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

21.12.12 - 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...



Alot of the hype behind this date links mainly to the superstitions and linking of coincidences by the 

eschatologists of different beliefs and religions. 

The NASA website describes the phenomenon best stating that, 'The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 -- hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.'

The lack of information for people has lead to many people looking at movies like '2012' and 'The Day After Tomorrow' and being frightened. Just speaking to my mother on the phone last week, I scared her with my apocalypse talks to the point she said 'I don't want to live through that'! 



Many scientists assure us that planet Earth has been fine for the last 4 billion years and there are no threats to worry about. Planetary alignments pose no notable problems and there are none to come in the next few decades anyways. As well as this, the claims related to 'Nibiru' have been shunned as internet hoaxes and those of a polar shift have been classed as impossible. 

However, alot of people believe what they want and expect they're own ideas of events. Personally, I think it will perhaps mark a new age, like the Ice age for example. More than likely involving alot of water though. I'm just taking my thoughts from current events the past year or two have dealt us. There has been numerous tsunami's and many floods causing terrible devastation, gotta be more than a coincidence eh? 
Whatever happens this time next month, I'm sure we are all safe and there is nothing too major to worry about - if anything at all. 
I hope you can all swim though! haha



To read more from believers click here and more rationalizations from NASA here.
[Remember to leave me you views in the comments below!]


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!