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April 2021

Disney Fandom

New In Disney | Spring/Summer 2021

Ooof, can you believe that it’s been eight months since I last wrote a ‘New in Fandom‘ post? I guess our long-overdue guest kept me from fangirling as much as I had prior! You might notice that this post is focused on one fandom in particular: Disney! I’ve been wanting to check what is new in Disney products for so long and I finally allowed myself to look around different sites to see what’s available right now and in the future.

There is so much and it makes me wish I was rich enough to buy all of the stuff that’s out there.

From Funko Pops to pins to clothes and even the odd doll, it has never been a better time to be a grown-up Disney fan. Hopefully you’ll get an idea of what’s out there from this post. Alright, let’s get into what exactly is new in
Disney.

New In Disney

Lilo with Pudge (£9.99) | Marvel’s Wandavision Collector’s Special (£12.99) | Lilo with Scrump (£9.99) |
Loki: Glorious Purpose T-Shirt (£18.99) | Xavier Institute Hoodie (£35) | Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters T-Shirt (£12) | Scarlet Witch Special Edition Doll (£40) | The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Pin (£12) | Minnie Mouse Castle Ears (£24) | Eeyore Rainbow Mug (£11) | It’s A Small World 55th Anniversary Opening Ceremony Key Pin (£10) | Minnie Mouse Poppies Ears (£24) |

Lilo with Scrump

First up I’m starting with one of the two Lilo funko pops that I discovered on my search. There are Stitch ones also but, to be honest, those pops actually make Stitch look freaky. Not a fan! Whereas Lilo looks adorable and definitely need to be on my shelf.

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen Lilo and Stitch, Scrump is a homemade doll that Lilo made. It’s super cute and often needs some surgery whenever it gets torn. Part of me wishes the Scrump doll was still in stock on the Disney store but this funko will work too!

Lilo and Pudge

Up next we have Lilo with the weird tropical fish Pudge.

Pudge is a fish that Lilo seems to have adopted and, according to Lilo’, ‘…Every Thursday I give Pudge the fish a peanut butter sandwich’. Only in a Disney film would you get to see a fish being fed a sandwich for food. The only reason he gets it is because Lilo thinks he controls the weather.

There is a bit of sad reason why she keeps feeding him but I’ll let you discover that for yourself! I love that this funko has the sandwich in his mouth!!

Minnie Mouse Poppies Ears

You can’t have a Disney post without mentioning the Mickey/Minnie ears!

I’ll admit that I’ve never owned a pair of ears to wear to a Disney park but I’m hoping to buy a couple for the future! I love how each pair of ears have their own unique character. Since it’s Spring I reckon these Minnie ears with poppies will be perfect! They give me total Snow White vibes as well!

Perfect for any Disney Princess or Prince!

Minnie Mouse Castle Ears

Another pair of ears that I need to own!

These particular pair look incredible and could fit any Disney outfit you wanted to wear. Between the silver sequins and the golden bow, it will match everything! I adore the teeny rhinestone castle in between the ears. It really adds to the special magic that each of the parks hold.

What outfit do you own that would match these perfectly?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Pin 

I couldn’t chat about what’s new in Disney without including something from Marvel’s most recent Disney+ show ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’. Anyone else who is addicted to the Avengers franchise will know of Sam and Bucky! It still gives me shivers whenever I see Sam with Steve’s shield but it’s perfect at the same time.

Since the moment I knew that this show was going to be a thing, I had my eyes out for pins! Pins are basically like currency for Disney fans! This pin looks so pretty. It’s like you’re seeing both Sam and Bucky threw X-Ray and it suits them perfectly!

Loki ‘Glorious Purpose’ T-Shirt

Did everyone see the new Loki news?! He’s going to be bisexual and have both male and female romantic interests! This is so exciting!! I can’t believe we’re only a couple of months away from the start of the series and I’m already getting ready for the merch!

What fan would not throw money at having Tom Hiddleston on their t-shirt?! Loki looks amazing on this!

Are you guys excited for the new Loki series?

Xavier School Hoodie and T-Shirt

Before I thought about going to Hogwarts, I wanted to go to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. It had the same premise as all the other places I wanted to attend: kids were different, they were judged for being different and they thought for what they thought was right.

I guess that’s why I need to own something like the hoodie and the t-shirt! It helps that I love the colour yellow and, unless someone knows Marvel and the X-Men, then people will only see both of these as another school/college look. I mean…there are loads of them out there!

It might be Spring and getting close to Summer, but I still like the idea of having long-sleeved tops to wear when I’m not feeling confident.

Wandavision Book and Doll

Back when Wanda first appeared in Marvel I wasn’t a big fan of her. I didn’t really understand her character and she just seemed way too over-powered. When Pietro died and we saw her coming into her own with the Avengers and Vision, that’s when I started to like what Elizabeth Olsen was creating. I still don’t understand Wanda since she’s a complicated character but Wandavision was a masterpiece!

I love when shows make me think!

You see one thing happen and discover later on that something else entirely was happening. Love it when screenwriters keep you on the edge of your seat! Now we have a gorgeous collector’s edition book chatting about Wandavision with interviews and photography and then a stunningly detailed doll!

Eeyore Rainbow Mug

Do I need another mug for my cupboard? No…yes.

Will I still get this mug because it’s super cute and I love Eeyore? Definitely!!

This design is really sweet and, with everything going on in the world right, we all need to be looking for rainbows.

It’s A Small World Opening Ceremony Pin

The final item on what’s new in Disney and, of course, it has to end with a pin! I love collecting pins and really need to add some Disney pins to my collection. I’ve seen a few special keys on the Disney Store website and it’s safe to say that It’s A Small World is stuck in my head!

What magical things are you into from Disney?

 

Lifestyle

Journal With Me | My April Bullet Journal Recap

It’s been a few months since I last did a monthly bullet journal recap so here we are! This is going to be my April bullet journal flipthrough and I’m actually really proud of it. I’ve been challenging myself each month to be a little more creative with my pages and I love this theme.

If you don’t know, April is usually the time of year where the cherryblossoms are viewed in Japan by residents and tourists alike! I’ve seen so many incredible images of the sakura trees. It is one of my goals to visit Japan so I can see them live. Did you know that there are lots of sakura flavoured snacks in Japan? You can get a Sakura Frappuccino from Starbucks and even a Sakura McFloat from McDonalds!!

You guys shouldn’t be surprised I have a Japanese theme this month since I’m always chatting about anime!

april bullet journal

I discovered this gorgeous cherryblossom design on Pinterest and adapted it to fit with what I wanted. As you can probably see, my artistic genius is non-existent! I did love how these pages turned out though. I used the Tombow Dual-Brush Pen (772 – Dusty Rose) and the Uni Pin Fine Line (0.5) to draw all my tree branches and flower designs.

It took so forever to be happy with the tree branches! I’m one of these people who draws and rubs out over and over again. They still look more like weird pointy things but I won’t learn if I don’t try!

Moving onto my monthly spread, I chose to show this since I don’t have much personal information on it. Most of them are just random letters that make sense to me! I have a seperate journal for a lot of my fandom stuff but was so excited for the new season of My Hero Academia coming out.

I like to have a two page spread for my monthly so I can see clearly when something is and what kind of thing it is. I always have a little key at the bottom. My brain loves thinking in colour! I incorporated some other little Japanese doodles with a little origami crane and a temple.

april bullet journal

My April bullet journal mood tracker has to be my favourite one yet!! I love how the flower doodles turned out, even if the branch is attached to a flower petal! Haha! I wanted it to look like petals were falling from the flowers and I think I managed to make it look like that so yay!

You know I’m as open as I can be with my mental health and I’ve definitely had a struggle with it this month. Nothing new there.

As for the habit tracker, I always make a mistake on this! For some reason I have a hydrate reminder and a drink reminder! Past Daisy, what is the difference?! Insert facepalm here. Bread is the bane of my existence and I’m trying to lessen how much I have and, as I’m writing this post, I have had a few days without bread!

april bullet journal

Even though I have my fandom journal (post coming soon!), I love creating some pages of my favourite shows. It helps me practice my bad drawing and allows me to fangirl whenever I feel like it! Down below we have drawings of Penny Polendina from RWBY and Tamaki Amajiki from My Hero Academia.

These two are the cutest characters ever!! These type of pages allow me to gush over the episode!

If you want to see more pages like this on my blog, let me know in the comments below!

april bullet journal
There we go, everyone! That has been my April bullet journal recap/flipthrough. What do you think of some of the pages I created? If any of you have bullet journals, I’d love to see some of your pages at some point. I don’t have many friends who do this kind of journalling and I want to fangirl over you!!

I’m already planning on May spread and will be back next month showcasing it!

Have you ever tried a Japanese snack or visited Japan?

Fandom

My Top 5 Anime Recommendations For Anime Day

Unless you’re a bit of a nerd like me, you might not have ever watched a Japanese anime! There’s something so other-worldly about watching a show in a different language. Japan have definitely become the best at creating shows like this that make you laugh, cry, scared and all of the above!

Since I’m a coward and can’t deal with scary anime, I tend to stick to genres like fantasy, school life and a bunch of others. I’ve been watching anime since the 90s and, before you ask: yes, Pokemon is considered an anime! I’ve watched so much that I thought I’d do some recommendations.

Why?

It’s Anime Day! (I know…there’s a day for everything but I love it!). I don’t mind watching anime either sub (with subtiles) or dub (in your language). Though I do love hearing my favourite voice actors! Here are my Top 10 anime recommendations that hopefully you’ll love and go and read/watch.

Anime

My Hero Academia

If you follow me on either Twitter or TikTok, then it is no surprise that I’ve included My Hero Academia (or Boku No Hero Academia) at the top of my list. It is one of the best shows out there and is literally loved by all ages who watch it!

It follow a normal middle school student called Izuku Midoriya. He lives in a world where people with super powers called Quirks is the norm. A lot of kids develop their Quirk either by birth or around four years old. Can you imagine a group of toddlers floating or exploding something? Yikes! Izuku is the main character and just so happens to be…quirkless. No powers! That chances nothing for Izuku. He only has one goal in mind, quirk or not: to become the Number One Hero.

There is so much more to the story than that! It has over 30 volumes (295 chapters!) and is currently on its fifth TV series! The series is actually on at the minute!! You can watch it either on the Funimation website, CrunchyRoll and even on Amazon Prime. It even has two major films: Two Heroes and Heroes Rising.

If you love following a main character you can relate to emotionally, definitely check out this show!

Demon Slayer

You know how I said that there would be anime shows that make you cry?

For me, Demon Slayer is one of those animes. Shows like this affect people in so many ways and mine was to cry like a baby…on the first episode!! Oof. Don’t let that put you off though. Demon Slayer is one of the most gorgeous animes on right now. The designs and the cinematopgraphy leave you in awe!

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba is actually set in Taishō-era (between 1912-1926) Japan and follows a guy called Tanjiro Kamado and his sister, Nezuko, on a journey of discovery and to save Nezuko from a demon curse.

I really killed that synopsis but I really don’t spoil this series for anyone! Trust me, it’s worth sitting down to watch. I will warn you though: it’s a bit graphic at times so, if you don’t like gore, maybe watch my other recommendations. If you’re in the UK, you can actually watch all the episodes of Demon Slayer on Netflix!

Ouran High School Host Club

Alright, this anime is a bit of an oldie but a goodie!

As you can probably guess from the title, the show is based at Ouran High School. This school is for the children of the ultra-rich. Think of the poshest school out there and you would be thinking about Ouran. Oh, and a host club in this sense is a club of good-looking school boys that do events, parties and chats with school girls for money. It sounds wrong but it’s Japan!

We have a scholarship student called Haruhi who is actually poor compared to everyone else and gets in with her brain. What I love about Haruhi is that everyone thinks she’s a guy when she’s actually a girl who doesn’t care about gender. She can be girly and she can be boyish. I guess you might call her non-binary these days.

My favourite characters have to be Honey, Hikaru and Kaoru! They make the anime so much fun! It does have some serious moments so I swear it’s not all romantic fan-service!

Sword Art Online

This anime is definitely a draw for the top spot with My Hero Academia! I literally have some of the music on my Spotify playlist.

Imagine that you’re playing a virtual reality video game when you’re suddenly transported to a town square and told that you’re trapped. If someone tries to take off your headset, you die. Scary, right? That’s what happens to Kirito, Asuna and thousands of others. They literally get trapped in an virtual world for two years!!

This anime literally ticks off all the boxes you could ever want:

  • Fantasy? Check!
  • Romance? Check!
  • Adventure? Check!
  • Comedy? Check!
  • Crippling scenes that make you an emotional wreck? All the checks!

There is so much to watch with this series! You have multiple series, a few films and even a couple of games! That’s how successful it has been worldwide!

Snow White With The Red Hair

To finish off my anime recommendations, I had to choose Snow White With The Red Hair.

I’m beginning to realise that I have a type of anime that I love watching over and over again! I decided to watch this show since I’m a Disney nerd and saw Snow White in the title. Don’t let it fool you though. This may be in a gorgeous land with princes, Shirayuki is far from a princess who serves seven dwarves! She’s actually a herbalist that helps the people in her town with injuries and sickness.

She’s also a strong female lead!! YES!

If she doesn’t agree with how something is done or with what is said, she lets people know. She stands up for herself and others and does what she feels is right, even if it puts her at risk. The storyline of this anime is utterly stunning and I will happily watch it if it was the only show on TV.

Have you ever watched anime? If not, would you after reading this?

Books

Review | All Cats Are On The Autism Spectrum by Kathy Hoopmann

To send off Autism Awareness Week for another year, I finally decided to share one of the birthday presents I received back in January. My friend Kate so kindly saw this on my Amazon wishlist and treated it to me. I have a big love for all things cats and it just helps that I’m on the autism spectrum too! Haha!

Ali and Kate had to put up with me being a nursery teacher and reading it to them and showing the pictures. I’ve watched too many teacher vlogs so it’s no surprise that I did that. There are so many adorable cat and kitten pictures in here so I thought I’d share a few in this review.

Autism

Review

This book is the perfect introduction to anyone who has recently being diagnosed on the autism spectrum or have a child who has been diagnosed. It explains in basic terms what it’s like to be autistic.

What I love is that it corresponds a fact with a picture of a cat showing that info/behaviour. I couldn’t help but instantly smile at the first picture of a little kitten in a bobble hat! I mean…look at it! It’s so cute! A paws-itively purr-fect little model. I’ll let myself out…

As well as having all of the cute cats, I genuinely felt like Kathy Hoopmann really connected with me personally. Not all the facts but a few where I was nodding in agreement.

After seeing how unaware some people can be about the autism spectrum or actively speaking for autistic people when they’re not autistic themselves, I feel like simple books like this can help. It’s not your educational book where pages and pages of information is thrown at you. I know what it’s like to try my best to read long blocks of writing and lose interest part way through.

It doesn’t matter if the reader is young or grown-up, anyone can enjoy a fun book like this!

It has the perfect amount of info and entertaining imagery. Why can’t there be more books like this on the market or showcased in bookshop windows? It would be amazing for not just autistic people but anyone with a disability or condition.

Autism affects all ages so let’s hope 2021 carries on educating people about the spectrum and the people in it.

What are your thoughts on this kind of book? Find it fun or a little baby-ish?