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Monday, 7 June 2021

Cool Date Ideas

With lockdown eased, we can get back to good old dating. During Lockdown, many of us went for the virtual dates. Video dating became the norm for a while. Actually, it's a pretty good idea to have a video chat before an in-person date. It allows you to see what kind of character that person has and it also shows you they are real. Although restrictions have eased and the hospitality sector has reopened, there are still a couple of rules to follow, such as wearing your mask until you reach your table. There are lots of places to go on dates, check out Fife Dating to find your perfect match. Here are a few places that would make ideal date locations.

St Andrews Cathedral

If you love finding out about the history of cathedrals, visiting St Andrews will make a cool date. St Andrews Cathedral was Scotland’s largest cathedral and most known church. The museum has an outstanding collection of early and later medieval sculptures and also a few relics found on site. You can also see the stunning views from the top. A relaxed place to talk and get to know each other.

The Scottish Deer Centre

If you both love wildlife, visiting here will make such a cute date. The park is 55 acres and is home to 12 species of Deer and other animals which are from the Scottish countryside. These include Wolves, Lynx and Scottish Wildcat plus and also their European Brown Bear. They also host the Raptor World Bird of Prey Centre. There are lots of meals available for everyone too. Check out Fife Dating and find your dream date.

St Andrews Botanic Gardens

A wonderful date idea to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings. This garden has 8,000 species of plants representing biomes around the world and known for its alpine plants in the rock garden. Did you know that the Original Botanic Garden was founded by the University of St. Andrews in 1889? The present Botanic Garden site is a whopping 18.5 acres. A gorgeous place to chill and unwind while getting to know your date.

St Andrews Aquarium

Another great date idea for animal lovers. As well as the regulars, there are also some new exotic animals to look at. St Andres Aquarium has more than 120 species and looks over St Andrews bay. You’ll get to see octopus, sharks, spiders, seals, poison dart frogs, crocodiles and penguins. You’ll also get to meet the cutest meerkat family. Don't forget to grab a nice coffee here too.

Scottish Highlands And Hogwarts Express Tour

If your date is a big Harry Potter fan, then this will be the perfect date. One to look back on and remember. Go on a magical journey and enjoy great tales and beautiful landscapes. Visitors have said that the best part of the trip is the journey on the Jacobite Steam Train. Scotland is a must-see destination for Harry Potter fans. 

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Sunday, 6 June 2021

Fun Date Ideas

What a year for the world... The good news is that we can now go on dates again in person... Amazing! During Lockdown, many of us opted for virtual dates. Video dating became the norm for a while. Actually, it's a pretty good idea to have a video chat before an in-person date. It allows you to see what kind of character that person has and it also shows you they are real. Although restrictions have eased and the hospitality sector has reopened, there are still a couple of rules to follow, such as wearing your mask until you reach your table. There are lots of places to go on dates, check out  Northamptonshire Dating to find the love of your life. Take a look at the places below for some date ideas.

Catanger Llamas

Catanger Llamas located in the Northamptonshire countryside known as the county of ‘squires and spires’. is the perfect date for animal lovers. This llama breeding farm and trekking centre is open all year. This means that you can visit every season. If you want to make the date extra special, they also have on-farm accommodation. You can even buy your very own Llama! 

Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre

Shop till you drop... Rushden Lakes offers a huge selection of shops such as Boots and H&M. They also have places like Costa and Five guys, so you can have a coffee or something to eat. This would make a great relaxed chilled out day date where you can talk and get to know each other more. Check out Northamptonshire Dating to find your perfect shopping date.

Northampton And Lamport Railway

If you love trains and fancy a more chilled out vibe, you should definitely visit The Northampton & Lamport Railway. This is a steam and heritage tourist railway, located 5 miles from Northampton. Take a cute ride on one of the trains and also walk along with it to watch the steam. Platform 3 has a nice Buffet, where you can grab a cup of tea or coffee. Did you know that you can also become a member of The Northampton & Lamport Railway in which you will receive special fare rates. Pretty cool. 

Skydive Hinton

Fancy jumping out of a plane and free-falling to the ground? Then this is the place to visit. One for the adrenaline seekers, you will be jumping from 13,000 feet and travelling at a huge 120mph. Don't worry about being nervous, both of you will be safe and trained throughout the day. This will be a date to look back on and remember for sure. 

Corby Boating Lake

Corby Boating Lake is the perfect place for a picnic date. This lake has been around since the '70s and is home to a big range of geese, ducks, waterfowl and their residential swans. There are also herons, gulls and kingfishers as well as woodland and garden birds. You can also book to go fishing. If you feel peckish or fancy a coffee, The Lakeside Cafe is close by too.

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Friday, 4 June 2021

Cute Date Ideas

 What a crazy year and a half! The good news is that we can now go on dates again in person... Woo! During Lockdown, many of us opted for virtual dates. Video dating became the norm for a while. Actually, it's a pretty good idea to have a video chat before an in-person date. It allows you to see what kind of character that person has and it also shows you they are real. Although restrictions have eased and the hospitality sector has reopened, there are still a couple of rules to follow, such as wearing your mask until you reach your table. There are lots of places to go on dates, check out Isle of man Dating to find your perfect match. Here are a few places that would be perfect for that first date after lockdown.

Mann Cat Sanctuary

If you love animals, especially cats, why not take a trip and visit the Mann Cat Sanctuary. There are lots of different kinds of fluffy cats and most will live the rest of their life here. The great thing about the Mann Cat Sanctuary is that you can sponsor a cat, making you both very happy. Find your date over at Isle of man Dating 


Gaiety Theatre

Love the Theatre? Then visiting the Gaiety Theatre will make a very cute first date. There's so much to watch, as well as going on the Gaiety Theatre tour which will tell you all about the history of the Theatre and building. Taking you on a journey of theatre life, this tour will take you back in time. you'll also get to learn about all the lighting and technical bits and bobs as well as seeing the costume display at the end. The Tour can take up to just over two hours. A perfect date for Theatre goers. 


Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

The Award-winning Horse Tramway will be celebrating its 145th year, this year... how wonderful! If you love horses then you must visit here. This particular horse tram is most certainly an iconic part of the of the Isle of Man, which started operation in 1876 by Thomas Lightfoot to make most of the tourist visits. The tramway runs from Derby Castle, along the Promenade to the Sea Terminal. Did you know that it is the oldest surviving Horse Tramway in Britain, and the only one to have operated continuously since its opening. 


Curraghs Wildlife Park

If you would like to have a great Animal experience then visit here. You can also become a member, so you can visit Curraghs Wildlife Park as much as you like... an opportunity for multiple dates. With lots of things to do like feeding the animals and in-depth talks, Curraghs Wildlife Park makes a great date idea. There is so much wildlife to see such as Meerkats, Penguins and Monkeys.


Foraging Vintners

This craft winery produces an array of drinks such as non-grape based wine, cider and rum. This is a great place to have lunch. With stunning views of The Isle Of Man... this will also make the perfect evening date. Enjoy a cocktail or two while watching the sunset.   

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Thursday, 27 May 2021

Dating Again After Lockdown

 We can now go on proper dates again in person... Yay! During Lockdown, many of us opted for virtual dates. Video dating became the norm for a while. Actually, it's a pretty good idea to have a video chat before an in-person date. It allows you to see what kind of character that person has and it also shows you they are real. Although restrictions have eased and the hospitality sector has reopened, there are still a couple of rules to follow, such as wearing your mask until you reach your table. There are lots of places to go on dates, check out the Merseyside Dating Site to find your perfect match. Here are a few places that would be perfect for that first date after lockdown.

Cocktail Classes At The Alchemist Liverpool

If you both love a Cocktail or fancy yourself to be the ultimate Cocktail maker, take a trip to the Alchemist in Liverpool. This makes a fun but still relaxed first date. You'll get a step by step guide in making the Perfect Cocktail. The masterclass runs for about an hour and a half. There are two packages to choose from... package one will just be drinks and package two will come with a selection of nibbles. If you haven't found a date yet. check out Merseyside Dating to find that special person.

Royal Court Theatre Liverpool

If you love the theatre, this will make a cute first date. There is always lots on. Food and drink are available and you also have the opportunity to experience their Royal Court dining, where you dine before a show. At the Royal Court Theatre, they serve food a bit differently from the norm. Stalls are laid out in a cabaret style. Don't forget to order your dessert for the interval! 

The Beatles Story Liverpool

If you both love music and interested in the history of bands, whatever you're into, a trip to The Beatles Story in Liverpool is a must. You'll have an audio guide that will take you through the history of The Beatles and each members life. There are also replicas of iconic Beatle places that will transport you back to the '60s.

Museum Of Liverpool

Located on the gorgeous waterfront, the Museum Of Liverpool will take you back to the diverse and interesting history of the city with lots of collections to view. This would make a great day date. There are lots of places to drink and eat around here too if the date ends up heading into the evening.

Everyman Cinema Liverpool

Forget your classic VUE or Odeon Cinema. At Everyman, you can get food and drink served straight to your sofa style seats... pretty cool huh? Whether it's a comedy or horror that you fancy watching. The Everyman is a great cinema experience and your date will love it. There are lots of snacks and drinks to choose from, so sit back, relax and enjoy.

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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Tips for Avoiding Procrastination & Just Getting Started

 

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As the old saying goes, “procrastination is the thief of time.” For just about everyone, at least some of the time, procrastination rears its ugly head and prevents us from achieving our full potential in our personal lives, in our professional lives, with regards to hobbies, and even in terms of our interpersonal relationships.


When push comes to shove, however, hold-ups, delays, and “obstacles” often have more to do with our mindset than with the practical realities of the situation. If your air conditioning unit has broken down, for example, there are 24 Hour AC Repair available to get that issue resolved quickly – and yet these sorts of errands often go ignored for a prolonged period of time. Here are a handful of tips for avoiding procrastination and just getting started.


Focus on your breathing for a couple of minutes to get out of your head and back into the present moment 


Procrastination can often be driven to a significant degree by our own thoughts about the task at hand. Often enough, once we actually get started we find that the difficulties we imagined to be so severe are nowhere near as hard to overcome in reality as they were in our own minds, and the dread we might have felt at the idea of sitting down and working often proves to be unfounded.


One of the first things to try when you feel the urge to procrastinate, therefore, is to focus on your breathing for a couple of minutes – and to take deep breaths, as well – in order to bring your awareness back to the present moment and get yourself out of your own head.


 Do a bit of preparation in advance, so that there is minimal resistance to actually getting started


The likelihood that you will be caught up in a spiral of procrastination goes up sharply if there’s a lot of “practical resistance” to getting started on a challenging task. On the other hand, if you’ve done a good deal of preparation in advance, and you can essentially just turn up and get going with minimal hold-ups, it will be much easier to overcome that tendency to procrastinate. “Preparation” will mean different things in different contexts. It might mean leaving your gym bag packed the night before, doing preparatory research for a big project, or tidying up your office desk.


Take active steps to improve your sleep and energy levels


If you are feeling exhausted and are struggling with flagging energy levels, it’s very likely that you will be a lot more prone to procrastination than you would be if you were well-rested and energised. Although it may seem like a bit of a roundabout thing, taking active steps to improve your sleep and energy levels – and to maintain a regular sleep schedule – can work wonders with regards to helping you to get things done in a timely manner.


As a rule of thumb: the more exhausted you feel, the harder it will be to motivate yourself to get started on anything that requires effort.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Recreating Hotel Luxury in Three Areas of Your Home

 There is something luxurious about staying overnight in a good hotel, isn't there? From sumptuous bedding to fluffy towels and sample-sized bottles of toiletries, a trip away from home in a hotel is always going to be an experience.

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It makes sense that many people look at how they can recreate that sumptuous feeling at home. Our homes are our palaces, and being able to add an extra layer of luxury via home accessories or habits can help you enjoy your time at home that little bit more.

There are three main areas of your home that you can focus on to add luxury to your home and recreate that feeling you get when you stay at a really nice hotel.

Bedroom

One area of your home that will always benefit from luxury additions is your bedroom. Creating a space that exudes calm and relaxation is the ultimate goal. You can make low cost and easy changes by adding hotel bed linens to your bed to recreate the hotel bed at home feel. Soft blankets and sumptuous pillows that add comfort will also help you create a bedroom that could double as a hotel room.

Add mood lighting by swapping to dimmer lights or even wall lights to create added ambience in the room. Or even strip lighting that illuminates certain features such as a backlit TV or even headboard. Lined floor-length curtains will give you that extra barrier to close off the outside and pretend you are somewhere else while also bringing a touch of drama to the room. Accessorise with tie back or hooks to style when open during the daytime.

Remember, your mattress needs to change approximately every 7 years. If you are updating your bedroom furnishings, consider buying a new mattress to help you get a better night and complete your hotel quality bedroom.

Bathroom

Let's face it; there are some stunning hotel bathrooms that many people would love to recreate at home. One of the most famous bathroom scenes in the world is the one from Pretty Woman. Julia Roberts lounging in a tub full of bubbles is something many people want to recreate. And why not at home if you have the room.

One of the main points when discussing creating a luxurious hotel bathroom at home is the colour scheme. White never goes out of style and allows you to use different colours around the room without detracting from the style of the suite. 

Opt for a jacuzzi bathtub with massaging jets or a glass-enclosed walk-in show with a powerful showerhead that looks like water is pouring out of the ceiling. Choose a fully tiled look for floors and walls, marble for that extra wow factor budget allowing.

Double set sinks and illuminated cabinets and mirrors - did you know you can buy mirrors that demist themselves saving you the job? It doesn't get much more luxury than that.

Don't forget those plush bath towels and snuggly soft towelling robes too.

Hallway

One of the first things you see when you set foot inside a hotel in the lobby. Huge grand spaces bustling with people showcasing the very best the hotel has to offer. Not all of us are lucky to have a grand sweeping staircase reminiscent of Cher's home in Clueless. But maximising the space in this part of your home can be the difference between feeling relaxed when you arrive home or adding to your stress.

The best way to create a luxurious hallway, no matter the size you have to renovate, is to create a focal point in the entryway to your home. Do this by adding a statement coat rack that adds some character or a well-placed side table adorned with plants or bright flowers.

Colourwise, your hallway should reflect your home but depend on the amount of right and space in this area, you can choose how you want to decorate and the colour scheme you will use.

Again tiled flooring can be an eye-catching feature of your hallways, or resorting to old patterned tiles that have been previously covered will really give you an entrance that is warm and welcoming.

Replacing spindles on your staircase for a more modern design or even for a sheet of glass suspended can help you add light and space to an otherwise small hallway and staircase. As can adding stair runners to freshly painted or varnished stairs with ornate stair rods as an alternative to fully carpeting the stairs.

Remember, when it comes to adding hotel luxury to your home, less is more. Aiming to add too much and making the space look cluttered can ultimately detract from the overall feel you were going for.

Saturday, 10 April 2021

After Lockdown Dating Ideas

 Online dating has been around for quite a while now. However, Lockdown has definitely seen more people upload dating profiles. Virtual dating is pretty normal these days. Lots of sites now have the option for you to video call. There are also a number of virtual speed dating events via the internet. It won't be long until we can start dating in person again. So get your best date-night outfit ready. Video dating is fun but personally, I can't wait to get back to face to face dating after lockdown. Getting ready, listening to my favourite music, telling my friends about my date and choosing what to wear is all part of the fun before going on the date. Here are some date ideas that you'll love. 

1. Balmedie Beach

Breathe in the fresh sea air as you take a stroll along the sandy beach. Located 5 miles from Aberdeen this beach has lovely flat sand to walk upon. A cute day date for sure. The perfect place to relax, chat and get to know each other while taking in the stunning views. There are also a few shops nearby. Find your perfect date over at the Aberdeen Dating Site. Don't forget to dip your feet in the sea, Oh, and why not pack a little picnic too, especially if the weather is nice and sunny. 

2. His Majesty's Theatre

Did you know that this is the largest theatre in the north east of Scotland? If you both love going to the theatre, then this would be a really great date idea. From film festivals, comedy acts and musicals, you will find something that you will enjoy watching. There is also a bar to keep you refreshed. 

3. Codona's Aberdeen

If you both love adrenaline then a visit here is a must. With lots of rides to go on, you'll be sure to have an amazing time. Codona's also has lots of indoor games inside the arcade as well as bowling and go-karting. Who will beat who?

4. Union Square

Lovers of shopping? Then you'll love Union Square. With so many shops to look at, you might need to come back for a second date. There are lots of places to grab something to eat too or a coffee. A perfect way of getting to know each other once you're all shopped out. There's also a Cineworld here so if you want to make the date longer this would be a perfect evening date after shopping. 

5. Porter's Gin Micro Distillery

Porter's built their micro-distillery under a cocktail bar, with their Gins having a mixture of contemporary and classic distillation. If you love gin, then this is the place for you. The tour lasts about an hour and you'll get to learn about what goes into making Gin such as the science behind it and the background of it. You can also buy a bottle of gin to remember your day. Find yourself the perfect gin date over at Aberdeen Dating


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