And we danced all night...

If you follow my sister and I on twitter ( @theblossontwins ) or watch us on our YouTube channel,   you will know that we are currently enjoying some much needed family time in jolly old England. While home, we spend the majority of our time at our Nanna and Grandad's house: cooking, listening to music with Grandad and just treasuring every moment spent in their company. We like to catch up on TV shows we miss. "Surprise, Surprise" or "The Graham Norton Show" anyone? and pretty much just love getting back into our normal home routine. In the last three years though we have added something else to our "being at home traditions list" one that I hope we can continue to do for a long time. It involves a lot of singing, dancing and is the BEST night out you could imagine. I'm talking about seeing The Overtones live!!

For those of you who don't know who The Overtones are, they are a five piece band consisting of five men from Ireland, the UK and Australia. Timmy, Mike, Mark, Lachie and Darren. They've gone from being painters and decorators to touring the UK and are currently on their fourth album. And to put it simply they are absolutely AMAZING!

From left to right: Lachie, Mark, Darren, Timmy and Mike. Photo from their official Facebook page!

It's no secret that I love all things 50's, we have grown up listening to The Temptations and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with our Dad on the way to cars shows, and love the 50's and 60's music scene. Well so do The Overtones! Their last two albums "Saturday Night at the movies" and currently "Sweet Soul Music" have been a mix of cover songs from those eras as well as their own original music and I can not even begin to describe how excited my sisters and I were when we first heard them. The fact that we have so many memories attached to those songs and these five guys are bringing them all back is just awesome. All four of their albums have songs that you just want to get up and dance to, so I highly recommend buying all four...NOW!

I have been lucky enough to see them live three times and will tell you now, it is the best night out ever! Last year, my sisters and I took our Mum and she loved it, then last night, the four of us went to The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester once again but this time our Dad came too. We kept looking over at him and were so happy seeing him smiling as they sang Acapella and did synchronised dance routines. He had a great time too! No matter how sore your feet may get from dancing or how sore your throat gets from singing your heart out, I assure you, you will not want the night to end. As soon as the first note hits, it's like a ripple effect of people standing up ready for a good time. It is one big party and just so much fun, I can't tell you. The guys are so happy, funny and energetic that it just rubs off on everyone in the audience. They are incredibly talented and from the minute they hit the stage, you can't help but smile! :)

I am going to end up repeating myself if I continue anymore and you will only end up seeing the words, amazing, talented, awesome, etc a million more times. So all I am going to say is Thank You, Mike, Mark, Timmy, Darren and Lachie for giving us a memorable night out to look forward to on our visits home each year. My sister and I even book tickets for their shows before we book our actual plane tickets home, in sheer determination that we HAVE to see them, but somehow for the last three years it's worked out. Dancing and singing and getting our Mum on a night out has made each trip home extra special and I can't wait for the next one! :)

Until next time go and buy their albums and find out more about The Overtones here...


An interview with the wonderful Rebecca Raisin.

If there is one book publication day that we are eagerly awaiting like never before, it is July 17th, for the release of Rebecca Raisin's 'Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm.' We fell in love with Rebecca Raisin after reading her 'Gingerbread café' series, (See our Youtube channel for Gingerbread fun and also reviews over on 'Books are always in style') and have been following her ever since. Not only do her books make you feel all warm, cozy and like you are visiting friends, she also happens to be the sweetest and most wonderful person ever. We were absolutely delighted when were able to get a little interview with Rebecca for our blog and are so grateful for her taking the time out to answer these questions. So without further ado, we give you the lovely Rebecca Raisin... 

1. Where is your favourite place to write?
I have  a cute little office in the front of the house! I love it! I have all my lovely keepsakes spread over the desk, and stuck to the wall! I'm still decorating it, which is half the fun! It's all white, with lilac walls, and splashes of pink! A very girly space that I can make a mess of and no one cares!

2. Out of the books you have written which one (if any) have given you the biggest book hangover?(Taken the longest to get over or you haven’t wanted to leave the characters)
 Oh great question! They all appeal in some way, but the one I really was upset over was Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café! That was the third and final book set at the café, and I felt a real sense of loss saying goodbye to Lil and CeeCee! It was like I was say goodbye to old friends, and I genuinely was emotional! I really thought a lot about how I would leave them and hoped they'd be OK! However...they have popped into other books, since Ashford is such a small town, so I do get to catch up with them! (My family think I'm crazy! They always say, they are fictional people!)

3. Do you have a sweet tooth? If yes what is your favourite cupcake?

I have a major sweet tooth, and it's multiplied when I'm writing the books! So much glorious food! My favourite cupcake would be gingerbread! I made some last year with a very simple four or five ingredient recipe, including condensed milk, and for the topping I whipped up mascarpone and sugar, and then popped a little gingerbread man biscuit on top! They were SO good! But also good old chocolate is always a sure fire winner for me!

4. What would your item of choice be from The Gingerbread Café menu?

 Oh great question! I would love nothing more than to sit outside and slurp a gingerbread milkshake while CeeCee plied me with chocolate truffles! But CeeCee is famous for her pies, so I'd probably be a huge fan of those with a dollop of Chantilly cream!

5. Clay, Damon, Marcel or Ridge! Who would you want sweeping you off your feet?

Oh what a selection! I am 100% in love with Clay! He's gruff and moody, and closed off. He speaks in monosyllabic bursts. But there is so much more to him than meets the eye! It was so much fun writing him, and holding back showing the reader the real Clay. Plus in my mind he looks a little like Channing Tatum, so that's always good, right?

6.What do you love most about writing?

 I love imagining lives other than my own, and building a world around it. All the Ashford stories are linked, so it feels almost real, like those characters actually exist and are just waiting for me to visit! I'm always thinking about writing, even when I'm driving or washing up, and it's a wonderful gift to be able to do it everyday.

7. What is your favourite book and why?
I love so many! But I've just read Cloud Street by Tim Winton who is an Australian author who lives in Perth (where I do) and it totally blew my mind. It's an epic saga, and just so beautifully written when I finished it, I was bereft! It's a book Ill read again and again, I think. As for romance, I love Kristan Higgins! She's one of those writers that make you feel like your best friend is telling you a story, and I always fall into the pages knowing I'm going to love it.

8. You set two of your stories at Christmas time. Is this your favourite holiday? If yes, what do you love most about it? If not, what is your favourite holiday season?
I adore Christmas! More so, now I have children. Usually by mid-June they start asking how long until Santa arrives, and they pull out the tree, which I then put away when they're at school! I love how excited they get! They love reading Christmas books, and watching Christmas movies.  It's still entirely magical to them, so I'm clutching on to that as long as possible! In Australia, Christmas is our summer so the boys have seven weeks away from school, so it's Santa, then lots of sunshine and activities, and virtually no writing for me, aside from what I can sneak in!

9. Which part of the writing process do you love the most? When you first come up with an awesome idea? Writing and Planning? Editing? or when you have the final copy?
I love the first initial spark of an idea. I then pitch it to my editor and get her approval! The first part of the book seems to write itself, and then it gets hard! My favourite part is after the second round of edits, where I can just go through and tweak, and tighten it up, and really mull over each word, and make it better.

10. Where is your favourite place to read? Smiling face with smiling eyes
 In the tub! It's one of the times I get to myself, despite the kids wandering in asking for: drinks/food/help finding a movie/if they can get I relish that time! But I read everywhere! My family will watch TV and I'll read or make notes about my writing.

Thank you so very much to Rebecca Raisin for answering our questions! We are counting down the days till we can visit Maple Syrup Farm! :) Everyone go and purchase it Here!

We absolutely adored Secrets at Maple Syrup farm! You can watch our book review over on Life Is Sweet!

Follow Rebecca Raisin on twitter @jaxandwillsmum and make sure you buy all of her delightful, wonderful stories here! You will love them, we promise!! 

 Have a wonderful weekend!

Lucy and Kelly xx

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Breathe In, Breathe Out!

You may know already, if you follow this blog, or follow me on social media, that I am a huge fan of Hilary Duff. I simply adore her. She is someone I feel like I have grown up with, and all these years after Lizzie McGuire, I still think she is absolutely wonderful. She truly represents what I feel a role model should be. I know everyone will differ on that topic and I'm not trying to put pressure on people in the spotlight to be role models, though I do believe we are all role models to someone and if the world realized that more, I feel it would be full of a whole lot more respect and love, but that's a whole other blog post! :p Where was I? Oh yes, I admire all that Hilary Duff has accomplished and how she has presented herself over the years, so I was super excited when she announced a new album and when I found out that she was going to be back on our TV screens. I am currently binge watching her show 'Younger' on and loving it. :) I knew I would be purchasing the album as I had been nodding my head and dancing along to "All about you" and "Chasing the sun" and I said to my husband that to see her live is definitely on my 'To Do' list and I have a thing about going to concerts and knowing the words to the's not as much fun when you can't sing your heart out! :p

When Hilary Duff announced her Fanjoy box I have to admit I was incredibly tempted. With it being a tad expensive I went back and forth on whether or not to purchase it and ultimately getting it won! :p I couldn't resist and definitely had a fan girl giddy moment. So after an 11 hour shift on Monday, I came home to this delightful package on my door step and I smiled so big. It was just what I needed. Furthermore, the minute I opened it all up and put the album on, I was so glad I went ahead and bought it. :) Want to take a peek inside...of course you do! ;p

I love this title 'Breathe in, Breathe out' it feels like another one of those 'right quote at the right time' kind of things and fits with my life at the moment. :)

First thing to jump out of the box...a lovely little note from Hilary! :)

Look at all the pretty treats!

These are probably my favourite things, (besides the actual album) the tshirt is so cozy and soft and I love the grey/black colour. And, naturally, I adore the pictures. Hilary always looks stunning and her pictures of herself and Luca make my heart melt, he's the cutest. :) I like getting fashion tips through her pictures too, I love her style and I need all the help I can get in that department! :p

Here you have tattoos, an EOS lip balm, a bracelet, the album and bonus songs through the little card. It's such a cute parcel and it made me smile that the bracelet is 'handmade by Artisans in Uganda who are being empowered to rise above poverty.' I thought that was very cool. I'm also thrilled that the bonus songs are 'All about you' and Chasing the sun' as I was a little sad when I saw that they weren't on the album, so yay for the cute bonus card! :)

If you are a fan of Hilary Duff and purchased the box too, I hope you are enjoying it, I've been having one women dance parties since I opened it! :p For those who haven't bought the album yet...what are you waiting for??! It's awesome!! Go get it! :)

Have a wonderful day!

Love Lucy xx

What's on your "Living List?"

I recently read a lovely book called "Love, Lies and Lemon Cake" by author Sue Watson. The story is based on a lady who, at forty two, wants to start experiencing life. She is unhappy with her marriage, has a grown up daughter at University and feels like there is so much more she wants to do with her life, she doesn't want to be stuck. When she finds her old "living list" and realizes she only ever accomplished the last two things on there, she knows it's time she did something about it. It is a really sweet story and I couldn't help but route for Faye and want to see her happy. I also loved that she called her list of things she wanted to do a "Living List" as she felt "Bucket List" always made her think of death. I think that too!

Now, I LOVE lists, I will write lists for EVERYTHING! Whether it be a "To Do List", A list of books I've read, places I've been or even just your standard grocery list, I love writing things down and ticking them off. There's just something about that feeling of accomplishment. I will even write something down just to tick it off, if I started my list after I'd already done that task! Is it just me??

Every year I like to write a list of things in the back of my diary that I would like to accomplish that year. It can be fun getting to Christmas and seeing what I managed to actually do. However, as someone who does like to think of "The Big Picture" I've never really been able to write a "Living List." Sure there are plenty of things I know I want to do in my lifetime, but what if I write them down and don't do them?? It probably sounds strange, as I am aware of the point of writing one in the first place, it can give you the motivation and drive to make it happen. I can be fine doing that with a month or a year but with life...yikes, sometimes it's scary. I'm an over thinker and a worrier albeit trying not to be (see Lucy's recent post.) and often feel if I commit to writing all these things down, I will have a list of things that will make be disappointed. Ever the optimist! :p

Upon reading this lovely book though I sat and thought about all the things that at 27 I have already done and it made me realize that "actually Kelly, you are pretty good at doing things you set your mind to" and also "you have already been fortunate enough to experience so many amazing things, so keep dreaming big, what is there to be scared of?" I then felt better about writing my "Living List" and it's true about them giving you more motivation and drive to make these things happen. They don't have to have a time frame or come with a fear of failure, after all some dreams may change and if that happens, you find a new one! :)

So with all that being said here is something from my "Living List." Now you can all check up on me in years to come to make sure I've done it! ;)

I would love to spend a month or more in Italy! (Maybe even when I have kids as I want them to be fluent in Italian.) I want to practice my Rosetta Stone and not be scared of talking to my Aunts without my Mum there, I want to immerse myself in Italian culture, eat, drink, live simply and remind myself everyday how lucky I am to have the Grandparents that I do. :)

Do you have a "Living List?" If you do I'd love to hear what kind of goals and dreams you have! :)

Until next time, Dream Big and Keep Smiling! :)

Live in the NOW!

Last week I read and watched an interview with Chris Evans over on Lindsey Mckeon's blog and it was just one of those moments where, as I was watching and listening, I felt like I truly understood and that the words Chris Evans spoke were what I needed to hear at that very moment. Does that ever happen to you? Do you ever have those moments where you read something, hear something, or maybe even something happens to you and you believe that it came at the right time and all you can do is smile and say "Thank you"? Let me know in the comments below! :)

As you have probably gathered through this blog, I am an over thinker, a worrier and most definitely a planner of life. I like to think about the big picture, I like to dream about the future and I like to think of my life as a story and always think about what should happen next. As Chris Evans began talking about 'ego' and 'I', I couldn't help but laugh, I believe my brain works very similar. I don't refer to the term 'ego' as me being full of myself or all about me, but in the way that my brain tends to get lost in my story. If that makes sense? Please do go and listen to Chris Evans, he explains it way better than me! :p I have been trying for a long time to really focus on the now, so it was wonderful to be able to sit and listen to someone who I admire, talking about this topic. Side note, I adore conversation and talking about everything and anything with people, it's probably one of my absolute favourite things and really draws me to people. Chris Evans definitely scored extra bonus awesome points through the manner in which he spoke and how interesting he was. (Am i starting to talk like I had the conversation with him now? Sorry...ahem! :p) As I was saying, it's often very tricky for me to live in the moment, my brain is constantly switched on to something, whether it be family 4000 miles away, my latest project, or wanting to be doing something else instead of what I'm doing, all those sorts of things. The latter of those hit me the other day. I was at work thinking about all the things I needed/wanted to be doing, such as blogging, writing, working on videos, writing, reading, baking, etc, it made me feel incredibly flustered as I was trying to look after my babies, I was counting down the minutes and it felt like the day was dragging . When I got home, I had to remind myself to breathe and look around me. I was now home and able to work on all those things I wanted to do. Furthermore, I realized, that though yes, I do in future hope to spend more time writing than anything else and would love to make it a job, I currently do have one of the best jobs in the world. I love looking after my babies and when I give them my all, we have so much fun! :)

Since listening to Chris Evans's words, I have not only been saying the words "Live in the Now" in my head, but also aloud. As I mentioned before, I know I have tried and tried in the past to live in the moment and have continually slipped, and no doubt my brain will wander again, but as of this moment I feel very content with this mantra. :)

Today, for example, I had a lovely day with my babies, I spent the majority of the day on the carpet, crawling around, rolling balls, trying to catch them, singing nursery rhymes, making goofy noises and taking in every minute. My babies giggles and laughs made living in the now, completely worth it. :) Moreover, when I got home, I breathed, made a cup of coffee and sat down to write this post. No feeling frazzled or being lazy, just the minute something popped into my head I set out to get it done, rather than let it pile up and cause me to think ahead of the moment.

This is something I very much want to train myself to be a lot better at. My husband is very good at calming me and gently reminding me to focus on the moment rather than panic over things out of my control or that haven't even happened yet. In addition, I have some amazing friends, who in my 6 years of knowing them, continue to inspire me with their ability to take in life as it is happening. So as you see, 6 years later, I'm still a work in progress, however, after reading/watching Lindsey Mckeon's post and taking a moment to sit back and take everything in, I felt happy with the baby steps that I am making. I feel that at 27 years old, I do find that I am getting there and it's starting to sink in more little by little. It's funny that I've often heard people say that the older you get the more confidence you have and the more at one you feel with yourself, I have to say that I am starting to believe that to be true. I currently feel focused on all that I have in my life and feel content and happy with who I am. Moreover, though at one point I started to freak out about time, babies, houses and my big picture, I now feel I have a better grasp on these things I would like to achieve/have in the future, but I also know that to get there it's each and every precious moment along the way that is most important. :)

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! Remember...

Love Lucy xx

Blogger Tag! Books! Yay!

The past few weeks we have been constantly talking about books and our book lists are getting bigger and bigger by the minute! So when we came across this Book Blogger tag, we simply couldn't resist another opportunity to talk to you about books and show you just how much we love them! :p We hope you enjoy and feel free to join in! :)

1) Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Lucy: I love curling up on the couch to read, preferably with a few cushions around me and my feet tucked underneath me. :) If it's late I also like to read tucked up in bed, although sometimes holding a book up will make my arms ache and I get a little uncomfortable! :p I dream one day of having a little cozy book nook, with bean bags, blankets and cozy cushions, ooh or even just a cozy seat by the window! :)
Kelly: I like to sit on my couch with a pillow behind me, a blanket over my legs facing the direction of my bookshelf and patio doors. It's extra special on weekend mornings when the sun is bright and shining through the blinds. It's my little quiet time, just me, coffee and a book! I would also love a little book nook one day!

2) Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Lucy: This made me giggle as no matter how many cute bookmarks I buy I always end up with a piece of paper, a letter, a note or a card, or even napkins. It surprises me sometimes when I open a book and a note from my husband falls out! :p
Kelly: I love bookmarks and have had a magnetic one Lucy got me for many years now with 'love' written on it!
Lucy: Haha i'm pretty sure I have a magnetic one that says 'dream big' that came with that pack, but which book it was left in I have no idea! :p

3) Can you stop reading at anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part etc?
Lucy: Ooh I always like to finish at the end of a chapter. However, I guess it depends on why I need to stop reading. If I'm in bed and it's getting late, I'm the one more chapter kind of person and will keep my eyes peeled no matter how sleepy until I get to the next chapter. If I'm reading on lunch break and have to get back to work, I just have to stop wherever I am...sad face! :p
Kelly: I agree, I'm an end of chapter person unless I really, there better be a good reason for me stopping in the middle of sentence, really have to stop!! :p

4) Do you eat or drink while reading?
Lucy: I like to have a cup of coffee or tea by my side, so I can occasionally stop and take a sip, but more often than not it will go cold if I'm too caught up in my book!
Kelly: I love having a cup of coffee or tea with me and occasionally the odd biscuit but I usually end up eating the biscuits before I get comfy as otherwise I don't want to interrupt my reading to take a bite! Haha

5) Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?
Lucy: Nope!!! I like to be in a quiet place so I can completely disappear in my book. Though sometimes if my husband is watching TV and I'm curled up next to him, I can still zone out and read.
Kelly: I prefer to be in a quiet place but if my husband wants to watch something and I want to read but we want to be with each other I can usually zone out. Especially if I'm reading a book that I am completely into, it's like no one else is in the room!

6) One book at a time or several at once?
Lucy: One at a time, though I will say that I'm pretty sure I have a few more chapters left to go in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and for some reason I forgot I was reading it and picked up another book. There are also a few Jack Kerouac books that I read little by little.
Kelly: Definitely one book at a time! I couldn't concentrate and remember what was what If I read more than one at once. I like to devote my full attention to the book I am reading so I can enjoy every minute of it!

7) Reading at home or everywhere?
Lucy: I love reading at home but I can happily read everywhere. I've recently started taking books to work on my lunch break and I always take books with me when travelling. :)
Kelly: I can read anywhere, my favourite place to read is home but I will read at work or at the airport or if I have to go somewhere and wait for someone. In a day and age where you can look around and see everyone on a cell phone, it's nice to see people with a good old fashioned book!

8) Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Lucy: Reading silently in my head most definitely, though I absolutely adore reading out loud to the kids at work, that's one of my favourite activities with the kids! :)
Kelly: Reading in my head but just like Lucy I love reading to children. I love passing on my love of books to them and teaching them the importance of reading. :)

9) Do you read ahead or skip pages?
Lucy: No way!! I like to read in order. Although I have read book series in different orders when I wasn't aware of them being a series, if that makes sense?
Kelly: NO!! How could you?? :p It wouldn't be the same if I didn't read in order, I don't want to know what's coming. I want to be surprised and taken on an emotional journey and invest in the story!

10) Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
Lucy: I love to keep my books in great condition, all pretty and pristine, but I also have one or two books that I have found at Half Price Books that are a bit more worn in and I like those because it makes me smile to think that someone else has enjoyed it and passed it on! :)
Kelly: Hmm I tend to keep my books in great condition too but if they were to get a little bent or broken in from me reading them too much it wouldn't bother me! In Florida I was at the library every other day and loved reading worn in books that other people had obviously read and hopefully loved as much as me!

11) Do you write in books?
Lucy: No, no and no! :p
Kelly: Nope! Although I do treasure my copy of Harry Potter and the goblet of fire as it has a little message from my Nanna Knott on the first page! I miss her and my Grandad George lots so it always makes me smile when I see it. She was a big reader too and I'm sure we would be talking books all the time if she were here today!
Lucy: Ooh yes, little notes I am more than ok with at the front of the book! :)

Have a wonderful day and keep reading! :)

Love Lucy and Kelly xx

Life's full of inspiration!

Like I've mentioned in previous posts, Lucy and I love happy things and if something/someone makes us happy you will most likely hear/read about it. Even as children we would dive into things 110%, whether it be a new found love of  a TV show, band or hobby, you can bet it was all our Mum and Dad would hear about 24/7, much to their delight! :p When thinking back on all these things I used to cringe and have any one of these thoughts... "seriously Kelly, could you not just stick to one thing instead of changing your mind constantly?" or "oh my gosh you really went through that phase?" or "poor Mum and Dad, what did we put them through?" and "wow I can't believe you used to like that band or person?" However, in recent years I have learnt to accept that all these so called "phases" have made me who I am today. Some, introduced us to our first live concerts, thank you Gareth Gates. Some taught me not to be too greedy, I mean did I really have to get FOUR Beanie Babies the first time our Dad took us shopping for them?? (Sorry Dad!) Some gave us new skills, I can still remember the G cord on a guitar and play the "We will Rock you" bit on the drums...yes I know it's easy, but it's all I got, so I'll take it! Then, there were the ones that really did change our lives. These were the "phases" that involved particular people who to this day I am forever grateful for. That brings me to todays post...

Here's to the people who have inspired me and who continue to do so each day! :)
It's no secret that we were the biggest Hardy Boyz fans growing up. The moment we set eyes on them at the age of twelve, that was it! Every school book, pad, pencil case, piece of scrap paper, you name it, anything we could write on was emblazoned with The Hardy Boyz logo or "Jeff and Matt Hardy rock 4eva." Out of the two of them though, we were very much drawn to Jeff Hardy and his unique style and carefree attitude, he just became our everything. We wrote poems, used our few minutes on the internet (dial up connection back then) to look up pictures for our Jeff Hardy files and talked about him non stop. Our Mum and Dad went a long with it thinking it was just a phase and we would soon find something else, but to us this was it, we were going to be like Jeff Hardy one day, we were going to be a sister tag team to his and Matt's brother tag team and maybe one day we would wrestle on the same show as him! By now you know the story, it turns out Mum and Dad were wrong on this one and the inspiration from Jeff Hardy lead us to a nine year wrestling career that they supported us with every step of the way! We got to do pretty much everything our little twelve year old selves had dreamed of and I truly believe if it wasn't for Jeff Hardy that wouldn't have been the case! On a side note, in high school so many people used to be like "ooh you fancy him" etc and that was never the case, we absolutely adored Jeff Hardy but even in our early teens when everyone had their boy band or first crush, it was never about that, we really did just want to be him and looked up to him! It was and still is all about the wrestling!
We got into Good Charlotte about a year after we got into wrestling and funnily enough the two go hand in hand. We had just figured out what our chosen career was, we just needed a boost and the confidence to not let anyone stand in our way and stop us. Enter the pop punk rockers, us against the world, don't want to go to collage, angst filled, foursome Good Charlotte. With them we had everything we needed to go for our dreams regardless of what anyone said! Looking back at our all black phase and the mornings before school of blasting "The Young and the Hopeless" from our bedrooms for the whole house to hear, may fill us with a little guilt, mostly for what we put our Mum and Dad through, this phase lasted for the majority of our teens, when all they wanted was for us to smile and wear dresses, however, it's what got us out of bed in the morning and pushed us through the school day! We weren't terrible but we were definitely at an impressionable age where anything Good Charlotte said, we did. There were many an argument about not going to collage or university. We didn't care, we just wanted to wrestle and Good Charlotte backed us up, so we didn't care what anyone else thought! As much as this may sound negative, now thinking back I smile, we turned out ok (I think) so Mum and Dad can laugh (I hope). We ended up going to collage after taking a year out to do our thing, (and get jobs) but we also followed our dream and honestly, I thank Good Charlotte for that, as they gave us the determination and motivation to do it. We all have our own thoughts, dreams and personalities and should embrace who we are. Some find it easy being themselves from the get go but I think others need a little help finding their voice and confidence. We were the latter and Good Charlotte came into our lives at a good time! To this day, even though I may not be blasting "The Chronicles of Life and Death" for the world to hear, any time I hear a new song it puts a huge smile on my face and reminds me of how I got to where I am! :)
This person is a typical case of simply loving them because they make you happy. Granted I know I don't know him personally but we all have people we love and connect with via the big screen or music scene, that's just life! I first came across Zachary Levi after getting into the TV show Chuck, which just so happens to be the best TV show ever, trust me, go and watch it! My sisters and I watched it together the year me and Luc spent at home, so it reminds me of a year full of family, laughing with my sisters as we all became fully fledged Chucksters. The show is hilarious and the more I watched it, the more I just fell in love with Chuck and naturally the person playing him. He is just perfect, goofy, emotional, nerdy, funny, the list could go on. Since then, I've watched every movie Zachary Levi has been in, I've bought the first season of  "Less than perfect" one of the first shows he appeared in, also hilarious, (please let me know if you can buy the other seasons anywhere) and watched many a interview with him. The more I watch, the more I just think he is such an awesome person. I especially love the "Conversations for a cause" panels they do each year at Nerd HQ! See The Nerd Machine for more details. He comes across as such a genuine, lovely person and inspires be every day to be kind, spread love and make others happy.
I'm a huge marvel movie fan and my favourite go to movie is "What's your Number?" (Anyone else?) But it hasn't really been till recently that I've become a little infatuated with Chris Evans! Looks aside (but really...sigh!) he just seems wonderful! Again, I know I haven't met him but from every interview I have seen (I like to go off spoken interviews as I don't really trust the magazines) he just comes across as a very well rounded guy. He's funny, sweet, family orientated and loves Disney, what's not to like? I believe that people come into your life at the right time and that's definitely the case for me here. Watching his movies after a long day at work makes me relax and just smile, sending pictures to my sister who's 4000 miles away and sharing a little girliness is priceless and hearing him talk about us living in the now has really opened my eyes and inspired me to think a little differently or rather not think too much at all! The most recent interview I saw you can find here: I literally watched this with a huge grin on my face as everything he said resonated in my mind. It's truly inspirational and much needed in my life right now! :)

I would like to add that though all the people I have mentioned are celebrities, I am also inspired everyday by my friends and family. My Dad is a huge inspiration to me, probably the biggest, and it's because of him that myself and my siblings are so determined to be creative and do the things we want to do to the best of our ability!

I hope you enjoyed reading about who inspires me, I would love to hear who inspires you everyday or even just who makes you happy! Life is full of people and while we may not all have the same ideals and opinions, when you find those that speak to you and connect with you, I feel you should embrace them!

Until next time, keep smiling!

Lets get Artsy! :)

Over the past few weeks at work, I have been feeling rather creative and have really wanted to make sure that my kids are doing lots of fun activities. Now, in my previous childcare jobs I have worked with children from the age of 3 upwards, so activities, though still catered to different stages of developments and age ranges, were always quite simple to plan and prepare, as 3 and upwards can understand instructions and are very capable of doing plenty by themselves. However, in my most recent position, I work with babies, from 5 months to, I think, my oldest is 8 months. At first when I stepped into this position, I would look at my planning sheet and think, "what am I going to be able to do with them?" One of my favourite things about working with children is getting to do arts and crafts, bake and work on imaginative projects, so I started to feel a little dubious as to how much I was going to enjoy being in the baby room. That was around 2 months ago and needless to say, I am enjoying every minute in the baby room and love my babies. Furthermore, we have been busy doing tons of arts and crafts and I'm pretty certain they are loving it too! :) I still learn along the way as to what is sensible and age appropriate for them but we have so much fun and I love getting to introduce them to all the wonders of paint, paper, stickers and crafts galore. :)

Here are some of our projects, with a few tid bits along the way to help you if you plan on doing this with your own babies or if you happen to be a teacher too! :)

A few weeks back our theme for the week was 'Farm animals' so I decided to make paper plate sheep and cows with googley eyes. This is a fine example of expecting a little too much, or not so much expecting anything, but it ending up being a little trickier than I imagined for babies of 7 months old. Though, most of the gluing and sticking ended up being done by yours truly, I loved allowing the babies to play with the materials. I tend to do all my activities one at a time and can therefore be extra aware as to what they are eating cotton wool today thank you! :p It's always fun to see their faces looking at the finished product too, though they may not have been able to put this all together themselves, they smiled so big when we got to talk about sheep and cows and make the sounds, so I definitely feel like they still learnt a lot. :)
For "Gardening" week, we got a little messy "planting" our vegetable gardens! :p This activity was perfect and I loved the end results. For this one I had the babies sitting in one of the floor seats so that I could show them the paint and so that they could sit somewhat still and really feel the paint on their toes. They were adorable and I loved seeing all their different facial expressions. Many of them giggled and looked from me to the paint brush a bunch of times and it was simply the cutest. I like the idea of, for older children, allowing them to stand up and place their carrot painted feet on the paper themselves (you holding them for balance, of course, and so that you don't end up with carrot prints on the carpet! :p ) I feel like that would be so much fun. :)
Just this past week our theme was "Caterpillars and butterflies" So naturally "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" came in to play! :) We had been doing a lot of printing the previous week, with vegetables and fruit, (see below) so I was trying to think of something different for caterpillars and came across marshmallow printing on Pinterest. I thought this would be super cute and a fun one for the babies. In addition, I enjoy working with materials that if they do get it on their fingers, won't cause any problems if they put their fingers in their mouths, well maybe a slight sugar buzz in this case, but nothing too harmful! :p They loved squashing the marshmallows, I bought the giant ones so that they would stand out more on the paper, so they were extra fluffy and soft. For this one I had them sitting in high chairs, placed a marshmallow in their hand and placed my hand over the top and guided them with their prints. Most of them used their cheeky little other hand to grab at the paint and paper, but that simply made me smile and excited to see them interested in what they were doing. :)
Another for "Gardening" week! :) We planted our peas using a circle shaped sponge and green paint. This one was a blast to do. And even our littlest baby of 4 months did it too. :) For this one, I had them sat on my knee with a flat surface in front of us on the floor. This was really helpful in guiding them and enabling them to do more. They held onto the sponge, dipped it in the paint and squished it on to the paper. So cute! :) Ooh and I drew the outline for the pod and had them sit back on my knee when the paint had dried and let them hold the green marker and colour themselves! Again they were adorable and it was all them, they were guiding me. :)
This one I showed you in the last post but it was one of my favourites. It got a little messy but when we opened up the folded paper to see our butterfly print, everyone of them smiled so big at all the colours that it was most definitely worth it. They enjoyed holding the paint brush and dipping it in to all of the colours and then pressing the folded paper with their hands to make the print. They turned out beautiful! :) My babies love paper and always want to play with the paper with their spare hand so paint can tend to go everywhere. My next point of call is making safe and edible paint for them for occasions such as these...stay tuned! :)
Thank you to all the wonderful and creative people on Pinterest who I allow me to expand my imagination and creative ideas, you are all awesome! :)
You can follow me on Pinterest: Lucy Osterfeld and Kelly: Kelly Sharpe! :)
Have an awesome and colourful weekend!
Love Lucy xx

Happy things! :)

It's the middle of the week...yay! :) As you may know, from previous posts, or any form of social media that we are on for that matter, we LOVE pictures. We adore scrapbooking and probably have twenty plus between us, if not more...most likely more. We actually don't take as many pictures as we used to though, believe it or not, we honestly used to click away non stop. Our friends can attest to us always having a camera in their faces, especially when food was involved, but alas, we have cut back slightly and try to be more present in life's precious moments, though a camera is more often than not at hand for when you just need one for the scrapbook!! :)

So today we bring you a few snapshots of things that have been putting a smile on our faces over the past few weeks! :)

Yep we are total suckers for the Limited Edition Oreos. These Smore's Oreo's are delicious! :)

I love making my baby room bright and colourful and with this weeks topic being "Caterpillars and Butterflies" it was the perfect opportunity to add that splash of colour to the walls. The babies loved getting messy with the paints and smiled so big when we opened out the paper to get our symmetry butterfly! :) - Lucy

I love this picture that my husband took, when we went to Kentucky Kingdom for the first time, one weekend ago. He is the theme park nut, but over the last six years I've grown accustomed to going with him to a few different theme parks, and I have to say I just enjoy seeing him happy, as well as eating fun theme park food! :) - Kelly

Both Luc and I received amazon gift cards from my husband this past Friday, "just because", and it was the sweetest thing and made us smile!! He knows how much we both love books and has been watching me search amazon for cute books to stock up my kindle with lately! I have found so many new authors that my list just keeps getting longer!! Thank you Chris!! :) - Kelly

We have been LOVING this bake book "Sweetapolita" since we bought it about a week ago. Every time we look at it, we can't help but smile and feel inspired. Hence, all the goodies pictured with it...we can't wait to get baking this weekend! :)

This guy makes me smile the brightest each and every day. If this past weekend was any indication, he walked through the door three times and surprised me when I thought he was going to be working late and when I thought his business meetings were going to last all evening and then all night, I literally jumped up and down and squealed at the sight of his cute little face and you couldn't wipe the grin of my face for the remainder of the weekend. :) -Lucy

Wishing you all a wonderful and happy day! :)

Please let us know what's making you smile this week or feel free to share your snaps with us via Twitter: @TheBlossomTwins @LucyOsterfeld @KellyLSharpe or Instagram: TheBlossomTwins, LBlossom, Keggy88

Love Lucy and Kelly xx

Books to Movies...Yay or Nay??

It's safe to say that I am a HUGE bookworm. (See Books are always in style) I love everything about books and get a weird feeling inside if I'm not in the middle of a book! I'm a sucker for romance novels and anything with food in the title, what can I say? How can you say no to a "Cake shop in the garden" or a "Gingerbread café?" ;) I love that every author no matter the genre or theme of their book, is going to write differently. Just like "no one person, will ever read the same book" I believe no one author is ever going to write quite the same book! There in lies the magic of reading...expanding your imagination to places it may never have thought of going or meeting people you may never have met. Being introduced to magical worlds, faraway places, times in history or joyful seasonal traditions. They may all be described to us but we all see them differently!

That brings me to my topic we like keeping our books in the comfort of our imagination, like our own personal secrets, or do we get excited when they are turned into potential multi-million dollar blockbusters??

I'm not going to lie, I remember my 12/13 year old self going to see Harry Potter for the first time and thinking about all the things they didn't say or include in the films that happened in the books, rather than thinking about how amazing it was to see all these characters and this whole imaginary world come to life. If I'm going to be extra honest, I continued to think that way for probably the first four movies. You see, I loved the books so so much that at the age I was it was hard for me to sit and watch the stories played out without every single little detail from the books. I felt that it was wrong that people who hadn't read the books wouldn't get to laugh at every line I laughed at or see every scene I got to see in my head. As the years went by though I realized just how amazing these movies are and how much detail and time was spent on getting these books from page to screen... and it is incredible. I may still want to give people a funny look if they've never read the books, but thanks to these movies we now have the Warner Bros studio tour in London and Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter at Universal's around the world. These places make me so happy and are places where you get to feel like you are immersed in the world that was once just inside your head. Would we have them if not for the movies?? Now when I think about Harry Potter, it comes as a collective with the books, movies, actors and actresses and is a huge comfort to me, I just love everything about it!

Last weekend I went with my husband to see "The Longest Ride" and it still brings a smile to my face thinking about it now. A, because he came with me and B, there was just something about the fact that when I read this book I just loved it, I loved the characters and the way everything came together at the end, that it was lovely to see it on the big screen. I kept sitting there wondering how many people had read the book. I've come to the conclusion that I don't think it was many but this made me feel like I was sat in my own little bubble, like I was the only one there that knew the secret of what was coming next, so it made it extra special when I heard a laugh or a little comment slip out of someone's mouth. (we went to a little theater and it was full of older ladies and gentlemen so it made it extra cute) At first I was a little hesitant as the movie was quite slow moving in the beginning and not the same as the book...see I still couldn't help those little niggling thoughts, but once it got going and I just accepted that not everything in the book would translate perfectly into a movie, I really enjoyed the way they did it especially as the ending (My favourite part of the book) was pretty much the same in the movie. I also enjoyed that while my husband isn't likely to read the book, I got to share the story with him via the big screen, so he got to delve a little into my world. Not to mention having Scott Eastwood as a cowboy didn't hurt!! :p

I enjoyed the 50 Shades of Grey books but haven't seen the movie yet, I love Jamie Dornan but for some reason the hype and way the media portrays the whole franchise kind of seems creepy, I have no idea why but it just does. I probably will see it one of these days but it's not really high on my list right now. If you've seen it let me know what you think?

One of the biggest tests for me will be next year when the movie "Me before you" comes out. This is based on the best selling novel by Jojo Moyes. I can not tell you how excited I was when I heard the news, as I absolutely LOVE the book. So going off initial reaction, I obviously do seem to lean towards the pro book to movie category. Lucy isn't too sure which side she is on after Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road' hit the big screen. She, of course, loves Harry Potter but with 'On the Road' being her favourite book, the movie was heartbreaking for her. So there is always that sense of trepidation. With 'Me before You' I can't help feeling extremely nervous about the story and characters and hope they get it right, especially with this one as it's such a powerful and emotional story and one of my favourites. But at the same time that feeling like I had with "The Longest Ride" of getting to see the characters and story come to life, while still being in your own little secret bubble, I believe truly is magical and worth the risk!

What are your thoughts? What books have you read that you would love to see on the big screen or what are some that have been made that you wish had just stayed books?

Until next time, keep smiling!