I’ve just returned from a lovely overnight stay to Rye, a chocolate box of a town, perched on a hill-top in East Sussex.

Filled with antique and vintage boutiques, bars and quirky restaurants, it’s the perfect destination for a day trip or even a long, lazy weekend with lots of visual delights to inspire you.

Our first stop was lunch at The Cobbles Tea Room, a quaint tea room tucked away down a pretty little lane. The houses and shops all around were draped with stunning swathes of purple buds. Wisteria hysteria at it’s best!

We returned to Jeake’s House an ivy-covered, 16th-century building where we were staying to freshen up for our evening out. We had dinner at The Globe Inn Marsh a pub with fantastic interior, food, and the widest selection of gin I’ve ever seen.

I really enjoyed my day exploring Rye with my love. More memories made and moments treasured.

“I will follow you my love, to the edge of all our days, to our very last tomorrows.”

– Atticus Poetry

Lidia

I’ve seen first-hand recently that life gets harder as you get older. I’ve also realised the only way to get through what life throws at you is by doing so with a positive attitude and a smile.

I’ve also realised that the little things in life aren’t really little. They become an important quality of our days and they create the life we live.

We need to open our eyes to the details and relish in what we see. Enjoy the little things that are happening around us, because it’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.

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No matter how small, start something that matters. You can start anything…

1. Thinking supportive thoughts.

Anything that has ever been established in this world always began as a thought, an idea.

2. Getting clear.

On what you want and on how you want to be doing it.

3. Following your heart.

Your dreams, your happiness, or your own inner wisdom.

4. Expressing yourself.

And being yourself.

5. Truly caring.

About how you show up in the world each day, and making a commitment to living as many moments as possible with presence, gratitude and awe.

“If you appreciate the small things, you’re likely to get the bigs ones.”

– Jonas Eriksson

Lidia

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’ve kicked of the festive season by reading Christmas at the Little Clock House on the Green a romance novel by Eve Devon.

DI-W7zEWsAEQwTb.jpg-largeI absolutely loved The Little Clock House on the Green the first book in the series and couldn’t contain my excitement when my copy of Christmas at the Little Clock House on the Green arrived in the post. It’s like all my christmases came at once!

This book picks up where we left off, updating us on past characters, the latest goings on at the clock house and introduces two new characters who take this books romantic leads. Inspiring actress Emma Danes and complicated Jake Knightley. There are instant sparks between Emma and Jake, although both guard their feelings in fear of being hurt. Will they be able to open up and be honest about how they feel?

With romance and the quaint little village of Whispers Wood as a backdrop you couldn’t ask for more. This book doesn’t disappoint! It’s full of Christmas cheer, festive fun, reindeers and romance.

Christmas at the Little Clock House on the Green is now available to buy on Amazon.

Lidia

Moonlight Over Manhattan

Sarah Morgan is my first choice when it comes to romance novels, so I couldn’t have been happier when I returned home from a busy day to my copy of Moonlight Over Manhattan.

Snuggled up with a cup of tea I was ready to get lost within the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and meet the latest characters in the final book from Sarah Morgan’s From Manhattan With Love Series.

The book is about Harriet Knight, a dog walker from Manhattan who challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her. When Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list – dealing with Madi’s temporary dog-sitter Ethan Black and their very unexpected chemistry. To Ethan, the solution is simple – he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide 24-hour care.

I have a soft spot for Harriet a firm character with a vulnerable side too. I love Ethan’s gentle approach when it came to Harriet and her shyness, he is portrayed as the perfect gentleman. Sigh!

I absolutely loved Moonlight Over Manhattan mainly to do with Harriet and Ethan’s chemistry and with snowy New York as a backdrop it’s just the perfect winter read.

Moonlight Over Manhattan is now available to buy on Amazon.

Lidia

What a dreary day it has been! The sun has been hiding behind the tall buildings of Oxford Street and I’m tucked away from it all with nothing but my thoughts.

I’m missing my boyfriend today, due to work commitments we are currently only seeing each other for a few hours over the weekends.

This has got me thinking about couples that are in long distant relationships. Being miles away from one another can put stress on your relationship because it requires an extraordinary amount of trust and dedication.

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A long distance relationship may be tough but it has its own surprises too. To keep your love alive and strong, here are the 4 tips to make your long distance relationship work.

1. Send good morning text messages.

It sounds soppy, but me and my boyfriend always text each other good morning and good night. It is good to let your partner know that you are thinking about them when you wake up and when you are going to sleep.

2. Send an email/love letter.

Texting is great, but you can only say so much. A phone conversation is lovely, but you might not be able to articulate what you are feeling on the spot. Take time to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) to express exactly what you love about one another.

3. Make sure to laugh together.

Send a joke or a funny memory. There is an emotional connection formed when you laugh together, so keep that connection alive.

4. Always have the next visit planned.

Make sure you know when you will see one another next. It gives both of you something to look forward to and you can count down the days until you see your loved one next.

‘The simple lack of him is more to me than others presence.’

Lidia