Makeup Monday: Hourglass Blush!

It seems that over the past few weeks my makeup wish list has been piling up. I have seen so many pretty things out there that I have been eager to expand my makeup collection. I have been trying to be good though and again, only get things that I know I am going to use. My last little makeup purchases, I have been using non stop, yes that would be you Champagne Pop, stunning, so I felt I could justify getting a new blush. For those who don't know, I'm all about blush, and my favourite everyday blush, Nars Orgasm, is slowly coming to an end. With that being said I have had my eye on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush and bronzers for a while now and a week ago I just bit the bullet and bought one. I actually chose the colour online, without swatching them all in the store, very brave of me, because I was having one of those days where I simply wanted to receive a fun and exciting piece of mail. I know, don't judge, but you really can't beat checking the mail to find a little parcel, even if it is a gift for you from you! :p Anyone else do that too?

I had heard a bunch of mixed reviews about these blushes. When I opened up my Sephora box, I admit that I felt a tad disappointed and understood those who had expressed their feelings on it being rather small. For $35 you get 0.15 oz, comparing that with my Nars blush that was $30 and got me 0.16oz. It might only be a difference of 0.1oz but it really does look quite tiny. Furthermore, when taking it out of the packaging I noticed how light it felt, for some reason I was expecting a metal/tin compact, or whatever it is that they make packaging out of, but it is plastic, or again whatever it is they make certain makeup packaging out of. :p Does that make sense? I guess what I am saying is that the packaging didn't feel like much for $35. I don't know why but I somehow felt really negative towards this product at first glance.

I opted for the shade 'Mood Exposure' as I fancied something darker. Something different to all the bright pinks and peaches in my collection. 'Mood Exposure' is described as a 'soft plum'. Once I opened it, I felt better as there really is something to be said for the Ambient Lighting collection. The colours are stunning and just so beautiful. When I swatched it on my hand, I felt slightly nervous though, as it didn't show up very well and I thought, 'oh well I'm just going to have to take it back and not make makeup purchases online without swatching first!' :p

Oh ye of little faith, I couldn't return it to Sephora without giving it a fair chance and trying it out with all my makeup done first. And...well...needless to say I have a new favourite blush! On my cheeks, this little blush is extremely pigmented that I have to make sure to be very light handed. It has this beautiful glow to it and looks so pretty on the skin and I love the slightly darker shade over what I'm used to. Moreover, I have grown to love the packaging, after all it is gold and I'm still obsessing over all things white and gold at the moment. It doesn't even bother me that it is on the small side now, it's rather cute and I'm sure it will last me a long time due to the fact that a little goes a long way. I'm not sure why I jumped at being a little negative at first, as I have walked past the Hourglass counter many a time in Sephora and fell in love with everything I saw over and over. Maybe I was just having a bad day, as when i see this blush gleaming on my vanity and I reach for it each time I do my makeup, it makes me smile and I am rather excited to have something from Hourglass in my collection. I'm happy I bit the bullet and treated myself, as it was definitely worth it. :)

Have you tried these blushes before? Do you own other products from Hourglass? What are your favourite blushes? Let me know in the comments below! :)

Have a beautiful day!

Love Lucy xxx

Get the party started...on a Saturday night!!

We all do it, Lucy, Jen and I. It's something we can't help, something our brains do before we even realize we are doing it! What is it you ask? It is hearing a word or sentence and proceeding to start singing song lyrics or reciting lines from a movie or TV show! Whether it be through Voxer messages or when we are around the dinner table back home, we can never resist the urge. Much like the awesome Miranda Hart. Case in point, when she goes for a job interview in this episode: (Skip to the 6 minute mark) all it takes is one little thing and she is off! Today we thought we would have a bit of fun and share with you some of those words and sentences that are guaranteed to get us slightly off track and distracted for a few minutes!

So here we go...

"This party's got to be perfect" = "It's got to beeeeeee perfect, it's got to beeeeeee worth it yeah, so many people take second best but I won't take anything less, it's got to be yeah perfect!"

"Our husbands are simply the best" = "Better than all the rest, better that anyone, anyone I've ever met..."

"I can do that for you, Absolutely" = "Absolutely everybody in the whole wide world, everybody breathes and everybody bleeds, absolutely everybody!"

"What have you done today?" = "What have you done today to make you feel proud?"

GYM SCENARIO "Come on everybody dig a little deeper" = "You got to dig a little deeper, find out who you are, dig a little deeper, it really ain't that far..."

"Right everyone, let's get down to business" = "To defeat, the huns, did they send me daughters, when I asked for sons?"

"Oh life!" = "Life, oh life, oh life, oh life, doo, doot, doot, doo..."

"Reach that for me, please" = "Reach for the stars, climb every mountain higher, reach for the stars, follow your hearts desire, reach for the stars and when that rainbows shining over you, that's when your dreams will all come true..."

"Can you tie that in a ribbon?' = "Tie a yellow ribbon round the ole oak tree, it's been three long years do you still want me?"

"Get ready" = "Get ready cos here I come, get ready cos here I come, if you wanna play hide and seek with love, let me remind you, it's all right..."

"It's 7 am..." = "It's 7 am the usual morning line up, start on the chores and sweep till the floors all clean, polish and wax, do laundry and mop and shine up, sweep again and by then it's like 7:15..."

"I did that for the first time." = "For the first time in forever, they'll be music, they'll be light, for the first time in forever, I'll be dancing through the night!"

"I'm going to start something new." = "It's the start of something new, it feels so right to be here with you."

"What are you looking for?" = "I've finally found, what I've been looking dododo do do dodo"

"Back in High school" = "High school musical, who says we have to let it go, it's the best part we've ever known, step into the future and hold onto, high school musical."

"I haven't been there for the longest time!" = oh oh oh oh for the longest time, ah ah ah for the longest time, if you say goodbye to me tonight, there would still be music left to write, ah, ah, ah..."

Ok, so hopefully you've been following us so far and sang a long a little yourselves!
Now we get to the classics though, if you understand these next two, you get serious brownie points!

"That was the doorbell, will someone get it?" = This from Lizzie McGuire...

Last but not least whenever we hear the word "Anaconda" or any word that rhymes with it for that matter, without a shadow of a doubt we think of this....

Wasn't "That's so Raven" just the best??

Hope you have enjoyed this little insight to what goes on inside our brains on a daily basis. Please let us know if you preform any of these songs to family, friends or random strangers on a weekly or daily basis too, or even better, what are some of your own words or sentences that get you every time? :)

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend! :) 
Lucy and Kelly

An Interview with Holly Martin!

It's a very exciting time in every bookworms life, when they come across an author whom from the first sentence of their book, the bookworm lets out a happy sigh, relaxes and thinks, "yes, this will do, this will do perfectly!" From then on the bookworm knows that no matter what, they can pick up any book by that author, sit back, relax and enjoy! Well today ladies and gentlemen, we give you an interview with the lovely Holly Martin who is one of these wonderful authors. It was only recently we came across Holly, after downloading her book "Fairytale Beginnings" but it was love at first sight/read and we knew instantly that we were going to have to read much more. I (Kelly) am currently reading "Tied up with Love" by Holly writing as Amelia Thorne and I can not say enough good things about it, I just love it. Holly's next two books will be out in September and October and are both Christmas themed....eeekk Christmas!!! We are super excited, but enough of our ramblings, here is our interview with the wonderful Holly Martin! Enjoy! :)

1) What is your favourite book?
One of my favourite books is Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella, I have never laughed so hard reading a book than I have with Twenties Girl. I read this book about 5 years ago or more and I still remember it now. My other favourite is Waiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis, I completely and utterly fell in love with Harrison in ways that no other book hero has made me feel.

2) What is your favourite part of the writing process? First ideas? Writing and editing? Receiving the finished product?
I love the writing, creating a story, weaving all the little sub plots together, watching as the story often takes me in directions that I never expected. I love getting a new cover too, because that makes the whole thing real then and you don't know how the designers or editors will visualize the story, so its always a welcome surprise.

3) What do you love most about being a writer?
Being able to create the kind of stories I want to read and that make people smile.

4) You wrote about Disney loving, hopeless romantic Milly Rose in your book "Fairytale Beginnings" Are you a fan of Disney? If so, what is your favourite Disney movie?
I love Disney but I don't LOVE it as much as Milly. I love the happy endings and the eternal optimism and I love the silly adult humour that the children just wouldn't get. My friend Megan, absolutely adores all things Disney and watches all the movies every week, the character of Milly was very loosely based on her. My favourite Disney movie would probably be Frozen as I love Olaf and Sven, but I also love the ones without princesses, Lion King and Finding Nemo.

5) Your next two books are set at Christmas time which we absolutely can not wait for, Christmas being our favourite time of year and all. What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
Oh so many things. I love buying presents for people, I love the decorations and the lights, I love the lovely Christmassy food and smells, I love spending time with friends and family. I think my favourite thing is playing board games on Christmas Day with my family as we never seem to do it at any other point in the year and its always a lot of fun.

6) Are there any food items that are a must have for you at Christmas? Things that it just wouldn't be Christmas without?
Every year my mom and dad buy me a giant toblerone, and I buy one for them too, the ones with the triangle chunks that are so big they won't fit in your mouth. But the triangle shaped box is so distinctive it's hard to disguise it when wrapping it, so we've got very creative in wrapping them so we don't guess what it is. Last year I wrapped it up with two hand dumbbells and several cardboard tubes and a load of bubble wrap so it was really huge, angular and heavy. I think this year I will have to pull out all the stops.

7) Here on the blog, we love researching fun and interesting places that we would love to travel to. Do you like to travel? Where/what is at the top of your must see/visit places?
There are many places on my to-do list. For my story One Hundred Proposals Harry takes Suzie around the world, proposing to her every day in some of the most beautiful places in the world. I had to do more research in this book than I've ever done before, restaurants, hotels, beaches, cities, tiny villages, tourist hotspots, the quiet, remote places and it left me with a thirst to see these places. Last year I went to Canada and visited all the places that Harry and Suzie visited. I would love to go to the Galapagos Islands one day and see all the varied and beautiful wildlife. I would love to go to New Zealand too and go on safari in Africa.

8) When you aren't busy writing, what do you enjoy doing?
I love to read, mainly chicklit but the occasional fantasy adventure, I love spending time with my family and friends and seeing great films at the cinema. I used to scuba dive quite regularly, I would love to get back into that again

9) Once your books are on the shelves for the world to pick up and read, do you ever go back and read them again?
Very rarely. There's always more I want to add or change or I think I should have done that or this. There's nothing you can do at that point and there's no point reading it and having regrets. I recently found myself re-reading One Hundred Christmas Proposals, the short sequel to Harry and Suzie's story. I loved writing that sequel, to catch up with those characters again and when I read it recently I fell in love with it all over again.

10) We can't resist asking one more Christmas question, what is your favourite Christmas song?
I love the classic songs like 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' by Frank Sinatra but I love Michael Buble's 'It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas' the lyrics are so... Christmassy.

Holly's next book, out in September!

 We hope you enjoyed this interview and are all ready and excited for Chritsmas...hey it's not that far away!! :)
Follow Holly on twitter here: @hollymartin00
You can download and purchase Holly's books here.
Lucy and Kelly
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Must See/Must Eat: Life is sweeter with Un Bacio!

Chocolate is a wonderful thing! I'm pretty sure Wizards have it spot on that it can cure anything from a Dementor attack to a bad fall or a queasy stomach! Sometimes you just need a sweet little lift to make you feel re-energized and like your normal self! Whether it's passing a tub of Cadbury's chocolate buttons round the room while watching a movie or dishing out a Bacio to each person round the table after a meal at Nanna and Grandads and practicing our Italian reading the love notes, chocolate has always been something we've enjoyed together as a family! So when researching some places in the world I would love to visit, you can bet I zoomed in on a certain chocolate factory that is pretty much my idea of heaven. With this place in mind, today I give you three places that are on my Must See/Must Eat list in Perugia, Umbria, Italy!! :)

Casa Del Cioccolato!

Photo taken from the official website!

As much as I love Cadbury's chocolate, I would have to say that my all time favourite chocolate would be Perugina's Baci*! They are childhood, they are happy memories round Nanna and Grandads table, they are parcels from Italy, they are proof that little things in life really do bring so much joy and happiness. Imagine my excitement then when I found out that Perugina actually have a factory that you can go and visit, with a museum AND a gift shop....just think of all the Baci!!!
Photo taken from the official website!

You can even take cooking classes and learn how to make your own Baci! That would be a dream come true right there! 
For more information you can visit their website here:

*A Baci or a Kiss is a little chocolate and hazelnut praline. You can get them in dark, milk and white chocolate. Each one is individually wrapped with a little love note inside!

EuroChocolate Festival!
Photo taken from

This International Chocolate exhibition has taken place every year in Perugia since 1993 and draws in nearly one million tourists each year. It lasts for nine days and has all the popular chocolate brands like Perugina and Lindt to name just two out in the squares selling all kinds of chocolate goodies! There are also street performers as well as chocolate sculptors to enjoy watching while you smell the sweet aroma of the most delicious chocolate in the world. You would probably find me stalking the people at the Baci tent!

For more information, visit their website here:

Faffa Dal 1851 Il Fornaio!
Photo taken from their website!

Upon doing my research I came across this little bakery and decided to investigate a little further. I am so glad I did as when I found this picture on their website, I could have cried! Something about the shop front with the lighting and the snow, it just looks magical! 
Founded in 1851 by Vincenzo Faffa this little treasure in the small town of Ponte Valleceppi is now run by his great great grandson Luigi. 

Photo taken from their website!

Forno Faffa bakery bake around twenty different types of bread, all of which are slow cooked in their very own wood fire oven. To me the idea of a wood fire oven is just wonderful, our Grandad actually used to have one in his garden before we were born but it was knocked down to build a garage!!! I adore the smell of proper fires so the idea of walking into a place with the smell of wood burning among the heavenly smell of bread baking is just mouth watering! Take me there now please! :) 

To top it all off, I came across this picture on their facebook page:

Evening light, bread, Christmas decorations, snow...need i say more??

You can visit Forno Faffa's website here: 

Let me know if you know of or have ever been to any of these places! For now this has been another fun blog for me to write about another wonderful city to add to my list!

Until next time, Ciao!


Foodie Friday! :)

We love food. There are not many foods that we don't like. Our ultimate favourite food, however, would have to be Italian food. No questions asked, Italian food is everything to us. Italian food has a way of making us forget where we are, who is around us and how one should act in public. It causes us to squeal with glee, jump up and down on the spot and smile so big that the Cheshire cat has nothing on us. As was the case this past Saturday. We were going about our usual shopping trip around Kroger when out of the corner of our eyes we spotted them, the cutest little potted plants, that looked just liked the ones our Mum buys for Nanna and Grandad from Tesco, and that was it. We ran up to these beautiful little things, all caution thrown to the wind, squatted to look at all the names, though the aroma's gave them away, as we took in deep breaths sniffing the leaves and taking it all in. Right away we scooped up the Basil plant and the Mint plant and heaven became a place on earth!

We don't think Italy can lay claim to these herbs and in actual fact we researched that Basil is native to Asia. But along with Parsley and Rosemary these are staples in our Nanna and Grandad's kitchen and one whiff and we are transported there. Our Grandparents house has everything, cherry trees, plum trees, a fig tree, tomato plants and every type of herb. We love that when they are cooking they wander over to these gorgeous plants and pick the fresh leaves. It most definitely adds that special touch to the food and makes what ever they are cooking taste even more wonderful.

When we moved into our own apartments, 4000 miles away from home, cooking became a huge deal to us. One because we couldn't just walk over to Nanna and Grandads for breakfast, lunch and dinner or enjoy Mum's delicious dishes and two, it comforted us to be able to make what we missed and think about our family. 7 years later and we feel we have perfected many a recipe, yet we're still learning. Our passion for food is ignited every time we see and hear how happy our Grandad gets when we tell him we've just whipped up some homemade meatballs! :)

In honor of our treasured purchases this weekend, today we bring you three recipes that we made over the weekend inspired by the wonders of our Mint and Basil plants. :)

Don't they just look so pretty?! :)

A Grandad inspired salad! :)
Olive oil

Simply dice each vegetable and throw everything in to a bowl. Roughly break the bread into pieces with your hands and add to the bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and you are good to go! :) It really is that easy and it tastes out of this world. Grandad usually just has tomatos and bread drizzled with olive oil and he sometimes adds potato, so we have just been experimenting! It is our favourite salad ever! :)

Banana, Mint Smoothie!
Upon waking up Sunday morning, we felt in the mood for a healthy breakfast smoothie. We thought what could be more refreshing that mint? It's good for you too!
Ingredients! (for one)
1 banana
2 tablespoons of greek yogurt
a scoop of ice
a drizzle of chocolate sauce
2 mint leaves for smoothie
mint leaf to garnish
 Blend away in your blender and enjoy! This was simply divine and so refreshing. It's definitely in the recipe book for a relaxing weekend breakfast.
Tomato Sauce with Basil!
We have to admit with this one that we cheat. Nanna and Grandad make their own sauce and it has been on our list for forever to make. It is easy peasy and we have seen it done a million times but we have yet to try it. Watch this space. Here we just used canned tomato sauce from the grocery store and added a bunch of basil leaves for the fresh flavor as well as Olive Oil and salt and pepper! :)
We hope you enjoyed this recipes and give them a try yourself. We promise you won't be disappointed!
Keep smiling and have a beautiful day!
Love Lucy and Kelly xxx

Hot Topic: Social media society!

Last Thursday night my husband and I made Pastina and grilled cheese, put on 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia', placed the cushions all cozy on the couch, put our feet up and got ready to snuggle up for the evening and relax...but not before I tweeted about it!!! Who else is guilty of this? Come on, hands up!! I have to own up and admit that this is something I often do in this age of social media. The digital age of tablets, IPhones, laptops, IPads and so on. I have become so accustomed to having my phone on me at all times, so I can look at it every few minutes to see what's going on in the world or to Instagram the cookie I'm about to eat. And this coming from someone who quite happily got by without caring about having the latest gadgets or wanting/needing a phone when all the kids my age were getting one, someone who didn't get a phone till after she left high school at 16. Whatever happened to that kid who barely took the time to flip open her phone and text with friends because she was out playing in the garden with those friends or busy pretending to be Jeff Hardy at wrestling practice...with said friends?!

Now don't get me wrong, this isn't about to be a written piece where I bash social media and all the latest forms of technology, as honestly, I have pro's and I have con's, I'm mixed and constantly go back and forth between the way in which I like to picture the world in future.

So let's start with the Pro's.

* I for one love that with social media we all have a way of connecting with people. I see that in two different lights. One, that we are actually able to connect with people who live far away, talk to them on the phone, see their faces via Skype, hear their voices and leave messages/receive messages to play anytime, when they are in a different time zone, with the likes of Voxer and many more. Two, that we are able to connect with people emotionally, people from all walks of life that you've never met before or may never actually come face to face with, but they are out there and they like what you like, see the world how you see it, have the same ideas and beliefs you do and make you not feel so alone.

* It has become a great platform to promote business and get yourself/company/book/movie/product out there. Maybe a few years ago you would tell your friends and pass it on and that cycle would keep going and things would gradually build. Nowadays, you can post on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and millions of people around the world may actually get to hear about your book and go pick up a copy.

* It is a quick and easy way to look something up, do research, find directions. You don't need to route through a bunch of cook books to find that one recipe you wanted, you switch on your phone, type it in and bam, it's right there.

* Although I know they are still just people, one of the coolest things I love about social media is the interaction it allows you with artists, authors, actors, musicians, wrestlers. Growing up Kelly and I would dream of talking to the people who inspired us through books or the TV and we never dreamed we'd be able to. Through Twitter we have been able to thank so many of our favourite authors for writing our most favourite books, and not just that, but they have responded and we have got to know them. I think when used right, it's nice that it is a platform where we can show love, respect, admiration and thanks to people who make us smile. 'Celebrity' or not! :)

So what about the Con's?

* As well as feeling positive about emotionally connecting with others when you get excited that someone has 'liked' your picture or tweet, it can also have it's negativities, it can have a way of making you feel insecure if people don't like your picture or tweet. It's scary that it can be another outlet for ways in which people can bully day and night, and be more secretive about it. Plus hearing people constantly going on about how many followers they have or how many 'likes' they get can encourage negative competition or again just the feeling of being down on yourself if you don't have the same.

* When we're glued to our phones and forget to look up, we miss the beauty in the world. We miss the scenery as we are walking down streets or as we're riding in the car on road trips, we miss interacting and smiling with passers by. We really miss what's actually real. Even more so these days in that our phones can filter every image we take, we are forgetting what true beauty actually is and we are becoming brainwashed by the perfect image/life/body/face/cake/colour, if that makes sense? Everything can be edited to look brighter/'better'/smooth.

* No longer (in some cases) are kids running around outside making potions out of leaves, building schools for their teddies with cardboard boxes, having countless hours of fun 'cleaning' their mini paddling pool slipping on the water and soap or making every paper mache/PVA glue/painting/drawing piece of art that Neil Buchanan made on Art Attack...yes my siblings and I did all of the above, but they are playing on tablets, focusing on a tiny screen and many a times it's the only way to keep them still, forget a pad and paper.

In regards to the cons of Social Media/technology, when talking to my husband I have a tendency to get on my little high horse (I'm admitting to it, so that makes it slightly ok, right? :p ) about technology and what my kids will be allowed to have/do. I want them to run around playing Harry Potter, pretend to make camp fires with stones and rocks in the garden. I want them to love reading and sit and draw and paint for hours on end, I want them to get covered in glitter/feathers/glue (she says) and create till their hearts content. In saying all this though I am aware of our ever evolving society, the fact that it is becoming an important life skill to know how to operate a computer. The fact that I am writing this to you on a laptop and that I adore blogging, goes to show that there are some things I will simply not be able to control and that over time we learn to adapt. I still always have a pad and pen on me but i do love working on the computer! :) I have previously said to my husband that our kids will not have computers and phones until they are 16, like I was, he simply looks at me and calmly states that maybe by the time we have kids, kids will be using computers at school for many of their classes and they will need one for homework. In addition, with me being me, he likes to inform me that kids like to hang out with friends at 13 years old, they may go to the mall, to the park, to the cinema, (at the 13 on their own? Eek! Help me?) and he knows me well enough that if I don't have a way of contacting them and knowing where they are, I will most likely freak yes our child will most likely have a phone at 13. :p I do love that kids are able to learn skills through playing games on tablets, but when the 11 year old kids, who I taught when they were 3, are now following you on Instagram and they take better selfies that you do, you start to worry ever so slightly! :p

I'm not here to critique the younger generation or how they are raised, as I have days where I have to remind myself to put my phone down and step away. With this blog and our YouTube channel I always feel like I'm Tweeting and working hard to try and reach more people. I love the idea of lots of people reading what Kelly and I are so passionate about, what we care about in our writing, and connecting with people who may feel the same, but there are many a day where I just sit back and think 'what will be will be, Lucy get off your phone!' :p You might be thinking 'but don't you love scrapbooking? Aren't you constantly taking pictures... on your phone?' I was thinking just the same when writing this blog, however, when giving it a little more thought, while yes I may be looking through a lens to capture a shot, when it comes to sitting down at my scrapbook and inserting the pictures, it's purely for me. I don't need 'likes' or people favouriting the images, I am simply keeping them and loving them for my sake. It's rather nice! :) You see, its in those moments, I wish the world didn't revolve so much around social media, the 'likes' the 'favourites' the followers' etc. I miss the days when kids could just be kids, go outside, explore and really experience and see the world around them, adults too for that matter. I long for privacy and to not feel the need to express every minute of daily life/pictures with everyone, yet at the same time, I love seeing where the latest technology is going to take us. I enjoy tweeting my favourite authors when I have finished and fallen in love with their books and I absolutely adore waking up in the morning checking my phone and having a Voxer message from my little sister, Nanna and Grandad! So maybe it's all down to balance, like the saying goes, "Everything in moderation"

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic in the comments below! Are you for or against this digital age? Or are you similar to me, in that it comes with good and bad?

With that, I leave you with this song from the awesome Zachary Levi...

Have a wonderful day!
Love Lucy. xxx

Little Red Corvette!!!

The first car I ever drove was a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. Pretty cool huh? So maybe my Dad had his foot hovering over the brake and we were in a huge field, but still, I'm sure not too many people can say their first taste of being behind a wheel was in such an American Classic! A rare one at that, they only made 1,800 of these back in the day!

Mine and Lucy's first experience behind the drivers seat was in this beauty!

Most families will have their own "thing," something that they do together, be it at the weekend or a special midweek or end of week event. Ever since I can remember our family's "thing" was going to car shows. Our Dad is a huge lover of Classic American Cars, in turn I can probably tell you more about old cars than I can about modern day ones. I really have no clue about what's popular today! Most weekends we would wake up, make sandwiches, pack some crisps, drinks and chocolate biscuits in a cooler and head to whichever Car Show was in town that week. I can't tell you how many weekends we spent at Tatton Park. Dad would meet his friends, we would go on the fair rides and eat piping hot chips from the food truck with Mum. Often we would come home with a new pet Goldfish, although sadly not many of them lasted longer than a night!
Nowadays one of our favourite things to do at car shows is find the cute stalls with all the tin signs. Growing up around all these cars and seeing Dad so into them definitely instilled in us a passion for the 50's era, hence my diner style dining room with 57 Chevy decor! 

My little homemade "Diner"

One of my favourite Classic American cars would have to be the Corvette, none of these too modern looking ones though, the older the better. My dream car is actually a 1959 Turquoise Corvette!

Isn't she pretty? :)

Saying that though, I would have to say that the best Corvette of all, has to be the 1963 Split window Corvette Stingray Coupe! They only made 10,594 of these babies and changed the design in 1964, due to the fact that people complained about the split window impairing the rear view. However, I think it looks perfect and that the split window gives it character. I also love the shape of the front of the car. It just looks badass! :) 

Did I mention it also HAS to be red? :) 

I have so many great memories surrounding Cars and to this day will take pictures if I see one out on the road to send to Dad. We have been on many Daddy/Daughter trips or days out revolving around cars and I wouldn't change it for the world. Myself and Lucy went to Sweden two years in a row for The Power Big Meet, the biggest car show in the world! The show itself lasts three days but we drove there in the 57 Caddy, which made Dad so happy and the trip obviously longer! Dad goes to the show every year but the two years me and Lucy went were the only two years he's driven there. We know he loved being able to cruise around Vasteras in the comfort of his own car with us by his side! It was a great experience for us cruising round the town till 4am and looking at the streets bursting with Classic Cars, you actual felt like you'd gone back in time! :)

Just a casual stop in the middle of a street in Sweden! (You can just about see me peaking from the back seat!) :p

Another pretty sweet classic made famous by the movie "Vanishing Point" would be the 1970's Dodge Challenger R/T! The Dodge was used in the movie as a favour from 20th Century Fox's studio executive Richard Zanuck to Chrysler for providing 20th Century Fox with cars on a rental base for a dollar a day! The cars in the movie were white but I happen to like it in purple myself. It's a powerful one this and makes me want to start grunting like Tim Allen from Home Improvement!! Ahh yes that noise would fit perfectly!

This particular 1970's Dodge has been driven by Steve Coogan after appearing in an episode of his show "Saxondale"

I love seeing Dad's face light up when we tell him about a car we saw or when we sing all the words to the American Graffiti soundtrack, I love seeing how happy he is that his daughters share his interests, I mean I may not know all the ins and outs of what goes on when you pop the hood but I will stop at every car museum on Route 66, wash and wax a car with all the delicate care and precision it needs and feel like a proud sister when seeing James May drive one of Dad's "other babies" on TV!

James May driving the famous 57 Caddy in his show "Cars of the people."

So there you have it, a few of my favourite Classic American Cars from the good old days! Let me know what your favourites are and if you have a dream car too!

Happy Monday!

We love Jen! :)

As Kelly mentioned in her 'Sister Sister' post a few weeks back, August is indeed the month that our 'little' sister Jen was born, August 15th to be precise, the date this very Saturday as it were. It hasn't got any easier over the past few years to miss birthdays and special events going on back in Stockport and we will forever apologize to Jen for not being able to be with her when celebrating the day of her birth, as it is most definitely a day to celebrate and rejoice! With that being said, we were very fortunate that last year we made a point of being together, when the three of us went on Route 66 with our Dad, it was a trip he had always wanted to do and we had, had it planned many a year prior to finally do it for Jen's 21st, and nothing was going to stop us, but more on that in a minute! :) This year it is back to being 4000 miles apart so we thought it would be fun to do a special birthday post for the best little sister there is, just to let her know that we are thinking about her on her birthday and, well, every second of every single day! Getting a bit teary now...she really is simply the best (better than all the rest, better than anyone, anyone I've ever met) we know she will read that and burst in to song, so we made it easier and added a little bit so you can all join in too! :p But back to topic, here are some of our favourite Jen memories and moments and reasons we love her so...

We had a blast on this day running for Sport Relief back home, it was so much fun. We wanted to raise money for charity and we all got each other through the 3 miles by laughing hysterically, galloping, trotting and just about everything else you can think of, with some running thrown in, to make it to the finish line! We're not that unfit...we promise! :p We had a blast doing this together, being a team and being there for each other! :)

We all have very different personalities and traits but we love that there are still a bunch of things that we all absolutely love and obsess over together! Chuck, The Overtones, Chris Evans, Stationary, Italian food, to name a few. We definitely have the sister bond thing down and count each other as best friends too.

We pretty much just LOVE that this picture exits! :p There really is no explanation needed for this picture, well maybe just that Jen thought the giant Aubergine was going to fall! She was the cutest baby/toddler EVER!!! Side note: Look at how proud and happy Grandad is, that explains our passion for food right there! :)

We love that she helped make Route 66 happen! We all wanted to do it but with us being in the states doing different things, we weren't sure we were actually going to be able to commit to it. Turns out, there was no way we were going to let Jen down, especially on a special birthday. Herself and Dad organised it from home and it was AMAZING! Definitely a trip of a lifetime! This picture was on August 15th last year, in Las Vegas, as we waited to go into the theater to watch Jersey Boys! It was awesome! It just goes to show how close our family is. Two weeks travelling to different places and spending a lot of time in a car with the same people can get pretty tough, yes we occasionally got a bit moody (Ahem Lucy and Jen) hangry and weary but ultimately it was one helluva trip and we wouldn't have trusted anyone other than Jen to bring the playlist and keep us entertained! :p

When we wrestled for TNA it wouldn't have been the same without the support from our wonderful family. Jen and Dad travelled all over the UK with us when we started out our wrestling careers. They sat through us wrestling in front of crowds of 15 people and they also travelled across the country with us when we set out to OVW. Seeing them in the crowd when we wrestled at the Wembley Arena in London, England or when we walked out on stage at the M.E.N in Manchester was an amazing feeling. Jen being the awesome sister she is, also made us two kick ass signs on two separate occasions! We also can't forget the fact that she was always armed with a chocolate biscuit or two after matches! Honestly, her being there for us every step of the way and having the patience to sit through 3 hour wrestling shows, when she isn't exactly a huge fan, just goes to show how incredible she is in every way. We don't think we could ever repay her for the amount of times she has played "Standout" from The Goofy Movie, to calm our nerves and help us get in kick butt mode! :p

That one time our brother decided to search the songs that were number one the day and year we were all born, then proceeded to laugh hysterically at the fact that Jen's was Mr Blobby! Ahh brotherly love! 

Jen is the goofiest, most sarcastic and blunt person we know and we love her for it. We love that we can have conversations simply by sending Chuck pictures like this and we love that she always seems to know when we are in need of a good laugh. We can't tell you how many mornings we have woke up to the perfect picture or meme that she has sent that has helped get us through the day! :p

That one time she choked on a fish bone right after saying "eww, I got a little bone, i'll just swallow it!" Forgive us Jen, while we compose ourselves... where were we? Oh yeah, it really was actually quite scary so we don't know why we find it hilarious, probably due to the irony! Seriously though, whether it be the kitchen in Italy (top picture) Nanna and Grandad's (bottom picture) or home, we never fail to have the most fun, helping to cook while having our own little dance parties. Be it to The Overtones, the American Graffiti soundtrack or "Dig a little deeper" from "The Princess and the frog," We laugh, we exercise and we spend quality time together just having fun! We always look forward to getting home for these special moments!

We can't forget the time she asked our Auntie to send a parcel of our favourite Italian cakes over from Italy for when we were "visiting" home. It was the biggest surprise and so unbelievably thoughtful! The cakes hold so many amazing memories for us and we've missed a lot of parcels over the last 6 years, so this was so sweet! We love her tons for it! :) 

We often get very emotional when thinking of our 'little' sister, she has done a lot of growing up over the past 7 years and it's hard for us not to tear up at the thought of that's how long we have been away from home. We hope she knows just how much we love her and how extremely proud of her we are each and every day. As you can tell from the pictures and stories above, Jen has one huge heart and is all about family. She is the most selfless 21 (22 on Saturday) year old we have ever come across and makes us smile big all the time, if we're not rolling on the floor laughing! :) Jen is our Grandad's best friend, Nanna's little angel, our Auntie's confidant, Mum's baby and Dad's pain in the bum. ;p It's funny to think that 22 years ago, Mum got one big surprise finding out she was pregnant again. It's safe to say that that big surprise was the most special and wonderful surprise ever for us and Chris and we couldn't feel more blessed to have the best 'little' sister in the history of ever! 


Happy Friday everyone!
Lucy and Kelly

An interview with Ryan Nemeth!

Since moving to Louisville KY, six years ago, we have been fortunate to meet some of the most amazing people and create friendships that we hold incredibly dear to us. We have met people from all walks of life. With many of us having moved here to focus on wrestling, training day in and day out, many a friend became like family. But what's so special about these friendships is that so many of our friends make us feel rich. We feel rich in that they inspire us daily, teach us something knew, feed our creative thoughts, we support and learn from each other and more often than not, when talking to them, conversation makes us feel happy, excited, motivated and simply thankful that they came in to our lives. Ryan Nemeth is one of those such people. Wrestling is a funny thing. When you meet people for the first time you often end up talking wrestling, wrestling, wrestling, and while that is ok and always fun, it's awesome when you find people that you connect with in different ways. Ryan is awesome to talk to. The last time we saw him was in sunny California, while on Route 66 with our Dad, and we had a blast talking about everything from wrestling to books, to writing , to people, to comedy. Ryan is hilarious and in a lot of ways reminds us of our brother, which we think we tell him every time he does something that reminds us of our brother...sorry Ryan! :p Currently Ryan is kicking ass working on all sorts of projects, which inspires us to no end, and as much as we could go on about how awesome he is, you're probably here to read what the man himself has to say, so ahem... without further ado we give to you Hot, Young, Ryan Nemeth...enjoy! :)

1) We know you love being at the beach and Sharks are your favourite. What is it about sharks that you love so much?
I have loved sharks since I was a very small child. I was very quiet and kept to myself. I was shy. I spent hours and hours drawing sharks. That's all I would do: just sit and draw sharks. There is something in that, it must have carried over into my adult brain. I have never let go of that fascination and admiration. They are incredible animals. And the older I got, and the more I learned about them, the more the fascination and the admiration grew. I think they're great. I had a very exciting close-up encounter with a large bull shark in Tampa. I was fishing with Santino and Sandow. You can read about it in my new fitness book, which should be available on Kindle and other platforms VERY soon... I also released a new shirt on featuring a shark graphic I drew- all the sales from that design the last month are being donated directly to a shark research/education/conservation program. That is something I am really proud of. I finally feel like I have taken whatever "fame" or "notoriety" that comes with being a wrestling/comedy personality and I've done something useful with it to help others. And I would like to continue doing that. Thank you to everyone who helped with that and bought a shirt!

 2) We loved your books I Can Make Out with Any Girl Hereand Life Advice for Your LifeYou have us laughing out loud whenever conversation arises between guys and girls. Tyler in 'Life advice for your life' is rather blunt, goofy, crude and doesn't seem quite the romantic, so tell us, what would your ideal date be? Fun? Romantic? Cozy? Action packed?  
There is a little part of both of those characters that comes from me. Of course. That's what makes writing those characters so fun to me. My idea date would involve sushi or maybe even fondu. Oooooooh, I know. A sushi boat. Oh, you know what? My ideal date might be at a wedding. Weddings are the best. So fun. I should write a book about that. My ideal date is a wedding date. Yeah. Dress in cool clothes, have fun, go nuts. Laugh. Champagne. Then make out in front of everybody. Make everyone else feel uncomfortable because of all the making out. That or a comedy show. Or the beach. Or somehow combine a comedy show, the beach, someone else's wedding, and super public making-out. Yeah, mix those all together somehow. Or making out at the aquarium. Whatever it is, just make sure there's some deep tongue kissing. In public.
 3) Being an author and working on your own books now, do you still find time to read? What are some of your favourite books?
I love reading. I love reading books and screenplays recently I read World War Z (the book) which was amazing. Just amazing. I also just read a children's book about sharks that a fan mailed me as a gift. That was great. Hahaha. And I read a really fun and funny script by Dylan Meyer that I can't wait to see brought to life as a film. I am also reading a book about SNL that details the changes in the show's format over the decades as it relates to the rest of the world's changing political and pop culture climate...very interesting, although a tad dry. There was a great book I read like 7 years ago- The Perfect Storm- so damn good. I didn't see the film, but the book was really good. 
 4) What do you love most about writing? What inspires you to write?
I love making other people laugh. That's it. That's really it. I want other people to feel happy, as happy as possible, while they're reading or watching something I wrote. That's the reason I started wrestling, that's the reason I perform on stage, and that's the reason I write. I want people to forget about the things that make them sad, forget about the stresses and things that make their lives so least for a little while. That's it. That's all I want to do. It's very simple. So I try to take those things, those aspects of life that suck so bad, and I try to flip them around and present them from a different point of view, and make them silly. That's it. Case closed. I want people to feel happy and smile and laugh.
 5) When you're not busy at the gym, writing, acting, doing your comedy shows and wrestling, what do you like to do? What would your perfect day consist of?
I love the beach. I love watching the water, and listening to the waves. I like the calmness it makes me feel. I also like the feeling of realizing that each drop of water is connected to another drop, and another, and another, and so on and so forth until the entire planet is one big giant living, breathing organism. That is really cool to me. And it starts right at the water, right where the surf is rolling softly toward you up the incline of the sand. Wow. Oh, and I love watching The Simpsons nonstop.
 6) We don't have long in California. Where would you take us?
I would take you to a few beaches. Although they are not as amazing as the ones in Florida, there are some good spots. I would also take you to some comedy shows. I want to make sure you see the Cook County Social Club perform. They are an improv troupe I used to watch in Chicago. I reconnected with them out here (I even shot a pilot with one of the guys, Brendan Jennings, and John Morrison- it's on YouTube- it's called "City Fit" on Morrison's page- go watch it! ) . And I'd like to take you somewhere I myself have never been, too: whatever part of California the huge redwood trees are in. Let's go there. I've never seen them in person yet, and I'm dying to. And Sushi House in Studio City. I love that place. For the last year, it has had a banner up that says "Grand Opening! 50% off!" hahaha. It's always the grand opening, forever. In five years it will still have just opened and have the grand opening sale. It is permanently just opened. Like the store in the Adam Sandler "Zohan" movie that's always going out of business, every day, at all times. Hmm. What else. I guess I would also take you to Gold's Gym in Venice. It's my favorite gym here, and it's a notable place to visit. I don't know. We can do whatever you want. Los Angles isn't really a great place to visit. It's a great place to be for a long time, so if you have a month or so we can do cool stuff. But it's hard to show a visitor some sights in like a weekend or something. So much traffic. We should also go to a Kings game. Thank you, Carrlyn!
 7) We mentioned above that you have us laughing all the time and your comedy is our kind of comedy. What do you love most about doing stand up comedy?
Thank you for your complimentary words about my sense of humor! I love performing live comedy- especially improv comedy- for the same reason I write, and for the same reason I wrestled: I want people to feel happy feelings. I want them to laugh, and to smile, and to forget about any troubles they have. Their parent who passed away. Their cousin or kid who is sick. Their girlfriend or boyfriend who broke up with them. Their job that sucks. Their job they got fired from. Their pet dog or cat who is getting old, and you know that soon you'll have to put them to sleep...whatever! Whatever the bad thing in their life is, that week, or that month, that year, that day- I want to be able to make them forget about it for a little while. I want people to smile. 
 8) You trained at OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling) in Louisville and you've trained at WWE's NXT in Florida, can you give us some stand out moments from your time at both places? 
I could talk for hours, days, weeks on end and tell you all my memories. Wow. Hmm. Hahaha I actually feel like this is the hardest question because there are so many things to say and there is no way I could get them all down here. I have so many memories from FCW and NXT, so many fun things. A lot of what I remember most isn't the wrestling - it's the parts before and after shows, or on off days. The rides to the shows, the rides back home after the shows. Just driving all around Florida and Georgia and where ever, laughing for hours on end with your best friends. That kind of stuff. Spending time at the beach with my friends. Or alone. I had a lot of beach time in Florida. You know what, there is nothing like the beaches in Florida, especially on the Gulf. There just isn't. I try to recreate it here in California, but it can't be done. There is some sort of precise perfect combination of the type of water, the humidity, the latitude and longitude, the feeling in the air, the sun- all of it. I long for Florida beaches daily. 
 9) If you could pick a place in the world to visit that you haven't been before, where would you go?
I would love to go everywhere. All over. I haven't been that many places, to be honest. I've been to a handful, but really not that many. I'd like to see Alaska. Antartica. Japan. Hawaii. Whatever. All of them. Let's go everywhere.
 10) What's next for Ryan Nemeth? Where can people come and watch your shows?
I'm releasing a humorous fitness book relatively soon. You will be made VERY aware of that. I also do nonstop improv shows, and a bunch of other stuff, and have some fun little part in a few upcoming films, including Pee Wee's Big Holiday and XOXO. Follow me on Twitter at @HotYoungBriley and you will know absolutely everything I'm up to at all times! Even when I pee!

Working on the set of WWE Swerved!

There you have it, told you he is awesome! :) Thank you so much to Ryan for taking the time to answer our questions and join us on the blog!! You are the best!
We loved reading Ryan's answers and hope you all did too! Be sure to go and follow him everywhere on social media and check out his books and comedy shows, you will love them! :)

Have a great day!
Love Lucy and Kelly xxx

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