Blue Monday…reportedly the most depressing day of the year with its potent combination of cold nights and post-Christmas melancholy.
The concept, devised by Dr Cliff Arnall in 2005, used a lighthearted formula to predict the gloomiest day of the year based on factors including weather, debts, time since Christmas and motivation. His equation suggested that the third Monday in January – the 16th this year – was when unhappiness peaked as Christmas bills roll in and the post-holiday buzz wears off.
Now I’m an optimistic glass half full kind of girl usually. I try to remain positive and always see the best in a situation, but with the recent spout of celebrity deaths, anxiety over Brexit and fears about Donald Trump’s imminent presidency in the US, I have definitely started 2017 in a less than cheery mood.
And when Blue Monday rolled around at the beginning of this week, I was all for indulging myself in this nationally recognized downward spiral. That was, until, Tesco asked me to be a part of their latest campaign and combat Blue Monday with a #TescoPizza party.
Tesco provided us with everything we needed to take the “blue” out of Blue Monday and sent us a delightful hamper of goodies including a pizza blanket, pizza cutter, pizza bunting and some board games, as well as vouchers to buy a couple of DVD’s and some pizzas from their new pizza range.
Tesco’s new range of sharing pizzas is inspired by takeaway favourites and they have developed a new range of delicious 14” sharing pizzas; Veggie Supreme, Hawaiian Deluxe, Mighty Meat Combo and BBQ Chicken Supreme. There are also two stuffed crust varieties – Cheese Meltdown and Ultimate Pepperoni – which are the ones we chose for our #TescoPizza party.
The sharing pizzas cook in as little as 14 minutes and both of the ones we tried were super yummy and packed full of flavour – we had clean plates all round. Being 14” in size (they are huge!) and £4.50 in price, the new pizza range is fantastic value for money and a much welcome and cheaper alternative to your traditional takeaway pizza chains. There’s no compromise on quality or flavour either, the pizzas we tried were both utterly delicious.
After devouring our pizzas in true picnic style and watching The Secret Life Of Pets, we spent some time as a family playing ‘Chattabox’- a quick-witted word game that was actually a lot of fun. Each player starts with 5 cards. The player to the left of the dealer spins the spinner to find out which topic is being played. Then the next player turns over their top card to reveal a letter from the alphabet and has to shout out something beginning with that letter relating to the topic the spinner landed on.
If I’m honest it was a little too advanced for the boys, but they still got involved and we let them name something beginning with any letter they wanted for each topic.
A fabulous night was had by all and as 7pm rolled around it was time for the boys to say goodbye to their auntie and cousin and head to bed.
Thank you Tesco for providing us with everything we needed to beat Blue Monday and have a fun-filled #TescoPizza party!