Friday, 29 April 2016

Family Portraits 2015!

It's now almost the end of April (obviously) and therefore, it has now taken me 4 months to actually get this post up! I finally forced myself to edit them on April 1st and although they aren't the best edits, what with hating editing studio shoots these days), I decided to share them anyway. 
As a back story kind of deal, we take updated family photos every December (minus the 1st year we started when we took them early-mid year I think)! We have been together since September 2011 and the first family photo was taken in 2012 with our 3 babies. I'll include a photo at the very end of this post to show the evolution of us through the years so you can see why we take them.

I hope you don't mind such a personal post which admittedly is mostly for myself :P

Oh, by the way, they are all taken on self-timer in our own home studio. I could never have anyone take my photo as we take so many just to get a handful I'm happy enough to use haha. So yeah, that's it, and the photos I mentioned are below :) 

[Top left 2012, top right 2013, bottom left 2014, bottom right 2015!]

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Q&A Spring 2016

The last question and answer 'post' I did was in video form and 3 quarters of a year ago! What with having a few new followers recently and the odd question every now and again I thought it time to do another. It took a while to gather enough questions to warrant a post so apologies to those who submitted them a few weeks back and thank you to all who did ask things :) I hope you enjoy this post.

Meg(z)han. @gotmeghan
What keeps you grounded as a blogger? If you could give newbies one piece of advice what would it be?
I think I look at the whole 'blogging' thing completely differently to most people. I started my first blog way back in 2006 and then, it was nothing like it is now. When I got into it being a 'full-time blogger' wasn't really a thing and I am lucky enough to have the passion to do this full time, without the motivation of money, and purely doing it because I like to do it. I've also had this particular blog for coming up on 5 years but have very few followers compared to some so I guess that's a good way of staying grounded haha. Anyways, linking into my comments above, my advice would be two-fold - 1, do not get into blogging purely in the hopes that you'll make money from it and/or get free things sent to you and 2, don't expect to become the queen of blogland over-night. I see SO many newbies blog for a month or two and then disappear off the face of the Earth because they don't realize how much time and effort it actually takes.

Wife of a Gamer @wife_gamer

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
The main 3 places I'd live to visit in the world are New Zeland to stay in a cabin in the woods, South Africa to go on safari or volunteer at a conservation charity and the US for a few different reasons dotted around the place. Including seeing Mt Rushmore and the Lincoln Memorial, visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Fransisco, going to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and (although it's technically on the border of Canada too) Niagara Falls!

Tasha @thatmadhatter_
How did you come up with Underland to Wonderland for your blog name? 
Well originally, I chose the name based on one of my tattoos, 'Once Upon a Time they Lived Happily Ever After' though soon realized it was far too long, not too memorable and just all around unsuitable for a blog name. Sooo..I had to sit with my thinking cap on. I wanted somthing to do with 'Wonderland' as Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories/books/movies of all time and this is my little land, but I needed it to be something unique - not just 'Danielle in Wonderland' which doesn't have a ring to it at all anyway.
Evidentally, I also like Tim Burton and his 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland in which Wonderland is actually called Underland. At the time of re-naming my blog we we'e going through a bad time in life and so I thought it really fitting for my journey to be 'Underland to Wonderland'!

Tasha @thatmadhatter_
Did you make any resolutions for this year and if you did have you stuck to them so far?
I've actually done a blog post for the past 3 years titled 'My Non-Resolutions, Resolutions', you can check out this year's here, and looking back at it I have actually done pretty well with my goals so far considering it's only April!

Tasha @thatmadhatter_
What's been your blogging highlight?
I really don't have one I don't think. I don't go to events or make money. If I have to say something (without sounding too cliche, sentimental and sappy) it would be making a really good friend. Or a couple I guess. People I can properly refer to as friends, which is weird as I don't even have many of those in 'real life'.

Aimee Julia @aimeeraindrop
If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be and why? :)
Some type of bird. Like an owl or something? I'd love to be able to fly and just go wherever, whenever but not be a species that is part of a big flock.

Aimee Julia @aimeeraindrop
What would you do if you had an infinite amount of money? 
Donate at least 50% of it to my favorite charities and live as normal, down to earth life as possible. Just because you have a lot of money doesn't mean you need to live beyond your means. For example Jake and I wouldn't need a 10 bed mansion, it would just be wasteful.
I'd get my dream little detached cottage in the countryside of Northumberland, not far from where we are now and open a little animal sanctuary for any animals that needed a home.
If it was infinite money I'd maybe invest in a boat too so that I could travel seeing as I'll never fly again.

Florence Grace @flomatthews_
In a battle of Disney Villains, who do you think would defeat EVERYONE?
Okay so let's list the proper 'main' main ones and work it out...
Evil Queen - Has dark magical powers
Lady Tremaine - No magic, just a nasty piece of work. Out of this round.
Queen of Hearts - Angry and Insane. No magic, out of this round.
Captain Hook - Probably the least dangerous and slightly pitiful of all the villains, with no magic. Out of this round.
Maleficent - Evil and has dark magical powers.
Cruella De Vil - Just a horrible person, with no specific power or talent. Out of this round!
Ursula - Describe in the book as a Sea Witch, she definitely has magic powers.
Gaston - An idiot with no power other than his physical strength. Out of this round.
Jafar - As far as I realize, Jafar doesn't have any magic as such of his own, only that of the Genie, which could be pretty darn dangerous...
Scar - Schemer, pure evil but not magical.Out of this round.
Doctor Facilier - Magic as heck and super nasty.

That leaves us with Evil Queen, Maleficent, Ursula, Jafar and Doctor Facilier. Hmmm, I'm gonna say Jafar with the Genie for his powers. Meh. I dunno haha.

Florence Grace @flomatthews_
When did your love for Disney first start, did something trigger it or was it just always there?
I've been a Disney person as far back as I can remember. A Minnie Mouse and Simba soft toys were among my first as a baby and I still have my VHS's from being a small child. I went to Disneyland Paris for my 6th birthday in 1996 and minus a couple years of my early teens where I wasn't as big of a fan as I was as a child and now, it's always been there.

PRIYA✨TSC Ambassador @TSCPriyaKumar
Could we please get the background on your dog and how you train him so well?
Baker is a Border Collie Lurcher cross. His dad was a pedigree border collie and his mother a beautiful, tall, all black lurcher. Apparently the litter was accidental and the owner wasn't aware his dog was pregnant which I find highly unlikely. The conditions the puppies were in weren't the greatest and had we had any more money that we did have, we'd of taken all of his brothers too! We weren't actually looking for a dog but my Granda had passed the previous year and he always had collies (being a shepherd). However he also had a lurcher and this mixed litter made me think of him so we went for it. Baker helped us through pretty tough times and is 100% my child and best friend. As for the training aspect (thank you for complimenting it :D) we started as soon as we got him at 6 weeks old. The usual age to get a puppy is after 8 weeks but we were suggested to take him sooner as the mother had stopped feeding him and the afore mentioned conditions. Our method is positive reassurance and never scold or punish for getting something wrong as they don't know any better! There is a great piece I saw online that says, ''Can you go to a foreign country and understand the language? Can you grasp the rules of a game without instruction? Do you like everyone you meet? No? Don't expect your dog to either!''. Training takes patience, praise, and plenty of love <3

Lots of thanks again to everyone who sent questions for me. Make sure you pop on over and follow them all on twitter. If anyone else has any questions - just keep them coming! I'll make a note of them and be sure to answer them next time I have enough built up to do another post. <3

Monday, 25 April 2016

OOTD // Spring Mickey!

Just a super quick little outfit of the day today as I didn't take any other photos this day! I quite liked what I was wearing so got Mam to snap just a couple quick photos in her back garden especially for this post :)
Some days are kind of getting slightly more mild meaning I don't have to shuffle around with layers and layers on, yay, hence cracking out the tank tops and ditching the knitted scarfs. Either way I'm still a cold tatie and even wore a long sleeve cardigan during the day in Ibiza one year so this is super brave of me haha.

What I Wore 
Coat - Light khaki parka with 'sheep skin' hood, New Look
Scarf - White and khaki desert scarf, H&M 
Cardigan - Pink and white bolero style cardigan, George at Asda
Top - Striped tank top with Mickey pocket detail, Primark
Jeans - High Waist Enhancer Skinny Jeans, Next
Shoes - Fusion Coral/White classic slip ons, Vans
Necklaces - Mickey ears (charm transfered from a braclet), Primark & Deathly Hallows pendant, Etsy.

I know I seem to be saying this all the time now, I'm sorry, I don't mean to be repetitious but some of these photos make me want to bang my head against the wall - I swear it's this old lens I'm stuck using.
Next one I'll try to get back to being like my some of the first few.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Weekly Reflections // Week 81

April 17th - 23rd.

Favourite Photo.

Top Thankful or Happy Moments.
♥ Getting my Jungle Book review written in one day.
♥ Watching the birds catch their worms.
♥ A super sunny morning to hang my washing out.
♥ Baker laying in the sun shining through the blinds.
♥ Going to post some orders by myself.
♥ Seeing a seal playing underwater, from the bridge.
♥ Nice long, quite and safe walk to the parents house.
♥ Cornetto Cookies & Dream ice cream!
♥ Google hangouts keeping me in touch with my parents in Lanzarote.
♥ Watching the otters having breakfast <3
♥ Being mentioned the gorgeous Rebecca's blogger friends post.
♥ Earth Day in the garden :)

Blogs Posts I've Enjoyed.

What I've Watched.
[!] One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing     ⭐️⭐️
[!] The Game Plan     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Tower Heist     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] The Magic Box     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Phantom at the Megaplex     ⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] The Angriest Man in Brooklyn     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Return to Halloweentown     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] The Watcher in the Woods     ⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Candleshoe     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] The Apple Dumpling Gang     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] The Other Me     ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Other Articles etc of Interest.

Posts from the Past.
Favorite post from this week'The Jungle Book' 2016 [MOVIE REVIEW]
This week in 2014Back To The Bay
This week in 2013Baker's Big Day Out

Friday, 22 April 2016

National Railway Museum, York - Part 2

If you caught my post last month, you'll know that we took a day trip down to York for Jake's birthday in February! As the weather was so bad we ended up spending a lot of our time at The National Railway Museum (which isn't a bad thing as it's a pretty awesome museum). You can see part one of our photos from that day by clicking here, they are from the Station Hall featuring a lot of old passenger carriages and royal carriages, but today's post is all about the BIG trains!

So yeah, this is the Great Hall and it is pretty great! So much so it is home to over 300 years of railways history - wow. The 'hall' itself is actually an old engine shed and dates back to 1877, it was damaged by a German air raid in 1942 and then, obviously, safe to say it was amazing just to be standing in a building with such history let alone among all the awesome machines.

Phew! I had no idea there would be that many photos. In that case, there is 100% going to have to be a part 3 showing the warehouse area as I thought that was pretty darn cool too and I know I got some interesting photos in there.

I don't want to list all of the names of each train etc but if you'd like to match the picture to what they are you can visit the National Railway Museum website. They include the last ever steam locomotive to be made for British railways, the Eurostar and tunnel (first images), a diesel locomotive that replaced steam counterparts in the 1955 modernization plan and the Japanese bullet train among many, many more!
My favorites will always be the older steam locomotives and I kind of wish they were still in action today. I'm sure Mr Walt Disney would be all over this museum had he still be alive today.

Which trains of those shown in this post would you most like to take a ride on?!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

My Life in Photos // March 2016

3/12 - check! This month I decided I'd document a little bit of a different day, a rare day that I brave the hell on Earth that is the city. I'm not a city person. I'm not a people person. But sometimes you need to leave the quiet life of your own house to do things only available in the city. A few weeks back my camera took a tumble while on the tripod and my lens snapped off...I did a lot of crying and stressing as it's not something I can just go out and replace and for the price of my excess on the insurance it wouldn't be worth it. Anyways, long story short I needed to get it looked at to see if it could be repaired or was 100% dead and hence our day trip South. It unfolded like this...

1 // I dunno how I feel about it being light at 6am...
2 // Went into work 15 mins early (this clock is a little off) to make sure I was out in time for our early train.
3 // A bunny and a pigeon, it's like a real-life Disney movie at the station.
4 // Off to Newcastle for the day! Quiet coach + fields and fields to wildlife watch = great journey!
5 // This is where the photo taking took a slip...after popping to the camera repair shop to have my lens looked at, but finding it closed during hours it said it would be open, we headed for Primark for Mam to pick up bits she needed for her holiday and I grabbed all the Disney!

6 // With town getting busier and having not had a trip out to it in a while, we hopped on the 100 and headed for the Metrocentre. I was looking for a waste paper basket for my front room but instead came out of Homesense with a new toy box for B-man.
7 // Laura came to meet us and we went for a Pizza Hut lunch!
8 // You can't go to the Metro without going to the Disney Store. It is the only one anywhere near where I live (60+ miles away) and the only one that I've been to in the whole of the UK that is actually any good. Yes including Oxford Street. That store is terrible now compared to 5+ years ago.
9 // And we're back in Berwick all of a sudden?!
10 // After making Jake some tea and showing him my days purchases, Baker and I decided on a movie to watch from today's CEX scores. (£11 for 13 DVDs - get in!)
11 // Sofa hugs with our movie before we both hit the hay.

One thing I've noticed about this day in my life is how dull it is. Like, look back at my others and notice the bright colours, the green grass and blue sky! Small town country life > big city concrete life for sure. What did you get up to in March??


Check out the rest of the series here - My Life in Photos

And you can find last month here - February