Five Favourite Friday | MCU Characters

Once again my top is coming to you on a Monday! Don't you just love it when life gets in the way? Luckily, my NVQ is now complete (woohoo!) and I can focus on other things - like writing more content!

So let's kick off our top 5 MCU characters shall we? Tim has said to leave out villains as he plans to do that one another time.

5. Iron Man. Whether you love him or hate him, you've got to admire his confidence! Although I'm not actually a big fan of Iron Man, I do love Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of him. He's cocky and quick witted and I love that!

4. Ant-Man. I've not yet watched this film from start to finish without interruptions, but Ant-Man is such a funny character. I think it really helps that I love Paul Rudd and think he's absolutely hilarious!

3. Drax the Destroyer. For the sake of full disclosure, I will not be including Groot in my top 5. Although I love Groot, I feel he overshadows a lot of the other characters so I'm giving someone else a chance to shine! And that is Drax. I wasn't keen on him at first but soon grew to love how literally he takes the things other say.

2. Doctor Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch really did this character justice, I really enjoyed the film (even if it was a bit trippy)

1. Jessica Jones. Because who doesn't love a dark, mysterious female heroine vigilante posing as a PI?

And that's my top 5. Tim is choosing this Friday's topic again, in the meantime you can read his top 5 and find out what the topic is here - see you Friday!

School Holiday Activities | Baking Flatbread & Tzatziki

Ok, so I might have to come up with a catchier title than that! But as you may have gathered, I'm starting a new series for things you can do with your children during the school holidays - these will be things that do cost money but I am going to try and keep them as low cost as possible.

Now, my son is only 2 years old and doesn't actually attend school yet but I still have time off during the holidays where I am going to have to entertain him!

He's already getting bored and so we have kicked things off by doing a spot of baking! Alex's daddy is, in my opinion, the best at baking bread. And we always said, even when I was pregnant, that when he was old enough that Father and Son would be baking bread together - so that's what we have done!

The recipe we used was one from the blender recipes* page from the ideas kitchen. We opted for their Flatbread with Homemade Tzatziki recipe.

As we don't have a breadmaker we did have to improvise but the recipe still worked just as well and the bread tastes amazing! We used warmer water to add to the dry ingredients to help the yeast work and made sure that we left the dough for 10 minutes to prove. Once the dough had proved, I chopped the dough into 16 smaller pieces (the recipe says 10 but I wanted slightly smaller pieces of flatbread) and rolled them into little balls before squashing them flat. I have to admit, I was a little confused when it came to cooking them at the recipes says to dry fry the dough. I have never cooked bread this way before - but it works! Just try not to heat the pan too hot as I did...

While the dough was proving, I put my hands to good use and made the Tzatziki. I have never tried this before so I wasn't sure what to expect but the recipe is so quick and easy that I don't think I will ever buy it when I can make my own! It tasted incredible and the bets bit is even my little boy liked it (even if he wouldn't let me take a picture!). I think the recipe could have used a touch more garlic but I love my garlic flavours to be strong, so I'll definitely be adding more garlic next time I make it (and I will be making it again).

We took our homemade goodies along to a picnic with a few friends for them to try - especially as one of my friends loves tzatziki - and it didn't take long for our bread and dip to disappear and a couple of friends even asked me for the recipe!

I was so please that everyone enjoyed our food and even more so because it was so easy to make and we will definitely be making more throughout the school holidays!

*This is a sponsored post but all views are my own

10 Happy Things Tag

The beautiful Chelsey from Cece Lauren to take part in the 10 Happy Things Tag. I love doing these tags and when they come from fellow Mummies who are totally rocking it, I'm all on board!

With my PND and attending CBT sessions lately, I could really do with noticing the things in life that make me happy, rather than get me down. And so, here I am, doing this tag!

The rules are simple - write about 10 things that make you happy, no matter how big or small. And that's it! I'll tag 3 bloggers at the end of this post to take part too!

10 | Death in Paradise.

A strange one I am fully aware, but the show makes me laugh and I love the cast. It makes me happy every time I watch it. In fact, it's on in the background as I type this now!

9 | My Picture Wall

It's a complete work in progress but that's what I love about it. I can change it however and whenever I like. I constantly adding to it and then when something doesn't quite work on the wall anymore I remove it, frame it and put it somewhere else in my house! It's not perfect, but it makes me smile.

8 | Music

I love music. There's always something to fit whatever mood I am in. For example, when I'm feeling really happy I tend to opt for pop songs, things I can really belt out and have a dance to! I'm loving Despacito at the moment! Not the Justin Bieber version I might add.

7 | Reading

I haven't sat down with a book since I had my son, but recently I've been sorting through all my old books - ones I have read and ones I never got around to reading, and I've found myself itching to read them all! My friend Hazel, decided to start up a Twitter Book Club, Tea & Tales, and I can't wait to get cracking on the first book!

6 | Certain Smells

Freshly baked bread, freshly cut grass, newborn babies, CK IN2U for Her, and my partner (he always smells so good!) to name a few!

5 | Just Around The Riverbend

My blog really does make me happy, and it has made me a little sad of late that I haven't been able to blog as much as I would like. But once my NVQ is finished I will be back to normal and blogging much more frequently - and that makes me very happy indeed!

4 | The Blogging Community

Number 5 ties nice and neatly in with Number 4. The blogging community, for the most part, is a tight knit community and we help each other and stick up for each other. There are, obviously, a few who don't seem to understand the concept of treat others how you wish to be treated yourself. But, when the community comes together, it really comes together. And that's what I love most.

3 | Autumn

The cooler days, but not freezing, when you can get out the jumpers and the hot chocolate and sit snuggled on the sofa in front of a film. I can't wait!

2 | Disney

I can not express how much I love Disney! It's like another family that's full of Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust! It's probably the one thing other than my family that makes me happiest most of all.

1 | My Family

My partner and my little boy. This is my family. When you have children of your own, family becomes a different thing. Of course you'l always have a family (Mum, Dad, Siblings, Grandparents etc.) but once you have children, they are your family. And mine makes me happiest of all.

I think everyone should take some time every now and again to list the things that make them happy. And I am tagging Tim (my partner) from Broken Thoughts, the gorgeous Alice from Alice Tilly, and fellow Disney addict Hazel from Fleur Charms.

I'm looking forward to reading your lists guys!

Five Favourite Friday | Disney Songs

Aaaaand I'm back!

Last week's Five Favourite Friday will actually be on a Monday! My gosh, I've really let myself go haven't I?! Friday, I went out for Birthday cocktails with my sister (OK, it was 3 cocktails and I was tucked up in bed by 10:30!). Then Saturday Tim took me and Alex to Chester to do some shopping and play some Pokemon Go as part of the anniversary festival that was taking place all over the world. And, finally, yesterday was my birthday! I am now 21 again! Just kidding!

Anyway, all that excitement, coupled with a lot of NVQ work needing to be done has meant I simply didn't get chance to do last weeks top 5. The topic was Disney Songs (which was of course chosen by me) and I was really looking forward to this one, so I just decided to post late!

And so, here is my top 5 Disney Songs!

5. Once Upon A Dream (Sleeping Beauty, 1959) - There's just something about this song. It's beautiful, yet haunting.

4. I See The Light (Tangled, 2010) - I've only ever seen Tangled once when The Girl Gang had it on one of the Movie Nights. But I've been listening to the song for ages and I love it! Very girly, very pretty and very romantic!

3. Friend Like Me (Aladdin, 1992) - The late great Robin Williams was the perfect genie and it when listening to this song it really shines through. I just hope that a) they keep this song in the live action remake and b) that Will Smith does it justice.

2. Under The Sea (The Little Mermaid, 1989) - I loved The Little Mermaid when I was younger. I always wanted to be Ariel and have Flounder a my best friend and be able to sing and dance to this little number by Sebastian the crab! A girl can dream, right?

1. Where You Are (Moana, 2016) - This one was a really tough choice. In all honesty I would have liked to have had the entire Moana soundtrack as my number 1 but then it wouldn't be Disney songs, it would be Disney albums! Off the whole album, I have 3 favourite songs, but this is my most played so it had to be my number 1!

An honourable mention this week goes to Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride from Lilo & Stitch. Moana and Lilo & Stitch are my 2 favourite Disney films and Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride was definitely joint first, but as I could only choose one, I thought I would make an honourable mention for this one. Also, honourable mentions go out to the classics (A Spoonful of Sugar, Just Around The Riverbend, Circle of Life etc.) as they are timeless and will always be the best of Disney.

On Friday this week, Tim has decided that we will be looking at our top 5 MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Characters. I'm actually looking forward to this one!

In the meantime, why don't you let me know in the comments what your favourite Disney songs are?

Je vais à Paris!

I'm so excited! It's all booked and for our holiday this year, we are off to Paris!

First off, let's go back to Christmas 2016. One of my our presents from the in-laws was a holiday. Our first family holiday as Mummy, Daddy and son. We've spent most days since then deliberating where to go. After months of searching, looking up reviews, videos and images of various different places, we settled on Paris. It's actually thanks to Hazel (Fleur Charms) and a video that she posted on her YouTube channel about her Centre Parcs break in The Netherlands, that we decided to take a chance on a Eurocamp (you can view her video here).

We will be driving across, catching the ferry from Dover to Calais, and back again a week later. We will, of course, be doing Disneyland! I'm probably more excited about this than I am to even go away! It's been over 10 years since I last went to Disney and I genuinely feel like I'm going home!

We're also going to be going into the center of Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, the Arch de Triomphe, The Louvre and the Notre Dame.

What are your must-do's while in Paris? What about with a 2 year old?  Let me know!

Five Favourite Friday | 1st Gen Pokemon

Firstly, a big Happy European Birthday to Pokemon Go! A year ago yesterday, Niantic began to roll out the European release of Pokemon Go. Since it's release, it has had numerous updates, including the addition of over 80 Gen 2 Pokemon.

To celebrate, we are looking at our top 5 first generation Pokemon.

5. Cubone. For no other reason then, look how cute!!

4. Meowth. Another very simple reason - I love cats! And I'd love this one in real life!

3. Gyarados. This one would have been much higher on my list, perhaps top of the list even, if it weren't so difficult to get! As far as I am aware, you can not catch one, they have to be evolved from Magikarp. And if you don't live anywhere near water, it will be extremely difficult to get hold of approximately 200 Magikarp!

2. Eevee. And all her evolutions. Just like Cubone, Eevee is so cute and I love that there are numerous possible evolutions, 3 for first generation - Vaporeon, Flareon and Jolteon.

1. Pikachu. I used to watch Pokemon as a kid and Pikachu has always been my favourite. He's my number 1 choice for starter pokemon and I adore that little yellow bolt of electricity!

What are your favourite pokemon? You can read Tim's list here!

Coming Up!

Once again I've been a bit slack on the blogging front! Truth is my NVQ work has taken a bit of precedence. Hopefully, by the end of the week I'll be completely finished and have gained my qualification! Exciting!

But for now, I thought I'd let you know what I've got lined up. I've a post about holidays, our first Five Favourite Friday back after our break and some posts on products I've been loving lately! 

Can't wait to share them all with you!