Monday, 16 July 2018

A-Z Of Me - Updated!

Two years ago, I done a little post called the A-Z of Tania Michele, and it's a post I really enjoyed doing. A lot has changed in that time, so I thought I would do an updated post, and see what new things I can add to this list!

A - America - We really want to go back, and travel more of the country
B - Brooklyn 99 - Currently addicted to this show!
C - Chicago Shows - Fire/PD/Med: I love the #OneChicago franchise dearly
D - Disney - Since our Florida holiday last year, I've got even more into this
E - Earrings - My sister has made me so many cute ones this year, so I've loved switching it up
F - Florida Georgia Line - Music I am currently obsessed with
G - Gum - Addiction to chewing gum is bad, but I love this
H - Hemipligic Migraines - A horrid form of migraine, that causes paralysis now and then
- Infinity War - MY EMOTIONS
- Jodie - One of my friends who've I've re-connected with this year
K - Kennedy Space Center: We had a fab day here, and it's one of our fave destinations as a family
L - Lenovo Tablet - I've wanted an iPad for years, but they're so expensive, so got myself a Lenovo instead
M - Marvel - My fave superhero brand
N - Nicola - My best friend of 10 years!
O - Orlando - This is a repeat of last time, but it's Orlando guys!
P - Purple - My fave colour
Q - Queer Eye - Just started to watch this, and enjoying it so far
R - RuPaul's Drag Race - Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe this show's impact on my life
S - Stickers - Now I'm into journalling, I've become OBSESSED with buying stickers off Etsy
T - Tania Michele - This here blog o'mine, which I've had for almost 5 years now!
U - Universal Studios - So many great rides, and we want to go back!
V - Victoria - New show I've tried out and really got into it!
W - Wicca - My belief system
X - X-Ray - I've had to have a few of these for my head over the last 2 years, due to the Hemiplegic Migraines
Y - Yours Clothing - One of my top fave places to shop 
Z - Zendaya - An icon I can only ever aspire to be like! Loved her in Spider-Man, and the Greatest Showman

I actually had something for each letter this time - yay! What would be on your A-Z list of yourself? Let me know, and if you do this post, link it to me as I'd love to read it! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Friday, 13 July 2018

2018 Goals Check In

It's been six whole months of 2018 - honestly, where has it gone? I've had a rocky one thus far, but hoping the last six months are going to be better! As it's the middle of the year, I thought it was due time, to check over my goals for the year, and see how I've got on. The original post was the first post of the year, so it's overdue.

I can already say that I know I've done crap, but pushing forwards...

Personal Goals
  1. Finish writing my book!
    • Haven't even picked it up to carry it on
  2. Lose 2 stone in weight
    • Lost 8lbs
  3. Keep doing the 52 Week Savings Challenge
    • Gave up with this about 6 weeks in. Lost motivation!
  4. See 6 films at the cinema
    • 4/6 - Not bad so far! I've seen The Greatest Showman, Black Panther, Deadpool 2, and Avengers: Infinity War
  5. Visit somewhere new
    • If a friend's new house counts, then yes!
  6. Read two books
    • Nope...
  7. Do something off my 30 before 30 List
    • Not great at all so far, BUT, #20 is a marvel marathon, which I am currently a few films into
  8. Start filming, and taking pictures more often
    • Really sucked here. I've had some really bad mental health months, so filming and picture taking has basically halted
  9. Stop complaining so much
    • Maybe 10% better here...
  10. Do two more fizzy drink bans for 30 days
    • I did a 32 day streak in April, so just one more to go!
Blog Goals
  1. 1200 Bloglovin followers - ❌ 1102 right now
  2. 6500 Twitter followers - ❌ I had a huge clear out of who I was following, and that lost me 700 followers over 4 months. Down at 5388. 
  3. 1100 Instagram followers - ❌ This is so laughable. I'm at 816, and counting down. I've lost about 300 followers since December.
  4. 550 YouTube subscribers - ❌ 486. This has risen a little since January, but not a lot.
  5. 400 Facebook page likes -❌ 335 at the moment!
  6. 350,000 total blog page views - ❌ I'm just under 3000 views off from this!
  7. Post 3 times each week - I did this January through March, and then took a break. 
  8. Allow myself 2 weeks off from blogging - twice this year - ✅ I had about 2 months a week away from blogging for my sanity and MH. Might do it again, so counting this as a win!
  9. Take part in more Twitter blog chats - ❌ Haven't even tried...
  10. Work with more brands this year - ✅ I've worked with three new brands so far this year, so very happy with that,

I have done so badly wit this! How have you been doing with your goals for 2018? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

July 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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Monday, 9 July 2018

Orlando Holiday Diary: Day 16 - Kennedy Space Center!

Our last full day was for Kennedy Space Center! We had originally hoped to go in the middle of the holiday, but due to Hurricane Irma, we had to wait until it was safe to go.

We left not long before 8am, as it is over an hour away from the villa to get there. We saw the sun come up, and a few hot air balloons on the way.

We parked up and headed to the entrance, and spotted an Astronaut picture opportunity, so we sent Dad forth to have his picture taken! He was so happy!

We then watched the fountain do the countdown for take off, before we headed through bag check and into the complex.

We had a quick look around the Rocket Garden, before going into the Heroes and Legends hall of fame. In here, there was a small tour, mini show, and a lot of exhibits. Below are some personal items of former Astronauts. These items are what inspired their career choice.  We also saw the Mercery mission control station, which was from 1962.

This flag has actually been in space!

The hall of fame was really interesting and moving. It had a picture of all the Astronauts that had been to space from Kennedy. There were even two pictures at the end, of two people who were currently in space.

From here, we had a look around the Rocket Garden properly, before we ventured over to the Atlantis exhibition.

This was a really awesome exhibition. You got to see the original shuttle, and even could sit in a mock cockpit, like my dad did in the above picture.

There were a few interactive parts inside, as well as getting to see a lot of what goes into each spacecraft.

There was also a memory hall for those who died in the Columbia and Challenger accidents. I didn't know much about it, so my Dad filled me in on it, as well as some info about it outside the memory hall. It was a really sad part of the exhibition, as it showed each member of the team who had passed, along with some of their own personal items - and also two parts of the shuttles that were recovered from the wreckages.

After the Atlantis tour, we quickly had some lunch in the cafe on site, before going on the tour of the shuttle launches and around the base. From here, they take you to the Apollo exhibition, where they have one of the rockets that they used for one of the missions. It is a loooong hall, as the rocket is HUGE, and it takes a while to walk from one end, to the other.

We picked up some goodies in the shops before going to check out some of the little capsules in the rocket garden, where you can sit in them for photo opportunities. We then left after about 7 hours at the Center, and headed back to the villa to start packing.


Have you been to Kennedy, if so, what did you like about it? I really enjoyed the tours and the exhibitions - plus it's my dad's fave place in Florida! Would you ever like to visit here? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Friday, 6 July 2018

5 Helpful Websites For Planning A Holiday In Orlando

Before our holiday to Florida last September, I spent ages going over websites, pinterest pins, and YouTube videos to help me plan. I used all of the below sites, either before or during our stay. They all helped pick out things to do, places to eat, and even what fastpasses to pick for Disney!

If you're planning to go to Orlando any time soon, hopefully these site will help you.

WDW Prep School
If you need any sort of information about Disney, this is the best website I have found to help. This helped me decide on when to go, fastpass+ selections, and many other choices. There's a helpful crowd guide for each month, or the year, plus everything you need to know about the rides, food, or hotels.

All Ears
Perfect for the latest news about the going ons in the parks, and about any events. They also have a super helpful restaurant guide, with all the menus and prices - which I poured over each day before we went to a park, so we could figure out what money we would need, and where to eat.

Florida Department Of Transportation
If, like us, you hire a car - you might want to familiarise yourself with the I4. This is the main highway though most of Florida, and Orlando itself. This link part of the website, has all the exits listed, so you can figure out which turning you need in advance! And not do what we did, which is arrive in the early dark evening and not be 100% sure where you're going.

Visit Orlando
A super helpful website for all details about Orlando. Such as malls, attractions, places to eat, and local golfing spots. There's a trip planning section, as well as a discount section, You can spend a lot of time learning about the area and other things to do, that are not just a theme park.

Undercover Tourist
I found this site from their YouTube page, where they show a lot of POV ride videos. Their blog, has a crowd calendar for all the parks, theme park plans, and they even have their own app. You can check out a lot of the theme park news, and even check hotels and car rentals via the site.

Hope you find these helpful if you're thinking of planning a trip to Orlando. Honestly, that I4 exits chart would have been so incredibly helpful when we went! What sites do you use to plan a holiday? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Fave RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Lip Syncs!

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Spoilers below!

So we've done six months and two series of Drag Race. My little heart is full. We had the sickening All Stars 3 at the start of the year, and have just finished season 10. It was AMAZING. There were some truly wonderful moments, such as the sponge dress, and Short Change, but I think we can all agree that Miss Vaaaaanjie, was the best meme moment!

Congratulations to Aquaria for winning the crown!

There were also some amazing lip sync for you life moments as well - I will not get over Monet's fake death drop for ages! Here are my top 5 fave LSFYL's of the season.

Monét X Change vs Dusty Ray Bottoms

The Vixen vs. Monique Heart

Miz Cracker vs. Kameron Michaels

Eureka O'Hara vs. Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams

Final Four - American Remix

I loved all of the lip syncs, but these are the ones I've watched a lot over the last few weeks. Which LSFYL was your fave of the season? Let me know! Can't wait until All Stars 4 now...

Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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