Thank you + GIVEAWAY!

This year has been one of our absolute favourites for being creative, following our hearts and getting to work on some projects that we have been wanting to work on for a long time. With Kelly returning to Kentucky back in March, and us being beyond happy to be living close to each other again, we were more determined than ever to make things happen and really hustle. After all we tend to have similar dreams and goals and often feel like we are unstoppable as a team, in a way, once together again, we felt complete and like nothing was impossible! :)

That brings us to today's post. We honestly just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that has clicked on our blog to have a little read and to everyone for visiting our YouTube channel and watching 'Life is Sweet', it truly means the world to us. We are grateful for every comment, tweet or message to say you have enjoyed a post or a certain video and are thankful to every Author who has reached out to us asking us to review their book, to know you are enjoying our recommendations makes us feel on top of the world. So THANK YOU!!!

It has been a while since we did a giveaway of our own, so we thought it was about time we did one to show how much we appreciate you all for being here. We have purchased a few of our favourite items from this year and a few new bits and pieces that we thought you might like. To enter all you have to do is have a look below. :)


You could win:
Rebecca Raisin 'The Gingerbread Cafe' series, paperback.
Jenny Oliver 'The Little Christmas Kitchen' paperback
Vanilla Sugar Candle
Zoella makeup bag
Makeup Revolution Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights
Star Wars Beanie Hat
Star Wars Pez dispenser
Star Wars BB8 Key Chain
Hotel Chocolate Excellence Collection

Giveaway is open to international readers/viewers also and you have 1 week to enter! Make sure to read all terms and conditions too before you enter! Once the winner is announced they will have 48 hours to contact us to claim their prize! Giveaway starts tomorrow at 12am GMT. Be sure to check back! :)

Good Luck everyone! :)

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Thank you again!
See you in 2016!! :)
Love Lucy and Kelly xx

On the 12th blog of Christmas: Christmas Day 2015!

This Christmas was the first one in two years that myself and Lucy have actually spent together and it was wonderful! We had such a lovely day, it was simply awesome being all together again and we can never take for granted having another Christmas surrounded by all our family, everyone laughing, smiling, healthy and enjoying themselves. We had loads of food, delicious treats and got some sweet little gifts. Here are some of our favourite pictures from Christmas 2015!

On the 11th blog of Christmas: Author Rebecca Raisin!

It's no secret that we LOVE Rebecca Raisin, so when wanting to do some fun Christmas interviews we knew exactly who to ask, we simply adore talking to her! Rebecca is absolutely wonderful and we couldn't wait to chat all things Christmas with her! So without further a do, on the 11th blog of Christmas we give to you some holiday fun with author Rebecca Raisin! What better Christmas gift could you possibly wish for? :)


1)      Best Christmas cracker joke?

I picked this one because I thought it might be relevant to the Blossoms!

What do Santa's little helpers learn at school?
The elf-abet!

2) Favourite Christmas song?

Amazing Grace just like Lil! I can blubber to that song on repeat all day every day!

3) Egg nog. Yay or Nay?

A shocking confession…I have never tried it! We don’t really have that here in Australia, though I really should try and make it!

4) Real tree or fake tree?

Fake! Less work!

5) Star or Angel at the top of your tree?

We are star people…

6) Advent calendars. A childhood tradition that must never be broken or just for kids?

Anytime is a good time for chocolate!!

7) Brussel sprouts. Yes please or no thank you?

Yes please! Par boiled, then fried in butter, topped with crispy pancetta and toasted almond flakes!

8) Favourite Christmas movie?

Hmmm, it’s between Love Actually and The Holiday…and Home Alone!

9) If Lil and Damon were catering your Christmas, what would be your perfect Christmas feast?

Roasted turkey stuffed with Lil’s special stuffing, roasted potatoes with rosemary and full bulbs of garlic, root vegetable tarte tatin ( Have added the link for this recipe because everyone lost their mind over it last Christmas!)http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/donna-hay-christmas-recipes-root-veggie-tart/) green beans with ruby red pomegranate seeds and raspberry vinaigrette, brussel sprout gratin baked in ricotta, baby carrots wrapped in prosciutto and fried in butter and then drizzled with honey, white bread sauce, and a red wine jus. For dessert fresh berries mixed with broken shards of meringue, dolloped with double cream, and passionfruit pulp, and cherry Christmas pudding! OMG I AM HUNGRY! 

10) Sarah from "The Bookshop on the corner" and "The Little Bookshop on the Seine" spent her first Christmas away from home in the magical city of Paris. If you were to spend Christmas away from home, which city would you choose to spend it in?

I’d choose Paris too! It’s like a winter wonderland of joy and snow and so many foodie treats. The city of love comes alive with street markets, and outdoor ice skating rinks, and carousels on every corner! A walk along the Seine, to the bookshop, is where I’d go…

Thanks for having me here, Blossoms! And have a lovely Christmas everyone!
Love Bec xxx

Thank you so much to Rebecca for taking the time to be a part of our Christmas blogs, we LOVED reading your answers! :)
Hope you all enjoyed and are having a wonderful Christmas day!

Don't forget to pick up a copy of any of Rebecca's books if you haven't already! :) Click on the covers for more info!



 Love Lucy and Kelly xx



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On the 10th blog of Christmas: Holiday Drinks!

During this time of year we get extra, extra giddy towards food and drinks. We know you're probably thinking how could we possibly squeal, jump up and down and cheer even more than we already do every other day of the year when we see food and drinks, but trust us it's possible. :p There's just something super exciting about festive treats that have us bouncing up and down with glee and enthusiasm more than usual. We just have to hear the words 'Hot Cocoa' or 'Eggnog' and we feel in the Christmas spirit. This year however we wanted to experiment. We love our British traditions and during the holidays usually stick to a simple hot chocolate or our Baileys, in addition to our Italian favourites such as Limoncello, Amaretti and Advocat. (We're sure that is actually Dutch but we grew up having it at Nanna and Grandads so always assumed it was Italian. :p) But this year upon celebrating Christmas first with our families in Virginia, we learnt of a Puerto Rican specialty called Coquito. My Mother in law described it as being the Spanish version of Eggnog and explained that her family make it and have it every year. I was eager to try it and learn about my extended families traditions. Of course, Kelly and I couldn't resist whipping up something Italian too and though we occasionally enjoy a little sachet of Cadbury's Hot Chocolate, we've always wondered how the Italians make their hot chocolate so rich, thick and creamy. A little search on Pinterest and we set about making our own version of Italian Hot Chocolate. We really hope you enjoy these recipes. We have to say that Coquito is rather delicious and my Father in Law just so happened to say that it was one of the best he's ever tasted. As for the Hot Chocolate, oh my goodness!! We were so happy with ourselves with this one. It was especially thick and creamy, not too sweet but such a treat. Please share and take pictures if you decide to try one of these recipes out yourself! :)

Coquito!
1 12oz can Evaporated Milk
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 15oz can sweetened cream of coconut
1 14oz can coconut milk
3 cups rum
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
cinnamon sticks.

Combine milks and cream of coconut in a blender and mix until combined. Add rum, vanilla, cinnamon and blend till smooth. Refrigerate until nice and chilled. We found that the Coquito tastes best when it had plenty of time to chill. We even thought it might be even more delicious blended with ice to make more of a frozen creamy drink. :) You can add your cinnamon sticks for decoration.



Hot Chocolate!


Bittersweet chocolate. Lindt 70% cocoa 4oz
2tbsp corn starch
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 can condensed milk
1 tbsp. Vanilla
Lady fingers.
We couldn't resist tweaking this recipe a little bit as we are always using our instincts and following our hearts when it comes to anything Italian. Last year we loved making our crockpot hot chocolate with sweetened condensed milk, to add a touch of sweetness and creaminess, so we decided to add a little bit to this recipe too. This way we skipped adding sugar as the condensed milk gave it all the sweetness we needed to balance out the dark chocolate. Simply pour your milk and condensed milk into a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat. Break up your dark chocolate and add that, a long with the vanilla and cornstarch, to the pan. Keep stirring with a whisk until it gets nice and thick. Once thick remove from heat and pour into mugs. Now this recipe really does come out extra thick but it was ridiculously delicious and so tasty. You can only have a little bit at a time but having it right from the stove top, still scrumptiously warm, (careful not to burn yourself) was amazing. We added whipped cream and Italian Lady fingers to decorate. The lady fingers were also perfect for dipping and munching on. This is an absolute must for the holiday season and cold, snowy nights! :)

We hope you enjoyed these recipes. Please let us know if you try making one of these, or both of them, yourselves, we would love to see how you liked them or if you change them up to suit you! :)
 
For a little behind the scenes of us making these scrumptious treats, check out Vlogmas Week 2 over on our YouTube Channel. :)
 
Have a wonderful day!
Love Lucy and Kelly xx


On the 9th blog of Christmas: Must See/Must Eat: Lapland!

We were 7/8 years old when we visited Lapland. It was extremely exciting and both Kelly and I and our brother and little sister were all as giddy as can be at the thought of meeting Santa. I'm pretty sure we all still have the toys that he gave us.

On the 8th blog of Christmas: Lindsey Kelk!

We can't think of anything better right now, than curling up by the tree, box of Quality Streets and Celebrations on our knee, Christmas songs playing in the kitchen, Christmas movie on TV,  surrounded by family and reading Lindsey Kelk's answers to our Christmas questions! We simply adore Lindsey Kelk and each time we interview her she somehow seems to get even more awesome. How that's possible we don't know, but take our word for it and have a read, Lindsey is as funny as can be, charming and totally amazing! :) Thank you Lindsey for taking the time to answer our festive questions. We hope you all enjoy it just as must as we did! :)


    1)   Best Christmas cracker joke?
    Did you hear what happened to the man who stole an advent calendar? He got 25 days!


2)   Favourite Christmas song?
I’ve got an epic Christmas playlist on my iPod which will be going into rotation from about… now, but my favourite is probably Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses, closely followed by All I Want for Christmas and Last Christmas. God I love Christmas.

3)   Egg nog. Yay or Nay?
This is appalling but I’ve never actually tried it. I’m so worried I won’t like it that I stay away, I don’t think I’d be able to live with myself if I tried it and hated it and so it remains a wonderful Christmas mystery. I’m all for peppermint schnapps spiked hot chocolate though…

 4) Real tree or fake tree?
REEEAALLL TREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

5)   Star or Angel at the top of the tree?
I actually have a little TY Beanie Baby squirrel called Nuts who has a special santa hat especially for the holidays and lives on the top of the tree. I know it’s weird but it’s been going on for about fourteen years now so I’m stuck with it.

6)    Brussel sprouts. Yes please or no thank you? Boiled into submission, absolutely not. Cooked in the oven then tossed with thinly sliced apples and covered in a honey balsamic reduction and crème fraiche, absolutely. I’ve turned into such a wanker. Since it’s Christmas, I’ll force them down however they come.

 7)    Favourite Christmas movie?
This is SO hard. Scrooged? Or The Nightmare Before Christmas. Or The Apartment. Or Die Hard. OH GOD, I DON’T KNOW.


8)    One of our questions was about whether you are a fan of Advent calendars or think they are just for kids, well upon contacting you about this interview, we learnt that you had already bought 5 Advent Calendars...in November! ;) Question answered! However, now we must know what advent calendars you bought? Chocolate filled? Makeup filled? WWE? Classic Christmas scenes?  I’m a complete and utter disgrace. Let me state, in my defense, it’s quite hard to get decent chocolate filled advent calendars in the US and when I was little, we weren’t allowed chocolate advent calendars. Instead, me and my brother had those little card ones with the traditional Christmas scene on them and stuck them on the back of the living room door to open every morning. I don’t think it even occurred to us to be pissed off about it at the time, I was just so excited. Which might explain why I came back from my UK trip last week with five different chocolate advent calendars (only one was for me – Cadbury’s obvs) as well as the Charlotte Tilbury and Body Shop calendars. Since then, I’ve also added the Benefit and Starbucks calendars but I swear I’m done! And I might end up giving the Starbucks and Benefit as gifts. Or then again, I might not. I will literally buy anything that has 25 doors on it.

9)     There are tons of new and beautiful makeup sets and collections hitting the shelves in time for the holidays, have any found their way onto your Christmas list? Other than the advent calendars that Santa delivered early (oops) I’m a sucker for a gift set. I’ll happily take anything Charlotte Tilbury (keen on the Eyes to Mesmerize sets) or Elemis, probably my two favourite brands that bring out really nice chrissy presents. I really, really, really want a Christian Louboutin lipstick too but I cannot bring myself to pay $100 for a lippy. It’s madness. I quit the shoes, I can’t start on the make up.

10)  In 'I Heart Christmas' Angela wants to host the most magical, grand, perfect Christmas. If you were hosting Christmas, what could we expect from your ideal Fairy Tale day?  My Christmas has always been pretty standard but this is the first year I’m spending it in LA so I have no idea what will happen! If we were in England or New York, we’d wake up early-ish and everyone would gather around the tree while the kettle is on. Once we’ve all got a brew, it’s present opening time, sometimes we go one per person and sometimes everyone opens all of theirs at once. The only thing that would be a given would be me, eating a chocolate orange before anything else and possibly throwing up. The dream. Once we’re all up and dressed and any relatives that need to be visited have been visited, it’s back home to a Christmas feast. Loosen. Your. Belts. I’m thinking pate for starters or maybe a pear and gorgonzola salad (probably pate) before moving on to turkey with all the trimmings – stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast and mashed potatoes as well as buckets of gravy. For pudding, it’s traditional Christmas pud with brandy butter or custard and between you and me, you don’t have to eat it if you’re already in Mr. Creosote-levels of pain. The main reason to stop eating is so we can get away from the table, watch a movie, have a nap or take a walk and then get back on it. Christmas tea at my house was always as important as Christmas dinner and I would watch my mum, nana and aunt bring in plates after plate of bread rolls, sliced turkey, ham, salmon, pork pies, scotch eggs, sausage rolls, mini tomatoes (See? Healthy!), cheese, mince pies, coconut tarts, jam tarts, Christmas cake and pretty much anything else you can think of. So if the chocolate orange and the Roses and the Quality Streets and the dry roasted peanuts and the Christmas dinner wasn’t enough to finish you off, Christmas tea will do it.

 If we’re in New York, the rules change slightly because we’ll likely go out for Christmas dinner and have tea at home but we might go out for drinks in the evening or even see a movie. Back in the UK, it’s all about staying home and eating. They’re both brilliant and they both make me happy and I can’t even imagine what Christmas in LA is going to be like. Although I know there will be a spectacular amount of food. Basically, my fairy tale Christmas means eating. Eating, eating, eating.

Isn't she awesome? :) Thank you again Lindsey for taking the time to be a part of our blog and everyone be sure to check out Lindsey's latest release A Girl's Best Friend How cute is this cover? :)

You can also follow Lindsey on Twitter @LindseyKelk
And subscribe to her YouTube channel too! :)  Lindsey Kelk YouTube!


Happy Friday! Be happy and be blessed!
Love Lucy and Kelly xx



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On the 7th blog of Christmas: Our Christmas traditions.

Have we said how much we love Christmas already?? ;) It's the best time of year and, no matter how many years go by or how old we get, we look forward to our family traditions. Whether it be things that we do and have done since we were kids or new traditions that we only started maybe 13 years ago when we moved house, we get incredibly giddy for it all. As the big day gets closer, we thought we would share with you some of those traditions...

On the 6th blog of Christmas: Meeting Santa and Christmas town!

After having a few days in Virginia chilling, sorting out Christmas gifts and watching nothing but the Hallmark channel 24/7, this past Friday, Chris's parents and Meme had a day off work so we could have a very Christmassy day together.

On the 5th Blog of Christmas: Text Santa!

This week has been all about gifts! Ideas for things we can buy our loved ones, that they may like, want or "need." While that is lots of fun and one of the things we enjoy most this time of year, we also think that it is important to think about those less fortunate than ourselves, who may not have the luxury of  gift giving or buying the latest "must have" items. 
One of the things we love most about our home (England) is how much we do things as a Nation to raise money for various charities. We love taking part in events like Comic Relief, Sports Relief and Children in Need, so you can bet a few years ago when they came up with Text Santa, we were thrilled. We love so much the feeling of a Nation coming together to do good and with our country being quite small, it really does feel like everyone comes together for these events.

Image taken from Google.



What is Text Santa?

It is a fundraising appeal founded in 2011 by ITV in the UK. The aim is to raise money for various charities and give hope to those who need it most. From children with life threatening illnesses to families affected by crisis. It's all about what we can do to help.

2015 Charities.

This year Text Santa is raising money for:


What can you do?
You can donate on the ITV Text Santa Donate page here!

You can bid for exclusive items on the Text Santa eBay page.

You can join in on December 18th with Christmas Jumper Day! 

Buy your merchandise here!
Pick up your fundraising kit here!

Personally, we can not wait to get our Christmas jumpers to support all these amazing charities and we will be watching ITV for the three hour Text Santa special on 18th December. We love watching these shows and as we are sat in the comfort of our own homes among the people we love this year, we will be feeling extra thankful and blessed for all we have in our lives. They are all the more reason to help others and bring hope and happiness to those who need it most. We encourage you to do what you can this Christmas. 
Have a wonderful weekend!
Love 
Lucy and Kelly
xx



On the 4th blog of Christmas: Gift Ideas for Him!


We think besides each other and our little sister, that our husbands might just be our favourite people to buy gifts for. We always see things throughout the year, when we are out and about shopping that make us think of them and often find it hard to resist always coming home with little gifts every now and again. But Christmas time is all the more fun when we can think about what to surprise them with or what little goodies we can put in their stockings! :) So here is our gift guide for the men in your life! :) Click on the pictures to head to the websites!

If he loves Cars:
Chevy Bel Air Wall Clock 

There are so many awesome things out there for Car lovers. We are spoilt for choice when looking for things for our Dad. From the many t-shirts you can find in Kohls to the models you can put together from Michaels, the list is endless! We absolutely love all the Retro Gifts from Retro Planet as it's right up our Dads alley. From tin signs, garage signs, wall clocks, kitchen décor and shelving, it has pretty much everything for any car enthusiast!

If he is a Booklover:

 
If you know what type of books he's into why not treat him to a few new reads. My husband goes through phases with books, he is currently into reading books he can learn from, such as music, film, art, wrestling. I love searching for books about his favourite artists or directors or the history of wrestling and adding them to his must read pile.

If he loves Star Wars:

Everywhere you look lately there is Star Wars this and Star Wars that, if the man/men in your life are huge fans, why not get them a classic shirt or a travel mug (if he's a traveler or likes having his coffee to go) or you could even just take them to see the movie this Christmas and get them some Star Wars snacks to enjoy before or after!

If he has a Man Cave:
Man Cave Decor Small Tin Sign

Man Cave Outdoor Thermometer 

Again we are going to direct you to Retro Gifts from Retro Planet because then you can help him deck out his Man Cave with the coolest things and we guarantee he will love you for it.

If you want to get practical. Why not get him:

*If he's in to keeping fit and going to the gym. A new gym bag filled with Protein and Protein bars could make the perfect practical gift.
* If he plays an instrument, what about finding out if he needs anything for it? A guitar stool, an amp, new drumsticks etc..
* What about a small collection of gift cards to his favourite stores?
* If he is a Kindle owner, a Kindle gift card would be ideal so he can stock up on all those books he's been eyeing up.

If you want to get crafty. Why not make him:

* A bucket with some ribbon and a Christmas tag, filled with some of his favourite beer/drinks and snacks.
* A calendar with some of his favourite pictures for his office or Man Cave. These are super easy to do from Walgreens, Boots, Shutterfly etc, they have step by step instructions and they make really cute and thoughtful gifts.

It doesn't have to be something material. Why not gift him:

* Concert tickets, so you can enjoy your favourite band together and have memories to last a lifetime.
* A date night to the movies to see a movie he has been wanting to see, that may not be your favourite...go on treat him it's Christmas after all.
* Tickets to a sports game or event.

Hope these little ideas inspire your gift giving this Holiday Season!
Happy Shopping!
Love
Lucy and Kelly
xx



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On the 3rd blog of Christmas: Gift Ideas for Her!



If there's one thing we love more than Mince Pies at this time of year, it's buying Christmas Gifts. :p Our must for buying presents for people is keeping it simple and thoughtful. We adore thinking of what our friends and family like and how we can find something or even make something that will mean a lot to them. :)

Here are a few Christmassy gift ideas for the women in your life. We hope you can mix and match and find inspiration from each idea for sisters, mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters and friends alike. Click on the pictures to go to the websites!

If she's a Wrestling fan:
Bayley
Nothing beats a warm, cozy, loving hug, so why not get her a shirt that lets everyone know she's a hugger?! NXT'S Bayley has had a huge year and is one of the most popular women in WWE right now. This t-shirt is a must have in every WWE fan's collection!

If she's a Makeup lover:

I have been loving this Tartelette palette from Tarte cosmetics and think it would make the perfect gift for any makeup lover/collector. It is simply stunning and all the shades are beautiful and easy to work with. It's great for classic, romantic looks as well as edgy and smokey.

If she's into home décor:

It is popular these days to have motivational and inspirational quotes adorning your walls, whether it be in the bedroom to help you wake up and feel motivated, above your desk to make you feel ready to hustle or in the hallway to prep you for the day ahead, check out these adorable wall prints from Coconut Lane, they are perfect, affordable and we guarantee the ladies in your life will love them. The one above happens to be our favourite. :) As a little Christmas gift from us, we even have a 20% coupon code just or you, simply use the code blossomtwins20 at checkout and get your orders in today! :)

If she's a Booklover:

 

There are so many wonderful Christmas books out there right now that are just guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit! We recommend any books that we have mentioned over on our "Books are always in Style" page. One of our absolute favourites though has got to be Rebecca Raisin's "Gingerbread Café" series, which you can now get in book form. This is an absolute treat for booklovers and we promise if the woman in your life is anything like us, she will be smiling from ear to ear.

If she's a Potterhead: 
 

Every Harry Potter fan knows that the obsession never fades, in fact, it gets stronger every year that goes by. When we found out that they were doing an Illustrated version of the Harry Potter books, we were extremely excited. Upon having a quick look in the bookstores, we know that this is a definite collectors item. There are so many gorgeous illustrations that just add to this magical story.

If you want to get practical. Why not get her:

*A new gym/casual/night out outfit. Pulling together a complete outfit, while bearing her style in mind, but choosing something you think she will look great in might seem daunting but we think its incredibly sweet and thoughtful and knowing you put it together and want to see her in it will give her that touch more confidence.
* Language lessons. If she has always wanted to learn a language, maybe she just needs a push in the right direction. You could even learn with her!
* What about a small collection of gift cards to her favourite stores?
* If she is a Kindle owner, a Kindle gift card would be ideal so she can stock up on all those books she's been eyeing up.

If you want to get crafty. Why not make her:


* A mason jar decorated with some ribbon and a Christmas tag and filled with some of her favourite sweets or candy.
* A calendar with some of her favourite pictures. These are super easy to do from Walgreens, Boots, Shutterfly etc, they have step by step instructions and they make really cute and thoughtful gifts.
* If she loves snuggling up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate, you could even get creative and make her a blanket with her favourite photos on or even a pillow! Places like Walgreens and Shutterfly always have deals this time of year and again their websites are easy to follow!

It doesn't have to be something material. Why not gift her:

* Concert tickets, so you can enjoy your favourite band together and have memories to last a lifetime.
* A date night to her favourite restaurant.
* A weekend away to somewhere she's always wanted to go.

Hope this little gift guide has inspired you and given you a little helping hand when in search for presents! :)

Happy Shopping!
Love Lucy and Kelly
xx



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