Food & Drink

18
May

Mental Health Awareness in May

We know we’ve got lots to look forward to when it comes to the month of May (and beyond), but we need to remember the important stuff, like our mental health. Not always widely spoken about, but COVID-19 and the endless lockdowns have affected us all, however big or small. So, as your local and trustworthy shopping centre, we wanted to lend a helping hand for whenever you need one.

We’ll be talking about tips on how to talk to those who are suffering with their mental health, making sure you check in on loved and inspirational books to get your head in gear for a successful year ahead (plus more!).

Nature Is the New Theme!

Mental Health Awareness Week starts on the 10th of May and ends on the 16th, and as part of the week, the Mental Health Foundation have decided that ‘Nature’ is the theme for 2021.

Clever yet obvious! Access to nature has been crucial for millions of people during Lockdowns 1, 2 and 3. Individuals have re-discovered their love for local parks, simple beauties like running streams and long stretches of green countryside.

If you’d like to get involved in this charity or learn more, you can sign up to their newsletter by clicking here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/newsletter

We also think pencilling in a leisurely stroll with your nearest and dearest would be a great idea. Friendly chat, optional hot chocolate and Fitbit on full blast! This way you can get your 10k steps in whilst talking about anything that’s been on your mind. Remember, a problem shared is a problem halved!

If you’re in need of a watch to track your steps or new clothes to stay cosy on walks and runs, we’d suggest popping to Sports Direct, Shoezone and even Tesco’s. Now that the centre has re-opened fully, we’d like to remind our customers to still wear their facemasks and to keep a safe distance from others when visiting.

Time to Talk…

Reaching out to friends or family members that may be suffering from mental health can be difficult. Regardless, you should always make the effort to check in and see how they’re doing… We’ve got a few tips for those who feel they may need it:

  • Set aside time with no distractions. Be sure to choose a time that works for both of you, so you’re not interrupted! Plus, providing an open space with no judgements is a must. (Tea and biscuits are optional!).
  • Talk about ways of de-stressing or how to practice self-care. This could involve exercise, getting a good night’s sleep or having a little fun with DIY facemasks one evening. (Plus, it’s just an overall mood booster!).
  • Always ask how you can help. Such a simple gesture can show just how much you care and willingness to listen. If their mental health isn’t something that’s up for discussion right now, it’s fine! If they know there’s a friend they can lean on, they’ll talk to you when they’re ready.

Want to set up a few activities for when you next see a loved one? We’ve got tonnes of ideas! Grab a new recipe books from WHSmith and unleash your inner Nigella Lawson.

Pick up circuit training equipment from Sports Direct – we’re talking weights, yoga mats or even a hula-hoop (a 30-minute sesh will get your heart pumping!).

Or pop to Poundland and get your arts and crafts on! You could choose a scrapbook, stock up on glitter, glue, paint and start to create your own picture book full of memories.

Practice Positive Self-Talk!

This is an important factor for us all! We tend to be our own worst critics, so giving ourselves a little affirmation from time to time will do you the world of good.

Research shows that even a small shift in the way you talk to yourself can influence your ability to control your feelings and thoughts, especially when you’re under stress.

An example could be instead of saying, ‘ugh I totally messed that up’, you could say ‘I’ll try that again, just a different way!’.

Or start using sticky notes! Simply write down a few positive quotes or qualities that you love about yourself, like: ‘You’re going to ace today’, ‘Your smile is amazing’. We know, it sounds cheesy, but it’ll be the best thing to see first thing in the morning stuck to your bathroom mirror!

Think this would work for you? Head to WHSmith to pick up the essentials. Be sure to get colourful pens to write your positive words in.

Books to Inspire You

Reading your thing? Check out these inspirational reads to get you in the right mindset to smash 2021!

  • You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
  • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World by William H. McRaven
  • Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
  • Choose Yourself by James Altucher

Be sure to grab new reads from Chesterfield Library, WHSmith or from Tesco’s. Now that the centre has re-opened fully, we’d like to remind our customers to still wear their facemasks and to keep a safe distance from others when visiting.

Treating Yourself Is Important!

Although you should always take the time out for a little TLC, you know, long bubble baths, Friday night treats from Market Fish & Chips or Pound Bakery and yoga sessions during lunch breaksTreating yourself with something you’ve had your eye on after completing a project at work or finishing the week on a positive note, even though you’ve been overwhelmed, is needed!!

Seeing as our stores have re-opened, why not create a wish list of all the things that have caught your eye and #ShopTilYouDrop when you’re next at the centre! First on our list is facemasks from Boots, baking utensils from Tesco or even a new fragrance from The Fragrance Shop. (The list goes on…).

From everyone here at Chesterfield Pavements, we’re hoping we’ve inspired you to keep positive and to help those suffering with mental health whenever you can. We’re looking forward to seeing many more faces at the centre, keeping in mind that we should all #ShopSafe when out and about. #SeeYouSoon

6
May

We’re Back and Better Than Ever!

For what seemed like years in lockdown, the dust has finally settled and we’re back to normality (kind of!). The centre is open and there’s a lot more to look forward to as the month of May continues. Whether it’s eating IN your favourite restaurants again, the re-opening of cinemas or other leisure activities and spaces to keep your kiddies occupied come the weekend or half-terms! Come on, who’s excited?!

3, 2, 1 – ACTION.

You’ll be super excited, movie buffs… Cinemas will be re-opening come May 17th and it will be popcorn, hot dogs and ice-cream cones galore. We think it’s a super idea if you come to pick up all your favourite snacks and enjoy chowing down with the kids (or your friends) at your local cinema. Be sure to pop into Tesco, Poundland or WHSmith (perf for traditional choccy bars!) to grab a few naughty treats.

We’d like to remind our customers to wear their face masks when visiting the centre and to still keep a safe distance where possible. #StillInThisTogether

Get Ready for Fun!

This one’s more for the children, but parents you’ll also be pleased to know that as May rolls on, leisure activities like soft play and indoor fun spaces will be opening their doors for kids everywhere to enjoy space running around and just letting loose. (All being as safe as possible of course!).

Many places will require you to book in advance, so don’t forget to do so before rocking up as a walk-in. Booking systems are great because businesses will be able to limit the amount of people coming in and therefore keeping everyone safe in the process. Don’t forget to grab a hand sanitiser bottle from Boots for your trip out. #HandsFaceSpace

Mums and dads, be sure to grab a coffee (and optional sweet treat) from Pound Bakery before you head out on your day of fun. #CoffeeFuel #LetTheFunBegin

We’d like to add that if you’re getting ready for a day of activities, then you better be prepared with cosy clothes. Pop to Sports Direct, Shoezone and Tesco to grab a comfortable tracksuit and shoes to match. #ShopSafe

We’d like to remind our customers to wear their face masks when visiting the centre and to still keep a safe distance where possible. #StillInThisTogether

Time to Eat…

Now, this must be the best news of May all together! Although we’ve been able to dine Al Fresco for the last few weeks, from 17th May, we’ll FINALLY be allowed to eat IN our favourite restaurants. Not only this, but after a long day shopping at Chesterfield Pavements, there’s nothing better than popping into somewhere for yummy food, right? To be honest we’ve been craving creamy pasts dishes from an authentic Italian and warming stews from the local pub!

And yes… you’re right! This means you’ll finally be able to make a coffee pitstop at Peacocks Café or Greggs while you’re shopping at the centre. We know, we’ve missed having 10-minute shopping breaks with a tasty tea or freshly brewed cup of joe… #May17Pending

Everyone here at Chesterfield Pavements are so happy that we’ve been able to open our doors once again – we’ll keep our fingers crossed that the positive vibes continue as 2021 continues. Please remember to shop safe and to enjoy your time when visiting. See you soon!

12
Apr

Being the Best You, You Can Be After Lockdown 3.0

Lockdown restrictions have broken many routines, changed up school schedules and even interfered with how you’ve been able to be the best you, you can be… Well, seeing as Lockdown measures are lessening, we want to inspire you on how to lead the happiest and healthiest life possible.

Whether you’ve slacked on the home workouts or haven’t been making the best choices when it comes to food (because takeaways seem to lessen the pain of being stuck indoors), we’re here to motivate you in making positive decisions for you and your family.

Get Your Cook On!

Make an evening of it! Whether it’s with your children or friends, why not create a fresh 3-course dinner? Your taste buds will be winning, and you’ll be feeling no guilt as you indulge into (moderately) healthy and homemade dishes.

Let’s give you an idea of what we mean…

Starters:
– Tomato & Cucumber Salad dressed with a little olive oil and dried mint.
– Baked tortilla chips with homemade guacamole.
– Classic prawn cocktail with a homemade thousand island sauce and sliced iceberg lettuce.

Mains:
– Ratatouille with a homemade red sauce. Be sure to top it with fresh basil, YUM!
– Lemon and herb chicken with a fresh mixed pepper salad.
– Lean turkey burger in lettuce wraps with sweet potato wedges.

Desserts:
– Sorbets to share.
– Fruity salad with a drizzle of single cream.
– (A little naughtier, but fun for the kids!) Cheat churros made with puff pastry! Remember, children especially are more likely to eat healthy foods if the presentation is appetising and if they have a hand in making some of the dishes, they’ll feel super proud that they created something so delicious.

Hungry yet? Hehe.

If we’ve tempted you into setting up an after-hours cooking club then get your skates on and head to the centre to pick up the essentials. We’re talking cookware and ingredients from Tesco, plus new tableware from Poundland. We’d like to remind our customers that now more of our shops have opened, you should still wear a facemask and keep a safe distance when visiting the centre.

Aiming for 10k A day!

We know, it sounds like a tall order but in hindsight, a trip mooching around the centre will probably use up 2-3k of your daily goal (including a few stop-offs at Pound Bakers or Peacocks Café for your fave coffee and sweet treat). Even if you’ve got your Fitbit or Apple watch on while you’re at home, it’ll count the steps you complete when taking the fresh washing upstairs, picking up dinner ingredients and just walking around while you do a little spring cleaning…

If 10k sounds a little steep, aim for 5-7k – we know you’ll smash it. We’d also recommend a morning or evening walk to enjoy with friends or family members. It’s a great way to get some cardio in while enjoying the company of your nearest and dearest.

If you’re in need of new walking/running gear, we’d recommend heading to Sports Direct for clothing and Shoezone for cosy shoes. You could even invest in a watch that’ll count your steps throughout the AM and PM. Be sure to pick up a snazzy new water bottle from WHSmith and Poundland when you’re next visiting the centre.

We’d like to remind our customers that now more of our shops have opened, you should still wear a facemask and keep a safe distance when visiting the centre.

Creating Fun Food for Kids

It’s easier for us adults to eat healthier, because we can make conscious decisions on what we’re putting into our body. But kids being kids, sweets and easily attainable processed foods are always a winner! Want to make a healthier change as we head into mid 2021? Well, we’ve got a few top tips on how to make healthy food a little more appealing…

1) Give them a choice! No one likes being told what to eat, so when possible give them an option between lettuce-wrapped fajitas or sausage and root vegetable mash for example.
2) Make fun faces with their food. Whether silly faces with fruit or smiley faces with cucumber finger sandwiches and baked crisps.
3) Don’t reference food as ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’ in front of your children. Instead of focusing too much on why certain foods are “healthy” or “unhealthy,” just try to serve healthy food options with each meal and lead by example.
4) Don’t ban junk food! When you ban something outright it will only seem more attractive to a child, so if you’re out somewhere and they want a chocolate bar or bag of crisps, don’t make a big deal out of it. We’re all allowed a little treat from time to time.
5) Let them help with the cooking! Getting involved in meal prepping, chopping up veggies and dressing the plate are all ways to get them excited about eating fresh, homemade food.
Inspired to get the kids eating more greens and fruits? Be sure to grab whatever you may need from the centre today. Whether it’s cooking utensils from Poundland and Tesco, or inspiring recipe books from WHSmith.

We’d like to remind our customers that now more of our shops have opened, you should still wear a facemask and keep a safe distance when visiting the centre.

Family Activities for The Win!

Get out and about with the family on the weekends. We’re talking football matches with parents vs children, circuit training in the local park or even just taking the family doggo for a run-around.
Need any extra equipment to prep for your weekend full of fun? Be sure to grab the ‘essentials’ (like footballs, hula hoops, rackets and more) from Sports Direct, Tesco and Poundland.

We’re hoping that our ideas on keeping things fun and fresh will inspire you all to be more motivated for 2021 and beyond. We want all of our wonderful customers to live both happy and healthy lives – and with any tips you grab from this Style article, be sure to tag us in your social posts so we can re-share your snaps. We look forward to seeing you at the centre soon, remember to keep safe! #StillInThisTogether

15
Mar

Happy Times Ahead!

Yes!! We finally have a little light at the end of the Lockdown tunnel, and we’re now on a countdown for slight normality come April 12th, 2021. If you’re dreaming of summer BBQs with your best friends, music festivals, normal sized weddings (and more!) – you are not alone!

Although, we must remember to stay careful when we’re out and about, lockdown restrictions lifted or not. So, when you’re next visiting the centre, remember to wear your facemask over your mouth and nose and keep a safe distance from others where possible.

Here’s to the future…

Back to School (again!)

As of March 8th, many children were lacing up their school shoes and sharpening their pencils ready for their first day at school, for the umpteenth time since last year…We just want to applaud all the parents out there that have survived the last couple of months. We understand that home-schooling is super difficult and trying to spice-up day-to-day activities to keep your littluns’ from going stir crazy is even harder!

So, WELL DONE YOU, YOU DID IT.

Need any extra school essentials? We’d recommend grabbing pens, pencils and more from WHSmith – not to mention cool school lunch boxes, notepads, and even clothes!

We’d like to remind our customers that not all our stores are open at the centre just yet. Please remember to wear a facemask and to keep a safe distance when visiting, to ensure the safety of you and others.

Outdoor Meetups

From the 29th of March (fingers crossed) the current ‘stay at home’ rule will come to an end and individuals will be allowed to meet outside for fresh air and spring strolls to enjoy with one other household or within the ‘rule of six’. Don’t forget, you will also be able to meet in private gardens – meaning it’ll be Pimm’s O’clock with little nibbles for the foreseeable.

FYI: It will be recommended to stay in your local area. Be sure to get ahead of the game and order a new picnic blanket from Poundland, grab pre-made drinks from Tesco and yummy snacks from Greggs and Pound Bakery for all to enjoy nearer the time.

Not to mention, you and friends could shoot some balls or get the tennis rackets dusted off because outdoor sport facilities will re-open! Need extra equipment or new sports gear for your debut back on the court? Shop Sports Direct online or visit the store once they re-open at the centre.

These are just a few of the things we can look forward to. Want to learn more? Click here for the full ‘coming out of lockdown’ breakdown.

We’d like to remind our customers that not all our stores are open at the centre just yet. Please remember to wear a facemask (unless you are exempt) and to keep a safe distance when visiting, to ensure the safety of you and others.

Let the Fun Times Roll…

As 12th April peeps its head around the corner, we’ll be able to wine and dine outdoors at our favourite restaurants and drink a tipple (or three) in pretty pub gardens. Sounds like a dream, wouldn’t you agree?As we see the re-opening of gyms and spas too, you can knock DIY spa days from the comfort of your home on the head and take a trip to a local hotel or resort where they can pamper yourself to your hearts content. #YAY

Don’t forget hairdressers will be re-opening their doors so we can get the fuzzy mops on our heads sorted before summer 21 begins! Make sure to head to beauty salons too, they’ll be able to book you in for that mani-pedi or eyebrow wax. We know Bodycare will be able to provide you with tonnes of products once the store re-opens fully.

But the most fun part that we’ll be looking forward to (especially those with children…) is… Theme parks, zoos and drive-in cinemas will be at our disposal. The excitement of your local park has probably worn off, so now there’s an abundance of options you can choose from come the weekends!

We’d like to remind our customers that not all our stores are open at the centre just yet. Please remember to wear a facemask (unless you are exempt) and to keep a safe distance when visiting, to ensure the safety of you and others.

Follow the ‘Restriction Lifted’ Road!

Performances and large events that are similar will be subject to limits, but those lucky few will be able to enjoy mini festivals. Dependant on venue capacity, some will allow up to 4000 people and some even up to 10,000. However, we know there’ll be those that don’t feel comfortable about getting back up on the horse just yet. So, if you want to enjoy events like these but with only close friends or family members, you can create your very own back garden Glastonbury. Music, pretend burrito vendors and homemade cocktails – there’s an option for everyone *wink wink*. Need inspirational bits to get the party started? Grab all sorts like glow sticks, banners, glitter paint and party props from Poundland and Boots at the centre.

Obviously, we won’t forget that hotels, international leisure and travel will begin to resume too. We’ll finally be able to spend our hard-earned money on weekends away and short trips to the countryside… And before we know it, we’ll be bumping in nightclubs, dancing together at large weddings and celebrating every life occasion to the fullest! Feel like you want to get ahead of the game when it comes to buying presents for those that are celebrating a special milestone? Be sure to visit Tesco and pick up a beautiful bouquet of blooms.

There’re tonnes to look forward to and we’re ecstatic that the future is looking brighter for us all. We look forward to seeing you at the centre soon, just remember to stay safe – lockdown or not!

29
Jan

Celebrating the Month of Love!

We want to bring LOVE back into the community. And whether we’re in Lockdown or not, there are still so many ways to celebrate Valentine’s with those special people in your life this year. We’ll be giving you our best tips on how to create a romantic night in, making each other’s favourite dish, to just being silly and playing a board game with a cosy massage for the winner!

Sounds fun, right? Read on…

Ready to Romance!

We get it, Lockdown has taken away evening dinners out at your favourite restaurants, spa weekends and so much more. But just because we can’t go out to our ‘top spots’, doesn’t mean you can’t have a romantic night in, don’t you agree?

We’ve got a few ideas and we just want to inspire you:

  • Make dinner together, you’ll love deciding which sauce to pop in your pasta and choosing a dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Once dinner is done, put on a film you watched when you first got together & reminisce about all the good times from then, to now!
  • Want to go the extra mile? Run a bath and light a few scented candles, this way they can finish the evening feeling totally relaxed (and in love with you!). However, if your partner in crime isn’t really a bubble bath kind of girl or guy, you could opt for chocolate covered strawberries instead – we think that’s just as exceptional!

We’d recommend a visit to Tesco or Boots when you’re next at the centre picking up your essentials. You could get a sweet or sentimental gift for the one you love, be it spa pamper gifts, a new fragrance, mugs or even something gadget-y!

*Please remember that due to the current National Lockdown, not all our stores are open at the moment.

But First, Brunch

Making each other’s favourite brunch dishes is truly the way to someone’s heart (well, it is for us anyway!)…

Whether you decide to make this a new tradition before, on, or after Valentine’s, we think it’s a lovely (and simple) way to say ‘I love you’.

Need some inspiration when it comes to yummy brunch ideas? Fret no more, we’re here to help.

  • ‘Special’ eggs & salmon (the special part comes from you getting out of bed and making the brekky *Wink*)
  • French toast or pancakes with berries – a truly ‘sweet’ combo
  • Fresh smoothie (if they’re on a New Year health kick!)
  • A simple bowl of fresh fruits, yoghurt, nuts and honey

Got the idea? We knew you would!

Fancy like grabbing new tableware pieces to make this brekky/brunch combo extra fancy? You could pop to Tesco or Poundland on your next visit to the centre. (Or, if you decide to make something like cookies or toast, you could buy heart-shaped cutters from these retailers too.)

*We’d like to remind all our wonderful customers that although some of our stores are open, you should be following the government guidelines of wearing a mask, sanitising regularly and keeping a safe distance to others when visiting the centre.

Board Game Bae’s (with optional wine…)

Now, this is something that can either make or break a relationship…

Playing board games like Monopoly, Cluedo or even a simple game of charades can be a fabulous option as we stay in this Valentine’s – just try not to kill each other when ‘Mayfair’ is bought!

You could spice things up a little bit and play with your favourite bottle of wine and nibbles – YUM! If this sounds appealing to you but you don’t have board games lying around the house, be sure to make a speedy click & collect from WHSmith before the special day!

Don’t forget a delicious bottle of plonk from Tesco, or extra ingredients to create your own at-home cocktails! Plus, for the traditionalists a cute V-day card from WHSmith too.

We also want to give you a little challenge – if you find yourself playing a game of charades, be sure to throw these doozy action movie titles at your partner! We’d suggest making a wager, because you’ll definitely win.

Try these:

  • Die Hard
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Terminator
  • Taken
  • Mission Impossible

So, as we enter the month of love, it only seemed fitting that we created a Style article bursting with ideas on how to spend our first Valentine’s forever, in doors only! Lockdown or not, we know that you’ll create a special day for you and your loved one – especially with all the extra ‘essentials’ you’ll buy from the centre! We hope to see you soon and remember to always #ShopSafe when you’re at Chesterfield Pavements.

5
Jan

Let’s Talk: January Fun!

Despite the pandemic keeping us indoors up until mid-February, let’s make it as good as we can and see the positives when it comes to having more free time (again) with the people you love the most! We still have a great feeling about 2021 and look forward to some fun times ahead!

This Style article will provide inspiration from ‘how to keep the kiddies entertained’, ‘making homework time fun’, to weekend activities that will help you unwind from ‘Parent mode’ to ‘Pina Colada Monday Fundays’… *wink wink*

5,4,3,2, FUN!

Wondering how to keep the kiddies entertained now that home schooling has started, and their clubs are cancelled? Maths, Football, literacy, and gymnastics – you name it, you’ll have to do it from home! So, why not create a fun space to learn in addition to their very own club where they can still have that ‘release’ from a long day of working at home with mum or dad.

Home Schooling ROCKS: Wondering how you’re going to get through the day? Well, the trick is routine! Be sure to have your breakfast together and prep your children for the day ahead. Maths in the morning, small snack breaks, lunch, and free time in the afternoon to revise or for ‘quiet time’ like reading or writing a creative story… Plus, use ALL the resources that the school are willing to give you. Whether it’s as simple as a colouring sheet, mock test papers to increase their skills or online sites that they can work through daily.

Making it fun doesn’t have to be a chore either, the more they realise they can learn ANYWHERE, the more they’re going to want to, especially if you’re giving them praise along the way. If you’ve noticed that they’ve scored high on a spelling quiz or similar, you can treat them to something small. Maybe a favourite takeaway or small ‘prize’ when you pop out for the essentials? We think they’ll love it.

Football Club: Set up a goal outside (or indoors if you’re brave enough) and get a soft ball that they can kick about and practice their goals. You could cheer them on from the side or even play 1-on-1 to test their skills! Need snacks and carton juice boxes to keep the energy levels up? Pick up what you need from Tesco.

Prima Ballerinas: Wherever there’s room, get their ballet shoes on and start to perfect their plié. Set them a goal where they come up with a 10-step routine that they can perform to the family before dinner time. *In case ballet blisters occur, prepare with plasters from Boots on your next visit to the centre.

Stretch it Out: Get flexible with your kids and do a stretching routine before they show off some of their gymnastic moves! Be sure to lay out pillows so they don’t bump or bruise themselves on any hard surfaces.

Get Arty: Get the paints, glitter, and coloured paper at the ready! Your children can get creative & paint a modern family portrait. Grab bits & bobs from Poundland or WHSmith at the centre as they’re still open for the essentials.

Get your Groove On: Let them have some fun with what you can find in the house. We’re talking, making music with pots & pans, or dusting off the family recorder… Obviously, this isn’t for the faint hearted, but they could come up with their own January jingle and play it back to you & the family. You could also grab dinner from Tesco to enjoy after the big show… YUM!

Indoor Camp-Out: This will have everyone super excited – sleeping bags, yummy snacks, and movies galore. If, as a family you fancy grabbing a few new treats to try, be sure to grab something sweet (or savoury) from Greggs & Pound Bakery which is currently click & collect only. (We would love a yum-yum right about now or a traditional sausage roll!)

Parenting Mode: Off

A spa day for you and your partner sounds nice, right? (Or it could be just for you). Grab essentials like facemasks, bubble bath, bath bombs and more from shops like Boots & Poundland. You could even browse Bodycare once the store opens up again.

Unfortunately, not all our stores are open right now, but if you’re waiting for the centre to re-open fully, you could write a list of everything you’ll need for your ‘at home spa day’ and grab it with ease after Lockdown 3.0 is lifted.

Need more inspiration? We got you! For those 18+, pick a day most suitable and enjoy a cocktail making experience at home. You could easily grab ingredients & probably even a new mixer from Tesco… Plus, if you feel like getting extra fancy, you could pick up new homeware from Poundland or Tesco too.

We have a popular #January cocktail at your service: (Yes, we know – we’ve thought of everything)

Fresh fruit cocktails don’t have to retreat during winter. Liven up your go-to Negroni with tangy grapefruit segments and grapefruit peel swirled inside the glass.

You’ll need:

  • Long, wide slice of grapefruit peel
  • 2 peeled ruby red grapefruit segments (or 1-ounce fresh ruby red grapefruit juice)
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1-ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/2-ounce Campari

This tipple will switch ‘parent mode’ off and ‘fun time while the kids are tucked away in bed’ swiftly on! You can thank us later.

Enjoying Time as a Family: January Edition

Been a long week of family meals, zoom meetings and helping with your child’s homework? Enjoy some down time as a family and bring the ‘mad hatter’s’ tea party to your home. Make the dining table or kitchen space whimsical by creating a scrummy tea party where you can all wear wacky hats and crazy clothes! This can all be finished up with your favourite finger sandwiches, tea, cool glasses of milk and mini cupcakes. Does this not sound like the perfect way to enjoy January 2021? It does to us.

While preparing the final touches, let the kids have some fun and help you lay the fruit on the table and get the paper cups at the ready – we know they’ll love feeling involved. Whether its new tableware, paper plates, food and any extra bits – be sure to pick up the essentials you may need from Poundland or Tesco. You could even get dressed up as a family – theme could be: Cosy Jumpers/Outfit Coordinates for the WIN! You can grab something for the whole family from Sports Direct once the centre fully re-opens.

We’re hoping our ideas will inspire you to kick the January blues right in the kahunas! Like we said before, even though some shops are currently closed, be sure to make the most of the time you have at home with loved ones & making some of the ideas above a reality. We’re hoping for a healthy & positive 2021 and we can’t wait to see you at the centre again soon. #ShopSafe #InThisTogethe

10
Jul

Food Glorious Food!

Start your day with your favourite cuppa!

What’s your go to hot treat?  A flat white? Cappuccino? Hot chocolate? Or even a milkshake, it is summer after all!

Popping to your local shopping centre gives you the perfect chance to grab your favourite cuppa.  Why not visit Greggs for their selection of deliciously hot and ice-cold refreshing drinks and tasty snacks, a bit of a pick me up whilst shopping for your groceries?

Food for thought?

With most of us stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, our eating habits are likely to have changed. Meals out have been impossible, and we’ve all been having to create a week’s worth of interesting family dishes from home. So, here are a few new ideas to help with cooking up a treat in the kitchen.

With the arrival of summer perhaps you want to make the most of al fresco dining.  Tesco has a lovely range of new cookware and tableware, as well as all you need for the perfect picnic. We reckon that will keep your creative cooking juices flowing all summer!

Or perhaps a change of cuisine with some different recipes is what you’re after. Have a look in WHSmith for a huge selection of celebrity chef cook books to inspire mouth-watering menus.

Whether you’re ready to start dining out for a taste of normality, or bursting with excitement to check out the latest summer specials, you’ll find shopping at Chesterfield Pavements is a safe and secure experience.

For all the latest retailer opening times, check out our website.

 

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

11
Dec

Fabulous festive entertaining

Hosting family and friends over the festive season can be intimidating and exhausting, but good planning can make the process smoother. There are a few steps you can follow to make the party planning process easier. We break down everything you’ll need to do in order to plan your perfect party this festive season, whether it’s a family Christmas function or a New Year’s Eve extravaganza.

PLANNING IS KEY

For little kids, there are several popular fun and interactive toys to choose from this Christmas. You can’t go wrong with Paw Patrol and this Christmas the Paw Patrol Sea Patroller Vehicle is one of this year’s must-have toys, so put it on your list along with the Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower.

No matter the event you are hosting, planning is the key to ensuring everything goes off without a hitch. These are the basic points to keep in mind:

  • The theme – A theme does not have to mean costumes, but having a universal colour palette for your party will help to create the perfect party atmosphere.
  • Who are you inviting? – If children will be coming, you need to accommodate for their tastes and entertainment. Have child appropriate movies on hand and maybe a separate table for the children to eat at.
  • The menu – Are you organising a sit-down meal or will it be canapes and finger foods? And don’t forget to include vegetarian and vegan options for those who don’t eat meat.
  • Buy everything in advance – If the food and décor you are planning to have can be bought ahead of time, this will ensure you don’t struggle to find what you need in a last-minute dash to the shops.

While everything you have to achieve could be overwhelming, creating a check list is a great way to keep on top of it all, and you will also enjoy a sense of accomplishment when you check things off the list.

GO FOR GOLD WITH DÉCOR

The colour of the season is gold, adding elegance and sparkle to your Christmas. There are great offers on Christmas décor, from baubles for the Christmas tree and garlands to adorn the house, to tableware and napkins. Pick a theme and let it run through all your décor to create maximum impact and wow your guests.


Home 100 piece Christmas decorations pack in gold £8.99 at Argos
12 pack of shaped baubles £2.00 at Poundworld
36 pack of mixed gold baubles £5.00 at Adsa
Rustic glow Christmas beadchain in gold (4m) £0.80 at Wilko
Gold glitter sparkly star Christmas tree topper £8.00 at Tesco

And don’t just keep the decorations for the tree. There are gorgeous lights and garlands on offer that will add extra pizazz to your festive decorating so your party will sparkle with style.


3D light up static reindeer £59.99 at Argos
Jute sack £3.00 at Poundworld
4 pack of glitter Christmas tree tealights £4.00 at Asda
Pre-lit snowy garland with cones and berries £16.99 at B&M
Nordic Country Christmas musical wooden village (battery operated) £12.00 at Wilko

A FEAST FOR THE EYES

When it comes to decorating your table, you don’t want to go overboard so people can’t see each other, and your food gets lost in the decorations. Keep it simple and elegant, with small decorations that will add festive spirit to your table without overshadowing the food, which should be the real star of your Christmas table.


Reindeer table decoration £4.00 at Poundworld
Glitter Noel table decoration £8.00 at Asda
Christmas metallic jacquard table runner – gold snowflakes on cream £4.99 at B&M
Cut out charger plates (4 pack) in gold £4.99 at B&M

And when dressing your table, don’t forget the Christmas crackers. There is a broad selection on offer in a range of stores, so you’ll certainly find beautiful festive Christmas crackers to match your colour scheme and your budget.


Christmas gold family crackers (12 pack) £4.00 at Sainsbury’s
Luxury gift crackers in gold (10 pack) £4.99 at B&M
Gold confetti spot dinner party Christmas crackers (12 pack) £10.00 at Tesco
George Home gold luxury crackers (6 pack) £8.00 at Asda

Another item not to forget when layout out your table and the food is napkins. There are different festive designs on offer, or go for something simple in plain colour to match your décor.


Christmas tree napkins (25 pack) £1.49 at Poundstretcher
Joyful snowman napkins (16 pack) £1.29 at Card Factory
Holly Christmas scalloped 33cm napkin (20 pack) £1.75 at Tesco

DON’T FORGET THE CHRISTMAS TREATS

And what Christmas or New Year’s Eve party would be complete without enduring seasonal favourites like mince pies, or toasting in the New Year with a glass of Prosecco?


Asda Extra Special 6 luxury all-butter mince pies £1.85 at Asda
Tesco Finest mince pies (6 pack) £2.00 at Tesco
Sainsbury’s deep filled mince pies (6 pack) £1.00 at Sainsbury’s


Prosecco Extra Dry £6.00 at Asda
Plaza Centro Prosecco £7.00 at Tesco
Sainsbury’s Conegliano Prosecco, Taste the Difference £7.50 at Sainsbury’s

12
Apr

Egg-cellent Easter eats

Easter Sunday, 16 April is almost here, and it’s time to get ready to feast on your Easter treats. Tis the season of the chocolate egg and this year you’ll find Easter eggs of every variety, including gluten free, nut free, dairy free, sugar free and guilt free – well almost. They’ve been on the shelves in supermarkets and cut-price stores, health food shops and department stores since after Christmas but now is the time to buy.

If you’re a serious bargain hunter and looking to reap in extra savings then you’re in luck, because Easter is just as competitive at Christmas for retailers and there are may offers just waiting to be snapped up. Make sure you’re a smart shopper and look out for price reductions this week and after Easter, plus a host of multi-buy offers in-store.

 

BARGAINS ON BRANDED

If you’re looking for deals on high-end branded Easter eggs check your local discount stores first. Poundworld, Poundland and Poundstretcher are not to be missed but also think about places like Wilko and Home Bargains. You are more than likely to find luxury eggs here at a fraction of the price than you would in some other shops.

 

LUXURY FOR LESS

For the most luxurious of Easter eggs you needn’t spend a lot and no longer do you only have the choice from leading chocolatier brands. Companies such as Iceland, Aldi and Tesco are producing their own, and even winning awards for it. This Iceland Luxury Chocolate Eggs in Honeycomb & Caramel is a snip at £4 and endorsed by the Good Housekeeping Institute, Aldi’s Exquisite Easter Egg shimmers gold and is only £7.99 and Tesco Finest* Belgian Dark Chocolate and Butterscotch Egg is a mouthwatering £7.00.

Images: Iceland, Aldi, Tesco

 

FREE FROM?

Don’t miss out on scoffing an Easter egg due to dietary restraints. Whether you’re looking for an egg free from dairy, wheat, gluten or sugar, you will find it. What’s more it will not only look as good as a traditional chocolate Easter egg it will taste as good too. It’s not just health food shops like Holland & Barrett that are providing this range, most major supermarkets are also jumping on the free from bandwagon, offering alternative options as part of the full Easter egg ranges. Holland & Barrett have a No Added Sugar Easter Egg at £3.99, whilst Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury have selected own brand ‘free from’ eggs priced from £2.50 as well as stocking brands such as Choices and Moo.

Images: Holland & Barrett, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury

 

MULTIBUY MORE

Make use of the multibuy offers in supermarkets and stock up on chocolate Easter eggs for the whole family. Just make sure you don’t scoff the lot yourself!

Asda has branded Easter eggs in 3 for £10 deal. The offer includes favourites by Cadburys’ and Thorntons, and novelty offerings such as giant Kinder Eggs, Peppa Pig and DC Comics eggs.

Image: Asda

Tesco has a range of Easter egg deals including two for £6 on selected branded eggs, which features Nestle’s popular Kit Kat and Aero ones alongside Cadbury’s classic Creme Egg and Mini Eggs. There is also 2 for £10 on large Easter eggs and 3 for £10 deals on medium size eggs.

Image: Tesco

You can currently get two for £5.00 on large Easter eggs at Iceland. This deal includes a wide range of popular brands from Quality Street to Galaxy and Celebrations.

Image: Iceland

Sainsbury has reductions on £1 and £2 on luxury Easter eggs from Thorntons, Green & Black, Lindt and their Taste The Difference range. Their own brand range of medium sized Easter eggs are only £1 and due to be reduced just before Easter.

Image: Sainsbury

Poundland and Poundworld do exactly what they say. You’ll find Easter eggs from Cadbury, Nestle and more, including M&M’s, Smarties and novelty character eggs, all for just £1.

Image: Poundland

Lastly, chocolatier Thorntons has some amazing deals on luxury smooth chocolate this Easter, with 5 for £15 on small eggs and 5 for £20 on large eggs. Delicious.

Image: Thorntons