Thursday, 28 February 2013

TAG - Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Wow, two blogger award nominations in one month! Crazy. But thank you all so very much :D

A big thank you to Michelle from VintageCobWeb for the nomination of the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

The rules for this post are as follows -
* Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

* Share 7 interesting things about yourself.

* Nominate 7 bloggers you admire.

* Leave a comment on each of the blog’s letting them know they have been nominated.

So here are my 7 'interesting' facts!
1. I have a phobia of belly buttons. I'm scared that they'll pop open...
2. I watch more hours of YouTube videos than any other form of entertainment. 
3. I cannot lie and fully do not condone lying. 
4. The 'Lost' numbers nearly all have some significance to me. Read more here.
5. When things I'm into become 'mainstream' and popular I don't like it :( So mature! haha
6. I got bullied pretty bad in highschool to the point where I had depression and early stages of bulimia. It made me the person I am today though.
7. I'm always cold. I even wore fluffy boots and a cardigan during the day in Ibiza. 

And the people am I nominating are -  
Laura at My Little World
Donna at Lolita
Alyanna at Chasing Euphoria
Donna at Goat + Wolf


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

My Soundtrack V.7

I've had Wale's Folarin mixtape on in the car recently and always seem to skip back to this track. I've decided I want to film a skate section of Jake in the next few months and originally this was the song I picked for it, but hey ho the skater himself (on second listen) doesn't approve so we're still on the hunt.
It'll definitely be hip hop throw your ideas in the comments!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Inked & Awesome - Kit Henderson

Name: Kirstin "Kit" Henderson
Age: 20
Website:  Kitosaurs

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I was 18, just a month before I turned 19 when I went for my tattoo, which is a set of big feathery wings on my back.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Cuteness Overload V.7

This is the story of two Golden Labrador Retrievers named Salty and Roselle which is guaranteed to make you shed a tear.

Everyone is aware of the tragedy that struck New York on September the 11th 2001. However, not everyone is aware that among the heroes of the events were two dogs.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

I Wish, List V.10! Special Style Edition.

This month's wishlist has a bit of a twist. The fashion and beauty blogging community is huge, but I feel is mainly for the 'on trend' fashionistas and eccentric stylists. I thought I'd jump on the bandwaggon, so to speak, yet prove that not all girls don a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Litas and some cosmic leggings just to pick up a loaf of bread.  

This first outfit is the most likely to be my 'everyday' look. I pretty much live in leggings and jogging bottoms and I'm not even a chav! I think these neon joggers are something just a little different though, which I love as I've never been a sheep.

[Top left, Clockwise]

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

My Top 5 - Inspirational Disney Quotes

I've made 5 graphics to portray my favorite inspirational life quotes from the wonderful world of Disney films! I'll let them do the talking. :) 

There are obviously many more said by the man himself, Mr Walter Disney. But that's a whole other post! What are your favorite Disney quotes?

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Inked & Awesome - Caitlin Novak

Name: Caitlin
Age: 21

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I was 18 when I got my first tattoo. It is a pink muffin playing air guitar with Pink Floyd lyrics around it, on my lower right side.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

It's My Life - A Quarter Century Old.

My other half is 25 today! 25!! Thats oolllddd. Haha. I keep kidding that he's a quarter of a century old now :P
I don't like birthdays because it means another year has passed - and time is going way too fast.
Above is a little mix of some good memories from the last two years, I hope we have many, many more. A full century worth!
Love you more Mr BeachMan (although I think Baker is giving me some competition..)


Thursday, 14 February 2013

What's Going On? - Valentines Day

Saint Valentines Day. The day apparently dedicated to 'love' and showing that special someone how you feel about them.
In my opinion a day created by card and gift companies to fill in the slump in sales between Christmas and Easter. I mean, Jake and I agree there shouldn't just be one day a year to celebrate your relationship. Should there?

However the origin of the worldwide tradition is actually surrounded in mystery.
Linking back to both Christian and Ancient Roman traditions, there are a few theory's to why the February celebrations began.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Currently Obsessed V.8

This months current obsession is more of a regained hobby. Before I moved and had no internet access for a couple months, I was a huge YouTube fan.
Now we have proper unlimited broadband (no dongle for us!) and I spend all of my time that I'm on the laptop watching videos. Even if it's just one playing in the background while I'm blogging etc. It's much better than TV anyway.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Inked & Awesome - Dana Mullins

Name: Dana Mullins 
Age:  28

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

I first decided I wanted a tattoo when I was around 23/24, after a lot thinking and researching ideas I settled on the cherry blossom tree branch running across of the top of my back. The flowers were done first, my second sitting was the butterflies and then the branch was put in last.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Opinions of a Housemate - Student Life Through a Student’s Eyes [Guest article by Sorbus Aucuparia]

[As a quick intro I'd just like to state I had a big debate with myself about sharing my views of the student lifestyle or more so that of the wasters who give them a bad name. I am therefor so very grateful to today's contributor for sharing what I wanted to but with alot more information and truths from the views of the true student.]  

I am a 3rd year Zoology Student at Bangor University in North Wales. I love my course, it is what I have worked my whole life for and I am a very proud student. I thought I would take this opportunity to debunk a few myths and explain a few truths to those who wonder what student life is like for this student in particular.

This week I had 10 hours of lectures, so what does a student do for the rest of the time? Well according to our university handbook; for each 1hr of lecture, a student should spend between 4-9hrs of private study. So that’s most of my week gone already. There is a view of students as lazy party-going drunks, and I’m proud to say that most days I don’t fit anywhere near that category. Unfortunately there are those who don’t use their time well or choose to do other stuff, and I usually think that that is fine, but it will be reflected in your grades. It does get to me that I know people who don’t even turn up to lectures, let alone do the extra, why apply if you cant be bothered to turn up?! Sometimes I feel like the only one stressing about being ill and missing a lecture, or panicking that I haven’t done enough notes this week.  When I’m not bordering on obsessive I relax by watching Attenborough documentaries, reading books and painting, though there is the odd night out and birthday party to attend ;)

Money well spent, some of my wildlife DVD collection 
The student loan:  First the facts, I’m so sick of hearing from the media that we get thousands of tax payers money to sit about doing nothing.
Tuition fee loan – this is paid direct from the government to the Uni to cover costs of teaching, my loan is around £4K per year, for three years but this has just gone up to about £9K per year. I never see this money but I have to pay it all back.
Maintenance loan – this is paid in three chunks directly into the student’s bank account and is basically supposed help with rent, bills, food and any extras.

I pay both these back once I reach £15K per year, taken away from my pay along with the taxes. So I know that whatever I do this will have to be paid off and will follow me throughout life. It is quite scary knowing that I have about £20K of debt, despite having no overdraft or credit card bill. Once the rent is paid and the fridge is full and the books are bought and I’ve printed off a scientific paper in the library and been billed 5p per page, then there is a tiny bit left over for fun.

Textbooks; essential reading for my course, costing between £30-£50
I budget really carefully because surviving on my own is so important to me. Some students have helpful parents who buy them cars or send them allowances. Some students simply max out their overdrafts on expensive clothes and a party lifestyle. I think it is far too easy to see the loan come through in your account and let it go to your head, but that money is to last us three months. To me Student life is as much about worrying if the loan will come through on time or if I will have to stretch the budget a tad further, as it is about studying and gaining a degree. I am very lucky to have been taught by my parents how to budget. I’m so proud that this year, my final year, I have saved enough to afford to sign up for a particular module, which although costing an extra £650, will take me to Tenerife for 10 days to study the Lizards and other wildlife on the island, supervised by some seriously skilled and amazing lecturers. 

Yes of course I splurge occasionally and go out for food with my boyfriend or go to the cinema or treat myself a new dress to go out in, or a new pair of walking boots or something, but I spend the vast majority of my time in clothes from charity shops, because there is just NO NEED to buy designer. I hate hearing of people going on spending sprees with their loan or making the mistake of thinking it was free money and throwing it away on booze. I absolutely detest being invited to Christmas/Birthday parties and being expected to wear a new dress, that no-ones seen before. I would rather spend that £15 on ice-cream and a new wildlife DVD anyway.

I love living in a country where practically anyone can go to university if they work hard enough, but I think it is far to easy to take these things for granted. Anyone who works hard either at Uni or in the world of work has my respect. In this recession it is as hard for me to get by as anyone else, so I will say no more except to thank you for reading and I had better get off this blog and back to some serious research.

Sorbus Aucuparia xxx

Thursday, 7 February 2013

TAG! - 'Liebster Award'

So...I've been nominated for a 'Liebster Award' by Tanya at Animated Red Riding Hood.
This is an award given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.

The rules are as follows:
1) List 11 facts about yourself
2) Answer the 11 questions that have been given to you
3) Create 11 new questions for the bloggers that you are nominating for the award
4) Acknowledge the person who nominated you by linking back to their blog
5) Choose 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers that you feel deserve recognition 
and post on their blog to let them know about the award. 

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

What's Going On? - EU Ban Animal Testing.

Following on from my previous post at the end of January and probably the countless other blogs posts and news stories you've seen in the past few days, I am finally getting around to sharing the good news!

I'll keep this short as I'm sure many of you are fed up of all the harping on about the fair treatment of animals, so simply - the arranged ban on animal testing or sale of products tested on animals is to go ahead on March 11th 2013.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Inked & Awesome - Katelynn Hill

Name: Katelynn Hill
Age: 22
How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I got my first tattoo when I was 20. It was an anchor on my forearm. Not the greatest idea and not the greatest tattoo, but it holds a place in my heart because you live and learn. I got the anchor because to me it represents staying grounded as the person you are regardless of the people around you. At the time I had a lot of bad influence but chose to stand by who I am and not turn to the "dark side" per say aha

Saturday, 2 February 2013

J.D Photography - Project 365 1/12

Growing in popularity over the last few years, a Project 365 is simply (in this case) a Photography project in which you take 1 photo everyday for a year.
I have tried and failed a few times, but this time I decided to start on January 1st and have now completed my first full month!

You can head over to my separate P365 blog, Once Upon A Project 365 , to see all the photos full size and remember to follow to keep up to date with my progress!