I really hate One Fine Day: Film Rant

Hey guys, as you can probably see from the title, today's post is going to be a bit of a rant about a film that annoyed the hell out of me. Today I have drained and irritated and I can only put it down to the fact I have to talk about this "film." So because I will be mentioning details from the film there will be slight spoilers. Here is my rant on why I really hate One Fine Day...

Have you ever watched a film so boring and so rubbish that you’ve found your stubborn arse committing to it purely because something is bound to happen at some point… Then as the minutes' tick by and your eye starts to twitch more and more as you’re on the verge of exploding and you are thinking to yourself:"Something is going to happen soon, anytime now.. wait it's finished? SERIOUSLY?" 

That was One Fine day for me, one-eye-twitching-rage–inducing waste of time! One Fine Day starring George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer, tells a “story” about two single parents trying to sort out their own work emergencies, whilst looking after each other’s kid (because the children missed the boat for the school trip.)

And I absolutely hated it. The film is ridiculously boring! There was nothing in this film that justified why they’d even like each other at the end, never mind fall in love! They are hardly ever together and when they are they spend that time arguing. This film left me wondering if I had fallen asleep and missed the hour that justifies the romance at the end.

The characters are irritating as hell, after being sat there for about an hour I realised that I didn’t like a single character. I cared so little for the characters that a Pterodactyl could have swooped in and taken Clooney away and I wouldn’t have been bothered, in fact, it probably would have made the film more entertaining.

The romance between the main characters reeked of “you two end up together because the script says you do.” I am also convinced Clooney was going through a crap film stage during this period because he did Batman & Robin after this one. But at least you could be entertained by how ridiculous Batman & Robin was. 

Also, another thing that annoys me is the fact the female character (I can’t remember her character’s name) gives up her job?! Like I am not sure why she gave her job up because they were both a bit work obsessed… Maybe she gave it up so she can dedicate her life to the 100% believable relationship she developed with Clooney. Seriously doubt this gesture will be appreciated when you're struggling to pay the electricity bills!

The film ends how it lived, boring as hell. After we spent an hour and a half waiting for this unbelievable romance to happen, we are then delighted to find out the film finishes with Clooney falling asleep whilst Pfeiffer is in the bathroom. GREAAT!

There have been very few films that have made me so angry and irritated that I have been given an actual headache. One Fine Day gave it in abundance I finished watching the film angry and annoyed that two actors would agree to be in such a boring film together, I was also angry and annoyed at myself for not turning it over after ten minutes.

LittlePinkDuck - xox

Blogging Goals for 2018

So here we are towards the end of 2017, which means I have been blogging for roughly eight months. I have found it both challenging and enjoyable. I haven't been the most frequent of bloggers, however, this month I have figured out how to schedule posts so I've been able to take advantage of the fact I can write whenever I want. Even though I knew how awkward it would be to prepare frequent content, there were still some elements of surprise when it came to blogging. So I thought for today's blog I would share with you all the blogging goals I aim to achieve in 2018!

So today's blog will be about my blogging goals for 2018:

Get a better camera 

You have probably noticed that my photos look as if they've been taken with a potato, this is because my camera is super old. My parents bought me the camera in 2009 when I wanted to do photography at college but I found that I didn't have the money or the eye for it, so it became the holiday camera. This is why one of my main blogging goals for 2018 is to buy a better camera. 

Improve photography skills 

I am super critical of my photography skills and if you compare me to others you can see why! I am probably being too hard on myself because I am not a photographer. I have never been required to take high-quality pictures before. A picture of your parents on holiday is a lot different to taking a picture of a product etc. It's important to have the right angle, the right lighting and the skills to edit the pictures. All these are important skills in photography that I am learning from scratch. So I am hoping for 2018 I will improve my photography skills.   

Buy a template 

This is something I should have done a long long time ago! I am currently using a free template that I found on a website and although it's not a total mess it's not personal or unique to my blog. So in 2018, I want to buy a template for my blog. 

Communicate more 

I have been rather separated from other bloggers this is due to me believing I am a smaller blogger in comparison to other bloggers that it would seem silly to comment on their things. Another reason I don't comment or reply to people is that I don't know what to say to them! I spend so long thinking about what to post that I talk myself out of commenting altogether. 

Plan Plan Plan

I want 2018 the year I actually have a plan for my blog. I want to have a monthly content plan, that is prepared and ready to go. I want to be able to spend the times I am not blogging to read and comment on other people's content. 

Overall, I am incredibly proud that I have started this blog, I have been planning to start this blog for a while but I have never had the confidence. Starting this blog has been super fun and I hope 2018 will be a bigger and better year for my blog! Thank you so much for reading this post, do you have blogging goals for next year? If so what are they? Let me know in the comments! 

LittlePinkDuck - xox

The Christmas Tag

Hey everyone! I am a little hopeful today because my cough has seemed to have calmed down a considerable amount! Okay so for today's post I am going to share with you all, my answers to the Christmas Tag. I would like to thank my best friend Raiin-Monkey for tagging me in this Christmas tag! (Here are her answers!)

1. Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until last minute?
It varies but I rarely leave it to the last minute, I never want to attempt shopping on Black Friday I can’t be bothered with the crowds! However, I have bought gifts for people on Boxing Day (absolute bargains!)

2. If you could be in any Christmas movie, what would it be?
This is a hard one! After a lot of thinking I think I would like to be in the Christmas film “Home Alone 2,” minus the situation with the "Sticky Bandits," the whole New York Christmas looks so amazing! I especially love the toy shop and would love to visit it!   

3. Which do you like better: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
I think Christmas Eve was amazing as a child because the whole day would be filled with excitement waiting for Santa.

4. When does your family (or you) put up your Christmas tree and who decorates it?
There is never a fixed time it mainly depends on when everyone is free and available. We all get involved with the decorating but I think my dad is the main decorator because he is quite precise.

5. White lights or coloured lights?
I much prefer white lights, I feel they are more effective on the tree and the coloured lights usually give me a headache.

6. Are you guilty of peeking at your presents or do you like the surprise?
I always love to be surprised at Christmas and on my Birthdays, I am always really annoyed if the surprise is spoiled. 

7. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or in Santa's workshop?
Although a Gingerbread house would smell amazing at first, I imagine the smell may get annoying over time so I would have to say Santa’s workshop because it would be fun to be around all the toys! 

8. Tell us your Christmas Eve traditions!
Usually, on Christmas Eve we have a little buffet of food which is always nice, we play board games and listen to Christmas music. Sometimes last minute present wrapping happens for the people who have left it to last minute (cough me cough.)

9. If you could be under the mistletoe with anyone who would it be?
Well, I think my friends know this answer already haha! I will have to say Brendon Urie from Panic at the Disco (if he was single) I think he is an amazing singer and really funny.

10. What tops your Christmas tree?
Usually, we have a gold star but we can never get it straight because the star is on top of a spring and I think the star is too heavy for it. 

11. Can you name the 12 days of Christmas?
I will be honest I have no idea

12. Have you ever gone Christmas carolling? 
Not really I have performed on stage with the school choir at a church, but since I left school I haven’t done any singing.

13. Do you countdown to Christmas? If so, how many days left? 
I don’t really do a countdown with chocolate advent calendars but I more so watch people’s vlogmas. We have 11 days until Christmas! Exciting and also worrying cause I still have gifts to buy and I still don't have the tree up yet eek!

14. What are some foods and treats you can count on having every holiday season?
Obviously, the Christmas dinner is a big one, we usually have a box of chocolates which I don’t really dive into (maybe one or two) I am mostly tucking into Jelly babies or cakes.

15. How has Christmas kept its magic for you as you've grown older?
I have to admit once my brother grew up it started to become less “magic” having a brother 10 years younger meant it was special for longer. However, now it’s difficult to keep it magical which is such a shame. 

Another list of things that scared me as a kid

Hey, ducklings! Hope everyone is feeling well today and getting into the Christmas spirit. If you are a regular reader of my blog you would know that a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about things that traumatised me as a kid. However, I missed a few things out, so today I thought I would do another post, covering the ones I missed out the first time. 

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (The Book)
I remember my mum reading this book series to me whilst I was still in Primary School, and I loved every book from the series. However, the Chamber of Secrets terrified me! The scenes where Harry could hear the snake in the pipes declaring he (the snake) could smell blood was so creepy it gave me nightmares. At the time Harry could hear this, we didn't know what was going on, so this element of not knowing scared me. This used to freak me out so much my mum had to change the words to "and Harry could hear the voice again" because it was giving me nightmares.  

The Omen (Orignal film)
First I would like to mention I was rather naughty and watched this film in my bedroom without my parents knowing, so the fact I scared myself silly with this film is my own fault. I was brought up a Catholic so the whole idea of the anti-Christ scared me as a child, and to this day I still don't like watching this film. There were a few scenes in this film that freaked me out but the one that sticks out in my mind the most was when the photographer is beheaded. I never saw death in a film before so this graphic death shocked me.  Oh well, that's what you get for staying up past your bedtime!      

Bjork - It's oh so quiet! (Song... Yes a song) 
Okay, I know this one looks a bit odd but hear me out! I have a real issue with sudden loud sounds this includes people unexpectedly shouting. So this used to scare me as a child because Bjork would change from having a soft quiet voice to suddenly belting out, screaming and just being incredibly noisy! I would like to add that I now have no issues with the song.

Scooby Doo - Don't Fool with a Phantom   
I used to love Scooby Doo as a child and as an adult and I've never had an issue with any of the episodes. However, this episode used to freak me out as a child. In this episode, the gang is trying to solve the mystery of a wax figured monster terrorising a wax museum. I had watched many episodes of Scooby Doo at this point, so it was unusual for the show to affect me, but the echoed moans the wax monster made got under my skin and haunted my dreams.

So this has been my list of things that used to scare me as a child, let me know in the comments if anything I mentioned also used to bother you as a child. I would also love to hear about the things that used to scare you and why? 

LittlePinkDuck - xox  

Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Photo post

Hi guys! So today I decided to brave the weather and go to the woods near my home to capture some pictures of the snow. I love these woods! It is really close to the park and during the summer the whole woods is covered in Bluebells.

I had intended to go further into the woods and take more pictures but I was aware that the ground was slippery and with it getting dark earlier there was no way I would have been able to describe where I was if I did fall haha!

Not in the woods but how cute are these little pawprints!? 

Christmas Presents to Buy Harry Potter Lovers

Hey everyone! Have you been enjoying the snow this weekend? I have been at home all weekend with a sore throat and it halted all my plans to go Christmas shopping, so I have still not bought any presents for anyone - which is a nightmare. Today's post will be tips on what to buy someone who loves Harry Potter.  

Hufflepuff Makeup Bag - Primark £4

I found this cute little makeup bag on the Primark website and it's really cheap as well! I think this would be an adorable bag to store all your makeup in! I think there is a bag for each house but I have included Hufflepuff because that's the house I am in.  

Harry Potter: Page to Screen - The Works £35 

I love the idea of this book, and I think other people who are also obsessed with Harry Potter will love it too. Seeing how one of the most successful book series got turned into films is a fascinating concept and I think it would be a great gift to give to someone who is a complete Harry Potter geek.

POP! Vinyl: Harry Potter - Smyth's Toys £9.99

Look how adorable this Pop Vinyl of Harry Potter is? I have always loved how cute Pop Vinyl makes different characters look. I know that there is a lot of different characters from the Harry Potter franchise available, however, you can't deny Harry looks too cute! 

The Marauder's map heat change mug is a fabulous idea! This would be a great gift to buy for someone who is also a hot beverage lover. I personally want to buy this cup so I will probably end up buying it after Christmas!   

Hufflepuff Crest Embroidered Banner - Warner Brothers Studio Tour £17.95

Again I have only included the Hufflepuff banner on this list because it's my Hogwarts house, I have looked on the website and there are banners for each house. This would be a great little decorative gift for someone's bedroom.   

Secret Arts Jelly Bomb - Lush £4.95  

A list of gift ideas for Harry Potter lovers wouldn't be complete without this Jelly Bomb! With a gorgeous scent of cinnamon and orange, this Jelly bomb is a fabulous gift to buy someone who loves Harry Potter and Lush.  

LittlePinkDuck - xox

My Favourite Disney Sequels

Hey guys, hope you are all well today. It is ten days into December already! Have you all started buying your Christmas pressies and food yet? Today's post is going to be all about the Disney sequels I adore! Some of the films I mention are straight to video so I am unsure if they are as well known as the originals. Let me know in the comments if you've seen any of these! 

I tried to organise these films into order with the all-time favourite sequel being the first, but I found it too hard so these are not in any particular order! 

Beauty & The Beast - The Enchanted Christmas 

As a child, I adored watching this film all the time even though it's a Christmas film. This film is set in the middle of the first films timeline after Belle was saved from the wolves. In this film, Belle is trying to change Beast's mind to embrace Christmas instead of hating it. However, evil pipe organ Forte doesn't want the Beast to change and potentially break free from the curse because he (Forte) became important to the Beast.     

Lilo and Stitch - Stitch Has A Glitch 

This is a more recent watch but it is quite a good film, the first Lilo and Stitch film is one of my favourite Disney films (I even loved the TV series they did, let me know if remembers the series!) In this film, Stitch has a malfunction which threatens to destroy his friendship with Lilo and ultimately his life. I think the reason I like this film is that we get to see more of the friendship of Lilo and Stitch and how much they've bonded and need each other.   

Toy Story 2

I think a lot of people have seen this film so I won't have to explain why it's amazing! I really love this story as well as the song "When she loved me" which makes me cry haha! I love the new characters Jesse and Bullseye.  

The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride

The first and most important thing to mention, I love the songs on this film! They are all so fun and amazing. To summarise the plot Simba's daughter Kiara wants to break free from her father's overprotectiveness and when she adventurous out she ends up befriending an outsider (and later falling in love with) called Kovu. It's a great film and I recommend you watch it if you haven't already! 

Aladdin: Prince of Thieves 

After their wedding is ruined by the infamous Forty Thieves, Aladdin discovers his father is actually the King of the Thieves. Aladdin and Jasmine work out that the thieves were after one of the wedding gifts: a sceptre which holds an oracle that shows where the "ultimate treasure" is. I love this film because it shows Aladdin and Jasmine finally getting married, and we are shown how Aladdin feels about being (what he believes to be) an orphan.

Writing about these Disney sequels has made me want to watch all of them! I know that The Enchanted Christmas is on Now Box but I am not sure if the other films are. I hope you enjoyed reading this post about my favourite Disney sequels.   

LittlePinkDuck - xox