Saturday Spotlight || Underland To Wonderland

It’s been an age and a half since I have done a spotlight post! April was the last time I put one of these together. May just kind of ran away with itself and now it’s the end of June so it’s high time I got cracking on another one and, hopefully get myself back into the rhythm of putting these together regularly again.

Today, I’ve got a corker of a lady to share with you today! So, with no more babbling from me…

Let me introduce you to…

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Today’s spotlight goes to Danielle!

The Introductions

I don’t even know where to start. I like to think that Danielle and I would make great friends in real life, not only because I think I make a great friend, but because she’s one of the kindest, most generous and caring people who I’ve met in a while. Maybe kindness and caring are one and the same, but Danielle has enough to justify using both words. She’s also a dab hand at capturing animals in their element, has this unwavering love of Disney– granted, I don’t quite understand that, but there’s something about people being passionate about things that just makes me like that thing a little more – and she, well, she’s just quite alright.

Danielle’s blog is one of those smaller ones, the kind of blog that’s makes a reader feel at home. Blogging from the North of England, Danielle shares her life with her partner in crime, Baker, as they go on adventures together around the local area or heading up to Scotland for more exotic adventures. Or maybe she’s sharing her in-depth knowledge about Disneyland Paris, or maybe it’s DIYs, or maybe it’s just a simple tag post. Whatever it is, you can guarantee there will be some pretty awesome photography along side it!

If you’re looking for another lifestyle blog to read, I’d give this one a chance. Maybe you don’t like Disney, don’t worry there’s plenty else to enjoy. Maybe you don’t like DIYs, don’t worry there’s plenty else to enjoy. Maybe you don’t like great photos of animals, alright maybe this blog isn’t for you then. You win some, you lose some. But what have you got to lose, get over there, have a poke around – mention that I sent you – and make yourself a new friend.

Something to see

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All taken from Danielle’s blog

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Just one more thing

Not only does Danielle have a blog, but she’s also recently opened up an Etsy shop selling some of her photos as cards, for snail mail and greetings cards! The cards are sold in sets of four but there’s also the opportunity to mix and match from any number of Danielle’s gorgeous photographs. In addition, although not listed on Etsy, you can also request photographic and poster prints up to A3 in size.

Speaking off all this greatness, Danielle sent me a few of her cards in the post a couple of weeks back. Not in exchange for this spotlight I might add, I’m doing this as a surprise for her but I wanted to share the cards that I got and what I thought about them.

I got a selection of four cards. Easily my favourites were the sheep one and the riverside walk one. I totally admit, my least favourite was the Disneyland themed one, but that’s because I’m not a big Disneyland fan not because it’s a rubbish print. I secretly like the print.

On the shop, a collection of four cards would cost €7.25 (or about £5) that’s €1.80 a card which is a pretty good value to me. They are not thick like a card you get from a stationary store, it’s more heavy-duty photo paper, but they stand up, they shine and the quality of the print is great, in terms of the detail in the image and the colours. I definitely prefer the three without the white border, but that’s just my personal preference. They are a great weight for people who like to hang their cards up on the wall using string – you know, those people who get loads of cards and like to show you they do.

And I’ll definitely be posting these back to the UK around Christmas time to use as Christmas cards so that’s saved me the effort of going to town to buy cards, which I inevitably forget to do. Maybe I can pass one off as Kris’s birthday card too, since I don’t think he’s looked too closely at them to remember which ones I was sent!

If you are genuinely interested in these, please do let Danielle know! Although there’s not too much on her Etsy Store at the moment, she’s just starting out and I think a spark of interest is just what someone needs when they are just starting with a new venture like this! Maybe some British Wildlife tickles your fancy?

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Happy Saturday!


Saturday Spotlight || Slightly Astray

Let’s get right into this! I have nothing to blabber on about pre-spotlight and as always I have left this to Friday night and I want it ready for Saturday morning.

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This weeks Spotlight is Anna!

The introductions

My typical blog reading, as you might have gathered from these Spotlight posts, are lifestyle blogs. Particularly lifestyle blogs that show all sides of life, the less curated side is my favourite side to see.

As such, travel blogs aren’t something I usually chose to read, some can be over curated in my opinion and a bit too in your face with the look how awesome my life is thing.

But, today’s blog, Anna’s blog, that’s nothing like it. It’s a good read, actually no, it’s a funny, engaging, informative, pleasant and desire-to-travel inducing read. Anna herself, is also great to chat to in comments and I’m more than a little disappointed to know we’ll both be in Warsaw during the summer, but will be missing each others visit, so no chance for a meet up!

So, who’s this Anna girl anyway, you obviously want to know. Well, she was an engineer – one cool-person point – who had a hard hat – another cool-person point – hailing from China, but living most of her life Southern California who decided to turn her life upside down and travel the world with the boy she fell in love with – 1, 2, 3 “ahhhh”.

Her blog is a place to share their travel stories, their successes, their mishaps, their food and well, their life. I genuine recommend this blog to someone who might want to read a travel blog but is put off what that travelblog-esque feeling you get from some of them. Failing that, there’s plenty of food photos to drool over.

Something to see

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All images taken from Anna’s blog

Something to read

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Let me know if you pop over there! Let me know if you like it too!


Saturday Spotlight || AStarFellOnHer

The worst thing about writing my spotlight post is choosing who to feature on the Saturday itself. In due time, I want to feature all the blogs I follow and love, but the simple act of choosing the person, that’s hard work.

But, still, this week I have chosen a great lady, a lady that over the course of blogging I have forced to be my friend and laugh at my jokes. In return she tweets me photos of tee’s from H&M that I might like.


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Today’s spotlight goes to Lisa!

The sexy intros

Lisa is totally awesome, darn funny and has sarcastic wit that I’m a little bit envious of.  Lisa has a little hobby blog where she shares bits and pieces from her life including her love of horror films & books, some product reviews and other bits and bobs. Bits and bobs is where it’s at people, it’s all about the bits and bobs on blogs.

As well as this, Lisa has also started a Mindfulness series, where she talks about different Mindfulness techniques and ideas, what it is, what it does and everything in between. It’s a new series, but so far I’ve found it very interesting and although I’ve never been one for practicing the art of quiet breathing, I can definitely see it being of use to others. So definitely check that out if you are interested.

So as Lisa puts it “If you like cats, being alive, putting food in your mouth and drinking coffee, we’re going to be the best of friends”. So if that’s you thing, then go make a new friend. Although, not too much, because she was my friend first!

The eye candy

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All taken from Lisa’s blog

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