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6.7.20

WHATS ON MY DISNEY TRAVEL BUCKET LIST.

I know travelling has been a bit of a strange subject during the current situation but I've been thinking about our next travel plans - how ever distanced they may be, it's been a fun distraction and a coping mechanism to get me through lockdown. 

See The Stars - Whats on my Disney travel bucket list
See The Stars - Whats on my Disney travel bucket list

And whilst being in isolation, I've not been working (obvs) but that's meant I've had a little less Disney magic in my life and I never thought I'd see the day when I was missing work, but here we are... 

I've already shared my other travel plans and together with J we have such a long list of places we're desperate to revisit or experience together, but whilst I'm more than happy with these destinations, I've always dreamed of seeing more of the Disney destinations, and my Disney related posts seem to be quite popular with you. 

I've been lucky enough to experience Disneyland Paris a number of times, however travelling over to the states and seeing the original Disneyland has been on my bucket list since, god the mid 90's - so believe me, a Disney trip is a long time coming for this girl, okay? 

...So in an attempt to give myself a that Disney joy, I've complied a list of all the Disney plans I've been wanting to tick off said bucket list. 




WALT DISNEY WORLD. 

This might sound lame, but imma say it anyways - I've actually been dreaming of visiting Walt Disney World in Florida since I was a kid and the opportunity had never arrived, lack of funds, travel anxiety and a long list of other excuses. Surprisingly though, I think J is one board for this trip, probably because there's other so many other attractions around (hello, universal) but this could finally be something we do in the near future (or, three years), but here's some of the top attraction bits I'm desperate to see. 

MAGIC KINGDOM 

∙ CHARACTER MEETS - I met Chip & Dale in DLP back in '15 and never felt the urge for character meets on my last couple of trips, but it all seems a little more magical over in Florida. 

∙ BE OUR GUEST RESTAURANT - In all of our trips to DLP I'm yet to book a table at any of the special dining restaurants, so getting to experience that at one of the most well known restaurants is an absolute must. 

∙ SPLASH MOUNTAIN - It's a water ride, right? And on that note I'm sold, I haven't done too much research into this but it's always somehow found itself as a must-do on my list. 

∙ JOURNEY OF THE LITTLE MERMAID - Actually this comes hand in hand with Peter Pan's flight both are story-book rides, so nice and simple yet, the most beautiful rides. 

∙ SPACE MOUNTAIN - One of my all-time favourite rides of DLP, I'm making it my own personal mission to experience this ride at all the parks. 

∙ BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD - My only experience of Big thunder mountain has been on our first trip to DLP in 2003(?) and it's either been closed, broken down or just too busy to ride on my next few trips - so why not save the ride and experience it - bigger and better at WDW, right?  

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

∙ TWILIGHT ZONE TOWER OF TERROR - the ultimate fav ride and no one can change my mind, again similar to space mountain, it's just a must to experience this at all the parks - see whether the storylines are any different, so excited. 

∙ ROCK N ROLLER COASTER - This has now closed at DLP , which breaks my heart and it wasn't until creating this post did I realise it was still open in Florida, I bloody miss this ride so first on the agenda when we book our trip. 

∙ TOY STORY LAND - my least favourite of the Pixar films (I'm sorry, don't judge me) but the parks just knock it out the park (ha) with this theme. It's so bright and colour and really captures the fun from these movies and mate, I just love the attention to detail of these areas. 

∙ STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGE - the newest attraction in Hollywood Studios and one we're both  desperate to see, I've spent more hours than I'd like to admit checking out peoples instagrams and watching YouTube videos of people's trips and omg it looks bloody amazing. 

EPCOT 

I'll be honest I don't know much about what epcot offers but when watching vlogs and watching the imagineering story - I've been desperate to find out a little more about what this part of WDW has to offer... 

∙SPACESHIP EARTH - I mean most of all, I just want to see this in all it's glory, I didn't even realise it was a ride, so that's now on the list. While it looks pretty slow moving, I think I just want to wait in that queue to say I've experienced it, nah, I don't care if that's lame?!
 
∙WORLD SHOWCASE - I've always been intrigued by this as a whole, getting to visit little snippets of countries across the world all in one place and I'm weird fascinated to see what England part of Epcot looks like... 

Obviously being able to see Florida as a whole is chapter in itself on my bucket list, so cutting these down to just a few things was more difficult than I'd like to admit.

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DISNEYLAND CALIFORNIA 

Again, like Epcot, I knew this existed but I never really took much notice and it wasn't until I was 21 and watching the shaytard daily vlogs (ah, anyone else remember those days?) did I really take noticed of Anaheim, but before all Disney fans come at me for not taking note of the original Disney park, I've always had this argument with myself - I'm sorry. 

Now I'm desperate to see this park in all it's glory... 

∙ MAIN STREET U.S.A - Whilst I wouldn't be surprised that each park showcases Main Street the same way, I think it's one of my favourite aspects in DLP that I'd love to see how it's portrayed amongst the other resorts, and to be honest there's nothing like being in the middle of main street that really makes you feel like you've come home, am I right?

∙MICKEY'S TOONTOWN - I remember watching house of mouse and all the other Disney cartoons as a kid that features this town (I think?), but to be honest I'd just really love to wonder round and see Minnie & Mickey's homes, how cute really! 

CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE. 

Right, so I knew this existed but I didn't realise it was a theme park in itself...so actually I don't know what or where I thought it park was. Again, when watching the imagineering story; I learnt so much about this park and have been a little bit desperate since to book a flight to Cali. 

∙ CARS LAND - If you're already noticed a theme here a lot of this knowledge about the parks has come from watching Imagineering Story, and I'm so glad we watched this docu-series...now I was never really the demographic for cars but I love it all the same, two of my 4 trips to DLP we've stayed at Santa Fe and the soundtrack makes me feel warm, so discovering they have a land where I can experience this cool little world for myself. 

∙ PIXAR PIER - There's something about that ferris wheel that I've always wanted to see and that's all. 

SHANGHAI DISNEY RESORT. 

∙ Since finding so much joy from the Paris has me so intrigued to see as many different Disney parks and to experience that joy time and time again; whilst China hasn't always been on the top of my list to travel - but I'm starting to believe I'd really be missing out if I don't include this on my bucket list. 

∙ I believe a lot of the this park is majority similar to the other parks, but I'd just love to experience it all for myself. 

Oh wow, this turned into a bit of a lengthy post didn't it. Being able to visit all the Disney sites is one of my biggest travel dreams - I know it's totally boring and unnecessary to some, but I know many of y'all will agree with me here, so let's just pretend for a while that this will someday become a reality. 

Which Disney resort is at the top of your travel wish-list? Is there anything I've missed that you think I need to see? Let me know... 


2.7.20

OFFICE SPACE MAKEOVER | BLOGGER ROOM TOUR.

THIS POST INCLUDED PRODUCTS GIFTED
 FROM VIKING STATIONARY IN RETURN FOR THIS BLOG REVIEW.

Imagine this, movie montage style...me, working from home, on my dream career. See it? Nah nor me.

And as much as I wish this was a post dedicated to how i've been working from home the last couple of months, I thought I'd share with you how we've turned our 'spare bedroom' into my 'blogging workspace' and, oh my god, I'm biased but isn't it pretty...

See The Stars - Office Space Makeup | blogger room tour
See The Stars - Office Space Makeup | blogger room tour
See The Stars - Office Space Makeup | blogger room tour

This feels a little bittersweet to be writing about my blogging space; as just a couple weeks back I was seriously considering quitting my blog, and although the jury is still out on that decision I'm so grateful that I've got this little corner of the house to reside in when I do feel like writing my lil heart out. 

All blogging doubts aside - a post for a later date, if you're interest? The spare bedroom has finally had a makeover, the room was previously my brothers when we initially moved into this house and became my bedroom when I moved back a couple summers ago. So it's fair to say this little box room at mom and dad's house has seen some stories... 

We made the decision earlier this year to tidy up this room and to give me a little extra space to work on my blogging and with everything happening we'd not really found the time to do anything - until lockdown. It's not perfect but I love having this space. 

See The Stars - Office Space Makeup | blogger room tour
See The Stars - Office Space Makeup | blogger room tour
See The Stars - Office Space Makeup | blogger room tour

Like most lockdown = furloughed, I'd been out of work from March 14th til June 15th and during that time I needed something to keep my brain occupied, and whilst I'm currently having a crisis with my decision to continue my blog and it's platforms, for those 3 months blogging was my ultimate go-to. 

I found a routine that worked well for me, working a similar schedule to a Mon-Friday 9-5 office job, I'd get dressed, grab myself a coffee and spend my day at my new set up - and thanks to Viking Direct I've been able to extend my desk space and *finally* make the room feel complete and guys, I'm in love. 

We've still got the room set up as a bedroom, y'know incase we ever have overnight visitors (which has never happened) - but I've definitely made this an additional *me* room in the house and it's nice to have a place to come and hide out, lol introvert life. Last year we moved my computer and desk into this room anyways as J moved in and my bedroom couldn't hold all my belongings anymore and since then I've been chipping away at getting this space for my 'office' - over time I've continued to add little details into the room - including bits of artwork and my Minnie ears, clearing out some storage space, and once we'd added the bookshelf, this room suddenly felt like a *proper* working space and I'm so grateful for it...

See The Stars - Office Space Makeup | blogger room tour
See The Stars - Office Space Makeup | blogger room tour

Now I've got the room in relatively *good* working order, it's now top of my list to get everything a little more organised - like any basic blogger my desk drawer is filled with notebooks and my 2020 diary, which I use every week/everyday to organise the week ahead.

I've added the letter sorter onto my bookshelf for any urgent letters or blog related bits and I've started to hold my disney ears in the matching letter tray - the ears fyi, I'm hoping to sell on etsy but there's a bit of backstage faff atm, so if you're interested - I'll be announcing any news on instagram. Truth be told, this room has come together perfectly, from a space I thought would take so much work has become the best working space I've had in a long time - although I do miss a day of writing in a coffee shop! 

Whilst it's not been essential for me to work from home during lockdown, I'm so grateful I've now got this working space for all my side-projects I've been doing, trust me jumping between blogging, digital marketing courses and training as a digital marketer with a small business, this desk set up and my incessant need to become a more organised person has made my lockdown life much easier. 

How have you been coping in lockdown? Have you continued working or are you still furloughed? 

29.6.20

HOW TO PLAN A WEEKEND STAYCATION

*THIS POST IS A SPONSORED 
USA BASED GUEST POST*

How to Plan a Weekend Staycation


Vacations are getting more expensive and less attainable than ever- so many Americans are turning to staycations instead.  Giving yourself the feeling, and fun, of a vacation without having to spend thousands or travel is a pretty compelling idea.


The execution can be risky, though.  Here are some ways to prepare and spend your staycation without just spending the whole weekend on the couch.


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SIGHT SEE

It may sound weird to think about sightseeing in your hometown, but every city has its views and beauty to take in.  Whether you're enjoying the mountain views in Tucson, or taking in the beautiful architecture and classic homes while hunting for Atlanta houses for sale- every city has a picture that will leave you breathless.

If you're by the oceans or near open plains, take in the beauty your area has to offer.


HIT THE TOURIST SPOTS 

Many locals judge tourists when they come to town- and avoid tourist destinations on instinct because of it.  This line of thought can be a huge mistake because you're missing out on a lot that your area has to offer.  Enjoy historic districts, many of which offer ghost walks and tours- or go to amusement parks or rides that you'd usually avoid.  This one can be a more expensive option since no tourist trap is typically free- but budget for this ahead of time and plan out what you're going to do.


If you’re not sure what tourist traps are hot in your area, look it up online!  Almost every town in America has a tourism website.


EAT CREATIVELY

You don't have to eat at the most expensive restaurants, or order in, to have a nice meal.  Cook a meal with whoever you're spending the staycation with, and have a picnic together.  This picnic can be in your backyard or in a park that you see often but never actually get to enjoy.  Some gardens and arboretums that are free to visit even allow you to picnic there as long as you thoroughly clean up after yourselves.


LEAVE YOUR ELECTRONICS OFF

Take a vacation from social media, get offline, and live in the moment.  Focus on the world around you, instead of screens.  If you’re aching for some entertainment, go to a drive-in theater (they’re making a comeback!), or see if a local theater is putting on a show.  Give yourself the chance to reset entirely from your online life.


LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Take a class!  It can be online, or in person- or you could even watch some how-to Youtube videos- but learn a new skill.  The best options are cooking, painting, or doing something with your hands. Getting something new can be rewarding and can make your brain work in ways it didn't before.  You don't have to study hard or treat it like college, but let yourself enjoy the learning process.  After all, if you're taking up a cooking class, you're at least guaranteed something tasty to enjoy afterward.


The most important thing is that you enjoy yourself.  Instead of working, or just being a homebody, this is your time to cut loose and relax.


25.6.20

SPREADING JOY WITH MOONPIG

 THIS POST INCLUDES GIFTED ITEMS
AND DETAILS FROM A VIRTUAL PRESS EVENT

Quite frankly, the world sucks right now. There's so much going on, and while so much of it is out of our control, there's a lot of pressure on our shoulders to follow guidelines & work towards the world going back to normal and honestly, at times I'm filled with so much worry, so when MoonPig gave me a break from reality for the evening, you better believe it was bloody wonderful. 

Spreading Joy with MoonPig - See The Stars
Spreading Joy with MoonPig - See The Stars
Spreading Joy with MoonPig - See The Stars
Spreading Joy with MoonPig - See The Stars

It all started with some really fun deliveries including this beautiful bouquet of The Luxury Rose & Peony - fun fact; for a year during my degree I'd spend my Monday evening's with a lady who would teach me sewing & flower arranging in the hopes to become her apprentice, so when these arrived my memory from this time came flooding back to me - and the pressure was on to make sure I didn't kill them before the event the following evening. 

Oh trust me, it wasn't the only fun delivery as not too long after a whole bunch of cocktail equipment arrived from mix and twist and then my bar tending days came flooding back to me too (but that was in a nightclub, so a little less pressure on my shoulders). 

With all this in my hands, I was super eager to see what moonpig had in store for this event... 

THE MOON PIG APP

The reason for this event was to showcase the new mobile app that moonpig have launched, and guys  if you're anything like me; you'll find this an absolutely game changer, and life saver. 

I'm definitely that friend that doesn't forget your birthday but just forgets the cards instead...and I honestly believe I've lost friendships due to my forgetfulness, but with the app and my iphone calendar, I'll be able to calibrate the two, set my 'push notifications' and I'll never forget - or at least we'd hoped. 

I've always been aware moonpig and it's ability to create more personal greetings cards and it wasn't until this event that I was able to really see it first hand; not only do they offer designs for your average occasions, they offer 10,000+ cards and a wide variety of different occasions too - like lockdown! Who'd have thought we'd need a card for a pandemic but hey, whatever works to cheer our pals up! 

I really enjoyed searching through the app, checking out all the designs and seeing even the simplest ways of making things more personal to my needs; including sending them as e-cards or multiple sized physical cards - which fyi when using the app, you can use the camera and see a visual of the cards sizing! Oh, Oh anddddd your progress is saved along the way, you can add your own images and you can scan in your own handwritten messages so you've still got that personal touch. Ah, I love it all so much. 

A note to all my friends; please expect moonpig cards for any future occasions, sorry not sorry!? 

Spreading Joy with MoonPig - See The Stars
Spreading Joy with MoonPig - See The Stars
Spreading Joy with MoonPig - See The Stars

I was so overjoyed when I was originally invited to this event, 1) I haven't been to an event in years and it was a nice reminder that this part of being an 'influencer' still happens, and 2) It's so fun to see how it was going to come together  - spoiler alert; I think this was one of the best events I've attended.  

COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS W/ MIX & TWIST 

After our demonstration from the Jasper, it was time for our cocktail making masterclass with James from mix & twist - which I quickly realised trying to do in my box bedroom was going to prove tricky, but we managed, just about... 

With the help of James, we created three different gin cocktails: 

1. GIN GARDEN 
2. ELDERFLOWER COLLINS
3. STRAWBERRIES GIMLET

My favourite part about it all was the fact surprising fact that every cocktail included gin, yet each one had such a difference in flavour - amazing! The elderflower collins was my favourite of the three and I've been finding any excuse to put my cocktail making skills to the test ever since. 

Oh, and you won't be surprised to find out how desperate I was to use the just eat voucher that moonpig had provided by the time I'd finished drinking these - omg, so good. 

FLOWER ARRANGING. 

Once we were a few cocktails in, it was time for the flower arranging - I may have already mentioned how worried I was about doing the flower arranging - only because I was petrified of doing a bad job. 

Thankfully for anyone who orders these flowers (for loved ones or yourself) they come with a little booklet about how to prep & present your flowers - but some of the tips I gathered from the event; 

definitely use the flower food (or find other alternatives online); 
∙cut your flowers at a diagonal and remove any leaves that will touch the water.
∙think 50% vase 50% flowers when finding the best vase for your bouquet. 
∙clean the water & rinse the flowers daily if you don't have the flower food.   

I don't really think I can impart wisdom when it comes to flower arranging, I mean go wild and enjoy the creativity in putting the flowers, colours and textures together, make them suit your personality and enjoy it. 

Spreading Joy with MoonPig - See The Stars

It was such a honour to be involved in Moonpig's first virtual event and to witness it be so successful filled me with joy. 

As already mentioned I'm the worst person for sending cards; I have very little excuse for this - it's probably just I take after my dad rather than my mom who's super organised with sending out a card for every occasion, however with the help of the event and getting that hands on experience with how the app works, how simple it is and how they offer delivery of a variety of gifts and flower's, my unorganised life might just get a little shaped up. 

Thanks for having me along Moonpig, it was such a fun evening and I can't wait to make my first order; with both J's birthday and Fathers Day approaching, I'll be sure to get my use out of the app.

Are you already using moonpig? Will you be using it for future occassions? 

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