Geocaching In The Park | Photo Diary

Hello guys! Today I managed to check something off my summer bucketlist! I went to a lovely big park in my hometown to find a geocache. If you've never heard of this hobby before, you can learn more about it on my 'All About Geocaching?' post. The weather was nice enough to go out for a walk with my camera and I hadn't been to this park in such a long long time, years in fact! It was so much more pretty than I remember it and so I thought I'd share a photo diary with you all. It's a nice way to document my geocache find too! Enjoy! 

Geocaching In The Park

The park that I visited today is called Bold Venture Park. I think that's such a cool name for a park! It was established in 1889 so it's a historical landmark for my hometown, which is Darwen in the county of Lancashire. In 1921, a monument was put up at the entrance to the park to pay tribute to the 1,200 soldiers from Darwen who fought and died during World War One & Two. This includes my great grandfather on my mother's side. There are five steps leading up to the monument to symbolise the five years of WW1. The monument has a beautiful angel on top and also a statues of a soldier and other war officials on the side, both made from bronze. It's the first thing you notice when you walk into the park, with a backdrop of trees and the big ornamental pond. So, without any further ado, here are some photographs...

Geocaching In The Park

Geocaching In The Park


Geocaching In The Park

Geocaching In The Park

Geocaching In The Park

Geocaching In The Park

This stunning pond is sometimes filled with ducks, but today I only saw a few hiding in the shade around the sides of the pond. I did see the cutest little Moorhen and it's chicks. They were so adorable! There's quite a few ponds in the park, although this is the biggest, since the grounds are located on the Bold Venture Brook, which flows down the valley that Darwen is situated in, through the woods from the moors. There's even a pretty impressive little waterfall hiding in the park, which I'll show you soon! Another feature in the park sits where there was once a lovely aviary housing peacocks amongst other birds, which was gifted to the park at the end of the Victorian Era in 1901. Where the aviary once was is the Hindle Pergola, which is named after Mr & Mrs FG Hindle who gifted the aviary to the park all those years ago. I didn't know the name of those pretty wooden or metal frames covered in climbing flowers but they are apparently called Pergola. There's no flowers growing on the Hindle Pergola at the moment but I'm sure it will look beautiful when there is!

Geocaching In The Park

Geocaching In The Park

Geocaching In The Park

Geocaching In The Park

I really wish that I'd taken a tub with me to collect wild blackberries now! It was near this area of the park that my Geocaching app was telling me that I was close to the cache I was looking for. Geocaching is a hobby that is a little like treasure hunting. People hide caches and it's your job to find them. Caches are containers of any size and shape, often filled with little brick-a-brack 'treasures' which are great for children. There was also coins in some and other cool things, but the fun of the activity is that you never know what to expect! It took me around 10-15 minutes to find the hidden cache, and I thoroughly enjoy climbing over tree trunks and exploring across the leaf-covered terrain to hunt out the cache. I was super happy when I finally found it :)

Geocaching In The Park

Geocaching In The Park


Geocaching In The Park

As you can see, this little cache had a cute pirate eye-patch inside that I know my nephew would like if he was to find this cache! There is usually a log book or sheet inside the container for finders to note when they found it and who they are. There wasn't one in the cache so I popped in a piece of note paper for others to sign. I also brought along this little heart charm that I got in a Christmas Cracker, so I left this little 'treasure' behind. Yay! Another geocache found; I wish there were more close to my house! I'm planning to search for caches next time I go to a city because there are usually lots hidden in such busy urban areas. I think it's pretty amazing that this little hobby goes on under everyone's noses everywhere! The geocachers even call people who don't know about the hobby 'muggles', haha! After finding the cache, I explored some more of the park. My next step was to the old historical drinking fountain that I wish was still in working order, but it was built in 1902 on the coronation day of King Edward. Lastly, I went to see if this waterfall was just as big as I remember it being when I was a kid. Fantasically, it was!

Geocaching In The Park

Geocaching In The Park


Geocaching In The Park

Geocaching In The Park

Geocaching In The Park

Geocaching In The Park

That waterfall is apparently 40 feet high! So, we've come to the end of my very picture heavy post; I hope you all enjoyed reading. I had a lovely day at the park, looking at the flowers and trees and squirrels and butterflies and ALL OF THE MAGPIES! I seriously saw so so many! It was nice to appreciate the history of the park and I started daydreaming about what it would have been like with all of the families walking around it in the Victorian Times. I can't help but daydream, my imagination is vivid :) Who's the same? I wish that the playground was empty, because I totally wanted to play on it! Oh well, it was an awesome afternoon nonetheless!

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Little Things That Make Me Happy

Hi Everyone! The last few weeks have not been the best for me as there's been a lot going on in my life, mostly involving family, which has really impacted my mental health. It's been a hard time to get through, especially when I already have so many other things stressing me out. I decided last week that I was going to try and cheer myself up any way I could, to concentrate on the little things that help bring a smile to my face and make me feel uplifted. It can be very tough to focus on the positives though when there's so much negativity taking place around you, so I started writing some notes on my phone of anything and everything that filled me with happiness, no matter how small and insignificant it seemed at the time. 

I started keeping note so that at the end of the day, when I was laying in bed which happens to be one of the times that I struggle with anxiety the most, when I'm overthinking for hours and hours, I could read back through the list I'd made. It was my hope to make myself feel good when I was re-playing the day's problems, to try and distract my mind by thinking about those things that make everything worth it, the things that make life wonderful. I thought that I'd only keep up this list for a couple of days, but seven days later it was still going strong. I thought then, why not share it? Although the points on my own list might not be things that would make it onto your own list, I hope that by reading this post it makes you think about all the little moments in your lives that are special to you. Maybe you could start up your own list. For all of my readers who also struggle with their mental health,  remember that even the smallest things you can do to make yourself feel good are super important! Self care is crucial for everyone and it's good to give different things a go to find out if they will be beneficial to you. I hope you all enjoy reading! 


Things that make me happy


Gardens full of pretty flowers
The School of Rock (2003) 
The way my rabbits wiggle their noses; it's so adorable!
Being surprised with sweets (I really love sweets and even more so, surprises!)
Talking the perfect selfie that makes me feel great!
When I manage to draw perfect wings on my eyeliner
Having the house to myself 
The fact that Horror Con exists (I've been watching lots of vlogs lately, I need to go!)
Kiefer Sutherland in the 80's
Ticking things off my to-do-list 
Badass battle scenes on shows (nerd!)
Listening to heavy rain when I'm snuggled up in bed
The way Aurora (my sister's puppy) greets me whenever she hasn't seen me for a while
Having a good, loud sing-along
Hot chocolate with marshmallows
Speaking German (I'm learning German at the moment)
Getting comments on my blog posts 
My mom left a cute note and some lunch for me when she went out for the afternoon :) 
Finding hilarious and/or relatable memes
Compliments (no matter how much they make me blush, haha!)
Musicals
Listening to people talking to animals, when they put on that specific high-pitched voice 
That feeling of accomplishment after you do something you've been meaning to for a while 
Frujj Banana Milkshake
Spotting wildlife (On Wednesday, I saw a huge Buzzard & again on Sunday, as well as a Sparrow Hawk ) 
Homemade Roast Potatoes *nom nom*
Painting my nails red
When me & my best friend respond to something in pretty much exactly the same way :D
Listening to people's joyful laughter
Sexual innuendos & clever dirty humour
Writing in a fresh notebook
Doing well at my German; I feel great when I have revised my lessons well. 
Watching little garden birds chasing each other 
The adorable sounds that Pokemon make
How my art print wall in my bedroom is coming along nicely
Dragons! 
Also, Dragons burning things on Game of Thrones!
The legend that is Tim Curry
Toasting bread perfectly & not having to put it back into the toaster
The colour Yellow
When Aurora snuggles up to me & falls asleep
Ridiculous, badly-done gore scenes on horror movies 
The fact that it will be Autumn soon, yay!
Putting on PJs that are straight out of the dyer & still warm
The smell of vanilla
Bright moons on a clear night
That first feeling of getting into a hot bath
Ice-cream with sprinkles

I know this was a long list to read, but I hope you all enjoyed it!

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What I've Been Watching: July Edition

Hey lovelies! If you've been a reader of my blog from the beginning, you may remember that I did a couple of posts titled 'What I've Been Watching' and it was my idea to make these a monthly thing. If not, you can check them out here & here. I didn't keep up the posts because I let my worries get the better of me. I didn't think the posts were interesting enough and felt nervous that I was just gonna bore everyone. Eek! Although, my anxiety can still cause me to freak out before I share a post, especially if it's a new regular 'series' idea, I am a lot more confident in my writing than I was back when I originally shared the posts in question. 

Watching movies (and TV shows) used to be one of my favourite hobbies, I mean it never wasn't but depression likes to get in the way of you doing the things you love. It likes to creep in and drain all of your motivation to do fun things & it sucks! :( Recently though, I've been really trying my damned hardest to not let depression dampen my passions, and so I've been determined to get back to watching movies and TV shows. I even included 'watch 20 new movies' in my summer goals this year as a motivator. So far, I've been doing pretty well. This got me thinking that it would be nice to document this and what better way than to pick up my 'What I've Been watching' monthly posts. I won't include every single thing I watch, only the ones that I liked the most. Here's my 'first' post of many, and I hope you all enjoy them!  

What I've Been Watching

I'll try to keep spoilers to a minimum, but my post will include a overview about what the movies & tv shows are about and I'll probably discuss some characters and maybe some of my favourite parts, so sorry if I end up saying too much! 

 Silent Hill (2006)

I am ashamed that as a horror fan, it took me so bloody long (no pun intended, haha) to finally watch the Silent Hill movie, oops! The movie is an adaptation of the well-known Japanese video game of the same name. If you're unfamiliar with the plot, it's about a mother called Rose who's little girl is having nightmares about a place called Silent Hill. She's adopted and Silent Hill is the name of the town where she was born, so in an attempt to help her daughter she decides to take her back there to see it. She soon discovers that there was a massive coal mill fire disaster in Silent Hill which left the whole town adandoned. It is now inhabited by strange ghostly creatures (which are awesome by the way!) and she has to endue them when her little girl goes missing in the town. We are introduced to several characters and learn about the eerie goings-on in Silent Hill as the main character Rose tries to find her daughter, as well as a horrible tradegy that took place there, but I won't say anymore. You'll have to watch it to find out for yourself :) I was happy to discover that the little girl was played by Jodelle Ferland who is the perfect actress to play the part, as she makes the best horror movie child! I remember watching her in Stephen King's adaptation of Kingdom Hospital when I was around 12. If you're a fan of horror movies, you should definitely check out this movie. 

The Handmaid's Tale (2017)

This new TV series is absolutely brillant! I really wasn't sure what to expect after watching the short trailer on an advert. Due to the way the characters were dressed, I assumed it was a period drama/history-based drama, which I'm a big fan of so I added to my 'to watch' list. However, I soon discovered that it was actually a dystopian drama, and I was super happy about this because I have been really into this genre for a few years now. The drama is set in a future were the fertility rates across the world are severly low. The show takes place in what was formerly North America, that has now been taken over by a Christian totalitarian government who have created a society that is made to conform to a strict, Biblical-like regime. All of the woman who are fertile and/or have had children before have been forced into servitude as 'handmaids' who are brutually forced to work and bear children for the upper class families, who are the official leaders of the government and their wives. The story is told through the eyes of a handmaid called June, and it's so so good! It has such an intricate story with lots of strong female characters. I can't recommend it enough and I have a mighty need to read the book by Margaret Atwood that it's based on now. It's a 10 out of 10 from me!

Voice From The Stone (2017) 

If you don't know this already, I am massive nerd when it comes to Game of Thrones. As a result, I have become a huge fan of the actors who portray my favourite characters from the Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin so well, and will often follow which other movies they are in. Emilia Clarke who plays Daenerys Targaryen on GoT was the main character in the newly released movie, Voice From The Stone which is categorised as a psychological and supernatural thriller. It tells the story of a British nurse who specialises in the care of children with mental health problems from weathy families, and she travels from home to home helping to nurse the children back to health before moving on to the next. After the death of his mother, a young boy has refused to talk for many months and so Verena (the nurse) is hired by his father to help him. We find out that there are some ghostly occurrences happening in the house and that the young boy is convinced that his mother's ghost is trapped in the stone around the families estate. There's a reason why the stone is significant but I don't want to reveal too much. I chose to watch this movie mostly because I like to see my favourite Game of Thrones actors and actresses in different roles, but also because I like history-based movies as well as thrillers. It was a pretty good movie, even though it took a while to develop the storyline. Emilia Clarke did a great job though! 

What I've Been Watching

 The Keepers (2017)

I've absolutely loved Netflix Original documentary series ever since I watched 'Making a Murderer (2015)' which was a fantastic crime documentary produced by Netflix discussing secrets and corruption within American law enforcement and the judicial system surrounding several crimes supposedly involving a man named Steven Avery. I just really like how Netflix do their documentaries and so when I learnt about The Keepers I was very much looking forward to watching it. Crime documentaries have been a favourite of mine ever since I become interested in criminal psychology in my early teens. The Keepers is a really good watch! There's seven hour-long episodes investigating the murder of a Catholic nun called Sister Cathy Cesnik in the late 1960's. She was a teacher at a religious high school which has a history of teachers being involved in the abuse of students. There were some conspiracies about the head priest at the school being involved in her murder, because they wanted to cover up the abuse that was going on of which he was the main suspect. Some of the former students of Sister Cathy are working together to help uncover the truth about what happened to their teacher. I don't want to tell you anything else so not to spoil the series for anyone who's interested. I seriously can't wait for the next Netflix crime documentary series!

 Brimstone (2017)

This is another movie that I originally wanted to watch solely because the cast includes Kit Harington who Game of Thrones fans will know plays Jon Snow on the show. My friends will also know that Mr Harington is one of my celebrity crushes (I mean just look at him!). After watching the trailer though, I discovered that this western thriller is right up my street! It's another historically based movie which also happens to be a thriller so I was expecting to really enjoy it. I wasn't disappointed! Carice van Houten also stars in the movie, and she plays the Red Woman/Melisandre on GoT. I was interested to see how actress Dakota Fanning would do in a thriller role, but I think she was great! Okay, that's enough about the cast... here's more about the movie itself. It's set in the old American western days, a time when small towns were being converted to Christianity and people's lives were governed by traditional gender roles and Biblical teachings. The movie is told through the point of view of the main character, Liz (played by Dakota Fanning) who cannot speak and so communicates with sign language. As the movie starts, we see Liz as a midwife with a family and her life is tough, but it gets even worse when a Reverend turns up one day in her hometown. She is terrified and its clear that she knows this man. We discover how and why he makes her so fearful as the movie goes on. The movie is a long one, over two hours and something that I love about it is that it's broken down into four sections, which are titled: Revelation, Exodus, Genesis & Retribution. Each section tells a differnt part of Liz's life. I'll stop here before I end up revealing the whole story! I really liked this movie, and I'd definitely rate it a 7/10. 

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)

The Girl with all the Gifts is categorised as a post-apocalyptic horror movie because it contains zombies, but I wouldn't personally consider it as one. I'd say more that it has elements of gore and violence but it is mainly post-apocalytic dystopian movie. It is set in a future where society has been plagued with a infection that turns people into zombie-like creatures and the military are experimenting to find a cure for the fungal infection outbreak that as wiped out a massive percentage of the population, and the rest are zombies. The story begins in a military base in the South of England (which I liked because I haven't been a movie set in England for a while), where children are the experimentation subjects. These children are the second generation of zombies, born from people who were infected so they are being used by a scientist at the base to create a vaccination. The children who look like ordinary children and act like them too when they are not exposed to the scent of human flesh are kept like prisoners and are dehumanised by many of the soldiers at the base. There is one particular child (Melanie) who stands out from the rest; she is very intelligent and appears to be more human than the other children. This causes the school teacher at the base to become very attached to her and makes her really question the treatment of the children. One day, the army base perimeters are breached and the zombies attack everyone! A group manage to escape: the teacher, the main research scientist involved in creating a cure, the head soldier at the base and few others, as well as Melanie. The team are now making their way to the next closest army base and the movie follows their journey there. There's so much I love about this movie and it's so tough not to type away about it, but I can't tell you. The movie is based on a book by M.R. Carey which I need to read since there's so many things that I felt could have been explained more in the movie. However, it's still great and you should totally give it a watch!

So, those are my favourite movies and tv shows of July. I also watched a few other horror movies and the last few episodes of the Starz series 'American Gods (2017)' Season 1. I started watching this back in May, after finding out that the gorgeous Ricky Whittle was in it. He stole my heart when I watched him play Lincoln in another series, 'The 100 (2014)'. I'm not sure if I like American Gods as a whole all that much, some parts I really enjoy but then I get bored with others. I'll decide when I've watched the next season :) The highlight of July for me was obviously the start of Season 7 of Game of Thrones, which has been amazing so far! I hope that you all enjoyed this post, and that I've encouraged you to watch some new movies/tv shows. Let me know if you do and what you think :) I'd also love to hear your opinions if you've already seen any of the movies/tv shows I mentioned in today's post. 

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August Kawaii & Geeky Wishlist

Hello guys! This week is going by so fast for me; I can't believe that tomorrow is Friday. How has everyone's week been so far? Have you done anything fun? Let me know in the comments. It's time for another monthly edition of my Kawaii & Geeky wishlist. I hope that you all enjoy reading! 

Kawaii & Geeky Wishlist

1. Beetlejuice Patch from La Barbuda | How awesome is this Beetlejuice Patch!? I really love all the detail in the design of Beetlejuice himself; it's so cool! I've always loved Lydia's quote 'I myself am strange and unusual' too!

2. Gremlins Gizmo Patch from La Barbuda | Another fabulous patch! This website has so many brilliant designs that I couldn't choose just one for my wishlist. I loved the Gremlins movie when I was a kid, and Gizmo is absolutely adorable (even though evil little Stripe/Mohawk was my favourite Gremlin)! I also love the slogan because it seems perfect for an insomniac night owl like me!  Again, the detail on this patch is great!

3. Pokemon Togepi Crossbody Purse | Omgosh! This crossbody bag/purse is too cute! I spotted it on facebook the other day, along with a squirtle, bulbasaur and pikachu version too. They are officially Pokemon merch and they look great quality! I don't see a lot of Togepi merch so I couldn't resist adding this to my wishlist. I love the excited expression on Togepi's face :) As all my close friends will tell you, I'm constantly make random Togepi sounds, haha!

4. Pokemon Little Tales Mug with Coaster | I can't believe I've never seen this 'Little Tales' Pokemon collection before; it's so flippin' cute! The design with the trees and flowers and the little wooden red house reminds me of The Moomins, and of the traditonal story 'Heidi'. How sweet are the little chibli pikachu, pichu and clefairy!? I just really love that mug! It's fantastic that it comes with it's very own coaster too, which has a pikachu with a heart shaped tail on! I'm definitely going to check out the Little Tales collection, apparently this mug set is from the fourth series of it as well!

5. Hello Kitty Pencil Case | If you didn't know already, Paperchase have teamed up with Sanrio to create a Hello Kitty stationery collection and I want ALL OF THE THINGS! I love the simplistic design of this pencil case and the pink zip is pretty too. I'm in need of a new pencil case and this one is lovely!

6. Carina Enamel Pin by Tokidoki | As most of my regular readers will have guessed by now, I'm a massive fan of Tokidoki merch! This amazing Italian kawaii brand recently released some new items so I'm lusting over so many of them right now. They have so many gorgeous new pin badges available. I'd happily add all of them to my pin badge collection, but since I don't have any cactus kitty products yet, I picked this one for my wishlist. I love how colourful the pin is, and slogan 'ameowzing!' is cute! Who else loves Tokidoki?

7. Unicorn Pushpins by Mustard | This website has some really lovely items! I featured some of their notebooks on my July Wishlist if you want to check those out too. Very soon, I will finally have my own bedroom and will no longer have to share with my sister, so I've been looking for new deco. I can't wait to have the space to put up a big pinboard, and I've been browsing around for pretty pins. What attracted me most to these pins was the lovely pastel pink shade of the unicorns, plus I really like that the unicorns horns are gold. You only get 5 pins in a pack so they are a little pricey, but they look fabulous quality so I think they are worth it!

8. Four-tailed Sakura Fox Enamel Pin | I've wanted this beautiful pin badge from the wonderful etsy store SushiStudios for ages, but then when I visited the store's stall at the Manchester Comic Con at the end of July I saw it in person and it's even more gorgeous! As soon as I got home, I really regret not buying it. It's such a unique design, and really pretty detailed. Considering how small pins are, the cherry blossoms are so intricate. I love how shiny it is!

9. Hello Kitty A5 Desk Pad | I really struggled to stick to just two items! However, this is my favourite item of the collection! I love to-do-list pads since I make a lot of lists! I find that writing lists really eases my anxiety, and I go through these list pads really quickly so I'm always on the lookout for new ones. I really like when list pads have tick boxes/circles already like this one. The blue shade they've chosen is very nice too. You get 52 sheets which isn't bad for £6 considering how cute the product is!

10. Funko Pop The Grady Twins Figures | The Shining (1980) will always be one of my top ten horror/thriller movies; it's so good! The Grady Twins are both cute and super creepy, and they are iconic characters so I'd just love to have these figures in my Pop collection. The Grady Twins are also 'special' to me since they have become a symbol of mine & my best friend's friendship too, haha! Basically, me and Jess always say things at the same time, or at least really similar things so we joke about our shared telepathy. Since the day that I decided to send her a gif of the twins when we said the same response to something, it has been our thing. We constantly send gifs of the Grady Twins to each other, and say that it would be cool to cosplay for Halloween as them some day! Something that really cool about these figures is that there are two versions available: the cute twins and then the creepy twins with their gunshot wounds and ghostly appearance . They are not available at the moment unfortunately, sorry guys! I'm sad too! 

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Five Animation Movies I Loved As A Child | Lifestyle

Happy Tuesday! The other day I was rummaging around looking for my Studio Ghibli DVD's. They got packed away when my family were decorating whilst I was away at university and they are now hiding in one of SO MANY BOXES that is currently home to most of my stuff! I only managed to locate a few, but whilst I was searching I came across so many nostaglic items. I found some old videos that I loved watching as a child! It was then that I got the inspiration for this post. It was actually super hard to settle on just five! I used to go through phases when I'd love a particular movie and watch it on repeat for ages, then I'd suddenly get hooked on a different movie. However, there were some movies that my love for never wavered, that I couldn't get enough of. These movies are still some my favourite movies even now that I'm an adult (haha, writing that sentence makes me laugh, because I'm not a very adulty adult XD I type whilst sitting amongst an array of giant kawaii plushies!!) Anyhow, I hope you all enjoy reading about my favourite animation movies as a child, and that it makes you reminisce about your own childhood


Favourite Childhood Animation Movies

The Lion King


This will always be one of my most favourite movies of all time (& the second Lion King movie too). I have forever been an animal lover, for as long as I can remember. I can recall being as young as four or five years old when I started looking through encyclopedia's about nature, although my mom would read them to me until I got the hang of reading by myself of course. I was so fascinated by all of the different creatures across the World, and I wanted to learn as much about them as I could. The Lion King was the first movie that I ever saw where all of the characters were animals, and I adored seeing so many of the species from the grasslands of Africa that I'd seen in my books. I loved how the movie showed the interaction and friendships between the animals, and all of the main characters are fantastic too and helped teach me important life lessons. The Lion King was also the first movie that I remember crying to and feeling so many other emotions to. The soundtrack is beautiful and the songs are so catchy! If you haven't seen The Lion King, I can't recommend it enough!

FernGully: The Last Rainforest

This movie is just beautiful, and such a brilliant story! It actually came out in 1992, the year I was born but I watched it when I was around 6 years old when my grandma bought the video for me. The movie is about fairies who live in a forest that is being destroyed by loggers cutting down the trees, and there is an ancient tree that an evil spirit is trapped in which the loggers cut, unleashing the evil spirit. The spirit is voiced by Tim Curry, who I absolutely love, especially his unique voice :) There's a lovely scene in the movie when the main character, a young fairy called Crysta, is being shown by her grandmother how to use magic to regrow damaged forests. They created such gorgeous imagery for this scene, and I love it! There's also a character voiced by Robin Williams and he's hilarious, and does a rap in the movie that I loved when I was little. I was super impressed that I could memorise the whole rap! This was one of the many movies that helped shape me into an adult that is passionate about wildlife and environmental conservation. I'd write more, however I dont want to give away any other spoilers!

Beauty & The Beast

Beauty & The Beast is one of the first Disney movies that I watched, I can't remember exactly when but I was really young. It was my favourite Disney princess movie (still is!) and this was because I could relate to Belle so much. She was different to those around her; she was a bookworm and loved learning and fantasy stories, plus she was caring and loved animals. She was definitely a role model to little me. I was fascianted by the storyline of the movie, of a witch casting a spell on a prince and his entire castle, of enchantment and true love. I loved how all of the servants had been changed into household objects and how great their personalities were. It made me imagine my own toys and wardrobe coming to life and what they would be like. I was always lost in my imagination, haha. The soundtrack is amazing and I'm sure my family enjoyed my constant singing! Beauty & The Beast is a classic fairytale, with castles and princes and magic! It made me both filled with wonder and brought to tears. It's fabulous! 

Favourite Childhood Animation Movies

Pokemon: The First Movie 

Pokemon is how I began my path to nerdiness back when I was only five! I would watch it every morning before I went to primary school and I just fell in love with all of the adorable Pokemon. I dreamed so much of having my very own pokemon for years and years, and would make-believe that my plushies were real. Pokemon: The First Movie was released in England when I was around 6 and I still have the HUGE poster that I got free with my Pokemon video. I want to frame it some day, but I'm gonna need a massive frame! The movie is soooo good! I loved the introduction of legendary Pokemon, Mew & Mew Two. Mew has been one of my most beloved of all the Pokemon since watching this movie, mostly because of how adorable and playful he was! There's a scene in the movie where he is playing around on a windmill, sitting on each 'sail' and dropping to the one underneath as it swirls in the wind, all whilst giggling to himself. It's such a precious scene and it makes me really happy everytime I watch it. I love the movies theme of friendship and being nice to one another. There is a scene in the movie that will forever be heart-wrenching. It made me sob even when I was a kid. Anyone who's watched this movie will understand :'( I loved the background story about the creation of Mew Two too. I still LOVE watching this movie now at 24 years old and I know I will forever. 

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This movie is sooooo wonderful! It's about an anxious young boy (played by Macaulay Culkin) who gets 'transported' into the world of fairytales and classic stories. The movie changes from a 'live action' or whatever a non-animation is called to a cartoon, when the main character becomes part of the fantasy world. How this happens in the movie is really cool, but you'll have to watch it to find out :) When I was little, I thought that this was absolutely amazing and it made my imagination run wild everytime I read a book, imaginging myself being magically drawn into the story. It's a fantastic tale about how the boy has to conquer his fears and show courage to help save his friends, plus defeat the villainous protagonists of the movie. I have to admit that as a child, as much as I loved this movie, there were parts that scared me such as the Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde scences, eeek! There were quite a few scary books featured in the movie, but luckily the main character saves the day! 

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my favourite animated movies as a child. There were so many more that I adored and watched again and again though! Heidi, Disney's Mulan, The Brave Little Toaster, The Land Before Time movies, Disney's Tarzan, and lots of movies that were non-animation. Am I helping bring back any memories from your childhood? Let me know in the comments :) Writing this post is making me want to organise a re-watch day! I'll definitely need to invest in a video player one day so all of my video cassettes don't go to waste. Anyone else still own cassette tapes? I can't bring myself to throw them away, haha!

Thankyou for reading!

 

What were your favourite childhood movies? Both animation and not? 


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