29 February, 2016

Caramel Apple Turnovers


I've tried out a lot of different things this year so far, with my cake decorating and with my baking- for example last week's Macarons.


Pink Lady apples invited me to make something using their delicious apples and so I realised this was a chance to try out another new thing- Apple Turnovers! And not just any old apple turnovers... Caramel Apple Turnovers.

Yum, right?! 

This recipe is perfect for Autumn/Winter but lets face it, Apple turnovers are good all year round. And it's still so chilly that this will be the perfect thing to keep you warm!

To make 8 pastries, you will need:
  • 3 Pink Lady Apples*
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 pack of chilled puff pastry (includes 2 sheets)
  • Caramel sauce for drizzling (I used this one)

Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a tray with baking paper.
  • Remove the core and peel the three apples. Dice them and put into a medium sized saucepan.
  • Add the butter, cinnamon, vanilla extract, cornflour and sugar into the saucepan.
  • Stir over a medium heat for 5 minutes and then leave to simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Leave to cool while you prepare the pastry.
  • Roll out the pastry and cut into four squares
  • Add three tablespoons of the filling into the middle of each square
  • Fold diagonally in half- some of the filling will leak out but that's okay! 
  • Using a fork, crimp the edges to form a seal.
  • Beat 1 egg and brush over the pastries.
  • Cook in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Once out of the oven, drizzle caramel sauce over the pastries.
Apple Turnovers are best eaten on the same day! The smell of these turnovers is absolutely amazing, it had my entire household drooling. Once you add that caramel, these are IRRESISTIBLE.



And there you have it! I was actually so surprised at how easy these were to make, they took about 1 hour and they're ready to eat straight away, so none of that waiting around for it to cool. Add some ice cream and you've got a delicious treat! 

As always, let me know if you make these yourself by tweeting me @cakeydreamer or by using my hashtag on Instagram #cakeydreamerbakes!

Have you ever tried making apple turnovers?

*Pink Lady Apples provided me with a voucher to buy the apples and other ingredients needed to make this recipe, however as always, all opinions are my own.

28 February, 2016

Reflecting Back on February



Considering how slow January went, this month has flown past. February has been a really busy month for me, which I'll get into in a minute, but I've definitely been finding it's been affecting my blog- I haven't posted as much this month as I do normally, but sometimes you have to let something slip and unfortunately for me that was my blog. And my fitness for a good half of the month. Whoops.

So here's what major things happened for me:

  • I made a Princess cake for Isabella and Dawn over at Dear Mummy- which took me an entire week and kept me REALLY busy. I'm not a professional cake decorator, it's still just a hobby for me, so obviously I work full time and had to make the cake in the evenings, which meant it was a super full on week!
  • I went to a cake decorating class!- The day before Valentine's Day I went to a cake decorating class which was my first ever one, and I had a really fab time!
  • I've got a new job!- This is what has kept me so busy really, I decided it was time to find a new job due to some big changes and so had to spend a lot of time job hunting, going to and preparing for interviews but I'm excited to say that I start my new job at the end of March! I'm currently working super hard to get blog posts scheduled for end of March to end of April so that I can concentrate on my new job but keep my blog ticking along in the background. Fingers crossed I'll be able to do it!
  • More of you are joining me!- This might get a bit smushy so sorry about that but- I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who follows my little blog. I've had so many of you joining me recently on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or on Bloglovin' and I really, really appreciate it. I've also been featured on quite a few "Blogs I Love" posts over the past couple of months and let me tell you, I get a bit emosh every time I read them. I work SO hard on this blog, baking, writing, taking photos and it's just so nice to know that it's not all for nothing and that you're all enjoying it too. Yeah, yeah, I know I should write my blog for myself but that's not the only reason, I want you guys to enjoy it too. So whether you follow me, whether you leave me comments or whether you just read silently in the shadows, thank you so much. I might have a surprise for you all in a couple of weeks...

So next month will be a little bit quieter for me, just finishing my current job and then I have a week off and I'm hoping to finally meet a good blogging friend of mine! It's my first time off from work since August (except for obviously Christmas), so I'm SO looking forward to it! 

And then I will start my new job at the end of March so I guess things will get a bit busier then! 

How has your February been, have you done anything exciting? Let me know in the comments! 

26 February, 2016

Fitness Update #3

Fitness Update

Two weeks ago, I wrote a bit of a gloomy fitness update. I was feeling pretty crap about myself, I wasn't feeling very motivated and just generally felt pants.

Well, I'm pleased to say that writing it all out helped a lot. I guess I just realised that I can't keep feeling like this- I can't keep eating whatever I want and not exercising and then crying when clothes don't fit or when I don't like what I see in the mirror.

But also- I don't want to not like what I see in the mirror anymore, you know? Some people who are the same sort of size as me are happy with how they look and that is great. I wish I could feel like that, but unfortunately I just don't. 

It's time to really give myself a kick up the ass and start working hard to achieve the way I want to look but more importantly, the way I want to feel. I want to feel healthy, confident and most importantly, comfortable. Comfortable in my own skin, in my clothes.

I start a new job in 3 weeks and I recently tried on an old work dress of mine which annoyingly doesn't fit. So that's a new motivation for me to try and lose a bit of weight for when I get my new work clothes and so I can fit into that dress!

So I've started making small changes again. Taking lunches to work, cutting down on the amount of Starbucks/Costa coffee I buy and limiting myself to 1-2 per week (do you think they make skinny white chocolate mochas in Starbucks?).

I'm trying to make sure that I do a little bit of exercise every day, even if it's just a 10 minute POPSugar video. When I start my new job, I have to get the train to work every day so I might try and walk to the train station every day, which is a good 25 minute walk and would help a LOT.

A lot of you last time were telling me to invest in a Fitbit, so I'm definitely looking into one of those now, I've been thinking about getting one for a while now!

So, wish me luck. I really hope that I'll be able to update you in 2 weeks and be like "yay I feel so much better!", but who knows. Fingers crossed!

How is your fitness journey coming along? I'd love to hear how you're all doing, especially those of you who felt the same as me last time! We CAN do this! <3



25 February, 2016

Sugar & Crumbs Nifty Nozzles


Sugar and Crumbs Nifty Nozzles

On Tuesday, you might have read my post about the Salted Caramel macarons I made using Sugar and Crumbs' icing sugar*.

As well as sending me their delicious Salted Caramel icing sugar, they also sent me one of their "nifty nozzles"- a cool piping nozzle you can use to make different types of flowers!

Sugar and Crumbs are the only UK distributors of these fab nozzles, so be sure to check out their website if you like the look of them!

They were kind enough to send me a 5 petal Tulip nozzle which I decided to try out on some yummy vanilla cupcakes. Flower cupcakes would be perfect for Mother's Day by the way, just saying!

To use these nozzles, you can very simply use them with a usual piping bag and buttercream. A little tip from me, you need your buttercream to be firm to be able to keep the shape properly- mine wasn't quite thick enough so I didn't get the exact desired effect.

It takes a bit of practise and takes a few attempts to get used to it (as with all nozzles though really!), but the best way I found was to put the nozzle to the cupcake and then lift the nozzle vertically as you pipe the tulip. They look SO pretty and there are all different kinds of nozzles too including roses and other flowers!

Sugar and Crumbs Nifty Nozzles


I just spread some buttercream icing around the tulips as I wanted the design to be simple- I didn't want to subtract anything away from the pretty tulips!

With spring coming up, these nozzles would be perfect for Spring cupcakes and I know I'm going to be using mine a lot!

Have you ever tried Nifty Nozzles, or would you want to? Let me know in the comments below!

*Sugar and Crumbs were kind enough to send me the Salted Caramel Icing Sugar and the Nifty Nozzles but as always, all opinions are my own. 

24 February, 2016

My Favourite Instagram Accounts

I've mentioned before some of my favourite Walt Disney World Instagram accounts (which I'm hoping to update soon) and I've mentioned my favourite bloggers, but today I thought I would share some of my favourite Instagram accounts.

Some of my fave bloggers and Instagrammers overlap, but that's okay because it just shows their social media game is on the ball!

In no particular order:


A photo posted by Dani & Beth (@mysistersstyle_) on

Beth is a friend of mine who posts fashion and beauty Instagram photos with her sister. They're fairly new but they post amazing photos and are doing SO well, so definitely check them out! <3

You know about my obsession with this lady's blog by now right?! If not, check out my Favourite Bloggers posts, she always features. Her Instagram is no different- she helps me to get over my Disney blues!

Rosie posts the most amazing cakes and cupcakes- It's impossible to visit her blog or her Instagram without getting ridiculously hungry!

Emma is the lovely lady who designed my fabulous apron- check her out if you want one of your own, she makes gorgeous designs!


Slightly biased with this one as Jess is one of my best friends but she's been working SO hard on her Instagram lately and it's really paying off- it looks incredible!

So those are just a few of my favourite Instagram accounts- what are yours? Share them in the comments as I'd love some new ones to follow! And if you'd like to follow me, you can find me @cakeydreamer or use my hashtag #cakeydreamerbakes!

23 February, 2016

Salted Caramel Macarons with Sugar & Crumbs

Salted Caramel Macarons

For the longest time, I've really wanted to make macarons. They're notoriously hard to make and that's what has made me put it off for so long, I was afraid to try something that I was pretty much guaranteed to fail at.

But when Sugar and Crumbs contacted me to challenge me to make something different with their icing sugars, I decided it was finally time to face my fears and attempt macarons.

In case you haven't heard of them, Sugar and Crumbs are a family run company based in the UK and offer the most amazing ranges of icing sugars and cocoa powders, as well as cake decorating supplies too.

I first became aware of Sugar and Crumbs back in October last year, when I saw them at the Cake & Bake show and first bought some of their icing sugars.

Salted Caramel Macarons

They kindly sent me a pack of Salted Caramel icing sugar and one of their Nifty Nozzles, which you can read about on Thursday!

The great thing about their icing sugars and cocoa powders is that they are gluten free, nut free, dairy free, lactose free and they're even suitable for vegetarian and vegans- basically, their products are only full of goodness.

So I decided to use their icing sugar to create Salted Caramel macarons! The great thing about their icing sugars is that the flavours are really intense- however if you want a less intense flavour, dilute the icing sugar with some regular icing sugar.

Salted Caramel Macarons

For a first attempt, my macarons didn't turn out tooooo badly. They cracked which isn't a good thing and not all of them were the same size, but to be honest, they taste INCREDIBLE and they don't look too bad (or at least, I don't think they do!), so I'm pretty happy with them. Macarons take practise and that is a well-known fact in the baking world, so it's pretty unlikely anyone would get perfect ones on their first attempt.

But if you want to try them yourself, here's the recipe I used below:

You will need:

  • 100g Salted Caramel icing sugar from Sugar & Crumbs*
  • 100g Ground Almonds (you can either do this yourself or you can buy ground almonds from most supermarkets)
  • 2 medium egg whites
  • Small pinch of salt
  • 55g Caster Sugar
Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees.

2. In a bowl, sieve the icing sugar and the ground almonds and then mix together. It's really important that you sieve the ground almonds because you need them to be super fine.

3. In a separate, VERY clean bowl, whisk the egg whites and salt until they form soft peaks, as shown above.

4. Slowly add the caster sugar and continue to whisk- the mixture should form a thick, glossy texture. Once all the caster sugar is added, the mixture is ready when you can literally turn the mixing bowl upside down without any falling out (honestly, it's true!)

5. Then gently mix in the icing sugar and ground almonds. This will make the mixture loosen up and become a lot less "stiff", but that's absolutely fine.

6. Pipe the mixture using a piping bag and round nozzle onto either a baking sheet or macaron mat. A macaron mat is better, but a baking sheet will do just fine.

7. Leave to rest for at least 20 minutes. The mixture will go smooth and shiny and needs this time to rest.

8. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, open the oven door to allow steam to release and then close the oven door and bake for a further 8 minutes.

9. Once out of the oven, leave to cool completely before attempting to remove from the mat or paper.

10. Once cooled, you can either fill with buttercream, ganache or fruit curd. To fill, pipe the filling one on side and then sandwich together, twisting slightly to seal.

11. If you can, leave in the refridgerator for 24 hours- apparently this makes them have a great chewy texture!

Salted Caramel Macarons

My tips:
  • The easiest way to make these is to get your ingredients measured and ready, so you don't have to spend time measuring them out while your mixture is sitting there.
  • If your macarons, like mine, don't go perfectly, don't beat yourself up. Like I said before, it's extremely hard to make macarons and it takes practise! 
If you aren't a fan of Salted Caramel, Sugar & Crumbs have some other amazing flavours- some of my favourites are Strawberry Milkshake, Jaffa Twist and Velvety Vanilla!

Let me know what you think of my macarons and if you try them yourself, be sure to let me know on Twitter @cakeydreamer or by using my Instagram hashtag #cakeydreamerbakes


*Sugar and Crumbs kindly sent me the Salted Caramel icing sugar, however as always, all opinions are my own.

19 February, 2016

Memories of Disneyland Paris!

Lately I've been really missing Disneyland Paris. Well... just missing the Disney Parks in general, but it's really hit me that I haven't been to Disneyland Paris since September 2010. That's nearly 5 and a half years ago!

So, as I know you guys love my Disney Parks posts and so that I can do some reminiscing, I thought I would share some of my favourite Disneyland Paris memories with you!

I'm the baby in the pram by the way- not long after this, Minnie Mouse pretended to run away with my pram with Mickey Mouse, like they were adopting me. True story (or so I'm told by my parents). I'm convinced she brainwashed me and that's why I'm so Disney obsessed.

Because I know you want more baby pictures right?! ;) I still have that Minnie Mouse toy, she's one of my all time favourites from my childhood. My Dad bought her because she has big eyes like me! 

All my pictures have been very Minnie Mouse themed so far and I didn't even mean that to happen haha! But I love this picture because I had NO idea Minnie was behind me, and turned round to get the best surprise EVER.

This is a random picture- but why do Hercules & Meg not get any love in the parades anymore?! This was an amazing float.

I adored Chip growing up. I was actually convinced for a little while that I would marry him and I didn't see what the problem with that was.

If you're a seasoned DLP lover, you might remember the Main Street Electrical Parade (I've found you the music HERE!). They sadly got rid of it, but it still lives on in Walt Disney World, and when I saw it there it brought back so many memories. I still don't understand why DLP got rid of it!

Ugh, I look terrible here, but this was the trip where I fell in love completely and truly with the idea of being a cast member. I was determined to end up working in Disneyland Paris and I spent ages in my bedroom practising how I would act. Still haven't done it though!

Still looking awful, but ah well. My mum and I went to a character themed buffet at the Lucky Nugget which I believe was in Frontierland? And it was one of my favourite ever character experiences, they made such a fuss of us!

So, now I'm all nostalgic and desperately trying to work out if I can afford a trip back to Disneyland Paris, I hope you enjoyed a trip down memory lane with me! 

Credit to my family for the photos :) 

18 February, 2016

A cake fit for a Princess!

A couple of months ago, I went to the South East Bloggers Circle meet up where I met some fab ladies. One of those ladies, Dawn from Dear Mummy, contacted me a while later to ask if I would make her three year old's birthday cake in February, with the criteria being "a very pink Princess cake".

Being a Princess lover myself, I was SO excited to make this cake and set about drawing up a design to send to Dawn.

Being an idiot, I designed a cake design with a fondant crown on top, after watching a Youtube video on how to make them and thinking "that looks easy, I can do that!".

Well.

Turns out, I probably should have practised first because I have honestly never stressed out so much about a cake. It's different when you make them for friends and family, they have to sort of love the cake, but for someone you've only ever met once, the pressure is on.

What if they hate it? What if they tell everyone I'm awful and my future cake decorating business is over before it's even begun?!

So I took to Twitter and Facebook to ask my fellow cake decorators for advice and luckily some lovely ladies came to my rescue thank goodness!

And so here is my finished crown:



Once I've practised some more, I'll write up my own tutorial on how to do it- coming from someone who has seen ALL of the failed crowns, I'll be able to tell you what not to do ;)

And as for the cake? Well, you can see that here:


There are things I would like to change about it, but I tried my absolute hardest and I spent about a week on this cake. Dawn and Isabella luckily loved it and that's all that matters at the end of the day.

It's nice being part of people's memories and I'm so happy that they liked the cake. I definitely enjoyed making it and I've learnt some new tricks too!

What do you think of the cake?

17 February, 2016

Visiting Oakley Hall's Wedding Fayre

You might know that last June, Dan and I got engaged (if you haven't read the story, you can find it here!). We haven't set a date, nor are we planning on getting married anytime soon but we thought it would be nice to go to a wedding fayre just to have a little look around and get ideas for the future.

Now, I just want to mention here that Dan is probably the best person to get married to. I might be biased of course, but as he runs weddings and events in a hotel, he knows exactly what we need and how the day should go, plus he knows all of the local suppliers and who the best ones are.


So... basically he's going to plan it all and I just need to focus on looking pretty.


Haha, no we will definitely plan it together but it is good to have someone who knows what he's doing (although I can tell he'll be a groomzilla!).



First of all, Oakley Hall is a gorgeous place. I've never been there before but I've had a few friends who have worked there and it's just stunning. The rooms are gorgeous, the gardens are beautiful and just the general feel of the place is perfect for weddings. I'm not sure where I want to get married yet but it would definitely be somewhere like Oakley Hall, where I can feel like a Princess!

One of Oakley Hall's bedrooms, they're so nice! 

There were lots of stalls all set up with different suppliers- table decorations, entertainment (I kinda want a magician, how cool would that be?!), food, cake, photographers and so much more and everyone was really friendly. I liked that people weren't pushy and just waited for you to ask questions rather than trying to sell you stuff.

I really want this cool dance floor that lights up! 

We're not planning our wedding yet, but we do like to discuss what we would like etc., and we already have a fair idea.


You can see some of my inspirations over on my Pinterest too:


Have you ever been to a wedding fayre? What did you think?

I just want to say that Oakley Hall or any of their suppliers did NOT ask me to write this post, I just really enjoyed it and wanted to share it with you! :) 

14 February, 2016

Attending a Cake Decorating class!

Valentine's Day Cake Class


One of my Christmas presents from Dan was an "Introduction to Sugarpaste" cake decorating class, which I was really excited to attend.

I've never been to a course before, everything I know about cake decorating is from YouTube videos or me just playing around so it was nice to actually be shown what to do and have someone tell me if I was going wrong.

The course was yesterday and as today is Valentine's Day, we made a Valentine's Day themed cake. It was a pretty simple cake, a one layer chocolate sponge covered with white sugarpaste/fondant and then with some extra decorations added.

The main focus was on crumbcoating and covering the cake, which although I already know how and have done it a million times, it was quite nice to be shown a slightly different way and I learnt an easy way of making sure your fondant is thick enough etc., which was really good.

Valentine's Day Cake Class


I hadn't worked with things like wires etc., before so that was all new and we also used crimpers which I haven't used either so I definitely learnt a few new things.

At the end of the course we got a certificate to say we'd successfully completed it which felt nice!

Would I go to more classes? Maybe one day, but for now I'm pretty happy just playing around with things. Even the teacher said that a lot of it she can't actually teach- you just have to practise and find what works for you, so that's what I'll continue to do.

If you're interested in going to any classes and you live near Oxfordshire, I really recommend Catherine's cake classes!

Valentine's Day Cake Class

12 February, 2016

Fitness Update #2

Fitness Updates


Hello again!

A few of you mentioned that you'd like to see more fitness updates, so I've decided to up them to bi-weekly. Every other Friday I will post a new update on how I'm getting on, instead of once a month!

So. I'm gonna do a bit of "real talk" here. I normally keep my blog very upbeat and happy-go-lucky and prefer not to mention anything negative, but I feel like I'm just gonna write a little ramble and delete it if I don't want to post it haha!

I feel a bit crap at the moment. At the end of February last year I started running and discovered that actually I CAN do fitness and yay I'm going to finally get skinny and woohoo I'll look amazing in my photos from Walt Disney World.

Now a year on, I've put on all the weight I originally lost and I'm very off-on with fitness. One week I'll be amazing, the next I'll eat 3 doughnuts for lunch.

That's a true story by the way. Don't do it, you'll feel sick and it won't be worth it.

I've always struggled with my weight ever since I was young and I've always dreamed of not feeling self-conscious about my body, but somehow it never seems to work out the way I want.

In a way, it might be a good thing that I feel like this because I'm hoping it will push me to stay away from the doughnuts and onto the treadmill haha. I think it's about time I actually stopped and thought about the way I feel now instead of how good those fatty things taste and maybe that will actually make me realise what I'm doing.

I'm not all bad, I've done really well at certain points of the last year and I am proud of that. I'm not entirely writing off everything I've done, I know that we all get times that we feel down about our bodies but for some reason I'm just going through a particularly bad patch.

But, fingers crossed that in two weeks time I'll be writing an update to say how much better I'm feeling and how I've eaten lots of salads for lunch instead of a million doughnuts (that's an exaggeration.. I'm not quite that bad)!

If you've got any motivational tips or you want to give me any ideas for lunches (please), then feel free to leave them in the comments.

I promise my next post will go back to being happy ;)

10 February, 2016

Valentine's Day Gifts for a Disney Fanatic!

You might have seen my Valentine's Day Gift ideas for Superhero fanatics last week, and this week I'm talking about gift ideas for Disney fanatics!

I've tried to do a mixture of gifts for men and women as I did last time, so hopefully there will be something you or someone you love will like!

Under £5

The Little Mermaid Stud Earrings £4.49Set of 3 Disney Tins £4.99

Under £10

Star Wars BB-8 Mug £9.95
Lady and the Tramp Mug £7.95


Under £20

Ladies Beauty and the Beast T-Shirt £19.99
Ladies Aladdin T-Shirt £19.99 (Also available in Mens £19.99)


Under £30

14 carat Gold Plated Lumiere Necklace £28.99
Men's Mickey Mouse T-Shirt £34.99
14kt Gold Plated Disney Castle Necklace £28.99Rose Gold Plated Simba Necklace £34.99

Hopefully this has given you some nice ideas for the special person in your life (or yourself!)

Let me know what items you love in the comments!

09 February, 2016

Treating Lady to some Pooch & Mutt treats!


As you may be able to tell from my header, my dog Lady is quite a big part of my life. Dan and I regularly spoil her as you can tell from her birthday post and so when Pooch & Mutt asked me if Lady would like to try some of their products, I was delighted to say yes!

Can I just say first of all, how nice it was that before they sent me anything, they asked me how old Lady was and if she had any problems as they have lots of different types of food. I'm so glad because they could have just sent any old thing- but they took that time.

Lady is actually on a diet as she has the appetite of 101 Dalmatians, so Pooch & Mutt were kind enough to send a bag of their specialised weight loss food, Slim & Slender which is a grain free dog food.

Slim & Slender contains NUTRA-BIONIC, which is a unique supplement only found in Pooch & Mutt's foods, and contains ingredients that aid the digestive system and also her coat!

The fab thing about Pooch & Mutt's foods is that they're all free of things like gluten, so they're kind to your dog's tummy- and let me tell you, Lady needs things to be kind to her tummy or else she farts a LOT. TMI perhaps but true nonetheless!

We've tried a few different weight loss foods for Lady and only found one so far that actually manages to keep her full up and not constantly whining for food, but Slim & Slender definitely seemed to keep her full! As she is pretty much down to the weight she should be now, I gave her the amount it said on the bag to maintain her weight and she happily gobbled it up every day!

Pooch & Mutt also very kindly sent a few packs of their healthy treats, Fresh Breath, Move Easy and Healthy Digestion. The Healthy Digestion definitely helped Lady's "wind" problem! ;)

Lady has absolutely loved her treats from Pooch & Mutt and would like to say a big thank you to them!

Have you ever tried Pooch & Mutt's products for your dog? They have many dog foods for all different types of dogs, my mum is looking into their "Calm and Relaxed" dog food for her dog who suffers with anxiety!

*Pooch & Mutt sent me their products for review, but all opinions are my (and Lady's!) own!

05 February, 2016

What to pack for a Disney Parks Holiday!

What to pack for a Disney Parks holiday!

(Yep, I'm back with another Disney Parks post, I know how much you guys love these!)

If you're heading to any of the Disney Parks, whether that's Florida, California, Paris, Tokyo or Hong Kong, you're going to want to know what to pack right?! Well, here are my GENERAL tips on what to pack for a Disney Park's holiday.

SUITABLE CLOTHING
Now, I can't tell you what that suitable clothing is because it depends on which park you're going to. But it's pretty simple- don't pack your shorts and vest tops for Disneyland Paris unless you're going in the height of Summer and don't pack your wooly jumper for Walt Disney World.

If you're not sure of what temperatures you're looking at, make sure you do your research! There are plenty of forums etc. for each Park which will have all the information.

COMFORTABLE SHOES!!!!
This is SO important. The first time we went to Walt Disney World, I went for style over comfort and let me tell you, it was the worst mistake I ever made. Literally, my feet were killing me and I hated it. 
I recently saw a blogger write an OOTD for Disneyland Paris where she wore heels. Don't do that, she must have been in agony!

RAIN MAC'S
This is something you CAN buy in the Parks if you want to... but a little tip from me? Don't. We bought Rain Mac's in Walt Disney World and it cost us a fortune, plus they didn't last us that long either! You'd be better off getting a decent (yet cheap) one from home and taking them with you. 

AUTOGRAPH BOOK & PEN
Don't worry if you don't already have these because you can buy them at the Parks, but if you've been before, save yourself some money and reuse them! The same can be said for anything like Mickey/Minnie Mouse ears. I'll always take mine back and reuse them to save spending $20 out again!

CAMERA AND BATTERIES/CHARGING EQUIPMENT
The first time we went to Walt Disney World, I forgot my camera charger. Luckily I just used my iPhone and it was fine but last year I was super anal about checking my charger was in my suitcase! And a camera is obvious, you're gonna want to take photos!

WATER BOTTLES/DRINKS
In Walt Disney World (I'm not sure about the other parks, but please let me know if you know!), you get refillable mugs which you can use in your hotel resort. This is fab as it's free refills, but means that every time you want a drink, you have to go to the main areas to get a drink. In WDW, that could mean a 5-10 minute walk or a bus ride. We found it was much easier to buy bottles of drink to keep in our hotel room and that way whenever we got thirsty, we didn't need to worry. There's nothing worse than waking up at 3am and needing a drink and everywhere being closed! 

But another good time to take bottles of water is in the Parks themselves, as their drinks cost a fortune. If you can keep costs down, you have more money for souvenirs!

ENTERTAINMENT
This is a good one if you're taking kids- take along something that they can play with while queuing up for rides/characters. That way they won't get stroppy when they've been in a queue for 20-30 minutes (or longer!) and they'll be more likely to stay happy. YOU know it's worth the wait, but they don't!

These are my main tips, but Pinterest was a lifesaver with helping me decide what to pack! You can also see what I packed in my hand luggage here.

What are your must-haves to pack for a Disney holiday?


03 February, 2016

Valentine's Day Gifts for a Superhero Fanatic

This is a very different post for me but one I'm really looking forward to writing!

My fiance Dan is a HUGE superhero fan. Marvel or DC Comics, he loves both (I think Marvel has a slight edge though), and I always enjoy getting him gifts to reflect his obsession (as he does with my Disney obsession!)

If your other half is obsessed with Superheroes too, here are some fab gift suggestions:

Under £5

Marvel Playing Cards £3.99
Batman Bath Duck £4.99


Under £10


Men's Distressed Superman T-Shirt £9.99


Under £20



Under £30

Ladies Spiderman Dress £29.99 Ladies Wonder Woman Caped T-Shirt £21.99

I tried to do a mixture of men's, ladies and unisex for this guide as much as I could and I hope they help you if you're looking for something different and quirky to buy for your loved ones!

(And don't worry, Dan's present isn't on here. He doesn't read my blog anyway!)

What are your Valentine's Day Plans?

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