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So I'm pretty sure everyone in the UK is fed up of hearing about the snow by now but honestly I don't care. We don't get it very often and I mean come on, its beautiful! Yesterday me and Sean took full advantage of our rare weather and spent hours playing around like children. We even built our very own snowman! And yes I am wearing a oneise, it was cold shut up.


As always I vlogged our little snow day so be sure to keep an eye out for that in the coming days! What did you guys get up to in the snow?

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SNOW DAY | BLOGMAS DAY 11

A few weeks back Sean and I headed over to the lovely little town of Ludlow for their annual Medieval Christmas Fayre. I'm all about xmas themed events and I'm also a bit of a History lover so if you put those two things together I'm going to be pretty happy.

We wandered around the many stalls, ate some yummy food, and drank the most vile piss scented mulled cider! Fab times!


All in all it was a super nice, if not a little chilly day! Ludlow is a gorgeous little town and I would recommend a day trip if you ever get chance. I did also film quite a lot on the day so keep an eye out for a vlog coming soon!

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LUDLOW MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS FAYRE | BLOGMAS DAY 7

I've been to the Botanical Gardens in Brum numerous times before. I've spent hours walking around the grounds admiring the exotic plants and so when I was given the chance to explore the place as I'd never seen it before I jumped at it. Through Birmingham Bloggers I was invited to spend an evening wandering through a special Christmas trail. Here are some photos from the night..


I thoroughly enjoyed my evening, as did Sean. We helped ourselves to some delicious hot dogs, and toasted some handmade marshmallows over an open fire which we were both very grateful for after an hour or so of walking in the cold. Although we both had a fantastic time I can't help but feel the entrance fee is quite expensive as you have to pay for more when you get inside. That being said it really was a magical evening watching the different light shows and taking advantage of multiple photo opportunities!

I have a vlog of the night coming soon too so keep a look out for that! 

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CHRISTMAS AT BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS | BLOGMAS DAY 1


So for years now I've been reading blogs and watching with envy and admiration as hundreds of dedicated bloggers take part in Blogmas. The sheer amount of work that goes into creating 25 blog posts to publish one after the other is unreal and not something I ever saw myself doing. That was until a few weeks back.

I've been blogging for ages now and I thought it was about time I at least tried to give Blogmas a go! For those wondering what Blogmas actually is, well its just a fancy name for posting everyday in the lead up to Christmas, from the 1st right up until the big day. I might not be able to handle the workload but who knows, maybe I will! 

So as of tomorrow I will be posting on my little blog every single day until Christmas! Wish me luck!

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BLOGMAS

So initially I wanted to do this as a video but considering I haven't updated my little blog for a while I thought I would do it on here! I've been to Disneyland Paris quite a few times now (eight times to be precise), and during those trips I've accumulated several favourites that I wanted to share with you all.


Top 2 Rides in Disneyland Park - It would be way too hard to just pick one so I've got two! My first is Big Thunder Mountain; it's a bit of a thrill ride with a fantastic theme. My second favourite is Peter Pan's Flight. This couldn't be more different from most of my other favourites but it's just so magical!

Top 2 Rides in Walt Disney Studios - Again, I could never pick just one! I've loved Tower of Terror ever since my first ride on it back in 2013, and it's been a firm favourite ever since. The other ride I would pick has to be Crush's Coaster! I hadn't had chance to go on it until recently but I'm so glad I ignored the long queue time and gave it a go!

Top 3 Restaurants - Lets be honest, the food in Disney is pretty pricey and most of it isn't exactly the best either, but there are still several places I have to eat in while on holiday! My all time top restaurant is Hakuna Matata, the theme in that place is amazing plus the food is delicious! Another favourite has to be Casey's on Main Street, you can't go wrong with hot dogs and chips really. The last restaurant to make the list has to be Plaza Gardens. The character breakfast there really is a treat. 


Favourite Thing To Eat - If I could only eat one thing in Disneyland it would have to be Hakuna fries from Hakuna Matata. They are crinkle cut chips with a yummy flavouring unlike anything I've ever had before! Pair that up with the Kebab meal deal and you have one happy Gracie.

Top 3 Meet And Greets - One of the best meet and greets I had was with Chip and Dale. They are just so fun and you end up with several hilarious photographs after just a few moments with them. Another great meet and greet was Moana (Vianna in France). She was really chatty and looked incredible - my photos with her are easily some of my most treasured. But my very favourite meet and greet has to be with Micky Mouse himself! He doesn't talk, but more than makes up for it by playing around! 

Best Show - This is really hard as there are just so many amazing shows in the park that change from time to time, but I would have to say Mickey and the Magician. I almost cried the first time I saw it and even though I've watched it a few times since, the magic hasn't worn off!

Favourite Shop - Again this is super hard as there are so many to chose from but I'm going to go with World of Disney as I think its the biggest and you can pretty much get anything from there!


Favourite Hotel - This is a bit of a cheat as I've only ever stayed in two but out of the Santa Fe and The Cheyenne, the Cheyenne is definitely the best! The cowboy/ Toy Story theme is great and the newly renovated rooms are so much nicer, plus the rooms are a lot easier to find than in the Santa Fe I think.

Favourite Time of Year - I've been to Disney throughout different season's and my favourite time to go is in the early Summer. It's nice and warm, unlikely to rain, and the kids haven't broke up from school so it's not too busy. I haven't been during the Christmas season however so I imagine that would be pretty magical!

So those are my Disneyland Paris favourites! Although I'm not going to call this a 'tag post' as such, I would love my fellow Disneyland fans to fill this in on their own blogs or even just in the comments below! What are your Disneyland faves?!


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DISNEYLAND PARIS FAVOURITES

As well as blogging and vlogging our adventure, Sean and I decided fairly soon into our September trip that we wanted to create a scrapbook of our travels. We had just taken so many beautiful photographs that it only seemed right to print them off and keep hard copies safe in our home. A scrapbook seemed like a fun way to do this and so when Printiki offered to print some of my treasured snaps for me I jumped at the offer.*


The prints were pretty easy to order, I simply created an account and started selecting my images straight away. I had the choice of regular prints or adding a retro border which would give my images a Polariod style look. As I wanted to pop my images into a scrapbook I thought it might be handy to have extra room to write on and so I picked the retro border on some of my images. 

I wanted to use the photos I had already edited and uploaded to Instagram so I just connected to my account and selected the images I wanted to print. My photos arrived within just a few days even though I selected the economy shipping! If I needed to rush my order, next day delivery was also available. 


I haven't finished my scrapbook yet but I'm already chuffed to bits with it and I'm so glad I decided to create a special place to keep my travel memories safe! 

If you fancy making a scrapbook of your own, or if you just want to have hard copies of your favourite photos, you can use code G5CCKZSS for free shipping from Printiki!

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PRESERVING MY TRAVEL MEMORIES

Last weekend Sean and I took a fairly spontaneous trip up to Lichfield. It's roughly an hour from my house by train and as we'd just invested in a rail card we thought why not? Earlier that week I'd also really been craving an afternoon tea so after doing a bit of research I convinced Sean to take me to McKensies, a lovely little restaurant in the heart of Lichfield City.


We arrived without a booking which we thought might have been an issue on a busy Saturday afternoon however they were able to fit us in and we were soon seated. After placing our order we were told there might be a small wait on food however this wasn't the case and our delicious afternoon meal arrived promptly.

The top tier of our afternoon tea stand consisted of; Homemade Scotch Egg sprinkled with Cheese, which tasted to me like a posh Sausage and Egg McMuffin, and two slices of Pork Pie - straight from the Butchers. I've had quite a few Afternoon Tea's and this was the first one to provide savoury treats instead of small cakes and macaroons. Although this is not what I'm used to I can honestly say it made a nice change and I will look out for this again in other Afternoon Tea menus.


The second tier held two fresh scones with plenty of cream and Jam - something I can be really fussy about, two slices of lemon cake, and the most beautiful buttery shortbread biscuit I've had in a long time. The biscuit was also branded with the McKensie's logo witch I thought added a really nice touch.

On the bottom tier were our finger sandwiches. The fillings we had on the day were; Cucumber & Cream Cheese, Ham & Cheddar, and Tuna. The menu does state that the Afternoon Tea comes with Salmon & Cream Cheese however I assume ours were substituted for tuna this time. I don't eat fish so that didn't bother me at all however if you really have your heart set on Salmon it might be worth calling ahead to double check the fillings for that day.


Service wise I couldn't complain at all really. All of the staff were very helpful and friendly. We spoke to several members of staff during our visit and none of them gave off the vibe that they were too busy to chat. That being said they were quick to clear our table when we were done and even wrapped up a slice of our leftover cake to take home. 

The overall decor and atmosphere of the place was also lovely. There was a fairly high end feel to the whole building which had a strong Stag theme throughout. Its not very often that I take notice of a restaurants playlist however the background music that played during our sitting was a mixture of cover songs changed up so that they had a smooth jazz feel to them which only added to the ambience.

So would I eat here again? Definitely. The location was good, the food was tasty and the staff were friendly, what more could you want when dining out?

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AFTERNOON TEA AT MCKENZIE'S

So I've been AWOL for quite some time again. I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted but here I am, once more explaining my absence. Sean and I went travelling. Not for very long, and probably not the usual way either but honestly it was fantastic.



We saved up for a while, and when I say saved, I mean we took the money out of our moving out fund to pay for our extravagant obsession. So we saved and planned, and planned, and planned. And then planned a hell of a lot more and off we flew to central Europe. Now I'll probably talk about all of that at some point but right now I want to talk about how it honestly changed the way I see my life and helped my mental health.

So before I start, I just want to put out a little disclaimer. I know travelling is a privilege that not everyone has access to. Although I slave away stocking shelves to pay for my travels I still understand how lucky I am to take these trips. I also just want to say that as amazing as they are, trips around the world cannot cure metal health problems, although I do believe they can give you a short break from having to deal with them.



So lets get to it; why was this trip so life changing? And why was it different from any of the other trips I've taken in the past? Well to start with it was the longest I've ever been away from home. We were gone for 18 days. This might not seem much to veteran travellers but to someone who suffers with anxiety, this is a long time believe me. I worried a lot about having enough money, catching the right trains at the right time, and, you know, silly things like getting mugged or losing my passport. Well we did have enough money, we made it on time to all of our trains, and we got to where we needed to be, even if things didn't always go right. Although I couldn't stop myself from worrying every now and then, I got though it, and I handled any problems we came across pretty well too. Although travelling is my passion and I love every second of it, by going on an experience like this I came home feeling like there's nothing I now couldn't do. For someone who is constantly drowning under self doubt and worry, thats a pretty nice feeling.

Like I said we had everything planned down to the tiniest detail which did make me feel a lot better, but there's no way we could plan for everything, that's just not how life works. We were bound to come across problems at some point and we did, but we managed them well and continued on our journey. I didn't have any major freak outs while we were away and that has given me a boost in confidence.



As well as helping me to overcome my anxiety by forcing me to confront situations head on, travelling for such a long period of time allowed me to take a nice break from everything that worries me at home. For 18 whole days I didn't have to worry about finding a new job, saving to move out, my parents' business closing down, and all the things that keep me up at night. The only thing I needed to think about was what I planned to do the next day. I know that isn't reality but to have such a long period of time without my everyday concerns was so refreshing. Although I came back home to my worries they weren't as built up in my head as they were before I left. I think I needed that break to reset my mind, give it a good cleanse, and come back to things when I could think more clearly.

By the end of our trip I came home with a new outlook on life. I realised there was more to it than working a shitey job to pay for a little relief every few months. I don't want to be another person living just for the weekends, especially when I have to work them. I want a good job, a well paying job, a job I like, a job that can allow me to afford these sorts of trips more often. I want to wake up everyday feeling like I did the morning after I got home, knowing that we overcame any problems that stood in our way. I want to be able to face situations that terrify me - like being in crowds, learning to drive, and going places on my own. I want to live a care free life like the one I had just a few weeks ago. This trip has given me the drive to push myself to be the best I can be. It made me confront situations that I would completely avoid here at home and it has given me the inspiration to try new things which is something I will always be grateful for.

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HOW TRAVELLING CHANGED ME AND HELPED MY MENTAL HEALTH

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