Am I really such a massive fan of Disney, I ask myself, perched at my kitchen table in my Tinkerbell pyjamas and Ariel slippers, with my favourite mug (feat. my queen Marie from the Aristocats) of coffee? The answer is yes (duh).

I haven’t actually been tagged to do this tag (too many uses of the word ‘tag’ there, Sal), but I really fancied doing it. Sorry ’bout it. Here we go!

FAVOURITE CHARACTER

I’m going to have to say Belle! I’ve always loved her because of her passion for reading and her kind heart. Plus she’s so flippin’ beautiful, and I’ve always been a bit of an oddball too.

FAVOURITE PRINCESS

Giselle from Enchanted! This is one of the most underrated Disney movies. I ADORE Giselle; not only is she stunning, she’s sweet and kind and has magnificent hair. And her white ballgown is to DIE for.

FAVOURITE HEROINE

Judy Hopps! I adore Judy – her positive attitude and epic car-ticketing skills cemented this one for me.

FAVOURITE HERO

Olaf! I know some people love to hate on my boyfriend (I recently had a dream where I married Josh Gad and now I’m in love with him in real life) but he’s hilarious (“oh look, I’ve been impaled!”) and adorable and he stands in front of a fire and he’s going to melt and it’s so sad but so cute at the same time and now I’m going to rewatch Frozen.

FAVOURITE ANIMAL

Marie. Hands down, this sassy lil queen is my ultimate favourite.

FAVOURITE SIDEKICK

She’s not necessarily a sidekick, but I adore Lottie from Princess and the Frog. Such a drama queen!

FAVOURITE VILLAIN

Gaston. My babe. I love him. That is all.

FAVOURITE ORIGINAL CHARACTER

Mickey is adorable!

FAVOURITE LOVE SONG

I See the Light from Tangled. Nothing beats this song – it’s so romantic and beautiful!

FAVOURITE SONG

Be Our Guest. No song gets me doing a kickline faster.

FAVOURITE VILLAIN SONG

Gaston. Sung by Gaston. My babe. That is all.

LEAST FAVOURITE SONG

Sorry to literally every single person in the world, but I honestly can’t be doing with Circle of Life…

FAVOURITE KISS

Giselle and Robert at the end of Enchanted!

THE FIRST MOVIE YOU SAW

The first movie I remember seeing was The Tigger Movie. I sobbed my little heart out when he found his ‘family tree’.

FAVOURITE CLASSIC

Sleeping Beauty! I adore the fairies (my personal fave and actual spirit animal is Merryweather, what a queen).

SONG THAT GETS STUCK IN YOUR HEAD

Under the Sea! It comes on at work and I get my sass on.

FAVOURITE PIXAR FILM

Inside Out. Even though I’ve only seen it once and can never put myself through the emotional trauma ever again. I HOWLED crying watching this one and got my popcorn all soggy. It’s such a powerful tool for teaching children about mental health. Also Amy Poehler.

LEAST FAVOURITE PIXAR FILM

Toy Story 3. DON’T GIVE YOUR TOYS AWAY, ANDY, YOU HEARTLESS BASTARD.

FAVOURITE SEQUEL

Toy Story 2. Jessie has always had a special place in my heart for being a complete badass.

OVERRATED MOVIE

The Lion King. Sorry!

UNDERRATED MOVIE

The Princess and the Frog! Tiana’s work ethic and her dream to open a restaurant are serious #girlboss goals. Plus, she’s one of the most beautiful princesses I think Disney have ever created – she’s stunning.

MOVIE THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH

Mulan is full of absolute hilarity. The scene where she’s having a cheeky lil bath in the lake is epic.

MOVIE THAT MAKES YOU CRY

Inside Out again. Something about it really struck a chord with me (and made me remember Bethany, my imaginary friend and true sass queen).

THE SADDEST SCENE FROM YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE

When poor Maurice is sick and frightened in the Beast’s castle. Poor lad.

SADDEST DEATH

Ray the firefly in The Princess and the Frog. That broke me.

FAVOURITE QUOTE

“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere; I want it more than I can tell.
Or another classic, “I use antlers in all of my decorating.”

FAVOURITE THEME PARK

I’ve never been to any of them! Growing up we didn’t do holidays very often, so I’m hoping to treat myself and my family to a lil jaunt to Disneyland Paris for my birthday this year.

So there we go – just a lil insight into my Disney faves (and not so faves. Looking at you, Andy in Toy Story 3. Not happy with you one bit). Let me know if you’d like any more Disney related posts! Collections? Hauls? I’ll do ’em. Speak soon!

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I love being creative. Unfortunately my actual creative skills are reminiscent of a toddler with a felt pen – dangerous and unpredictable, and will generally colour outside the lines by accident. Yep, I’m not the best drawer, colourer-inner (that’s definitely a word) or designer in the world but there are some people who are. They’re not me, just to clarify. Again.

I’ve been ordering from some amazing small businesses lately – and please note, when I say small business I mean absolutely no disrespect whatsoever: the hustle is real for these girls and they are most definitely smashing it!

Now, like most bloggers/22-year old women/humans, I love stationery, and postcards, and quotes and prettiness. Let’s have a look at my favourites, and the amazing businesses they come from!

That Lame Company

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My Instagram looks like a shrine to That Lame Company at the moment and I’m not even sorry. Chloe is smashing it out of the park with Pinterest-worthy prints, stationery, greetings cards and stickers. Don’t even know where to start? She offers customised bundles and lucky dips at various price points (perfect if you’re on a budget or if you want to treat yo-self) and if you’ve collected a fair amount of her stuff (like me), even lets you request that they’re not included in your order!

My personal favourites are the rose gold prints, and the incredibly apt “I should have done this stuff yesterday” to-do list, which speaks to my actual procrastinating soul.

My parcels have always arrived quickly and safely, and are packaged ADORABLY with stickers and doodles on the envelope. Also, can I get an amen for FREE UK POSTAGE? Amen.

DorkfaceShop

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If you don’t know Jemma, you’ve probably been living under a rock, or like, in the countryside somewhere where there’s no wifi. This blogging queen has taken to Etsy to sell her gorgeous illustrations, stickers and prints. I love Jemma; she’s done so much for the blogging community (she’s the queen who started #thegirlgang, don’tcha know?), so naturally I want to support her creative endeavours and, completely selfishly, get some pretty stuff for my new house.

I’ve only ordered once from Jemma’s shop – scandalous I know – but as I type there’s a cheeky little tab open with my Paypal details ready to go. My personal faves from her store are her sticker packs – I picked up the self-care stickers to remind me to take some time for myself sometimes. Everything is illustrated in true Dorkface style – bright, happy and girly!

If you need a bit of help with staying organised, Jemma creates blog planner and bullet journal stickers so the inner organisational freak inside all of us can take a deep breath…and chill out.

Dot Creates

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Home of the Ultimate Blog Planner (ie the spark that gave me back my blogging mojo), Dot Creates has everything you’ll ever need to get your organising on. Danielle even has a section for bloggers, which houses the Blogger Essentials Box (it’s on sale, people, quick!).

I picked up the Blogger Essentials Box and did an actual shriek of happiness when I opened it (the packaging was honestly so exciting; it was like opening a birthday present!). Everything is just so Instagrammable! Materialism aside, the blog planner is actually simple enough to customise to your liking – with handy little check boxes to tick off once you’ve written a post, taken photos, sorted your links and finally published your masterpiece.

Off you go; go and support these wonderful women and their businesses (and while you’re at it, let me know of any other creative businesses I should be sending my wages to!). Speak soon!

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Hello, hi, it’s me, I’m actually writing a blog post for the first time in two months!

I’ve been a busy lil bee for the majority of 2017; settling into and decorating my new house (painting walls takes AGES and I’m frightened of stepladders so you can imagine how well that’s going), working on my dissertation (who am I actually kidding, it’s due in 20 days and I have 800 words currently, smashing it) and pretending to be a giant snake in my 2-year-old drama classes (a game I instantly regretted when they decided I was “King Snek” and piled on top of me as “my babies”).

But I’m here, and thanks to the lovely Caroline over at Call Me Caz , I’ve got a cheeky little tag post for you. It’s the Liebster Award, which I actually did waaaay back when, but I’m giving it another bash for you now, because tbh I’ve changed quite a bit over the past couple of years. Ready? Let’s get cracking.

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So here are the rules:

  • Post 11 facts about yourself!
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked!
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers!
  • Ask them 11 questions you’ve thought up!

Get it? It’s pretty simple and pretty cute (which also perfectly describes my rabbit Paul, who has just fallen off my bed mid-yawn. Classic).

Okay, let’s go!

11 Facts About Me

  1. I am outnumbered pet-wise 9-1. My 7 rats and 2 bunnies have me completely under the thumb (under the thumb? Paw? Claw? I don’t know), even down to redecorating the rat’s cages with an Easter theme (Lady in ASDA: “Aw, these Easter baskets are cute, are you doing an egg hunt with some kids?” Me: “…Yes”) and letting the bunnies have free roam of my entire house.
  2. I don’t drink, frankly because I can’t be bothered and I’d rather spend my money on highlight or yet another Disney mug.
  3. I’m about to finish my degree in Media Studies and hope to go on and do a Masters in Digital Media and Communications.
  4. I collect Disney tsum tsums, a habit which started quite accidentally and has now ballooned to epic proportions.
  5. I have to cuddle a teddy/balled up teeshirt/piece of duvet before I can go to sleep because I’m an actual infant.
  6. I love to cook!
  7. I have a Diploma in Musical Theatre – an exam I managed to pass with a blocked nose, head cold and lost voice. I honestly believe the examiner felt sorry for me.
  8. I go into Primark every time I’m in town for work, which is at least three times a week. RIP my bank account, hello fluffy slippers and Disney PJs.
  9. I love video games, a trait I share with my Mum, and have been battling my way through Dead Rising 2 with more bloodlust than is absolutely necessary.
  10. My anxiety means I’m frightened of really specific things, the most notable being bins (and binbags, empty or otherwise) and milk that isn’t in an opaque carton. I don’t even know.
  11. I’m hoping 2017 will be a good year. I’m going to exercise more, eat better (so no more eating entire balls of mozzarella in one sitting) and also stop napping for 5 hours in the middle of the day.

Fascinated yet? You will be! Here are Caroline’s questions and my answers to them…

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  1. Favourite month of the year and why? I love October because BIRTHDAY but I’ve got to say August – it’s my sister’s birthday month and it’s always so lovely and sunny and happy.
  2. Night or day? I’m usually snoozing through either, but I’m definitely not a night owl. I’m not really an early bird either; I peak at about 1pm and it’s all downhill from there.
  3. If you could relive any memory you have, which would you choose? Probably my last time performing in a musical. I didn’t realise at the time I would never get to do that again (if you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know all about the horrific Musical Theatre degree I attempted for 4 days before being told I was essentially useless and made to leave!). I did We Will Rock You at college and had the time of my sassy lil life.
  4. One thing you can’t live without? My pets! I adore them.
  5. What is one product you’re loving at the moment? Red lipstick! Loving a tan and bright red lips, it’s so fresh and summery! Special shout-out goes to Sleek for creating the most beautiful creamy red-pepper shades.
  6. Your favourite quote to live by? A woman is like a teabag: you never know how strong she is til she’s in hot water.
  7. Name three things that always put a smile on your face. My wonderful friends at Disney (and their fabulous party moves), my family and the sunshine! What a princessy answer that was.
  8. Who would you like to play you in a movie of your life? Emma Stone, mainly because she has that viciously sarcastic thing nailed.
  9. Where in the world would you love to travel and explore? I love Scotland; like, really love it there. It’s so beautiful and peaceful, except if you’re my mum and get bitten by a tick in the woods and get Lyme disease. Oops.
  10. Why did you start blogging? It was part of a uni assignment! As uni hasn’t been my absolute fave I took shelter in the blogging community and found some absolute gems.
  11. What film are you most excited to go and see in the cinemas right now? Beauty and the Beast! I’ve been twice already and I don’t even have words for how wonderful that film was. I still adore the classic, never fear, but the new film was so lovely!

Yay! Thanks Caroline for the questions, I love a good tag.

I’m not going to nominate anyone in particular because off the top of my head I can think of waaaay more than 11 bloggers I’d want to choose! If you’re reading this, tag! You’re it. Tweet me your blog posts, queens (and kings! and princesses! and princes! Whoever you wanna be is cool, okay?). I’ll tag a few of you on Twitter just in case nobody answers my questions and I die of actual embarrassment.

Here are my questions!

  1. What’s your favourite item of clothing?
  2. If you could have any animal for a pet, what would it be?
  3. Can you describe yourself in one sentence?
  4. What’s your favourite Disney film?
  5. Favourite childhood memory?
  6. Are you organised?
  7. What’s your favourite quote?
  8. Which fictional character do you identify with most?
  9. Would you like to be shorter or taller than you are now?
  10. How do other people describe you?
  11. Tell me about your perfect day.

I can’t wait to be nosy and read everyone’s answers. This was so much fun to write – thank you again to Caroline for the tag!

Speak soon!

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Ah, Instagram. Where else would you find countless bloggers struggling to find the perfect filter while watching their cup of perfectly frothy coffee go cold?

I love Instagram, I really do: it’s amazing for inspiration and motivation – and of course searching the #bunniesofinstagram hashtag and sobbing, because bunnies.

I’ve been working on my feed lately; trying to find my own voice when it comes to my little square space on the internet. I’m still experimenting with my photo editing – expect a post on my editing routine soon! – but here’s a little list of some techniques I’ve been using to improve my account, use hashtags properly, and grow my followers…

PS: you can follow me on Instagram at @littlebudget

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  1. If you want a super pretty bright white feed (like I’m attempting… key word being “attempting”), go for a plain background for your photos. I’m a flatlay lover, so 99% of my photos are from this pretty top-down angle. I’ve tried various different backgrounds, but my favourite has to be an A3 sheet of white card. It’s a game-changer, trust me.
  2. To track your followers (and those pesky unfollowers – I see you, boo), think about investing a pound or two into an app that’ll show you as much data as your little heart could desire. My app of choice is simply titled “Followers” – I forked out 79p to get updates whenever someone unfollows me (how annoying is this whole ‘follow/unfollow’ thing some bigger accounts are doing?!), follows me, or tags me in something. You can also pay a lil extra to see your most popular posts, hashtags and times to post. Sorted.
  3. Don’t be afraid to delete photos. What you thought was a super cute lil snap of your Christmas tree against your lavender living room wall mightn’t look so cute against your bright white feed (this is from personal experience. It looked terrible). Curate your photos, and you’ll be happier with the overall result!
  4. Join a comment pod (or two)! Comment pods are groups of users who like and comment on your photos once they’re posted. Not only do you get to meet a group of like-minded users, it’s nice to get some genuine comments on your photos and support each other.
  5. Hashtags. The bane of my life. I’ve made myself a bulk list in my Notes app which can be easily copy ‘n pasted into a separate comment under my newly posted photo. Some of my favourites include #thegirlgang (because who doesn’t want to find new sassy queens to follow?), #grlpowr (ditto) and #flatlay. I could get lost on that tag for DAYS.

Do you have any fail-safe tips to improve your Instagram game? Hit me up on Twitter @little_budget and follow me on bloglovin so you never miss a new post!

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Well hello there, 2017! Here’s hoping you’ll be less hideous than your predecessor.
I’ve been busying myself these past couple of days sorting out my Christmas presents, drinking excessive amounts of Shloer and trying desperately to burn the last of my Christmas candles (I failed. Miserably).

I’ve been reminiscing on 2016 this week – here’s some nice things that happened to me – and I fancied doing another lil post.

I’ve been having a think about some of my favourite stuff from 2016. I might venture into a lil beauty-themed version of this post, but for now: this is just stuff I’ve loved in 2016. Let’s go!

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Metallics
Whether it’s copper wire baskets, gold baubles on my Christmas tree or these gorgeous rose gold ankle boots, I’ve loved everything metallic this year. I may as well turn into a robot just so I could be made of copper. #goals.

Dr PawPaw
Right, I don’t know who Dr PawPaw is but I love him/her/them because this stuff does EVERYTHING. My lips have never been so moisturised and pretty and soft; my cuticles are joyful and it’s done a great job of tackling any dry skin patches. Hallelujah.

My Dad Wrote A Porno
This x-rated podcast does what it says on the tin. Jamie’s dad (under the porn pseudonym Rocky Flinstone) has written a series of incredibly dubious erotic novels, which are read out with hilarious commentary by Jamie and his friends James and Alice. I want to be best friends with all of them immediately. This podcast is genius – just don’t listen to it in public or you’ll embarrass yourself shrieking in horror/hilarity on the bus.

Personalisation
Okay but have you got a makeup bag with your blog name on?! Thanks so much to Lucy and Kate for this amazing Christmas present that has literally made my entire year.

Tsum Tsums
I accidentally started collecting these cuties. I swear it was an accident. I can’t stop. Someone send help.

Glitter
I just want everything to sparkle, okay? Whether it’s my highlight, eyeshadow or the amazing L’Oreal Colour Riche lipsticks with ACTUAL GOLD SPARKLE, you better believe I’ve been a right little glitterball this year.

What were your faves of 2016? Let me know on Twitter @little_budget, and hit me up on bloglovin so you don’t miss any new posts!

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