Sunday, 11 February 2018

My top moments from Magic Kingdom // Walt Disney World 2017

I have loved sharing some of my highlights from our 2017 Walt Disney World trip over the last few weeks and I have saved my Magic Kingdom post until the end because, well.... It's the most magical park of all. Am I right?! 

Honestly, I lost count of the times I found myself full of emotions and teary eyed in Magic Kingdom on this trip. It gets me like nothing else and is pure escapism at it's finest. Magic Kingdom truly is the place where you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy. From Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire to seeing Happily Ever After for the first time to sitting on the corner of Main Street U.S.A. devouring hot dogs from Casey's Corner.... every second of being inside Magic Kingdom is pure contentment for me. I love it so much. 

I think that I can safely say that my girl is at her happiest here too out of all of the parks at Walt Disney World too. She can go from screaming her little heart out with sheer delight on the Barnstormer to dancing with Clarabelle Cow in Frontierland, flying high on Dumbo, dining with the Beast and meeting her favourite princesses in just one day. I love that she's at that age where everything is still very *real* to her. She's very much into meeting all the characters and is always completely awe-struck by them, particularly Tinkerbell and Cinderella. 

We snacked a lot in Magic Kingdom. And I mean a lot! Starbucks strawberry acai refreshers, Joffrey's doughnuts, giant churros, Mickey shaped cinnamon rolls.... you name it, we ate it! Table service wise, we dined at Be Our Guest, Crystal Palace and the Jungle Skipper Canteen; the latter of which is very much one of my favourite restaurants at Walt Disney World. I love that they have really upped their Jungle Cruise-esque slapstick dialogue recently and the whole meal is such an experience in every single way. The food, I must add, is also amazing! Nile Nellie's chicken noodle bowl for me, every time!

My favourite attraction in Magic Kingdom is the PeopleMover. I flipping love sitting back and chilling out for 10 minutes seeing the sights of Tomorrowland and catching glimpses of that beautiful castle. It's such an iconic attraction and I'll never get bored of it! I'm also a super huge fan of Big Thunder Mountain, Country Bear Jamboree and The Carousel of Progress too! Gimme them all day, every day and I'd be a happy girl!

I am counting down the days until we get to walk down Main Street U.S.A. once more.... as I write this it is only 77 days to go and I am so excited!

Thanks so much for reading! x


Monday, 5 February 2018

Review // Maplin Compact Fan Heater

It has been well over a month since our radiator fell off our bedroom wall and it has turned into a bit of a saga in that we literally cannot find a builder who is available to sort the walls out so that we can rehang it and feel warmth again. It turns out the walls in that room are just so awful that it all needs stripping back to brick and starting again..... What joy! Fingers crossed we might have found someone now so hopefully it won't be long until things start *happening*! Literally what a time for this to occur though, in one of the coldest months of the year.

Very kindly, Maplin recently sent out one of their compact heaters for me to try out* and it couldn't have come at a better time. Honestly, I am so impressed with it that I wanted to share my thoughts on this product in case you are needing that extra boost of heat in your home too! 

This budget fan heater is priced at just £12.99 and is super compact in size. It's so small that it easily stores away in a drawer or cupboard when you're not needing to use it.... perfect for clutter freaks like me!

The heater is ready to go, it's just a case of unboxing it and plugging it into the mains. There are a few settings in the form of two dials on the front which turn the heater on or off, adjust the fan speed and also the heat output. It's super easy and intuitive to use. 

Now does it warm up a room adequately? Yes, yes it does! I have been using this product in the bedroom and also in my attic office because sometimes when i'm working up there I just want heat in that room. I usually tend to refrain from putting the actual heating on and heating up the entire house when it's just me at home. The fan pushes warm air evenly and quickly throughout the room where it is working in. The rooms in our house are small to medium in size and the heater makes them nice and cosy in just a few minutes! So nice!

One thing I really like about this heater is the inbuilt safety features which include overheat protection and a tip over switch which automatically cuts out the power if the heater is either picked up or knocked over. I have tested this out and it cuts out every time it is knocked over so that's super reassuring! 

My only complaint about this product is that it is really quite noisy when it is switched on. As in, it feels like there is a tiny helicopter in the room. So it wouldn't be ideal if you're trying to rest, watch TV or concentrate on something. I like to switch it on about 15 minutes before I need to use the room that it is in and luckily, it stays warm for a good while after it has been switched off. The noise isn't really too much of a problem for me, especially as this heater is such good value for money and provides adequate heat when needed!

Overall I am really impressed with this heater and will certainly store it away for use in the future after our bedroom has been renovated and is back to normal. It's so good to have handy as you never know when you might need it should your boiler break down or radiator stop working. It provides adequate heat, works efficiently, has impressive inbuilt safety features and is perfectly compact in size!

You can check out Maplin's range of heaters by clicking on this link. They have a whole range including ceramic heaters, oil filled radiators and more! 

* I was kindly sent this product to review but all thoughts and words are my own.

Friday, 2 February 2018

A Very Disney Giveaway

Hey my loves! It's time for another giveaway!

I have been posting a fair amount of Disney content on my blog recently and I just wanted to say thank you so much to all of you who have taken the time to read my posts, leave lovely comments or chat with me over on twitter or instagram. 

It is so much appreciated!

To say thank you I have put together a bundle of Disney goodies that I have collected over the past couple of months to give away to one lucky reader. There's a Walt Disney World "Magic Journeys" print, character shaped gummy sweets from Goofy's Candy Co, Disneyland Paris postcards and a few bits from Primark that include the latest 101 Dalmations coin purse which I think is just the cutest.... am I right?! 

To be in with a chance of winning this bundle of Disney themed goodies, here are a few things that you need to know:

  • This giveaway is open to UK and European residents only
  • A winner will be drawn at random on Wednesday 28th February 2018
  • Please enter by using the Rafflecopter form below

Good luck! x


Thursday, 1 February 2018

My top moments from Epcot // Walt Disney World 2017

Epcot is simultaneously my favourite and least favourite of all the parks at Walt Disney World.... I say least favourite purely because of the size of it. It is e n o r m o u s and therefore, quite a mission with a small child! We love it though and i'm glad to say that some of my favourite memories from our 2017 trip are Epcot related! 

Once again, we were there for the Epcot International Food & Wine festival and as this might be our last time for quite a while, we made the most of eating our way around the world using up some of those snack credits. So much food and so little time, eh?! We loved pottering around the various booths seeing what was on offer. Everything was so tempting!

This trip was the the time that my girl well and truly fell in love with Journey into Imagination with Figment. She was hesitant at first because of the ending of this attraction (that poooof at the end scared her silly the first time!) but then she asked to go on again, and again. After that we had to buy the soft toys and anything we could find with Figment on in the shops. It's now true love! 

Table service food wise, we dined at Coral Reef and Via Napoli.... both of which were incredible. I love the atmosphere in Via Napoli and the pizzas are insanely good so we've made sure that a repeat reservation has been made for 2018 too!

The Gran Fiesta Tour still remains a firm favourite for kiddo so we spent a fair amount of time in the Mexico pavilion where there were also heaps of references and artworks promoting Coco, the latest Disney Pixar movie. We met Anna and Else, rode Frozen Ever After, Spaceship Earth and Living with the Land... all of our favourites! We also spent a fair bit of time in SeaBase which is home to an enormous aquarium and a sea of exhibits. I love, love, love watching the manatees and could stay there all day if my husband would let me. So good! 

Epcot is incredible and I'll never get bored of the sight of the World Showcase, Spaceship Earth or the monorail whizzing around overhead. It's just dreamy. I can't wait to return for the Flower & Garden Festival this April which will be a first for us! I'm so excited to see how different it looks in the spring!

Thanks for reading! x