Making Pampering Plans For November

Another month has almost finished, as the year continues to fly by. October has been great fun, but November is always one of my favourite months of the year, as the countdown to Christmas truly begins. Christmas lights are switched on, Christmas markets arrive in town and everywhere has a very festive feel, which is perfect if, like me, you think it is the most wonderful time of the year.

But Christmas can also be the a really stressful time, when the preparations and excitement can actually take a real toll, especially if you have young children with excitement levels at boiling point. So, November could be a time when you think about taking a little ‘me-time’, with some pampering, relaxation and well being at the heart. It is the perfect excuse for a spa break.

A spa break is a perfect girly getaway, whether it be as part of a hen party, a mother and daughter bonding session, or just a solitary session for you to recharge your batteries. You can combine massage, and skin treatments like facials and peels, whilst also enjoying the use of luxurious facilities like heated pools, saunas, Jacuzzis and whirlpools.

If you book a luxurious spa day or overnight stay at a resort like Champneys, you also get to use the excellent restaurant facilities. Most spa day packages include a delicious buffet lunch, with overnight stays also having breakfast and dinner options.

You can make your spa package perfect for you. If you are a gym bunny who wants to include a fitness option, then the state of the art gym facilities will be put to good use, and there will also be a range of exercise and dance classes you can partake in. If, however, you just want to relax and let some of the weight of the world be removed from your shoulders, then you may just prefer to book in for a deep massage, and then soak in a warm whirlpool. The beauty of a package is that you decide what you want to do. It really is that simple.

Stoptober – Are you Taking Part?

Are you taking part in Stoptober this month? If you are, there is a good chance that you have turned to vaping in order to give up your traditional cigarettes. Although much of the research into vaping is still in its early days, it seems that, as a way to aid quitting cigarettes, vaping is one of the most successful options, and this has further been endorsed by the NHS who have recently suggested e-cigs as an alternative for those taking part in Stoptober.

I am a strong supporter of vaping as a valid and effective way to aid those who want to stop smoking as my own husband was able to quit despite a 30-a-day habit, using vaping first to cut down, and then to quit altogether. And now, vaping products retailer Aquavape, have produced an informative survey and turned the results into an intersting infographic all about people’s top flavours, the % who switched from cigarettes to vaping, and how many people believe it is healthier. (They have some great vape starter kits here at )

It is no surprise to me that nearly a third of people switched to vapes to help them quit smoking, nor that a similar amount are using vapes as an alternative to smoking, it is certainly a more affordable option. It is also interesting that more people like the fruit flavoured options rather than a tobacco flavour, with mint and menthol also scoring more highly than tobacco options. (Which sort of makes you wonder why so many people smoke if they’re not that keen on the flavour?)

It is encouraging that most people questioned went for a low dosage when it comes to the strength of their e-cig, which may mean a health benefit in comparison to normal cigarettes, and could well be another positive aid when it comes to cutting down, or quitting altogether.

Whatever your thoughts on vaping, it is not going away anytime soon, and seems to be a positive step in the road to giving up the deadly weed for a lot of people.

Monthly Treats That You Deserve

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hotel Chocolat. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sometimes we spend so much time thinking about others that we often forget that we deserve a treat too. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can mean that ‘me time’ is something in short supply. The good news is that there are ways that you can treat yourself without needing a milion hours or a million pounds.

Enjoy Some Spa Treatments

A trip to a spa used to be something considered a luxury, but, these days, many spas have special offers on things like facials, massage, mani and pedicures. Hotel chain Malmaison even has treatments that are specifically timed to fit around the school run, so that you can drop the children off and then grab an hour of total pampering and relaxation for yourself. Although this might not be something you would do every week, you could certainly enjoy this as a monthly treat.

A chocolate treat

Everyone loves a bit of chocolate, and the Hotel Chocolat tasting club is a fabulous way to try some new and unusual flavours. The club allows you to select chocolates that are then delivered to your door each month, with subscribers getting to try this new Hotel Chocolat flavours before anyone else. Joining is simple, and is also popular, with 55,000 current subscribers. If you are a chocoholic, a chocolate conniseur or just someone with a very sweet tooth, this is a gorgeous way to treat yourself. Just add your favourite movie and some wine.

A Beauty Subscription Box

A beauty subscription box is something to look forward to each month, A great way to try new products without paying full price for a full sized bottle (because, be honest, how annoying is it when a new product disappoints or doesn’t suit), a beauty subscription box is a little touch of luxury to drop onto your mat each month,

How do you treat yourself each month?