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Adventures that don’t require a long-haul flight

This week my schedule has not been too busy, and I have been rather lazy. I know, I know, this is incredibly unlike me, but I’ve decided to cut myself some slack this week. If I wanted to spend the whole evening watching Disney YouTube videos, I would spend the whole evening watching Disney YouTube videos. It was one of those weeks!

Don’t forget to share how your week was in the comments, too. I’d love to find out!

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During those moments where I wasn’t lounging around at home, I’ve been doing a few things here and there. I had Thursday off work to book our advance dining reservations for our trip to Walt Disney World in October. Yes, I did take a whole day off work to secure reservations six months in advance. My colleagues all thought I was a little crazy when I came into work the next day, but it is a very serious operation! You can read all about my stressful booking experience and find out which restaurants we’re going to go to in this week’s Disney dining blog. I managed to get some pretty awesome reservations.

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My sister is 16 years old. No matter how much advice I try to give her, it seems to go in one ear and out of the other. When you’re about to leave secondary school, I suppose you have to worry about something, even if people tell you that you don’t need to.

I’ve grown in many ways since I was 16. Not much in height, a lot in confidence, and a lot into who I am. Looking back, this is what I would tell my 16-year-old self if I could.

Side note: I was about to intersperse this post with photos of 16-year-old Lisa Mae. But that would make the blog slightly torturous to read, so I’ll let your eyes off this time. You’re welcome. 

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It’s the weekend again, so of course that means it’s time for another round-up! This weekend I’ve headed back up to the Midlands for a relaxing weekend at home. I’ll be doing lots of cuddling my dog, watching rubbish TV and spending time with family. Blissful.

This week I’ve done lots of touristy London things. I’ve got some fun recommendations for when you next have some free time in the city.

When I haven’t been exploring, I’ve been running. If you see a girl in a bright pink running top huffing and puffing around Hyde Park, there’s a high chance that it’s me. I’m in training for a 10k run and it’s killing me slowly.

Read on to find out about all this fun stuff and more…

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Last Sunday was so much fun. My favourite kinds of weekends are the way when I have time to laze around by myself and then meet friends for an adventure, and that is exactly what happened on Sunday. I got to have a very leisurely morning, then joined Jaye in the queue to get tickets for ‘Tonight at the Palladium’. We also ate out, had lots of wine, and spent the rest of the day enjoying various musical performances.

Speaking of musicals, my sister and mum have come down to London to visit this weekend. We saw Phantom of the Opera for the first time and booked spontaneous tickets to see In The Heights on Saturday night.

Plus, I’ve got another great London burger joint to tell you about. Yes, I do realise that burgers are pretty much the only things that I eat, but I’ve got no regrets. If you want to follow in my footsteps, read on.

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I have always loved Adele. I tend to judge my favourite artists on how much I enjoy singing their songs, and Adele car singalongs with any of her albums playing have always been my favourite. From 19 to 21, I loved it all. Then, when I heard she was bringing out a new album I was so happy. She’d been away from the limelight to raise her first child for so long that it seemed like she would never come back. But she did, and she did it in style.

Admitting that she’d written an album that wasn’t good enough, causing her to throw it out and start again, was inspiring. If even the most talented people in the world can’t get it right first time, why should we expect ourselves to? Instead, her hard work, perseverance, and renewed faith in herself saw 25 sit proudly alongside her other albums.

When I first heard Hello on the radio, I cried. When I got my hands on her album, I couldn’t turn it off for weeks. When the tickets for her tour came out, I panicked. My London friends thought the ticket prices were too expensive, with the cheapest seats costing nearly £70. Undeterred, a group of my friends from the Disney International Program got together and we managed to grab tickets for the show in Glasgow. Yes, it would mean a five-hour train ride up to Edinburgh (including a delayed train on the way back which ended up being a nine-hour journey. Loving life). And yes, our seats were on the very back row of the arena. And when I say back, I mean the roof was the only thing behind us, which was rather novel, but nothing could take away from the fact that I was going to see Adele. Read on to find out about the experience.

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