Sunday, 29 December 2013

Weekly Wondering // Week 13

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year. 

85. What do you have that you cannot live without?
Baker, Bunny, My Parents and Jake. As I've mentioned in previous WW posts I'm not so materialistic anymore and possessions don't matter on that kind of scale.  

86. When you close your eyes what do you see?
Darkness.

87. What sustains you on a daily basis?
The fact that going to work means money and money means being able to run a household and the thought that my life isn't always going to be what it is. 


88. What are your top five personal values?
Honesty, Clean Living (as in being reasonably 'lady-like' in thoughts, speech, dress etc) , Responsibility, Being Compassionate to both others and the earth and being faithful to those you love. 

89. Why must you love someone enough to let them go?
I don't personally know because the people I have let go I definitely didn't love. It's supposed to show how much you care for that person though eh? And that you love them so much you are putting their happiness before your own. 

90. Do you ever celebrate the green lights?
If you mean ''The act of putting a hit out on a particular mark or on all members of a rival or seceding gang.'' (Urban Dictionary) Then no. And if you mean the northern lights, also, no. Other than that I don't understand what this is referring to so obviously - no. 

91. What personal prisons have you built out of fears?
I can't go to a butterfly garden because I'm scared of butterflies if that counts haha. I'm also very afraid of confrontation and conflict, particularly that between drunk people , hence having to avoid many places, situations and crowds (except at Disneyland - that I bare with).

Friday, 27 December 2013

YouTube Videos You Need To See #3

The title says it all really. Here's my monthly list of videos I have enjoyed and wanted to share. I'll let them do the talking.

An extremely thoughtful gift from a company to it's customers.

Even wild animals stand up for their friends!


Superhero treatment for a true child hero.


Pharrell in dog form!



Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Seasonal Decor 2013.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 
All the best to you all. I hope today is a day spend with people you love and comfortable clothing to allow for the food intake. Make sure to express your thankfulness and take a second to acknowledge the less fortunate. <3

Last year I posted a photo heavy post of all our Christmas decorations. Now, a year later, were in a new house (with a mantel piece!!!) and it's time to show you it all again. Enjoy!












Noel Sign - Poundland // Glitter Light Up Candle - The Book People //  Bird House Tree Decoration - Next // 
Red Star Dec - Old Charity Unknown & Metal Robin - Homebase // Merry Xmas Mini Wreath & Stockings - Poundland // 
Mickey and Minnie Dec - Disney Store // Wooden Advent Calender - Next // Card Hanger - Next // Doggy Stocking and Elf Mail Sack - Poundland.





Sunday, 22 December 2013

Weekly Wondering // Week 12

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year. 


78. Is it more important to do what you love or to love what you are doing?
I think they're both pretty similar because if you love what you do, surely you are doing what you love. However I love photography and I'm no longer doing it as a career but I do love what I am doing also.

79. What do you imagine yourself doing ten years from now?
I really have no clue anymore. I always thought I'd be a self employed photographer but what with the current change in circumstances and increase in popularity of it as a career I don't think that's plausable anymore. I know I'll still being doing my bit for charity's and taking care of Bunny and Baker - everything else is unwritten.

80. What small act of kindness were you once shown that you will never forget?
It's bad to say, but I really can't think of an act of kindness towards myself apart from the obvious people lending you a couple quid or the like. I'll let you know if anything comes to mind. 

81. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?
Now after having lost my Granda, looking back I have to say most Christmas dinners. Sitting around the table with my Mam, Dad, Nana and Granda (who always used too much pepper!) or even boxing day spent at theirs when I'd be in the dining room playing with the dogs and listening to all of Nana's old scottish CDs haha.


82. Do you own your things or do your things own you?
I own my things. I've become a little less materialistic aside from sentimental items like memory boxes and so I have full control over all of my 'things'.  I don't need any of it. 

83. Would you rather lose all of your old memories or never be able to make new ones?
I've had this post saved as a draft for ages and this question has been left blank all that time. It's such a hard, in a way horrible question but I think I'd rather lose all my old memories. I hardly have any anyways because I have such a bad memory and photos are always there to look back on so yes, I think I'll stick with that haha. 

84. How do you deal with someone in a position of power who wants you to fail?
Not very well haha. I just try to keep my head down and get on with whatever I have to do, as hard as it is. 


Friday, 20 December 2013

Life Lately // December 2013


Doing
In general, working. Although I'm always working at some point, with it being the season to be jolly I'm (gladly) working more hours. I've also been down to help set up a new store that is opening in, dare I say the word, Sunderland... though I actually quite enjoyed it.  Although I'm not even working anything like I used to, I still feel like that I'm only working and sleeping. 

Thinking
Cliche I know but I'm thinking that I can't believe it's almost 2014. I swear the year I've turned 23 has just rocketed past but at least after becoming the age of my lucky number things have gotten better for us. 

Loving
Our new home! Yes, I know, everyone was like 'What? You're moving again?!' and believe me it was the same for us. Our last move was planned to be the last move for a long, long time but with getting jobs at the other side of Newcastle, paying over £100 in travel between us a month and having a bad neighbor situation with almost every house surrounding ours, it made sense to get out of there. 
Now we have a 15 minute walk to work, no strangers banging on our door in the early hours of the morning demanding people who didn't live there and Baker can actually run about in our garden! 

Hating
All of this wind and rain and the amount of people that are willing it to snow! Noooo! It's cold enough without snow and it only 'causes inconveniences. Baker does love it but that doesn't way out the cons. 


Other stuff
- While at work one Sunday I left the webcam rolling to see what Baker does when he's home alone. To our surprise while trawling through the 5.5 hours of footage we were pleased to see that he was perfectly fine and a very good boy. I suggest everyone who leaves their dog home alone for any period of time do this as it's a big weight off my mind now knowing that he's comfortable with his own company. 
- Poundland has really helped me this Christmas by doing some actually really lovely decorations for (obviously) only £1! With a bigger living room I need more festive decorations and I've been presently shocked at how non-tacky some of their items are.
- A couple of my friends and I actually got the same day off as each other so we got to go Christmas shopping and to the cinema to see Frozen! I loved it! 


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

What's In My Shoe Box || Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child, or the Shoe Box appeal, is a very important program that has reached out to over 100 million children, from over 130 countries, since 1990 by the Samaritan’s Purse.
If you are like me you'll be familiar with the cause from your participation when you were a child yourself in school, for me Primary school (which was quite a long time ago now!) It was always so much fun to pick what out things for a little girl like me. That's why when customers I served at work mentioned items they were buying were for a shoe box gift, I knew I wanted to do one again too!

I decided that as alot of people I'd spoken to or read about were doing it for younger children and girls I was going to aim mine at an older boy. Say 12-14 years old. Me being me I also wanted it to be organised and matching so I took that into consideration while shopping...have a closer look at what I chose. 

For hygiene I grabbed the essentials - a bar of soap, some toothpaste and a pack of tooth brushes as well as including a small wash cloth and hair comb. Then I thought it a good idea to add a plastic soap container to store the bar without it getting icky and of course a nice wash bag to keep it all together. 
Onto toys and I thought any boy would always appreciate a ball to play catch or footy with and this is larger than a tennis ball but obviously smaller than a football to fit in the box. Yo-Yo's found their way in there too as a cool little extra of which the colours totally unintentionally matched the ball! Then finally a very trendy, cosy and grown up navy hat and glove set. 
The most thought probably went into this, the stationary section, as I didn't want to make everything too young with colouring books or anything and so thought a plain notebook along with pencils and colouring pencils could be used for sketching and drawing or for writing little notes and scribbles. There's a ruler, pencil sharpener, eraser and scientific calculator to play about with too, all kept together in a pencil case the exact same colours as his wash bag :) 

Oh, you can never forget a bag of sweeties as well. 


After my little shopping session I got all my bundles together, packed them away in their little bags and popped them in the Christmas decorated gift shoe box. I makes me feel so excited to be wrapping a present for some less fortunate, knowing that no matter what I picked they'll be appreciative. I only wish I could see their face upon opening it.
Have you ever done or have you done a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child this year? Sammie has! Have a peek at what she included here.
I know I will most certainly be doing another next year!
To find out more about the shoe box appeal you can visit the website by clicking HERE!




Sunday, 15 December 2013

Weekly Wondering // Week 11.

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year.


71.What’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of your life?
That I cared.

72. Is there such a thing as perfect?

No. Nor is there such thing as 'Normal'. But I suppose there are things that people will class as such in their own eyes therefore maybe perfect is in the eye of the beholder. 

73. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

To the same degree that everyone has. Things happen and you can't help that but then you choose which road to take from that situation.  I believe in fate in a way, where we are presented a couple of options and our choices shape the person we are. 

74. What does it mean to be human?

This.

75. If you looked into the heart of your enemy, what do you think you would find that is different from what is in your own heart?

Badness and uncaring natures. Lack of respect and disregard of thoughts about others feelings.

76. What do you love most about yourself?

I love that I love animals and the lengths I would go to to support them.


77. Where would you most like to go and why?
I would really love to see all the wonders of the world as well as monuments and important landmarks like the Lincoln memorial purely for the historical experience. 


I'd also like to take the opportunity to wish my Mam a Happy Birthday today. My biggest blog fan and support. Love you! <3 



Friday, 13 December 2013

Project 365 // 10/12


Ooopss! I apparently seemed to of forgotten to post a monthly summary of one of the funnest months this year so far...

After announcing my return to the blogosphere after the shortest of tiny hiatus' I was thrilled at all the lovely comments and well wishes I received from readers and friends alike.
I soon got back into the swing of things but with a little change of a new outlook and some cool new series! Feedback about those has been a little sparse but (with no offence meant) I now couldn't care less about pessimism and bad comments - I like my posts and that's all that matters. Though I am very grateful and encourage the type of people who appreciate and relate to the positive and inspiration vibes I'm trying to create.
Check out my Sunday series, Weekly Wondering HERE. News That Makes Me Happy HERE and Youtube Videos You NEED To See HERE!

October also happened to be my Birthday month and this year was the monumental year that I turned 23. My favorite/lucky number and best birthday so far. I've never been popular, hardly had friends and so this year I was overwhelmed to be called to the office during my shift at work and given some beautiful flowers, chocolates and a card. If that wasn't enough two girls I'd made friends with on a course both bought me additions to my Disney Store Soft Toy collection which was very thoughtful indeed.

This was the month where we found our new flat and began the cleaning, packing and moving process too. I took photos of our view and the living room etc as memories of the good things that we had while living there.

After all of that we ended on a high when we had to dress up for Halloween at work. I think everyone went to such amazing effort and when customers were giving compliments you knew it was a good idea!


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

6 Original Gift Ideas...With A Twist!

What to get the person who has everything? Something for someone else.
This holiday gift guide is a little different to the majority that are floating around just now. These are gifts that give.

Not only are there many, many, items out there you can buy that donate a percentage of the sale to a charitable source, but there are gifts you can buy that go directly to a worthy recipient in the name of the person you are buying the gift for. 
Below is a small collection of possible presents that I hope you consider as a unique and caring option this Christmas.



1) Pets for Vets is an organization which helps Veterans find shelter pets to be long term companions. The animals can help with post traumatic stress as well as the obvious benefit of curing loneliness.
This gift has different options, you can either donate towards the adoption cost of the pet itself, feed it for a month or provide treats and toys. You're money goes towards making TWO beings very happy and I think that is totally awesome.

2) A unique, pretty, fabulous piece of jewelry made from guns or bullets with a donation going to help those who have been effected by gun crime. An original concept, although for bigger budgets.

3) This one is simple and has been around for years. Adopting an animal in someone elses name - my personal favorite option. This one is through the Born Free foundation and is a monthly payment from only £2.50. You get an awesome adoption pack too!

4) A lovely, sentimental gift benefiting disabled individuals who actually make the product. These quilts are made of your very own T-Shirts preserving memories in way that is practical and trendy. This flow chart showing the economic and environmental benefits should convince you to gift this to a loved one these holidays.

5) Similarly to #3, the WWF also offers animal adoptions, however they also accept donations for things such as training sniffer dogs to track illegal animal parts being smuggled, buying seeds to help replant forests and only £25 could pay a Rhino Protection Unit ranger's salary for 10 days!!

6) Last but not least is a gift that can help a family earn a sustainable income or help to feed themselves. Gifting animals is reasonably priced and help multiple children and their families.




So okay, not all of these presents let you hand something over physically on Christmas morning which may be a little off putting when thinking about exchanging with someone else. They are great for the charitable people in your life though, animal lovers and do-gooders. The feel good factor as well as the last minute convenience make gifts that give an option to highly consider in replacement of the boring socks and smellies combo! 


Other similarly sweet websites to check out are as follows:
Oxfam Unwrapped
Gifts in Action
World Vision
Greater Good








Monday, 9 December 2013

Project 365 // 11/12


All around a pretty awesome month! If you keep up with my daily photos, I'm sure you'll agree this was a very busy month for me compared to the rest of the year haha.

From the move becoming official, the month sped up as packing, cleaning and paperwork became priorities.
However I made time for the important things, people and even a little socializing unlike my usual routine.

I went shopping with my Mam for a very special little boy somewhere out there who I don't even know and filled a shoebox full of treats for him this Christmas. I also gathered together a little hamper of treats for our local PDSA branch as a special thank you for their treatment of Baker when he got his big boy operation and finally received my sponsor pack from the Dogs Trust!

A definite highlight was seeing this years Fenwick's Christmas Window and taking lots of photos of it! Oh and I can't go without mentioning a brilliant day spent with a good old friend who I hadn't seen since high school.

The month was rounded off nicely by settling into our new home. There will be more to come on that eventually :)


Sunday, 8 December 2013

Weekly Wondering // Week 10

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year. 


64. If a doctor gave you five years to live, what would you try to accomplish?
I'd like to get married. Jake and I have an agreement that he'll finally marry me if one of us are diagnosed with a terminal illness, however I think I'd obviously rather having to never be married than one of us pass away prematurely. 


65. What is the difference between falling in love and being in love?
Falling in love is, as I see it, fast and perhaps through rose tinted glasses if you catch my drift. Where as if you are in love you have passed the initial stage of being blinded from flaws and have grown to accept and care for that person no matter what.

66. Who do you think stands between you and happiness?
The person who invented money. It is the route of all evil. 

67. What is the difference between innocence and ignorance?
Simply that being ignorant to something is that you are aware but fail to recognize and that being innocent to it, you were never aware in the first place. 

68. What is the simplest truth you can express in words?
Do unto others as you would have done onto you.
If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything.
What goes around, comes around.

69. What gives your life meaning?
I get up out of bed and work/ do housework because of my other half and pets. I want us to have a nice life and be able to have nice experiences. So, obviously, it's my family that is the meaning of my life. 

70. Can there be happiness without sadness?  Pleasure without pain?  Peace without war?
Oh that's a little too deep, even for me! I guess the good can only be appreciated as good when there is something bad to compare it too. 


Friday, 6 December 2013

Who Do They Think You Are? #2

Up for judgement for the second installment of this experiment is none other than...well, someone you might recognize!


On first looks, what do you think of this man? See if you can guess correctly to the points below.

A 20 year old Female thought this - 
Name: Oliver.
Age: 23
Occupation: I think he works in a hippie shop making fruit juice.
Location: Edinburgh
Hobbies include: Shopping, smoking weed, beard trimming.
Musical taste: Rock and Reggae
Other: He seems very new age hippie and looks like a fun person to be around.


And here are the true answers from the horses mouth and if you know me, you'll know this is my other half!
Name: Jake
Age: 25
Occupation: Warehouse Man
Location Newcastle, by way of Bristol, UK.
Hobbies include: Skateboarding, Playing Xbox, Photography.
Musical taste: Hip Hop and Rap.
Other: I am a very laid back and easy going person. I don't drink or go out socializing apart from the odd skating session and I like to chill at home watching movies.



Did you guess anything correctly? Let me know in the comments and if you would like to participate in this series you can contact me via my Facebook page or email thesweetnesstalks@gmail.com.

To read the background behind this series and see what strangers thought of me, click HERE!



Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Lush Lust List!

Trying to stick to only using cruelty free products is always hard so I like to just stay true to a few key brands - Lush being a main one. 
I've tried many different products from lush, alot of bath bombs, bath melts and have my favorites (Snow Fairy! Hello!) but I'd really love to try some different things and of course re-purchase some old tried and tested favs... Here's what I bookmarked from the Lush website.


1 - Stepping Stone Foot Scrub - Since starting work I've obviously been on my feet way longer than usual and they hurt! This is apparently refreshing and I could do with a good scrub at the end of the week!
2 - Ceridwen Cauldron Luxury Bath Melt - I like the sound of this bath melt being in a 'bag' that you can use to wash over your skin...exciting.
3 - Each Peach Massage Bar - This product is an old favorite in our house and has now been 're-invented' to be, judging by the reviews even better than the original formula. Once I get my hands on one, I'll let you know what Jake thinks after a back massage!
4- Figs and Leaves Soap - To be honest the fact that this has leaves in is the selling point to me as I'm not too sure how figs even smell. I like the 'exfoliating seeds' aswell.
5 - Tiny Hands Solid Hand Cream - Cocoa Butter + Shea Butter. Yes please!
6 - Tea Tree Toner Tab - A regular Lush purchase of mine but never fails to sort my skin out when it gets icky. I'd like to start using it regularly to keep my skin in good shape.

7 - Flying Fox Shower Gel - I clicked on this on the website because of it's name, then I read it has honey in it! I love that smell. It's apparently meant to be good to use for calming PMT, which I totally don't get.
8 - Jungle Solid Conditioner - Another thing I've used previously but I'd like to try again.
9 - Aqua Mirabilis Body Butter - My go to body butter is the Soap and Glory one and before that was the Body Shop cocoa butter one (before they were bought by an animal testing company!), it'd be cool to try something that has little granules to scrub while moisturizing.
10 - Aromaco Solid Deodorant - I'm all about the solid forms of everything at Lush and no one wants to smell so yeah. (Since drafting this post many moons ago I did infact use my birthday money to buy this to try out in combination with the Vanilla Puff powder. It's actually pretty good!)
11 - Soak and Float Shampoo Bar - 'New' was too cinnamon-y. 'Godiva' too drying. So this bar's natural antiseptic ingredients sound interesting for my next tester.
12 - Fresh Farmacy Cleanser - Spot on for spot prone skin! Like mine.



Have you tried and loved any of the above? Or would you recommend I stay clear of any of them? 
What about your favorite products from Lush? 



Sunday, 1 December 2013

Weekly Wondering // Week 9.

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year. 


57. Have you ever regretted something you did not say or do?
I can't say that I have. I really do strive to refrain from regretting anything at all in life as I feel you definitely learn from the situation, as well as the fact that I believe everything happens for a reason. 

58. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
Not yet. I fear a few things but I think most of all is being alone for all my life. Luckily Jake has stuck by my side so far and though tough times. Hopefully now we're in a better position and life is on the up we'll be able to enjoy each others company more. 

59. Why do we think of others the most when they’re gone?
I think that people get caught up in everyday life but when someone passes away things stop and make you think.  Then when reliving daily activities you realize the hole they've left behind. I know that, as bad as it sounds, I didn't think I'd miss my Granda as much as I do now that he's gone but I do and think of him everyday especially knowing how much he'd love Baker with him being a Shepard and dog lover after all. 

60. What is your most beloved childhood memory?
Well with having a memory as bad as mine, there isn't much I can remember from being a child. However from photos and such I think that I just appreciate the little things like playing in my Wendy House in the back garden or family BBQ's with UB40 playing and my 'little sister' shouting 'Dandell' over the fence. 

61. Is it more important to love or be loved?
To love. It'd be horrible to not have anyone love you in return but I think having the ability to love another is one of the most important things you need to be able to do to have a full life. 

62. If it all came back around to you, would it help you or hurt you?
Help! All I ever try to do is to help people, with the best intentions and I think I achieve being a good friend or nice person the vast percentage of the time. I hope though that Karma does exist and things that have happened in the past, be it a long time ago or recently, are counter balanced to teach the culprits that you get what you give out. 

63. If you had the chance to go back in time and change one thing would you do it?
Not at all. As I've said before everything happens for a reason and to have good things in life you need to experience bad times which make you more thankful for what you do have. Also if I were to change things perhaps I would never meet Jake, in turn not of gotten Baker or even this job!




Click HERE to read week 8! 


Friday, 29 November 2013

YouTube Videos You Need To See #2

The title says it all really. Here's my monthly list of videos I have enjoyed and wanted to share. I'll let them do the talking.


Kitten Brought Back To Life!


Turning 21 when you don't drink doesn't have to be a drag. I did I skydive, see what Demi Lovato did...


Very Meaningful Tattoos


I can picture this being Jake one day. (Apart from the Kickflip, before i get called out for that - I know you're a heel flipper!) 


Feel free to share you're favorite videos in the comments or share this post if you enjoyed these. :)
Click here for more videos you need to see!


Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The Furry Friend Tag!

Yet another 'tag' post that I've found floating around the internet and thought highly fitting to my blog. Instead of getting to know me better, why don't you get to know my pets better?! (FYI - #R = Rabbit and #D = Dog as I didn't want to include one of my dudes and not the other.)

1. What is his/her name?
#R His name is Bunny!
#D His name is Baker! 

2. When did you get him/her?

#R June of 2011. 
#D 7th of October 2012.

3. What is something he/she does that annoys you?
#R Chews on the bars of his cage at silly O'clock!
#D Puts his toy on my laptop keyboard while I'm on it!

4. What type of breed is he/she?

#R An English Spot rabbit.
#D A Border Collie / Lurcher cross. 

5. Has he/she ever had a near death experience?

#R Sort of actually. When we also had his partner in crime Nike, she passed away suddenly in the middle of the night from a night terror and we were very, very close to losing him too we thought as he was in shock. He couldnt stand or get up off his side at all. I had to hand feed him water and sit with him in the sunlight. He took a couple of days but came back round thankfully.
#D No, thank goodness. 

6. Does he/she know any tricks?

#R He responds to his name, gives kisses when asked and can go to and sit on a spot that you ask him to!
#D Not tricks so to speak, he was a quick learner however and had the basics down in the first couple months.
Now he does do paw, other paw, high five, and all that jazz but something I think is pretty cool is if you shout 'Help, help!' he runs to find you and howls. Alternatively if your under something like a blanket or duvet and shout help he'll dig you out then lick your face to make sure you're okay. Oh and most recently he's started to look right and left before crossing the road :) 



7. Does he/she love to snuggle?

#R Occasionally. When he comes out to play he likes to run from room to room, hide under our bed with any treats he might have and chew on any paper/cardboard (we still have boxes from moving in) he can find more than snuggling - that's his last priority. 
#D Sometimes aswell. More than Bunny for sure. There was a little while when he was small that I had to sleep on the sofa with him and he still loves to cuddle into me to sleep. 

8. Where did you get him/her?

#R Regrettably I did buy him from a garden center and didn't adopt. However, I had been told bad things about the treatment and source of animals at this particular place and wanted to 'rescue' one in my own way.
#D A local guy's dog had had a litter and as it hadn't been planned he needed to find homes for the pups as soon as possible otherwise it would of been a shelter for them. We went to have a look at them and cutting out the middle man ended up adopting little man then and there.  

9. Does he/she get along with other dogs?

#R Well Bunny is a rabbit of course so doesn't play with many dogs! As a neutered male he does/did enjoy the company of other buns but he just likes to wind Baker up as he is slightly intimidated by Bunny. 
#D Oh yeah. As soon as he had been vaccinated we had him out and socializing everyday and although he started out being quite weary  now he just wants to play with most dogs that come his way. He likes them to chase him for some reason.



10. Does he/she get along with strangers?
#R Of course. And give him one of his special sweets or some fruit and veg and he'll follow you like a shadow.
#D Pretty much. Out in public he lets people pet him and stuff no bother but if a new person comes into our garden or house he's very vocal until I reassure him that they are okay. There is the odd person he just shows an automatic dislike to, cowering away or barking but I trust his judgment and they're probably not nice people anyways ;) 

11. How much does he/she weigh?

#R The average rabbit weight? He's not over weight in the slightest though as I'm obsessed with keeping him healthy. One of my old childhood rabbits had to be put down as she was too big :(
#D No clue! He's light enough for me to be able to carry him like a toddler on my hip though.

12. Do you ever dress him/her up?

#R Only ever done this to him...



#D Never. I don't agree with putting clothes on animals, they have fur for a reason. The most he's ever had on is a pink bandanna when we did the Race for Life.

13. Has he/she ever tried to run away?

#R + #D He's never had a chance to. 

14. How did you come up with his/her name?

#R Confusion over the first year of his life about what sex he was lead to giving him a unisex name that was due to change when we discovered what he was. He answered to Bunny and it was cute so it stuck.
#D It's my favorite skate company and with Jake being a big skater it had to be something to do with the sport. His middle name is also the name of my favorite skater - Antwuan. 

15. How much does he/she mean to you on a scale of 1-10?

#R + #D Infinity. They literally are my children and I adore them with every bit of my heart. They mean more to me than most people in the world. 



So yep, that's the furry friend tag! I hope you enjoyed and learned a little more about our 'kids'. Feel free to do the tag yourself and post a link to it in the comments below! 
Oh, by the way, if you didn't know I have a YouTube channel and it's mostly full of Baker and Bunny being cute and funny - check it out! 




Sunday, 24 November 2013

Weekly Wondering // Week 8.

I found this set of questions, '365 thought provoking questions to ask yourself this year', last year and bookmarked the webpage. After having rediscovered it I am answering 7 of the questions each week  until I complete the year. 

50. Can you describe your life in a six word sentence?
Ups and downs, smiles and frowns. (Thanks Snoop Dogg/Lion! haha)

51. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
Because isn't it nice to be successful first time around? You may learn from your mistakes but the process is usually not a particularly nice one.

52. What impact do you want to leave on the world?
I would love to be able to leave an impact like that of the late, great man that was Jim Cronin MBE otherwise known as founder of Monkey World in Dorset, although I more than likely will not be able to leave a legacy even a quarter of what he has. I'd still like to be known as a nice person who cared and did what she could, especially for the welfare of animals. 

53. What is the most defining moment of your life thus far?
I don't think I've really had one yet. My 23rd year of life seems to be quite eventful in a good way though.



54. In the haste of your daily life, what are you not seeing?
I hate to say this in an answer as I feel like it's my initial reaction to most of these questions but I don't actually know. I feel I am quite a deep person and am aware of the world around me including everything from the feelings of friends and family and the gorgeous  nature and wildlife on my doorstep to the struggles of strangers living across the world from me and the beautiful lands I can only imagine of visiting. I feel that I am living my life at a pace that suits me and allows me to see what I want to see. 

55. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do in order to be able to do the things you do want to do. Life is give and take and if it was so easy as to just do the things you want to do it'd get boring eventually. Compromising and/or working towards being able to do things you want to do helps you to enjoy those moments more anyways.

56. What lifts your spirits when life gets you down?
The cheesy answer would be my family and friends, although it's probably more like chocolate, a Disney movie and a nap!



Check out WEEK 7 HERE!


Friday, 22 November 2013

5 Albums To Last The Rest Of My Life

After much deliberation, I think I have come to a decision that this is the perfect mix of genres for my Top 5 albums. The way I thought of it was if I were in the 'Lost' bunker and only had so many albums on vinyl, what would I wish I had? So yeah, here is what I chose!




Kanye West - The College Dropout [2004]
This was the easiest album to pick. Probably not many people's favorite but I think it's one of those rare albums where every song is dope! It's also one of those CDs that, although having owned it for around 8 years, I grab every time I open my CD case and dunno what to listen to.
Favorite Tracks - We Don't Care, Never Let Me Down, School Spirit, Through The Wire.

Daft Punk - Discovery [2001]
I have a good friend to thank for my introductions to Daft Punk as well as other music and I can clearly remember days spent round at her house getting my hair dyed and in awe of her CD collection. Yes, you Gill! haha Yet another album that you can let play right through without skipping a track.
Favorite Tracks - One More Time, Aerodynamic, Face To Face

Jimmy Eat World - Clarity [1999]
Unfortunately the band that would eventually grow to be my favorite band of all time were not introduced to me until high school and when they were they opened a whole new door in the music scene for me. I love all of their albums, however Chase this Light and Invented are less to my taste (Their latest album Damage is still under judgement haha).
Clarity is a very thoughtful album. A CD that I used to play alot in the car if going for long drives alone - especially when in a little funk. When I met the band I wish I gotten this Album sleeve signed instead of Static Prevails but that happened to be my favorite album back then. Blah, blah, blah!
Favorite Tracks - Your New Aesthetic, Believe In What You Want (The quote tattooed on my chest!), Ten, Blister, Goodbye Sky Harbour.


Lil Wayne - The Carter IV [2011]
Special sentimental attachment to the early days of Jake and I seeing each other, this was a popular choice in the car. I was in a place in life where I was allowed to do what I wanted, listen to what I wanted again and I shot straight back to the rap and hip hop that I listened to years ago as a pre-teen. Back then it was The Black Eyed Peas and Eminem and now it's Rick Ross and French Montana, still though.
Favorite Tracks - Megaman, John, 6 Foot, 7 Foot.

Blink 182 - Blink 182 [2003]
An all time favorite that I haven't actually heard for years but was present on my Middle School leavers document! I'm sure most people around my age must be fans of this album - It's a memory from my school years that I won't forget.
Favorite Tracks - Stockholm Syndrome, Down, Go, Not Now.



What albums would be on your desert island wishlist? Any of these..? List them or share your blog post below! 


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

News That Made Me Happy #2

It's time for your monthly dose of good news!! Make sure to let me know of nice stories you may read in the comments or on my Facebook page :) 


African Students Invent Life Saving Soap!
33 times cheaper than preventative drugs an everyday item, a bar of soap, that not only repels mosquito's but kills the larva has been invented by students by the name of Moctar Dembele and Gerard Niyondiko. The Anti-Malaria soap known as Fasoap was awarded the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Global Social Venture Competition back in April, beating 650 competitors and leading Africa to it's first win of the competition! Looking to be a huge step in tackling the problems facing the disease, one of the main aspects of the product is that of it's residue in waste water killing off mosquito larva as the poor sanitation a predominant  source of the problem in Africa. 



China Take Steps To Cut Down Emissions.
Not before time, the ministry of environmental protection have finally raised the bar in trying to lower the air pollution or 'smog' after an 8 year old girl had been diagnosed with lung cancer in China. It is well know how critical the near opaque clouds of filth over the country are and although measures have been implemented in the past nothing has been drastic enough. Closing schools, cutting production hours and stopping outdoor activities during high pollution times should be points that Chinese cities will work on but most importantly the country hopes to work towards cutting coal consumption which currently accounts for producing more than 3/4 of their electricity. 



AMAZING HUMAN BEINGS! (and other creatures.)
- When an oncoming lorry headed for one of the family's children showed signs of being out of control, Geo sensed the boy was in danger and knocked the child from danger taking full punishment from the brutal collision. Geo is a German Shepard Collie cross and was an age from death due to his life saving act. With disgraceful injury's and a sky high vets bill the super dog (with the help of his loving owners) recovered fully and along with many treats sent from the likes of Pedigree and Wagg, scooped a shiny award for bravery from the IFAW!

"It's just a sport," he said. "Just because it's Division I college level doesn't make it any more important. Life is a lot more important than that, so it was pretty easy. It was kind of a no-brainer for a decent human," Cameron Lyle said. See Cameron had registered two+ years previously to be on the bone marrow register and at the beginning of the year he was approached as a match for a 28 year old with only 6 months to live. Giving up track and field he also stated that "I couldn't imagine just waiting. He could have been waiting for years for a match. I'd hope that someone would donate to me if I needed it.". 



Did this make you happy? Keep that grin lodged on your face and read some more good news HERE!