Lifestyle

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

18
Dec

Celebrating the New Year at Home & How to Have a Positive Start to 2021!

Can you believe that New Year is only a stone’s throw away? We can’t either! We get that COVID-19 has stopped us having the Spring, Summer and Winter we all wanted, but we are determined to bring in 2021 with positive vibes only! We want to give you a bunch of cool ideas on how to spend New Year’s at home (whether you’re with family or flat mates), and how to have a bright start to 2021.

Ready to get inspired? Keep reading…

Host a Fancy Smancy Dinner

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Whether you’re with the littluns’ or you’re spending the countdown to New Year’s with the best friends you live with, host a fancy dinner… ‘cos why the hell not?! You deserve mini canapés; a three course slap up meal and flowing wine!

You can create a menu together, where everyone has a course they LOVE. Doesn’t that sound like great fun?! You can pick up any foodie bits you need from Tesco’s, plus a cheeky takeaway from Pound Bakery or Greggs! Don’t forget dinner party tableware or accessories from Poundland!

We suggest those fun toothpicks with the umbrellas, party poppers and chic grazing platters for those delicious mini bites.

Countdown Party Bags

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Who would say no to a party bag? We know even adults wouldn’t be able to resist… Create a countdown bag that you can open up one hour before the clock strikes 12!

These bags can be used with family, kids, friends or even just for you and your partner – the possibilities are endless…

Simply buy some paper bags from Poundland along with arts & crafts, so you can let the kids (or yourselves) get creative by making these bags look fun & colourful! Then, you can pop in some of yours and their favourite bits. This could be chocolates & drawing pads (from WHSmith) for the kids, or a small bottle of prosecco for your spouse… You can treat these like belated stocking fillers (yay, more presents!!).

You can buy plenty of special pieces from the centre… whether it’s a sweet fragrance from The Fragrance Shop (currently click & collect only), accessories from Boots or even gadget pieces from TopGifts!

Karaoke & Quizzes

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Who doesn’t love singing their fave songs at the top of their lungs or becoming the new quiz master of the household?

Fancy getting a little dressed up while you’re blaring out tunes? Pop to Poundland for unique New Year’s accessories as well as your local dress-up shop! We think the kids will ADORE having extra fun with costumes for 2020 New Year’s.

Or prepare for the quiz of all quizzes. You could grab pens, paper and even a ‘winning prize’ from Tesco!

Prepping for a Positive 2021…

Seeing as 2020 dealt us a bad hand, we want to give you a few tips on how to keep your spirit up in the New Year.

  1. Live Each Day to the Fullest: We all thought that 2020 ‘was our year’ but knowing how drastically the world can change in a matter of weeks, should remind us to take each day as it comes and to think more about what we want to do. So, walk briskly into 2021 with a little more spontaneity under your belt and say YES to things you may not have previously. You never know what a simple ‘yes’ could bring you…

Feeling spontaneous right now and feel like you deserve an end of December treat? Pop to Sports Direct once they re-open and grab yourself a cosy clothing set or a new pair of kicks!

Everybody at Chesterfield Pavements think that it’d be great to keep positive affirmations on a board or diary… Then, each day you can find a positive quote that puts your mindset back in the right place! If you’re in need of notepads, scrap books, pens and more, head to WHSmith where there’s tonnes to choose from.

  1. Set Goals: This could be anything from baking once a week, heading to the gym and smashing your 10K steps goal or simply reading a new book each week – the world is literally your oyster… A new hobby could really put your mind in a positive space, making you feel busy and appreciated! (We always feel so appreciated when a new recipe works out and people are thanking you for satisfying their sweet tooth…).

Head to your local gym and sign up now. Or pop to Tesco for essential baking bits & WHSmith for a new page turner.

  1. Create a Safe Space for Family & Friends: We now know how important it is for us to speak out when we’re feeling a bit blue. Keeping positive for the New Year means that you should have a ‘safe space’ to talk to friends and family and vice versa. Knowing that you can call someone once a week to check in to see how you both are is an important part of keeping positivity up and negativity buried away! Grab a new diary from the centre and pencil in your loved ones each week, so you don’t forget to check up on one another.

Positive Quotes We <3

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” – Les Brown

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Melton Berle

Now that we’ve given you tips & tricks on how to enjoy a New Year’s bash at home, and a how-to on prepping for a peppy 2021, the power is in your hands! Be sure to pop to the centre to grab the essentials you need while getting organised for the 1st January and beyond… Chesterfield Pavements Shopping Centre is wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.

21
Jul

It’s All About Staycations!

Many of us have sadly had to cancel our summer holidays, as a result of the worldwide pandemic.  If you’re currently reconsidering your July and August plans, how about a day trip to some of the UK’s beauty spots? Or for at-home relaxation, here’s our guide on how to re-create the holiday atmosphere at home this summer.

Are you Summer ready?

Whilst the run up to a holiday is usually filled with excitement, panic summer clothes buying and a quick dash to get pampered at the beauty parlour, you can still create those same endorphins but without the stress!

Not managed to get a slot at the beauty salon yet?  No worries, for all your summer beauty essentials head to Boots and grab yourself a DIY home manicure and pedicure kit. And don’t forget the all-important sun screen for when the sun (eventually) comes out!

Fun in The Sun!

With home schooling finally finished for the summer, how can you keep the kids entertained? Why not create your very own holiday kids’ club in your own back garden?

Creating your own garden getaway is easy, with an inflatable swimming pool, garden accessories including some new garden games and fairy lights! Or you could turn your back garden into a sports playground, with a host of sports accessories from Sports Direct.  And should the British weather fail us, Poundland will have all your essentials for an arts and crafts home workshop indoors.

Whet your appetite!

If you’re missing that ‘brimming-with-food’ buffet and want to break free from the kitchen, it’s time to put a holiday spin on your cuisine. Choose a different take away each night, design your own summer menu with a new cookbook from WHSmith, or perhaps your palate fancies a beach picnic or BBQ? With themed tableware and a wide range of accessories to compliment your feast, you’ll find some great ideas from Tesco.

So, you CAN make the most of holidaying at home. Whether it’s a picnic party or a playground in your own glorious garden.  You’ll find all your staycation essentials at Chesterfield Pavements.

For all the latest openings, check out the website and stay in touch!

21
May

Take time out to relax during lockdown

As lockdown enters week 9 (we think?) are you finding this enforced time together relaxing or tiring? According to recent You Gov figures, 87% of us think we are coping pretty well, although 25% felt it was putting a strain on their relationship.  So, if you’re looking for new ways to find a little me-time away from it all, look no further.

Just chill

Even though we are confined to a much smaller space than we are used to, it is possible to create a special place in the house or garden to just chill. Treat yourself to a comfy chair, some colourful new cushions and the perfect footstool, and then splash out on some new books and your favourite music from WHSmith. It’s all about recognising the need to walk away from work/family/the phone and taking a little time out before moving onto the next task.

Find a new relaxation routine

Many of us have found time to add one hour of permitted exercise into our lives. Whether it’s a gentle walk around the block, a vigorous jog or a speedy bike ride, it’s all good news for our mental health.  Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, and stimulates endorphins in the brain that act as natural painkillers and mood enhancers. So now the one hour restriction has been lifted, you have all day to watch some inspiration from Sports Direct before you get going.

Pamper yourself

Online sales of toiletries have increased, showing that with non-essential stores closed, many of us have rushed to order that special moisturiser, bubble bath or face pack. Good to see that taking care of our skin and looking good is still high on the agenda. Check out the luxury body and bath range from Boots and the latest health and beauty range from Poundland.

Learn to paint

From getting DIY tasks done around the house, or sorting out the garden, thanks to Poundland, to enjoying the challenge of painting by numbers, we seem to have been getting creative. And with offers on kids art and crafts supplies from Tesco and great deals on stationery essentials from WHSmiths it’s no surprise that local Derbyshire schoolchildren have been hitting the paint pots to create rainbow hands to say thank you to keyworkers in a display at Tower View School. Plenty of evidence that the nation’s artistic skills are on the rise. The perfect way to relax the brain after a busy day.

This picture was featured on Derbyshire Live. The rainbow of hands created by children of Tower View Primary School, in Winshill (Image: Tower View Primary School)

We hope to see you at Chesterfield Pavements Shopping Centre again soon, but in the meantime, please stay safe, keep healthy and stay in touch!

 

20
Apr

Stay healthy at home

While gyms up and down the country are definitely missing their members, plenty of us are getting fit at home with a #StayInWorkOut.  You can work up a sweat just ordering your gym equipment online. And once you’re all set up, never fear, online workouts are here!

Set up your home gym from Tesco.

Pick up an activity tracker in Boots.

Your wellbeing comes first

From sustainable living, to vitamins, to stress relief and help with sleeping, Boots have a host of products to browse in their online wellness section.

It may be tempting not to dress up while staying at home, but putting on your usual make-up can contribute to your wellbeing. Have a browse around Boots’ make up range for some inspiration.

Time to get into mindfulness

There has never been a better time to get your head around mindfulness. Different activities work for different people. Some might find yoga relaxing, others painting or colouring in. There is no hard and fast rule, just so long as you take some time out to distract your mind from any day to day worries and anxiety that might create stress.

Here are just a few suggestions – have a go and share the results with us on our social media pages!

Easter activities from WHSmiths.

Crafting ideas from Poundland.

Bathing essentials from Boots.

Lose yourself in a whole range of mIndfulness books from WHSmiths.

We hope to see you back at Chesterfield Pavements again soon, but in the meantime, please stay safe, keep healthy and stay in touch!

30
Jan

Tips on working out when you’re a parent

New year, new resolutions. We may be at the end of the month, but, we know how hard it can be to get back into it exercise after Christmas. And that’s why we’ve left it later in the month… you know, to give you that second burst of motivation. In case, if like us, you missed the memo first time around.

If you’re a busy parent, it can be doubly hard to get into that exercise mindset. After all, let’s be honest, feeding kids, doing the school runs and then bedtimes are workouts in themselves. But, that’s where we’re on hand to help… ready, steady, PUMP IT UP.

Join the gym

Ok, ok, we know, there’s no time… but just hear us out. Did you know? People who join the gym are 65% more likely to be motivated. And there’s great news, with many gyms now open 24 hours. It means, if you’re up to it, you can do a super early workout, before tackling the kids. Yes, that alarm won’t sound great at 5am the first few times, but once you begin to see the results and feel more energetic, you’ll be bouncing out of bed…

Slowly does it

If you have a teeny tiny one, then you’ll probably just be glad you’ve conquered the hair washing rather than the deadlift. However, there’s never a better time to start than the present. New mum? Practice strengthening those pelvic floor muscles while you’re prepping their dinner, or, make an extra trip up the stairs every day. It’s all a step (?) in the right direction.

Walk into it

Got a small one in tow and no-one to watch them while you go to the gym, then walk before you run. Grab your mini-me, strap them in their buggy and clear the cobwebs away with a stroll. Start slowly to begin with, then as you become more confident, walk briskly. Heck, after a few months, you could maybe even break into a jog. Great for your fitness and for getting baby and toddlers out and about.

Get Appy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ll know there’s lots of apps that are made to get you moving, both at the gym and at home. Download a few on a trial, grab that yoga mat, kettlebells and weights and get watching! Go on, give it a try. And, if you do have a baby, consider a carrier to use them as a weight. Great for squats!  Not an app fan? You can’t go wrong with a good old-fashioned DVD.  But be warned, you may end up shouting at the TV when the going gets tough. Ahem.

The advice bit…

Always make sure you wear a good pair of trainers, even if you’re working out at home. And the same goes for gym kit. Think non-sweat vests and leggings or shorts for ultimately breathability. They make a huge difference! Honest.

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Sports Direct:

Nike Swoosh Women’s Medium-Support Sports Bra – £19.99

 

Sports Direct:

Puma DryCELL Tension T Shirt – £20.00

 

Sports Direct:

Karrimor Tempo Ladies Running Shoes – £18.00

 

WHSmith

Home Gym Workout – £8.99