Sunday, 5 May 2019

15 Aladdin Quotes for Mindfulness

Next up in my Disney quotes for Mindfulness series is Aladdin. This is my all time favourite Disney film and I can't believe I haven't written this post sooner.

Mindfulness really helped me through my postnatal depression. Focusing my mind on reflection helped to calm me down and bring me back into the moment when I was struggling. 

Here are 15 Aladdin quotes for Mindfulness:

1) But oh, to be free. To be my own master. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world

2) Just 'bee' yourself 

3) I'm like a shooting star, I've come so far. I can't go back to where I used to be

4) I am not a prize to be won

5)  A fool off his guard, could fall and fall hard

6) You've got some power in your corner now

7) I'm not worthless 

8) A whole new world with new horizons to pursue

9) Do you trust me?

10) I do love you, but I gotta stop pretending to be something I'm not

11) You ain't never had a friend like me

12) What would you wish for?

13) I can open your eyes

14) I'm in the mood to help you dude

15) For the first time in my life, things are starting to go right


Monday, 29 April 2019

How To Make The Most Of Your Time During A Short Break

Traveling is often something when we imagine, we think it has to involve really far away places and longer trips, but this isn’t always the case, and many times, the shorter trips we take can actually be more enjoyable since if we know we have less time to enjoy something, we’ll be more conscious of fitting everything in as much as possible.

So, if you have a shorter trip coming up and are wondering how you’re going to make the most of it and see all that you want to see, then in this post we’re going to share with you some of our top tips for how to do just that.

Have a clear plan:

As you should with any trip you’re planning, it’s always a good idea to have a plan in mind for the things you want to do and see whilst you’re there. Of course, having a plan doesn’t mean being completely rigid and not doing anything off the cuff, but it’s simply to ensure that you do actually have some kind of framework to follow so that you can at least hit the best sights and not end up leaving and feeling like you did nothing at all and you’d have been as well staying at home.

Know the best way to get around:

When it comes to getting around the place you’re visiting, this will require a little bit of research on your part because all countries and cities are completely different in terms of roads and overall infrastructure, so whilst getting around a city in Europe could be much easier thanks to great public transportation systems and well connected roads, other parts of the world may not be as easy.

However, it’s not just about how you’re getting around in terms of the the availability of options, but also in looking at how much time you have and what the most time effective and efficient way would be. So, for example, you might want to use something like a Prague chauffeur service if you don’t feel confident relying on public transport or just if you feel it will save you some time.

Allocate time for each place:

When you have a limited time budget to work with, then you need to spend your time wisely and this means creating a schedule for yourself that allows you to allocate time to each place you want to visit based on what you think is realisitc, and again this is something you should know ahead of time if you’re going to do some research and make sure you know the best times and days to visit.

Time your visits according to when crowds are less:

As mentioned above, timing is really everything, so making sure that you go at times when places aren’t likely to be busy is definitely a good idea if you’re already short on time since crowds and long lines are definitely going to slow you down - plus sometimes it’s just nicer to have a place that’s not as busy when you’re visiting.

*This is a collaborative post*


Tuesday, 23 April 2019

5 Great London Attractions to Include in your Itinerary

For many people, a holiday in the United Kingdom is most definitely something they will one day experience, and with that in mind, here are some must-see attractions in London that you should add to your list.

1.    Buckingham Palace– No holiday in Great Britain would be complete without seeing and experiencing the wonders that Buckingham Palace has to offer. This is a working royal residence, and the place where Queen Elizabeth II spends a lot of her time while attending to her many royal duties. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to actually use the palace as an official residence in the early 19thcentury, and since then, it has been used continuously. If you have yet to book your flight, there are cheap business class flights and tickets to London that are available from an established online agency.

2.    The Tower of London– Located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the Tower of London is located on the north banks of the River Thames, and has a very colourful and long, if not disturbing history. The Tower was used as a prison for many years, mainly in the 16thand 17thcenturies, when anyone that the Crown believed to be against them would be detained without trial.

3.    The British Museum– Dedicated to the history of mankind, the British Museum is located in the Bloomsbury area of the capital and has some of the best exhibits in the world. This world class museum was established in 1753, by Sir Hans Sloane, who bequeathed more than 70,000 items to the museum, which gave it some foundation.

4.    Windsor Castle – Steeped in royal history, this amazing castle is actually located in Windsor, which is a town about 30 miles west of London, in the Royal County of Berkshire. This is a very popular location for foreign tourists, and there are a few other local attractions in Windsor that definitely warrant a visit. The nearby borough of Eton is the home of the most famous public school in the United Kingdom, where aristocracy have been sending their children to be educated. Prince Charles and Prince Andrew both spent time there, and the quaint streets of Windsor & Eton are lined with souvenir shops.

5.    The London Eye– If you want an amazing view of this amazing city, the London Eye is a huge observation Wheel that allows you to climb above the city and see it in a unique way. You are suspended 443 feet above the city, which gives you a unique viewpoint, and 3.7 million visitors a year enjoy this spectacle.

Taking a holiday in the United Kingdom offers an unbelievable experience for anyone, especially those from Australia, and with business class flights, the long haul will not drain your energy and you won’t need a couple of days to recover. There are affordable business class flights available from established online travel agencies, who can easily be found with a Google search.

*This is a collaborative post*

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Twinning with Lindy Bop

If you follow me on instagram then you'll know that I am a big fan of twinning with my girls. Sometimes we wear the exact same clothes and other times we just wear similar ones.

Lindy Bop asked if we would like to receive some dresses for us to twin. Lindy Bop is an online shop that specialises in vintage clothing and accesories. They have such a huge range to choose from that you're spoiled for choice.

Both Eva and I sat down and browsed the dresses together. She wanted every single one. In the end we settled on a black lace dress for her and her sister. I chose the Amber Black occasion swing dress.

We wore our dresses for an evening out on our last half term holiday. The girls loved dressing up in their dresses and matching their mummy. 

The girl's dresses are very good quality. The night they wore them , they survived dinner, a fairground and soft play so they must be hard wearing! 

My dress was comfortable and very flattering. It hid all of my wobbly bits which is always a thumbs up from me. The shoulder and neckline was pretty and made the dress look more glamorous. 

I'll definitely be shopping from Lindy Bop again. Their dresses are so unique and they really stand out from the crowd. 

I've included one of their dresses in my Minnie Mouse Dapper Day inspiration post. The dress I've highlighted is perfect for Dapper Day (vintage clothing day) at a Disney park. Keep your eyes peeled on my Disney instagram account next week to see what I decide to wear at the Disneyland Paris day.

*We were gifted our dresses. Lindy Bop did not ask us to write any blog posts. These pictures, words and opinions are my own*

Friday, 5 April 2019

Great Ways to Master Your Kids Morning Routine

Tired of that stressful, rushed morning routine? When you’ve got kids, the morning routine can be incredibly challenging. You spend most of the time rushing around, trying to get the kids ready before it’s time to leave. This ultimately leads to arguments, things get forgotten and you start the day off feeling exhausted and stressed out. Then, the next day it all starts again!
If you’re desperate to get the family into a more relaxed, happier morning routine, there are a few tips you can follow. To help, below you’ll discover some great ways to master your kids’ morning routine.
Start the night before
One of the best ways to ease your morning routine,is to prepare the night before. Ensuring both you and your kids get a good night’s sleep is paramount. So, make sure your kids have a set bedtime routine, and that your own bedroom has a relaxing, sleep-inducing ambience. You can invest in products to help give the room a calming fragrance, and ensure you switch off all technological devices half an hour before bed. 

It’s also a good idea to get things prepared the night before. Set out your kid’s uniforms, sort out your own wardrobe for the day and prepare any snacks and lunches ready for the morning. This will really help to minimise what you need to do when you wake up, eliminating a lot of stress. 
Wake up a little earlier
Another thing that’s going to help make the mornings that little bit easier,is waking up a little earlier. It might sound like the last thing you want to do but waking up a little earlier will enable you to wake up gradually before the kids get up. Having just a little time to yourself first thing in a morning can make a huge difference tohow you feel, and it prepares you for the day ahead. 

You’ll also have chanceto get yourself ready, giving you more time to help the kids get ready when they’re up. 
Create a morning routine chart
No matter how old your kids are, a morning routine chart can prove invaluable. Your kids can use it to work through their morning chores, such as cleaning their teeth, washing their face, getting dressed and having breakfast. Once they’ve completed a task, it gets ticked off. You’ll be surprised how much kids enjoy making their way through their morning routine when they have a little chart they can tick off!
The above tips should really help you to master your kids’ morning routine. However, keep in mind that some mornings, even the tips above might not work. Parenting is a never endingchallenge and it requires a great deal of patience and persistence! 
*This is a collaborative post*


Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Win a Peppa Pig My First Calendar

I've teamed up with Danilo to giveaway a Peppa Pig My First Calendar which is perfect for little Peppa fans.

We were sent a calendar for Ophelia and she adores using it. Every day she heads to her calendar to fill it in. She peeks out of her curtains to see what the weather is like and then we have a chat about what day of the week it is, what season it is, what time of day it is etc.

The calendar is reusable as it is wipe clean and therefore it can be used for many years. It's a great educational tool as it encourages your child to learn days, months, times and seasons.

What I love about the calendar is how colourful and fun it is. There is a movable wheel, different season cards to pop in and a spinning arrow. It also has a my week timetable which is handy for busy parents to keep on top of what their child is doing each week.

It's a must have for any Peppa Pig fans.

To win one for yourself all you have to do is enter via rafflecopter below:

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Giveaway terms and conditions:

  • UK entries only
  • Prize is not exchangeable for cash or any other prize 
  • Competition closes Wednesday 10th April at midnight

Friday, 29 March 2019

Feeling Confident On Your Wedding Day

If there’s any day you deserve to feel the most confident, radiant, worthwhile and beautiful version of yourself, it’s your wedding day. Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel any of those things on any other day. You should give yourself the respect you’re due. But on your wedding day, you should feel like your best self. This doesn’t mean throwing your weight around and being hard to deal with like we often see on those bride-exploitation programs trying to game familial drama for ratings. More like the quiet confidence, the confidence that comes when you’re with the person you truly love and look forward to confirming your vows to them.

Feeling confident on your wedding day might be a harder task than any other day. After all, all eyes are on you when you’re walking down the aisle. It can feel a little worrying to imagine this ahead of time. But with a little self-care, a little preparation, and a little willingness to give yourself the love you need, your confidence will translate to pure enjoyment. Consider the following:

Find A Dress That’s ‘You’

It’s extremely important to feel great in what you wear on your wedding day. But when heading to a bridal store or a tailor, you might find that you’re not really ‘feeling’ the options on display. It might be that you simply don’t want to wear the traditional dress, or perhaps you don’t want to wear a dress at all. It might be that the dress your mother, future mother-in-law, sister and bridesmaids all love is one that you simply cannot see yourself in, but you feel pressured into accepting. But this is your wedding day. Sometimes, you simply have to find garments that are ‘you,’ and the best version of you. Remember, you’re going to be the one who has to wear it, no one else. Exercising a little attention and self-belief and choosing that which you most love, or spending a little longer finding it, could be the best option to help you find something you truly love.

Preparation = Relaxation

The more you can prepare, the more you will feel comfortable in actually enjoying that you have to experience. For example, meeting personally with the wedding music bands you have selected, arranging the photographers with warmth and having a sample set of dishes made from your catering firm can help you ensure reliability, and that there are no nasty surprises on the day itself. A backup contingency can also help you ensure that the wedding can be enjoyed even if something unexpected happens. For example, if you’re planning to have your wedding reception outside in a beautiful rented mansion’s garden, what might you do if it starts raining heavily? Putting these plans in place can prove very useful for the sanity of both you and your partner, but also your confidence.

Just Be You
Weddings have a weird habit of bringing out the ‘strangeness’ from your family. Some cousins you haven’t seen in years might want to know everything about you all of a sudden, or perhaps your second-removed Auntie gifts you something quite odd for a wedding present, and they want you to open it at the reception. Just be you, and remember that your family will likely disperse the way it had beforehand. A little inside smile can go a long way to deal with how these events effect people, and hey, if you’re not sure, pre-planning your invitee list tightly can go a long way!

With these tips, you’re sure to feel confident, as you deserve to, on your wedding day.

*This is a collaborative post*


What Disney Means to Me

The clothing featured in these images were kindly gifted to me buy shopDisney in return for this blog post. However, all words, thoughts, opinions and images are my own. They are always truthful.

I'm not sure where I can pinpoint when my love for Disney began. My favourite film as a child was Mary Poppins. I remember watching it repeatedly on the same day and singing the songs over and over again.  I also remember that the very first film I watched in the cinema was Aladdin which to this day is still my favourite Disney film with Jasmine being my favourite Disney princess. 

Disney is a huge part of mine and my family's life. We watch the films, we wear the clothes, we buy the merchandise and we go on holiday regularly to either Walt Disney World or Disneyland Paris. In fact we are annual pass holders at Disneyland Paris. The shop you will find us most in on our shopping days is shopDisney.

I was kindly sent some of the amazing new adult clothing (as featured in all of the pictures in this post) that is available from shopDisney. I not only wear Disney clothes at the Disney parks but I wear them regularly in my day to day life. The excitement I felt opening the delivery box got me thinking about how my love for Disney has changed since I was a child.

I didn't think it could be possible to love it more as an adult but I certainly do and I think that must be down to understanding the deeper meanings behind the famous Disney films and quotes. Don't get me wrong, as I've already mentioned, I was a huge Disney fan when I was little, wishing I could be a princess and believing in the magic.

Now I'm older, I understand all the positive messages that Disney portray. I've learnt about love, friendship, family, bravery, courage and even sadness and grief. Every film is so clever and manages to pull on your heart strings. I think I've yet to find a film that I've not had a tear in my eye at some point.

The magic will always remain. Meeting Mickey Mouse and other characters is always something we do when we go to the parks and every time we do the excitement never changes. The magic is still there for all of us and so is that belief. Yes my husband and I are fully aware characters and stories aren't real but isn't it a wonderful feeling to just believe for a second. Disney manages to make you forget about your worries and your strife (10 points for you if you're currently singing the song with the words I've just mentioned). It takes you to places you can only dream of.

Whenever I feel down Disney is my go to. If any of us are ill, we'll have a duvet day and binge watch the films as that's guaranteed to raise a smile. 

We are a Disney family and we always will be. It gives us special family memories and stories that will last a lifetime.

If you've loved seeing these clothes make sure you head to my instagram and my dedicated Disney instagram as I am always wearing Disney fashion and we also have a Walt Disney World holiday coming up in May.


Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Tips for Buying Maternity Clothes

Buying maternity clothes doesn't have to be stressful. Just because you're pregnant, it doesn't mean that you have to compromise on being fashionable or comfortable. 

Here are my top tips for buying maternity clothes:

1) Keep your own style
Even though you will be changing shape, you don't have to change your style. If you normally wear dresses and leggings stick to that. Don't all of a sudden decide you're a jeans  kind of person.

2) Don't feel like you have to hide your bump
Nowadays people like to show their bump. I must admit I didn't do it but I think that was from a lack of self confidence. Buy clothes that fit around your bump if you feel comfortable enough to do it.

3) Don't spend lots of money
You can pick up lots of things in sales and then just pick up a few key pieces to see you through the whole 9 months.

4) Make sure you buy comfortable shoes
Your feet my swell when you are pregnant so you may need to buy some wider, cushioned shoes for extra comfort.

5) Buy clothes that stretch
This may sound very obvious but try buying clothes with a more stretchy material. That way they are more comfortable and they will grow with your bump.

6) Get fitted for a new bra
Your breasts will change shape and get bigger over the course of the 9 months so make sure you are in the correct sized, supportive bra.

7) Buy clothes suitable for breastfeeding 
If you are planning on breastfeeding then keep your eye out for clothes that would be suitable for that. Layered clothes are perfect such as vests, loose jumpers, ponchos etc.

*This is a collaborative post*

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