Lifestyle

10
Jun

Trust Us, Your Local Shopping Centre.

Being your local shopping centre, we think it’s important that all our loyal customers trust and feel safe when visiting the centre for a little R&R.

We understand that restrictions are easing and there is (fingers crossed) more to come with how we can celebrate special events or milestone occasions with our nearest and dearest. However, we’d like shoppers to remember that your safety is our priority…

Want to know what we’re doing to ensure optimum protection? Keep reading.

Walk This Way…

When you come to visit us at Chesterfield Pavements, you’ll notice new signs in the shops and around the centre, like the new restrictions on how to use our lifts and escalators. Plus, there are extra safety measures in place so you’re able to keep a 2-metre distance when ordering your favourite drink or pastry from Peacocks Café or Greggs for example. #ShopSafe

Sanitise, Sanitise!

In every store, from Card Factory to ShoeZone or The Fragrance Shop, you’ll find a bottle of sanitiser that you’ll be able to use before browsing through the aisles.

By keeping your hands clean with antibacterial gel, or even by popping t the centre’s toilets and giving them a quick wash, means that you’ll be killing pesky germs and protecting yourself and others from catching anything nasty. You know the drill!

Although, if you’d rather purchase your own little bottle to keep in your bag or pocket, pop to Boots or Tesco to pick one up.

Face Masks Are a Must…

We think that facemasks will stick around for the foreseeable… Even if the government says that all is ‘back to normal’, we think many individuals will keep facemasks a part of their capsule wardrobe. And of course, if you’re exempt from wearing a facemask, we understand.

So, if you’re part of the ‘Masks to Remain’ crowd, then be sure to stock up on a few more to get you through the rest of the year. If you didn’t know, you can actually buy facemasks to match your little one from Poundland, fun styles from WHSmith and even sporty ones from Sports Direct. #FacemaskForEveryDay

Book or be Booted!

We’re only kidding, you probably won’t be booted away if you haven’t secured a booking for a local restaurant or cinema trip. BUT it is best to book if you can do. For example, we’d suggest making a booking to get a spot at Market Fish & Chips – just so you don’t miss out on a time that works best for you! 😊

It also ensures that store managers know how many people to expect for the day and can process the required safety measures, as necessary.

We hope that this Style article has reassured you of the centre’s safety, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. #TimeToShop #SafetyFirst

6
Jun

Staycations Vs Vacations!

We’ve seen April 12th roll by, then May 17th came around quicker than we could say ‘dining indoors, and now June is on our doorsteps and we’re awaiting the news from good ol’ Boris come the 21st.

But we’ve noticed a lot of chatter around staying home for the summer holidays (again), or whether individuals will brave the current climate and hop on a plane to somewhere sunnier… Are you in two minds? Same here!

As your local shopping centre, we’re here to inspire readers with whatever decision they make. We’ll be going through activities you can enjoy during June and beyond if you’re not jetting off – plus, ideas on what to prepare if you are planning on having some fun in the sun.

Staying in the UK?

If you’ve opted to stay in the country this summer, there’s still plenty for you and your kiddies to enjoy! All the activities highlighted in the link here are ones hosted in our beloved Chesterfield.

The link above offers a super simple guide to what’s on for children and families over the next few months. From painting pots activities to sports centres and aqua park, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and we know the kids will LOVE spending time with their parents and besties alike.

We particularly like the idea of a day of petting our favourite animals at Matlock Farm Park, finished with a fun evening at Chesterfield bowl! Be sure to scroll through the entire list, there’s so much on offer! #TimeToHaveFun

If we’ve tempted you to stay in the UK for your summer hols, click the link to find out more and book your trips out today! Don’t forget to grab cosy clothes and even comfier shoes to complete these activities from Sports Direct and ShoeZone. Remember, it’s best to be prepared!

And not just this, we think it’s a fabulous idea to pop to Tesco and Poundland to grab fun activities that you can set up to do at home. From water slides to paddling pools and mini-inflatable bouncy castles, the kids will feel like they’re on holiday either way – as long as the UK weather holds up!

Treats at the Centre!

Look, everyone LOVES going on holiday, but the pandemic has put a couple of bumps in the road to say the least!).

So, if you want to save a few pennies, or don’t feel 100% to travel abroad yet, then there’s still LOADS of fun things to do when you next visit the centre. Here are just a few:

  • Enjoy with friends, or family to an evening at the flicks. Be sure to choose a good movie to watch and grab those essential snacks from Tesco or healthier bits from GrapeTree.
  • Enjoy takeaway treats from one of our many cafes. Whether pastries from Pound Bakery, homely comforts from Peacocks Café or sweet treats from Greggs. (Our favourites are their Yum Yums!). A sugary pit-stop, once you’ve finished shopping at the centre, is just what’s needed for a fun evening ahead.
  • For the kiddies, we’ve got activities and toys galore. WHSmith and Poundland have plenty of offers on at the mo, so you’ll be able to find something to take home for them to enjoy!

‘Seas the Day’

If you and your loved ones are going to ‘seize the day’ by swanning off on your holi-bobs, then we’re here to inspire you with all the essentials you’ll need to pack.

Suitcase essentials MUST include:
– The right clothing, from undies to tank tops! We’d recommend popping to Sports Direct and Tesco.
– The toiletries. Get your toothbrush, moisturisers, and makeup at the ready. Here is where you can grab the goods: Has to be Boots for us.
– SUN CREAM. Grab a bottle (or three) from Bodycare or Boots.
– Mini first aid kit, you know, just in case! We’d recommend getting stocked up on allergy medicines from Tesco too.
– And lastly, all your electronics, from chargers to protective cases. We think Top Gift is your best bet. 😊

It’s time for you to tick everything off of your list! *high five*

Now we’ll await for more information on the 21st June and whether or not more holidays abroad become a popular theme for 2021. Whatever you plan on doing this Summer, we hope we’ve helped inspire you! Remember to #ShopSafe when visiting the centre – we look forward to seeing you soon.

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!

1
Mar

Let’s Inspire and be Inspired!

The month of March has tonnes of special occasions to celebrate… from Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day to Teen Wellness Day and so much more. But we would LOVE to focus on International Women’s Day, especially because this is celebrated worldwide, and why shouldn’t we rave about the inspirational women that have paved the way for us all?!

Feeling inspired? Read on…

The 411 on International Women’s Day

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Celebrated on March 8th, International Women’s Day is a global day, honouring the social, cultural, economic, and political achievements of women everywhere. This time also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality! #WomenRule

Over the last century, the role and rights of women have changed beyond recognition. But one thing that has stayed constant is the number of wonderful women (and present role models) that exist all over the world. We have a mini list of inspirational women and what they’re best known for that you can scroll through below… We’re sure they’ll give you a personal push to pursue your own ambitions too.

  • Josephine Baker was an American triple-threat who found fame away from racial prejudice in France but returned to her homeland to fight racism with the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People. Baker lived life on her own terms – from scandalous burlesque shows to her views on racial inequality, she knew her own mind.
  • Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and the founder of the Lean in Foundation, a non-profit organisation offering women constant inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals. She’s taught us to be fearless, as she puts it; ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’.
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. Throughout her career, she was a leading voice for gender equality, women’s interests, and civil rights and liberties. And we are totally down for that!

Feeling motivated to succeed?! Whether you want to prosper in the workplace or your personal life, you can get organised by heading to the centre and picking up the essentials. Notepads, highlighters, new weekly organiser or even a whiteboard to keep track of those super important projects! We’d recommend popping to WHSmith or Poundland we just love their themed notepads and pen sets.

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

Quotes to Empower You!

Now, we don’t want to bombard you with quotes that normally flood your Facebook and Instagram pages, so we thought we’d share the two that spoke to us instantly!

”Where there is a woman, there is magic” – Ntozake Shange

‘’Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness’’ – Oprah Winfrey

There’s been bushels of women (and men of course) throughout the years that have given us the strength to push through barriers and accomplish our goals.

Has someone inspired you recently? Why don’t you let them know and share the love! You could even go the extra mile and grab them a little pressie to say, ‘thanks for being so amazing’*. Pick up a sweet box of choccy’s from Tesco or a few of their favourite bubble bath bits from Boots. *Be sure to drop it off safely to their home seeing as we’re still in Lockdown.

Don’t forget to grab a takeaway Pound Bakery or McDonald’s or Click & Collect Greggs Coffee for a midday pick-me-up while you #ShopSafe at the centre. (Optional sweet treat too!)

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

New Beginnings, Even in March…

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Just because the ‘New Year, New You’ chaos is over and the first month of 2021 is behind us, doesn’t mean you can’t make positive changes in March or the months to follow!

Whether you’ve been encouraged by individuals, through inspiring quotes, local charity work and more, it’s never too late to do something for you.

We’ve heard that many people are into re-decorating at the moment and getting a new fengshui for their home. Or, simply treating themselves when they’ve ticked something off their list – whether it’s as small as finally getting round to washing the bath or smashing a revision sesh for a future exam.

Feel like you want to give your home a new look? Head to Poundland and Tesco for when you’re next visiting the centre for the essentials. Or, if you’d just like to pat yourself on the back, grab something you’ve had your eye on from the centre!

Not all our shops are open but, we’re counting down the days we can welcome you back to a safe, yet bustling Chesterfield Pavements. And although you may not be able to buy what you want RIGHT NOW, get your list at the ready and prepare for when the centre re-opens fully.

We’re hoping that we’ve filled your #Inspo bottle to the brim and that you can encourage others to live their best lives too, while celebrating people that inspire you each day! Chesterfield Pavements Shopping Centre is sending you lots of love and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish this year. #YouGotThis

10
Feb

Half Term Imagination

Half term is almost here, and we know parents everywhere are probably thinking ‘how are we going to keep the children occupied while there’s no homework or lessons?’. Well, Lockdown, our old friend has restricted us slightly, but despite everything, it’s made us think more creatively with ways we can have fun and spend time with loved ones.

Feel like you need some imaginative ideas on what activities you could do this half term? Keep reading our Style article…

Let’s go on a Scavenger Hunt!

Get a few of the kids’ favourite treats lined up (could be choccy coins or wrapped sweets) and create a hunt in the home, or even your garden or local park/forest if the weather permits!

To make things extra fun, you could offer a small prize to the winner, add in a few challenges or riddles to get their imagination flowing too.

A few tips to become a hiding master:

  • Hide under plant pots
  • Cover with leaves
  • Riddles to get them from one part of the house to the other – for a little inspiration, you could use the below:

I am hiding here and there
Near the tree or under your toy bear
Up and down you must look
Whether under the sofa or between toys & books.

Now that you’ve found a few
We’ll give you one last clue – look under daddy’s shoe!
Once you find the final one
You can raise your hands and scream ‘I WON!’

Need treat buckets or small prizes for the day of the hunt? You could pop to Poundland, or Boots when you’re next at the centre.

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

Quarantine Time Capsule

A bit of an understatement, but we are truly living through history right now! In years to come, when COVID-19 is discussed the way the plague is mentioned in history books, you might want a unique way to remember the smaller details of living through it all… You could have your child find items around the house that are unique to lockdown habits you’ve formed as a family and put them into a time capsule – whether it’s a book, journal or kitchen towel that you’ve overbaked banana bread with. Then set a date, 5, 10 or 15 years down the line, when you can re-open it together and reminisce.

You could bury it in the garden or even keep it in the loft – it’s totally up to you!

Keep it Crafty!

Arts and crafts can never go a miss – it’s probably the messiest pass-time possible, but the children will love engaging their creative ideas through drawing, glitter sprinkling and even painting (if you allow it!).

You could get them to draw their best friends playing in the park or a new family portrait that you can hang proudly on the fridge!

Need the basics to get the day started? You could pick bits up from Tesco or WHSmith. Plus, a few drawing pads, stickers (and more) from Poundland would be handy when you’re next picking up the essentials from the centre.

Walk in the Woods!

Seeing as you have a little time off as a family, why not make the most of your local surroundings and take a walk through the woods. Even if it’s super chilly out, wrap up warm and let the kids count the falling leaves – whoever gets to 100 first is the winner!

Don’t forget to take snacks on your walk, we know how ‘hangry’ the littluns’ can get, right? We think a few of their favourite sandwiches, crisps and fruity flapjacks would be great. If you want to get prepared for your walk, be sure to buy sandwich bags or mini food boxes from Poundland or Tesco.

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

Board Game Bonanza

That’s right, get Monopoly, Cluedo, Operation and Snakes & Ladders out of the loft and splayed out on the dining table… It’s time to get your #BoardGame faces on!

The kids’ will need their thinking caps on for Monopoly and Cluedo, whereas Operation and Snakes & Ladders will have the house full of laughter from noon to night.

Be sure to have yummy snacks and drinks to hand… grab a few homely comforts from Pound Bakery or pick up a click & collect from Greggs when you’re passing through. We know the kids will love chomping on a glazed Yum-Yum after a few tense gaming rounds.

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

Now that we’ve given you a few ideas, we hope you’ll put them to good use once half term begins. The most important thing to remember is to #ShopSafe if you’re visiting the centre and to ensure you have a great time while you’re home with family. We hope to see you at Chesterfield Pavements soon. #LotsOfLove

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.

18
Jan

Health, Happiness & Mindfulness for 2021!

Let’s not get stuck in a rut! Whether we’re in lockdown or free to do as we please, we need to remember that self-preservation is super important. Not to mention exciting ideas on how to keep the whole family entertained through good books, home workouts, meditation, and TV programmes to binge…

Need inspiration to get you through January and beyond? Keep reading…

This is our Top 5 Books for Kids to Read

Seeing as many kids are being home schooled, regular reading could be slotted into their daily routine easily. Even if it means them reading a few pages or chapter in the morning, during lunchtime breaks or before bed with mum or dad.

The Centre have created a list of top 5 books to get kids interested, with a variety of subjects from kindness, love and dreaming big.

  • Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hishe: A heartfelt reminder to always treat others with kindness.
  • A Little Book About 123’ by Leo Lionni: A new board book for babies & toddlers alike. They’ll get children to love counting along with the adorable little mice features in the read.
  • Just Like Me by Vanessa Newton: A collection of mini stories that celebrate different girls from all sorts of backgrounds with various goals – girls who feel powerful, who give back to other and who love. They share their thoughts & dreams throughout.
  • The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder: Cuteness overload coming your way! A little turtle, born without a shell, so his parents gave him a cardboard box instead – just so he felt the same.
    Terrance the turtle learns lessons in loving yourself, embracing weirdness and forming friendships.
  • Grandma’s Garden by Hillary & Chelsea Clinton: Grandma Dorothy passes on her love of nature to her granddaughter. An uplifting story of their time together, celebrating a unique bond that forms across generations when sharing things, we love.

Need new books to keep the kiddies entertained? Grab them from the centre when you’re next picking up the essentials – we’d recommend a trip to Poundland or WHSmith. Chesterfield Library is also open and operating a Click & Collect system, so you can pick up everything from fun to educational.

PS: If you’re struggling to get your children to pick up a book, you could always try the following educational sites for your kids to read through and review instead!

BBC Bitezise | Planet Science | I Study | Education Quizzes | Languages Online & Flash Maths

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

Home Workout for the Win

Let’s get moving! Home workouts burst onto the scene during the first Lockdown and ever since have become a part of most people’s daily routine.

Whether you want to get fit while furloughed or enjoy time with your kids after a long day of home schooling, we suggest looking into the below coaches:

Be inspired by Joe Wicks: Great workout for parents & children alike! Don’t forget to check out his social channels so you don’t miss out on those live PE workouts.

Courtney Black: A young talent with one goal in mind – to get people healthy, happy, and confident in themselves. She provides great workouts for women and men all around the world. We particularly love the sound of her Warrior Wednesday’s – so, if you’re up for the challenge, sign up with your partner, mum or friend and kickstart your workout journey.

If you’re in need of new gym accessories like water bottles, be sure to pop to Poundland and Tesco at the centre. Don’t forget that once all stores re-open, you could grab extra gym wear from Sports Direct.

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

TV Winners: The 2021 TV Guide

Seeing as home will be our best friend for the foreseeable, you may as well enjoy a little ‘you time’ by binge watching the greats of 2021.

Top on our list is:

The Pembrokeshire Murders on Channel 4

Wanda Vision: Disney +

Conversations with Friends: BBC 3

Line of Duty: BBC 1

Landscapers: Sky Atlantic

The Serpent: BBC 1

The Pursuit of Love: BBC 1/Amazon Prime

In need of snacks (popcorn, wine & choccies)? Head to the centre and pick out a few of your favourites from Poundland, Tesco or even Pound Bakery & Greggs for a takeaway treat!

Self-Help: How to Unwind

You can’t let the pandemic get you down, so we need to make time for SELF-LOVE. We’ve got a few tips & tricks on how to unwind while you’re at home alone, with flat mates or family.

Mani Pedi Time! Pop to Boots and pick-up new nail polishes to get creative with. We’d HIGHLY recommend a cheeky facemask here or conditional hair mask there… Why not go all out and treat yourself to an evening of TLC? Men can also get involved by trialling out charcoal facemasks and new beard oils or cleansing moisturisers!

Meditation & Yoga: Find your ‘zen’ by meditating in the morning or before bed. We’ve heard that meditation (and yoga) has been a significant way to reduce stress… We’d suggest that if you’re new to the yoga scene, to pop YouTube on and start with a beginner’s class & build up your stretching strength. When you’re next at the centre picking up your essentials, you could grab a new yoga book from WHSmith for a little inspo.

Engaging with Others: It’s so significant that we talk to friends & family during these hard times. Even reaching out to those we may not know well, but who seem to be struggling just to see how they are could make an impactful difference to one’s life. Many people find that opening up about their struggles have helped them tremendously – so taking a couple minutes out of your day to ask or chat can make the world of difference.

So, be sure to check in on the ones you love from time to time. FYI, you could do this over the phone, text, social media, video calls or sending letters.

We think we’ve given you plenty of ideas when it comes to health, happiness and self-help during 2021 and beyond. And even though some shops are currently closed, be sure to make the most of your time at home, because once we’re summoned to work, there’s no going back! We’re hoping for the rest of the year to be as positive as we believe it can be, and we look forward to seeing you at the centre soon. #KindnessIsKey #PositiveVibesOnly