Sunday, 16 February 2014

Alternative activities for a grown-up night in

Winter goes on for a long time and once you’ve got past the excitement of Christmas and New Year, the rest of the winter months do have a tendency to drag! In the summertime, once you’ve got the kids tucked up in bed, there are a couple more hours at least that you can spend time outside pottering in the garden or sharing a bottle of wine with some friends or your partner. In the winter, when darkness falls around 4pm, and from that time you’re cooped up inside until your own bedtime, so the evenings can be very long.

When you’ve spent the day playing with the kids or doing the housework, a little adult conversation can be just what you need. Going out isn’t always an option if you can’t get anyone to look after the children but there are lots of activities you can do at home.

Why not invite the girls over for a pamper evening? Get everyone to bring something – perhaps one friend is great at painting nails and another is a pro at massage. A few bottles of wine and some snacks never hurt either!  It’s a great way to unwind after the stresses of the week and have a catch up with friends – plus it’s a whole lot cheaper than visiting a spa!

Another activity which is becoming increasingly popular is online bingo. In the olden days you might have popped down to the local bingo hall with friends but nowadays a whole new realm of online gaming has emerged. If you’ve never tried it before you can give it a go at  bgo.com/bingobgo normally have good offers on and you’ll see there’s a huge range of different games that you can play that are scheduled to take place around the clock. It’s always nice to have the opportunity to win a bit of cash – have a read of this article about a woman from Hull who scooped the jackpot with a £1 stake. Online bingo is also a great way to socialise as you can chat with other players in the bingo chat room and celebrate your wins!

If you have some generous relatives who are willing to look after the kids for the evening, then it could be the perfect opportunity to have a date night with your other half. Get a bottle of wine, some nice food and your favourite movie and enjoy spending some quality time together. It can often be difficult to spend time together as a couple when you’re busy working, looking after the kids and doing chores but it’s important to have some alone time every now and again!

So, at the end of the week when you’re tired out from being a busy mother, wife and housekeeper try and make some grown-up time for yourself!


This post was written by Gemma Collier


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