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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.

Introducing Cleaning Gift Vouchers

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Home & Lifestyle, Information | Posted on 03-12-2012

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I was recently asked to take part in a campaign with CleaningGiftVouchers.co.uk who provide, what they call, the “Gift Of Time”. As parents we’re all busy people. As well as the 24/7 job of looking after our children, we are perhaps also holding down jobs, running the home, and occasionally even finding five minutes to ourselves. Time is something we don’t have a lot of, so to be able to find a company to lend a hand is pretty exciting.

With Christmas fast approaching, chances are you’re going to have a steady stream of friends and relations in your home so you’ll no doubt want it looking at its best. Finding the time to clean your house can be tricky at the best of times, but with the added pressure of shopping for Christmas too, it can be almost impossible. Or perhaps your house is tidy but you’re oven could do with a little TLC before the big day and the mass cooking begins.

CleaningGiftVouchers.co.uk are here to help. They have  a range of cleaning packages available to buy for yourself, or to treat someone, to suit any problem area. I was instantly attracted to the “Sparkling Single Oven Cleaning” package. My oven door seems to collect remnants of past meals, and because my grill is inside the oven it gathers any fat splashes from roasts and then proceeds to smoke any time we use it. We’ve had a go at cleaning it ourselves but it is such a time consuming ordeal that didn’t seem to work at all.

Using the payment code I’d been given I went online to book my oven cleaning. Purchasing a voucher was simple enough, and with a little help from the online chat support I managed to select the best package for me. Arranging the appointment was also easy and I had the details confirmed by phone and email within 24 hours. I was really pleased to have booked the cleaning so easily and so efficiently. The website makes is really helpful and the online chat support provide valuable extra details and great customer service.

I am really looking forward to having my oven cleaned in time for Christmas.

Shop At Zulily – Daily Deals For Mums, Babies, and Kids

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Launch | Posted on 09-05-2012

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Zulily launched in the UK last month after a press event in Central London. Zulily provides heavily discounted branded items – up to 90% off retail prices – for short periods of time. Each sale event lasts 72 hours and then they are gone, making way for a new brand and new deals. A group of bloggers and national press were invited to morning tea and to preview some of the clothes, shoes, books and accessories which would be on sale via Zulily in the coming weeks and months.


Every day at 6am a new selection of goods are added, and over the past week there has been clothing, changing bags, maternity bras, books and furniture on offer at great prices.

We bought this last week for Little Man to give him somewhere to sit whilst colouring or playing with his Lego or puzzles:
This desk for Pkolino currently retails for £79.99 from Amazon. I got it through Zulily for just £45, and it was delivered this morning 10 days after ordering. A sturdy flat packed desk which is suitable from age 2 up to around 6 – so a great investment too.

Ordering from Zulily is simple and you pay just one postage charge per day, so if you order something in the morning then have another browse later on you will get free delivery on anything else ordered before midnight.

Joining Zulily is free, so why not head over there now and take a look at what’s on offer today by clicking here.