10 New Things: What’s New This Week?
(22nd – 29th September, 2017)
Welcome to 10 New Things (AKA The Weekly Scoop!) where I showcase 10 new launches or great deals in travel and interiors EVERY SINGLE WEEK.
I also usually manage to upload a weekly video of these offers, which you’ll find if you scroll to the bottom of this page (or subscribe to my channel).
As a bonus, you’ll also find a selection of upcoming family events in and around the UK for this month.
Please note that I do not receive payment to feature these products and services – I do so because I like them and/or they offer genuine value for money and I’d like to share them with my readers – thanks for all your support!
1. This Week We’re Loving…
I recently came across a product called Tovolo Clear Ice System which I thought was a really cool gadget. It’s essentially a large mould to make two pretty impressive ice cubes; ice cubes so big that they take an age to melt!
Tovolo is available in King Cube or Sphere Design and the moulds push all the oxygen in the water into the bottom mould to create one regular ice cube and another that is crystal clear.
Prices start at a very affordable £12.99 and it would make a unique gift for a spirit drinker as the slow melting cubes means that drinks don’t get diluted.
2. My Latest Purchase…
I paid a visit to IKEA recently and picked up this industrial-style Hemma table lamp base for £8 and Nittio LED bulb for £12.
3. Bargain Spot
I clocked this laminated wall planner on Groupon which is great for getting organised and would come in handy in the kitchen or office.
Prices start from £2.99 and the planner runs from January 2018 through to January 2019.
4. New Launch…
This quirky neon light from Prezzy Box offers a fun twist on your lighting. You can shape and shift the lights it into whatever word you fancy to get creative with your wall art.
The light is battery powered, offers three levels of flashing, from still to soft, and costs £12.99.
5. I’ve Got My Eye On….
How cool is this super cool geometric wallpaper from Wallsauce.com.
The company has launched a collection of geometric pattern wallpaper murals with a range of colours to complement all styles of décor.
The versatile collection is ideal for almost any space including living rooms, bedrooms and home offices.
Monochrome patterns are great for sleek spaces, pastel geometric patterns are great for adding a subtle touch of colour and retro patterns work well in living rooms and home study spaces.
The murals are available in standard wallpaper materials and also a handy ‘Peel & Stick’ removable, self-adhesive material. Prices start at £26 per square metre.
6. New Flight Launch…
British Airways will increase its flight schedule from Heathrow to Philadelphia from April next year, growing the servicefrom seven flights to ten flights per week and allowing passengers more opportunities to visit America’s first World Heritage City.
The flight will operate on the carrier’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, offering passengers the choice of World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World cabins.
Visitors can take advantage of Philadelphia’s tax-free shopping within the city’s prime shopping district RittenhouseRow, and new for spring 2018, the Fashion District of Philadelphia will offer more than 730,000 sq.ft of retail, dining and entertainment space.
7. UK Deal…
For an October half-term holiday to remember have a look at i-escape.com, which is offering a Pembrokeshire coastal family break to remember, amongst other holidays!
The Pembrokeshire getaway is located in the coastal town of Newport, and the former coaching inn is now a relaxed seaside haven with 8 lovely rooms and a first-rate restaurant.
Food is at the heart of this restaurant with rooms with a focus on locally caught seafood, organic veg and meat reared close by, and there’s a beautiful kitchen garden and lawn for dining when it’s warm enough. The place offers fun and informative foodie courses, including the popular seashore and countryside forage and feast days (£99 each) and the kids will love pizza from the wood-fired oven.
There are 3 family rooms, each with a fridge and sofabed, babysitting can be arranged and the family dog is welcome. The more adventurous will find coasteering, sea kayaking, surfing and biking on the doorstep – or just grab a bucket and spade and head along the National Park coastal path to Parrog (a 20-minute walk) for a day on the beach.
A 3-night stay from 21 October costs from £480, based on a family of 4 sharing a Luxury Double Room with a sofabed on a B&B basis.
8. Worldwide Deal…
Fancy taking a cruise next summer with the kids? How about a seven-night Mediterranean cruise from £639 per person?
The offer – from Princess Cruises – is for a sailing on Crown Princess in the Mediterranean for seven nights during the school holidays, departing on Saturday August 25, 2018. Sailing from Barcelona to Rome (Civitavecchia), the itinerary calls at Gibraltar, Marseille, Genoa and Livorno.
Prices start from £639 per person for a family of four sharing a balcony stateroom, secured with a £50 per person deposit.
9. Bargain Spot
Heathrow Express has launched a £15 single fare for Saturdays from now until the end of 2017.
The promotional fare is available to purchase by 31st December for travel on Saturdays until the end of the year. The new ticket price is valid for a one way journey on the date of travel booked and can be used by both inbound and outbound passengers.
Turn up and go passengers can also buy a £25 return ticket on a Saturday, with the return journey valid any day for up to one month.
10. What’s New?
Ebookers are helping nomadic bookworms find the perfect read for their next trip with the new Holiday Book Generator, developed in association with Waterstones.
With over 600 titles, the Holiday Book Generator offers a diverse selection of reads catered specifically for users’ unique personalities and journeys.
All it takes is a quick personality test, focusing on how users approach their travel, and they’ll be presented with a tailored set of books based on their answers. Alternatively, filter your results by your chosen country or city to find the perfect story to guide your global journey.
The Holiday Book Generator is an opportunity for readers to discover and explore authors from across the globe, with titles from over 110 countries, spanning centuries of literature and a huge variety of settings, themes, and genres.
Ebookers hope that through the Holiday Book Generator we can rekindle our relationship with reading – encouraging people to take some time out of their holiday to pick up a book and have a good read – something that happens all too rarely these days – and proving that there’s a book for everyone, anywhere
Family diary date
Tickets have gone on sale for central Scotland’s autumn outdoor light show, which runs from October 25 -November 12. The Woodland Light Experience is a family-friendly event in central Scotland, just a short drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth.
Entry each night is between 4:30pm – 9:30pm (woodland closes at 10pm). To keep chills at bay, hot drinks and gourmet pies are available.
Prices are £12 per adult, £6 per child and under 3’s go free. A family ticket costs £34.
Pssst..! This week’s interesting fact…
Online dry cleaning service, Zipjet, commissioned a study revealing the most and least stressful cities worldwide.
To select the cities in the ranking, Zipjet studied 500 locations based on data relating to the cities’ infrastructure, pollution levels, financial stability and the quality of life for its citizens. Within these categories criteria such as household debt, perception of security, number of green spaces, unemployment levels, population density and racial & gender equality, were researched, along with additional factors which adversely affect mental health, such as number of sunshine hours.
The top 5 most stressful cities were: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester and Glasgow. The top 5 least stressful cities were: Edinburgh, Leeds, Southampton, Liverpool and Bristol.
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