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Planet Cruise: Top 5 Winter Sun Destinations

Beauty, DIY, Fashion, Garden, Health & Fitness, Home, Kitchen, News, Technology, Travel

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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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.

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.

 

Schools out for Summer!

Chef Joe’s Blog, Kitchen, News

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

Adam wins gold for equine-inspired garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Garden, News

We were thrilled for regular Ideal World guest, Adam Woolcott, and his partner Jon when we heard they won Gold for the fourth time at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show a couple of weeks ago.

We got in touch to find out all about it..

“What an incredible couple of weeks! I’m delighted to announce that a garden that my partner (Jon) and I created at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has won not only a coveted gold medal but also the BBC People’s Choice Award for Best Artisan Garden in Show. A phenomenal achievement and we’re over the moon.

Jon and I were approached by leading international equine charity ‘World Horse Welfare’ to design a garden to commemorate their 90 year anniversary. ‘The World Horse Welfare Garden’, was a traditional wildflower garden that highlighted the story of one particular horse called ‘Clippy’ who was rescued from appalling conditions and rehomed and rehabilitated and is now living a healthy and secure life in one of the charity’s rescue centres. The garden featured a neglected, derelict stable in one part of the garden surrounded by barbed wire and plants that are potentially dangerous to horses such as ragwort, yew and nightshade. The garden then opened up to a more welcoming area for horses with a lush meadow and colourful wildflowers, many of which are beneficial to horses such as comfrey, mint, chamomile and dandelion. Central to the garden was a real life sculpture of a horse, made entirely of reclaimed horseshoes. The sculpture, especially commissioned for the Show, included horseshoes from The Queen, Princess Anne (President of World Horse Welfare), champion Olympic horses such as ‘Valegro’ and ‘Big Star’ and also from supporters of the charity.

The garden was very much the story of darkness into light, with the emotive feel of so called invisible horses being rescued and rehabilitated and ultimately having better lives. When ‘Clippy’ was found he was incredibly dehydrated and struggling to stay alive. Today he is a picture of health and even managed a visit to see us at Chelsea. A story with a happy ending. The garden will be relocated to one of World Horse Welfare’s rescue centres in Somerset and the horse sculpture auctioned to raise money for the charity so that they can continue to help horses for many years to come.

Winning the People’s Choice Award means a lot more to us than winning the gold. It is reassuring that a traditional garden with a very strong message still has a very important place at the world’s most prestigious gardening Show. The fact that our garden was the favourite Artisan garden of all the people that came to the Show, saw it online or saw it on television is quite humbling. It’s nice to know it really struck a chord with so many real gardeners. I love creating these nostalgic gardens and to be able to share passion for plants and animal welfare is awesome.

I’m delighted to be back at Ideal World this weekend to bring you some great products to get you as inspired about gardening as I am!

I’ve got two amazing self-propelled mowers to bring to you, with great grass collection systems and various height adjustments, ideal for your small to medium sized gardens and even bigger spaces. There’s an amazing multi-tool with an incredible easy start feature and offering up to 6 different functions including hedge trimming, tree pruning an grass trimming as well as an extension pole to deal with those hard to reach areas. There’s also a brilliant range of tools for you to get your garden looking like a Chelsea Flower Show Garden.

We’ve had plenty of rain, the grass is growing, time to get back outside and get gardening!

Adam.”

Make sure you tune in on Sky 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747 and Freesat 812 or visit www.idealworld.tv to find out more.

Hayley’s Dad’s Do

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Hayley looks forward to another year of her “My Dad’s Do” Charity Ball…

So it’s time for me to start getting the final bits ready for my Charity Ball. Venue has been booked for nearly a year – same place it’s been for the last 4 years – the band is booked and now it’s all hands on deck.

Time to pick colour scheme, menus and the rest of the entertainment. Brochures have been printed and sent out, letter written to people to try and get prizes for raffle – it’s all go!

I started our Charity Ball in 2010 instead of having a 40th Birthday Party. It was a lot of harder than I though it would be, trying to get raffle prizes, sell tickets and get everything organised. Then there was the worry, would anyone come? Would they enjoy it? Will the food be ok?  The list went on! It actually ended up being such a great night that it has become an annual event and it will be our 8th Charity Ball this year. I am so lucky to have some amazing friends and family that help me greatly, there are some incredibly generous people in the world and there have also been people I don’t personally know as well as the ones I do. I am so lucky to know and to have met some amazing, kind and caring people.

We have a selection of people that come of all ages 17 to 80. A lot are friends, lots of people whom I know and lots of people who worked with my Dad and since I’ve been at Ideal World there have always been two big tables now from here, which is fabulous!

It’s a Black Tie event, so everyone gets dressed up which is great. Any excuse to get a new frock! Usually I get stuck between two – I love gorgeous dresses. The evening starts with a drinks reception, then followed by a 3 course dinner, coffee and chocolate, then the entertainment starts. It HAS to be a live band, as my background was originally in entertainment a live band is a must. Usually the dance floor is full in seconds, everyone is so up for just having a good time whilst helping to raise lots of money, it’s great! When the band has a break we usually had a comic but last year decided to host a game show instead which was really good fun, so we are going to that again this year. Followed then by the raffle and auction, which raises a lot of money on the actual evening, which is wonderful. The Band are back on for another hour, then its disco till 2am, followed by a late night entertainer in the bar till 4am, which is our switch OFF time and time to have a drink after hopefully a fabulous and busy night.

I’m starting to get me ready too and this weekend features lots of the products that I’m using! Microderm Mini MD to prepare my skin along with Elizabeth Grant, one of our most popular skin care ranges, two of my favourite products. My Vibrapower Disc 2 to help me get into my dress, and keep me fit to run round organising, my number 1 product ever. I can get my nails sorted too with Gel Touch Nails! It’s actually Presenters Picks from 9pm Friday 5th May until 9pm Sunday 7th May, but with all these products it’s like it’s my Charity Ball prep weekend at Ideal World! Let’s get ready..

So here we go, here’s to this year’s event and fingers crossed it all goes ok. A big thank you to every one who supports us, I couldn’t do it without you and so grateful that we have managed to keep it going so long.

We hold ‘My Dad’s Do’ in aid of Brain Tumour Research Campaign, the Aylesford Unit (Warwick Hospital cancer unit) and also to help with my school friend rehabilitation after being knocked over by a car in 2015, she’s still very poorly but continually amazes us with her recovery. Three great causes so close to my heart.

My Dad was my biggest supporter, ticket seller, advertiser, stage builder, problem solver and so so much more. Agonisingly we found out my Beautiful Dad had stomach cancer in 2011 and we lost the most amazing, wonderful man I have ever know in just 4 months at the beginning of January 2012. Our world changed that day and there is a huge hole in our life that will never go away. So from then on our event then became “My Dad’s Do” and is held in ‘My Dads’ memory every year.

I’m sure the reason I am working at Ideal World was my Dads work, he knew it was my dream and the September of that same year that we lost Dad I got that dream job as a presenter here, i think Dad had his hand in that from up above! So wish he was here to see how much I love it. He would be making all his clients watch and he would have loved to come in to the studios to meet everyone and see how it all worked. But in a way I think he already has!

Hayley x

Paul puts the Drill Bits to the test

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Hi – Paul here,

Wowzer! The weather has been great recently for DIY and gardening. With just a few days of sunshine I was able to get outside and complete plenty of jobs that I’ve been putting off over the wet and windy winter months. Now Spring is here, I’ve really been SPRING CLEANING around the home and garden! This is the time of year that I really appreciate Ideal World.

The patio is now moss and algae free, ready for the garden furniture to come out. The driveway and paths all washed down. The windows have been cleaned inside and out. Painting jobs completed. Grass cut. Hedges cut (thanks to my eldest son Solomon) and flowers planted. But there are still plenty of jobs to do.

I need to re-plant my hanging baskets with the peach begonias from last year. Use my Wagner on the fencing and sheds. Fix the bin house. Clean the gutters. Wash the conservatory and get the pumps back into the water features.

I’m very pleased to tell you that most of the tools and devices that I use to do any of these jobs, have come from Ideal World. If, like me, you enjoy taking care of your home, it’s well worth tuning in to channel 22 (we’re on Freeview), or checking out the website, because there are so many useful products at this time of year. And if you can get them on a special deal, even better!

One of my favourite DIY products has to be the “Drill All” Drill Bits. In 2013, we moved home, and as you may well expect, modifying the house to suit our needs and maximising storage, provided an abundance of home improvement opportunities. Some of the most simple of tasks, like adding a kitchen roll holder, loo roll holder, shelves above our fridge/freezer and hanging baskets proved incredibly difficult because my big brand drill bits could not hack the stone walls.

I thought it would be the perfect test for the “Drill All” Drill Bits, and if they couldn’t do the job, you could be sure that I was going to send them back before the 14-day money-back guarantee was up.

Great news! They worked like a dream! Every job that my big brand (probably one of the most famous on the market), drill bits were unable to achieve, I tested the “Drill All” Drill Bits on, and each time they performed like a hot knife in butter. Consequently, I kept them and am currently enjoying their 10 year guarantee. They’re awesome.

Make sure you tune in this weekend between 9pm Saturday 29th April and 9pm 30th April 2017 to take advantage of our amazing Pick of the Day deal for just £39.95 – that’s a saving of £80 PLUS a double discount of a FREE Tool Bag!

Paul