October 4, 2013
A hen do is one of the rare chances we get to spend an evening with our friends away from the kids, as much as we love them. In fact, these days, a hen do is often for the whole day, if not for a full weekend. It’s a great opportunity to have some fun with friends and enjoy some adult company for a little while before going back to the reality of being a mum! But what if you’re the chief hen and tasked with organising the whole affair?
If your job is to organise the hen do, you’ve probably already realised that the choice of what to do is huge. It’s doesn’t have to be just about a night out on the tiles anymore; you might find yourself faced with organising a whole weekend of activities, from dance lessons to spa treatments, clairvoyant readings and beyond. The choice is endless!
The first thing to do is to establish what the bride-to-be’s preference is. If she wants a pampering weekend away and cringes at the thought of strippers, that narrows things down a bit. Weekends away in hot tub cottages are proving more and more poplar for hen weekends with ladies who fancy a relaxed and fun couple of days away with their best gal pals.
That’s not to say your work is done if the bride-to-be decides she wants a weekend in a cottage however. First up there’s organising everyone’s money; a big part of taking the pressure of the bride-to-be. Then there’s deciding on some treats and surprises. You could all club together and pay for a pamper package or you could make sure you organise fun games like Mr and Mrs (with dares and forfeits for wrong answers, of course). Take some time to chat with the other girls and make sure your friend’s hen is a weekend to remember!
September 20, 2013
Being able to restore and revive old furniture is a handy skill to have. Not only will it be very satisfying but it will also impress a lot of people. However, the best thing about being able to revive old furniture and fittings- such as drawers, tables and even timber doors – is that it means you don’t have to throw anything away, which means you’re saving the planet and money at the same time.
Of course, there is a difference between restoring an old piece of furniture to its former glory and taking something old and making something completely new. Before you start work on any piece of furniture, it’s worth thinking about which of these directions you want to head in. Whichever way you go, here are five top tips for making a success of it.
Carve out some time
When you start a project, make sure you have enough time available to finish it. One of the most common causes of failure when it comes to restoration is running out of time or underestimating how long it will take.
Establish a budget
One of the key points about restoration is that it can save you money in the long-term. So, you need to be able to pick your projects carefully. Pick something that will involve too much work and you might end up spending more than buying from scratch. If it’s a labour of love then that’s fine but be aware of what you’re spending.
Like any sort of DIY or work around the home, the secret to success is good preparation. This involves making sure the piece of furniture you are preparing to transform is clean before you start. Use professional wood cleaner to remove wax and dust, and in some cases sandpaper will be needed to remove varnish and paint. For the best finish, you need to make sure there is no grime, dirt or existing coats on the wood surface.
Paint or varnish
Before applying any kind of topcoat you need to have applied any necessary undercoats as directed. This will give the top layer more strength and prevent scratching and marking.
Upholstery and fabrics
In many cases, some new upholstery will really give a piece a new lease of life. However, this should always be the last part of the process.
September 19, 2013
The first week of September sees all the kids heading back to school, excited about their new classes and who their teacher’s going to be. Even if you still have younger children at home, term time has a very different feel to it than the school holidays. Being able to spend lots of time with the children during the summer is great, but there’s also something nice about waving them off into the playground on that first day back!
And while you can’t put your feet up all day long while they’re at school (as if!), it does mean that you can have a little more time for yourself once you’ve done the housework, washing, etc.
So how do you spend the odd twenty minutes relaxing? For many of us, relaxation time is online time these days, as it’s so normal to have broadband at home and internet on our mobiles. And while you can always catch up with emailing and things like Facebook, sometimes it’s fun just to play a few games as a way to wind down.
Online bingo is a fantastic way to take some time out. The games don’t require any mental effort – you just buy your cards and watch the number calls. In fact, you don’t even need to do that as the software takes care of marking the numbers off for you! You can play online bingo with bgo.com at any time, and whenever you login there’ll be a game about to start in the next few minutes. When you first sign up to the site, you can play free bingo games for seven days before you make a deposit. And when you make the first deposit on your account, you’ll get a 200% welcome bonus from bgo.
As well as the welcome bonus, there are different promotions running all the time on bgo. This month, bgo is still in the summer mood and to celebrate there’s the chance to win a Magimix ice-cream maker in the 99er game on 12 September at 9.30pm. This is a special 75 ball bingo game which features the Magimix icecream maker as first prize, along with a recipe book and £40 worth of shopping vouchers to spend on ice cream ingredients.
What a great treat for the kids to come home to after a hard day at school, to be able to make their own delicious ice-cream or sorbet! With cards for the game at only 1p, you can afford to buy plenty to increase your chances of being the lucky winner!
And even if you don’t win on the 99er promo game, there’s a lot of fun to be had playing online bingo anytime. As well as the possibility of winning great cash prizes for very low stakes, you also get the chance to meet new friends in the bingo chat rooms every time you play a game.