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Forget the Spa – 5 Killer Days out with the Girls

Forget the Spa – 5 Killer Days out with the Girls

When you think of a day out with the girls it’s normal to think of relaxing activities such as a spa day or an afternoon tea but isn’t that too predictable? Are you getting set in your ways? It could be time to shake up your life, step in to the unknown and try something totally different for a day?

Wouldn’t it be great to answer the question, ‘What are you doing this weekend?’ with ‘I’m white water rafting’! How impressive and how exhilarating, you’ll finally have something exciting to talk about at your next dinner party! Read on for our top tips on how to take your life to another level.

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    1. Trampoline in a cave

    Now I know this sounds a bit odd but we all know what fun we used to have trampolining as a child so imagine having this experience in a cave? This is a great excuse to travel to stunning North Wales where a disused slate mine has been transformed into a giant playground called Bounce Below with three huge trampolines.

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    To add to the fun, you reach the trampolines by train and each is linked by an 18.28m slide. So you’re having fun, excitement and doing something totally different with your best mates and think of the energy you’ll expend with all that activity, not to mention the freedom you will feel as memories of childhood come flooding back. This has got to be better than the usual get together over a glass of Pinot?

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      2. Sky diving

      Are you afraid of heights? Then face your fears and get ready for a great day out and one you will never forget! Think about it, you will be joining the ranks of extreme sports enthusiasts – that’s something to brag about! One of the most accessible adrenaline sports, tandem skydiving is a safe way of stepping outside your comfort zone and a great way to view your local area from a different perspective!

      You can jump close to home or make a weekend trip out of it and travel somewhere beautiful to experience this amazing sport. A bonding experience, to share with your best friends as well as another thing to tick off your bucket list! If you get the bug then you could even take it a step further and qualify to do solo jumps.

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        3. Shooting Party

        Once seen as a sport just for men, as the popularity rises, the number of women’s shooting clubs are on the increase. There are also a number of Ladies Days offered at top shooting clubs where beginners can learn to handle a gun and take their place in the shooting line!

        You will be surprised at how much fun a day’s clay pigeon shooting will be and ‘ladies only’ also means you can learn in a relaxed environment minus testosterone-fuelled male pressure! A great way to spend the day with your friends, to learn from experienced tutors followed by a delicious meal and a drink in the clubhouse.

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          4. White water rafting

          If you like water but rowing on the pond in your local park doesn’t excite you then how about you and your girlfriends raise your blood pressure by trying white water rafting? Instructors will ensure you are kept safe at the same time as having lots of thrills and fun. So if you have a great sense of adventure you will be running the rapids in no time at all.

          Full kits are provided so you don’t need to worry about safety equipment and wetsuits, all you need to do is turn up with your friends ready to enjoy a fast paced exhilarating ride.

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            5. Go climbing!

            Now don’t think I’m advising you and your besties to pack your lunch, put on a warm jacket and start heading towards the snow-capped summit of K2! There are plenty of indoor opportunities to get your first taste of climbing. However, if you’d prefer to experience the great outdoors there are many schools that offer day or weekend courses that will give you the exhilarating experience and a real feel for what climbing is all about.

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            Obviously you will need a certain level of physical fitness for a weekend like this, however no experience is necessary and all courses will be pitched at the level of ability and aspirations of the group. A healthy, fun and exhilarating experience with amazing views is guaranteed.

            These are just a few of the amazing experiences available for you and your friends to try. Life is for living and experiencing different things. OK, there is a time and place for chilling and enjoying a quiet lunch or spa day but perhaps it’s time to put your plans for sitting on your sofa with a bag of popcorn and your favourite boxset to one side? The question is, have you and your friends got the courage to dip your toes into the world of the adrenaline junkie?

            Featured photo credit: Bisley Shooting Ground via bisleyshooting.co.uk

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            Last Updated on November 17, 2019

            20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

            20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

            Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

            1. Make a gift bag.

            A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

            2. Give a toast.

            Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

            3. Write a poem.

            “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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            4. Create your own labels.

            There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

            5. Give a gift card.

            Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

            6. Send a letter.

            Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

            7. Use social media to send a special message.

            If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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            8. Make your own digital greeting card.

            While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

            9. Make a YouTube video.

            Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

            10. Deliver cookies or candies.

            Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

            11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

            There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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            12. Put together a flower basket.

            Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

            13. Take a picture.

            Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

            14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

            The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

            15. Do something special for them.

            Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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            16. Reciprocate their help.

            Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

            17. Be there for them.

            Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

            18. Listen to them.

            Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

            19. Say it in another language…or two…

            A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

            20. Show them some love.

            A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

            Featured photo credit: Hanny Naibaho via unsplash.com

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