Snow White Afternoon Tea in London 🍎

Did you know that there is a pop up  Snow White Afternoon Tea experience in London and it is lovely.

I was thrilled to be invited by Hilton Waldorf to experience their latest Afternoon Tea offering and it was delicious. The Waldorf is situated just around the corner from Covent Garden.

They have a small area at the front of the hotel which has been decorated to feel like a Magical Enchanted forest, with flowers and Apples and other little touches relating to Snow White.The Afternoon Tea itself is served in three stages. Firstly, the sandwiches that you are offered are Oak smoked salmon and chive infused cream cheese blini, Baked Ham with a hint of Dijon mustard onion slice, Free range egg and watercress basil loaf, Tuna Mayonaise with slivers of cucumber carrot bread. The sandwiches were delicious and it was lovely to have such variety of options.

Next, I was brought the scones and cakes and oh my goodness, they were delightful! You are given two scones, plain and Spiced orange and they are served with Jam and clotted cream. They are also served warm and literally melted in my mouth. The cakes looked absolutely beautiful, almost too nice to eat! The cakes were White chocolate and Congac infused Ganache lollipops, Salted Caramel cremeux with tatin apples, Lemon Meringue pie and a Chocolate and cherry roll. The cakes looked both stunning and tasted unbelievably good.

Halfway through the Afternoon Tea experience, they create a little magic with the Poison Apple inspired table decoration which is lovely and adds that little extra.

Finally they bring out a last surprise which is a gorgeous Apple chocolate dessert. Just bare in mind that this is a filling Afternoon tea with so many lovely flavours and options so make sure you are hungry if you book.

 

The afternoon tea is running for a limited period only! You can book here 🍎

AD Blue Monday at Shop Disney UK

Today is Blue Monday at Shop Disney UK and to help beat the the January blues they are offering 20% OFF selected BLUE items for ONE day only!

I thought I would share my favourite products that are on offer with you all.

Use code BLUEMONDAY for 20% OFF

Click on image to see price – all Affiliate links.

Donald Duck American Tourister suitcase

Mary Poppins Plush

Scrooge O watch

Peter Pan mug

Dumbo baby costume

Mary Poppins Travel mug

Hercules Cakeworthy Tee

I hope your Monday hasn’t been too blue 💙

 

 

 

 

Why I LOVE Disney so much 🌟💫✨

Why do I love Disney so much?

Someone asked me this question last week and it really got me thinking about why I love it so much. 

The simple answer is that it makes me so very happy and the story of my snow globe collection is a good way to explain it to you.  

When I was a little girl I loved Disney. Then my Auntie Janice and Uncle Charles took me to Disneyland Paris when I was twelve and this just ignited my love for it even more. I used love visiting the Disney Store in Eldon square (absolutly my favourite place to shop) and I remember heading straight to the snow globes and looking at them in wonder, always hoping that I could own one. 

Then on my 16th birthday I was given my first snowglobe, The Lion King and I loved it. I started collecting them and built up a lovely little collection over the years.

When I was eighteen, I fell pregnant with Aoife and I think the realities of daily life, being a young mam, going out with my friends, getting my job as a Head of year, I kind of forgot all about my love for Disney. 

In fact my snow globes stayed in my parents loft for years….

I went through a phase in my life when I didn’t really like myself, I was approaching my thirties, single after being unlucky in love and decided that I needed to concentrate on me and what makes me happy. So in April 2009 I decided that I wouldn’t go on any more dates, start being healthy and I had in my mind that something amazing would happen in April 2010 (this is a true story, I told all of my friends)

Then April 2010 arrived and guess what? I met Gareth. 

This was the night we became a couple 😊

I honestly feel like this is when I remembered who I was. Obviously, I fell in love with Gareth and we talked about what we liked and disliked and I think it was the first time since my teens that I could truly be myself. Gareth was so lovely to Aoife. The first time he met her he took her to one side and told her that he never wanted to replace her dad but hat he would like to be her friend. This actually makes me cry thinking about it now. He was so lovely to her. Then he took us all to Disneyland Paris a few months later. 

Our first family trip to Disneyland Paris

We were engaged in a year (in st Lucia), Married the following year and James was born the year after. It was a whirlwind but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Gareth’s proposal in St Lucia, Our wedding day and James birth ❤️

We decided to have a Disney themed  wedding and we had snow globes as the centre pieces. Gareth went a bit bidding crazy for them on eBay and my collection doubled (not complaining) 

When we bought our first home together in 2014, we designed shelves for the snow globes to be on display. Its almost as though I have gone full circle and now my family, friends and Disney are themes important parts of my life. 

Starting Disneyfind four years ago allowed me to share my love for Disney with everyone else and I have never looked back.

Now, when I see an animated Disney character it makes me smile. it brings me joy. I love to walk around the shops and my most favourite thing is to see the reaction of other people. Yesterday this teenage girl (about 15) shopping in Primark with her mam. When she spotted Stitch on some jogging bottoms, her face lit up…. I cried! I know this is sad but thats what Disney does to me. So when you send me messages or tell me that I helped to reignite your love it is incredibly special to me. 

So as long as I have Gareth, my family, friends and Disney in my life I know I’ll always be smiling! Oh and not forgetting my snowglobe collection 😉

Let me know why you love Disney below….

Thank you for reading

Roisin 

AD – Our verdict of the NEW Veggie Happy Meal at McDonalds ❤️

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! This is one of my first blog posts of 2019 and I have made it one of my aims to try and write a lot more in 2019.

 

You may have seen from my recent post that one of our resolutions is to try and eat less meat this year. I am not Vegan, Vegetarian or Pescatarian BUT I want to try and eat less meat for two reasons. Firstly, having sampled a number of vegan dishes last year, I was so impressed by how bloody tasty they are… some were (dare I say it) tastier than meat! Secondly, I just want more options for both me and my family. Vegetables are cheaper than meat and last longer in my opinion so I hope to make more vegetable soups, curries, chillies etc. I guess I’ve also been influenced by friends and family as Gareth’s sisters and stepmom are Vegan and they make such beautiful dishes and Sarah Louise Porter meals sometimes look nicer than mine when we have eaten together.

We were delighted to be invited by McDonald’s and BritMums to sample the new Veggie wrap Happy Meal. It is the first ever Vegetarian Happy Meal and it was launched in the UK on 3rd January.  As a parent, I want my children to feel confident enough to tell me if they dislike something, I remember the days of not being allowed to leave the table till I finished everything on my plate!) Luckily James was very excited about tasting the wrap, as you know he is a massive Dinosaur lover so he describes his food choices in Herbivore, Carnivore or Omnivore terms and on this occasion he was pretending to be a Herbivore. Ordinarily, James would opt for a Hamburger Happy Meal and would demolish it in minutes.

So we visited our local McDonald’s in Newcastle as a family and James helped me to order the new Veggie wrap meal and the rest of our order for table service. I use table service on every visit now and it makes such a difference with Boss Baby (my two year old, Joseph). In past experiences I had always struggled ordering the food, carrying the tray whilst juggling two little ones, so I give Table Service a big old THUMBS UP.

 

The order arrived and as we are trying a healthier approach to eating we ordered it with Pineapple and water (Did you know that McDonald’s did Pineapple????). The Pineapple was so juicy and delicious and I will definitely be ordering it again. The wrap itself is made with red Pepper and Pesto Goujon with Tomato Ketchup and Shredded Lettuce in a soft Tortilla wrap, can I just say that the wrap is bloody gorgeous, I can’t describe the taste but the flavours were lovely.

 

James enjoyed tasting the wrap and ate it all, however he did say that he prefers a Hamburger. The Veggie wrap is another option for us now though which is pretty awesome. He rated the

wrap 8/10 but gave the Pineapple slice 10/10.

We certainly enjoyed our tasting visit and will definitely be back for more. Good Job, McDonald’s

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Roisin 😊

The most instagramable bar in Newcastle? (especially for a Disney fan)

Strolling along Grey Street, I happen to stumble upon the most Instagramable bar in the Toon. When I say stumble, I mean I intentionally headed in the direction of Grey Street to check out the first bar ever to give me butterflies ( yes I’m that sad 😆)

It did not disappoint.

This Alice in Wonderland themed bar – “Those Who Know” has replaced the popular Christmas bar that appeared through the festive season and is situated at the bottom of Grey Street.

As soon as you enter, you can feel the magic. It was almost like I was stepping off Grey Street and into a magical Geordie Wonderland.

From the Lewis Carroll quotes, the stunning floral decorations, the cute Alice bows worn by staff to the giant Alice. The owners have succeeded in created a bar that makes you smile. It is full of treasures that you don’t want to miss and photo opportunities that would look fab on instagram.

The Alice themed cocktail menu looks spectacular serving delights such as “Tumble down the Rabbit Hole” to “The Sunshine Caterpillar” and I believe that they are 2 for 1 throughout January.

Sadly, this is only a temporary fixture in the greatest city in the World… I’m biased I know 😬

In fact I might just make it my new workspace whilst in town. I hope the two lovely girls behind the bar don’t mind?

I bloody LOVE it! Watch the full video here 🌟💫✨

Roisin x

EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at the NEW Bambi collection from Primark

“LOVE IS A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS” 

This was the quote that we used on our wedding invitations and if you are not familiar with the quote it is from the wonderful  Disney Classic BAMBI.

I was absolutely thrilled to receive a big box from Primark on Christmas Eve and even more excited to discover that they had sent me some pieces from their NEW Bambi collection that is due to be released this year. Click here to see unboxing video HERE 

The Bambi collection is a wonderful mix of cute homeware pieces in a very tasteful design that compliments the Botanical themed homeware trending this Spring. With a Pink, Green and White colour palette it is perfect for a fresh feel in your home. Obviously the fact that some of our most loved forest friends are also included makes this collection perfect for any Disney fans. 

Here are some sneak peeks at the collection ( snowglobe is my own) :-

Bambi bedding set £18 for Double

The bedding set is gorgeous with a real botanical theme to it. This actually compliments a lot of other homeware that is available in Primark at the moment. 

Bambi plant pot €8 ( £6 guess)

I mean….. HOW CUTE IS THIS? this little Bambi plant pit is gorgeous and perfect to add a little nature to your home. 

Bambi Tea Pot £10

Bambi eye mask £2.00

Bambi Mirror – €7.00 ( £5.00)

Tea towel set £5.00

Bambi and Thumper photo clips £2.00

This range will be arriving in stores soon!

Love Roisin x

AD – Our family trip to Disneyland Paris with National Hols 🌟💫✨

Well, what an adventure we a couple of weeks ago!

If you follow me on Instagram then you will know that we visited Disneyland Paris with National Holidays and we had the time of our life. Before, during and after the trip I have had so many questions that I thought it may be a good idea to put it all in a blog post for you. I travelled from Newcastle Upon Tyne with my husband and two sons, aged five and two.

Just to be open and honest with you all, I was invited by National Holidays to experience the trip so it was gifted. I promise to be completely honest with you all about our experience.

I feel the best way to share our experience would be to take you through the holiday in a diary form. So here we go!

Friday 26th October

We were collected from the pick up point in Newcastle in the early hours and got on board our coach. The boys were in their pyjamas and we brought a cushion and blanket (primark throw) for each of them so they were soon fast asleep as we headed on the road towards Paris. The coach wasn’t too busy on this journey out and we managed to nab the backseat so we were very comfortable. We made a couple of stops in the North East to pick up other passengers and the driver was playing the best music channel (think it was smooth) We all managed to get some sleep on this part of the journey.

Our first stop was Woodall Services which timed well for us as the boys had woken up and needed a little change of air. We went inside, grabbed a coffee and used the toilets. I changed the boys into some comfy clothes and then we were told that we  had to change coaches for our final destination. I wish I had known this in advance as we had our stuff scattered everywhere so just be prepared that you may not stay on the same coach thought the trip.

I have since learned that the first coach is a feeder coach that does local pick ups so that you don’t have too many stops. This makes the journey a little quicker and I guess as smooth as possible for the passengers. You then join with the core coach where the groups merge for the rest of the journey.

We then boarded our next coach, grabbed our allocated seats and got ourselves comfortable for the second part of the journey. We were introduced to our driver, Dave. Can I just say that Dave was bloody brilliant. He explained the process of the journey, gave us safety advice and also kept us entertained throughout the journey. We then travelled all of the way through to Dover which was lovely, genuinely lovely. All of us were so excited about the trip. I sat with one of the boys and Gareth with the other and we swapped over if they got bored. We did plan ahead though and brought their Amazon Fires, drawing stuff, a few surprises, lots of snacks and Gareth even brought a travel Connect Four. I believe that National Holidays are launching a service called WAVE which mean there will be preloaded film and TV content for passengers to enjoy. Which will be fantastic for theirs traveling with children. The boys were so well behaved and I loved that Dave gave us snippets of facts about the places around us, which I found incredibly interesting, especially in France.

We arrived at Dover and literally within ten minutes we were boarding the ferry. The ferry was a little dated but had small play area for the boys, who went completely crazy, it was quite embarrassing to be fair but they had been so good so we kind of just let them run around and let off some energy. We also grabbed a wine and a beer from the bar and tried to enjoy them whilst checking on the boys. We then went up to the cafe and ordered two portions of Chips that we all shared and they were lovely!

The crossing was smooth and James was so excited to be travelling to France on a ferry and so were we to be honest, before we knew it we were back on the coach and ready for the final stage of the journey. Again, we travelled straight through to Disney which worked well of us as the boys were tired from there craziness on the ferry and slept for the last stage, We arrived in our hotel at the area, Castle before 7pm.

When we arrived at the hotel, Dave gave us our park tickets and meal plan vouchers then we queued for our room keys.

I can honestly say that I enjoyed all of this journey, even with two little ones, just be prepared and try and time their sleeps or naps and bring plenty of snacks.

We ordered a meal plan as part of the trip so this meant that you get a dinner voucher for two days. So for the first night we headed into the village on the free shuttle bus and paid for our dinner for the first night at Rainforest Cafe, we saved our vouchers for the Saturday and Sunday evenings. We then had a little wander around the shops and headed home, ready to get up early for the parks in the morning.

Saturday 27th October

We had breakfast at the hotel which is included in the price and there was plenty of options and I really enjoyed it. It can be busy so I would try and get there quite early if you can. I won’t go into huge detail about what we did at the parks as I’ll save that for another post…. let me know below if this is something you would like. The parks were quite busy as it was the weekend so we tried to plan our day. We headed straight to Big Thunder Mountain for a fastpass and then queued for few rides. We then grabbed something to eat from Cafe Hyperion which was expensive and not overly great. In retrospect we should have just grabbed a snack and used our meal plans for a nice evening meal… but you live and learn.

We then watched the parade and went on a few more rides then headed back to the hotel.

Sunday 28th October.

Up early, breakfast then headed back into Disneyland to meet Jack Skellington. Then we headed to the Walt Disney Studios Park. We managed get fast passes for Ratatouille, then we headed back to the Disneyland Hotel to have Halloween Brunch at Inventions. If you are a big Disney fan or celebrating something special, I would highly recommend booking this. We used our meal vouchers towards the price (which was more expensive as it was Halloween special)

The weather was very cold but that worked in our advantage as when we left the meal Walt Disney Studios was empty and we rode so many rides that evening. As long as you are wrapped up, coats, scarves, gloves, sensible shoes and hats then it is the perfect time to make the most of the park. We wanted to watch the fireworks on our last night so we headed  back to Disneyland Park and grabbed a little spot in Casey’s corner and used our last meal vouchers on hot dog and chips for us all. We then watched the illuminations, grabbed a pic in an empty Main Street (go me!) and headed back on the coaches ready for the journey home.

Monday 29th October –  heading home!

We were all packed and headed down to the coach at 6.45 put our bags on the coach and grabbed a quick breakfast. We then jumped on board and started the journey home. We arrived at Calais and the process boarding the ferry is a little longer on the French side due to UK border control which is fair enough. . The boys were a little more awake due to the time we left but we managed that with distractions. The ferry journey home was a little more rocky but the boys played and we grabbed a coffee (too early for vino… ) 

We then started the journey home, we made two stops this time at service stations waiting for other coaches to meet up with us so the journey was a little longer heading home. On the positive side, we stayed on the same coach in the same seats which was great. There were a few extra drop-offs on the way home too so it was quite late by the time we ended home in Newcastle. I think the journey home is not as exciting as on the way there as if you are anything like me then you have the holiday blues…

Overall,I would say that our trip was a huge success and a massive adventure for us as a family.  It difficult to give you each timings as I guess these change depending on where you live, how many people are traveling, issues with traffic or incidents, I think you just have to be completely prepared with little ones as they will get bored and need to be stimulated. I think the positives of traveling by coach is spending a long time with your family and it is fun. I would definelty do it again and the boys loved their experience.

Thanks for reading

Roisin x

THE BEST Black Friday DEALS FOR DISNEY FANS

Hey guys,

You would have to be on a remote island not to know that this is Black Friday weekend. I thought I would put together a post with all of the best Black Friday deals out there. Like I always say, only buy things you need and can afford. It might be a good opportunity to grab yourself a few bargains in preparation for Christmas.

Shop Disney UK 

They have 100’s of items with 50% OFF and 1,000s items with 20% OFF. This is a section of my favourite items. Find offers here (affiliate link) Shop Disney offers

Levis

I adore the NEW LEVISxDisney range and the have 30% OFF the whole site, so an ideal time to grab yourself a bargain.  Find offers here – Levis offers using CODE – INDIGO30

ASOS

I have been so impressed with the Disney products that have been arriving online over the past few moths. They have an AMAZING 20% OFF everything! So go and have a little peek. find offers here (off link)  OFFERS using code – HELLO20

OFFICE

They have a cute range of Disney vans and Irregular choice pieces an also have a fantastic 20% OFF using the code GLITTER

Cath Kidston

I LOVE the latest Mickey 90 and Snow White collection from Cath Kidston and I am happy to share that they have 25% OFF everything! So tempted! Find offers here (Affiliate link) –OFFERS

HM

HM have so many cute clothes for adults and little ones… and they have 20% OFF full site with FREE DELIVERY! Find Offers here

Swarovski

I have a new obsession with all of the Disney pieces from there and they have 20% OFF everything. Find offers here Swarovski offers

Gift Giving all Wrapped up 

If you want to give your loved ones a special gift then take advantage of the 20% OFF everything that they have across the site. Find offers here – OFFERs

Clintons 

I absolutely love the Disney music boxes and the snog lobes in Clintons at the moment and they have the following offer – 10% OFF 315 – 20% OFF £30 and 25% OFF £40. I hope that you get the bargains you are after! Find offers here ( Affiliate link) Clinton’s offers

Lots of love

Roisin x

Life update on following my Disney dreams 🌟💫✨

*Just as a side note before you start this, I am very grateful to have a healthy family, to have a roof over my head and to have the opportunities that I get. I’m also happy to have developed a fondness for bright hair bows and rainbow coats. I just wanted to share a little more insight of my life this year with you all.

It has nearly been a year ago that I explained to you all that I was GIVING UP MY JOB….. Your reaction to that post was so overwhelming, I feel it only right that I share an update with you all.

I can’t believe its been a year!

What a year its been…. and not for all good reasons.

I feel that it is important for me to share this honest post with you so that you understand how this year has developed. I think it would be wrong of me to pretend that it has all been plain sailing or a huge success because that is not the truth.

I was so positive about it all when I made that decision, for those of you that don’t know my history. I worked as a Head of Year for 12 years at a High School in Newcastle. I started Disneyfind purely for fun when I was on maternity leave with James, almost four and a half years ago. As the years went by, my page grew in popularity and I was starting to get interest from companies. I felt very torn between working in school and running Disneyfind and I decided that I needed to follow my dreams and try to make it a success. Another big factor in making this decision was my family, I wanted to be able to take James to school and spend more time with Joseph.

So I handed in my notice.

I think I was a little naive and I didn’t really think it all through before making the decision. I knew that people made money from social media and I had just discovered affiliate marketing so I kind of just hoped that I could make a living following my dreams and also spend time with my children whilst they were little.

For those of you wondering, Affiliate Marketing is when I add a link directing you to a store. If you buy something using this link then I get a small commission for sending you in that direction. I didn’t have clue that this existed until about this time last year.

At first, everything seemed really positive, I was getting a small income from my affiliate stuff and just hoped that companies would work wth me and I would get paid for it. HOWEVER, ITS NOT AS EASY AS THAT. I had a successful page but I  didn’t have the skills to know what to do next. I know that lots of bloggers get AD deals, but I had no idea how? So, I just kept on following my instinct, trying to reach out to people but not really getting much back.

One thing that I quickly discovered was that people don’t really want to share their knowledge with you. I couldn’t believe the number of people that I have reached out to, asking for help and they were just unwilling to share, unless I paid them thousands for the privilege. It is only in the past two months or so that people have shared their knowledge with me and two people in particular have been a real help are Charlotte Ruff and Emma (Brummy Mummy) and I will always remember their kindness.

So I started to struggle…. I’ve always had a job since I was fifteen years old (Barratts shoe shop, working for £1.73 an hour) I had three jobs when I was a single mam with Aoife working at Accesorize, in a pub and at a Youth Club all whilst studying. So, I found it tough not having an income. Just to put it in perspective for you, I was probably making about £80 a month from my affiliate schemes and this is its not enough to live on. I also hated depending on Gareth for money. I am in a lucky position that he had a good job but it made me feel pretty down.

I also had no idea about the loneliness of working at home or how hard I would find it. Most days it was just me and Joseph, I went for a coffee ever my day just to talk to another adult. I was used to having a laugh with my colleagues, having people to bounce ideas of or look to for advice. I had none of this and all of my friends were at work so it was a lonely time. Also, in my opinion I found staying at home with a baby so much harder than going to work.

In between all of this, we went through a difficult time as a family, I had a few nasty trolls who affected me far more than they should, I was shadow banned, my page stopped growing, I stopped being my positive, happy self  so quite simply I was incredibly close to giving it all up.

In fact, I decided I would go back to work. I applied for a job, had the interview but didn’t get the role.

So I decided to give it one last shot, with a big prep talk from my incredibly supportive Gareth. I stopped worrying about likes, follows or what I was posting, comparing myself to others and I remembered why I had started the page in the first place. I LOVE DISNEY.

Then……things got better. Over the past couple of months, I have have had so many amazing and exciting things happening to me. I have started working with some brilliant companies and having some dream come true moments. I feel very lucky but I also wanted you to know that it has been quite a journey to get here.

Many of you have asked me if I regret giving up my job and the answer is NO. I have had one of the hardest years of my life but I know a lot of people are going through way more difficult times. I am glad I gave up my job because it allowed me to spend time with my family that I would never have been able to do if I had stayed in school.

I also feel like I have learned a lot about myself too. I have embraced wearing clothes that make me happy. I’ve learned that not everyone is going to like you no matter how hard you want them to and finally I’ve realised that you shouldn’t give up on your dreams.

I guess the moral of the story is that you should keep going. So I’ll finish with the words of Walt  Disney ” All of our dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them”

Thank you so much for reading and also sticking with me through this bumpy old year.

Love and hugs

Roisin

The latest “Oh My Disney” collection from Shop Disney UK is a flashback to the magical 1990’s – you are going to LOVE it… 💗

The 90’s for me remain my favourite period from Disney film history…. maybe it’s because that was when I was a child or maybe its because the early 90’s was the time that the GREATEST ever Disney movies were created.

Each year it felt like a new classic was released, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Lion King to name but a few. I was 10 in 1990,  you can work out my age from that) but I remember being so excited to visit the cinema for the latest release.

So, I am more than excited to see the latest offerings from Oh My Disney. They have just introduced the Oh My Disney flashback collection. The collection has started arriving in UK stores and they are an absolute throwback to the 90’s.

The following pieces have already arrived in the UK but I am keeping my fingers crossed of the rest.

1. Retro Lion King clock

2. Two piece Hercules Mug Set

3. VHS Clutch bags and notebooks… can I just put it out there that I need the Hunchback of Notre Dame!

4. Aladdin Denim jacket

5. Retro Multi coloured pens.

6. A Goofy movie Sweatshirt

Theses pieces have arrived in US stores are and are hopefully on their way to European shores.

  1. Beauty and the Beast tee

2. Hercules pyjamas

3. Hercules pin set

4. Lion King tee

5. Cute VHS keychains

I hope that you guys are as excited as I am for this collection? Find it all here…… Loving the love for the 90’s! Comment below what was your favourite Disney movies from the 90’s?

Thanks for reading!

Roisin x