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15 Facts You Didn't Know About Disney



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As a massive Disney fan, I always love to read up about my favourite films and characters as well as the history of Disney. So for those who are like me,  I have created this post on 15 Facts you may or may not know about Disney. 


1. Early Disney films have no mothers in, films such as The Jungle Book, Bambi and Pinocchio. It's      been suggested that this was because of the death of Walter's mother in 1938. She died from carbon    monoxide poisoning from a faulty heating system in the house, the house that Walter brought for        his  parents. To this day there are still many Disney films where the is only one parent or tragic            strikes and leaves the lead character (s) orphaned.  E.g Frozen, Tarzan and Big Hero 6 to name a          few.  

2. Wall-E is named after Mr Disney himself, Walter Elias Disney 

3. For several years Disney held the patent for Technicolor making him the only animator allowed to       produce films in colour. 

4. Walter built an apartment for his family above the 'Fire Department' on main street in Disneyland,
    California. A lamp was used in the window to signal to staff he was in residence. This is now               always lit in his honour. 

5.  Disney has a secret cocktail club called club 33. It's hidden above the Blue Bayou in New                    Orleans Square, with a strict members list of 487 members and a waiting list of 14 years! 

6. Steve Martin ( Father of the Bride Actor )  used to work in the magic shop at Disneyland.                             
7. The actors that play Minnie and Mickey mouse married in real life, now thats a fairytale!   

8. Boo's real name is Mary, you can find it on a drawing in her room. 

9. Mickey Mouse has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

10. The ideas for Monsters Inc, Wall-E and Finding Nemo were brainstormed in 1994! So some of            these 'New' Disney films may not be so new. 

11. The Jungle Book was the last film overseen by Walt Disney. 

12. Walt Disney actually played Peter Pan in his school play!

13. Pumba was the first Disney character to pass wind. 

14.  Aladdin's face was modelled after Tom Cruise. 

15. Did you know that Ariel and Hercules are cousins! Triton's father Poseidon is brothers with                 Zeus, Hercules's Father.



I hope you liked my 15 facts, if you have any leave them in the comments below! :) 



Snail Moisturiser by Skin Chemists London




When you think of moisturiser you don't necessarily think of snails ... but hear me out.
Snail moisturiser is actually a thing and it's pretty good for your skin! I'm always up for trying new skincare products especially if they are going to help, so after reviewing the Bee Venom serum I thought I may as well try out the Snail Moisturiser.

Snail moisturisers are really nothing new it's actually been used for years in skin products and recently in the last 5-10 years, it has become very popular in South Korea.

Skin Chemists London has launched their very own snail moisturiser, their Advanced Skin Duo Moisturiser.
The moisturiser uses snail excretion, which may I first jump in and explain that it has been filtered many times to only use the good stuff! However as weird as it may sound it is packed full of vitamins, proteins and Proteolytic Enzymes, which all does wonders for our skin!





These key ingredients aim to delay the appearance of ageing and to provide protection from free radical damage such as the sun's UV rays.
As well as to protect and rejuvenate our skin, it is full of moisturising properties to nourish our skin. I don't know about you, but my skin has been ever so dry with the cold weather,  I can honestly say that since using this my skin has become incredibly soft and re-hydrated.

 So let's  have a look at the key ingredients to see what you're actually putting on your skin. I always like to check what I'm

using on my skin, I like it to be cruelty-free and with as many natural ingredients as possible.


Key Ingredients 


Snail Secretion -  Aims to delay premature ageing of the skin, whilst reducing visible age spots and providing protection from free radical damage.

Tiare Flower Extract - works to hydrate, repair, soothe and purify the skin.

Vitamin E Acetate - aims to moisturise the skin whilst providing protection against skin damage from the sun and its UV rays.

Creatine - Imitates an amino acid found naturally within the skin, its job is to revitalise cell energy metabolism, whilst hydrating and protecting the skin.

I can also say that the snails are not harmed during the process of the secretion extraction and once used they are returned to their home. Just like with the Bee venom their methods of extraction is entirely humane.

So after testing out the snail moisturiser, I can say that I have a much more hydrated and softer skin, my complexion is also much more smoothed out there isn't any redness and I haven't really had any spots as of yet.
I would definitely recommend using this product and just for my readers, I have a code where you can get your very own snail Duo Moisturiser for an offer of just £19.99 when you use the code: ANDREA1 on the Skin Chemist London website, normal retail price is £99.90.










*I was kindly sent this product in exchange for an honest review.

Semi-Permanent Tattooing at LA Perfection




Having good brows is a must in my beauty regime. Good brows can shape and frame the face, but bad brows can do the complete opposite.

I was recently given the opportunity by LA Perfection, an advanced Oxfordshire Skin clinic specialising in cosmetic tattooing and skin rejuvenation, to have my very own treatment of micropigmentation or more commonly, semi-permanent tattooing.

I had thought about having my eyebrows tattooed for a while and then when the chance came up I knew it was something I wanted to do. I don't think my brows were too bad, to begin with, I just needed help defining them. Also having them tattooed gives me one less job in the morning, as a busy mum of two spending hours in the morning applying makeup is just not possible.

I was slightly apprehensive before my treatment but I needn't had to be, Lyndsey is highly qualified after being taught by some of the industries most renowned experts. Not only that but Lyndsey is so thorough and friendly I was instantly put at ease.



First I had a mini consultation, this is where Lyndsey explained the procedure, asked me what type of brows I like, and the style I do my own in.  Then she explained all the details of the aftercare, and once I had signed the consent form it was time to get tattooing!

Before tattooing, Lyndsey applied a topical numbing cream to reduce the feeling of the tattooing. I personally felt no pain during my sessions, I was actually so relaxed I almost fell asleep! And  I'm terrified of needles and pain! The only thing I felt was when Lyndsey had to pluck some of my hair.

Once the numbing cream was on Lyndsey then used a ruler to symmetrically draw the outlines of my new brows, once we were both happy the tattooing began.
Lyndsey uses a popular ink called Li these inks do not have orange or blue ndertones like some others do so colour will be natural and fade nicely.

Micropigmentation is slightly different to microblading, the main difference is the tool used. In micropigmentation a machine that is similar to a tattoo gun is used, the fine needles are used to place the pigment into the skin.  However, for microblading, a hand tool is used. Microblading doesn't last as long as micropigmentation because it only goes on the top few layers of skin whereas micropigmentation goes deeper.



With my first session done I was sent home with my instructions of aftercare, I was provided with some cream to put on my brows to help keep them moisturised.  I was also told not to get them wet for at least a week, and to keep them out of direct strong sunlight.  You also don't want to be pulling at the scabs either as these will pull pigment out from your skin and leave you patchy, you want to let your skin naturally heal no matter how tempting it is!

Once your brows are healed you are then booked in for another appointment, which is your top up at about 6 weeks.

Why is a touch up needed? A touch up is needed due to a number of reasons, one is that not every skin holds pigment the same, there maybe some pigmentation loss or some modifications needed. A second treatment will also boost the colour.

In all I have been more than satisfied with my brows, Lyndsey has done an amazing job and the pain was next to nothing for me, it just felt like I was having an electric toothbrush over my brows.
The healing time was relatively quick and the colour has stayed in extremely well. I actually didn't get my brows wet for almost a month, I think paying the extra attention to them really helped with the overall look at the end.  My brows look natural and I can easily rock a 'no makeup' brow and if I want to up my brow game then I can add some powder on the top.

I will need to book in for a top up every 12 -18 months but for the price and service I received, I would be more than happy to continue treatments.

Treatment costs £375 and that covers the cost of both sessions, 1st session and 6 weeks top up session.


Lyndsey is literally the brow queen and if you're lucky to be in the area I would definitely book in for treatment. You can see all of Lyndsey's and the team at LA Perfections work on their facebook page.


* I was kindly gifted this experience in exchange for an honest review. 










My Top 10 Money Saving Tips For Decorating The Garden




I'm so excited for spring and summer but my garden is far from ready!

My aim for the garden is three things, stylish, low cost and family friendly. As much as I would love to splash out on my garden, there are so many things I want to do this year with the kids which means that our budget for the garden isn't huge. But in reality, you don't need to splash out.  I'm going to show you just how I plan to makeover our garden on a small budget with these 10 tips.



1. Design

Planning ahead can make you spend less money as you will know exactly what you need and how much you need. It also makes it easier for you to shop, meaning you're more likely to find deals and bargains. 

2. Budget 

Work out your budget and stick to it! Put money aside in a pot and only use that for your garden, you can do some much without spending a fortune, trust me. 

3. Ask Family & Friends 

I have been given a lovely couple of bits already for my garden without spending a penny and that was from family and friends. 
My grandad gave me a chiminea that is pretty much brand new.  He didn't use it and asked us if we wanted it and I have always wanted a chiminea, to sit around in the summer toasting marshmallows with the kids. 

So checked to see if you anyone you know is getting rid of any useful items first. 

4. Preloved Sites 

Check on sites like Gumtree and Preloved to see if anyone has any useful tools, plants or furniture for free, you can find some excellent bargains. 


5. Homemade & Upcycle

Save money by homemaking or evening upcycling items - see what you have and see if you can actually fix and upcycle it before hand. If you have an old wooden table for example sand it down and repaint it, you could easily save a £100 or more. 

6.  Shop Around 

Don't just buy the first item you see, look around in other stores or online to see if you can get the same item cheaper. Also, make sure you use stores or websites where you can receive cash back as it's always handy to earn money back on your items. I love using Swagbucks and have a lovely little amount of cashback that will go towards Christmas. So think ahead and earn money whilst saving money. 

7. Facebook 

Look on Facebook for cheap gardening bits or even free items. You can also find people offering a skill at a cheaper price. handy if you don't want to spend a fortune on landscaping or maintenance. 

8. Wooden Pallets 

If you or someone you know is handy with the D.I.Y  then wood pallets can be a cheap but fantastic way to kit out your garden. From making your own decking, playhouses, planters and furniture wooden palettes are normally extremely cheap or even free! 

9. Learn a Skill 

This year I have learned a valuable skill which will help me save time and money. As I will show in another post I have made a mini palace for my herd of guinea pigs. In order to do this, I had to learn some skills. The biggest one was how to lay a mini patio. Now I feel confident enough to re-level our old patio meaning we save a hell of a lot of money and time. 

10.  Pinterest 

If your needing help for ideas Pinterest is amazing, there are thousands upon thousands of ideas, hacks and tutorials to look through to give you plenty of ideas for your own garden. I have already started my own album on Pinterest for inspiration. 


If you have any more money saving tips please let me know in the comments below or leave me a comment telling me one thing you love about your garden. 




Car Maintenance Checklist





When I learnt to drive it hadn't occurred to be that I would also be the one in charge of my cars health.
I'd always thought I'd have someone else to do that for me but over the years I have had to learn for myself the importance of looking after my car. Today's post I wanted to share my own tips on how to keep your car in good health. It's really simple and anyone can do it, all you need is a checklist and your cars manual for guidance.

The first thing I do is make a list on my calendar and in my diaries when my car needs its servicing and MOT.  As its a legal requirement I make sure that I have the end dates noted down and I set a reminder on my phone with plenty of time to book a suitable appointment.

Next, I make a list of all the things I need to do to my car on a monthly or weekly basis an example of these are;

                                                               -Cleaning my car out                                                                  - Coolant and Antifreeze levels 
                                           -Checking air pressure in my tyres                                           
  - Wiper blades 
                                                                         -Oil Levels                                                                             - Screenwash 
                                                                  -Tyres & tread depth                                                                    - Lights 


These little checks can be the first signs in detecting problems that could potentially lead to bigger issues and a huge bill from your garage!

One area that often gets forgotten or ignored about and that I have now added to my checklist is the exhaust.  The exhaust is a vital part of our car because the exhaust provides a range of jobs from improving the fuel consumption and engine's performance to redirecting the fumes away from passengers and also helping with noise reduction.

If you think your car exhaust may have a fault then there are many garages that can help for example DAT Tyres provides trouble free car exhaust repairs in and around London and Hertfordshire.

When driving listen to see if you can hear any unusual noises as these can be an indication there is a problem. As well as just listen have a good look at your exhaust check for any cracks, rusting and holes getting to know what your car looks and sounds like can help you detect problems earlier.

As well as keeping an eye on your exhaust it's also vital to check your tyres on a weekly basis, checking for any punctures, changes in physical appearance and especially the tread depth will help keep your car road legal, running efficiently and as safe as possible.
If you need to change your tyre don't always go for the cheapest you get what you pay for and especially in Winter you want reliable tyres, I personally use Dunlop tyres. They are mid range tyres with excellent grip and performance in all weather, I have yet to have any issues. 

Checking your car regularly can help save you hundreds of pounds, in the long run, so download my car checklist to help you with your car maintenance.


Do you check your car regularly? 


* This is a sponsored post all words and opinions are that of my own.


Disney Bounding An Introduction

As a little girl, I use to love dressing up as my favourite Disney characters. My sister and I had a couple of Princess outfits and I was so gutted when I became too big for them, the joys of having to grow up!  Since then I have followed the world of cosplay but dressing up in full character every day isn't always going to be the most practical of things to do, could you imagine me on the school run in Cinderella's ball gown! Actually, that would be pretty amazing!

Recently I have been looking at the growing trend of Disney Bounding, basically dressing up subtly for adults.
You can create your favourite characters by picking a colour scheme or specific item and tailoring it to that character. You also don't have to spend a fortune as you can put many outfits together from the item you have in your wardrobe, and if not hit the charity shops as you can normally find some great pieces.  You see a lot of Disney bounding in the Disney parks, adults aren't allowed to dress up like young children are allowed to, so this is a perfect way to still be able to join in the fun, be creative and explore your Disney side!

Below are some examples of how you can dress up like your favourite Disney character. 


I love the idea of bounding and hope to experiment over the summer with many Disney bounds, I may even get the kids to join in too! 

                     Have you tried Disney bounding? Let me know what Character would you bound as?

Bee Venom Review - Skin Chemists



Now that I am approaching the big 30! oh gosh! that is the first time I've said that out loud! 
I feel it's more than ever important for me to make sure I'm taking care of my skin.
I don't want to have too many wrinkles if I don't have too and would like to keep my skin looking and feeling youthful.  I am lucky that all the females on both sides of my family have very good skin and they have all age beautifully. However, I am not going to just rely on my family's genetics. Every day I cleanse, tone & moisturise and recently I've upped my game and added Bee venom to my daily skincare routine. 





 Bee venom and how does it work in skincare?

Using bee venom in skincare has now become a very popular skin care regime with the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Yorkshire firm users of the Bee Venom serum. When I saw this I knew I  had to give it a try for myself.

As we age collagen and skin elasticity decreases which can lead to sagging skin and deep wrinkles. By stimulating the collagen you strength the tissue on your face and improve the skin's elasticity leaving you with firmer and youthful skin.

So how does the bee venom work? Well in simple terms it makes the skin believe that it has been stung by a bee, more correctly the toxin melittin. Blood then rushes to the area stimulating the production of collagen, leaving you with firmer and younger looking skin.

The first thing I would say is to check that you are not allergic to bees. I wasn't sure if I was or not as I've never been stung and so I decided to test a small amount on my hands and luckily I was fine.

The serum comes in a small easy to carry bottle perfect to take with me in my handbag if needed. The serum is soft and fast absorbing and you only need a small amount, the size of a pea is recommended.



Now I don't have many wrinkles if any, but the one thing I have seen is my skin looks so much fresher and lighter. I would normally wake up with a dull, grey looking skin but recently I have noticed a slight glow to my skin and I have done many school drop off's makeup free which normally I wouldn't do.

As I don't really have any wrinkles I couldn't say what the results would be but It's something that I will definitely be continuing with and hopeful it will help keep those wrinkles at bay.

Gift for my readers....

Now here is something a little treat for all my readers I have a discount code that means you can try the Bee Venom for yourself at a fraction of the price.

All you have to do is enter the code ANDREABLOG  on the Skin Chemists website where you can get the bee venom for £19.99! This offer is until the end of March only so be quick as the usual retail price is £135.






*I was sent this product to review all opinions are that of my own. 











5 Ways To Boost Your Income




If you are looking to earn some extra cash maybe towards a holiday, Christmas or something bigger then here are 5 easy ways in which you can do to boost your income.  


1. Ebay and Facebook Selling Pages 

How many of us have items in our home that are unused and unwanted? Have a clear out of things you no longer need or use and put them on local selling sites and eBay.  You're more likely to sell items faster through these sites then by waiting to go to a car boot. 

2. Secret Shopper 

Becoming a secret shopper is easy and you can pick and choose the assignments you want to do and get paid for them. So if you love shopping then this is a great opportunity and companies like Gapbuster and Market force are the perfect place to start. 

3. Cashback sites & apps

Using sites like Quidco and Top Cashback to receive cash back on your everyday spending. There are quite a few ways to get cash back from, credit and debit cards to sites for online shopping and apps on your phone.  

4. Surveys 

Sites like Swagbucks are a great platform to start earning some extra cash.  Swagbucks points are earned by filling out surveys, watching videos, downloading apps and more. Once you have earned so many points you can exchange them for gift cards or deposit into your PayPal or Amazon account.   You can also earn cashback with online shopping.  I'm a major fan of Swagbucks at the moment and have found it pretty easily to earn some extra pennies great for me to save away for Xmas!

5.  Offer a skill

Do you have a skill you can offer? Are you good at gardening? Making jewellery?  Dog walking? If you have a skill why not offer your services.  You can advertise in so many ways from local selling and community pages on social media to online sites like Esty and Fiver, and the good old fashioned way by advertising in local shops.




Bathroom Ideas - Slate, Grey and White


I have been dying to decorate our bathroom, it's one of the rooms we haven't touched since we moved in and it really needs a revamp.

I want something modern, something easy to maintain and lots of storage! I have been scanning good old Pinterest and Instagram for some inspiration and through my research, I  have had some major decor envy from some very beautiful bathrooms! 

I have decided to go for a grey/slate colour scheme with a hint of white, this way I can always easily freshen up or even add new colours in if I want something different. 

Luckily the bathroom isn't a major job, no building work is required but I may have to borrow my brother in law for some electrical help. 




1. New lighting was a definite must have for us as it's just a light bulb in its socket. I love this light from Ikea and at £40 it's not too bad in price either. It's very modern but it also has a slight old age feel to it which I love.

2.  I wanted to go grey, but due to our bathroom being long and narrow, the dark slate grey I really wanted was changed for Johnstone's paint in China Clay - £27.99. To help maximise the feeling of space to our oddly narrowed shaped bathroom. 

3. I want the bathroom to feel calming and natural, a place of relaxation and serenity. One of my goals this year is to bring in more foliage to the house and so I think a white orchid will bring in the perfect amount of tranquillity to the overall design. 

4. Dunelm Mill always has some lovely homeware items and storage is a big thing for me. When I saw this toilet roll basket (Seagrass basket £15.00) I knew it would be a perfect fit and storage solution to the ugly toilet rolls just stacked on the side. My 3-year-old loves to play with them and kick them all over the place so this way they are out of the way and hopefully less interesting!  

5. Shower curtains are literally the biggest nuisance for me, but due to the way our bath and shower head is, we have to have one. I can't wait until the day we can have one of those walk-in wet room showers!

At the moment I have a thing for Damask print and this one at £8.00 from Asda is perfect. 

6. Lastly, this slate hand soap dispenser will be a perfect addition to the room, you can find it at Dunelm Mill for £14.00

Luckily the flooring doesn't need changing, I had some new rustic wooden lino put down before Christmas. I am still looking for a mirror but may have to wait until I've painted and decorated to then decide on the shape and size I want.

I'm hoping to get this project done in the next month and will share with you on the blog the final look.  

Tell me what colour schemes you've gone for in your bathroom. 


Best in show Review






We all love to spoil our pets, they do so much for us and me in particular the girls help me with my anxiety and stress levels. So every now and again I like to treat them to show them my appreciation. 

This is where Best in Show comes in, a company that specialise in luxury pet products and gifts.
They were kind enough to send us a little hamper for the girls to try out.


The girls were sent the Doy Toy Box gift set, priced at £19.99 the gift set contains a bottle of Woof Dog Beer,  which is non-alcoholic. A wheat free peanut butter cupcake, a pack of Duck Whirl treats and a Grin 'n' Tear it Ball. All packaged in a lovely dark wooden crate
As well as the gift box, we were also sent an extra Grin 'n' Tear bone and for me, a Top Dog mug to relax and enjoy a cuppa in whilst the girls test out their new toys.




 Honey has been putting the Grin 'n' Tear it ball and bone through its paces and after about a week she has managed to put a slight dent into the bone. It's now frayed but this makes her love it even more as we can play tug of war with it and she can easily throw it about.  I'm very surprised it's actually lasted this long as she can go through a toy in a day!



The ball is still fully intact and a fun toy the girls both like to play with. It's easy to pick up and hold so even the littlest member of the pack can enjoy playing with it! 





When Honey is all worn out and out for the count it's time for Daisy to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet!  For this she has a range of yummy treats, the Duck whirls are a definite hit. I've had to put them up out the way as Daisy would devour the whole packet if given half the chance. They are small little circular duck flavoured treats,  pretty much a yes for any food loving dog!

We all enjoy a glass of wine or a beer after a long hard day and Daisy has joined the club. Woof beer is a non-alcoholic beef flavoured dog beer.  At first, Daisy wasn't too sure but once she realised it was something she could drink she seemed to really enjoy it.
I think it's a very fun and novelty gift, we are actually attending a puppy party next month for our friend's puppy so I may have to order a couple of these for the birthday pup!





Last but not least for the dog products is the peanut butter cupcake. 
I've always wanted to have a go at making delicious, sweet treats for my dogs and when I saw this I really wanted to see if it was something the girls would like.  

I let Disy have a go first, I knew she would savour it whereas Honey would pretty much inhale it and swallow it whole.  So Daisy was up first for the taste test and again another hit Daisy is very fussy with food especially now she's 7. 
Both of the girls really liked their treats, however, I would be careful to only feed these as occasional treats as I think it would possibly be too rich especially with Honey and still being a puppy. 



For me, I was able to enjoy a lovely hot chocolate in my 'Top Dog' mug. I'm a very fussy person when it comes to mugs, for one it has to look nice and secondly it has to feel nice. Please tell me I'm not the only person that feels this way about mugs?

This mug ticked both of my boxes though  I love the subtle bone design with the 'Top Dog' slogan and it's extremely comfortable to hold and drink from.  I also think it should get extra brownie points as it's such an instagrammable mug, it's kinda like a blogging thing that you have a light box, flowers and of course a plain white mug of some description.


If you are a dog-friendly family looking to pamper your beloved pooches or someone looking to buy for that Dog owner in your life then I would highly suggest Best in Show.
With an array of luxury gifts to choose from at very reasonable prices, you won't be disappointed.


Let me know in the comments what you love to buy for your pets.