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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Belated Birthday Toy Haul

"To this day, I have the most fond memories of some of my old toys."
Michael Keaton

I recently decided to shelve my toy blog for the foreseeable future. I haven't decided if or when I will go back to writing it so I thought I'd resume writing toy posts on this blog for the time being. You're probably sick of me and my big ideas and then a few weeks later canning them. I should probably just accept that this blog is the only thing I've ever been consistently passionate about and just concentrate on it. Anyway! I've decided to move a couple of my toy posts over on to Bloo 'n' Stuff, the first of which being my birthday haul. Mostly it's just because I'd like to have it to look back on and it's possible that some day I'll delete my toy blog rather than start it up again. If you've already seen this haul over on my toy blog then feel free to ignore the rest of this post.

It was my birthday back in April. I turned the grand old age of twenty six. To celebrate my sister and I went to Belfast and had a toy shopping spree. We grabbed lunch and then headed to the shops, hitting the Disney Store, Forbidden Planet and Build A Bear. We both had a treat yourself day and splashed out as we won't be able to do it as often now we've moved out and have to adult more. So an abundance of toys were bought! Cue showing them off...

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

YouTube Spotlight | Dollastic

"Even though you're growing up, you should never stop having fun."
Nina Dobrev

Welcome to the latest edition of my YouTube Spotlight series. This week I'm putting a spotlight on my favourite ToyTubers, Dollastic. These kinds of channels are pretty popular these days but what keeps me going back to Dollastic's channel is Lastic. I love her bright, cheery and youthful demeanour. Watching her videos always makes me smile. They're great for a rainy day, literally and figuratively. She's a bit inspiration to me and one of the reasons why I decided to make a toy blog and toy channel, even if I'm taking a break from both at the moment. I love that she keeps her videos child friendly but they're not so kid orientated that I can't enjoy them too. Other channels make me cringe but I don't find that with Lastic. On her channel you will find a range of different types of videos and toys so rather than showing you five of my favourite videos I decided to show you a selection of some of the types of videos she does. I particularly love her toy hunting and blind bag marathon videos.

Friday, 24 June 2016

10 Ways I'm Like Sheldon Cooper

"That's no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad."
Sheldon Cooper

I was watching The Big Bang Theory with my sister recently and every so often Sheldon would do something and my sister would say, "That's so you." The more she said it the more inspired I felt to write this post. We sort of have a Leonard and Sheldon relationship, which isn't that flattering on me but I am what I am. So in today's post I list ten ways I'm like Sheldon Cooper.

Disclaimer: I am aware that TBBT is pretty problematic. This post isn't so much an endorsement of the show. 

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Toys 'n' Stuff | My Little Pony Mystery Minis Haul

"I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it."
Harry Emerson Fosdick

Well, it has been quite a while since you've seen a toy post on this blog. If you have been reading my blog for a while you're probably aware that I decided to make a separate blog for toy posts a while back. At the time I thought it was a great idea but a couple of times I had wobbles where I wasn't sure if I'd done the right thing. This blog is sort of the only thing I've ever consistently stuck at and I thought I would feel the same motivation with a separate toy blog - if not more - but I didn't. I do love writing about toys but I guess not enough to sustain a blog. (How do people stick within a strict niche?) Anyway, for now at least I've decided to put the toy blog on the back burner and start posting about my toys on this blog again. Maybe at some point I will feel the motivation for my toy blog again but for right now I think this is the right move. So on with today's post!

Yesterday Eva and I found My Little Pony Funko Mystery Minis in Smyths. They had two full boxes and naturally - since we're supposed to be saving because we're now adults and living on our own - we decided to buy a full box between us.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

You Asked. I Answered.

"There is no point in asking a man a question until you have established whether he has any reason to lie to you."
Ken Follett

Howdy everyone and welcome to today's post. I've wanted to do a Q&A post for ages but could never drum up enough questions to put one together. So thank you everyone who sent me questions this time. If you have anymore please leave them in the comments and maybe they'll feature in my next Q&A post. Thanks!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Everyday Ableism #1

“There's nothing more debilitating about a disability than the way people treat you over it.”
Solange Nicole

I met my first love when I was eighteen. I met him the same way many millennials meet each other, online. I had a boyfriend at the time - yes, what a scarlet woman of me - and they hated each other. Naturally I was on the side of my then boyfriend. I hated... uhm - lets call him B for the sake of anonymity - I hated B too. Not only because my then boyfriend hated him but I also thought he was a condescending ass. Yes, I do realise this sounds like the beginning of a cliched romance novel but sometimes life is just that, cliched.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Bloo Attempts Advice #1

"Self-esteem comes from who you have in your life. How you were raised. What you struggled with as a child."
Halle Berry

Today I'm doing something new and as such I've been a little nervous about it. I've never done an advice post like this before but when I got this question from the lovely Alisa Cook in response to a Facebook post asking for questions for my Q&A I knew it deserved a post of it's own. I would like to give a little disclaimer that all advice given is personal and obviously unprofessional. There is no one size fits all answer when it comes to this stuff but this is what I feel like would have helped me. I urge my readers and particularly my followers with disabilities to please leave their thoughts in the comments. Give Alisa more to go on than just what I can offer.

"My daughter is eight and will be nine in December. She has Cerebral Palsy. She walks with a walker most of the time and periodically uses a wheelchair. Her speech is also hard to understand. She's now at an age where she's starting to really realise that she's different and it bothers her. Do you have any tips, books for me to read, advice columns etc to help me help her?  I'm also not sure how to answer the rude questions people ask in public. You know, the stranger at the store that thinks it's okay to ask, "What's wrong with her legs?" So basically I have a million questions about helping develop her self esteem as we head into the puberty/mean girl phase of life/school. Thanks in advance."

Monday, 6 June 2016

Interview With My Sister & Carer

"My sister, my responsibility."
Bellamy Blake

I've been planning this post for a little while and when I saw #CarersWeek trending on Twitter today I figured now would be the perfect time. Today's post is an interview with my sister who is also one of my primary carers. It's a little glimpse into what her life as a young carer has been like. It's important for me to say this is personal to her and in no way reflects all young carers. If you have any more questions for her please feel free to ask in the comments.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Moving Out; What I'll Miss

"At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents."
Jane D. Hull

In today's post I'm going to discuss some of the things I'm going to miss when my parents move out. If you want to read about my road to independent living check out this post. A lot of these may seem trivial or superficial but I think it's all the little things you miss most when someone isn't around as much. Not to mention all the things those people do for you. So yeah, on with the list!

Having people to tell stories to and the company.

This is a pretty obvious one. I'm just going to miss having my parents around for their company. Every day I have my mum to talk to if I want or need to and every day I look forward to my dad coming home from work to see him. We might not always have super deep conversations and most days I probably don't have much to tell him at all but the option has always been there. I'll miss that.

Having someone to answer the phone.

I'm getting a lot better at making phone calls myself but when the phone rings I still freeze. I will miss having my mum around to answer the phone when I'm too scared to.

My Saturday and Sunday fries.

Every Saturday my dad goes to golf early in the morning and then comes home, makes me a fry up and then gets me out of bed to eat with him. The Saturday fry up predates me. For years it was a tradition to go to my grandparent's house for lunch with them and my aunts and uncles on a Saturday but in my teens that stopped and my dad started making it home. I don't really remember why. Perhaps as my grandparents got older it was too much for my granda to cook for so many. We usually have it for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday now. Though the tradition might not fully die with my parents moving out as my dad has mentioned starting a Saturday tradition where we have a family get together on a Saturday afternoons for a fry up lunch.


Watching Storage Hunters with dad on his days off. 

When my dad has a day off work he usually ends up making me breakfast and getting me out of bed. Usually we end up watching Storage Wars together while I eat breakfast. Probably the most father/daughter time we've had recently has been spent watching that show. I'll miss that.

My dad turning me over in the morning before he goes to work.

Every day my dad comes in to say goodbye before he goes to work and helps me turn over. I can turn myself over but it's quite a bit of effort and it's a lot more comfortable if someone helps me. Especially because I have a chunky Chihuahua taking up a lot of space usually. The sleep from 7am until whenever I get up is usually the most comfy sleep I get all night. I'll miss seeing my dad in the morning and having that most comfy sleep.

My washing being done without having to ask.

This one is pretty straightforward. I mean... who wouldn't miss having someone to do their washing without having to ask?

Being able to ask parents to pick stuff up while they're out. 

I'll miss being able to ask my parents to pick stuff up while they're out or on their way home from work. Even if it's just chocolate or something. Sometime's it's also more important stuff like pet food. I think it's going to be a little bit of an adjustment period getting used to making sure I buy everything when I have the opportunity and don't run out of stuff. Plus side it my parents do only live five minutes away so I can still ask them in a pinch...

Christmas traditions.

My Christmases have remained largely the same since I was a kid. I wrote about them in this post around Christmas time. The reality is with my parents moving out - as well as my granny now living in a care home - means a lot of our traditions will have come to an end or in the very least will have to change. It remains to be seen how our Christmases will change but hopefully they are still as family orientated... and involving my dad's amazing Christmas dinners.

Having three people to call during the night.

Often during the night I have to call for help. Sometimes I need help turning over, sometimes I don't feel well or occasionally my Chihuahua is taking up too much space on the bed or he needs a drink or the bathroom. Having three people in the house means I'm usually guaranteed at least one will wake up. It also means I can spread it out so I'm not disturbing one person's sleep all the time and I can do it strategically depending on who has an early start or is working etc. With my parents moving out it means that Eva will be the only one at home during the night so when I need somebody I will always have to call her. I don't envy her.

The Eleventh Night and Twelfth traditions.

Lastly, our traditions for the Twelfth change. On the Eleventh night we usually drive around the bonfires and then on the Twelfth morning we all get ready, watch the bands pass our house then go into town to watch them all gather before heading off to whatever town is hosting the big parade for our local districts. My parents are talking about perhaps going to their caravan over the Twelfth now that they have more free time since I'll have carers. Since Eva doesn't drive I'm not really sure what that means for us or whether we'll still get to the parades or what. I guess time will tell.

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There are just some of the things I'll miss when my parents move out. It's going to take a while to get used to things and I'm sure I'll always miss some of it but I hope the pros will outweigh the cons. Hopefully things will be better not just for me in the long run but also my parents. 

What is a pro and a con about moving out?

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