Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

As a huge Disney fan, I find it important to honor the cartoon character that started it all. The wonderful Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios. I originally posted this article in May, because, even though most people think that Mickey first appeared in the short film “Steamboat Willie”, which was one of the first sound cartoons, the mouse actually made it’s first appearance in a short called “Plane Crazy” on May 15th in 1928. But since everyone is celebrating today, including the Walt Disney Company, I will just share this with you, again. So on November 18th, we celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse, the mouse that started it all. Happy  Birthday, Mickey. Thank you for all the wonderful memories you gave generation after generation.

When I was a baby, I lived in the States for the first time and my parents bought a ginormous mouse that we had for a million years. Maybe it’s still in the attic, although the red pants went missing, years ago. And I also had a little one and I guess, this was all the start of my Disney obsession. Just seeing traces of the mouse ears makes me smile and of course it’s an absolute must to buy some when you’re at Disneyland.

I love Mickey. I love Minnie. I love the whole “Mickey & Friends” characters because they’re really unique and funny. I mean, have you been to Toontown? It’s one of my absolute favorite parts of Disneyland. And the houses are just all adorable and I can really imagine each character living there. Because let’s be honest, they’re real, right?!

So who knows if the wonderful world of Disney would be the same today, if it wasn’t for the mouse.

“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”

– Walt Disney, Disneyland; October 27, 1954

Therefore, I want to point out my favorite memories, places, things and everything else that has to do with it. I know that my life certainly wouldn’t be the same without it and it’s a huge part of why I’m never really going to grow up. And why should I? Everything that Disney has given the world is meaningful to me. And yes, I have looked deep into the subject, and it didn’t change anything, no matter how much there is to criticize. I’m not a fool, I just won’t let anything or anyone take this happiness away from me. So here are some random things about me and my Disney life and I’m happy about all of it.

The first Disney movie I’ve watched was “The Beauty and the Beast” because my uncle recorded it on a VHS for me and until today, it’s my favorite Disney movie.

The first time I went to Disneyland, I was probably seven years old. My family and I were on holiday in San Diego and my dad and grandma took me and my brother there.

20 years later, I went back to Disneyland California and it was as fun as I remembered it.

Disneyland Paris is prettier, though.

My room will always look a little like Disneyland and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I have more than 50 stuffed Disney characters in my room. They’re all animals because I don’t like the human characters as plushies.

I either want to be Belle or Pocahontas. What a difference, right?!

I cry every time I watch Mulan.

My first movie at a German theatre was “Aladdin.” In an American theatre “The Lion King.”

I stood in line at Disneyland to get my picture taken with a Disney Princess. I hoped for Belle, I got Aurora. What a disappointment.

Mom took me to Disneyland Paris after graduating from school at age 20. It was one of the best trips ever. She even helped me chase down characters to get a picture.

When I was an au pair, I constantly played the Disney Music channel on iTunes and sang to my little baby girl, all day, everyday.

When the music of the broadway musical “The Lion King” started playing, I started crying.

I mainly sleep in Disney clothing.

I once added an extra day of uni to my schedule, because there was a Disney seminar and I couldn’t not go. I would’ve gone any time of the week.

Walk of Fame Mickey Mouse

My BA-thesis, two papers and a presentation for uni were about Disney.

As a baby, I had swimming pants with baby Minnie and Mickey on them and I still have them.

As a kid, I had this little recording machine and the one song I sang a million and one times was “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas. I probably still have a tape somewhere.

I’m not willing to spend like 100 Euros on clothes without properly thinking about it, but let me walk into a Disney Store and I’ll pay whatever they say without batting an eyelid.

When I lived in San Francisco, I loved that there was a Disney Store and I went there a lot. So when I had to leave the city, I made sure to go one last time and properly say goodbye. I even uttered the word. I didn’t kiss the window.

The older I got, the worse my Disney obsession got.

My goal is to have all the Disney movies on DVD, especially the classics. I’m close, but I still have to work on it.

I have a new Disney backpack and it’s the cutest thing ever. I use it all the time, when I don’t have to carry around really heavy things, and it makes me smile, every time I see it.

I don’t know most Disney songs in my mother tongue German, because I always watched the movies in English.

I would love to be a Disney Princess at one of the parks for a day, but I’m sure that the kids would annoy me after only a few minutes, so more than 24 hours is not an option.

I’ve never been on Splash Mountain.

When I buy gifts for kids, I often buy Disney stuff, even if the parents are not much into it. A proper education can’t start early enough.

I’m absolutely addicted to the Disney Emoji game. It’s the main reason now, why I’m often running late or go to bed, too late. I just absolutely love it. Currently working on hitting level 200.

At Disneyland Paris, I bought a pair of little hand blown glass slippers and I broke one of them, which is actually pretty fitting, since I have one left, like in the fairytale.

I was on a school trip in Tuscany and in Florence, I wanted to go shopping, but the stores sucked. Then I saw people with bags from the Disney Store. I followed them, asked them and after what felt like forever, found the store. I was so happy.

To be continued . . .

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Goodbye October 2018

Goodbye October,

and hello cold and rainy November, a month nobody really needs. Here in Germany, it went from Indian Summer to first snow, in just one month. At least where I live. And yes, you read that right. There was snow and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I hope it stays away for a while, now, cause I’m not a big fan. Especially with all the idiots that don’t get their tires changed in time. I will never understand how winter can be such a surprise every year. Know where you live, people.

Anyway, let’s get to all the things that happened this month. My favorite day was the baby shower I threw for my bestie, who will give birth to my second god child, this month. We had the most amazing weather, we were in the middle of nature and it was just absolutely lovely, and I think everyone had lots of fun. We sat outside half the night, you could see every star in the sky and it was just really special. Despite all the drama that happened beforehand (For the record, this was the last damn time I organize anything bigger than inviting a handful of my closest friends for breakfast), we had a good time.

room

Other than that, I really didn’t do anything special. A breakfast, a fun trip to IKEA, a coffee date and the rest was trying to get as much time for myself in, as possible. Which I did. I wrote a lot, cause I definitely wanted to succeed at Blogtober and I did. It was insanely exhausting, cause I suck at time management. So I basically had to write everyday and I’m still surprised, I actually got it done. Glad that it’s over. This is my first post since October 31st, cause I needed a break. But the fact that I managed to publish 31 posts in one month, should make me get at least two or so out, every week.

Another big thing for me were insane problems with my teeth. You wouldn’t believe the pain they can cause. I’m honestly a bit traumatized from the dentist and scared now, every time I go. I’ve already been seven times over this whole mess and I’m still not done. For like half a week, I also looked like a lopsided chipmunk. I was even on sick leave. That’s how bad it was. I’ve never taken so many pain killers before. I’m glad that I’m doing a lot better now, but it’s still not fully handled.

So that’s pretty much it for the month. Nothing super special, but I actually like quiet months. I always need a lot of sleep and just love hanging out at home, doing chill things. I honestly never get bored and work currently stresses me out so much that I don’t really feel like being out and about a lot on weekends. I also won’t mind, if November is a rather quiet one, as well.

Sleep in, if you can. Put on the fluffy socks. Start getting excited for Christmas. Put up some extra fairy lights for the dark season. Do something nice for somebody else. Cozy up for winter. Enjoy every ray of sunshine and have a wonderful November.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Fall

Lovely life
Mean Girls Spectrum Collection organized cupboards succeeding at Blogtober Indian Summers  going through old embarrassing photos  Vapiano successful IKEA trips  scoring tickets to a P!nk concert ♥ helium balloons doing nice things for others  Panini Sticker Albums  Hocus Pocus  my armchair  sending videos of my messy room to my bff  waffles  my favorite café  sleeping in  lemon cake  new followers  sprinkles  good food  new music ♥ putting my god son on the front page of the paper  cute prints Blair Waldorf not screwing up making a cake 

Songs I loved
Little Mix feat. Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
Calumn Scott – You Are The Reason
Robin Schulz & Piso 21 – Oh Child

Interesting articles and videos
19 Memes You’ll Understand If You’re Antisocial AF And Never Go Out // 36 Magical Disney Products Even The Biggest Fans Probably Haven’t Seen Before // 28 Things People Under Age 14 Will Never Believe We Used To Have To Do // 24 Pictures That Will Make People With Siblings Laugh Harder Than They Should // These Friends Do A Celeb Group Costume Every Halloween And It’s So Good

My October posts
It’s Blogtober – Am I Really Doing This? // Photography: Seattle // “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” // Goodbye September 2018 // fall. // Mixtape #23 – Get Cozy // Being a Godmother // The Fall Tag // My Fall TV Schedule // 30 Writing Prompts for Lifestyle Bloggers // Things To Do On A Rainy Day // Photography: Madam Tussauds // Creative Minds Never Get Bored // Golden Days and Clear Sky Nights // Everything I Love About Blair Waldorf // Fiction: Emily And The Secret Garden // One New Message // My Favorite Halloween Movies // Tag: Would You Rather – Bookish Edition // I’m Fructose Intolerant – What The Hell? // Why “Happier” by Ed Sheeran Makes Me Mad // Photography: Fall Impressions #2 // My Favorite Quote // A-Z Au Pair Edition // Losing Yourself // Hi, I’m Hailey, and I’m addicted to buying stationery… // Things I Miss About School // Not Everyone You Lose Is A Loss // 10 Dates I Would Like To Go On // The Halloween Tag // Blogtober – That’s A Wrap

My October Instagrams I’ve been so out of touch with Instagram that I only posted these few pictures on stories. I didn’t even miss it.

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Blogtober – That’s A Wrap

OMG, I can’t believe that Blogtober is over and I actually managed to pull through. If I ever get an idea like this again, please stop me. It was one of the most exhausting months, ever. I really wanted to quit several times, but if I commit to something, I just can’t fail, no matter what it takes. I honestly don’t know how some people do this, all the time.

Fall

This is post number 31 and I feel really good about myself. I pretty much always had enough topics, but I was just often not motivated to write them. So there were some days, when I came up with something new, within minutes and went for it. I also recycled some that I deleted, ages ago, and I also went through my computer to find things I’ve written sometime. Throughout the whole month, I never really managed to get a few posts done in advance, which lead to me having to write almost every day. I posted pretty late on mosts days, but since there are many different time zones, it was actually not bad. And I only cheated twice, meaning that I posted past midnight (my time) and changed it, afterward.

What disappointed me a bit though, is the fact that I can’t say the views have rapidly increased. My posts were read 1077 times, which may sound small for bigger bloggers, but I’m kind of ok with it. But in the past years of blogging, I’ve had that happen before, with only posting a few times and it’s not like only ten people usually stop by, each month, either. I must admit, that I didn’t promote every single post a million times, but I still expected a few more views.

However, the engagement was much better. I received a lot more likes and comments than usual, gained some new followers and I highly appreciate all of it. I guess, I just have to post regularly and engage, but not hit that publish button, every single day. It’s definitely something I learned from this. And I honestly couldn’t go on, even if I wanted to. I just hope that I won’t go from 31 to 2 in November, but the fact that I pulled this off definitely motivates me to get my shit together and publish a few posts, each week.

In case you want to read everything I wrote for Blogtober, here you go:

It’s Blogtober – Am I Really Doing This? // Photography: Seattle // “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” // Goodbye September 2018 // fall. // Mixtape #23 – Get Cozy // Being a Godmother // The Fall Tag // My Fall TV Schedule // 30 Writing Prompts for Lifestyle Bloggers // Things To Do On A Rainy Day // Photography: Madam Tussauds // Creative Minds Never Get Bored // Golden Days and Clear Sky Nights // Everything I Love About Blair Waldorf // Fiction: Emily And The Secret Garden // One New Message // My Favorite Halloween Movies // Tag: Would You Rather – Bookish Edition // I’m Fructose Intolerant – What The Hell? // Why “Happier” by Ed Sheeran Makes Me Mad // Photography: Fall Impressions #2 // My Favorite Quote // A-Z Au Pair Edition // Losing Yourself // Hi, I’m Hailey, and I’m addicted to buying stationery… // Things I Miss About School // Not Everyone You Lose Is A Loss // 10 Dates I Would Like To Go On // The Halloween Tag

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The Halloween Tag

Tomorrow is Halloween and I thought it would be nice to put together a tag for the spooky season. These 15 questions are about the holiday, but also about the supernatural and more. If you love Halloween, also if not, feel free to answer them yourself. I’m curious to read your answers.

Halloween Vampire

01. What do you do for Halloween?
Unfortunately, nothing. I don’t know, I just don’t feel it on the countryside of Germany. I either want the real deal or nothing at all. On this day, I always miss not living in America, anymore. And it’s also my besties birthday, so I usually hang out with her.

02. What is your favorite Halloween movie?
Definitely Hocus Pocus. Nothing beats the Sanderson sisters and I never get tired of watching it. I just think that they are amazing characters.

03. What is the best costume you ever wore?
I have worn so many costumes throughout my life, I can’t even decide. We also celebrate carnival, which is definitely so much bigger in Germany, than Halloween. And I’ve been a Mermaid, a Genie, Belle and so many more. I’m also a big fan of being a vampire. All black outfit, a cape, some bat jewelery, blood and of course some red lips. A look, I would always go for.

04. What is your favorite candy?
How could I possibly decide?! I like most of it. Snickers, Twix, KitKat, Skittles, Gummy Bears, almost every kind of chocolate – my favorite is with nuts and raisins – and just all of it. I’m not super big on caramel though.

05. Do you put up decorations?
I don’t, but that’s mostly, because I still live at home. I have a whole box full of them from a party, I threw many years ago, but it just stays there. My family isn’t big on decorating for the seasons and they’re definitely not Halloween people.

06. How are your pumpkin carving skills?
I’ve done it before and it’s great fun. I’m not super great though. I do have a pumpkin carving set, but it has never been used. I really wanted to carve some this year, but there were just much more important things going on.

07. What kind of supernatural being would you like to be?
I’d love to be a witch like Sabrina, with her magic finger an all. Maybe a vampire, cause well, they’re just the coolest and I’m a night person, so that works. Also a ghost. But one, who can fly and go through walls and spy on everyone and everything.

Halloween Childhood Witch

Well, I look like I sniffed one too many potions.

08. What is your favorite monster or villain?
Maleficent just looks so amazing and I would absolutely love to have her costume. Also Poison Ivy. Love her.

09. What do you prefer: Halloween party or trick-or-treating?
Honestly, trick-or-treating. I think it’s so much more fun to check out decorated houses, collect tons of candy and just have a good time. I’m just still a big kid.

10. Has anything creepy ever happend to you, while being home alone?
I’m not sure, if there was some big thing. I tend to get pretty paranoid when I’m home alone. I hate going to the bathroom, when the shower curtain is drawn. I always hear a lot more noises, when I’m all by myself. I constantly think, there is someone in the house, but so far, I’ve never found anybody.

11. Would you visit a graveyard at night?
Not, if I didn’t have to. I mean, what’s the point anyway? There is something truly creepy about this. I guess, it’s just all the things that happen there in movies. They get to me.

12. Have you ever been to a haunted house. If not, would you go?
No, but I’ve always wanted to go. Not sure if that would be a good idea, though. I recently went to an amusement park and they had this The Walking Dead walk through, where everything is dark and zombies come out of the corners and scare you. I screamed a lot and it wasn’t fun. I would still try it, but maybe die.

13. Do you know the dance moves to Thriller?
Hell to the yes. They’re seriously not that hard and well, you need to know. If not, go to YouTube right away, and give it a shot.

14. Do you believe in ghosts, witches etc.?
I think, I do. I do believe that there is more out there than just us human beings and I truly think that ghosts are a thing. Maybe even witches. However, I don’t believe in zombies.

15. Vampire or werewolf?
These two species always seem to be the opposing ones. Back in the Twilight days, I was always Team Edward because well, for a brief second, all of us thought a glittering Robert Pattinson was pure perfection, right? And on Vampire Diaries, I’d say both. I mean Tyler or Damon? Come on. But if I was forced to answer, I’d definitely go with vampire. There is just something about them that I find very thrilling.

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10 Dates I Would Like To Go On

I’ve been single forever and I just can’t seem to find someone I’d be interested in going on a date with. I don’t think, I’ve ever been on a real date, at all. For me, that means with someone I don’t really know yet and where it is perfectly clear that it’s an actual date and not just two friends, who may or may not have something going on. I’m sure, it will happen, someday. But it’s just super hard to impress me, cause I get bored, really fast.

So don’t even think about taking me out to a movie or dinner. I want to get to know you and not sit awkwardly next to you for two hours, without talking or not knowing what to do with my hands. And I don’t really like to go out eating. I do it occasionally because my friends like to, but if I can somehow avoid it, I do. And it’s just the least creative thing, ever.

Therefore, I thought of some dates, I would absolutely love to go on. If I meet you and anything from this list would be your suggestion, you would have already done something very right. Too bad, my Tinder profile doesn’t include my blog, but I need to know how creative and dedicated the boys are on their own, anyway. And in case you think these are a bit over the top and maybe too expensive, I really don’t think that guys have to pay. I just want to see some effort.

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

01. Amusement Park
This is literally my absolute dream date. I mean, while we’re discussing this idea, it might as well be Disneyland. Could you imagine? This would just be the best thing ever. And he would get to know me with all my craziness, right away. He can either handle it or not. But I guess any amusement park will do. It’s just fun, you have time to talk, but it probably won’t be awkward, cause you go on rides, hopefully laugh a lot and it would just be great.

02. Ice Skating
Let’s just go and be clumsy together. We can hold hands and it would just come naturally. Just use each other as the training penguins. It’s a nice way to let go and just have fun. Anything that make you feel a bit like kids, is good. I’m sure of it.

03. Zoo or Aquarium
I just really want to go somewhere, where you move around, look at things and if you have a moment, where you don’t have anything to say, just talk about what’s in front of you. And since these places are usually crowded, just find a bench and do some people watching. If we can properly gossip together, about people we don’t know shit about (don’t judge me, we all do it), it’s a good sign.

04. A spontaneous trip to another country
Honestly, why not?! Maybe on like the third date, after making sure he’s not a serial killer. But what better way to get to know each other, than on holiday?! I know so many couples, who were all good, but couldn’t get through a holiday without constant fighting and eventually breaking up. It’s just a whole different situation from your everyday life, so it does make sense to find out, if you’re compatible on vacation or not. I always want to do and see a lot of things, so if you’re not culturally interested one bit, it’s not gonna go anywhere.

05, Game Night
I love playing board games, but I hardly ever have someone to play with. Or how about some old-school video games? I mean, If he would want to play FIFA all night, I’d be gone in a second, but some good old-fashioned Super Mario or something similar would be amazing. I definitely see myself with someone, who appreciates the 90s.

06. Sing karaoke
If he would whip out an old PlayStation with SingStar, I’d be over the moon. A karaoke bar would also be fun, but maybe with some more people. Let’s just merge cliques, right away.

07. Take a dance class
I’ve been wanting to do this forever, but I don’t want to get paired up with just some random person. Imagine, if he actually had some moves. I’d truly be over the moon. And yes, I know that I’m probably asking too much here, but a girl can dream, right?

08. Bowling, Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Paintball etc.
These are all activities that would be absolute fun on a first date. You can have a friendly competition – no, I will not let you win to stoke your ego – laugh about being terrible at it and I assume that these are good ideas to prevent awkwardness. And he could see right away what a clumsy goofball I can be, who just doesn’t take herself too seriously. He’ll either like it, or not.

09. A night beneath the stars
I’m thinking about a beautiful clear sky night, where you do some star gazing and just talk until the sun comes up. No moves or anything, just being with each other, without it immediately having to be about sex. And you know, cozy blankets, some tea and all.

10. Go to a fair or a boardwalk
Fairs and boardwalks are great fun. Just walking around together, have a ride on the ferris wheel, get some cotton candy or other unhealthy snacks, try and shoot some plastic flowers or win a stuffed animal.

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