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.