Friday Favourite Five – Disney Dads

I know last week I announced that I was cutting back on this series, but this is a good one!

With Father’s Day just two days away, I’ve put myself to the difficult task of choosing Disney favourites – a task I never enjoy – to share some of the amazing dads that grace our screens.

1. Marlin

Battled sharks, met a sea turtle, took on the jellies, crossed an ocean.. Not bad, Marlin, not bad..

2. Mr Incredible

As well as being quite literally a superdad, Mr Incredible did whatever it took for his family, even if it meant years working in a cubicle so they could have a normal life.

3. Mufasa

Who doesn’t cry when Mufasa dies?! I know its not that scene that makes him a great dad, but still.

4. Maurice

While he doesn’t seem overly heroic or brave, Maurice never let the doubts and jokes of the villagers get to him, and raised Belle to be just as free-thinking and strong minded

5. James

We see Tiana’s dad for such a short time in the film, but his legacy is clear throughout.

And while we’re here, my dad is pretty cool too:

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Who are your favourite Disney dads?

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Friday Favourite Five – Rides at Disneyland Paris

I can’t believe its been over a month since I came home from my last trip to Disneyland Paris, where has that time gone?!

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It was such a great trip, but a little different from my usual park visits as believe it or not, I only rode three rides in the two days I was there, so I thought today I’d share my favourite rides that I’m looking forward to doing more now I have my annual pass!

1. Crush’s Coaster

I love that there are no rides in any other park like this, which is probably why there’s always such a crazy long line!

2. Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop

This ride looks so tame from its appearance, but its actually a lot of fun! Plus you get a great view of the parks from the top!

3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril

Because I’m a lover of rollercoasters, but not overly keen on Space Mountain at DLP, Indiana Jones is a definite favourite of mine! I also love the queue, which sounds silly..

4. Pirates of the Caribbean

I just love Pirates of the Caribbean, its my fave in every park.

5. Ratatouille: The Adventure

Another ride with a ridiculous queue, but this ride is so cute and incredibly smart!

What are your favourite rides in Disneyland Paris?

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Friday Favourite Five – Summer Dresses and Playsuits

The sun is starting to creep out, and I’m starting to spend more time with my legs out and less time in long sleeves, yay!

While I now that the Great British summer is far from reliable, I can help but pray that its time to start breaking out some of my favourite summer outfits, and just in case it all goes downhill from here, I thought I’d share some of them today!

Blue Vanilla dress

I love everything about this dress! It was from Blue Vanilla (last year) and I fell in love with the print the moment I saw it, and I love the fabric too – its super light and floaty!

Nasty Gal dress

This dress just screams summer to me. It was from Nasty Gal a good few years ago now, but I still love it and its perfect for everything from beach and bbq to cocktails with the girls.

Pompom playsuit

I stumbled across this adorable playsuit from LJCDesignss on Etsy and it was everything I hoped it would be or more! Its a super lightweight cotton, and the pom poms and tassels make it so fun.

Missguided playsuit

A Missguided sale snag, this strapless playsuit reminds me of neopolitan icecream for some reason, ha! As well as being cute from the front, has an open back that ties up at the top, and it has pockets, yay!

Asos dress

I’m not normally one for an a-line, but I really like this Grecian style and the colour, and its really easy and comfortable to wear!

What are your summer wardrobe staples?

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Friday Favourite Five – Spring/Summer Nail Colours

I love nail varnish; I have a fairly huge collection and I use pretty much all of them regularly.

I will admit that I’m a bit particular on brands, and by that I mean its basically all Barry M. I love the colours, I love the quality, and I like having matching bottles that all fit together nicely in my makeup storage!

Today’s FFF is sharing five colours that see a lot of love in the sunny seasons!

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The yellow is a limited edition that I found in Boots last year, and it doesn’t actually have a name but its so bright and opaque, whereas I’ve found other yellow shades often take an undercoat before the colour stands out enough.

Next up is three of the Gelly Hi Shine range; I personally don’t find them much shinier than the classic nail paint, but I do love the colours so I don’t mind paying the extra £1! The shades are Satsuma, Grapefruit and Kiwi!

Last up is actually my all-time favourite nail varnish, which is Pure Turquoise from the classic nail paint range. I’m not actually sure if its available anymore but I have a few bottles of it so I’m all set!

What colours do you wear in Spring/Summer?

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Friday Favourite Five – Spring Disney Trip

Disney blues are a real problem. I firmly believe that it should be a legitimate reason to call in sick to work and just spend the day in a blanket burrito watching Disney movies. #Lottie4PrimeMinister

Considering I spent less than two full days in the parks on my trip last week, I had so many great experiences and made so many memories that its pretty tricky to choose just five, but here are some that stand out!

1. Twirling with Merida

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Until this trip, I’d never met Merida in the parks before, and quite honestly I didn’t really know what to expect, but she was so lovely! She told us all about the ‘gammy spell’ that the witch gave her, and when she noticed my tulle skirt, she got me to twirl with her which was magical!

2. Donald noticing me at Goofy’s Garden Party

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On the second day in the parks, I was Disneybounding as Donald Duck, but unfortunately didn’t get to meet him in the morning, so when he drove by during the garden party parade, I shouted out so he would notice me and he tried to throw himself out of the car at me and was so happy to see my fluffy ears! It was really sweet.

3. Meeting the bunnies!

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Being Spring, meeting the bunnies was a priority for me. I brought my Thumper tsum tsum with me so we had something to play with, and they were so happy to see it! Miss Bunny also stole and wore my fluffy ears!

4. Tower of Terror

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I have a real love/hate relationship with ToT: love the ride, hate the build up to the first drop. This time, however, I was too busy laughing to be scared after the cast member running our elevator stole Milly’s ears after glaring at us all in the queue. Ok, so maybe you had to be there, but it was so funny at the time!

5. Forest of Enchantment!

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In the build up to this trip, I was so good at avoiding spoilers for this show, knowing only what characters were involved, and seeing the odd photo as I scrolled through Twitter and Instagram, and I’m so glad I did because it was so magical seeing it for the first time! I actually watched it 4 times in two days, and now I can’t get the songs out of my head!

What are your favourite memories from Disneyland Paris?

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Friday Favourite Five – Cutie Handbags

I don’t think its much of a secret that I’m a bag addict..

Today I’m dipping into my collection to share a few of my slightly less practical but more adorable favourites!

Skinnydip Milk Carton

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This one is so cute! Yes, its not always the most practical, but its shape actually means it can hold more than you might think! Also the top is magnetic, which is great.

Asos Party Ring shoulder bag

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This is my go-to night out bag; big enough for my makeup, phone, keys and a small purse, and um, its a party ring!

Daisy Street Shell clutch

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Another night out favorite of mine because its so sparkly! It also has a little wrist strap and is pretty roomy.

New Look Doughnut clutch

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A doughnut the size of my face? Yes please!

Monki Watermelon clutch

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Watermelon = summer to me, and I can’t wait to use this bagboy (no, not a typo) more when then sun comes out!

What do you think then, huh?

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Friday Favourite Five – Mickey Ear Makers!

For me, nothing pulls together a Disney trip outfit more than the perfect pair of Mickey ears, and I’m a real sucker for a beautiful pair of handmade ones!

Today, I’m going to share five of my favourite creative beauties who make beautiful ears, some of which I already own and some of which I’m desperate for!

1. Le Ears

I first posted about Le Ears way back last year, and from that post blossomed a friendship with the lovely Nancy, who not only sent me a pair of her ears as a thank you for the feature, but also has been so kind to me and I was lucky enough to meet her back in January! She makes the most amazing range of custom ears!

2. Elephant and Mouse

Another ear pixie I’ve been so lucky to meet is Maggie! I bought a pair of her first ever ears, and have been obsessed ever since; she always has the cutest fabrics! We stayed in the same resort on my January WDW trip and I can honestly say she is just as lovely as her ears!

3. Queen Ursula UK

The most beautiful sparkly and sought after ears in all the realm! I’ve been waiting until I had a perfect design to make an order, and custom slots sell out quickly, but I’m poised and ready for the next shop opening and hoping I can snag a spot!

4. World of Wishes

My beautiful Disney friend Amy has just started making these beautiful wire ears, and I think they’re so pretty!

5. House of Mouse

I love how bright and coloured all of the ears from House of Mouse are, I just wish shipping to the UK wasn’t as expensive as the ears, waa!

Support handmade!

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Friday Favourite Five – Recipe Books

I’m that person that lives in fear of the physical book industry dying out. I used my sister’s Kindle once and I wasn’t happy about it.

But I’m not just sad about the potential demise of my favourite fiction; I have a deep love for cookbooks, and while I do spend hours pinning recipes on Pinterest, there’s nothing like having to balance a book in the kitchen while you’re peeling and chopping and all sorts! Here are (just a few of) my favourites at the moment:

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Save with Jamie

Who doesn’t love a bit of Jamie Oliver though? This book is a godsend for making the most out of food you already have! Each section starts with a big ‘mother recipe’, if you will, and then all the following recipes show what you can do with the leftovers of said meal.

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Yo Sushi: The Japanese Cookbook

That’s right, all your favourite dishes from Yo in one book, eek! I was so excited when I saw this book, Yo Sushi boasts some of my favourite dishes – I’m looking at you, pumpkin korroke! It’s got everything from hand rolls to rice dishes to meat and seafood!

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Reader’s Digest 30-minute cookbook

Sometimes the glamorous, shiny covered, celebrity chef recipe books that you need. Sometimes you just need a book that’s full of quick, easy and hearty recipes, and lots of them! This book is packed with family favourites, healthy options and good old classics, and I’ve got quite a few post-its stuck around it.

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Marshmallow Madness

You can tell from the slight sticky stain on the spine of this book that its seen a fair amount of action! I love making marshmallows, and while I knew how to do it before I got this book, there are so many fun and fresh variations in here, and the cover is squishy too!

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Duff Bakes

Ok, so I’m yet to try any recipes from this book just yet, but from reading it I can already tell I’m going to love it. Duff has been an inspiration since I watched my first ever episode of Ace of Cakes, and I was so excited when I saw this book was coming out that it went straight on my Christmas list! Its full of everything from bread to blondies and it all looks so delicious!

What are your favourite recipe books?

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Friday Favourite Five – Fitness Brands

Today is such an exciting day for me. If you follow me on social media, you’ll have seen me harping on about The Happiest Fitness Co, which is my new fitness brand, and today is the official launch day, yay! I’ll tell you all more about it tomorrow, promise!

So keeping on theme, today I’m sharing my top five fitness brands!

1. Fabletics

I love cute workout clothes and Kate Hudson is a huge idol of mine so of course I’m in love with Fabletics, and I really struggle to press that ‘skip this month’ button sometimes, to the pain of my bank account..

2. Sweaty Betty

Some of the most beautiful prints and gear ever, and such a wonderful workout ethic behind the brand!

3. Blogilates

Originating on the YouTube scene, Cassey Ho and her Blogilates brand are one of my latest obsessions. As well as fun workout videos, there’s pretty workout clothes and accessories, yay!

4. Tone It Up

Another, more recently discovered by me, YouTube fitness sensation, Tone It Up also has some incredible workout videos, and more amazing gear, apparel and also nutrition!

5. Asics

As a runner, finding the right shoe is a pretty big deal, and after retiring my Nikes, my new GT-1000s are it for me. The staff at Asics stores always take the time to make sure everyone has the right shoes for their feet and running style, and that’s super important in my eyes.

Do you have a favourite fitness brand?

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Friday Favourite Five – April Fool’s Pranks

I wish I was funny enough to pull off an awesome April Fool’s day trick, but a) I struggle with not giggling and b) I’m usually the one falling for them. Waa.

But every year we all fall for some huge joke from our favourite big brands, and so I’m gonna share my top 5 from previous years!

1. Pizza Hut’s ‘Just Crust’ pizza

I think we all kinda wished this happened for real, but as the name suggests, Pizza Hut announced they would be releasing a pizza with no sauce, toppings, or even a centre. Yep, just crust..

2. Macmillan Green River Thames

To raise awareness for the cancer support charity, photos were released of the River Thames in a fairly lurid shade of green, and to be honest, I believed it for just a second.

3. Google Rickrolling us all back in 2008

That time every Youtube video linked up to the music video for ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ by Rick Astley and we all hated it. Just think, if they’d done that this/last year, vloggers everywhere would be loosing their minds..

4. Burger King perfume

The Japanese can be nutty at times, but I don’t think anyone would be mad enough to fall for a flame-grilled fragrance?

5. ASOS clip on man-bun

I don’t think this needs words..

Have you been pranked today?

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Friday Favourite Five – Loyalty Cards

Everyone loves rewards, right? A little bit back when I spend? Um, yes please!

Well lucky for us, lots of big brands and retailers have noticed this, and you basically can’t go into a store without being offered some sort of loyalty or reward scheme – its the reason our purses have so many pockets these days!

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So what cards am I forever pulling out of my purse?

1. Boots Advantage Card

Every girl has one of these, right? If you don’t, get one! You earn 4 points for every £1 you spend, plus the constant vouchers and offers to rack up that total, and points mean shopping! I love to be able to go into Boots with no cash, knowing I’ve got enough on my card for another lipstick to add to my collection.

2. Odeon Premiere Club

Hello free cinema tickets! With OPC, everything you buy in the cinema from tickets to popcorn earn you points which you can put towards future spending! I’ve had free tickets, free ice-cream, popcorn..

3. Tesco Clubcard

Whether you’re a regular Tesco shopper or not, its worth having one of these! Tesco Clubcard is known for having such an enormous range of vouchers available for you to convert your points into, even if you only fill up with petrol on occasion, you’ll find them adding up pretty quick.

4. Nando’s Card

Who doesn’t love Nando’s? The more you spend, the more chillies you can put towards free chicken!

5. Costa Coffee Club

Although I’m not a coffee drinker, my Costa card spends a lot of time going in and out of my purse and earning me points towards free drinks, so I think its a keeper!

What are your purse favourites?

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Friday Favourite Five – Upcycling Products

While it may have lost a little bit of momentum after a huge upsurge a few years back, upcycling is still a really great way to transform something unloved into something fabulous, especially on a tight budget!

It doesn’t have to be a huge furniture project, it can be as small as just being a little crafty with everyday objects, and there are a tonne of great (and affordable!) products that can give you the Etsy-worthy edge!

1. Valspar Chrome Enamel spray paint

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I have a lot of love for spray enamel paint because it has such a good finish and is so easy to use, but the chrome effect from Valspar (exclusive to B&Q in the UK) is incredible! With just 1-2 coats you can give anything an almost mirror-effect shine.

2. Rustoleum Chalky Matt furniture paint

This Rustoleum paint is what I would describe as a classic shabby-chic furniture paint; its a budget equivalent of the well know Annie Sloan range, but still works really well. You can paint it on normally for a flat matt finish, or take some sandpaper to give it a worn-down effect

 

3. Glitter paint

Glitter paint comes in so many variations now – spray paint, regular brush-on, silver, gold, rainbow, I could go on.. You can use it to give a subtle shimmer to craft projects, or make it look like a unicorn threw up – totally up to you!

4. Ceramic paint pens

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Less upcycling and more crafty, but ceramic/porcelain pens are great for making personalised mugs, plates etc.. Because they’re in pen form, it makes them really easy for kids (and adults!) so hello perfect school holiday projects!

5. Dremel 3000 multi-tool

Ok, so this is more of an investment item, but if you love upcycling, I would 100% recommend you look into getting a Dremel. I’ve had my 3000 for two years now and I use it all the time for sanding, drilling, cutting and engraving, and there are so many attachments available, you could probably use it for anything! The cheapest Dremel model is about £25 and the 3000 is around £40-45 – well worth it if you’re a keen upcycler!

Have you been swept up in upcycling?

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Friday Favourite Five – Scented Candle Brands

In classic blogger style, I’ve been obsessed with scented candles since I bought my first Vanilla Buttercream Yankee way back whenever.

Since that day, my poor bank account has had to suffer my need to fill my bedroom with amazing smells, and in classic Friday fashion, I’m gonna share my favourite candle brands today!

1. Yankee Candle

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Yankee Candle is the probably the most well-known candle brand in the UK and US, and with the enormous range of scents available, its no wonder why!

2. Maple and Whisky

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Maple and Whisky are a UK based company that handmade the most delicious Disney inspired soy candles and wax melts – I’m obsessed and not even sorry..

3. Lily Flame

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These adorable tin candles come in an incredible range of smells, I can’t wait to try more!

4. Jelly Belly

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Jelly Belly is such a fun brand, and my blueberry candle smells good enough to eat!

5. Ikea

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Curveball, but I almost never resist buying new candles when I go to Ikea because they’re such good value for money! They might not be as pretty and well packaged as ‘branded’ candles, but when you’re paying a fraction of the price, who really cares, right?

What’s your favourite candle scent?

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Friday Favourite Five – Disney Mums

If you didn’t already realise, you better get yourself down to the florist/Lush/Thorntons today because its Mothers Day this Sunday!

Behind every strong person is an awesome mum, and the same is true for all of our favourite Disney characters, so today, in honour of awesome mums everywhere, here are my favourite Disney mums!

1. Mary Darling

A mother who encourages her kids to stay young at heart is great in my books!

2. Duchess

Managing three kittens with elegance while also finding your way back home, we salute you, Duchess!

3. Queen Elinor

With a lot of Disney princesses growing up without a mother, Elinor stands out for coping so well with being a queen and a mother, oh, and a bear at times.

4. Perdita

101 Dalmatians was one of my favourite Disney films as a child, and Perdy and Pongo make such a fab parenting team.

5. Elastigirl/Mrs Incredible

Lets just say its a good job she’s elastic, cos she holds together a pretty super family!

But my favourite Disney mum of all time? Mine. (I’m cute right?)

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Friday Favourite Five – 2016 Character Meets

Super late FFF today because I’ve been so very poorly this week and I’ve been stuck at work all day, so to cheer myself up I’m reminiscing back on my January Disney trip and my favourite character meet and greets!

1. Rapunzel and Flynn

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Until I saw it with my own two eyes, I thought that meeting Flynn, let alone Flynn and Rapunzel together, would have to remain a wonderful dream. Now, I guess I gotta go find a new one! They were so lovely; Flynn told me he liked my hair and we talked about running and I got to hug my girl Punz and it was just magical.

2. Baymax

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Fist bumps, hugs and robot dancing with this one was so special, not even ashamed to say we went to see him more than once..

3. Meeko

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This meet was a total surprise but it was a wonderful one! We stumbled across him in Epcot and getting to hang out with my favourite raccoon after over 15 years was perfect.

4. Chewbacca

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Wookiee hugs really are the best!

5. Rafiki

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This was my first time meeting Rafiki (or at least that I can remember) and he was so much fun! Plus he loved my outfit and that’s always cute.

Who are your favourite characters to meet?

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Friday Favourite Five – Winter Warmer Hot Drinks

I know we’re supposed to be coming out of winter, but the weather seems to think otherwise, and temperatures still seem to be dropping.. Its the time of year for curling up under the covers with a cute mug of your favourite hot drink, and since I am the anomaly that doesn’t really drink tea or coffee, my favourites are all a little different!

1. Gu Salted Caramel hot chocolate

This is a carton of chocolate dreams! Pre-mixed and ready for the microwave, this creamy delight is just so delicious!

2. Peanut Hottie

My love of peanut butter is really no secret, so this discovery has opened up a whole new world of hot drink goodness for me!

3. Options hot chocolate

The proof is in the name; there are so many flavours to choose from in both instant and ‘add milk’ varieties, and I love the little sachets for taking to work with me!

4. Teapigs Rooibos Creme Caramel tea

I’m really not a tea drinker, but this real leaf tea is so sweet and perfect for a nice milky drink before bed!

5. Whittards Luxury White hot chocolate

When a regular hot choc won’t hit the spot, I love white hot chocolate! Creamy and delicious!

Do you have a go-to winter warmer?

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Friday Favourite Five – Disney Love Scenes

I doubt anyone needs remind what day it is on Sunday, do they?

For me, Valentines Day is a total nothing of a day, and no, its not because I’m single. I genuinely have no feelings towards the day, positive or negative, whether I’m single or not; it all just seems pointless to me..

What I do love, however, is a good Disney love scene, so here are my faves!

1. Tangled Boat

2. Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and Meatballs

3. A Magic Carpet Ride

4. Ella and Kit’s First Dance

5. Once Upon A Dream

What’s your favourite?

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Friday Favourite Five: Artists of Etsy

The discovery of Etsy was both the best and worst thing to happen to me in terms of online shopping; it opened up an incredible world of handmade and vintage items from all over the world, making me a very happy girl, but my bank balance a little sad!

I love that you can buy almost anything, from food products to home furnishings, but today I’m focusing on artwork, and sharing my favourite five artists and graphic designers!

1. Teacup Pirahna

I’m obsessed with these vintage travel poster prints inspired by Star Wars, Disney and Game of Thrones, and quite frankly all the art on the shop is amazing!

2. CoconuTacha

Natacha’s artwork is beyond impressive, and she’s such a lovely seller too! I have 6 of her skyline prints, and I’m in awe of them!

3. Kayley Draws

I discovered Kayley through Instagram, and fell in love with her castle print tote, which I bought for my Disneyland Paris trip, becoming a member of her Forever Princess Club!

4. Underland2Wonderland

Danielle’s shop is filled with Disney inspired prints and photography, but my particular favourite is this Lord of the Rings piece!

5. Vivid Editions

Looking for watercolour prints? Look no further! This store is packed with amazing Disney watercolour artwork as well as vintage style park posters, and the best part is they’re normally on 3 for 2!

Who’s your favourite?

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Friday Favourite Five – RunDisney Moments

Nothing brings me back to normality more than a regular blogging series, and 2016 welcomes the return of FFF!

If you’re a new reader, every Friday I choose five of my favourite things of a certain topic, simple! Oh, and welcome!

I’m still reeling from my Disney trip, and with four RunDisney races under my belt, I’m choosing my favourite moments from those experiences!

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1. The first time we entered Epcot on our first race

All of the races start outside of the parks, so that first step from backstage into the actual parks is pretty special. On our first race, the 5k, we race into Mexico on the World Showcase and the lake was lit all around with torches and all the countries were lit and it was just kinda surreal!

2. Running down Main Street USA

During the WDW half marathon, we got to run down the middle of Main Street, with crowds cheering us on as we headed towards the castle.

3. This selfie

If you read my post on the WDW half, you’ll know I really struggled with a chest infection the whole way round, so seeing this little guy and getting a hug and a selfie at the 7 mile mark was really helpful!

4. The Star Wars 10K

This was actually our favourite race; lame as it sounds, it was just all really good! We ran a good pace, it was a good course, we got to see a load of the parks, BB-8 was there..

5. The three medal finish line

Finishing the Star Wars half marathon sealed our completion of not only that race, but also Rebel Challenge AND Coast to Coast, meaning we received all 3 medals then and there. It was everything we had worked for and it was 100% worth it.

Have you ever run a Disney race? Would you?

Friday Favourite Five: Christmas Films

This is the last FFF of 2015! This series still feels new to me, so its so crazy to think I’ve been running it since the start of August, and can’t wait to keep it up going into the next blogging year!

I know we’ve probably all been watching them for the last month already, but I’m finishing up my Christmas FFs with my favourite Christmas movies! You might hate me for saying this, but as much as I love Christmas, I’m really not a huge fan of traditional Christmas films, so while they may not be everyone’s top picks, here are mine:

1. Mickey’s A Christmas Carol

Ok yes, this is a traditional Christmas film, but I just love it! Its a story that’s been told so many times in so many ways, but this version will always be the best in my eyes!

2. Love Actually

I’m a huge cliche, I know, but come on, I don’t think I need to explain this one.

3. The Holiday

Cheesy chick flick, Christmas setting and a sweet little old guy for good luck, and all wrapped up in time for New Years!

4. Bridget Jones’s Diary

Another total girly film, but it involves Christmas jumpers, snow and parties, so it counts for me! (Also, its basically Pride and Prejudice, so bonus points)

5. Elf

I’m about to admit something that many people will be offended by: until last year, I had never seen Elf *ducks for cover*. I don’t think its worth all the hype, but as I don’t watch that many Christmas films, its made the list!

What are your favourite Christmas movies?

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Friday Favourite Five: Tastes of Christmas

Aside from the joy of giving and all that jazz, Christmas is about stuffing yourself with food until you feel like you’re going to burst, then falling asleep, waking up the next morning and doing it all over again!

With that in mind, here are the foods that always bring me back to festive memories:

1. Orange and Lemon Slices

Yep, those little jelly sweets that you can probably get all year round, but in our house they’re Christmas tradition – as is fighting over the middle bit!

2. Costa hot chocolate

Yes, I’m gutted that the seasonal flavours aren’t as good this year, but a plain old Costa hot chocolate is still a perfect treat on cold days out Christmas shopping.

3. After Eights

I’m not a dark chocolate person in the slightest, but can anyone ever resist an After Eight at this time of year? PS they normally taste better before 8pm.

4. Peppermint everything

Whether its my peppermint Eos balm, or sucking on a candy cane, peppermint is a Christmas staple!

5. Buck’s Fizz!

Now I’m really not big on champagne, or orange juice really for that matter, but you can’t start a Christmas party, or Christmas morning, without a glass of this bubbly stuff!

What are your favourite Christmas treats?

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Friday Favourite Five: Scents of Christmas

With the turn of December, Fridays are turning festive!

Christmas is always a treat for all the senses, so this week I’m sharing my favourite smells associated with this magical time of year!

1. Snow Fairy shower gel

This is my absolute FAVOURITE seasonal product ever! This glittery beauty smells like unicorns, rainbows and candyfloss and I love it.

2. Gingerbread baking

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Whether its cookies or a house, that glorious scent wafting from the oven marks the start of festive cheer!

3. Salted Caramel Yankee Candles

I know there’s nothing specifically Christmassy about salted caramel, but these Yankees have such a warm decadent smell that I always save them for winter nights.

4. Roast dinners

A good roast has many different components, but when all those smells mix together it creates a symphony of smells that is Christmas dinner heaven!

5. Fort Wilderness candle from Maple and Whisky

This pine-y scented candle reminds me of Christmas trees and festive cheer!

What smells do you associate with Christmas?

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Friday Favourite Five – Disney Couples

The best kind of couples are Disney couples. They’re the couples that us mere humans strive to base our relationships on, just without the grand castles or evil villains!

And with basically every Disney film featuring a fabulous pairing, choosing my favourites was really hard, but here goes nothing!

1. Rapunzel and Flynn

I know, its no surprise that I’ve got these two on my list, you all know how much I love this film! Those relationship goals are real guys.

2. Eve and WALL-E

This film is totally underrated, but how can you not see these guys are adorable? I mean, he travelled through space for her!

3. Ellie and Carl

A lifetime of true love in a short film opening, and gets us right in the feels!

4. Meg and Hercules

As a girl of sarcasm, Meg is fabulous in my eyes, and who can say that diving into a pool of dead souls to save the girl you love isn’t a big enough gesture?

And, without a doubt, the best Disney couple ever..

5. Mickey and Minnie

I don’t think I need to caption this. These guys = the best.

Do you have a favourite Disney couple?

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Friday Favourite Five – Everyday Products

Well happy Friday everyone, we’ve made it through another week!

This week’s fave five focuses on those beauty products that you love so much that they’ve snuck into your everyday skincare routine without you even noticing – you know the ones, right?

Well here are mine:

1. Eos Smooth Sphere lip balms

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I actually own 7 of these, not even ashamed! I love the design, the flavours and that they’re 99% natural; I have one in my car, one at work, in my handbag etc, and my favourite is Blueberry Acai!

2. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter

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This stuff smells incredible, and it leaves my skin feeling super soft and smooth!

3. Vaseline Intensive Care hand cream

I actually stumbled across this sort of by accident one day when I needed a moisturiser for a burn that was scabbing, but now I’ve tried it I’m obsessed. It leaves my hands feeling really silky and moisturised, and also helps strengthen my nails, plus it doesn’t leave that sticky after-feeling

4. Nivea Daily Essentials Day Cream

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I’m quite lucky really, and don’t really suffer too much from dry skin, but I do tend to get it on my forehead, so just a light layer of this on my face each morning keeps me happy!

5. Dove Go Fresh Nourising Body Wash

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It might just be a shower gel, but the way it lathers up into a thick foam and actually leaves my skin feeling softer with every wash.

What are your daily go-to products?

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Friday Favourite Five – Disney Mugs

Now I am a great anomaly: I don’t drink tea or coffee.

BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t like mugs, and I’m fairly certain that a lot of cold drinks taste better when you drink them from a mug, and the cuter the mug, the better! So this week I’m sharing my five favourite mugs from my Disney collection:

1. Art of Aurora

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Sleeping Beauty was my favourite movie as a kid, and I love the artwork on this, and the little bird on the handle!

2. Wall-E and Eve

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Ok so this is two mugs, but they have to be together, right?

3. Stuck in the mug Pooh

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Despite the really simple outward appearance of this mug, how cute is little Pooh stuck on the inside? Also its a really big mug!

4. Tokyo Disneyland Hotel

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I picked this up during our stay at the hotel in July; I love the Victoria style artwork, it reflects the hotel perfectly!

5. Hamm

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When I saw this on the Disney Store website, I knew I had to have it, so when it sold out I was pretty gutted.. Until I stumbled across him on a trip to my local Disney Store!

Are you a bit of a mug collector like me?

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Friday Favourite Five – Lipsticks

I have two weaknesses when it comes to makeup: nail varnish and lipstick, and today’s post is about the latter.

As a full-time wearer of glasses, there’s not a whole lot I can do with eye makeup (well, I can, but what’s the point when you can’t see behind my frames), so for me, lipstick is how I express myself. My collection spans from Boots Natural Collection to MAC, and I’m a real stickler for my favourite brands and shades, but here are just five of my favourites:

1. Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout

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I love matte lipsticks, and this Revlon collection boasts both great shades and a reasonable price; I have 5 out of 8 of them. It’s a deeper red, which is great for autumn looks or nights out, or for when you’re not in the mood for a brighter shade.

2. Barry M Green Goes Pink

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The only lipstick that you shouldn’t judge by its appearance, this clever little stick transforms to a different shade depending on the pH of your lips! For me, that’s normally a deep pink shade which suits me pretty well, and is also really long lasting, so I know if I’m wearing it on a night out I’m not gonna have to keep re-applying it after every drink.

3. Maybelline ColorSensational in Electric Orange

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My colouring actually lends itself to orange shades more than pinks, so I love this for when I want to be a bit more casual. Despite the name and appearance, it doesn’t go on very bright as its fairly sheer so looks fairly effortless, which is totally my style!

4. Beautifully Disney in Rosebud

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I’ve reviewed my Beautifully Disney collection before, but this little lipstick has earnt its place in this list too! As its only a touch darker than my natural lip colour, it gives a little more colour on days where I don’t feel like anything bolder, plus I love how mini it is!

5. MAC Wash And Dry in Steam Heat

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I will admit that the beautiful packaging of this swayed the vote slightly, but I do love MAC lipsticks! This is a classic red in a satin finish, there’s really nothing that can go wrong!

What are your favourite lipstick shades?

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Friday Favourite Five – Disney Bromances

Who doesn’t love a bromance, right?

I might actually go as far as saying that the love between guy-besties is often far greater than actual couples, and its no different for Disney characters! Almost every film has an awesome pairing, and I found it really difficult to choose just five for today, but here they are:

1. Timon and Pumbaa

The Lion King holds a special place in my heart as it came out in the year I was born, but I don’t think I’m bias when I say that these guys are the coolest. I mean, come on, hakuna matata!

2. Lightning McQueen and Mater

When cars have feelings too, the ability for bromances is also present, and who can resist Mater’s goofy charm?!

3. Hiro and Baymax

If you’ve seen the film, you’ve felt the feels! I am satisfied with this bromance.

4. Mike and Sully

You know what they say, the friends you meet at university will stay with you forever, even if you did start out as enemies!

5. Woody and Buzz

Friends who play together, stay together! These guys have had our hearts since 1996!

Fist bumps and high fives all round!

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Friday Favourite Five – Redbubble Buys

Discovering Redbubble was possibly the best and worst thing that ever happened to me – I’m obsessed, and I really have to control myself otherwise I’d be so broke!

Firstly, I love the concept of Redbubble; giving artists a chance to get their work out there, without worrying about the inconvenience and costs of printing and shipping, but also giving shoppers great, unique products at a reasonable price, as well as letting us express our craziest fandoms!

The Redbubble range of products has also expanded fantastically from t-shirts to prints, bags, skirts, scarves, laptop sleeves, phone cases, I could go on.. But here are 5 of my favourite purchases! (Please excuse any creases)

1. Gaston’s Gym t-shirt

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I bought this with the sole purpose of looking cool while working out, its my favourite top to wear to the gym, and I get loads of compliments! The design is here.

2. Floating Lanterns scarf

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When Redbubble announced they were introducing scarves, I had to have one, and this is one from my favourite Redbubble artist. It’s super high quality, super floaty and its large size makes it super versatile! The design is here.

3. Dapper Dans pencil skirt

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Another of Redbubble’s newer product lines, this pencil skirt is adorable and I couldn’t resist it! The design is here.

4. I’m the Lost Princess tank top

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Another workout top, this tank embraces my love of Tangled with my love of running! The design is here.

5. Hairy Baby Day Car Centre t-shirt

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Ok, so this was my bad for choosing a white t-shirt because you can’t really see the text that reads ‘Hairy Baby Day Care Centre’, but its there, promise! I am satisfied with my top, Baymax. The design is here.

Are you guys Redbubble shoppers too?

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Friday Favourite Five – My Europe Highlights

Aaannd I’m back to regular scheduling!

I would say you’ve heard the end of my European adventures, but I’m afraid that’s just not true because I’ve got a few more related posts up my sleeve, and as its Friday.. Wanna hear my favourite moments of my trip? (I am, of course, leaving Disneyland Paris out of this)

1. Mont St Michel

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This was always going to be a big part of my trip; its no secret how much I love Tangled, and being on the real site that inspired the most beautiful fairytale kingdom was really magical for me.

2. Neuschwanstein Castle

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Another from the bucket list, I truly fell in love with this castle, and seeing it in all its beauty truly made a difficult day a lot easier. I’d love to go back and see the inside!

3. Geneva

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I really wasn’t expecting to be blown away by a city rather than a landmark on this trip, but I had an amazing day in Geneva, and while I don’t think my heart could cope with driving the city again, I’d 100% return for a city break.

4. Chateau de Chillon

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This beauty was another place that I was looking forward to on this trip, but as well as living up to expectations, I was really impressed with it as a tourist destination; the access and information provided made it well worth the trip.

5. Amicitia

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I know it seems silly to choose a hotel as a highlight, but staying on a real canal boat in Amsterdam was great. I loved curling up in the cosy common area, and despite the small cabin, it was a real experience!

Friday Favourite Five – Instagrammers of Disneyland

I recently shared my favourite Disney World Instagrammers with you, and to be fair, today I’m doing my favourites from Disneyland California.

While Disney World will always be the most magical place on Earth for me, Disneyland holds a special place in my heart, mainly due to the fact that it was the first Disney park I’d visited in about 7-8 years. As a toddler/young child, we visited Disney World and Disneyland Paris quite often, but I have very few memories from those trips, so my trips to Disneyland, aged 13 and 15, were really my first ‘grown up’ memories of park life.

1. @jreitz1

This man is a legend in my eyes! Why? Well he’s visited Disneyland every day since 2011, and is currently on day 1364, how mad is that?!

2. @disneyfor2

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I actually started off following Alyssa’s solo account, before she met VJ, and since they started their joint account I’m even more obsessed – they’re adorable!

3. @lotso_at_disneyland

Probably one of the most famous Disneyland accounts (in my eyes anyway!), Lotso hangs out in the parks and you can find and meet him and take lots of selfies!

4. @diningindisney

I talk a lot about how much I love DisneyFoodBlog, right? Well this is the Instagram account of the Disneyland contributor, and her and her family are hilarious to keep up with! Plus, they’ve got dachshunds, nuff said.

5. @nanjer_0121

I’m somewhat bias here because this is the joint account of my lovely Instagram friend Nancy and her partner Jeremy. I met Nancy after featuring a pair of her ears in a wishlist, and to say thank you she actually sent them to me! Since then she’s been an absolute doll doing a few favours for me, and I really hope I can repay the favour when I’m in the parks in January!

I’m SO excited to be returning to Disneyland in January, and I really hope I might be able to catch a couple of these amazing people in the parks, even if its just to fangirl from a distance!

Do you follow @lottiedoesdisney on Instagram?

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Friday Favourite Five – Crazy Tokyo Disney Food

Yes, I’m still reeling about my Tokyo Disney trip even though it was months ago..

Something I was really excited for when preparing for our visit was the food, photos of which I’d seen all over Pinterest and Instagram, and I couldn’t wait to try some of the delicacies in store for us during our stay. Truly, we couldn’t fault any of the food during our entire visit; it was pretty, delicious and reasonably priced – happy family!

A few, though, really stood out as memorable, and here’s my top five:

1. Mickey Burger

2. Little Green Men Mochi

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3. Clam Burger

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4. Mickey Churros

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5. Queen of Hearts Roll Cake

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Don’t you just love it?! I do!

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Friday Favourite Five – Instagrammers of Disney World

I spend WAY too much time on Instagram, and at least 90% of the time I’m looking at Disney stuff, with some of my all time favourite accounts being those of Disney World goers, whether they’re Cast Members, Annual Passholders or just regular visitors, these are my top five Instagrammers of WDW:

1. @ferdalump

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I got tagged by a few people to share 20 facts about myself, so here you go: I'm 3 years old ✨I have an annual pass to Disney and we go about once or twice a week (sometimes just for an hour or two because we live close)✨I was born in Florida ✨The first time I went to Disney was my 1st birthday. ✨Mommy made my first costume (Harley Quinn) before I was born.✨I had my second costume when I was 10 days old ✨The first Disney movie I watched and really had a reaction to was Tangled. ✨If asked, I say Aurora is my favorite Princess and she was the very first Princess I ever met ✨I LOVE books and always have to take one to bed with me ✨I love horses ✨I'm scared of spiders ✨My best friend is 'finger' who I talk to all of the time. Finger also has a brother named 'Brother' ✨I love playing with my doctor kit and love to play 'check-up' ✨I have a lot of boyfriends, but Anakin Skywalker is my favorite.✨I love mini M & M's but I will not eat red ones. ✨I'm named after Lois Lane (but Mommy and Daddy also loved the characters named Lane on both Gilmore Girls and Mad Men.) ✨I love music and watching music videos ✨I love painting (on paper, my nails, anything!) ✨I have a fish named Beast and a dog named Tater✨ I'm very detail oriented and if a costume is missing a detail (a hat, gloves, etc) I let Mommy know about it. (And I'm not sure if those who tagged us wanted my facts or Mommy's so she may post her's on her IG later today.) 😊PC: @disneymint 💕

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Princess Lane has very quickly become a Disney World superstar; the whole internet follows and loves her, and I’m definitely no exception! In fact, meeting her is on my Disney Bucket List.

2. @disneyworlddelights

Probably the most talented photographer ever, I fell in love with this account after stumbling across her Festival of Fantasy shots, and I’m continually amazed by every new photo!

3. @disney_frump

The Disney World adventures of a beautiful DCP cast member; so sweet and pretty, a real Disney princess!

4. @reallifedisney

Another WDW cast member, Taylor is the perfect combination of positivity, sass and Goofy loving!

5. @thedisneychicks

The Disney Chicks is a combination of two amazing accounts, @thedisneyworldgirl and @lifeatdisneyworld, both of which I love.. Oh, and they’re a mother-daughter pairing! I also love keeping up with these girls on Periscope!

Are you an Instagram nut? Follow me on @lottiedoesdisney!

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Friday Favourite Five – WDW Table Service Restaurants

It always amazes me how unique every dining experience at Disney World is. Sure, you sometimes might find yourself eating similar meals in a few, but every table in every restaurant gives you a totally different memory!

On our last trip, we tried to fit in as many table service meals as our dining plan would allow, and we had some incredible meals, but for now, here’s my favourite five:

1. T-REX

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If you’ve never been, imagine Rainforest Cafe, but instead of wildlife, its dinosaurs that run the show! Yep, dinner, dinos and delicious food; we had an awesome time here.

2. Tusker House

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Probably one of the best meals from our last trip! We made this booking following a recommendation from friends, but had no idea what to expect, so when we walked into a restaurant with incredible decor, a vast range of amazing food and character visits, we were blown away.

3. Crystal Palace

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You cannot go wrong with Crystal Palace. Magic Kingdom, check! Pooh and friends, check! Buffet including Mickey waffles, check!

4. Sci-fi Dine In Theater

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It probably doesn’t get more unique than eating dinner in a classic car and watching old movies on the big screen!

5. Chef Mickey’s

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A Disney World classic, and a great excuse to ride the monorail across from the Magic Kingdom. Fill your plate with grub, and get your napkins ready..

What are your favourite table service restaurants?

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Friday Favourite Five – WDW Quick Service Restaurants

I’m getting super excited about my upcoming Disney World trip, and when I’m excited my planning goes into overdrive! Because we’re on the Quick Service Dining Plan, I’m pretty excited to try out a lot more of the QS restaurants on this trip, but for now, here are my favourite five from the last trip:

1. Pizza Planet Arcade

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My absolutely favourite restaurant in Hollywood Studios, Pizza Planet is like walking into Andy’s favourite place to eat: pizza, arcade games, and plenty of Little Green Men!

2. Be Our Guest (lunch)

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Be Our Guest is quick service for lunchtime only, and even then getting in can be pretty competitive, but we managed it! If the perfect setting isn’t enough, the food was amazing!

3. Sunshine Seasons

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Sunshine Seasons is inside The Land at Epcot, and boasts a pretty amazing range of international cuisine. My Mongolian Beef, fried rice and whoopie pie might have been the best QS meal I had last year!

4. Pinocchio Village Haus

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We loved Pinocchio’s so much we ate there twice! As well as great food, there’s loads of seating both indoors and out, and if you sit by the big window you can watch the boats on It’s a Small World!

5. Boardwalk Bakery

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The Boardwalk is possibly the most beautiful and underrated place in Disney World, and the Bakery is full of yummy goodies, from incredible cupcakes to handmade deli sandwiches, and if you ever need to order a celebration cake, this is the place to go!

Where are your favourite places to eat in WDW?

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Friday Favourite Five – Subscription Packages

Another Friday, and who doesn’t love a good subscription?!

You can subscribe to anything from magazines to movies to speedy delivery these days, and here are my top five:

1. Asos Premier

I umm-ed and ahh-ed over becoming an Asos Premier member for a few days before taking the plunge, trying to decide if it was worth the £9.95 for a year. Long story short, I have no regrets! Premier members get free Next Day or Selected Day delivery, normally £4.95, as well as exclusive and early access to sales, and free collection for returns. My wardrobe is almost entirely comprised of Asos clothes, so for me, this was totally worth the money!

2. Fabletics VIP

If you haven’t read other posts where I talk about my love of Fabletics, here it is again! At the start of each month, I get personalised outfit choices sent to me, and I can choose from the huge range, or skip the month if nothing grabs me. Spoiler, something pretty much always grabs me. Purchases also gain you points, points mean free outfits, and I recently got my first free outfit from my points balance! VIP members get outfits (and individual items) at a reduced price, and free delivery on all outfits. Oh, did I mention the clothes are amazing?!

3. Amazon Prime

Just get it, like now. I can’t live without Prime. Free next day delivery on eligible items, Prime Instant Video, Prime Music, exclusive sales.. Your favourite online retailer just got even better. What you want, when you want it, and then some. Boom.

4. Netflix

I have the Netflix account, and the whole family uses it. I can watch it on my tv, my laptop, my ipad, and so can everyone else; setting up individual profiles within my account means the girls have unlimited access to kids programming, while Dad and I share a ‘grown-up’ profile that’s separate from my aunt and uncle’s. For £5.99 a month, seven of us have access to the huge selection of movies, documentaries and tv shows Netflix has to offer, and sometimes I lose entire days to catching up!

5. Graze

While I don’t currently have a subscription, I really like Graze boxes, and I think its a great idea; healthy snacks dropped right at your door or office, from nut mixes and popcorn to flapjacks and brownies, yum!

Friday Favourite Five – Rides at Tokyo Disney

I can’t believe its been over a month since I was in Tokyo Disneyland already! This year is flying by, but I can’t complain because every day that goes by, I’m a day closer to my next Disney trip, so I can’t lose!

Today’s FFF are the rides I loved most during my time in Tokyo, so here they are!

1. Splash Mountain

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Yes, Splash Mountain is in every Disney park, I know, I know! BUT there was something about this one, I can’t really put my finger on what exactly, but it just seemed better than all the others! I love it, and I rode it more than all the other rides, k.

2. Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek!

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While its not as exciting as Buzz’s Astro Blasters, and there’s no scoring involved (which bothered my super competitive mum!), this was really fun, and the setting was perfect!

3. Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull

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Another ‘non-unique’ ride, but again, this ride blew me away! We had a Fastpass so we got to skip the enormous queue (always makes rides better), but it would’ve been worth the wait!

4. Journey to the Center of the Earth

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The ride inside the volcano! Totally different from anything at any other Disney park, and the perfect combination of gentle ride and rollercoaster!

5. Caravan Carousel

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A double decker carousel of fun! Ride an elephant, a camel, or even Genie himself!

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Friday Favourite Five – Everyday Bloggers

New series, yay! Each Friday I’ll be sharing five of my favourite ‘insert weekly theme here’, and this week I’m starting off with what I call my ‘everyday bloggers’.

Now I try to keep up with a lot of different blogs, but when I say everyday, these are the blogs that I check without fail every time I hit the internet, to see what’s new, and I think you should too! It also just so happens that these are all really sweet girls with slight Disney obsessions..

1. Cocktails In Teacups

Amy’s blog is the perfect combination of lifestyle posts, from fashion and beauty to home and outdoors, and a lot of Disney! She’s also an inspirational single mother to a totally adorable little girl, and I always love reading about their adventures!

2. Underland to Wonderland

A more recent favourite, I admire Natalie as a blogger so much! She’s totally dedicated, an amazing photographer and such a lovely person!

3. Blog of Shadows

Kayleigh was the first blogger I ‘met’ when I started LottieDoesDisney, and Blog of Shadows was the first blog I read and checked regularly. She’s a super talented make-up artist and while her blog focuses around this, she also shares a lot from her Disney World trips!

4. Briar Rose Blog

Another newer favourite, Briar Rose is quite possibly the prettiest blog ever! From dreamy fashion posts to cosplay and shopping hauls to die for, as well as a lot of real life, and all beautifully written, I definitely recommend it!

5. Paintpotted

Paintpotted was another early favourite of mine, after discovering Amy on Instagram. As well as beauty and lifestyle, Disney is high on the agenda, and if you read nothing else, check out her amazing Disney World proposal story – its perfect!

Who are your favourite bloggers?

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