Sunday, 30 December 2012

Inked & Awesome - Samantha Robson


Name: Samantha Robson
Age: 21

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
My first tattoo was 2 days after my 18th, it is 3 stars down my foot with Greek lettering spelling 'Sister' around it, my Sister has the same and my Mam with 'Daughter'.

Friday, 28 December 2012

Opinions Of A Housewife - Seasonal Spending

For those of you who don't follow me on twitter, I've recently been working my butt off as a Christmas temp at a large chain supermarket/grocery store.
And goodness has it opened my eyes!

All too often I hear people slandering our current government and cursing the economic state that our country is in, 'I'm skint' 'We have no money.' ...
Well how on earth can you justify spending over a week and a half's wages solely on alcohol?! Or how about wasting £300+ on party food and 'nibbles' that are blatantly going to go to waste when you only have to feed a family of 4. Buying enough sweets, chocolate and candy to last the average child a year can't make sense. Nah, something isn't right.

This time of year turns everyone into crazy people, who bulk buy and stock their fridges and freezers to capacity even though they'll back to the shops by boxing day.
I really don't understand the hype over one day.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Charity Spotlight V.4

Around 230,000 elderly people are spending this holiday season alone.
Imagine being completely alone on Christmas day. Missing lost loved ones and unable to leave the house due to weather conditions.
Well research has shown that not only is loneliness a state of mind but has serious health effects too, posing similar effects to that of smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Now of course there are people suffering loneliness everyday of the year, but when the holiday's are a time meant for spending time with family it can hit people hard. A TV shouldn't have to be peoples form of company.


That's where you come in.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Inked & Awesome - Lara Warner


Name: Lara Warner.
Age: I'm 20.

Website: Facebook

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?

I was 18 when i got my first Tattoo. I remember the exact date too; 21st August 2010 because it was 5 days after I had my daughter. I got her date of birth in Roman Numerals on the side of my wrist, I wasn't to pleased with it as the artist that did it was apprenticing and one of the characters is wonky. (I later added her name to it.)

Sunday, 16 December 2012

I Wish, List V.8 Photographer Edition


Camera Lens Mug I don't drink hot drinks but I think making Jake's cup of tea would be a little more entertaining if it were made in this.

Magnetic Polarframes I Love these cute magnetic photo frames shaped like Polaroid pictures!

Photo-opoly Board Game I'm a Photographer and a Monopoly player. Need I say more?

Cuteness Overload V.5

We all know a dog is for life, not just for Christmas and I'm sure these recipients of puppy presents will live up to that. So sweet.


Saturday, 15 December 2012

Inked & Awesome - Ian Hinksman



Name: Ian Hinksman

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
17 and a very cringe worthy British bulldog which is now covered up.


It's My Life - Seasonal Decor


This year I tried a little harder to make the flat a bit more festive. We already had our tree, but have had to put it on a table this year to protect it from tiny little teeth! Other than that I have crafted a few homemade bits and pieces to snazz up the place.
Here are some photos.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

J.D Photography - Family Portraits

The time has come again when I have to nag at Jake and bend his arm to get in front of the lens so I can have an up to date family portrait for our photo wall.

We are so lucky that we are both photographers and have our own portable studio meaning we can take professional photos as and when we like, in the comfort of our own home. It's a good thing too because I'm sure no studio (apart from mine when I eventually open one) would allow a 15 week old puppy and two house rabbits in front of the backdrop!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

My Soundtrack V.5 Holiday Special!

I am not in the slightest religious. I don't know exactly what I am but I know that I do not believe in 'God' or anything in the Bible. (Which I have read and heard much from as I attended a Catholic Primary School).
This may be very controversial to say as I know there is a huge Christian blogging community, but it is the whole meaning behind Christmas after all so I felt the need to explain my reason for celebrating this time of year as being just an extension of thankfulness for the people I am close to.

That all being said, this 'Soundtrack' post is of the Carols and songs I enjoy the most that do not contain any mention of religion.

My all time favorite being...


This for the nostalgia...


I'm not a huge fan of this song and the lyrics, but Jimmy Eat World are one of my favorite bands and did an awesome cover of it.

Had to sneak a Disney-ish one in there!


What are your favorite seasonal songs??


Sunday, 9 December 2012

Inked & Awesome - Lottie L'Amour


Name: Lottie L'Amour
Age: 25
Website: lottielamour.tumblr.com
How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I was naughty and had my first tattoo with my best friend on a whim at the tender age of 15. I went to a tattoo artist that we knew didn't really check for I.D. - so I won't name them! We got a Chinese symbol for our birth year (Tiger) on our stomachs, because we thought it would hurt less. It was a terrible mistake, but set me up for a life of knowing what I want and thinking it through before I did it. I learn from mistakes!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Thursday, 6 December 2012

My Top 5 - Christmas Movies

So the holiday season has inevitably arrived and that means curling up on the sofa, PJs on, with a box of chocolates and lots of movies!
I for one am terrible at making the decision of what to watch even though we have a large DVD collection and access to almost any movie we can imagine with the internet. That's were Google comes in. With my usual search phrase being along the lines of  'Top Disney Movies' or 'Best movies of the 90's' I gathered a best Christmas movie list would helpful to people with a problem similar to mine.
So here, in no particular order, are my personal 'Top 5' favorite Christmas Movies.

The Santa Clause [1994]
I might go as far to say that this is actually my all time favorite and as with all films that have sequels the first is always the best!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Opinions Of A Housewife - Stupid Trends 2012

I was going to write this as a 'My Top 5' post, but I realized there were maybe a few more than five or at least a big rant that would be more fitting as an Opinions post.
As vague as the title is, this is simply a list of recent trends and fashions that just make me think...why?!


Sunday, 2 December 2012

Inked & Awesome - Natasha Yourston



Name: Natasha Yourston
Age: 20 

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I was 16 years old when i got first tattoo and it was a Japanese symbol. It means at last, or i hope it does lol.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Out and About - Exploring Holywell Dene


Seeing as Baker is now fully vaccinated, micro-chipped and getting more confident while out on walks, we decided that it was time he was officially introduced to one of our favorite walking spots - Holywell Dene.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Cuteness Overload V.4

The last two versions of this series have been a slight cop out and bragging session from yours truly so this time I did some searching around to find some more cute and heartwarming animal stories!

I have always been amazed by guide dogs, how they manage to do such an important job, providing those who lack the ability to see for themselves with some freedom in life. I bet you've never heard of a dog with a guide dog though!


Saturday, 24 November 2012

It's My Life - I'm Thankful For...

With the American Holiday of Thanksgiving having just passed on the 22nd I thought I'd share a quick list of things that I am thankful for.


First off and most important of all is my little family. I mention them quite alot but as someone who only has one or two real friends my parents, Nana and partner are my world. Jake has turned my world around and makes me laugh everyday without fail. My Mam and Dad have gone above and beyond the normal parent duties and supported both Jake and I so much since moving into our flat while we searched for work and my Nana is such an amazing lady. She has done so well since losing my Granda and has always been the actual nicest person ever, I'm proud to be her Granddaughter.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

What's Going On? - The End Of The World

12.21.12 as the Americans write it,  is the date of the anticipated 'End of the world'.

Or simply an overreaction amongst the lesser informed of the actual events of that date.
The fact is that the 21st of December 2012 is the last day in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, most commonly known as the Mayan calender and is being taken out of context as the predicted last day of the Earth by ancient Mayan elders. Although as with all calenders a new one begins. It just so happens that their calender lasts 5,125 years...



Tuesday, 20 November 2012

My Soundtrack V.4


One of my favorite bands from my early teens, No Doubt, have released a new album! 
Unfortunately my first listen through was pretty underwhelming so I decided to hunt out the old classics and have been enjoying my old favorites this past week. 
I'm hoping the new album, Push and Shove, will be a grower. 

Are you a No Doubt fan? What do you think of their new release? 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Inked & Awesome - Kayley Mills



Name: Kayley Mills
Age: 23
Website: twitter.com/NaleyisLove
How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I was 18 and I'd wanted tattoos for a long time so for my 18th birthday I got a small one on my stomach because I was too scared to get anything bigger but since then I've had 4 more tattoos and they keep getting bigger and bigger each time I get one done.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

My Top 5 - Skincare and Beauty Items

Maybe be you weren't aware from the vast amounts of Disney or cute animal pictures on this blog, but I am in fact a girl! Shock horror!
I myself actually brought up the subject over at bloggers the other day that I haven't been able to find many other female bloggers that don't just blog about fashion and make up. Now, I have nothing against beauty bloggers, but I'm really not interested in just reading reviews of products and looking at countless 'OOTD's. That being said - there are obviously many people who do enjoy that type of thing. So I thought I'd include my favorite girly items as a Top 5 post. Enjoy.

Lush - Tea Tree Toner Tab
I love tea tree! Known for its antibacterial qualities its perfect for my problematic skin. I've been a long time user of tea tree oil and the like but I tried these toner tabs for the first time last year and used one before a weekly fresh face mask (also from Lush!). It not only made my skin soft to the touch but it felt super clean and fresh.
To be honest I am a big fan of most Lush products. The fact that everything is fresh, handmade and no ingredients are tested on animals alongside the high quality of everything makes them my favorite brand.


Thursday, 15 November 2012

Currently Obsessed - Canine Mothering

Baker 'Antwuan' Beacham is now 12 weeks old.
And I cannot believe how much he has grown and learned in the short time we have had him.

At 6 weeks old...

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

It's My Life - Currently

Watching. 
Lots and lots of 90's classics! Yes, since we got our broadband in all I have done is work my way through old Nickelodeon series'. So far I've watched 3 seasons of Sabrina the Teenage Witch but I'm also looking forward  to Saved By The Bell and Kenan and Kel!
I've been catching up on the Shaytards over on YouTube too.

Working On.
Just now my life revolves around puppy training and blogging. If only I could get paid for it.


Sunday, 11 November 2012

Inked & Awesome - Danielle Eskdale [Now outdated]

I'm very excited to present to you my new feature here at 'Once Upon A Time..' - Inked & Awesome!
My aim is to show a vast variety of us tattooed folk and let those who stereotype us see the different careers we have and that our ink [be it a little or alot] should not/does not effect our capabilities, nor does it mean we are intimidating etc...! Enjoy. 


Name: Danielle Eskdale
Age: 22
Website: Herehere, and of course here!!

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Opinions of a Housewife - I'm British But...

A light bulb appeared above my head right now whilst looking through other British blogs.
Alot of them seem to live up to the 'Stereotypes' that Americans seem to label us Brits with, so I want to stand out a prove we are not all that you think we are!

So here it goes.
I'm British but...

Food and Drink
It is an extremely well known stereotype that we all drink vasts amount of tea. Unfortunately, that is true in that case of my other half but as for me - I hate it!
Also, although this refers more to Ireland, the Brits are usually portrayed by the Americans as big drinkers..especially of beer. Another thing I don't like.
Traditional meals associated with the United Kingdom are things like a roast beef 'Sunday Lunch', fish and chips and Crumpets. Again, I eat none of the above.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

MY 100TH POST!!

I am very happy to be writing this post as it means I have actually stuck with this new blogging venture.
100 posts! And I think 90% of them are quality posts.

I do put a lot of time and effort as well as research and planning into the content you'll see and read here.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Share The Love V.4 Etsy Edition

Unfortunately, I haven't come across any new blogs to share this month. However I thought that I'd have a little search on Etsy and find some cool stores to share. 
Here is what I found!


This handmade jewelry store is right up my street!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Out and About - Gosforth Nature Reserve


Thursday the 1st of November was spent doing some much need bird watching! My good friend Sophie took me with her to, the membership access only, 'Gosforth Nature Reserve' and we had an awesome time.
I am so happy that Mr Sun put his hat on for us and the lighting was beautiful for photo taking.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

What's Going On? - All Hallows Eve


Most commonly known as 'Halloween' the yearly autumn holiday has long lost its tradition and instead been replaced by women prancing around scantily clad and children wearing 'scream' masks begging for money and sweets at strangers doors.

The origins of Halloween span some 2,000 years back to the time of the Celts of the UK, Ireland and France. November 1st was what they celebrated as their New Year after the summer and harvests and the beginning of the winter. This time of year was associated with the most human deaths, most probably because of the cold dark days and nights. 
The night before,October 31st, was thought to be the night where the worlds of the living and the dead became closer. The Celt's thought that this made it easier for the Druids (their priests) to make predictions about the future which provided comfort during the winter months. 
Alongside this, they believed that the spirits of the dead visited earth destroying their crops and causing disruption. This is where the tradition of costume wearing started. To celebrate the Samhain holiday people would dress in animal skins and heads and light bonfires to ward off the 'ghosts'.
[Read More about how Halloween spread to America...and more.]


Now the autumn holiday has become a cheap and tacky celebration of nothing-in-particular. Ask any child what Halloween is about and the first answer would most likely be 'Candy'. 
Although the wearing of costumes dates back to the early days,  I'm pretty sure they didn't dress us as a 'sexy' nurse or sexualized Disney princess' - that wouldn't be very intimidating.

I've never been the type to celebrate Halloween (as in go to parties or trick or treat) and I suppose it isn't as big a deal here in the UK as it is in America, but I think that people should know of and remember the origins of the holiday they are 'celebrating' (or should I say, using as another excuse to get drunk!).
Next year I hope to step it up a notch and decorate all autumn like even more but this year we neither had the time or the money to go all out :( I hope you took the time to honor the deceased. 
I spent yesterday remembering my lost loved ones, family, friends and pets. Oh, and of course watching my favorite TV show from when I was younger. This episode definitely expresses the real meaning of Halloween! 


Saturday, 27 October 2012

It's My Life - Flat-iversary!

Another milestone!
Two in the space of two months, yep. Today marks the anniversary of when we first moved into our flat.

I don't even want to think about how horrible our situations were before we decided to take the plunge and move in together. We are so lucky to have such a brilliant relationship as best friends as well as partners and I am very thankful that Jake is the person I'm sharing this '1st home' experience with. 

Anyways, it may of been a full year we have lived here but its only recently that the place has actually started to take shape and look like a home. 
I thought I'd share a few photos as a kind of 'Home Tour'...

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Charity Spotlight V.3



If you haven't had the displeasure of seeing this advert in its entirety on TV, please endure the above clip.
It's had such a big effect on me. I cry my eyes out whenever it comes on.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

My Top 5 - Childhood Toys

As a child born in 1990, I regard myself a true '90's kid'. There always seems to be a big buzz online of 90's vintage and nostalgia so I thought I would list my Top 5 Childhood Toys!
Obviously there was alot to choose from with that decade giving birth to some very popular crazes such as Tamagotchi's, Pog's, Pokemon and more. I had all of these but below is my list of things I played with the most!

I had lots of Puppy in my pocket toys as well as the 'Animal Hospital' version of the toys too. Remember those?

Saturday, 20 October 2012

It's My Life - My Bucket List [6 Month Update]

6 months have passed since I posted my original bucket list, so I thought it was time for an update!



1 - Skydive. [DONE!]
The 27th of July finally saw my jump happen! Here is the video evidence!

Check out my Just Giving page for sponsorship details as you can still donate to the amazing Ape rescue center, Monkey World, in Dorset.

2 - Go to every Disney resort in the world. 1 down. 5 to go.  No Update.
3 - (To the displeasure of my Mother) Get many more tattoos.
In the last 6 months I've only added one to the collection. My 'Friday the 13th' one above the Dead Gypsy on my left arm. 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Cuteness Overload - Baker Boy

My birthday gift from my other half came in the shape of a tiny, four legged, fur ball this year...
This is Baker! Our new baby.
Baker, named after the Skate Company, is now just over 7 weeks old and he is a Collie Lurcher cross, pretty much the main reason he came to join our family.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

J.D Photography - The Wedding of the Year!

As promised, here is a short post of some sneaky peaks from Mr and Mrs B's (aka Grace's Mammy and Daddy)'s Wedding day.

I'd been anticipating this day, probably almost as much as the Bride and Groom!
The whole day was fabulous from my drive up through the beautiful countryside in the early AM, fun getting ready in the Bridal suite and the ceremony where the sun shone in through the conservatory.


Saturday, 13 October 2012

What's Going On? - Interview with Most Tattooed Politician!

Following my post discussing my views on tattoos and the discrimination surrounding them, I was approached via twitter by the worlds most tattooed politician! 
He very nicely spent some time answering a short interview especially for me to post for all my readers! I hope it is of interest to you, it certainly was to me. So here it goes...



Firstly, Hello! And thank you very much for being apart of my blog.
We'll just kick straight off with the questions as I can imagine you're a very busy man.


So can you just describe simply who you are and what you do?
No problem and I hope its of interest to your readers.

I am Body Art best shortened as full name is a mouth full. I am 32 from Birmingham, England, U.K.

As for what I do it may be easier if I listed what I didn't ha.
I undertake televised and media work, modelling work and other freelance contracts that interest me.I am one of 2 international representatives for MOD World and the Founder of Modify. Two groups that revolve around modern day Body Modification.

I am a member of a political party one that is in coalition government at moment.
Without viewing to much of my own political agenda i am here to discuss Human Body Alteration Process and its future in the modern world.



Thursday, 11 October 2012

I'm A Collector V.2


Name and website - Jake Beacham  of WelayeNE24

What is it you collect?
I collect all of my old skateboard decks that have meaning. Like, my first board that I ever got from my friends shop who passed away. They hang on the wall in our hallway.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Opinions Of A Housewife - Tattoos and Discrimination

Although I don't have that many tattoos (yet) they are on display pretty much all of the time. Today I want to discuss the stereotyping and discrimination that tattooed people face.
The way I see things is that, although being tattooed is becoming more and more common, people are aware when they decide to become heavily tattooed that there is still a percentage of people that will stereotype you, especially within the workplace.

I thankfully have worked mainly in environments where tattoos aren't a problem, but I have also worked in one major high street fashion store where my appearance caused that job to terminate. Without naming and shaming the chain store I was pretty much told that I wasn't 'wow' enough and 'looked a mess' compared to when I was first hired and coincidentally had my tattoo's covered. I had to spend a large amount of the wages I earned buying the new trends that arrived each week, I tried to work around this rule by wearing plain black leggings as a staple part of my working outfits but was put under alot of pressure to 'dress up' more. It really wasn't me and I felt completely alienated among the other girls so therefore made the decision to leave. Agreed, it wasn't purely because of my tattooes, but my whole sense of style ( or lack of according to them).

As a photographer alot of the trade I have had so far is from friends, family, family friends and people they know. Most of my shoots are in the family's home or out on location and so far I haven't had any complains if a tattoo has been on show. However for the wedding I photographed recently I went to lengths to find an appropriate outfit that I found was respectful to all concerned. Especially when I have an old school gypsy head with a slit throat on my wrist that doesn't really send the right message about me.

Tattoos are a big part of any art collector and each piece should mean something special to you, which mine all do, but you cannot assume that others will understand from one look and not judge. I have had instances where the only empty seat on a full bus is next to me and people would rather stand after eyeing my appearance. My partner has  had similar encounters when he had his ears stretched (they were quite huge) although this is another thing that seems to of become a trend.
Overall, the world is becoming more and more tolerant to all types of body modification. As someone who was bullied in school for having brightly coloured hair, piercings, to like skulls and wear skate shoes I see alot of those who made fun of me following the current fashion trends and looking how I did in school! It's more rare to see someone without any tattoos than someone with these days although being heavily tattooed is still for those most dedicated to the art instead of fashion.

Think before you ink!
Share your views in the comments :)




Saturday, 6 October 2012

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Out and About - Seaton Deleval Hall


It's only taken us a year, but we finally visited the Grade 1 listed country house that is so close to our home.
The Hall and grounds are, obviously, located in Seaton Deleval, Northumberland just minutes away from us in the car so last Saturday we ventured along for a little day out.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

MMA Madness - UFC in the UK

I'm gonna start of by saying that I haven't watched any MMA events what so ever in the past 6 months or more. This makes me really sad :( It's been the only other hobby of mine, aside from photography, for 7/8 years now but we cannot afford ESPN to watch the UFC (and I have a strong dislike to Bamma, absolutely chuffed that Tom Watson lost his debut the other night, as nasty as that is I always said he wasn't UFC standard!) so I've tried to shy away from the scene rather than frustrate myself that I'm missing out.

Now the time had rolled around that UFC were back in the UK for UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic (last weekend) of course we missed that too. Last year at the same time Jake and I had press passes to be octagon side and photograph/ provide live play by play for an American website at UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz, which was so amazingly exciting! But you guessed it, the trip fell through. We moved into our flat a week or so before we needed to be in Birmingham which wasn't possible - of course we chose a home over the opportunity.

BUT instead of being down in the dumps about it all I want to post my photos from my time at the only UK UFC Fan Expo in London 2010 and the UFC 120 event I attended. My first and only ever event so far but hopefully there will be many more.
I've had views directed here from my photos on other sites so I'd like to make a post where they are all in one place.













Looking back, I could of done alot better when taking photos...but it was so fast paced and so much to look at. Next time I'll do better. I can't wait to share the experience and atmosphere of a live event with the love of my life.


Saturday, 29 September 2012

My Top 5 - Girl Crushes

Here is a list of my top five celebrity women that inspire me.

I first fell in love with Megan when watching Transformers. Probably like most men. Then I spotted she has been in a couple of the movies I'd watched when I was young such as, Holiday in the Sun with the Olsen twins. I don't really know what first drew me to her, she just has something about her that lures you in, an amazingly sexy yet ladylike demeanor ..its quite creepy now I think about it. haha But yeah, she is beautiful, is great in 'Jennifer's Body' and I like how private she keeps her home life - proving it is possible.


Now a mammy, its seems a long time since I first started listening to Pink's music. 11 years later, after her Missundaztood album was released I am still a fan of her music but more so the work she does for animal rights. Campaigner for PETA and writing letters to the British Royal family about fox hunting and the use of animal fur, she is also involved with 9 or so other charities. Her tattoos are pretty dope too. 

It should be completely obvious why 'Wor Chezza' is on this list. Not only is she the most stunning looking lady on the earth, she is also from the same street as some of my family! I know alot of people up here don't actually like her, but it must be complete jealousy as personally I look up to someone who has gone so far and done so well with her life and came from Newcastle. Geordie pride <3

Maybe a little controversial to have on a list of inspirational people but look at Ms Marsh as of late! What an extraordinary athlete she has turned into. I have forgotten any outrageous behavior from the beauty's past and am astounded by how well she has done and is doing in the body building world. I 100% back all of her work against bullying too, after the bad times I had/get.

Jenna is the most recent addition to this list as I only discovered her a few months back. For those who don't know, Jenna is a YouTube sensation and absolutely hilarious. I love her to the point, completely real, doesn't give a sh*t attitude and relate to her relationship with her pets, Mr Marbles and Kermit. She too is gorgeous and even rocks being dressed as a dude.