Blogger Chat: Jemma from Dorkface!

Happy Friday everyone! We are back again with another blogger chat and today we have the wonderful Jemma from Dorkface.co.uk. We discovered Jemma's blog a few months ago now and it has been a huge source of inspiration and great blogging advice for us ever since. We love what Jemma is all about, her posts are always bright and colourful and aim to inspire, teach and lift others up, in addition Jemma keeps it real and shares her ups and downs too. She is a busy bee with an amazing imagination and kind heart and we are so excited to have her on our blog today. So let's chat...
1) We will start of with how it all began. What inspired you to create your blog?
I've always wanted to be a writer, and I was a huge fan of reading blogs before I ever started my own. It just seemed like a natural step to make my own really!

2) We often find you still up on Twitter or replying to our emails when we are about to head to bed over here, so we know you're a bit of a night owl, but when it comes to your blog what time of day do you enjoy writing at the most?
Haha, yeah I'm known for 'never sleeping'! I think my most inspiring time of day is around 6pm. I get a lot done then. I've finished day to day chores/activities, and that's when I settle down to start writing :)

3) Do you have a specific place where you write or do you move around? 
I move around, for sure! Sometimes I'm blogging from bed, sometimes I'm at my desk in the office locked away enjoying the quiet, and you can also find me just hanging on the sofa, binge watching Greys Anatomy as I blog.
4) Your blog is always full of helpful tips for practically everything, as well as fun facts about you, unique lists and interesting stories. What topics are your favourite to write about?
I think anything that motivates, inspires or really makes people feel good. Those are the things I want my blog to be known for! So whether it's sharing my tips on how to be your most productive, or I'm sharing snippets from my Art journal and talking people through my process - I love knowing it will hopefully inspire others!

5) Do you drink or eat while blogging? If so what is your favourite drink or snack to have on hand?
I'm terrible for drinking fizzy/energy drinks! They keep me feeling alive even if I'm running low on sleep. I tend to forget to eat though, I'll go hours without realizing haha! If I do have a snack of choice, it might just be boring old crackers.
6) We know you have a super busy schedule, as on top of writing blog posts, you hold twitter chats under the awesome group you created, The Girl Gang, you run an etsy store, design stickers, blog banners, portraits, the list goes on. But when you do have that rare little bit of spare time, what do you enjoy doing most?
READ! I love getting lost in a good book, and escaping to another world. I'm a huge fan of crime fiction. I also love to just paint for fun too, knowing there's no client, no deadline, no specifics. I can just get my paints out and CREATE :)

7) We absolutely love your blog photos, they are always so colourful and pretty. If you could pick one thing about your blog that you love the most. What would it be?
I think I love that it has a good creative side most. I try to do creative/arty blog posts, and I try to make my photographs a little different from the 'typical blogger cliche's'. I'm not sure how successfully I do that, but I love to try!

8) Now, if you could pick one thing about being a blogger that you love the most. What would it be? 
The creative process is the reason I do it. I love coming up with ideas, and letting them form into a whole project. So I guess it's a combination of the writing, photography, editing and promotion. I love seeing ideas come to life!
9) You can now be found on YouTube. What made you take the leap into starting a channel?
I've wanted to for a while really, as I'm quite a bubbly/chatty person; but I always felt very self connscious of my image/voice/accent. However since I've been using Snapchat a lot the past few months, it's really boosted my confidence! YAY.

10) Last but not least. You're very active on Social Media. Which app is your favourite?
Definitely Twitter, but Instagram is close behind! Mostly I love chatting to new people/getting involved in the community, whatever platform I'm on!

Thanks guys!
xx

Have a wonderful day and a fabulous weekend.
Love Lucy and Kelly xx

About My Home Town in Italy. By Paola Pica.

ABOUT MY HOME TOWN IN ITALY By Paola Pica.


Paola Pica is the author of  'Errors of Evaluation' A book we will be reviewing tomorrow, so be sure to head back here then to read more. Her book has been translated from Italian, so naturally we were very keen to read it and to also find out more about the author. So for today, Paola kindly sent us this post about her hometown, which we were very excited to read. We got to learn all about a town we had never heard of in Italy and thoroughly enjoyed doing so. As you know, Italy has our hearts, so we love that we have Paola on our blog today and hope you enjoy this guest post.

Tracking Macros. What I eat in a day!

A few weeks back I talked about Tracking Macros and how it has really helped me improve my eating habits and see a bigger difference on my journey towards my fitness goals. Today I thought I would share with you an example of what I eat in a day, in keeping with the Macro's set out for me. You may get some meal ideas or even find a new snack you might like to try, but please know that your Macro's will be different from mine and make sure you speak with a trainer or do your research in finding out what your body requires for your specific goals, don't think you have to eat like this.

My personal trainer is my brother Chris Knott and he is awesome. He listens to my ramblings and always makes sure I understand what he is telling me. He is incredibly detailed in the programs he sets out for me, in addition to being extremely motivating, believing in my goals and sharing the same mindset when it comes to food and balance. You won't hear him use the term 'diet', did I mention he is awesome? :)

At around 124lbs, 5ft 3, training 5-6 times a week, my Macro's are:
Training days
Carbs: 148.8g
Fats: 49.6g
Protein:111.6g

Note: My Macro's change for non training days and during that girly time of the month!

Meal one:
1 Thomas English Muffin, the double protein oats and cinnamon kind with 1/3 cup liquid egg whites scrambled and 1/4 cup of reduced fat shredded cheese and about 1/2 tablespoon of light butter. (I give the pan a light spray of canola oil too.)
C 27 /F 7/ P 23

Meal Two:
More often than not I like to get to the gym in the morning after breakfast, I will then come home and have a Protein Shake, however, if I work in the morning I usually take a protein bar with me to have on break. I have really been enjoying the Quest Nutrition bars lately, the Smore's is my favourite so far.
C 23 /F 8 /P 20

Meal Three
1/2 cup of diced sweet potato, 1 Swai fillet with 1/2 cup of Bok Choy. Apparently I have an intolerance to sweet potato so I haven't eaten them in a good while but today I was craving something different for my carbs and really fancied some, so I had some! :p
C 20 /F 1.5 /P 17

Meal Four
2 Quaker caramel rice cakes with 1 tbsp. of natural peanut butter. I like to nibble and always have food on the brain, so I have been a lot more conscious of stocking up with more 'healthy' snacks. This was a bit of a different snack for me, I will usually have a light and fit Greek yoghurt but today I wanted something crunchy.
C 26 /F 7.5 /P 5.5

Meal Five
1 Chicken breast diced with 6 cherry tomato's and a handful of blueberries, a little less than 1/2 cup. I fancied something a little more meaty for a snack and have really been enjoying cooking chicken like this. I put a drop of olive oil in the pan and just let it cook, stirring as it does so.
C 16.4 /F 1.9 /P 21.5

Meal Six
Low carb tortilla with 4oz chicken breast, 2tbsp salsa and a 1/4 cup of cheese. I'm a huge fan of burritos and taco's and am super lucky that my husband makes them so delicious. Over time we have learnt to make them a little more Macro friendly.
C 13 /F 4.5 /P 28

Macro total for the day: C 129 / F 30.4 / P 115
I felt this day was a great day for me, as though my Macro's weren't spot on, I was happy with the foods I ate, it was a nice mix of fresh veg and meats, nutritious produce, a good amount of fiber and I hit my protein. I do like my protein shakes and bars but I will always prefer eating real, fresh, clean foods. Ooh and I added 4 carbs for the sugar I have in my coffee. I am down to half a teaspoon now and had two cups, working on having no sugar but I just love my coffee! :)

I am thoroughly enjoying the learning process as to what works for me and my body. My body seems to be responding well aiming for these Macro's, but at the moment my brother and I are just trying to use this as a guideline to see how my body progresses over the next few weeks before seeing if we need to make any changes. I also think I am really going to try and be stricter in a few weeks time, when I start a new program Chris has set for me, in order to push a bit harder for some goals I am trying to reach. Stay tuned! :)

What are some of your favourite macro friendly meals? Do you like to meal prep?

Have a lovely day!
Love Lucy xxx








Blogger Chat: Meg from She puts Her Makeup On!

We love being a part of the blogging community. We love that those we have come across are always supportive, uplifting and happy to offer advice and words of wisdom if we need help, in addition to creating wonderful blogs that we adore reading. We thought it would be fun to sit down with some of our favourite bloggers in a little 'Mini Series' called 'Bloggers chat,' as a way of sharing the love and encouraging an extra dose of positivity on the internet. If you don't already know these bloggers, or their blogs, make sure you check them out!

Today's awesome blogger is Meg from 'She Puts Her Makeup On', though we have actually known Meg way before we started blogging. We became firm friends in our Good Charlotte days, 10 plus years ago, and have never lost contact. We love Meg's creativity, honesty and that she is just an all round kick ass and incredibly cool person.


1) What made you decide to create your blog?
I actually had started my blog a long time ago, and then didn't do much with it. It wasn't until I started doing YouTube videos that I started posting at least once a week, and as I got more obsessed with makeup and the beauty community, it became even more frequent.

2) As well as your blog, you have a YouTube channel and an etsy store. Not only that but you also have a gorgeous little boy. Where do you find the time to do all this and which time of day do you get most of your blogging/youtubing done?
When it comes to filming videos, it's hard to find a lot of time to do it without noise and distractions in the background lol! I usually will film 3 or 4 in one day now, when my husband is home so that he can entertain our little guy. Editing gets done here and there whenever I have some free time. The Etsy shop is a little easier because while I still have distractions throughout the day, it's something I can take a break from and go back to later on. As for blogging, I honestly do most of my blog posts at night after Aiden's bedtime!

3) We love to write in our little offices! Do you have a particular place where you blog or do you move around?
I have tried to write posts on my laptop so I can go into any room, but it never feels right. I have to be at my desktop with a snack, relaxing, so that I can just write away.

4) We enjoy reading your makeup reviews because you always tell it like it is. What got you into Makeup?
I would say I started really liking makeup when I was around 16 or 17. I remember my first "fancy" makeup - Too Faced was just starting out and my mom and I were shopping at Weathervane, which doesn't even exist anymore but it was sort of like Macy's just a department store that had a beauty counter. I got 2 of their eyeshadows and I still have them even though I don't use them anymore! Up until that point I had never tried really pigmented eyeshadows, so I quickly fell in love.

5) Do you have to have a snack or drink while blogging and if so what do you have?
I do usually have a snack while I'm blogging, it's almost always tea (hot in the winter but iced when it's hotter outside!) and a granola bar or some cookies.


6) We became friends around 14 years ago thanks to your Good Charlotte fansite, "Get Down With GC." Can you tell us about your best Good Charlotte concert experience?
Ah, Get Down With GC! I actually really miss running that site but it just got to be too much. I have had so many good experiences seeing them, it's probably a tie. I think it was 2010 when I first saw them at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, which is probably the tiniest club I've ever been in, and we waited outside all day just so we could be right up front. We were ridiculously close so I literally had to look up the entire time, and Joel made fun of us because we freaked out that they played The Motivation Proclamation (myself and everyone I knew who was going to that show had been tweeting them for weeks to ask them to play it haha). The other one would be this past April when I got to meet all of them and got a hug from them and a picture - it was very quick but made me so happy! They really are the nicest guys. Plus I've made so many friends because of them <3

7) Speaking of Good Charlotte, their new album is out soon. What is your favourite song of theirs to date?
That is so hard to answer because I don't think there's a song from them that I DON'T like! I would have to say my all time number one is The Motivation Proclamation. It's one of those songs I'll just never get tired of.

8) A big part of blogging is being active on social media. Which app do you use the most?
Definitely Instagram! I don't know what it is but I got addicted to that as soon as I installed it on my phone, and it's still a thing I check multiple times a day!

9) If you had to pick one thing about your blog that you love the most. What would it be?
I love that I can post about anything. It is mainly beauty, but I like to post about concerts, life in general, whatever I'm feeling at the moment!


10) Finally, what would you say is the best thing about being a blogger?
The best thing about being a blogger for me is getting to interact with so many people. I've had people thank me for helping them out with a product they were thinking of buying, or say that I helped them steer clear of something that was super hyped up and turned out to not be so good and helped save them money, and that always makes me happy!

Thanks so much for including me, guys!
<3 Meg

Be sure to stop by and say hi to Meg on her blog and YouTube channel! :)

Have an awesome day!
Love Lucy and Kelly xx

Must See/Must eat: Funky Sweets.


Be prepared for total foodie heaven, for today's post we are taking you inside Funky Sweets, a 70's themed disco doughnut shop, in St Pete. We apologize in advance, as these pictures may have you craving all sorts of deep fried goodness. We were practically drooling over our laptops when we came across Funky Sweets on Instagram, their sprinkled covered funnel cakes and doughnut sundaes most definitely caught our eyes and we new it was a place we had to check out.

We Get To!

A few years ago we met an inspiring lady by the name of Denise Taylor, when working with Ohio Valley Wrestling. This wonderful lady runs a program called 'Wacky Wednesday' where she visits hospitals and camps dressed up in a wacky outfit and gives out goofy gifts to the children to make them smile. We got to do this with her on a few occasions and it was truly a pleasure. Denise lives by the motto "We get to" after losing her daughter to cancer. Hearing her story and witnessing her outlook on life now, has never left us. Lately we have been feeling incredibly blessed and grateful for the lives we lead. We feel in a world run by social media and with so many heartbreaking things going on, it's never been more important to stop and say thank you for what we get to do each day. But it's not merely a case of feeling grateful, it's more than that. It's realizing that we get to do all these things, we really actually get to, no matter the stresses, the worries, every day dilemma's or troubles, no matter if it's a small thing or a big thing, we get to wake up and experience it all.
We get to...

Wake up in a cozy bed with clean sheets and a roof over our heads.

Make a delicious breakfast and indulge in a cup of coffee.

Go to a job that we may not love but where we are making money for our families, for our futures.

Work on our passions.

Write.

Walk, See, Hear the world around us.

Visit delicious food places.

Work on our dreams every day.

Voxer with our little sister.

Have dinner with our families.

Have a shower at the end of the day with clean running water.

Pick up the phone and hear our families voices.

Eat when we are hungry.

Kiss our husbands good morning and good night.


We get to... make a difference, be kind, be the change.

Make sure to visit Denise's website to learn more and see what you can do too!

Have a beautiful day and embrace all that you get to do, make it count.

Love Lucy and Kelly. xx

Staying Connected!


These past few weeks we have been feeling a little homesick. We've been having lots of fun keeping ourselves busy here in Florida but we've just had those extra little aches for home and missing family. There isn't a day that goes by where we don't speak to, at least, our little sister (Jen) and we hate going more than a few days without speaking to our Mum.

The Value of flying the nest!

The Grand Canyon!

You often hear Lucy and I talk about how much we miss home. Home being Stockport England. We moved to America, a good few years ago now, when pursuing our wrestling dreams, and then once we got married, it became our home base. We are currently settled in Clearwater Florida and have been since March of this year. Florida is beautiful but we're not going to lie, there isn't a day that goes by where we don't think about our family back home and miss them like crazy. With that being said however, today we thought we would share with you some of the reasons why flying the nest, even if just for a little while, can be a good thing.

We scream for Ice Cream!

Halo Top Creamery!
You probably know this already, but for those of you that may not and might be new to the blog today, Kelly and I have huge sweet tooth's. We are most definitely chocoholic's and adore all kinds of desert. Recently we were lucky enough to receive a coupon for four free pints of Ice cream from Halo Top Creamery, thank you so much to the lovely people at Halo Top for this delightful treat, and we couldn't wait to dig in. Halo Top had been popping up on our Instagram feeds and just last week I was reading about it in Muscle and Fitness Her. It is a protein packed, vegetarian friendly, gluten free, with no artificial flavours, low calorie, low sugar ice cream, so needless to say I was intrigued. Eager to be able to tuck into a desert that was Macro friendly, I wondered how good this ice cream could possibly be. Did it sound too delicious to be real? 

Kelly and I ventured to Whole Foods and excitedly picked out four flavours: Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Strawberry and Lemon Cake. We have to say that the packaging is incredibly cute and very much appealed to us both. It just looks so pretty. :) They also have Birthday Cake, Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Mocha.
You can see our initial reactions to trying this ice cream for the first time over on our YouTube channel: Taste testing Halo Top. Honestly, it taste amazing. We couldn't resist having some fun though when it came to sharing it with you here on the blog. We wanted to experiment, and really when it comes to summer, who can resist an ice cream sandwich? Sticking with a healthier, protein option and to make this desert even more awesome, we used a Lenny and Larry's Pumpkin Protein cookie and added chocolate and vanilla bean Halo Top to the center, cheating clean and loving every bite! :) It seriously taste delicious. 

Naturally we had to try our hand at making a little sundae and testing the ice cream all together, because we have to admit, that it has been really hard deciding on which flavour to have when just picking one for an after dinner desert. Each of the ice creams are incredibly rich and creamy. There's no funny protein taste or a sense of eating something light, weird and healthy. They are just really, really good. I would happily chose this over any other ice cream and not feel like I'm missing out or being 'good'.  So thank you so much Halo Top for being so yummy. We will definitely be making a trip back to Whole Foods to try out your other flavours! :)

Find out more about Halo Top by visiting their website and also follow them on Twitter @HaloTopCreamery and Instagram 'halotopcreamery' for some scrumptious desert ideas and gorgeous pictures. :)

Have a happy day!
Love Lucy and Kelly 


Favourite podcasts!

I love to sit down and watch YouTube videos, as I feel I am very much a visual person, however every now and again my husband gets me hooked on the Podcasts he is listening to. Today I thought I would share 1 or 2 of mine and Chris' favourites and would love to know if you have any must listen to Podcasts of your own. :)

Why I love counting Macros!

What are Macro's?
To put it simply 'Macro's', short for Macronutrients, are what our foods are made up of. You have Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats and the amount of each of these in any given produce add up to give us the number of calories in our foods. I found a really great article over on Bodybuilding.com where you can learn more.

Simple things we get ridiculously excited about!

Do you ever have moments where you get ridiculously excited over something and then realize that it is something so small that you can't help but laugh at yourself? Those moments where the tiniest, sometimes goofiest, thing will make you jump for joy or squeal with delight? We have them all the time. So today we have compiled a list of the small things that can make us as happy as can be.
When Harry Potter is playing on the regular TV channels. (Even though you can watch it whenever you want on Sky, have all the DVDs and have seen every movie 50 times! :p )

That first sip of coffee in the morning.

Making a purchase and finding that the item is further reduced when you get to the till.

When you think you've finished your coffee but there's still a few more sips to go.

When you're baking cupcakes and they all come out perfectly domed.

Putting away the laundry and finding that you have matched every pair of socks.

Your parents being impressed with something you wrote, so much so, that they ring you up just to tell you.

When you have all the ingredients in the house that you need to cook/bake.

Washing all the makeup off your face after a long day.
When you get a 7th Jaffa Cake in your tub of 6 mini Jaffa Cakes. 


What "little things" make you ridiculously happy or excited?

Have a wonderful day!
Lucy and Kelly
xx


An Interview with author Portia McIntosh!


When I first saw Carina UK advertising "Truth or Date," Portia MacIntosh's latest book, I just knew I had to read it. I won't ramble though, as you can read much more of my ramblings about it in my book review. However, long story short, I adored the book and the way Portia writes, plus I drooled over the cover...yes it's a bookworm thing...trust me.

Pro Wrestling Tees!