6 Halloween themed movies I’ll be watching this year :)

6 Halloween themed movies I’ll be watching this year :)

I have become such a lover of Halloween over the last few years and one of the main things that I love to do is watching Halloween themed movies πŸ™‚ I wrote a blog post a few years ago about some of my favourite Halloween movies that are my must watches during the spooky season but this year I have added a few more to the list πŸ™‚ Some of them are actual Halloween movies and some have a great Halloween scene or have a definite spooky vibe/great villain πŸ™‚ I hate Horror movies so all of the Halloween movies I have picked in both of the lists I don’t think are too scary πŸ™‚

  1. Halloweentown- I watched Halloweentown many many years ago but haven’t watched it since but I came across it on Disney + the other day and it triggered a long forgotten memory so I have been wanting to watch it ever since πŸ™‚ Screenshot 2020-10-21 at 16.20.28
  2. Beetlejuice- I have actually never seen Beetlejuice the film however I have listened to the soundtrack of the musical and I absolutely love it so thought I would finally watch the movie πŸ™‚ img_9200
  3. Coco- Coco takes place on The Day of the Dead which this year is the 2nd of November and is a Mexican celebration where people gather to pray for and remember the people in their lives who have passed away but just be warned this movie will definitely make you cry!! Screenshot 2020-10-21 at 16.21.19
  4. The Haunted Mansion- This is another film on this list that I have never seen but I have heard so many people talk about and I had no idea that Madame Leota was from this film! I found it on Disney + the other day in their Halloween collection and I am actually really excited to finally watch it πŸ™‚ Screenshot 2020-10-21 at 16.20.58
  5. Mean Girls- I realise that this definitely isn’t a Halloween movie however it does have some of the best quotes about Halloween and one of my favourite Halloween scenes with Cady dressed as an ex wife which is truly iconic! Screenshot 2020-10-21 at 16.28.47
  6. Harry Potter- I always love watching the Harry Potter series around this time of year as especially the first few films have such a cosy vibe to me and I absolutely love the scene of the great hall covered in Pumpkins for the Halloween feast πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments what your favourite movies are to watch at Halloween πŸ™‚

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Tiryns in Greece in 1968 :)

Tiryns in Greece in 1968 :)

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 to read part one it can be found here πŸ™‚

Tiryns

Known as the β€˜city of great walls’, it was enclosed by the strongest of cyclopean walls; it was the centrepiece of Hercules and the Palace of Hercules, in ruins, still remains on the high ground above the walls and outer buildings, it was destroyed by fire and earthquake. Low steps at the entrance indicate wealth and these steps are very low, the court was white stucco with alabaster beige. The stone which supported the kings throne still remains; the throne room was supported by 4 pillars and contained bridges and frescoes of bull vaulting, reminiscent of Midases’ palace at crete; in the room, also, were circular holes in the floor, into which Hercules poured libations to the gods, milk, honey or oil. Outside the kings room was an area where visitors slept, sheepskins were placed on the floor for them to lay on, thus they were always near the king. A large peach seat of marble ,marks the bathroom floor , gutters carried the bath water to a large hole which was the drainage; the people of Tiryns were very clean and bathed often. The Steps of Death led down to the lower levels were zigzag, so invaders could be caught unawares and killed. The acropolis consisted of a fort with giant outside walls, behind which, in time of danger, the cattle were driven, these were the house walls. Water was plentiful and was stored in cisterns to allow the fort to hold out in times of siege; food also was lowered into the walls to keep it fresh; here was found the first refrigerator, now in the museum, it was a large pot. The food storage vaults were like corridors, with cells running out to the sheer drop of the mountain, to safeguard against sudden attack; there was a storage vault on either side of the fort. These vaults were triangular in shape, built of large, uneven shaped lumps of rock, so cleverly were they constructed it is not known how the point of the triangular arch was built without the walls collapsing; grain and wine were stored in them. Burial jars were used here as the people feared and revered the dead; the bodies were placed in graves, honey poured over them to crystalize them, and they were buried under the floor of the house, to be near and among the family forever. The bodies were placed in the jars in an upright position. At a very much later date when Tiryns was abandoned and deserted, sheep found shelter in the vaults and remained in possession till the site was taken over by the archeological society and cleaned up, the lower stones along the walls are polished and smooth, where the sheep rubbed on them.

Let me know in the comments if you have ever been to Tiryns or anywhere in Greece πŸ™‚

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Kew Gardens 2020 :)

Kew Gardens 2020 :)

On the 10th of October Hannah and I headed to Kew Gardens which was so epic! We took so many amazing photos, walked over 20,000 steps and I absolutely loved it πŸ™‚ It was great for during this time because most of the things are outside and they had some autumnal trees and the greenhouses were really warm which was nice as it is starting to get colder πŸ™‚ You had to wear masks inside the greenhouses and when ordering your food but apart from that everything else was outside and we were able to just walk around and take photos πŸ™‚ I like that it was organised into different countries which made it really cool and I took three different jumpers so that I could get some different photos πŸ™‚ I think my favourite parts were: the greenhouses, the autumnal trees and the Queens garden πŸ™‚

Thank you so much Hannah for keeping me company and taking the photos πŸ™‚ Be sure to check out Hannahs blog here πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments which of these photos are your favourites and which jumper was your favourite πŸ™‚

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Belgravia and Kensington 2020 :)

Belgravia and Kensington 2020 :)

On the 28th of September I met Hannah at Victoria for a lovely photoshoot day in Belgravia and Kensington πŸ™‚ I managed to get a few Autumnal photos which was really nice and a few photos to finish off the summer vibe πŸ™‚ We took a change of clothes so we could take a few more photos in the one day and stopped off at Elan Cafe to change and have some lunch which was so nice πŸ™‚ We started of at Victoria and walked along towards Peggy Porshen through Belgravia and found a few spots to take some photos πŸ™‚

After our photoshoot in Belgravia we walked along towards Elan Cafe near to Kensington. I love Elan Cafe as it is so photogenic and pink! The food was really good as well πŸ™‚ I have been to Elan Cafe once before but I went to the one near Oxford Street last time so it had a different vibe to this one- this one had a sweet theme which I loved wheras the one I went to in Oxford street had a more flowery vibe πŸ™‚

After Lunch we then headed towards Kensington where Hannah had picked out a few different places to take photos and I was so excited as I had bought this dress from Primark a while ago and I had been looking for an opportunity to take photos in it as I had an idea of taking a Folklore inspired photo in this dress as it really gave me that vibe πŸ™‚

It was such a nice day and I had so much fun thank you so much Hannah for keeping me company and for taking the photos πŸ™‚ Be sure to check out Hannahs blog here πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments whether you prefer my dress or the Harry Potter jumper and Jeans πŸ™‚ and where your favourite place is to take Autumnal photos πŸ™‚

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Body Positive Instagrammers

Body Positive Instagrammers

1. Jess Bacon- https://www.instagram.com/jesskbacon/: Jess is a mid-size blogger who writes about mental health, confidence and has a podcast called The Guide to Life After University which I have been following for the past few weeks and loving!

2. Roseybeeme-https://www.instagram.com/roseybeeme/ : Rosey is an Instagrammer and is also one of my favourite TikTokers as she talks a lot about Plus Size representation in mainstream media such as rating fat suits and talking about plus size characters in movies and tv shows πŸ™‚

3. Joannvdherik- https://www.instagram.com/joannvdherik/ : Joann is a plus size model and also an avid TikToker where she often posts videos about her fashion and also body positivity and confidence πŸ™‚

4. Missmalinsara- /https://www.instagram.com/p/CFMkZP5pPyf/ : Malin was on Love Island Season 2 and since then she has been an avid body positivity ambassador and has talked about her struggles with her mental health following the show.

5. Amy Astrid- https://www.instagram.com/amyastridd/ : I absolutely love Amy’s style and always look forward to seeing her new posts and seeing her photoshoot days with her best friend MariaJBlogs who is also a youtuber and Instagrammer πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments if you have any Body Positive Instagrammers I should look out for πŸ™‚

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Decorating for Halloween 2020 :)

Decorating for Halloween 2020 :)

I am such a big Halloween fan: I watch non-scary Halloween movies throughout September and October, always carve a pumpkin, decorate my room with pumpkins and autumnal bits, drink hot chocolate non-stop and love the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (I know I’m basic :p). This year I have stepped my decorating up a notch and have added some Harry Potter bits to my room as Harry Potter always have a Halloween feel to me, put back up my few Halloween bits and have purchased quite a few Halloween bits as well πŸ™‚ I thought I would show you guys the few bits I have added to my room to make it a bit more Autumnal and Halloweenie πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments if you are someone who decorates for Halloween and absolutely loves the autumnal season or if you’re someone who always skips straight to Christmas πŸ™‚

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Chapter 3 recap and chapter 4 aims

Chapter 3 recap and chapter 4 aims

On the 9th of July I uploaded my Month 1 aims for my Changing my life series and now I’ve just finished Chapter 3 of my Changing My Life series and am very excited to get started on my Chapter 4 aims- I feel like this Chapter hasn’t been quite as successful as some of the previous chapters so I’m excited to jump back into my planning and GYSTing πŸ™‚

Favourite Quote of the month: Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean its useless

This month I’ve been feeling a bit meh but have had a few absolutely lovely days! I finally met Barghavis bird, spent a weekend with her cooking all delicious food, went vegetarian for a week, spent the day in Belgravia and Kensington with my friend Hannah which was absolutely lovely, spent a lot of time with MyMy, decorated for Halloween and had a lovely movie day watching Harry Potter and Disney πŸ™‚

  1. Hannah who some of you might know from some of my previous blog posts challenged me to be vegetarian for 5 days this month which was really interesting!! πŸ™‚ I did this relatively early in the month and really enjoyed the challenge of finding different stuff to eat πŸ™‚ You guys will have to check out Hannahs blog to find out how I got on! I anticipated that I would struggle a little bit but I don’t think I anticipated quite how hard it would be and had underestimated how much meat I eat!

2. My second aim of this Chapter was that I had started running 2x a week which I wanted to continue and to run 3k at least once a week however I definitely didn’t do this! I think I have run twice since that post for a few different reasons- weather, time of the month and a lack of motivation so I’m hoping to bring this aim into next chapter and will hopefully do a little bit better with it this time!

3. This month I continued my Chapter 2 aim of waking up before 9am and also aimed to drink 2l of water every day which I did pretty well I would say πŸ™‚ I have had a few very busy days which have required me to wake up really early and also I have been pretty good at remembering to drink my water πŸ™‚

4. I have officially decorated for Halloween now which I am absolutely loving! Its so much fun having all of the Halloweeny bits brightening up my room and have even written a blog post about my decorations πŸ™‚ I also bought Maya a vampire cat toy from Amazon which she absolutely loves πŸ™‚

5. I have been spending a lot of time with Maya this month working on training, I recently purchased an agility jump for her from Amazon which she absolutely loves so we have been having a lot of fun with that and also have been working on her retrieve and bed which are both coming along really well πŸ™‚

6. If you’ve been following my adventures during quarantine then you will know that I have been writing up my Great Grandmas journals from when she went travelling as a young woman and its been so much fun! This chapter I wrote out her trip to Portugal which was an absolutely amazing read πŸ™‚ I’ve been to Portugal before but didn’t get a chance to check out the sights when I went so it was really interesting to read all about it πŸ™‚

7. This Chapter I managed to reach 1,300 followers on this blog which is absolutely amazing and thank you to anyone who follows me on here ❀ I also wrote 2 Halloween themed blog posts, did a photoshoot with Hannah in Belgravia/Kensington and finally did a skillshare course on photography πŸ™‚

I had a lot of fun completing these goals and am so excited to start working on my Chapter 4 goals πŸ™‚

  1. Send 2 friends something nice and cook something new πŸ™‚
  2. I have really been off my running game recently so I would love to  run at least 3K twice this month πŸ™‚
  3.  Go shopping in Primark and do an online order
  4. Continue improving my training knowledge and also look after Maya following her Spay and finally take Maya back to Pets at home at some point 
  5.  Have a Halloween day, take a selfie with my new Halloween Minnie ears and carve a pumpkin πŸ™‚
  6. Write up a country from Great Grandmas journal
  7. Update my media kit, reach 1350 followers, photoshoot in Kew Gardens and finally email a brand regarding a collaboration

Let me know in the comments what goals you think I should have for the next chapter πŸ™‚

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September Favourites :)

September Favourites :)

This month has been filled with a few random favourites that I’m very excited to share with you guys πŸ™‚

  1. Far Too Late- Carrie Hope Fletcher: I am a big Carrie Hope Fletcher fan as many of you will know and I am so excited for her to open as Cinderella in the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and early this month they released one of the songs from the show and I have been playing it non stop! I absolutely love her voice and it sounds amazing on this song!
  2. Its Ok Not To Be Ok- Demi Lovato: I am a big Demi Lovato fan and have been for years since seeing her on the Disney Channel in Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance and have always loved her music πŸ™‚ I have been so excited for her new music for ages and some is finally being released πŸ™‚ I love that this song was released on National Suicide Prevention day as it has such a good message and the music video is so nice πŸ™‚
  3. B-ECO Pets- I actually discovered these dog toys in a garden centre and as a sucker for a cute dog toy decided that I would pick some up for Maya and she absolutely loved them! The two that I got were a Dolphin and a turtle which were part of their ‘Rough and Tough’ range and they are so good! They have lasted Maya ages which is saying something as she usually breaks her toys within a few days and also they’re good for the environment as they are made from recycled plastic πŸ™‚
  4. Live Action Mulan- I absolutely love love love the original Mulan so when I heard that the live action was coming out I was so so excited! I love the little nods in this movie to the original but also the changes are amazing as well πŸ™‚ I love the addition of another bad-ass female being part of the hun army but then helping Mulan in the end and also the addition of Mulans sister is so sweet πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments what you have been loving this month πŸ™‚

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Working from Home Week 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 :)

Working from Home Week 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 :)

The 23rd and 24th of August were pretty chill and then on the 25th I did some GYSTing on my laptop with help from Maya and then Barghavi came round for a photoshoot of the Depop dresses I had brought as part of my collaboration with Hannah which was so much fun (Barghi if you’re reading this thank you so much for your help!!) πŸ™‚

The 26th of August was my friend Annas birthday so I had sent her some flowers and pancake mix and then on the 27th I went shopping with my mum and her friend Sandy πŸ™‚ I then came home and watched Mulan with my Grandma πŸ™‚

I then chilled for the next few days- went shopping, my brother moved out and I had a zoom call with Anna and Hannah for Annas birthday where we all ordered a chinese take-away so we could pretend we were all in the same restaurant and I then watched Moana.

On the bank holiday Monday we had a nice dinner because my brother was home for the weekend and then my brothers girlfriend Holly and I sat and watched Hamilton with popcorn πŸ™‚

The next few days were pretty chill as my parents went to watch my oldest brother play football so I chilled at home watching The Lion King with Maya and my Grandma πŸ™‚

The Thursday we went shopping and then on the Friday Barghavi popped round to watch Live Action Mulan! Then on the Saturday Barghavi and I went to the box park for lunch and then chilled at mine for a bit πŸ™‚

On the Sunday my Grandma moved out of the house into a bungalow and I went round to my Nans in the morning because she was looking after her sisters dog πŸ™‚

Monday was pretty chill and the start of my 5 days being Vegetarian and then on the Tuesday I went to Barghavi’s house to meet her bird!

On the Wednesday my family and I went to Morden Hall Park for the day which was lovely as Maya was running around in the river which was really fun and also there was a garden centre πŸ™‚

Thursday was pretty chill as everyone was out for the day so I had the house completely to myself for the first time since lockdown started! I did some training with Maya and gave her her new toys, went round to my nans and watched Live Action Mulan for a second time πŸ™‚

The next day on the Friday Barghavi popped round for the weekend which was absolutely lovely πŸ™‚ We had a chill night on the Thursday but then on the Friday we made a cooked breakfast for everyone in my house and then while my parents were at football took the dog to the woods and made a Biscoff cheesecake!

On the Sunday we had a BBQ in the afternoon and then Barghavi and I decided to set off a lantern which was so pretty!

I always have a bit of the GYSY day on a Monday but I did end up going to my Nans pool which was so much fun and then on the Tuesday I met up with Barghavi again and we headed to Toby Carvery which was so nice πŸ™‚

On Wednesday it was still really hot so my parents and I decided to take Maya to Beddington Park where there is a river for her to run about in to cool down which she absolutely loved πŸ™‚

Thursday and Friday were pretty chill days and then on the Saturday I had a movie day with Barghi which was so lovely and exactly what I needed πŸ™‚ I wrote a post about it which can be found here.

The rest of the week was very chill which was lovely- I spent the days GYSTing and went shopping with my mum which was lovely πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments what you have been up to the last few days πŸ™‚

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Self-care Movie day :)

Self-care Movie day :)

I’ve been feeling a bit bleugh for a few days and one of the ways that I try and break myself out of a funk is to allow myself a day to chill and relax with good food and some of my favourite movies so on Saturday I decided that I was going to have a movie day πŸ™‚ When I have a movie day I go all out with themed drinks, pizza, popcorn and don’t leave my pjs all day and Saturday was no exception πŸ™‚ I made ‘polyjuice potion’ which is orange juice and lemonade mixed with a bit of green food dye and also butter-beer πŸ™‚ My friend Barghavi popped round as well to join me for the movie day filled with Disney and Harry potter πŸ™‚ I started off with the Live Action Cinderella and then watched Aladdin followed by the Live Action Beauty and the Beast and then finally Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone 😊

Let me know in the comments what you guys do when you have a chill movie day πŸ™‚

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