Future Disney event, time to plan!

There aren't many events that I take a part in but this year I discovered there was something other there for me to enjoy. Disney and I go hand in hand! I can't pass by a Disney store without running in and I've started to rebuild my DVD collection.

So what is Disneybound? It's sharing your love of disney by wearing clothes that represent a character. This doesn't mean costumes! Just normal every day clothes. 

While this event is months away I'm still looking forward to it and am spending time planning out what outfit to wear. My top choice of character is Belle (I'm a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast). She's simple but elegant in her own way. 

Disney, Belle casual outfit

Disney, Belle casual outfit by me

Of course, there's a list of backup characters. Mulan, R2D2 and other not listed on here like Merida, Stitch, Pocahontas...the list goes on and on!!! Thankfully there's a lot time between now and then to get my outfit planned and ready to go.   

Warrior Mulan

Dumbo Casual Outfit - Disney's Dumbo

Star Wars

Star Wars: R2-D2

Star Wars: R2-D2 by paula008 

Do you have any Disneybound outfits? Who's your favourite disney character?

Don't forget to check out the links below!
Disneybound UK

No, I'm not one of those sorts!

There are numerous horror stories of bloggers being bothered by representatives of various companies and it saddens me to hear that Younique is one of them! First things first, to get it off my chest...I'M A YOUNIQUE REPRESENTATIVE!!! No way do I represent those ladies out there that are haressing the blogging community in fact, you could say that I'm one of the more quiet ladies.

I love Younique! Not had a problem with it and maybe that's the because of the way that I handle my business. I'm not the sort to go out and hound people while shoving products in their faces and following with 'this is good! you should buy it!'. That's not I'm all about. My reasons for joining Younique were out of a whim and desperation to make a profit on the side because lets face it, as a college student with a casual job I've not got a lot of time on my hands.

My clients are mostly close friends and family with the occasional new person and for me, that works. I don't go out looking for others because I know what it feels like to be harassed by such companies. I invite people to like my page or to join my group. If they're not interested then that's fine (defiantly not going to turn around and continue to pester them about having to join).

What irritates me is that there are rules to being part of such companies. Knowing that still there are those who are out there not following them and in a way cheating to make profits! I worked hard to get to where I was. It meant getting out of my comfort zone, putting in my own funds and the payback for it is has been worthwhile. There are those of us who work hard to get to where we are on the ladder! To those out there who have turned a blind eye to the structure of the company shame on you!!!

So to those of you who might think that representatives of such companies are mean, horrible, time wasters; please think again! Some of us really aren't bad people! We're just doing something that interests and makes us happy.

Tiger World, expectations vs. reality

Easter Holidays left me with three weeks of nothing to do...so I flew off to North Carolina to spend my 26th birthday with dad and the dogs. Though that means that I would have three weeks of chilling in a nice warm climate with loads of free time. A friend of his bought us two tickets to Tiger World and I thought 'hey why not?' So before I give you my overall thoughts for the day let me tell you a little about the place.

Tiger World is an Endangered Wildlife Preserve located in North Carolina that's dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and preserving exotic species. Their goal is to provide the best environment for captive animals whilst offering visitors a learning experience. Being non-profit public charity, they depend on public support.

Now let me tell you first off that (for those who might not know) that I'm an animal care student. That means that my brain is full of welfare, zoology and other information that makes visiting such places a challenge. I was willing to visit Tiger World as I'd get to see big cats, wolves and possibly other animals that I might not have seen. 

We arrived, handed our ticket and in we went. Boy was I in for a shock! While the area was huge, the enclosures weren't. The big cats had roam to prowl, a den to hide in and a centre piece with platforms to climb and hide under. Now taking into consideration that this was a charity based place, I believe that not a lot of thought went into taking in all those animals. 

The worst I had to see was a baboon that was highly irritated and a load of animals showing stereotypical behaviours (a repetitive or ritualistic movement, posture, or utterance). Now I don't know the history behind any of those animals but I knew that there was a lot more that could have been done to help drive those behaviours away. Enclosures weren't utilised to the best of their abilities (not enough stimulation such as things to climb, mimicking natural environment). I've yet to do further research to determine whether America hold freedom acts for animals but from what I observed not a lot of the animals had access to water.  

Whilst the place provided visitors with a close encounter, through my eyes there wasn't anything amazing about being there. I was filled with emotions ranging from anger to sorrow. Parents weren't paying attention to their children who were mindlessly yelling, shouting and stressing out the animals. Care takers were hardly anywhere to be seen. 

Maybe I'd set my expectations too high, thinking this would be a well organised and thought out place. Maybe if I was a child who didn't understand that that was their life from there on out, I could have enjoyed it a bit more. Maybe I was letting the student side of me take over too much which didn't allow me to truly see what Tiger World was trying to do. Either way, I didn't enjoy my time spent there. As quick as I was inside I wanted to be back out and on my way home. Each to their own opinion in the end but I wouldn't recommend Tiger World to any of my close friends or relatives.

Cherry Pie, featured blog for March

Allow me to introduce you all to Cherry Pie, a blog written by a 27 year old who goes by the name of Cherry. Her blog was brought to life in 2009 and from that time has grown to the blog that it now is.

This blog is beautifully set up, with amazing photos incorporated into the posts and easy navigation. Written content is easy to read through and leaves a smile on your face whilst wanting to read more. I enjoy the variety of subjects covered such as baking (check out her Rocky road mini egg bites), life posts (If Twitter wasn't a thing) and blogging this is her blogging routine).

What do you most enjoy about blogging?
The thing I mostly enjoy about blogging is the interaction with other bloggers and the support/comments on posts. The whole blogging community is really supportive and I know when I'm feeling a bit rubbish about my blog there are lots of lovely people out there waiting to cheer me on as well as inspire me. I also really enjoy the photography side to it, although my patience is definitely tried when the weather isn't on my side and I can't get a good pic!

If you had the choice to move to a country to live in for the rest of your life, which country would it be?
America would probably be the country I'd choose, that or somewhere lovely and sunny with lovely beaches!

You're photos are amazing! What camera do you use?
I use a Canon 500D with some lenses that my boyfriend bought me for Christmas. I'm by no means a pro but I find it's just a case of trial and error, which can be a little frustrating at times but once you've got it, it's the best feeling, especially when someone then compliments your pics!

Have you got a life long ambition? If so, what is it?
I've not really thought about a lifelong ambition, I guess it would just be to be happy in a nice home with my boyfriend and continuing to enjoy what I do. I'd also like to get a few holidays under my belt!

Be sure to have check out her site and her social media:

How to Stay Healthy While Living Consciously

How to Stay Healthy While Living Consciously

The best lifestyle is the one filled with activates fitness and joy. However, under the influence of various commitments and obligations some of us tend to neglect these aspects and slowly embrace the unhealthy lifestyle, without even realising it.

1. You Are What You Eat

The food you eat can largely influence your entire body, both inside and out. Any changes on your skin, as eczema, acne or blemishes can easily be the consequence of an unhealthy diet. A heathy skin can only be the result of a well-balanced diet, so replace the sugary snacks with food rich in vitamins, proteins and fibre. Vitamin A is one of the essentials vitamins for healthy body, so introduce more low-fat dairy products into your diet. Food that is rich in antioxidants, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and plums will protect the skin from damage and premature aging. Green tea is one of the most beneficial beverages for the skin, due to its properties. It reduces the risk of skin cancer, and has anti-inflammatory effects. Supplements are also a good idea if you’re leading a busy lifestyle, so don’t forget your daily intake or important vitamins and organic calcium.

2. Pay attention to how your body feels


You should always listen to your body, and do not ignore the signals it is sending you. Fatigue, constant need for napping, depressing, stressful, and anxious thinking are all the signs of an unconscious living. In order to get on the move and improve your lifestyle, stop being the slacker and procrastinator, and jump into your running shoes and start exercising. Furthermore, get up early in the morning and start the day fresh and energized. Once you embrace the healthy routine, you will feel so much better. If you feel like you need a little bit of support in starting to live consciously, you can always ask a life coach, or a personal trainer to help you reach your goal.

3. Get regular exercise


Working out on a daily basis is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Exercising will help you lose weight, or prevent you from gaining any if you are already lean. Furthermore, it increases the production of happiness hormone, which means you will instantly feel better, and consequently look healthier. Whether you choose to workout in a gym, or jog in the park, it will be perfect for both your body and your spirit. However, working out outdoors is much healthier, because you will be breathing the fresh air instead of a stuffy one in the gym.

4. Go Organic


Organic food is becoming more present in the lives of all of each day. Considering these foods do not contain pesticides and chemical fertilizers, or any genetically modified organisms it tends to cost more, but is considerably healthier than the non-organic food. You can find organic food in every supermarket, or on your local market, so make sure you give up on any GMO and turn to the good healthy organic groceries. Do not think about saving your money, but rather protect your health. Let us be honest, you cannot put a price on your life.

5. Wake up Your Consciousness


I am sure you would like to have every day perfectly planned and filled with different activities that will make you feel accomplished and happy about yourself. This will not happen overnight, so start changing your life immediately. The sooner you start the better. Forget about spending hours laying in front of the TV, having sugary snacks, procrastinating and slacking off. These activities will only harm your health. Instead, embrace the workouts and an organic lifestyle. Be active, fit, healthy and glowing, so that you can live a long happy and healthy life.

About the Author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Australian personal trainer and an editor at Ripped.me fitness blog. She has a degree in nutrition and her goal is to teach people to live a healthy, happy life. You can contact Amy on her Facebook page.

Sorry dear Bambi, a stray dog story

A look into their eyes, a spark of connection and then your heart melts. It's impossible to control the thoughts and emotions that are clogging your mind and judgement as the two of you gaze at each other. Before you know it, your decision has been made. Now you have a new pet that has settled into your home. At least...you hope they have settled.

It's difficult to say no to a yearning need. To have this new furry friend in your life means the world to you as it probably does to them. Having no idea of their history makes things a bit more of a challenge but it's one that you're willing to try!

That's what I thought when I came across a stray Lurcher (the nurses have affectionately named her Bambi) at the vets. She had been brought in terrible condition and my hearth sank before taking a leap into the pond of love. The way that she looked at me with such sorrow and fear made me want to be the one person that she could trust. I wanted to become her new friend. To be able to protect her from the nastiness of the world and shower her in as much love as possible.

I got all excited as I pushed away my reasonable thoughts and told everyone that once she made it, she would have a nice safe and loving home with me. Oh but as I live with Matt and his family and they have a dog (a doberman by the name of Millie)...probably best that they have a meet and greet first.

The day that she was given the all clear I arranged for her to meet Millie. Maybe it was the environment (they were meeting at the vets) that caused the family dog to act a bit unusual. I shrugged it off and went with the idea a trail day. They'll both be in a house, away from strange people and noises. An ideal place to meet.

End of the day she came home with me. Nervousness and excitement coursed through my veins. This was it! No turning back tonight. Thought it was best to take them both out for a short walk to get used to each other before unleashing them in the house. Millie wasn't having it. Another dog suddenly in her house, all she could do was bark at poor Bambi. It was all Bambi could take before she had enough and snarled at Millie.

Disappointment. Her I was greatly hoping that the two of them would get along so well. In the end, Bambi was brought to boyfriends room where she spent the night with us. Content with that though. She made herself comfortable in the room and on the bed, curling up with us at night.

Morning came. My thoughts had finally settled and the animal student within me spoke out. I can't keep Bambi confined within one room forever. All of this was causing unnecessary stress on Millie and that in turn affects Bambi. With all she had already gone through, keeping her was going to do more harm than good however sincere my intentions were.

With a heavy heart I collect her things and headed back to the vets. Whilst thoughts of what the nurses were going to assume about the girl who was so intent that Bambi would have a happy home with me the hardest thing I had to do was put her back in her kennel and walk away.

Had circumstances been different, she would have returned to London with me. New rules state no pets are allowed in our apartments. Now I'm left with a worry that she'll think ill of me and won't ever find a place to call home.

Moral of the story...having the best intentions might be the way to go but consideration of others welfare (animals and people) should be put first. I'll have my day of being able to rescue another animal in need. A chance to give them the life they deserve but until then, I'm left waiting and dreaming. Have you ever been in a similar circumstance?

How was your February?

What I wanted to complete February 2016

  • Get a blog post up 3 days in the week. IN PROGRESS. It's been a slow month along with a busy month, along with an unmotivated month. My blogging inspiration has flown out the window and reining it back it has been slow work. Only now have I started to get my blogs written and ready to post for the three days within the week. I guess I just have to find my rhythm before getting into the swing of things. 
  • Cut down on food expenses. IN PROGRESS. Lucky for me, I spent 4 weeks out of London and in Essex. Usually that would mean expenses galore but I've managed to not go overboard. Work experience meant that I can't go crazy and when I did have to go out and buy what I needed it was the essentials (milk, butter, veg, etc.). 
  • Drink more water. INCOMPLETE. I've got loads of water bottles hanging around the house! I've been filling them up and sipping it here and there. It's not led me to continuously drink though. 
  • Complete the 30 day workout challenge. INCOMPLETE. I was about three weeks in and then work experience took over. My time was spent and by the end of the day I'm shattered, can't be asked to do anything but just lay down. Once work experience stops I'm wanting to get back into the swing of things. 
  • Enjoy being me. IN PROGRESS. There have been nights were I can just curl up in bed and enjoy watching anime or reading. I've reverted to reading fanfiction, listening to disney music, watching cartoons and it's not a bad thing. That's the person that I've always been. Each day I'm letting myself be me. It's not as bad as I thought it would be. 
I don't think that February hasn't been my best month as there was a lot happening with college. With the months getting closer to finishing my first year I'm starting to think that my goals should be limited and focus more on college. Was your February eventful?