27 January 2016

3 Ways to Take a Nostalgic Trip

We love to look back at different parts of our lives; usually with rose-tinted glasses on

There’s something about human nature that means we all enjoy revisiting the past at different points in our lives. It’s why retro nights in clubs are so popular. Hearing music from the 1980s or ’90s takes us away from today and back to different stages of our youth. That generally gives us a feel-good vibe.
But there are many other ways that you can get a little nostalgia trip whenever you feel like having one. Here’s how.

Put your skates on!

Keeping your balance may be harder than you remember it being...

Although you may have said goodbye to your last pair of skates in the late ’80s, there are still lots of roller rinks in operation where you can always hire skates if you don’t think this is going to become a regular pastime. Grab a few of your mates and head to the nearest roller disco for the chance to re-live those wobbly moments when you pick up speed while you’re all in skating in conga-like fashion. 

As well as roller skating, ice skating is another way to reconnect with your youth, but beware! The falls will hurt you much more today than when you were younger. Kids just seem that much better at taking a tumble than most of us grown-ups!

Retrace your steps to family holiday haunts

Remember how much you used to love those annual family holidays at the seaside? Most of us have one special place that we went to with our families, year in, year out. Maybe it was Cornwall? Or perhaps if you lived near the sea your family would head somewhere like the Lake District for a change of scene. Childhood holidays have a magical quality to them, especially in retrospect, but at some point in your teenage years you probably started to see it in a different light and complained that it wasn’t exciting enough, especially if all your mates were headed off to Ibiza!

You probably stopped going on holiday with the family eventually. It’s natural, it’s a part of growing up, but after a few years without going to that special place you might miss it. But what’s to stop you booking your own holiday there now? You could book a cottage and revisit your old holiday hang-outs. Of course, this kind of nostalgia trip will take a bit of forward planning, but it’s always a possibility.

Play games that evoke memories from the past

No, it doesn’t mean you have to drag Monopoly down from the attic. If you never liked the game, you’re not going to start enjoying it now. One of the bigger arguments I have had with friends and family have been over the rules of Monopoly! Fortunately there are lots of new games that have been designed with nostalgia in mind and they can be played anywhere and everywhere.

Many contemporary online games borrow from the past for inspiration. Take a look at the kinds of games you can play at sites like BGO, 888casino and Mr Smith Casino. Many of the casino classics remind us of decades gone by with games such as roulette, blackjack and poker. And if you play bgo slots games, you’ll find that the games cover all kinds of different themes, from fairy tales to fantasy through to film and TV characters. 

For anyone who grew up in the ’80s, the slot Retro Super 80s will be right up their street. It’s a slots game that pays homage to the accessories of the 1980s on its reels – symbols include Atari joysticks, walkmans, hugely chunky mobile phones, fast cars and stiletto heels. But as you can play for as little as 1p per line, it’s not a game that requires an ’80s-like level of spending to play!

James Cameron’s film Alien is a classic - one that everyone has seen at least once during their teenage years. Now you can relive the movie through the brand new Net Entertainment slot whenever you want. With hi-tech graphics, you’ll feel the intergalactic atmosphere leaping out at you as you play. Following the film format, there are three levels – The Search, The Encounter and The Hive, with each new level offering the possibility of bigger wins. 

I have heard recently that Sigourney Weaver’s is in talks to do another Alien film!

It’s fun to indulge in a bit of nostalgia every now and then. And as life goes on new experiences will gradually have that sentimental value attached to them. There’s nothing wrong with having fond memories of days gone by and if you can find a way to bring them back to you, even for just a few moments, so much the better!

7 January 2016

Fun Wedding Reception Ideas

I don't know whether it is my addiction to "Don't Tell The Bride", but I am always on the lookout for fun, memorable and unique ideas to have at weddings.

The best weddings are always the ones that are unique to the couple, have a fun element and ones that you can take away wonderful memories from; whether you are the ones getting married or a guest.

One thing that I think is really fun to do, which is becoming very popular these days is having a photo booth at your wedding reception.  Professional photographs, although lovely for the ceremony and group photos, really have no place at a wedding reception where you want to have fun in a more relaxed setting.
Photograph courtesy of OMG Photo Booth Hire
As well as having fun props and getting random combinations of guests posing, this is a really fun addition to your wedding reception.

An essential to a good wedding reception is the music.  What you do not want is an empty dance floor or even worse, twenty drunk people doing the Chicken Dance courtesy of a bad DJ.  A great idea to do is add a song request option to your wedding RSVP invite.  When you get the cards back, simply create a playlist, adding a few of your own favourites to the mix!

Hey Mr DJ
 The card featured here is downloaded from Etsy at the low cost of £4.22.  You can just print out the cards yourself to add to your wedding invitation envelope.  Fun for a tiny cost!

Another idea would be to invest in some personalised wedding pens.  They can either be added to your wedding invitation envelope or placed on the tables at the reception, perhaps to use in the next idea.

Wedding Pens
These pens cost £30.00 for 50 and will be a nice memento of your wedding (as well as getting the phone number of that wedding guest who you have decided after a wine or two is your one true love!)

The people you ask to your wedding are (in an ideal world) all the people that you love and spend time with.  A great idea would be to leave these wedding advice cards out for each guest on the tables in place of a wedding guest book.  Cheaper and will invoke some great memories in years to come.

Wedding Advice Cards
I found these on Etsy for the cost of under £20.00 for 50.  Not a bad place at all for some interest at the table and great reading afterwards.

Finally, at the end of the night when toasts have been drunk, many drinks have been consumed and that wedding breakfast seems a very long time ago, how about a popcorn food stand?

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These are just some of the great ideas that I have come across, all designed to make your wedding that little bit more special and something that you will always remember.

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6 January 2016

Bored of the Diet Talk

I know that I am not alone in saying this, because I have seen many fat positive women saying the same, but the typical New Years Resolutions of “I am going on a diet because I ate a turkey, four mince pies and a chocolate truffle over Christmas; I look horrendous” are this year, really starting to get on my wick.

Now I am, as you know, a fat person.  It is a part of me but not all of who I am.  I am aware of it and the impact that seeing my body sometimes has on others.  You know the types, either those who like to insult you; in varying ways of behind your back (or hiding behind a computer screen) or those jellyfish stinger types who say “Oh I wish I had half of your confidence!” 

Which translates to:

“If I was as fat as you, I would hide in my shed”

I like my body.  I have no wish to change it.  If others wish to change their body, be it because it is a New Years resolution or otherwise, then do it, but for the love of fuck, stop trying to involve me in your diet talk because I am not interested and what’s more, it is boring as hell!

I cannot count the number of talks I have been party to or brought into with regard to weight loss recently. Including before Christmas “With all I am going to eat this Christmas, lets all challenge ourselves to a weight loss competition in January”.  Erm, no.  That is ridiculous.

Weight loss is not a competition and we should not be compare and contrasting each others bodies in order to declare a winner.  If you want to change something about your body then change it, but leave others out of it.

If your self worth relies on the size of your stomach and the number on your bathroom scales alone, then perhaps your New Years resolution should be to love yourself more.   Because losing 10 pounds after Christmas will not change that. 

Here is a New Years Resolution I intend on sticking to.

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