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

Visit The Baby Show Earls Court this October

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be invited to The Baby Show and had such a great time that I knew I wanted to make the journey up to London again this October for the Earls Court Show. This one promises to be a great show as The Baby Show celebrates its 10th Birthday!

Running from Frirday 26th – Sunday 28th October 2012, the show is a must visit for mums to be and new mums, but don’t be put off if your children are a little older. There is lots to see and do for parents of toddlers (like me!). Pumpkin is almost 2 (eek!) but I know there  will be lots of toddler friendly products on display!

So what will you find at The Baby Show? Well first off is the shopping! I love getting the chance to see and try so many different brands, from the big names to some much smaller companies. There will be over 300 brands present at the show – thats a lot of shopping!

Also available are free changing facilities courtesy of nappy recycling experts Nappies2Go, a free Fisher-Price crèche (bookable in advance), Vtech Smart Play Zone packed with innovative toys to help development through play, a shopping drop off and collect by car service, so that you don’t have to lug your shopping around with you and for the first time you can take the stress out of shopping completely by booking a personal shopping experience with Baby Concierge! Now that sounds fun!

With leading brands such as Britax, Fisher Price, Mamas & Papas, Mothercare, M&S, Stokke, Superdrug, The Gro Company & Trunki in attendance, you really could tick off your whole shopping list in one day!

A who’s who of parenting experts including Professor Robert Winston (Child of our time), Annabel Karmel MBE (The Baby & Toddler Mealplanner), Claire Byam-Cook (celebrity breastfeeding expert) and Dr Julie Coultas (baby development expert). will be on hand to offer their knowledge with events taking place on the stage all weekend.

You can also expect daily fashion shows, The Face of the Baby Show competition, giveaways and of course, lots and lots of opportunity to shop.

The Baby Show, Earls Court 26th – 28th October 2012. Advance tickets cost £13.50 each (Friday) and £14.50 each (Saturday & Sunday) or £20 on the door. http://www.thebabyshow.co.uk/earlscourt

Hope to see you there!

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