Guest Post – The Pros and Cons of a Night Out

A night on the tiles – it’s a tradition that’s been around for decades. Friday and Saturday nights are made for letting our hair down, something I’ve done quite a few times! However, as I’m getting a little older and have all the responsibilities of being a mother to handle, I wonder whether going out is quite as fun as it used to be.

Pros

  • Nights out are great if you want a change of scenery
  • They allow you to meet new people, especially friends of friends
  • A night out could be anything you want it to be – a film, a few drinks at a pub/nightclub or even a football match

Cons

  • They can be expensive – taxis, drinks and takeaway food can cost over £50 a night!
  • They don’t always go to plan
  • They can be exhausting

The cons of nights out got me thinking – should I have nights in at home instead? I want to be closer to the kids, but I still want to have fun with my friends and a night in gives me the best of both worlds.

The perfect night in

Food – always have snacks prepared. Whether they’re simple like chips or something fancy like vol-au-vents, it’s important to have food prepared for a night in. I would like to see a platter or buffet that we can pick and choose from.

Drink – cocktails are fun, and they’re not that difficult to make if you find the right recipes online. However, I think wine’s better as you can just pick some up from the nearest corner shop and my friends can bring some with them too!

Games – again, head to the internet for ideas. I found online bingo to be a lot of fun, and everyone else can play at the same time, but puzzles are fun too. Board games are just as exciting, as they’re good for groups of friends.

Staying in for a change

It seems that I’m not alone in thinking a night in sounds like a great idea. A survey for Ladbrokes Bingo showed just over 66% of women would rather have a night in than a night out. I didn’t expect to read that, but it’s true!

The same survey also had some more bizarre pieces of data. I didn’t think, for example, that 30.8% of women worried about their tights falling down during a night out, but that’s part of what makes staying in so appealing.

Disclosure: This is a Guest Post on behalf of Ladbrokes Bingo

Guest Post – Carrie from Baby Swap or Shop

Today I am delighted to share with you a Guest Post from Carrie Webster at www.babyswaporshop.co.uk. I hadn’t heard of this site until a few days ago but it looks fab and I’m sure it could be useful to many of you!

So over to Carrie…

Smart mums are recycling outgrown items to make room for the replacements as well as making a bit of extra cash to buy the next size up. This really is an eco-friendly way of meeting your families’ needs on a budget and knowing that you are helping other families too gives you a sense of satisfaction. As the recession continues, we are all feeling the pinch; particularly with growing children to cater for.

We are approaching that time of year when every penny counts as those ‘Dear Santa’ letters are drawn up and the children need warm coats and new shoes for the harsh winter to come. It can be a very daunting time when your children are pulling on your ‘heart-strings’ and guilt mixed with emotions makes us spend money we haven’t always got.

www.babyswaporshop.co.uk is a caring community of parents and mums to be who are selling, swapping and buying new and used maternity, baby and toddler items, FREE of charge throughout the UK.

Shop smart here. You can add an unlimited amount of ads with photos to enhance your sales and a great description all helps, we just ask that parents are honest in the interest of child-safety and to use common sense when performing a transaction with somebody unknown to you.

We have a ‘wanted’ section for anything you are particularly looking out for and we have easy category and local areas search facilities. You can opt to have your ad appear on our BSOS main FB wall too for maximum exposure and re-post unsold items in just one click. It’s also worth signing-up so that you are one of the first to hear about new competitions and offers; at BSOS we always have our ears to the ground and are shouting out about baby products and services all the time – we hope to see you soon!

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