Sunday, 31 July 2016

Weekly Reflections // Week 95

24th - 30th July

Favorite Photo

Top Thankful or Happy Moments. 
♥ Staying at my parents for the night to get some sleep.
♥ Seeing Tilly and Brook again.
♥ A long sofa nap & hugs with Baker.
♥ Seeing the otter playing in the river.
♥ Earlier starts than normal meaning I see the sunrise again.
♥ Mam taking nice outfit photos for me.
♥ My eyeball not falling out.
♥ Getting back to over a month of scheduled posts completed.
♥ A family hug in bed.
♥ Having Mam round of the day.

Blogs Posts I've Enjoyed.
What I've Watched. 
[!] Dennis the Menace Strikes Again     ⭐️⭐️
[!] Finding Nemo     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] The BFG (2016)     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Genius     ⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] The Straight Story     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Other Articles etc of Interest.
Posts from the Past.
Favorite post from this week -  'The BFG' 2016 [MOVIE REVIEW]
This week in 2015 - The 'My Hogwarts Story' Tag
This week in 2014 - Go Walkies! Doggy Sponsored Walk.
This week in 2013 - Winner, Winner!

Friday, 29 July 2016

What To Pack in Your Disneyland Paris Park Bag

Do I need to take a bag into the parks? What should I leave at the hotel? What will I need when I'm in the parks all day?
Despite not being the most seasoned Disney Park visitor (by far) I tend to still get a few people asking me the above questions. Well, hello if you're new, I am Danielle and I am a serial planner and over organizer so yes, I do have some tips haha.

I am gonna give you two situations below, the first my actual bag and contents and the second a more condensed version for people who live life more on the edge than me!
But first matter what which way you pack, I would always 100% suggest taking a backpack over any other type of bag. They are most comfortable and easy to carry, most convenient for getting on and off rides and keep your stuff safe and close to you.
Remember! All of this is from my personal experience as a young adult, responsible for my own belongings, with no children or other responsibilities. If you are a teen or a younger person going with a parent you probably don't worry about a lot of this stuff or if you are a parent, my bag will seem drastically under packed no doubt, but this is my base suggestion for anyone going to Disneyland Paris.

Scenario One - The 'Just in Case' Packer.
This is the actual bag I will be taking this year to Disneyland Paris and I have packed it exactly as I will in November (minus the Autograph book as I don't do those anymore). You will be surprised how much is in there, as it looks a lot from the list but I swear is only really the essentials for me and is packed quite condensed.
I like to be prepared for all eventualities and some items have been added for this trip, after I wish I'd had them during my last visit in the Autumn of 2014. The full list of what is in my personal park bag is below!

Camera Equipment -
Nikon D7100 DSLR with 18-105mm Lens (not photographed as it was in use...duh!)
GoPro Hero 4 Black with Head Mount & Wrist Mount
A Portable Charger with Go Pro Charger Lead
Lens Wipe

Clothing -
Spare Socks
Spare Hoodie or Cardigan
Waterproof Coat
Scarf & Gloves (for Winter, not pictured)

Travel Organizer / Wallet - 
Park Passes
Photo Pass (if you have one, not pictured)
Room Key (not pictured)
Luggage Keys
Meal Vouchers for the Day Only (if on meal plan, not pictured)
Limited Amount of Cash for that Day Only*
Notepad with Restaurant Reservations In
A Pen
Spare Memory Cards
Family Photo (optional :P)

Health and Beauty Kit -
Wet Wipes/Face Wipes
Hand Sanitizer
A Flannel
Any Personal Medication, ie. Inhaler for me
Throat mints
Spare Hair Bobbles/Grips
Lip balm
Eyebrow Pencil
Powder & Fluffy Brush
Sun Cream (in Summer, not pictured as I don't have a mini one currently)
Mini Deodorant/ Body Spray

Miscellaneous -
Sun Glasses in Case (in Summer)
Autograph Book (if you collect autographs)
Canvas Shopping Bag (not pictured but fits easily)

So yeah, as you can see I am ready for all eventualities. I always have to have my camera stuff because you can bet if I don't there'll something I need to photograph! Usually, I'd just have my DSLR but this year I'll be taking my GoPro to try and get better video shots. I have quite shaky hands as it is so when trying to film with a pretty heavy DSLR the footage ends up extra shaky. I don't vlog or anything but I like to do a 'montage' type of deal to remember my trip by (check out my 2014 video here!).
As for the extra clothing, the waterproof coat is obvious but the hoodie is because last trip I froze so bad while waiting for the fireworks one evening because of it being warm during the day and I just didn't think. Plasters are for any blisters from all the walking and hand sanitizer is easier to use than washing hands in the toilets.
In normal everyday life I never take extra makeup out with me but as it's quite likely for me to get photos taken at some point in DLP it's nice to have the option to touch up if it gets rained off or something. Everything else? JUST INCASE okay!? haha


Scenario Two - The 'As Little As Possible' Packer.
I'm nervous even looking at this list haha. I know most people probably pack this light but I dunno how you do it! What if? What if you get cold when waiting for the fireworks? What if you walk so much you get blisters? What if you can't remember what time you booked dinner, or where? See, there is method in my madness of taking everything except the kitchen sink.
Anyways, yeah, this is the list that I would suggest as minimum must-takes.

Camera Equipment - 
Point and Shoot or Small DSLR in a Compact Case
(I 100% think this is a better option that just a mobile phone, not pictured as I don't have one.)

Travel Organizer -  (same as above photo)
Park Passes
Room Key
Luggage Keys
Meal Vouchers for the Day Only (if on meal plan)
Limited Amount of Cash for that Day Only*

Health and Beauty Kit -
Smaller pack of wet/face wipes
Hand Sanitizer
Any Personal Medication, ie. Inhaler for me
Sun Cream (in Summer, not pictured as I don't have a mini one currently)
Powder & Fluffy Brush
Mini Deodorant/ Body Spray

Miscellaneous -
Sun Glasses in Case (in Summer)

Although this probably even looks over prepared to some of you and would do me fine, I could not deal with only carrying this. It makes me feel nervous just looking at the photos and I'm not all about going back to the hotel to get stuff I may need during the day so obviously the first option is always what I'd recommend :P

I thought I would also mention something you might have noticed. No mobile phone is mentioned. I for one do not think a phone is needed or necessary really at a Disney Park. I see so many people who are on holiday, no matter where it is (not just Disney), constantly updating statuses, adding photos to social networks and tweeting updates multiple times an are on holiday, take a break!
Remember the days when you had to put your film into Boots and a week later could pop along to your friends to tell them your stories and show off the photos? Well surely waiting until your home to update Facebook isn't that much of a stretch? For us, my phone doesn't work abroad and we use my Mam's but it is left locked in the suitcase in the hotel room until we need it. Usually, we'll only call home when we arrive to say we are safe and then use the laptop to go on webcam to Baker (and Jake and Dad) some evenings.
I know some people will argue the point of needing the apps for photo pass etc but there are other ways, meaning my phone would be 100% useless to have.

After that longer than anticipated tangent, I'll bring this post to a close. Make sure to let me know in the comments your top 5 items that must be in your park bag (minus a mobile!!!)!

*Amount of money depends on if you are on a meal plan or not. To work out a rough estimation of how much food may cost you, you can visit this site to see menus with prices. We always go half board (and I'll be doing a post shortly all about it and why I recommend it), therefore usually take around 50 euros per day. On my last day I'll take the remainder of my money to use on anything that I've had my eye on during the rest of my stay.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Kielder Forrest Charity Walk // Day 1, Part 2

This is the second half of our first day on the charity walk at Kielder Water and Forest. I took a lot of photos over the 17ish miles that day so I decided to split the original post in two instead of having a photo overload! Make sure to click here and pop over to the part 1 to this post which will explain more about the there are lambs. :)

As with the previous post I'll keep the writing short and sweet so you can just have a nose at the photos. I will say though that you may be able to tell through the photos how crazy the weather was. It was pretty mild but one minute it was super dark skies and heavy showers, the next minute it was bright it isn't my camera settings being wrong, it's just the natural light going mental.
Hope you like the photos.

Next up will be Kielder Birds of Prey, followed by Day 2 parts 1 & 2!

Monday, 25 July 2016


[Warning: May Contain Spoilers...I'll try my best not to, but to be on the safe side I'd better declare that haha]

The BFG. Such a well known and adored classic children's tale from our generation has been taken on by the big shots of movie magic - Steven Speilberg and Disney. Just a bit different from the usual genre and tone Speilberg directs, it just proves his diversity even more.
I was never the biggest 'BFG' fan, though of course like most people my age have read many a Roald Dahl book in my time and so of course when I heard Disney were filming an adaptation of another Dahl story (James and the Giant Peach from 1996 being the previous Disney/Dahl collab) I had high hopes.
Slightly sad that I wasn't going to get to see it on opening weekend, (as we plan to see Pete's Dragon the day it opens and due to the cinema being at least 60 miles away in either direction a trip to see a movies ends up becoming quite pricey) I was over the moon when my friend from Newcastle came to visit and said she fancied it too. We took a drive to Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh and got to see The BFG in 2D on opening day! Luckily we booked the night before as unfortunately, thanks to the school holidays, it was packed.

Making sure to go into it with a completely blank and open mind I didn't re-read the book or watch any trailers at all...however, I highly suggest you check out the one below and then read on for my views on the full film.

From here on in I'm going to talk about this as a stand alone film and as if you haven't heard the story before (maybe you haven't, I dunno). So as you may see from the trailer above, a resounding subject of The BFG is dreams. Dream blowing, dream catching, dream country and mixing dreams, it's all very airy and fantastical and the way they are imagined to look is so beautiful. The BFG himself is a 'good giant' and spreads his goodness, to make up for the badness of the other giants, by mixing and 'blowing' good dreams into sleeping beans - that's human beans obviously.
While doing so, a lonely, self-proclaimed insomniac orphan named Sophie accidentally catches sight of the scary spectacle in the street outside and ends up scooped up and whisked away to giant country so she doesn't tell the world of his kind.
In a fight against the big bullying bean eaters, we follow the unlikely duo in their adventure as newly made BFFs all the way to Buckingham Palace to stand up for goodness. It is all kept light and extremely humorous while obviously still incorporating the odd serious scene to tie the storyline together.

A great family fantasy adventure it has many similarities to one of Speilberg's most well-known movies, ET, and not just because they share screenwriters in the form of the late, great Melissa Mathison. In fact, it's quite funny that the original BFG book and the ET movie both came out the same year - 1982! They are equally as heartwarming, tearjerking and just as ET shot the tiny Drew Barrymore into Hollywood, The BFG is bound to host great things for the fantastic 11 (now 12) year old Ruby Barnhill who shone in her first major role. (To me this rings bells as another amazing start Disney is giving to young actors after that of Neel Sethi who played Mowgli in 2016's The Jungle Book).
I couldn't think of a better person to have been cast in the main role of our favorite Big Friendly Giant and although he is computer animated, Mark Rylance's emotive and striking features really portray the kind, gentle, caring nature. Looking into his eyes in certain scenes I couldn't hold back the tears as I fell in love with the character who was so intent upon protecting his young friend.
Another thing to mention about the casting is the 'bad' giants. Reminiscent of Dorothy's friends in the Wizard of Oz, the giants are played by people who Sophie see and passes in the street outside her orphanage which isn't obvious at the time of watching, but I personally thought was a great touch after realizing.

After my previous experience with 3D (Alice Through the Looking Glass gave me eye popping, head splitting pains!) we opted for the safer 2D, and I'm happy with that decision. Although like the afor mentioned Alice movie, there were plenty moments that would more than benefit from the extra effects - including the hop, skip and jumping to Giant country, 'fighting' scenes and a certain scene near the end which if I mention may ruin the ending haha.
Looking at the B-Roll from shooting you can see the amount of real life sets used and where the CGI was used most was very photo-realistic, however not quite as seamless with live action than The Jungle Book's effects were.

As with every single Disney release I have reviewed, while researching all about it I've come across plenty of bad reviews amongst the good ones. It seems you can never please everyone and there are a few people taking the fact it is not an exact replica of the book, personally. Now as a huge Harry Potter fan as well as fan of many other book to film stories, I understand things have to be altered, added and subtracted for the picture to flow properly and be an appropriate length.

Overall I found it magical. For Speilberg's only child/family-targeted movie since Hook it had just the right mix of things for children and adults to enjoy. It's a timeless tale of two lonely soles finding friendship in each other despite their obvious differences. It could have been a lot darker than it was so keeping the mild threat and violence to a minimum meant that it expanded the age range of kids who can enjoy it but I still think parents need to vet PG movies more as we did have a screaming incident from a smaller bean in our cinema viewing.

Go see it, revel in the wondrous world of dreams and giants and tell me what you think!

If you enjoyed this review, you can check out my previous Disney Movie Reviews below -
'Alice Through The Looking Glass' 2016
'The Jungle Book' 2016'
Cinderella' 2015'
Tomorrowland' 2015'
Oz the Great and Powerful' 2013

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Weekly Reflections // Week 94

18th - 23rd July

Favorite Photo

Top Thankful or Happy Moments. 
♥ Understanding/helpful police officers
 Laura coming to stay.
 Getting away from my street during rough times.
 Seeing the BFG.
 Buying Baker's birthday gifts.
 Sweet blog comments.

Blogs Posts I've Enjoyed.
Photo A Day #28 by Life As Unusuals
What I've Watched. 
[!] You Wish!     ⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Flight of the Navigator     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!FairyTale: A True Story     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] New York Minute     ⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] The BFG (2016)     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Life-size     ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Other Articles etc of Interest.

Posts from the Past.
Favorite post from this week -  Kielder Forest Charity Walk // Day 1, Part 1
This week in 2014 - How To: 90s Summer Hair Wrap!
This week in 2013 - Arbeia Roman Fort and Arcade Fun.

[* Usually I try to do 10 happy moments but it's not been the best week and I struggled, sorry.]

Friday, 22 July 2016

The 'Alice 1951' TAG

This post has been a long time coming! I actually started it well before the Alice Through the Looking Glass movie came out as I had planned to do a whole Alice week in the run up to it, however...not everything goes to plan!
I did an internet search to see if anyone had made an Alice in Wonderland tag and found a small one on this youtube channel which I have kept the first three questions from. However, I wanted this to relate solely to the 1951 movie and be longer for the sake of making a substantial blog post, so I dropped the other couple of questions and added 7 of my own! Pop over to their video if you'd like to see their other 2 original questions!

1. Who in Wonderland would you choose to be your best friend?
Perhaps the White Rabbit. He's as stressed and tightly wound as I am, plus I obviously love rabbits. He had a cool house with his own veg patch as well, just like what I want! 

2. Would you rather be humongous or teeny tiny?
Tiny. I feel pretty invisible most of the time anyway, so walking down the street being tiny wouldn't be much different to how it is now haha. Surely if you were huge you'd be more likely to be targeted by others too? An easier target. Being small and unseen means some slight safety at least.

3. What would your personal Wonderland look like?
An Eden. Plentiful of mountains, flowing water, trees and wildflowers - filled with an abundance of amazing creatures and birds. No other people. No concrete or buildings or electricity or technology. 
I would genuinely be ecstatic to live out the rest of my life somewhere like that. Even after just two days away in the Kielder Forest for our charity walk, I was very down coming home. I 100% belong in the wilderness.

4. If you could take one possession with you to Wonderland, what would you take?
This is really difficult for me as the only inanimate object I'm rather attached to is my camera. The only way it would make sense to have the camera would be to have some way of displaying or sharing the photos I took, which would either mean another civilization with technology or me returning from my Wonderland, both which don't sound up my street.
I suppose I'd take a book. A big one with a few different stories in to keep me company and entertained if ever I needed it.

5. Similarly, if you could take someone with you to explore, who would you take?
Baker. Hands down, no question. He's my son and the best friend I have ever had. He would be fantastic company, would enjoy exploring as much as (if not more than) me and also protect me.

6. Would you most enjoy: Sailing in a glass bottle or falling down the rabbit hole?
Both! For the sake of having to choose, I'll say falling down the rabbit hole as I've already done a skydive and I suppose that'd be similar apart from the fall down the hole seems to be in a lot more slow motion! That whole scene just seems super fun being right way up and then upside down and everything floating around as if you're in space!
I woudn't mind the bottle ride but I actually have a fear of open spaces and the sea freaks me out so the glass being clear and me being able to see everything around would be rather traumatic I think haha.

7. Minus the Red Queen, who would you least like to bump into?
The Walrus - he ate those super sweet oysters :( and I actually think the Cheshire Cat. His riddles and mind games would muck me about and mess up my mind so I'd prefer to avoid any extra stress from him.

8. In the garden, which type of flower do you think you would be?
Probably a 'weed' like Alice. I am not graceful at all or very pretty to look at. I don't have a particularly nice scent (I don't stink but am not the type to wear much perfume or body sprays) either. Maybe there is a wildflower that fits my profile haha.

9. Which of these locations would you like to call home: The Dormouse's Teapot, The Cheshire Cat's tree, The Red Queen's Castle, The Caterpillar's Mushroom.
As I said that I'd rather be tiny, I'm sure I'd fit in a teapot pretty well. I dunno how comfortable it'd be but at least it's sheltered, safe and wouldn't fit any visitors in :P Actually, the tree might be pretty cool for being small too if I was able to easily climb up to it... a lot comfier than china anyway.

10. What would you do if you had to stay in Wonderland for 5 years at a time or could never visit again?
Stay for 5 years at a time of course! I'd stay there indefinitely. 

If you didn't know already, the 1951 Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time favorite movies from Disney's animated canon, so I really loved talking all about how my life would be in Wonderland. 
The header photo was from my 2014 trip to Disneyland Paris and the photos with Alice, The Hatter and Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum were taken in the Walt Disney Studios park at Disneyland Paris in 2010! They were really cool interactions and Dee & Dum approached me from behind and started messing with me which made people watch...slightly embarrassing but it's a nice memory to have.
You can see more photos from Alice's Labyrinth from 2014 here, if you are interested and that is it for today :)

Here's a few people who I'd love to see do this -
The Vintage Beauty Spot

Writing, Rambling
Love and Other Awesome Stuff

Golden Afternoon
A Mess in a Dress
Whimsical Mumblings
The Undateable Girl's Diary
Once Upon A Blog
Katie Mary Graves
Not Another Book Blogger

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Project 365 2016 // June

Six out of twelve done. What? I don't even care that I'm saying this every month now,! June 20th should have marked the official beginning of summer and although we have had some gorgeous days I'm pretty sure our seasons come a month or two late these days...probably due to global warming. I don't exactly know where I'm going with that so here is the summary of June's daily photos.

My Top 3 photo from this month are -

The best moments from this month were -
- Watching Fuller House!
- Finding, helping & successfully releasing Baby B (a fledgling Blackbird).
- The Finest Hours DVD release.
- Crazy weather...
- Every minute Dad and I spend doing our charity walk in Kielder.
- Having an awesome time at Kielder Birds of Prey.
- Voting.
- Date day with Jake.
- More charity shop scores and new book finds.
- Collecting in around £360 for our two charities, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Check out this month in previous years here -

Monday, 18 July 2016

Kielder Forest Charity Walk // Day 1, Part 1

Some of you may know that last month, on the 20th of June, Dad and I set out on a little walk to raise a little money for two causes close to our family. My Mam's Mam (Nana) has Parkinson's and Dad's Mam (Grandma) has Alzheimers/Dementia and so those where our causes of choice.
In total we walked upwards of 32 miles, in around 10 hours, over two days. Dad has spondylitis and I have early stages of arthritis as well as asthma so that's not a bad feat I think. Especially as normally the furthest we'd walk in one day would probably be no more that 7-8 miles.

(Day 1 = 17 miles in approx 5hr 33mins, Day 2 = 15 miles in approx 4hr 36mins including little snack/drink breaks)

Because I took so many photos to document our time together and prove to people we did actually do it(!!), I'm going to split them into a few separate posts - Day 1 in two parts, Day 2 in two parts and the Birds of Prey Centre. This is a tiny portion of what I took on day one and as there are so many I'll just leave you here and let the photos do the talking. Thanks for checking it out :)

Part 2 coming soon.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Weekly Reflections // Week 93

10th - 16th July

Favorite Photo

Top Thankful or Happy Moments. 
♥ Completing our 6th Race for Life in 6 years.
♥ Comfy new joggers!
♥ Walls walk with the boyo & Mam.
♥ Kind of helping the butterfly despite my fear.
♥ Baker having fun with the cereal box.
♥ Morning Cafe Nero visit with Mam.
♥ A bit of a long 'Hangout' with Kerri!
♥ A successful birding morning.
♥ Bathing Baker & the evening at Mams.
♥ Walk to town & taking photos with Jake.

Blogs Posts I've Enjoyed.

What I've Watched.
[!] Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Darby O'Gill and the Little People     ⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Dreamer     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
[!] Den Brother     ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Support Fund For Victims Of ‘Racist’ Attack On The Village Shop In Norwich Raises Nearly £30k
Awesome Parents Convince Their Child That His Lost Toy Is Exploring The World
The Untold, Inspiring Story of Cristiano Ronaldo
A Message from a 'Good Cop'
Harry Potter fan spends £13,000 giving her home a Hogwarts makeover
PC Dave and the Lady with Dementia
These Rescuers Might Specialize in Saving Dogs, but That Didn’t Stop Them From Helping a Hawk (I've followed Hope for Paws for years now and the world would be a much darker place without Eldad and his fellow rescuers)
Reid and Hewitt win Wheelchair Doubles - That's what you call a celebration!
The Color Theory Behind Superheroes
Maize maze of BFG is 'biggest ever' image of Dahl's giant
Why Do We Hate?
Why Harry Potter is the Fictionalized Version of J.K. Rowling

Posts from the Past.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Countdown to Disney 2016 // Meet and Greet Wishlist

11,836,800 seconds 
197,280 minutes 
3288 hours 
137 days 
19 weeks and 4 days

Another month has passed and it's time for the next Countdown to Disney post. As I've looked back on my meet and greet wishlist from 2014 I've realized how my attitudes towards characters have changed. My list wasn't exactly huge back then, I only had 8 'wants' but this year it was even harder to think of a list at all.
I have always been more 'scared' of fur characters than face characters but for some reason, it's done a switch and now I'd rather stay away from face characters, or Princesses in particular as the face Villians I've met have been okay. Well they were wonderful but I mean my nerves were okay ;)

Anyways, what with there being so many characters out and about at DLP recently due to all the refurbishments and closures I have more to choose from than normal. A lot of refurb is due to have ended by our trip (hence booking those dates...unlike some people who have gone and then moaned and talked smack about DLP for it all) so maybe there will be less characters around, never the less this is my meet and greet wishlist!

Mickey and Minnie
I always meet Mickey, how could you not? But the last time I met Minnie was 2010 as we missed her twice last time! I also really, really want another photo with both of them together because the only one I had was in front of the limo in WDS front lot, with a person that meant I had to delete the photo :( Boo.

Abu and Genie
As much as Genie is just an awesome character to begin with, I think the fact that Robin Williams voiced him is where my ties to him come from. I remember in 2010 he was stood down at the left of the castle meeting a line of people when a couple of ducks on the grass behind the fence started quacking real loud. He turned around and was miming away to them with such animation, it was so funny!
I think Abu would be just a cheeky and fun to meet and that's why these guys are on my list. Whether alone, together or with Aladdin I hope to see them this year.

I know what I said about not liking to meet Princesses but she's a fellow redhead, from my neck of the woods and Brave is just the best. I've seen videos of recent interactions with her and she's just wonderful.

Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto
Just like Minnie and Mickey, I'll always cherish any time with the famous five. I've actually never met Daisy either so would love to have the opportunity. Oh my gosh imagine Daisy and Donald together in their Christmas outfits?! SO CUTE. I realllly hope they are around together when we are there but will be equally excited to see Goofy or Pluto.

Jack Skellington
Last but not least the man of Christmas/Halloween himself. Our first meet on our Halloween 2014 trip and one of the loveliness interactions, of course I want another chance to say hello...especially if he's in his Sandy Claws outfit!

Well that escalated! haha I started with like 3 and then couldn't stop writing. With this trip being with friends, I won't be going too much out of my way to meet characters apart from Mickey and anyone I do will be a plus, but these are those who would make me extra happy right now. I know that with the changing seasons the range of characters available to meet will differ however, minus Abu and Genie, I'm sure the majority of these will be doing the rounds this Christmas time.

Until next months countdown post, come have a read of the previous posts in this series -
Countdown to Disney 2016 // The Low Down
Countdown to Disney 2016 // Ride Hitlist

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Inked and Awesome // Dani Fairhurst

Name: Dani Fairhurst
Age: 28
Occupation: Fundraising Team and Admin Assistant (for a sports charity)

Tell me about your very first tattoo. 
I got my very first tattoo when I was 18 and it was a complete spur of the moment decision. I just walked into a local tattoo shop in the town where I grew up and picked a random design off the wall. It was the cheesiest tattoo ever of three stars on my right hip but at the time I loved it!

I decided to have it fairly small as it was my first one and I wasn't sure what to expect. The guy who did it was nice and really reassuring but the quality of the tattoo wasn't great and I've recently had it covered up with something much prettier (and better quality!)

Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past? 
No they haven't. I think I've been really lucky actually because you hear stories about this kind of thing. My biggest tattoo (for the time being) is on my hip/stomach/ribs so it's never on show at work anyway and the ones on my wrists are easy to cover up if I need to. I studied law at uni and remember people saying that I'd never be taken seriously with tattoos but I qualified as a Solicitor and my tattoos were never an issue!

What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
I've never encountered any sort of discrimination or bullying - I've had the usual ''Your tattoos will look weird when you're old'', accompanied by a judgmental look, but I wouldn't consider that to be bullying.

Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
A couple of my best friends are totally into tattoos and they were actually my main inspiration in getting more ink after my first couple. I don't think my family are super keen on my tattoos and my mum did say I shouldn't get any more a little while ago (I've had three more since then - sorry mum!) but it's not a problem in our relationship with each other.

Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
The flowers on my hip, stomach and ribs is my absolute favourite piece. It's also the biggest that I have (well, so far anyway). It's actually covering my first ever tattoo (which you can just about see in the first picture). I knew I wanted something girly and floral, and that I wanted three main flowers; one for my mum, my sister and me. Other than that I had no idea what kind of flowers, how big, what colours etc. So I did a lot of research and found an artist whose work I loved. I then basically gave her free reign to design what she wanted. It took three sittings (close to 9 hours) in total and even at the last sitting we hadn't decided on a colour for the flowers so the artist just mixed some colours together until we found the right one.

Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
For me, all tattoos should have a meaning and each one of mine does but I also get why some people just go for random designs. The one that has the most meaning for me is the heart on my right wrist - it was inspired by the Semi-Colon Project and symbolises my long struggle with depression. It actually covers some scars (really well because you can barely see them) and constantly reminds me that even though my fight isn't over yet, neither is my story. I also LOVE the colours - another one where I let the artist pick the colours on the day.

Are you planning any more?
Yes. I follow about 20 tattoo inspiration accounts on Instagram and my camera roll is full of screen shots of tattoos that I'd love to get. I've not long had the flower piece finished so I need to save up a bit of money and start researching suitable artists.

In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
Which one? I actually have one on my left rib cage that I barely felt but the top of the flowers just under my right boob hurt like hell!

Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
Think carefully about what YOU want and don't give any thought to what others will think. It's your body and you need to be happy with what you have done to it so give it careful consideration but don't worry yourself with what others will say too much.

Thank you so much Dani for telling us all your tattoo story! If you'd like to get to know Dani better she has a blog that you can check out here! I wanna hear about your tattoos too, so make sure to send an email with the subject heading 'INKED & AWESOME' to!!