My Pick Me Up Playlist.

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They say that Music is the great healer. Music covers every mood and thought, bringing inspiration or motivation to any situation.

This is my Pick Me Up Playlist that the amazingly smart and super funny Elizabeth tagged me in. This is her post and this is her Insta – I strongly recommend following her.


Rules for the Pick Me Up Playlist Challenge:

  • Mention how music helps your Mental Health
  • List 10 songs that you would consider to be a part of your ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ (optional: mention a little bit why each song is on your list)
  • Tag the blogger who nominated you
  • Link back to ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ creator – Laura Spoonie
  • Tag 10 other bloggers to join in with the ‘Pick Me Up Playlist’ Challenge

I am a strong believer of music being the cure for everything. The effects it has can be so beneficial to mental health, there is also a song or a band that will help you through any mood or situation. If you cry, they cry. You laugh, they laugh. Music is so pure and fluid it can mean and be anything you want.

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My Pick Me Up Playlist

  • Ballroom Blitz – Sweet.
    • My Ultimate get psyched song. If I am ever in need of a buzz or I’m in a get the day going kind of mood. This gem works wonders.
  • Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf.
    • Well there is Rock Opera Ballard’s and then there is this masterpiece. 6 minutes of life you never regret and are almost half tempted to repeat the song. The song tells the story of a couple at make out point getting it on. It’s very smart and so much fun.
  • I Fought the Law – The Clash.
    • This song always reminds me of sitting in the library at college with my best friend. There is a video somewhere of me miming this song with full air guitar and drums. Just good times really.
  • We Are Young – Fun.
    • I remember this tune being big Summer 2012 as I just started a new job and this was constantly on the radio. It’s an upbeat sing along with heart and passion that always bring a smile to my face.
  • California Soul – Marlena Shaw.
    • This song taps into my southern soul vibe, attempting to cover the accent as I belt it out. It just a happy fun tune.
  • Human – Rag’n’Bone Man.
    • This is a real motivational get pumped tune. They used it for the Jack Ryan trailer and since then has been a boost in my head. A strong voice, stronger lyrics and a kick ass beat.
  • Disco 2000 – Pulp.
    • I am a fan of all ranges of music, but there is something about the older generation of music that really sticks. Modern music doesn’t cut it like this list and Disco 2000 is an amazing sing along song for me.
  • You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall And Oates.
    • Now yes this might remind you of the hyper-real scene from (500) Days of Summer which signifies the couple having sex but that aside it’s still a really upbeat song with a cool rift to jive too.
  • Killer Queen – Queen.
    • I could have picked any Queen song – they are all perfect but I have picked this because my GF loves it and we sing it about her. If this one doesn’t get you pumped I am not sure what will.
  • Give Me Novacaine – Green Day.
    • Green Day for me are THAT band – no matter the mood or time I can always listen to them and there is always a song that is fit for the occasion. They have helped me through a lot and have always been there for me.

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Though this is the part of the post I am not a fan of, tagging people. Cause I have to decide out of the hundreds of you amazing people who to tag. Then I have to take all your details, copy and paste it and then pow. It’s long winded cause I always forget usernames and handles. Wish me luck.

I want to see the following tackle this:

Tiffany. Britt K. Seonaid. Cara. Carly. Kate. Hannah. Johnny. Matt. Siobhan.

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Would You Rather Tag.

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The ever so delightful Nicole from “Just a Belfast Girl” tagged me in this “Would You Rather” tag – which for me seems odd to be playing without a beer in my hand. It’s that ever popular drinking game that just turns into a showcase of sex exploits . . . maybe we will keep this one a bit more PG though shall we.

If you do not follow the wee bonnie Belfast gal then this is the perfect chance to do so. You will be regret it. Promise.


Right, now to the tag and the rules.

Below are a set of questions and answers that I have been set. Then below will be another set of questions for you to do. Shall we begin?

 

  1. Would you rather lose all of your money and valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken? 
    Being a photographer I shouldn’t say all the photos I’ve taken, but the amount of items I class as valuables that hold so many memories to me that outweighs the choice. While also being picky, am I able to say I would still have photos taken by other people.
  2. Would you rather be able to see 10 minutes into your own future or 10 minutes into the future of anyone but yourself?10 Minutes of my own future. I feel that the short period of time probably wont be beneficial to help others. But it would help me in making some choices.
  3. Would you rather be famous when you are alive and forgotten when you die or unknown when you are alive but famous after you die?I would rather be unknown while alive and the be famous when I die. I want them to tell tales of me in hundreds of years.
  4. Would you rather go to jail for 4 years for something you didn’t do or get away with something horrible you did but always live in fear of being caught?I would rather live in fear of being caught then spending my life having people think I have done something horrendous.
  5. Would you rather your shirts be always two sizes too big or one size too smallI’d have to opt for the two sizes to big then small. Think of the comfort.
  6. Would you rather live in the wilderness far from civilization or live on the streets of a city as a homeless person?The Wilderness gets my vote, but I’d opt to move to Cornwall or somewhere by the sea – Beautiful part of the country. Sadly I have seen how people treat the homeless in the city and I would not want to face that.
  7. Would you rather the general public think you are a horrible person but your family be very proud of you or your family think you are a horrible person but the general public be very proud of you?As long as my family are proud of me, I couldn’t give two hoots what the public think. I am always the bad guy. Let is be.
  8. Would you rather live your entire life in a virtual reality where all your wishes are granted or in the real world?I love the idea of Virtual Reality and knowing how the real world is today and what could be. I think Virtual Reality would be the option I’d pick. Imagine a world like “Ready Player One”.
  9. Would you rather be alone for the rest of your life or always be surrounded by annoying people?As much as I am a very social person, I can not stand annoying or ignorant people and for that I would much rather live alone then have to suffer the annoyance.
  10. Would you rather never use social media sites/apps again or never watch another movie or TV show?
    Social Media Apps – I am sorry guys, but as much as I love the technology, the people and the modern social media world. I would give it up for the movies. Plus those ignorant people I mentioned above rule some social media platforms and they ruin it for everyone.

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Wow I think some of those answers got a little real didn’t they. I am a good person. But yeah this is where we are at, I hope this hasn’t changed your opinion of me – if so, who cares. You ready for some questions of your own.


  1. Would you rather be deaf or blind?
  2. Would you rather have fingers for toes or toes for fingers?
  3. Would you rather be able to hear people’s thoughts but have to speak them out loud. Or have no filter and speak every single word that comes to your mind?
  4. Would you rather have no cheese at Christmas or no chocolate on Easter?
  5. Would you rather lose the ability to lie or believe everything you’re told?
  6. Would you rather Win £50,000 or let your best friend win £1 million?
  7. Would you rather know how you will die or when you will die?
  8. Would you rather Look 10 years older from the neck up, or the neck down?
  9. If you were reborn in a new life, would you rather be alive in the past or future?
  10. Would you rather Be the funniest person in the room or the most intelligent?

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Now how are they for some questions. I would love to know what your answers are:

I tag the following people.

  1. Megs – Blog: Respirare – Twitter: @RespirareXO
  2. Leann – Blog: ArthritisFighter – Twitter: @lifewithcaleb_x
  3. Sarah – Blog: UnexploredBoundaries – Twitter: @SarahDanne
  4. Matt – Blog: MattViews – Twitter: @MattViews1
  5. Laura – Blog: LauraJacquesAINH – Twitter: @Laura_AIMH
  6. Bryony – Blog: BryonyPerfectlyImperfect – Twitter: @BryonyAshaw

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The Christmas Tag – Mk2

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Just when you think Blogmas is over, it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy the season. You get called back and tagged up for another post. So here I am. Abbie the delightfully amazing and supportive girly tagged me in this festive Christmas Tag – if you want to see her’s it is just HERE.

It’s been a crazy festive season, films, food and a hangover of all hangovers from the Christmas Party. But we live and learn.


What is your favourite Christmas candle?

I can never remember what it’s called – but it smells of Christmas. My Nan used to always get one and it was delightful.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

Fairytale of New York. – An absolute tune that works at the Christmas party when we are all drunkenly bellowing it out.

Do you stay in pyjamas all day or dress up on Christmas Day?

Bit of both, all morning is PJ zone and then freshen up and get all fancy and festive for the rest of the day.

What are your plans for the holidays this year?

Christmas Eve is still to be confirmed. Christmas day at the GF’s families – there is three under 5 so the magic of Christmas is still so real, which I love. Panto on Boxing day and then my family are visiting on the Saturday.

What is your favourite Christmas movie?

Die Hard. I love so many Christmas films, but Die Hard is my all time favourite.

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Do you love or loathe tacky Christmas sweaters?

LOVE! L.L.L.LURVVEEEE Christmas Jumpers, the cheesier the better.

Who will you be kissing underneath the mistletoe this year?

The season of goodwill, so whoever wants a kiss. Probably the GF at some point too.

What are you excited for in the build up to Christmas?

The films and music. There are certain things you can’t watch or listen to in the Summer. For me I love trying to cram as many Christmas films into this one month as possible.

What is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Tough call, the clothing, the films, the food. The whole magic of Christmas really.

What is the number one item on your Christmas wish list this year?

An NFL Houston Texans Jersey. Just so pricey.

What is your favourite Christmas food?

Cheese board and Pigs in Blankets

Do you shop the Boxing Day sales?

I don’t really. I am not a fan on the crowds and rude people who just barge.

Do you prefer to give or receive presents?

Give, I am such a giver! But it’s always nice to receive something.

What is your favourite sweet treat for the holidays?

Festive Friends – damn tasty.

Do you have a favourite Christmas drink?

I’m not sure. Maybe a festive Hot Chocolate of some kind.

Which Advent Calendar do you have this year? Do you remember to open it each day?

This year I have a Celebrations one. Which is good – minus the Snickers. Nobody wants that. But I usually forget to open them every day which is fine because it means I can binge one day.

What is your favourite holiday scent?

Tinsel – it is the smell of Christmas!

Are you one of those people who wish for a White Christmas each year?

Yes! 100% – I love snow and how much more magical would Christmas be if it was a white one.

What makes the holidays most special to you?

The merriment, the good will to others. The cheer. Everyone’s a little bit happier.

What has been your highlight of 2018?

Has to be buying a house. Finally a grown up on the property ladder.


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Thank you all for having a little read, I’ve love to know what answers are, so I tag you all. But because I have to name and pick a few I want  to see Hannah, Gracie and Katie have a go.

Much Love x

10 Unusual Facts about ME!

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This week has been taggnation for me! Left right and centre, batting them bad boys out of the field. So much love for all of the people who think of me when they are trying to pick the lucky S.O.B’s that they want to tag.

So this tag is from the lovely, supportive and ever so sweet Lauren. This is here POST and TWITTER – go and check her out. Also a few days later I was tagged in this again by Elizabeth a super friendly, awesomely geeky gal whose state side stories make me VERY jealous. Her original post is HERE and her TWITTER. I can’t stress how much you should follow both of these fabulous women! Trust me.

So now I’ve been asked to open up, to share some dark secrets and little tidbits that you might not know about me.

Let’s do this!

  1. I don’t like coffee – Thought I’d throw this one in there, Lauren I am with you! Sorry bloggers!
  2. I don’t like wearing socks . . . any chance to whip them off I shall. I feel free & a little bit like John McClane.
  3. Controversially I don’t rate Melissa McCarthy, Miranda Hart, Amy Schumer or Rebel Wilson. They all seem to play the same roles and run the same non funny slapstick jokes.
  4. I once got lost in Matalan – I was very young and was a maze of frocks, tops and bottoms.
  5. Frogs and Toads freak me out, the way they jump and they are wet and slimy. I am shuddering just thinking of them.
  6. As much as I am not religious or practicing a faith. I am very open to the concepts of them and find learning about them very interesting. I have a lot of respect for the Church due to my Nan’s faith and relationship with faith.
  7. I begrudge paying more than £10 for a haircut, to the point where I bought clippers and now my GF cuts my hair.
  8. I have a list of 30 things to do before I am 30 – I have 18 things left to do and just over two years to do them. Not sure if it’s doable.
  9. You might know this but I think due to cultural locations it could be seen as unusual (and I am struggling to think of things) I am getting into NFL America Football. As a Brit it’s slowly becoming a bigger thing over here and I’ve jumped on the wave and am riding it out. I’ve really got into it and it’s so much fun.
  10. I broke my arm once while playing Basketball.

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Now that you know me a bit better why don’t you tell me about you.

I am going to nominate the following people, because for one reason or another they are amazing, funny, supportive and awesome. Let’s do this.

Penny.

Nicole.

Zoe.

Michael.

NaDa.

Siobhan.

 

The Autumn Tag!

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Brrrr get the wooly hats out guys. Summer is gone. HELLOOOO Autumn!

As a younger man I would overlook Autumn – never giving it the appreciation it deserves. But now days this season is my favourite. In fact Autumn and Winter are my favourite – maybe we can make a new season. “Autinter” how does that sound. I’ll send a tweet to the PM, she has nothing major on . . . minus dancing to ABBA. Wow did you see that. What is she doing! We used to be a great nation, now we are just shite dancers.

Anyway, to the post. The loveable Abbie from WhatAbbieSays has tagged me like a game on the playground and now it’s my turn. If you don’t know Abbie she is an absolute gem! Funny, Inspiring, Supportive and Hella Cute! *Snaps Fingers in a sassy way* If you do one good thing today I would say make sure it’s follow her.


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Right enough of the flirting. Let’s do some questions!


What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

The change in colours on the trees, the chill in the air, the light drawing in earlier and the musky smell that fills the air.

What is your favourite Autumn scent?

I think it’s bonfires. Is that strange? That or that morning dew smell or calmness and peace. . . . think the fire one sounded better!

What is you favourite Autumn colour?

Anything along the spectrum of Yellow to Orange. From a Mustard, to a Tobacco, to a blood orange.

Are you a fan of a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) ?

I am not! I know this is blasphemy to the blogging world but I am not a coffee fan.

What is your favourite Autumn drink? 

It’s going to be a Toffee or Caramel Hot Chocolate with cream.

What’s your favourite coffee shop and their drink of choice?

OH GOD! I should have planned ahead before announcing my dislike for coffee. I am easy for either. I am curious to try the Bonfire Spiced Hot Chocolate from Costa. I will report back.

Apple pie or Pumpkin pie?

Apple pie. Everyday! Warm, with cream.

What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to in the next few months?

I stand by the fact Christmas T.V. is not as good as it used to be. But I am excited for Daredevil Season 3 on Netflix. That is out in a few weeks.

What is your favorite Autumn fashion trend?

Hat and Scarf. Love my scarf (is there a picture below) I saw it this time last year in GAP. Missed my chance to buy it. Gutted! A nice soft red plaid scarf – like it was made from a lumberjack’s shirt. Only to find out on my birthday (19th December, don’t forget) my GF had bought me it.

What is your favourite comfort food to enjoy in the colder months?

This season brings real hearty warm meals. For me it’s Chilli on a Jacket Potato. But a close second is a Cottage Pie.

What is your favourite Autumn activity?

Same as Abbie – I am not sure what we have here that we can call an Autumn Activity. Does Remembrance Sunday count? Start of November. It’s on the cusp surely. That is something I have so much respect for.

Are you a fan of horror movies?

I do enjoy them but I struggle to find a REALLY good horror. The classics work but now days it’s just some over the top gorefest and that’s not me.

Do you ever do anything fun for Halloween? 

Yes! Love it. I normally prepare several costumes. One low key easy one for work (this years is awesome) and then a big bad one for the annual Halloween Party. Me and a Friend usually throw a party. But this year we have both had to say we can’t due to life responsibilities. But another friend has taken the reins and is going to try to throw one.

What was your favourite part about Halloween as a child?

The as it is now, the dressing up. I love fancy dress – How much you ask. . . click here and find out?

Are you a bigger fan of Bonfire night or Halloween?

Both are high on my list. But I think Halloween pips it for first place. Bonfire night doesn’t have the cool creepy playlist of songs to jam to.

Where is your dream destination to visit in the Autumn?

I would love to do British Columbia or that area of America. It’s always looks stunning.

Do you always forget about the clocks going back?

No, I remember it happens. I just forget when sometimes. Never on the day, I am usually clued up by then.

When do you usually start preparing for Christmas?

Now for presents, I like to plan ahead and work round pay days. But the rest kicks off properly as of December 1st.


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The only picture I could find of the scarf I mentioned above. I will post a better one when it’s time.


These are always a pleasure doing, I love them and now I want to see the follow people scrub out my answers and put their own in.

And they are:

Chris. Nicole. Saph. Cara. Stacey.

 

Blogger Recognition Award

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Welcome one and all to the marvelous mysterious Blogger Recognition Award. Today I have to thank Laura from Purlls of Wisdom who has tagged me in this, to see her award click HERE. Laura I want to thank you so much for thinking of me, saying those kind words and for being all round AWESOME! You are doing such a great job and to see you grow and build in the community is amazing.

And I strongly recommend everyone who does follow her to go off and do so . . .NOW!


Right let’s get down to brass tax on this one. Here is the copied and pasted jargon. The T&C’s as it were. We all know them, but we have to show we know, you know!

So what exactly is the Blogger Recognition Award?

It’s an award given by other bloggers that think your blog is going places. That, or they think you deserve the recognition. We’re all here to help each other, and bring something new to the table.

Like many of these blogging awards, there are rules; these particular rules, while not-concrete, must be followed to claim the Blogger Recognition Award.


The rules are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post responding to the nomination.
  • Give a short story on how you started your blog.
  • Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers.
  • Let the bloggers know that you have nominated them. And provide them with a link to the post you created.

The Origin part to my Superhero Story.

I originally decided to get into blog because I wanted to set up a parenting blog, do something creative and help represent the male side of the population. This was all forward thinking as the children conversation hadn’t been discussed with the GF. But I got so excited with what the blog could be that I decided to change it to a documentary of my life so I could build a platform and then when I shift into the parenting world I will be ready. And now I am – because you are all amazing people who read this.


Advice Time for New Bloggers.

  • One: Stay Strong and Sassy! There will be moments you think, this isn’t working, no one is reading this, does that even make sense. Forget all of these thoughts. Blogging isn’t about the numbers and the followers. It’s about YOU! This is a place for you to be who you want and do what you want! There will always be someone who doesn’t like what you say, your thoughts or opinions. But for that one person there will be 10 people praising you. They are good odds.

 

  • Two: Interact. Don’t be shy. Introduce yourself to people or just comment on something you see. The best friendships come from the smallest step. Half the people I consider amazing blogging pals I can’t tell you how we got talking. But it would have been a small like, or a shared passion and it just blossoms.

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Nominations.

As you might know from other posts this is the bit I don’t like in these awards. Because I need to pick a few from the bunch and then also remember all their twitter handles so I can tag them later. But here we go.

Obviously goes without saying. Follow all the below. Trust me.

  1. Megs – Blog: Respirare – Twitter: @RespirareXO
  2. Leann – Blog: ArthritisFighter – Twitter: @lifewithcaleb_x
  3. Laura – Blog: DirectlyLaura – Twitter: @DirectlyLaura
  4. Janita – Blog: TylerBelle – Twitter: @TylerBelle2
  5. Sarah – Blog: UnexploredBoundaries – Twitter: @SarahDanne
  6. Matt – Blog: MattViews – Twitter: @MattViews1
  7. Laura – Blog: LauraJacquesAINH – Twitter: @Laura_AIMH
  8. Paul – Blog: BrutalHonestyBlogger – Twitter: @PaulMcG1994
  9. Bryony – Blog: BryonyPerfectlyImperfect – Twitter: @BryonyAshaw
  10. Annie – Blog: The Next Avenger – Twitter: @MissAnnieLarkin
  11. Alix – Blog: All Lady A – Twitter: @AllLadyA
  12. Ellie – Blog: The Diary of Ellie – Twitter: @TheDiaryofEllie
  13. Megara – Blog: Mystic Mogwai – Twitter: @Megzmoz
  14. Christina – Blog: Navigation To Happiness – Twitter: @Navig8happiness
  15. Michael – Blog: MNeale Writing – Twitter: @_MNeale

 

Thank you for the tag and for reading my ramblings.

Much Love!

Flawesome Award

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The Beginning

My first thought when getting the notification that the lovely Liz from Kentucky was “ooh tagged – she is a gem” then I opened the link. “Flawesome Award? What the fudge is this . . . I like it”. I’ve never heard of it but I love these kind of posts and I am so thankful for the tag. If you don’t know Elizabeth go and check her out, she is funny, insightful, informative and has a tiny obsession with Ryan “Hot Stuff” Reynolds . . . who knows why!

She can be found Here, Here and Here. Blog. Instagram. Twitter.


About the Flawesome Award:

Created by Sophia Ismaa, the objective of the Flawesome Award is to celebrate the flaws that make us awesome. With this award, we are reminded that our flaws are unique things that can give us strength, and make us awesome. Sophia said: “Our flaws make us human, our flaws tell us more about who we are, and in turn we turn those flaws into awesome strengths. In short, our flaws make us #flawesome.”


Rules of the Flawesome Award:

Link back to the creator – Sophia Ismaa Writes

Display the award

List 3 flaws and turn it into a strength

Tag 10 other people


My Flaws.

I am going to struggle with this post I think, not because I think I am perfect and flawless – because I don’t. More because I struggle to highlight flaws in myself as I always try to turn even the negative things into positive. Which is the aspect of this post so I guess I just need to suck it up and start my usual ramblings.

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Flaw 1.

Struggles with being impatient.

IMG_0204I have always been a fantasist. Dreaming of a better life, job, dream. Thinking – when I do this it will mean I can do this, this and that. Which would be awesome. But sadly my life hasn’t gone like that. I become very impatient to want to have that end goal NOW and skip the years of slog it will cost and cause me to get there. But with this is mind I have been able to look at this, process and make smaller targets to build to the bigger picture. Rather than jumping straight for the end goal and getting disheartened when I fail. Instead I can go step by step and build mini victories.


Flaw 2.

Being in Control.

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I have a tendency to be in control, as much as I don’t worry or panic about anything. I still like to know what is going on and the gossip or info. It’s not a great thing because obviously because as soon as I am out of the loop or not able to get the information or knowledge I need I get filled with anxiety and worry that I am going to miss out or not know the answer. But on the flip side what makes the FLAWESOME is that fact I am very observant and always listening. (I’d make a great Spy). Which means even if I am not involved I am gather info. You know upon reading that back it sounds very shifty. Honestly I am a good guy!

 


Flaw 3.

Caring & Kind.

IMG_20180315_153049_455.jpgWait what? How is that a flaw? You are right is it a flaw? Well in my case I think it can be. I care too much, I want everyone to be happy – even if that means putting my happiness at risk to allow someone else to be happy – I will do that. I always have. It is something I need to work on, everyone deserves to be happy – even me. Not to say I am not, it boils down to priorities doesn’t it. Looking after number one while also caring and spreading love to others.

 


My Nominees for the Flawesome Award:


Enjoy & Good Luck.

I can’t wait to read all your posts!