Must see/Must eat: London!*

It wasn't until our husbands had their first visits to our home sweet home of England, that we really paid attention to tourist spots and monuments. It's funny because here in the States, when we tell people we are from Manchester, we get one of two responses. First 'Ahhh, Manchester United,' and second 'do you know the Queen?' We would feel somewhat ashamed to admit that "no we personally do not know the Queen" and secondly, that it wasn't until Kelly's Chris came to England that we actually visited Buckingham Palace.

Book Review: Cinderella and the Duke by Janice Preston.

Release Date: 29th June 2017
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @JaniceGPreston @MillsandBoon

I am back with another review for yet another delightful book from Janice Preston. 'Cinderella and the Duke' is her NEW book that will be out very soon. It's part of a six book series and I cannot wait for the next one. More on than later.

Reminiscing 'bout the time.

We are huge reminicsers, so much so, that we just made up a word for it right there! :p It's not that we live in the past, we just love thinking about the places we've been, the things we have accomplished thus far and the awesome childhood we are so lucky to have had.

Book Review: The Accidental Honeymoon by Portia MacIntosh.

Release Date: 16th June 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Twitter: @portiamacintosh @hqdigitaluk

After reading this book, I have come to the conclusion that Portia MacIntosh is my book soul mate. Her words, her stories, her characters, they speak to me on so many levels that I can't think of a better way to describe it. In fact, I now firmly believe that we all have a book soul mate, maybe even more than one.

Let's get motivated. Gym talk!

I have to admit that I've needed a little more motivation as of late to get my butt in the gym. I've not had a specific goal in mind and have been extra focused on my writing and practicing Nanna and Grandad's recipes, so it's not been my number one priority. However, last years training with Chris Knott, has definitely proved invaluable. It's meant that I don't get too down on myself and completely stop my progress. I get my brain in gear, get there when I can and push myself during my sessions.

Daddy/Daughter Travel Plans.

We've said it before and will continue to say it again and again, we are incredibly thankful to have the Dad that we have. He's an amazing person; generous, kind, caring, adventurous and hard working, but above all that, he's a fantastic Dad. We have been fortunate enough to go on many adventures with Dad over the years, like Route 66, The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. We've also been to many a car show with him close to home. But with all those trips now behind us, today and in honour of Father's Day this weekend, we thought we'd look to the future, to the trips that are calling our names!

Savory meets sweet in this Crosta & Mollica dessert.

Savory meets sweet in this Crosta & Mollica dessert. 

While it was very tempting to devour all of our Crosta and Mollica goodies during our Italian Picnic on the beach, we decided to save a few items, so we could create an alternate recipe to share with you in another blog post. We chose to keep these Classic Piada's, because our minds were racing with what deliciousness we could create with them.

Book Review: A Warriner to Protect Her by Virginia Heath.

Release Date: 4th May 2017
Publisher: Mills and Boon
Twitter: @virginiaheath_ @millsandboon

*Currently preforming my happy new author dance!!* Okay, I'm done! :p I've been talking about Virginia Heath and her Wild Warriners a lot on Twitter the last week and rightly so. 'A Warriner to Protect Her' is the first book of Virginia's I have read and I was over the moon with it.

Insta Love!

Today I simply wanted to share some Insta Love and shout out some of the wonderful Instagrammers who have been inspiring me lately. There are millions of you out there so I know I am going to miss out a few, but please know that if you are not on the list you are still very much awesome. Also, please comment below your Instagram links with a big "I'M AWESOME, FOLLOW ME" comment too! :)

An interview with Lindsey Kelk!

At the risk of copying my other posts where I have talked about Lindsey Kelk, I have to start by saying, I bloody love this woman. I know, I know, I've written that before but I can't help it, I truly do. From her marvelous books, make up expertise, fashion, hair, humor and just all round being a genuinely awesome human being, I adore her. So I am beyond thrilled today to bring you this delightful little catch up with this gorgeous woman. I am going to stop rambling now so you can simply go and bask in her awesomeness.

Happiness Diary: May.


I did my last Happiness Diary back in March and really enjoyed it. I loved reading Lucy's April diary and couldn't wait to share mine with you again. I've been keeping track all May of the moments each day that have put a big smile on my face, so let's jump right in.

Book Review: Mary and the Marquis by Janice Preston.

Release Date: 1st August 2014
Publisher: Mills and Book Historical
Twitter: @janiceprestonwriter

This is the second Janice Preston book I have read in the last two weeks. I find myself falling further and further under her spell with each book I read and I couldn't be happier. Her characters feel like home, so much so, that it only takes mere seconds for me to get lost in their worlds.

Crosta and Mollica beach picnic and GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to Crosta and Mollica we finally ticked something off our 'Bucket Lists' that being: 'Have a picnic on the beach.' And boy did we do it in style. We first teamed up with this incredible company last year and since then their products have been a staple in our household. Grandad is never without their breadsticks and our favourite movie snack to munch on with Mum are their Tarallini. So, we are beyond thrilled to be teaming up with them again, to give YOU the chance to WIN these delicious products for your own summer picnic.

Magic Kingdom and Staying Safe in the Sun.

Last weekend, Chris and I concluded his amazing birthday gift to me, a ticket to each Disney Park, with a trip to Magic Kingdom. If I really had to pick, I'd say Magic Kingdom is my favourite Disney park, so we saved it till last. With it being Memorial Day weekend, the park was bustling with people and it was also extremely hot, but we still had a wonderful time. Today I wanted to share a few pictures with you, because, well, it's Disney and I can't not take pictures. But also, I wanted to give you a few pieces of advice on how I have been learning to stay safe in this lovely Florida sunshine. 

Book Review: The Convenient Felstone Marriage by Jenni Fletcher.

Release Date: 1st June 2017.
Publisher: Mills and Boon.
Twitter: @jenniauthor

After reading 'The Convenient Felstone Marriage,' I now have a new way of measuring how much I loved a book and that is, how quickly I jump off my couch to switch on my computer and write my review. In the case of this story it was, oh about 0.2 seconds!!! Now I'm sat here I have all these thoughts scrambling for attention in my head and I don't know how to get them down quick enough. I will just start by saying this, I felt like I was wrapped in a warm hug from the start to the end of this book. I absolutely adored it! 

Orlando Fringe: We don't play fight.

Guys, I'm an actor!!!

Well, OK, I don't think I will be winning any Oscars anytime soon but my goodness what an experience. Back in March my husband turned to me and told me about his friend who had written a play. I met, and got to wrestle with said friend, Jason, a few days later and thought he was pretty awesome. A few weeks later Chris turned to me and said, 'Jason was asking if you would be interested in being a part of his play?'

Book Review: Ella's Ice Cream Summer by Sue Watson.

Release Date: 11th May 2017
Publisher: Bookouture
Twitter: @bookouture @suewatsonwriter

Oh my goodness, where do I even begin?? This book had everything for me. I mean at first glance, why wouldn't I want to read a book about an Ice Cream summer, with such a gorgeous front cover? But then upon reading the first few pages and finding out the characters had links to Sorrento, Italy, I was literally in heaven, smiling from ear to ear. It couldn't have been more perfect!

Lift me up: Tiramisu!

Pick me up, lift me up, cheer me up, is what comes up when you research the meaning behind Tiramisu. Doesn't that make you smile? It made us smile. We think it's pretty perfect and beautifully symbolic of what a dessert can do and how baking can make you feel. Getting together in the kitchen to make this dessert, having Italian music playing in the background, with the smell of Marsala and freshly brewed Lavazza filling the air, it certainly had us feeling rather cheery.

The Unwritten Twin Code.

Two weeks ago Lucy's car broke down on the highway. In the midst of her being a little shook up and trying to speak to her husband, who was minutes away from boarding a plane to England, I stepped in to ring the insurance company and help. It occurred to me in that moment, while stood on the side of the highway, that even if I don't like doing something, i.e., ringing people on the phone, I will do it for her, because I would literally do anything for her... AND, well, it's kind of all part of the Unwritten Code of being a twin!

Book Review: From Wallflower to Countess by Janice Preston.

Release Date: 1st April 2015.
Publisher: Harlequin Historical.
Twitter: @JaniceGPreston

When Janice Preston ever so kindly sent me some of her previous books, that I had yet to read, I was over the moon. I couldn't wait to get to them on my TBR pile, because I had so thoroughly enjoyed the books of hers I had already read. So when it finally came time for me to pick up 'From Wallflower to Countess' I snuggled up in my bed, got nice and cozy and proceeded to read and read until way past my bedtime!!

We love MCR!

The event that happened on Monday was too close for comfort. Coming out of the cinema's and checking social media to see Manchester all over the headlines set our stomach in knots and our hearts beating fast. All we could think about was our family and our friends. Manchester is where we grew up, the Manchester Arena was the place we saw our first concert and first wrestling shows, the place we made our childhood dream come true. It made us sick to our stomachs thinking about our hometown going through such devastation.

Interview with Magician Jack Kempton.

One of our favourite things about blogging is connecting with people. We love that every day we meet new people from all around the world and from all walks of life. It's so awesome when people reach out to us to chat or to be a part of our blog, it honestly means the world to us. When Jack Kempton got in touch with us and told us he is a musician, as well as, a magician, we couldn't wait to start asking questions. Our blog is a place for positivity and encouraging others to dream big and Jack is doing just that. Chatting to him was simple lovely. His passion for what he does shines through and his energy is so uplifting and happy, that we couldn't help but feel inspired. We hope you enjoy today's interview.

Gnocchi fatti in casa!

Gnocchi originated in Italy and dates back to the Roman times. It is said that it was introduced into European countries by the Romans during the expansion of the Roman Empire. Each country however, put their own twist on this small dumpling like pasta. Potato Gnocchi, like the one we are sharing with you today, became more common in the 16th century, after potatoes had been introduced to Europe.

Back when we were kids, our favourite part of the Gnocchi making process was sticking our thumbs in the dough. We would watch Grandad knead, roll, divide, cut and prepare the small gnocchi squares for us with wide eyes. When he gave us the go ahead, we would gently press our thumb in each delicate piece, giving it that famous Gnocchi look.

A trip to Coconut Lane.

How cute are these sunglasses? A year and a half ago we remember getting an email from the lovely ladies at Coconut Lane, inviting us to join their Coconut Queens Team. We couldn't resist their small selection of funky socks and phone cases and were inspired by these two gorgeous women setting out on making their dreams come true.

Book Review: Four Bridesmaids and a White Wedding by Fiona Collins.

Release Date: 28th April 2017.
Publisher: HQ Digital.
Twitter: @FionaJaneBooks

Don't you just love having an author that you have followed from the beginning? One that you have read all of their books and so get to sit with giddy anticipation for their next one? Fiona Collins is one of those authors for me. I knew when I first read "A Year of Being Single" that I was going to have to keep up to date with her stories and I was right. Next came "Cloudy with a chance of Love" and now we have the wonderful book that is "Four Bridesmaids and a White Wedding." 

Author Interview with Lara Ward Cosio.

Recently I wrote a review about our current 'book of the month,' 'Hitting That Sweet Spot' and like I mentioned in that review, I simply haven't been able to stop squealing. Lara Ward Cosio's books captivate me. The depth of her characters, the beauty of their relationships and the stories that unravel between the pages have me hooked. After reading the third installment of her 'Rogue' series, the aforementioned 'Hitting That Sweet Spot', I knew I had to reach out to Lara and find out more, more about the awesome woman behind the books and more about the incredible characters within them. So, today I give you an interview with the wonderful Lara Ward Cosio.

Target Summer Haul!

Since moving to America some eight years ago now, Target has well and truly become one of our favourite places to shop. It is a magical yet dangerous place where budgets often get thrown out the window and your memory suddenly comes back to you when you purchase items you must have completely forgot you needed. Everyone needs bags of animal crackers, yoyo's and one more pencil case, right? Those dollar bins at the front of the store will get you, if you're not careful. But, alas, we love it so.

Book Review: Destination Chile by Katy Colins.

Release Date: 22nd September 2016.
Publisher: HQ Digital UK.
Twitter: @NotWedOrDead

I adore Katy Colins and her 'Lonely Hearts Travel Club' series, so I was super excited to dive back in to Georgia Greens world to see what she was up to. I also looked forward to leaving the confines of my apartment and travelling to a new country. Destination Thailand had me dreaming of sandy beaches, picturing my toes in the sea, and Destination India had me longing to experience the buzz and culture of such an interesting, vibrant place, so I couldn't wait to see what was in store for me in Destination Chile.

What to do when the Dementors attack.

Feeling anxious, agitated, angry, negative and insecure?? These are just some of the wonderful emotions us girls experience at least once every month. Of course, we are talking about the time of the month when we get our Period. Or as we like to call it, the time of the month when the Dementors attack, because really, there couldn't be a better analogy could there?

Book Review: The Last Days of Summer by Sophie Pembroke.

Release Date: 9th June 2016.
Publisher: HQ Digital UK
Twitter: @Sophie_Pembroke

I'm always amazed at how writers write. I know this may sound odd but it's the truth. Every time I pick up a book, especially one that sucks you in and takes you on a wonderful journey, I just can't help but feel amazed by the writers talent and imagination. This was definitely the case with "The Last Days of Summer" by Sophie Pembroke.

Scrapbooking with Printiki!

We have been avid scrapbookers since we started wrestling back in 2003. When we started going on the road, having adventures with our friends and hanging out more, we couldn't resist getting the camera out and capturing all the fun moments. Looking back we are beyond happy that we did. We each have around twenty scrapbooks...and counting, and looking through them brings us so much joy.

Homemade Pizza Night!

If we were to ask ten people to name an Italian food, we guarantee that nine out of those ten people would probably say Pizza. It's a famous dish that originated in Naples, Italy, back in the 18th or early 19th century. Story has it that the classic Margherita pizza was named after Queen Margherita, who, when visiting Naples, much preferred the simple pizza with the colours of the Italian flag, out of the three that Neapolitan pizza maker, Raffaele Esposito, made for her.

Book Review: Breaking all the Rules by Rachael Richey.

Release Date: 5th May 2017.
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Twitter: @RachaelRBooks

Rachael Richey was kind enough to send me a copy of her book in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you Rachael!

May The Fourth Be With You - How to Celebrate.

I, like many of you, watched Star Wars as a kid. However, I never really got super into it, it was just a classic movie that a lot of people talked about and I ended up watching when it was on TV, most likely with my Dad. Fast forward quite a few years and I absolutely love it, thanks to my husband, Chris. I have sat with him for all the movies, in order, from start to finish and for the last two Christmas's we have seen the new movies, if not the day of, a few days after they came out. I think I get just as excited as he does for the new movies now. I love our new Christmas tradition and am already looking forward to this year!

Book Review: The Secret Art of Forgiveness by Louisa George.

Release Date: 1st September 2016.
Publisher: HQ Digital UK
Twitter: @Louisa_George

Book Hangover alert!! I can't even right now, I just want to re-read the last page of this incredibly touching and heartwarming story by Louisa George over and over again. Forgive me for starting with the end of the book but seriously, I practically sobbed into my coffee! So much emotion was felt in the last few sentences, I can't even begin to describe it.

Happiness Diary: April!

Kelly and I are all about sharing the things that make us happy. We very much love to sing from the rooftops in hopes that what we love will make other smile too. Though we like to keep scrapbooks and are always jotting down on our calendars what we have been up to each day, keeping these Happiness diaries has really been quite eye opening and refreshing.

Five ways to learn Italian!

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.

Book Review: Hitting that Sweet Spot by Lara Ward Cosio.

Published: March 6th 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Twitter: @laracosio

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.

Live in the now.

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.

Book Review: Right Here Waiting for You by Rebecca Pugh.

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.

A Day at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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! 

Book Review: Don't Stop Me Now by Colleen Coleman.

Release Date: 22nd March 2017.
Publisher: Bookouture.
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?! :)  

Top Ten Disney Songs.

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.

The Cosy Coffee Shop of Promises by Kellie Hailes

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

Mum, Dad...I want to be...

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.

Pastiera Napoletana.

We love hearing about other people's family traditions. It makes our hearts happy when families come together, be it over new Pajama's every Christmas Eve, getting creative with family Halloween costumes or visiting a pumpkin patch each year to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Whatever it is, we get a warm, fuzzy feeling in the pit of our stomach, along with an excitement and contentment that only those special family traditions can evoke.

Book Review: Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin.

Release Date: 7th April 2017.
Publisher: Bookouture.
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.

Hop into Easter!

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.

Book Review: The Duke's Unexpected Bride by Lara Temple.

Release Date: 1st May 2017.
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Twitter: @laratemple 

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.

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