Thursday, 12 April 2018

My 5 Favourite Disney Universe Funko Pops

Hi lovelies! When I bought my first Funko Pop I thought I'd end up buying the odd one or two to add to my shelves but it's been just a couple of years and I've already built up quite the collection... These cuties are just too adorable to resist! I was hoping to share an updated collection post this year (you can see my previous collection post here) but unfortunately about half my Pops are in storage at the moment so I thought I'd share my current favourites instead!
5. Sally with Nightshade (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
Number 5 is my favourite spooky gal, Sally. This is the Nightshade version where she's clutching the trusty potion she uses to escape from Doctor Finklestein and it also features an adorable little black cat peeking out from behind her! I was kindly gifted this at an event held by EMP but it's still available on their website for £12.99!
4. Gus Gus in Slipper (Live Action Cinderella)
Look at this little cutie pie in his glass slipper! This is definitely one of the most unique Funko Pops in my collection - he really stands out on my shelves! I bought him a few years ago now but he might crop up on eBay if you keep an eye out.
3. Porg - Chase Edition (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
I think we can all agree that Porgs are just about the most adorable things ever and this Funko Pop captures them perfectly! I was actually lucky enough to get the Chase Edition but the normal version is just as cute! You can order them from here for just £12.99.
2. Kylo Ren - Unmasked (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
If you've been reading this blog for a while then you won't be surprised at this one! From the moment I first saw The Force Awakens I developed a bit of an obsession with Kylo Ren so as soon as I saw they were making an special edition unmasked Pop, I knew I had to track him down! He was only available in the US so he's definitely the priciest Pop figutr I own but he's worth every penny to me!

If you'd like something similar but without the hefty price tag, Funko actually released a similar unmasked one for Episode 8 which is available here for £12.99.
1. Ernesto de la Cruz (Coco)
PLEASE tell me I'm not the only person who has a weird lil' crush on this guy?! I know I'm not supposed to like him but there's just something so charming about him...? Questionable crushes aside, this Ernesto de la Cruz Pop easily steals the top spot on my list for how gorgeously detailed it is. I don't think I've ever seen a Funko Pop before that's quite so intricate! He's also available from EMP for £12.99.

What did you think of my choices? Let me know your favourite Pops from your collection!

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Practically Perfect Mother's Day Presents For Disney Mums

Hi lovelies! With Mother's Day coming up this weekend I wanted to share some gifts that would make a magical present for any Disney-loving Mums out there! For Mothers that love their Disney Style, this Danielle Nicole Aurora Lips Clutch Bag (#1) (£45.00) or Couture Kingdom Beauty and the Beast Rose Earrings (#6) (£29.00) would make the perfect picks. Or if your Mama is in need of a bit of rest and relaxation then how about this beautifully packaged Mad Beauty Bambi Bath Soak (#4) (£3.99) to unwind with and then these Stance Minnie Mouse Socks (#5) (£13.99) to cosy up in afterwards? I have a pair of Disney Stance socks myself and they're honestly the nicest quality socks I've ever owned so they'll definitely be Mum-approved!

Alternatively if your Mum is a little like mine and always running about doing 50 things at once (I don't know how she does it!) then she'll love this Oh My Disney Sleeping Beauty Travel Mug (#3) (£10.00) for getting her caffeine fix on the go! And finally this Cath Kidston Mickey and Friends Teapot (#7) (£25.00) and Disney Store Minnie Mouse Half Mug (#2) (£12.99) would be perfect additions to the traditional Mother's Day breakfast in bed!

Hope this helps & a big ol' Happy Mother's Day to all the magical Mums out there!

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Disney Easter Gift Exchange

Hi lovelies! With Easter on the horizon (and sunny days and blue skies!), I thought I'd like to do something to celebrate the season! For the past two years I've hosted a Disney Halloween Gift Exchange on Twitter which is basically a Disney/Halloween-themed Secret Santa so I thought I'd try my hand at holding an Easter one on Instagram this year!

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How it works/rules:
- This is a secret exchange so I'll pick a person for each participant to send a gift to and a person for everyone to recieve a gift from! The person you are sending to and the person you are receiving a gift from will be different so it will be a great opportunity for you to get to know two people in the Disney community a little better!

- The theme is Disney and Easter so you'll need to include something from both of these in your gift. For example for Easter you could include some Easter chocolate or a card and then for Disney... Anything Disney-themed goes!

- The budget is £10 (postage not included) but handmade gifts are more than welcome!

- This is open to anyone who has an Instagram and would like to take part but only addresses in the UK I'm afraid due to logistics!

- Remember to include your Instagram handle with your gift so the recipient knows who it's from!

- You can post your gift by any postage class/type you wish, but you must obtain proof of postage and you'll need to send me a picture of this once it has been posted

- If for any reason anyone doesn't send a gift to their recipient and I don't get any contact from them I'm afraid I will have to blacklist you from taking part in any future gift exchanges I host (I know this sounds harsh but you'd be surprised how often this happens...!)

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Dates:
- I will be collecting everyone's details until the end of Sunday 4th March

- I will allocate everyone someone to send to by Wednesday 7th March and then you can start shopping!

- Your gift needs to be posted by Monday 19th March by the latest

- If I haven't heard from anyone with their proof of postage by Tuesday 20th March I will start chasing those people!

- If you haven't received your gift by Monday 26th March please let me know and I'll get something sorted. Don't worry - everyone will definitely receive a gift one way or another!

***If you think you won't make the last posting day please let me know! As long as I'm kept in the loop we can get things sorted!***

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If you'd like to get involved:
Send me a message on Instagram (@courageandkindness) with these details:

1. Your full name and address
2. A few of your favourite Disney characters/films
(To make it easier for the person who is buying for you!)
3. Whether you'd be happy to receive sweets/chocolates

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And that's everything! If there's anything you'd like to ask, feel free to send me a message on Instagram!

#DisneyEasterGE

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Oh My Disney Collection at the Disney Store UK

Hi lovelies! The most amazing big ol' box of goodies arrived on my doorstop from the Disney Store last week and I'm so excited to share it with you! Digital Disney superbrand Oh My Disney have teamed up the Disney Store to create the most magical yet sassy collection and I am so in love. The entire range is utterly dreamy and there's everything from glittery notebooks to an inspirational makeup bag! Here are some of the wonderful things I received...
Pencil Set - £6.00
Journal - £12.00

Everything in this collection is so incredibly designed - it definitely feels like a collection that was made for the fans! While the usual popular films are covered in this collection like Cinderella and Snow White, they've also included some other Disney films that don't usually get as much love like Mulan and Brave which makes me so happy to see!
Luggage tag - £8.00
Sticky Notes Set - £6.00
Passport Holder - £10.00

As well as the beautiful designs, everything still has that usual Disney Store quality and attention to detail that you'd expect. I love how the makeup bag has an adorable Lion King print on the inside and even the travel mug has a proper sliding lid on the top, making it just as practical as it is pretty. No coffee bag spills for this sleepy Princess!
Make sure you check out the entire collection on the Disney Store's website! There's also an amazing pin set and the loveliest Millennial pink Cinderella shirt that I may have to add to my basket on a future order!

A huge, huge thank you to the Disney Store for sending me these gorgeous things. I'd spotted this collection online a while ago and I had been praying that it would come to the UK so I was so over-the-moon to be given all these goodies!

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Friday, 9 February 2018

Disney Valentine's Day 2018 Gift Guide - For Her & Him

Hi lovelies! With only a few more days until Valentine's Day arrives I thought I'd share a Disney gift guide for anyone who needs a little inspiration for the Disney fan in their life! I've included quite a few things from EMP who are actually currently running a discount code on their Disney range for Valentine's Day! Just spend £20 and get 15% off your order with the code "EMPUKDISNEY15", valid until 11:59pm on 11th Feb!

If your partner loves a good t-shirt then how about EMP's Coco T-Shirt (#1 - £12.99) or the Disney Store's Minnie Rock The Dots Ladies' T-Shirt (#8 - £16.00)? Both of these are shiny new releases so hopefully they shouldn't have already picked one up for themselves! EMP'S Beauty and the Beast Sparkling Dress (#3 - £32.99) and Beauty and the Beast Rose Choker (#11 - £7.99) would also make the perfect Valentine's dinner outfit!

If accessories are more their thing then the Disney Store currently have lots of lovely Danielle Nicole bags and purses in stock like this lovely Snow White Coin Purse (#4 - £12.00). I have one of these and it looks and feels like it should have cost ten times the price! There's also this lovely (and romantic!) Tangled Pocket Mirror (#2 - £12.99) from EMP. And if you'd like to go a little more traditional, this beautiful Beauty and the Beast Rose Gold-Plated Enchanted Rose Bracelet (#7 - £27.00) from Couture Kingdom should be just the ticket!

If you're looking for a more of a gift-type present then the Disney Store's Lady and the Tramp Soft Toy Set (#6 - £20.00) and Mickey and Minnie Ufufy Mini Set (#10 - £6.00) are ridiculously adorable choices! And for those Tim Burton fans, these Sally + Jack Skellington Vynl Figures (#5 - £19.99) are a lovely alternative to the usual Pop-style figurines!

And finally, Typo have reduced this Mickey Valentine's Day Card to only 50p! Bargain!

Hope this helps!

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Monday, 29 January 2018

Star Wars Valentine's Day 2018 Gift Guide - For Her & Him


Hi lovelies! With Valentine's Day fast approaching I thought I'd share a round-up of my favourite Star Wars pieces that would make a great gifts for fans. As you can see this is mainly an ode to Porgs, but let's face it, who doesn't love those little guys?! If you don't have a special someone in your life then Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself - just think of all that money you're saving on chocolates/flowers/presents etc.! ;)

1. Chewbacca Valentine's Day Card, Typo - £2.50

2. The Last Jedi Reusable Shopper Bag, Disney Store - £3.00
I know this seems like a strange gift but I actually like to buy shopper bags to use as gift bags as they can actually be used again by the recipient afterwards and this Last Jedi one from the Disney Store is a really nice quality one - the images on the front are actually lenticular art!

3. Stance Star Wars Darth Vader Socks, Disney Store - £15.99
I have a pair of the Disney x Stance socks and they're without a doubt the nicest quality socks I own so these are definitely worth the price tag!

4. Porg Lives Matter Pin, Alice Vitrum - £5.00 (pre-order, £7.00 normal price)
Alice Vitrum have some of the loveliest Disney and Star Wars merch but this Porg pin has got to be one of my favourite designs of theirs! It's on pre-order at the moment so it won't arrive until after Valentine's Day but at only £5 it would make a lovely little add-on present to surprise them with after.

5. Porg Loungefly Patch, EMP - £4.99

6. Star Wars Art: Comics, Disney Store - £25.00
If the art on the cover of this book is anything to go by then this book looks like it will be a beauty! If your partner is a fan of Star Wars comics then this would be the perfect gift.

7. Porg Coffee Cozy, Fly a Kite Creations - £5.00
Is this not the cutest coffee cozy you've ever seen?! I actually have one of these myself and it's such great quality and incredibly adorable - a great gift for any coffee-loving Star Wars fan! Plus if you use the code "COURAGE10" you can get 10% off!

8. Porg Loungefly Wallet, EMP - £19.99

9. LEGO Brickheadz Kylo Ren, Zavvi - £9.99
I usually include a Funko Pop in almost every gift guide I do as they make great gifts and are very reasonably priced but this time instead I'm recommending these LEGO Brickheadz! These would be a great addition to your partner's work desk or as a little decoration around the house. I have a feeling I'll be treating myself to this Kylo Ren one before long to add to my shelves!

10. Porgs Cardigan, EMP - £41.99
And last but not least is this ridiculously cute Porgs-in-pocket cardigan from EMP! All of my pockets now feel empty without some adorable lil' Porgs to keep them company...

Hope this helps anyone who was a little stuck for inspiration!

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Monday, 22 January 2018

Disney Inspired Drinks: Mickey Ears Vegan Hot Chocolate


Hi lovelies! If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll remember that the lovely Sam from The Belle Jar and I collaborated last year on a series of Disney-inspired nail art and this year we're back! In 2018 we'll be doing a different collab each month and to kick things off we're both sharing a recipe for a Disney-inspired drink!

For my drink I wanted to share a vegan hot chocolate recipe as I've been on the hunt for one I could have at home for a while now and I think I've finally managed to find a good 'un! And of course I've added some Mickey ears to add a bit of Disney magic!

To try this for yourself you'll need:
Sweet Freedom Choc Shot Liquid Chocolate
Swedish Glace Smooth Vanilla
Dairy-free milk (I like to use soya)
Oreos


This is a very easy drink to make up (I suppose any hot chocolate is...!) but the real star of the show is Sweet Freedom's Choc Shot. It's so versitile - you can use it to make super easy hot chocolates or you can even use it as a chocolate sauce with your favourite desserts! But the best part is that it's made mainly from fruit and no other added sugars so it's only 14 calories per teaspoon!

How to:
To make the hot chocolate I add some soya milk to my favourite Disney mug, heat up in the microwave for 1 minute, add about 4 teaspoons of Choc Shot and then heat for another minute. After giving it a good stir, I add a good few scoops of Swedish Glace in place of whipped cream and add an Oreo each side to make cute lil' Mickey ears! I totally forgot to do it here but as Choc Shot can also be used as a sauce you could also drizzle some over the ice cream to make it extra chocolatey. And that's it!


Let me know if you try this out for yourself and remember to check out Sam's absolutely delicious-looking Disney-inspired smoothie over on her blog!

P.S. I should just mention that I didn't come up with the Oreos for Mickey ears in drink idea myself - I think the lovely Kate Bellamy was the first person I saw doing it!
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