Monday, 30 December 2019

Disneyland Paris Photo Diary: Part 3

Hey lovely! I can barely believe that Christmas is already over (*cries*) and that we're just hours away from starting a brand new year and decade! In a similar note of closure, today I'm going to be sharing the third and final part of my Disneyland Paris photo diary series with you!

Disneyland Paris Photo Diary
Friday, 27 December 2019

Disneyland Paris Photo Diary: Part 2

Hey lovely! Can you believe that Christmas is officially over for another year? That flew by! I hope Santa brought you everything on your list and that you had a fantastic Christmas with your nearest and dearest. Today I'm sharing part two of our Disneyland Paris photo diary series which highlights some of my favourite photos and moments of our incredible honeymoon. So without further ado...

Disneyland Paris photo diary

Monday, 23 December 2019

Disneyland Paris Photo Diary: Part 1

Happy Christmas Eve Eve, lovely! I've been struggling to find the right way to tell you all about our amazing honeymoon to Disneyland Paris last month so I've decided to show you instead. Over the next week or so, I'll be sharing some of our favourite photos and briefly talking about what we got up to!

Disneyland Paris Photo Diary

Thursday, 19 December 2019

10 Life Lessons From The 2010s

Hey lovely! The 2010s were a pretty transformative decade for me - they saw me through my twenties, through higher education and into the working world and they also saw me meet the love of my life, settle down and start a family. I imagine you've been through a lot in this time too.

So before we enter a brand new decade, I wanted to reflect and share with you ten life lessons that I've learnt during the 2010s!

life lessons from 2010
Ivory Mix
Saturday, 14 December 2019

The Jingle All The Way Christmas Tag

Hey lovely! Can you believe we're already ten days away from Christmas Eve? Things are getting pretty festive over here and so when I saw this tag from Our Favourite Jar, I knew I had to jump on the sleigh! Want to know about our Christmas traditions, memories, favourites and more? It's all in here!

Fotografierende | Unsplash
Friday, 13 December 2019

5 Things I Want To Do Before The End of 2019

Hey lovely! I'd be lying if I said I was "okay" at the moment. My health is a bit of a shambles right now and it's making it difficult to keep up with blogging every three days. I don't feel guilty about prioritising my health over blogging but it is a shame that my physical and cognitive abilities get so impaired with no warning. So today I'm going to be keeping it light and share the five things that I want to do before the end of the year. I guess you could say it's a time-sensitive bucket list since there are only nineteen days left of 2019.

Sanah Suvarna | Unsplash

Sunday, 8 December 2019

The One Thing You Need to Consider Before You Vote

Hey lovely! Today I want to talk about something I never thought I'd share here in a million years but the voice in my head was pretty insistent that these were words I needed to say. You see, in just a few days time, we will vote in the General Election and it's important that we take a moment to stop and think about who we will be voting for without any external noise blurring our thought process.

But what if the political candidates are the ones creating the noise? What if they're the ones manipulating our perceptions purely to serve their own agenda? Well that's exactly what I'm going to talk about today - sorry it's not particularly festive!

Green Chameleon | Unsplash

Friday, 6 December 2019

Super Festive Mix: A Christmas Playlist

Hey lovely! You might have noticed that yesterday's blog post never materialised and for that I'm sorry. It was a rough day spent battling unrelenting brain fog and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't string a sentence together let alone an entire post to share with you.

But today I'm feeling a bit more able to get back on track with the Thrice Upon a Christmas series so I'm going to share with you this super festive playlist that I've been working on!

James Coleman | Unsplash
Monday, 2 December 2019

Autumn Favourites

Hello and happy holiday season! I'd been looking forward to Blogmas all year so it was disappointing that I was too sick to even start the challenge on the right foot. So instead I've decided to forge my own path and I'll be bringing you Thrice Upon a Christmas - a brand new blog post every three days throughout December.

There will be lots of festive fun, some reflections on the past year and decade, hauls, reviews and of course, everything you could possibly want to know about our honeymoon to Disneyland Paris.

To start off, I'm going to be sharing all the things I enjoyed in October and November because I'm really behind when it comes to my monthly favourites posts.

Paul Streltsov | Unsplash
Friday, 8 November 2019

A Huge Life Update!

Well guys it sure has been a while since I last shared my world with you all and I'd like to thank you for your patience and support following my impromptu hiatus last month. I'm finally back on the blog and wanted to fill you in with what's been going on in my life for the last few weeks!

Mickey and Minnie salt and pepper shakers

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

September Favourites

Despite a few health hiccups, September was a fantastic month which means there's a lot to talk about in this month's favourites post!

The year might have flown by so quickly but the best is still yet to come; later this month we're getting married, heading off on our Disney-moon next month and of course, December brings us Mini's second birthday and all the delightful festivities of Christmas! So let's have a look back on all the things I loved this September!

Jeremy Thomas | Unsplash
Friday, 4 October 2019

8 Awesome Disneyland Paris Vlogs To Watch Before Your Trip!

Hey lovely! Let me tell you a secret - YouTube is my favourite resource for planning any Disney holiday. Not only is it completely free to access hundreds of real-life experiences but many vloggers actually provide invaluable tips to help make your dream holiday as magical as possible. So today I wanted to share a round-up of some of the best Disneyland Paris YouTube channels that have been incredible resources to us while planning our upcoming trip in the hope that they will be equally helpful to you!

Disneyland Paris vloggers
Julian Hochgesang | Unsplash
Thursday, 3 October 2019

2 Months To Disneyland Paris

Hey lovely! Time has been absolutely flying by this year - can you believe it's already been four months since my last Disneyland Paris countdown post? In no time at all, I'll be embarking on my happily ever after with my very own Prince Charming and then a few weeks later, the three of us will be boarding the Eurostar and heading off to visit the world's favourite mouse! Let's not waste any time, continue reading to find out where we're at with planning our magical Disney-moon!

Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris
Saturday, 28 September 2019

Our Wedding: 1 Month to Go!

Hey lovely! Wedding bells are in the air just as much as the leaves are starting to pile up on the floor! That's right, we're officially one month away from our wedding day and I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious right about now - eek! There's still a lot to accomplish, to pay for and to buy in such a short space of time but we're getting there. So without further ado, here's the latest (and the last) in our wedding planning!

Autumn wedding countdown

Thursday, 26 September 2019

25 Things That Make Me Smile

Hey lovely! Do you ever stop and think about the things that bring so much joy into your life? The little things that make you smile? I'll admit that I didn't give as much thought to this as I should have before I was tagged to do this post by the incredible Gabby from GABBYABIGAILL - you can check out her post here and of course, you can continue reading to discover the 25 things that make me smile!

Mini and me on Halloween 2018

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Unnecessary Risks: The People Who Ignore Ride Restrictions

Hey lovely. Let me be frank: I consider myself to be open-minded. The decisions you make for yourself and your family are yours alone but I do have a limit and that's usually where safety is concerned. So when I see these (all too common) posts on Facebook groups actively encouraging a blatant disregard for ride restrictions, I get a little riled up which is what I want to talk to you about today.

Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Monday, 23 September 2019

Life as a Stay at Home Mum with Endometriosis

Hey lovely! On Thursday night at around 8pm, I first noticed something was awry. I'd gotten changed into my pyjamas in the bathroom and recoiled at the sight of myself. I was humongous.

My usually comfortable and baggy clothes were tight with my top barely covering anything lower than my belly button. I should have realised then, what was to come, but I didn't. I brushed it off, blissfully unaware of the pain that would take hold of me only a few hours later because although I didn't know it at the time, I was having another endometriosis flare-up.

Pug in a blanket
Matthew Henry | Unsplash
Thursday, 19 September 2019

Lush Ickle Baby Bot Bath Bomb Review

For Matt and I, it's a real treat to have a bath bomb from LUSH. If money wasn't an issue, or even if there was just a little bit more disposable income, then we'd probably use them regularly but as it stands, they are a luxury afforded to us for special occasions only. Mini, on the other hand, hadn't had the good fortune yet but thanks to the Ickle Baby Bot bath bomb we picked up in our local store last week, his luck was about to change!

Ickle Baby Bot bath bomb from LUSH
Monday, 16 September 2019

Defeated by Chronic Illness?

There's a quote from one of my favourite books, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, that basically says "So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be." This is how I feel right now. I've had a fantastic mini break with my boys at Chessington World of Adventures this weekend and yet here I am, entirely defeated, beaten by the villain that is chronic illness. That thief of joy, health and hope.

Chronic illness
David Mao | Unsplash
Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Autumn Bucket List

It’s official, autumn is here! Well okay, technically it’s "almost" here but in my heart it’s already autumn! Woohoo! So to kickstart my favourite season of the year, I thought I’d share my autumn bucket list which is full of things I’d like to do before winter arrives.

Autumn leaves
Aaron Burden | Unsplash

Friday, 6 September 2019

Autumn TBR

Happy haunts to you, my friend and welcome to my first ever TBR! As you might know, I fell back in love with reading over the summer and I wanted to make sure that I continue to read as often as possible. So today I'm going to share with you the six spooky-ish books that I'm looking forward to reading this autumn!

My stack of autumn books to read

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

What I Read: Summer 2019

August is over! Hooray, we are so close to autumn that I can smell the faint aroma of pumpkins and hear the soothing crunch of people walking over fallen leaves. But the end of summer also brings a close to my summer reading challenge and so here I am, talking about the 12 books I read this summer!

Summer Reading on beach
Link Hoang | Unsplash

Monday, 2 September 2019

August Favourites

Another month of the year has vanished into thin air and now I'm only a few weeks away from marrying my soulmate before embarking on a fantastic Disney-moon. The next few months of my life are literally what dreams are made of. But before all of that, I wanted to reflect on all the things I loved last month.

Sunshine balloon photo by Laura Pratt
Laura Pratt | Unsplash
Tuesday, 20 August 2019

6 Months of Thrice Upon a Dream!

Today is a very special day for me because it marks the six month anniversary of Thrice Upon a Dream! So I thought I’d take you on a journey from the blog’s creation to where we are today and what I’m looking forward to in the future!

6 months of Thrice Upon a Dream
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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

A-Z of Favourite Songs

As I missed this month's top 10 post, I thought it would be fun and kind of cool to share an A to Z of my all time favourite songs. I've also included a playlist at the end of this post, giving you a chance to enjoy a short sample of each song or you can click through to listen to the full playlist on Spotify.

Favourite songs
Alphacolor | Unsplash

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

July Favourites

Things have been a little rough around the edges recently so I think it's the perfect time to take a look at some of the things I loved in July.

Heart balloons in sky
Michael Schaffler| Unsplash
Monday, 5 August 2019

Typo Haul

Anyone else get that 'wahey, it's payday' feeling? One of our family's traditions is that every month when payday rolls around we get to indulge in a little something to perk us up a bit. We like to call it our "payday treat". This month I decided to treat myself to some goodies from Typo and here is my haul!

typo stationery and disney haul

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Breakfast: A Haiku

Breakfast time is here
He spots my bowl, he wants it
No Frosties for me. 
Tuesday, 30 July 2019

In Defence of Childless Millennials at Disney

Over the last week or so, an old viral Facebook post resurfaced and attracted a significant amount of media attention with many news outlets jumping on the bandwagon to offer up their opinion. Since I do blog about Disney a fair amount anyway, I decided to share my own opinion on the whole child-free at Disney debate.

Childless millennials at Disney
Elijah Chan | Unsplash
Thursday, 25 July 2019

Stress-Free Guide to Festive Planning

Say the word 'Christmas' outside of December and it really divides people. In fact, a few weeks back I started talking about Christmas on my Twitter account and I lost a dozen followers in the same hour. Coincidence? I don't think so. But to hell with the naysayers and Scrooges of the world, I love Christmas and I'm going to talk about it right now.

stress-free Christmas planning
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Sunday, 21 July 2019

The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I've been fairly busy recently but don't think that I've been neglecting my summer reading challenge because that is far from the truth. In fact, I'm actually building up a bit of a backlog of books to review.

This one, The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, was especially meaningful for me. I have absolutely adored the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, and everything else that Carlos Ruiz Zafón has put out, since I first read The Shadow of the Wind a few years back. As the final chapter in the series, this was always going to be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me and I was definitely not disappointed. 
Friday, 19 July 2019

Meeting Elsa and Olaf in Branksome?!

It's been such a busy week filled with emoji cupcakes and teddy bear picnics that I haven't had a chance yet to share last weekend's mini adventure with you all! Carry on reading to find out how a short walk to the post office wound up being a mini adventure to see Mini's favourite Disney princess, Elsa!

Mini in his LittleLife carrier
Thursday, 18 July 2019

Stationery Haul: May + June 2019

A few years back, you might have described me as a stationery hoarder or addict. If it was stationery and it was cute, I had to have it. I couldn't go past a Paperchase store without venturing into its warm welcoming arms. But somewhere along the way, I became a pro at resisting the temptation and even waved goodbye to my collection of novelty sticky notes.

Then I started blogging and if you create content for the internet, you probably already know that for something that requires no paper, you sure go through a lot of it. Notebooks have become my vice purely because I fill them with ideas and notes faster than I can clear through our laundry basket. It helps me stay relatively organised amidst the chaos of blogging while also taking care of my toddler. So today I'm going to share with you, the newest additions to my stationery collection!

Stationery haul

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Emoji Cupcakes for World Emoji Day

Did you know that the emoji is almost 22 years old? I had no idea! Obviously we haven't been blessed with the emoji for twenty odd years but it existed and has grown into the phenomenon that we use in our everyday lives. If that isn't incentive to keep going, I don't know what is. I mean if a yellow smiley face can achieve such great things then why can't we all?

Today is World Emoji Day. Why, you ask? Well it's all to do with that date on the calendar emojis on Apple devices. You might not have ever noticed (I certainly haven't) but that date is July 17th! So every July 17th, we now celebrate the wonderful world of emojis!

Bernard Hermant | Unsplash
Monday, 15 July 2019

The Teddy Bear Picnic

Last Wednesday was *drum roll* Teddy Bear Picnic Day and since we were all at home together, we'd planned to take full advantage of the festivities and throw a spectacular indoor picnic for Mini and his soft toy pals.

Teddy bear picnic

Friday, 12 July 2019

Premier Inn London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 Review

You might recall that the three of us spent the last bank holiday weekend in London visiting our families. As Heathrow is roughly halfway between Matt's family and my own, it made sense for us to base ourselves there and so we opted to stay at the Premier Inn London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 which is essentially part of the airport itself.

I'd hoped to do a little video to accompany this post because I love room tour videos but it turns out it's not that easy to do with a toddler in tow. So today I'll be sharing our experience of staying at the Premier Inn London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 with you.

Premier Inn London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Why We Chose To Find Out The Sex Of Our Baby

2 years ago, Matt and I were heading to our local hospital for our 20 week scan. It was a very important day for us because we were hopefully going to find out whether we were expecting a boy or a girl. Finding out the sex was really important to me and so I'd like to talk about why we chose to find out.

Finding out baby's gender

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

10 Sitcoms That I Love

Today is July 10th which means that it's not only teddy bear picnic day but it's also time to share a brand new monthly segment with you all: a list of 10 things on the 10th! These can be top 10 lists, round-ups and more so be on the lookout for those every month. To kick it off, I've chosen to talk about 10 sitcoms that I love watching because we all need a bit of a giggle sometimes and watching sitcoms is a really easy way to practise self-care.

Television remote
PublicDomainPictures | Pixabay
Monday, 8 July 2019

Disney Bargain Hunting in Poole

Since Matt was lucky enough to have some annual leave booked this Monday, we decided to take full advantage and planned a little shopping day in Poole. It was a fairly hot day, to the point that we found it unbearable, but there's just something special about a coastal breeze in the sunshine so... we can't complain really. Here's what we got up to...

Mini on ride in shopping centre

Friday, 5 July 2019

Our Wedding: 4 Months To Go!

I've got a huge confession to make: up until recently, I was a bit of a 'bridechilla'. I took a very laid-back approach to wedding planning. But alas, that's starting to change because our wedding is suddenly only four months away! Eek!

Since I've not shared anything about our wedding yet, I thought that I'd do a little post to share what we've got sorted and talk about the million and one things we've got left on our wedding to-do list.

mr and mrs banner
Micheile Henderson | Unsplash
Wednesday, 3 July 2019

June Review + July Goals

Hello July! A new month means a fresh opportunity to set goals and work towards achieving them. Last month I decided to start sharing my monthly goals and here I am again, ready to reflect on last month's goals and set myself some brand new ones.

Palm trees against a blue sky
Aidan Formigoni | Unsplash
Tuesday, 2 July 2019

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Summer is well and truly underway as is my summer reading challenge! The third book I finished was... A Whole New World by Liz Braswell!

As is the case with 99% of the books I own, I actually bought this years ago and have let it lay dormant ever since. But no longer because I have finally finished reading it and with that, I present to you: my book review of A Whole New World.

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Monday, 1 July 2019

We Bought a Pirate Ship!

Every pay day, we each get a little something that we want. For Matt, it was a Raspberry Pi. For me, a pair of maternity skinny jeans. (I'm not pregnant but maternity clothing is the most comfortable for handling those endometriosis flare ups!) Oh, and we bought Mini a pirate ship.

Inflatable pirate ship with toddler
Sunday, 30 June 2019

June Favourites

Can you believe that June is over already? Or even that we're halfway through the year? Time is flying by! As another month closes the door, it's time to bring you my monthly favourites.

Rubber ring in pool
PublicDomainPictures | Pixabay
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

5 Things We're Celebrating at Disneyland Paris!

2019 is a very exciting year for our family and we're ending the year on a high note with a special trip to the magical Disneyland Paris! If you've ever been to one of the Disney parks around the world, you'll know just how much they love a good celebration. This is perfect for us because we have a lot to celebrate on our upcoming trip. In fact, we have five things to celebrate!

With further ado, here are the five things we will be celebrating during our family's most memorable Disney holiday ever.

Disneyland Paris

Monday, 24 June 2019

Father's Day 2019

There's a saying that goes "when a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry." Now the internet is pretty divided on where this quote originated with some claiming it has a Jewish background while others credit the great bard, William Shakespeare. Regardless of where it came from, it's a lovely quote that's appropriate for today's post: Matt's Father's Day gift haul!

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

The Disney Tag

If it's somehow managed to escape your attention this long, that's right: I love Disney! From the movies to the music to the theme parks around the world, I love it all. So since I'm still fairly new to the Disney and blogging communities, I thought it would be cool to take part in a Disney tag and share mine and my family's love for all things Disney!

Magic Kingdom fireworks
 Park Troopers | Unsplash
Friday, 7 June 2019

Meet Our Guinea Pigs!

I've been blogging for a while now so think it's about time I introduced the animal sidekicks in our fairytale: our four guinea pigs.

Meet our four guinea pigs
Thursday, 6 June 2019

May Review + June Goals

If you pick up any book about personal development, I guarantee you'll find something about setting goals. Even though I've had SMART goals and Personal Development Plans (PDPs) forced upon me for most of my life, I never really took the time to actually appreciate them. I'm still a total newbie when it comes to setting myself goals and so it won't come as a shock to anyone that this is my first ever goal-setting post.

Jan Piatkowski | Unsplash
Tuesday, 4 June 2019

The Prisoner Of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Review

I never expected to be back with the first book review of my summer reading challenge so soon but here I am! I chose to start by reading The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Over the last five years, I have read most of Zafón's work and have found them all to be pure escapism. Each story has captivated me and not released me until I read the final page. The Prisoner of Heaven was no exception.

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Monday, 3 June 2019

A Day of Fun in Bournemouth

After last weekend's fun but exhausting trip to London, we had a quiet week but made sure that we planned to have some fun on Saturday! Our plan was initially to hit the beach after Matt's eye test and then grab some McDonald's for lunch but we wound up having a more indulgent morning out instead!

Bournemouth gardens