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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Spoiling The Mum-To-Be In Your Life

With a new baby on the way, life can feel overwhelming for a mum-to-be. It’s a lot of work being pregnant, which is why a bit of spoiling can be good to lift her spirits and ease what can be a stressful time.

If there’s a mum-to-be in your life who could do with some TLC, why not plan something special for her? Here are some simple suggestions for ways you can spoil your mum-to-be and make her feel great.

Book a spa day 
All expectant mothers need to relax - stress isn’t good for the baby! So what better way to help her relax than a spa day? A spa day can be the perfect way for you to catch up with your friend before her life gets a little bit busier, and it will help her enjoy doing something for herself before the baby comes. Make sure you check which spa treatments are best for pregnant women before you book so that you know your friend is going to have the best time.

Go see a show 
A night on the town might be out of the question for your mum-to-be, but a night at the theatre doesn’t have to be! Going to see a play or musical can be a wonderful way to have fun together, as well as being a great excuse to get dressed up and glam for the evening. Take a look at what’s on at your local theatre and get ready for a night you will both enjoy. If you really want to make a night of it, you could book an overnight stay too!

Throw her a baby shower 
Baby showers are becoming more common in the UK. It’s a good way for mums-to-be to catch up with friends and family before they have the baby, as well as a fun way to begin welcoming the baby into your lives. There are all kinds of baby shower ideas to help you plan the best afternoon for your mum-to-be. From games to decorations, get some ideas together to throw a memorable baby shower that shows her just how loved she is by those she’s close to.

Take her for afternoon tea 
You can’t beat afternoon tea for relaxing and catching up with friends. Sandwiches and cake make the perfect lunch, and you’ll find afternoon tea deals in some amazing settings. Don’t forget you can also bring afternoon tea to your home, thanks to afternoon tea boxes that make it even easier to host in your own home. Get baking or head to your nearest patisserie to pick up some tasty treats for you and your mum-to-be.

Pregnancy can be tough on mums, which is why a nice treat is always appreciated. There are so many great ways you can spoil a mum-to-be and make her feel special, so why not get some plans in place to help make her pregnancy a fun and enjoyable time!

Sending Christmas presents to loved Ones abroad in time for Christmas

With Christmas around the corner, sending presents and cards is always something we have to think about. Heaven knows we’ve heard the stories of all those undelivered gifts year after year. There’s even been talk of a strike this year. But what if you send aboard? We’ve put all the information you need to know about sending a gift to a loved one aboard, below.

Use a courier 
Rather than simply posting something and hoping for the best, whether it’s a card or a gift, it’s best to use a parcel delivery service, aka a courier. These will ensure you’ll get the gift to the other person in a more orderly and quicker manner, and you’ll even be able to track it from your end too. If it’s for Christmas, make sure you check out when the gifts need to be collected for specific places throughout the world – you’ll also need to take public holidays in each country into consideration too.

How to ship 
Once you’ve chosen the courier that suits your requirements, and the budget, you have it’s quite straight forward. You can usually get in touch with a courier and arrange for a parcel to be picked up, if it’s a little too large for you to carry, or if it’s easy to carry you’ll often be able to find places where you can take them for collection – which should be available on their website.

Customs requirements 
These are really important. Once you have your customs documents to attach to your parcel, make sure you fill them out correctly, otherwise it could result in your paying more than you need to. These documents also need to be clearly attached to the parcel in question, on the outside packaging, alongside a copy inside for added safety. Most of this information will be provided by the courier company too, so don’t worry too much.

What you can and can’t send 
Finally, if you are sending a gift overseas for a loved one to mark an occasion, you’ll probably want to send them lots of things they love. But, can you send them? Some countries don’t allow certain items through customs, so it’s better to double check before sending anything. For example, food products are restricted around the world and no courier will take alcohol, whereas items like perfume or lighters fall into the restricted shipping category.

If you’re sending a gift overseas this year, do a little research beforehand and use a courier to ensure the gift gets there quickly and safely.

How to spend a week in London with the whole family

When it comes to getting away, you don’t always need to jump on a plane and speed off to a land far, far away. Instead, take a look around you and think of all the amazing places in the UK you’ve never explored properly. In fact, it was recently found that staycations were on the rise in the UK, with 72% of Brits surveyed saying they’d expect to take a domestic holiday going into 2020. If you’ve got kids it’s even better as there’s no need to run to the airport and deal with the luggage issues. But where to go, well, what about the capital? Let’s take a look, shall we?

Before you even get to London, the first thing you need to think about is how you’re going to get there, and how you’ll be getting around while you’re there. With driving around London known to be a little stressful, you should maybe opt for public transport. Trains are a great way to get you there as you’ll be able to get the train from a number of major places around the country, such as Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol in just a few hours (great for stopping backseat arguments). When you’re there, the train opens up lots of places with the train to London Kings Cross to Kings Lynn or even Kent being great highlights and days out (more of that later). However, the tube is probably your best bet while getting around attractions in the city and adds fun for the kids too. 

Places to stay 
With so much to do in London, there’s no point paying above what you need to when getting a hotel. Sticking to ones such as a Travelodge or Premier Inn will suffice as they do what they need to do and can be relatively cheap at specific times and depending on where you get them. However, if you’re going to be eating in a lot, try and AirB&B, where you’ll get the use of a house for the same price, or cheaper, than a hotel for the week.

What to see 
Perfect for the little ones, the big sights are always the best for them, and they’re usually free. From Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and the Tower of London, they’ll love it. Oh and let’s not forget the Thames. Of course, you can always pay to go on the London Eye and even an open-top bus ride for that extra special memory.

So don’t fret about the airport this year, go to London and show the kids the fun that’s right on their doorstep.
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