Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Quarterly Collective Haul // January - March 2016

It's the very first quarterly haul of the year! I had originally thought that I wouldn't have too much to include in this as I was planning on saving any spare money but it turns out over the past 3 months I've still accumulated a few bits and bobs though so let's have a quick look through everything.

So as you can see, the main 'big' purchase of this quarter is my new sofa and it's actually the only brand new piece of furniture (minus beds) in my whole house. I am big on antiques and old furniture as you'll know if you've seen my cabinets etc. I had been on the hunt for a second hand Chesterfield however after missing out on an awesome one a few years back as we didn't have the space, the search has been fruitless apart from ones in really bad condition - I guess they're gaining in popularity as of late. So my ever wonderful Dad got us this bargain in the Argos sale. I love it. I'll pay him back in installments - don't worry!

I also have a tiny pile of books, two of which were actually from late December and therefore not included in my previous haul. You'll have seen my post on 'The Disney Book' if you're a regular reader and in that same order I picked up my 1st of the Puffin Chalk collection - The Wizard of Oz! :)
The 'Walt Disney: An American Original' book was a 2nd hand score in January and the super interesting 'Animal Instincts' was a mere £1 at Poundland!

What do you think of my pretty robin friend and bunny piggy bank? Poundland scores too! You may soon realize that most things I buy are bargains, ain't nobody got time for paying full price or extortionate amounts when there's rent and council tax to pay! On that point, probably 95% of DVDs (and 80% of books) I get are second hand, no shame in pre-loved gems. The DVDs above we bought at CEX in York were all less than £1 and the Cinderella canvas was just bought on a whim (to replace an image that was already in the spare room when we moved) as it was in the sale for £6, yay!

Those stunning tables of mine were a charity shop find, I'll let you guess how much. Guessed? £10! Cannot beat antiques - cheap, beautiful and built to last...unlike most furniture you get these days.

Everything mentioned this far was accumulated over a matter of months, whereas everything in the last three photos above was bought in one day. This is what happens when I go to Newcastle haha. We don't have many stores in our town and our nearest Primark (aka Disney clothing land for poor people) is Newcastle, so while we were in the area it was pretty hard not to grab a few bits.

I picked up:
- A Bracelet (which I transferred the charm from to a necklace) £2.50
- Earrings (despite not having normal sized lobe piercings) £2.50
- Alice in Wonderland Tshirt (size 8 as it was the only size they had left!) £7.00
- Hogwarts Tshirt (size 6) £7.00
- Lion King Baseball T (size 6) £7.00
- Striped Mickey vest (size small, apparently PJs, but I'm wearing it as a top so boo to you) £4.50
- Neon Mickey socks. £2.50
- Mickey hands tote £1.50
- Oh Boy zippy makeup bag thingy (courtesy of Mam) £4.00

As you can see this quarter has been a great one for my Disney DVD collection. After completing my 53 classics collection last year I took a little break and started with the Wonderful World of Reading books collection. Those books are actually harder to come by than you'd think though, so with that and the random trip to Newcastle I got some bargain DVDs added to my cupboard.

Obviously, The Good Dinosaur is one I bought new as it was released recently but would you believe that I picked up the 12 DVDs in the second photo (+ one that my Mam is borrowing, so a total of 13) for a few pence over £11! Boom!!
And the last photo? So Dear to my Heart was brand new from Amazon for £2.77 and the other four, also from Amazon were a grand total of £1.34 (very good condition) 2nd hand. Can. Not. Go. Wrong!!
I may not be able to afford to keep up with all these 'super Disney fans' who get everything and everything they want, but my collection is thoughtfully purchased, extremely appreciated and I love it.

Anyways, insert a disclaimer about how I'm not bragging and this collection of inanimate objects has been bought by myself or parents (as mentioned) over the past 3 months. We don't eat out, get takeaway or go out at all to be honest so other than bills, this is the only money I've spent. I dunno why I'm explaining myself but I am. So yeah. Until next quarter, see ya real soon ;)

Monday, 28 March 2016

OOTD // Hakuna Matata

You've probably noticed by now, I'm not a dressy person. My daily uniform is jeans, t-shirt and skate shoes and it very rarely alters! I'd love to wear pretty dresses and stuff, don't get me wrong, but not only don't I have the body or confidence - it's so not practical to my lifestyle. I have a dog to walk/play with and a house to look after.
However, comfort over style will always be my mantra and as long as my skin is covered and I'm kept warm, that's the main thing. It's a happy coincidence that I also tie in the world I love so much, every single day :)
Here's what I wore on a little dog walk one day.

What I Wore
Coat - Navy Wax Jacket with Faux Sheepskin Lined Hood, Dorothy Perkins
Shirt - Pink Check Flannel, Vans
T-Shirt - Hakuna Matata T, Primark
Jeans - Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, Primark
Shoes - Vans x Disney Minnie Mouse & Rose Authentics
Scarf - Hooded, pocketed, knitted scarf, New Look
Gloves - Mickey Mouse Mittens, Primark

Thanks yet again to my wonderful Mam for snapping these quick shots. It was a super chilly but lovely and bright day. Did you notice Baker and I's matching coats too? ;)
Check out more Disney OOTD's by clicking here!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Weekly Reflections // Week 77

Mar 20th - 26th.

Favourite Photo.

Top Thankful or Happy Moments.
♥ A big sunny walk with Mam and Baker.
♥ Heat in the sun to get washing outside!
♥ Productive Monday.
♥ More than one day of sun ;)
♥ Beating procrastination.
♥ Pre-ordering The Cursed Child.
♥ Succeeding in a DIY experiment. 
♥ Hangouts with Kerri!
♥ Golden nuggets cereal helping my sweet cravings.
♥ Having less than a week until I can have chocolate again.
♥  Getting 2 sponsors :D Thanks Mam and Lisa <3
♥ Baker opening his Easter gifts!

Blogs Posts I've Enjoyed.

What I've Watched.
(I thought I'd start to give the movies I watch a star rating out of 5, so you can see what I have enjoyed or not!)
[!] Greyfriars Bobby     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Hitch      ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Mr Deeds     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] First Kid     ⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Hot Lead and Cold Feet     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Mighty Joe Young     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men     ⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Muppets Most Wanted      ⭐️
[!] Meet the Parents     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Meet the Fockers     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Me, Myself and Irene     ⭐️⭐️
[!] Big Red     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Bon Voyage!     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Posts from the Past.
Favorite post from this week National Railway Museum, York - Part 1.
This week in 2014The Perfect Pet Lover Gift Guide

Friday, 25 March 2016

The 90s Tag

It's time for another tag post, this time, courtesy of the beautiful Jess from Cake Crumbs and Pages. I may have been born in 1990 and, therefore, a young child during the decade, but it was a great time to grow up. The 90s produced many amazing...everything! Things to watch, games to play, food to eat and clothes to wear. I hope you enjoy this tag and because I am not 100% sure how old you all are I've just tagged the odd person at the end, though obviously I tag anyone that wants to do it.

1. Favourite Disney Film?
Stop it. Seriously. I'll choose one live action and one animated if I really must but it's not 100% set in stone. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and The Lion King.

2. Favourite Music Artist?
No Doubt.

3. Favourite Sweets?
Is it strange that for someone so into sweets, I can't think of any particularly 90s sweets?! 

4. Favourite Game? (Board game / school game)
Board game wise I've only ever played Payday and Monopoly, I think. So probably either of them. School game? Dang it this is hard because I can barely remember last year let alone school. I think we liked to do those cats cradle things and hand games/songs. I'm sure you know what I mean!

5. Favourite McDonalds 'Happy Meal' Toy?
Not to sound like a brag, but my parents cooked me food ;) haha

6. Favourite Book?
Urm..Harry Potter obviously. But for early the 90s, I'd better say the Puppy Patrol books by Jenny Dale. I had the full set and it's one of the earliest series of books I can remember reading by myself apart from the ever famous Chip and Kipper ones. I remember in one class something being asked about books or something and my teacher thought I'd said 'Jelly Deel'...not Jenny Dale. A random memory but one of very few that I have of being a kid haha.

7. Favourite Clothing Store?
I guess Tammy? I had huge wide leg 'skate' trousers with chains and stuff from there.

8. Favourite TV Show?
Too many! I'm not gonna mention the ones you already know of and Nickelodeon or Disney channel shows but on normal tv after school I remember liking Art Attack, How2, Arthur, ZZZap!. Earlier 90s I liked Barney, Bananas in Pajamas, Bear in the Big Blue House, The Animals of Farthing Wood, Come Outside. There is no way to pick a fave and there are so many more. 90s TV was the best child's tv ever and today's shows haven't got a patch on them.

9. What Show Would You Watch After School?
Oops, I mentioned those above haha.  Usually, it was whatever was on Nickelodeon though.

10. What Was Your Favourite 90s Game Show?
I've never been a big game show fan.

11. Did You Own A Virtual Pet? (Cyberpet, Tamagotchi etc)
I had a Teddy Ruxpin, Tamagotchi, Poochie and Furby.

12. Favourite Video Game and System To Play On?
Game Boy colour. It's the only one I really had. We had an Atari but didn't use it much and never cared for PlayStation. (We have Xboxes now)

13. Weirdest Fashion Trend?
Well, of course, looking back on it, everything seemed weird! I'm sure at the time we thought it all perfectly normal. Something I never had (thankfully) but never understood and wasn't a fan of was 'poppers'. Do you know what I mean? Those jogging pants that had press studs right up the legs...urgh! haha

14. Favourite Toy?
I've actually got a blog post on my Top 5 90s Childrens Toys, so you can check that out, but I've always been a lover of soft toys/teddies and I think other than that my main love as a kid were Puppy in my Pockets. 

15. Favourite Nickelodeon Show?
Yet again, it's not one I can limit down to one haha. Clarissa Explains it All, The Amanda Show, Kenan and Kel, Doug, Hey Arnold. I would have listed Sabrina the Teenage Witch first, but technically it was an ABC show :P

Tag list 
Lily of Tiny Grey Cat
Kelly and Lucy of Sweet is Always in Style
Chelsea of Love in Modern Life
Maxine of Chatterbox Max
And any other cool dudes.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

National Railway Museum, York - Part 1.

Back in February, when we were off work, we decided to take a trip to somewhere other than Edinburgh or Newcastle for Jake's birthday. I love York and haven't been for a few years, Jake has never been, so that's where we went! Unfortunately, the weather was super bad, like proper chucking it down though with our first port of call being indoors we were able to spend more time than originally planned there. We went to the National Railway Museum and here is the first portion of the many, many photos I took...

These photos are all from the Station Hall and I think this part is my favorite. This hall was actually once a real working railway building and dates back to 1870. It's full of engines and carriages from way back in the 1800s up to the 1960s including many Royal carriages, set up like a real station with platforms - I love it! We really enjoyed exploring, being able to board some of the trains and as you can see taking lots of photos. I just snapped away with no real rhyme or reason so they are neither the best quality nor in the best order but we have them to remember our visit. I have a lot more too so look out for another part following soon!