Planet Cruise: Top 5 Winter Sun Destinations

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There are two types of people when it comes to winter: those who don their scarfs and head out into the cold, and those who would rather sail away, somewhere hot and sunny. If you’re in the latter group of people, fear not – we have 5 Planet Cruise Winter sun destinations perfect for a little sunshine getaway. Continue reading

Ultimate Stocking Fillers For Christmas 2017

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Stocking fillers and small gifts can sometimes be hard to buy! We’re here to solve that problem with this ‘Ultimate Stocking Fillers’ guide!

For Him:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1) 4 Port Car Gadget Charger, £7.99 – 437782

2) 1000 Piece Star Wars Jigsaw Puzzle, £9.99 – 354663

3) Odd Socks, £13.99 – 389119

4) Signature Shaver Trimmer, £24.99 – 286318

For Her:

1) Carmen Dual-Sided LED Lit Mirror, £29.99 – 285824

2) Ladies’ Faux Fur Memory Foam Slippers, £9.99 – 409933

3) Calvin Klein Truth EDP 30ml, £11.99 – 400454

4) Stud Foldover Purse, £9.99 – 436836

For Kids:

1) Turbo Trax Cars, £12.99 -372260

2) Play-Doh Pizza Party, £9.99 – 428356

3) Glow Crazy Stencil Kit, £9.99 – 405648

4) Mr Potato Head, £10.99 – 428361

 

 

Five Tips for Christmas Planning

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Whether you firmly believe in starting your Christmas shopping early or wish the whole season would quietly disappear until December 25th, it doesn’t hurt to get your Christmas chores sorted early. With that in mind we’ve got a five tips for Christmas planning!

Five Tips for Christmas Planning

  1. Consider a set budget

We all know Christmas can end up being incredibly expensive!  Try writing a list of everyone you want to send a present to this year and what you want to send, this way you’ll have a focused approach to Christmas shopping. Continue reading

6 things you need to know if you’re travelling solo to Sun Park Lanzarote

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Sun Park’s regular tai-chi instructor Adam Jackson is back with another insight into retirement living. Sun Park on the island of Lanzarote is an exciting holiday-living resort for mature adults. Many people report that going to the resort was a life-changing experience, but what is it like if you’re travelling alone? Here are 6 things you need to know if you’re travelling solo.

It can be daunting travelling to a place you’ve never visited, especially when you’re travelling alone. However, Sun Park is unlike any place you’ve ever visited and it has a unique ethos that brings people back year after year. If you’re a solo traveller, keep in mind the following tips and you’re bound to have a wonderful time!

You’ll be made to feel welcome

From the moment you walk through the gate at Sun Park, you’ll be treated like one of the family. You’ll find everyone is welcoming and very friendly. Friendship is a key part of the ethos. Never be afraid to introduce yourself. Don’t be shy! Remember, wherever you go in Sun Park, you’re among friends!

Just be yourself

The atmosphere at Sun Park is very informal and relaxed. The ethos at Sun Park is very inclusive – people are accepted for who they are, not for what they do (or did) back in the UK or what you wear. Just be comfortable, relax, and be yourself.

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Feel free to join in

From fitness classes such as Pilates, yoga and tai chi to creative arts, painting, pottery, dance and music, there’s always something going on. One thing is certain; during your stay at Sun Park, you’ll never be bored. There’s always something to do and people to do it with. And, of course, if you’re looking for some ‘down’ time to chill by the pool or relax in the warmth of the sun and read a book on your terrace, you can do that too!

Think of Sun Park as your home-from-home

Many people think of Sun Park as their home-from-home. It’s a gated, secure resort where everyone is made to feel safe and among friends. During your stay, you’ll have your own fully equipped apartment with double bedroom, shower/bathroom, kitchenette, lounge and a spacious balcony or terrace. When the time comes to leave, there is a storage facility offered to all members and guests where they can leave their belongings free of charge so whenever they return everything will be waiting for them.

Remember it’s self-service

Sun Park is a place where you’re free to serve yourself at any time of the day or night in exactly the same way you would at home. That said, Sun Park does have a cafe in the main reception where you can order tea, coffee and light refreshments and you’ll also find a fully stocked English Supermarket on-site which is manned during the day.

If you need help or advice during your stay, all you need to do is ask

As it’s a self-service resort, you won’t find a manned reception. However, if you need help and advice at any time, you can ask any of the members and guests. If for any reason, the person you ask can’t help you, chances are they’ll know someone who can. Of course, for any issues relating to your apartment, you can get fast help by submitting a form accessible through one of the computers in the main reception. Once submitted, help will be on its way!

You may travel there alone but, if you’re like most people, you’ll come away having had an unforgettable life experience with friendships that will last a lifetime.

 

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Skincare with Skinn Ambassador Brittney Levine

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As the temperature drops and we welcome the chilly months of Autumn, it’s time to think about updating our skincare routine. With the launch of the Skinn Collagenesis Skincare Collection this Thursday, we couldn’t wait to sit down with Skinn Ambassador Brittney Levine for all the beauty gossip…     1. As we head into cooler weather, have you got any top tips to keep skin looking its best in Winter?

Definitely – during the colder, winter months, my skin personally gets really dry and chapped.  Exfoliating combined with intensive moisturising has changed my skin’s life for the better.  I had always thought that adding more moisture to my skin would make me break out or cause a reaction.  I also always felt that exfoliating was too time-consuming, so I only sporadically did it. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Book with P&O Cruises through Planet Cruise

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There are so many holiday options available nowadays that it can make it difficult to pick a destination. So why not choose a cruise? Why be limited to one destination when you can visit multiple during the same trip? Here are five great reasons why you should book a P&O Cruises holiday with Planet Cruise.

A traditional British cruise line

You won’t feel homesick with P&O Cruises – get the same traditional, British favourites onboard just as you would in the UK. Each cabin has tea and coffee making facilities and well-loved afternoon tea is available.

Phenomenal entertainment

Having recently partnered with Strictly Come Dancing, guests can get involved in live dance competitions whilst out at sea. Themed events are also a big thing with P&O Cruises so indulge in a cocktail (or two) and get ready to experience black-tie nights and other glamorous events.

Family-friendly and adult-only ships

Pick your ship just as you would a hotel. There are various ships which all have different facilities, rooms and, of course, different destinations – so you can choose one that suits you best.

Champions of food

P&O is well-known for being ‘heroes who champion on-board cuisine’. Celebrity chefs such as James Martin, Eric Lanlard and Marco Pierre White have all developed menus and restaurants onboard. On top of this, ten different famous chefs can be seen on select sailings to give amazing cooking demonstrations.

Great value for money

From gourmet meals to glittering entertainment, you can be sure that you’ll be made to feel like a VIP. Optional extras are available to make your cruise that little bit more luxurious (which can be paid for in sterling, for convenience).

Planet Cruise and P&O Cruises will be on air at 8pm on Tuesday 18th September 2017 – so if you fancy the holiday of a lifetime, don’t miss it! Find out more here.

Retirement Living with Sun Park: Could it be for you?

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Adam Jackson visited Sun Park for a day trip, which then turned into a two-week trip. He is now a regular tai-chi instructor there because he loves it so much!

Here’s what he has to say about the resort…

I arrived at Sun Park in January 2016 with no preconceptions or expectations. I had never been to Lanzarote before and knew very little about the island, let alone the resort of Playa Blanca. I had been to one of the neighbouring islands, Tenerife, but that was many years ago.

From the moment I walked through the main doors, I knew that this was a special place. Sun Park was a revelation. A life-changing, eye opening, spirit-lifting, revelation. All the apartments overlook beautiful gardens and swimming pools, and the resort is ideally situated just a short walk from the sandy beaches, the old town and the modern marina. However, it was the community of people living and holidaying there that made Sun Park so special. People from all walks of life had somehow come together with a common purpose – which was to find new friendships and create a place where anyone was welcome. Every day was filled with activity and purpose, where everyone, no matter how skilled or unskilled, shy or bold, active or physically challenged, could contribute to the welfare of the resort and each other.

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I had never seen anything like this before. I was made to feel at home from the very first morning. Within days I had made friends that I felt would last a lifetime, I had taken part in walks, talks, games, and a multitude of both physical and spiritual activities. I had been welcomed into the arms of a community with an extraordinary ethos. I saw residents taking care of the gardens, running honesty bars, offering their time and skills to organise activities – collectively turning a normal holiday resort into a safe, welcoming, inclusive and purposeful home away from home. It’s suitable for anyone over 50 who has a need to make a life change or wants to simply immerse and surround themselves with new experiences and new friendships.

I came away from Sun Park rejuvenated and uplifted with a strong desire to tell others about my experience there. It felt so important to me that the ethos at Sun Park should prevail. That I should somehow contribute to the continuity of a new, challenging and purposeful choice for over 50s.

Adam will be guesting on the Retirement Living show on Thursday 14th September at 8pm.

Get ready for autumn with Damart

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Here in the fashion team, we’re excited for the Damart show! It’ll be screening at 12pm on Thursday 21st September so don’t miss it!

Showcasing their hottest new looks for Autumn and Winter, Ideal World viewers will be able to pick up everything on the programme for HALF PRICE – as well as receive a very special FREE gift when you order. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get your Winter wardrobe stocked up for less.

Here we look at five must-haves that should be on your shopping list this season.

First up is their sensational Suedette Jacket. This stunning seasonal with its flattering waterfall drape styling and stretch fabric for the perfect fit will look great over a favourite Winter sweater and a pair of jeans. Or you can throw it on over a dress or a blouse and tailored trousers for an elegant evening look.

With prices starting from just £24.50 with your Ideal World discount, this is an unmissable opportunity to treat yourself to something special without breaking the bank. Just don’t hang about – at these prices they won’t be around for long!

 

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With embroidery making a strong showing as one of this season’s key trends, we also loved their feminine, floral pattern Embroidered Tunic. With its smart shirt-style collar and turned-back tab sleeves, this comfortable cotton tunic is an easy way to stay on-trend this Autumn.

Pair your tunic with some of their Perfect Fit Jeans for a casual look that will stand the test of time. These super-flattering jeans come with a stretch waist and a reinforced panel to smooth your tummy – just what we all need after a hearty Winter dinner!

For more formal occasions, Damart’s Tummy Slimming Trousers are an easy way to enjoy a more slimming silhouette. Choose one of the flattering dark colours and the sleek styling will ensure you look fabulous for the party season.

Finally, their Floral Bomber Jacket is a fantastic feminine twist on one of the year’s fashion staples. Its lightweight fabric is perfect for layering, simply team it with plain separates for a confident style statement or wear it with jeans for a relaxed modern look.

Of course, on the show, there will be even more styles for you to choose from. With everything at half price, make sure you join us at 12pm on Thursday 21st September!

10 Reasons To Choose Fischer Heat

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You may have spotted them in the newspapers, or recognise their logo during a Leicester Tigers Rugby match. But who exactly are Fischer Future Heat and what do they have to offer you?

Patented Chamotte Clay Core

Fischer Future Heat are the only heating company to use a 40mm chamotte clay core storage component which is exclusive to their company. This part of the heater is able to retain heat fast and for longer.

70 Years Experience

With 70 years experience, Fischer have installed heating solutions in over half a million homes and businesses across the UK!

Quality German Engineering

Fischer’s superior engineering experience ensures that every single heater is designed and manufactured flawlessly from raw steel right up to the finished product.

Fully Temperature Controlled

All Fischer dynamic storage heaters come with a wireless temperature controlled thermostat, meaning that their heaters are able to provide an accurate temperature all day.
The special programme mode gives you the ability to switch between two temperatures for comfort and economy purposes – perfect for the upcoming autumn nights.

Independently Tested

Fischer put their heaters through both Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) and Building Research Establishment (BRE) testing to ensure that they are of maximum efficiency and a high quality standard – for your peace of mind, of course.

10 Year Manufacturer’s Guarantee

All Fischer dynamic storage heaters come with a 10 year guarantee.

 

Complete Heating Guarantee

Fischer promise that if your heater (installed by them) does not heat your room to 21 degrees, within 12 months, they’ll replace it free of charge.

 

0% APR Available

To help with easy monthly payments, Fischer Future Heat offer interest free credit on all their heating systems (visit site for details).

Recommend on Trustpilot and Feefo

They’re rated a impressive 9/10 on Trustpilot and 4.7/5 on Feefo! With over a thousand reviews from real customers, you can ensure they’re the right heating suppliers for you! Many of these customers have even said they’ve seen huge cost savings on their bills since installing Fischer heaters.

 

Gas and Electricity Available

Fischer has also introduced a ‘One Fair Tariff’ on gas and electricity which ensures that everyone in the same area pays the same amount for their energy. No confusing tariffs or unfairly hidden prices. Just full transparency. A Fair, Honest and Simple way of supplying energy that is perfect for anyone using Fischer dynamic storage heaters.

 

 

Now that you’re fully informed on who Fischer Future Heat are and what they have to offer you, it’s time to increase your comfort and efficiency and install their electric dynamic storage heaters today.

 

Thomas Sanderson: The Psychology of Colour

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Colour affects everything we do. You may not realise it, but the influence of colour can play a significant part in the way we act and the everyday choices we make.

One of the most powerful affects colour can have on us is the way it impacts our mood. When it comes to decorating, this makes choosing colour for your home an important task – not only do you want to make sure you create the right look; you’ll also want to create the right feel.

The Living Room

Did you know that using shades of purple in the living room helps to elicit feelings of relaxation and comfort? This warming colour makes the ideal choice for any lounge, helping you to take it easy on the sofa after a long day at work. For those with French, patio or bi-fold doors in their living room, why not consider our bespoke door blinds to create an extra cosy feel.

Shade Suggestion: Grape Kiss

 

The Office

For when you need to get things done, consider blue as a colour for the office. Many associate shades of blue with the ocean or the sky, inducing a calming effect on the mind. This in turn helps to stimulate productivity, which helps you to get your work done much more quickly. Keep in mind that paler shades of blue are less distracting and more relaxing than brighter tones.
Shade Suggestion: Denim Drift

 

The Bedroom

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, nothing creates a sense of well-being and serenity more than the colour green for the bedroom. Associated with nature, tranquil shades of green will help to form a calming atmosphere, perfect for ensuring a peaceful nights’ sleep.

Shade Suggestion: Greenery or Kale

 

 

 

The Bathroom

Have you ever considered featuring a splash of black in the bathroom? Using this striking colour sparingly can help to create a sense of sophistication, as it’s associated with power and luxury. Perfect for starting the day right!

Shade Suggestion: Absolute White / Moon Shimmer

 

 

The Kitchen

When it comes to the kitchen, making a bold statement with shades of red will get those stomachs rumbling. Scientifically speaking, the colour red causes your heart rate to instinctively quicken – raising blood pressure and stimulating the nerves. This in turn sensitises taste buds and sense of smell for an increased appetite.

Shade Suggestion: Aurora Red

 

The Dining Room

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, or having a family meal round the table, consider using yellow in the dining room. This vibrant colour encourages the brain to release more serotonin – making it the perfect stimulant for dynamic conversation whilst you sit down for a meal.

Shade Suggestion: Primrose Yellow

 

 

 

You can read our full easy-to-use colour guide above. Featuring the best colour choices for each room in the home, the psychology behind it and some handy tips for finishing the look.

Schools out for Summer!

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Ideal World’s resident chef, Joe Remblance, talks Summer holidays and Summer cooking!

So it’s here, finally after months of looking out the window at gloomy weather the kids have broken up from school and Summer has arrived properly. Ironically, as I look out of the window here at Ideal World HQ the weather is still decidedly gloomy. With the children at home and the garden out of action in this weather, I doubt you’re alone in feeling you’re on a nonstop freight train hurtling towards tantrums and tears. Desperate times call for desperate measures, by desperate measures of course I’m thinking bribery – as a kid, food was always the most powerful bargaining tool in the arsenal. So crack out the mixing bowls and get the kids involved in knocking up some fun snacks this Summer, who knows you might even get enough peace and quiet for a quick snooze!

Freak Shakes

I mean, realistically these aren’t going to help you in that cause for an afternoon nap for obvious reasons, however these are so much fun to make with fairly few simple ingredients and a few decorations. Crack out the blender and get going on some stupidly sweet drinkable concoctions.

 

 

Cupcakes

The good old classic, I challenge you to get more icing on your sponges than ends up in your mouth, hilariously messy so definitely crack out a few old newspapers for this one. My favourite has to be a chocolate sponge, then add some blitzed Oreos to your vanilla frosting and finish with a mini Oreo, they look awesome but taste even better.

 

 

Waffles

Waffle batter is incredibly easy to make and you can really play around with variations, I like to add a little extra melted butter to my batter to make it incredibly rich or maybe have a go at a chocolate mixture. Ice cream and caramel sauce have to be the ultimate topping surely, squirty cream and chocolate sprinkles perhaps if I had to have a second favourite.

 

 

Doughnuts

Mmmmmmm doughnuts! Although a little trickier to make if you’re using conventional methods these are well worth the effort. If you’re frying them then surely the classic combo of a jam filling and granulated sugar dusting has to a be a winner, maybe Nutella filled and cocoa dusted if you’re feeling fancy. Go for a ring doughnut which are much more fun to decorate for the kids (me).

 

If you use any of these ideas, I can’t be held responsible for the mess I’m afraid – but if you’re looking for something to make creating some of these ideas a little easier then you need to grab yourself a Tefal Snack Collection. It makes creating a whole host of different snacks super easy, you’ll get recipes included and also its interchangeable plates are dishwasher safe….so just the sprinkles to fish out of the dining room carpet for the rest of the holidays

Make sure you keep tuned into Ideal World for a host of exciting kitchen gadgets to make cooking simple and easy this Summer.

Enjoy the Summer holidays!

Joe