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Valentine’s Day: 7 date night ideas for married couples

Valentine’s Day: 7 date night ideas for married couples

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, a lot of us enter the dreaded ‘panic mode’. As we scramble to book fancy restaurants and hustle to snatch up the last box of Thornton’s, we often get caught up in the stress of planning and forget to enjoy each other. That is where we come in. We believe in bringing to light the true meaning behind Valentine’s Day and showing the spark in your relationships. We, at epoints, have compiled a list of Valentine’s date night activities for you, and your significant other, to relish in.

Recreate the first ever date night you went on

Nothing says passion like heading back to that hot spot where you first met. Whether it be fruity cocktails at the local vodka bar or a brisk stroll along the quayside, it is important to reminisce on the journey you have made as a couple. It can even go as far to help heal old wounds. Sometimes, the extravagant gestures are not always necessary for proclaiming your love and this is the opportunity for effort to really shine.

An evening spent ice skating and sipping cocktails

The bonding experience to end all bonding experiences. You cannot physically get closer than being each other support pillars. Whether you are prolific skaters or Bambi on ice, this gives you opportunity to get to know each other whilst overcoming a potentially tough activity. Afterwards, you can go and grab a zesty strawberry daiquiri or beer to unwind while the kids are with the babysitter!

A romantic dinner and movie from the comfort of your own home

Dinner, drinks and a good rom-com? Say no more. Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with your partner. Those of you with busy work lives and kids will understand that this isn’t always easy. Sometimes, a simple pizza and film night indoors is the best option. It doesn’t mean anything less.

Looking for a romantic film to watch? Check out our list of top 10 romantic films here.

Soak up the culture of the city

Sightseeing can keep things very interest and most importantly, opens up conversation. Because of this, something as typically mundane as staring at a monument can be really engaging. Making jokes and having a laugh at the activity can really make the day. It is worth looking at places where you can immerse yourself in the culture. If you’ve got kids, you could even take them with you – many museums will have a kid’s activity to keep them amused.

A romantic city break away for the weekend

If you are looking to really push the boat out, it is worth looking into a small city break. If you can extend the period of intimacy and keep that love bubble afloat, it can do you the world of good. This is also an opportunity to squeeze in a couple of activities into one longer trip. This is the ideal sort of activity for long lasting memories.

Go for a stroll and picnic

As you can probably tell by now, the reoccurring theme is spending time with each other. A brisk walk gives an endorphin boost. This can really help in setting a positive mood for the date. With an illustrious combination with aphrodisiac hors d’oeuvres and a bottle of bubbly added, it is a fantastic accompaniment for good times and laughs.

Try something more extreme?

Your partner may get your heart racing but nothing pumps that adrenaline more than crossing into the unknown. Whether it be a suspended bungee jump or a throwing yourself out of a plane, it is almost guaranteed you will leave these experiences the closest you’ve ever been. Relying on each other in times of need and building that trust can really help shape an unforgettable experience. Grab your parachutes, this one gets the green light from us!

We hope this guide to dates has inspired you all to go out there and make a special day. Whatever it is you get up to we hope it is a special day for you all.

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Here are some ideas to inspire you for your next couples day out…

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Health & Beauty Essentials for Beating the Cold this Winter

Health & Beauty Essentials for Beating the Cold

As the winter sets in, the signs of freezing temperatures have a habit of showing themselves in various ways, not least on our skin, drying out our hair, and making us sneeze and sniffle. Oh, the wonders of winter!

Whilst we’re now past the most wonderful time of the year, i.e. the festive season, we’re firmly into the dulls of January, and quite frankly, there’s not a lot to look forward to other than diets and dark nights. Let’s be positive however – dark nights mean box set binges, cosy evenings in, and let’s face it, winter clothes are pretty cute!

Prolonged cold temperatures and biting winds take their toll on our health and beauty, but if you’re savvy with your winter kit, you can beat the effects and emerge into spring like a butterfly leaving its cocoon!

Loved by climbers of Mt. Everest and Arctic explorers, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream hydrates skin in the coldest climates!
Loved by climbers of Mt. Everest and Arctic explorers, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream hydrates skin in the coldest climates!

Quality Moisturiser

Invest in a quality moisturiser which suits your skin type. Always remember to take your make up off in the evenings, cleanse, tone, and then moisturise with a product which fits the bill for your personal needs. Shop around for this one, it’s worth the effort for the end results!

You could also invest in a great face mask and use this once per week to get a really deep cleanse and moisturise in.

With all-natural ingredients and a wide range of flavours, we love Burt's Bees lip balms.

A Good Lip Balm

Don’t forget your lips! It will soon be Valentine’s Day, and chapped lips are not attractive for kissing your admirer! Invest in a quality lip balm which is quite thick in consistency. This will  protect your lips against cold winds and avoid peeling. Only apply a small amount however, a little goes a long way!

The Dyson Humidifier is rather a luxury purchase but this tabletop device works as a fan to keep you cool in the summer months too!
The Dyson Humidifier is rather a luxury purchase but this tabletop device works as a fan to keep you cool in the summer months too!

A Humidifier

A humidifier is a great investment, because not only does it add moisture back into the air and help avoid dehydration of your skin, but it also helps with allergies when the summer months come.

This best-selling hand cream from L'Occitane contains shea butter and vitamin E to nourish hands.

Quality Hand Cream

Hands are prone to becoming dry and sore when the cold weather hits, so make sure you find yourself a good quality hand cream and apply it twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.

The Aussie 3 Minute Miracle is a budget-friendly hair treatment that actually works!

Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Don’t neglect your hair! The cold weather can dry out hair too, making it prone to splitting and breaking. A deep conditioning hair mask done once per week should be enough to put back the moisture and protect your locks against the elements.

With a lack of sunlight in winter months, a Vitamin D supplement is great for supporting the immune system.
With a lack of sunlight in winter months, a Vitamin D supplement is great for supporting the immune system.

Vitamins

We’ve focused mainly on skincare so far, but if you’re not getting enough fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, you need to make some changes. Eat a varied diet, packed with fresh produce for plenty of vitamins and minerals, as well as immune-boosting antioxidants.

Vitamin supplements are a good idea if you think you’re going to struggle with this, or if you’re very low on certain vitamins. Have a chat with your doctor or pharmacist to find the right combination of vitamins for you.

With these items in your shopping cart, you’ll beat the winter cold and be ready for the summer sun!

Find the perfect gift for her this Valentine's Day

What to get HER this Valentine’s Day

Find the perfect gift for her this Valentine's Day

What to get HER this Valentine's Day

It’s the year to make her feel super special. Whether the love is just blossoming and you need us to play cupid, or you’re looking for an extraordinary something for that special somebody in your life. We’ve compiled a guide for the best valentines’ gifts for her this year, from little surprises to pamper gifts, you have plenty of options to really make that lady in your life feel like the luckiest one in the world. We have everything for every type of budget too, take a look.

Urban Decay ‘Naked Cherry’ Eyeshadow Palette

Mattes, shimmers and intense colours, this palette is perfect for Valentine’s Day. The pinks and burgundy’s colours will create the perfect date-night look.

Whoever you gift this to, they’ll absolutely love it. High-quality, rich, velvety and easy to use, it’s a really thoughtful, beautiful gift for somebody.

Opulence Metallic Glass Votive Candles

Everybody loves candles and they can really set the mood on Valentine’s Day. These votive candles have a beautiful metallic design that will suit any type of interior.

Their fresh clean scent, crafted from a combination of citrus, bergamot and patchouli mean they’re a super safe choice and one that anybody would love to receive as a gift.

No. 1 Jenny Packham – Designer gold floral drape hair comb

A rather unique gift but certainly an unforgettable one. This floral hair comb will enhance any outfit, allowing your Valentine to shine, just like they deserve to.

It’s a gorgeous accessory that will make anybody smile when they open it. If you know your partner would love a hairpiece like this, it’s the perfect gift.

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This really is an unforgettable experience. Windsor Castle is a truly romantic location with its sweeping landscapes and the view of the Thames.

Your driver will take you straight from Central London to Windsor Castle where you’ll be treated to an audio tour and be able to visit the Windsor Castle State Apartments, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St. George’s Chapel

This is a one-night stay for two, breakfast is included and you’ll be sure that it’s an unforgettable Valentine’s Day gift (be aware though, it isn’t valid to take this trip on Valentine’s Day itself!) 

18ct White Gold 0.50ct Diamond Princess Cut Ring

An eternity ring to symbolise the eternity you’ll spend with your Valentine’s date. This really is a beautiful ring, one that has a rich shine and is suitable for everyday wear.

A princess cut diamond for the royalty in your life.

Beyoncé Heat Eau de Parfum Fragrance

They’ll need a special fragrance to wear for their Valentine’s date, and what could be more appropriate than Beyoncé’s Heat perfume?

Luxurious, sensuous and, importantly, a really delightful smell. If you were planning on gifting your Valentine’s with a fragrance, this is the perfect option.

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Valentine’s Day is really just a great excuse to relax a little, pamper yourself and love yourself as well as other people.

This fabulous experience gives you the chance to swim in the most unique swimming pool in Bedford, sit in a stunning sauna and be revitalised with an hour-long salt cave treatment. Best of all, it’s for two people, so, you get treated as well!

We hope this gift guide inspired you to find the perfect gift for her. Buying a thoughtful, unique present for your Valentines can show somebody just how much you care.

Looking for gift ideas for him? Check out our Valentine’s Day gift guide here.

Great gifts for him this Valentine's Day

What to get HIM this Valentine’s Day

Great gifts for him this Valentine's Day

What to get HIM this Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, it’s about that time when you need to start thinking about what you want to get the man in your life this year. However, due to the seemingly innate inability of many men to express what they want, a lot of people find it difficult to puzzle out the kind of gift that their partner will truly appreciate. Though all this may make getting the perfect Valentine’s gift for your lover a chore, we’re here to help with a helpful rundown of five great gifts ideas for him this Valentine’s season. 

A good-quality set of headphones is an ideal gift for techies.
A good-quality set of headphones is an ideal gift for techies.

Headphones

Whether it’s for listening to Spotify, at the gym, playing video games or listening to podcasts on their daily commute to work, many of us have partners who use headphones on a regular basis. Therefore, a high-quality headset or earbuds is a gift that they’ll use regularly for years to come.

For a masculine, woody scent, look to Hugo Boss The Scent Private Accord

Fragrance / Aftershave

A classic but a goodie… we all love receiving the gift of a new fragrance. Whether he’s sporty or more of a sophisticated gent, there’s a scent out there for every guy. Check out our list of our top 5 fragrances for him:

  1. Dior Sauvage
  2. Paco Rabanne 1 Million
  3. Hugo Boss The Scent Private Accord
  4. Joop! Homme
  5. Lacoste L. 12. 12. Blanc
Packed full of classics, the Nintendo Classic Mini NES this will keep any gaming lover occupied for hours at a time!
Packed full of classics, the Nintendo Classic Mini NES will keep gamers occupied for hours at a time!

Retro games console or record player

Everything retro seems to be coming back into fashion recently as people rediscover technology that has been forgotten for years. Why not send your video gaming partner on a trip down memory lane with a mini console or for music lovers, allow them the chance to redisover the beauty of a record.

A basic tool kit can even be handy just for fixing small things around the house.

DIY Tools

Have you been planning to do a bit of renovation around the house this year? With many men keen to use this as an opportunity to show offer their superior manly DIY skills (just go along with it, it’s makes them happy!), why not help them along with some new DIY tools to make their job easier. It may inspire them and before you know it, your house will be like something off of Grand Designs!

Get away and do something you both love together

Something for you to do together

Whether it’s a romantic weekend away, grabbing some afternoon tea or heading for a bit of sightseeing or theatre in the city, spending time with your loved one doing something exciting is one of the best gifts you can give in our book. Whatever your budget or interests, our wide range of gifts and experience offerings will have the perfect something to match both of your tastes!

The Best Home Gym Setup Ideas - Feature Image

The best home gym setup ideas for small spaces

The Best Home Gym Setup Ideas - Feature Image

The best home gym setup ideas for small spaces

Looking for home gym setup ideas? With the influx of new starters flooding your local gym, heading over there is never fun at this time of year. And with the weather turning chilly and unpredictable, we’re less keen to get our running shoes on. A home gym seems like a much more attractive idea, available at any time you want and with no monthly fees. 

However, a home gym can be difficult to accomplish as many don’t have enough spare cash after the Christmas period or enough space in their homes to accommodate the bulky fitness gear we’re used to in the gym. However, there are ways to make a home gym work in small spaces. With versatile equipment that is small or easily stored away, a home gym doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Read on to find out which essential pieces we think beginners should invest in first of all for their home gym setup…

1. Dumbbells & Kettlebells

A small set of dumbbell weights or kettlebells are a great starter for building strength and endurance. They’re less intimidating than barbells and also a lot more portable and easy to grab for a quick workout session. You can often purchase a set of dumbbells in their own storage rack or case to keep your setup organised and free of clutter or alternatively, if you want a wide range of weights, you can get adjustable dumbbells. Furthermore, these handheld weights can be used to complement your aerobic workout, raising your heart rate to aid in weight loss.

A small set of dumbbell weights or kettlebells can be a great starter for building strength and endurance.
Opti Dumbbell Tree Set
A yoga mat is a must-have for comfort and stability
Reebok Yoga Exercise Mat

2. A Yoga Mat

Even if you’re not a yoga fan, a yoga or exercise mat is a must-have as performing exercises on a hard floor or rough carpet will quickly get uncomfortable and a good-quality mat will provide some much-appreciated grip and stability when performing exercises and stretches. Also, when you’re not exercising, you can simply roll it up and store it away in a cupboard or wardrobe. Many even come with a handy carry bag or strap if you ever want to take it out and about with you.

3. Set of Resistance Bands

Need ideas on how to make an exercise more challenging? Introducing a resistance band is a great way to ramp up the difficulty if things are starting to get a bit too easy. What’s more, resistance band sets will come with bands of multiple resistance levels, allowing you to customise your workout to the difficulty that you want. For those who travel often, these are ideal as they’re compact and have such a diverse range of uses, meaning you can workout easily, wherever you are.

Women's Health Resistance Band Tube Set
A foldable weight bench is great for weight training and muscle building.
Marcy UB3000 Adjustable Foldable Weight Bench

4. Adjustable Weight Bench

For those wanting to get into weight training and building muscle, you may want to purchase an adjustable weight bench. Many compact, foldable models have been made with home gyms in mind. These allow you to target different muscles effectively at different angles, whilst also improving your core and lower back muscles. They can also be used for bodyweight exercises such as sit-ups and push-ups.

5. A (Weighted) Skipping Rope

It may sound like something that you’d expect to find on a school playground but a skipping rope, particularly a weighted one, is a fun and easy way to add cardio into your routine. If you haven’t got enough room inside, skipping is something you can easily do in your garden or driveway. In general, this is great for improving co-ordination and endurance but a weighted rope can amplify your workout as it burns even more calories and works your muscles even harder.  

Men's Health Weighted Skipping Rope
Opti Multi Pull Up Bar

6. Pull-Up Bar

They may seem daunting but pull-ups are one the best upper-body exercises you can do. Pull-ups strengthen your arms, back, shoulders and core and a pull-up bar is an easy piece of equipment to fit into your home! There are models available which can be bracketed to a wall or fitted within a doorway. Once you’ve had enough of pull-ups, you could even use it as base for a TRX suspension kit (though you’ll want to check your setup is strong enough first!).

Handy tip: Use a resistance band to begin with when trying pull-ups to make things a little easier!

7. Foldable/Mini Cardio Machines

For those who miss the traditional cardio machines you’d find at the gym such as the treadmill, exercise bike and elliptical, there are compact models available that are suited to home gym setups. However, these machines tend to be more expensive and can still take up a bit of room when folded or collapsed. 

Another idea for those who like exercise bikes would be to simply get a mini bike which  allow you the flexibility to pedal away whilst watching Netflix on your sofa.

Adidas T-16 Treadmill
Foam rollers are great for recovery and massaging sore muscles post-workout.
Men's Health Textured Foam Roller

8. Foam Rollers

Great for those post-exercise aches and pains, a foam roller basically allows you to give yourself a sports massage at home. Foam rolling helps you to get rid of any knots in your muscles and increase blood circulation to reduce any soreness. They’re great for preventing injuries which could hinder your workout plan and come in a variety of sizes.

9. Full-Length Mirror

Whilst the idea of watching  your red-faced, sweaty self working out might not sound appealing, having access to a full-length mirror can be useful for ensuring you complete exercises correctly. A lot of bodyweight exercises are only really effective when carried out with the correct posture but it’s not always easy to tell if you’re performing these right when you’re alone. However, by setting yourself up opposite a mirror, you can double check your posture easily.

A full-length mirror is great for ensuring you're working out effectively.
Argos Home Full-Length Cheval Mirror (Black)
Sonos PLAY:5 Smart Speaker (2nd Gen)

10. A good speaker system

Finally, make sure you’ve got a good speaker system to blast out that upbeat workout playlist that gets you moving. The perfect icing on the cake for your home gym setup!

(However, if you’ve got questionable music tastes that others in your house might not appreciate, a pair of bluetooth earbuds might be better!)

Finally, let us know in the comments below if you’ve got any other  home gym setup ideas that we’ve missed off this list!