Amie, Heated Clothing, Primrose.co.uk

The winter is nearing, and the nights are darkening. The temperatures are plummeting and  the snow will soon be falling. Whether you’re tucked up in bed, or out for a scenic walk, we’ve all been there where our feet feel as though they’re close to dropping off. So we’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to keep your feet warm.

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  1. Place heated inner soles into your shoes
    Great for when you’re heading outdoors, heated insoles add an extra layer of warmth for inside your shoe. Many heated insoles provide a heating element running down the entire length of the insole meaning your whole foot will be kept toasty, even those pinkies prone to the cold.

    What’s better is heated insoles will often fit into any shoe as they are easily trimmed down to size.

  2. Layer up with socks
    Whether you’re tucked up in front of the TV, or you’ve ventured out for an explore, choosing the right socks can benefit the warmth of your feet greatly. There are socks on the market with external heating elements (battery heated/ heat packs) which provide a gradual warmth to your legs and feet. These are a great option if you’re skiing, hiking or walking as they provide extra warmth in colder conditions.

    Alternatively, cosy thermal socks are great for lounging around the house and help maintain core body temperature also. They’re also perfect for long-term use, with very little maintenance or hassle.

    It’s important here that you don’t wear socks that are either too tight, or that don’t fit comfortably if you’re wearing shoes as this can cut off circulation to your toes.

  3. Put your slippers in the microwave
    You heard right. Cozy Body slippers are microwavable, and in only two minutes, you can benefit from instant warmth and relaxation. A short term solution, they are ideal for those cold mornings when making a brew or late evenings after a bath.

    With Christmas around the corner, they make a great gift too! (I will admit I did buy my Nan a pair and she loves them).

  4. Massage your feet
    Who’d have guessed that a soothing foot massage would improve circulation to your feet? Aiding blood flow, a massage helps to circulate the blood to even the nippy toes.

    Next time you have cold feet, nudge your boyfriend or girlfriend, and blame the cold!

  5. Top up with soups and stews
    With winter around the corner, forget the salads and ice cream and turn your attention to warm, heart foods. Stews, soups, vegetables, potatoes etc will help to keep your whole body warm.

    Also, avoid the caffeine! I know a morning brew is a staple part of most people’s routine, but caffeine is a vasoconstrictor which means it limits blood flow around the body.

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    Hopefully you’re now covered  in knowing 5 ways to keep your feet warm!

    For more tips and advice on how to keep warm this winter, we’ve a host of blog posts to read over.

    AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

    She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

    Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

 

Amie, Halloween

Halloween is nearly upon us, and it’s time to get into the spirit. This blog post will combine all things Halloween-themed from food and games, to products and pumpkins.

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Party Games
Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party, or simply having a quiet night in with some friends, Halloween games provide hours of entertainment. The majority of Halloween games are really easy to carry out too, with little cost involved.

Apple bobbing – A timeless classic, this is played by filling a large tub or basin of water, and putting apples in the water. Because apples are less dense than water, they happily float on the surface. You then put your hands behind your back, and do what you can to grab the apples with your teeth. Fun for children and adults alike.

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Mummy wrap – Grab the toilet roll and get wrapping! From head to toe, cover yourself in white roll and you will end up looking like a glorified mummy. You can remain in the white roll for the rest of the night, and you have fancy dress sorted too. To add effect, put some fake blood on your roll to look scarier.

Pop the pumpkins – This is a real simple idea, whereby you blow up orange balloons (the pumpkins) and you have to pop them as quick as you can. The winner is the one who pops all the pumpkins first! It sounds easy, but that all depends on what you use to pop them.

Food and Drink
Halloween is a great opportunity to express your creativity with nibbles, with so many options to choose from. Whether it’s from the supermarket Halloween aisle, or you’ve put hard graft into making the food, there is something for everyone of all ages (and alcoholic options for adults).

Toffee apples – Hands up who fancies a sweet treat? Simply push a wooden stick or skewer into the stalk end of the apple and apply pre-mixed heated sugar, water and syrup. Make sure to use red apples. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could try chocolate or caramel apples too, which equally make a great treat.

Ghoulish cookies – Perhaps one of the easiest treats to make, you can style your cookies to however you wish; skeletons, bats, witches, pumpkins. All you need is cookie mix, a cutter and some icing, and you can get creative with your cookies. They also make a great party snack being easy and cheap to make and eat.

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Anything with pumpkins – Lattes, pie, cupcakes, pasta; the possibilities are endless. Supermarkets are breaming with pumpkins/Halloween ideas so there will be plenty to choose from. However, a personal favourite of mine is pumpkin pie. It’s simple to make at home, and tastes wonderful too.

Products
If you are throwing a party, then there are a few essentials which are guaranteed to improve the night such as patio heaters or outdoor lights.

Misters – Create an atmosphere indoors or out with a mister. The smoke effect produced from the misters helps to create a spooky, graveyard-like scene.

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Candles – Light up the party with a candle, with our colour changing LED candles perfect for blending the colour theme together.

Outdoor heaters – If you’ve guests to keep warm, then look no further than an outdoor heater. Various styles to choose from, they will help banish any signs that winter is coming, and provide warmth long into the night.

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Heated clothing – For outdoor activities in the cold, such as ferrying young ones around whilst they trick or treat, check out our range of heated clothing. Keep your mitts warm and your toes toasty.

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Pumpkins
Perhaps the staple of any household this Halloween, carved pumpkins will grace dining room tables, patios and windowsills this October. As well as adding to the spooky set up, they make great lights too.

Here are some of our favourites;

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If you want to mix it up, you could try the latest craze of carving pineapples!

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We’ve more pumpkin inspiration for you, as well as tips on how to create a spooky Halloween-themed garden – plenty of Halloween reading (try not to get too scared!)

Happy Halloween from Primrose!

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

Amie, Heated Clothing, Primrose.co.uk

It’s the middle of October, the bitterness is starting to hit and I have decided to go camping for a couple of days. ‘You’re mad’ everyone is saying, but I enjoy the sense of adventure, and I’ve never been camping past summer before. Camping in the autumn makes for a delightful setting too, with the fallen, golden leaves and the crisp morning views (makes for wonderful walking scenery too).

One of the buying team recently went to Iceland, so I thought I would test a few new products on my trip. Alongside my normal camping gear, I decided to take some Warmawear heated clothing items with me, to keep me warm late into the night and provide extra warmth come the frosty morning.

My packing list:

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The socks were great, and kept my toes warm throughout the night. Truth be told, I didn’t take them off again! In the morning, they kept my feet nice and warm when preparing breakfast. I took size M/L, which designed for size 7-13 fit my size 8 feet perfectly. They had a soft, fluffy lining, great for retaining heat and were quite stretchy too with their spandex/ acrylic material blend, so were great for wrapping around my trousers to keep the heat in. They also look pretty stylish too I am sure you will agree.

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The multipurpose muff was very useful for camping. Pop in 3 AA batteries and it warms up in no time. Acting as a warming tube, it was ideal for when sitting around the campsite, and at one point my friend was adamant she wasn’t going to give it back to me! The muff flattens into a warm, comfy pillow too, so I got a great night’s sleep. It was lightweight and compact so perfect for taking camping.

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The scarf was perfect for the morning cook, when I was waiting for the spaghetti hoops to boil, as well as the early morning walks in the bitter October cold. With handy pockets situated on the end of the scarf, it kept both my fingers and neck toasty when it felt rather breezy. Operated with 3 AA batteries, this 150cm long scarf wrapped around me perfectly, and being made from super soft polyester fleece material, it was more than snug.

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So whether it’s a camping trip in the middle of winter, or a cold bonfire night and you are looking to wrap up warm, I can not recommend Warmawear heated clothing enough.

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

Amie, Children in the garden, Gardening, Grow Your Own, How To, Primrose.co.uk

Growing up, my first exposure to gardening was planting sunflower seeds in my grandparent’s back garden and watching them grow taller than me! I used to love getting my hands dirty and playing in the muck of the garden, but it seems a lot of children today would prefer to do the opposite.

Follow these steps to get the kids back into the garden and appreciating the outdoor elements.

1) Plant exciting flowers or varieties
Flowers which don’t require a lot of work or maintenance, such as sunflowers or marigolds are a great starting point for children. Sunflowers grow really tall, which I remember fascinated me. Sensory plants such as Stachys Byzantina (Lamb’s Ears) or Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) will also excite young ones. You can’t go too wrong with seed based plants due to their ease.

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2) Use grown vegetables for dinner
Do you have fussy eater in your household? If so, get them involved with the growing of fresh fruit and vegetables. Carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, the possibilities are endless. It will be rewarding when you sit down for tea and eat all of your hard work too.

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3) Decorate plant pots
You can easily get some plain pots, which are cheap enough to paint and decorate. This combines creativity with gardening, and then allows for potting and planting afterwards.

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4) Build a wormery
Most children are fascinated by worms, and why wouldn’t they be? Worms are wonderful little creatures so support their habitation by building a wormery. Simply fill a glass jar or box with moist soil, sand, vegetable peelings, vegetation and leaves, and some worms. You can then look at how they behave, how they move and how they look.

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5) Create a treasure hunt
Children love a treasure hunt, so hide some goodies (perhaps chocolate if you’re feeling generous) in your garden, ensuring they’re hidden well! Bury underneath bushes or hide up trees, and promote the idea of getting mucky and stuck in. It doesn’t matter if your garden is small (or you have no garden), you can go to the park or some wooded area and do this too.

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Show us how they get on, and send in any pictures or stories, especially of worms! If your photo contains a Primrose product and we feature it on site, you will also get a £5 voucher!

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We recently had photos sent in from one customer who is helping to educate future gardeners using one of our New Leaf polytunnels!

  

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

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