Wednesday, 30 October 2013

My Disney World // October.

Disney related anything is always of utmost importance in my household - well to me anyway and this is what I've been loving this month to do with the wonderful world.


First up the 'Frozen' trailer. Even before discussing how fabulous the animation is I have to say I think this is gonna be pretty sweet, although many seemingly self confessed 'trailer critics' have the movie doomed to be a flop. Loosly based on Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen' the story line is sure to be good at the least  and I'll be sure to be checking it out as soon as I can once it's released. I will let you know my (obviously unbias) opinions in due course ;)  [Out November 27th 2013]


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We are big Steve Carell fans in our house and this photo just makes me like him even more :)
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As if the parks weren't beautiful enough every day of the year I especially adore the decoration come any holiday time. On my two visits I haven't had the pleasure yet of appreciating all the additions in person. I'd have a field day with my camera! One day I will be there for Halloween and at Christmas too but until now I'll make do at being awestruck by photos like these.


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Oh, this too...
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To end of course there is always a list of Disney stuff that I want, here's a few things I've had my eye on this month -

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What about Disney have you been loving in October?
More of My Disney World next month :) 



Sunday, 27 October 2013

Weekly Wondering // Week 4

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. 


- 22 - What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?
I would definitely regret not getting Baker. He is my best friend and even if he is trying sometimes, I have to remember he's still a baby (and I'd much rather a dog baby to a real baby!). He has been the best thing to happen to us especially when we were both unemployed as he was our reason to wake up in the morning. If it wasn't for him we might not have ended up moving to this house and consequently,  I might have not gotten in to the job I have...


- 23 - Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of?
Not at all. Especially of late I'm learning to not worry about things out of my control or from the past. My heart and mind is completely focused on my little family and our future. 


- 24 - When you are 80-years-old, what will matter to you the most?
I really can't say, as I don't know where I will be or with whom or if I will even still be here. I'd like to say my family/pets, I'll let you know nearer the time haha.

- 25 - When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?
I think the question should be 'When is the time to start..'. In that case I would say once you have someone other than yourself to look after, such as a child, then risk and rewards are of high importance. However I think everyone should always do what they think is right at the time.

- 26 - How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
A cross between a 10, 17 and 80 year old. My Disney obsession and the like makes me feel and sound a child, I look a lot younger than I am hence the 17 and my values, hobbies and social life would lean people to believe I'm a pensioner. Actually, my Nana has a better social life than me...

- 27 - Would you break the law to save a loved one?
I can't say what I would do in a specific moment, but most likely I would. Wouldn't you? 

- 28 - What makes you smile?
Lots of things. But most recently realizing that people other than just my parents and Jake actually care about me. 
Daily though it's Baker's reaction to me returning from work, Jake trying to be funny with our little inside jokes or dancing and of course anything Disney.


Read Week 3 HERE! 


Friday, 25 October 2013

The Scariest Thing TAG

To celebrate the best holiday of the year I thought at the last minute that I'd squeeze this post into the agenda.


Scariest real life experience. 
There's probably something worse as it wasn't like completely totally terrifying but the wait and the flight up before my skydive was pretty scary. You can tell I was having a few issues by my face in the video! haha

Scariest paranormal experience.
I've actually had quite a few (and may actually dedicate a whole post to them at some point) but the one that springs to mind as the worse was from years back. My best friend of the time lived out in the countryside and we use to go rake about in the farmers fields or go on bike rides and stuff. Well we stopped for a rest by this random pasture type area that had a locked gate by the side of the country lane, bare in mind this was the middle of the day and light, and we saw a man standing leaning against the tree. In a blink of an eye he was gone. He hadn't acknowledged us and there was no where the could of slipped off to that quick so it obviously freaked us out and we bolted back to her house. What made it so scary was that when we mentioned where we'd been to her Dad he said that he'd seen a guy there and experienced something similar to us years ago when he was driving home from work...it was weird because we hadn't told him about the guy. I promise you it was freakier in person!

Have you known anyone convicted of a violent crime?
I don't think so, not really. I've know of people who have been to prison for GBH but nothing too bad. Boring I know! But it's a good thing ultimately eh?

Are you afraid of the dark?
Very much so. Even in my own house I have to run across the room if the light is off or have my back to a wall.

Does your home town have any scary stories or legends?
I didn't know of any but I had a quick Google and found out that apparently one of the shops on the high street has a resident ghost/ex owner who likes to move things and walk about alot. There is also a story about supposed 'vampire' from the 1100s which you can read about here.

What is your favorite urban legend?
I haven't a clue of any or what 'urban legend's really are so obviously, as always, Google was my friend. Instead of finding a favorite urban legend I was led on the trail of popular urban legends (apparently) and whether they were true or not. This may not be spooky in-keeping with this tag but it settled my anger on a particular disgusting photo that had been doing the social media rounds - please be sure to check this out. 

Scariest nightmare.
I'm a totally mental dreamer. I have the most elaborate, funny, stupid, scary, pointless, weird and everything in between dreams. Included in those have been ones where I have been a murderer chasing people down with a shotgun, covered in spiders, witnessed my own Victorian-self attacked and so many more that I can't even pinpoint them. However this makes for another interesting possible future post!

3 favorite scary movies (Added by Me)
The Amytiville Horror (Original and remake).
The Reaping.
Shutter Island.


There we have it, a little more fun than last years post but feel free to check that out too ;) 
The Origins and True Meaning of All Hallows Eve!
If you do or have done this tag I'd love to read it and be sure to tell me your 3 favorite scary movies in the comments!




Wednesday, 23 October 2013

YouTube Videos You Need To See #1

The title says it all really. Here's a monthly list of videos I have enjoyed or even shared on the Facebook fan page and think everyone needs to see. I'll let them do the talking.

The Importance of Family.

Home Depot Flash Mob Proposal.

Stepping Up To Protect A Stranger.

World Record Holding Vlogger Goes Through 2nd Brain Surgery.
I must also express my love and thoughts for Charles and his family after the diagnosis from the biopsy. The 'C' word will be beaten! 


All inspirational in their own way's I'm sure you'll agree. Feel free to share this post and share the love.


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Weekly Wondering // Week 3

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. 



- 15 - If not now, then when?
Exactly!


- 16 - Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
Hmm. Just working and daily life to be honest. Unfortunately nothing of too much significance. I've been looking into my next fundraising event but don't think it will be able to happen until at least the Spring. I have been collecting some goodies for my local PDSA branch as they were awesome with Baker when he went to get neutered and I wanted to hand in a little thank you hamper.

- 17 - What does your joy look like today?
My joy most days looks like a tiny feathered singing animal, a tiny hopping twitchy nose, a black furry baby snuggling into me and a smile on the face of my bearded co-inhabitant. 

- 18 - Is it possible to lie without saying a word?
I suppose you can look guilty and therefore seemingly lying if you have been asked a closed direct question. 

- 19 - If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?
I really dunno. I can be quiet harsh on myself at times but the majority of the time I think I'm okay. Not how I'd treat a friend though.

- 20 - Which activities make you lose track of time?
Oh blogging and YouTubing by far. One minute I'll say that I'm off to bed in 10 minutes and then magically it's 3 hours later!

-21 - If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
Not to sound all high and mighty at all as I know we all have flaws, but I'd like to teach everyone to be nice. That's it. But it's a big thing. No alcohol, drugs, crime and general nastiness. 


Read Week 2 HERE



Friday, 18 October 2013

Bunny & Baker's Christmas Wishlists!*

Christmas shopping is so much fun when you're buying gifts for others, but it's even more fun when you're buying gifts for animals! There are so many cool things out there now to keep your pets healthy, comfortable, entertained and most importantly happy. Here's a small selection of some of the things I have my eye on for my little guys!

For Bunny.
[Top Left, clockwise.]
Noel Garland - If we all have holiday decor, why shouldn't Bunny?! Plus he LOVE's these gnaw garlands. He's gone through 2.
Hutch and Run Chalet  - This has been a huge want for a long time for  me  Bunny. Although he is an indoor rabbit, I think this little 'house' style hutch would look awesome stained the same colour as our wood furniture and give him a little more space than his cage for sleeping in. The slide out compartment makes cleaning out easier for me and the upstairs/downstairs would give him another cool little playground type of deal in his bedroom.
'Gingerbread' House Chew  - Any cardboard or paper in the house, Bunny will find it and eat it. This is perfect for his chewing needs!
Teach and Treat Game - This looks alot of fun and like it would keep little guy entertained for a while. He's pretty intelligent for a rabbit and obviously loves his sweeties so he'd get the hang of it no problem.
Vegetable Holder - Again, this would be good for stimulating Bunny while in his house. Instead of laying a carrot in his bowl this holder would keep him standing to reach it.

For Baker.
[Top left, clockwise.]
Dog Walking Belt - This is probably more for my benefit than Bakers, but it's the first thing like it that I've seen and it would be super useful on his walks instead of bulging pockets, full hands or a big backpack.
Slot n Lever Treat Game - Similar to the treat game I saw for Bunny, this seems to be one of the better dog versions. A lot of reviews for different games were brilliant but had comments from Collie owners saying it was too easy for their dog - this one looks sturdy and like it would give the B-man a little challenge.
Red Cord Mattress - A big boy bed, for a big boy. His huge brown bed that is in his cage is getting rather lumpy. This looks very luxurious!
Raw Hide Candy Cane - Raw hide is always a winner and I love candy canes so yeah.
Water Bottle Buddy - Has anyone ever seen these before?! I think this is amazing. Baker is forever pinching empty juice bottles from my bag or the bench and loves to play with them, which makes me worry about it breaking and hurting his mouth. This is cute and practical way to make it so he can still play with them.


Do you get your pets gifts for holidays? If you have a wishlist compiled too I'd love to see, so leave a link to your post in the comments! 


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

News That Made Me Happy #1

So maybe I'll seem a little slow on the uptake with some of these stories seeing as I'm not actually publishing this post for a few weeks yet, however I'm sure you'll still agree with me that this is all pretty good news!


New Harry Potter movie details released!
You heard me correct and to anyone who cares about this - I guess you did already know.
Yep, for everyone like me who cried when the last film ended and have re-watched the 8 movie box set countless times, our need for a Potterworld fix will be fulfilled. Get in! Entitled 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them' will be about the author of the Hogwarts textbook of the same name, Newt Scamander. Set in 1920's New York it has been assured to be completely apart from the Harry Potter series as well as being the debut for J.K Rowling's screenwriting career.

FACT - The book within the book was published in it's own right and was also sold alongside 'Quiddich Through The Ages' in 2001 as part of a fundraising effort for Comic Relief. They stated that the total raised was over £17million.


Prince William Retires but Steps Up for Conservation.
Reading this story just made me admire my favorite Royal even more. If Prince William wasn't as sweet, kind and caring enough already after announcing his retirement from his RAF career, the Prince stated that this move is so that he can focus on Royal duties, the upbringing of his son and focusing on important issues (of which you will know why I am so made up about) like wildlife conservation.
He is said to of brought together influential conservation organizations to create Royal Foundation 'United for Wildlife' of which he is President.

FACT - William served 7 years with the Royal Air Force as an active Search and Rescue Pilot, completing 1301 hours of RAF flying hours and conducted 156 individual search and rescue missions.

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AMAZING HUMAN BEINGS!
- Homeless for over 8 years, Glen James flagged down a cop to turn over a rucksack he had found containing over $42,000 in Boston. A touched member of the public, who had never even visited Boston before, decided to set up a fundraising page in the hopes to raise enough so that the homeless but amazingly honest man could buy a home all of his own. To date they have raised over $83k for Mr James. A very fitting thank you I'm sure you'll find. If you'd like to contribute, click here!

- Tim Harris a 27 year old man with down syndrome, is an inspiration to people with special needs everywhere. Tim entered the Special Olympics at age 13 in 5 different events. Throughout the years he has earned many more Gold medals than the likes of Michael Phelps and now owns his own restaurant! If that wasn't enough to make you beam, 'Tim's Place' is the worlds friendliest place to eat with an awesome item on the menu - Hugs!

- Four college football players received $50 store credit each in appreciation from a store manager. The guys entered the store with lights on and doors open but didn't realize it was closed. Instead of stealing, ransacking or getting up to general mischief, the guys got their items and left their money on the counter - waving to cameras as they left. Gentlemen still exist!



Sunday, 13 October 2013

Weekly Wondering // Week 2

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. 


- 8 - Who do you love and what are you doing about it?
I love Jake and I tell him (in reply to him telling me) that I do so many,many times a day.
- 9 -  What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?
That of living a clean, modest, giving and somewhat wholesome life. The people that do agree are mainly those with strong religious values but my belief is purely so as I think without the influence of foreign substances, dirty interests and everything in between, that in general life is happier. 

- 10 -  What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?
The only thing I can think of really is manage my money or more so have more control of my money. I have never been a one to waste it or spend what I don't have but now with having monthly bills instead of being on meters for our energy and especially having online banking, I'm finding it alot easier to keep track of where we are financially. 

- 11 -  Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
Neither. I am an overly emotional person and cry at anything from movies to adverts to Baker doing something cute. It's just the way of expressing feelings and it's not always to do with being sad. 

- 12 - What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
I wish here I could say nothing, 'I don't care what people think' but in reality there is probably alot. Stemming from school time bullying I have always been conscious of what people think of me, even strangers although I shouldn't as it doesn't really matter. I can't help it though... :/ 
The straight answer is probably just be me. I get on the metro and because I have a chest tattoo and wear a hoodie alot of the older people automatically give you 'the look'. I wish I didn't have to have a scarf on on have to roll down my sleeves!

- 13 - Do you celebrate the things you do have?I appreciate everything I have. I have been in situations where I've had alot of money and alot of 'stuff' and I have been in the opposite situation too which makes my that much more easily pleased you could say.

- 14 -  What is the difference between living and existing?
Simply, to me, existing is just being. You are here and occupying space in the world but not doing anything. I see it as the poor unfortunate souls who are in comas, completely paralyzed and the like are existing and anyone other than that is living. Living doesn't necessarily mean making a change or doing anything of importance.


Check out Week 1 HERE! 
As always, share your thoughts in the comments!


Friday, 11 October 2013

Life Lately // October 2013

Doing
Well as some of you may know, I started a new job at the beginning of September, so alot of my time has been taken up with that and getting my body clock adjusted to that.
It's in the retail sector and is not quite full time but is enough for me. So far I've been really enjoying it and now am just looking forward to the point where Jake is back in employment too so that we can finally try and find a home in a nice area that we can be settled in for the next few years.

We also did this year's updated family portraits. 
Thinking
How awesome it is that I was asked to write up a little piece gushing about my furry babas for A Geek in Glasses and B is for Becky 's 'Furry Fridays' feature. You know that my little guys own my heart and any opportunity to push photos of them under peoples noses - I'm in! Make sure to pop over and read my little write up about Baker and Bunny as well as all the other precious pets that have been past features. 

Loving
The fact that although I have less free time because of work but I have actually found the time to start reading again for the first time in almost 2 years. I've started easy though and have reading a chapter of Cheryl Cole's autobiography before bed some nights before I move back onto the Game of Thrones books which I tossed aside not long after the first series of the TV show aired.

Hating
Asthma. After a year of suffering with bad breathing, irregular heartbeats and misdiagnosis from doctors even after chest xrays, breathing tests and ECG hearts scans, I have eventually been told by my new doctor that I am asthmatic. Now no offence to anyone else who has asthma but I automatically felt like the stereotypical Saved By The Bell geek! At least I know it's nothing more serious though I guess.

Other stuff
- Baker is now a big boy and has been in for his first and most important operation. Hope you all have your doggys fixed too - it isn't cruel (as I've been called) it saves accidental litters and even more puppies looking for homes when there are already so many lovely dogs in kennels that need homes.
-  I updated the blog layout! Did you notice? What do you think?
- Jake has been amazing helping me around the house while I've been working. Usually I hate him doing my housework but I've needed and fully appreciate his help.
- Our living room is finally clear of boxes! Thanks to the beaut!
- (Super last minute edit) Jake just landed a job too!!! <3 WooHoo!!


I don't often do these types of 'currently happening' posts because, to be honest, we don't do much. But obviously with being on hiatus for the past month I did actually have a few things to catch you all up on.
Do you enjoy posts like this? What have you been up to recently?



Thursday, 10 October 2013

Project 365 // 9/12

(I won't usually be posting on a Thursday, however this needed to go up this month and the schedule is full to the brimm. Hope you don't mind!) 

September! The missing month! Or it was on this here blog. Even though I've not been posting here I have still kept up with my daily photo and now have less than 80 days to go...!

However I did unintentionally almost miss a day and fail the project!
Most importantly this was the month I started my new job, got to grips with using the Metro system and despite all that, enjoy some time to myself/with my family. Stopping the blog was a sudden but easy decision and gave us the chance to relax, take family photos, I had time to read and Jake got to start going out skating again. We've even enjoyed many more lazy sofa days in front of the TV aswell :P

My parents went on holiday with old friends of ours and with having amazing technology like we do, Baker and I were able to skype with them which was brilliant as I usually talk on the phone with my parents everyday. Bunny managed to squeeze into the cuteness limelight too though when he enjoyed the fact that Jake got new shoes almost as much as Jake himself!

Other than all of that I also fell in love with my perfect piece of furniture that I've been hunting down for months now, do you think it's similar to the one I found for this olllddd wishlist post? Oh and I won another of Dave's competitions!


How was your September? Did you get up to much? Feel free to link your blogs below as I'm kind of out of the reading loop! 
To see the full size images head to my photo a day blog, theSweetness: 365, and maybe even follow ;) 


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Project 365 // 8/12

August was the last real month of summer however not alot of if was spent outside.
At the beginning of the month I was still attending my pre-employment course which later resulted in the making of new friends and eventually a job! I ate my last ever McDonalds , Bunny got spoilt for a change and I convinced Jake to pose for a couples OOTD!

The most important thing that happened this month was our (not so little anymore) baby man turned 1! I can't actually believe he's been with us that long already. Of course I made sure it was a good one, with a homemade banner and homemade peanut butter and carrot doggy cupcakes made by my Mam and I. He had fun opening his presents and posing for pictures but most of all spending time with his Granny whom he is obsessed with! Check out his full birthday including a short video here. 

With my parents being down we also made the most of having time together. Jake attended his first match at St James Park with my dad while my Mam and I completed a treasure trail around Newcastle that I had won from Karen's blog - it was alot of fun and way better than I expected. Then at the end of the month I signed my new work contract...!


What did you get up to in August? Can you remember haha. I wish I'd been able to get this post up before my little break but it was very sudden after all.
To see the full size images head to my photo a day blog, theSweetness: 365, and maybe even follow ;) 



Sunday, 6 October 2013

Weekly Wondering // Week 1

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 thought each week starting now I will answer 7 questions until I complete the year. 


-1- When was the last time you tried something new?
Off to a bad start I know, but I'm not one for trying new things - especially food! But I actually tried porridge for the first time a couple weeks back. Unfortunately wasn't a fan of the one I tried in particular, it seemed really gloopy but I'll learn and try again sometime.

-2- Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?
The only person I can think of is my own Mam. We are very similar in so many ways. I get good and bad traits from her but we also used to fall out easily alot and my Dad always said it was because we are too alike.

-3- What’s the most sensible thing you've ever heard someone say?
Not to be a total stereotypical Disney geek, but the most amazingly sensible and clever things I've heard are words from the late, great, Walt Disney.


-4- What gets you excited about life?
Most of all probably learning new things and seeing new places - including the likes museums etc. History intrigues me, so when I visit a place like this the thought of knowing what kind of person has stood in that same spot as me so many years ago is exciting.

-5- What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
That you should always listen to and take on board the opinions and thoughts of loved ones.
Although, I have to say I have no regrets as everything happens for a reason and if I had indeed listened at the time I wouldn't be where I am now with who I am with now.

-6- What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?
Saving money. Easy! I was working hard and earning good money for my age. I just wish that instead of wasting it buying people who didn't appreciate it things, I had saved it. Then perhaps the last couple years would of been a little easier.

-7- Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?
Yes, I think I ask alot of questions. I like to find out more about people, deeper than what you see on the surface, which I guess is noticeable by the series' I like to run on this here blog!


Read Week 2's answers - Coming Soon.

I'd love to hear your answers too, so leave them in the comments!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Guess Who's Back. Back Again!

Yep, it has only been 4 short weeks since I posted this announcement but I have been missing posting since after just the first week. I bet you guys feel you've hardly had a break from me ;)

However, my short time away has given me the opportunity to completely overhaul my way of thinking about Underland To Wonderland.

When I first started it was simply a little corner of the internet to post photos and stories from Jake and I's daily life so that my parents, over 60 miles away, could keep up with what we were up to. Then it evolved into something that could house all my many opinions instead of just my head and finally turning into what it was when I decided to take a break.
I was too focused on the amount of views I got and how many followers I had when it really doesn't matter. Just like in school, I don't fit into the 'blogging community' and to be honest I don't want to and don't care.
Therefore things need to change. I want to use this as a platform to make people smile, inspire people, educate them and share things that matter to me (especially lots of photos of my babies)!
So as of tomorrow posts will change. Nothing to please other people, just to please me.
No effort-lacking posts or fillers. Only quality content that I am pleased to publish and this may mean less than regular amounts of posts.
I'm hoping to try and post once every 3 days but if work and life get in the way and I can't produce an awesome post - I just won't post! (Don't worry, I currently have 14 drafts ready to go and will keep building them up when I have time).

I hope you're looking forward to this new direction and that you like the slightly updated layout!

Best wishes to you all...did you miss me? :)


Thursday, 3 October 2013