Decorations are the best way to set the mood for Halloween, whether you’re hosting a party or having a horror film marathon on the couch. We like to think of ourselves as Halloween-aficionados here at The Hub, so we’ve come up with a bunch of different Halloween decorations to suit everyone’s needs.
Not everyone wants to have their home covered in spider webs and that’s fair enough. You’ve spent a long time getting your home just right and you like to come home to a relaxing haven, not a house of horrors.
We’ve got the perfect solution with decorations that give a subtle nod to the day, without becoming overwhelmed by cackling witches and severed hands.
These cute little pumpkin statues are discrete enough to easily fit in with your decor, whilst also giving that cosy autumnal feeling. We’ve seen similar to these in our local Next and TK Maxx too.
Baby it’s cold outside- okay, we’re not quite there yet, but the temperature is certainly starting to drop at this time of year. A Halloween throw blanket is the perfect low-effort way to bring Halloween spirit into your home, and will keep you nice and warm as you have the wits scared out of you by a horror film fest. And once the day is done- just fold it away until next year.
You know it’s autumn when the scented candles come out. Fill the air with the smell of pumpkin spice and other autumnal scents like cinnamon or vanilla, which make you want to lie on the couch and listen to the rain fall for hours. Bonus points if they’re pumpkin shaped like these little gems that we found.
If you love Halloween, but simply don’t have the time to spend hours decorating your house and even worse, cleaning it up after. Well we’ve found these Halloween decorations that are no-fuss, without being boring.
Paper garlands are an easy way to deck out your house in Halloween spirit. Buy it, Blu Tac it, done. Even better, you could get the kids to make their own paper chains from black and orange craft paper. That’s sure to keep them busy for an hour!
Let your guests be your decorations! Having plenty of people over, walking round in full costume with a skull goblet in hand is sure to up the fear factor when trick-or-treaters come to the door.
All you need for your decorations to have a big impact on Halloween is a centrepiece. We recommend focusing on the buffet table. Lay out your snacks and treats on top of a halloween table cloth and scatter a bag of bones and a skull around it, sure to leave your guests wondering whose they might be…
If you’re looking for more inspiration for easy but effective Halloween decorations, just check out the decorations at our very own Cappuccino’s. They’ve smashed it this year!
Move over Jack Skellington, there’s a new Pumpkin King in Halloweentown!
You’re not just willing to settle for a pumpkin and some paper garlands, you want to take Halloween to new heights… Well we have some ideas that will raise heartbeats.
Leave trick-or-treaters trembling at the bottom of the path, as you turn your front garden into a haunted graveyard! Place a few tombstones into the ground and stream spider webs around to make for an eerie entrance.
Here’s a DIY-job that shouldn’t take too long, but will leave your home looking like a haunted Gothic mansion. Just take an empty bottle of wine, paint it black, and stick a candlestick in it. Classy and creepy; trust us, it’s a small thing that makes a big difference.
The piece-de-resistance at any top-tier Halloween party is a fog machine. There’s nothing spookier than walking through the mist, in the dark, wondering what you’re going to encounter.
Don’t forget to head down to The Hub this Halloween. If your roots are truly terrifying, book in at our salon. Or if your kids need some practice to dress up as a mermaid, book a session at Splash. And if you find yourself fancying more treats than tricks, pop into Cappuccino’s for a coffee and a cake.
Are you a hairstylist looking for work? We’re hiring!
Here at the Hair & Beauty at The Hub, we are looking for some experienced hairstylist’s to join our team.
We are a busy salon and are ready to take on more team members, starting as soon as the current lockdown is over. We’re looking for passionate, friendly and experienced individuals that will fit in well with our current team of stylists and beauticians.
We currently have two positions available, that are full-time or part-time, with excellent rates of pay and commission.
Benefits: salon discounts, uniform provided, training courses etc.
Experience: 2 years of experience preferred.
If this job sounds perfect for you, please contact our salon manager, Helen Del-Pinto via email : email@example.com
December is officially here which means Christmas is just around the corner – yay! But that means it’s probably time to start thinking about what you’re going the get your Secret Santa.
Choosing a present to give your co-workers, friends, or family might not always be the easiest task, especially if you don’t know them all that well.
Thank goodness it’s all secret, eh? Even though you spend a lot of time with them, most of the time you end up stuck trying to figure out exactly what they will want that’s also in your price range.
If the mild panic is already setting in and you’re stumped on what to get your Secret Santa, we’ve put some ideas together to help you surprise them with original present ideas that’ll suit all budgets and personality types.
Nothing says thoughtful like a personalised gift! A quick search on Etsy will show you just how many variations of personalised prints there are, from pet prints to family portraits and themes signs.
They’d make a lovely addition to anyone’s home and a perfect present for any recipient. Plus you’ll be supporting small businesses, which is great in these challenging times. They range from as little as £6 to around £25, so you can spend as little or as much as you like.
If you’re secret Santa has a pet they adore, get them a digital drawing of their beloved cat, dog or other pet! All you have to do is send in a photo of their furry friend, choose the background colour and text you’d like on the print, and a talented artist will draw it up for you.
Take a look at all the shops selling pet prints.
Are you lucky enough to have your bestie as your Secret Santa? Or your Sister perhaps? Then these friend & family prints will make the perfect present! You can add as many people as you like, personalise their gender, hair, skin tone, outfit and stance and write their names and a lovely quote on their too.
View all friend and family printing on Etsy:
Not much beats a great pair of socks, and anyone who says otherwise is lying! Everyone needs them, and there’s also such a wide variety of prints, colours and styles available that you’re bound to find a pair for any personality.
Here are some great sites for printed and funky socks:
Who doesn’t love a good brew? If you work in an office and your Secret Santa doesn’t have their own work mug, then this is a must! After all, it’s likely you all basically run on tea and coffee.
Give the gift of entertainment this Christmas! With not much else to do at the moment, puzzles and games would make a great present for your Secret Santa to play over the festive period.
We love this card game for couples, ‘In The Dog House’, and it’s only £12.49 on Amazon! It contains 100 brutal, hilarious and revealing couples questions, think of it like Mr & Mrs on steroids.
‘For The Girls’ is a great present if you’re buying for a girlfriend as you can get it out at your next girls night!
Soundiculous on the other hand, is family-friendly. It is the gloriously silly game of ridiculous sounds. The aim of the game is simple – get the most points by making and guessing ridiculous sounds!
Another great one for office pal, a personalised mouse mat is both useful and fun! Bring a bit of cheer to your co-workers average day by giving them something they can look down at and smile.
Hopefully, you’ve found some good inspiration for your Secret Santa here. Try to remember the key to a great present is to be as personal and creative as you can – think outside the box.
So the UK has been placed under a second lockdown… *sigh*. Plus autumn is now in full swing, which means colder, wetter weather. So you’re stuck in the house once again, trying to stop the kids from climbing the walls with boredom.
When the only thing you can do is go for a walk, and its raining, you might find yourself wondering how to pass the time. But rain doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom; there are plenty of things you can do to keep you entertained.
Were here to give you some child-friendly ideas to relieve the boredom when it’s yet another cold and miserable day outside.
With Bake Off back on our screens, the whole country is feeling inspired to get out the wooden spoons and cake tins and get their bake on. There really is no better way to spend a rainy day than baking some delicious goodies.
Kids will love to lend a helping hand with this – particularly when it comes to the decorating. BBC good food has some great recipes that are perfect for the little ones to get involved with.
Not only does this activity give you a great way to spend your day, you’ll also get some yummy treats to munch on too!
You’ll need to dig the welly boots and raincoats out for this one! Whilst this is most adults worst nightmare, your little ones will love splashing around outside.
We all remember what it’s like to walk past a huge puddle and barely be able to resist the temptation to jump in! It’s rare that kids are actually allowed to get messy, so why not let them cure their curiosity – just this once.
Crack out the popcorn, dim the lights, cosy up in front of the TV and create your very own cinema at home! It’s arguably even better than the real thing… not only will you stay safe from the coronavirus but you’re in the comfort of your own home, which means PJs and as many snack and toilet breaks as you please.
Thanks to online streaming services there’s an endless amount of films out there for you to watch. Trust us, you can’t go wrong with a movie day!
Why not get creative and try your hand at a spot of painting? It’s a messy but great activity for the whole family to get involved in and you never know; you might even create some mini masterpieces!
Many parents will agree that painting & colouring are some of the best ways to keep your little ones occupied for a few hours. Whether they paint on paper, rocks or whatever else, they’ll be sure to have lots of fun.
Building dens is the very best rainy day activity! If you’re a bit of a neat freak, you may have to loosen your standards for a while and let the family loose on the house. Pull out the sheets and blankets and get building!
The best way to build a den is to use a table or chairs to support its structure and use lightweight sheets as they’re less likely to collapse. If you want to go all out, hang some fairy lights too!
Hopefully one of these ideas will help you to fill your rainy days in lockdown. Remember to stick to the rules and try to stay positive. Better times are coming!
Even with the coronavirus and all that comes with it threatening the festive fun, Halloween hasn’t ghosted us yet! There are plenty of ways for you to celebrate this spooky holiday while staying safe at home.
Whether you’re planning an adult-only fright night or a child friendly fun-filled day, we have some great ideas for Halloween 2020.
1. Video-Call Costume Party
After 6 months of social distancing, I think it’s fair to say we’ve all got the video-call parties down by now. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate with your extended family and friends, host a Halloween-themed costume party!
You can boogie to some spooktacular songs, chat while you craft some creepy decorations or carve out pumpkins, or share some scary stories.
2. Scary Movie Marathon
Grab some spooky snacks, pop the popcorn and stick on your favourite scary movie! This one can be enjoyed with your nearest and dearest on Netflix party, a drive-in cinema or simply with your family in the living room.
3. Pumpkin Picking
Carving out a pumpkin with some fangtastic faces is an age-old Halloween tradition, but over the past few years, picking your own pumpkin has grown in popularity in the UK too.
It’s a great way to spend an afternoon with the family getting into the Halloween spirit, and Lancashire has lots of great pumpkin patches for you to visit.
This is an activity you can do whilst keeping safe and socially distanced, with cashless payments and plenty of hand sanitiser.
4. Socially Distanced Trick-Or-Treating
The dream of trick-or-treating isn’t dead just yet, we have a few ideas that will allow you to keep this Halloween tradition while staying safe from COVID-19.
Set up a decorated treats table outside of your house for trick-or-treaters to pick up individual party bags or cups filled with sweets. This will add to your haunted-house decorations and keep contact to a minimum.
Another amazing idea we’ve seen is a candy chute! Using a long tube that runs from your house to a spot at least 2 meters away, you can send sweets down the chute to your visitors without going anywhere near them! Genius – right? You can decorate the tube to match your other spooky decorations too.
Here at the Hub we’ve seen some great things happen this month…
Both our hair & beauty salon and Splash pool has been allowed to re-open again, and our Cappucino cafe is back under new management! Our new and improved cafe features new decor, indoor and outdoor seating and an exciting new menu filled with delicious goodies. Here’s what you can expect to see…
If you’re a fan of handcrafted speciality coffee, teas and hot chocolates then look no further than Cappuccino. Relax in our stylish surroundings with an Americano and a piece of delicious cake. We have a wide range of coffee available which we know you’ll love – including espressos, cappuccinos, mochaccinos and for those of you who are chocolate lovers – luxury hot chocolate! Not to mention just about every flavour of tea you can think of.
Try our tasty range of sandwiches – from indulgent tuna cheese crunch paninis to our famous mighty meaty sandwich – plus many more delicious fillings. If you’d prefer something lighter then try one of our fresh salad boxes, the soup of the day or jacket potatoes with your choice of filling.
Our Brand New Deli Counter
We’ve also introduced a delicatessen counter to our cafe, run by our fabulous Chef Lorraine, who has over 37 years of experience in catering and hospitality. The counter is filled with goodies, with a range of meats, cheeses, pasta, rice and vegetables and salad, so you can put together any combination you like!
Scrumptious Sweet Treats
You just can’t beat a slice of cake for your afternoon treat. We have a ton of sweet treats to tantalise your tastebuds here at cappuccino, including a variety of homemade cakes, flapjacks, brownies, scones, Danish pastries and colonies – with some gluten-free options available too!
If you head over to the Shack you’ll also discover an array of tasty Fredricks ice creams – a real must-have when the suns shining.
Breakfasts to Start Your Day Right
Served from 7:30 am, we offer a fabulous range of breakfasts and coffees to kick start your day in the best way! From the classic full English to bacon butties and scones, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes here at Cappuccino.
Fish & Chips Friday’s
Let’s not forget about our fish & chips Friday’s! What better way to kick off the weekend than a chippy lunch? Choose from mushy peas, gravy or curry sauce to accompany your crispy battered haddock and golden chips. We even have a half-fish option available for the little ones!
Something a Little Stronger
We also have a fully licenced bar! Pick yourself up a beer and sit out on our patio on sunny days, or relax after visiting our salon with a cold glass of wine or prosecco. We also serve some heavenly cocktails, gins and spirits.
You’d be forgiven for being confused about what you can do with your kids in the six week holidays; nobody knows what they can do anymore!
If you’ve been spending a lot of time with your kids during lockdown and you’re feeling a bit lost for ideas, we’ve got a few that could help alleviate stress and tension.
There are plenty of parents that may be putting off doing activities for fear of not being able to do them correctly, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you look at it the other way, you might get the place all to yourself!
Here are some activities you can do with your kids in the six weeks holidays:
While you won’t get the seaside all to yourself, it’s perfect for a day out, and you don’t have to commit to going for more than a day if you can’t afford it or you’re uncomfortable.
If you prefer to be in the open, you can grab all your beach toys, make a picnic and get your swimming costumes out. The kids will love being out in the open air, and it’ll give you some time to play with them or sit back and read a book (or get a quick nap in!).
If you’re more into the arcade, fish and chips and crazy golf side of the seaside, most resorts will have these open. However, it’s worth giving a few places a ring to make sure.
Indoor attractions will provide sanitising stations, and some will employ a one-way system. Some arcades are even testing people’s temperature before they enter the facility. Have you got your 2p coins at the ready?
Zoos have been open for some time now, over a month. There are 141 zoos, aquariums and safaris in the UK, so you’ve got plenty of choices!
Indoor zoo attractions may still be closed, so check what type of wildlife centre you’re going to and give them a quick call.
Zoos are required to adhere to social distancing laws, and many have created one-way systems, viewing zones, takeaway cafes and sanitising stations.
At a time where zoos are reporting significant debts which could put their future at risk, visiting the zoo will be more welcome than ever.
There’s no doubt some of us are feeling the financial pressures of being furloughed, even if you’re back at work you might be trying to catch up after having to use credit cards or loans to live. Or you may just love the outdoors!
It’s a plus if you do because there are loads of landmarks in the UK you can visit for free. You could visit an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty such as the North Pennines or one of the UK’s National Parks such as the North York Moors.
You can take your walking boots (cue disdain from your kids!), a packed lunch and go exploring the natural world.
While it’s challenging to keep your kids entertained when you’ve already been doing it for three months, remember that getting out and about is vital to getting life back to normal. Stay safe and enjoy this wonderful time with your children; we’ll never get to do it again (hopefully!).
Father’s day is just around the corner, so you might want to start thinking about ways to celebrate one of the most special men in your life, your dad. Thanks to the coronavirus lockdown, your celebrations might look a little different from previous years, but there are still plenty of amazing ways for you to show your dad how important he is.
Breakfast in bed
Breakfast in bed is obligatory on Fathers day, right? Food + a lie in – what’s not to love?! This is a great idea for the kids to get involved in too. Put on the works with a full English, or keep it simple with toast and a brew – either way, it’s sure to put a smile on any Dad’s face.
A family facetime
If you have a large family, you might not be able to see each other face to face just yet, you can, however, share your day virtually. A big extended family video chat is just as good as a meetup – try out Zoom, Facetime, Skype or Facebook video chat.
If you’re all over the age of 18, you could even turn this into a virtual pup quiz! Plan your questions, get the pints in and allow your dad to real off his famous dad jokes in between rounds.
Get out and about
There’s nothing like the great outdoors – especially when the sun is shining. Dig out the walking boots and take your dad on a hike, there are loads of great routes around here. If long walks aren’t really your old man’s thing, why not go on a countryside picnic or a day out to the beach – weather dependant of course.
Prepare a home-cooked meal
What’s the best way to a man’s heart? Through his stomach of course! If you live with your dad, put your cooking skills to the test and rustle up a meal featuring his absolute favourite foods. You could even take the night up a level by adding a cuisine theme – Italian, Mexican, American or good old English perhaps. Nothing says I love you quite like home cooking.
Order a takeaway
If you lack the culinary skills to make a top-notch meal, why not order a takeaway instead? You can’t beat a Sunday night Chinese right? Or perhaps a Dominos is more your thing, no matter what you choose, good food always equals good mood!
Don’t forget to get your father figure a thoughtful gift and card to mark the occasion, and enjoy the day!
What’s the best thing about Easter Sunday? The Easter egg hunt of course! Happy faces, chocolate treasures and bunny ears galore – we can’t think of a better way to spend a springtime afternoon.
Although Covid-19 is causing some uncertainty, and large Easter celebrations are off the cards, you can still have fun!
Keep the kids entertained by turning this holiday tradition into a fun game for toddlers, teenagers and everyone in between. You can give the Easter bunny a run for his money with these tips for planning an ‘eggciting’ hunt.
There are lots of ways to plan an Easter hunt, you can go as simple or as super-sized as you see fit. One of the first things to think about when planning your hunt is where you want it to be held. This is obviously restricted at the moment, but whether you scatter eggs inside the house or expand to the garden, there are some things to consider.
Firstly, do a weather check. The last thing you want is to plan an amazing outdoor hunt, only for it to pour down with rain and ruin the fun – and let’s face it in Lancashire it’s more than likely. So, make sure you plan a hunt that can be transferred indoors if need be.
The difficulty level will depend on the age of the kids taking part. If you have little ones to entertain, it’s a good idea to keep your hunt simple. All you need to do is scatter the eggs in easy to access places and let the kids loose to find them.
For mixed age children, why not make things more challenging by hiding eggs around the garden in hard-to-see places? Make fun clues for them to follow to add another level of excitement to the game.
We all know how quickly things can turn to tears, so it’s a good idea to put some rules in place to keep things fair. Consider assigning different egg colours to different children or set a limit on the number of eggs each child can find. That way you’ll ensure everyone has the same amount of Easter treats to enjoy at the end.
Although it is undoubtedly the best of all the treats, there’s more to Easter than chocolate!
You can buy plastic eggs online and fill them with a range of Easter treats such as stickers, mini chicks and craft kits. Not only will this avoid the sugar rush, but it brings another element of surprise into the game and keeps things interesting. Don’t forget the basket to carry the eggs in!
It’s a good idea to keep a note of where you hide the eggs. Some difficult and creative hiding places might fool your hunters, in which case you will need to retrieve the treat. We don’t want any treats wasting!
Remember, just because you’re restricted to your home and garden, it doesn’t mean your hunt can’t still be epic! Have fun everyone.
Did you know that babies have a natural ability to swim? Even with this knowledge, we understand that introducing your baby to the water may seem daunting at first. Yet, there are so many physical and social benefits for you and your baby.
Not only does it teach them a valuable life skill by ensuring they’re safe and confident in the water, it’s also a great source of exercise. Let’s not forget, it’s fun and helps to make the bond between you even stronger. Here are a few benefits of baby swimming to put your mind at ease and encourage you to get your little one in the pool.
First and foremost, swimming is a great form of exercise that your baby can do from birth. It may seem like a lot of splashing around, but even small movements can help with important muscle development. The same muscles used for swimming are those needed to hold up their head and move their arms and legs, making them stronger outside of the pool too. Swimming is also great for cardiovascular health, strengthening the heart, lungs and brain.
The water is an ideal place for babies to improve their balance and coordination because the water acts as support and creates a subtle resistance. The simultaneous movement of their arms and legs, helps to improve their motor skills, which are also needed for crawling. As these skills continue to develop, they will have much better balance when learning to walk on their own two feet – meaning a few less bumps and bruises!
A 2013 study found that children who take swim lessons from a young age have more self confidence and independence both in and out of the water. Baby swimming starts this early, giving your little one the ability to enjoy the water without fear. Socialising with kids their own age will also come more naturally when it comes to introducing them to nursery.
As mentioned earlier, time in the water is hard work for babies! They’re working their bodies super hard while trying to stay warm. All that extra activity uses a lot of energy, so it’s not surprising that your baby will be extra hungry and sleepy after their session. Which means a bit more quiet time for mum and dad!
For many working parents, time in the pool is one of the few times they have to get that 1 on 1 quality time. The water is the perfect place to connect with your baby as it centres on trust and skin-to-skin contact, strengthening the bond you share.
Let’s not forget, It’s FUN! It’s a great opportunity for both parent and baby to socialise with the other swimmers. Seeing the joy on their little faces as they splash around is a priceless experience.
Read about our Splash baby swimming classes in detail and view photos of our facility.