Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Life Lately // April

Alot of dreaming and looking to the future. A little planning, as much as can be done, and some trying hard for good measure! I know this sounds so super vague and you'll wonder why I've bothered to mention it at all but time is the solution to most things, give me a little of that and I'll soon be able to share everything with you all. It will be worth the wait. 

How lucky I have been lately! After my two, yes two(!) wins of awesome artifacts from top detector Dave, we then seemed to extend our amazing luck by winning Barks & Bunnies Valentines Day competition for my little Bunny B (of which you saw our super prize package) and last month, after being invited to take part in Animal Friends Insurance Pet Pawtraits I found out that I actually won!!
I can't tell you how thankful I really, truly am because when we don't have spare money as it is, these wins means my anipals get spoilt like they deserve to. Watch out for a Muddy Paws haul of what we bought with the winning voucher! This was my winning entry by the way... :D

The sun yo!! Ahh how beautiful the weather has been lately meaning dog walks and days out are even better than usual! The good weather also brings more species of birds and the sound of them singing is my favorite sound ever. It really does make a difference to how you feel when the sky is blue and the weather warmer - I've been getting up earlier and everything! haha 

The children from round here. As if it wasn't sad enough that some silly person decided to tether two horses on the communal grass behind our flat, the kids are off school and would not leave the horses alone. Throwing apples at them, pulling on the chains and just generally causing them harassment. It was so sad to see. 
Of course with them being off of school there has been way more noise, alot of rubbish left all over the streets and there has been some completely unnecessary obscenities graffiti-ed  on some builders containers out the front of ours. 
City living eh?

Other stuff
- I'm now a moderator of a forum! It's a pretty awesome forum too that you should all be interested in because its for us - bloggers. Come pop over and say Hi, share your posts, give and get help with anything you may need and most of all meet other bloggers.
-Although we had to work over the Easter, plus being ill with a stomach bug for most of it, we got to see my parents and enjoy a quick bite to eat with them on Easter Monday. I'm looking forward to seeing them again, along with my 'uncle' and family this weekend!
- I don't like to make a big deal of it incase someone gets embarrassed but someone has not had a real rolled tobacco cigarette for 2 weeks now and has instead been using an electronic, cheaper, healthier alternative. I'm very proud!

Monday, 28 April 2014

Baker's Easter Haul!

(Late) Happy Easter wishes from Baker!
It was a very happy Easter indeed for our spoiled little man with a little basket of things from Jake and I, a big box of goodies from my Mam and Dad and then his new things that we got him with the prize winning voucher from the Pet Pawtraits competition arriving after the bank holiday too! I get so much joy from seeing the expressions on his face when hes rifling through things - it's so much better than opening gifts for myself. 

Anyways, here is just a quick summary of what my little man got for Easter. Hope you enjoy the video!

Easter Basket from us-
Flying Duck soft toy,
Pedigree Biscuit Bones,
Pedigree Jumbone,
Pedigree Schmackos,
Rope Toy.

Barks and Bunnies  Forage Box-
Small Antler dog chew,
Natures Menu chicken treats,
Barks and Bunnies handmade 'Time for Bed' biscuits,
Chubleez Patchwork Elephant,
Kong Zoom Groom,
Gor Pets Quack Duckling (free easter gift!).

Do you treat your pets during the holidays too? What did you get them? 

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 30

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. 

203.What motivates you to go to work each day?
Bakers belly needing to be full and a need to be the opposite of those that live around us who survive by using the government.

204.What do you wish you had done differently?
Nothing! Sometimes you don't think, 'what if' but to be honest I do not regret anything. From everything you do you learn be it good or bad, wrong or right and everything happens that way for a reason. If I had done anything differently then I wouldn't of had the experiences that have taught me about life so far, nor would I have the family I have now.

205.What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?
I think my greatest strength is, after a long journey, my determination to uphold my morals. The fact that I don't do things or join in with things that I don't think are right as well as how strongly I feel about doing something.
As for weaknesses it's pretty apparent to most people that know me that my downfall is how emotional I am. It's nothing I can help, I cry for anything be it a happy occasion or a sad movie and it has hindered me in professional and personal situations. 

206.When was the last time you lied?  What did you lie about?
Probably the last time I was at work and someone asked me, 'Did *beep* say this?' or 'Did *beep* do that?' because I usually just say 'I dunno ' even if I do as I can't be bothered with drama. haha!

207.What made you smile this week?
Comments that you guys leave on my blog.
When I was chosen to be Moderator for the best blogger forum!
The Shaytards vlogs as always.
Baker playing with his bubbles.

Seeing a Grey Squirrel in the tree out back.
and this, although I did make me cry lots too (told you I was emotional!)

208.What do you do with the majority of your money?
Pay rent and bills haha.

209.What motivates you to be your best?
Good people. Seeing others do good is great encouragement to do your best too. 

Friday, 25 April 2014

Lush Easter Goodies Review!

Just a quick post today with my opinions on a couple of the Lush Easter items! 
I went for the Golden Egg bath bomb, mainly because it's a freakin' golden glittery egg (and reminded me of Charlie and the Chocolate factory) and the Bunch of Carrots bubble bars as I love the Lush bubble bars and these were too cute (at a great price) not to get! 

Looking at the website I wish I had ordered online because they have the cutest Bunny bubble bar that, from the description and reviews, sounds perfect  for me - but I got my things in my local store on the spur of the moment and I didn't see that there...Oh well, next Easter!

As with all bubble bars I like to get alot of use out of them and so only used about a third of one carrot for this use. Whilst running it under the water it was evident that the Bunch of Carrots bubble bars were considerably more solid and harder to break apart than the majority of bars I have tried, however for the amount I used I was happy with the final result and amount of bubbles.
As you can see from the photo above, the colour they turned the bath wasn't the most majestic or appealing but that didn't put me off at all. I also wasn't a fan of the scent of the product dry but it wasn't strong at all once in the bath itself.
Over all I think the novelty of this being a bunch of carrots as apposed to just a carrot themed bar was what made me buy it, though it is quite a nice size product for the price.

Now if you bought anything from the Easter range and managed to resist this Golden Egg then I commend you. I sometimes think I must be part Magpie with how drawn to shiny, glittery things I am. 
In the shop after picking one up and popping it in my basket I ended up rubbing my hands on my hair to transfer all the extra glitter that had gotten on me, my Mam even had it all over her face which prompted the waitress at Stateside to ask her if she was 'going anywhere nice' haha!
When dropped into the bath the glitter dispersed ever quicker, however, and the bomb immediately turned to a bright yellow ball emitting the same colour out into the water. 
The smell was very present and unlike many bath bombs this melted away for over 5-10 minutes leaving the bath and obviously my skin nice and soft from the cocoa butter! Don't be intimidated by the amount of glitter either as although there was a lining of it left all over my bath it was easy to rinse out and it didnt stay on my skin either!
I would most certainly have another 10 of these! 

Did you try any Lush Easter goodies? What is your favorite? 

(P.s Yes, that is Snow Fairy that I have left from Xmas. I also have another big bottle stashed away unopened! :P Jealous?) 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Project 52 // March

No introduction is really needed now that we're on the 3rd installment of my Project 52 update, so I hope you enjoy my weekly photos and follow TheSweetness:365 to be updated every Wednesday of life's goings on!

March was a fun filled month, or so these photos show. This is what I like about the Project 52 as apposed to The Project 365 as it is a representation of the best things during each week. Obviously on a daily basis things aren't always so fun or interesting but maybe one day a week is a highlight and worth remembering.

If you like my photos and would like to read more about them and what happened during that week please do head over and explore my 2nd blog!

Which photo is your favorite?

Monday, 21 April 2014

The 'What I Got For Easter' Haul!

Easter, predominantly a holiday for Christians as it marks the resurrection of Christ, is really the most important religious holiday of the year. Unfortunately it is also another holiday that has been over commercialized. Now I really can't say anything about that because if you are long time reader you will know I am not a believer in God, however, like Christmas I use it as an excuse to spend quality time with and give gifts to those I care about (mainly/usually Baker haha).

This year like the past few our only spare money is spent on Baker so his gifts from us and his Granny and Granda will be shown in a separate post. BUT even though I am 23 my Mam still spoiled me with these fabulous gifts. My 'pacey new' or 'piece of new' was a new bright pink Superdry hoodie to wear at Disneyland, Frozen on Dvd (which we watched after our day out at Cullercoats) and plenty chocolate treats! She also made the crispies in the first photo - just look at those chicks!

To read more on why eggs, bunnies and the like are associated with Easter, here is a little post I put together about the origins of Easter, last year.

What did you give and get this Easter?

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 29

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. 

196.What's the biggest lie you once believed was true?

I asked Jake and he said, ' You mean what you still believe is true: that fairies are real.' That isn't a lie so ner ner Jake!
Urm, I can remember when I was younger someone told me I had been adopted. And although there are plenty photos me as a baby, in the hospital etc, I still believed the little poop heads.

197.In your lifetime, what have you done that hurt someone else?

Physically - I punched a guy in the face at a Reel Big Fish gig because he was getting too rowdy and scaring a group of teeny boppers.
Emotionally - My parents were very, very upset with me when I first moved away and when I first got Baker. But they saw sense and realized I was right in the long run :P

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198.What's the best part of growing older?
Being taken more seriously by others, although that's still not 100% true as I often encounter ageism. I think other than that, becoming more aware and appreciative of the little things. 

199.What's been on your mind most lately?

How much I regret moving to the city. I never understood why my Dad always says he would never move back to Newcastle. I thought there is so much to see and do! You forget that those things cost money and there isn't many places within walking distance. You don't realize that people down here are different to in a town, more street wise and less friendly - even the kids. 

200.What do you think is worth waiting for?

Your 'happily ever after'.

201.What chances do you wish you had taken?

I actually had the opportunity (many moons ago) to work at Disneyland as a photographer. In a way looking back I wish I had just of gone and saved myself being put through the things I would, plus being able to work for the most amazing organization on the planet! On the other hand though I always say I would never change anything as it in turn would change my life now and maybe I wouldn't have Jake or Baker in my life.

202.Where else would you like to live?  Why?

Oh goodness! As rural as possible!! If I had my way I'd live in a cottage completely in the middle of nowhere but I know that isn't feesable. I'm hoping a detached/semidetached small house in a village is in my not too far future.  

Friday, 18 April 2014

Back To The Bay

Just look at that bright blue sky!! Welcome to Cullercoats Bay, the loveliest beach (or so I say) in the Newcastle-ish area. Situated between Tynemouth and Whitley Bay this is a gorgeous enclosed bay were Baker actually had his first sand and off the lead experiences. Growing up by the coast little guy is obsessed with the beach and his face lights up as he runs to the door at the mention of the word. That's why, when my Mam came to visit on the 11th, we took the metro out to the seaside. :)

We did some splashing in the sea, chasing the ball and posing for photos - all whilst wearing our new summer sunglasses! Well my Mam and I did haha. The fact that it was warm enough to just wear a hoodie was awesome but the water was unsurprisingly icy cold on my little toes when I had to wade in and retrieve the ball I'd thrown too far for scaredy pants.  Everyone knows how the sun makes people happy but it made me even more ecstatic to see the fun Baker had. It's a shame the dog ban comes on on the 1st of May because you could see the difference in his leaping and galloping, but these photos will keep the memories alive until September has been and gone.

Once energy had been burned we had a slow walk along to Whitley Bay on the hunt for something to eat. Although I suppose it couldn't really be called a hunt when we knew we were aiming for the best chippy in the area. On the way I spotted numerous lady birds, indicating Summer really is coming, and Baker tried to (but failed) lick them as I pointed the out to him. On such a clear day across the sea you were able to see where Jake and I's first flat was - Blyth. See that wind far right in the distance behind St Marys Lighthouse? Yeah there. It's where Baker was born too so it's a pretty special place.

You may notice a few changes from my last post of photos from Whitley Bay. The leaves are gone, the railings painted and a whole new seating area by the Spanish City is ready to welcome the holiday makers in the coming months. We sat on 'The Water Chute' to eat our chips before heading back to the metro to come home and let Baker sleep his busy day off! Anytime my parents visit is lovely, but this day was the best in a long while :)

Oh, look how silly my deer prancing dog is...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Countdown to Disneyland // What I'd Like to Pack *

15,552,000 seconds or

259,200 minutes or

4320 hours or 

180 days or
25 weeks (rounded down).

That is how long it is from today until I fly to Disneyland. It seems so far away and I'm too excited so before I implode I'm gonna have to share some posts with you. I will have a few others coming up over the next few months in this mini series but today I'm sharing a few bits and bobs that I would love to be in my suitcase when we go!

[Top left, clockwise]
Marie Hair Bow   - I used to regularly wear a bow in my hair but as of late (probably because of moving so much) I've misplaced the majority. Seeing as it's going to be more practical to wear my hair up at Disneyland I think that warrants me getting some cute Disney themed bows to make me look pretty in all the photos!
Mickey Hero Patch The patches included on this list are more of an accessory for the bag that is also included. I've never liked to have anything that looks like everyone elses and this way of personalization will make my bag stand out.
Stitch Hair Bow - (as above/hair bows)
Denim Shirt - So it'll be October when we go and I'm sure it isn't gonna be too cold in the parks. I don't wanna lug a coat around or wear a hoodie everyday so a thicker shirt is a cool alternative to pop on top of my outfit. The shirts I have currently are all plaid so don't really go with alot but I love this denim one.
Stitch Patch - (as above/patches)
Dalmatian Vans - This one is a bit of a long shot being a vintage (aka expensive haha) item but I can still admire them. There will be Vans in my case though.
Dreamer Patch - (as above/patches)
Jelly Shoes - Unfortunately one of the 'popular' items on my list but something I think will be practical in case of any splashes from rides decide to dampen me. (Since compiling this I have actually already added a similar pair to my wardrobe!)
Ace Mickey Patch - (as above/patches)
Gangsta Mickey Tank - Just another to add to the already bursting drawer of Disney Tees!
Canvas Backpack - And last but not least the bag to decorate with all my patches. I wanted something that would fit all I need (juice bottle, camera, autograph book etc) in and be comfortable to carry around, this is definitely the favorite option I've come across.

So there we have it, what I'd like to pack. Alot nearer the time I'll show you exactly what I do pack but before that I have a few other ideas for this Disneyland Countdown! I hope you enjoy or even found some things you like, let me know in the comments your favorite items from the list! 

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. I make little to nothing from them but anything I do in the future will be put back into the blog via giveaways or used to help us doing something to blog about! 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Homemade Chocolate Covered Easter Biscuits (for dogs!)

After the success of my dog friendly cupcakes I made for Baker's 1st birthday (which you can look at with awe here) , I decided why should he miss out on all the Easter fun, goodies and eggs and such; so I have made him these...

Literally the simplest recipe ever and apparently very yummy as Baker keeps looking for more, oh of course all ingredients are completely safe and suitable for consumption by doggys too. 

So starting from the beginning, you will of course need to know what ingredients you will need. I said it was a simple recipe and I didn't lie as there are only 4, all of which I already had in the house - even better!

Peanut Butter should always be an organic or unsalted and most dogs go crazy over it! Fats that are actually healthy towards the heart, vitamin B, niacin (vitamin B3), and vitamin E are the benefits as well as the funny licking you dog will do when eating it alone haha.
(Also, this has nothing to do with the health of your dog, but please buy peanut butter free from Palm Oil - read more here)

Oatmeal is a popular ingredient in many homemade dog treat recipes seeing as it is a great alternative for those who are allergic to wheat. Not only that but it's a source of fibre which of course keeps little guy or lady's bowl movements regular (tmi?)!

Eggs are known to settle upset doggy tummys and therefore are obviously okay to use for binding treats together. High in protein and also can be used boiled and cut up as training treats.
and Water is obviously just water haha. 

My original measurements were not spot on and I did a bout of trial and error so I do apologize about not being able to give you those. However I started with 2 cups of oats which I blended to flour and then added another cup of the normal oats to a bowl. 
After also whisking the 2 eggs I added them, alongside a third of a cup of peanut butter and one and a half cups of hot water to the oatmeal and mixed. 
This where for some reason my mixture seems far too wet. It should be the consistency of cookie dough so that you can roll it out flat but mine was far too sticky for that so I kept sprinkling more oatmeal in until it was as desired. 
I then got messy! I got stuck in with my hands and grabbed a ball of 'dough' at a time just using my hands to flatten it out on pre-prepared tin foil sprinkled with flour. With the super cute cutters I bought at Poundland, I cut out enough chicks and bunnys to fill my baking sheet and popped them in the oven at gas mark 2. 

Seeing as I had to adjust my first try failure of a mix I had lots left over. It's now in the freezer for future use!
The biscuits took around an hour to cook, though I checked on them every ten minutes (mine were quite thick). Once they were done it was time to decorate! I've not seen any homemade recipes online quite like this so thought I'd give it a shot and it worked alot better than I expected. For this (optional) step you will need the following:

With a bowl on top of a pan of boiling water, melt the ingredients together - simple as that. The chocolate drops themselves are very chalky in texture and therefore do not melt well alone hence the addition of a few drops of oil. To thicken the mixture I also spooned in some more yummy peanut butter and stirred thoroughly then spread onto a few of the biscuits before it set. Ta-da! Easy peasey eh?! 
I'll leave you the the very few, poor photos I actually managed to get of my little guy enjoying them but it was rather difficult seeing as they were gone within seconds. 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 28

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. 

189.What do you do to deliberately impress others?
Use big words? haha Not really, I'm terrible for an ex-literature student and always use spell check and an online thesaurus. Urm..brag about my dog?

190.What will you never do?

Go against my original beliefs and judgement again. Undermining your own way of wanting to live life and caving into things other people want you to do or act like, never will work out well. For example I am completely and utterly against all types of drugs and infact anything that is against the law (like everyone should be to be honest) but a while back I let down my barriers and became friends with someone who was into such awful things. Now I didn't sink so low as to completely forget my standards, but I in no way should of ever associated with anyone like that. It compromised our safety and I will never put myself in that position again. 

191.Excluding romantic relationships, who do you love?

My Mam and Dad! Baker. Most animals. & Walt Disney :P

192.What is your earliest childhood memory?

Are you kidding? I can't remember yesterday properly let alone my childhood. Obviously I have been told stories and seen photos/home movies but I don't think I have any actual memories. 

193.What book has had the greatest influence on your life?
Such an unimaginative, cliche, somewhat embarrassing answer - but Harry Potter. The whole world was a big part of mine when growing up and escaping in that book helped me through many horrible times.

194.What three questions do you wish you knew the answers to?

What happens after death? (A little pessimistic but I'd like to know where lost loved ones are)
Are there really witches and wizards? (I think there are!)
What three questions do you wish you knew the answers to? ('Cause I cannot think of a third and I want to know what YOU want to know ;P)

195.What is the greatest peer pressure you've ever felt?

It's no secret that I've always danced to the rhythm of my own drum, I've never been afraid to wear what I want or be into whatever took my fancy so I can't pick a specific moment of peer pressure. I'm pretty lucky to of mainly associated with good, nice people and therefore people who wouldn't pressure me anyways. Obviously being teetotal I have people ask why, and ask me to come out, 'oh its only one drink!' but I have no desire to spill poison down my neck even with people asking me to :D 

Friday, 11 April 2014

Prettiest Pup Winner Prize Photoshoot Set

Back in December last year, over on my photography Facebook page I decided to hold a 'Prettiest Pup' competition. 24 stunning dogs had photos submitted by their owners (which can still be seen here) and the one with the most 'likes' was crowned Prettiest Pup!
Our winner was Bob! (And as I stated in the competition if the winner came from a household with other dogs they would be included in the portraits too of course.) 

I asked his owners to write a little bit about him and his 'brother' for you to get to know them a little so here is what they said,

'Bob came to us 7 years ago after we got ourselves on the register for a Guide Dog who "didn't make the grade". He is extremely intelligent and had far too much energy to settle being a Guide Dog. He loves his exercise and even now at 8 years young he can still manage a 12 mile walk no problem. He loves those close to him and likes his routines.'

'Coop was fostered by us a year past December whilst his owner was unwell. He was overweight so it took us a couple of month to get him in shape. Owing to personal circumstances Coop was then to be put to retirement. As we had got very close to him we decided that we couldn't bear to see him leave so he was then to become our pet. Coop loves EVERYONE, but he can never love anything as much as he loves his tennis ball!!!'

So on Mothering Sunday my Mam and I went for a walk with these fantastic dogs and got some cracking shots. They definitely deserved their winning title! Unfortunately the weather wasn't what we hoped for, so our planned beach location had to be scrapped but I think it turned out for the best even with all the fog in the photos. I'll let you judge for yourself...

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

YouTube Videos You Need To See #6

The perfect way to comfort an anxious mother to be. Or educate those equally as ignorant to the Syndrome.

Sadly, too accurate. Take me back to the start...

Although I'm growing tiresome of the over doing of Frozen, this guy has skills!!

The sweetest way to help out a homeless person. (and his reaction is that of a true gentleman)

Loved all of the YouTuber April fools but this episode of React was the best!

What videos have you enjoyed recently? And which voice do you think the Frozen singer did best? Tell me in the comments!

Monday, 7 April 2014

My Favorite Disney Characters.

As the title says, although I suppose they are subject to change haha
Also, this seems to be good timing with last nights overload of Disney on my timeline through the 'fill up Facebook' game! Enjoy.

Favorite Prince
As none of them are skinheads with a full beard - I'm gonna have to settle on the tall, dark and handsome Prince Eric. I like that he had a dog and that he is the only Prince who did not sing in his 1989 movie, The Little Mermaid.

Favorite Princess
Most Disney girls dreaded question! But for me it's simple. The original, from the beginning, legendary Snow White! She cooks, she cleans, she looks after the men and is friend to animals - me much?!

Favorite 'Wild' Animal
My first instinct here was Thumper from Bambi. With quotes such as, ''If you can't say something nice... don't say nothing at all. '' and the following quote, you can't help but love him. Plus he is a bunny rabbit <3

Favorite 'Domestic' Animal
Nana! From Peter Pan. I just always wish she had been able to go to Never Never Land too! Shes clumsy but cute at the same time and is so caring treating the children like her pups. I want a doggy like her when I'm older - although I might not use her as a servant...haha

Favorite Sidekick
Although there have been many through out the Disney decades and especially as of late with characters such as Olaf the snowman from Frozen, I think my all time favorite is Stitch.
I have to say though it's mainly through my interaction meeting Stitch at Disneyland in 2010 and the Stitch interactive experience in the Walt Disney Studios Park which I loved!
Of course the fact that the film always reminds me of my Dad with Stitch loving Elvis plays a part too...

Favorite Hero
Bolt! This scene is explanation enough. 

Favorite Villain
Captain Hook even if he is probably the biggest failure of a villain ever haha and I think his full name, Captain James Bartholomew Hook, along with his effort to be cunning makes him even more of a fool. Unlike all the other villains I actually like him as his pairing with the crocodile and never ending battle with Peter Pan make me more sympathetic towards him than spark any dislike like I have towards other Disney baddys.

Favorite Female
Alice. I want to be her so much! Even if I had to fight a Jabberwock as in the Tim Burton adaptation of the movie. It's not just the awesome adventures her mind takes her through that I love but her classiness and stereotypical British accent (which was also voiced by the same actress who played Wendy Darling in Peter Pan!), her daydreamer attitude paired with her Victorian life make her the most endearing young girl.

Favorite Male
Does Captain Jack Sparrow count...?
Favorite Couple
Aside from the obvious and epic Minnie and Mickey, Carl and Ellie Fredricksen come a close second. It's not long since I actually got up the courage to put myself through the emotional ride that is 'Up', but they immediately became my relationship inspiration. 

Favorite Duo
Timon and Pumba of course! Possibly the funniest characters in Disney history and from my favorite childhood movie. I also met Timon at Disneyland and he was pretty gangsta! haha

Favorite Family
The Banks family from Mary Poppins, even more so after watching 'Saving Mr Banks' and finding out the true story behind that movie. I love the fact that it shows a family that isn't perfect and the tribulations that were went through to become a closer family unit. Mr Banks, despite his initial bitterness was always my favorite member of the family along with Bert as my favorite character in that movie. Dick Van Dyke has never been better. 

So there we go, this took me weeks of taking my thinking cap on and off but I'm relatively content with my choices for now. How about you? Tell me your fav's in the comments!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 27

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. 

182.What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

I've had many lovely things done for me, mainly by my parents but I've also had good friends support me and Jake do little sentimental cute things for me. It doesn't necessarily have to be a huge deal or a huge gesture to class as a nice sentiment. 

183.What do you see when you look into the future?
A detached cottage/old house in a rural location with animals to care for and countryside to explore.

184.What makes you angry?  Why?

Cruelty to animals of any sort because they are helpless, vulnerable and innocent. 
Anti social behavior ie being violent, loud etc as it is scary, unnecessary and classless. 
Dropping of litter! It pollutes the environment and is harmful to wildlife as well as being unattractive to the eye. 

185.What is the most valuable life lesson you learned from your parents?

It may seem slightly superficial but it's very important to help you survive in the real world - Don't spend money you don't have. In other words do not rely on credit cards, store cards and loans. I don't think you should purchase things unless you have earned it.

186.What does love feel like?

I'm not the type of person to have the emotional vocabulary to describe that.

187.What are your favorite simple pleasures?
Wearing a comfy pair of jogging bottoms, listening to the birds sing and coming home with a new toy for Baker to go crazy over.

188.If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself one thing, what would you tell?

I wouldn't tell myself anything major like to change my path or not trust certain people as I believes everything happens for a reason. Also I don't feel that I would need to go back and give myself any further encouragement, 'like everything will be okay', because I always had faith in my future and kept dreaming. So I guess the long and short of it is - I really haven't the foggiest what I'd tell myself! 

Friday, 4 April 2014

And Then There Was One.

Words are failing me and tears obscuring my vision. This post is the hardest I've ever had to write.

On Wednesday 26th of March 2014, Bunny Eskdale fell asleep forever. Yes, we've lost Bunny. Not just a rabbit but my first child and a gigantic part of my heart and life. This little hopping fluff ball had come even more into himself, developing a real character and personality over the last year especially and his dog like nature has left such an un-fillable hole in our house.

We have no idea what took my little man from me although he has always had a sensitive stomach and I gather that is what must of been the cause, though at his last vet check up recently he was perfect. So now I dunno what to say to you...I had written a whole paragraph of exactly what happened but to be honest I don't want to remember the negativity but the sheer joy and love I received from my original B-man.

Cheeky Bunny always could be found doing whatever it is that he shouldn't be! We made a cardboard guard to fit around our TV stand as he was obsessed with sitting amoung the wires, a bag of shopping or a bag of rubbish sat by the door waiting to be taken out would be prime target for him to jump on and he would always be able to find and open any bag of food or treats (that he knew he wasn't allowed much of) no matter how well hidden.

From homemade cardboard castles to shoeboxes, and special rabbit tunnels and houses, he loved to play peek-a-boo. Hopping in and out, on top of and through then taking his veg inside to settle down and munch away.

My photogenic boy was ever so inquisitive of the camera though! All of my pets grow up with a lens in their face (in the nicest way possible) and so obviously love having their photo taken. When trying to get a nice photo of Bunny you had to be fast! He'd run toward the camera and stick his nose into the lens giving eskimo kisses just as he would with me. Just like this online article says, my guy was definitely a one to present himself for grooming and highly enjoyed me rubbing his nose with my own nose. That's one of the things I'll miss the most.

Seeing as I work evenings and therefor blog at night time Bunny became my little helper and company after Baker had gone to bed. We'd sit in the kitchen and he'd jump up on his chair, sneak onto the table and pop his little head over my laptop screen to remind me he was there. He was the only reason I'd look away from the screen. We took little breaks to play with his many little puzzle toys which he always managed to crack so quickly...he was a very clever little bun after all...knowing his name, coming to a mark you pointed at and even reaching up for a kiss when asked for one.

On April 1st 2014 it marked 1 year from the loss of his best friend Nike, who at not even a year old passed from a heart attack in the middle of the night. As heartbreaking as it is that I have to go through this again I hope that whatever happens after death my two babies are back together, in no pain and hopping around together.

I'm sorry if it was anything I did wrong Bunny, I did my best, bought you better than you needed and always made sure you and Baker's bowls and toy boxes were full before mine. Baker has been looking for you, sniffing at your bedroom door, lying by it and crying which is strange seeing as he was frightened of you! I missed you sitting on my feet as I cooked dinner today and avoid sitting on the sofa to watch TV as it doesn't feel the same without you jumping up to snuggle in too. Love you Bunny B <3

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And now there is one.