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.