Tuesday

Update on my charity: The Pyjama Fund

Hola Lexicans! As some of you may know from a previous post talking about it (which you can read here), a little over a year ago, my sister and I set up a charity called The Pyjama Fund. The Pyjama Fund (or TPF as it'll probably be referred to in this post) is an organisation which provides pyjamas, onesies and soft toys to vulnerable children, like homeless children and refugees, across the UK.

So far, we have sent off five bundles of pyjamas, onesies and soft toys to 4 different charities (which you can read about on our website), but normally what we would do would be to either send the package in the post, or drop it off with one of the volunteers in the charity. However, for the last bundle we did a couple of weeks ago, we actually got the chance to go and meet some of the children that our donations would be going to.

We were sending our donations to Merryfield's a short-term children's home for children with special needs in High Wycombe. We obviously had a vague idea of who we were sending them to, and we had seen photos of other children with their pyjamas, but meeting them was totally different. None of the children we met could speak or talk, but they could hear us and had their own forms of communicating, like feeling someone or using their sense of smell. It was so empowering to see the centre and see how the children are placed in a fun and loving environment. We took a few photos with a couple of the children so I wanted to share them with y'all.


 
So yep, that's what happened when TPF came to visit Merryfield's. It really was a heartwarming thing to meet the children and makes the work we do 1000% more rewarding now we've actually seen and met some of the children we're helping. If you'd like to see more about my charity let me know, and you can read more about my charity here: www.thepyjamafund.org.uk

Xxx

Sunday

Pete's Dragon + Preparing For A Movie Night

Hola Lexicans! So as Autumn is officially here, I've been planning a range of autumnal posts and when I was doing this, I thought to myself 'What Do I Think Of When I Say Autumn', and one of the first things was a cosy night in. A couple of weeks ago, my family and I watched a film (Pete's Dragon) together which we loved, so I thought for this post I would do a mini review on Pete's Dragon, plus talk about how to prepare for a cosy autumnal movie night in. Also, this post is really exciting, as it is a collaboration with whichmovienext.com - a really cool company that gives you recommendations of other movies similar to one you may have recently enjoyed.

So if you haven't already heard of Pete's Dragon (according to my sister it is really famous but I hadn't actually heard of it until we watched it whoops aha) basically it is about an 11 year old boy who was orphaned as a toddler and has stayed on this island by himself, with only one thing as company - a dragon he named Elliot - for years without being noticed. Until the daughter of a lumberjack crew member spots him and tells her dad. I won't tell you anymore as I don't want to spoil it, but it does involve the authorities getting involved and them trying to tear Pete away from his beloved pet dragon.
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I really really enjoyed this film. The first thing to note, is that I am not a big fan of fantasy (*readers gasp* *readers boo* yess I know, many of you are fantasy fans, but I am not #sorrynotsorry) but I still loved the movie. I thought, particularly from the title, that it would be all about the dragon, and from a fantastical point of view, but really it was more of a heart-warming, emotional story about the boy (which I do love!). I nearly cried at various points in the film, but in the end I felt super happy and flipping loved the finish. Would definitely recommend this as a family film, if you like a bit more emotion and depth than your classic Disney movie.

Now, for the 5 things you need to make your movie night amazing:
1. FOOD (obviously!!) My personal faves for movie nights are twirl bites, salted popcorn and chocolate buttons! Also, make a hot chocolate or cup of tea to drink during the film!
2. Light some candles - particularly now it's autumn, it just makes it feel way more cosy.
3. If you have a fireplace, light it! Once again, it really adds to the cosy, autumn vibe.
4. Collect together all the throws and blankets you can find to keep you warm.
5. Wear your comfiest clothes - for me, my onesie or an oversized sweater with pyjama bottoms.

So those are my 5 things that make any autumn movie night 109393920x better:) Thanks to whichmovienext.com for partnering with me on this post! Have you watched Pete's Dragon? What did you think? What are your necessities for movie nights?

Note: This post is sponsored, but all words and opinions are my own.

Xxx

How To Get Over A Great TV Show

Hola Lexicans! I'm not sure just yet where this post is going but one thing I do know for certain, is it will be along the lines of TV. Also before I start this post, my blog birthday is coming up so incredibly soon, on the Saturday 7th October, so basically less than a week ahhhh and I will have been blogging then for 4 years. Uh huh. 4 DAMN YEARS since I started posting on here, so I will definitely be doing something for that, I'm just not entirely sure what yet, so if you could email me - whatlexieloves{at}gmail{dot}com - or comment down below any ideas, that would be so incredibly appreciated. Anywayayays, on to the post.

A few days ago, I finished How I Met Your Mother. I had only been watching the series for about 3 weeks, maybe 4 at best (and it has 9 series - 208 episodes - I KNOW do the maths if you want, all I do is watch Netflix; I get it ok ahah) but it felt like I had been watching it for ages and HIMYM was already part of my life. I also had that feeling around a month ago when I finished Brooklyn Nine Nine (another amazing show that I literally love so incredibly much). If any of you have ever finished a great TV series (which I'm sure you have) you will know saying goodbye to the series and all the characters is a very sad and emotional thing to do. And, if you don't really understand that feeling it is very similar to finishing a great book, which we all know is the absolute worst soo... I finished it and for the rest of the day I felt so emotionally drained (probably should have watched it in the evening so I could have slept on it ahahah). Now, I needed to find a way to help me get over this show, so I thought I would list to you the 5 things NOT to do when you have a TV show hangover.

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1. DO NOT start another TV show immediately. Well, this one is open to argument but in my opinion, it's a bad idea. It will either go one of two ways: 1. the show is rubbish and reminds you how good the series you were watching was and how you'll 'never find a series as good again' or 2. you'll end up loving it, which will be great and cure you for a while, UNTIL you finish that show, and then you'll be in the loop over again.

2. DO NOT go onto YouTube and then start looking at videos like 'The Top 5 Most Heartbreaking Moments On {insert the show here}' IT WILL NOT MAKE YOU FEEL ANY BETTER!

3. DO NOT go and watch interviews with the cast members.

4. DO NOT search for an alternate ending as you do know damn well that it will be just as emotional.

5. And in my opinion most importantly of all, DO NOT go back and start rewatching some of your favourite episodes (which in my case are often the saddest episodes again) YOU WILL JUST FEEL SAD ALL OVER AGAIN!

So those are my top 5 things you should not do when getting over a TV show; obviously this post was more just a bit of fun, but honestly and as a person who has done all 5 of these things, it really won't help.

I'm currently preparing an autumn and winter fashion collection, so that should be up in a few weeks, but I'm also doing a post with a movie review and what you need for a movie night in which should be up in a few days, so watch out for that! What TV show do you love? And if you've watched and love How I Met Your Mother, LET ME KNOW I need someone to chat about it to!!

Xxx