25
Jun

Carve out a summer of fun

Summer Is Not Cancelled!

With Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since WWII, and Glastonbury missing its 50th birthday celebrations, we’re all feeling a bit low about this summer. But never fear, we’ve put our thinking hats on and we’re here to tell you how you can recreate some of the fun and excitement at home…kind of:

Games, Set, Match

With no Wimbledon this year (sad times) you can still recreate your own slice of The Championships!  Are your whites looking a little grey? Has that racket seen better days?  No need to have a John McEnroe tantrum, you can head straight to Sports Direct to grab yourself some stylish tennis attire.  New balls please!?

Perhaps it’s not so much about the game but the experience? If you fancy a picnic in the park or garden with some juicy strawberries (cream is optional), freshly chilled Robinsons squash or a glass of Pimm’s – you can grab all the coolest picnicware and grocery supplies you need from Tesco whilst you soak up the summer sun.

And if you’re missing the game itself then we have a sneaky feeling that the BBC will be showing some classic replays to recreate that atmosphere.

Glastonbury Glory Days

Gutted about missing Glastonbury? We’re here to help ease the disappointment.  Why not set up a tent in your back garden?  We know Tesco has a full range of camping essentials, as well as Poundland. If you don’t want to brave the outdoors, just set up a sound system in your front room, to play the best music from bands who have appeared at Glastonbury over the years.

No festival is complete without the frenzy of festival fashion – to get the latest make up trends, try Boots either online or instore for your one stop festival glam shop.  We can almost guarantee it will feel like you’re at Glastonbury, and at least you won’t have to queue for the toilets!

Missing the Beautiful Game?

With no Euro Championships, you can still get involved from the comfort of your home.  Visit Sports Direct for all the latest team kits,  hang up the flag bunting (check out Tesco’s party supplies), get in the snacks and watch all the re-runs you can find on TV.

And if that gets you in the mood for a game, you can set up goal posts in the park or garden to recreate your favourite goals. How about a family Subbuteo tournament? You’ll find the latest equipment at Sports Direct and after 90 minutes you could even head into extra time and teach yourself or your kids a new European language – WHSmith has a selection of self-taught language phrase books.

Going for Gold!

Instead of an Olympic summer of sport, there’s now plenty of time to set your own Olympic challenges: obstacle races, high jumps, long jumps, races around the block, football, tennis – you name it, why not try and do one different sport every day as a family?  We recommend the following stores to get your own Olympics off to a winning start…

Whatever your summer feels or looks like, we can guarantee that Chesterfield Pavements will offer you all the latest in retail and with more shops starting to re-open we hope to see you back here soon to bag a bargain.  In the meantime, please stay safe and keep in touch!

15
Jun

Let’s Celebrate all Dads!

We understand that days like Father’s Day can be difficult for many, and this year even more so. Our sympathies are with anyone who has lost a loved one at any time.

So, come Sunday 21st June 2020 we would like to encourage a bit of a celebration of all Dads, whether they are here or have sadly passed on.

Take a trip down memory lane

With a little bit more lockdown time on our hands, perhaps a trip down memory lane would be a nice idea? How about digging out some old family photos to reminisce over zoom, or to show your kids some of their distant relations?  And if you spot a classic why not turn it into a Father’s Day gift, mounted in a frame or as a printed keepsake?

For photo gift ideas why not head to WHSmith to re-create that special family album.

Sport Mad Dad?

Maybe your Dad or Grandad has a favourite sport or hobby? As Sports Direct are currently offering 20% off all full price items until midnight on 18th June (using code SUMMER20) you can have a good look around for inspiration.  WHSmith also has the latest award-winning sport biographies, such as Tyson Fury’s  ‘Behind the Mask: My Autobiography’.

Fragrant Father’s Day

Why not treat Dad to his favourite aftershave, with 20% off from The Fragrance Shop or Boots.   You’ll come up smelling of roses!

Whatever your Dad or Grandad is deserving of this Father’s Day, Chesterfield Pavements Shopping Centre wishes you a great day of celebration, and with more shops beginning to re-open we hope to see you back here soon.  In the meantime, please stay safe, keep healthy and stay in touch!

30
Apr

VE Day 75th Anniversary celebrations at home

Sadly, most of the planned activities for this year’s VE Day 75th Anniversary have had to be postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, but we’re not going to let that stop us celebrating this special bank holiday weekend at home.

We’ve pulled together a few ideas for local families to remember, learn and reflect on the incredible sacrifice, courage, and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark and terrifying period.

Discover the history

Watch this short BBC Teach Class Clip film to find out all about VE Day and VJ Day, and the events that led to the end of the war.

Download a special VE Day poem, Unmentioned in Despatches, by Peter Wyton.

Or read up on more of the history with a selection of books from WHSmith.

Host a ‘Street Party’ at home

Of course, we can’t go out into the street this year, but we can still create a smaller scale party at home.  The English Heritage have created a useful Party Pack, complete with recipes for tasty 1940s dishes, a VE Day poster to display, invitations to send your family, lyrics to popular 1940s songs and tips for dancing the Lindy hop swing.

Tesco have a range of party plates, cups and balloons in red, white and blue.

Card Factory are still taking orders online for Union Jack balloons.

And you can buy official VE Day merchandise from the following websites:  https://www.poppyshop.org.uk/catalogsearch/result?q=VE%20Day and https://www.veday75.org/merchandise/  

Interview a neighbour or grandparent on the phone

Local radios will be sharing memories and interviews in the run up to VE day, but you can set up your very own phone interview. Make someone’s day with a friendly chat about their own memories – we’ve put together a list of questions to help.

How about writing up your interview as a school project?

Question 1: Were you born before the 8th May 1945?

Question 2: Do you remember where you were on this special day 75years ago?

Question 3: How did you feel when you heard the war had ended?

Question 4: How did you and your family and friends celebrate in 1945?

Question 5: What do you remember about the war?

Question 6: How will you be celebrating VE Day today?

Raise a toast at 3pm on Friday 8th May 2020

In place of public gatherings, the Pageantmaster is encouraging us all to join in a ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May. Easy to join in from the safety of our own homes, we are asked to stand up and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the following ‘Toast’: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

You can download a copy of the toast here.

This will be a unique opportunity for the nation to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom.

Happy VE Day, everyone!

10
Mar

Unique Mother’s Day gift ideas

In case you hadn’t got the memo, Mother’s Day is on Sunday 22nd March – yes, it’s time to start thinking about what to buy that ultra special person in your life.

And thankfully there’s still some time to nail it. Just follow our Mother’s Day gift guide ideas! Mums, we suggest a little link forwarding if you like what you see… hint, hint and all that ?

Here we go…

Paint it

Looking for a gift to make mum smile? You can’t go wrong with something personalised. Our fave idea? A painted mug that she’ll treasure every time she has her morning coffee. Make a day of it, banish mum from the house and let the kids get their craft on with a porous mug and paints. Mum not budging?  Give her some peace and quiet in advance and take your little ones to a local pottery painting place… that’ll keep them occupied for hours.

Spa survival kit

What mum doesn’t love a little pampering? Or anyone for that matter really. So, give her the day off and book her into a spa with her bestie mum mate. Can’t get the dates? Give her a pampering session at home. We love how you can now buy a range of great spa products, from face masks, foot massagers and sumptuous moisturisers and bubble baths. Pack them in a gorgeous gift bag and there’s your very own pamper kit. Just don’t forget the candles and wine ?.

Frame it

How many pictures do our mini Monets come home with from school and nursery? Loads. So if you’re looking for a sentimental gift at a budget, utilise these. Grab the top five, buy a multi-frame and pop them in for a personal present. Got more space? Place them in individual frames and create a picture wall. Cute right?

Make a date

Nothing says Mother’s Day more than a memorable day out. So make it just that. In her Mother’s Day card, list out what you have planned from a walk to coffee and cakes or a cinema trip. Mum a fan of roast dinners? Take her out for one, or better still, get the kids involved in making one at home. There’s your Mother’s Day memories right there.

So, there it is, a little guide on some ways to make that special mum figure smile this Mother’s Day. Have fun y’all.

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Boots:

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WHSmith Glass A4 Clip Frame

WHSmith

Glass A4 Clip Frame – £4.49

Go Create Paint Your Own Tea Set In Case

Tesco:

Go Create Paint Your Own Tea Set In Case – £6.00

 

 

28
Jan

New Year, New View!

Did Christmas add clutter to your home? If so, here are some tips to clear the decks and get organised.

Toys – No doubt the children would’ve been given lots of new toys for Christmas which often means their older toys will be banished to the bottom of a chaotic toybox. This is a great opportunity to ask your children which toys they’d like to give to charity so that other children can enjoy them. If they’re reluctant to part with any of them, sneak a few less-played-with toys into a cupboard and if, after a month, your child hasn’t noticed them missing, get them to a charity shop quick!
For the remaining toys, tidy them away in a stylish shelving unit or basket.

Toiletries – it’s so lovely to receive ‘smellies’ for Christmas, isn’t it? But if your bathroom shelf is now overflowing, get yourself some caddies and group things together. You can also decant your shower gel into smaller pump dispensers and use as hand soap.

Socks – is it even Christmas if you don’t get given socks? If your sock drawer is now getting a bit full, you can take all your threadbare and holey ones to a charity shop. Just put them all in a bag, along with any other clothes, towels, bedlinen etc. which has seen better days, and label it as ‘ragging’. This is because most charity shops (those that sell clothing) will have an arrangement with a textile recycler who will buy unwanted fabrics to recycle or export overseas to be sold.

Mind – there’s nothing more rewarding than a tidy mind! Get your to-do list written down and get a calendar on your wall to remind you of those important birthdays and much needed days off!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Sports Direct:

Stud set of two storage black – £18.00

 

Poundland:

Grey Hanging Wardrobe Shelf Storage – £2.00

Poundland:

Black and White Desk Organiser – £2.00

 

WHSmith

2020 Burgundy Week To View Essentials A5 Diary – £4.99

27
Dec

Five New Year’s Eve celebration essentials

2020 is looming and we’re all gearing up to celebrate the New Year in different ways. Some of us have cosy nights in with the TV countdown planned, while others are hosting a party, and the braver ones are seeing in the new year while out on the town. Whatever your plans, we’ve got it covered with a range of essentials to suit all.

3,2,1…

Get Glitzed Up

Whether you’re out, out or chilling at home, New Year celebrations call for glam. Go all out with a sparkly dress and full on make-up, or simply go for tasteful face and body glitter. And guys, don’t forget the smart shirt and ties. 2020 deserves smartness!

Grab the party gear

Staying in with the kids and friends? You need games in your life! Whether it’s a board game, karaoke machine or a cool imaginative way to play, it’ll create great memories, even if the little ones do fall asleep before the clock strikes 12. Going out? You can’t go wrong with fun party kit, feather boa or fake glasses anyone?

Eat and go

If you’re hosting a dinner party, the last thing you want to wake up to first thing in 2020 is dirty dishes. Make it easy for yourself and pick up disposable plates, cups and cutlery that can be easily popped into the recycling bin. Oh, and while you’re at it, let’s not forget the glitter confetti for the table. Want to go all out? Light up New Year with candles. They’re great for creating an ambient mood.

Fancy Food

Whether you’re entertaining or going around to friends for dinner, food is a must. Save yourself the hassle of sweating over a hot oven and pick up a range of party food. From the simple sausage rolls to canapes, you’ll be host or guest with the most when these come out. Going out, out? You don’t have to miss out. Pre-cook this grub to have when you get back. Post-midnight feast anyone?

Dress (your table) to impress

If you’re hosting a dinner party, then you want your table to be dressed suitably. Grab table decorations and party poppers for the kids (and adults). Want to go all out? Light up New Year with designer candles. They’re great for creating an ambient mood.

So, there you go guys. Our sweet and simple New Year’s Eve essentials. Have a great one!

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Sports Direct:

Golddigga Sequin Dress Ladies – £12.00

 

Sports Direct:

Pierre Cardin Tipped Polo Shirt Mens – £10.00

Boots

Collection Glam Crystals Face & Body Glitter – £3.99

Tesco

Easy Entertaining Vol Au Vent Selection – £12.00

20
Dec

Sustainable and eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas

Wow, there’s not long left until we’re excitedly ripping open presents… anyone else counting down or is that just us?

But, if you’re a last-minute shopper still looking for a Christmas gift, don’t panic, we’ve got it all in hand, with our pick of sustainable and eco-friendly gift ideas. Trust us, you’ll do good, and feel good when you grab one of these!

Here we go…

Take a trip to the charity shop

Ok, we’ve started this one simply, because let’s face it, when it comes to giving things back, this is a no brainer. We’re huge fans of charity shops, where you can find nearly new items, retro wonders and of course a range of wares such as cards and fair trade items. It just takes a little bit of digging, but we think this makes that gift so much more special.

Plant the seeds of love

Know someone who has it all? We know they can be tricky Christmas gift customers. So, give them a gift that grows with them. Literally! Whether it’s a seed gift set that can be planted and looked after, or a book on gardening, we love this green and eco-friendly gift idea!

Very Vegan

Ok, this is more one for the ethically minded person, but we like to think there’s something there that channels the eco-friendly part too . Thankfully, this ethos has moved on greatly with a whole host of items now being vegan friendly, so whether it’s a vegan leather bag, beauty gift set or purse, we’ve got you covered. Oh, and don’t forget all the edible treats too…

Wooden Wonders Wooden toys. We had them when we were little and they’ve stood the test of time, making their way onto our little one’s wish lists too. However, what has changed since we were playing with that wooden train set all those years ago, is the way that they are made. Many wooden toys are now made from recycled wood in sustainable ways, meaning they make a great sustainable gift. Just look for toys made from FSC-certified forests. And, since they last the test of time, they can be handed down from sibling to sibling… We like to think that’s a green bonus too!

Bring on biodegradable

Did you know? Our landfills are full of plastic that will take thousands of years to decompose. So, this Christmas don’t add to the pile. There’s now a whole host of cool biodegradable kit coming into play. From bamboo home decor which decompose naturally, to biodegradable toys and even reusable cloth tote bags. Why not make a hamper of these awesome products or, pick just one.

Bin the bottles One Christmas gift we’ve got firmly on our wish list is a stainless-steel water bottle. Not only do they look cool, but they’re also a great way to stop that plastic from piling up. Take the lead and give one of these as a gift. Or, make it a cheeky little stocking filler!

So there we go guys, a way to be sustainable and eco-friendly this Christmas. We hope you have a great one, but before you go here’s our pick of our fave products below.

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Boots

Gold Collagen Vegan 10 Day Programme – £37.00

Boots

Tisserand Aromatherapy Little Wellbeing Wonders Mini Mood Mist Collection – £15.00

WH Smiths

Vegan Made Easy- £7.00

 

British Heart Foundation Shops

Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottle – £12.99

29
Nov

Five ways to get festive with friends and family

Christmas. It’s a time for friends, family and we’re going to throw it in there – pets too. In fact, if you can’t be social at Christmas when can you be?

We’ve already given you some fab gifting ideas (just hit back to take a read) and now we thought we’d give you a few hints and tips on how to really embrace that festive friends and family time. So, here we go…Brace yourselves!

1. Get to a Grotto

Hey, did you know? You don’t have to travel all the way to London to wow your little ones. In fact, Santa is probably closer than you think. Word on the street (well, the elves) is that he’s taken residence in a range of local shopping centres. So do your research. The pros, you’ll pay a reasonable price to see the Big Man without having to drag your little poppets on trains and in cars and we’re pretty confident you’ll love the visit as much as the kids.

2. Join in the Christmas Carols

Nothing says Christmas more than hearing those festive songs and hey, they’re so much better live. Again, there’s a range of places you can take your friends and family to watch these. Check out listings of local churches, The Salvation Army, council events or, your local shopping centre. Yup, they’re on demand this year!

3. Liven up with the lights

What’s better than seeing all the festive lights? And the great thing about this? They’re everywhere! From the crazy displays in people’s front gardens to shopping centres. And, it doesn’t have to take up all your time. Just a walk through the town watching these twinkle is a great way to get into the festive vibe. Bring your bestie, have a look and then grab a coffee or mooch round the shops. We can’t think of anything better to get bonding this Christmas season!

4. See a Christmas film or Panto

Home Alone, Love Actually or Elf. Whatever takes your fancy, you got it! Our advice, buy the DVD, get those Christmas PJs on and settle on the sofa with the kids to really have some festive family time. Want a bit of time with the other half? Take a visit to the cinema to watch one of the great Christmas films that are out. We dare you not to come out feeling the festive vibe. Alternatively, go all out and grab tickets to a panto… get ready for the cheers of ‘they’re behind you!’

5. Help those less fortunate

Ok, so this one is more about giving rather than bonding, but we guarantee you’ll feel like you’ve really given something back. Around this time, there are hundreds of people on the street looking for food, so join up with a charity that hands this out to these people. Alternatively, grab a friend and volunteer at a soup kitchen for the evening. Not only is it rewarding, but an experience that will really make you think about the meaning of Christmas…

So on that note, we think it’s time to wrap this all up. Have fun guys, whatever you decide to do!

22
Nov

Christmas gift ideas for every family member

Christmas has gone from creeping up on us, to well, racing towards the finish line. To put it simply, there’s less than two months left. And yes, Elf has already been on the TV. Fun, festive times are coming guys.

But, as well as the excitement, we also know there’s a lot of present buying and planning to be done. That’s why we thought we’d lend a hand, giving you a few Christmas gift ideas for mum, dad, baby and of course grandparents and siblings too…

Here we go…

Christmas gift ideas for a baby

Ok, let’s be frank for a second. Up until they’re one, babies won’t really understand the concept of Christmas and will probably be more interested in the wrapping paper or box more than the actual toy, so don’t go overboard. Want to give them something they’ll play with more than the gift wrap? You can’t go wrong with a sensory toy. We love a soft toy with lots of textures for the 0-3 month olds – they’re great for helping develop tactile skills, while a 6-9 month old won’t be able to put down something with lights and music – while all the time expanding those audio and visual skills. Once they hit the 9 month mark, we love a Christmas gift that will help them up their game. The answer? A baby walker or their first building blocks. And yes, these will all last well after those Christmas decorations have been taken down and Easter eggs have been eaten too!

Christmas gift ideas for that special lady

Whether it’s your mum, gran or partner, one thing stays the same. You’ll want to give them a Christmas present that wows. And the world really is your oyster when it comes to this. Jewellery is always a great Christmas gift idea. Not only does it give a great heartfelt moment as they open it, but it’s also a perfect keepsake. Not a fan? You can’t go wrong with a carefully thought out piece of clothing. Our faves? A scarf or bobble at just to her style. Or, think outta the box. Book them in for a free make-up consultation or, pop into a store and grab a voucher for their fave retailer. Throw in a coffee or meal voucher too and there’s a perfect pamper day for them to look forward to.

Christmas gift ideas for your main man

Warning: We won’t be giving any tips or advice on buying socks, ties or pants here. You know about that part already #laughingfaceemoji

So, what’s that ultimate Christmas gift for your dad, grandad, husband or boyfriend? We don’t think you can go wrong with a nice watch or wallet. Yep, it’s not rocket science, but let’s be honest, this little token will last long after the festive day. Not sure? Give them the gift of positivity with a book that evokes mental health wellbeing and a hamper full of vitamins and great tasting healthy snacks.

Christmas gift ideas for the whole family

Want to give a gift to everyone? We hear ya! And we know you’ll want to make it stand out. While we’re very strict on not opening present until the big day, we’ll make an exception here. To make those memories we love the idea of putting money into a pot and each buying an early Christmas gift of a tree decoration. One that suits each personality. Then, make it a Christmas tradition. After a few years, your

Shopping insider at Chesterfield Pavements

Argos

Fisher-Price Roarin’ Rainforest Jumperoo – £70.00

 

 

Argos

Chad Valley PlaySmart Interactive Magnetic Easel – £25.00

 

Sports Direct

Classic Wallet – £10.00

 

WHSmith

Positive Thinking Find Happiness and Achieve Your Goals Through the Power of Positive Thought – £7.91

 

 

25
Oct

Getting ready for the clocks going back: What you may not know

How is it that time again? We feel like we’ve just settled back from our summer holidays and wham… the clocks are going back. It’s time to say hi to darker, colder and cosier evenings. And well, dare we say it, start prepping for Christmas #sorrynotsorry. But, we digress, because there’s a whole range of stuff that comes with the clocks going back, from ensuring the kids don’t wake up at ridiculously early hours, to making sure your well-being is catered for… here’s our top tips on getting ready for what we think is the official start of winter…

Beat the early wake-ups

If you have a tot who’s up at 6am on a normal day, you’re not going to love the 5am start that comes with the clocks going back… even if it is only for a week until they adjust. But, there are a few ways to combat this. And that means… deep breath… changing their routine. Yep, that’s right, starting your kids’ bedtime 15 minutes later a few days before the big clock changing event means you’re easing them into a new bed and wake time. For example, if their bedtime is at 8pm, put them down at 8.15pm on Thursday, 8:30pm on Friday, 8:45pm on Saturday. This means that at 7pm (new time), they should have adjusted enough to slip into the land of nod. And, wake at their old time in the morning ?. If it doesn’t work, then we guess there’s coffee… lots of coffee…

Don’t make it a SAD time

According to medical experts, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes on in the winter. This is due to a reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter days caused by the clocks going back. And while medical advice is the best, there are a few ways you can help yourself combat it. This includes investing in a lightbox where a special lamp stimulates exposure to sunlight, while Vitamin C and D tablets are a great way to boost your health too – again it’s worth talking to your doctor about this one!

I will leave the light on

If you have kids, darker nights mean more cries of ‘I’m scared of the dark.’ Yup, it just got (scarily) real. Stop the wailing in its tracks by investing in a nightlight. Whether it’s one that sits on a desk, or one that can be placed in their bed with them – think the plastic kind that don’t get hot – there’s no excuse for them to be up. Although, we’re sure ‘I’m thirsty, hungry, need the loo’ will still crop up #facepalm.

Snuggle up

Colder nights mean it’s time to ramp up the cosy clothes and bedding. Got a baby or tot? Take advice from the Lullaby Trust that advises that a room temperature of 16-20°C – with light bedding or a lightweight, well-fitting baby sleeping bag is comfortable and safe for sleeping babies. Looking for one for the grown-ups? We’re going for a 10.5 tog to 13.5 tog… yes, we’re cold sleepers.

Bedtime buddies

Nothing beats a snuggly warm dressing gown for those cool winter nights, so invest in new ones for everyone. And don’t forget those warm PJs. Yep, any excuse to buy new nightwear… Long Johns totally optional ?.

And that’s it from us. Here’s to the next few snuggle up months… <

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Rock and Rags Table Pyjama Set Ladies

Sports Direct

Rock and Rags Table Pyjama Set Ladies – £9.99

 

Vitamin C Food Supplement - 30 Tablets

Boots

Vitamin C Food Supplement – 30 Tablets – £0.99

 

The Slipper Company Womens Cream Mule Slipper

Shoezone

The Slipper Company Womens Cream Mule Slipper – £4.99

 

Magical Unicorn Lights

WHSmith

Magical Unicorn Lights – £11.99