Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes film review

I haven't actually seen any of the other Planet Of The Apes films but after seeing this one I can't wait to buy the boxset and get stuck into them all!
A usual cinema night for me, the mister and 'The Lads' (Shaun, Ben & Woody) on a Monday at Showcase Cinema, tucking into a yummy McDonald's before-hand and then heading to the local cinema for a film-fix.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a film i have been looking forward to since the announce of it's release and i'm so happy to say that i definitely wan't disappointed. It's a fabulously heart-warming story with action and drama thrown-in. It is really one of those films that makes you think about the future and although it is just a story, it is sort of scary that it may actually be achievable in some form one day.. Another reason for companies to stop using Animal Testing on products perhaps??


The storyline consists firstly of news reports from around the world, stating that a large number of Apes have broken free from a testing facility and a medical epidemic has broken out. A virus that was implanted into the Apes in the facility has been caught by a human and is spreading like wild-fire. A large amount of humans have lost their lifes to the virus and the remaining ones have gone into hiding, the Apes are last seen heading towards a forest following the destruction in the city.
The story follows on years later, centered around the humans that have survived in a secure area that is running out of power, they must venture into the forest to try and fix a large dam which will allow them to continue receiving electricity in the future. They stumble across the Apes and one of the humans shoots and wounds an Ape, this makes this Apes father rid all of his remaining trust in humans.
The rest of the film centres around the trust of these humans from the colony and the 'Leader' who still has faith that they could live in harmony without hurt but the Ape 'Kobu' does not trust them due to the way he was treated in the past. A full-scale war hangs in the balance of this trust and the drama that follows is simply magnificent, as is the acting and graphic/shooting quality.
I don't want to give the entire story away but I will say that it is well worth a watch even if you haven't seen any of the others! It has made me a firm fan of the franchise!
Get yourself down to your local cinema this summer!

Tyrrells Popcorn Anyone?? It's the most Awesome savoury popcorn Ever!


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Sandwell Valley Country Park

Living in the city of Tipton, you wouldn't expect there to be much to do when the weather and you fancy going for a day out.. but in actual fact, there is quite a lot to keep you occupied!
One of our favourite places to go is Sandwell Valley, near the city-centre of West Bromwich. We usually opt for walking but there is a car park and also a bus stop very near the entrance.

Our first stop is always the duck pond! There is a small corner shop opposite the entrance where you can buy a loaf of bread ( I always opt for a Kingsmill white) and we head to see all the lovely duckies who flock towards the feeding platform to enjoy the food we bring. We were lucky enough to see some little ducklings last week too!

There is a large children's play park down a slope to the right of the main path and they have created one for smaller children/toddlers to the left so there is something for all ages.
They also now have a Go-Ape style adventure climbing attraction for children that is well worth taking a look at!

Next we opted for the Farm, Activity centre and Gardens but for this you will need to pay a small fee of £2 per adult. In the cafe inside, do the nicest cake I think I have Ever tasted and a bargain at £2.50 for a large slice and a coffee! The mister had a Bacon & Sausage sandwich & coffee and the total for both of us was only around £6.50. Absolutely bargain.
We saw so many lovely animals in the farmyard.. They had beautiful donkeys and baby piglets as well as chickens, ducks, rabbits and ponies. It looks so brilliant to take children to but as we're not entirely grown up yet we absolutely loved it.

We found a hedge-maze too which I don't think i've done one of since i was around 5 years old, so we had great fun making our way through that and as per, the mister decided to jump out and scare me.. Boo! Surrounding this are beautiful gardens filled with both flowers and plants. They actually grow a large number of salad, vegetables and fruit which they sell at the shop there so it looks excellent for fresh product and at great prices too - i'll definitely be keeping them in mind for the future. I was fascinated to find out they grew Bananas and Melons in heated greenhouses - i'm desperate to try one!

Back outside in the main park there was actually a school sports day going on for their last day of term but that is a rare occasion! There is a large patch of grass once you walk down the steps to the bottom section which is the perfect picnic spot and for taking footballs, a frisbee and other outdoor toys. There is a nature trail which leads out of the park and eventually to a little pond named 'Sot's Hole' and then again, eventually to a RSPB sanctuary but we decided to leave that for another day due to the 27 degree heat. It does look a  beautiful walk though and you pass fields with horses in which always come over to say 'Hello!'.


There are other activities for teenagers and adults too such as Mini Golf which is a favourite! 9 holes of fun for only £1.75 per person! It was nearly empty the day we chose to go so we spent around an hour 'perfecting our skills'. Next to that is a Tennis/Sports court where you can hire rackets/play tennis with your own gear and it can also be used for football. Lastly there is a Pitch 'N' Putt course which costs a respectable £4.50 per person (you can bring your own clubs if you wish) but if not it will cost £1 per person to hire them out plus a £5 deposit which you get back on return of the clubs. But still fab for the guys to have some 'man time'!

Overall it is just such a fabulous place to spend a day. There are acres of beautiful scenery and you don't even have to spend any money if you don't want to as it is free to get in. Just ensure you take a drink with you! There is always an ice cream van on site for your sweet fix too ladies! It is perfect for both couples and families of all ages with a wide variety of activities, lovely eating facilities and a friendly atmosphere.


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Mario Party!

Leggings - Rowme on AmazonUK
Denim Jacket - New Look (sale)
White Pattern vest - River Island (sale)
Union Jack Converse - Foot Asylum

I don't know about you but I am definitely enjoying all the sun we're having! 26 degrees and counting today.. Layering in the sun-cream, lots of water and days out! It seems like the perfect summer!
The moment I saw these leggings I fell in love with them.. as a NES gamer and a childhood Mario lover i just had to have them! They are amazing quality, are cooling on the legs and a great fit too. Just throw on and go.
This top was actually the first thing i picked up in the River Island sale last week. I still can't believe it was only £3! Super-bargain! It states it is a size 6 but there is no way (i'm a usual size 10-12).. it's super comfy and loose and just amazing for all this burning hot weather.
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! Bye for now!

Monday, 14 July 2014

The British Tag!

At one time I didn't used to like doing that many tags, but I seem to have turned a corner and realised that they are a great monthly post!
I find it really interesting to see other people's answers as well as my own, as I think I seem to find out a little more about myself by doing them!
I first saw this tag circulating on YouTube and then yesterday I came across it on Tink Jayne's blog (one I definitely recommend that you go and check out!)
So here are my answers and I hope you enjoy!

How many cups of tea do you have a day and how many sugars?
I think this is one British tradition that I definitely fail at! I happily drink fruit tea but I really have to be in the mood for a cup of tea so maybe only have 2 a week.. But in any case I have 1 sugar!

What is your favourite part of your roast dinner?
Definitely has to be roast potatoes! But only my mums home-made roasties.. they are soft in the centre and have amazingly crispy edges with only a thin layer of crunch around them.. just Yum.

What is your favourite dunking biscuit?
Now this is tough! But I think ultimately it has to be chocolate digestives.. chocolatey goodness mixed with a lovely crunch! Perfection.

What is your favourite quintessentially British pastime?
I love visiting National Trust sights, seeing historic buildings and exploring the gardens and nature around me. I love British heritage so anything from old children's toys to seeing a squirrel running across a wide open space with giant oak trees makes me super happy!

What is your favourite word?
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. That is all.

Do you know any Cockney rhyming slang?
Funny you should ask.. my dad's a cockney born and bred so I do know a few.
Apples & Pears (Stairs).
Old China Plate (Mate).
Cup of Rosie Lea (Tea).
Dog and Bone (Phone).

What is your favourite sweet?
Pear Drops! My gran used to keep a jar and we were allowed one every Sunday after dinner.. they'd nearly break your teeth if you tried to crunch them too quickly but they were amazing!

What would your Pub be called?
The Country Dame. It would have a lovely beer garden with tables and branded umbrellas.. It would have a big tree with a swing hanging from it and people would get a complimentary Guinness Miniature on a Sunday afternoon.

  Who is your No.1 British person?
David Jason? Something about him just screams British all over and he is such a character! He was born in London and stole the Nation's hearts with his gentle nature and comedy warmth! What's not to love?

What is your favourite shop and restaurant?
I'm not sure if I have a favourite shop.. I love small vintage and charity shops though as I have a knack for finding a good bargain! My favourite restaurant has to be Frankie & Bennys (american i know) but can't beat a good gastro food pubs too, that serve Guinness and Steak & Ale pie!

What British song pops into your head?
Wannabe - Spice Girls!
Classic 90s cheese..It represented girl power and the simple love of life!

You either love it or you hate it.. I Hate it!

I Tag Everyone that wants to do this!
If you're British yourself or you just love Britain!
I'd love to see everyone else's answers!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

I-Scream Summer!

I Scream Tee - Spoiled Brat
Pink Check Dress - Asda George

This is an outfit I actually wore a few weeks back but hadn't got around to posting. The pink tartan is actually a dress but I think it looks fab layered up with this blue tee. I grabbed this I Scream tee from Spoiled Brat in the sale and absolutely Love it! Excuse the lack of shoes in this outfit as I was relaxing in the garden and also please excuse my shoe-line tan! The very reason we still wear shoes in summer!
I hope everyone has an absolutely fab weekend!
It's my dad's birthday tomorrow so i'm spending the weekend at my parents, eating yummy food and enjoying a small village carnival!
I'll try to take pictures so I can share it with you all. Can't wait to be honest!


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Don't You Forget About Me / Photo Diary 1

Romwe Leggings - Atticus Vest - Asda George Hat

The dragonfly we found at the local Nature reserve
SO MUCH HARIBO! <3 Cybercandy, Birmingham
Saturday Morning Breakfast/Brunch - In love with this Ice Tea!
Train Journeys!
McWedges and Twix McFlurry - Pip had an 'adult' Happy Meal in a box..
Stiggy sulking.. He's happier now :)

Just a little of what i've been up to the past week; Walking in the countryside, Visiting Birmingham with old school friends and being stuck in with a sulky dog named Stig..
Got to love July!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sunday Funday!

Denim Dungarees
Grey Crop Tee
Pink Beanie
All Primark

So today I woke up in an unbelievably happy mood and just felt like being a big kid.. Complete with neon pink hat, dungarees, bare-feet and a bubble wand!
I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday and the patches of sunshine we seem to be getting..
This outfit seems to be entirely from Primark without my realising but hey-ho! It's very refreshing to sometimes have a big kid day, I find that finishing it off with a bag of M&Ms and a Disney film makes it even more amazing!
Happy Sunday!