Our Year in Review. 2016.


2016 has been a year full of new experiences, stepping out of our comfort zones and challenging ourselves like never before. We feel like we have accomplished so much in the past 12 months and thoroughly enjoyed looking back and thinking about some of our most favourite moments and proudest achievements.

On the 12th Blog of Christmas: December Bucket List Review.




We can happily say that after our not so great attempt at getting everything ticked off our Fall Bucket List, we have definitely redeemed ourselves with our December bucket list! Here are the things we managed to accomplish during this wonderful festive season! :) 

On The 11th Blog of Christmas: Boxing Day in Pictures.

With the holidays being a time to switch off and relax a little, today we wanted to make the most of family time and step away from the computer and social media a bit. Boxing day for us is always a time to put our cozy socks on, keep our pajama's on that extra bit longer and see how much Italian cake we can get away with eating for breakfast. Of course being bloggers, we naturally find it a tad tricky to completely switch off and our brains have been quite excited about different blog ideas as of late. So today we thought we would share with you our Boxing Day in pictures. :) But first, for those of you who have no idea where boxing day came from...

On our 10th Blog of Christmas: Christmas on The Moor.


You know how excited we get when it comes to visiting home. We miss little old Stockport terribly when we are away in America, so it's always lovely to come back to comfort and all the cozy familiarity that we love so much from the town we grew up in. Over the seven years that we have been away many things have remained the same, but there have also been some new additions to home that have made us eager to wake up bright and early and experience all Heaton Moor has to offer. Today we share with you how to enjoy Christmas on the Moor! 

On the 9th blog of Christmas: Getting into the Christmas Spirit!*

We have been well and truly full of festive cheer since the middle of November. We just couldn't resist putting up our Christmas trees early this year and enjoying the build up to Christmas with our husbands, in America, before coming home to England for the holidays. It has been so much fun, because while we are usually 1st December kind of people for starting everything Christmas, doing things that little bit earlier has meant we have fit so much more of our favourite festive things into our holiday season. Plus, we got home early enough this year to put up our childhood Christmas tree with our little sister and start the festive proceedings all over again with everyone in England. Today we thought we would share a few things that have bought joy to our worlds and helped us get into the Christmas Spirit this year.

Book Review: Completely Yours by Erin Nicholas!

Release Date: 20th December 2016.
Publisher: Forever.
Twitter: @ErinNicholas @ForeverRomance.

This is the first book by Erin Nicholas that I have read and I have to say it was such a fun read. It was a little more steamy than I had expected but I loved the characters and the setting of the story. Having comic con as the place where the characters meet and having our heroine be a complete geek, was a really cool concept, that was right up my alley! 

On our 8th Blog of Christmas: Manchester Christmas Markets.

Without fail every time we are home for the holidays we get super excited about making a trip to the Manchester Christmas Markets. We never used to be huge fans of going, but the more we saw pictures of everyone with their mugs of hot chocolate and festive treats, getting in the Christmas spirit, we knew we had to make the effort and join in. It also feels extra special to us, as when we are away from home all year we long to wander around Manchester and catch up on all we have missed. In addition, it is especially fun for us to show our husbands how magical Manchester can be this time of year. Last year we enjoyed Nutella crepes and Bratwursts and this year we were just as keen to delve into some more delicious treats while taking a stroll around all the little stalls. So last Friday afternoon we headed into town, met up with our awesome friend Sam and tucked in to some holiday treats while having a mooch around and chatting away! :)

On the 7th Blog of Christmas: Protein Christmas Treats!

I officially finished my cut on Tuesday and have to say that I feel good. We have been back home in wonderful Stockport for the past week and both my heart and my stomach are happy! Since I had the photo-shoot on Tuesday evening I have simply been intuitive eating and enjoying my Mum's delicious cooking and all the British/Italian treats that I miss when in the USA. I do feel that I am still in the mind frame of paying attention to what I eat, in that I don't wish to go overboard and ruin all the hard work I have been putting into a healthier lifestyle over the past 40 plus weeks. I have learnt so much during this year of hitting the gym hard, and especially over the past 5 weeks of doing my cut, that I still want to be mindful and continue to eat sensibly. Therefore, today I thought I would share some delicious Protein snacks perfect for the holiday season, that allow you to have fun and enjoy food while sticking to a healthier lifestyle.

On the 6th Blog of Christmas: Books to get you in the Festive spirit!

What's better than curling up by the Christmas tree in your most comfy pajamas with a cup of cocoa and a really good book? Not much we hear you say!! Ahhh well, what about all of that with the addition of a book that is so gorgeously festive that it makes your Christmas spirit sore through the roof?

Book review: 'Love Connection.' by Camilla Isley.

Release date: 23 September 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Twitter: @camillaisley

I have to say that I apologize that it has been a hot minute since I did a book review. I feel like I haven't sat down to read in the longest time. I felt like life got rather busy over the past few months and I couldn't focus on curling up and reading, I had to be up doing stuff. Yet, I had this gorgeous book from Camilla Isley waiting for me to dive into it's pages and finally I couldn't take it much longer and began reading it while doing my Cardio this past week. Boy did it make cardio less painful and fly by so much quicker, thank you Camilla! :)

On the 5th blog of Christmas: Stocking Stuffers.

We love our Christmas traditions and we adore creating new ones. We never really did stockings when we were younger, but since getting married it has become a tradition that we share with our husbands and in-laws. Stockings are now something we get so excited for each year, so today we thought we would present you with some idea's for the perfect stocking stuffers. :)

On the 4th blog of Christmas: The Magic of Christmas!

There is something about this time of year that wraps us in a warm hug and makes us feel like anything is possible. We get excited about the fairy lights, the decorations, the candy canes, the music, the movies, the food and the drink, but when we sat and thought about it for a few minutes the other day, the biggest thing we get excited about is the MAGIC...yes the magic. You see when we were younger believing in Santa Claus was probably the first thing we were taught to believe in that wasn't something our Mum and Dad could prove, all we could do was choose to believe in what they were telling us. And we did.

On the 3rd Blog of Christmas: Italian Christmas Cookies.

We absolutely loved having Paola Pica on our blog this past Monday, sharing her Italian Christmas traditions. You see, it wouldn't really be our blog if we let Christmas go buy without jumping up and down and squealing with glee as we tell you all about our favourite Italian treats and all the yumminess we are going to get to dig into when we go home, now would it? Of course it wouldn't. For those of you who may be new to our blog, hello and thank you for stopping by, we are half Italian, on our Mum's side and therefore all things Italy hold a special place in our hearts. Reading through Paola's traditions made us smile so big, as many of the things she mentioned are traditions in our own household. In past years we have shared our love for Pandoro, talked about devouring Baci and just last year we whipped up an Italian Hot Chocolate for the first time. This year we wanted to experiment once again and try our hands at a simple, traditional Italian Cookie, so without further ado, we give you these delights...

Book Review: The Governess's Secret Baby by Janice Preston!

Release Date: 1st December 2016.
Publisher: Mills and Boon.
Twitter: @JaniceGPreston @MillsandBoon

As a book blogger I shouldn't really admit that I have moments where I feel I can't possibly explain just how much I loved a book, after all, it's the whole point of blogging about the book in the first place. I'm supposed to tell you all about it, in the hopes that you will be moved enough to pick up a copy for yourself.

On the 2nd Blog of Christmas: An Italian Christmas by Paola Pica!


CHRISTMAS  TRADITIONS  IN  ITALY
Christmas preparation in Italy starts on the 8th of December, which is an important Catholic Festivity.  Families usually take out boxes containing Christmas decorations and Crib scenes on that day and start decorating trees and houses.  The operation may be completely done on that day or may last longer. What matters is to start creating the Christmas atmosphere.

On the 1st blog of Christmas: Our December Bucket List!

As you may have noticed from Wednesday's Fall Bucket List review, we definitely need to step up our game this December. Luckily for us we absolutely adore the Christmas Season and therefore feel we have a slightly better chance at completing all tasks on our list.

Book Review: Brides and Bouquets by Rebecca Raisin!

Release Date: 24th November 2016.
Publisher: HQ Digital UK.
Twitter: @jaxandwillsmum @HQDigitalUK

Eeek Brides and Bouquets is the second installment in Rebecca Raisin's Christmas series and after finishing this one it's safe to say I am a firm member of the Cedarwood community. Reading book 2 is like jumping back into line with those friends that you know are going to be with you for life, even if you don't see them all the time. After a brief time away after reading book 1, I was right back into the swing of things, happily enjoying the change in the weather at Cedarwood and getting excited by the upcoming event at Cedarwood lodge.

Did we do it? Fall Bucket List!

Fall is coming to a close and everywhere is starting to switch to full on Winter/Christmas mode...or if you are us, Christmas started three weeks ago, ahem, yes we did put up the Christmas tree at the beginning of November...don't judge! :p

Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life Review! Contains spoilers!


For us it feels slightly ironic that this past Friday we wrote a post on the reasons why we love Rory Gilmore. You see, after watching A Year in The Life on Friday, we have to admit to feeling like we missed the girl we fell in love with. We had been so excited for weeks, counting down the days till the new episodes, writing blog posts and watching the old seasons to get ourselves fully into Gilmore Girls mode, that it honestly breaks our hearts to say that the episodes and conclusion was a huge let down for us...like HUGE!

What we're thankful for!

We hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and got to spend it with their loved ones. We are quite settled into the tradition of Thanksgiving now and enjoy getting to celebrate with our families and take a moment to stop and appreciate all that we have in our lives. It goes without saying that every single day we couldn't feel more blessed and thankful for the lives we lead and for the people in them. We don't go a day without thanking our lucky stars for our health, happiness and those around us.

Rory Gilmore is our Spirit Animal!

TODAY IS THE DAY!!! 
The more episodes we watch of The Gilmore Girls, the more we fall in love with Rory. In each episode she says or does something that we just want to give her a giant hug for. To us, she's the perfect role model, a girl that other girls should look up to and see more of on their TV screens. She's the girl that we could relate to when we were in high school and the girl that makes us proud of the kind of people we are. We are so excited that she is back on our screens, so today we thought we would share with you all the reasons we love her!!

The Gilmore Girl's tag.

OK, so we are now TWO days away from BRAND NEW episodes of The Gilmore Girls, insert squealing and jumping up and down on the spot, and the excitement is becoming more real each day. When thinking of something fun to do for the blog, during our week of Gilmore Girls madness, we went in search of a tag. We wanted to be able to interact with fellow Gilmore Girls lovers and talk about why we love it so.

Book Review: Up The Seine Without a Paddle by Eliza Watson!

Release Date: 29th October 2016.
Publisher: Elizabeth Watson.
Twitter: @ElizasBooks

Firstly, I just want to point out the cover of this book, I mean how absolutely gorgeous is it?? It makes me smile just looking at it! :) I can not tell you how happy I am that Eliza Watson got in touch with me about reviewing 'The Travel Mishaps of Caity Shaw' series. I adored book one: 'Flying by the seat of my knickers,' and practically devoured book two; the one you probably can't take your eyes off at the top of the page! Really though...stunning!

You're about to be Gilmored!

We are well and truly counting down the days now and there's ONLY FIVE more to go before the BRAND NEW episodes of The Gilmore Girls air. If you saw the episode of Life is Sweet, that went up on our YouTube yesterday, you will see that we kick started our Gilmore Girls week of madness by making homemade Pop tarts. Yes, homemade Pop tarts, because after all, we wouldn't be true Gilmore Gilmore Girls fans if we didn't love a good Pop tart. Now, with Pop tarts at the ready we thought it would be the perfect time to present you with our Gilmore Girls night in extravaganza...prepare to be Gilmored!

Dinner for two with Blue Apron.*


We are back for round three with Blue Apron and we couldn't be more giddy. Honest to goodness everyone this was probably our favourite dish we got to make, and that's saying something considering we savored every bite of both the Spicy Hoisin Chicken and Cod Sandwich meals we made previously. However, this recipe for Spiced Beef Skewers is topping the list because we have never made anything quite like it before, or really ever thought we could actually make anything like it before. We are drooling just thinking about this dish and are so sad we don't have plates full of it in front of us right now.

Book Review: The Christmas Cake Cafe by Sue Watson!

Release Date: 12th October 2016.
Publisher: Bookouture.
Twitter: @bookouture @suewatsonwriter.

Thanks to Sue Watson I now have another place to add to my bucket list: Switzerland! This book is full of so much festive warmth, cheer and magic that I seriously felt like I was actually in a Christmas wonderland while sat reading it! The way Sue describes the little towns in Switzerland had me daydreaming and confirmed what I already know...that Christmas is definitely the absolute best time of year! The vibe, the atmosphere, the magic, it's all just wonderful and The Christmas Cake Cafe had it all between it's pages.

5 Things we miss about being Professional Wrestlers!

Nowadays we are having so much fun keeping ourselves busy with all of our little projects that we don't often think about our wrestling careers, or the shoulda, woulda, coulda's if we had stayed with TNA. We are genuinely so happy with all that we are doing now that we much prefer looking forward, whilst at the same time being able to smile at all that we accomplished in our nine year wrestling careers. However, we would be lying if we said we didn't miss certain things every now and again about being in the crazy, yet wonderful world of professional wrestling. Here's what we miss the most...

1) Lacing up our boots and putting on our wrestling gear.
We will readily admit that we are no fashionistas. The years we spent wrestling we were always at our happiest and comfiest when wearing our wrestling gear. We absolutely LOVED designing our outfits and were the giddiest when they arrived in the post. It's safe to say that outside of a wrestling ring, and unless it's Halloween, we would probably get a few funny looks if we donned our spandex for our every day attire, so it definitely tops the list as something we miss the most! 
2) The boys in the locker room.
We have been so lucky over the years to have met so many great people that became like family to us. Being in the locker room with the guys who shared our same passion for wrestling, who we could talk to about anything and laugh with till we cried, were some of the best moments ever. We have countless treasured stories and memories, far too many to mention here, but all the cupcakes we shared together will forever be held dear.

3) Getting the ring and just wrestling and training with Rip Rogers.
By far our absolute favourite thing to do when we wrestled was train with the guys! Rip Rogers bought us out of our shells and bettered us, not just in the ring but in life. You couldn't go to Rip's classes twice a week and not learn something new about yourself or the wrestling business. His classes scared us and made us nervous but we were there every week and sometimes when we shouldn't have been...but that's a different story! Each weekend we stepped out of our comfort zones for 8 hours, it was a case of sink or swim and we like to think we swam pretty good! :p
4) Putting up and taking down the ring.
This one seems crazy to admit, yet it's oddly true. For those of you who have never seen what a wrestling ring looks like underneath the canvas and apron, it's wooden beams and metal poles. It ain't pretty and it definitely ain't light! Each time we put up and took down a ring, it was a workout on top of the match we had just had, but each time we managed to carry an extra beam or pole was an accomplishment as we got stronger and stronger. To this day we aren't afraid to lift heavy stuff when it comes to moving apartments or whatever it maybe, just because we have a good background for doing what needs to be done. No matter how late it may have been or how tired we were, the ring wasn't going to take down itself!

5) The road trips.
We have so many fond memories of travelling to and from shows, of late night stops at Ihop and Mcdonalds and of making up games to keep ourselves occupied. To be honest being on the road is one of the things we don't miss as much as the rest of the things in this list. After a while we got a little tired of it and definitely just wanted to enjoy more weekends at home, being the homebodies that we are. However, the late night chats and bonding time is definitely something we miss. We wouldn't change the years we spent travelling for the world. We got to go on adventures, especially when it was just the two of us trying to find a venue on our own. We also got to cement certain friendships while travelling up and down the country and these are some of our happiest memories! :) 

Hope you enjoyed another of our little trips down memory lane.
Have a great Wednesday!
Love Lucy and Kelly xx 


Exercise? I thought you said extra fries!

So it's Monday morning and in about an hour I will be heading to the gym. Now, I am about to say a few words that I never thought I would say when talking about myself and the gym...

Leaving Negative Feedback!

I've been writing lots of book reviews and putting them on Amazon recently. While doing so I couldn't help but notice a few things that prompted me discussing this topic with both Lucy and my friends. I know we are all free to have our own opinions in this crazy world, but really, what is the deal with so much harsh and negative feedback??

I am a book reviewer and have stated on many occasions that I will never leave a negative review about a book. I've noticed that some people think this in unfair, they think that people who get advanced copies of books will feel obliged to write good reviews and in turn they are not getting an honest opinion. For me, this isn't the case at all. My reasoning behind positive reviews does not come from not wanting to be honest or dupe people into reading a bad book because I'm afraid to be mean, it's quite simply because we all like different things. Who am I to tell you, you won't like something? Sure I can offer you my opinion but even if I wasn't 110% in love with the book I just read, I will always focus on the positives to share with you and then leave you to make your own opinions. Here's why...

...So often it seems that when people are sat behind a computer they don't think about the human side to how their negativity will effect someone. They think that because they are a paying customer, audience member, movie goer or book reviewer that they have the right to just completely berate or hate the product, movie or whatever else they are reviewing or discussing. Yes they do have a right and I get that, but is it so necessary? What about thinking about the author who spent countless hours writing, rewriting and editing that book you just tore apart? What about that actor that has spent his/her whole life trying to get that one movie role? What about the musician who has worked on street corner after street corner just trying to be seen? They are all human. Just because they are doing something that warrants the need for a fan base or media attention or that relies on us buying what they are selling doesn't mean they aren't just like us. It doesn't mean they aren't people too.

There are certain bands, movies, actors and actresses that I'm not a big fan of, but I wouldn't spend my time tweeting, commenting or talking nasty about them because I  don't personally like them. I just leave the enjoyment to the people that do. I mean, what am I going to get out of telling someone that their favourite band sucks?? Same can be said for the books. I have seen many a book review slating a book that I adore and I just think 'sheesh why do you have to be so harsh? You may not have liked it but I did.' Seeing that negative feedback doesn't put me off because I know my tastes are different from others, but it does make me feel sad that that person clearly hasn't thought about the person behind the book.

My rule is that 'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all, but if you want to say something, make sure it's constructive.' That's the biggest thing I got from my days as a Professional Wrestler. Being out in front of people and being on a TV show, people were obviously going to form their opinions and that's fine. We knew not everyone would like us or our style, but it was always so frustrating when people would be so full of hate but offer no constructive criticism on what they didn't like. We can take criticism like nobodies business, we trained with Rip Rogers who would swear, shout and push us to be the best we could be, if we sucked, he would tell us and then we would get better. That's how we work. The same I think can be said for all forms of art, if you really need to say something, word it differently and explain why you may have not liked it and what you would prefer. That way at least the author/artist/actor can see your point of view and maybe take it into account. They can maybe grow and learn from it if it's constructive.

Basically my biggest point to make is... be nice. Think about the person behind the product. Think about how you can send positive messages rather than a slew of hate for no reason. We all start somewhere, we all have dreams. Are your negative comments meant to better the person or just to be mean?

As the old sayings go...

'Treat people how you wish to be treated.'

'It's not what you say, it's how you say.'

What do you think? When would you warrant leaving negative reviews or feedback?

Have a great day!
Love Kelly
xx


Book Review: It's Not You, It's Them AND guest post by Portia MacIntosh!


Release Date: 4th November 2016.
Publisher: UK Carina.
Twitter: @PortiaMacIntosh @HQDigitalUK 

Let me just start by saying that Portia MacIntosh is hilarious! I have to slow down a bit as my brain is racing with all the things I want to say about this book and her writing in general. It just makes me so giddy and excited. To start with though I am going repeat the last thing I said about her book 'Truth or Date,' and that was that my biggest complaint is that her books aren't longer. It's nothing to do with the story not concluding or that I feel like there should be more that she isn't saying about the characters, it's quite simply because once I have Portia's voice in my head and am in full swing of her writing rhythm, I don't want to get out of it. I was explaining this to my husband just yesterday. She has such a fun way of telling a story that it's addictive. I end up feeling like the main character is my best friend, so naturally it's a sad moment when I reach the last sentence. Let me tell you a bit more about the book before I continue...

My day without social media!

Let me start by saying that I love social media. Not just because it offers me a platform to promote what I love - blogging/making YouTube videos, but also because of the many awesome people I get to connect with on a day to day basis. I consider quite a few of these people friends and love getting to catch up with them, share funny GIFS and chat about lots of interesting topics. (Thank you Girl Gang!) Recently, however, I just felt like I was getting a little caught up in it all, which is one of the reasons I decided to spend a day without it, but before I go into that a little bit more, I wanted to share with you a few facts about my life in what one could call the prehistoric age...

The Facts are these...
I was 16 and leaving high school when I got my first phone. 
I remember the days of waiting for the internet to dial up and then only having 15 minutes to copy and paste pictures of Jeff Hardy to my computer file.
Upon getting 'proper' internet I had to wait till after school to see if anyone had messaged me back on Myspace, unless I was super quick at getting ready for school in the morning and had 10 minutes to spare, to turn the computer on, log into Myspace and check my messages. 
I got an Ipod when I was 21 and first came to America, that was my first taste at having Facebook on a portable gadget. (I don't even know what to call it!)
I didn't get a phone that could download all the apps and use mobile data till I was 25. 

So why go a day without Social Media?
The honest answer to this is actually quite scary to me, because the truth is there are days where I don't know what I would do without my phone. Moments where I feel lost if I haven't checked twitter or times when I can't eat something unless I've taken a picture and it's out there for the world to see on Instagram. My phone is the first thing I pick up in the morning, I switch it on then spend half an hour, while drinking my morning coffee, catching up on social media. Throughout the day reaching for it to 'check things' is like second nature and if I don't have it on me, I'm thinking about the moment I can get to it so that I can sit and check Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I started to long for the days where everything wasn't so instant and where I could actually wait longer than 5 minutes before seeing if someone has replied to my message. I wanted to know what it felt like to put other things first that I love, before checking twitter and Instagram. Most importantly I just wanted to enjoy a day where I wasn't glued to my tiny screen scrolling and scrolling away as time slipped by.

How did it go? 
It went great!! I will admit that in the afternoon while myself and Lucy were organizing lots of blog ideas, I wanted to reach out and look up things or go on Twitter. So looking at it from a business stand point it was a bit tough, hence why I did already have certain promotional tweets set up throughout the day. Fellow bloggers, you know how important it is to promote! My absolute favourite thing about my day without social media though was my morning. I woke up, left my phone by my bed, caught up on some reading while having my morning coffee, and just before my husband woke up I started making breakfast. This was a huge thing for me as he usually wakes up to find me on the computer or on the couch on my phone. We had breakfast together then proceeded to get ready for the day and I felt so much more prepared and ready. I even said to Luc that my head felt a lot clearer at the gym. Throughout the day, I found myself getting things done quicker or filling in time that would normally have been spent on my phone, doing other little jobs that I needed to do, which was great.

In Conclusion!
All in all, I know that being without WiFi wouldn't work for everyone. In today's day and age being able to instantly receive messages or tweet about our day to day goings on and connect with friends via Facebook is important. Like I mentioned earlier, I myself rely heavily on social media to allow me to do what I love with this very blog. After a day without it, I realize just how important it is for this purpose. However, I will say that if you get chance for an hour or two, or even a day if you want, try it. Try switching of WiFi and going back to those days of waiting till the evening to catch up and check messages. Try reaching for a book instead of scrolling for hours on Twitter or scrap-booking that pile of pictures instead of Instagramming them. It really is worth it. I definitely feel like after my day without social media that my morning routine has to change, as I thoroughly enjoyed a morning savoring my coffee and diving into a book before getting ready for my day.

What do you guys think? Could you do it?

Have a great day!
Love Kelly xx



  

Things I miss about 'The Ville!'

 
We often talk about missing our home sweet home of Stockport UK. However, while cooped up inside at work the other day I found myself daydreaming about the cool Fall breeze, the crisp air, the soon to be Christmas decorations going up in the malls and I had this wonderful sense of warmth and coziness. That was until I realized that when I stepped outside of work I would not be stepping into a cool fall air and the Christmas decorations I was thinking about were in fact those that grace the St Matthews and Oxmoor Malls in Louisville KY.  That's right, I found myself missing my second home sweet home, Louisville.

It's been about a year now since we left Louisville and I have to say that besides missing my friends a whole bunch, I never give it too much thought. But recently I have found myself lost in thought, thinking about the roads, my daily routes, the shops and my life in general in the Ville. I thought it would be fun to share with you some of those things that I love and miss from the place I spent six years of my life, where I did a whole lot of growing up, lived life to it's fullest and made a childhood dream come true. :)
1) Ohio Valley Wrestling.
Before we moved to Florida I had been attending OVW regularly again, after taking a year and a half break. I loved rolling around in the ring again and hanging out with the boys, it was fun to get to enjoy the place without so much pressure of having a match to prepare for. I very much miss the comradery in the dressing room and the good old days of hanging out with my friends. The friends I made there hold a special place in my heart and I love them dearly. I don't think there's a single memory that doesn't make me smile, get goose bumps, laugh or shake my head at the craziness, the experiences and the unbelievably awesome times we had.

2) Laughter and Lullabies Daycare.
At times it could be crazy and looking after five babies certainly was exhausting, but they were my babies and I miss them bunches. The cuddles, the milestones, the laughter, I feel I left a little piece of me behind. Not to mention the awesome friends I made there, Katherine, Kelsey, Kylie, Katie, Crystal and Holly, I think about you all the time and love you all tons. Working there felt like a family and it made being in Louisville that much more homely.
 
3) Bardstown Road.
Bardstown Road is lined with unique shops and restaurants. Chris and I used to love taking a stroll and popping into the old book stores and video game shops. In addition, to stumbling upon amazing restaurants and bars. Some of our favourites include El Camino's and Cumberland Brews. Mmm I'm drooling just thinking about their deep fried bacon and bison burgers. So, so good.

4) St Matthews.
This is where my Christmas excitement runs away with me. Kelly and I spent many a Christmas shopping days running around the St Matthews area buying Christmas presents and drinking holiday drinks from Starbucks. Their decorations are always so beautiful and Oxmoor mall is always lit up with white lights at night. It's so pretty. Thinking about it now just makes me feel all warm inside. Those shopping days at this time of year, were always so much fun for Kelly and I. We had come a long way in confidence, driving around on our own and getting out and about. We grew up so much and certainly stepped out of our comfort zones. Thinking back to those days makes me feel strong, independent and like I can do anything.

5) The seasons.
I do love the Florida sunshine and can absolutely not complain about the days being bright and sunny. However, I feel my mind and body are ready for jumpers and leggings and cozy clothes. With the heat and humidity here at the moment I can't quite reach for them just yet. We haven't quite got red or orange crunchy leaves falling off the trees, so it's definitely looking to be an experience over the coming months. Will it truly feel like Christmas is upon us? Back in England fall can often get pretty damp and soggy, I remember our first ever fall in Louisville, it was just beyond beautiful and picturesque, crunchy leaves, gorgeous reds, browns and yellow leaves as far as the eye could see.

Louisville truly gave us six incredible years and for that I feel so blessed. I think I might go put the kettle on and look through my scrapbooks now. :)

Are their places that you miss or that make you think of certain times of year?

Have a wonderful day.
Love Lucy. xx

No more guilt!!


At the end of last week I was shattered. I felt a little emotionally drained, my feet were aching and I just wanted a moment to relax, to calm my brain down and breathe. In a moment of weariness, while washing the dishes and loading the dishwasher, I just wanted to cry. I didn't want to clean another plate or load and unload the dishwasher anymore. I was done. But then I got angry at myself. Yes, I actually got angry and mad at myself. Why? You ask. Well, because I started thinking about all the single Mum's and Dad's holding down the fort, doing everything on their own. I thought about those working nine to five. I thought about those parents running after kids, those parents with kids and jobs. I thought about those people working nights and I thought about The Rock. Basically, I started to compare everything I do with what other people do. Immediately I began mentally punishing my brain and body for thinking for one split second that I was tired, because when compared to all these people, there was no way I should even allow myself to say I was tired. Surely?

I'm not really one to walk around shouting out that I am awesome, or that I do this and that. Yes I tell people when I'm busy and will tweet every now and again about what I have managed to get done during the day, but often those moments where I feel truly proud of myself are met with guilt and scenarios I mentioned above. However, the other day, I had had enough. I wanted to be brave and I wanted to write a post that was a little out of my comfort zone and I want/hope you guys will join me. Write it down on a piece of paper, type it on the computer, tweet it, shout it, look at yourself in the mirror and think of all the things you do and say 'I AM AWESOME!'

I AM AWESOME!

Sometimes I don't feel like I stop. Between blogging three times a week, reading for book reviews, filming for our YouTube channel, writing a book, cleaning/looking after the apartment, cooking, going to the gym, working three part time jobs and working full day events and promotions every now and again, I'm always doing something. And, you know what, I absolutely love it. I love being busy, but it DOESN'T mean I don't get those exhausted on my feet moments and it DOES totally mean that I can stand tall and be proud of myself for it. This is what I DO on a day to day basis and therefore, when I sit down to watch an episode or two of The Gilmore Girls or put my feet up and binge watch Nikki Blackketter, I should not feel guilty...brain are you listening?

The reason I share this with you today is that I think it's more than OK to think about and look at what other people do, in order to be inspired and motivated. I love looking up to others and in turn pushing myself harder and challenging myself that little bit more. But ultimately YOU ARE YOU. Yes strive, yes push, yes be limitless, yes be unstoppable, but also be sure to stop and say well done to yourself. Live in the moment, appreciate what you have accomplished and of course, take time to re charge and listen to your body. Please look after your well-being and mental state. If you need a little rest, get some rest, so you can wake up and be awesome all over again tomorrow! Furthermore, I felt like I needed to write this in order to allow myself to accept those moments where I'm not superhuman, where I let myself see all that I do and not compare myself or my journey with anyone else's. I'm not bragging or in need of a gold star, sometimes I just need to allow myself to feel good about what I do and be proud of myself.

I'd love if you commented below some of the things you are proud of yourself for! :)

Keep kicking butt and have a great day!
Love Lucy xx



Come Dine With Us: Blue Apron! *


It's no secret that we adore cooking, we love being in the kitchen whipping up our favourite recipes. However, we have to admit that it's rare we stray from the family cookbook, which isn't really a cookbook and more of a do what you've seen Nanna and Grandad do kind of thing.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Did everyone have a good weekend? Did you go to any Halloween parties? We know a lot of the festivities may have taken place over the weekend, we actually had a little Halloween get together on Saturday and dressed up in what may have been our favourite costumes to date, but we couldn't resist doing a little something to celebrate today too. Though today is a little less craziness and more curl up in your favourite pair of pajama's and nibble on a treat or two while watching movies! :) We hope you enjoy!

Fitness 360!



Today marks my 103rd visit to Fitness 360, since I joined back at the end of March this year, and I'm rather excited about it. I have got to the point now where I thoroughly enjoy going to the gym. My brother has been a huge factor in this, as I look forward to my sessions and what programs he sets out for me, but also because I really love the gym I go to.

Book Review: Celebrations and Confetti by Rebecca Raisin!


Release Date: 24th October 2016.
Publisher: UK Carina.
Twitter: @jaxandwillsmum @ukcarina

If you saw our 'Big News' video over on YouTube, you will already know just how excited we have been for Rebecca Raisin's new three book Christmas series. If you haven't seen the video then let's just say our excitement comes in singing and dancing form. We adore Rebecca Raisin. From the moment we first read 'The Gingerbread Cafe' series we just knew she was going to be an author that would be returning to our bookshelves over and over again...we weren't wrong. Each of her stories have us prancing, smiling and completely content in our little book worlds and 'Celebrations and Confetti' was so different.

Travel Bucket List: Pasticceria Pansa!

You know when you have one place above all other places that you dream about visiting one day? A place that no matter how many other sights you see or travel bucket lists you write, is always, always at the top? For me that place is Pasticceria Pansa in Amalfi, Italy. This isn't a place that I just discovered for this blog, or came across when I researched for my La Dolce Vita post, or a place I spotted on Instagram, or even a place I found on Pinterest. This is a place that goes way, way back in my family and I have dreamt about it since I was old enough to devour their delicious cakes, which was probably from the age of about four! 

Growing up, when we visited our family in Italy, our favourite cakes from Pansa were already at our Auntie's house by the time we arrived, meaning we never actually got to take the trip to see this wonderful Pasticceria, that was delighting us with so many heavenly treats, in person. Moreover, the only other times we were treated with the cakes we so loved was when Grandad went to Italy to see his family. There was always a sense of excitement in the air upon his return, knowing that we would get our hands on the scrumptious cakes when he unpacked his suitcase. It's these little joys that ingrained in us from an early age that it truly is the little things that count. These memories have my heart bursting with happiness and even at twenty eight years old these wonderful cakes still invoke the same reaction. Which you can witness in our British Vlog from last year. 

Pasticceria Pansa has been open since 1830, when it was founded by Andrea Pansa. Since then the little Pasticceria has been passed on through five generations and it looks like it shows no sign of slowing down. Nanna actually remembers meeting Andrea Pansa, when she was a child. She would take the trip to Amalfi from Praiano with her Dad, Luca, for her favourite Sfogliatelle. She also remembers how her Dad would buy trays and trays of their mouth watering cakes for any occasion, be it a birthday, wedding or anniversary. Seeing her smile as she recounted these stories to us made my heart melt and gave me even more reason to have to visit one day. 
Picture from Pasticceria Pansa Instagram.

Set in an idyllic place, near the Cathedral of Amalfi and right next to the Basilica dedicated to St Andrew the apostle, it's literally an instagrammer and bloggers dream location. Just seeing their photos pop up daily on instagram makes my heart flutter. I will continue to daydream about sitting outside near the fountain, listening to the most beautiful language in the world being spoken, while sipping on an espresso, eating La Pasticceria di Mandorle and Cartucce, as well as, trying their Sfogliatelle for the first time, until the day I am actually there, retracing Nanna and Grandads footsteps, with a camera full of photos, a huge smile on my face and a very happy heart. 

Where is the one place in the whole world that you must visit? Do you even have just one?

Have a great day!
Love Kelly xx



Book Review: Christmas Under a Starlit Sky by Holly Martin!

Release Date: 19th October 2016.
Publisher: Bookouture.
Twitter: @hollymartin00 @bookouture

If I thought I wanted to visit Juniper Island after reading 'Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky,' I most certainly know I have to visit there after reading 'Christmas Under a Starlit Sky.' Not least because I now feel like I have friends there but because it seriously sounds like my perfect place to live. It's full of snow, fairy lights and log cabins in the winter months and in summer there is sunshine and pretty flowers. It's quite simply heaven on earth.

The Girl Gang.

When scrolling through my newsfeeds one morning last week a big smile spread across my face as I pressed like on a couple of tweets, commented on some posts, chatted with fellow bloggers, read a bunch of new blogs and looked at some colourful Instagram pictures. The smile grew as I picked up my coffee, took a sip and then felt compelled to write this post. This post is a pretty simple one in all honesty, as today I just wanted to say thank you. I wanted to say thank you to you! Yes, YOU!!

You see, there have been times in my life where I have had moments of doubts and insecurities, where I have felt in competition with those around me or allowed myself to compare myself with others, but on that morning, when looking at all you wonderful bloggers, creative Instagrammer's, hilarious tweeters, incredible authors, fashionista's and gym goers, I felt inspired.

Furthermore, I realized something. Often we can get caught up on the end result, become obsessed with being successful or having what other people have. While yes, it would be incredible to be a hugely popular blogger, making money primarily from your blog and getting certain opportunities that maybe some of the more well known bloggers get, I couldn't help but think that every single one of us who pour countless hours into our blogs, wake up early to post a new post, take time to comment back to people and who love connecting with others through words, videos or pictures, we are all awesome. We are!!! YOU are!!!

YOU all make me happy on a day to day basis. Whether you have one follower, fifty followers or a million followers, curling up and reading your posts after a long shift at work, joining in with Girl Gang chats when I'm in need of a laugh or confidence boost, reading comments from you that say you've enjoyed a post or a video when we've spent hours preparing it and had our fingers crossed that we would make someone smile, and commenting on your posts when you've hit the nail on the head and I just needed confirmation that I'm not the only awkward, anxious, goofy person out there, gives me such joy. And for all of those things I THANK YOU!!!



The Girl Gang truly is a place where we support each other and lift each other up. Where there is no room for competition and rather, tons of room for inspiring others to be their best selves, to progress, learn, and motivate one another. No longer do I hold onto those silly, thoughts of  'but look at her pictures, they are so much better than ours' and allow them to get me down, no. Now I take in the talent, the creativity and beauty of someone else's blog and strive to work hard and improve upon mine in a positive way. It feels incredible to have so many role models and wonderfully unique people to look up to each day. So again, all you awesome people out there, never forget your awesomeness. It doesn't matter about numbers all the time or followers, if you are living your dream each day, know that you inspire me and add an element of positivity, colour and happiness to my day and I truly appreciate it. :) 

THANK YOU GIRL GANG!!!

Love Lucy and Kelly xx

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Home Alone!

The other week, my husband went out of town for three days. Over the last few years I have often been left to my own devices while he has gone away to wrestling shows and the like, so I am quite used to it, in fact I actually look forward to it. That might sound harsh, but it's true. If you read my post about long distance relationships, you will know that Chris and I are used to spending quite a lot of time apart, so to us it's not really a big deal. Don't get me wrong, I do miss him when he's gone, but sometimes it's fun to have a little bit of me time. I still have Lucy across the hall, which is great, but I really enjoy the Mornings and Evenings when it's just me. I don't know whether it's because my mind has been chock full of so much lately that this time when he went away I was just excited to be able to breathe and do my own thing. 

In the past I always told myself I will stay in bed late or make dinners that only I like, that we don't have all the time, but then I never get round to it because routine kicks in. I'm up at 6:30 and I eat whatever is in. This time I told myself 'No Kelly you will make time to relax and enjoy yourself,' and so I did.

I still had work to go to and I was up early the Friday morning to go to the gym with Luc, but I stayed up till 11:30 on Thursday night reading, made myself one of my favourite Nanna recipes, pasta with chickpeas, curled up in bed early on Friday night and stayed in bed on Saturday morning with a cup of coffee and read for two whole hours. These might seem like little things but to me it's just the fact that I could enjoy all of these things at my own pace. My favourite thing in the world is waking up when it's still dark outside and not worrying about disturbing anyone when I want to sit up for a little bit in bed and watch the sunlight seep in through the blinds. I love making my coffee and just having time to catch up with the world and ponder. This time I was so engrossed in a book I was reading by Rita Bradshaw that to stay in bed and read instead of slipping out into the living room, as to not wake my sleeping husband, was exactly what I needed. I truly felt like I had actually relaxed for once on a weekend morning. 
I also felt like a little bit of a rebel too, as I took my time doing dishes and looked at the laundry basket like 'I won't touch you till Chris gets back with all his clothes that will need washing,' so yes, not many dishes and no laundry for three days...bliss!! :) 

I always find that these days spent apart gives both myself and Chris a chance to regroup and do some of the things we love without having to worry or think about the other person for a little bit. Then when he gets back, I'm all the more excited to see him again and spend lots of time together. 

Do you like spending time apart from your partner, do you have need a break from routine, or do you love spending every second of everyday with each other?

Have a great day!
Love Kelly 
xx

My Life My Power!

A few months back, my husband Chris got involved with a company called My Life My Power. I didn't know anything about them until he started talking to me about what he was learning and I watched him filming videos for them. I can safely say now, after doing my own research too, that they are an amazing organization full of some really wonderful people and I couldn't be more proud of my husband for being a part of it.

So what is it? My Life My Power was founded in 2010 by MMA fighter and WWE tough enough winner Daniel Puder. After not having the best time when he was at school, due to not being good at sports and being a little slower in class to the other kids, Daniel felt like he wanted to be there for the kids today who are in the same position as he was then. So he co founded My Life My Power to do just that. The organizations mission statement is:

To Inspire and Empower youths through transformational mentoring
while adding value within our community.

They do this by offering various programs to schools, in order to help teachers and parents get the most out of their children. The goal is to mentor and to guide children to be the best that they can be and to help them reach their full potential. My Life My Power discusses goals, dreams, bullying, drugs and much more with the kids in a way that grabs their attention and makes them realize they are not alone. It encourages kids to talk to each other, to really listen and understand each other, as well as, to ask adults for help if they need it.
With a unique mixture of people on board like, Professional Wrestler Jamin Olivencia, Harlem Globetrotter Saul White, Retired F.B.I Director Robert W Clark and my husband who is a Professional Wrestling Referee, My Life My Power brings a whole heap of energy, passion and knowledge to the school system. They refer to their team as 'Heroes,' and that's exactly what they are. They are giving hope and helping to inspire the kids who may have given up or who are unsure of how to reach their potential, and doing so in an exciting, fun, positive way. They aren't going into the schools and giving a one off speech about not doing drugs or staying in school,  My Life My Power, is with them every step of the way. They implement these programs and keep tabs on the progress and affects they are having on the students.
It's been amazing to hear Chris talk about the people he has met and the stories he has heard about My Life My Power and how it has affected so many people. He has a whole new sense of purpose himself, in thinking about what he, himself can bring to the program. He has always loved working with students and inspiring people and My Life My Power is the perfect place for him to do that on a bigger level. It's a fantastic organization and I can't wait for what's to come.

To find out more, head over to their website at www.mylifemypower.org
Subscribe to their YouTube Channel.

Have a great day and do something that makes someone smile!
Love Kelly xx

Fitness Journey Update!


Eighteen weeks ago I introduced you all to my fitness journey with my 'What I've learnt so far on my fitness journey' post, and after being inspired by the awesome Steph from Hello Steph and her monthly 'Fitness Update' posts, I thought I would give you a little update as to how things are going for me eighteen weeks on.

Pro Wrestling Tees!