Bucket List – Blogtober Day 21

I’ve never given much serious thought to a bucket list but I’ve come to appreciate the art of goal setting and that’s really what a bucket list is – a list of things you want to achieve in your life time. There are tons of mundane things I’d like to do but I don’t think they’re particularly interesting so I’m leaving most of them out!

Side of stage/backstage/day off hangs – I’ve been lucky enough to meet a couple of artists but it’s been in passing or a quick 30 second meet and greet after a show which I find a little awkward. I’d LOVE to spend a day with one of my favourite bands or artists. I’d happily follow them around to see what they get up to in the little down time they have and get an insider look at what goes in to touring. I doubt this one will ever happen but a girl can dream, right?

crowd at concert

Stand Up Paddle Boarding – This looks like great craic! I’ve a dodgy hip and I can’t swim but sure, be grand!

Mental Health/Youth Work – A more personal one. Years ago I knew I wanted to work with young people and mental health but I tried to force myself into doing something, anything, else because nobody thought I could achieve a career in mental health. Needless to say, none of those other things worked out. They were interesting but I wasn’t passionate about any of them, they weren’t ‘me’. There came a point where I had to say f*** everyone else, I have to do what I want. I created this blog, I began studying mental health and now I’m on my way!

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See Twenty One Pilots perform Trees live – I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched videos of this being performed live. There’s something about this song that gets me every time. It’s definitely one of my favourite Twenty One Pilots songs. I’m so relieved that they’ve kept it as the show closer on the Bandito Tour! I’ll get to experience this for myself when they perform in Dublin next March.

Learn to play just one song on ANY instrument! – I’ve had drums, a keyboard and I have a guitar sitting here but I’ve never learned to play a full song on any of them 😂 I just want to master one song!

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See a movie in the Stella Theatre – The Stella Theatre, located in Rathmines, opened in 1923. It was closed for around ten years but last year the Press Up Group bought, restored and reopened it. I haven’t seen it in person yet but judging from the pictures, it’s kept the 20’s glamour which I adore. I love that so many original features have been restored, it keeps a little of that history alive. It looks like a very luxurious cinema experience with armchairs in place of regular cinema seating and a hot food menu which will be brought right to your seat. I’m hoping for a birthday trip here and a cocktail or two in The Stella Cocktail Club located on the upper level where the ballroom used to be.

Learn to drive – I put this off for a really long time because I was so anxious about it but I think I need to get around to it…

Road trip through California – Years ago I watched a documentary on Mulholland’s Aqueduct and it kicked off an obsession with California. I should probably learn to drive first though 😂

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Visit Vancouver and Toronto – A trip to Canada has been on the agenda for years now. I’d love to be able to spend enough time there to do the touristy things but then just experience day to day living. I think you really get a feel for a place when you check out where the locals hang!

That’s it for now, I’ll update as I think of more things!

 

What’s on your bucket list? Share with me below! 

Meet Dobby – Blogtober Day 20

If you’ve been reading my blog or following my socials for a while you’ll know that I have a dog that I absolutely adore. If you’re new, meet Dobby!

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Growing up we always had dogs but they usually came and went with my sister as she moved in and out of our family home. I really wanted a pet of my own but for years my parents always said no. Eight years ago they finally changed their minds.

Dobby is from our local Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre. The dogs there come from Local Authority pounds, private surrenders or sometimes they are puppies born there. When we arrived at Dogs Trust we were shown around by a lovely staff member and asked to fill out a short questionnaire about our household to help match us to a suitable dog. These were straightforward questions to see if we had any other pets or small children, if we had time and experience to train a dog, etc. We fully intended to take home a trained adult dog but there weren’t any there that matched us on that particular day. We said we’d come back in a few weeks and were set to leave when someone asked about seeing some puppies that had recently been born. Obviously we had to see them! What kind of monster says no to seeing puppies?!

I’m not sure how many were in the litter but there seemed to be a lot of them. They were all gathered in one massive sleepy pile, very cute! Staff told us that they were likely Collie X’s but they weren’t positive. They all had that classic black and white Collie look…except for one. One little guy stood out from the rest. He was tan and white and much smaller than the other puppies. We hadn’t planned on getting a puppy but we totally fell in love with him and knew we could train him. None of the pups were ready to go home right away so we had to wait a while before we could get our hands on him!

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The day he came home – so tiny!

Once he was big enough we were allowed to take him home but not before a home check and training session from Dogs Trust to make sure we were well prepared. Dogs Trust took care of his vaccinations, provided us with a lead and collar and enough food to keep him going for a little while along with a wealth of information and reassurance that we could call them with any questions. They even neutered him once he was old enough! They provided all of that and all they asked for in return was a donation and a loving home from Dobby (who they had originally named Professor X!).

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Look at those giant ears…he grew in to them eventually!

The past eight years have been great. Pets really do bring so much joy. Dobby has a lovely temperament, he’s very sweet and funny. He’s patient with the kids, he loves his sleep, he’s incredibly nosy, he doesn’t like to be left in the dark on his own and he’ll do anything for a piece of cheese. He’s always in the window, ready to greet us when we get home, he’s content to sit with me if I’m not feeling so good and he’s a great companion when it comes to going for a walk. Everyone who meets him seems to love him (even those who claim they aren’t ‘dog people’!).

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Dobby makes me laugh, he provides company, he keeps me going. Recently Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick tweeted ‘Animals don’t judge us, they love us unconditionally. They give us so much. Here’s to all the animals that are our companions in light and dark.’ I couldn’t agree more.

Do you have any pets? Share a picture of them, tell me about them! 

Halloween Movies Part 1 – Blogtober Day 14

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I just don’t do Horror films, I even close my eyes when ads play on tv! I’m 100% not about them, because of that I’m going to separate my Halloween Movies post in to two parts. Part 2 will be horror films suggested by some of you lovely people, friends and family.

For now, we’re looking at Part 1 – here’s a list of the best non scary Halloween Movies!

Hocus Pocus

The Corpse Bride

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Edward Scissorhands

The Addams Family

Harry Potter (any from the series but do it right and watch all of them!)

Shaun Of The Dead

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Frankenweenie

Ghostbusters

Beetlejuice

Casper

Halloweentown

Young Frankenstein

The Haunted Mansion

Pan’s Labyrinth

The Little Vampire

 

Yes, most of these are kids films but there’s nothing wrong with that!

What are your favourite non scary Halloween movies? 

 

Autumn/Fall Tag – Blogtober Day 8

I’ve been tagged by Geraldine of GeraldineTalks to take part in the Fall Tag – thanks Geraldine! This tag was created by Ell, you can check out her blog here. If you’re tagged and you decide to take part please link to the 5 bloggers you want to tag at the end of your post!

So, let’s get going…

1. What is one candle you MUST light every fall?

It has to be a Candl-ibrium Sandalwood & Mandarin natural eco-soy candle, without a doubt! I can’t use some other brands of candles because they give me really bad migraines but I haven’t had that issue with these ones. This isn’t sponsored or an ad but I did manage to get a sneak peek at these lovely Christmas gift sets coming out soon – can’t wait to get my hands on one! If you’re interested you can buy from them online or in person at a ton of markets they’ll be popping up at over the next couple of months.

candlibrium christmas gift sets

2. When you think of fall, what does it remind you of?

Crisp mornings, red and gold leaves, scarves, boots, pumpkin spice everything and cosy evenings in by the fire.

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3. What is your all time favorite fall/Halloween movie?

This ones is easy! All of my friends & family know that the answer to this is Hocus Pocus! I’m going to see it at the Leopardstown Retro Drive In at the end of month and I’m way more excited than any 25 year old should be haha

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4. What Halloween costume do you have in mind?

I actually don’t know what I’m doing this Halloween so I’ve no costume in mind but here’s a throwback to me looking like an angel who has had enough of your shit – complete with tinfoil/aluminum wings and plastic carrier bag.

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5. What is your favorite fall trend?

Scarves! I have a crazy amount of scarves but there’s no such thing as too many…right?

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6. When you think of fall, what drink comes to mind?

Seasonal coffee like the classic PSL from Starbucks. I’m really enjoying the Bonfire Spice Latte from Costa though!

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7. What is your go to fall beauty product? A must have staple!

Lip balm and moisturiser. My skin doesn’t like this combination of cold weather and central heating. Chapped lips and dry/dehydrated skin aren’t fun. At the moment I’m using either a Nivea Hydro Care or Original Carmex on my lips and the Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream from Boots.


8. Do you prefer apple pie or pumpkin pie?

Apple pie because I’ve never had pumpkin pie.

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9. Do you have any fall traditions? If so tell us all about it!

Watching Hocus Pocus every year lol

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10. The moment of truth, is fall your favorite season?

Definitely! I’m not made for the heat in Spring & Summer and Winter is one step too far in the other direction!

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I’m tagging:

ChloeMetzger

Jenniiverse

BournemouthGirl

PixieSkies

ThoughtsFromJasmine

If you’ve already completed the tag or you’re just not up for doing it there’s no hassle!

Here are the 10 questions:

1. What is one candle you MUST light every fall?
2. When you think of fall, what does it remind you of?
3. What is your all time favorite fall/Halloween movie?
4. What Halloween costume do you have in mind?
5. What is your favorite fall trend?
6. When you think of fall, what drink comes to mind?
7. What is your go to fall beauty product? A must have staple!
8. Do you prefer apple pie or pumpkin pie?
9. Do you have any fall traditions? If so tell us all about it!
10. The moment of truth, is fall your favorite season?

 

Autumn/Winter Date Ideas – Blogtober Day 6

It can be difficult to think of Autumn/Winter date ideas beyond the usual cinema, dinner or bar date so here are a couple of my favourite suggestions!

Indoor picnic – Go all out with this, lay out the picnic blanket on the floor, light some candles,  include your favourite foods and chill out!

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€10 gift challenge – Go to your local shopping centre and find a gift for your partner within fifteen minutes and for ten euro or less. This one can lead to really thoughtful or really hilarious gifts! If €10 and fifteen minutes is too easy, decrease both.

Go to a show – For us that’s seeing a band live but theatre, musicals and art shows are good too! We’ve got Twenty One Pilots and Panic! at the Disco early next year but there are usually smaller shows in local venues that you could go to at short notice.

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Embrace the chill! – Wrap up and go out for a walk or check out a local craft market. We have a park not too far from us that has a coffee stall in it, a takeaway coffee is the perfect way to stay just warm enough and being outdoors on a sunny but cold day is lovely!

Have a game night – Enjoy some healthy competition (unless you’re like me and losing drives you mad! haha) whether you go with classic board games or or you keep it current with video games is up to you.

 

Still stuck for ideas? Check out my previous post on some rainy day activity ideas.

What are some of your favourite date idea for Autumn/Winter? Share them with me below!

Rainy Day Activities – Blogtober Day 4

Netflix/box set/movie marathon – Re-watch an old favourite, try something new on Netflix or do a movie marathon; for me, it’s the MCU!  Stuck for ideas? Check out some upcoming October releases here.

Spa Day – make a rainy day stuck indoors a luxurious one! Do your nails and whip out the face masks. There seems to be this notion that this kind of face & body care is only for those identifying as female or ‘girly’ and that is bullshit my friends! Everyone deserves some pampering so give it a go!

Start a new book – Snuggle up somewhere cosy and start a new book. I’m a total book nerd and easily read a few books a week but not everyone has the time for that so take advantage of a few hours spent indoors when the weather is bad. Comedy, romance, fantasy, factual, comics – there’s plenty to choose from! You can check out some of my favourite books of all time here.

 

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Spend the day at a gallery or museum – Are you a culture vulture? Then why not visit a local art gallery or museum? You’ll be kept dry, they can be really interesting and the national museums are free!

Try out some new recipes – I’m always using Pinterest to save recipes, there are some real gems on there, why not take a look? Myself and my boyfriend once spent the best part of three hours making a Mexican feast using Pinterest recipes, it was a lot of time but it was nice to spend an evening trying something new together. You could take this one step further and have a cook off with a friend!

Embrace your inner child! – Have some fun at an indoor activity centre – think laser tag, bowling, indoor rock climbing or an escape room.

Visit a brewery – Go one step further than the usual trip to the local pub or bar and learn about how your favourite tipple is made. We visited the Smithwick’s Brewery on a recent trip to Kilkenny and it was one of the highlights of the trip, worth every cent!

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What are your favourite things to do on a rainy day? Share them with me below!