Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A Day in My Life // July

Sunday, 9th July.
A Day in My Life.

This month's 'day in photos' is rather the contrast to last month. Not only was I super prepared and had a specific day chosen, it was also a busy day at a special event that (although I love doing) mentally drains me more than it does physically due to my stress being around other people. It wasn't a day of work and then being in the comfort of my own home but it was a good one none the less. Come see what we got up to...

1 // Even on special Sunday's I still have work first!
2 // As our train wasn't until about 5 to 10, we popped into Caffe Nero to fuel up.
3 // I never pass up the opportunity to make birdy friends, and this little Wagtail was very friendly on our way to the station.
4 // En route to Newcastle...the clouds weren't looking promising!
5 // We're here! I always love the stuff about the history of the station. Wish more people took notice.

6 // Year 7 of Race for Life is here!
7 // Adored this group of singers supporting all of the run/jog/walkers <3
8 // Got to take time to photograph the wildlife of course.
9 // 52 minutes from when we crossed the start line, we crossed the finish. It would have been less if I didn't stop to take photos haha. But we walk it to raise money, not to make times.
10 // Happy this years medals are back to proper medals as opposed to dog tags.

11 // After a quick change of clothes, we're on the bus out to the Metrocentre.
12 // Obviously Primark was the first stop...
13 // Yes, more birdies <3 Just a lovely young starling chilling in a car park, not really the safest place.
14 // It was a bit of a mission to get to Ikea without a car - it was expected - but we got there and they had what I needed in stock. Success!

15 // Back to the train station and ready to head home after a long day and lots of walking.
16 // Magically back home with a click of my Disney plastered heels ;)
17 // Despite being knackered, I couldn't help myself but get into my new Ikea buys and finnnnally frame some prints.
18 // And up the dancers to bed I go...

Zzzzz. Then it was sleep! I love sleeping. Especially after such a long busy day. I'd love to see what you got up to in July so leave me links of your posts similar to this! See you next month!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Harry Potter 20 Tag

It's been like 2 weeks now since my last tag and so obviously that is too much and we are way overdue another [sarcasm]. Really, I didn't realize and wouldn't usually have them so close together but who is even that invested in this blog except me anyway?! haha
We are due some Potter content though, so I hope you enjoy my answers to this Harry Potter 20 Tag, in honor of the 20 year anniversary.

1. How did you discover Harry Potter? Did you read the books first or watch the movies?
In middle school we were taken on a class trip to our little local cinema (which has since been long demolished :( ) to see the first movie right as it was released. After I saw it I got all of the first four books and read up to date. All books from there I pre-ordered. I remember waiting for The Order of the Phoenix to come out and the shop was opening at midnight for people to pick up pre-orders...but I wasn't allowed to go because I was only 12 (13 in 4 months time haha) so my friends go a head start as I picked mine up in the morning.

2. Let's be honest, the Hogwarts uniform is looking a bit drab. How would you customize your uniform to show off you individuality?
Hmm, the uniforms don't bother me. This question leads me to believe that it was written by an American as the Hogwarts uniform is not too unlike many British school uniforms (minus the cloak obviously) and I'm not fussed either way. School isn't always the place for expressing individuality too much as it gives bullies easy targets. The uniform gives the impression of a united front and that all are equal, no matter what background you come from. Sorry for the boring answer ha!

3. Who would your ultimate Hogwarts Friends Gang be?
I've never been one for going about in a crowd or having a large circle of friends, so I'd be pretty stoked to just hang around with Luna or a likewise thinking individual from my own house, Hufflepuff!

4. If you were a teacher at Hogwarts, what class would you teach?
Care of Magical creatures, hands down.

5. If you could have any creature from the Harry Potter universe as a pet, what pet would you choose?
 An owl. As I said in my The 'My Hogwarts Story' Tag  (shameless plug), I love birds and they are one of the most useful creatures in the Potter universe, delivering mail and such. Hopefully they'd poo on my muggle neighbours windows and stuff too lol.

6. You're Captain of the Quidditch Team, what would you name your team?
Pft, no I'm not. Far too dangerous for me ha.

7. What magical treat have you always wanted to try?
I did want to try Butterbeer but after trying it at the WB Studio Tour I won't be having it again - blurgh! I would stick with chocolate frog as how wrong can you go with chocolate, but it feels wrong eating something that is under the enchantment of being a live animal. :O

8. If you could invent a spell, what would your spell do and what word would you use to cast it?
This is a one to get the thinking cap on for...hmm... perhaps something to help make your mind up? You know for indecisive people *cough, me, cough* or when you need to make a non-important decision like which movie to watch, what to have for tea and stuff it would be handy to just whip out a wand a be like...'decisio' or whatever ha.

9. If your Patronus was an inanimate object, what would it be?
 I've sat here staring at this question for like forever now because it's way harder when you can't choose an animal. My animal is technically a Dapple Grey Mare, though I'd say it was more like a rabbit. This is about inanimate objects though...ahhh. A clock.

10. If you could bring any Harry Potter character back to life, who would you resurrect?
 HEDWIG dang it!!! Actually, Dobby. Yeah, definitely Dobby.

11. You've been given free reign of Diagon Alley and can have anything you want, what shop do you hit first?
 Flourish and Blotts! All of the books please, except Gilderoy Lockhart's, the lying, self obsessed beggar that he is! And The Magical Menagerie would be on the list too, but I'd want to leave with pretty much all of the birds and animals.

12. If you could send an Owl Post to anyone in the Harry Potter universe, who would you write to and why?
The first thing that pops to mind is to Sirius while he was in hiding, to be a pen-pal and just a general friend so he didn't feel lonely. I know he contacted Harry but not often and it was dangerous, so surely he wouldn't say no to a letter or two.
Also - a howler to Voldemort hahaha.

13. (Warning: this is not real) If JK Rowling were to announce a spin off series from the Harry Potter universe, which character would you love to see as the protagonist?
Don't you reckon more background stories of the teachers would be fab? In particular I'd say McGonagall, Snape (duh), Sprout because she's my head of house and Binns & all the other ghosts too to be honest. Oh talking of head of house! It'd be cool to have stories about the founding of Hogwarts and the founders. Or am I getting far too deep into it?

I am not 100% certain where I saw this tag as it's been sitting in drafts for like 2 months, but if you click here you will find the video from the people who very first created it!
It was super nice to answer something with quite a few unique questions in for a change. Have you done it yet? If you have share the link to your blog post or video in the comments, if not I tag you! 

And the follow people:

Check out my full 'The Making of Harry Potter' series (photos from the WB Studio Tour) below -
Part 12 - Hogwarts Castle and the Wand Room

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 32

Yo dudes, hows tricks?
For the explanation of what is going on here, please do click here and have a quick read.
Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.

What one 'need' and one 'want' will you strive to achieve in the next twelve months?
Hmmm. I don't know if there are any 'need's. I want to achive getting my holiday booked in October, which is going to happen unless something very untoward gets in the way. I also obviously want to move but we are no where near buying a house just yet so that isn't likely witihin 12 months.
Need, though? As of right now there isn't anything I need to achive in the next year.

What life lessons did you have to experience firsthand before you fully understood them?
To trust the judgement of your close friends and family. I went through pretty much half a decade of hell that could have been avoided if only I'd listened to people's concerns.

Do you like the city or town you live in? Why or why not?
I love my town, I just wish more people did and looked after it. It's a historic market down with so much interesting history, amazing wildlife and stunning scenery. However, like a lot of places these days, littering and the like is becoming a really bad problem.

What's the best part of being you?
 I have pretty awesome parents. And theres Baker. Thats it really.

When you look back over the past month, what single moment stands out?
When my Goose started standing/walking on two feet again after having a poorly foot. 

What do you do to relieve stress?
Lock myself in the house, eat chocolate and either read or watch movies.

What is your happiest memory?
Ever? I guess there are a few. A few from Disneyland from the tiny bits I can remember in 1996 , my first visit to the WB Studios, getting Baker (and many days with him),I have loads. I don't think any completely over weigh another to be honest. Such a cop out of an answer I know, but you're bound to have realized by now that I'm indecisive.

Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013/14 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wondering here.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Disney Pins & Plushes I NEED!

Okay so 'need' should probably be replaced with 'want', but it's an extremely strong want. Like a 'really, really, really want'. So technically need. Right? haha You fellow Disney collectors know where I am coming from. Our collections are never complete and there are always those few specific things you'd give your left arm for (maybe not literally...).
My collection is rather specific, as in I don't just collect anything and everything, Disney. I collect books, movies, artwork, soft toys (yes I called them plushes in the title but it just sounded better than soft toys) and pins, mainly. My book and movie sections are the ones I put most time, effort and money into but when it comes to pins I'm a noob, only getting ones relating to my Disneyland Paris trips and soft toys I stick to special limited edition or different ones that mean something to me. I haven't done any 'wish list' posts or similar in a long time and had the idea if I shared some of the specific things I'm looking for then perhaps one of you experts could point me in the right direction? If not it's still fun to write them down, just like circling the things I wanted for Xmas as a kid in the Argos catalogue.

With pins you can easily go overboard, so I purposely refrain myself and stick to 3 main groups. Year of my visit, the hotel I stayed at and special moments ie. Anniversaries, shows etc. These are the handful I'm still on the hunt for.

Year pin from 1996 - Any style possible to be honest. I haven't seen any at all so don't even know if they exisit...though the obviously do. It was my first ever trip for my 6th birthday so very special indeed.

Mickey's Magical Party Yellow Pin - My first 'adult' visit was in early 2010 when the MMP was on and the pins were sold out! I've seen one on eBay once but it was extortionate and I'm poor.

Mickey & Friends Spinner Year pin from 2010 - I actually have this and I was stupid enough to have it pinned to my bag for my 2014 DLP trip where it came off during baggage scanning at the airport and broke. I have the main pieces but lost the actual spinning part and it makes me sad because it was my first spinner and I loved it.

Disney Dreams Peter Pan pin - Not the Olaf one because I'm not Frozen's biggest fan. Gotta commemorate the first Disney night time spectacular I ever saw and loved.

Year pin from 2016
- Again, just whatever I'm not too fussy. I saw a nice Chip and Dale one online that was quite nice. What annoys me is they bring out the next again years pins at like Halloween, so our Christmas 2016 trip there were only 2017 pins :s Stupid.

Soft Toys.

Ortensia, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit's Girlfriend - Have you seen her? I was so excited when Oswald (my actually fave next to Mickey for like 10 years) finally got released in DLP and they have Ortensia in the US so here's hoping she flys over and I can reunite her and Oswald in June <3

Minnie as Sally
- Lesson learnt: when there is a pair, always get both. I got Tink Minnie in 2010 and only managed to get Peter Mickey in 2014 thankfully. I got Jack Mickey in 2014 and have regretted not getting his Sally ever since.

Mickey Mouse Palace Guard - Passed on picking him up in London for my 20th birthday then the next time I visited (December 2015) the Disney Store had changed and stocked nothing!! He came online recently but is sold out again. Here's hoping I can eventually show the posh guy what the North is like haha.

Captain Jack/Pirate Mickey - Another of the Mickey dressed as someone else and again another I wish so much I'd just bought on my previous 2 DLP trips. He looked so cool and we love pirates in this house. Anyone know if he's still for sale in the park?

Clown Dumbo
- Not limited edition, not special per say, but I have wanted him ever since I spied him in the Disney Store and really hope to bring him home one day before he is no longer for sale.

Yeah, they are the top 10 things on my ISO* list! I know some are able to be found on eBay and stuff but am I heck paying £50 for a soft toy :) Luckily there is no time scale to collections and my aim is just to be able to add these things to my collection eventually. If you happen to have any of the pins for sale or know somewhere I can find them that won't mean I need to stop eating for a month to afford them, let me know.
I wanna know what are the main 3 things you would love to add to your collection. And, well, what is it you collect?!

[*this apparently means 'in search of'. I found that out while Googling shorthand I saw on Twitter. Personally I'd assume it was the sensitivity to light on a camera, but hey ho, I'm cool and use shorthand ;) lol]

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Project 365 // July Summary

Top 3 Photos -
Day 192

Top 5 Moments -
Mam and I completeing our 7th annual Race for Life
Finally getting frames for my DLP prints
The magical skies the day after we laid Grandma to rest <3
My Goose buddy making me smile daily
Suprize book mail (when you forget you preordered something..)

This Month in Previous Years -

Pop on over to Underland 2 Wonderland to keep up with my daily photo project. New posts go up there every Tuesday! Link your photography projects in the comments so I can check them out :)

Monday, 7 August 2017

30 Places Before I'm 30

It hit me recently how scarily close to the big 3-0 I am. I'll be 27 in 2 months and then from there it's only 3 short years which is super scary to me. I dunno about you but when I was a teen/late teen/young adult I had it in my head what ages I would be married by, own a home by, have a family by but all of those ages have come and gone (or almost at least) which is a little disheartening - especially when so many people I went to school with, and younger, have ticked off everything and more.
At (nearly) 27 I no longer want to get married and my main aim is to own a home as soon as possible. However, all that imporant stuff is too stressful and so I wanted to think of the fun things and places I'd like to visit or experience before I reach my next midlife crisis. I have chosen all places within this country and mainly in the North East of England and South East of Scotland meaning many should be quite achievable. I popped a couple places a bit futher afield on and a few that are pricier which are less likely but it's not like there will be consequences if I don't get to complete any or all by October 2020.

Military Tattoo, Edinburgh
Harry Potter Walking Tour, Edinburgh
Jacobite Steam Train/Glenfinnan Viaduct, Inverness-shire
Loch Ness
Highland Wildlife Park, Kingussie
Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh
Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick
Hollyrood Palace/Abbey, Edinburgh
Gilmerton Cove, Edinburgh
National Museum of Flight, North Berwick

North East
Farne Islands, Northumberland
Warkworth Castle, Morpeth
Hadrians Wall, Various Locations
(from Wallsend, Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria)
Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland
Kynren, Durham
Go Ape, Morpeth
National Railway Museum, Shildon
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle
Lindisfarne Castle, Northumberland
Cragside, Northumberland
Chillingham Castle, Alnwick
Washington Wetlands Centre
Bessie Surtees House, Newcastle

Flying Scotsman (Train Journey)
Whitby Abbey, Whitby
Rotunda Museum, Scarborough
Museum of Victorian Science, Whitby
Jorvik, York
Scarborough Castle, Scarborough

A lot of castles eh? haha We have a lot of awesome castles and stuff in the North East :)
 So that is my list! I have actually been to almost a third of these already, however for one reason or another I want to return.
As you can see the furthest South place on the list is actually York which is because I live in Berwick (bang on the border of England and Scotland on the very East coast) - if you didn't already know - and I rarely go anywhere outside of Newcastle to Edinburgh unless it's York or Scarborugh, my other favorite places. Of course there are places further South in England and higher North in Scotland that could have made it onto the list, those would likely be less easy to follow through with though.

How many of these places have you visited? Which is your favorite? And what ones do you most fancy a visit to if you haven't already been?
I'll check in with this the same time next year I think, so wish me luck.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 31

For the explanation of what is going on here, please do click here and have a quick read.
Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.

What will you never give up on?
Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down!

When you look into the past, what do you miss the most?
Not having to pay gas and electric and being physically fit.

How would you describe the past year of your life in one sentence?
I know for a fact the last time I did this series I said, 'Ups and downs, smiles and frowns' because it's from a Snoop Dogg song ha. It still could be used, indeed for every year of most peoples lives, but to mix it up I'll simply say - 'A little better than the previous, though still with it's somewhat tribulations.'

What is the most spontaneous thing you've ever done?
Aha, an extremely hard question for me because I am a planner! I pack for trips months in advance and I book those trips up to years in advance. I suppose you could say I'm not the most spontaneous person ;)

What makes you uncomfortable?
Drunk people, crowds of people, having to wear 'smart' clothes or dresses, when it's too cold (aka winter), when people invade my personal space,  hayfever, butterflies also invading my personal space. Probably plenty other stuff haha.

If you had to move 3000 miles away, what one thing would you miss the most?
I went through so much faff to try and find a 3000mile radius from my current location  and now it's like an hour later and I'm not further forward. I think as long as I didn't have to move away alone and didn't have to go to a city, I wouldn't really miss too much.

What worries you about the future?
Everything. I have a terrible fear of death, serious diseases and hospitals so there's that. I'm worried about when I'll be able to buy a house because by the time I get to the current retirement age there won't be such thing for us and no pensions. So pretty much dying alone and homeless via a terrible disease. :/

 Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013/14 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wondering here .

Friday, 4 August 2017

Disneyland Paris 2017 // Disney Stars on Parade pt.2

As the 'pt.2' in the title suggests, this is a follow on from this post here so be sure to check that one out first and read all about my emotional breakdown before carrying on. Done it? All caught up? Right. So at this point I'm still doing the worst ugly cry sobbing that I ever have in public before. People around me are still confused as to what the heck is going on with me and I'm in my own little world with my eyes darting everywhere to try and take in every part of the insanely beautiful floats and costumes, through the wall of tears half obscuring my view.
Like I mention in the part 1 post aswell, my photos suffered throughout the whole parade as I was trying to watch with my eyes and experience it for the first time in person, rather than through my camera. As it drew to an end the weather closed in too, darkening the photos and did I change settings? No I did not! ha Either way, I am so happy to have the few shots I do have because it was one heck of memory. Let's get into them...

I really hadn't allowed myself to see anything online about this parade before getting to see it in person, minus the dragon as it was obviously used in a lot of promotion and difficult to avoid. Therefore when the Finding Nemo/Dory float rounded the corner I was shocked at how good it was...well that it was there at all too to be fair. Always nice to see a different film get some airtime.
The dragon, although I was expecting it, did actually make me 'wow' out loud and cry even more if that was possible haha! Seeing this, even more characters acknowledged me (if you read part 1 you will know why I say 'even more'). Each one of the Princes either winked and waved or blew a kiss as they passed and that beautiful blue fairy whizzed over to ask, 'why are you crying my dear?!' to which I replied in a brilliant stutter, 'because you are so beautiful'. Obviously, that was true but I was mainly crying because I was overwhelmed at how truly amazing this parade was and that I was there in person, getting to see it.
Overall, I have never had a parade make such an impression on me which I was surprised about having loved the previous 2 parades so much. The only thing that could top it is if they bring Main Street Electrical Parade back. 1996 was the first and last time I saw that in person but it holds great memories. So yeah. Enough rambling, hope you liked these photos.

Catch my other Disneyland Paris 2017 posts:
Character Meet and Greets
Disney Stars on Parade pt.1

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

What I Watched in July

Since last months realization that I am no way going to be able to reach my original goal now, I'm having a more relaxed approach this month and not forcing myself to watch anything. That being said, the only time I do 'force' myself to watch a film is once I've already started it. I never stop part way through as it's just time wasted isn't it?

❤ Loved
⭐️ Liked
☁️ Indifferent
⚡️ Disliked
💔 Hated

July 1st.
The Last Witch Hunter [2015] ⭐️
Sabrina the Teenage Witch S7 E13 - 15 ❤

July 2nd.
Dante's Peak [1997] ☁️

July 3rd.
Pixels [2015] ⭐️

July 4th.
Bachelorette [2012]
Did You Hear About the Morgans [2009] ⭐️

July 5th.
The Rundown [2003] ⚡️

July 7th.
Age of Adaline [2015] ❤

July 8th.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [2005] ❤

July 10th.
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List [2015] ☁️

July 11th.
Cruel Intentions [1999] ⚡️
The Overnight [2015] 💔

July 12th.
Paper Planes [2014] ❤

July 13th.
The Craft [1996] ⭐️
Dorian Gray [2009] ⚡️

July 14th.
Toast [2010] ❤

July 15th.
Sixteen Candles [1984] ☁️
The Accidental Husband [2008] ⭐️

July 16th.
The Games Maker [2014] ❤
Sabrina the Teenage Witch S7 E16 -19 [2003] ❤

July 17th.
Meet Bill [2007] ⭐️
Beauty and the Beast [2017] ❤
Sabrina the Teenage Witch S7 E20 -22 [2003] ❤

July 18th.
The Illusionist [2006] ❤
Take This Waltz [2011] ☁️

July 20th.
Ender's Game [2013] ❤
The Timekeeper (Tomorrowland Attraction Movie) ⭐️

July 21st.
Speech & Debate [2017] ⭐️
KC Undercover: Runaway Robot [2015] ⭐️
Mr. Boogedy ☁️

July 22nd.
All Relative [2014] ⭐️
Big Business [1988] ⭐️
Adventures in Babysitting [2016] ⭐️

July 23rd.
Your Highness [2011] ☁️
Walt & El Grupo [2008] ❤
The Prince and the Pauper [1962] ❤
The Bride of Boogedy [1987] ☁️

July 24th.
Baby's Day Out [1994] ☁️
The Living Desert [1953] ⭐️

July 25th.
Take Me [2017] ☁️

July 26th.
Dreamland [2016] ⚡️
Frank and Ollie [1995] ❤

July 27th.
Magicians: Life in the Impossible [2016] ❤
The Three Musketeers [1993] ❤
The Bears and I [1974] ❤

July 28th.
Jack and Jill [2011] ☁️

July 29th.
Victor Frankenstien [2015] ⭐️

July 30th.
Deck the Halls [2006] ⭐️
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [2002] ❤
Spot Marks the X [1986] ⭐️

July 31st.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax [2016] ❤
Spanglish [2004] ⭐️
The Color of Friendship [2000] ☁️

Overall Movie total - 50
Previously Unseen total - 46
Cinema total - 0
Disney total - 14
TV Series total - 1

Yearly total so far - 285
Yearly unseen - 156

Top 5 Fave Movies of the Month
 - Age of Adaline
- The Illusionist
- Walt & El Grupo
- Frank and Ollie
- The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Well, well, well! For having a more relaxed approach this month and not specifically trying I think I've done pretty well. Over 10 more watched than last month and my yearly total is so close to 300 now which makes me happy as last year I didn't surpass that point until the 24th September. I'm obvuously still off track to make my original 500 goal by the end of the year but I do still have 5 full months so you never know! Netflix downloads is literally a heaven sent angel for this 'project' I swear.
Tell me your top 5 movies of those listed above (if you have seen a lot of them) or which 5 do you think you'd like to watch?

Previous ' What I Watched' lists can be found here -
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017

Monday, 31 July 2017

This Or That Summer Tag

I suppose after picking apart the downsides of summer in this recent post, I'd better get a bit of happy, peppy, positive summer 'vibes' (not a fan of that word, it makes me feel like a super uncool person trying to be down with the kids lingo) going.
The 'This or That Summer tag' is a fun either or post I found over on one of my favorite blogs, Life After Lux, so thanks Renee for sharing it and everyone make sure to pop over and give her a follow!

Ocean or Pool
To swim in it'd have to be pool as I have a little fear of being in bodies of water that I don't know what there is in it...if that makes sence.
I actually put my foot down in the sea when I was younger, thinking I was standing on a rock (an albiet smooth rock) and it moved. That beach was a known turtle mating site. I'm not scared of turtles but felt pretty guilty.
Another time we jumped off the back of a boat into the sea but I couldn't cope with the fact of how deep it was below and being scared of fish touching me. So long story short - pool.

Beach or Wilderness
Wilderness. Likely there would be less people there than our local beaches during summer and I don't like crowds of people. Green is my favorite colour too.

Watermelon or Strawberries
Watermelon because I really don't like strawberries! I don't quite understand the appeal.

Bikini or One Piece
Oh goodness, 100% one piece and how difficult it is to find one that actually covers you! It seems that these days they either have half your bottom hanging out, super low cleavage or slits and straps and stuff everywhere.

Lemonade or Ice Tea

Grilled Hot Dogs or Over a Fire
Neither again! I don't eat meat.

Hat or Sunglasses
Sunglasses! I don't look right at all wearing hats haha. I do love a good pair of sunglasses though, especially with coloured lenses.

Windows Down or AC
If this means in the car, which it sounds like it does, windows down. If it means in the house, we don't have AC in the UK and opening windows allowed for flies to sneek in as well as all of the loud sounds so I'd just take my hoodie off instead ha.

Tanning Lotion or Sunscreen
I didn't realized there were different things?! I wear sun cream and a good high factor because Mr Sunshine is dangerous and we need to protect our skin.

Baseball Game or Concert
Younger me would have been all over a concert/gig but these days with dislike crowds I'd have to use the 'n' word again...neither! :/

Ice Cream or Popcicle
Both? haha It usually depends on the day and time, whether I'm more hungry or thirsty and stuff.
If I had to make a decision on which ice cream and which ice lolly it'd be mint choc chip if only basic flavours are on offer and plain strawberry or orange ice lollys!

Fireworks or Fireflies
Although I don't think we get them here I'd pick fireflies. I don't agree with fireworks unless they are at Disney - too dangerous. Oh and have you not seen the firefly scene in The Good Dinosaur?! Wow!

Flip Flops or Bare Feet
Oooh bare feet!!! If I was able to I'd go bare foot all the time. Fun fact: I really want to walk hot coals one day. :P

Water Balloons or Squirt Guns
Squirt guns if I had to choose, but when do we get the weather to actually play with any kind of water toy? I bruise just by looking at me so water balloons hurt me too much ha.

There we go. Thats was a nice little tag to get you in the summer spirit eh? I'm gonna go have some ice cream (Alpro Chocolate Hazelnut fyi) and then chuck on some sunglasses and head off to work! No proper summer fun when you're an adult who works a lot eh? Maybe we'll get the paddling pool out for Baker during my week off in September :)
I'd love to hear your answers to these questions aswell so feel free to do the tag and comment the links to your posts below. Hope you are having a fab summer!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 30

Hiya :)
For the explanation of what is going on here, please do click here and have a quick read.
Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.

What do you wish you had done differently?
Just like all other similar questions which kind of overall boil down to regrets and changing the past, my answer is nothing. The domino effect would kick in and change everything.

What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?
My extreme empathy and over emotionalness is both my greatest strength and greatest weekness I guess. I'm not sure why I say so and can't really explain, but yeah.

When was the last time you lied? What did you lie about?
Everyday! I lie to Baker that the treats are all gone, I lie to myself that I'm gonna stop eating so much rubbish and I occasionally lie when people ask how I am and I say 'Good yeah.' or 'Fine' etc when I'm not. I've noticied that more and more recently. People replying to that question with good, fine etc when they aren't. Must be a British thing.

What made you smile this week?
Watching all the baby seagulls getting good at flying, residents at work being cute, Baker as always, my book, numerous other birds, going 4 days without rubbish, movies I've watched and probably other stuff too.

What do you do with the majority of your money?
Pay household bills.

What motivates you to be your best?
The state of the world. We need as many pure, good, kind, helpful people as I'm trying my best to be my best me ;)

When was the last time you lost your temper? About what?
hahah Goodness knows. It happens quite often, especially with Jake and really, I'm known for having quite the firey temper...though I am a red head so..:P 

Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013/14 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wondering here.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Biggest Wastes of Money at Disney!

Disney and expensive are two words you're certain to hear in the same sentence quite often. Disney merchandise to Disney holidays, and if you are a frugal fan like me you'll do what you can to cut the cost. I manage to have fantastic trips to Disneyland Paris on a budget, I manage to add to my collections of books, DVDs and more on a budget and so I feel I'm pretty savvy on what is worth your money or not.
This post isn't talking about things that may be overpriced or costly, instead it is about the things I would personally advise against splashing the cash on while on holiday at Disney Parks - specificallyy Disneyland Paris.

Helium Balloons
Top of the list 100%. It's a sack of air. It doesn't last, you could take it home but there isn't much point because it'll be deflated in no time if it even makes it to the end of your holiday. If it's kids begging to get one or you want one for photos, buy them a soft toy or yourself a pair of ears instead.

Branded Snacks/Drinks
Crisps, Haribo, bottles of water or fizzy juice - don't bother! If you are really going to need snacks during the day pack some cereal bars or whatever, take an apple from brekafast and grab a reusable water bottle and make use of water fountains unless you know, like enjoy throwing money down the drain ;)
That's not to say don't indulge in popcorn, candy floss or a hot drink if you want! Just stick to the Disney treats and ditch the CocaCola.

Individual Photos
I have bought them in the past, yes. I have fallen victim to the gorgeous frames and such but when it comes to the photopass, you can't beat it. For the same price as not even a handful of individual ride or character photos you could have bought a photopass and gotten all of your photos in hi-res digital files which you can print and share at home until your heart is content.

Always a waste of money in my eye, but let's not turn this into a poison debate. Drinking isn't something I see as necessary at Disney parks, it doesn't add to the experience and isn't something you can only do or get there. Plus it's literally a liquid you will have exit your body the same day but costs  € € € which would be better spent on souvenirs!

Generic Toys & Souvenirs
By this I mean things like Lego, Soft Toys and other such dealios that can be bought elsewhere aka from home. I take the opportunity, while in Disneyland, to buy things that you can't get from your local Disney Store or from online - park exclusives, year or celebration specific items or limited edition/collectibles. Why waste spending money and take up bag space on something you can access easily at home...likely for cheaper?

Non - Disney Restaurants
McDonalds, Planet Hollywood, Starbucks and now Five Guys, may be familiar places where some feel comfortable to eat but for others it is just an 'easy' option. Just like the point above, however, a lot of people can eat/drink these at home making it a little redundant, especially with so many other options of Disney resturants to suit all budgets.
(As always I reccomend meal plans to help you save money for food on a whole).

Of course, please do remember that these are all my opinion and I am very aware that you may not agree at all. I did ask a couple others including my Mam and Kerri their opinions and  many of the things they said were on my list - meaning it can't just be me! I'd like to hear your thoughts either way; what things that I have listed do you disagree with? Which do you agree with? And what else do you think should be on there?
If you liked this I may do a 'Best Value' version thingy-m-bob!