This year we have made it our mission to become fluent in Italian. We have grown up around the beautiful language and one of our most near and dear goals is to be able to have a full conversation with our Nanna and Grandad and our family in Italy, in Italian. In the past few months we have been making progress and the looks on our Nanna and Grandad's faces when we sing the odd song or ask and answer questions in Italian, is all the motivation we need, when we find ourselves getting frustrated and feeling like it's too hard. Of course, it's a tad tricky at first, but we shall not be deterred and will not give up.
Published: March 6th 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Eeeeeeeek, where do I even begin? I feel so lucky that Lara Ward Cosio reached out to me, gosh I want to say, a year or so ago now, with 'Tangled up in you'. I fell in love with Sophie and Gavin's story and was so excited when the second book, 'Playing at Love' came along, to learn more about Connor and Felicity. Once more I was enamored with the characters and missed them the minute I finished reading. When Lara got in touch to tell me about 'Hitting That Sweet Spot', I couldn't wait to dive in and read about Shay and Jessica.
We hear this saying a lot, 'Live in the moment, live in the now.' I feel like as I've gotten older it has really hit me more and I have started to understand it a little better. I'm very much one for to do lists, thinking ahead, making plans and having somewhat of an ideal image in my head of how I wish things to go, how I'd like scenarios to play out. Of course, at twenty- nine years of age, I'm aware that things don't always go to plan or play out exactly how we imagined. However, it doesn't tend to stop me from dreaming or planning till my heart is content.
Release Date: 31st May 2017.
Publisher: HQ Digital.
Twitter: @HQDigitalUK @RebeccaPAuthor.
I have been following Rebecca Pugh's career since her debut novel 'Return to Bluebell Hill,' and it continues to inspire me every day. All of her previous books that I have read are sweet and thoughtful, which make them the perfect reads for a cozy night in or a relax by the pool.
Our earliest memories of coffee are sleeping over at our Nanna and Grandad's house, Grandad waking us up in the morning with a tray of milky cold coffee in a glass and a delicious kit kat to accompany it. It was our pre breakfast, if you will, before we went downstairs and had a scrumptious feast of roasted cherry tomato's, toast, eggs and bacon. We're grinning from ear to ear just thinking about those days! It's safe to say, our love for coffee has grown since then. We are coffee lovers through and through.
You may remember from a few weeks ago that my awesome husband surprised me with Disney tickets for my birthday. I shared our day at Hollywood Studios, for our four year anniversary, a few weeks back and today, because we had so much fun taking pictures at Animal Kingdom, I thought I would share that with you too!
Release Date: 22nd March 2017.
Twitter: @bookouture @CollColemanAuth
I was literally just sat here about to start this review, thinking about all the things I want to get done this morning and how I know I can do it, if I just Don't Stop Now, i'm not even joking, those were my exact thoughts. Great segue, don't you think?! :)
So, we've talked about Disney parks, Disney food, Disney vacations and our favourite Disney movies. But recently, while in the car singing our little hearts out to the Tangled soundtrack, we realized that we have never spoken about Disney songs. This seems crazy to us, as certain ones could very well be the soundtrack to our lives. Plus everyone loves a good Disney song. We bet there are at least five that can take you back to a certain time and place as a child. Without further ado, here, in no particular order, are our Top Ten Disney songs.
Release Date: 10th Feb 2017.
Publisher: HQ Digital UK
Twitter: @kelliehailes @hqdigitaluk
I couldn't stop smiling when I finished this book. I kept turning to Kelly and saying, "It just made me happy." I worried that I wouldn't really know where to start or how to write an interesting book review, because I just kept going back to those same few words. Honestly, I simply encourage you to read this sweet book, it was just a delightful read...and it made me happy! :p
Recently we were reminiscing about our childhood and got thinking about all the things we said we wanted to be once we were grown up. Today we thought it would be fun to share them with you. Some were mere childhood daydreams, some fizzled out, some barely got off the ground (We'll explain that later) and some we actually became.
Release Date: 7th April 2017.
Twitter: @hollymartin00 @bookouture.
Reading Holly Martin's books is like walking through your front door after a busy day at work. You know the feeling; the warmth that comes from stepping foot in your own home and the comfort that comes from being in your little sanctuary. Holly's writing, her characters, her stories, all give off that same feeling of warmth and comfort, that I could happily sit and read her books all day.
You know it just wouldn't be Easter without Mini eggs. And, we don't mean for that to sound ignorant, as we know Easter isn't exactly about chocolate and Easter bunnies, but as we have gotten older we feel that Religion has a different meaning for everyone.
Release Date: 1st May 2017.
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
I feel like my reviews for any Historical Romance book I read always start with the same declaration. That is; I really, really love Historical Romance! Maybe it's because I don't read it all the time, so each time I do it's like an extra special treat, like cake that you only have on special occasions, making it taste extra good. I hope you're following.
Spring always feels like a happy time for us. We've mentioned before how it feels like a fresh start, with pastel colours and bright flowers as far as the eye can see, it just brings with it positive vibes for new beginnings and adventure. As Spring made it's way into our worlds, we felt that extra boost of inspiration with all our projects, but especially in our need to get in the kitchen and experiment.
Release Date: 6th July 2010
Today's book recommendation is rather short but sweet. This book was recommended to be by the wonderful Rebecca Raisin and it is Stephen King's 'On Writing'. Eager to learn, progress and understand the writing process more I picked up a copy and delved in.
I have been a fan of wrestling since I was 12 years old. I have watched Wrestlemania every year since I became a fan and, of course, I've gone back and watched the ones before that, to see the legends that made it the show it is today. They call it the grand daddy of them all, a spectacle, a showcase, and ladies and gentlemen, after finally getting to witness one live and in person, I can confirm, it is all of those things and much much more.
Release Date: 24th March 2016.
Publisher: Harper Collins.
How do you write a book review when you are lost for words after reading the book? Well, I guess we will find out soon enough… ahem…
When I first read Stephs, from Hello Steph, 365 of days happiness diary I thought it was such a great idea. In fact, our brother had actually mentioned doing something like this a while ago, but because I've always kept a diary I didn't want to add something else to my writing list. But then each time I read another month of Stephs diary, the more I felt compelled to try it for myself, simply because the posts made me so happy.
With the gym having become somewhat of my second home in the past year, it's safe to say that I have become quite the fan of purchasing gym wear. I by no means have a huge collection, as once I get comfortable in something I like to get my wear out of it, but I do have a range of clothing from a few different brands. I've had most of these items for about a year now, so today I thought I would share with you what has stood the test of time against sweating, squatting and stretching.
Release Date: 18th June 2015.
This is a prime example of why I love books so much!!! Oh to be able to fully explain the feelings I had whilst reading this book would be a dream, alas I shall try my best!
So tomorrow is my husband and I's four year wedding anniversary! We have had many adventures over the last seven and a half years together, which is one of the greatest things about being married to my best friend.
Release Date: 30th September 2015.
Twitter: @mandybaggot @bookouture
Okay let me see, I am going to start with a bit about the book, as if I start with my opinion I'm just going to keep going on and on about how much I loved 'One Wish in Manhattan,' and we'd never get to the story!
Excuse us for a second while we get a bit mushy, but it's time to talk about our Mum. Mum is pretty much just THE best. She is without a doubt the most awesomest, sweetest, most thoughtful, funny, goofy, loving, wonderful, incredible women there is, and by golly, we thank our lucky stars for her every day.
It is an absolute honor for us when we get to interview wonderful authors. Our author love list has been getting longer and longer over the past few years and we now have so many incredible people we look up to and admire. Last Christmas I couldn't wait to get curled up in bed and dive in to the book I was reading. I was grinning from ear to ear and my heart was filled with that warmth that bookworms get when reading something so enchanting. And it was all thanks to the lovely lady we have on the blog today, Maxine Morrey. Her delightful read 'The Christmas Project' made me so happy and getting to interview her was a joy. So, grab a cuppa and a biscuit or two because it's time for a chat with Maxine! :) Enjoy!
Release date: 8th March 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital.
OK, can someone please bring me a giant scone with clotted cream and jam and at least ten Cornish pasties, ooh and a fresh pot of tea? Really? Pretty please? Like stat? :p
Beauty and the Beast has always been our favourite Disney movie, (sharing the top spot with Tangled when that came along) We feel we simply related to Belle the most, with her love of books, and we adored that she was kind hearted and sweet. The moment we found out that Emma Watson was playing Belle in a live action movie was the moment we were ready to watch the movie, like right there and then. So needless to say, when it was released this past Friday we were the first in line. Today we share some of the thoughts swirling around our brains while watching the tale as old as time...
Release Date: 6th July 2015.
Publisher: Illumine publishing.
Don't you just love it when you are pleasantly surprised? I have to admit, that was me with this book by Katy Hogan. I don't want to say that I thought I wouldn't get into it but upon reading the blurb, I wasn't sure it would be my cup of tea. What's that famous saying...oh yes, never judge a book by it's cover or in this case blurb, as I can happily tell you all, I absolutely loved it.
So according to our calendars, Spring officially starts today. Woohoo! We love this time of year and would go as far as to say that Easter is our second favourite holiday after Christmas. We love the pretty colours, the weather, the flowers and of course the Easter Eggs. We also love that Easter makes us think of all the wonderful family memories we have, from meals around our table in England, to spending an Easter with family in New York, to taking part in a little Easter procession at a church in Italy. It's just a lovely time of year.
We found Aisha through taking part in a Girl Gang chat on Twitter over Christmas. We got so excited being able to chat to her about some of our favourite Italian Christmas cakes and since then have been avid readers of her blog! We adore that Aisha writes in both English and Italian as it's a constant source of practice for us as well as inspiration. We are so happy that we got to interview Aisha for our blog because well, what's not to love about chatting about Italy, food and make up??
Release Date: 28th August 2012.
Publisher: HQN Books.
Kristan Higgins is just perfect! I read 'Just one of the guys' on a nine hour road trip and was smiling, swooning and laughing all the way. This book completed all of Kristan Higgins older novels, so with the exception of 'If you only knew,' I am all caught up with her books! :) Her writing is brilliant and within the first few pages, you can't help but just settle in to her style and characters.
We love talking about all of our favourite things. So we were very excited when Tania Michele tagged us in The Geeky Girl Tag. Thank you Tania!
Release Date: 11th April 2016
Publisher: HQ Digital UK.
Twitter: @portiamacintosh @HQDigitalUK.
There was something about this book from the moment I saw Carina UK tweet about it, that called to me. I had never read one of Portia MacIntosh's books (that's all about to change) and I hadn't even read what the book was about, but I just knew looking at it that I wanted to read it.
Buongiorno a tutti!
When thinking about Italy there are many wonderful things that pop into our heads; the picturesque views, the clear blue skies, the pebbled beaches, the amazing culture, the chic fashion and of course the out of this world food. From oven baked pizza, to handmade pasta, to fresh mozzarella and creamy gelato, Italy's food game is unparalleled.
We couldn't be more thrilled and giddy to bring you today's interview. We bloody love this women. We love her YouTube and we love her blog. We love that she is so genuine and real and someone you feel you could happily chat away with over a coffee. She inspires us every day to get up and get our workouts done, while also, inspiring us to breathe, enjoy life and occasionally eat that doughnut! :p Thank you so much Carly Rowena for taking the time to answer our questions and to you lovely readers, we hope you enjoy! :)
I've been doing quite a few book reviews for blog tours and authors lately, which I love, but this past week I actually sat down and read a book that caught my attention on Netgalley, quite simply because I liked the look of it and then liked the sound of it upon reading the blurb. I love stories that have a lot of history in them and that go back and forth between centuries, which "Daughters of the Silk Road" does. I just find them fascinating because life couldn't be more different now than it was back then. Another thing that made me want to read this book is the fact that it's first set in Venice and the story stems from the life of Italian merchant, Niccolo dei Conti. History, Italy, Italian people...sold!!! :)
Release Date: 6th November 2015.
Publisher: UK Carina, now HQ Digital UK.
Twitter: @writer_jenn @HQDigitalUK
I can't tell you how happy I am that I finally got round to reading this book! It's been on my TBR pile for the longest time, so naturally when I finally did pick it up, I savoured every moment of it...who am I kidding? I finished it in three days! I couldn't put it down!
How could we not be drawn to this gorgeous lady?? Her selfies are goals, her foodie pictures have us drooling, and we just love her! Her blog makes us want to get dressed up and head for a night on the town, to discover the many amazing food places that are out there waiting for us, in our hometown, of Manchester, none the less. :) Her outfit ideas inspire us to try that little bit harder with our fashion choices...we're getting there, and we just adore her photography style! We couldn't wait to find out more about Laura, so without further ado lets chat.
Release Date: 7th February 2017.
Publisher: HQ Digital UK.
Twitter: @Sarahlou_writes @HQDigitalUK
I'm so happy Sarah Bennett got in touch with me about reading her new story, 'Sunrise at Butterfly Cove.' It was such a lovely read. I think the calmness and serenity that is epitomized at Butterfly cove, actually bounced of the pages onto me, because while I read it I just felt a sense of peace and quiet. It was a story that had a lot of heart and captured my full attention, as though someone was telling me their life story and I was merely there to listen and offer comfort and love.
You only have to look on our social media sites, or even this blog, to know what we are currently crazy about. Since we were kids we have always been all or nothing kind of people. If something made us happy, we loved it with all of our hearts and you could find evidence of our devotion everywhere; our bedrooms, our school books, our notebooks and our clothes. We would literally shout about what ever we were loving from the rooftops.
Release Date: 8th February 2017.
Publisher: HQ Digital UK
Twitter: @writer_jenn @HQDigitalUK
The last book I read of Jennifer Joyces' had me wanting biscuits, no specific kind, just all the biscuits. Well this time round I'm craving cake, of every different flavour and type, give me carrot cake, lemon sponges, mini cheesecakes, a gateau, I'm not picky, I just need cake.
It's no secret how much Kelly and I love all things Italy. With our Mum being Italian and us having grown up around our Italian Grandparents, Italy very much has our hearts. Over the past few weeks we have been immersing ourselves in the Italian language, writing to each other whenever we can, speaking words or little sentences to each other as much as possible, and even watching Italian TV shows with no subtitles; because, I am ashamed to admit it, while we grew around many Italian speaking people, and often had Italian TV playing in the background when spending time with our Grandparents, we are not fluent in the beautiful language.
Reading is one of my favourite things in the world. Nothing beats curling up with a cup of tea, under a cozy blanket to read a good book. I've read so many books in the past few years, some I adored, some I loved, some I needed and also, some that weren't so great for me.
Release Date: 29th October 2015.
Publisher: Rogue Publications.
Musicians, heartthrobs, rock stars, yes please! :) I have to say that I feel as though I went on a rollercoaster with this book. It sucks you in and grabs you at your very core, so much so that when I put it down I would go about my day thinking about the characters as though I needed to get back to them, to see if they were OK and what they were up to.
We can barely get through a day without getting asked standard Twin questions; Are you Twins? Who's older? Do you always answer at the same time? You get the point. Some people will be apologetic when asking questions because they know we must have heard it a thousand times, but we understand they are just interested. We get it and we can honestly say it doesn't annoy us. We love being Twins and will happily answer questions people have. But what about those that live with us on a daily basis? How does us being Twins affect them? Yep today, we thought we'd change it up a little bit and be the ones asking the questions!
Release Date: February 7th 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
I was super excited to read this book, as I adored the premise. Can one possibly fall in love in today's day and age without the use of social media, apps and filters? It certainly sounded interesting to me, in addition to the front cover just being way too pretty and cute. This is Victoria Cooke's debut book and it is a rather delightful one at that. I became cozy and content within the first few pages and was hooked by Victoria's writing style. This is something Kelly and I always look for in a book, that 'Ahh' moment when you relax and know you are in good hands.
This past Saturday we turned twenty-nine years young! :p We just wanted to take a second to say thank you so very much to all of you who left messages, comments and tweets to wish us a Happy Birthday, you truly made our day. It's Sunday night now, as we are writing this post, and we feel full of love and happiness. Our birthday was rather lovely and we simply feel so grateful for all the amazing people in our lives who make us feel so special. We are still grinning from ear to ear. :)