Monday, 29 February 2016

What I Watched in 2015

160 movies. Well, technically I watched a movie 160 times in 2015 as I re-watched some films multiple you'll see... But yeah.
As I keep track of everything I watch, I wanted to document it here for my own further reference, to be honest! I enjoy a good movie and make plenty use of our Netflix account, as well as our DVD collections, though tend to forget what I have and haven't seen!
I have also just this month completed watching my Disney Classics movie collection, right through from number 1 to 53, daily from the 1st of January. It was a great way to appreciate the evolution of animation through the ages and with all the DVD bonus features it's a better experience than just watching them via Netflix etc. I decided after that to watch all of the Pixar movies through in order each day too, though obviously there isn't nearly as many as those.

Anyways, below you will see how eclectic my movie watching tastes are and see which were my favorites of the year with the amount I watched them ;)

Key - 
1st ever viewing
2nd watch in 2015
3rd watch in 2015

The Dark Knight Rises.
Teen Spirit.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Read It and Weep.

The Little Mermaid.
The Emperor's New Groove.
Legally Blonde.
Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.
World's Greatest Dad.

Cyberbully-The Movie.
Minor Details.
Wish Upon a Star.
The Expendables 3.

The Pregnancy Project.
Brother Bear.
The Interview.
Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style.

Horrible Bosses 2.
Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame II.
Big Hero 6.

College Road Trip.
Taken 3.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

22 Jump Street.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
This Is 40.
Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas.
The Perfect Man.
Driving Lessons.

Dumb and Dumber To.
Pudsey: The Movie.
Into The Woods.
Beauty and the Beast.

Hello Sister, Goodbye Life.
The Back-up Plan.
Snowball Express.
Identity Thief.
Switching Goals.

The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone.
Our Lips Are Sealed.
When in Rome.
The Borrowers.

Holiday in the Sun.
To Be Fat Like Me.
Finding Neverland.
Billboard Dad.

Labor Pains.
Annie (2014 film).
Just My Luck.
Getting There.
Cinderella (2015 Disney film).

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.
The Greatest Game Ever Played.
The Big Wedding.
First Kid.

They Came Together.
Alice in Wonderland.
Saving Mr. Banks.
The Lion King.

The Lizzie McGuire Movie.
Mary Poppins.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
The Cheetah Girls.

Love Wrecked.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
The Railway Man.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Tomorrowland: A World Beyond
Mars Needs Moms.

Doug's 1st Movie.
For Better or For Worse.
Life of Crime.
Wish I Was Here.

Jurassic World.
Spy Movie
Inside Out.
Tomorrowland: A World Beyond
Kill Me Three Times

Chicken Little.
Fired Up!
Ice Princess.
Hector and the Search for Happiness.
Old Dogs.

What We Did on Our Holiday.
Oliver & Company.
Without a Paddle.
Three Men and a Baby.
The Hit List.

Cinderella (2015 Disney film).
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.

Alice Upside Down.
Pete's Dragon.
Girl vs. Monster.
The Rescuers.
Tomorrowland: A World Beyond.

The Addams Family.
Return to Neverland.
Mickey's House of Villains.

Hocus Pocus.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Double Wedding.

Punch-Drunk Love.
Mulan II.
Picture Perfect.
Adams Family Values.

J.K. Rowling Magic Beyond Words.
Seventeen Again.
Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
12 Dates of Christmas.
Alice in Wonderland 2010.
The Santa Clause.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film).

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.
Home Alone.
Invisible Sister.
Bad Hair Day.

At first, I thought 160 movies was quite a lot, however considering there are 365 days in a year - 366 this year - it isn't really that many! I aim to beat that in 2016 and hopefully with more movies that I haven't seen before as opposed to just the same ones over and over ;)
Do you have any recommendations...?

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Weekly Reflections // Week 73

Feb 21st - 27th 

Favourite Photo. 

Top Thankful or Happy Moments. 
♥ Completing my 53 days of Disney challenge...
♥ ...and starting my Daily Pixar challenge!
♥ A sunny (though nippy) riverside walkies.
♥ Ordering a sofa! 
♥ Lots of birds, but especially the 3 wrens I've spotted on different occasions.
♥ Fiona added me to her blog roll <3
♥ Baker being a big hero and barking at the cat that was trying to kill the birds on our feeder!
♥ Starting to plan/organize our restaurant and ride wish lists for November!
♥ Saturday with Mam and Baker.
♥ Making a new (positive only) personal twitter account.

What I've Watched.
[!] Frozen
[!] Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
[!] Big Hero 6
[!] Toy Story
[!] A Bugs Life
[!] Big Daddy
[!] Billy Madison
[!] Toy Story 2
[!] Monsters Inc
[!] Finding Nemo

Other Articles etc of Interest. 

Posts from the Past.
Favorite post from this week - OOTD // Tale As Old As Time
This week in 2014Project 52 // January

Friday, 26 February 2016

OOTD // Tale As Old As Time

You have no idea how cold this day was or how many layers of clothes I had on! 
So back in the second week of January Baker and I went for a walk to the beach with my Mam and seeing as I was wearing one of my favorite t-shirts at the time as well as having someone to take some photos for me, I thought we'd take a few to save for another OOTD post!
I'm not the biggest winter fan, pretty sure I haven't ever mentioned that before ;), mainly because of the amount of layers I have to wear! Under my jeans, I had leggings, under my shoes, two pairs of socks. Have a peek below at the rest of my outfit details...

What I Wore:
Under Top - Long Sleeve White tee, Dorothy Perkins
T-Shirt - Tale As Old As Time tee, Primark
Cardigan - Plain Black Round Neck Cardigan, Next
Coat - Camel Duffle Coat, Primark.
Jeans - Faded Blue Skinny Jeans, New Look.
Shoes - Mickey and Minnie Kiss Slip Ons, Primark.

Scarf - Burgundy Chunky Circle Scarf, Primark.
Earmuffs - Chip & Dale earmuffs, Disneyland Paris 
Backpack -  Black Canvas Rucksack, Route One.

Even in Winter, there is never a lack of beautiful sights in my town, though the dullness does make it harder to photograph. If you follow my 2nd blog you may have seen me mention, at the beginning of this year's Project 365, that I have let my photography slip and have just been snapping things here, there and everywhere but I really want to get back to trying harder. I did photography at A level, I did it as an ND in college and have worked multiple jobs doing photography. Yet since deciding to give it up as a self-employment option (there is far too much competition these days) I've slacked badly. 
The reason I am mentioning this is to excuse my 'photography' in posts like these as they really are just snaps of where we were - apart from the ones of me which are taken by my Mam in this case and are pretty good if you ask me.

Specific photo only posts and anything on my 2nd blog I promise to try and keep to a better standard. :) Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Just Around The River Bend

Between Christmas and New Year, Dad came with Baker and I for a little exploring. We're always trying new places (within walking distance just now, with having no car) to take Baker. Both so that he is kept stimulated, sniffing new things etc and to keep away from other dog walkers.
It was a last minute decision to visit this destination as it is in fact usually completely under water! This is the mouth of the river Tweed at low tide, literally just over the bridge from our house. We did, in fact, meet one dog walker but as they saw me call Baker further out, he called his dog back which thankfully had good recall...not as common a trait as it should be!

Anyways, this was meant to be another photo only post so here you go. Let me know your favorite photo in the comments and where is your dog's favorite place to explore? 

Monday, 22 February 2016

Inked and Awesome // Meghan Sara

Name: Meghan Sara
Age: 31
Occupation: Tour guide for Ghosts, Murders, and Mayhem Walking Tours in NYC (

Tell me about your very first tattoo. 
The Arabic word for "fearless" on my chest in 2003, which I got covered up/worked into the roses in 2013.

Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past? 
Not in the slightest.  I worked at a school around children (gasp! clutch pearls!) and nobody cared.  If anything, the kids thought they were cool.  As a ghost tour guide, many of my patrons love my tattoos and want to talk about them or swap stories about their own tattoos!

What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?  
Walking around town with visible tattoos means comments ranging from the lame but predictable "like your tattoos!" or "Damn, tattoos, girl!" to the absolutely bizarre (swear this really happened) shouting at me outside the laundromat "I wish it was Springtime so your petals would fall off" like, ?!?!?!  He was probably talking about the roses on my chest which was puzzling because, does that mean he wants the flesh on my chest to fall off?  Does he want me to expose my bosom?  I had no idea what he was even talking about.

Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?  
Would you be surprised to hear I'm the only tattooed person in my family?  My little 90-year-old Grandma put her hands on my chest tattoo to see it, then grabbed me on the neck and said "stop getting tattoos!" which is actually kind of funny when you consider what a boisterous badass my 90-year-old Grandma is.  My dad struggled to be cool with it, and I suspect (though he's never said as much) he rather enjoys having "his saying" as one of my tattoos.  Though he'd probably rather I put it on a T-shirt than my skin.  My friends are all VERY supportive, some have tattoos themselves, others come to me seeking advice on tattoos.  I am by no means an expert, but I'm happy to talk tats with anyone who asks!

Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.  
That's really hard - I love the roses across my chest so much because they're so beautiful and make me feel really "complete" but the piece on my upper left arm has a more personal story.  It began 11 years prior with the Hedwig piece, very small, which I got done during a class break at college at a shop down the road!  I had always wanted a bigger piece but pain and money kept me from fulfilling the dream.  So finally a year and a half ago, I took a complicated idea to tattoo artist Scarlet Sinclair, saying "I want this saying of my dad's on a blue ribbon in a gilded frame around the face with cherry blossoms to symbolize the fragility of life."  Two weeks later, I saw her design and I was BLOWN AWAY.  I couldn't have ever imagined something so amazing, and I was instantly filled with the craving to have it on me.  I love everything about it:  how happy my Hedwig face looks, the way the flowers are in transition from bloom to death, and the lines of the ribbon across my arm!

Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?  
The star on my hand has absolutely no meaning whatsoever.  I just liked it.  All of my other tattoos have LOADS of sentimental meaning.  I got the star done as an afterthought while doing the heart on my wrist.  A friend of mine passed away suddenly over Christmas back in 2010, and he had always wanted a heart tattoo to symbolize his struggle with heart disease.  He passed away before ever having that tattoo done, and I knew I wanted to get one in his memory.  He's never far from my mind.
Are you planning any more?  
Yes, but don't tell my mom - she will hire an assassin to come after me (probably).

In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?  
I stole this phrase from...I don't remember where, but someone classy once said, "No, darling, they were licked on by kittens."

Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.  
Contrary to the kitten remark above, it does hurt.  But I think it's your decision and ultimately, you have the choice to do what makes you happy.  People do a lot of things to modify their body:  breast implants, nose jobs, ear piercing, body building, hair dying, makeup - it's always your choice and you shouldn't be made to feel guilty for whatever you're doing to your body. As the tattoo on my upper arm reads, "Do Not Take Life Too Seriously -- You Will Never Get Out Of It Alive!"

Yet another beautiful Inked and Awesome beauty this month, I'm sure you'll agree! A huge big thank you to Meghan for sharing her tattoo story with us all and I hope you'll all enjoyed and make sure to pop over to her blog to show her some love!
As always, if you are interested in featuring in this series please pop me an email to underlandtowonderland[@] with 'Inked & Awesome' in the subject line - I'd love to hear from you.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Weekly Reflections // Week 72

Feb 14th - 20th

Favourite Photo.

Top Thankful or Happy Moments.
♥  Realizing I'd done my last shift and was off for a week!
♥ Getting to have a proper chat on Google hangouts with Kerri!
♥ A fun time at the Railway Museum, York, with Jake <3 
♥ Seeing little grey squirrels, a lone goose and lots of birds not caring that the rain was so bad.
♥ Getting into a warm comfy bed after a long day walking in the rain.
♥ A beautiful, sunny trip to Eyemouth with Laura.
♥ Having Laura to stay for the night and have a good catch up.
♥ Grabbing some bargains of things I needed in town :)
♥ Getting some lovely new stickers for my prints packages!
♥ Catching up with blog friends after (pretty much) a week away from the internet.

Blogs Posts I've Enjoyed.
[!] Legally Blonde
[!] Chicken Little
[!] Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas.
[!] The Wild
[!] Meet the Robinsons
[!] Bolt
[!] The Secret Garden
[!] The Princess and the Frog
[!] Tangled
[!] The 40-Year-Old Virgin
[!] Ancorman
[!] Wreck it Ralph

Posts from the Past.
Favourite post from this week - My Life in Photos // January 2016
This week in 2015 - The Hancock Museum Revisited 
This week in 2014 - Life Lately // February 2014

Friday, 19 February 2016

How To: Feed the Birds Pt.2

When I asked on Twitter what 'How To' posts people would like me to do this year, Kerri suggest another similar to my 'Feed the Birds' post I did in 2014. When I started work on this post I had no idea it had actually been that long since the original post so I'm very glad Kerri did give me the idea as I think it is very important to do what we can to help our birds and wildlife.
Anyways, this post - what is it!? Well, Feed the Birds pt.1 was a recipe on how to make your own fat balls and other ways to form the mixture and in pt.2 I'm gonna share some more different ways to display lots of tasty treats for our feathered friends :)

Here we have 3 super simple mini DIY kind of deal-i-m-bobs! Not only was it fun for me to put together but I think that these (well at least 2 out of 3) would make fun little projects for kiddies to do while learning about our birds and wildlife - which they should be!! :)

1 - This is the easiest one and one I was skeptical about. I actually saw a similar thing on the internet and decided to give it a go with a couple tweaks and it worked! For this, you need to grab some empty toilet roll tubes, twine, peanut butter and seeds. You can guess what to do - coat the tube in peanut butter, roll it in seeds and thread some twine through to hang it up.
I was a little skeptical as to how well they would hold up outside what with the crazy wind we've had lately but was pleasantly surprised. 

2 - I thought this cute little half apple was a nice idea for Valentines as it'll look cute in the garden as well as being a tasty treat. Out of them all, obviously, this would be the one least child-friendly as it involves sharp objects!
For this I cut an apple in half, carved out a heart shape and filled it with the same mix that I use to make my fat balls/cakes! Stick in a little twig for the birds to sit on and tie on some more handy dandy twine and ta-da! 

3 - My favorite and the most fun DIY is this small bird feeder. If where you live, is like where I live, there are plenty of bigger birds that are greedy beggars and nick the food from the smaller ones. Now obviously I don't discriminate on size and am happy to feed them all, but this feeder gives the small birds a chance to eat in peace without being beaten to it.
You need an old jar (give it a very good wash and remove lid & labels), a wooden spoon or stick, some thick ribbon and feed to fill it. I used a hot glue gun to secure  the spoon to one side of the jar but what with it being glass it didn't really stick, it did, however, hold it in place long enough for me to tie the ribbon on which helped to keep the spoon where it needed to be. After that just tie it in a nice safe area and refill with your desired feed as and when needed!

As you can see I used up my extra feed by making another coconut shell and an experimental looking thing re-using an old suet feeder. I have lots more fun ideas but I think that's enough for today. I hope you enjoyed this and let me know if you already do or are going to have a go at them.

Keep on feeding those birdies!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Exploring Edinburgh // Museum of Edinburgh

1 month from today and these photos will officially be a full-year-old. I told you that when I have a day away that I take enough photos to last months! Anyways, as the bright red and yellow building shows, this is the Museum of Edinburgh and as it's name suggests it is a building crammed with all things to do with the Scottish capital. 
The 'Edinburgh Museums' website says it better than I ever could so here is what they say you can expect from the Museum of Edinburgh, ''The Museum of Edinburgh is the City's treasure box - a maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from the Capital's past.
Find out about the history of Edinburgh from the earliest times to the present day. Discover more about the city, its people, crafts and trades and the beautiful objects they created.''.

If you have seen my other posts from this day out* you'll know it was a packed day from beginning to end. Sadly this was our last museum of the day. Due to the approaching closing time that we were politely reminded about, our visit was cut short and we didn't get to look at everything in as much detail as we'd have liked. Nevermind, it just means another visit will have to be on the cards!

What made this place stand out in my memory was something that couldn't really be photographed. There was a little dark room through a passageway to your left as your entered and it had a big projection screen on the floor which played a short film about the history of the city, which was right up my street. I don't know if it was just a tempory thing or if it's a permanent exhibition but, either way, I loved it.
After we watched that we got to have a quick look around the other collections and stuff and I think out of all the museums I've visited and definitely recommend this hidden gem. There are so many interesting and unique items here that there weren't elsewhere. I won't write too much about what is there for those who'd like to experience it themselves, obviously, the photos are enough of a spoiler as it is haha.
However, something that I feel that should be mentioned is a special display case that I felt very lucky to see - all of Greyfriars Bobby's belongings. It was very touching to see and another thing I had no idea even existed. (You can see those photos below).

As you might spy in a couple shots above, there is a room full of beautiful, shining, silver. We didn't get to have a good look at this room as I much prefer old books, swords, and other artifacts so spent our time elsewhere - I did, however, snap a shot of two silver dog collars (3rd photo down after the last paragraph of text) which were actually from 1828 and would have belonged to winning race Greyhounds... I hope they were merely 'trophies' and not worn as they don't look very comfortable, but their adjustability makes me think otherwise.

I'll leave it there for today and would love to hear what you thought if you've been. For those who haven't been,  Museum of Edinburgh is situated at 142 Canongate on the Royal Mile at the opposite end to the Castle and is FREE entry! Please consider leaving a donation or spending some pennies in the gift shop as it is a great place to visit and support.