NEW Disney dog collection is adorable 🐶

It’s the one you’ve all been waiting for. I was very lucky to get a sneak peek at the NEW Disney dog collection when I was invited to a preview event and you all loved it!


Guess what? It’s now available both online and in store from Monday 29th July and it is the cutest collection ever.

The collection features some of our most loved pups, from Doug, Max, Lady, Bolt and Percy to name but a few. The collection has goodies for your pups and also for us humans… eek!

From Dog bowls to Spirit Jerseys – this wooftastic collection has everything for your canine needs.

All pics from @ohmydisney

My thoughts on Dumbo 🐘

I know I am week behind but we finally managed a cinema date to see Dumbo today.

It’s my nieces birthday so we took James and her little boy Jaidon to Cineworld in Newcastle to watch the remake of one of my favourite Disney films, Dumbo.

The original movie holds a special place in my heart as I have always loved the bond between Mrs Jumbo and Dumbo. I think part of the reason is I was parent at such a young age so I felt that I could relate to it. I also feel as though Dumbo is one of Disney’s most iconically adorable characters.

So here are my thoughts on the movie….

I didn’t really know what to expect with Dumbo, I had imagined that it may be quite dark with Tim Burton directing. I was also worried that I may not like the new Dumbo as I had with his predecessor. I was wrong on both fronts.

The movie does have dark moments however it also has plenty of magical moments to make you smile and laugh. However, overall the film was not as dark as I had anticipated, rather I found it quite a beautiful film to watch.

From the moment that Dumbo arrived on screen, I fell in love with him. He is simply adorable and you can’t help but others him, his little eyes speak a thousand words.

I was most worried about James reaction if it was a little too sad or scary and I was surprised that he really did enjoy it. I think from the opening seen with Casey Junior captured his attention until the final scene. He did cry ( actually weep) but I just reminded him that there is always a happy ending.

I have read some reviews saying that Tim Burton missed the original message of story. I may be out on my own with this one but I actually like that fact it has a slightly varied storyline. I enjoyed the fact that I wasn’t too sure exactly what was going to happen next. There were still plenty of nods to the original that were done very well. Some made me cry.

I know that some people have criticised some of the actors by I think the casting was fantastic and in particular I loved seeing Danny Devito on the big screen. The child actors were brilliant as was Eva Green but Colin Farrell absolutely stole the show for me. ( I have had the biggest crush on him forever, so I get this is a biased view)

SPOILER Alert 🚨 My favourite moment was when Dumbo flies for the first time. My little nephew squealed and it really was a magical moment.

Overall, it was a wonderful movie and went beyond my expectations. James loved it more than I thought he would and I would totally recommend a visit to the cinema to see it! ❤️

Why I had a little break from Instagram ❤️

I have been thinking about writing this for a while and I feel that this is a good time to share and also to explain why I needed to take a little break from Instagram.

And before I start I just want to say sorry to anyone who was worried about me. That wasn’t my intention, I decided to delete the app totally out of the blue but in retrospect I should I have let you guys know, so sorry about that.

Sooooo, I love social media.

I think that it is an environment that people can share their love and passion for all things. A place that they can build friendships with likeminded people. It can serve as a diary , showcasing memories over the years that make you smile. It can be a place to share pictures with family and friends that you might otherwise not see from year to year.

Sadly, there is another side to social media. It can be a competitive environment in which people seem to turn a bit nasty. It is a place that can make people feel jealous, inadequate and create insecurities. It is a place that nasty “trolls” like to lurk and I have to admit this is a side to social media that I find really hard to deal with.

Throughout my life I have always tried to avoid conflict or confrontation. I’m just not that kind of person. If I have an argument or a disagreement with someone, I need to resolve it there and then. I don’t hold grudges, I find that negative energy or thoughts just eat away at me and I like to feel happy.

It is really hard to avoid conflict and confrontation on social media.

I am certain that there have been people who have disliked me over the years, in my private and professional life, but I have dealt with that by avoiding them. You can’t avoid this on social media. If someone doesn’t like you or agree with you they can let you know that and I think this is what I have struggled with.

I worry for young people in this world of technology. I can’t imagine being a teenager and comparing myself to people online or falling out with friends and having to cope with issues both in real life and online.

So, yeah sorry for the huge explanation but I just needed to take a little time out to do some soul searching and put things in perspective. I have spent the last week with my family, playing with and caring for the boys, speaking to Aoife several times a day, having heart to hearts with Gareth, meeting friends for coffee, cuddling little babies, spending quality time with my parents and just enjoying the simple things in life.

I think it has given me time to realise that I really miss working with young people. I also believe that everything happens for a reason and I’ve had lots of little signs that feel like the universe telling me that I should go back to work.

I have bumped into old students who said lovely things to me and helped me remember how much I enjoyed my job. It is crazy to think I used to give them advice on how to deal with bullies and childish behaviour, yet here I am dealing with it myself online. I have came across old photos and found myself having conversations about working in school. My mam said something completely out of the blue that really hit home. She said ” Just think about what a difference you could make to some young people” and that is what I used to love most about my job.

Don’t worry though I am still going to keep doing Disneyfind, but I think I need the balance of both. Maybe it’s my character or age but I definitely struggle with some aspects of social media. I could never give up Disneyfind all together though as I love doing it. I love that there are so many of you who appreciate what I do and share my love for all of the new Disney products out there. I know that I am so lucky to have the experiences and opportunities that I do but I feel like I need to give something back.

So nothing much will change, I’m back online now and in a much better frame of mind. I will be on the look out for a job but I might not get one… so you might be stuck with me forever! I also wanted to add that having a social media break really can be good for the soul.

Sorry for the huge oversharing but I feel like I’ve been on this crazy journey with you for the last five years and I think it’s only fair that I am honest with you all.

Thanks for reading

Love Roisin ❤️

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 😊