It's beginning to feel a lot like Fall!

After a cold Winter and rainy Spring I always get super excited for Summer, pool days, the sun shining, floaty dresses and weekends strolling down Bardstown Road enjoying the bright sky and warmth. The idea of relaxing by the pool with drinks and a good book never fails to make me smile, so the thought of saying bye to Summer leaves me feeling a little sad. Every year during those few days where the pool closes and the weather can't make up it's mind, I seem to forget just how much I love Fall/Autumn, but as soon as the colours start to change outside and the pumpkins fill the shops, I start to smile again and get that warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy. The air is fresh and crisp and I realize that soon I can adorn my oversized jumpers, fluffy boots and, when home in the UK, curl up by the fire. :) I think this would have to be my favourite time of year, not only because I simply love the coziness the next few months bring, but Fall leads to Winter and with Winter brings Christmas...but that's for another blog post! :p Where were we? Ahhh Fall! :)

I've been looking up, on Pinterest, tons of Fall décor ideas and I also watched the lovely Casey Holmes Fall décor YouTube video, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOjC-UBPM-k she has some wonderful ideas and makes everything look stunning. I was inspired this past weekend but didn't want to have to go out and buy a bunch of things just yet, I wanted to play around with what I already had lying around. So while the whole apartment isn't quite finished, these are just two little things that I messed with! :)


I still had gold paint left over from my mason jar experiment a few posts ago ( http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-little-bit-of-diy.html ) and I had a small Bed, Bath and Beyond Gelato candle, that my sister Kelly had bought me, that was coming to an end, so I peeled off the sticker and decided to paint it. I liked the idea of recycling it and making it into something I could still use. I used a small sponge to apply the paint, it did leave the glass with a few lines and strokes here and there which is why people must use spray paint for projects like this, however, I found that you can buy little pots of paint for a lot cheaper and I have more use for paint than I do big cans of spray paint, but you can use whatever you like! :) I also think it gives it a more rustic looking vibe! I then looked in my craft box and pulled out some orange twine and wrapped it around the bottom just to add a pop of colour. I popped a tea light in the middle and voilà my little candle can still shine and with an added Fall feel. :)

 

I see these artificial flowers and leaves all the time at work (Michaels) and think they are gorgeous, I had been wanting to get some for decorating this year as I thought it would be something different that I hadn't tried before. I have the odd fake flower around my apartment leftover from my wedding, but other than that I don't experiment much in that department. But watching other peoples ideas and with the colours too pretty to resist, I picked these up in the sale and had just the place for them to go. My husband had bought me a mango candle from Kroger a while back that came in the form of a bright orange mason jar, when it finished I hadn't wanted to part with it as again I thought I could make use of it. Well it fit perfectly with the fall theme and with some gold ribbon placed around the top, it made for a beautiful vase. This is now one of my favourite little decorations. :)

 
 
I'm looking forward to doing some more DIY in the coming weeks and have some ideas in mind, so stay tuned! :) But in the spirit of Fall, I also did some baking using the number one Fall ingredient...PUMPKIN!
 
Now, I like the odd slice of Pumpkin pie and the occasional Pumpkin spice Frappuccino but I can't say that I totally love the taste of Pumpkin, but mix it with chocolate, cinnamon, sugar and a bunch of other flavours and it's rather tasty! :p
 
I have a recipe for pumpkin bars that I really like, I simply add way more cinnamon than the recipe calls for and they then taste like donuts, this recipe is really simple and uses one bowl, it's quick and the results are always delicious. One day I was looking to make something chocolaty and I didn't fancy making a mess of my kitchen aid so I thought I would experiment and this is what came about: hope you enjoy! :)
 
Chocolate Pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips.
 
Oven to 350 degrees.
 
What you will need:
2 eggs
1/2 cup Vegetable oil
1 cup of white sugar
1/2 can of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup of All purpose flour
1/2 cup coco powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips.
 
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together until incorporated.
 
Lightly spray a cupcake pan with oil or butter spray and fill with batter, alternatively you can use cupcake liners but I just put the batter straight into the pan.
 
Bake for 25 - 30 minutes. Keep your eye on them, check at about 20 mins, they will be ready when a spaghetti strand or cake tester comes out clean. :)
 

 
Yum and Happy Monday! :)
 
If you have any Fall décor ideas or recipes please share them in the comments below, I would love to read them! :)
 
Love Lulu xx
 


Mini, mini fun haul!! :)

I have had a little break from blogging over the past week due to my sister and my brother in law visiting. I got to spend time with my Kelly (twin sister) for a whole week and hang out with Chris (my brother in law Chris) just like old times and it was an absolute blast. They left this morning and already I am missing them like crazy and the apartment is all quiet. But, I must not get sad as I hope to go and visit them soon and I am grateful for the week that's just passed! :)

When Kelly is around life just makes sense and I feel happy and have confidence in the world, I can't really explain it but that's just how it is. I've mentioned before that I often feel odd when I am out by myself, I simply don't know how to act and tend to hum and talk to myself and look a tad lost, well this week I was so excited that I could get out and go to the mall and do usual tasks and errands with Kelly by my side. Its always more fun getting to makeup shop with her actually with me, rather than having to ring her up or text her for her opinion and then struggle trying to explain, describe and justify my purchase through technology. :p In addition, I hadn't had a Starbucks and Target day since she moved to Florida as that's something we would do together and I was starting to crave Starbucks. This I got to do twice, one with just Kelly and me and the other with her Chris joining us, which is also one of my favourite things and something that the three of us used to do all the time! :) Kelly and I had plenty of tea and catch up hours and spent time making cards and doing our crafts together too, it was a lovely week and I can't wait till we buy those houses next door to each other so we can get back to seeing each other every day!! (Are you making notes husbands? :p )

Today I thought I would do a mini haul, mini as I have been trying really hard to be good lately and haven't been buying a whole bunch of stuff, but with Kelly by my side I got to have a bit of fun and get a few treats here and there. I also started a part time job at Michaels yesterday, so I thought I could get a goodie or two! :p

 
I had been wanting to try this face wash for the longest time now as I had heard so many great things about it. I have been using the St Ives face washes and think they are wonderful and make my face feel really fresh after, but I wanted to mix and match instead of using the same one day and night every day. So I went ahead and bought the little bottle just to try it out and see if it would work with my skin. I always get nervous when trying new face washes as I worry how my skin will react, however this one is amazing. I know Jaclyn Hill raves about it and I can see why, it smells lovely and fresh like a spa and it is super smooth and leaves my skin simply feeling really clean and awake. Its even gentle enough that if I'm wearing mascara I gently rub it over my eyes and it takes it all off. I will definitely be re purchasing this item, maybe even the bigger bottle! :p
 
 
I have really been loving the Fall trend of the darker, bold lip and I have been obsessing over Jaclyn Hill's new lipstick '1995' from Gerard Cosmetics lately. However, I didn't want to purchase '1995' without knowing if that colour would work for me. I went to Sephora and searched around for something not too expensive that I could experiment with and I found this Bite Beauty Duo lipstick. The Musk side you see here is that popular pinkish, brown, mauve colour and I have to say I love it. I have never purchased anything from Bite before but this lipstick is gorgeous and I love how it feels on my lips too. It's extremely creamy and goes on beautifully smooth and the colour lasts for ages on me. It's perfect, although I am now even more tempted to buy '1995'... :p
 
 
This is the other side to the duo I bought, Lychee. This one I love too, it lighter and a little more baby pinky but it's still so pretty. On my lips its slightly more sheer but I love the shine it has to it.
 
 
In keeping with my Fall lip obsession right now, Kelly treated me to this Mac lip liner in the shade 'Whirl' I know, I know, I have been watching way too much Jaclyn Hill and Nicole Guerriero, but in all honesty it is beautiful!! :) And I for one know it's a winner when Kelly says it looks nice too! :p I have never really used or bothered with lip liner until I saw these girls using them to not only outline their lips but to fill them in too, I thought it looked really elegant and simple and wanted to try it out. This liner stayed on my lips for hours and I just adore the colour. Thank you Kelly!!!! :)
 
I'm not very good when it comes to fashion and although I do love seeing the fashion change to fit the coming seasons, I still somehow always manage to get by with the same old clothes in my wardrobe. I have a few sweaters, tees, pairs of jeans and dresses and it suits me just fine, but every now and again I get the urge to change it up a bit and do a clothing overhaul and, well, it doesn't end up being the huge change that I imagine, really, put me in a pair of Pajama's and I'm all good! :p I remember saying to Kelly that I much prefer dresses to jeans but recently I have found myself fitting the t-shirt and jeans kind of girl category, except, let's be honest, t-shirts and leggings, jeans are just too tight and have too many buttons! I swear I do try! :p Kelly and I had a bit of fun in Target and found the perfect mix of style and comfort...

 
Last but not least for my mini shopping spree, I purchased this incredibly awesome Chuck poster (the poster in the black frame to the left.) and extremely awesome Chuck/Buymore Keychain. After mine and my sisters disappointment in not finding any Chuck merchandise at Warner Brothers studios, see http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/09/hanging-out-in-la.html , I went on a hunt to find some memorabilia for my Chuck/ Zachary Levi/ First Date corner and found that you could still get a bunch of cool things on Amazon! :) My sisters and I all now have matching key chains and posters! I love sitting by this corner, it's my favourite! :)
 
 
 
I hope you enjoy this random mini haul. I'm not a big spender but every now and again I enjoy my mini shopping sprees and finding cute and fun little items that make me smile! :)
 
Have a great day! Keep smiling! :)
 
Love Lulu xx

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


What do women really want????!!!

*Just some thoughts I have been having recently and wanted to share. Does not apply to ALL men or ALL women! I hope this blog in some places will make you laugh in acknowledgement of what a crazy, unique and interesting bunch we ALL are and I hope some parts will make you think! In the end I feel the main point, for you men too, is that we can all stand to appreciate and love each other that much more! :) *

My husband went away for 4 days this past weekend and I missed him like crazy. While I still  worked on my own little projects and got things done, I counted down the hours till he walked through the door so I could squeeze him tight and never let him go! :)  During the time he was away I also did a lot of thinking, I thought about men and women and what we are like! I always come across magazines and tweets and pinterest quotes that do a lot of generalization about each of our kinds. Most of the time I enjoy reading them, as it's always nice to know there's people out there who understand your pain and confusion in that the simplest task of putting the dirty clothes in the laundry basket is somewhat of an incredibly difficult maze for (some) guys. :p But as of late when I have been reading and hearing the word feminism thrown around, I find that a lot of things out there seem very negative towards men. It seems that women are often criticizing them for something or another. Now don't get me wrong I am not saying they are perfect, but neither are we and I think women seem to forget that more than men.

I remember when I was in High school being asked the question 'what do you want in a man?' and I remember answering 'I don't know' I remember sitting there thinking to myself, how can I possibly answer that or say what he has to look like?. But I kid you not, and much to my surprise, many girls did actually answer 'tall, dark and handsome,' and knew exactly what they wanted and were pretty adamant on what a man must be. So from that little lesson to my observations, readings and perusing through social media, most women want a man who is:

Funny
Attractive
Looks after himself.
Has a good job
Passionate
Caring
Cleans
Takes out the trash
Deals with car problems
Listens
Great with kids
Makes them feel safe
Opens doors for them
Offers to pay the bill
Takes them on dates
Surprises them with gifts
Romantic
Charming
Rugged
Sexy
Can cook
Do laundry
Supports them.
Can recite poetry.
Plays an instrument.
Serenades them.
Bit of a bad boy.
Sensitive.
Let's them be independent.
Doesn't play games
Fixes things
Does manly tasks.

In other words women want a man who literally does everything and is a combination of all different types. For example:

We want a man who will swoop out of know where and rescue us and keep us safe from all harm. I mean who could resist a man like Thor whisking them away to another realm, all God like and then saving us from all the bad people? But Thor must know that we are not weak and if we suddenly decide that we want to be Miss independent and fight our own battles and be tough, then he should stand well back and leave us to our own devices. :p

We'd like a man who knows that it's not our job to take out the trash or fix the car or clean the gutters, but he must know that we are most definitely capable of doing such tasks, we just don't like to do them and consider them a man's job. However, he must never say that they are a man's job as that would be sexist.

We want a man who will do the laundry, iron and fold the clothes but if he doesn't do it OUR way then he is wrong and completely useless. What's wrong with his way??!!

We sometimes get so angry towards men who look at naked women or women posing provocatively, yet we forget that it's our so called kind that are 'betraying' us. We go on about sticking together and fighting for girl power but women are the ones breaking that 'rule', posing and technically giving men what they want and putting it out there for men to have access too. Clearly it's us women who haven't quite got on the same page there and therefore shouldn't we be mad at each other??!!

Our men must not look at or point out another women who is pretty and dressed sexy, yet we happily talk and have fun girly chats about Chris Evans's butt in Captain America. We go and watch romantic movies and drool over Channing Tatum and talk about how ridiculously hot he is. If a man talks about another women in that way he is often considered a pig. (On a side note, I do not consider Chris Evans a piece of meat, he seems incredibly sweet and just lovely. :) ) Women will be flocking out in their thousands to go and see Fifty Shades of Grey but if was other way round and the film had a dominate, sexy leading lady and it was being built up for men?......

Furthermore, we love when men recite poetry and talk about us with respect and like we are the most precious thing on the planet (Seriously how amazingly romantic and old fashioned is Tom Hiddleston?) but we will dance a long to catchy rap songs, that are degrading to women, if it has a catchy beat, although some days we might decide it's offensive and then other days we will continue to dance. It just depends on how we feel that day. ;)

We day dream and like to share quotes that give our guys hints or we make little lists. For instance, I always see quotes that read: 'all women simply want is a guy to kiss her on the forehead, sneak up and hug her from behind and treat her like she is a princess' But then when we see a list of what guys want, we immediately get offended and think they are rude, yet we don't stop to think about what they thought of our list. Automatically their list is wrong and should include more sweet things because that's what WE want.

We talk about how we are delicate creatures and how men should respect us and learn to cope with us during 'that time of the month' and such. They should be thoughtful and sweet because it's science and that's how the women's body is made up. It's unfair and they don't know what it's like and they just don't understand us or get how hard it is to be a girl sometimes. But if they so much as do anything that comes from their animal instincts of being a man and how their body and brain is made up, then they should have known better, etc.

When you type in 'What men want?' or 'Love quotes for men.' on Pinterest it comes up with a bunch of quotes as to what women want from their men and the odd quote actually referring to what men want. For example:

These and a bunch of others like this come up. We often talk about what women deserve and how they need their knight in shining armor to come and save them from all the bad men out there. We need Superman to come and heal our broken heart and to understand what the guy before him did. This Superman needs to realize that we have been hurt before and that we are going to treat him how ever we want to treat him because we have the right too. We know that he 'could' be just the same as the other guys. I have a brother!! A brother who is beyond awesome in every way, a brother who is sweet, tough, lovable, gorgeous and extremely kind hearted, if you think for a second you can play games with him and act like he has to treat you like a princess with out treating him like a prince, I will most definitely tell you where to go. These girls act like they deserve the world, but then treat guys who give them the world with no respect, just incase he turns out like the other guys, or they keep the nice guy on his toes and play games with him incase they suddenly decide that they want more of a bad boy and in actually fact this old fashioned Superman type that they thought they wanted is "too" nice. If you are a girl that doesn't think that the quote above applies just as much the other way round, then please stay away from my brother!!!!

I don't mean to sound like I am against women, I'm not at all, and I would like to make it 100% clear that this is definitely not all women or even all men. I for the most part would like to think that I do not act like some of the situations above, but I know that I am also not a saint in the matter, thanks to Ross and Rachel I occasionally burst in to little renditions of 'Baby got back.' :p In addition I know that some of these observations come from magazines such as Cosmopolitan, which are designed for women, and I know if I was to look through a men's magazine that I'm sure I would find plenty of statements that show men aren't so innocent. I guess all I am getting at is maybe it would be nice if our women's magazines changed the way they talk a little bit and if, we, as women on a whole changed our attitude towards men and how we perceive them. Maybe we should act and speak with more positivity and more kindness in our hearts and in return men would feel like they can relax and not feel like whatever they do or say is going to get them yelled at. I feel that over time we are the ones that have made men the way they are, with our constant questions or comments of 'you should do it this way' or 'why don't you get me?' or 'I want this, no actually I want it this way.' we really are quite the confusing breed and I think somewhere a long the line some men felt like they just couldn't win and gave up a little. I'm sure we have all experienced our parents say "You're not even trying or even doing it right just so I don't ask you to do it again." when it came to doing chores growing up, well, I think men got so fed up of us telling them that they weren't doing something right that it became easier in some cases to just leave us to do it ourselves.

Another thing, don't you think us women have it pretty great? I mean we live in a world now where we can be anything we want to be, we can do any job we want, (though yes I am aware of money and fighting for equality in other aspects) we have so much choice over so many pretty clothes, we can wear make up, we can do all the things that men do and it really isn't frowned up on any more. We can be tough chicks, quiet girls, confident women, we can be ladies who like to watch football with the boys and go to car shows and a lot of time boys welcome us and we can fit right in, be it whatever kind of 'type' we are. During my wrestling years, I had an awesome group of friends that I got to share my passion with and gender never even mattered, it was the most fun and drama free place to be with the boys and in those lessons I felt like I had the best of both worlds.

Guys have come a long way too, I mean in recent years it's become main stream for them to be able to wear skinny jeans and be a little more feminine, they are accepted as fashion designers and nurses. But wait, hang on a minute, if you actually stop to think about it, I believe that even though these kinds of things have become more main stream, it's actually still more judged and criticized than say a girl mechanic. Think about it, if a man goes to watch a girlie movie, you know he is going to get a little stick from his friends, if a man wants to be a makeup artist you know he is going to have to deal with people questioning if he is gay, if a man is in touch with his feminine side and allows a girl to talk to him, he is often put into the friend zone, if a man is a stay at home Dad people will joke about who's wearing the pants in the family. Therefore, it seems that men don't quite get that welcome freedom to be anything they want to be as much as women.

Sometimes I wonder if us women walk around with our heads held high acting like we are hard done by just because we can. We have made men so scared of us and treat them as if our life is a struggle and we do so much that they must bow down, when really both gender's have struggles. I believe men maybe even more so. You know, once when I was working at a nursery I got so excited thinking about a Father's day card, I was going to get the kids to draw cars and then do their finger prints as the wheels, I couldn't wait to show the other teachers and get started on them. The Mother's had been so happy with their Mother's day cards, I thought the Dad's would love there's. However, I was told that we didn't do Father's day cards as some children don't have Father's. In my group alone I had maybe 4 out of 9 kids whose Dad's picked them up and dropped them off every day and the other 5 kids whose Dad's I would see at least twice a week dropping them off and picking them up.

Have you ever heard a women joke about the fact that men do hardly any of the work to produce a baby, they laugh and talk about how they had to carry the baby for 9 months and they treat men as if they are so small in the equation. They go on about how men don't know what it's like to have their body completely change and what it feels like to push a baby out? Yes? I have too. Far to many times I have heard those women go straight for blaming the man. Is it just me or should women be blaming science or God or whomever they believe in for that???!!! Correct me if I'm wrong but it's not like the men set out to design our bodies so they didn't have to deal with that. One way or the other we evolved and that's how human bodies were formed and women just happened to be the ones that were given the magic of carrying a child. When its time for my husband and I to have a baby I'd like to make sure he knows that he is just as important and how blessed I feel to have him in my life and by my side through the whole process.

If you truly think about it, men don't ask for a lot. They really don't. In getting married I have a husband who looks after me, he protects me, he brings home the bacon but supports my choices of going to work or not, he says thank you when I do the laundry and make dinner, he wakes up on weekends and makes me breakfast because I make it during the week. He's sensitive and he listens, yet he's sexy as hell and can kick ass. He's way better with fashion and picks out clothes for me and I'm the one that can actually build a shelf and a dresser the right way round. I take out the trash and I clean the toilet and in our little world we don't set jobs based on sex, there's no job that he should do or I should do because he's a man and i'm a women, we make it work and everything is naturally 50/50. He doesn't talk about work and stand on a podium telling me how many hours he just worked and he NEVER complains about ANYTHING. We don't expect things off one an other or act like we owe each other something or one of us is a better partner because we do this, this and this. We do things in love and don't make up lists and wait to pounce when one might fail. Shouldn't that be how we all act towards each other regardless of gender? (I'm not bragging or acting like our marriage is perfect but it took my amazing husband to make me realize a lot of this stuff, as when I stopped to take a breathe and actually listen to what he was saying, (men do talk, are we really listening?) when I let go of my past insecurities (my job to fix them not his) and took in everything this man in front of me was, and once I stopped nagging him to put his socks in the wash basket and not next to it, (he does a million tasks that I don't do, yet I pick on him for this one little thing he doesn't do, why? ) I realized I got one of the good ones and that he truly is a beautiful person.)

So for those women who seem to get angry at men and think women have something to prove, I ask you, is it really the men that are the problem? Is it really the men that are doing everything wrong? Is it really men that are incompetent and useless? or are we simply asking too much? Are we so quick to judge them that they just can not compete to our standards? And aren't we really the ones that need to come down a peg or two and instead of getting on our high horse about men having the best jobs or this and that, can we not just say thank you to those men who take those roles to provide for their families and take on the loads of stress because they are still old fashioned and care about something bigger than themselves? (Women please go after those jobs too but know we all deserve them equally.) Can we not sit back and say thank you to all those men, for example, who fought in WW1 and WW2, to protect their country and the women they had at home? Or instead should I be angry at my Grandad, who fought in WW2, for not taking my Nanna with him and for being sexist, thinking she didn't belong out there? And women, should we not just try and be a little more laid back and accept men for who they are? Shouldn't we stop acting like all men are evil and give those who are sweet a fighting chance? Shouldn't we stop making lists of what we want or what we think men should be?

And just as a side note, if all men really did want a women with blonde hair and big boobs, with no imperfections and the perfect body and who were always put together, never frazzled and always knew what they wanted, as we seem to think they do on their lists... I wouldn't have a husband!! :p

Again this is not all men and it's not all women. The world is one crazy and wonderful place filled with crazy and wonderful people. We are all individual and unique and we all have our own opinions. I have been around men who I most definitely do not care for or agree with and I have been around women to whom I do not understand or agree with. This is simply just my take on some of societies views and this is simply me standing up for those men in my life who are rather amazing and incredible people and to whom I do not feel it is fair for them to be thought of as anything but.

Have a blessed day!

Love Lulu xx

Go Go Power Rangers and WINNERS!

Happy Friday everyone! :)

This week has been a happy one, lots of smiling and cuddles and simply taking a step back and appreciating all that is around me. I definitely feel like I am making progress since I spoke about 'living in the now' in my previous blog http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/09/figuring-out-keys-to-happiness-plus.html I have been keeping busy, I got to work on getting some projects off the ground, after a little procrastination, I  reached out to a friend and through him being sweet enough to help, it gave me a positive boost that I needed and I'm really excited to show you all when it's finished! I have spent many hours on the phone to my Mum and Dad this week which is always needed but to which I am forever grateful for their time. I have had Voxer messages from Nanna and Grandad thanks to my awesome sister Jenny, I also got to Skype them last weekend, you couldn't wipe the smile off my face and I have taken in every little butterfly I get when I hear the car beep and I know my husband is back from work. We've been watching tons of wrestling together and cooking together and I know that when he is with me everything is wonderful and I am one lucky girl. :) Also, I have to say that I am extremely thankful for those of you who commented and messaged me, your words really meant the world and made me smile too, I felt very comforted and for that I can't thank you enough! :)

Today I thought I would share a few Friday favourites, things that have been keeping me occupied and that have been making me smile! :)


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers!
When my sisters and I were younger we loved everything our brother loved, Superman, Thunderbirds, Stingray and of course the Power Rangers. Our little sister might not have been old enough to fully appreciate our Power Rangers frenzy back then, but I was the pink Power Ranger, Kelly was the yellow one and our brother Chris, started out as the red one but then changed to the green and white one, as we all loved Tommy and thought he was the coolest. I remember one Christmas when the three of us got Power Ranger annuals, we bounced
off the walls with excitement. I don't usually remember Christmas presents from when I was little but that year my family had experimented with spending Christmas abroad in Florida, so we didn't have a tree or lots of presents, just those annuals, and I have to say I can clearly picture opening it to this day. (Simple things in life, it's not about tons of presents just one thoughtful one, thanks Mum and Dad) We treasured those books and never went anywhere without them. When we got a bit older Chris had collected a few Power Ranger toys, as he had to keep up with Tommy changing from green ranger to white ranger but Kelly and I were desperate to have our toy version of 'us' for when we ran round the house playing. :p We were beyond excited when Mum surprised us with our figures, Kelly yellow and me pink and we still have them to this day. :) The original, and in my opinion the best, Power Rangers ever! I recently came across Jason David Frank, he played Tommy, on Instagram and Twitter and he seems incredibly lovely and is still kicking ass! Give him a follow and I guarantee you will feel motivated and inspired, he's made me laugh a lot this week and smile thinking about my childhood! :) Instagram: @jdfffn
 
 
Zachary Levi!!!!
Now I know I talk about this guy a lot...like a whole, whole, whole lot and I am aware of this fact, however, I had to share this panel with you today as he is truly inspirational to me. This panel had me laughing out loud, grinning like the Cheshire cat and crying little sobs. I think he is a beautiful person inside and out and I implore you to watch this! :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&list=UU0JBkXHIa5Co_Jx4Q-2ukTg&v=jfEDPwxdpBc
 
 
Our Etsy Shop! :)
I felt inspired after watching the panel above and it gave me all the motivation and positive thinking to keep plugging away at out little shop! It makes me smile that it is something I can share with my sisters and gives us a way of working and being creative together. Everything we make comes from the heart and we make it because we think it's cute or cool, I hope that you will find something on there that you like and that can bring a smile to your face and just make you feel happy. :) https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetIsAlwaysInStyle Also, my awesome brother in law made us this advert and I think it's amazing and the sweetest thing. Thank you Chris! :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tuoTPsWd-is 
 
 
Jaclyn Hill! :)
 
I just adore her! :) This is one of my favourite looks that she has done, it's simple but so pretty and I must try it soon. I have a long list of her tutorials that I need to practice and try out, she's just gorgeous! https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8_uLoaqtWwc
 
 
If you have favourites or things that have made you smile from this past week, please share them in the comments below!! :)
 
Ooh and last but not least, as I mentioned above, it has made me very smiley this week reading your comments, that has been a favourite too. So without further ado the WINNERS (names picked out of a hat) of the Victoria Highfield Jewelers giveaway are:  
 
 
KRISTIN GOODSON
&
HEATHER OSTERFELD
 
Please get in touch with me at teamblossom@hotmail.com and I can get your parcels sent to you! :)
 
Thank you everyone for taking part!
 
Have a wonderful day!
Love Lulu xx
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

"Someone has made you the recipients of a pie from 'The Pie Hole...

... as in "shut your", or in this case, "open your" because it's real good. " - Olive Snook - Pushing Daisies! :) (I loved that show.)

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. The sun was shining here in Louisville all weekend long and it was simply beautiful outside. I got to spend time with my in laws, who came to visit from Virginia, we spent Saturday at Churchill Downs betting on the horses, which was a blast, followed by watching my husband, Chris, at OVW's Saturday Night Special, where he kicked butt. Sunday was spent having a little walk down Bardstown Road and a delicious late lunch at Cumberland Brews, before they had to leave us and head to the airport! :( It was a wonderful visit and so good to see them, I hope we can make a trip to Virginia soon as I miss everyone there bunches.

In the spirit of all things bright and sunny, this past week I experimented and stepped out of my comfort zone in the kitchen, by having a go at making a Lemon Meringue Pie! :) I had been wanting to bake one of these for the longest time, but for some reason always thought it would be really tricky. I thought the meringue would be messy and I wouldn't be able to get it right. However, my sister, Kelly, had left me with a frozen pie crust, when she emptied her freezer for her move to Florida, and I thought now was my chance! :p It's one of my favourite pie's to have for dessert as I just love how fresh it is and I love anything lemon. So, as I had a craving for something sweet last week, I set to work! :)

 
You will need:
 
1 pie crust.
1 cup of white sugar.
2 tbsp. all purpose flour.
3 tbsp. corn starch.
1/4 tsp salt.
1 1/2 cups water.
3 small lemons- juiced and zested.
2 tbsp. butter.
4 egg yolks beaten.
 
For the Meringue:
4 egg whites.
6 tbsp. white sugar.
 
 
Pre heat the oven to 350 of and make sure your pie crust is thoroughly thawed and half baked before you begin. My Mum rang as I was in the middle of cooking the lemon filling, as it started to get thick really quick I put it straight in the pie crust without thinking. When I got off the phone I let out a little "Noooooooo" :p I managed to salvage it so it worked out but just remember this step first. You want the pie crust to be nice and tasty.
 
Split your egg yolks and egg whites in two separate bowls so you have them prepared.
 
In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, corn starch, flour and salt. I did this before adding any heat. Then stir in the water, lemon juice and lemon rind (which I already prepared in bowls) turn on heat and mix together until it comes to a boil.
 
Stir in the butter. Then gradually mix 1/2 of your hot mixture into the bowl with your egg yolks. Give it a little mix then pour it all back into the saucepan and stir till thick.
 
 
 
Once thick, pour the mixture into your half baked pie crust. Set aside.
 
 
Now it's time to whip up your egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks form. You can do this with a hand held electric whisk or a kitchen aid/mixer. I was excited to use a different attachment on my kitchen aid, as in the 4 -5 years I have had this mixer, I don't think I have used this attachment once! :p
 
 
 
 
 
It was so simple and quick to make this meringue topping that I think I will be trying more meringue recipes out in future! :) When your meringue is nice and bright and stiff, you can place it on top of your pie! :)
 


 
Bake in the oven for around 10 mins or until meringue turns lightly golden! :)
 
 
 
And there you have it! :) I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to make this scrumptious treat. It turned out great and I was really happy with it. Chris, who isn't really a big fan of lemon actually enjoyed it too, so I definitely recommend giving it a whirl! :)
 
Hope you have a fantastic Monday!
 
Love Lulu. xx
 
Ooh and don't forget to leave a comment on my previous blog: http://www.lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/09/figuring-out-keys-to-happiness-plus.html for a chance to WIN a pair of Tresor Paris earrings from Victoria Highfield Jewelers! :) 
 
 







Figuring out the keys to Happiness!! Plus GIVEAWAY!!! :)

I've mentioned a million times before how I'm an over thinker and a worrier, I've also talked about how I love all things happy and like to spread positivity and be a bubbly, smiley person. These things, however, sometimes don't go well together, they tend to get muddled up and clash at times and I end up in a ball on the couch watching Chuck or Seinfeld and cuddling my husband. (Chocolate in hand/cup of tea) You see, I have a hard time focusing on the now, it's not too bad if I'm busy, running errands, scrapbooking and chatting to people, in those situations I'm full of fun and life. It's when it's quiet and I have those moments by myself or when all the fun and excitement has settled, that my over thinking kicks in and I can find myself getting very sad and emotional. One of the biggest causes for that is my being 4000 miles away from my family and my twin sister, Kelly, now living in Florida. I can't fully express how much I miss them all and at times I tend to dwell on these things and it all becomes overwhelming and simply hurts. My mind runs away with me and I have to know they are ok or I simply just wish to hug them and get frustrated that I can't. I struggle to find that balance between adoring my life with my husband and wanting to be around my family.

So the reason for my discussing this, is that I am trying to focus on finding that balance, on having less of the emotional meltdowns and therefore improving my mental state. I feel that I need to do this in order to have a healthy mind and outlook. My husband is my comfort and rationalizer in these situations and encourages me to live in the moment and focus on what is in front of me now, as well as all the wonderful things around me. I admit that that isn't always easy, but I most definitely want to try my best to learn how to do that much better than I have been in the recent months.

Today I have complied a list of all the positives in my life. This is the list I am going to keep referring back to during my shaky times!!

1)When I am missing my family I get to look at the thousands of pictures I have round my house, I love to send them emails or voxer messages or sit down and write them a letter or put together little parcels to send them of things that I have collected, that made me think of them, while I was out and about. In addition, I get to set up Skype calls so I can see their faces or I can send my Mum a quick text and get her to ring me. I have so many ways to keep in touch that sometimes when I begin to miss them I need to take a deep breath and be grateful for the wonders of technology. Moreover, my husband is truly awesome and reminds me that whenever I feel that I need to see them, all I have to do is book tickets and jump on a plane and go do just that. Even though that can seem like a huge task, it actually really isn't, it makes me feel calm and the problem is somewhat solved. I do love my husband! :)

*On a side note, if you are a twin I would be so incredibly grateful to hear how you cope with growing up and having families of your own. Do you still make decisions based on what your twin does or have you learnt to have a little more of a separate life with your partners?*

2) I have an incredible family who I love more than anything on the planet and I am beyond blessed and happy that I can feel that love from 4000 miles away!! :)

3) I get to spend lots of time with the awesomest husband in the world, who accepts my Chuck obsession and even watches the show with me, who introduces me to cool American shows like Seinfeld and who keeps me motivated to do DDP Yoga and makes me laugh by doing it with me. (Just to name a few of my favourite activities)

4) I have a roof over my head, a cute roof that I get to share with my husband and make cozy.

5) I am able to grocery shop each week and make yummy food.

6) I have the means to be creative and scrapbook and make things anytime I wish. :)

7) I am fit and healthy.

8) I receive the goofiest pictures daily through voxer from both my sisters, that have me rolling on the floor laughing. Either that or we have the most random conversations through pictures we find.

9) I get daily updates on how my Nanna and Grandad are doing and I am extremely blessed to know that my Mum and my younger sister look after them every day and keep them happy and healthy! :)

10) I get to see my Mom and Dad in law this weekend as they are coming in town to visit...see... planes are great! :) 

11) I get to explore the world and meet awesome people, even chatting online to people who share the same interest always brightens my day.

12) Books exist!!! :) <3

13) I have pens and paper and pads galore and can write whenever I would like too/feel the need too! :)

Today I would absolutely LOVE to hear what makes you happy and what helps you to focus if sometimes things get a little overwhelming. (Whatever it may be for you) And because I would like to spread a little happiness I have two pairs of Tresor Paris earrings from Victoria Highfield to giveaway to two lucky winners! :)
 

 
 
All you have to do is comment below about something that makes you smile and I will pick two winners next Friday! :) (Guys/Boys/Men... I am working on some giveaways for you too, bare with me. :p )
 
Have a lovely weekend!
 
Love Lulu. xxx
 
 




Hanging out in LA! :)

So technically after taking pictures and touching the 'end of the route' sign, we had completed Route 66. Our days of hunting for historic landmarks and 'the Mother Road' spots were over, so what to do?... The first port of call on mine and my sisters agenda was to visit Warner Brothers Studios and yes, you know why! :p Seven years ago we had taken the tour and thoroughly enjoyed it, they had Harry Potter props and sets, we got to see the 'Friends' set and we learnt about the studios and how a lot of TV shows and films were made, it was very cool. This time however, we were there for one thing and one thing only... 'Chuck'!!! :)

We had seen online videos of Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez taking over Warner Brothers tours and showing people around the 'Chuck' sets and it looked awesome, we knew they wouldn't be there and most likely a lot of the 'Chuck' sets would no longer be up (the show finished in 2012) but we were excited at the prospect of there still being props in the museum and maybe possibly the odd bit of set around. We asked around when we got there to see if it would be worth us doing, as we were disappointed at not finding any 'Chuck' merchandise in the store and met an awesome 'Chuck' fan called Steph when we went up to the ticket desk. When she saw Jen's tshirt, (Nerd HQ) she informed us that she loved 'Chuck' and that if we told our tour guide that we were fans of the show, they would point out where 'Chuck' was filmed. She even went to see if the tour guide who loved the show too was available. We were super excited when she told us that Orion's cabin was still there and that she had been a volunteer at the last three Nerd HQ events!! :)  Did I mentioned how awesome she was?!! :) Steph was incredibly helpful and it was an absolute blast to talk to her, she was so much fun and really friendly that I would have been happy had we just spent the afternoon talking to her, however, we booked our tickets and after two hours of wandering around a little and a delicious café lunch, we headed into the movie room to begin our tour.

They started with a video package that introduced us to Warner Brothers and how it all came to be, that was extremely interesting, it's amazing to me how people can envision something so wonderful, like their imagination is simply huge and knows no boundaries that it can create something so cool. I loved seeing all the shows and movies that were filmed in these studios and learning about how the studio is like it's own little town. And I admit when Chuck, Casey and Sarah's faces popped on screen my sisters and I did indeed squeal with glee! (Don't judge us ;p)

Our tour guides name was Lisa and Lisa was AWESOME!! :) She pointed out Jen's t-shirt (good choice Jen ;) ) and stated that 'we are best friends already', we liked Lisa! :) A lot of things during the tour had changed since we were there seven years ago, (of course) as they are filming different shows there now. They still have the 'Friends' set up, but currently filming there is 'Ellen' 'The Mentalist' and 'Mike and Molly' to name a few, and the stage we got to go and look around hosted 'Pretty little liars'. Seven years ago they had just started filming 'Pushing Daisies' and they were also filming 'The Big Bang Theory' which is still going today. The museum is now full of Batman costumes and props, in addition, the room that held cars such as the Ford Anglia from Harry Potter, now has some menacing looking Bat mobiles in it's place.


Lisa pointed out every place where they filmed 'Chuck.' Each place was met with more squeals of excitement from the three of us! :) Let's take a little look shall we at what we found? :p



This is where they filmed Thailand in 'Chuck versus Phase Three' Season 4!


This is Orion's cabin!! :)


This is Jill's house when Chuck goes to win her back during his Stanford years, he hits ping pong balls at the window. 'Chuck versus The Ex' Season two! (They might have played that flashback in an earlier one, I can't quite remember?)

I want to say 'Chuck versus The Cliffhanger' Season 4, when Chuck is trying to get the antidote to Sarah. Lisa also said this building was used for scenes like the Chinese Embassy.



If I remember correctly they did most of their filming in stages 4, 10 and 17. I think Chucks apartment was 10 and The BuyMore was 17! (I should have made notes while Lisa was talking :p)

It was so cool to experience and picture the scenes as we went round. It's amazing the work that goes into creating these shows and movies and I absolutely loved learning about it! Thank you Lisa for being so great and accommodating to our Chuck needs, we had a blast!! :) Before we left the studios we got a message from Steph saying come back to the desk before we leave. We did so, to find that she had gone out to her car and picked us up Nerd HQ bracelets from this years Nerd HQ, I honestly couldn't say thank you enough, that was the sweetest thing ever and made our day. Thank you Steph for being so lovely and for chatting to us, I hope we get to see you at Nerd HQ 2015!! :)


The bracelet that Steph gave us and my new Converse. It was about time I got some Chuck's! :p

We spent the rest of the day checking out a car museum with our Dad, which again, I always love and then hanging out and catching up with our friend Ryan Nemeth. He took us round Gold's Gym and then we headed to 3rd street for food and a nice evening stroll down the promenade.


Our last day in LA was spent hanging out on the Santa Monica Pier, and talking to the guy at the Route 66 stall all about our trip, doing a bit of shopping and dining at an English pub we found, which was delicious. It was nice and relaxed, we drove to the Hollywood sign and down Hollywood Boulevard, where they were getting ready for the 'Sin City' premiere and we made sure to take one last walk along the pier when it got dark! :)

We had a fantastic trip and I absolutely, positively loved every minute of spending time with my Dad and sisters. I whole heartedly mean it when I say family is the most important thing in the world, they are the best and I love them to pieces.

Thank you Dad for driving non stop for two weeks and for taking us on this incredible adventure. Thank you Jen for being stubborn and not giving in until it happened... :p I kid! Thank you for making every minute so much fun and for being you. And thank you Kelly for just being you too! I love you all always!

Hope you enjoyed my account on Route 66! If you have any travel stories please feel free to share as I would love to read them! :)

Have a great day!

Love



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