This post is dedicated to my little sister.

Through all the trials and tears, we learn things. We learn the types of people to stay away from, the types of people to cling to, how to love, when to say no and several other life lessons.

I’ve put together a list of 5 things I wish I knew at your age.  dce9a3298c84e0edcaa56a2be52a6fd6--railings-vintage-photos

1. Stop pinching the softness of your stomach and wishing you were different. 

You do not have to be a size 2 to be beautiful. Stop comparing yourself to others, you are you. Nobody else could be you, even if they tried to be. You are unique and beautiful, nobody else is you.

2. Never be ashamed of who you are.

I am proud of who I am today, I wish I spent more of my teenage years believing that. It would have made so many things much easier.

3. You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. 

Marriage, kids, certain careers… those ideas might be forced on you or you might be forcing them on yourself. This is your life. Decide what you want and don’t want and stick to it.

4. Your life does not have to be a party for it to be exciting. 

It is perfectly fine to sit at home on the weekends and read, watch TV or simply do nothing. Do not think you need to be out at bars dancing and making out with strangers. When you are 30, reading Harry Potter in bed next to your partner you will be happier then those wild nights ever will have made you.

5. Mum is almost always right. 

About everything. Love. Friendship. Health. Family. The big things and the little things. Seriously, she’s been through it. Listen to her.

“If you want to give light to others, you have to glow yourself.”

– Thomas S. Monson

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

After a long soak in a lavender smelling bubble bath, I’m enjoying a cup of camomile tea while reading the last few chapters from my current read The Little Clock House on the Green. Perfection!

Eve Devon has become my go-to author when I want to read some heartfelt, feel-good romance.

The book is about Kate Somersby who has returned home after years of running away. She’s heard that Old Man Isaac is selling the clock house on the green and she’s determined to make him an offer – the very bricks that make up the little clock house hold precious memories for her. Only gorgeous entrepreneur Daniel Westlake is standing in her way.

I am absolutely loving this delightful story. I love every single character in this book and I know it will be hard to leave them behind after I reach the end of the story.

“To tell a women everything she may not do is to tell her what she can do.”

– Proverb

Lidia

I’ve just returned from spending a weekend away in Cambridge with my boyfriend and what a great weekend it was.

With the sun shining and lots planned for the day ahead we were eager to get going. Our first stop was Cambridge University Botanic Garden, a botanical Garden located just outside the city centre. We strolled around the gardens taking in the beautiful sites and various plants from all over the world.

We then headed back into town where we got lost down cobbled lanes and stumbled across Harriet’s Cafe Tearooms, a cafe with an old-fashioned feel and pianist playing romantic music. We had brunch and I was treated to a box of Harriet’s famous macarons to take away. Yum!

Next up was a punting tour along the River Cam. Our chauffeur shared his knowledge and insights, while we glided past buildings and ornate bridges, steeped in history and heritage.

Afterwards we went to check in at ​Rectory Farm a georgian home with gorgeous gardens and luxurious accommodation. We finished off the afternoon by soaking up the last of the sun around the pool.

Once I was showered and changed, I was taken to La Mimosa an Italian restaurant that overlooks the River Cam. With beautiful scenery, delicious food and my love sitting in front of me I couldn’t have been happier.

We took one last walk down the river hand in hand, appreciating the lovely day we had making memories.

“The day I met you my life changed, the way you make me feel is hard to explain. You make me smile in a special kind of way, you make me fall deeper in love everyday.”

– Unknown

Lidia