Saturday, 31 December 2016

Yearly Reflections

This will be my least planned post probably since my blog started way back in 2011. I am writing this at like 8pm on the 31st haha but I just wanted to end the year on a post that actually acknowledged the occasion and seeing as I ended my Weekly Reflections back in October after two full years of running that series it felt something was missing.

So as a super quick summary, in the homage to my Weekly Reflections series, here is a mini yearly reflections!

Photo of the Year

Top Thankful or Happy Moments.
- Raising over £350 for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's on Dad and I's 30+ mile walk.
- Kerri coming to Berwick to visit us!
- Mam and I completing our 6th annual Race for Life.
- Jake and I making it to 5 year.
- Baker, Mam and I's adventure to see the Snow Dogs.
- Mam, Kerri, Kris and I's holiday to Disneyland Paris!

Best People of 2016.

Best of What I Watched.
The Finest Hours
The Jungle Book
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Finding Dory

Pete's Dragon
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
[I watched 400 movies exactly!!! 'What I Watched in 2016' post is coming on the 2nd!]

Posts from the Past. 

Posts of the Future.
Disneyland Paris 2016 series including:
Hotel & Resturant reviews
Each day in 2 parts - 10 post altogether
Outfits of the Week
What I Bought
Character Meet and Greets
and probably more...

Lots more, updated Inked and Awesome posts!
(email to take part)

Disney posts every Friday!

More exploring!

Thank you so much for being with me this year. We have all had ups and downs, some more than others and everyone I have mentioned in this post (plus many I have probably forgotten...sorry :( ) have made my year. You are inspirational, beautiful, amazing people. All the best for 2017!!

Friday, 30 December 2016

10+ MORE Disney Movies That Are NOT For Kids!

Back in August I wrote the post  20+ Disney Movies That Are NOT For Kids!, and I mentioned in that post doing a part 2. Evidently, this is that part 2! After the reception that post got I need to reiterate that a) by 'children' I am referring to under 12-year-olds unless I state otherwise, and b) yes, you can do whatever you want with your children. I know some people let their kids watch anything and I'm not saying you can't - I'm just saying I personally wouldn't have watched these as a child nor let a child in my care watch them. So hush ya wingeing ;) and on with the show.

Return to Snowy River (1988) Rating PG
Although nothing that would severely upset or emotionally scar a child is included, Return to Snowy River is more for adults in the fact that it is a serious story, not the most entertaining for children even if they could hold their attention to it. There are also some mildly threatening attitudes from certain characters as well as gunfire and the death of an animal. 

The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) Rating PG
A brilliant movie for sure, though very serious with many hardships set during the Great Depression of the 1930s. There is a large amount of violence, including a horrible dog fight which most children (as well as adults) would find upsetting, bad language and lots of drinking and smoking.

Return to Oz (1985) Rating PG
You may think that this is an innocent sequel to The Wizard of Oz, but no. It's really not. There is some slight violence and a lot of doom and gloom. Compared to the original it is in nowhere near as whimsical or fun and despite it's PG rating, children under 10 or so would more than likely be pretty freaked out by it. Heck, I'm a bit freaked out by parts.

Running Brave (1983) Rating PG
If there's one thing that Disney does epically, it's sports drama's based on true stories. This is just that and I included it on this list for it's genre as I don't think children would be interested at all. Racial prejudice is a theme as the movie is about an American Indian in Kansas who goes on to compete at the Olympics. 

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) Rating PG
Originally a novel published in 1962 by Ray Bradbury, this movie features an evil (aptly named) Mr. Dark - who funnily enough played the High Sparrow in Game of Thrones and Governor Weatherby Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean - with his scary carnival who's aim it is to mess with the townspeople. Dark and sinister, with violence, talk of death and more makes it for older children/teens onwards.

Never Cry Wolf (1983) Rating PG
With any film set in the wilderness, you would expect certain themes such as drinking, smoking and some risky situations which are all included in this movie. As well as this expect a bare bottom / full frontal (not overly seen and in context) male nudity and the eating of animals too. Never Cry Wolf was nominated for an Oscar so worth the watch if you are past the age of giggling at bums etc haha.

Tex (1982) Rating PG
Another book-to-screen movie, Tex is a not so typical coming of age story that follows two teens after losing their parents and having to fend for themselves. There is violence, bad language and gun crime.

Night Crossing (1982) Rating PG
A 'based on true events' story, Night Crossing is a serious drama about two families who escape from East to West Germany from the communist government, in short. Oh and they do so by making their own hot air balloon. It is a wonderful story, however slightly dark (in it's filming style) and of course a little somber at parts. Most certainly something that children wouldn't enjoy, understand or be interested in until later years, if that.

The Watcher in the Woods (1981) Rating PG
This old time Disney horror is another scary one for the early teens and above with occult and supernatural goings on, violent scenes and for those who are religious certain things may be slightly upsetting.

Dragonslayer (1981) Rating PG
As with most movies that Disney co-produce or have released under another distribution company (in this case Paramount), Dragonslayer contains some intense scenes that have been deemed 'frightening for children', violence, nudity and more. Surely, upon reading the plot of this movie, that would be apparent, considering it centers around a Dragon who has virgins sacrificed to it and a young wizarding apprentice who has to slay it...

Amy (1981) Rating U
Amy is another of those movies with nothing in it to make it unsuitable for younger viewers, it is just a more mature/serious plot that appeals more to adults and might be 'boring' to kids. It is a difficult movie to find on DVD (or at least in the UK it is) but is available to rent on Google movies if you like dramas. It's really good!

Treasure of Matecumbe (1976) Rating U
This is only Disney movie to feature the KKK (extremist white supremacy group Ku Klux Klan) and the main reason I have put this on the list. It is essentially an adventure treasure hunt, with a few bumps along the way. As with many movies from the time guns are common place along with the odd slightly perilous situation. Older children that are able to follow the storyline and sit still for the long 2-hour duration, may enjoy it.

The Black Hole (1979) Rating PG
Disney is known for being ahead of it's time and the best in the biz and this Sci-Fi/Action-adventure shows that with it's great effects for that time. The Black Hole does include slightly intimidating characters, intense fight scenes, some mild bad language and deaths without blood or gore - because of this it was the first Disney production to be award a 'PG' rating (not counting those of Buena Vista distribution).
Other themes such as religion and more were more adult focused and it is said that this movie began the trend of appealing to adults more which ultimately spurred the creation of Touchstone, Disney's label where they could release things deemed too dark or mature to be released under 'Walt Disney Pictures'.

Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978) Rating U
I love Hot Lead! It's a super fun and silly western, though very typical of it's time in style and humor which could be missed by many children and not of interest to them. There is also a few bar scenes containing a lot of smoking and drinking, with the main character accidentally becoming intoxicated at one point. It stars the wonderful Jim Dale, in not one but three roles.

The Island at the Top of the World (1975) Rating U
This is another that isn't bad for children to see, I just don't think many would stay interested in it to see the full thing as it seems more focused towards an older viewership. There are a couple of slightly sketchy moments including not nice treatment of Orcas :(

Phew! That's it! I also think many other of the live action movies from 40s-70s are more grown-up friendly than child focused. Just because something isn't for kids doesn't mean kids can't watch it...if that makes sense, and vice versa obviously. I know that, like last time, people will say 'well I watched this when I was little and think it's perfectly fine' blah, blah, blllaaahh but you must remember that I'm not saying all of them are unsuitable, just that many kids wouldn't hold interest/find enjoyable or similar. Also - all people are different, some parents let their kids watch violence, some don't and so on!
I hope that this post helps to prove my point that Disney are so much more than just animated classics and definitely not 'just for kids' at all. Let me know which of the above is your favorite in the comments below :)

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

2016 Seasonal Decor

If it weren't for tradition and having done this same post for the past four years, I wouldn't be doing it this year but I'm sure I'll thank myself in years to come when I'm looking back on it. I say this because my decor has not really changed in the past year or so due to a few reasons and so if you saw the previous years posts it won't be interesting at all haha. I've also come to the realization that spending a lot of money on decor that only gets to be on show for one month of the year can be a tad excessive when you don't really have much money ;)
Blah, blah, blah here are my Christmas 2016 Decorations!

Some of these photos were taken on different days and in different lights hence the wallpaper seeming like a chameleon. It's nothing fancy but I like it and like I say, it's up for less than a month! Maybe next year it'll be the same decor in a different room. I'd love to see your decor if you have photos to share and I hope you've had a lovely festive season if you celebrate it. It is a hard time for many of us so my love to those who struggle throughout December. <3

To see previous year's decor click the links below -
Seasonal Decor 2012
Seasonal Decor 2013
Seasonal Decor 2014
Seasonal Decor 2015

Monday, 26 December 2016

Project 365 2016 // November

My Top 3 photo from this month are -

The best moments from this month were 
- Sewing away
- Brushed cotton bedding.
- As always, the Geese migrating.
- Getting Baker out and about.
- 900 blog posts! (not counting unpublished or deleted ones)
- Selling a handful of my 2017 calendars!
- My little miracle Sparrows who fell down the chimney!
- 5 years of Underland to Wonderland <3
- Seeing Kerri again and meeting Kris.
- The fantastic live music inside Studio 1.
- Urm, Disneyland in general??

Check out this month in previous years here -

Friday, 23 December 2016

Disneyland Paris 2016 // Christmas Decor

Is this really the first Disneyland Paris 2016 post?! Indeedy. I've now been home almost 20 days and I haven't really posted many photos online yet. I filled 3 8gb memory cards and half of a 64gb that Kerri lent can imagine how much fun sorting through all of those is! Anyway, to kick it off I thought I'd just share some of the few photos I got of the holiday decorations. I don't seem to have as many as I did in Halloween 2014, but then again I am not a Christmassy person (just like I told Jack).

Anyway, here are a few festive snaps and from now on you can expect a new Disneyland Paris post every other Friday (with normal Disney posts still on the non-DLP Fridays!). They may go on a while just to warn you.

I hope you enjoyed these photos and that some were a little different to all the normal DLP Xmas Decor photos you usually see. Feel free to link your Christmas decor photography in the comments below!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

My Life in Photos // November

After last month's day in photos, I wanted to try and choose a day that'd I'd be doing a little more than just sitting editing photos for 5+ hours, for November's day in photos. It's not like I have a super busy life in general but I did have a rather long to-do list on the 17th. So yeah, here's what I got up to on a Thursday in November.

1 // Silly me forgot to pick up my camera when I left for work at 10 to 6, great start to the day in photos, so here is a quick pic of the sky from my front door after I got home around 7.40.
2 // Kicking the day off slowly, Baker and I settled down for a sofa cuddle and catch up on Counting On.
3 // Then we had a nap. I'm not going to justify it or apologize. I'm poorly and that makes me forever lethargic.
4 // There are few things better than lentil soup in winter.
5 // As I was heading out into the great wide world, I had to get dressed. Not that I wasn't dressed, but I mean into non-work clothes. I was going to straighten my hair but like 30mins before I was due to leave there was a huge power cut. (We later found out it affected the whole county apparently! That's a big area!)

6 // I have to pass this park whenever I go to meet Jake or Dad from work and it really freaks me out. It used to be where Baker and I would go to play but one day 2 really creepy men were watching us and tried to call Baker over. We sneaked off the field and they followed us until we entered the training estate where all the factories are. It was super scary and that story wasn't really necessary so let's move on.
7 // After meeting Dad we popped to Asda to use the Post Office. Luckily they have their own generator as the power was still out!
8 // Back home and Bman loves to see his Granda. Especially when he gets the dregs of his tea!
9 // I took the chance, seeing that the electric was back on, to tick some more off the day's to-do list. Housework done, I moved onto the laptop focused things.
10 // Lastly I grabbed some mini potato waffles and broccoli for tea, while sorting some memory cards and Baker had a chill by the halogen heater up until bedtime. 

A busy, productive, organized day is always a good day. What is your average Thursday like??