The most popular birthday in the UK is September 26th, so the chances are you know someone celebrating this month. That’s why we’re sharing memorable birthday ideas. With the annual Macmillan coffee mornings taking place, we explore the Swedish tradition of Fika, taking a break and relaxing over a drink or snack with others. Finally, with many of us returning to more normal routines, we suggest steps to take to reduce separation anxiety when leaving your pampered pooches at home.
Home Alone – Pet Parent Tips
Now the world is opening up again, could you spot the signs of separation anxiety in your pets? Changes in behaviour are common indicators. These coping mechanisms can include excessive barking, destruction near doors and windows, accidents, pacing and decreased appetite. To see how they behave when alone set up an indoor camera.
Unpredictability stresses dogs but routines help them cope. If you know change is coming, slowly introduce your pet to the idea of alone time. Take short trips without your dog and leave toys from Poundland and healthy dog treats from Holland and Barrett.
Before leaving home, set up a cosy, inviting space where they can’t destroy items or try to escape. Prior to leaving, engage your pet with a walk, or do some trick training, that way they might sleep while you’re out!
Wake Up & Smell The Coffee
It’s the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan Cancer Support on 24th September. Hosting a fun coffee morning and support a great cause.
Fika is the Swedish custom of enjoying a coffee and cake with others. Some companies have a Fika clause in their contracts, because it’s therapeutic, promotes wellbeing and productivity. The properties and positive effects of caffeine on the body and mind include:
- Physical wellbeing – Sitting for hours on computers isn’t healthy so if you’re homeworking break for coffee.
- Relieves irritability – Taking a break from your desk relieves stress and tension.
- Colleague collaboration – Take workplace coffee breaks to discuss work worries in a relaxed manner.
Coffee catch-ups are sociable so meet friends for Fika regularly. Alternate between bb’s, Coffee Republic and St George’s Restaurant and there’s no washing-up afterwards!
If you don’t like coffee, have you tried bubble tea at Mirin?
Party Like It’s Your Birthday
After cards hit the recycling, our tips will ensure the birthday person has to cherish.
Texting is nice but it just doesn’t a birthday candle to something special. We love the card selection in WHSmith.
Whether you’re planning a surprise, or your own celebrations, accessories from Poundland makes things easy! Impress guests and make post-party cleaning simple with decorations and tableware.
Stuck on gift ideas? If the hubby loves sport, check out Sports Direct for trainers and sports shirts. For your BFF, plan a pamper day with a visit to Elegant Beauty Bar and make a memorable gift by filling a box with pamper products from Boots and Savers. Men, remember to visit St George’s Flowers for that special bouquet!
What’s more fun than opening a present? Finding it! For a birthday scavenger just hide the gift and leave clues throughout the home. Too much effort? For a birthday to remember, invite friends to The Panic Rooms. With over 1300 five-star TripAdvisor reviews, the venue is the No1 fun attraction in Kent and it’s right on your doorstep! Now, just don’t forget the birthday cake!
That’s All, Folks!
We hope we have given you some style ideas for September, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
The safety and comfort of our customers remains important. The rules have changed; face coverings are no longer mandatory in the shopping centre. However, we would still recommend the use of face coverings in the centre to protect yourself and others. #ThankYou