Saturday, 6 February 2016

Surviving Valentines Alone

I have faced Valentines as part of a couple for the last 9 years, but before hubbie I had a few as a singleton.  It can be a tough time of year if everyone is ramming romance down your throat when you feel very much left on the shelf!  All you hear is the details of the fancy restaurants coupled friends intend to visit, the luxurious hotel stays they have booked or even the odd proposal they have planned to perfection.         

It can get a bit much when ALL the couples around you are gooey-eyed with each other and you have no hot date for the 14th of February!  Well why not think of it as the perfect excuse to be all about YOU!  Rather than sulk when you see your colleagues accept their latest beautiful flower delivery, make life more exciting for you.

How about making up a Valentines Survival Pack to break open in emergency, filled with contents much like the ones I have shown in the picture.  Hot drinks, perhaps a cheeky alcoholic beverage, some chocolates and some bubble wrap to pop when it because particularly hard to cope with and you need instant stress relief.  Avoid anything romantic to watch, go for something heavy on action.


Possibly chuck in some indulgent pampering goodies too, a facemask and some bubble bath.  According to the Office for National Statistics the UK has 1.65m single men and 1.27m single women, so why not spoil yourself until you find your soul mate, there are plenty out there just bide your time (although with those figures it sounds more reassuring to be a girl, better odds!).  But do not let the time of year alter your mood, suck it up and make a fuss of yourself.  The illusions of romantic grandeur you think everyone is having might not even be quite the reality…

If you happen to be facing Valentines alone you certainly would not be envious of me.  By the time the kids are shipped off to bed I have no energy left, I just want to collapse on the sofa and be left in peace…  I would like to be solely responsible for the TV remote, which would be a gift in itself.  


So for those of you alone on the 14th make the most of the freedom to watch whatever you want without a partner interfering.  I still have series three of Downton Abbey to catch up on, but hubbie has other ideas!

Friday, 5 February 2016

Borneo: your guide to experiencing an unforgettable family holiday

Let’s face it; planning a family holiday can be a challenge. From tears and tantrums while travelling to poor-quality accommodation and a lack of things to do when you arrive, a whole host of problems can beset these vacations. However, if you’re savvy when you select your holiday destination, you can avoid these troubles and have a family adventure that’s truly unforgettable for all the right reasons. One location that could provide the perfect backdrop to your adventure is Borneo. With its lush jungle and inviting waters, this place has all you need to keep you and your kids busy. Keep reading for some tips on how to make the most of your adventure to this intriguing Asian island. 

Select an action-packed itinerary 

There’s no chance of your brood getting bored if you plan an action-packed itinerary. Close the capital Sabah in the north of the island, you’ll find resorts that are ideal for families and have lots to keep people of all ages entertained. For example, this is the easiest place to see a range of primates, from majestic orangutans and ‘singing’ gibbons to tiny tarsiers. You can also explore the terrain on horseback and spend time relaxing on beautiful beaches. Meanwhile, if your family love being in water, you won’t be disappointed. From white water rafting to swimming with turtles, there are a host of activities to try. Borneo is also the perfect place to scuba dive. Sabah’s Semporna archipelago is renowned for having some of the best diving spots in the world. The warm waters are home to a variety of sea creatures, including hammerhead sharks, sea turtles and water monitor lizards.


Trying to coordinate a holiday like this when there is so much to do can be difficult. However, by booking luxury holidays to Asia through a bespoke holiday specialist, you can leave the hard work of planning your experience to someone else and know that you won’t miss out on any of the highlights. This approach takes all the stress out of arranging your vacation.   

Factor in some relaxation time 

As well as making sure you take full advantage of the attractions on offer in Borneo, it’s important to factor a little relaxation time into your holiday. If you spend all of your adventure rushing from one activity to the next, you could end up worn out and in need of another break just to recover. By making sure you have some down time to unwind on the beach, by the pool and in your accommodation, you’ll have more energy for the sightseeing and sports, and you’ll fly back home feeling rejuvenated and rested.


Choose a season that suits 

Like many holiday destinations, Borneo is shaped by its seasons. This means you’ll need to decide on the best time for your family to travel there. From January to April, the conditions are typically dry and pleasant, and between March and July, the water is calm and perfect for diving. June to September is the hottest period and it is often rainy at this time of year too. 

As long as you travel at the right time and choose a family-friendly resort, Borneo could make the ideal setting for your next adventure overseas.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Win a Grit 2016 Atom Scooter

Well I have my bumper giveaway for Valentines for the grownups but how about a competition for the younger girls out there, although as I am later putting this one up I will leave it open for longer so you get plenty of time to enter and get your hands on this rather fabulous prize!

I have two boys myself so this would be just the gift to endear them to the ladies at school!  Eldest has his eye on a couple of girls but I am not sure if they have noticed him yet, I think if he turned up with one of these amazing scooters tied in an elaborate bow they soon would!  I was at the skate park today and lots of children were playing on the ramps on bikes and scooters, it seemed important to them to have a good looking one even at this young age just to impress their friends and have a better chance of doing decent stunts!

It’s hard when you’re in a big class, especially mixed year group ones, half the girls his age are in a completely separate classroom, so you really have to pull out all the stops!!!  He has written a valentine card before but nothing grander than that (yet!), I guess it will only be a matter of time, seeing as he has already picked out a girl to invite to his prom (only 2 and a half years early mind!).  He has plans for a limousine and flowers; I dread to think of the expense… (Perhaps I should start saving now!).

You can read all about the prize worth £64.95 on the Skates.co.uk website, but suffice to say it’s a great looking scooter, a bright pink colour that children will really love.  


It’s a lightweight scooter so easy to manoeuvre and this model has been tweaked this year so it’s better than ever.  It sounds quite robust so perfect for children who tend to be a bit heavy handed! 

If you would like to enter please fill out the form below by the 25th of February.

Win a Grit 2016 Atom Scooter
Why not see what other competitions I am hosting, there are plenty of prizes to be won.