Blogmas Day 3: Christmas Bucket List :)

Blogmas Day 3: Christmas Bucket List :)
  1. Make some Christmas Cookies
  2. Decorate for Christmas
  3. Christmas Movie Night
  4. Write a Christmas blog post
  5. Buy Maya a Christmas toy
  6. Buy Maya a Christmas outfit
  7. Wrap my Christmas presents in front of a Christmas movie πŸ™‚
  8. Do a Christmas photoshoot
  9. Read a Christmas book
  10. Buy a 2021 Christmas ornament
  11. Christmas hot chocolate
  12. Black Friday Haul
  13. Write Christmas cards
  14. Ice Skating
  15. Buy a Christmas jumper

Let me know in the comments if you have any ideas of things to add to my bucket list πŸ™‚

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Blogmas Day 2: November Favourites 2021 :)

Blogmas Day 2: November Favourites 2021 :)

This month has been so much fun but also a lot of work- I have done a lot of GYSTIng and trying to get my life together over the past month but also have been listening to quite a bit of music and watching TV shows and movies πŸ™‚

Drunk or lonely by Maddie and Tae- I have been listening to more Maddie and Tae this month meaning that I have been putting their music on shuffle which has been really fun and I think this has been my favourite new discovery of theirs πŸ™‚ This song is from their album The Way It Feels which is one of my favs of theirs πŸ™‚

Red (Taylors Version)- I have actually written a separate post about my love of this album however I thought I would also write a little bit here just to say that I frickin love this album! I absolutely loved the original Red album and listened to it on repeat when it was released and I loved the re-released version of Fearless so I have been so excited for this album for ages and I’m so happy its finally here! I love the songs from the Vault and All Too Well both the film and the 10 minute version were just perfection πŸ™‚

Shang Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings- I am a big Marvel nerd and have absolutely loved all of the Phase Four movies and TV shows so far so have been so excited to watch this movie! I didn’t get a chance to see this movie when it came out in cinemas so as soon as it was released on Disney Plus Day I made my parents watch it with me and it was so so good! I absolutely love the two main female characters in this film and they are such badasses πŸ™‚ I am a big fan of Simu Liu from Kims Convenience and he was fantastic in this film πŸ™‚

What If- I absolutely loved this show because I found the idea behind the show so interesting and how small choices can change so so much! I loved seeing different characters from different movies fight each other as well that was very interesting and how it all comes together in the end πŸ™‚

Costa Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate- I am absolutely OBSESSED with this drink! I have always loved this drink because I really love Chocolate Orange flavouring so every year I always get so excited for this drink to come out πŸ™‚ I really want to try and make this drink at home because I think it would be a lot of fun and also much cheaper! πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments what you have been loving throughout November 😊

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Blogmas Day 1: Blogmas Announcement 2021 :)

Blogmas Day 1: Blogmas Announcement 2021 :)

ITS FINALLY DECEMBER!!!! December is my favourite month of the year for many reasons but one of the main ones is that for the last four years since 2017 I have completed Blogmas and this year is no different so there will be a new post every day on this blog for the next month with Christmas and New Years content mixed with some normal content as well πŸ™‚ I have posted twice a week in 2021 which I have absolutely loved as it got me through the winter quarantine and during going back to work full time πŸ™‚ I am going to attempt to post 6 times a month from now after a months break during January because I have gone back to work and it is proving to be a struggle to keep up with posting twice a week πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments if there are any posts that you particularly want to see throughout Blogmas or 2022 πŸ™‚

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My favourite songs and lyrics from Back to the Future :)

My favourite songs and lyrics from Back to the Future :)

On the 21st of November I went to see the Back to the Future musical which was so amazing πŸ™‚ I love the original films and have followed the show since it was originally shown πŸ™‚ I always love being in a theatre and especially seeing new shows ❀

Some of my favourite songs:

  • Its Only a Matter of Time
  • Wherever We’re Going
  • It Works
  • Something About that Boy
  • Gotta Start Somewhere
  • Put your mind to it
  • For the Dreamers
  • Johnny B. Goode

Some of my favourite lyrics:

  • “And we can fine tune it, Just put your mind to it”- Put Your Mind To It
  • “No Shame in working hard, let them know thats who you are”- Gotta Start Somewhere
  • “Once you get moving, you’ll find someway, somehow….. and it might as well be right here, right now”- Gotta Start Somewhere
  • “Its a time machine, that goes both ways, to new tomorrows and to yesterdays’- It Works
  • “Don’t bet your future, on one roll of the dice….. better remember, lightening never strikes twice”- Back in Time

I only have a few lyrics written down as the cast recording hasn’t been released yet so I am waiting for that to be released before I can find some more of the lyrics πŸ™‚

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Let me know in the comments if you have been to see Back to the Future yet πŸ™‚

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My Disney Pin Collection :)

My Disney Pin Collection :)

As many of you will know I am a massive fan of Disney and also of collecting things hence why my room is so full of stuff! Although I have been trying to become more minimalistic I have been collecting Disney pins for the past year and have collected a few pins that I thought I would share πŸ™‚

  • Oogie Boogie Man pin
  • Yzma, Kronk, Squirrel, Poison, Kuzco- Emporers New Groove pin collection πŸ™‚
  • I LOVE MY DISNEY DOG Pin Collection
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • Disney Mystery Key
  • Hocus Pocus- Winifred and Sarah
  • Original Movie Posters Pins- The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocohontas, The Little Mermaid, Mulan
  • Mulan
  • Rapunzel
  • Merida
  • Moana
  • Jasmine
  • Raya Pin
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Minnie and Mickey 20th Anniversary pins which I actually got in the Disney parks!!
  • Jack and Sally Pin
  • HUNKULES
  • Minnie and Mickey rainbow castle
  • Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Thunder Mountain both of which I actually found in my parents bedroom from when they went to Disney years ago
  • Minnie, Mickey, Stitch and Goofy Star Wars pins

Let me know in the comments which of these is your favourite pins πŸ™‚

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Red (Taylors Version)

Red (Taylors Version)

If you guys have been following me for a while then you probably already know that I am most definitely a Swiftie and so have been very excited for all of her re-recorded albums πŸ™‚ I absolutely LOVED her re-recorded Fearless album so have been so excited to see what she does with this album for ages πŸ™‚ I have been loving seeing all of the tweets and also hearing the songs from the Vault!! I thought that I would write down some of my favourite songs and lyrics from this new re-recorded album πŸ™‚ I have already written two posts which include some of my favourite songs and lyrics from the original Red album which can be found here and here πŸ™‚

Along with my favourite songs from the original album these are a few more that I have been loving from Taylors version of Red πŸ™‚

Re-recordings From The Vault

  • State of Grace
  • Red 1. Better Man
  • I Knew You Were Trouble 2.Nothing New
  • All Too Well (TV version and 10 minute version) 3. Babe
  • 22 4. Message in a Bottle
  • We Are Never Getting Back Together 5. Run
  • Stay Stay Stay 6. The Very First Night
  • Holy Ground
  • Begin Again
  • The Moment I Knew
  • Girl At Home
  • Everything Has Changed
  • Starlight

Some of my favourite lyrics:

  • Time won’t fly, it’s like I’m paralyzed by it, I’d like to be my old self again, But I’m still trying to find it- All Too Well
  • Losing him was blue, like I’d never known, Missing him was dark gray, all alone, Forgetting him was like trying to know, Somebody you never met, But loving him was red- Red
  • And you call me up again just to break me like a promise, So casually cruel in the name of being honest- All Too Well
  • And I heard you moved on, From whispers on the street, A new notch in your belt, Is all I’ll ever be- IKYWT
  • And I was never good at telling jokes, but the punch line goes, “I’ll get older, but your lovers stay my age”- All Too Well
  • Criticize the way youβ€…fly, When you’re soaring through the sky, Shoot you down and then they sigh, And say, “She looks like she’s been through it”- Nothing New
  • How can a person know everything at eighteen, But nothing at twenty-two?-Nothing New
  • Took a deep breath in the mirror, He didn’t like it when I wore high heels, But I do, Turn the lock and put my headphones on, He always said he didn’t get this song, But I do, I do- Begin Again
  • You understand perfectly, You’re the kind of man who makes me sad, While she waits up, You chase down the newest thing and take for granted what you have- Girl At Home
  • And it was like slow motion, Standing there in my party dress, In red lipstick, With no one to impress- The Moment I knew
  • Yeah, we’re happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time, It’s miserable and magical, oh yeah- 22
  • Walked out this morning, I don’t believe what I saw, Hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore, Seems I’m not alone at being alone, Hundred billion castaways, looking for a home- Message in a Bottle
  • I’m really gonna miss you picking fights, And me falling for it, screaming that I’m right, And you would hide away and find your peace of mind, With some indie record that’s much cooler than mine- We Are Never Getting Back Together
  • I bet you think about me in your house, With your organic shoes and your million-dollar couch, I bet you think about me when you say, “Oh my god, she’s insane, she wrote a song about me”- I Bet You Think About Me

Let me know in the comments your favourite re-recorded song from Red and also your favourite song From the Vault πŸ™‚

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Book Tag Shelfie Pt 4 :)

Book Tag Shelfie Pt 4 :)

I have always loved reading and have quite the collection of books on my bookshelf and on my kindle and have recently bought quite a few books so a month or so ago I thought that I would have a look for some bookish tags that I could do on this blog and I came across this one and thought it was amazing so thought I would give it a go πŸ™‚

This is my third Book Shelfie (my first one can be found here) so I figured I would start on my fourth shelf πŸ™‚

  1. Is there any reason for this shelf to be organised the way it is or is it purely random? All of my shelves are pretty random however I do try and keep my series together πŸ™‚
  2. Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you? To Kill a Mockingbird is a book that I read while in high school for my GCSES so its definitely got a nostalgia factor πŸ™‚
  3. Which book from this shelf would you ditch and why? I really wouldn’t wanna ditch any of the books on this shelf tbh!! I guess the book I would have to ditch would be It All Started With a Tweet because most of the others are series and it would be really annoying to lose a book from a series!
  4. Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency? Probably Noughts and Crosses!
  5. Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time? Gone by Michael Grant
  6. Which book is the newest addition to this shelf? Endgame by Malorie Blackman
  7. Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read/reread? Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  8. Are there any objects on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it? Not on this shelf πŸ™‚
  9. What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader? I think this shelf tells you that I love YA series πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments if you have read any of the books from this shelf and what book you would recommend I read next πŸ™‚

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Syracuse- Sicily July 1969

Syracuse- Sicily July 1969

My mum found her Great-Grandmas travel diaries a while ago and I have been typing them up for her to read and thought I would put them on here as well- If you want a little bit more background read part one  here πŸ™‚

Founded 733 B.C. colonists from Corinth, the town owes its wealth to oil deposits; it was the first point where Christianity reached Europe; St Paul passed through here on his way to Rome. It has two ports, the old houses the fishing fleet, the new, the larger – to Turkey and Mareta; the town has 2 parts too, old and new, the old is the Island of Ortygia, linked to the mainland by a bridge. The Fortress of Dionysius or Eurycles castle was a lookout post built by Dionysius, it has a view of 3 seas, the Mediterranean, Ionian and Tyrrhenian; originally there were 2 castles, surrounded by walls, with underground tunnels stretching for 7 miles, 3 large caves for storing food, wine and oil, a fresh water well, a draw bridge and a aquaduct to channel rain water, thus allowing self-efficiency in times of siege. An earthquake, 1696, partially destroyed the site; the fortress was built well below the top of the guarding walls; with sloping floors and roof; arches allowed the shooting of arrows. The enemy of Carthaginians, on the high wall, could not shoot arrows became of the awkward angle, but the greeks could shoot upwards and the stout pillars supporting the archers gave cover for the defenders. The tunnels had a one way system, so if the enemy gained access, the Greek horsemen and archers could come round and attack from the rear. The tethering rings for the houses still remain; the tunnel floor was sloped to allow rain and marsh water to drain away. Inside the walls was a decoy tunnel; when the enemy rushed it, they found themselves in complete blackness owing to the slope and twist of the tunnel, and coming from brilliant sunlight, they were temporarily blinded, set upon and slain. A secret exit from the tunnel allowed troops to come round to the rear of the attackers, who were then cut off front and rear. The Carthaginians never captured Syracuse, but when the romans attacked the city, they joined forces with the Greeks and became allies. The romans captured the city 220 A.D. by a trick. A spy reported that the Swedains were making merry with wine and women, so the romans attacked at once and the city fell; Dionysius died of malaria, as at that time the city was a swamp. Archimedes helped Dionysius in the construction of the fortress, so the swedians were told not to slay him; he was so intent on a problem that he did not hear the twice repeated question β€˜are you Archimedes?’ and he was slain on the Island of Ortygia. The Cave of Dionysius or Eau of Dionysius is an artificial cave, with unusual acoustic properties; it is cut from living rock, is very high and ends in a pointed roof. Dionysius used to eavesdrop on prisoners in the cave, their talk coming up through a slight crack in the roof which let in a slight slit of light. The cave and the Grotto of the Popemakers are both in an old quarry; rope is made today in the grotto, where it is painted with flax. The Quarry, Latonia del Paradiso, has its walls stained with mineral deposits, green, pink and yellow; unusual points of rock hang down, producing an unusual and effective picture which lead to the suggestion that the quarry would make a perfect setting for Wagnenien operas. The Roman amphitheatre, 180 A.D. is local and funnel shaped, in the centre is a large ditch or pool, where a gladiator, in a flimsy boat, would fight crocodile or hippopotami, near to it is the huge altar of Hieron II, two yards long, built to sacrifice 600 bulls at a time, to Zeus, thus showing the wealth of Syracuse. During the time of Archimedes, the bulls were sacrificed to Jupiter, to offer thanksgiving and to propitiate for the former wiched emporer. The Greek theatre was cut from limestone rock, 500 B.C., the Romans turned it into an arena, removing the stage: the Greeks performed plays with actors and chorus, dancing and singiing, and an orchestra, before 16,000 people; at festival times, Greek plays are still performed here. The Temple of Apollo, 600 B.C. is the oldest temple in Sicily; the Fountain of Diana, beautifully carved and large, is in the centre of the town. The fountain of Arethus, producing 250 gallons of clear water per second, is close to the sea and full of fish, it is enclosed by a balustrade, inside it are flowers and greenery and in the centre of the pool is a cluster of papyrus round which swim grey mullet. The legend of arethus was attached to the pool, by Shelley; it is said that Nelson came to take water from the pool for his sailors before the Battle of Aloukik, which he won, and even since, there has always been a naval ship called Arethus. The Cathedral square is elliptical in shape and has some fine buildings in it, the town hall, the archbishops palace and the Cathedral of St Lucia, built on the temple of Athena, 500 B.C. the pillars of the pagan temple still stand intact and it became a Christian church 700 A.d., when windows and walls were added to fill in-between the pagan arches. At the entrance door are 2 massive pillars, 140ft high, 40 tonnes in weight and in 3 sections each; the interior is austere and sombre, as 50 years all the statues, paintings and frescoes were removed; the severity and silence is emphasised by an inscription running round the walls reminding people that this was the first church in the Western hemisphere and Western Christianity. The Church of the Weeping Madonna is in the centre of the new town; it has a big, circular opening in the ceiling which lets in a shaft of light; the pews are in a semi circle round the altar; a balcony looks down on the pews and altar, as well as the side chapels; concrete struts have been built against the sides as protection against earthquakes, while excavating the site, Byzantine ruins were found, it was not known what they were, but they were left intact and stand among the pews. Legend has it that a woman in labour prayed to the statue of the Madonna which wept for her for 5 days; when analysed the tears were found to be authentic, so the church was dedicated to the weeping Madonna.

Let me know in the comments if you have ever been to Sicily πŸ™‚

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Ranking Disney Villains :)

Ranking Disney Villains :)

On the 22nd of May I wrote a post ranking all of the Pixar movies and so this week I thought I would rank all of the Official Disney Villains as it was a lot of fun πŸ™‚ One of the things that makes Disney so amazing is their villains of which there are many! I have written a list of some of the most popular/famous Disney villains and I’m going to rank them πŸ™‚

  1. The Evil Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
  2. Lady Tremaine (Cinderella)
  3. Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland)
  4. Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
  5. Cruella De Vil (One Hundred and One Dalmatians)
  6. Madam Mim (The Sword in the Stone)
  7. Ursula (The Little Mermaid)
  8. Yzma (The Emperor’s New Groove)
  9. Mother Gothel (Tangled)
  10. Dr Facilier (Princess pf the Frog
  11. Hades (Hercules)
  12. Scar (The Lion King)
  13. Jafar (Aladdin)
  14. Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)
  15. Oogie Boogie (Nightmare Before Christmas)
  16. Tamatoa (Moana)
  17. Hans (Frozen)
  18. Shan Yu (Mulan)
  19. Frollo (Hunchback)

God Tier: Yzma, Mother Gothel, Dr Facilier, Hades, Jafar, Oogie Boogie, Tamatoa, Frollo, Shan Yu

Top Tier: Maleficent, Cruella, Ursulla, Scar, Gaston, Hans

Mid Tier: Evil Queen, Lady Tremaine, Queen of Hearts, Madam Mim

Awful Tier:

Let me know in the comments which of the Disney Villains is your favourite πŸ™‚

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Halloween Bucket List Updated :)

Halloween Bucket List Updated :)

I have had so much fun completing my Halloween bucket list and its been so spooky and amazing πŸ™‚

  • Buy Maya a Halloween toy/outfit πŸ™‚
  • Buy a Halloween style treat πŸ™‚
  • Decorate for Halloween
  • Burn a Fall Candle
  • Write a Halloween themed blog post
  • Take some Halloween photos
  • PJ Day
  • Drink a PSL
  • Buy something Halloween themed from the Disney Store
  • Read a Halloween Book
  • Make Smores
  • Make Halloween cookies
  • Carve a Pumpkin
  • 13 days of Halloween

Let me know in the comments what you got up to for Halloween πŸ™‚

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