Mystery Blogger Award.

Hello! I was recently nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by Gina, so thank you very much! Pretty please go and check out her blog here! πŸ’›

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma.

The Rules

As with most blogging awards, there are a set of rules to guide us through the processs.

  • Put the award logo onto your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award.
  • State three random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 10-20 people.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choosing.
  • Share a link to your best post.

Three random facts about myself.

  • I’m a vegetarian.

  • I am a support worker for adults with learning disabilities.
  • I can read Braille but only with my eyes not my fingers… πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

My Questions.

1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Better believe I’d be straight back on that plane to Florida to see my beloved Mickey again!

2. Why did you choose to be a blogger and not a Youtuber?
I enjoy writing and wouldn’t have the confidence to pop a camera in my own face, especially in public! Although, fun fact: When I have had a little bit too much to drink I suddenly think I’m a vlogger. The videos are comedy gold.

3. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
More time to do the things that make my heart happy, more time to see my partner, family and friends!

4. Are you a cat or dog person?
I’m allergic to cats! Dogs all day long!

5. Would you rather live by the ocean, or in the mountains?
By the ocean, the beach is one of my favourite places to be plus living in the mountains would be a disaster for me as I’m too unfit to walk up and I’m terrible at hill starts.

My nominees are:

Mrs Burch

Elsie LMC

Holly Robiin

Ash Williams

The B Word

Jenni

AyR Galaxy

Chloe Luna

Bournemouth Girl

Hannah Van-De-Peer

The questions for my nominees:

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. What is your favourite Disney movie?
  3. What kind of music do you like?
  4. What is your biggest achievement?
  5. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I’m so excited to read all of your answers if you ladies would like to join in! πŸ’›

Ok so the last rule, share a link to my best post:

Florida! Part 4.

I chose my most recent one! It’s about one of the best days of my life and gives me all of the warm fuzzy feelings, I’m suffering major Disney blues at the moment so I’ve been reminiscing hard! πŸ˜„

Hope you’re all have a lovely day! Thank you for reading!

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Florida! Part 4. πŸŒŽ

Hey! I can’t believe I’m still writing these Florida posts! I’ve got to part 4 and day 18. This was my favourite day from the entire trip as it involved Dr Robotnik taking part in his acting debut with Belle, meeting Louise Pentland, Be Our Guest and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! So I’m dedicating this entire post to the fun packed, hilarious day 18, another Magic Kingdom day! 🏰

We headed to Magic Kingdom, I was already itching to see the castle again. We ate breakfast at Gastons Tavern which was incredible. Dr Robotnik still talks about the cinnamon roll he had, he announced it to be the best thing ever. I had a Pain Au Chocolat and LeFou’s Brew, LeFou’s Brew is an apple juice flavoured with marshmallow and topped with creamy passion fruit froth – Only in Disney hey?!

Okay so if you don’t know Dr Robotbik and I personally here is a little bit of background information for context on what I’m about to tell you.. I am the Disney mad one, prior to our Disney Holiday Dr Robotnik wasn’t so much. He’s very tall and has a beard and tattoos. He hates having his photo taken and if by some miracle you succeed in taking one he rarely smiles for the camera. Most of all…He hates being center of attention. 😏 Now that we’re all caught up I have to tell you about ‘Enchanted Tales With Belle’ I didn’t really know what this was, I knew it wasn’t a ride and that obviously it would be with Belle. Poor Dr Robotnik however thought that we were in the que for a ride. Imagine his thoughts as we enter a room as the only adults not accompanying small children. There we were stood at the back as some dramatic story telling took place and they start asking for volunteers to play parts. Obviously they included as many of the children as they could but then they asked for a ‘grown-up’ to play the knight. To my absolute joy they chose Dr Robotnik. The daggers he gave me as he was pulled up to the front, handed a knight mask and asked to march on the spot next to the talking wardrobe will live in my mind forever. They were all given their roles and told what they needed to do at what points of the story then we moved onto another room with seating so that all the parents could watch their adorable children taking part, and one proud girlfriend could watch her also adorable 30 year old boyfriend in his acting debut. Belle came out looking like a totally beautiful princess and all of a sudden it wasn’t very funny as she linked Dr Robotnik’s arm and starts parading around the room – Where was the Beast!? Hands off my man Belle! (She did compliment my OTT sunflower Minnie ears though so I’ll let her off.) All of the time while this story telling was going on there were Disney photographers taking pictures, I could feel Dr Robotnik’s awkwardness from behind his mask. Once we were out I could finally let my laughter free and I honestly think Dr Robotnik was still confused about what had just happened. What a highlight!

We ran around the park trying to get as many rides done as we could. One thing on my bucket list was to meet Rapunzel because Tangled is one of my absolute favourites and I’m a big child. I made sure I had a Fast Pass for this! As we entered the que I suddenly realised we were stood behind Louise Pentland! – If you don’t know, she is a British YouTuber, UN change ambassador for gender equality AND she’s a best selling author. I’ve watched her channel for years! She has two little girls called Darcey and Pearl. So anyway there we were stood behind Louise and Darcey waiting to meet Rapunzel and I didn’t know what to do. Inside I was fangirling hard. Dr Robotnik was making faces at me because he knows how much I watch her videos, especially leading up to our holiday as I was watching her previous Disney vlogs! I knew if I didn’t say hello I would regret it and what came out of my mouth? ‘LOUISE!!’ Pretty sure I made her jump and I definitely wasn’t acting cool. What made things worse was I was actually wearing a massive t-shirt with a massive picture of Rapunzel on the front and I was sweating like crazy. I probably looked like an absolute loon and that poor woman was trapped in a que with me. She couldn’t have been nicer though, we spoke until we were called in, Darcey was the cutest little human, so polite and chatty! What a day!

In the afternoon we popped back to our room to get refreshed and changed ready to go back to Magic Kingdom again for our ‘Be Our Guest’ reservation and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! I’m sorry to say after much deliberation we didn’t dress up, and I’m kind of glad we didn’t as the heat was insane! Instead Dr Robotnik wore Sid’s t-shirt from Toy Story and I wore a Hocus Pocus one with the Sanderson sisters on the front.

Oh my god the party was awesome! Straight away you’re given a trick or treat bag and people are stood on the side handing out sweets, or should I say candy as we were in America! We had our ‘Be Our Guest’ reservation so headed straight there.

Be Our Guest, woooow. The Beast’s castle was SO cool. We were sat in the ballroom but had a little nose around, we even braved the west wing! The food was ah-ma-zing and the grey stuff is most certainly delicious! Once you’re finished you have your photo taken with the Beast on the way out, this is one of my favourite pictures!

Full of food we were ready to fully embrace Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! The effort people had gone to with their costumes was brilliant, I started to feel bad that we hadn’t dressed up!

We trick or treated our way around Magic Kingdom and my smile honestly didn’t leave my face.

I need a moment to appreciate the Hocus Pocus show. I had been looking forward to it so much and it was one of the main reasons I was so desperate to go to Disney near Halloween. I grew up adoring Hocus Pocus so I was in my element. The ladies that played the Sanderson sisters were perfect for the parts, they definitely put a spell on me!

We watched the ‘Boo To You’ parade, Dr Robotbik and I still can’t get the parade’s song out of our heads months later! – Loved it!

Possibly the worst photo taken in the history of pictures ever…But I couldn’t leave out the headless horseman who starts off the parade!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has different Disney characters and villains to meet than usual, I made sure we got a hug with Lotso because he’s so cute, also Tarzan, for obvious reasons… 😏

Be with a man who isn’t afraid to hug a giant pink teddy bear! πŸ’–

Getting towards the end of the night we crowded round the castle for the ‘Hallowishes’ fireworks which of course were every bit incredible.

Dr Robotnik had spent our whole trip banging on about Splash Mountain and begging me to go on it, my extra happy mood and time for one more ride meant I finally caved, so that’s how we ended our day. Wet, so very wet.

As you can see… I loved it. πŸ˜’

My little heart was so happy heading back to our hotel room after the most perfect day, giant bag of sweets in hand, although I resembled a drowned rat, I was a very happy drowned rat!

Thank you for reading! As always it’s very much appreciated!

If you’d like to read my previous Florida blog posts I have linked them below! πŸ’›

Florida Part 1 🌞

Florida Part 2 🌎

Florida Part 3 🏰

The Number On The Scales Will Not Determine My Happiness!

Hello! I promised myself to start writing about topics that I’m passionate about, topics that make me nervous when pressing the publish button, positive but kind of scary subjects that I find difficult to voice to other humans – Does this count as voicing them? I’m gonna say yes. πŸ˜€

Today’s topic? The number on the scales will not determine my happiness.

I was thinking about this whilst scrolling through Instagram and seeing all the 10 year challenge posts. I am a huge lover of these, I love seeing how other people have changed. I had a little dig through my Facebook to find some of my pictures from 2009 and my first thought was ‘Whoa! You have a waist Misha!’

It got me thinking about when those pictures of my 18 year old self were taken and how I wasn’t nearly as happy as I am now. Do not get me wrong, I wasn’t miserable but I was in a relationship that was so very wrong for both of us, I was keeping up with a very toxic friendship and there wasn’t a lot of structure to my life apart from attending college. Funny thing is I thought I was fat at the time, I’m pretty sure I was following slimming world at this point too. I also had an ex tell me that I’d be pretty when I lost my ‘puppy fat’ – Why I didn’t let the door hit him on the way out right there and then I will never know! πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

They say when you get into a relationship you gain weight which may or may not be true for some people, but for me it’s no coincidence that the last time I wore a bikini was the same week that my partner asked me out on our first date! The pounds… *cough* stones, that I piled on are happy memories, places we’ve eaten, days out, cosy takeaways and treats. I am the happiest I’ve ever been, and also the heaviest I’ve ever been. πŸ’β€β™€οΈ Would I like to be healthier? Absolutely! Would I like that 2009 waist back? Pass me the magic wand!..But ultimately that’s not what makes me happy.

True happiness right there! ^

We are not defined by those numbers on the scales or the size of our clothes. This is a friendly reminder to myself and whoever needs to hear it… Do not let your weight take over your thought process, this time of year especially it seems everywhere you turn there’s slimming world/ weight watchers/ gym advertisements, which is great if that’s what you’d like to do but please don’t let it steal your happiness.

My Best Friend’s IVF Blog!

A super quick one today! I did have another post scheduled but this is far more exciting! My gorgeous, crazy, lovely and super duper bestie has got her dates to start her IVF so I wanted to take this opportunity to ask you all so very nicely to go and check out her blog because there’s exciting times ahead! Jenny is the most positive and happy human and everyone needs a Jenny in their life! πŸ‘­

Jenny’s blog πŸ’•

This is the gorgeous lady herself! She married her partner September 2017 and they have four adorable dogs together. Jen is one of the most positive and happy balls of energy you could ever wish to meet, her laugh is slightly mental but incredibly infectious and I love her to bits. I’m hoping and wishing all their dreams will come true because they deserve the absolute world and more.

I hope you’re not even still reading this as hopefully you’ve already clicked the link to her blog! If you are still here, thank you for popping by! …But here is Jenny’s blog link again… πŸ˜‰

Jenny’s Blog πŸ’•

How To Make Palm Free Soap. (Very easy!)

Hey! I discovered how to make these soaps last month so wanted to share with you lovely lot! I really enjoyed making some for my friends and family as little extra Christmas presents, I found it quite relaxing and they are ideal for a cute little personal touch. They’re really super easy, honestly if I can do them you definitely can.

What you will need:

  • Melt & pour Palm free Soap Base.

I found mine on Ebay, the one I used was ‘Stephensons’ – Link below!

Soap Base! πŸ’›

  • Soap fragrances of your choice!

I chose Black Cherry, Parma Violets, Lady Million and Orange & Cinammon. I would definitely recommend the Ebay seller I got the Black Cherry from as it was a gorgeous scent and a little went a long way! Link below!

Black Cherry Fragrance Oil πŸ’

  • Soap Moulds.

You can have lots of fun choosing which shape you’d like to make your soap, I chose some pretty flowers (mainly for the sunflowers) and little square ones with ‘100% handmade’ written on them, once again I found them on Ebay. Links below!

Square Moulds πŸ’•

Flower Moulds 🌻

  • Soap Dye.

If you’d like to make your soaps all different colours then you’ll want to get some soap dye, no prizes for guessing where I bought mine from… Ebay! You can mix the colours together or add them on their own. Link below!

Soap Dye πŸ’™

  • Rubbing alcohol spray.

Once again I bought mine from Ebay, link below.

Rubbing Alcohol Spray πŸ’¦

  • Microwave safe measuring jug.

Just your standard measuring jug, you probably already have one in your kitchen but for hygiene reasons buy one specifically to make your soap! I got mine from Poundstretcher.

Now you have everything!

How to actually make the soap…

Firstly…

Break off some of your melt and pour soap base, pop it into the jug and melt in the microwave. Keep an eye on it and keep checking regularly, take it out once all of the solid soap has melted.

Then…

You need to work fairly quickly as you don’t want your melted soap to set. Add a few drops of your chosen fragrance and add in your chosen soap dye, stir them in very gently as you don’t want to create too many bubbles.

Next…

Once you’re happy that it smells beautiful and you have created your desired colour then pour the soap into your moulds.

After that…

You probably have a few bubbles sitting on the top of what you have poured, if you do you can spray some of the rubbing alcohol to make them disappear!

Finally

You just wait for your soaps to set! Once they’re hard again you can pop them out of their moulds. I found the silicone ones really easy for this part!

Done!

And that’s it! Sooooo easy right! You can package them up how you wish, you are probably far more creative than me but I just bought some little resealable bags and popped ‘Handmade by Misha’ stickers onto them then remembered I also had some organza bags and used some of those too!

Other ideas if you’re feeling fancy…

Add in some dried fruit or flowers! Whilst adding in your fragrance and colour you could just pop some dried fruit or flowers into your mix, these can be great natural remedies for any skin issues you may have for example Calendula benefits are that it’s antifungal, anti-inflammatory and has antibacterial properties which is useful for healing wounds and soothing eczema. Just do your research for what you’d like your soap to benefit!

You could layer your soap, leave some room whilst pouring your mix into the mould, wait for it to set and add another layer of a different colour. This means you could make some awesome colourful soaps!
Hope this has been helpful! Please let me know if you give it a try and tell me how you get on! Have a wonderful day!

Florida! Part 3. πŸŒŽ

Hello! Continuing on with the Florida blogs! Day 7… I was an uncontrollable ball of excitement as today was the day I’d finally walk up Main Street and see the castle! We got up super early to get there for rope drop and to see the welcome show in front of the castle, I cried.

I couldn’t get over how pretty all the Halloween & Fall decorations were!

I was making Dr Robotnik stop every two seconds so I could take a picture or to jump in any quick photographer lines. One of the photographers were taking a picture of us in front of the castle, she asked if we were a couple, we said yes and she asked if we could kiss… You would think she had asked Dr Robotnik to pull out one of his teeth with the moaning and groaning! I have never felt so loved! πŸ˜‚ …Still did it though. 😏

I had the most magical day running around, we went on the small world ride which brought back lots of memories for me!

I bought a Mickey shaped chocolate ice cream lolly with visions of it being so instagramable – Instead what happened was, I took a terrible picture of an ice cream I had already licked, then as the chocolate was melting fast I managed to drop lots, I somehow managed to not only get it all down myself but also Dr Robotnik! Sticky, chocolatey Mickey mess is so far from instagramable!

We watched the Festival Of Fantasy parade then headed back to our hotel to get changed out of our chocolate covered clothes and get ready to go back to Magic Kingdom for our dining reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table!

Oh my goddddddd we ate in the castle! I was a bit sceptical about whether or not I would actually like the food because it all sounded rather posh and there was only one vegetarian option that I could eat but it was delicious! I got given a magic wand and Dr Robotnik got given a sword (which was sadly left behind and as we didn’t fancy any awkward airport hold-ups due to a plastic sword outline in our suitcase!) The princesses all made their way round each table to say hello and to take pictures… I took lots of selfies with them as I don’t trust Dr Robotnik to get my best side, he always manages to capture all of my chins and my eyes shut!

We had hoped to see the fireworks afterwards but we were in there longer than expected and the fireworks were starting as we were leaving and due to health and safety they couldn’t let us leave the area as that’s where they were letting them off so we were asked to wait and watch them from the castle which was nice but not the best view so we planned to come back another day!

After we were released from the castle I talked Dr Robotnik into taking a photo with the Tangled lanterns, I freaking love Tangled! It’s funny because you’re stood there, outside the toilets, both holding the lantern and feeling like wallys thinking really? – So worth it though as they come out perfect! Clever stuff! Such beautiful pictures!

I’ll leave this post here, the next one will be another Magic Kingdom day and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! Ahhh!!!

Thank you for reading! I hope you’re having a magical day!

2019 Resolutions. πŸŽ‰

Happy New Year! First post of 2019 HAS to be my New Year’s Resolution’s, I mentioned in my 2018 round-up post that I love a good clichΓ© resolution, I find them really motivating and good fun! I’m hoping writing them down and broadcasting them to the world will help me stick to them. Here goes… 🀞

1. STOP SPENDING ALL OF YOUR MONEY MISHA! πŸ›

I have no self control but big dreams of buying a van and converting it into a Camper with (lots of) Dr Robotnik’s help. I need to stop spending money on unnecessary items, mainly food. I know food is pretty essential when staying alive, but I think I can afford to cut back a little! πŸ™ˆ

2. Give Veganism my best shot and stick at it! πŸ₯‘

I tried last January but didn’t really research what I could and couldn’t eat very well, I was super unprepared and got caught out a few times. This year is different though as Dr Robotnik is doing it too so it’ll be that bit easier. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but never felt able. I think because I found it so easy to go vegetarian when I was 9 I thought I was failing everytime this whole vegan lark tripped me up, I’ve accepted it will be a learning curve and may take time to fully transition. Please throw any dairy alternative suggestions my way! I’ve already got well acquainted with oat milk in my tea and we have dairy free butter & coconut milk. I basically just want someone to tell me that all the cheese alternatives don’t taste like rubber? I’m begging you!

3. Stop being such an unorganised last minute Larry. πŸ“…

I’ve always been so unorganised but I think I’m getting better! I need to plan more, especially when it comes to this blog! I’ve actually got a diary this year so things are looking up! ‘To-do lists’ are my new best friend.

4. Spend more time with friends and family. πŸ’•

The people I love most in the world! I just don’t get to see them as often as I’d like, partly due to my crazy shift pattern but partly because I’m an unorganised, poor excuse for a human! Must try harder!

5. Read more! πŸ“š

One of my favourite pastimes that I rarely find time to do! I’m definitely a bedtime reader so will make a conscious effort to put down the phone in the evenings and pick up a book instead.

6. Learn how to be more body positive.

Grab a snorkel as this is about to get a little deep. Body confidence isn’t something I speak a lot about, I find it hard to talk about serious subjects and just laugh off any insecurities. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t let the lack of confidence take over my life but it definitely is an annoying niggle that won’t go away. It would be easier for me to say ‘I’d like to lose weight’ – and I would, but I would prefer to say ‘I want to be healthy’ or ‘I want to feel confident and happy in my own skin’ because that’s what’s really important. I’m definitely on the right path, I wouldn’t have dreamed of wearing shorts out in public last year. When we went on holiday to Greece in 2016 even 3/4 shorts made me cringe but before Florida I thought about it, who really cares what my legs look like? Because deep down I don’t really! I bit the bullet and ordered some shorts, that was the easy bit, I packed them, then wore them! I didn’t spend the whole day worrying as I was too busy having the time of my life and that’s how it should be! The moment I realised that I was definitely swallowing the worry and negative feelings were when I posted pictures of myself wearing said shorts on social media, happily not giving any monkeys. So this is the year to build on that, body positivity is the future! πŸ’ƒ

Wish me luck, if you spot me eating cheese or buying another handbag I give you permission to rugby tackle me to the ground! Thank you for reading, please tell me all your New Year’s Resolution’s because I’m unbelievably nosey! πŸ˜‰