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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Christmas Hampers

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Often, parents find themselves looking for new levels of convenience during the holiday season. After all, this is obviously a busy time of year, and the added pressure of making it a special time for your children adds quite a bit of time, effort and work. Therefore, it is always a good idea to keep your eyes peeled for quicker and more effective ways to decorate, shop, etc. One thing to keep in mind specifically, if you have never done this before, is to take a look at Christmas hampers from Marks & Spencer. These gifts are available to order online, and you can have them sent directly to the gift recipient. Furthermore, they come with assortments, rather than individual items, meaning that they can appeal to entire families or groups. Here are some brief descriptions of a few of the nicest Christmas hampers available at this specific store.

• Festive Indulgence Hamper – One of the pricier packages available in the wide selection of Christmas hampers, the “Festive Indulgence” can be nice to send to an entire family or group of friends. This hamper is filled essentially with fine wine, nice cheeses, and other treats such as figs, chutneys and puddings. It should be delightfully decadent come holiday season.
• The Cheeseboard – If it’s cheese you’re looking for as a gift, look no further than this basket. While many different hampers include some cheeses among a variety of different snacks and treats, this one is tailor made for cheese lovers and enthusiasts.
• White Burgundy & Smoked Salmon – This is, as it sounds like, a simpler hamper with only a few ingredients. It is also therefore a cheaper gift, and can be more appropriate in certain situations. That said, a nice white burgundy and platter of smoked salmon can be very nice as a light lunch or before a big meal during the holidays.

As you can see, there are a number of different styles and types of Christmas hampers that you can order. This is perfect, however, when convenience is your main goal. There is enough variety that you should be able to find gifts that appeal to a number of different people on your holiday shopping list, and, as mentioned before, you can do your shopping very simply and online. If this intrigues you as an option this year, just take a look on Marks & Spencer and you can see the whole, wide selection of different hampers.

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