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 – 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 – 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: 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?

xoxo