Sunday, 31 March 2013

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Easter Origins.

Easter eggs, cute little bunnies, and hot crossed buns. How on Earth is that meant to be a celebration and recognition of the resurrection of Christ?

Falling on a different date each year, always the first Sunday after the full moon and beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere (vernal equinox), Easter can be anytime between the 22nd of March and the 25th of April and is stated to be the most important holiday of the Christianity faith. That covers the origin of the date but what about the name..?

Easter. It is thought that this holiday is named after the Goddess of Spring - Ēostre,  from Germanic pagan beliefs. While researching, this is where I came across something I never knew and was really interesting for me personally...
The afor mentioned goddess' existence was testified in an 8th-century writing by a saint from my home county. (That saint also happened to be one of the Saints named as head of a house at my catholic first school alongside St Aiden and St Cuthbert which sparked my interest imediately! Though is probably not of interest to you haha). 

The well-known author, scholar and foremost Monk, Saint Bede, of the Northumbrian Monastery apparently wrote of feasts held by the pagan Anglo-Saxons in honor of  Ēostre. He is the only person to of done so and also stated that although this tradition had died out by the time of his documentation that it had been replaced by the Christian celebration of Jesus' resurrection and so came the term 'Easter'. 
You gotta be with me in thinking this is pretty cool - A Northumbrian Monk the only known document-er of the Goddess from who's name derived the term for a global festival, especially if you are Northumbrian like me :)

So what about eggs? Why is the main symbol and tradition a gift of chocolate eggs? My first assumption was the egg symbolized the round stone that blocked the cave Jesus' body resided in and the tradition of egg rolling was a mimic of his rolling of the stone away from the entrance during his resurrection.
However, upon further internet delving, it seems this isn't the only reason for the egg.
In ancient times it was thought that the world began with a giant egg by many civilizations, including the Egyptians, birthing the theory of the egg portraying 'new life' and rebirth which is now universal in pretty much all of today's cultures.
There are two main points in history in which indicate the start of 'Easter eggs' as we know them today. First of which is from Edward I of England and that household accounts showed expenditures to have eggs colored and decorated in gold leaf. Secondly, it is also told of an early Christian African tribe who painted and colored their eggs for this festival, spent enjoying foods that were sparse during winter.
When the upgrade from real eggs to their chocolate clones happened, I have no idea! Do you know?

As always as a quick disclaimer I will state for non-regular readers that I am Atheist and therefore do not believe in a god or celebrate religious holidays. I did, however, attend a Catholic school as a child and have read the bible. I hope my statements and views are accurate and do not offend anyone.
If you'd like to learn more on the subject, please check out!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

My Soundtrack V.8

I've been trying so hard to ween myself from what's grown to be my go to CD's of Rick Ross and Wale and listen to some of the other genres I love too, as of late.

From that I searched my laptop and came across my Reel Big Fish collection (who I've seen live a few times and have enjoyed probably the most out of all gigs I've been to) which in turn led me to youtube to see if there was any of their stuff I'd missed. Now here's where it gets exciting...

I don't actually know how you could get any better than Ska mixed with Disney! 

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Currently Obsessed V.9

This month I am currently obsessed with all things home related - primarily looking for one haha!

If you follow me on twitter you may of heard that we're currently living in a work site (slight exaggeration, but we have no back stairs) and I have been pretty poorly, so seeing as our tenancy ends in the next few months we're looking for a new place!

If money were no object these would be along the lines of my dream home.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Inked & Awesome - Cheryl Cantwell

Name: Cheryl Cantwell 
Age: 25

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

I was 18 years old and I got a manga fairy on the bottom of my back.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Cuteness Overload V.8

Seeing as it's been a while since I've bragged about my beautiful babies, I gathered it was high time to write an update about the cuties. 

Starting with Baker - who has gotten so big!! 
Now 7 months old our little man is so good (most of the time).

Thursday, 21 March 2013

My Top 5 - Harry Potter Characters.

As always these are in no particular order.

The extreme mother, Molly Weasley, is not only a favorite of mine for her practical adoption of Harry into her family but for Julie Walters who plays the role so well. An overall underrated and such a diverse actress brings the typical housewife role alive with everything from her loving body language (as seen above) to her spunky attitude in the right moments.

Who couldn't love Hagrid? The first real friend that Harry meets, he completely fits the bill of the 'lovable giant'. Not to mention the fact of his south western accent (the same as my partners) meaning everything says makes me smile, his epic beard helps seal his spot on this list.

Different. That's the word usually most fitting to this character, although I don't believe in being 'different' - what defines normal and different anyway? Luna is the person I most relate to and admire for every struggle she has faced in her life and still remaining an albeit unconventional, beautiful person inside and out. Evanna Lynch is perfect as Luna being able to translate real life struggles to the role. Read more.

I suppose Snape is not the most obviously choice as a favorite character to those who are less familiar with the series and like most I strongly disliked him through the first few books/movies. It was inevitable though that the stereotypical strange man that was bullied as a child was going to make me shed a tear at some point and I actually felt sorry for him post series ending. There's no denying that J.K created an extra special and intricate character when inventing Severus and again Alan Rickman plays the droll talking, mysterious professor superbly. 

This little guy is probably on every Potterhead's favorite characters list. Although described by many as annoying I found the house elf lovable from the moment he was introduced, the slight unintentional humor to his role adding to the love-ability. My feelings towards him grew as his nobility and loyalty to do good progressed throughout the movies causing the biggest emotional breakdown for me out of all other Harry Potter deaths.

So that's it, I found this 'Top 5' pretty easy to choose compared to alot of the other lists I've compiled. Are you a Harry Potter fan? It was a huge part of my pre-teen and teenage life and still is. Let me know your favorite characters in the comments :)

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Share The Love V.7

This version of Share the Love is for the recent travel and culture type blogs I've delightfully stumbled upon these past few weeks. Obviously you can tell from my blog I'm not the biggest fan or follower of fashion so these types of blogs, although outnumbered by the fashion community, are what interests me. I adore having a window to peek into other countries, especially not being in any position to travel myself just now. Here it goes, anyway.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Inked & Awesome - Jennifer Walker

Name: Jennifer Walker
Age: 21

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I got my first tattoo when I was 16 years old. It's song lyrics by a band called Crimpshrine and wraps around my wrist. It reads; 'Another Day, Another Goal.'
Although I was very young, and it may not be the best looking tattoo I have, it is not something I regret doing as I have many fond memories of that time that the tattoo reminds me of.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

What's Going On? - Earth Hour 2013

From the Earth Hour wesbite -

'Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world.   Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.' 

Thursday, 14 March 2013

It's My Life - Cooking For Dummies.

I know that I claim to be such the typically old fashioned housewife and although I am good a baking cakes and sweet treats, I've never been interested or any good at cooking any proper food.
Well, as the months passed of being fully 'living on my own' (with Jake obviously) and the only woman of the house, basic meals had to be made. I could probably of lived off pasta, however

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

I Wish, List V.11 *

Yes I am female. And yes females like shoes! The difference here? I like skate shoes, trainers, sneakers - whatever you wanna call them. Flat, comfy, trendy, practical shoes!

I already have a pretty large collection of said footwear including 3 pairs of Nike's, 2 pairs of DC's and  3 pairs of Vans. Jake also, obviously being a guy and a skater wears only skate shoes. Always the same ones too - Nike SB's.
That being said I thought this month I'd show you a dedicated shoe wishlist. His and her's at that! Oooh.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Inked & Awesome - Kelsy Bremmer

Name: Kelsy Bremmer
Age: 23

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I was 18 when I got my first tattoo. I always wanted a tattoo and Celtic crosses always inspired me and gave me courage. My boyfriend designed my first tattoo. Tattoo's are important for me, they tell my story my life struggles and positivity.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

'Oz: The Great and Powerful' [MOVIE REVIEW]

[Warning, May contain spoilers.]

As a child, I distinctly remember one of my only non-Disney favorite films to watch was 'The Wizard of Oz'. So much so there is still a (rather worn out) VHS in my old bedroom at my parents house. That being said it was a given that I had to see 'Oz, The Great and Powerful' - not only a prequel to said film but a Disney production at that!

If you haven't seen the trailer, check it out here first then read on! :)

From the opening scene, I was already enthralled in the story line.Shown as a black and white film (similarly to The Wizard of Oz) and set at a traditional, old-fashioned traveling carnival there were lots to look at and take in. A theme from here continued right through the entire film, alongside the overwhelming attention to detail in scene settings, costumes and especially the CGI.

Although I chose to see it in 2D, there was plenty going on at almost all times to make the 3D more than worth it. Even in-between main scenes there were things like leaves falling and goings on in the background to keep an eye on.
On the subject of the special effects, I have to say that (not surprisingly) they were probably one of the highest standards I've seen as of late! From the insanely life-like lion to the evil emitting baboons I found the whole world of Oz a perfect use of CGI, going against the views of popular movie reviewers who have stated it as overused. Surely they understand that the point of this land is to be fantastical and unreal, not just set and filmed in any old woods?!

I myself found many comparisons with the new land of Oz and the famous 'Wonderland' of Disney's Alice in Wonderland. Bright colours, weird creatures and one point that especially jumped out to me were the glowing eyes in the woods - meaning obviously I was in love, Alice being my favorite movies of all time.
Just like the original 1939 Judy Garland hit, all the characters were as charming and lovable as expected with equally heart-warming story's well relating to those of Oz's acquaintances in his 'normal' Kansas life. The most touching character plot comparison to me was that of the little girl who couldn't walk in the audience of Oz's magic show back in Kansas and the tiny china doll girl with the broken legs in the land of Oz, which just actually clicked in my head while writing this! I also saw a big similarity in the character and humor of sidekick Finley the monkey with Dobby from Harry Potter.

Overall I thought the film to be captivating and appealing, to both children and adults alike, in story and screenplay with the constantly ringing of the supremely Disney moral of 'Believe' and of course to be a good, kind person. I think director Sam Raimi had the whole movie spot on. (Even if I do think the age rating should have been higher, though maybe I'm just old-fashioned.)

If you're going to check it out, or already have, make sure to let me know your thoughts! Do you agree with me? Or are your views similar to that of overly critical big Hollywood critics harshly judging the acting and theme of this fun and uplifting prequel?!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Opinions Of A Housewife - Dealing With Depression

Uh oh, the bright, light hearted, Disney inspired blogger is gonna ramble on about deep, dark feelings!
Well as you should know I am indeed a human and therefore also get down now and again.

I don't want this to be a ranty, annoyed post - rather an inspired and uplifting post.
I've dealt with depression (without the use of anti depressants or any medication) on and off since high school, working through an awful time of bullying, bulimia, domestic abuse and most recently unemployment and financial issues. I want to share with you my opinions of how to get through the tough times and be happy.

1. Meditation and 'Me' time. 

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Out and About - Northumberlandia

If you follow my Project 365 photography blog you'd of seen that, a few days ago, we visited the gigantic man made human land form, dubbed the lady of the north, that is situated only 5 miles or so from us.

Considering it being so close to us, it's weird we haven't visited before although I think we chose a good day as the sun showed face for the occasion.
Unfortunately, the sun was probably the highlight of the day as the 'park' was a big let down.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Inked & Awesome - Tori Wilson

Name: Tori. 
Age: 23 

How old were you when you got your first tattoo and what was it?
I was 18 when i got my first tattoo. It was an ohm on my left shoulder. I was taking a religions class at the community college and i really liked the idea. It was impulsive. The same week i got my high school sweethearts initials on the inside of my hip. That was the most dumb decision I've ever made. Another impulse tattoo. 

Saturday, 2 March 2013

JD Photography - Project 365 2/12

60 day's (two months) into my Project 365 and I'm still going strong-ish. Haha. Someday's I have a sort of 'Photographers block' as we don't really do much and I don't want to keep spamming everyone's screens with photos of my pets - no matter how cute they are!

Make sure to CLICK HERE and check out the full size photographs from February and send me your links if you're doing a P365 too!