bobsled team.” One of our all time favourite films. Feel the rhythm as one bobsleigh coach takes a chance on four Jamaicans to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics, which believe it or not is based on a true story.   

Chris Tarrant: On the Xmas Express 
 9.00pm | Monday 19th
Channel 5    

Follow Chris Tarrant in this one off documentary as he embarks on an epic trip across Scandinavia visiting the home town of Santa along the way.   

A Christmas Story 
1.50pm | Thursday 22nd
Channel 5

A classic festive comedy set in 1940’s America where a young boy named Ralphie tries to convince everyone including his parents, his teaches and Santa that a B.B. gun is the perfect Christmas gift.   

The Secret Life of the Zoo at Christmas 
8.00pm | Thursday 22nd
Channel 4    

A special festive edition of the wonderful documentary series following the animals as Christmas comes around.   

Educating Joey Essex: What Are You Sleighing? 
9.00pm | Thursday 22nd
ITV2   

We can’t help but love a little bit of Joey Essex and can’t wait to catch this one off special in which Joey explores the true meaning of Christmas

Christmas with the Double Acts
8.00pm | Friday 23rd
Channel 5

Another one off special featuring some of our all time favourite double acts of the small screen, including Morecambe and Wise, French and Saunders, The Two Ronnies and many more.

Gogglesprogs Christmas Special
8.00pm | Christmas Eve
Channel 4

Our favourite young TV viewers are back for a Christmas special which is sure to be packed with classic one liners from these adorable kids as they watch some of 2016’s biggest and best shows on TV. Including the likes of Planet Earth II (we hope it’s the iguana vs. snakes part!) Strictly, XFactor and First Dates, as well as touching on some of the major news happenings.  Our favourite is without a doubt little Ashton.

The Great Christmas Bake Off
4.45pm | Christmas Day & 7.00pm | Boxing Day
BBC 1

Before bidding a fond farewell to BBC and heading over to channel 4 the fab four are back for a special festive bake off in which some of our favourite bakers are back in the tent for some Christmas spectaculars so when you’re ready, all together now… 1, 2, 3… BAKE

Captain Phillips
9.00pm | Boxing Day
ITV

Oscar winner Tom Hanks brings this chilling fact based thriller to life as Captain Richard Phillips whose American cargo ship gets taken hostage when travelling around the coast of Somalia and he is taken hostage when pirates raid the vessel. A must watch!

Labyrinth
4.10pm | Holiday Tuesday
Channel 5

Dance magic dance in this Fantasy adventure starring the late David Bowie in one of his iconic roles as the Goblin King as teenager Jennifer Connelly travels through a magical maze to rescue her baby brother. A Jim Henson classic from the 80’s that was one of our favourites and will no doubt transport us right back to being a kid. We can’t wait!

Life in the Snow
8.00pm | Thursday 29th
BBC 1

We just love and nature or wildlife documentary so naturally we can’t wait for this one off. See wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan goes in search of some of nature’s most wonderful winter animals that have adapted to life in cold weather.

There really is so much on, that we simply cannot list everything we have our eyes on. So all that’s left to be said is go out and grab that festive copy of the Radio Times or What’s On TV and get planning.  

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