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Guest Post: Great Ideas For A Date Night

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post | Posted on 28-03-2013

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You’re in a relationship, and you have your hands full with the kids. On top of that, you both have to go to work five days a week, meaning you have little time to yourselves. Whatever time you do have, you might feel too jaded to do something together, but it’s important to enjoy each other’s company once in a while.

Rekindle the romance

If your relationship is in a bit of a lull because you’re spending so little time with one another, you could do worse than think back to when you first met. Think about the first few dates you had and what made them so special and use them for inspiration.

Going on a date if you’ve been together a few years might sound like a strange thing to do, but if you have a night away from the kids or have a week away from work, there’s no end of things you could do together. If you’re short on ideas, I’ve got a few suggestions that might tickle your fancy!

A night at the movies

Going to see a film isn’t the most original idea, but if you want to get out for a few hours, why not watch something you both might enjoy? You could see a rom-com, a drama or something you both agree on. One of the best things about a night at the movies is that it’s not too expensive, and there’s plenty you can do before and after the film.

Spend the night in

Staying at home might seem like the lazy option, but there’s so much you can do such as play board games together, although you don’t need a physical game to play them! All you need to do is head online, and all your favourites plus some new ones are available at the click of a mouse.

If you both like game shows, then you might be interested in the Deal Or No Deal game, that is one of many on offer from Ladbrokes Games which is based on the popular TV quiz. As well as Deal or No Deal, the classic, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire can played on sites like this and is something you’re both likely to enjoy.

Wine and dine

Going out for a meal together might is probably the most romantic thing any couple could do, no matter how long they’ve been together for. Unlike a trip to the cinema, there’s a lot of choice in terms of food and restaurants you have – for something really romantic and fun, Italian restaurants are perhaps the best option.

Once you’ve chosen your restaurant, you’re both free to spend a few hours eating your favourite food, talking about whatever’s on your mind. You don’t need a special occasion to go out – all you need is to love each other!

Whatever you decide to do, it should help to make your relationship shine again. All you need to do is make a little time for each other when you can, and you’ll be able to have fun together like you both did when you first met. Something you should remember is to choose something you’ll both love, so one of you doesn’t end up bored.

A Great Night In With Ladbrokes

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Days Out, Information, Sponsored Posts | Posted on 28-11-2012

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I was recently sent a party pack by Ladbrokes who are encouraging people to have great nights IN with their family and friends, and one of their packs. The party pack was amazing and included everything we needed for a night in. The contents were actually used over a variety of nights in, and one night out.

Little Man’s Birthday – Ladbrokes sent loads of party plates, serving platters, straws and table decorations and we used them during Little Man’s birthday party last month. They were all plastic so we didn’t need to worry about breakages, but they were washable and reusable so we can use them again and again. There was also some toddler friendly music playing, thanks to the iTunes voucher – lots of Justin Fletcher!

Date Night – “Casino Royale” is one of the few James Bond movies I’ve watched in recent years and actually enjoyed. I think its probably the Daniel Craig factor more than anything… Hubby and I had a quiet date night a few weeks ago with Little Man packed off to his Grandparents for the night. We sat down in front of the TV and thoroughly enjoyed re-watching the movie, and their may have been a cocktail or two enjoyed courtesy of the recipes books and cocktail set we were given. Shaken but not stirred, naturally.

Poker Night – I’ve never been a fan of poker but my two brother-in-laws are, so they were thrilled to receive the poker set we’d been given. They got their mates round and had a lads night playing poker and invariably enjoying a few beers. The set was excellent and came with everything they needed for a proper game, without having to head out.

Family Night Out – We did use one of the items outside the house, but that was only because Pizza Hut don’t deliver to us! We went to our nearest restaurant and took Little Man for pizza. The voucher was really appreciated and we could all sit down and enjoy some delicious pizza together. A great family night out, which would work at home too, if you are in a delivery area.

I’d like to thank Ladbrokes for providing the pack and some great family entertainment. If you fancy a family night in head over to Ladbrokes Casino and get playing – you never know, you might just hit the jackpot!

 

Product Review: Joe Browns

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Fashion, Product Reviews | Posted on 17-09-2012

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Joe Browns was set up to provide something that little bit different from other clothing catalogues, and when you flick through their book or browse their online store that difference is clear. Their clothes are a lifestyle choice. You won’t find anything in the Joe Brown catalogue that you might find similar somewhere else. Joe Browns clothes are distinctive and add something a bit special and unique to your wardrobe.

This Easy Livin’ Dress is one of my favourites from the new Autumn/Winter range. A knitted pointelle top with two handy front pockets and a floral hem which gives the appearance of layers, this top is perfect for the cold season. On chillier days paired with dark jeans and boots, or on those rare warmer Autumn days worn with brown or black leggings. This top is ideal for casual day wear, or can be dressed up and accessorised for a night out at the local pub with friends.

The Joe Browns summer sale is currently on where you can snap up a few last minute bargains whilst the late summer just about lasts. I found these great Floral Espadrille Pumps.

They are SO comfortable and extremely versatile. Pottering around the house, hitting the high street shopping, lazy evenings in the pub or out for a date – these shoes will get you through most events and gathering, and you’ll wonder how you ever survived without them.

The NEW Autumn/Winter range is available now from the Joe Browns website, and there are still a few bargains to be had in the sale!

Disclaimer: I received the items mentioned above to review from Joe Browns, but all opinions are my own and were not affected by the company.

Date Night at Giraffe, Horsham.

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 23-01-2012

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On Friday Hubby and I went out. On a date. In the evening. Without Little Man. This is pretty exciting for me because we worked out its probably been about two years since our last evening date. Hubby blames me of course: “Well you were pregnant and fussy about what you could and couldn’t eat.” You’d think we ate out at particularly weird places wouldn’t you? Anyway, we decided to give Giraffe a go. I’d eaten there previously for lunch one day with Little Man. I’d been feeling frivolous and decided to take him out for his lunch after our Sing & Sign Christmas party. He fell asleep before we arrived, but I’d really enjoyed my meal and was keen to go back. So the grandparents were booked and we headed up to Horsham for our date.

We got a lovely table with a bench seat downstairs. It was slightly strange to sit next to one another, but I suppose it was date night. We’d already had a nosey at the menu online so had a rough idea what we were going to have, though I did keep debating which cocktail to go for.

Hubby eventually settled on a Hippy Hippy Shake Smoothie, Chicken Potstickers to start followed by a half rack of BBQ Baby Ribs.

 

I had the Mango & Lime Daiquiri, started with the Crunchy Coconut Shrimp and had the Parmasan Chicken Schnitzel Kiev as my main.

 

The food was amazing. It was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. I could have willingly eaten several more servings of the Coconut Shrimp! Obviously we had to try a bit of each others and the Potstickers were nicely different to anything I’d eaten before. The ribs melted in my mouth – I was surprised Hubby didn’t go for the full rack. The portions were spot on too – I didn’t feel hideously uncomfortable but I wasn’t starving either.

The Daiquiri was sublime and the Smoothie was like a meal in itself, but neither interfered with the food.

“Would you like to see the dessert menu?” We were asked by our waitress. “Most definitely!”

Picking one each was hard. I think we could have willingly taken one of each. Hubby settled on the Baked White Chocolate, Mascarpone and Passion Fruit Cheesecake whilst I went for the Banana Waffle Split.

You should all be drooling over your computer screens at this point.

Needless to say they tasted as delicious as they looked. The cheesecake was huge and a great combination of sweet chocolate and sharp passion fruit. The waffle was to die for. The bananas were warm and everything was dripping in toffee sauce. I may have eaten a little more than I really should and felt slightly uncomfortable at the end!

Giraffe is a great place to go for date night, or even with the family. They have a lovely children’s menu available as well as the adult menu and its all very reasonably priced. I think we’ll be heading back there with Little Man at some point soon.

Giraffe’s menu can be found on their website. You can follow them on Twitter @GiraffeTweets where they run a competition every Friday to win a £40 voucher.