Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Tania’s Tips: The Best Ways To Cure Your Boredom At Home*


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Ahh, home sweet home! For the most part, there’s no better place to be. Sometimes, however, it can get a little boring. After all, the hectic nature of modern life means that most of us have simply forgotten how to relax.

Well, worry no more. Here are five fantastic ways to keep yourself occupied during their rare moments of peace around the home. Embrace them immediately, and your leisure time will become far more satisfying.

Read A Book
Sometimes in life, the humble book has all the answers. Of course, you could download them to an iPad or a Kindle. However, I honestly believe there’s something special about having a physical copy of a book (or comic) to read. Those magical pages can take your mind anywhere and are collectibles as well as wonderful forms of entertainment.

Unless you find a first edition Harry Potter book... In that case, please feel free to send it my way instead!

Play Games
Video games don’t have the geeky stigma that they once did. They are suitable for everyone from self-confessed nerds to the cool college kids. There are plenty of different genres to choose from while virtual reality and interactive games are great fun too. You can even win money with casino gaming activities and should visit Juuwin.com for more info. The excitement is incredible.

Console, PC, or smartphone doesn’t matter. Gaming is a great way to pass the time in style for people of all backgrounds and gaming abilities.

Do Yoga
I’m not one to tell everyone that they should spend hours in the gym. However, a little yoga or meditation can work wonders for body, mind, and soul. Whether you have a few minutes or a whole hour, it’s just you and your inner peace. A little soothing music can also certainly help the cause. While I probably don’t do it enough, it certainly makes me feel better.

In fact, now I’ve said it; I’ll endeavour to start practicing it far more often. After all, the benefits are enormous.

Write Something
Writing is an incredibly therapeutic thing to do. Whether you start a blog, write a diary, or try creating a short story doesn’t matter. Expressing your thought or creative visions can feel liberating. Check out Thewritersacademy.co.uk to learn about writing competitions. You could potentially win a prize as well as gain some serious recognition.

If nothing else, it’s a great way to connect with other people that share similar interests. What more incentive could you need?

Watch TV
It’s the tried and tested option, but there’s no doubt that watching your favourite shows and films is a winner. The way in which we consume visual media has evolved, with Netflix and other streaming services now considered king. Meanwhile, YouTube and platforms for individual creators can provide great entertainment too.

Best of all, those on-demand services enable us to binge watch those shows without huge wait times between each episode. Oh, and no adverts either. Yay!  

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Monday, 18 June 2018

Orlando Holiday Diary: Day 14 - Mini Golf & Fantasmic!


We decided to have a relaxed Saturday away from the parks, so today was a quite one. We had a long swim in the pool in the morning, before heading off to a mini golf course just down the road from where we were staying. There were two 18 hole courses, which we did in just under 3 hours - in 33 degree heat - I was melting!







Dad, of course, won both of the games we played! After we were done, we headed over to Applebee's for an early dinner / late lunch. It was delicious as always, and definitely a place to eat if you're super hungry.


Then we went to Walmart to get some food and drink for the villa, and got back in the pool! While we were swimming about, we were talking about the shows at the Disney Parks that we hadn't seen yet, and decided we wanted to see Fantasmic when it was next on at Hollywood Studios.

After a quick shower, I saw that the show was on that night, so booked us three fastpasses for the show, so we'd be able to get there a little early to get some decent seats.








Sorry the pics are a bit naff - I am beyone useless at nighttime pictures! It was a really good show, and I loved getting to see all of the Disney characters come together for the show.

It took over an hour to get out of the arena and back to the main stretch of road, so we dodged into a few shops to get a few things so the queues could go down a little before we headed back home.

Sadly as we were leaving Fantasmic, the Star Wars show was starting, but we couldn't move out of the arena to see it in time.




I adored this show so much! What is your fave Disney World show that's currently on? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Friday, 8 June 2018

June Playlist


I've been listening to a lot of music over the past month so thought I would create this little list off all the songs I am loving right now! Click any of the titles to get taken to a YouTube video, so you can check them out for yourself. Hope you like them!

Had another month of being obsessed with all of these songs!! Like any of the songs above? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

June Wishlist & Where I've Been!


So you may have noticed that since the start of April, I've pretty much gone missing from my blog. Other than some collaboration posts, I took two months away from here and boy, did I need it. I'd ran out of steam, and there were a variety of things happening in my life that needed more focus that this slice of internet.

So what's happened since my Spending Ban post? That was my last non-collaboration post from the start of April.

Since that post, I sadly lost my Aunt at the start of May, and had her funeral last weekend, which was probably the worst one I've been to since my Nan's, 10 years ago. I'm no longer with my boyfriend either, so I'm flying solo for the time being!  I've also been having some mental health issues, which my Doctor thinks is down to the combination of meds I'm on for my Hemiplegic Migraines - which is a lot! Some of them act as a 'downer' when taken together, and then another is an anti-depressant 'upper', so I'm sort of all over the place these days. It's not easy to perk up and write a blog post when I feel like I'm having to act happy all the time, so I took a very much needed break.

My first proper post was my Harry Potter tour post from last week, and then this week I finally done a new post from my Orlando holiday! I won't promise that it's back to business as usual, but I've missed blogging, so going to try and do this month and see how it goes.

ANYWAY, onto today's fancy post which is my current wishlist!




What have you been up to the last few months? And do you like any of my wishlist items? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Monday, 4 June 2018

Orlando Holiday Diary: Day 13 - Animal Kingdom & Fireworks!


Another day, another Disney Park!

We headed back to Animal Kingdom for the day, as we had missed seeing the Lion King show - and we really wanted to see it! We got to the park really early to see if we could get on either of the Pandora rides, but both were near 5 hours long... So skipped that!





To pass the hour before the show started, we headed to Africa to look at the shops, and saw this talented bunch performing some music along the walkway. I loved the sound of it, so we stopped and watched for a while, before going to buy a few goodies!



The Lion King show was really good - we were in the Warthog section! I was singing along to the whole thing!

After, we had a fast pass for DINOSAUR again. Me and my sister were so scared the first time, we hardly saw any of the ride - but this time, I managed to keep my eyes open for long enough to see a majority of it, even though that huge one at the end made me scream, haha!





We then had another drive through the safari, before calling it a day and going to get some dinner at a nearby Ponderosa. I really recommend this place to eat for outside of the parks. The one on 192 East has a souvenir shop next to it, so we ended up in there for an hour and bought far too much.




We then relaxed at the villa for a few hours before going to the Happily Ever After fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom.

I really underestimated how busy it was going to get! We got there over an hour before it started, and the places to view it were quite empty, so I suggested we went on the Carousel of Progress before finding a spot. How naive of me! By the time we went to get a viewing spot, it was SUPER busy.

We ended up along Main Street, but near the Tomorrowland entrance. We still saw the whole thing, but the castle was a little obscured!







Before heading home, I dragged the family over to Big Thunder Mountain for a ride in the dark, before leaving the park at 10:30pm. We finally got back to the car park at about 11:30pm, and arrived back to the villa, just after midnight!

Oh boy, was it busy! I've never felt more claustrophobic in my life! There were so many strollers, wheelchairs, and mobility scooters, that I was hit and had my foot ran over about 10 times in the space of 30 seconds.

Next time I'll just watch from the train station!




If you've been to the fireworks before, what's a good time to get there, and where should we stand? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Friday, 1 June 2018

Are You Suffering From a Lack of Confidence?*




We all suffer from a lack of confidence now and again. It only takes a certain event or situation to trigger these sorts of feelings. However, if this low self-esteem doesn’t seem to disappear, it can become a problem. A lack of self-confidence can stop you from living the life you have always dreamed about. With that in mind, read on to discover some signs that you are suffering from a lack of self-confidence.
You compare yourself to other people all of the time – One clear sign that you have issues with your confidence is if you are always comparing yourself to other people. Do you constantly compare the way you look to others? Do you pay more attention to people you believe to be more successful than you? All you are doing is allowing your self-worth to plummet by doing this. Stop focusing on the good in other people can concentrate on the amazing things about yourself.
You cannot handle genuine compliments – Do you reflect whenever someone pays you a genuine compliment? People that are confident will accept the compliment graciously. Try accepting compliments going forward.
You are constantly worried about a specific personality trait or a certain part of your appearance – Often, a lack of confidence comes from one source. You may hate your teeth, for example, or you may worry that people think you are too shy. This can cause people to retreat and become ever more self-conscious. The truth is, the only person that is worried about these things is you! If you really are suffering due to one specific thing, why not change it? You can have your teeth whitened, or you can have your teeth straightened with Invisalign clear braces. If you are worried that you are too shy, put yourself in situations where you need to meet new people. For example, join a local club.
You are afraid to offer your opinion in a discussion – Do you get scared to give your opinion during a conversation because you are worried about what other people will think? Stop over-thinking. Focus on your breath and never be afraid to say what you think. We all have different opinions and that is what makes the world such an interesting place.
You check your phone when in a social situation on your own – Last but not least, a lot of people with a lack of confidence check their phone when they are alone in a social situation. They do this so they come across more socially connected and so that no one thinks they are by themselves.
If any of the signs mentioned above sound familiar, you are likely suffering from a lack of confidence. This is something that you need to work on so that you can start loving yourself more and living life to the fullest.


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