Saturday, 27 September 2014

Aimee Feeds a Rhino!

On Monday 8th September (a while back now!), I had the pleasure of being taken to Port Lympne Zoo by my best friend, to feed the rhinos she works with. This was a once in a lifetime experience and a great 21st birthday present. We started off the day by going on the safari drive around the zoo, which was lovely and meant we could have a good chin-wag and catch up - as always. The weather was amazing for a September day, which meant all the animals were out enjoying their natural habitat. When we finally made our way through to Basecamp at 2.30pm, the rhinos were ready to be fed. I think what surprised me the most was that I was very relaxed, and was very shocked to find that rhinos are actually quite gentle animals despite their harsh (and sometimes false) representation. I was allowed to stroke the one I was feeding and was amazed that its skin was not rough and tough as I had imagined, but really quite soft! Overall the experience was brilliant and I'm so glad I got to share it with my best friend. This is definitely one for my memory jar! Have any of you been lucky enough to feed or stroke an animal from a zoo? I'd love to hear about it!  

I look miserable here but I promise you I wasn't! This is my 'concentration face' :) 

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello kittens! Just popped online to check my stats when I saw a notification telling me I've been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award by my fellow gorgeous blogger and real life/outside of the cyber universe friend Elana (check out her little site guys, it's so cute!) The Sunshine Award is mainly given to people online who inspire others, spread positivity, and write in creative and entertaining ways. I feel very privileged to have received this because I am extremely passionate about all of the above and I hope that I can continue to motivate you whenever you decide to come back to Beloved Jaine to check in on me. 

For some, the SBA might be all new to you. So I thought I'd tell you the basics... it kind of works like a chain letter and it's really fun to complete because you never know what questions you'll be asked! 

The rules:
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions the person who nominated you asked
  • Nominate a few other bloggers
  • Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated (I wrote a couple more... oops!)
  • Notify the bloggers you nominated on their blog
  • Put the award button on your blog
What is the most recent thing you bought?
A pack of heart shaped post-it notes and a new notebook
How are you wearing your hair today?
A messy up-do!
What are your siblings names, ages and personalities?
Luke and Joshua (both 14/twins). Luke is quite shy and reserved. Joshua is more like myself... cheeky and always up for a laugh!
How do you think you would do in The Hunger Games?
I'd like to think I'd do okay... I wouldn't want to make too many allies though because you're going to have to kill them eventually anyway. Being a big fan of the films and books gives me an advantage though.
What is the last film you watched?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
If you could learn any instrument in 10 minutes, what would it be?
I really don't know...
If you could be anywhere right now where would you be?
At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter of course!
What's the colour of your duvet?
Purple :)

Have you ever been angry or emotional about a television show? If so what and why?
I have definitely been angry or emotional when watching a TV show because I get too attached to certain characters. When Desperate Housewives ended it felt like I was in mourning for several days after the finale aired.
Who is the last person you talked to?

My boyfriend
What is your favourite season?
Autumn is my favourite season. The warm clothes, beautiful colours, hot drinks... it's lovely!

My nominations: 

My Questions for You:

Why did you start a blog?
Tea or Coffee?
Cats or Dogs? 
What is the meaning behind your blog name?
Do you have any special skills?
Lipstick or Mascara? 
Hair up or down? 
Favourite annual holiday and why? 
Favourite quote?
What can't you live without?
Favourite TV show? 

Have fun everyone! Xoxo

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Warner Bros Studio Tour: Every Potterhead's Dream

If no one has been to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden yet then I advise you do ASAP. Even if you're not a big fan of the franchise, you will definately be able to appreciate the amount of hard work, effort and dedication that went into making the films. I've always liked Harry Potter but not until a few years ago did I really get into it as a massive fan. The sets are incredible and the detailing in all of the costumes and props is really something! To all of the people who are still waiting to go, I won't give everything away because there are some amazing surprises. The gift shop is a Potterhead's paradise... there is simply too much stuff to choose from and I did spend over £100 in there (sorry bank balance...!) After you've seen all the inside sets, you can venture outside into the lovely fresh air and enjoy a nice cup of the famous wizard beverage 'Butterbeer' (a cross between butterscotch and a cream soda taste). Don't bother trying to find out the exact recipe from them because it is 'top secret' and even they don't know apparently! The tour is one of a kind and the experience is incredibly moving, inspiring, funny and for everyone who is still a big kid at heart. My camera was always taking photographs throughout it...especially the awesome quote ones dotted around the place. The staff are excellent at what they do and really know their stuff when it comes to the world of Harry Potter... they also look the part, wearing the exact Hogwarts costumes people wore in the films. There is such a happy atmosphere when everyone is walking around and the people who work there really make it that extra bit special, especially when they throw in the odd Harry Potter joke (which is always a laugh!) Overall, I can't recommend it enough... it is such a good day out and I was buzzing throughout it. Please check out some of my photos from the day and my first haul video from the gift shop below which is now on YouTube. Are any of you planning to go soon? Have any of you mad Harry Potter fans been before? Tell me all about it in the comments below! xx

Saturday, 6 September 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Wow... I haven't posted since June?! Crikey. It's been one of those days where I have been racking my brain for something to do and then I remembered how much I've missed writing in this. I honestly don't know where the time has gone. These past two months have flown by so this will most definitely be a bit higgledy piggledy and random as I haven't planned this like I normally do. 

I turned 21 a week and a half ago, and though some of you may treat birthdays as a day of dread or 'just another day', I usually tend to think about where my life is going as each year passes. It's sort of like a whole day of reflection for me... although I don't think I've changed that much, the person I am now at 21 is completely different to the person I was when I was 16 (notice I'm talking about landmarks here?!). The truth is you're always going to know more in the future than you do at this moment in time. There's always going to be another lesson, another journey, another unforgettable moment right round the corner ... and yes, I'm 100% aware that I'm sounding a little Carrie Bradshaw right now. I'm not sure what lies ahead in my twenties and beyond, but what I do know is that life will always be a roller-coaster of emotion. We have to go through the bad to appreciate the good. When life gives you lemons you have to turn it into lemonade. When you've hit the ground the only other place you can go is up. What doesn't kill you makes you a million times stronger than before. If people don't like you for who you are, then shake it off and be the bigger person... loving yourself is far better than trying to give your happiness to people who don't appreciate your company. In a world where females in particular are constantly being compared to other females, it's no wonder we're made to feel down, not attractive enough, not clever enough or simply not good enough. But what I find the most strange thing of all is that women bring down other women, knowing exactly how hard things can get.

Due to my lack of posting I've decided that I'll probably start a video channel at some point just to give it a try and see how things go in the big world of YouTube. I hope that you take away something positive from this and remember that life is like a camera... develop from the negatives. Keep fighting the dementors and ignore the haters.
Much love, Aimee xx