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16
Sep

Things you may not know about organic products…

#Trending right now is #OrganicSeptember, a month dedicated, to well, everything Organic. Yep, this initiative supported by the Soil Association pretty much does what it says on the tin. It’s 30 days dedicated to helping people understand the benefits of how buying organic can save the environment, wildlife and support local businesses too. So, how can you help and what is organic?

Here’s the lowdown…

Grow your organic wardrobe

Did you know? There’s a range of clothing made from organically produced fibres. This includes cotton, linen and wool. The idea behind these are that these fabrics are kinder, cleaner and better for our environment. This is because they use less water, no hazardous synthetic pesticides and low impact dyes.  Sounds good right? Just look for the GOTS Certified label!

Bring on the organic beauty

As well as fashion, there’s a whole host of organic beauty products that have sprung up, just about, well, everywhere! This includes skincare, shampoo, conditioner and of course, body washes. But what’s the difference? Well, according to the experts, these products are GM Free, contain antioxidants and aren’t tested on animals. Sounds good to us!

Cook up an organic feast

OK, so we’ve all seen the huge amount of organic food available in supermarkets and yes, you pretty much cook with them in the same way as you would the normal. But why are they any better? Well, again, the experts claim that these contain fewer pesticides, are ALWAYS free range and there’s fewer antibiotics used on animals. They often also come straight from the farms, which is why you may find you have to give them a good wash thanks to all the soil that’s still on them – nothing says natural more than that, right? 😉.

Because we love to give you a helping hand, we’ve sourced a great organic recipe video to help you work out what foods you need and with a choice of three great options. Bon Appetit guys!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Sports Direct

Karrimor Organic T Shirt Mens – £10.00

 

 

Boots

Botanics Organic Bundle – £20.00

Poundland

Kallo Organic Unsalted Rice Cake 130g – £1.00

 

Tesco

Tesco Organic Gala Apples – £2.25

Tesco

Tesco Organic Almonds – £2.75

30
Aug

Top six savvy ways to save money

Let’s talk about money. No, we’re not asking for any, although, if you’d like to give it to us, we’ll never say no . We’re more about how to save it. Because, let’s be honest, we all like to get a few ideas on how to keep those pennies in our pockets.

Get those piggy banks at the ready guys…

Take the offer

Yep, we’re talking literally. Did you know, that a range of shopping centres have an offers feed that’s generated from retailers with info about in-store discounts. The best way to make sure you’re always up to date? Through good ol’ social media. As many centres and retailers share offers on their pages, it means you’ll never miss out on a great deal, which in turn means that you’ll be pocketing those pennies. Good call, good call… Oh, and don’t forget, many stores also have sales that they may not shout about. So, next time you’re near your fave retailer, pop in. You may just get a thrifty surprise!

Wireless wonders

It’s so easy to switch to 4G (or 5G if you’re there!) when you’re out and about. But, every second of surfing is lost data and, money. That’s why we love free WiFi. A whole host of shopping centres, coffee shops and even tube stations all offer this service. So, next time you’re out and about look out for the signs, or just switch on your WiFi and browse for a free to join network. Yup, so easy, so cost effective.

Shake your (car) booty

So, this is one that may help you make money, as well as save it…enter the car boot sale! Yep, if you’re looking for a cheap one off, then don your best bargaining hat and get on down to your local boot sale. We can guarantee, you’ll end up picking up some great stuff at a fraction of the price. And if you’re not looking to buy, then you can still make cash. Grab your old stuff and book a space because, as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Not really the car boot type? There’s an app for that. Yup, thanks to the likes of Facebook Market Place, Shpock and of course, eBay, buying and selling secondhand kit has never been so easy. The best bit? You can do it on your sofa. And while we’re on the secondhand topic, that leads us nicely to our next tip…

Charge into the charity shops

Fancy doing your bit for charity and bagging a bargain? These shops are a no brainer. Not only are there some great finds, but they are stocked up nearly every day thanks to so many kind donations. We think they’re great for finding something that you’d only wear once – ballgown for a special event anyone – at a great price. Then, once you’re done with it, take it back and let someone else get use of it. That’s what we call sustainable, money saving fashion!

Fill it up

How many water bottles do you buy when you’re out? We’re going with at least 20 a year minimum. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that much. However, what if we told you, you could save at least a tenner by bagging a stainless steel bottle and taking advantage of the free refilling stations in shopping centres and cafes. Oh, and let’s not forget, plastic bottles make up a huge majority of landfill and they take 1000 years each to decompose, so not only are you saving pounds, but also the environment.

‘I wanna be a supermodel’

Did you know? Hairdressing salons and beauticians need to train up their apprentices. The best way for them to do that? Get hands on. And that’s great news for you because in order for them to do that, they need to practice. Because they aren’t fully trained, these apprentices will ask for models and you’ll either pay half the price or nothing at all. But they’ll also be supervised all the time, so don’t worry, there won’t be any wonky haircuts or smudged nails. Just some more pounds for you to keep!

19
Aug

Five top hacks for the new school term

Ahh, the new term. Whether it’s their first foray into school, or their last year at primary, the same still applies. They’ll need new kit including school bags, shoes and the rest. But what are the essentials and which bits suit your little (or large) learner? Yep, it can be a pretty confusing time. That’s why we’ve packed up everything you need to know in some handy hacks.

Their first ever day

OK, so before we even go into what they’ll need. Let’s have a chat about the parents. We know that this can be an emosh time for you guys too, so our advice: Bring the tissues and wear that waterproof mascara! Now that’s you all prepped, let’s talk about those mini learners. Pre-school and reception can be a confusing time for them, so get them all excited. Buy them a new teddy that they can take in for comfort – everyone loves a school buddy – and build up the excitement by buying a book that tells them all about what to expect on their big day. Chances are that these things combined, will have them running in without even a second glance at you. *Sob

Bagging the right one

Bags. Small ones, big ones, ones with straps, others that hold water bottles, satchels and backpacks. And let’s not forget those lunchboxes too! Yup, bagging the right one can be a minefield! But, there’s an easy way to get it spot on. Got an older kid? They’re going to have heavy books, so make sure you go for a large backpack that’s padded on the shoulders. And one that fits an A4 folder… we know it sounds silly, but trust us, it’ll save them lugging this around. Got a smaller schooler? If your school doesn’t supply a book bag, then invest in something similar. We’re huge fans of on-trend satchels, and, because they have compartments, they’re a lot easier for little ones to find stuff. Looking to pack a punch with a cool lunchbox? You can’t go wrong with a soft, insulated sort with compartments. As many come with straps, they’re great for slinging over the shoulder too.

School run fun

Ahhh, the school run – traffic and tantrums (mainly from us!). But there is another way. And that’s to walk. Not only is it great exercise, but it also means that you won’t be late because you’ve been driving around looking for that gold dust parking space. And there’s a good few things you can do to make this go as smoothly as possible. If you’re walking with little ones, then speed up the pace with a scooter. It’s a great way to get them all enthusiastic about the journey. Just don’t forget that helmet! Worried about rainy days? There’s stuff for that too. From kids’ sized umbrellas to wellies and raincoats for you all, there’s no excuse not to take on that walk. Unless it’s snowing – we draw the line at snow!

Dress code

Yes, we know, nearly every kid has to wear a uniform. But there are some pieces that can make your life easier. Don’t have time in the mornings? Invest in non or easy iron shirts that can be put straight on, or very quickly skimmed over. And, while we’re on the topic of making life easy, don’t forget to stock up on doubles of everything too! You never know when they’re going to lose something – if they’re anything like ours, it’ll be every. Single. Day. #Facepalm

Accessories Darling

Nothing marks the start of a new term more than a shiny new pencil case filled with pencils and pens. And when it comes to this, let them go wild and pick their own. Something they love may not go missing quite so easily! And finally. Let’s not forget that water bottle. Whether it’s a rubber version that can be slipped into a side pocket of a backpack, or, a stainless-steel sustainable number, this is a must for every little learner’s kit.

So, there it is, a list on getting prepped for the new term. We think we deserve an A star for this one guys!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Tesco

Trousers – 2 pack from £7

Shoezone

Lilley Girls Black Patent T-Bar Shoe – £12.99

Trux Boys Black Lace Up Flat Shoe

Shoezone

Trux Boys Black Lace Up Flat Shoe – £12.99

 

SoulCal Denim Backpack

Sports Direct

SoulCal Denim Backpack – £10.00

 

 

30
Jul

Going Plastic Free and Sustainable

Eco, plastic-free and sustainability are all buzzwords we’re hearing, especially since this month is #PlasticFree July. Yep, eco-consciousness has hit the mainstream as we all begin to realise what these materials can do to our planet. Thanks Sir Attenborough! We know that life gets in the way, and that’s why we’re here with a couple of tips to give you a helping hand when it comes to going plastic-free and being sustainable too. Just call us Captain Planet…

Reusable cool

Even if you’re too busy to do anything else, taking on the reusable challenge is a must and, if you take our advice, a cinch! We’re talking swapping those plastic bags for cloth shoppers and switching plastic bottles for a stainless steel one. With so many refilling stations in shopping centres and cafes, there’s really no excuse. Think of it this way, not only do both these initiatives help the environment, they’ll also save you money. No more 5p bags and no more £1 bottles of water either! #justsaying

Raving over recycled

We’re all pretty savvy when it comes to putting our stuff in the blue bins, at home, and in the range of split bins in shopping centres too. However, there are other ways to get involved in this! Did you know, that a range of places now offer clothing that’s made of recyclable materials? From tops made of old bags to backpacks made of plastic milk bottles, there’s something for everyone. And here’s a little FYI. From 2024, Adidas will also be making ALL its trainers from recycled goods. Sprint to it guys!

Buy biodegradable

A standard plastic toothbrush takes around 1,000 years to decompose, while a plastic soap bottle takes 450. That’s a lot of Grandchildren’s, grandchildren, grandchildren to think about! That’s why we’re so pleased to be seeing cool biodegradable kit coming into play. From bamboo or wood toothbrushes, which decompose naturally, to biodegradable wipes. Great for wiping babies’ bottoms and using on your face too. Not at the same time, obviously!

Check out the charity shops

If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again. Charity shops are pretty awesome for a whole range of things. First up, recycling the stuff you don’t want and reducing landfill, and secondly, for finding stuff. Buying clothing from here means you’re not fuelling the demand for new clothes, thus saving water and waste that goes into making new fashion! And let’s not forget those books, DVDs and household goods too… As they say, ‘one man’s waste, is another man’s treasure!’

So, there it is folks! Quick and easy ways to make sure you’re doing your bit to be sustainable and plastic-free… Sir David would be proud!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Tesco Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle Rose Gold

Tesco

Tesco Stainless Steel Insulated Bottle Rose Gold – £5.00

Dettol Multi Purpose Biodegradable 50 Wipes

Tesco

Dettol Multi Purpose Biodegradable 50 Wipes – £2.50

 

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes

Boots

Simple Kind To Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes – £3.99

 

 

Naty Sensitive Unscented Baby Wipes, 3 x 56 pack = 168 wipes

Boots

Naty Sensitive Unscented Baby Wipes, 3 x 56 pack = 168 wipes – £5.70

 

 

17
Jul

Prepping for the kids’ summer holidays

Ahhh July, the month of sun (we can hope right?), longer nights and the beginning of school summer holidays. And now is the time that many of us either decide to take a little break away or look for stuff to keep the kids entertained on their looong summer break.  But we know it’s not always plane (yes, we spelt it like that on purpose) sailing. And that’s where we’re here to help with our simple tips. On your marks, get set, read…

Staying in

If last year’s weather was anything to go by, you don’t really need to venture much further than your back garden… no, it’s not lazy, it’s practical! And there’s loads of stuff to make sure you don’t hear those cries of, ‘I’m bored’. Toddlers and pre-schoolers are suckers for anything that makes them think they’re all grown up, so, take advantage. Bring out a watering can and get them set for watering those flowers, or take it to the next level. Fill a paddling pool or bowl of water and bring out your plastic and wooden kitchen utensils so they can pretend play. The idea of being allowed to play with those things usually locked away will make them think they’ve got one over on you… #sneaky

Chalk up the crafting

It’s always wise to have a lil’ something up your sleeve, just in case the ‘forbidden’ toys get a bit tired. And that’s where crafting comes in. If the sun’s still shining, give them a piece of chalk and let them loose on the patio, or, take out a great big sheet and roll out the paints for your mini Monets to get arty with. Rainy day? Bring crafting home with a cool colouring and sticker book. Or, if they’re slightly older, why not try them with on-trend knitting. With a range of knitting needles for kids, it’s a great way to hone their counting and concentration skills too.

Out and about

As well as parks, woods and of course soft play for rainy days, there’s a hidden gem you may not have thought about. And that’s your local shopping centre. Many of these host a range of free events for the summer, whether it’s face-painting or art days so keep a look out on their Facebook page to see what’s going on. Alternatively, while away a few hours just browsing with the kids, with a promise of a treat or lunch if they behave #beentheredonethat #stilllivingit.

Leaving on a jet plane…

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and jet off to warmer climes with the kids (you brave mumma and papa) then there’s a few things that will ease that airport and holiday stress. Firstly, invest in their happiness – a happy kid at the airport means less stress. Stock up on those colouring books, snacks, and buy them a special carry-on bag to carry it all in and make them feel all grown up. We also find a ‘special’ holiday outfit builds up the excitement, oh and it’s also a perfect way to make sure they wear that sunhat too!

Beat the sun

Ok, it’s time to get all grown up on you, because as you know, sun protection is so important. Gosh, how much do we sound like our mums! Whether you’re at home or away, always make sure you’ve got that suncream handy. Whether it’s a spray, rub in or roller, it’s a life saver. Out by the paddling pool, beach or hotel pool? Invest in UV clothes for the kids. We love how these cover them up, while keeping them cool and finally, don’t forget that sunhat.

That’s it for now summer people, enjoy the sun and the holidays and don’t forget to take a look at our little picks below!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Sports Direct

VX-3 Cabin Bag – £28.00

Sports Direct

Star Graph BP Pen Case93 – £14.99

 

Boots

Mini Club Blue Floral Sunsafe – £14.00

 

 

Boots

Mini Club Dinosaur Keppi – £6.00

 

 

26
Jun

Festival fever… how to host your own at home or away

It’s festival season! Yep, get ready for those social media pics, news images of people wading around in the mud, and well, maybe a bit of #FOMO too.

If you’re going to one, then we’ve got some tips to get you prepped and if you’re not, then we’ll help you host a little one in your own space… let’s dance on down to some simple tips.

Wonderous waterproofs

British weather means that it’s likely that you’re going to get caught in a shower or two – well it wouldn’t be a festival without that would it? So, make sure you’re all waterproofed up. Grab a pair of wellies and don’t forget those thick socks. Taking the kiddie clan? Make sure you pick up knee length versions – the higher you go, the less chance of their feet getting soaked or losing a wellie in the mud! And while we’re on the waterproof wavelength, don’t forget that coat! Our top tip? Grab yourself, and the kids, neon versions. Not only will it mean you look great, but, the bright colours mean you can be spotted easily – just in case you lose each other!

Bring it home

If you love the idea of a festival but can’t get to one, fear not. There are loads of ways to do it at home. First stop. LED outdoor lights. Draped over trees, across fences or even around your umbrella pole, these quickly bring a festival feel to a garden. From there, add lanterns, candles or, well pretty much anything you like. Just don’t forget your music!

Tent

A festival isn’t a festival without a tent! So, make sure you’ve got all bases covered. Not a great tent builder? Pick up a pop-up tent, which will save the stress and arguments. Got a big clan? Pick one with compartments. Having festival fun at home? Add more of a feel, especially if kids are involved by buying one and pitching it up in the garden for an ultimate ‘glamping’ experience. Just don’t forget those sleeping bags. It gets pretty chilly at night – trust us.

Kiddie Proof it

Taking the kids to a festival? There are a few must-haves on our list. First up, those ear-defenders. Great for babes, tots and pre-schoolers, they’ll muffle the sounds of loud music and fireworks, helping to keep them calm and protect their hearing. Oh, and they look pretty cute too. Taking a baby? Swap the buggy for a carrier. It’ll be so much easier to manoeuvre around the crowds. Oh, and it also means that you can go handsfree when dancing too… #Justsaying

Don’t make a meal of dining

Festivals can be pretty crowded places. It’s all part of the fun! That is, until you try to pitch up a seat at one of the many food stalls. The answer? Take a waterproof backed picnic blanket! We love how easily they can be rolled up and carried under your arm. Not a fan? There’s a great range of lightweight foldable chairs available now too. Just unfold and take a seat. Don’t forget those reusable plates and coffee cups to do your bit for sustainability too!

So, there it is music lovers! Your festival survival guide. Enjoy the sun and, the rain 😊

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

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Sports Direct

Gelert Horizon 5 Tent 93 – £199.99

Sports Direct

Kangol Festival Ladies Wellies – £10.99

 

Boots

Soltan Kids Once 8 Hr play Spray SPF 50+ 200ml – £10.00

 

 

Sports Direct

Kangol Printed Festival Juniors Wellies – £12.50

 

 

 

21
Jun

Make Garden days fun, tasty and creative

Summer’s here! We promise it is. And once that warm weather hits, it’s time to start the great garden chill. Whether it’s BBQ galore, things to keep the kids busy, or just a nice place to relax with mates, we’ve got some great ways to get garden ready this season!

Let’s grow…

Keep kids occupied

No garden is complete without a piece of play kit for the kids. Believe us, it stops the whining when you’re trying to have five minutes of tanning time! Got a big space? You need a swing set in your life. Or, take on the trampoline challenge. It may take a while to set up, but once you’ve conquered it, you’ll have hours of peace and quiet and, let’s be honest, we all love a good jump when they’re safely tucked up in bed.

Smaller space? Get creative. Jumbo chalks are a great way to encourage kids’ creativity and can be used to draw pictures, hopscotch boards or, pretty much anything else, on paving slabs. Alternatively, draw a car or train track and bring out their toys, and there you have a quick and easy way to play right there.

Water play

No hot day in the garden is complete without water play. Whether it’s a paddling pool filled up and left in the sun to warm up, a slide and ride, or hose pipe spray, it’s a great way to keep kids entertained and cool too. Thinking about budgets? How about a baby bath as a little place for play? But even a pot or washing up bowl works just as well. Just fill it up and use it as a ‘swimming pool’ for their toys. Splashing!

Not your thing? A kids’ watering can is a great way to teach them all about the importance of nature and care… and a sneaky way to keep your flowers watered too. We didn’t say that 😉.

Garden glam

It’s no longer acceptable to just have a nicely mowed lawn – nope, garden style has moved on with lights, ornaments and garden crockery taking centre stage. So, keep on-trend. LED lights in a range of shapes and sizes are great for draping over trees to create a wonderland feel, or on fences to give a little nod to a festival. Add a couple of bright ornaments (we’re not talking gnomes) and hang a few signs on trees or by your garden table and you’re quickly bang into 2019. #yourewelcome

Feed me

You don’t need us to tell you that a BBQ makes a garden day complete! And the great news is there’s one to suit any chef and space! Not a charcoal fan? Go for gas. Small space? Take on a small round version, or, go disposable! Then get cooking. Stuck for inspiration? Take a look at these cool recipes we spotted on BBC Good Food. Oh, and let’s not forget dessert. Buy fun molds, stick in the juice and fruit and there’s a five-a-day snack. Just don’t forget our invite!

Stay sun safe

We don’t want to sound like our mums, but hot garden days call for sun safety! We wish we had a PHD to our name, but, well… we’ll leave it to the experts at the NHS, who recommend spending time in the shade between 11am and 3pm. The medical bods also advise using factor 30 sun cream and making sure kids are covered up with hats, UV swimsuits and sunglasses! Got a fussy tot? Invest in a UV tent. Not only will it keep them occupied, but it’s a great sneaky way to keep them out of the sun too!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Boots

Soltan Kids Once 8 Hr play Spray SPF 50+ 200ml – £10

Boots

Mini Club Blue Floral Keppi – £6

 

Tesco

Tesco Bbq Sweet Chilli Chicken Thighs 900G – Any 3 for £10

 

 

Tesco

NIVEA SUN Kids Moisturising Sun Spray 50+ Very High 200ml – £4.50

 

 

 

Tesco

Carousel 3 Ring 120cm Pool – £10

 

 

 

 

30
May

3 cool ways to look hot, even if the weather’s not

Spring Summer 2019 seems to be all about having a little extra – and that’s from head to toe. We’re seeing oversized hats, shout-out colours in tie-dye and neon, and even the humble sandal has suddenly become bold. Check out our top three fashion must-haves for your very own sizzling hot Spring.

1. You can leave your hat on…

…but only if it’s enormous. The fashion for oversized hats actually landed in SS18 with the success of the Jacquemus La Bomba hat, but more and more brands are now vying for a piece of the action. We’re seeing fabrics from tulle to raffia and everything in between and styles emulating witches’ hats, flowers and, well, candyfloss actually. At least these accessories are useful come rain or shine. Shelter beneath your very own and show off your flamboyant side.

2. The devil’s in the detail

There’s no space for plain and simple this season. Whether you go for fringing or feathers or choose to show off complexity in colours, SS19 is all about mixing it up. Fringes are everywhere: on dresses, jackets, skirts but partywear is where the frou-frou is at its most frivolous. Colours and, for that matter patterns, are also all about throwing caution to the wind. SS19 is all about bright, bold and badly clashing! Tie-dye, neon and floral are all on the table with mix and match a must. No-one’s going anywhere incognito this season.

3. Fancy footwork

Our favourite friend for warmer climes, the sandal is finally getting some extra love. Having been clumpy and geekish as well as strappy and barely-there, this timeless footwear has been through some evolutions. This year, it’s joining the fashion for funky fringing and feathers. Check out this gallery from Elle.com to see how you can be footloose and fancy-free this Spring.

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Biba Calissa Small Lock Leather Crossbody

Sports Direct

Biba Calissa Small Lock Leather Crossbody – £85.00

Label Lab Feather Devore Dress

Sports Direct

Label Lab Feather Devore Dress – £30.00

Rocket Dog Nina Web Flip Flops Ladies

Sports Direct

Rocket Dog Nina Web Flip Flops Ladies – £6.00

15
May

5 inspirational ideas to keep the kids occupied during half term – whatever the weather!

Come rain or shine – and let’s face it, both have equally good odds here in the UK – half term is approaching and the kids need occupying. Check out our 5 inspirational ideas for fun activities, even when you’re dealing with four seasons in one day…

  1. Check out Hooplakidzlab on YouTube. They’ve got some amazing fun science experiments for kids which will have them shrieking with delight and include some hidden learning. That’s every parent’s favourite form of fun, surely? We particularly liked the marshmallow catapult and the elephant toothpaste. Great activities for less than Spring-like weather and, best of all, they’re really easy to equip yourself for too. Most shopping centres will have everything you need to be mini scientists for the day.
  2. While we’re on the topic of marshmallows, why not head out to your local shopping centre and treat the kids to a hot chocolate with marshmallows? Delicious and warming, while you’re there you can also pick up some crafty bits and bobs for some more wet wear play sessions.
  3. There are some fabulously effective, yet simple, craft ideas here on the Red Tricycle All using paper as a basic material, they’re imaginative and fun. We can definitely see some games developing from some too, such as flying your model aeroplane, or playing king of the castle with your newly-created crowns.
  4. Crafting is an activity that kids never tire of. Why not head to the shops and grab some materials to start your creative juices flowing. Think fabric offcuts, headbands or sunglasses that can be upcycled or some cheap and cheerful socks to create your very own puppet show. Don’t forget to choose a couple of different types of glue so that everything sticks well and see what wonders you can create.
  5. If nothing but fresh air will do, why not try some pond dipping? Let’s face it, you’re getting wet anyway so this feels like the ideal activity for a rainy half term. These days, there are some excellent wildlife kits available for kids but, if you’re doing things the spontaneous way, just grab a net and some Tupperware to hold your finds plus a spoon to use to examine your samples more closely. Along with your wellies and wet weather gear, you’ll be ready to go. Who said a rainy day was boring?

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Gelert Packaway Junior Waterproof Jacket

Sports Direct

Gelert Packaway Junior Waterproof Jacket – £11.99

Staedtler Traditional 110 12 Sketching Pencils 2H - Hb

Tesco

Staedtler Traditional 110 12 Sketching Pencils 2H – Hbb – £7.00

 

Galt Horrible Science Violent Volcano Craft Kit

WHSmith

Galt Horrible Science Violent Volcano Craft Kit – £8.99

 

 

Dunlop Fishing Telescopic Landing Net

Argos

Dunlop Fishing Telescopic Landing Net – £11.99

 

29
Apr

Five ways shopping can boost your health and wellbeing

With Spring, or, if this month’s weather is anything to go by, Summer, in the air, now’s the time you’ll probably be itching to get out and about at lunchtime.

And, who could blame you? Yep the aircon is probably on at full blast and you’ll want to take off those layers keeping you warm in the office. Why do offices do that?

Oh, and it’s not just about keeping warm – ready for the science bit, research has shown that getting away from your desk for an hour can help boost creativity and energise you.

So, with all these great reasons in mind, there’s not really any excuse not to get on down to your local shops and high street.

Here’s why:

Bask in the warmth

If, like us, you’re counting down til’ payday, shopping may not appeal right now. However, simply meandering around the shops is great for clearing your mind and getting your creative thinking on. Alternatively, grab a seat inside, or, outside of your fave coffee shop or seating area, take out your book and have some me-time. Not a reader? Grab an adult colouring book, or get into knitting – both proven to really chill you out.

Go shopping

If you have pennies left… lucky you! Then take advantage of retail therapy. Yup, that’s right. It really does what it says on the tin. Buying clothes, books and even kitchen wares are proven to make you feel satisfied and happy. And why wouldn’t it! It’s a great excuse to treat yourself without feeling guilty.

Get an MOT

No, we’re not talking about your car – although if you’re driving, why not treat your car to clean in the car park – we’re talking about you. An eye test, especially if you’re working at a computer, is an annual must and the great news is that it can be done during your lunchbreak. Here’s a little tip: If you use a computer for long periods of time, your employer may pay for your test too. Speak to the guys at the opticians when you book and to your employer. Bonus!

Claw back the healthy eating

The beginning of Spring means Summer really is just around the corner, which means we’re all getting into the ‘beach body’ spirit. And that means healthy eating. So kick start it now. Grab your spring greens and fish from a supermarket (check out this recipe for a great simple summer meal (add link) or visit a restaurant or café that offers healthy lunches. Yep, it’s that simple.

Bag a bargain

The first steps to feeling happy and energised is to feel satisfied. So, take advantage of these latest offers (add link) on your local centre’s page. Or, nab a bargain in one of the seasonal sales. There’s no better feeling than knowing you’ve saved cash while looking good!

Make someone else happy

A small gift can brighten up anyone’s day. And it’s proven to make you feel better too! Whether it’s a friend in need of a hot chocolate, or a quirky birthday card for a work colleague, a romantic card coupled with flowers for a partner, or just a simple keyring with a silly message, you call enjoy making someone smile. They may even pay back the favour – but that’s not why we do it… honest!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Pick Me Up Giftset

Thorntons

Pick Me Up Giftset – £17.50

Milk Chocolate Smiles Bag

Thorntons

Milk Chocolate Smiles Bag – £3.50

 

Secret Garden: 20 Postcards

WHSmith

Secret Garden: 20 Postcards – £6.40

 

 

WHSmith Art Triangular Colouring Pens, Multi Ink (Pack of 30)

WHSmith

WHSmith Art Triangular Colouring Pens, Multi Ink (Pack of 30) – £9.35