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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

Father's Day Gift Guide 2017 - 5 Last Minute Ideas

Last year's "Last Minute Father's Day Gift Guide" was so popular that I felt compelled to write another simply because I've struggled for years to find the perfect gift for my own dad, my father-in-law and my husband.  Here are some quick ideas that you can get delivered this week to save you any last minute panicking! 

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For the DIY addict... 

Father's Day Gift Guide 2017 - 5 Last Minute Ideas - Sugru Rebel Tech Kit
I discovered Sugru about a year ago and we always have a couple packets in the house now. Simply explained, it's mouldable glue that hardens into flexible rubber within 24 hours and can be used to fix and repair almost anything (I even mended our dishwasher cutlery tray with it).  The guys at Sugru have now launched their Rebel Tech Kit for just £10 and this includes 14 project ideas to get you going.

For the music fan... 

Father's Day Gift Guide 2017 - 5 Last Minute Ideas - EC Technology Bluetooth Speaker
We are huge fans of EC Technology products in this house as their tech gear is always (a) useful and (b) portable. This rechargable bluetooth speaker with enhanced bass (currently £14.99) lets you listen to music anywhere but also looks pretty stylish too.

For the stationery buff...

Father's Day Gift Guide 2017 - 5 Last Minute Ideas - Say Nice Things Stationery FlipFlop pocket notebooks
Notebooks will never, EVER not be useful but Say Nice Things Stationery have gone one step further with their latest product.  The FlipFlop pocket notebook has a unique reversible design and comes with lined and grid page layout - just simply flip the book to switch between the two.  They come in a set of three for £6.99 or as a single in three different colours for £2.99 each. 

For the fashion conscious...

Father's Day Gift Guide 2017 - 5 Last Minute Ideas - Hotter Shoes - Energise Shoes
I'm a huge fan of Hotter Shoes and own about eight pairs, all in different styles and colours. They are sooooo comfy - it honestly feels like you are wearing slippers.  Recently their men's range has had some great additions and I can recommend Energise Shoes range for that mid-point between formal shoes and trainers. They retail at £75 which is a fabulous price for leather and comfort combined. 

(as an aside : did you see the "Holiday Packing Tips" article I wrote for Hotter Shoes recently?)

For the fitness freak...

Father's Day Gift Guide 2017 - 5 Last Minute Ideas - massage roller, resultsport
All fitness fanatics have the occasional niggle and a massage never goes amiss.  You can always purchase a couple of sessions from a local sports masseuse or cheaper option would be an athletic massage or foam roller. I used a small one from ResultSport on Amazon that cost just £6.95 but there are lots of different sizes to choose from.

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Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments or let me know if you spot and great last minute ideas too! If you need further inspiration you can read last year's Father's Day Gift Ideas post too.


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