Thursday, 10 August 2017

Funko Pop Wishlist

One (of the many) things I collect is Funko Pops. Actually both Josh and I collect them but whereas I collect Disney and Harry Potter ones, Josh collects Star Wars ones. We love collecting Funko Pops and seen as we're not hard core collectors of exclusives or chase Pops then we actually find some pretty good bargains and rarely ever pay above £12 for a Pop. I currently have 35 Pops and Josh has 22.

All of the Pops on my current wishlist can be found on Amazon and some of them are going for amazing prices at the moment (under £10) I'm honestly finding it hard to resist! I recently got the Mickey Mouse Pop for my birthday so now I need Minnie to go with him. I already have Carl and Dug from Up and the Russell one is really cute too so it'd be nice to complete that series. I don't know what it is about the Buzz and Woody ones but I think they're super cute. I already have the Rapunzel and Pascal Pop pack but I love this version with the flowers in her hair and seen as Rapunzel is my favourite Disney princess I have to have this version in my collection.The Moana and Pua set is probably the most expensive thing on here but that's only about £13, Moana has quickly become one of my favourite films but I'm not one of these collectors that has to have every Pop in the series, unless it's something I really love, so I picked this set out of the 3 Moana Pops available as it's my favourite. I love the live action Beauty and the Beast Pops, these were pretty expensive when they first came out but you can actually pick them up pretty cheap now so I'd love to get these 4. We recently watched Lilo and Stitch for the first time and I absolutely loved it, especially Stitch. I spent a good hour or so looking at Stitch merch so I definitely need the Pop version of him. Finally I'd like to get the upcoming release of Rafiki and Simba, I'm not actually a huge fan of the Lion King but I do really like this Pop.

I'm sure my wishlist is going to continue to grow, the only problem is finding somewhere to put them all!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I actually pre-ordered this last year but it arrived just as we were packing up and getting ready to move house so it got packed away with everything and then placed on the bookshelf with all my other Harry Potter books and kind of forgotten about. 

After reading the Fantastic Beasts screenplay earlier this year and really enjoying it, the fact this is a script didn't bother me as I knew I'd get on with the format. For someone who is a slow reader, I raced through this book. I actually find screenplays and scripts to be quick and easy reads but I was enjoying it so much I couldn't put it down. It was so great to be transported back to the world I've always loved with a fresh and exciting new adventure. The book is full of the characters and places Harry Potter fans love but it doesn't feel like wizarding world is being dragged out for the sake of it, there's a definite place for it in the world of Harry Potter.

The story expands on where the final book left off, Albus Severus Potter is off to Hogwarts, not only does he have the struggles of any normal teenage boy but he has the worry of where he'll fit in at Hogwarts as well as dealing with having a famous dead that he feels he can't live up to. Whatever Albus does he can't seem to get it right. Both he and Harry have to learn the hard way how to get along and except each others differences as the fate of the wizarding world as they know it rests in both their hands.

I cannot recommend this enough, it's such a great story and filled my heart with the joy that all the old Harry Potter novels still bring me.

Rating: ★★

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Happy List: July 2017

July was the month of celebrations, we both finished work for six weeks, I turned 26 and it's been a whole year since we got the keys to our first home. The only thing that could have made it better was some actual summer weather, fingers crossed August graces us with some warm, sunny days.

  1. My Disney pin collection seems to be expanding at lightening speed. I only started collecting in February and I already have around 40 pins. I received a few for my birthday though and then I keep finding bargains so I can't resist buying them. I added the Epcot World Showcase pin set in the photo above to my collection in July. Epcot is my favourite Disney World park so I just couldn't resist these. 
  2. I can't tell you how good finising work for 6 weeks felt. I don't talk too much about my job on here other than telling you I work in a school. This past year has probably been the hardest year and the final two weeks of term nearly broke me, so I'm more than ready for this break. Anyone who complains about how long people who work in schools get off really doesn't understand the reality of such a job!
  3. I celebrated my 26th birthday at the end of July. You can read all about it and see what presents I got in my Twenty Six post. It was a really lovely day though.
  4. In June's Happy List I told you about the URL change for my blog, well this month I have a new header to match the new URL. Now I just need a new layout and my blog will be complete. That may not happen for a couple of months though. 
  5. Our two fur babies continue to be a source of daily entertainment. I should point out that the slow cooker in the above photo is not turned on and the crock pot part of it has being removed. I don't know why but Dobby likes to sit in it. The strange cat!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Twenty Six

Last Friday I celebrated my 26th birthday so I thought I'd share some photo's from the day and do a bit of a 'what I got for my birthday' type post.

With unicorn wrapping paper, birthday banner and paper plates it's hard to believe that it was my 26th birthday, but I loved it! Josh made me a Funko Pop style Iron Man cake but he wasn't happy with how it turned out, for a first attempt I don't think it's bad though and it tasted so nice which is the most important thing really! I had a fairly chilled day which is just how I like to spend my birthday's, I opened my presents in the morning and when I'd had a good look at everything we added my Disney pins and Funko Pop's to my collection and then ate cake and watched Florida videos. In the evening we headed out to Frankie and Benny's for some good food and cocktails. Can we just take a minute to talk about how good the French Martini's are at Frankie and Benny's?! I mean they're insanely good! When we were so full that we good hardly move we headed home and spent the rest of the evening sipping Asti in our pj's and watching more Florida videos. My birthday couldn't have been any more perfect!

So on to what I got for my birthday. Of course there were a lot of Disney things included which made me very happy. 

The Alien perfume from my Dad and it smells amazing, I really needed some new perfume too. He also got me Beauty and the Beast, the Disney Animator mug which I've wanted since it was released and a Harry Potter jumper that isn't in the photo because it was hard to include clothes. My Mum got me the Lush bath bombs, the Harry Potter luggage tag, the Minnie glasses case and the softest, snuggliest Disney lounge wear jumper that I can't wait to wear when it gets cooler, then she gave me some money too. The Benefit makeup, bath products and canvas print were from Josh's mum and her partner, she also got me some Mickey pj's but again they aren't in the photo. Finally Josh got me the Disney book, chocolates, wine, the globe (which looks so good in our spare room with all our copper things), all the Funko Pops, the Disney pins and a plaster cast kit which may seem a little strange but I had the idea of making something to mark our 10th anniversary which is at the end of this year so he bought me the kit so we can get on with it whilst we both have 6 weeks off work. 

I've included photo's of some of the things closer up so you can see things like the Disney pins in more detail.
The first two pins are ones I actually picked out but Josh said he's buy me them for my birthday so I didn't see them until I opened them. I have all of the Magic Kingdom 45th anniversary pins and I love how this first one fits in with them. For the second pin, my favourite Disney World character is Figment from the Journey into the Imagination ride in Epcot. I'd like to start a little Figment pin collection so this one is a great start. I've included a close up of the Animator mug because I can't get over how beautiful the artwork is on it. I love the vintage effect and the copper on the globe and it fits right it with the copper accents in our spare room. Josh also bought me a mystery pin bag, I've wanted to buy one of these for a while and he opted for the Mickey ear hat bag. There's sixteen pins to collect in total and I think there's only two in the series that I'm not that fussed about and luckily I didn't get either of those in this bag! I think I'll definitely be buying more mystery pin bags in the future. Finally Josh bought me five Funko Pop's as you may already know we both collect Pop's and these ones have being on my wish list for a little while. 

So there you go, that was my 26th birthday. A day filled with Disney, unicorns, good food and cocktails. Perfection!