Traveling Tips: Airplane Etiquette

Well lovelies, today's the day I officially start my Disney Adventure! I'm so pumped right now, and a little bit sad, but that's to be expected when you're moving to another country for a year. I know I'm going to have a blast though, so here goes nothing!

As for my blog, I thought I would be fun to share some tips for flying since I'll be spending a good chunk of my morning at the airport/ on a plane.

*I want to preface this post with the acknowledgement that I am not a professional on planes or etiquette, I'm just an avid people watcher and frequent flyer. I've been on all sorts of flights before (some as short as 2 hours, and some as long as 24 so I feel pretty comfortable with everything I'm about to share) However I know some of you might disagree and I'm cool with that too! These are just the sorts of things I've noticed in my travels.

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1. Sit where you're told: This is my biggest pet peeve, and it's one of the simplest tasks you can do. Step 1: look at your boarding pass. Step 2: look at what seat you are assigned to and Step 3: sit in THAT seat, not whichever seat you want! Nothing is more frustrating than being assigned a window or isle seat only to find someone has stolen it from you. This is not cool people. Instead try to book a window or isle seat ahead of time, or ask the clerk when you are checking in if they have any available seats that they can move you to instead.

2. The seating rule: This is just my theory and you can agree or disagree, but my view is such; if you have the window seat, be happy because not only do you get to look outside, but you have somewhere to rest your head if you want to sleep. If you are in an isle seat, you are fortunate because you have the isle for more leg space. Just be sure to be courteous of people walking by or the flight attendants with their carts. If you are in the middle, you should get both of the middle arm rests! Everyone else has an arm rest plus an added bonus, so I think it's only fair that you get both middle arm rests. Plus when the people on either side of the seat decide they want the inner arm rest it greatly decreases on the person in the middle's personal space.

3. No scents is good sense: Ok, this should go without saying but please make sure you are wearing deodorant! B.O. is not cool when you are in such close quarters and it will make everyone around you feel very uncomfortable. That being said, try not to wear any super strong perfumes/ colognes as well. Instead keep everything in moderation and if you really want to put on that strong perfume, then wait until you are off the plane. The same goes for eating anything with a super strong smell, for example cough drops. I know it might sound mean, but some people get headaches from strong smells, while others can be allergic all together. So try to keep your scents mild and it will make the flight enjoyable for those sitting around you.

4. Go to the bathroom BEFORE you board the plane: I sound like my mom when I say this but we all know there is always that one person who is guilty of breaking this rule! The only way I can excuse your need to go to the washroom on the plane is if you are on a long flight for example from Canada to Australia. But even then, you should still go BEFORE you leave so you cut your bathroom visits down. No one likes getting up when they're trying to watch a movie/ eat/ sleep. So please use your common sense.

5. Respect the flight attendants: These people are pretty much your maid, server, bar tender and parent for the duration of your flight so please be kind and patient with them. They have over 100 people to look after and are given a very small space to do it in. So be patient if you need them, and at the end of every flight be sure to flash them a smile and say "Thanks!"

6. Walk with your carry-on luggage in front of you:
When boarding the plane walk with your carry-on luggage in front of you and low to the ground. Often when people hold their purses over their shoulders or backpacks behind them they can accidentally hit nearby passengers. By keeping your carry-on in front of you, you will have more control of it's movements. And if you do accidentally hit someone just apologize nicely.

7. There's no need for a stampede: Once the plane has landed and the seat belt sign has been turned off, don't everyone rush to leave at once. Some people, like me, who are shorter need more time to get their luggage down from those overhead bins and if you are pushing forward it means we are either going to be trampled as you try and push through, or we will get yelled at for holding you up for a whole 15 seconds. If you are going to be in a rush, plan an extra 10 minutes into your arrival time. That being said, please don't take your sweet time to put your luggage away either.

8. If you see someone struggling, help them out: this tip goes along with #7 but if you see someone struggling with putting away or getting their luggage help them out. I'm sure they will really appreciate it. The same goes when filling out those customs forms. If the person beside you has never filled one out, or if they don't have a pen, then help them out instead of sitting there ignoring them. A little kindness goes a long way.

9. Look before you recline: I know it's tempting to push your seat back in full reclining position the moment you are able to, but be sure to check who's sitting behind you first. Does this person have a child on their lap? Are they in the middle of eating their meal? If so then try reclining your seat half way so that you both can be happy. And again, be sure to assess the situation before doing so! No one needs their kid to get hit in the head or a hot coffee on their lap!

10. Alcohol and altitude don't mix: I know it's tempting to have a few drinks before/ during the flight, and by all means go for it. I'm not here to rain on your parade. Just make sure you do it in moderation because you don't want to be the obnoxious drunk on the plane. Also keep in mind that the altitude of the plane will make the alcohol have a greater effect on your body so you will feel drunk faster.

However the most important thing to remember when flying is to just relax and have fun! Read a book, watch a movie, or have a nap because you spent the night before packing instead of sleeping (guilty!!!). Whatever it is you're doing or wherever it is you're going, I hope you will keep these tips in mind and always have a safe and happy trip!

Cheers everyone!
♥ Megan

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Magical Monday!

I don't really have a lot to say today, other than peace out Canada! I love you, but now it's time to spread your awesomeness to all the people that visit Disney. (woo!) Only 15 hours to go, and believe it or not I'm almost packed! *gasp, shock, amazement* I know! I'm kind of proud of myself for that.

I also want to point out that I will probably be a ghost on the blog for the next week or so, but never fear because I have some AMAZING sponsors for February that you can check out on my sidebar. They will most definitely keep you inspired while I'm gone, and I'm so lucky to have them all! ♥

And finally, if you want to keep in touch with me I'll still be active on my twitter! And what's even cooler is I'll be able to participate in the instagram photo a day challenge that Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim has created. Just look at these prompts, and think how awesome it's going to be while I'm at Disney! haha

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Ok enough blabbering, I'm off to enjoy my last day in Canada!

Cheers!
♥ Megan

P.S. Thank you to all the wonderful people who have left me super sweet comments and e-mails about my Disney trip. You're all amazing and I am so happy to share this all with you!

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Dear Brain: Y U NO Prioritize Properly?

Holy crap you guys, I move to Florida in 5 days (!!!) and I haven't started packing (despite me saying a million and one times that I was going to). I can't help it though, the way my brain sees it is: 'Meh, if I pack this early all my clothes will get wrinkled'. ...Does anyone else think that way or is it just my inner procrastinator kicking in?

Oh well. Regardless of my packing failures, I haven't been sitting around doing nothing. On the contraire I've been trying to see all my friends before I leave, buying some last minute necessitates and of course now of all times is when I became fixated on planning my next cosplay. Don't ask me why I'm planning for something 6-9 months in advance when I should be focused on leaving in 5 days. It's just how my brain works.

With that being said, I think I've finally made a decision (with the help of some twitter friends!):
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That's right ladies and gents, I'm totally making my next cosplay this gorgeous Steampunk Poison Ivy! Isn't she fabulous?! I mean, her hair alone is to die for! I just wish I had someone to cosplay as Steampunk Harley with me. That would make it super badass.

Anyways, I swear I'll start preparing for Disney starting NOW! (If I write it then I have to be held accountable, that's how it works right?)

If you catch me slacking off on twitter, tumblr or this blog in the next 5 days I give you all full permission to tell me off for not packing haha!

Cheers guys!
♥ Megan

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Sponsor for FREE in February!

Oh my goodness you guys, I left for a week and when I came back I had 100 followers!
I'm in shock, awe and deeply flattered! Thank you so much!

I know numbers don't really matter, but for me this is a big accomplishment for my little blog. Why is it an accomplishment? Well because I've got to make so many new friends through blogging, and your comments are always so helpful and sweet. Without you guys this blog would just be me talking to myself which is ok and all, but the company sure is nice!

So as a thank you I'd like to start offering FREE sponsor spots on my bliggity-blog!

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* Sponsor spots can be for your personal blog or your shop, it's up to you! Also note that all links will be rotated halfway through the month to make sure everyone sees them! Now for the details:

The first size I'm offering is a Large ad which is 200x150. (3 per month - 0 left for Feb)
If you are interested in this size all I ask is that you link back to me on your blog. You will also have the chance to write a guest post or host a giveaway if you so choose. Just let me know if you're interested when you contact me! I will also feature you in a sponsor post at the end of the month!

The second size I'm offering is the Medium ad which is 200x70.
With this size you will be featured in the sponsor post at the end of the month!

If you're interested contact me at: megansoares (at) hotmail (dot) com by January 28th!

Once again thank you, thank you, thank you so much you guys! I'm super excited to have you all here! You're the best!

♥ Megan

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Magical Monday!

I completely forgot to tell you guys but look what came in the mail 2 days before Christmas!
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My Disney Look book! I also got my official offer of employment from Disney on Mickey Mouse letterhead. How cool is it to have official Disney mail? (Let me tell ya, it's pretty darn cool!)

Anyways, there's only 21 days until I leave guys! I really need to get my act in gear and start planning on what I need to pack. I have a feeling packing for a year abroad is going to be a lot harder than I anticipate.

Do any of you have pointers on packing for extended periods of time away from home? The longest I've ever been abroad was a month and even then my suitcase was pretty big!

Also, just to make things super exciting, Disney is having an event the night I get there called “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” Welcome Event where we can get our pictures taken with Toy Story characters, and there will be free food, drinks and dancing! *resisting the urge to explode with excitement*

Have a magical day everyone!
♥ Megan

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Friday's Favourite Things

What is this? I said I was going on a hiatus and then I write 3 posts! I must have got a random urge to blog. That, or I'm procrastinating on my packing and organizing (chances are it's the later of the two) Regardless of my intentions, I have put together a short list of things I'm currently loving this week. One might even say I'm tickled pink by them *wink wink*

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I love this Modcloth dress so much that I might actually order from them again. I figure I might have better luck this time... plus it's just so damn pretty!

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This too true drawing on all the reasons why I love wearing baggy shirts. Especially if they are baggy shirts with nerdy pictures on them!

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I've been in love with Kate O'Brien's photography ever since I was in highschool. She never ceases to amaze me.

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I wish I had a prom to go to because I want to sew this McCall's dress so badly.

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I'm also smitten with this super girly winter coat! I just wish I knew where it was from.

And lastly the thing I'm loving most of all this week is my wonderful boyfriend who surprised me with Cirque de Soleil tickets as a going away present! I'm such a lucky gal to have a guy like Greg!

Have a great weekend lovelies!

♥ Megan

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Behind the Scenes: December

I think I made up for my lack of photos in November by taking an over abundance of them in December. Especially if they were pictures of Toby. I think December was one of my favourite months though. It had Christmas, New Years, Greg's birthday, my best friend Kimi's birthday, and it gave me a chance to be super creative and make everyone's gifts!

January has started off pretty good too. Last night I hung out with Greg's friends and we played a game called Munchkin which I totally kicked ass at. Now I'm tempted to go out and buy my own deck to bring to Florida. ...Anyways, onto December's pictures!
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I laughed at Toby for sleeping in the weirdest positions & Then dressed him up for Christmas
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I got a new wig & Started sketching again. Apparently watching one episode of Carnivale rubbed off on me because I've been drawing circus sideshow acts non-stop
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I made a Ginger Doctor because he's always wanted to be a ginger (his fez kinda slid down his head though) & I drew a Christmas TARDIS in Stephanie's Christmas card
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I went to a "It's beginning to look a lot like... Halloween?" party which was a combination of Halloween and Christmas themes. I was a makeshift Amy Pond & I got my first beautiful hair fascinator from Hive & Honey!
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I helped Professor Tobington with his research & He helped me with my sewing (NAAAWT)
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My sisters and I (we are 24, 22 & 19) all read Twas the Night Before Christmas & How Mater Saved Christmas on Christmas eve before we went to bed as is tradition & I got a new mustard colored cardigan for Christmas!
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My favourite parts of Christmas breakfast, bacon & potato bread with Greaves chili sauce (or potato scones if you're Scottish)
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And lastly, I made Peppermint Vodka as gifts for my friends & I got a TARDIS ornament from Stephanie!

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Hello 2012!

Happy new year everyone!!! Here are some pictures of how I spent my last night of 2011.
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Greg and I spent the night with his family at some fancy shmancy banquet hall celebration. I wish I could say I had a blast, but these sorts of gatherings aren't really my thing. Greg and I, plus his sister and her boyfriend were the youngest ones at the party by at least 20 years and the combination of noise makers and loud sound systems left me with a massive headache all night long. Oh well. At least I got to spend the night with Greg which is all that matters to me.

I hope you all had a great time last night! What did you get up to?

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