The British Tag! :)

When we came across this tag a couple of weeks ago, we just had to do it! We are 7 weeks away, and counting, till we get to go home for two whole weeks....YAY!!! We absolutely CANNOT wait to go home and it's funny, as once the flights are booked, our cravings for all things British suddenly become more extreme. Day dreaming about fish and chips anyone?? :p

Wish list! :)

Unless it's food or gifts for other people, I'm not really a shopper. Nowadays my husband must be present when I buy clothes, as he is a lot better at fashion than I am, though if I'm purchasing a Thor or Captain America shirt from Target, I'm all good! :p But generally shopping for clothes is not my idea of fun. I LOVE to food shop though, something I think both Kelly and I get from our Nanna and Grandad, and food most definitely is my weakness as far as spends, but as far as your day to day, I've always been more of a saver and take pride in being that way. I like to know that bills are paid and that I'm not wasting money. And sometimes, it's merely a case of me thinking "Do I really need it?" (thanks Mum :p ) In saying that though, one thing I do look forward to, is when I can save up for a treat. I think it's fun every now and again to know that you can put aside a little money and go grab a coffee or a bunch of scrapbooking paper, ooh or an awesome book and yep you guessed! :p

Makeup has become somewhat of my new found hobby since I stopped wrestling and when I came across Jaclyn Hill. I can't really explain why, and it seems rather odd, as I wear a lot less of it now that I don't have to be on camera each week. But there's something about the pretty packaging and bright colours and confidence that it inspires that I just love. My makeup collection has grown considerably over the past year or so and I always enjoy receiving my Sephora emails or notifications that Jaclyn Hill or Nicole Guerriero have uploaded a video. :) I love chatting about makeup to my friend Angie from Chocolate and Lipstick and I have to say we are bad influences on each other... so here in lies my makeup wish list! :p Even if I don't purchase these items, and I most likely won't :p, I still enjoy lusting after them. Is that weird? Anywho, here goes!!

When Jaclyn Hill does her foundation, I just sit and stare. She is simply flawless and I love how glowing, radiant and healthy her skin looks. Therefore when she mentioned this product, I looked it up right away. It's rather on the expensive side so I would be interested in trying a sample first (if Sephora does that with all products?) to see if it works for my skin! :) Has anyone tried this product before?

Again, forgive me, Jaclyn Hill has quite the influence on me! ;p When she wore this colour, I just thought, yes please! It is a beautiful, pinky, red, vibrant shade, which looks slightly orange in certain lights to me, but it is gorgeous. I have recently become obsessed with shades like this which is new for me. I'm usually more pink and nudes. 

See the Kevyn Aucoin bit above, as that is exactly why I would love to try this foundation out! :)

I have been wearing my ColourPop blushes non stop. They are absolutely stunning. Of course they keep coming out with more gorgeous products and I just think they are so pretty and wonderful for the price! They are one of my favourite brands at the moment! :) 

Random wish list items, just because...yes please...take my money! :p

Are you a spender or a saver? Do you have a wish list and treat yourself every now and again? Let me know in the comments below! :)

Have a lovely day!

Love Lucy. xx

April Showers! Activities! :)

Hope everyone had a great weekend!
This week, I thought I would have some fun and show any fellow teachers or Mums and Dads out there a few fun little activities I have done with the children I work with over the past few weeks. I work with 3 and 4 year olds but I'm sure with a little extra help you could do these with 2 year olds as well. I love my classroom when it is bright and colourful, and therefore try to get the childrens's work up on the walls each week before they take them home. 
The first picture here is of our circle time area and I love it. Before I go into the activities, here's some info on the area itself...Myself and Lucy got some Frozen wall decals from Target to make the room a little more interactive for our kids, because boy do they LOVE Frozen!! Disney hit the jackpot with that one I tell you! We also made a Frozen book corner with the stickers we had leftover. To the left of our whiteboard is our ice cream sticker chart that Lucy made, it's working very well, all the kids have grasped trying their hardest to reach their sprinkles by the end of the week, so they can take something home from the treasure chest. To the right we have our calendar and underneath, the days of the week. We moved these from the top of the wall so the children could see them better, it can get a little tiring constantly putting the days of week back in the right places or picking them up off the floor, but I think it's good for them to be able to see them and it also makes for an educational activity as we learn the days of the week! Ok, so that pretty much sums up our circle time area, I hope you like it. Now onto our little activities.

1. April shower clouds! 

You will need:
Blue paper
Cotton wool balls
School glue
plates/bowls for glue

This is probably the quickest and most simple. I cut out blue cloud shapes (I used blue so the cotton wool would stand out) sat the children all round the table with some cotton wool balls and plates with white glue, back home we call it PVA glue (Art Attack anyone? Please comment if you know that show!) it's like the mod podge or school glue. I showed them how to break apart the cotton wool, so they would have more to cover their clouds, and dip it into the glue before placing it on their paper. They all did a great job and I think they turned out really cute. To make this activity for older kids, you could have them cut out their own cloud shapes. 

2. Paper plate suns!
You will need:
Paper plates
spare plates/bowls for glue
school glue
strips of yellow paper
yellow tissue paper
googly eyes

I loved how these turned out and again the children did great. They really benefit from me showing them what to do first or looking at one already made, but then it's awesome to see their take on what they see and how theirs end up unique to them. I set each of them up with a plate of glue or one to share between two. A piece of tissue paper for them to rip up, some of the younger ones may need guiding with this as I've found they tend to just want to stick the whole piece on. Some strips of yellow paper and I kept the googly eyes till last. I had them stick the strips around the outside of the plate and the tissue paper in the middle of the plate. Once they were happy with their sun, I gave them the googly eyes. This was just to make them look fun and different. This was another little activity that I think made a wonderful addition to our wall! 

3. April Shower umbrellas!

You will need:
Cute cupcakes cases.
Pipe cleaners
Blue paper
Blue crayons
White glue or glue sticks.
Pencil for making a hole in the cases.

This activity was a little trickier and looking back I probably would have done it with each child individually but you live and learn. I poked a hole in the middle of each cupcake case and showed them how to fold them in half. Once they had done that we bent the pipe cleaners to make the Umbrella handles, I guided them if they asked for help but also wanted them do it by themselves. Next, I helped put the pipe cleaner through the hole in the cupcake case and then held the case still so they could glue one side to stick them on the paper. You may need to bend a little of the pipe cleaner at the top so they don't fall out when you pick them or hang them up. For the final touch, get them to draw little raindrops around the umbrellas with the crayons. I really liked the way they turned out, like I said, you may need to help a bit more with this one especially for the younger ones but the older ones should be ok. My 4 year old of the group did it all by herself! :)

So that's it for my little April Showers activities. Most of which I got from, or were inspired by ideas I saw on, Pinterest. As a teacher, I've forgotten how I came up with activities before it. (Pinterest) I pretty much look at it for all my art activity planning unless I have things I've already done before. I love it though as people are so clever and creative, it's nice to see! :)

Hope you liked them and if you do them with your kids at home or at school or daycare, I'd love to see them and read any tips or advice you may have or learnt a long the way! :)

Until next time, keep smiling!

Life is sweet! :)

Kelly and I have been toying with the idea of a YouTube channel for a while now and yesterday we finally plucked up the courage to do it! :) You see as much as much as we LOVE to write, we also LOVE to talk, in addition, wrestling for nine years and being in front of crowds and entertaining people each week tends to be a little hard to shake off. We often miss sharing our goofy selves with you and chatting to you guys. So we thought we would do some what of an extension of this here blog and begin our project of "Life is Sweet" with the Blossoms. Just like on here, it's a place we can go and ramble about all the things we love, in hopes that we can make you laugh, connect with you, make you think, give you somewhere you can share all things you love too! :)

We are all about positivity and dreaming big, so we truly hope you enjoy our channel and if you have questions, ideas or anything you want us to cover, then just let us know! :)

Also, we did just want to say to all the people that have been supporting us since we first stepped in to the squared circle and who continue to do so, thank you from the bottom of our hearts, you are simply the best! To everyone who has clicked on our little blog, thank you. This blog is honestly a dream come true for us and has taught us that if you want to do something, just do it and don't be scared. Writing is something we adore and we admire so many writers and authors, that this blog makes us feel like we can lay a tinsy winsy bit of claim to being 'writers' too!! :p And you never know, watch this space for a book in future! ;) Ooh and a huge thank you to our husbands and Round Peg Promotions for having confidence in us and making us to do stuff! :p

On our first episode of "Life is Sweet" we cover a few facts about us, what we are up to and aim to do with our channel and what made us smile this past week! :) And there may even be a Macho Man Randy Savage impression or two! :p

You can find our YouTube channel by clicking the link below! :)

Have a lovely evening!

Love Lucy and Kelly xx

Wedding bells are ringing! :) Part two!

Ok so I have tried to write this blog three times and I just can't seem to get all my thoughts on to this page exactly how they are in my head. You see I loved my wedding day, it was perfect and I would like to think that everyone comes away from their big day feeling the same way. Yes they aren't without their stresses, but I promise you, you will get through those worries and on the day you won't even think about them, because the only thing that will truly matter will be marrying the man/woman that you love, surrounded by all your friends and family. 
I wasn't the type who dreamed about her special day since childhood or someone who wanted a huge extravagant wedding, I just wanted things that I liked, a theme that fit and both me and my then fiancé agreed on and for it to be colourful. So with all that being said here are a few of my little tips:
* Don't focus so much on one theme if you love lots of different things!
We all probably have a Pinterest dream wedding board and we know how amazing and creative the weddings you find on there can be, but don't worry if you don't know how you could ever make one of those happen and don't start getting stressed if you can't decide between themes or what you like best or if one thing doesn't fit etc. I had a 50's theme in my head and while some of the ones I looked up were amazing, think Juke boxes, checkered floors, soda fountains and what not, I knew I wasn't going to be able to do everything I saw in the pictures, plus the Classic Car I would have had for awesome 50's pictures, was at home in England...oh well! I literally just chose things that to me were inspired by my love of diners, for example, we had old fashioned cake stands with cupcakes on instead of a usual cupcake tier. I had some tin signs dotted about, along with balloons, and my dress was a shorter than your regular/typical wedding dress. In actual fact writing that down, that's not an awful lot to make it sound 50's but you know what? with those tin signs and cake stands, it still felt like it to me. The colours were random because I love yellow and to be fair, I let my husband pick a colour and he chose blue, but they were bright and colourful and made us happy. Furthermore, a few days before the wedding I realized it was Easter the day after and I love Easter time and I LOVE mini eggs, so Mum bought some from home and I got two soda cups that I had been thinking of using for decoration and Lucy made a Mr and Mrs sign, we filled the soda cups with the mini eggs and strung the sign between the cups for the middle of our table. It was slightly 50's and I got to have mini eggs on the spur of the moment! :p The table names and pictures were all DisneyWorld or Harry Potter places because we were going to Disney and Universal on honeymoon. So you see not exactly one theme to our wedding but I loved it, not everything had to match or fit one idea, at the end of the day the things they all fit most was us! :)
* Go with your instincts!
I planned a lot of my wedding from 4000 miles away in England, so I didn't get to see the venue or meet people until a month before my wedding day. So, when planning I just went with my initial instincts and how I felt towards something right away. There were a few places that I emailed a once or twice then changed my mind, there were a few that never got back to me, but ultimately I went with my gut and didn't try to waste time fretting. I sorted flowers out with one phone call. I told them what I liked and they came up with something sweet. My bouquet was actually nicer than what we discussed on the phone, as originally they talked about a white flower that I agreed to, but then wasn't so sure about, then on the day something must have changed as the white they went with turned in to Daisies, so in the end it worked out perfectly. I also went with my gut with my photographer and dress. I hit the jackpot with our photographer and do you know what made me choose her and made me know I wanted her? The picture on her biography page of her website!! :p she's since updated it and changed the pictures but they are still just as gorgeous, and yes she is as lovely and as down to earth as she looks! I loved her. My wedding album is my favourite, I can look at it over and over. She took awesome shots, some I asked for, some I didn't, but all amazing that I am so grateful for. She captured the day perfectly, stayed till the very end and I would recommend her to EVERYONE!! Now for my dress. I got my dress back home and it comes with a funny story, as when I say to people "My mum chose my wedding dress" they look at me like I must be crazy, but the thing is, she really did. Me and my mum are very similar and she knows me extremely well (obviously) and both times I went to the wedding shop I kept trying on dresses that in my head were what you were supposed to try on when you are getting married, the long, flowing at the bottom, tight top ones that I thought would make me look more sophisticated and look older. Well after not having much look with them, my mum pulls out a short dress, that just so happened to look more 50's, and said I should try it, at first I didn't want to but as soon as I did I knew it was the one for me. It felt more like me.. I still worried slightly that it didn't make me look older but my instincts, and Mum's, were right and I love it and felt perfect in it on the day. 
* Don't sweat the small stuff!
It will all work out on the day trust me and if things don't go perfectly trust me that you won't think about them. It will be a waste of energy to worry about things on your actual day, you just have to go with the flow. Case in point, I ordered Cupcakes from Georgetown cupcakes (DC Cupcakes for anyone who watches the show) they arrived the day before the wedding, I didn't see them as I had the best lady organizing everything, she made my tables perfect and look amazing, but I laugh looking back now as all the cupcakes had little white sticks in them that at first I thought looked cute, like a little straw, it wasn't until later that I realized they were there to protect the cupcakes from getting squished in travel. All the pictures of the tables or the cupcakes have them in but it doesn't bother me that they were probably supposed to be taken out. I even have a canvas of them in my diner. No biggie, it added an extra cute touch. We also had a few hiccups with the music, it stopped working every so often and wasn't as smooth as I would have liked as far as one song after another, but I got to dance to The Overtones and One Direction and that was all that mattered to me! My make up also wasn't really what I wanted and that was one of the only things I was a little disappointed in, but again I didn't let it get me down. I wanted a little bit more to make me feel a bit older as I felt, and still feel, in my pictures I look too young but the ladies weren't as over friendly or chatty as I would have liked so my make up was on the light and minimal side. Alas looking back, I am who I am and I still looked like me. Most important, in the pictures I am smiling and happy so what more could you want?
They are pretty much my biggest tips, I hope they help if you are currently planning a wedding. They probably all link and are very similar but I think it's just because my overall piece of advice is just be you, make it you and enjoy it and be happy. I love looking at my pictures, so again a big thank you to the gorgeous Ashley Glasco The feel of the day and the look was bright and cheerful and in the end we may have had a few different themes but they were all us and that's what your wedding day is all about! You and him/her! :)

Happy Planning/Happy wedding day! :)

Happily ever after! :) Part one!

When talking about some of the topics we wanted to cover this week on the blog, we started discussing our weddings and thinking about advice and tips for making your wedding day magical. That might seem a little random, but every now and again we like to sit and go through our wedding albums and reminisce about our big days. Furthermore, Kelly and her Chris recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary and so we decided it would be fun to share our wedding day experiences with you. If you are getting married soon or in future, then huge Congratulations and we hope some of these tid bits may help you, or at the very least just make you smile in thinking of your upcoming nuptials. If you already had your special day, we hope this post brings you joy and you can reminisce about your day along with us. For those not getting married yet but hope to one day, it's always fun to plan, and for those of you who may not have marriage on the brain at all, we hope you simply enjoy the DIYS, pretty pictures and possible ideas for vacation/party spots! :)

Lucy's Top Tips!
Chris and I planned our wedding in about 4 months, so I didn't really have too much time to stress, worry and be indecisive. And since Kelly got married first and planned her wedding for a year, you can bet I was looking up stuff and had flicked through Pinterest a couple of times to see what I would do if I was getting married. Therefore, by the time I got engaged, I already had the dream wedding Pinterest board going and had ideas as to what I wanted. :p

Now, I like to do things myself if I want it done a certain way, but I also know that my husband and I are very similar and he has awesome ideas too! ;) This brings us to my first piece of advice:

* Don't feel like you have to do it all/compromise!! Let your future husband help and listen to his ideas too. There is always a lot of emphasis on it being the women's big day but I believe in it being about the man too. I had originally thought about having our wedding in a barn, as I just loved the idea and feel of it being rustic and cozy. However, Chris's one wish was that he wanted it on a beach and so after a little searching and him loving St Pete beach, we settled on a beach wedding. Moreover, he also sorted out all the invitations too. I had started to overthink everything from colours and fonts, to the way in which I wanted the whole design of the invitations to look, so Chris took over, kept it simple and after realizing that he knew what he was doing, I took a deep breath and let it go and they turned out perfect. I loved them! :)

Don't get so focused on an image or theme!! I admit that with Pinterest it was so easy to get pictures engraved into my brain and feel like things had to look a certain way. I had planned on a cute little vintage suitcase for cards, the centers of the table to look all pretty and rustic, we had wanted an old guitar for people to sign, and after looking at pictures of beautiful long mermaid waves, I had really wanted my hair to look flowing and beachy long. In actuality, the card/signing table didn't turn out as planned. The little suitcase didn't stay propped up and I hadn't managed to make a cute sign saying cards. With it being a destination wedding, we tried to find a cheap guitar in St Pete and didn't have any luck, so I was really sad that we didn't have anything for guests to sign. I did get lucky though, as my wonderful mother in law had made a framed picture of us for people to sign, that I didn't realize till after the wedding, I now have it on our bedroom wall and it is beautiful. (Thank you Mom :) ) Things have a way of working out. The tables I didn't get to set up, so my image of all my little trinkets grouped together didn't happen and the centerpieces looked rather simple, but guess what?? On the day it didn't matter, simple was perfect! :) Ooh and lets just say, my hair is my hair, my makeup artist was awesome but the fact of the matter is, no matter how much I willed my hair to grow, it was not going to be flowing down my back just for my wedding day! :p

* DIYS's are fun and can help save money!! I loved doing DIYS for my wedding. It made everything feel more personal too. My brother in law made our table settings on his phone and I adored the way they turned out. They all had a picture of mine and Chris's favourite people with quotes and lyrics. Here we had Ray Lamontagne and a quote from "Hold you in my arms." We also had Macho Man and Miss Elizabeth with "Match made in Heaven" :) I also made the burlap wrapped mason jars, along with the sand and shell filled mini fish bowls. Most of these little things, flowers included, came from Michaels craft store and they always have coupons available! :) I had candle too but it's somewhere in the background! :p  

* Don't lose track on what's important!!! As much as it was fun to plan, pick out colour schemes, food and of course, the dress, I can't get over the fact that on the day the only thing I cared about was being with my Chris. All morning while getting ready, and as I was in the room with my Dad waiting for my turn to walk down to the ceremony, I felt really anxious and simply just wanted to see Chris. Everything sort of went out the window and I was like, I haven't seen my Chris all day, as soon as he held my hands under our little arch, it felt like I was just going with the flow and what would be, would be, if that makes sense?! :)
Little side note: That wonderful lady in the background is Grace Felice and she is amazing. We hit the jackpot when we came across her. She spoke to us on the phone for an hour one day and I had emailed back and forth with her a little bit before the wedding, but when it came to the day, she simply blew me away. Everything she said was perfect and so personal to Chris and I and who we are. In addition, as I sit here with the Macho Man Randy Savage dvd playing in the background, I get goose bumps, as a few emails in she had asked me about wrestling and told me that one of her favourite clients was a professional wrestler. When I asked who, she sent me a picture and I proceeded to smile so big. She had officiated Randy Savage and his wife's wedding a few years prior and said he was just wonderful. With Macho Man having been my husbands absolute favourite since he was three and one of mine too, and wrestling having bought Chris and I together, it felt like it was meant to be and is something that made our day so extra special! :)
My wedding links:
As this post has become very long, we have decided to split it up! :p So Kelly will be with you for part two in the coming days! :)
Hope you enjoyed these little wedding tips and have a magical day!
Love Lucy. xx

Travel Blog Tag!! :)

This past week I was able to get a little caught up on reading some of my favourite blogs and introducing them to Kelly too. We came across a blog called Underland to Wonderland a few months back and immediately loved Danielle, as she is a fellow Disnerd like us and always has fun things to read. You can check her blog out and where we got this lovely Travel Tag from here: Thank you Danielle! :)

1. What was the last country you visited?
Lucy: That would be England last Christmas. :) I was there for two weeks and it was the best. It still feels strange saying that I visited England as I still consider it home.
Kelly: Same for me! I was lucky enough to go home for 6 weeks before Christmas, it was so nice being there for that long as I got to see loads of family and friends and spent practically everyday with my Nanna and Grandad too! :)

2. How many countries have you visited?
Lucy: I think 6! Italy, France, America, Portugal, Scotland and Wales. We have been lucky enough to visit many States in America though too! :)
Kelly: 6 countries but we've visited most of those more than once. We've been lucky enough to have been to Portugal twice as that was a family holiday we liked growing up, and then Italy on 3 separate occasions to visit family!  
3. What is your favourite place on the planet, that you have been to?
Lucy: This is a tricky one for me to just pick one place, as of course, I adore Italy. Praiano is probably one of my ultimate favourite places in this world. It is simply beautiful and just perfect, in addition to being home to many members of my family. However, St Pete beach has become a most treasured place in my heart and when I dream about the Loews Hotel and my wedding day, it makes my heart flutter and I look forward to when my husband and I will next visit. :)
Kelly: I would definitely have to say Italy because of our family ties as well as it being beautiful and home to the best food in the world. I do really want to visit there again soon, as we were quite young on our previous visits so I feel there is so much more I have yet to do, see and appreciate. I do have to say also that I really enjoyed my 8 months in Florida, can't go wrong with being 15 minutes away from Disney World.
4. Favourite place in your home country?
Lucy: My house and my Nanna and Grandad's house. Even though I know technically that's not what this question means... :p there's no place I'd rather be when I go home than Heaton Mersey! :)
Kelly: I would have to agree with Luc on this. England is a great place with lots to do and see but there is no place I love more than being at Nanna and Grandads house. It's cozy, comforting and there is always the best food in the kitchen! :) Oh and the Harry Potter studio tour in London would probably be up there too...if you live in England and haven't been there yet, what are you waiting for??
5. If you could board a plane now, where would you go?
Lucy: You probably know what's coming... are you bored yet? :p Of course and with no shadow of a doubt, if I could get on a plane now I would go home! :p
Kelly: DITTO!! There's no place like home!! :)

6. What's your cup of tea - Tropical island getaway, snowy ski break, or city exploring trips?
Lucy: Ooh, I think it depends. I love exploring places and experiencing different cultures and cities but after our wedding and spending a few days in St Pete and then again for our anniversary, I do enjoy relaxing and reading books on the beach or by the pool. I like this too because I get to see my husband relax and not worry about work. :) I admit sometimes I get a little restless sitting by a pool for too many hours, but then I also have lazy moments when it comes to wandering around for too long! :p However, I would love to go to New York again with my husband, as the two days we spent there two Christmas's ago, were perfect for exploring the city and it was just magical. And meeting Zachary Levi sure did add the magic too, if you were wondering! :p So yay for exploring cities.
Kelly: Hmm this is a hard one, I like sunshine but if I'm honest after my time spent in Florida I realized I'm not a beach person...think Miranda Hart explaining what it's like. I don't like getting too hot and sweaty or getting sand everywhere and I'm not really keen on swimming in the ocean either, sharks and thank you. I love exploring but if I'm completely honest I think my perfect holiday would be a food related holiday, going somewhere to just try the food. I would also love to experience a snowy break, not necessarily to ski but more so to sit in a log cabin (I LOVE log cabins) by a roaring fire with a cup of coffee and a book or Harry Potter on a big TV! :)
7. What are your top 3 hand luggage must-haves?
Lucy: First and foremost my most precious possession, Nobby, oh yes, he has to travel in my hand luggage because then he can be with me at all times and I don't have to worry about losing my luggage. If I'm staying over night anywhere he always comes with me...much to my husbands delight! :p Hmm, then I would say a book, if I'm travelling I like to read and then I would say lip balm/hand cream! That's 4 but they are my check my bag over and over for.
Kelly: Surprise, surprise I have the same answer, Mandy (my teddy) has to go in my hand luggage, no getting lost or going under the plane for her. Must have a book of course and definitely need my blistease (Blistex) or a lip balm.

8. Any travel tips to share?
Lucy: Hmm Kelly is way more organized than me. I feel I have become a little more last minute with everything these days as I am used to travelling a lot. When it comes to going back home to the UK, I procrastinate so much because I know if I forget anything I have clothes and a bedroom full of stuff there! So I'm not certain I am best to give tips.  :p In saying that, I would say knowing where important travel documents and passports are, are key! :p Ooh and bring little snacks with you so you don't have to spend money in the airport, as airports can get very expensive.
Kelly: My husband taught me this and it worked for when I went on Route 66, I didn't want to take a huge suitcase because I wanted to take my bags on as hand luggage, but I had two weeks to pack for, so I rolled all my clothes instead of folding them and I fit more stuff in!

9. Most embarrassing moment abroad.
Lucy: I've probably, most definitely had embarrassing moments abroad but non that really jump out at me. Hmmm, I will have to think on that one.
Kelly: Same here, I can't actually think of one right now...but now I'm going to have one pop into my head at some random time of day!

10. Biggest disappointment.
Lucy: I remember when we went to Portugal for the second time when we were younger, we went to find our Villa and pulled up to a house that was dark and had construction all around it. Inside all the curtains were closed and everything was dirty and damp. Now my parents are really good with stuff like this, they are amazing people and don't like to get mad or be rude to people, but I can remember them trying to get switched to a new place and I think we got taken to another one that was the same until we got to a nice place. My Mum and Dad were being so patient and calm but I could tell with four small kids in tow they were tired and really disappointed with it all.
Kelly: That was so long ago but now Luc mentions it, I remember that too. Other than that we've been very lucky with places we've been to! Ooh actually when we were on Route 66, we stayed in the famous Wigwam motel in Arizona, where you sleep in a room that is built like a wigwam. Well driving through the town and on initial arrival to the motel, myself, my sisters and our Dad were like "ok this is very different to what we were expecting" there was nothing to do in the town and the Wigwams looked very old and a little scary at first. So initially we were a little disappointed but in the end it was a fun experience!

 11. Nicest surprise.
Lucy: I'd have to say that everything about the Loews Don Cesar in St Pete surprised me and I fell in love with the place. Chris and I had no idea of the grandeur of the place when we were planning our wedding and then once we visited it took our breaths away. One of the reasons I adore the place too, is that for all it's grandness and regal presence, everyone that works there is wonderful and down to earth and I never feel out of place when I go. It still has such an element of homely and cozy. :) The last time Chris and I went for our 1 year wedding anniversary, they even surprised us with chocolate covered strawberries and Champagne. :)
Kelly: Both times my husband and I have been to Disney hotels, we have been surprised by the utter scale and detail of them. We had seen pictures and Disney videos online, but actually being there in person is something else. We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside for our honeymoon and The Animal Kingdom lodge for our one year anniversary and both places were amazing. It's quite something to wake up at three in the morning to nip to the bathroom and seeing three giraffes out of your hotel window. Definitely a place I would recommend!

12. Three places at the top of the travel bucket list.
Lucy: I really want to visit San Francisco with my husband, so we can visit the Beat Museum, I've been wanting to go for the longest time to see the original script of Jack Kerouac's On The Road. Another place I've always liked the idea of visiting is New Orleans, it looks so pretty and rather fascinating. Then I would have to say everywhere in Italy! :)
Kelly: I would love to travel all around Italy so that's my top one. We've only ever visited the smaller towns but have never been to Rome or Milan so that would be fun to tick off the list. I also like the idea of Colorado, every time I see a picture of the ski resorts at night with the snow and twinkly lights it makes me smile. For my last one I'm going to say San Diego for a Nerd HQ...its a must for me and my sisters! 
13. Favourite food discovery. 
Lucy: So I LOVE everything and anything you can get from Italy, Italian food is my absolute favourite but if we are talking about a discovery I'm going to go with trying Churros for the first time when we were little and went to Florida! :) They are the best things ever!
Kelly: Ooh tricky, it's hard to remember all the food we've eaten over the years, I mean we've been to Italy three times!! With that being said I am going to pick something we ate years ago when we visited our Auntie Guiseppina in Padova Italy, she made artichoke risotto and it was delicious. We still remember it to this day and are yet to try making it ourselves ,but it was so good!! I'm also going to mention here, discovering the lemon trees in Italy...Sorrento lemons are HUGE!!

14. Why do you travel?
Lucy: I have to admit that as I have gotten older I have become more of a homebody. I do love the idea of travelling and seeing the world but when it actually comes down to it I love being curled up with my family. In saying that though, I know I am incredibly fortunate to have been to all the places I have been already and for that I am very grateful. When I do travel though and the reason I do enjoy it, is because of the sense of adventure and learning and experiencing new places.
Kelly: Right now, we travel to visit home but I do enjoy traveling to experience new places, see the world and also to spend quality time with the people we travel with. It's fun to share new experiences with friends and family!

15. What 3 things would you take on holiday/going travelling if you could?
Lucy: Hmm, not really sure about this one. I guess I would say that I would very much love to take my Nanna and Grandad to the likes of New York so my Nanna could see her sister and see where she has lived for the past how many years, as my Nanna has never been to America. But alas, they are older now and can't fly. I wish I could take my Grandad to Italy again too but I know he's a little too old for that now. Without getting too emotional, that would have to be my answer. I don't have pets and there's nothing material that I feel I need or can't travel without...expect Nobby! :p
Kelly: Aww to Luc's answer. I get that too, I would love to be able to show Nanna and Grandad where we live here and what we get up to. Other than that I don't think there's anything else I would need that I couldn't already take!

16. Have you picked up any phrases from travelling?
Lucy: I can't think of any off the top of my head, though I try and pick up little bits when we go to Italy and I try and talk to my family and use what I know, even if it's just "Ciao, Come' Stai?" :)
Kelly: Not really. We've always had our mum and grandad in Italy for when we don't understand our relatives. I am hoping that after doing Rosetta Stone, I can pick up more things and speak for myself next time we go back though!

 17. What two places would you not go back to and why?
Lucy: I really don't want to be mean about a place, as everyone will have a different experience to someone else, but we went to Paris a few years back and I can't say that I have any desire to go back. I wasn't really keen on the place at all.
Kelly: Like Luc said, each to their own. I don't wish to be mean about a place someone else loves but Las Vegas and New Mexico weren't really my cup of tea!

18. Your dream travel companion.
Lucy: My husband!! :) I love going on adventures with him. I also love visiting places with my Dad and sisters, and Mum and brother too when they come along. :) All of whom have different personalities that definitely make travelling with an experience! :p
Kelly: My family are my favourite travel companions and I wouldn't really want to go anywhere without them. Like if I say a dream someone, where would we be going and how long would the trip be?? I  mean I have lots of "famous" people I love who I would love to sit and talk to for a long time, but actually going on a whole trip with them, I'm not sure. Saying that if Chris Evans, Rupert Grint or Zachary Levi fancy a road trip, I'm on board!

19. Most surreal travel moment.
Lucy: For this I will send you (again, how many times will I link this post :p) to a previous post... New York, Broadway, The Rockefeller Tree at Christmas time and Zachary Levi...need I say more??! :p
Kelly: ^^^^^^^Rub it in why don't you...WE GET IT, HE IS AWESOME...YOU ARE WELCOME!!!! :)
20. Three people you would like to see do this tag - (#tmitraveltag responses on twitter)
Our lovely friends Angie from Chocolate and Lipstick and Meg from She puts her makeup on and YOU! :)
Hope you all have a wonderful week! :)
Lucy and Kelly xx

Step inside the Gingerbread Cafe! :)

Today one of our favourite Author's, Rebecca Raisin, has a new collection out for purchase. The beloved Gingerbread Café series is available as a complete collection and we say "GO AND BUY IT NOW!!!! :) If you remember over on our 'Books are always in Style' page, we raved about these Kindle delights as we simply couldn't get enough of them. If ever there was a book series that we would absolutely fall in love with, well this is it... it's everything sweet, romantic, warm and fuzzy and just utterly perfect and it involves Gingerbread above all of our ultimate favourites. :)

Here is the link to our reviews: it's actually the last one Kelly wrote about and if you scroll down you will see where I talk about the books too! :)

Check out the scoop below on this series from @chicksthatread :)
Don’t miss the exciting new collection the Gingerbread Café Trilogy by Rebecca Raisin

Book One - Christmas At The Gingerbread Café

The icing on her Christmas cake! 

Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café in Ashford, Connecticut was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning. 
But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble — the Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree-with ones – really do come true!

Book Two - Chocolate Dreams At The Gingerbread Café

Chocolate…the most irresistible temptation?
The Gingerbread Café is all a buzz! This Easter, Lily and the rest of the town of Ashford, Connecticut are planning a truly decadent Chocolate Festival. Cooking up a storm, CeeCee and Lily are not just baking a batch of their sinfully delicious chocolate-dipped gingerbread men, but an excess of chocolate truffles, squidgy, cinnamony hot cross buns and melt in your mouth chocolate eggs. The Gingerbread Café staff have definitely enjoyed the tasting process!
Add in Damon’s cute-as-a-button seven year old daughter, Charlie, up for a visit and Lily’s perfect Easter may just be around the corner. Until her ex-husband Joel turns up demanding twenty thousand dollars… Suddenly the future of the Gingerbread Café is not so clear…and Lily finds herself eating far more of The Gingerbread Café’s treats than her skinny jeans allow…
Can Lily concoct a brilliant plan to save her beloved café, convince Damon she has no feelings for Joel and still throw a Chocolate Festival the town will be talking about for years? There’s only one way to find out...
Welcome back to the warmth, cupcakes and hot chocolate of The Gingerbread Café – your home away from home
Book Three - Christmas Wedding At The Gingerbread Café
You are invited to the wedding of the year!
Snow is falling thick and fast outside the Gingerbread Café and inside, its owner Lily is planning the wedding of the year. Her wedding! She never dreamt it would happen, but this Christmas, she’ll be marrying the man of her dreams - in a Christmas-card-perfect ceremony!
The gingerbread is baking, the dress is fitted and the mistletoe’s in place – for once, everything’s going to plan. That is until her mother-in-law arrives... Suddenly, Lily’s famous cool is being tested like never before and her dream wedding is crumbling before her eyes.
In the blink of a fairylight, the Gingerbread Café has been thrown into chaos! Lily thought she had this wedding wrapped up, but with so much to do before she says ‘I do’, can Lily get to the church on time – and make this Christmas sparkle after all?
About The Author
Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She's been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.


Have a wonderful day and happy reading! :)

Love Lucy and Kelly xx

Mother knows best! :)

Hey everyone,
So this is officially my first post as a full on member of this delightful blog. No more "guest posts" for me! :p
I thought I would choose a topic that is close to my heart and one that makes me smile...Mother knows best! We all know, or should know, the song from Tangled (those that don't, stop reading right now and go watch the movie, it's the best Disney movie ever!!) we laugh and sing it to our Mum all the time...
"Mother knows best
Listen to your mother
It's a scary world out there

Mother knows best
One way or another
Something will go wrong, I swear"
...and ok, even though Mother Gothel definitely doesn't win mother of the year, most of us will admit that it's a pretty true statement. We may not all agree with our mothers at certain times in our lives but then there comes a day when you just think "Huh..Mum was right!!" There will also eventually be many a days that you find yourself saying..."oh my gosh I sound just like my Mum!" 
There are so many things our Mum said or did growing up that have stuck with us all these years, so I thought I would pick a few of our mothers classic sayings, as well as things she does, and share them with you...

"Remember your manners, say please and thank you, don't ask for anything, wait to be offered and take your shoes off." 
I had to put these all together because I'm pretty certain that this was said to us every time we went to a family members house or were dropped off at a friends, and I mean EVERY time!! The funny thing is that nowadays I feel some kids aren't taught please's and thank you's very much. I can tell you that from experience working in schools with plenty of kids over the years, it really makes a difference hearing those words daily and being reminded and taught how to be polite. Kids need to be taught it, they don't automatically know it. I'd like to think we were very polite kids, we sat and behaved ourselves and always remembered Mums words. Even to this day some people are surprised when we go to take our shoes off at the door. I understand that it's not everyone's cup of tea, but personally I hate walking around the house in shoes that have been outside, so I only think it's courteous that I think about that in someone else's house. As much as we may have given her looks and said "Yes Mum, you don't have to say it every time" you can bet I will probably do the same with my kids.

"We'll wait till it's on special offer"
Our Mum loves finding bargains and special offers on clothes, food and pretty much anything. It's not that she can't buy regular price items or is funny about money, she just finds it fun, in addition to it being the principle. We have grown up exactly the same and will even ring her and tell her about a good deal we got on books or clothes etc. The biggest thing Mum does this with and which makes us laugh and gets our Dad every time, is chocolate. Dad will find the cupboards full of mini cookies, chocolate fingers, buttons etc., and when he asks why we have so much, her answer is always the same.."Because it was on special offer" It probably explains why our suitcases are always full of Tesco's finest every time we go home. And just ask our husbands about fashion... we will always wait for clothes to go on sale thanks to our Mother. We simply do not get spending tons of money on clothes... and yes therefore this is why both our husbands have bigger closets than we do! :p

"Wipe the bottom of the kettle before you put it back"
Arrrrrhhhhh this is THE one that drives us mad!! We have electric kettles and I guess Mum worries that the water is going to burn if you don't wipe it off the bottom after you fill the kettle up at the sink. That makes sense right? I get it! But when you are 27 years old and she still says it, it drives you mad! There have been moments when you almost....almost fill it up and get close to putting it back, thinking you have made it, but then there she is.."Make sure you wipe it!!" We all wouldn't mind so much but 9 times out of 10 we already have cleaned it!! I laugh as I type this though because you really can't get out of habits you've had for years, I still make sure to wipe the bottom of the kettle when I'm on my own in my apartment and you'll never guess what words come out of my mouth when my husband fills up the kettle!! ;) 

Washing dishes BEFORE they go in the dishwasher.
This may sound crazy, although I'm sure there are a few people out there who do it! We laugh all the time because we know when we help her tidy up, we have to wait by the sink for her to wash the dishes before proceeding to carry the clean plates to the dishwasher. Our dishwasher is basically the dryer! When we were younger it always felt like it took forever to help clean up and we would get so frustrated, I remember having those naughty thoughts of "I can't wait till I have my own house and I can just put all the dishes straight in without washing them" Boy was I wrong! Mum definitely gets the last laugh with this one. I have lived in many different apartments over the last 6 years and you can bet I have washed every single dish before it goes anywhere near the dishwasher.

The good old fashioned cardbox.
One of the many bargains our Mum finds is all the cards she gets from the Stockport market, back home in England where we live. They are great quality cards but cheaper than the likes of Clinton cards or Paperchase and she gets them from this cute little stall at the top of the hill. When home we LOVE going with her to stock up our boxes. She has a whole drawer at home but when we came to America she sorted us out with a little box for all our cards. Being the wonderful Mum that she is, she also sends them anytime she can fit them in parcels to us. We've grown up with her having a Birthday/Anniversary calendar and an appointment/event calendar, so she never forgets to send cards to people. This is something that she has definitely passed on to me and my sisters! Since moving to America it's become more of a thing for us as we love to keep in touch with everyone back home. It's something that makes us happy knowing that we always remember to send relatives in Italy, New York or home cards for special occasions. The same goes for Thank you's. We were always taught to write thank you cards. Now when we go home for Christmas it makes Mum smile when she sees us on boxing day (day after Christmas) sat round the table organizing thank you cards and it makes me happy that she knows we listened all those years ago and have never forgotten things like that. :)

I think I've rambled on long enough for now but I hope you enjoyed my first "official" post. I can laugh, joke and pick on her slightly but I wouldn't change my Mother for anything in the world. These things have all made me who I am today and I love her for it! What are some of the things your Mums or Moms do that make you laugh or that you always said you would never say or do but low and behold you say and do them every day now? I'd love to hear them! :)

Until next time, keep smiling!

Our top 5 Disney Movies!! :)

After curling up last Friday night and watching 'Wreck it Ralph' and forgetting how utterly adorable and awesome the movie is, Kelly and I thought it would be fun to do a Disney post together. As you may know from previous guest posts, Kelly and her husband are huge Disney fans and while I may not have honeymooned at Disney or frequented the parks as often as them, I do love it too and always enjoy seeing pictures and hearing Kelly's stories about all things Disney. So today we wanted to share with you our Top 5 Disney movies. We are going to start by doing separate we like being individual...though I know we might as well just write one as I already know our top 2 will be the same! :p But never mind, we will just see what happens...we may surprise each other. :p

Kelly's Top 5!!

Five: Pirates of the Caribbean (Curse of the Black Pearl)...I have to say this one as I can remember as clear as day the first time we watched it. Me and Lucy were sat in Lucy's bedroom, at home in England, having our usual twin chat and our family was downstairs getting ready to watch it, they kept shouting up "Girls come and watch this movie with us" but we were both like "we're not in the mood" Really we were not interested because we were scared of the skeletons on the DVD cover. :p Well we finally relented and went down to watch it and of course we were so happy we did. It was hilarious and started our love affair with Johnny Depp which lasted quite some time and saw us collecting and watching the majority of his movies in a short space of time. He's still one of our favourites now!

Four: Man of the house...I haven't seen this movie in years but it has to go down as one of my favourites, as we loved it growing up. We were huge fans of Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Anyone else's first crush?) as we watched Home Improvement as a family every week. I even remember the first time we went to New York, when we were about 9/10, making our cousin rent it from the movie store because we were so excited we actually found it there. I still need to get the DVD for my movie collection!!!

Three: The Santa Clause...Do I need to explain why?? Christmas, Tim Allen (again love Home Improvement) Santa Clause, Hot chocolate, Snow, Christmas, Elves, Lights, did I say Christmas? :p It's my favourite time of year and it wouldn't be the same without watching this movie.

Two: Beauty and the Beast...My all time favourite Disney Classic, I just adore it. The songs, the story and the fact that Belle loves books and is such a sweet person! It made me smile every time I walked through the Beauty and the Beast area at Disneyworld, when we lived in Florida, especially when I heard kids singing the songs too. Can't wait to watch it with my future kids!! That's what I love so much about Disney, they are just classic movies that are timeless.

One: Tangled...My absolute favourite for a number of reasons!! One: Zachary Levi as Flynn Ryder...perfect!! I must point out though that I loved the movie before I knew it was his voice, so when I found out it just made it ten times better!! :) Two: I also love Mandy Moore. Three: the songs are awesome. Four: It's hilarious, Five: It's the cutest. Six: It's just the best ever!!! We get to listen to the soundtrack at work because the kids love it, and who are we to deny them Zachary Levi's gorgeous voice?? It sure does make work days fun watching them dance as we sing a long and listen!! :)

Ok, so after reading Kelly's top 5 and discussing all the old Disney movies we haven't seen in a long while, like 'Man of the house,' there was no point in writing my own individual list!! I failed at coming up with my own and being different! :p We kept the list to top 5 but while talking we remembered so many awesome Disney movies that played a big part in our childhood. For example, 'Cadet Kelly' naturally I love this movie with Hilary Duff being in it. 'Heavyweights', we must have watched this movie on repeat when we were younger, we adored it. Ooh and 'I'll be home for Christmas' Jonathan Taylor Thomas, enough said! :p

I agree with Kelly in that Belle is one of my favourite characters due to her love of books and simply being a sweet person with a wonderful heart. I love what the Beauty and the Beast movie stands for and represents. Furthermore, 'Pirates of the Caribbean' is just absolutely awesome in everyway and Johnny Depp created a character that will never be forgotten. The movie simply never gets old and is perfect for everyone. And without a shadow of a doubt, the top of my list too would be 'Tangled' it is my most beloved and favourite ever. I think the movie is beautiful. I love, love, love Rapunzel and Flynn. I adore who they are and how they interact with each other, to me it's an adorable mix of friendship and soul mates and being goofy with each other and every time I watch it I smile so big. And even though Kelly mentioned it above, you know I'm going to have to write about Zachary Levi too! :p Yes, I can watch this movie over and over again and yes his voice has a lot to do with that. He is just the best and he is absolutely perfect in this role! :)

We hope you enjoy our Disney list! What are some of your favourites?

Love Lucy and Kelly. xx

Happy Easter! :)

I have to say that I love Easter. :) This time of year just feels so full of new beginnings and fresh starts. I adore the pastel colours everywhere, I smile every time I see Daffodils blooming and it simply makes me think of family. I grew up going to church every Easter Sunday, I grew up taking part in Lent and having our Nanna bless us with Holy water before our Easter lunch, they are memories I will never forget and I treasure them. However, over the years I don't frequent church like I did when I was little and Easter isn't so much Religious, though I do believe in things in my own way and give thanks for my blessings, I just don't follow the religious side to Easter as much anymore. In saying that though, that doesn't mean i'm all about chocolate and the Easter bunny, as with my up bringing I feel fortunate that these holidays always bought with them family values, we sit around the table and all have our big meal together and spend time together. When home in the UK, we do this every night but on special occasions such as Easter, Christmas, birthdays, Mothers/Fathers day etc, it's extra special. :) So with that being said, I look forward to Easter because I can't wait to cook and bust out all the Italian deserts imaginable. I take time to pray for my family, wish everyone a happy and healthy Spring and take a deep breath and learn to love and live for every new day and be sure to count every single blessing that I have around me!!

I'd like to wish you all a very Happy Easter and hope you have a wonderful and blessed day! As I am spending another Easter away from my family in the UK, I thought I would share with you some fun little Easter treats that are a must for my sister and I to make us feel at home, and a small DIY that I made, just to make the apartment a bit more cozy. :)

I wanted to do a little Easter DIY but just something a little simple and pretty for the apartment. I saw lots of fun Pinterest Easter crafts using jellybeans and glass jars and I immediately wanted to do this for a cute Easter/Spring centerpiece. I already had a glass bowl and I simply placed one of my Bath and Body works candles in the center and filled it with pastel coloured jelly beans. :) 

Look how cute it looks on my desk! :) It brightens up the room and makes me feel all Springy and happy. I got these pastel coloured jelly beans from Target for $1.97 and used two bags. 
As far as Easter treats go, I always think Italian. Colomba is an Italian tradition and it has been a staple on our Easter dessert table since I can remember. I remember when we first moved to Kentucky, Nanna and Grandad would try and make us pack the big ones in our suitcases. Oh how I love them! :) When we found them in World Market, Kelly and I were as giddy as can be and have purchased them every Easter we've spent away from home, this year being no different. We always take pictures to show Nanna and Grandad so they know we have one here to enjoy too while they have one at home. This year we also picked up an Italian hazelnut roll because we haven't tried it before but we love all Balconi products we have had and therefore couldn't resist this one. And with Baci currently on sale at World Market for 99c, we had to stock up. :)
So this delicious treat is called Pastiera, another Italian Easter tradition and something we have made every Easter with our Grandad for quite some time. Our younger sister, Jen, has become the expert as she has been holding down the fort and making them with him while we have been away, but this year after a few Easters without this delight, Kelly and I thought, 'Hang on a second, we know how to make it, let's show Grandad what we are capable of and just how much he has taught us.' :) So last week, we set about making our own Pastiera, we got our barley and ricotta and all our ingredients ready, except we could not find the key piece, being candied peel, and we didn't have our Nanna to sneakily add in half a bottle of Sambuca. Instead we settled on chocolate chips and no alcohol...boooo! :p Alas, we were happy with the way our Pastiera turned out, though not nearly as scrumptious as Grandad's, we felt we did a great job in making a chocolate version but are going to keep practicing for next year! :)

I hope you enjoyed this little look into my Easter, of course Kelly and I have already eaten the bags of British Mini Eggs Mum and my friend Shelley sent over, thank you Mum and thank you Shelley! :) I have to admit, I do miss seeing all the British Easter treats in Tesco, it's just not the same here! :p

Wishing you a lovely day spent with your loved ones! :)

Love Lulu. xx