Christmas In Disneyland Paris 2019 ♡ Photo Diary

We arrived back from Disneyland Paris just a few days ago and I’m already completely missing it. I figured that I would share some photos of my trip because I’m so happy with my experience and I need to show you all.

We stayed in the Santa Fe hotel again. It’s one of out favourites and also happens to be the cheapest Disney hotel too.
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What I Learned From My First Trip To Walt Disney World

I have an infinity annual pass for Disneyland Paris and I have been a few times now. It’s so magical and I love it. However, even though my love for Disney grows stronger every single day, I had never actually managed to make the trip to Walt Disney World. It had been on my bucket list for a while though.

As a Brit, it’s pretty expensive to go to Walt Disney World so it was something that I could never really afford to do. However, 18 months ago, Simon and I decided to save up and make the effort to head over to Florida to visit Disney World.

We arrived back just less than a week ago and I feel like I learnt a lot that I should tell you about so that you can make the most of your first trip to Disney World.

Taking a break is definitely necessary

Don’t be afraid to admit defeat in a Disney park. Especially is said Disney park is in Orlando. The weather there is absolutely mad. It’s so hot and humid which can make you feel completely exhausted. It’s completely okay to take a midday break. That break can be different for everyone but for me, it was going back to the hotel, turning on the air conditioner and maybe taking a nap. For other people though, it’s simply sitting on a bench and drinking a cold drink.

Select the quick service meal plan

This is what we did and it’s definitely something that we would do again. Dining in Walt Disney World is absolutely crazy. For us, sit down restaurant meals just weren’t going to happen. Hopefully next time but for our first trip, we wanted to keep it as simple as possible. The quick service meal plan saved us a lot of money and we were never going hungry. The snacks and meals are huge and you can still eat as much as you want.

You’ll always wish that you had more time

No matter how much you plan, you will never accomplish it all in the one trip. Even though we went for two weeks, I feel like we would have needed another two more weeks just to get everything done. If you plan to spend time in the hotel, plan mini-golf, visit other hotels or even go to the water parks, you would need even more time on top of that.

Going to Disney World was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. There were a few things that I wish I changed but I just get to take them into consideration next time I go.

Have you ever been to a Disney park before? If you have, which is your favourite?

Fat Hygiene

Let’s talk a little bit about fat hygiene. Embarrassing, I know but it’s something that need to be talked about.

There’s topics in life that no one wants to talk about. Those topics include things like periods, sex and most things to do with fatter bodies. If you’re a fat babe like myself, you’ll probably not want to go around talking about fat hygiene! That is why I’m writing this post.

Hygiene is important for literally everyone. No matter what size you are, you need to be clean! However, it can be harder for bigger bodies as we have rolls and saggy bits that can be harder to reach or to keep clean.

If you asked me a few years ago, how I kept my fat body clean then I wouldn’t know what to say. I didn’t know that fat people needed to do things differently or anything like that. I figured you just smothered your body in shower gel and you’re clean.

If you ask me now, I would have a completely different answer for you. For me, it was hard at first to come to the conclusion that I needed to do things differently. I didn’t like being different but now I’m okay with it.

But that’s enough of talking about me. You aren’t here to hear my story, you’re here for advice so advice I shall give you.

If you have some fat rolls, saggy skin or anything that rubs, you’ll know about how sweaty those areas can get. If you don’t clean them areas enough, they will get a bit sticky and smelly. I want to specially talk about a few areas that tend to be a difficult area for some fat people.

Tummy

Okay, I thought that I would start here as this is the biggest problem area for me personally. I hate my lower tummy. It is saggy and full of rolls. They overlap and rub which causes a lot of sweat, especially in the hot weather. It happens in the cold weather too though.

Unfortunately, I don’t have many tips for this as I’m still working it all about for myself but for me, I need to shower often to help this situation. When you are showering, don’t be afraid to lift up your rolls and fully clean underneath. I use a shower puff and really scrub away the dirt! You can pick them up for around 50p in most shops and they are definitely worth it. If you can’t reach underneath, you could try a shower puff on a stick.

Underarms

Armpit sweat is horrible and is probably the most smelly part for me. If I don’t shower often enough then they start to really smell. I have very sensitive skin so I can’t use most deodorants. However, I do use Avon deodorant which is scent free and great for me. It’s a roll on which I find keep you smelling fresh for longer.

Underboob

If you’re a woman and have boobs, you’ll probably know about under-boob sweat. It’s a nightmare!

Because my tummy is big and so are my boobs, it makes everything very sweaty. If I don’t use my shower puff under my boobs, sweat gathers and make me very itchy. It is one of the most annoying things ever.

To combat this, I try to wear a bra with a good lift. This stops the boob sweat a little and stops my boobs from rubbing on my tummy. If that doesn’t work, a little bit of roll on deodorant under the boobs helps a lot. Just make sure to shower at the end of the day and wash it off so it doesn’t make you just as itchy.

Thighs

They say that mermaids don’t have thigh gaps and that is true but neither do I. My thighs touch and so do many other people’s. If your thighs touch or rub then you know that it’s a nightmare in the summer. The chub rub is awful!

To stop this, there are a few options. You can try wearing cycling shorts under a dress or skirt, you can rub roll on deodorant on your thighs or you can try applying talc on your thighs. All of these things have worked for me. I hope they work for you.

Also, the value of a person is not dependent on their smell. Even if you do end up a bit stinky, you are still a valuable and worthwhile person, okay?

A Week In Lytham St Anne’s

If you’re wondering why I’ve been a little bit quiet on social media recently then allow me to explain. Simon and I have been on a little Monday to Friday UK holiday.

Monday 10th June

So, we woke up at 4:30am and walked to town. Usually we get the bus but I wanted to leave the house even earlier so we walked instead. We popped to Tesco for some breakfast. I had Pan Au Chocolates and cookies and Simon had something but I really can’t remember what.

We arrived at the bus stop and got on the bus to Chester. The journey went slowly but I think that’s because I was excited!

Once we got to Chester, we realised we were super early so we got on an earlier train to Warrington Bank Quay. The train was super old fashioned and had slide down windows which really amused Simon and I. We kept pulling them up and down.

There was a 25 minutes wait and Warrington before we boarded the second train to Preston. Because we got an earlier train, we were an hour and a bit earlier than expected in Preston so we walked around the Fishergate Shopping Centre for a little bit.

After walking around some shops, we headed to The Sizzler for a bite to eat. The Sizzler is in Lytham but it’s worth the trip from Preston. I enjoyed my southern fried sweet chilli wrap and chips!

Once we had finished eating, we headed to the hotel to check in.

We were staying at the Travelodge in Lytham St Anne’s. We have stayed there many times before and the staff as super friendly and helpful. Our room was absolutely lovely and we got it at a good rate too.

We quickly threw our bags into the hotel room and headed for the bus to Blackpool. We ended up walking around Blackpool for a while and it was lovely.

Eventually, it was time to get the bus back to St Anne’s. Of course, I was hungry at this point so it was time for food.

After a quick outfit change and a selfie, we headed out to The Trawl Boat Inn for some food.

After eating, we took a walk along the pier and promenade. The weather was slightly windy but it was fun overall.

After a long day, we headed back to our hotel room and chatted until we fell asleep.

Tuesday 11th June

I woke up about 100 times in the night. I always do the first night in a hotel which is annoying. The bus was so comfy though!

I eventually got out of bed at 5am and started to get ready. I managed to get my hair into some kind of up-do which made me so happy because I have been waiting for my hair to grow for a while.

After watching Good Morning Britain for a little while, we headed out for breakfast. I bought a croissant to eat on the go so we could get on the bus quicker.

We hopped on the bus to Blackpool and did some shopping.

Our favourite shopping centre in Blackpool is the Houndshill. We can spend hours in there. We bought a paintball gun, clothing, shoes and video games.

After shopping for a while, we headed to the arcades.

In the arcades, we found a Zoltar so we had to get our four tunes read. Mine was way better than Simon’s though which made me laugh.

We played on a lot of 2p machines and walked around for a while.

It was then time to head out for more food. This time, we were having Chinese food. I ordered sweet and sour chicken with chips. Simon ordered the same. It was from a place called Chu’s in Lytham and it was so tasty.

After the meal, we headed back to the hotel to watch television get ready for the next day.

Wednesday 12th June

On Wednesday, I managed to sleep in for an extra hour. I did wake up pretty suddenly after an odd dream though. After watching Good Morning Britain again, Simon and I got ready and headed to Tesco to grab some food before we got on the bus to Preston. The bus to Preston take literally forever but once we got there, we had so much fun.

We did some shopping in two of our favourite shops, Tiger and Kenji. They are both super cheap and affordable shops that sell the cutest things.

After some shopping, we headed to Blackpool. Simon wanted to visit Sea Life so we did and it was super fun.

We even booked in for a behind the scenes tour so we got to see more than most visitors. We were the only one on the tour so I asked loads of questions and we found out all about different fish types and sharks.

At Sea Life, we did a little bit more shopping. Simon bought some plushies and I bought two enamel pins to add to my collection.

After Sea Life, we went into the Houndshill and had a little look around the shops again. At least this time we stopped ourselves from buying anything.

It was then time to head back to the hotel as it was getting later in the day so we hopped back on the bus and headed to St Anne’s. Once we arrived, we went back to the hotel, changed into our flip flops and went for a walk along the beach.

Although it was slightly cold, it was enjoyable and we just walked and talked about the future and how much of a good time we have had so far.

When the beach got a tad boring, we headed back to the hotel where I drank plenty of cups of tea and sat in bed watching television and listening to some tunes.

Thursday 13th June

On the Thursday we woke up early… again. After a cup of tea and some breakfast we walked around the shops in St Anne’s Square.

After walking became uninteresting, we headed back to the hotel for a mini rest before heading back out to Fleetwood.

Fleetwood have a huge market which sells a huge range of things. We didn’t buy anything but there was so much stuff that I wanted.

There were some spiritual stalls and I found loads of cool things. I was a happy girl.

After Fleetwood we headed to a little outlook shopping center for a walk around. There was even a Cadbury’s shop. I wanted everything but managed to restrain myself.

After shopping, we headed back to St Anne’s to our hotel. I had a cup of tea again and then started packing ready to leave the next morning.

Friday 14th June

Friday was the day that we headed home. But first, we took a walk around Blackburn. It was a lovely place and we did some mor shopping and exploring.

After exploring, it was time to head to the train station in Preston to get the train home.

The journey home was long but as soon as we arrived, I was glad to be home!

My Top 5 Character Meets At Disneyland Paris

I’ve been to Disneyland Paris twice now and have a third trip booked. I know that’s not a huge amount but I’m grateful that I get to go at all.

In the future, Simon and I hope to get APs which means we will be going all the time but money doesn’t want that to happen right now.

In the meantime, while I’m missing the Disney magic, I thought I would write all about my favourite character meets in the parks.

Miss Bunny and Thumper

This is my all time favourite meet so I thought that I would talk about it first. It’s a funny story really. We were in the queue for the characters and something happened that made us leave the queue. We ended up all sad that we didn’t meet Miss Bunny and Thumper. So, we did some shopping. I bought a handbag with Mickey Mouse’s face on.

Anyway, we went back into the park and noticed that Miss Bunny and Thumper will be back at 1pm. We waited around for about an hour to meet them but it was totally worth it. Miss Bunny ended up loving my new bag and she posed with it. Thumper was upset that it wasn’t him that was on my bag!

Definitely the best character meet so far. Plus, Miss Bunny looks adorable with my handbag!

Marie

This was a character meet that I didn’t love so much as it was happening but thinking about it now, it made my trip extra special. We didn’t have to queue very long to meet Marie which shocked me as I figured that people would love to meet Marie.

At the time, I thought that Marie was freaky as she just clawed at me and stroked my hand but thinking about it now, it was super fun and funny.

Jafar

The line to meet Jafar was the best queue ever. I was hyped and super excited so I kept making jokes.

“First we were JaFAR, then we were JaNEAR”

I realise that isn’t actually that funny but I was so happy that I would laugh at anything.

When we got to Jafar, I asked him if he was the hugging type. He shook his head at me and it was one of the best moments ever.

Daisy Duck

This was the first meet of the second trip. As soon as we arrived in the park, I noticed Daisy and ran over.

Me and Daisy posed a lot and took plenty of photos. Even though I was extra fat (I’ve lost weight since), these photos are some of my favourite of myself. Not because of how I look but because of how happy I am.

Goofy

This was the last character meet of the second trip. We were packing up and waiting for the coach to the airport when Goofy arrived so of course, we had to squish in one more character meet before we left.

I gave him the biggest hug and told him that I would see him soon.

I can’t wait to go back to Disneyland Paris and meet more characters. Have you ever been before? Who was your fave character meet?

Four People You Should Be Writing Letters To

The art of handwritten letters are dying. It’s sad but it’s true. Letters are the art of the past, a way to hold on to a moment or to share a memory. Letters are special and we shouldn’t let them die.

That is why I’m trying to bring back handwritten letters.

But if you’re not sure who to write a letter to then keep on reading..

Your Grandparents

All of my Grandparents have passed away now but I seriously wish that I had written them a letter while they were still alive. Simon has a letter from his Grandad that he treasures and I wish that my Grandparents and I could have shared a moment like that.

Your Grandparents are special because they have seen your parents grow up as well as yourself. They have witnessed two generations of their own in their lifetime and they deserve to be congratulated for being there every time anyone fell down. Grandparents aren’t so used to all this modern technology so it would be nice to remind them of the good old days but sending them a letter.

Your old best friend

You know that old friend who you no longer speak to much or you just fell out of touch with. Well get writing because you need to tell them about how important they were to you.

Tell them about your favourite memories with them and tell them all about how they made you feel. Guaranteed, they will appreciate the thought and you may even become friends again.

Your ex

You probably won’t want to write this letter but it’s an important one. Thank them. They broke your heart and thanks to them, you now know how to mend it.

They helped you to turn into the stronger person that you are today. Sometimes it’s just not meant to be and the earlier you learn this, the better.

Your favourite childhood teacher

You favourite childhood teacher was there for you while you struggled through the school years. Let’s be honest, school sucked but those teachers who were there for you just made it that little bit more bearable.

For me, it’s Dr Davies, my old maths teacher. Thank you for believe in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Thank you for continually pushing me and making me a better person.

Who are you going to be writing letters to? Let’s bring back handwritten letters..

Top Tips For Buying Second-Hand Clothes

There are plenty of reasons that someone would want to shop second hand. Maybe you are buying things for yourself or maybe you are buying to sell on and make a profit?! Either way, there’s a few things that you should consider buying spending your pretty pennies on those items.

If you’re looking to start shopping second-hand then check out your local charity shops, car boot sales, eBay and even Facebook marketplace. So, if you plan on hitting those places then here’s my top tips for you so you can grab yourself a hidden gem.

Perseverance

This is probably my number one tip. Sometimes, clothing items can be put back in the wrong place in charity shops which means that it’s worth checking every single rail in the shop if you’re looking for a complete bargain. You’ll find men’s in the women’s section and kid’s in the men’s section. It just happens in charity shops. That is why you really need to search through every item on every rail.

I often find that when a customer uses the changing room in a charity shop, they just dump everything on the nearest rail when they are done. This is where you’ll find those hidden gems. Of course, people don’t want to buy horrible, over-used items so if you look through things that someone else has already tried on, you’ll find some good stuff.

Check for imperfections

If you’re looking around a shop and find the perfect item, you’re not going to notice that little hole at the bottom. Charity shop staff and volunteers try to go through all the clothing and get rid of the not-so-good stuff but sometimes, they miss things. Snags, tears and holes in the fabric are big things to look out for as these may not be obvious straight away.

Other things to look out for are broken zippers, stains, missing buttons and alterations (which are sometimes good and sometimes not). If you’re looking to resell then you want your clothing item to be in pristine condition.

If you are buying clothing for yourself and you are handy with a needle and thread, take into consideration that you could repair an item yourself if there is an imperfection. Small tears in fabrics such as cotton, linen and denim can easily be repaired with a few quick stitches and means that you don’t have to leave that item you fall in love with on the rail.

Keep going back into the shops

To get the absolute best of what your local charity shops have to offer then keep on heading back. New clothes will always be coming into the shop as they receive donations and stock rotate. Popping into the shops regularly will also mean that you’ll get to know people and they might even offer your further discount or let you see items that haven’t even reached the shop floor yet.

Have fun!

The most important thing about second-hand clothes shopping is that you have fun. It’s not meant to be tedious, it’s meant to be fun. You’re getting a bargain and also supporting a great cause. What’s not to love?!

Simply Trios Chocolates

I was gifted these chocolates in return for me posting a review or talking about them on my social media.

You know what I love..? Chocolate!

When I was contacted by the very lovely Adam from Simply Trios, I jumped at the opportunity to review their chocolates.

Simply Trios started when Adam was just 13. He tried some little round sweets and was hooked so just had to try to make them himself. After a few failed attempts, he perfected his recipe and now we have a company called Simply Trios.

It was only last year that Adam decided to scale up and see what other people thought.

The chocolates came wrapped in perfect packaging that really protected the chocolates.

What chocolates are available?

The Speculoos – A caramelised biscuit Trio base covered in white chocolate.

The Peanut Nutter – A peanut Trio base covered in peanut butter milk chocolate, topped with either a honey roasted peanut or a caramelised sesame coated peanut. 


The Artful Dodger – A childhood flashback. A jammy shortcake Trio base with strawberry gummy pieces covered in white chocolate with strawberry syrup swirls. 

The Dark Horse – Adding some spice back into life. A smooth, light ginger Trio base, covered in rich dark chocolate.

The Choco-Oro-Honeyo – An orange-creme Trio base, covered in milk chocolate orange with honeycomb chunks.

The Puffin – A puffed pastry lemon Trio base covered in white chocolate and coated with meringue pieces. 

The Original White – A little extra indulgence. Our original Trio base covered in white chocolate.

The Malted Milk – For all malt lovers out there! A malt Trio base covered in milk chocolate.

The Cookie Crumble – Our original Trio base filled with cookie chunks, covered in milk or white chocolate, and sprinkled with cookies and creme pieces.

The Original Milk – Where it all began. Our original Trio base covered in milk chocolate. Simple simplicity.

My verdict

My absolute my favourite was The Speculoos but this was super hard to choose as I loved them all so much. I shared them with Simon but trust me, I didn’t want to share.

The Artful Dodger was probably a second favourite as it was full of taste and flavour.

With each chocolate only costing 75p, you should definitely treat yourself to all of them. You can cut them up and have a taste testing session with a friend or you could simply keep them all for yourself.

I know that I’ll be purchasing their chocolates again, especially The Speculoos. I might have to buy that one in bulk!

Have you ever tried Simply Trios before?

Don’t forget to check out their store and their Twitter account.

Two Of The Best Ways To Find A Penpal

I have been snail mailing for five years on and off and I still love it. There’s nothing more special than receiving a handwritten letter in the post.

Whenever I tell people about my love of penpals, one of the things that they always seem to ask is how I find my penpals. Since finding a penpal seems to be the question that most people have, I figured that it only makes sense to write a post to explain the best two ways to find a penpal and star snail mailing.

So you want to get into snail mail? By how?

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Sunday Loves

Today is a Sunday. Usually, I tend to dislike Sunday’s quite a bit. I find them boring as there’s nothing open in my local area and therefore. nothing to do.

As 2019 arrived, I decided to start looking at life more positively. That is why this Sunday, I’m making a list of all the things that I love. Whether it’s a product I found online, an activity I have done or someone who made me smile, I’m going to talk about it more.

1… These shoes are absolutely gorgeous. I found them on Pinterest and then they seem to be popping up everywhere ever since. I need them in my life and as soon as I get paid, I’m buying them. The little cat face on them is adorable and I love the colour.

2… I’ve been making homemade bread. I haven’t perfected the recipe yet but when I do, I’ll be an unstoppable break making lady. It tastes super yummy and it so much better for you, the environment and your health than the processed stuff you can buy from the supermarket.

3… Going to the gym is something that I used to hate but now I feel excited about it again. Maybe it’s because gym people are everywhere now and everyone is promoting health but I just feel excited for my next workout.

4… I’ve been reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and it’s so addictive. I love, love, love it! I have already watched the film on Netflix and I loved that too.

5… I got a Tassimo around Christmas time and now I’m addicted to drinking warm drinks. My favourite is the Oreo hot chocolate, it’s so tasty!

6… Easter Eggs are in shops!!

What have you been loving this Sunday?