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.

Bath or Shower – which do you prefer?

It’s an age old question that can start arguments, divide families, and generally go unanswered. No. I’m not talking about whether tea is better than coffee (it isn’t, even though I love a brew), or whether X Factor can ever be better than Strictly (it can’t). I’m talking about whether a bath is better than a shower.

Shall we consider the evidence?

Showers are Great for Waking you Up

Is there anything better for getting you set up for the day than a shower? Those powerful jets of water are invigorating, exhilarating and refreshing. If you are definitely not a morning person, than a shower can be a great way of saying hello to the morning. However, if your shower is little more than a trickle due to low water pressure, you may need to install a shower pump. Stuart Turner shower pumps can address this problem, which occurs in a surprisingly high number of households, and will ensure that your shower is a refreshing experience.

Baths are so relaxing

In the same way that showers can wake you up, a bath is a perfect way of relaxing and shaking off the day. The fact that you can lie down in warm soapy bubbles, and that you can even buy things like bath pillows means that for many, a bath is the ultimate in relaxation. Add some soothing lavender oil, light some candles, maybe even grab a glass of wine or a book, and you can spend a lot more than 5 minutes unwinding and getting yourself ready for a good night’s sleep.

A shower is more hygienic

Many people argue that a shower is a far cleaner and more hygienic option due to the fact that the dirty water is instantly disappears down the plug hole. Many hate the idea of lying in bath water, arguing that, if you are really dirty, you are instantly dirtying the water and then lying in it – they may well have a point. There is also the fact that exfoliation  and body scrubs are far easier to use efficiently if you are taking a shower.

However…bath oils, salts and bubbles

But, it has to be said, that all the best pampering products, from bath oils, to all those seasonal  Lush bath bombs that everyone loves, can only really be used if you are taking a bath. Powerful jets of water from the power shower may be no comparison to a bath filled with bubbles and sparkle that is just calling for you to get in and enjoy.

A Shower is no mess

You have your shower, and then you switch it off and get out. No hassle, no mess. But consider the bath mentioned above, the one with the Lush bath bombs in it. Yes, glitter and petals look very pretty, but at the end of your bath, when the water has gone, you are left with a mess that you then need to clean, just when you are feeling all sleepy and relaxed.

A bath is better for aches, pains and the common cold

When you are not feeling well, a hot bath can make all the difference. Whether you have added eucalyptus to clear your nose, or arnica that will make aches and pains feel a little better, a bath can be therapeutic as well as relaxing those aching muscles.

So, where do you stand? Bath or shower?

5 Tips to vacationing with pets in the Lake District

Whether you have children or not, it is not uncommon for a dog, cat, or other pet to become a member of the family. Pets can be loving, comforting, loyal, and committed to you and your family for the entirety of their lives, so it is not surprising that humans often reciprocate the same feelings towards their pet. It is because of the close knit relationships and strong bond that humans have with their pets, that they would like to include them in everything; including going on holiday. Many places are conflicted by this, however, as not everyone fancies their pets the same way. If you are planning to go on a holiday with your pet, look no further than the Lake District. This dog-friendly area is keen on pets and will welcome them with open arms. Here are some tips to vacationing with your pets in the Lake District.

 

  • Hire a guide. Hiring a guide will help you navigate the Lake District with your pets in a stress-free manner. The guide will know what restaurants are pet friendly, which tourist attractions are welcoming to pets, and what transportation services to use. A guide will also prepare you for what you need to bring with you when you go out sightseeing with your furry friend.
  • Stay in pet-friendly accommodations. Let’s face it. Finding accommodations that will accept you and your pet for an extended period of time are quite hard to come by. That is why most people choose not to travel or they leave their trusty four-legged companion with friends, family, or in a boarding facility when vacationing. Whether you have the desire to stay in a 17th century cottage or a former police station, the Lake District has a number of accommodations that allow pets to stay with you.
  • Plan your day with your pet’s needs in mind. When traveling with your pet, you will need to think about their needs and plan your day accordingly. Very much like traveling with a child, you will need to take into consideration whether or not your pet will need a break from exploring around mid-day or if they will be able to put up with a day full of marathon activities. By keeping your pet’s needs in mind, you will be sure to have a great time and avoid any injuries or fatigue.
  • Pack lots of water and snacks. Be sure to pack a lot of water and some snacks for both you and your pet. You will want to take some time to hydrate and eat as to not fall out from exhaustion. Not to mention, the more you hydrate and stay well-fed, the more you and your pet will be able to experience together. It is also imperative that you pack extra doggy bags, towels, and napkins in case there is an accident while you and your pet are out exploring.

 

Take time to rest and recharge. A long day and exciting day in the Lake District is a guarantee which is why it is so important that you and your pet take time to rest and recharge before you set out for another adventure the next day.