30 January, 2018

Make a Statement Using Wall Murals



Walls don't have to be a blank canvas, whether you want to make a statement of colour, pattern or imagery wallpaper murals are a fantastic focal point for any room. 




The beauty with wallpaper murals is that you can choose from a huge variety and you can even use your own photos! 


Below I have listed 4 important tips to note when including a wallpaper mural into your home. 



1. Style 

Choosing your style/theme is extremely important, you are going to have to live with it so make sure you love it and also does it match in with the rest of the room's decor/style?


2. Size 

Decide on your size, there are many ways in which you can put up a mural it all depends on the space you want to transform. Also from experience make sure you measure up the right size for your Mural I always measure twice to be on the safe side!



3. Preparation 

To get the best from your mural you will need to make sure that your wall is freshly prepared.  a flat and clean wall is ideal for creating a smooth finish. Make sure to give the walls a quick wipe down so that it is free from any dust or residue that may spoil the application/overall finish.





4. Accessorize

This is probably my favourite part, picking all the little accessories to pull the room in all together.
Your mural should be the main focal point so go for colours and patterns that compliment your mural instead of clashing against it.  If you're stuck for accessories plants, storage boxes, cushions and small tables are my go to for the perfect finishing touches to any room!






What do you think of wall Murals? Have you ever used a wall mural before? 


* collaboration post- all opinions and words are my own unless otherwise stated. 










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22 January, 2018

It's Oh So Disney: Pocahontas Film Facts





Welcome to the start of a brand new blog series! As many of you will know I'm a huge Disney fan, I live, eat, sleep, collect and sing  Disney all day long! 

One of my absolute favourite thing to do when I have some free time is to explore behind the scenes of each of my favourite Disney films. I have always loved watching the bonus featurettes on my DVD's as well as searching online for documentaries and any extra footage I may come across.  
The whole process of making a film especially an animated one fascinates me it is what inspired me to take Film and Media at A Levels. 

Over the course of each week, I will be sharing some fun and interesting facts on each of my favourite Disney Films.  

Pocahontas is starting the series off as it has always been a favourite of mine, created during the Disney renaissance era which personally I think is the best era for Disney films. It features all the classics from The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast to Pocahontas, Hercules and The Hunchbach of Notre Dame to name a few.  

Can you paint with all the colours of the wind.....



1. Pocahontas was the first interracial coupling for Disney, young Native American Pocahontas finds love with British explorer John Smith. The Princess and the Frog has the second interracial coupling with Prince Naveen and Tiana.

2. The film was released on the real Pocahontas's 400th anniversary of her birth year, the exact date is unknown.

3.  The film took 5 years to complete due to the type of complexity of the animation progress, each scene was also rewritten 35 times! - All that hard work really paid off!


4. Pocahontas is based on a true story, unlike many other Disney films that are purely based on folklores and Mythos. Mulan is another example of a Disney film based on a real-life event.


5. Mel Gibson also provided the singing voice for John Smith, not a singer by nature Gibson said he was open to the idea but wouldn't be changing careers over it. 

6. Percy the Pug is historically accurate when researching for the film the director Mike Gabriel found out that in the 17th century British royals would carry small dogs with them.



7. Technically Pocahontas is the first native American Disney Princess, Tigerlily in Peter Pan was!


8. To bring Pocahontas to life 55 animators were used during the film's process, now that's a lot of teamwork right there!



9. Disney was also working on The Lion King at the same time as Pocahontas. Many senior animators choose to work on Pocahontas as they weren't sure on the success of The Lion King but both films did extremely well at box office especially, The Lion King which went on to be a huge success!

10. Pocahontas was the first Disney film with a human best friend.




11. Producers and Directors had to stray away from the original story of Pocahontas due to the fact that in real life Pocahontas was 10 years old and John Smith was in his late 20's. There was no romance in real life between the two characters and sadly Pocahontas died young. The film was given a Disney makeover to make it more suitable for families. However, there are some accuracies to the film Pocahontas did save John Smiths life from chief Powhatan and she did travel to England which is the bases of the second film Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World. 





12. Patrick Stweart and Stephen Fry were both originally lined up to play Governor Ratcliffe. The role was then given to David Ogden Stiers who has had a long career with Disney voicing many other characters such as, Jamba from Lilo and Stitch and Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast.


13.  Pocahontas is the only Disney Princess with a tattoo.


14.  The song If I Never Knew You was removed from the final cut for being too boring, it's actually my favourite song from the film. Luckily on the 10th anniversary, the film was released with the song included.

15. Pocahontas is the only Disney Princess to not change her outfit through the entire film.



16. Famous Comedian John Candy was to voice the sidekick of Pocahontas, a Turkey called Redfeather. Unfortunately, John passed away in 1994, It was then decided that there would be no speaking side kicks and Meeko and Flit were introduced as Pocahontas's new non-talking friends.



I hope you enjoyed the above facts if you have any suggestions on my next choice film please leave them in the comments below. 





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16 January, 2018

The Importance of Car Safety







When I learnt to drive it hadn't occurred to me 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, over the last 6 years I have had to learn for myself the importance of looking after my car.  Maintaining your car is really simple, 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 it's 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 out the car // coolant and antifreeze levels //Air pressure 
Wiper blades // Lights // Tyres & tread depth // Screenwash // 
Oil levels 


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!

It's vital to check your tyres on a weekly basis, checking for any punctures, changes in physical appearance and the tread depth.  This will make sure your car is safe, road legal, and running efficiently. 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.
Buy tyres online and have them locally fitted at Iverson tyres. 

(Image from Pixabay)

One area that often gets forgotten or ignored about 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.

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.



Do you check your car regularly? 


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

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09 January, 2018

How To Start The Mornings Feeling Positive





Starting the day can be hard especially if you aren't a morning person. I'm very much a morning person even more so now I have two children and two dogs lie-ins aren't possible anymore. 

I find getting up in the summer extremely easy as soon as the sun rises I'm up and out of bed between 4-5am with a spring in my step and all the motivation in the
world, but during the winter it's definitely not as easy.

I have written down my top 5 tips on how to be productive and start your mornings full of positivity and that get up and go feeling.



1. Shower 

Having a shower first thing really awakens me but to really make me feel pumped and ready for the day I play music. I have a playlist of music on my phone especially for that morning doom and gloom feeling!



2. Music 

As I mentioned above music is a fantastic way for inspiration, I may sing like a cat being strangled but listening to music and singing along badly really puts a smile on my face!

I also have set playlists on my phone for different things, for example, the morning playlist tends to be extremely nostalgic and cheesy music. For blog work I like to listen to calm and inspiring music and then for the car with all my errand running and school pickups, it's a full-on Disney broadway/karaoke spectacle! 



3. Get Planning 

Every night before bed I write down in a notepad or on my phone all the things I need to do or have for the next day. This allows me to sleep stress-free without worrying in the mornings one of the first things I do is to check my list which helps me with prioritising.




4. Breakfast 

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I have to agree, the days where I eat a nutritional breakfast are the days I have more energy and more motivation. 
For breakfast choose foods like porridge, eggs and even smoothies to start your day right.

5. Affirmations 

I have recently become a fan of the Law of Attraction, this isn't about finding love as a lot of people seem to think it's about. It's about how to manifest your dreams by leading a positive and happy life with gratitude and mindfulness.

Every Morning I spend 5 minutes reading positive affirmations, they could be about general happiness, money, work and even self-confidence. I  also like to search on Youtube for affirmations with meditation so  I can shut off for 2-5 minutes to absorb in the energy and the positivity. It always makes me feel happier and refreshed. 


So that's my 5 ways to start the morning with positivity, let me know what you do in the morning to feel positive and motivated for the day ahead. 




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03 January, 2018

Blogging Goals for 2018




Why hello 2018!  

Such a fresh new year with so many amazing adventures to be had! This year I'm focusing all on the blog, I'm not making any resolutions in my personal life but instead focusing all on the blog.

2017 was a low year on the blog for me but I'm back with a spring in my step and what better than to start the year with a post on my blogging goals for this year! 
This year I would like to go full time with my blog, dip my toe into Youtube and really live in the blogosphere that I have been nervously standing on the outside for way too long. 




F R I E N D S 

My first goal of the year is to make more friends, over the last few years blogging has lead me to meet some lovely people and some lifelong friends but real life had ended up in the way and those friendships have drifted or completely disappeared. 

This year I would love to make some more friends and reconnect with old friends. I always feel so anxious meeting new people because I'm terrified I won't be liked and will end up bullied. I know that this is the anxiety talking and not true so this year I will be trying to make more of an effort talking to people and to not hide away. 


S T A T S 

Blogging stats over the years haven't been too much of an issue for me but if I want to make this a job I need to push myself and up my status to get work and opportunities. 

One of my goals for this year is to reach the following on my social media accounts. 


Twitter 

Current following: 6,021
Goal Following: 15k 

Instagram 

Current following: 2,371 
Goal following: 5k 

Facebook 

Current following: 1,214
Goal following: 5k 


Youtube 

Goal: 1k 

So those are my Goals, I have tried to be realistic and not ask for too much. I have found Instagram extremely hard to grow with the ever-changing algorithms that keep happening, so I really want to up my game and change things.  




INSTAGRAM 

Probably one of every blogger's goals is to have a large Insta following. Instagram is my favourite platform but I want to up my game and have better content so for the first few weeks into January I will be doing a ton of research into what style/ theme I'd like. 



MY 2ND BLOG 


At last but by no means least this year I want to grow and have fun with my other blog The Cotswold Sprocker (Dog Blog).  I launched in November last year and have only put a very small amount of content up so I would love to grow my blog and take on new opportunities for myself and Honey. 



Well, that's my goals for this year, what are your goals for 2018? 

















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01 January, 2018

Quick & Healthy Meal Ideas


Like so many others  I'm trying to make it a goal to eat more healthy by making better food choices. Over the last 2 years I have been pretty slack with eating healthy and as a result, I have put on 2 stone. This year I want to make a change and make better decisions about the foods I eat. 

I hate the word diet so that isn't what this is, this is about eating the foods I love but making it a healthier option. So I came up with a few of my favourite healthy meal ideas for those wanting to do the same. 

All the meals are simple and quick to make and perfect for that busy family on the go! 


Sweet Chilli Salmon with Kale and Broccoli 


Instead of having my Salmon with rice I have substituted it for kale which is rich in vitamins especial, vitamins K and C which are good for blood coagulation and healthy skin and bones. 

Poached Eggs on Bacon and Spinach 


My alternative to a fry up! Spinach is fantastic for lowering cholesterol and boosting the immune system.  I then grill the bacon and poach the eggs. 
For those wanting to keep your bread make sure you use wholemeal or brown bread instead of white bread. 

Turkey Taco Mince with Spinach in a Wrap 


 Turkey Lettuce Tacos



I love Mexican food but it can be calorific so I make sure I use as many vegetables as possible to bulk out the dish. I find that this makes it cheaper to feed us but also I can easily get two meals out of it. For those wanting to be super healthy take away the wrap and use lettuce leafs as wraps. I'm still converting the kids on this one so for them they will have a wholemeal tortilla wrap. 



Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry 



For this, I have left out the noodles and used some of my favourite veggies, there is such a wide range of veggies you can use I personally love to use broccoli, baby sweetcorn, peppers and onions and I always pack a ton of fresh ginger and garlic in. 



Stuffed Pepper with Salad 



Vegetable Couscous 


For the days where I'm hungrier than normal, I use couscous to bulk out my meal. Couscous doesn't make me feel heavy and bloated like pasta, bread and rice so a bowl of this normally packed with veg is enough to carry me through the afternoon until dinner.  It's also a cheap meal so if you're looking for a fulfilling meal but also looking to save money on your weekly food shop then this meal is perfect. 


Chicken and Humous Flatbread 



 I love a toasted sandwich but again the calories can very quickly add up depending on the filling so to have something similar I toast a wholemeal flatbread and add some salad and chicken breast. Instead of using butter or mayo I add some hummus its all about balance and making healthier options. 



Salads






The last thing I will be trying to eat more of is salads, I always find it harder to eat salads in the winter but I'm going to try and make more wintery salads using hot meat and warm boiled eggs. 




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