Sunday, 31 August 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 47

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. 

329.What things in life should always be free?
Hugs! haha Urm, It would be awesome if everything was free and we just traded our own goods etc for services/other goods. You know like people who grew vegetables could trade a basket of them in payment for someone to build them a wall. lol!! 

330.What is your favorite time of the year?
I like all times of year to be honest. Spring, summer and autumn (before it gets too cold) are the best and I'm not a huge fan of winter unless I don't have to leave the house at all and I can stay wrapped up with chocolate and Disney flicks.

331.What is something you have always wanted since you were a kid?
According to my Mam (as I can't remember yesterday let alone being a child), a dog. And I have one so life is complete! :D 

332.What is the most recent dream you remember having while sleeping?
Oh I remember most nights dreams but none that I'm willing to share. Not that they are inappropriate or anything, I just usually have bad/sad dreams and I don't wish to repeat or remember them!

333.What confuses you?
People! The world. Many things to be honest.

334.In what way are you your own worst enemy?
I am very self critical of everything from my photography to my appearance and everything in between. But aren't most people really? 

335.When did you not speak up when you should have?
Ha 90% of my life. I'm not the confrontational type and from being bullied at school, to people treating me differently in work and even as a bystander to thinks I don't agree with - I just can't bring myself to stand up and say anything. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

Who Do They Think You Are? #8

A little later than hoped, here is the 8th installment of my judgement series. You can read all about the idea behind it here, as well as seeing what two strangers though of me all from a photograph!

I need judgers and judgees so if you'd like contribute shoot me a line to!

After viewing the above photo, a 23 year old female thought this:
Name: Sophie or Amy
Age: 19
Occupation: Student (English or business studies)
Location: America possibly, or London.
Hobbies Include: Going out with friends, watching movies and reading.
Musical Taste: Whatever is on the radio that has a decent melody and can be danced to.
Other: I think this girl is a happy, loyal person who loves her friends. I think if given the "cat or dog" question, she would choose a cat.

The subject herself answered the same questions...-
Name: Jordan
Age: 20
Occupation: Student, part time waitress
Location: Brighton
Hobbies Include: Writing stories, reading, singing, watching Disney movies and baking anything sweet!
Musical Taste: Musical theater, Disney songs or more acoustic sounds. I don't really like overly remixed music.
Other: I'm kind, loving and a little bit crazy (in a good way!). As you've probably guessed from above I'm obsessed with Disney and musicals, but mostly the concept of love. I am in the process of writing my own novel, but in the meantime, I will stick with my blog!

[You can see more of our beautiful subject today and check out her awesome blog at Hello Miss Jordan]

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

International DOG DAY!

Yesterday was a special day.
My little man, best friend, child and pet, Baker turned 2 years old!! I cannot believe he has been in our lives for just short of two years already, but then again I can't remember life without him at all.
I've always loved animals but I never realized until I owned a dog the actual love and bond that a person could have with one.

Not only was it Baker's birthday but it was actually international Dog Day! A day to appreciate and celebrate a species that does so much for us including the following -
Military Dogs
Police Detection Dogs
Tracking and Hunting Dogs
Herding Farm Working Dogs
Sled Dogs
Acting Dogs well as being our best friends! It is also a day to discourage over breeding, unnecessary breeding, puppy farms and obviously abuse, neglect and cruelty. I often get asked why I choose to fund raise for animal charities rather than the usual Cancer Research and the like but I'm sure all fellow animal and dog lovers will know. If you'd like to support my past fundraising events you can still donate via Just Giving.

Baker's Go Walkies sponsored walk event in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind - Donate here!
My Skydive in aid of Monkey World Ape Rescue center in Dorset - Donate here!

So today make sure to give your dog a extra treat and lots more hugs. Here is a little image I put together from all of YOU with your furry friends. Thanks you so much for contributing <3  Happy Dog Day Everyone!

(You should be able to click to enlarge!) 

The above fur buddies and friends are -
Katie with Meg and Trev
Sophie and George
Faye and Bree
Erin and Bree
Laura and Bobby

Click the names to visit their little worlds <3

Monday, 25 August 2014

If You Go Down To The Seaside Today...

Just a few more photos taken over the past few weeks, during our numerous beach visits (if you're not sick of them yet) from my home town of Berwick Upon Tweed. I'll let them do the talking. Enjoy. 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 46

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. 

322.What is the number one quality that makes someone a good leader?
Being a good listener. Simple as. 

323.What bad habits do you want to break?

Eating rubbish because I'm bored, I think that's the main one. Jake isn't here to ask about my bad habits so I don't know! ha

324.What is your favorite place on Earth?

Anywhere in the middle of no where. Where there are no people, only mother nature. 

325.What do you love to practice?

Patience? Happiness? Peace? haha I don't have any hobbies or anything that requires practicing so I'll settle for personalities traits.

326.What questions do you often ask yourself?

When I may feel down at all I ask myself why. Like exactly why, what is wrong with me and remind myself that I have nothing to be down about and that there is always someone worse off than yourself, so put things into perspective.
I also often wonder what the purpose of life is.

327.What are you an expert at?
Jack of all trades, master of none I'd probably say. I'm not an expert at anything unfortunately. 
According to recent customers I'm 'amazing' at taking photos, but I would only say that I'm decent. 

328.How would an extra $1000 a month change your life?
It'd make a gigantic difference! Although I'm very happy with the place we're moving to it would mean we could either spend more on rent or just be more comfortable. Get a pretty dope car, be able to get another dog...haha yeah it'd be fab. 

Friday, 22 August 2014

Life Lately // August

Deja vu, but like my last life update - we're moving! So obviously if you read this post, you will know the current situation and that we gave up our rubbish life in Newcastle and moved in with my parents for 'a few months' until the right place came up. Well that place came up alot sooner than expected and we are actually moving into a beautiful little 2 bedroom, semi detached house (HOUSE! not flat!) on the 30th of this month! Eeek!
Unlike last time we're not stressed and don't have a heck of alot of packing to do because our life is in this box...

How our luck has changed! We've gone from working a job where I was dislike by the other staff and Jake was on few hours, living in an unsafe, scary environment and not being particularly happy at all, to this!
Jake is in a brilliant job getting a minimum of 40 hours a week and we're ready to move into the new place as stated above. I'm still looking for a little part time cleaning job or something as long as it's not working with the public but thankfully we can manage fine from just one wage until the right thing comes along for me.
It makes a change that things are going right for us as even before we met we each had a hard time, making us appreciate the situation we are in right now even more.

Everything about where we are right now. Every week we are at one of the many surrounding beaches, fields or the river at least twice but usually alot more. I've made friends with lots of beautiful creatures and gotten a whole host of photos.

Not much to be honest. I'm a little disappointed about people who haven't stood by their word. I won't elaborate too much but I know that said people won't be reading this anyway as I seem to have turned invisible since moving...

- Baker can swim!
- Jake got me this beautiful piece for the new place which is my current upcycle project! 
- My poor Nana has been in hospital due to her mobility and stuff. Thankfully she got brought back to the local hospital so we can visit most days but she's getting alot better and I can't wait for her to get out and come visit my place. 
- I've bought more 'stuff' in the past month than I have in the past 3 years of living in Newcastle, see my collective haul here.
- Mam and I completed our 4th annual Race for Life at Newcastle. It was at the Race course this time which wasn't a great decision if you ask me, still a great time though. 
- I have a new Facebook page for my photography if you didn't know. I'd really appreciate your support and a 'like'. 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Reading TAG

I was tagged in a, well tag, for the first time in agggess and I was quite surprised when it was the reading tag. I love reading but didn't think I really said much about it for people to know I like reading though I suppose my 'bed and book' tweets would be a hint. 
Anyways, thank you as always Miss Leona for tagging me! 

Do you have a certain place for reading at home?
Not really right now but once we move at the end of this month I do! I'll show you all in due course..! 

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Don't judge me, but I just fold the top of the page! Ahh I know, slapped wrists but I end up just dropping bookmarks out of the book and then loosing my page.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?
I have to usually finish the chapter, but if I'm being rushed I have to do a certain number of pages haha...who can just stop reading?! What a strange concept. :P

Do you eat or drink when reading?
Not really because right now I read the majority of the time in bed and I don't eat in bed. Maybe I'll have my cup of juice or something but nothing in particular. 

One book at a time or several at once?
One at a time. My brain hasn't the capacity to remember all those different story lines, especially when we watch shows and movies and stuff too!

Reading at home or everywhere?
I prefer at home, or even by the pool on holiday but I haven't been abroad on holiday since 2008. I can't read on a bus or public transport as it gives me travel sickness and I'm scared I'll miss my stop.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head - always. How annoying would reading aloud be?!

Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I like to keep it 'new' but when certain people borrow your books and bend the cover backwards there's no going back.

Do you ever write in books?
Oh no! BUT I'm embarrassed and annoyed to say that one of my first edition Harry Potter books has my pre-teen scrawl of my name in the front cover. WHY?!

What are you currently reading?
Here's where all the proper serious readers laugh. I'm re-reading the full Harry Potter series for I think the 5th time and I'm on Goblet of Fire currently. I have a small collection of books, most of which a 'series', for example I have the full series by Ian Rankin and I also have alot of Mary Higgins Clarke books. If you have any suggestions (nothing disgusting like 50 shades, that isn't a book it's filth!) let me know!

Let me know if you have done or do this tag! Please always feel free to leave your links in the comments!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Collective Haul // July-August '14

So it seems that the last month or so I have bought more 'stuff' than I have in the past 3 years! It's strange being able to buy a few bits just randomly because we have never usually had even enough spare cash for a bar of chocolate.
Moving into the new house is an excuse for 50% of the below purchases and a handful of things were actually bought for me too. Yeah. Anyways, take a peek at what I've been buying!

Some more Disney classics to add to the collection! Wreck it Ralph, which I ashamedly am still to watch was bought for me by Jake and Tarzan and Hercules were bought by my Dad :) Thank you both <3
The mug was a super lucky find. Guess how much it was and where it was from. Go on, guess! I spotted it while passing the home-ware isle on the way to cleaning products in Home Bargains and it was only .99p! What the what?! If you've seen previous wishlists (like this one) or even just taken notice of my blogs name, you will be able to tell I love Alice in Wonderland and especially the original illustrations. I don't even drink hot drinks but I needed it. :)

We got rid of alot of our old bedding and needed another set to change our bed into just now as well as for the new place so whilst on our day down in the toon for the Race for Life we popped into good old Primark and mam treated me to this one that couldn't be more me if it tried!
Other Primark purchases made by myself included a Bambi sleeveless tee from the sale, a while ruffle front vest and a cute little yellow camisole with daisies! I also picked up two new pairs of jeans in the styles I already owned but in the opposite colours, some Bambi shorts (that I didn't realized had butterflies on the until I got home but will cope with), a pair of pink frilly socks, Minnie Mouse flip flops, tan moccasins and a replacement pair of the sun glasses that I already have but mine broke. Phew, that was even a mouthful just to write haha.

Since having moved I'm less stressed, meaning my skin has improved! Or is better most days at least. I'm still not confident enough to go out further than the field for Bakers walk with no make up on at all and so that I don't have to wear a face of foundation to the beach I decided to try a CC cream. There weren't many that were cruelty free that had good reviews but one of my favorite brands came through for me. I picked up the concealer too as mine had ran out.

Last of all is my favorite part of the haul - all of my cruelty free cleaning supplies! Yey! I cannot actually express to you my excitement at finding my favorite buav approved brand (Astonish) in high street shops! I've had to buy mine from ebay in the past but now that they are readily accessible and really reasonably priced I had to get the whole collection, stocking up for when we move. Easy is also a brand I've used alot over the past couple of years and it provides products that Astonish don't do. I also picked up dusters.
Oh, by the way, I am gonna have a dishwasher for the first time ever so I'd love any fellow CF bloggers advice on tabs and rinse etc for that! Let me know!

And, finally, that's it! Pfft, how ridiculous is the amount of money I've wasted recently?! It feel so weird being able to go out and buy things. I hope you enjoy this kind of post, I know it's not as good as hauling in video form but maybe one day I'll get the guts up to do so. :)

[Since writing this my Mam has also treated me to Mary Poppins on dvd and Jake bought me this (click here) project for the new house...]

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 45

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. 

315. How many friends do you have in real life that you talk to regularly?
Oh goodness, way to make me feel unpopular! haha Regularly? None. Semi-regularly that I would hang out with on rare occasions - less than 5. The majority of people that I speak to alot are fellow bloggers or something. I'd like to have a good friend but since leaving Newcastle anyone that was like that with me has forgotten I exist. Nevermind. 

316. How much money per month is enough for you to live comfortably?
Another comment relating back to Newcastle but when we were down then we lived on a wage of £100 per week, each. That covered rent, council tax, gas and electric, all the other bills and food. It makes me angry that people who don't work get more than that in benefits yet still complain about struggling. If you bought a supermarkets own brand and didn't smoke and drink then maybe it would be enough money for you to live on! 
Now in Jake's new job he is earning more than that just himself, but we are also moving into a more expensive house. Once I find a part time job we will be living very comfortably and won't really need to be as tight or worry like we did in Newcastle. 

317. When was your first impression of someone totally wrong?
I can't place a specific time but I'm sure there have been plenty. Everyone judges people upon first sight or interaction, don't even say you don't, it's human nature. So obviously sometimes there will be people who surprise you and aren't who the originally seemed. 

318. How many hours a week do you spend online?
Woah, alot! At the very least 5 a day probably on average. Some days I may not turn the laptop on at all but most days when I am on I spend alot of time sorting things for the blog and doing other little jobs. 

319. What do you love to do?
Go hiking/walking, play with Baker, watch movies with Jake, blog, take photos of birds and wildlife, read.

320. What specific character trait do you want to be known for?
I can't pick between two. My conservative-ness and my caring nature. People know and sometimes badly judge me because of my old fashioned views and values, my want to be modest and so to say, lady-like, is often misconstrue as 'prudishness' and although it is different for someone my age to be like this I pride myself on it. I hope people will also appreciate my efforts towards charities and the like. 

321. Are you more like your mom or your dad?  In what way?
Oh goodness, my Mam! Why? I have the same temperament

Friday, 15 August 2014

Baker's New Toys Review.

My little lad has been a very lucky little dog again! His birthday isn't until the 26th of this month but July was when he got lots of lovely presents.

First of all, a brand that already features in Bakers toy box, Gor Pets got in touch asking if he'd like some new toys to test out. Ever the hoarder, of course he said yes (and I did ask him!) and a week and a bit later there was a knock from the postman and we tore open a little parcel to reveal the above!
[I decided that to get a true view of how robust and fun the toys were that I would leave this post for a number of weeks so here it finally is!]

Somehow Baker always knows, or thinks, that when a package arrives he should open it. As I thought the first thing to be pulled out was what kept his attention and has in fact become one (if not thee) of his favorite toys - the Gizmo! I was a little skeptical upon first impression seeing as Bakers Granda and Daddy are not fans of toys that squeak, but he adores it and it's so multipurpose. It squeaks, floats, bounces, is practically indestructible and can even be used as a treat toy!
Baker has sat in his bed and just made it squeak over and over, he's splashed about with it in his swimming pool and thrown it around bouncing it down the path and thoroughly enjoys playing with it so that is a giant thumbs up from me.

The other toy he received was a gigantic Tug & Play rope toy! When I say gigantic I mean it - it's huge! Pretty much the length of Bakers back. Him being so involved with the Gizmo meant that he didn't really look at this straight away but more so of late he has been sneaking this out of his toy box for a late night playtime.
I like this because it's not only something he can use alone or with us but he can play with his doggy friends with it too, as most other rope toys are far too small for two dogs to get a grip of and actually play tug of war. It's main claim however is that it keeps teeth and gums clean and healthy which I can actually vouch for, Bakers knashers are gleaming!

If you take a look online you'll be surprised at how affordable Gor Pets products are but also the vast range of, as they state on their website, 'quality, safe, ethical and beneficial pet accessories' they provide. 

Other goodies Baker has been enjoying lately include a couple of items that I ordered from Barks and Bunnies for him to play with in his pool in the warm weather.
 The Kong Aqua was intended for perhaps playing at the beach with (now that he can swim, eek!) but I'm too afraid of him deciding not to swim to it and us losing it like we have with 3 other toys haha! He has had fun with it in his swimming pool though so thats the main thing. 
The Freeze n Chew is another story. This was the main item I wanted to order but it was out of stock :( Our lovely, amazingly helpful, customer service extraordinaire, friends at Barks and Bunnies did what they could to get this back in stock and I ordered it that day! Like the Gor Pets Gizmo, it was what he took to first and spent many of the sunny summer days chewing on it, keeping him cool just as I wanted.

I'll leave with with another video, this one of him opening his forage box. It's so funny!
Please make sure to let me know your experiences with Barks and Bunnies and if you dog has any Gor Pets toys. If you are unaware of either company I urge you to go introduce yourself to them, especially over Facebook (they do competitions sometimes you know :P), your dog will love you forever!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

In Tribute to a Legend...

Since the news broke in the early hours of the 12th of August, social networks, news channels/ websites and the like have been overwhelmed with love for someone who has gone far too soon.

At only 63 years of age, a man who featured greatly in the childhoods of my generation and of course the lives of many other generations is being mourned. Proving that money cannot buy you happiness, Mr Robin Williams the comedy genius and acting extraordinaire suffered the extreme consequence of depression.

Now I wouldn't usually be the type to 'mourn' a celebrity death. On the contrary, I don't even join the mass 'RIP' status on Facebook as I don't feel it is appropirate or necessary for non-family or people close to said person to do so. However, the reason I am writing this post is that I can't stop feeling sad for what has happened.
Of course, now that the person who shaped alot of my comedy tastes and was in many movies I hold dear due to their involvement in my childhood and family life, is gone and there will be no more movies to treasure and no Mrs Doubtfire 2 to come is upsetting. But I can't help thinking that a death in Hollywood is even harder for families, wives, children, real friends, when a camera crew and reporters all want to get their piece to share with the world. This time should be for those people to come together and try to overcome the loss of their loved one and I hope their privacy is respected.

So yes, promote help for depression, anti-self harm, and suicide prevention but don't share anymore details about this husband and fathers difficulties in life. Let him rest in peace.

Popeye, Mork, Adrian, John, Parry, Peter, Genie, Daniel/Mrs Doubtfire, Alan, Jack, Professor, Sean, Patch, Andrew, Teddy, Dan - Mr Robin Williams - you will live on in our hearts and movie collections forever.
Thank you for your work and the joy it has brought to so many lives, may you now be at peace.


Monday, 11 August 2014

Project 52 // July

I almost completely forgot to share July's weekly photos with you and so have had a have a shuffle around with my schedule. Here it is anyway, a photo a week from July 2014! Read all about each image and keep up with my Project 52 progress by popping over to the newly made over and named Underland 2 Wonderland

I've had a sudden incline of followers over on the photo blog and really appreciate it, so if you are one of those people - thank you. If you do not follow the blogs you can also 'like' my photography Facebook page. Once I surpass 100 followers I'll be putting up some shoot offers, you know if you're in the area, just sayin'! :)

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Weekly Wondering // Week 44

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. 

308.What music do you listen to to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down?
Anything upbeat and happy sounding and things that have memories attached to them. So Disney songs are a given, ska stuff like Reel Big Fish, a little bit of Rick Ross and Lil Wayne and loads of other stuff. 

309.If I gave you $1000 and told you that you had to spend it today, what would you buy?
At this moment that I'm typing, tattoos. Thinking rationally however probably stuff for the new house.

310.What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
A video on YouTube most likely. 

311.What is your biggest pet peeve?
Biggest?! There are so many. I'm sure I've listed them in a blog post before.  I dislike anyone who drops litter or doesn't pick up after their dog, that's probably my main one because they just don't seems to understand the impact that dropping a can of drink can cause to wildlife and the environment. It's pure ignorance. 

312.Who was the last person you said “I love you” to?
The dog. haha
How couldn't you tell that face you loved it a million times a day?!

313.What is your biggest phobia?
I wouldn't say phobia as after watching 'The Speakmans' on TV you truly appreciate the strength of the word. Mine are more just silly little fears.  I hate moths and butterflies, being in big crowded places, the dark.

314.What are some recent compliments you've received?
When I went to visit my Nana in hospital she said she liked my cardigan :)

Friday, 8 August 2014

How To: Making Homemade Fudge

I'm not a cook, I don't claim to be but where possible I like to make things from scratch. You know, just to feel old fashioned and stuff as well as seeing what goes into everything. I was Google-ing home made treats to bake to make a difference from the usual cake and cupcakes and came across this quick and 'easy' recipe for homemade vanilla fudge. I'm so lovely to you all that I thought I'd share it!

You will need:
250 grams soft butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
175 ml milk
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 x 397 grams can condensed milk
800 grams granulated sugar

Wooden Spoon.
Small Bowl of Iced Water
12x8 / 10x10 tin.
A knife.

Now the rest is surprisingly easy...
- Literally dump it all into your pan, minus the vanilla and keep stirring until it comes through the boil.

- Keep stirring while the mixture boils for about 20 minutes until it turns to the recognizable golden colour.

- At this stage take some on your spoon and let a drop fall into the ice water. If it's now a soft form-able solid state you may remove it from the heat carefully...if not keep stirring! (Ours took about 30mins, it all depends of your pan).

- Once removed from the heat you can add your vanilla!

- This step is alot easier with an electric whisk, however if you don't have one or if yours is in storage with all of your other possessions like me make sure there are more people willing to take turns while you whisk the heck out of the mixture until it's a similar texture to stiff peanut butter.

- The time has come to pour it into your tray, smooth it down and pop it in the fridge. Don't leave it there too long though or it'll set too hard. (Check it between an hour and 2 hours).

Finally cut it into squares and gobble it up until you feel sick! Well maybe best not to do that, but that's what I did.

We actually ended up sending a box into my Mams work and a box into my Dad's work because there was just so much of it! So do beware that these ingredients make a big batch. I think it's a really fun idea as a little homemade part of a gift for someone. You know in a Pinterest style jar, with a ribbon around it. haha
Let me know if you try/have tried making Vanilla Fudge and send photos!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Inked & Awesome // Kloe

And with a bang of beauty in the form of the fabulous Kloe. 
Enjoy and get in touch to take part! 

See the full original series here. Read about why the series disappeared here. And click here for my very own (albeit outdated) post!

Name: Kloe
Age: 20
Occupation: Full Time University Student

Tell me about your very first tattoo. 
My First tattoo is slightly laughable, I got a Disney one. I love Disney so much, but nearly everyone laughs at it, but every time I catch it I smile so screw what everyone else thinks. I got it a few months after I turned 18 and decided to get it on my shoulder as it would be a safe spot with little pain, I was wrong I have no idea why it hurt so much but it did. Most likely because I  didn't eat before hand oops haha. I've still got it and will probably keep it for the rest of my life, because you know Disney is great and to be fair Hakuna Matata is a phrase that I'd like to live my life by. 

Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past? 
I've never had any problems with my tattoos so far as far as jobs go to be fair though they've been fairly easy to cover up. 

What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
I've never been bullied or discriminated for my tattoos. I have been told upon a few occasions that they aren't very lady like and they make me look like a big of a rough 'un but that doesn't bother me too much. I do get called a Satan worshiper for my ankle tattoo but that doesn't bother me either haha. 

Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
I have a coupled of tattooed friends, most of the people I know with quite a few tattoos are male and I feel like their tattoos are more accepted if that makes sense? My family are fairly tattoo free! Aside from my dad and my uncle, my dad doesn't approve of the size of mine but he's never thrown a fit over them. My mam isn't huge fan or my grandparents but so far they like the ones I've gotten which is a massive plus. 

Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
My favourite piece is my thigh, I absolutely love it. I've been planning it for years now, I'd originally planned on getting it on my ribs then I got spur of the moment one there so I decided on my arms  but it ended up on my thigh and I love it there. I'm absolutely in love with it although as you can see from the photo it was fairly fresh! Haha. I absolutely love science, I'm actually studying to be a forensic biologist and was going to pursue a career in pathology but I've now decided to study diseases and help find cures. But still Biology is a major part of that and will always be a part of my life, I find everything about the anatomy fascinating. The idea first came to me when I was 14(?) and listening to a William Control song (you know it was the emo days leave me be haha) and the song Dorian Gray was my inspiration for drawing it up and although the meanings have changed behind it from being something inspired by a song to something that shows what I love and what I love in life.

Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
My ribs most likely, I'd just gone through an awful break up, I'd hardly eaten or slept and decided when I went to uni the following week I was going to get tattooed and that's exactly what I did. I love reading, I always (unless I've been for a night out) read for an hour at least before bed and Stephen King is my all time favourite author, the quote to me sums up reading perfectly. King really has a way of saying things in the best way, plus reading always reminds me of my grandparents and it's always there for something to do to cheer me up.

Are you planning anymore?
I'm planning so many more, I'd love to be completely covered but I doubt I will be. I'm planning on getting my other thigh tattooed possibly in September but most likely it'll be next summer, I want something similar to my other thigh. I want my other ankle tattooing also. I have so many tattoos just not enough money I'd say.

In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
Of course it bloody hurt, you're getting needles poked into your skin, you'd be stupid not to think it didn't hurt!

Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
Oh gosh, I don't know! Urm. I think everyone should just let people have body modifications if it's not your thing don't do it, but don't judge others for it. I reckon when I'm about 70 I'm going to be the coolest fricking granny every so when you tell me I'm going to look grotty when I'm old you can suck one cause I'll look mint. 

Thank you Kloe for such a brilliant interview! Everyone pop over to Skulls & Kisses and tell her how much you love her ink!

If you'd like to show off your art and talk about your tatts shoot me and email to - I'd love to have you! 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Countdown to Disneyland // Ride Hitlist

6,134,400 seconds,
102,240 minutes,
1704 hours,
71 days,
10 weeks (rounded down)

Wow, I haven't done a 'Countdown to Disneyland' since the first one back in April! Whoops! It wasn't intentional, just I left in my drafts unfinished while other posts jumped the queue. 
Well now it's here and the time has shot passed leaving only 2 and a half months until my 24th Birthday and more importantly the trip back to the homeland! For this post, I've compiled a list of rides that I must go on this year and I'll tell you why!

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Big Thunder Mountain
Obviously another icon ride at DLP and the main ride I've always wanted to go on, I was too small to ride in the 90s and last visit was in the company of someone with a fear of heights who didn't want to go on. I love the mine train theme, have watched the laughing faces having fun from the Mark Twain river boat and adore the style of Frontierland on a whole so I know I'll love this little roller coaster when I get to finally have a go!

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Crush’s Coaster
Situated by the Toon Studio in the Walt Disney Studios Park, Crush's Coaster is indeed another roller coaster...however it is predominantly enclosed and features dark ride special effects that alongside the super cool host of Crush from Finding Nemo, seals the deal in making this where I'm making a b-line for once we get to the WDS park! :)

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Space Mountain
Alongside Big Thunder Mountain, this is the only other ride in the Disneyland Park that I haven't been on. Opening in 1995 this attraction was there the year I visited for my 6th birthday in 1996. I'd just walked past it as a child and then again on my 2nd visit in 2010 and never really paid it attention. It seems the focal point in Discoverland and having never been on any roller coaster in my life I think it needs to be ticked off the list! 

Images kindly supplied by Amy (click here to be transported to her awesome blog!)

Studio Tram Tour: Behind the MagicI was so annoyed on my 2010 trip to realize this was closed for maintenance!!! It's the type of ride you, or maybe it's just me, imagine being in the states and I never knew it existed in DLP. It's something fun that isn't strenuous and if it's as enjoyable as the Stunt Car show I'm sure I'll love it. 

Other rides that are on my must ride list include -
The Toy story Mission Parachute. New in 2010 it was apparently open 3 months prior to my last visit...but I'm pretty sure I never saw it making me seem even more oblivious to my surroundings than usual. It seems a really cool concept and although I'll have to go it alone I'm sure it'll be a laugh. 

Ratatouille. This ride is a  motion-based trackless 3D dark ride, so in other words a simulator. Only having opened on the 10th of last month I can see it being a super busy, giant queue type ride and although I'm not the biggest fan of the movie the style of ride is really appealing to me. 

The Tower of Terror. After watching a video of the full ride on YouTube I've now had second thoughts on this one haha. I love the film! It's a classic. But the things that happen during the beginning of the ride (not to spoil it) before the drop may be a little too frightening for scaredy little me on my own.

What is you favorite ride from the Disney Parks? Have you ridden all of the above? Which would you recommend?? Please let me know in the comments below! I love to hear from you guys especially when discussing Disney ;)