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.

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.

ABOUT MY HOME TOWN IN ITALY By Paola Pica.
Image from weather-forecast.com
After living for a very long time in Rome, about ten years ago I moved to Rocca Priora, a very small town in the Province of Rome, in the Region of Lazio. I actually live in Rocca Priora’s countryside but I often go there. The countryside here is simply gorgeous, spread on several hills and meadows scattered with horses and cattle and where some horse riding centers (one belongs to the National Horse Sports Federation) are located. When I moved here I was seeking peace and silence for my writing; which I found and enjoy every day, after having commuted between here and Rome.

Rocca Priora is one of the Castelli Romani; that is, one of several small towns scattered on Rome territory, each of which has a Castle where Families usually linked with Popes used to live in the old times. It is at about 30 Kms from Rome, on a 768m high hill. As it is much higher than Rome, it often snows here in Winter and the landscape changes completely, from very green to white, but keeps the magical atmosphere that I find so suitable for my creative activity. Rocca priora occupies the area of the old Latins’ town of Corbium where, according to various historians, several battles were fought by Italic peoples.

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In the 14th century the Savelli Family rose to prominence in the area, after Pope Sixtus V had endorsed Rocca priora as a feudal possession for them. They held the town and the Castle until the 17th century, apart from two short periods when they went to Cesare Borgia. According to some sources, the town was destroyed when it was involved in the conflicts related to the Sack of Rome. The Rospigliosi Family, who bought the town from the Papal rule, held it until 1870, when Rocca Priora became a part of the newly formed Kingdom of Italy.

The best looking part of this small town is the oldest and highest one, from where a breathtaking view over Rome and a large part of Castelli Romani can be taken. All is green and yellow (because of a lot of broom) in Spring-early Summer, green again with some golden yellow in Summer, very green from all the pine and fir trees in Autumn and in Winter, until suddenly, one morning, I wake up to a completely white landscape, cloaked in snow and completely silent.
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I don’t think that all the monuments in Rome could make me feel happier than I feel here in this territory which has adopted me.

Paola.

Don't forget to join us tomorrow for the 'Errors of Evaluation' blog tour, over on our book page.

Who's ready for a trip to Italy?? We certainly are!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Love Lucy and Kelly xx

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.
Stepping inside we received a friendly greeting from owner's Spencer and Erica and lovely member of staff, and decorating, diva Nishi. Right off the bat it felt relaxed, fun and welcoming. The 70's décor sets this place apart and gives it such a cool vibe, it's like no doughnut shop or café we have ever been to before and we loved it. They had plenty of seating space, cozy couches and 70's music playing, in addition to TV screens playing 70's music videos. It felt like the perfect space to chill and hang out while tucking into delicious treats. We also have to mention that they are super cool and allow first time customers to try a sample of their doughnuts and an ice cream flavor so they can better choose what they would like to dig into! :)
You know what Kelly and I are like when it comes to dreaming big and going after what you want in life, we believe in it 100 percent and encourage everyone to follow their hearts, well these guys are doing just that. They had an idea and went for it. We loved their passion and the fact that their simple goal is to make people happy through fresh and delicious food. They don't pre make stuff and have it sitting in the back, they make everything fresh when you order it, so you get to eat it piping hot...and we are all about that life! :p
Ahh so much happiness in one picture!! These are samples of some of their funnel cake options. You have regular funnel cake, red velvet funnel cake, stacked funnel cakes filled with whipped cream and chocolate sauce, you have funnel cake with Working Cow ice cream of your choosing on top, you have cherry preserve funnel cakes, you can literally have any funnel cake your heart desires...and boy are they tasty!! :) We devoured the red velvet funnel cake within minutes and it was amazing. It goes without saying that being able to eat it hot and fresh was beyond incredible. It truly does melt in your mouth. Having the whipped cream melt into the cake and all the flavours becoming one was pretty much heaven and the Working Cow ice cream is to die for! :) 
As if the funnel cakes weren't delicious enough, we couldn't resist trying their deep fried Oreos, because, well, hello did someone say 'deep fried Oreos?' :p Now, they don't just do the regular doughnut batter Oreo's, no, they also have the option of a Red Velvet deep fried Oreo, yes you read that right. These were piping hot when we tried them and divine they absolutely were.

This place is an absolute must. The atmosphere and the people are as awesome as can be and the food is wonderful. Like we mentioned above, you just can't beat passion and freshness and great quality treats. Ooh and if we haven't tempted you enough yet, they also do Doughnut Sundaes, these are not pictured, as we all demolished them with minutes, what can we say? Mini doughnuts topped with powdered sugar and ice cream...we are ready to go back for seconds! :)
 
Be sure to visit Funky Sweet Instagram @FUNKY_SWEETS_STPETE & check out their website FunkySweets.Love They also have an awesome Facebook page, find them and give them a LIKE at Funky Sweets! :)

Which funnel cake would you most like to try?

Have a lovely day!

Lucy and Kelly xx

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. Now none of our family, except for our brother Chris, have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snap chat. So there's no quick Facebook messages, seeing what they are eating via Instagram or Tweeting something funny to Jen every few minutes going on here. No sirree! However, thanks to the the many different apps now available, as well as good old fashioned snail mail, we still manage to stay connected. Here are our favourite ways to do so.
The Voxer app has been a life saver for us, it really has. I want to say we have been using the app going on at least 6 years now, as I'm pretty sure we downloaded it when we first moved to Kentucky. It's easily our most used app. It's easy to use and allows us to send voice messages as well as typed messages, photos, 15 second videos and most recently GIFS to our family and boy do we make use of it all. We mostly use Voxer to keep up to date with Jen, but our Dad and Chris have the app too. As well as individual conversations, you can also make group chats, so for example we have a siblings group, a sister group and a family group, as well as our own separate chats. This makes it so nice to be able to share information or links with the rest of our family whilst at the same time sending our standard conversation via Chuck facial expressions to Jen. :) 
Where would we be without Skype? Curled up in a ball somewhere wishing we had ruby slippers to take us home, that's where!! Seriously as great as it is to hear messages and pick up the phone, if we had to go months on end without seeing our families faces, we wouldn't have survived out here this long. Jen will often send us messages on Voxer from our Nanna and Grandad, but having Sunday morning Skype sessions with them, where we can actually show them our apartments, Italian treats we have found and see them smile, is honestly priceless. We try and find time as often as we can to properly sit and talk with Jen, and whoever else is home at the time, for a good hour or so. Sometimes we don't even have much to say but just seeing their faces is enough to put smiles on ours for the rest of the day. 
Ahh good old fashioned snail mail, or as we like to now call it, Owl Post. We absolutely love sending cards and parcels home. In fact, even when we are trying to be good with our money and not buy things, you can bet that, that rule gets broken if we see something Jen would like. The thought of surprising her with a little gift that we know will brighten her day, makes us so happy that we just can't resist it. A simple card to keep in touch is such a lovely thing too and we often write them to our family as well as family friends and neighbours. It's very important to us. Thank you Post people! :) 

So when we're done sending our ten minute voxers, have already sent a letter in the post and had our weekly Skype chats and yet there's still more to say, we decide to write emails to mainly Dad, Jen and Chris.This way we can express lots of thoughts and opinions and know that they can take their time to read it and reply when they get a moment. We don't do this as often as we used to, but it's still an awesome option when we have lots to say but know Jen won't be able to listen to said ten minute voxer at work or we don't want to wait the few days it takes for post to arrive! Plus isn't it nice to have an email in your inbox that you actually want to read? So much spam these days!

How do you keep in touch with loved ones when you far away or even just on a daily basis? Let us know, we'd love to hear about different apps that you think are great or fun ideas for sending messages! :)

Have a wonderful day!
Love Lucy and Kelly xx









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.

1) You meet new and interesting people with different life experiences.
When we are around "our" people, like our family and friends, we can get caught up in the same way of thinking as them. We are so used to our daily conversations and thoughts, that we either just accept that that's the only way of thinking or behaving, or we feel stressed out that even if we did think a different way, we wouldn't be able to express it to them. Getting away for a while can open new doors, encourage new conversations and lead you to discover other ways of thinking and living. All of the friends we made in Kentucky seven years ago had come from all walks of life and different backgrounds, so each of them had unique life experiences to share and unique lessons to teach us.

2) You get to see how other people live.
Similar to above, by meeting new people, you get to see how they live, how they function and what makes them tick. It can open your mind, as well as put things into perspective for you. Helping you to become a more well rounded person. Whether it's seeing how people enjoy life and can be happy with less money or more money, big family backgrounds or small family backgrounds, school experience, University experience, or talking to people who love their jobs and enjoy life to the fullest because of it. It can be an inspiring journey just seeing the world and how we all survive and thrive differently.

3) You gain knowledge of different cultures.
This is one of the beautiful things about life. The fact that while home is home and we believe that Dorothy was right. Experiencing different cultures is an amazing part of life. We are all human, we are all wonderful in our own ways. Our cultures shouldn't separate us, rather they should fascinate and inspire us. We should want to gain knowledge of different cultures, to travel and experience them first hand.Their foods, their beliefs, their clothes. It shouldn't be something we fear or look down on. As long as we treat all humans with respect, we should learn about and love each other for our differences. The older we get the more we learn about and adore Italian culture, for obvious reasons. But it's so exciting to us discovering more about where our family came from, what foods are popular in different regions of Italy, how to pronounce the language properly, the history of the towns and places. It's amazing. Knowledge is power.

4) You are stepping outside your comfort zone.
This is a big deal. This is something we all fear but must try each day to do. Trust us, it ain't easy but it's worth it. If you knew us back in 2009, you would probably never have thought we would have been able to train at OVW, let alone with Rip Rogers for a week. He was terrifying to us. Here was a man who was going to take no crap and push us to our absolute limits. We were going to have to cut promos in front of the whole class, do wrestling drills with guys three or four times our size and put our blood sweat and tears into everything we did. If that wasn't out of our comfort zone we don't know what is! Not only did we do that, that week. A year later we came back and did it twice a week for 2 and a half years. We lived in America and gained so much knowledge. Each class with Rip not only taught us more about wrestling but also more about ourselves. We were 4000 miles away from home doing things that scared us everyday but that's just it, we found out we could do them. This was a bit of a rambly example but going on a trip that might scare you, or moving out for the first time, or travelling the world like you've dreamed off, may just teach you more about yourself than you could ever imagine.

5) It makes you appreciate where you came from.
This might just be the biggest and most important, in our opinion. We've said before that when we first moved to the States everything was so much bigger and shinier than our little hometown of Stockport. We couldn't wait to get back to America every time we had to go home. Then after few years, and when we actually started settling here more, the fun kind of wore off a little. All of a sudden things like health care, bills, beliefs and American culture hit us a little harder and we started to miss that little town we were once so quick to leave. Now, we know every country will have it's bad points, so that's not a knock on America, but being here really made us appreciate the things we often took for granted in the UK. For example, people back home can complain about the NHS and yes while we know it's not perfect, try living somewhere, where it costs $80 just to go and see the doctor. It's a big culture shock and one of the many things that have made us realize just how awesome the place we come from really is. Sometimes you just need to step away from a place to really fully appreciate it's beauty and what it has to offer. While we love America, Stockport, British summers, Tesco, walking to the corner shop, our local chippy and Ant and Dec, often call our names. :)

Do you enjoy travelling? What have you learnt a long the way?
Have a wonderful day!

Love Kelly xx

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. :)


The Joe Rogan Experience.
I'm a big fan of Joe Rogan and really enjoy his comedy. In the past my brother has shown me clips from YouTube and we would just end up in stitches, absolutely crying with laughter. "What do bees really do?... NOTHING!!! (That ones for you Chris) His comedy is right up my alley, sometimes it's a little out there and crude, but there is just something about him that I love. It wasn't until recently that my husband started listening to his podcast, he usually has one playing in the morning, so as we are having breakfast I end up listening too. (Side note, you can actually watch it on YouTube too, so that appeals to my visual brain and I sometimes have it playing while I'm doing housework.) I find a lot of the stuff Joe talks about fascinating and I think he is so incredibly intelligent that I always look forward to hearing his opinions and points on certain topics. It's awesome when you can connect with people and nod along when they are talking about something you feel the same way about. See episode: 788 where he discusses transgender bathrooms...thank you Joe Rogan, I just want to give you a big hug for that one. :) He discusses a wide range of subjects and I find myself thoroughly enjoying learning about new people because of his show. Recently he had Russell Brand on the show, which made me super excited, it was absolutely fantastic. Listen to it here Episode 812!
Stone Cold Steve Austin's Podcast.
What can I say? It's Stone Cold and he is simply awesome. The big draw with this one though is that I love hearing Stone Cold talk about wrestling today. I do love hearing him share stories from his time in the business, but I just love his take on wrestling today. His mind and passion for it makes me smile so much, he has an old school mentally and knows wrestling inside out, from talking about babyfaces and heels to how people should act and sell, he is pure genius and I get excited when I can nod a long and understand him. I get to learn so much from listening to him. Wrestling will always be something that interests me and I will always love gaining more knowledge and learning about it. Also, I like getting to watch his podcast's on the Network from time to time, the most recent of which that I saw was when he interviewed AJ Styles. I am a huge fan of AJ and even more so now after watching this interview, he's such a wonderful person, insanely talented and extremely inspiring.
The Chris Silvio Show.
Now I have to mention this podcast, one because, as you know, I love wrestling, two because I always love the guests that Chris has on it, and three, because I stand by the fact that Chris has the sexiest voice in the history of ever!! :p Chris has a knack for entertaining and always being himself and I genuinely love the way in which he talks to people and brings out their stories and adventures. Even when he has some of my dearest friends on the show, I learn something new or hear a story for the first time that fascinates me. It's fun to listen to him casually talk to people about life, what's going on in the world, their dreams and aspirations amongst other on the fly topics. In addition, I love that his show is inspiring through the mix of talent he has on it. They come from all walks of life and different backgrounds. I guarantee you will feel inspired by the likes of James Long, Jamin Olivencia, Michael Hayes and Ali Vaez, all guys who gave their dreams their absolute all and who have done and are doing amazing things right now! :) Furthemore, Chris and I share similar opinions when it comes to wrestling and tend to enjoy the same things about it, so it's always great to hear his thoughts on the latest in NXT or hear his predictions on what they are going to do with certain talent or storylines, so far he has predicted many a situation right! :p Go check The Chris Silvio Show out now, I make a few guest appearances in the most recent ones to talk my love for American Alpha, amongst other things! :p

Happy Friday and happy listening!
Love Lucy xx

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.