Friday, 16 March 2018

YouTube Videos You NEED To See #35

Good day friends! We're back this month with another post in my 'Videos You NEED To See' series! The whole point of these posts is to shed light on the amazing, inspiring, beautiful, funny, cute, entertaining, wonderful interesting things in our little world that can be so dark sometimes.
I want to spread smiles though things that have made me smile and educate people on important topics in a fun way, so I hope these videos below do just that.

''Do you notice anything different about me?'', ''You smile a lot!'' - We should really look more to kids on how to see other people.

If this doesn't prove animal sentience I dunno what does!!

Such an important and emotional project, documenting the real beauties through the decades.

I love these autocomplete interviews, but a one with the actual Google team is brilliant!

Most YouTube viewers will know who Shane Dawson is already, but acts like this is what all these rich influencers should be doing. Changing the world and spreading the word to others.

Get educated about the history of drag, ladies!

When one caring scientist can impact the lives of hundereds <3

I'm not condoning alcohol at all, but it's pretty cool that this company have partnered with to do this.

Men who go to extreme lengths for any animal, are men we need more of.

One lady and some yarn started a fantastic project, making poorly kiddos feel like princesses!

I'd love to hear which of these videos you enjoyed or learnt something from. These are fun posts to put together every so often, after having collected a bunch of favourites over a few weeks. So make sure to always share any videos you think others would enjoy with me so I can add them to future posts (with credit to you of course) pretty please! Leave links either in the comments or via twitter - I'm @UnderToWonder !
Thanks for stopping by <3

Check out the previous post in this series here!

Monday, 12 March 2018

Project 365 // February Summary

Top 3 Photos -   

Top 5 Moments -
- February's 'Polar Bear' 4Ocean bracelet getting here.
- A quacktastic charity shop score.
- Laura and I's night away to Edinburgh & some awesome drag acts.
- Baker with his big bear.
- A 20k hike for Born Free (You can still sponsor me here)

 Come keep up to date with this project through my weekly posts over on Underland 2 Wonderland!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Back Through The Lens // Week 10

Happy Sunday guys!
Over the past 5 years, I have taken part in a little photo project called Project 365. Project 365 is simply taking a photo every day a year. Now I have 5 full years of photo memories to look back on and wanted to share a few here to reminisce. So here it is, week 9 of Back Through the Lens!

 March 5th, 2013.
 In the good old days before Xbox and energy drink addictions...

 Week 10, March 2014.
 Spring had well and truly sprung this time 4 years ago! This was a lovely blossom tree outside our rabbit's bedroom window in Fawdon.

  March 6th, 2015.
Guess what these are.
Homemade salt dough 'Easter' decorations!

  March 7th, 2016.
 I love to see this happy little grass dance! Even back then I was still extremely cautious when taking BMan out for walks but this kind of moment seems so long ago. Maybe one day we'll be able to do it again.

 March 7th, 2017.
 The end of my Narnia-a-thon. A year later and I'm halfway through the Oz series which is double the length, so I'm in good time. If you haven't read all of the Narnia books I definitely recommend them. 


To keep up to date with 2018's current project 365 you can check my second blog (and even maybe give it a follow if you like!) by clicking here.
Link me to your project 365's in the comments!!

For more photos from the years above you can click below -
February 2013
February 2014
February 2015
February 2016
February 2017 

Friday, 9 March 2018

What I Read in February

Last month when I said this year was the year of Oz, I wasn't lying! haha, I only managed 4 books this month but they were all Oz! Added to the 5 I was ever so happy to have gotten through last month,  my total is now 9...which is annoying because I like even numbers and multiples of five (I know, I'm weird).

Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum
1st - 5th
Those of you who have seen the live-action Disney production from 1985, Return to Oz, may like to read this as the main plot is derived from this story. If you have not seen it, it is pretty dark and still freaks me out as an adult, let alone as a child. Thankfully, the book doesn't come across quite as scary though obviously does include things like the Wheelers and Princess Langwidere's hall of heads!
I loved reading it and picturing those things I could pick out from the movie as usually, I read the book before the movie.

Dorothy and The Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum
9th - 20th
You would think that by this point it would be clutching at straws and taking it too far for Dorothy to be going to Oz yet again, but as always it works. Maybe it's just me. I dunno but I thought this was another great storyline, different from the others but detailed and a fun adventure through another fairyland, plus it was lovely to get to know the Wizard better.

The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum
21st - 25th 
Although the books manage to make going back to Oz not seem like a reach, writing about my thoughts on them is...Sooo I haven't really anything to say except, 'as above'.

The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum
25th - 1st
At this point do we really need to write anything at all? In this story, we don't just see Dorothy return to Oz (for the 5th time) but Aunt Em and Uncle Henry come too, which gives us a nice dynamic. Apparently, this was meant to be Baum's very last Oz story and knowing that before reading it you can tell! Having re-read the Narnia series late year I can kind of compare the feeling of this to the feeling of reading The Last Battle and that could be the reason I gave it only four stars in comparison to the rest receiving five. I subconsciously was annoyed it was going to end I guess? haha


I'm sure you've noticed by now but I'm far from a 'book blogger' and these posts have never and will never include proper reviews, they're rather just a compilation of what I read and whether I liked it or not. Simple! I'm loving reading everything I am right now and hope it continues.
Keep up with what I'm reading by checking out my Goodreads page here and let me know in the comments what you have been reading lately. I'd love to hear about anything you've been particularly enjoying.

Check out my previous posts in this series -
What I Read in January 2018
What I Read in 2017
What I Read This Quarter [October - December]
What I Read This Quarter [July - September]
What I Read This Quarter [April - June]
What I Read This Quarter [January - March] 
What I Read in 2016 

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

8 Movies to Watch Before Going to Disneyland Paris

So I've lately had to come to terms with the fact that many people who travel to Disneyland Paris are not Disney fans. As in they haven't seen many/any movies by the company, think that Donald is called Daffy and wander around looking for the Minions meet and greet. Some who are Disney fans are only familiar with the most popular animated flicks, like Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo and Peter Pan. That coupled with the fact I've overheard more than one person ask what Nautilus in Discoveryland is or why there is a treehouse in Adventureland, gave me the idea to write this post.
Here are 8 (or more) movies that I think would be cool for you to see before paying Disneyland Paris a visit!

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [1954]
Les Mystères du Nautilus (The Mysteries of the Nautilus)
As I mentioned above, I have heard quite a few people asking 'what is this?!' when passing the Nautilus submarine in Discoveryland. And that's exactly what it is! A walk-through corridor and six rooms of Captain Nemo's submarine from the 1954 movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It may be an oldie, but it is a goodie being an adaptation of the Jules Verne novel. Fab movie and a great attraction once you have seen the movie and can appreciate the theming.

Haunted Mansion [2003]
Phantom Manor
Before big fans shout at me, I know this Eddie Murphy movie is not the actual story of our Phantom Manor in Paris. However, it is based on the original Haunted Mansion that is in Disneyland (Anaheim, California) and there are certain aspects like Madame Leota and the marble busts who sing Grim Grinning Ghosts that are present in DLP. As our attraction is currently under a major renovation you never know whether we will get more of that storyline or not. Either way, it's another awesome and funny movie to check out.

Pirates of the Caribbean [2003 - 2017]
Pirates of the Caribbean
In a way I guess is the most popular movie/ride combo I'm talking about in this list so a big chunk of people who do ride Pirates has more than likely seen at least one of the movies. As the point above this was actually another attraction that inspired a movie instead of vice versa. The song 'Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)' was apparently the basis for the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Now I bet it's in your head!

Swiss Family Robinson [1960]
La Cabane des Robinson (Swiss Family Treehouse)
Sailing back to the good old days of epic live-action productions we have the fabulous adventure story of the Robinson family who is shipwrecked and build a treehouse to live in. The tree house in the centre of Adventureland is inspired by said treehouse and there is something to look at (or photograph if you are like me) everywhere as well as some pretty amazing views once you get to the top.

Treasure Island [1950]
Spyglass Hill, Adventure Isle
This one is more of an 'I just want people to see it so I squeezed it in' kind of deal. The only ties the Treasure Island movie has to Disneyland Paris is that a few of the caves, mainly 'Ben Gunn's Cave'  on Spyglass Hill, Adventure Isle refer to the movie. Personally, I find it more fun to run - not literally, don't run, you will fall or bump into someone - around the caves after having read the book and watched the movie.

Indiana Jones [1981 - 2008]
Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril
I haven't been on the ride, I don't plan to go on the ride and I hear the ride is very under-themed but who haven't seen Indiana Jones anyway?!

Armageddon [1998]
Armageddon – Les Effets Speciaux (Armageddon – The Special Effects)
So, haha, I know this one is despised by so many of the self-professed DLP connoisseurs out there but I kind of like it. Once you've done it once that's it over and done with pretty much but it fits in with what the WDS park was originally meant to be - a behind the scenes look at movie making. 
To step on without having seen the movie is cool, but like everything else, it's more fun if you are familiar with the film it is based on.

Tower of Terror [1997] 
(& The Twilight Zone TV Series' 1959 - 1964, 1985-1989, 2002-2003)
La Tour de la Terreur – Un Saut dans la Quatrième Dimension
 (The Tower of Terror – A Jump into the Fourth Dimension)
Finally,  The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Walt Disney World opened in 1994 was based on The Twilight Zone TV show and was the inspiration for the 1997 film that stars Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst. Obviously, it came many years before POTC and is also Disney's first movie based on a theme park ride. 
As far as I'm aware, all versions of this ride in the multiple parks were slightly different but ours in WDS, Disneyland Paris is most similar to that of Disney California Adventure's now closed ride. There are many references from the show from the moment you step in the door so if you are a Twilight Zone fan keep a close eye while in the lobby etc.

Wow, as always I went on a little more than expected...originally I expected this to be a relatively short post lol. What do you think? Have you seen all of these movies? Do you think they add any benefits to enjoying particular rides having seen them or not? There are naturally other movies that have their own rides and attractions throughout Disneyland Paris but off the top of my head these were my top 8 I think would be least likely to have been seen by the typical non-crazy-Disney-fanatics :P

Monday, 5 March 2018

My 'Weird Things' Bucket List

In my 6.5 years of writing on this blog, I've done far too many 'Bucket List' posts to count. I thought I'd actually done an update not too long ago, but upon looking back it seems it was way back in August of 2016!! Though I hadn't really planned on doing another update or anything, I was thinking about some more 'unconventional' or different things that I've always fancied doing or wondered how they would be to do, so here that list is in blog post form :)

Roll in Mud
This is actually the point that spurred this post. I was watching a video of a pig and it just looked like a lot of fun haha. Obviously, I'd like a bather or something on, not to be totally nakey.

Walk Hot Coals
I'm not sure if this is on my main list, but I'm pretty sure it will be because it's been something I've wanted to do forever. It seems like one of the main 'mind over matter' experiences and I'd love to try it. I have tough feet!

Try to Fire Breathe or Sword Swallow
Ever since seeing the Circus of Horrors live back in like 2007/8 I fancied giving this a go too. It's all about training your body, isn't it? I do have the worse gag reflex I've ever known in someone though.

Dive with Sharks
To be in a cage and be surrounded by such amazing animals would be insane! I looked into a dive with rescue sharks at an aquarium once but they had limitations if you had certain medical conditions - asthma being one. Maybe one day...

Sleep Somewhere Haunted
From around age 12, I've been super into the paranormal and would watch things like Dead Famous and Most Haunted religiously. When Chillingham Castle, which is 20miles from me, was featured on Most Haunted I wanted to go stay there. I've never gotten up the guts. My Mam has been and done the evening tour with her work colleagues but I think in a group it heightens the hysteria and scraps all rationalism. 

Lay on a Bed of Nails
Probably another weird one that stems from loving things like the Circus of Horrors and magicians etc. Don't you think it'd be fun?

What do you reckon? Just a short list for now and some that are almost 100% unrealistic but all things that have crossed my mind as something that would be so awesome to be able to say I'd done. Have you done any of the above? Or would you like to? If not what 'weird' or extreme things have you done?
Let me know in the comments and check out my main bucket list here.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Back Through The Lens // Week 9

Happy Sunday guys!
Over the past 5 years, I have taken part in a little photo project called Project 365. Project 365 is simply taking a photo every day a year. Now I have 5 full years of photo memories to look back on and wanted to share a few here to reminisce. So here it is, week 9 of Back Through the Lens!

 March 3rd, 2013.
 Oh gosh! I didn't think there would be any hammie photos in this series as I'd sadly lost most of them by the time I finally suceeded with my first year of project 365. This little lady is Dusty and she had a rough start at life being dumped in a dog poo bin by some evil person. A council worker found her when he was empting it as she had nibbled a hole in the corner of the bag. She was taken to our local rescue centre and we rehomed her! She was in the newspaper and everything - I still have the article too. Little miricle ham <3

 Week 9, February 2014.
 As another part of Jake's birthday, the two of us went with Mam and Dad to do a private tour of St James stadium. Even for someone who isn't super into football, it was really cool.

 February 27th, 2015.
For Jake's birthday in 2015 we took a trip up to Edinburgh Zoo. I am not getting into the zoo debate here but if you want to check out the series of post with other photos from this day (here) you can read a little disclaimer/my zoo thoughts there. Anyway, this was a Mama Chimp with her new baby and her friend was cooing over the baby, stroking it's head! Such a lovely moment to have seen.

 February 27th, 2016.
Seeing as all I can usually eat when out for a meal is a bowl of chips, I have room for pudding! Though, this was before I went vegan and now it's back to just chips lol.

 March 2nd, 2017.
To think that last year we were on the beach in the sun and this year we have piles of snow and closed roads is crazy haha!! I remember this day and how much fun little man had, it's a littlr sad that it's so rare. Maybe one day we'll get a private beach lol


To keep up to date with 2018's current project 365 you can check my second blog (and even maybe give it a follow if you like!) by clicking here.
Link me to your project 365's in the comments!!

For more photos from the years above you can click below -
February 2013
February 2014
February 2015
February 2016
February 2017

Friday, 2 March 2018

What I Watched in February

Woah there 2018, cool your heels and stop flying. This is the second month that has disappeared and with only 28 days it was always going to be over in a blink. I had no goals for this month really, other than just getting my total over the days of the month like always - so over 28. See how I did and what I watched below.

❤ Loved
⭐️ Liked
☁️ Indifferent
⚡️ Disliked
💔 Hated

Feb 1st.
American Experience: The Blackout [2015] ⭐️

Feb 2nd.
Ru Paul's Drag Race: All-Stars 3 E2 [2018] ❤
American Experience: The Big Burn [2015] ⭐️
Rip Tide [2017] ❤

Feb 3rd.
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London [2004] ☁️

Feb 4th.
Martin Clunes: Last Lemur Standing [2012] ⭐️
The Danish Girl [2015] ❤
Benchwarmers [2006] ☁️
Painted Babies At 17 [2008] ⭐️

Feb 5th.
The One and Only, Genuine, Original, Family Band [1968] ⚡️

Feb 6th.
The House [2017] ⭐️
It's Kind of a Funny Story [2010] ❤

Feb 7th.
Patient Seventeen [2017] 💔
My Babysitter is a Vampire [2010] ⚡️
The Lady Vanishes [2013] ⭐️

Feb 8th.
Good Witch S1E1-5 [2015] ❤

Feb 9th.
Ru Paul's Drag Race: All-Stars 3 E3 [2018] ❤
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies [2014] ❤

Feb 10th.
When We First Met [2018] ⭐️
The Strange Name Movie [2017] ⭐️
Plastic [2014] ⚡️
Good Witch S1E6-8 [2015] ❤

Feb 11th.
Starboard Light [2014] ☁️
Good Witch S1E9-10 [2015] ❤

Feb 12th.
Cropsey [2009] ☁️

Feb 16th.
Ru Paul's Drag Race: All Stars 3 E4 [2018] ❤
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword [2017] ❤

Feb 18th.
Unforgiven: The Boys Who Killed James Bulger [2001] ⭐️

Feb 20th.
Blankman [1994] ⭐️
Good Witch S2E1 [2016] ❤

Feb 22nd.
Accepted [2006] ❤

Feb 23rd.
Ru Paul's Drag Race: All Stars 3 E5 [2018] ❤
Lessons in Love [2014] ⭐️

Feb 24th.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers [2017] ☁️
Red Riding Hood [1989] 💔
Hunt for the Giant Squid [2011] ☁️
Good Witch S2E2-6 [2016] ❤

Feb 25th.
The Tuxedo [2002] ☁️

Feb 27th.
Madam Bovary [2014] 💔

Monthly total - 30
Previously unseen - 30
Most in one day - 4
Cinema visit - 0
Own the DVD - 2
Non-physical watch - 28
Documentary - 11
Disney productions - 1
TV seasons - 3

Yearly total - 71
Yearly unseen - 71

71 isn't bad, although I was hoping to reach 100 earlier than last year which looks to be out the window now. Nevermind! And again, this whole month was filled with things I'd previously not seen! I hadn't aimed to do that but it's how it worked out so that's cool. I don't usually mention individual movies but I wanted to let anyone who may watch Madam Bovary know that it includes a hunt scene where a stag is killed. Of course, it isn't too graphic but enough for fellow animal lovers to turn off. I watched the whole movie but this scene in particular caused me to rate it 'Hated' wheres had animal abuse not been part of it I'd have rated as 'Indifferent.

What have you watched lately?!

Catch the previous 'What I Watched' here -
January 2018
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