Monday, 17 October 2016

My Perfect Cosy Night In

perfect cosy night in

I love this time of year for one thing: cosy. Curling up in front of a crackling fire, wrapped in a blanket with cute pi’s on underneath, with huge fluffy socks and my hair up in a bun. Hands wrapped round a huge cup of tea. I mean does it get any cosier than that? Hygge is the buzz word right now, but it’s a buzz word with a point! I plan on making the most of these autumn into winter evenings and turning cosy into an art, but I’ll need a few things first!

Must have’s for a cosy night in this autumn/winter!

Pjs - I’m all for thick and fluffy but once I get into bed, it’s just too many layers (considering I’ve already put two blankets on the bed too!) so I want my pj's to be cute, comfy and practical. Long pants paired with short sleeved tops are perfect for me, much like these Marylssa ones with the too cute to not Instagram lace razorback design. These would go perfectly under an ultra cosy…

Housecoat - It is not a dressing gown! It’s a hooded, ultra warm, extra thick and fluffy coat you wear in the house. Get me? Good! It’s got to have huge pockets for me to hide snacks and the remote control in, sweeping sleeves so I can pretend I’m the Queen of a dynasty, and a hood when I need to go into my own little world. So the Brently above is kinda perfect don’t ya think? And it just happens to match the pj's too! Winner

Socks - big fluffy slipper socks that go half way up my leg and may or may not have pompoms on them. I did have rabbit themed ones last year that had floppy ears and a bunny tail! Cute ’n’ cosy to boot!

perfect cosy night in

And then comes the fun part - accessorising your living space for ultimate cosies. I’m talking fairy lights, big two handled mugs, candles, candles, more candles, and a few extra just in case, a fire if you’ve got one (If not, there’s actually a cracking crackling fire video on Netflix!), and food!

Cosy night in food is all about the feels, so I’m talking ultimate comfort food; soup, proper Liverpool scouse, warm apple pie and custard, hot chocolate, popcorn, dark chocolate, or even better, Turkish delight! And if you can get your hands on a Turkish delight hot chocolate, well, you can thank me later!

What does your perfect cosy night in look like?

Until next time, 

Friday, 14 October 2016

Walt Disney World - 5 things to do before you go!

what to do before you go to walt disney world

I’m not talking printing off your reservations and boarding passes and making sure anyone staying home has a copy of your passport just incase. I’m kinda hoping you’ve already done all of the pre-trip sensible things? Have you? Good! I’m talking about the fun and creative things you can do before your Walt Disney World trip to make it extra special and extra personal!

Order Magic Band Wraps!

A pimped out more-than-your-average Magic Band is going to set you back close to $50, more if you go for a Limited Edition job - and why would you want something everyone else has got? I’ve seen some amazing tutorials online for blinging out your Magic Band with some glitter and nail polish but if your not in the USA, you won’t get your Magic Band until check-in. So, a quick, easy, and surprisingly cheap way to customise your band is with a vinyl wrap! Magic Your Band is an amazing site with hundreds of vinyl wraps to choose from that are waterproof, sunproof, easy to apply and downright cute to boot!

Create your own luggage tags!

We all want to identify our bags at the airport; suitcase belts, balloons (if only!), ribbon from last year's birthday cake (true story), whatever it takes so you don’t walk off with someone else's undies. Luggage tags can be a bit samey can’t they? Creating your own are so easy, all you need is the Internet and a colour printer! Get creative, make them unique to each persons case - and if you have access to a laminator, they’ll be baggage-handler durable too! You can find some amazing images just by searching on Pinterest and using free software like PicMonkey to resize and add passenger details, you’re sure to create a waiting-at-the-baggage-carousel conversation starter!

Level up lists!

Postcards to send (names and addresses!), gifts to buy (correct spelling of babies names if buying ornaments - you don’t want to bring home Sarah without the H!), snack goals, or the things you absolutely must do come hell or high water. Be it in your travel diary or on your phone, have your lists ready and waiting. This is something I love to do either in the airport prior to departure, or during the flight. 

Costumes (or matching tees!)

If you’re attending any special events, oh I don’t know, say Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party, then make sure you pack costumes for the whole family - it’s all part of the fun, it’s a crackin’ laugh and it makes for some seriously memorable pictures! Likewise, cheesy matching t-shirts are a hit in the parks, get loads of attention and again, make for amazing pictures! (Can you tell I’m all about those pictures?)

Contact your resort!

A tiny bit of a sensible one sneaking onto the list here! If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World resort, then it’s well worth getting in touch around a week before you check-in! That’s when the rooms will be getting allocated so, if there’s a particular mansion at Port Orleans Riverside you want to stay in, or you’d really love a savannah view room without paying the extra $$$ at Animal Kingdom Lodge - let them know! Likewise, if you’re celebrating anything, let them know that too! Disney love a celebration and are usually super helpful, accommodating and full of surprises when it comes to making your celebration something really special! Always be polite, don't demand, and don't expect to get everything you've asked for - but it's always worth a try!

What are the more fun things you do before your Disney trip?

Until next time

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

29 Things On My 29th Birthday

29 things on my 29th birthday

It’s that time of year again around here in Wonderland, where I blow out the birthday candles and reflect back on how far, or how I’ve even managed to get this far in this little thing we call life. Turning 29 is pretty weird. It’s a weird number. Much like 27, maybe it’s an odd number thing, but I don’t like how 29 even sounds. It’s the precipice of 30, of adulthood, of a whole new decade. It’s bloody scary.

  1. My twenties are ending better than they started.
  2. As soon as something scares you, you have to tackle it and get it over with.
  3. Make time for yourself. Everyday. 
  4. Do the things you feel you missed out on in the past. No regrets.
  5. City living is a thing everyone needs to experience.
  6. Everyone else moving forward does not mean you have been left behind.
  7. Challenge yourself. 
  8. Things happen in their own time. 
  9. Blogging is the best idea I ever had. 
  10. Find something you're passionate about, as long as you love it, bugger what anyone else says.
  11. Life is about more than likes
  12. Believe it or not, things really did happen, even if you didn’t Instagram them.
  13. Social media detoxes are a good thing. Do them often.
  14. Whatsapp chats are great - but have a face to face conversation once in a while too.
  15. It’s healthy to have friendships and a life outside of your relationship.
  16. When others want to be alone, that doesn’t mean they’re angry or upset with you.
  17. Saying that, I really don’t like my own company much. 
  18. Leave work at the door.
  19. And always finish when you’re supposed to.
  20. A day on the couch watching Netflix is officially good for the soul.
  21. Keep a journal/diary. Find a way to continue to reflect and record memories. You’ll thank yourself one day.
  22. Tidy room - tidy mind.
  23. Sort things out in advance instead of leaving it to the last minute.
  24. Seasonal decorating is acceptable. 
  25. I really can’t keep houseplants alive.
  26. You can’t look after others if you don’t look after yourself.
  27. Find hobbies that don’t require you to stare at a screen.
  28. Sleep. It really helps.
  29. Walk. It really helps too.

How far have you come in your years so far? Do you often look back and reflect on how you’ve changed or grown? Or do you just roll with it and keep moving forward?

Until next time,

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