You may know by now that I’m a huge Disney fan – especially when it comes to the Disney parks. I was lucky enough to visit Disneyland California in 2017, and Disneyland Paris the year before. However, it’s been four long years since I last visited Disney World, and I’ve had serious withdrawals.
I had some money saved up to move out with, but as my plan kind of fell through I decided to take full advantage of my early twenties to be a bit reckless and go to Disney World instead!
I was recently flicking through Wag, Dogs Trust’s fantastic quarterly? magazine, I saw a DIY that seemed perfect for my dog Fidget – a make at home snuffle mat.
Snuffle mats are great for fast eaters or for dogs who need mental stimulation – by hiding treats or kibble in the mat’s fabric, your pet has to work double time for their food! Fidget’s beagle nose comes in handy for this game but my sister’s Labrador loves his mat, too.
For this DIY you will need:
- One rubber mat with holes in. I found mine in Home Bargains but they’re also available on Amazon.
- One blanket of choice – I went for a dog blanket as the pattern was so fitting.
- A pair of fabric scissors.
If you read my latest blog post, you’ll know that 2017 wasn’t my greatest year. It was definitely filled with great moments but a lot of the time I felt like I wasn’t moving forward in life or, even worse, I was going backwards. 2017 was very much about just getting by and making the most of some hard situations, but I’m really hoping to change this in 2018. I want to set myself goals that will improve my life and my happiness, and so I thought I’d list them below to set them in stone.
2016 was a huge year for me – I graduated from university, got my first full time job and moved into my own flat. I had two amazing holidays and was bridesmaid at my cousin’s wedding. There really weren’t many downs and I entered 2017 happy and with high hopes for the year ahead.
I think because of the success of 2016, 2017 had a lot to live up to and felt quite stagnated, or like I was going backwards. Unfortunately in January my work life changed quite dramatically which led to me leaving my company and finding a new role back in Teesside. Because of this I moved back home to save money and time commuting. Although the job change has helped my career, moving back home feels like the polar opposite to the moves I made in 2016.
It’s easy to reflect on the things that went wrong, but I’d quite like to look back on the good bits 2017 brought, as there certainly were a few.
After a few stressful weeks at work, my sister and I decided to treat ourselves to a relaxing day at the spa. We chose House of Savannah in Newcastle, which is situated just outside of Old Eldon Square. I’ve previously visited this spa for a manicure with gel nails, as well as a blow dry in the salon, but have never been inside the spa or had any treatments. We booked a spa ritual, which was one hour private use of the spa and then one hour of treatments, as well as another blow dry and head massage.
Owning a dog is great – you have a tiny friend who is always excited to see you and is always up for a cuddle. But fellow dog owners will know it’s not always easy – below are thirteen issues dog owners face.
This weekend I visited some family in Widnes and had a great time with lots of food and drink involved, of course. After an amazing brunch at Harefield Farm, we headed to one of my favourite nearby spots – the Dog Barn.