Thursday, 30 April 2015

Method 'Clean Team' comes to Southampton!

Just a quick post today to let you know that if you're based down South like me you might like to head on down to WestQuay Shopping Centre in Southampton this Friday 1st May! 

"The method ‘clean team’ is coming to Southampton to show you how to tackle dirt without the dirty ingredients.

Head down to WestQuay Shopping Centre on 1st May from 9am-6pm to discover cleaning, laundry + hand care products that work for you and the planet. You can also pick up a money-off coupon for your first method purchase.

As if that wasn’t enough, bring along a bottle of your old cleaner to our swap shop, and you guessed it, we’ll swap it for a brand new bottle of method. How’s that for some good clean fun?

Our non-toxic, plant-based formulas are as easy on the eye as they are on your nose. And if you think green doesn’t mean clean, that’s probably just because you haven’t tried Powergreen technology yet. Easily fixed.

Join the people against dirty on 1st May and together we can make your home and the planet a cleaner place"

Method products are my favourite household cleaning products, you may remember a post I did a little while back on their amazing range of kitchen and bathroom cleaning products. They smell great and definitely brighten up your cleaning cupboard!


Monday, 27 April 2015

The Disney Series / 003 / Characters I Want To Meet

all photos from Walt Disney World
One of the many things I am looking forward to a Disney is meeting some characters. I honestly didn't think that this would be something I would be into because obviously as an "adult" I realise that the characters are just actors and actresses but I've come to realise that it is actually a big part of Disney tradition. I've downloaded the Walt Disney World app for my phone which tells you where all the characters are going to be at certain times and we are doing a few characters meals (more to come on that in another post) so it gives us an opportunity to have a little bit more one on one time with the characters. The ones that I have listed below are the ones I am most excited to meet. 

Quick question...those of you  who have already visited, is it worth me getting an autograph book? I definitely want to have photos with all the characters but is an autograph book a good keepsake too?

01 - Mickey & Minnie
Obviously you can't take a trip to WDW without meeting the main man himself and of course Minnie too! Of course we all have to remember that it all started with a mouse. I'd love to meet the talking Mickey at the Town Square Theatre at Magic Kingdom.

02 - Chip & Dale
Chip & Dale are two of my favourite characters, I love how cheeky and mischievous they are! I'm hoping to meet them at Epcot when I go for dinner and fingers crossed if we go to the campfire singalong at the Wilderness Lodge Resort.

03 - Gaston
There's just something about Gaston's "charm" that makes me want to meet him. I've seen countless videos on YouTube of people challenging him to press up contests and girls going shy when they meet him (which is probably what is going to happen to me!).

04 - Anna & Elsa
I'm hoping to get a fast pass to meet these two princesses as I've heard that the lines can reach over two hours long! I can't wait to see Elsa's dress!

05 - Ariel (in fin form)
The Little Mermaid has always been one of my favourite films and was the first DIsney film I remember watching when I was little. I loved the idea of mermaids and wanted to be one. I'm  more interested in seeing her in fin form in her grotto in Magic Kingdom.

What characters would you be most excited to meet?


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Currently I'm... 2015 Orlando Guide
Playing...Cards Against Humanity, that game totally cracks me up!
Watching...right now...Saving Mr Banks...but also loving The Following/GoT
Cooking...this morning I made a Slimming World Baked was actually really nice!
Eating...see above!
Drinking...Pepsi Max one, but the last person I called was Bradley friend Kayleigh about our plans for today
Pinning...listography ideas!
Tweeting...Joe & Ashley from See Ya Reel Soon
Crafting...ideas for Birthday Party invitations
Scrapping...nothing yet but I'm really interested in Project Life so I might start that soon
Doing...this blog post!
Going...on a walk to the beach this afternoon
Loving...planning, birthday ideas, holiday plans, blog posts noisy neighbours and their inability to shut their doors rather than slam them
Discovering...Slimming World recipes and how great they taste!
Enjoying...working our way through a list of 30 Disney movies (one a week) until our trip
Feeling...achey, I slept "funny" last night and now my neck hurts
Hoping (for)...the hayfever season to finish soon!
Celebrating...we celebrated my Dad's birthday last week, next up is my sisters birthday and our third wedding anniversary! so nice to smell all the blooming flowers on my walk to work mum for my mini blackboard easel which i'm using as a countdown, Bradley for picking me up from work when I've been working late shifts and bringing me Percy Pigs work portfolio Registered Science Technician Application

What are you currently doing?


Friday, 17 April 2015

The Disney Series / 002 / Top 10 Disney Movies

This week for my Disney post I'm going to be sharing my ten favourite Disney movies. I've found it really hard to narrow my huge list down to just ten and these aren't in any particular order as I just can't pick an absolute favourite.

01 - The Little Mermaid
This is the first film I remember seeing at the cinema, so I must have been quite young. I remember getting scared seeing Ursula and had to leave! My favourite song from the movie is Under the Sea, I just can't help humming along whenever I hear it.

02 - The Lion King
One of mine, and also Bradley's favourites. I've seen the stage show in the Lyceum theatre in London twice and every time it makes me well up. The circle of life is just so powerful!

03 - Wreck It Ralph
I think many people would consider this film an unlikely favourite but I just love it. I'm hoping to get a Ralph plush on my holiday and I can't find one over here.

04 - Ratatouille
Being a rattie lover and former rattie mum, I just love this film. It's great to see Disney portray these wonderful animals in a positive light. The animators really captured the movements and quirks well and its such an adorable story.

05 - Beauty & The Beast
As a Disney fan, I'm ashamed to say that I only watched this film for the first time recently but it was amazing. I think my new favourite princess is Belle and it's such a moralistic story.

06 - Cars
I've lost count of how many times I've watched this film. I'm a big fan of F1 and racing so I loved watching Lightning McQueen and Mater is the funniest!

07 - Sleeping Beauty
Another film I've only watched recently but quickly fell in love with. I actually watched Maleficent before watching Sleeping Beauty (although I knew the storyline already) so it was really good to watch the story develop in a different way.

08 - The Princess & The Frog
Another moralistic story from Disney teaching that hard work is key to achieving your goals, but making sure you have some fun along the way. Dr Facillier is one of my favourite villains and I hope to meet him at the Halloween party. The hotel we are staying in is also based on this film.

09 - Frozen
I don't think that any top ten wish list would be complete without mentioning Frozen. It has become such an iconic movie over the last two years. The first time I watched it, I have to admit that I wasn't really that taken with it, but after watching a few more times it become one of my favourites.

10 - Saving Mr Banks
A beautiful film portraying how the story of Mary Poppins came about. The music accompanying this film is just beautiful and I have even downloaded some pieces for my Disney playlist.

What are your top Disney movies?


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Ten Reasons To Love Summery Days In The UK

image credit
We have been blessed with some lovely summery weather in the UK recently and even though it's still a little cold, that doesn't stop us from enjoying it! 

01 | Happy people
Everyone seems to be in a better mood, at work, in the street, even people say good morning to me on my daily walk to work!

02 | Picnics
Your favourite foods in bite sized miniature versions, plus no washing up!

03 | Food Festivals
I'm lucky to live in an area where we have a lot of festivals in the summer, Wimborne Folk Festival, Christchurch Food Festival and The Chilli Festival are a few of my favourites.

04 | Riding on open top buses
The coastal bus in our area is an open top in the summer and it's great to ride it and take in the beautiful views along the way.

05 | Longer days mean you can enjoy more sunshine!
I love finishing work on my "normal" shifts at 5.30pm and it still being light and sunny. It makes you think that you haven't just wasted a whole day at work.

06 | Ice Cream
Need I say more?

07 | Trips to the park
I live close to a park which is lovely to walk around on sunny days, plus it's a free day out!

08 | Pretty sandals
I love it when the shops start stocking pretty sandals. There's something so refreshing about getting them toes out of your winter boots - AND NO MORE SOCKS!

09 | Bright Nail Varnish
My favourite summer shade is Essie's Watermelon, a beautiful bright pink that's perfect for sunny days.

10 | BBQ's on the beach
I don't have a garden in my flat but I'm fortunate enough to live really close to the beach so on sunny days we grab a disposable BBQ and head down for the afternoon for some home made chicken kebabs!

Have you had sunny weather where you live?


Monday, 6 April 2015

The Disney Series / 001 / Disney Wishlist

Today I'm bringing you the first installment of my new Disney Series. Once a week (or once every ten days - I haven't quite decided yet!) I will be bringing you a Disney inspired post. Mostly to help with my sanity in counting down to my holiday but also because there are so many Disney related things I love to share with you all. Today I'm sharing my current Disney wishlist.

Remy Soft Toy / £23 / The Disney Store
Ratatouille is one of my favourite Disney films and I love Remy. I'm disappointed that the Ratatouille ride is only at Disneyland Paris but this soft toy just about makes up for it. He's a little pricey at £23 but he's just so cute! I hope to add him to my collection.

Selected Tsum Tsum's / prices start at £3 / The Disney Store
I currently have 8 Tsum Tsum's in my collection which I purchased from Clintons Cards when they first came out (I purchased my first two, Mickey and Minnie on the day they were released!) The Disney Store have just released more collections which aren't currently available in Clintons, which include the Cinderella collection, the Frozen collection and the Toy Story collection as well as many more. Unfortunately my nearest Disney Store is about 40mins drive away so I have been popping them all into my virtual basket...maybe one day i'll accidentally check out...

Frozen Elsa T-Shirt / £7 / George at Asda
This would be perfect for my upcoming trip to Walt Disney World. It's a light grey t-shirt and the design on the front features Elsa.

Frozen Pyjama Set / £22 / Topshop
Topshop have really upped their Disney game recently with their pyjamas and underwear selection. I love the variety of Disney pyjamas they have available at the moment. These Frozen pyjamas would be great for my holiday because they aren't full length so I won't get too hot.

Stitch Mug / £8.95 / The Disney Store
Bradley picked up a Pluto mug (his favourite character) when we visited The Disney Store in London a while back and I really regret not getting one for myself. I have so many different favourite characters its really difficult to choose one but at the moment I really have a soft spot for Stitch. I really hope I can meet him on holiday...but for now, this will have to do!

Do you love Disney?
What Disney products do you currently love?


Sunday, 5 April 2015


Beautiful spring tulips // Lunch at Chalk Valley, Southampton // Waving goodbye to the cruise ship Britannia leaving on its maiden voyage // I got a reservation at Cinderella's Royal Table! // New washi tapes // Seeing Cinderella at the cinema // My new Olaf top // Beautiful Peacock //  Easter fun at Lulworth Castle

Highlights were...making our Disney dining reservations. I was ready at the 180 day mark as soon as the reservations became available with my credit card details to hand to bag that elusive reservation at Cinderella's Royal Table and I got it! The best news is that on the day I booked, it is extra magic hours at the park too so I can get a few rides done before and then have breakfast with my favourite princesses. I've also had a few days out with friends, once to Southampton to see the Britannia leave port and last Friday my friends, Carly, Paul and I headed to Lulworth Castle for an Easter egg hunt!

Next month I'm looking forward to...more Disney planning! I'm starting a new series on my blog tomorrow aptly named The Disney Series and I will be trying to post one Disney themed post a week until the holiday. If anyone has any suggestions of posts they would like to see, please just write them in the comments below. It's also my Dad's birthday and we are going out for a meal, so I'm looking forward to that too.

How was your March?


Friday, 3 April 2015

Cinderella Movie Review

photos from Disney Wiki
On Monday, Bradley and I went to the cinema to see Cinderella (Monday being the only day off we had together). We pre-booked our tickets in advance as because it was the start of the Easter holidays for some schools in our area we were concerned that we might not have got a good seat (Bradley always likes to sit in premier seating as with him being tall, its more comfortable) but we worried unnecessarily as the cinema was pretty much empty. One thing we did find though, was that we were sitting opposite a mother and her young children, one of them, I would say was probably about three years old. Now, before some of you try to shoot me down, I would just like to say that I understand that this is a Disney film, therefore aimed mostly at younger audiences (rated U) and released in the school holidays but this child, clearly wasn't interested in the film and decided to talk, get out of her seat, walk around the room and at one point roll around on the floor which was quite distracting. I have no problem with children, I love children and I want to have some someday but I don't think I will be taking my kids to the cinema until they can understand the nature of the film they are watching. I don't think children get into live action pictures as much as animation. Sorry. Rant over!

We decided to go to Odeon for two reasons, one it is more convenient for us, and two, Odeon are currently doing a kids snack offer where if you purchase a kids mix you get a small drink, small popcorn and packet of sweets for £3.25 and with this you also get a limited edition Cinderella glass slipper keyring (which is obviously what I purchased it for!) I also had Odeon points which were going to expire at the end of March which I used to pay for it - a happy coincidence!

To be honest, when I first heard that they were making a live action version of Cinderella, I wasn't really that interested. I hadn't ever heard of Lily James and only knew Richard Madden from Game of Thrones. I was more interested in the news that they were making a live action Beauty & the Beast (although that will be a few years off yet) but I got thinking and realised that this may be the last big Disney release before our trip to WDW. Of course, I'm going to have to say something to Cinderella when I meet her at the Royal Table Breakfast!

Frozen Fever, the new Frozen short was played at the beginning before the film and it did not disappoint, I don't want to give away what happens, for those of you who haven't seen it but it's great to see all the characters back together again and I've watched Frozen so many times, it was refreshing to see something new.

The actual film which followed definitely did not disappoint. I lost count of how many times I welled up, during the sad parts and the happy parts. It is a cleverly created re-telling of the original classic story. Bradley even noticed nods to other Disney films, including a spinning wheel in Ella's room obviously a reference to Sleeping Beauty.

Cate Blanchett plays the role of Lady Tremaine perfectly, just the right about of evil teamed with a small amount of pity. The ugly step sisters (Anastasia and Drizella) reminded me of my sisters and I when we were younger, fighting over unnecessary things that are since long forgotten!

I was glad that Helena Bonham Carter only had a small role as the Fairy Godmother as when I heard about the casting I wasn't sure that it was the right choice. Having grown up with the original animated version of Cinderella, Bonham Carter for me just didn't fit the caring, grey haired woman with a kindly voice. That being said it didn't spoil it for me and she even bought some updated modern charm to the role.

The story follows relatively closely to the original but with a modern twist. Sometimes you have to overlook the CGI sequences and take it at face value but its a charming (gettit) story and the 113 minutes felt like they passed by in no time at all. It will definitely be one that I will be adding to my collection when it is released on DVD/Blu Ray and I recommend paying a visit to the cinema to see if if you can.

Have you seen Cinderella yet?
What did you think of it?


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Decorated Biscuits with Renshaw's New Coloured Marzipan

One thing I like to do in my spare time is spend some time in the kitchen making some sweet treats. The lovely people at Renshaw Baking kindly sent me some of their new coloured marzipans* to review so I'm trying my hand at some biscuits.

I was sent six different colours to try (pink/green/black/blue/red and yellow) so I wanted to create a design which was really bright and colourful. 

First you need to create your biscuits, I found this simple recipe online using a few ingredients:

125g Butter
55g Caster Sugar
180g Plain Flour

1. Preheat the oven to 190 celsius (slightly less if you have a fan oven)
2. Mix the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until smooth. Then sift in the flour and combine gradually until you have a creamy paste.
3. Wrap the mix in cling film and put it in the fridge. Allow it to cool for at least 30 minutes.
4. Once the dough has hardened remove the cling film and knead it until it’s pliable.
5. Lightly dust your work surface with icing sugar and roll out your dough.
6. Use a circle cutter to press out approximately 24 biscuits
7. Grease and line a baking tray and bake your biscuits for about 12 minutes or until they are lightly golden in colour.
8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack before decorating.

Next came the fun part where I got to play with all the new colours of icing!

1. Firstly you need to knead the marzipan to make it easier to work with, dust your surface with icing sugar to make sure that it doesn't stick to the surface. I use a polypropylene rolling pin as I find that marzipan gets stuck to wooden ones. I picked mine up from Lakelands.
2. Roll out your marzipan until it is about 3mm thick.
3. Use the circle cutter to cut out circles which will go on top of your biscuits.
4. I used a small star cutter and a butterfly to make the additional decorations on the top.
5. Use a little bit of jam as an adhesive to stick the marzipan to your biscuits.

Voila, the perfect tea time accompaniment!

You can buy all of the new coloured marzipans from the Renshaw online shop for an offer price of £1.99 each for 250g.

Have you tried using marzipan before?