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

Snuggled up with a cup of tea and my knitting, reflecting on a great 2017 and all thats to come in 2018. I couldn’t be happier after a weekend spent visiting Devizes, Salisbury, Castle Combe and other small villages within Wiltshire with my love.

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The highlight for me was seeing Castle Combe after wanting to visit it for so long. Castle Combe is one of the most beautiful villages I’ve visited. With rustic cottages just like the ones you’ve seen in pictures, it’s no wonder this town is one of the most photographed places in the UK.

If I could share one wish for 2018 with you it’s to stop worrying, try and find the joy in the day-to-day, don’t take anything too seriously. If it feels good, do it. If it hurts, feel it and let it go. Be kind to friends, strangers and most importantly yourself. And lastly, if you have a dream just go for it!

A big thank you to my love for giving me the perfect end to 2017. Here’s to us and the year we have ahead that’s full of possibilities.

Lidia

What a wonderful trip me and my love had to one of the worlds most romantic cities Rome.

Day 1
IMG_4966Once we arrived we headed straight out to explore the streets in the sunshine. After a bite to eat we enjoyed the markets of Campo de Fiori looking at all the fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. Afterwards we went to heart-shaped Villa Borghese a park that lies right in the centre of Rome. The view from the Pincian Hill overlooking Piazza del Popolo is stunning!

After rummaging through Rome’s vintage shops and finding many hidden treasures from some of Italy’s most famous designer brands, we finished the afternoon by having a little wander round to the famous Giolitti (one of Rome’s oldest ice cream parlours) for some gelato. There were so many flavours to pick from.

That evening we got lost within the back streets of Rome and stumbled across a restaurant tucked away from the hustle and bustle.

Day 2
We started our day by visiting the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous painted interior spaces in the world, and virtually all of this fame comes from the breathtaking painting of its ceiling from about 1508-1512. Absolutely breathtaking!

That evening we had dinner at Cucina del Teatro, this spot is tucked away under an ivy arbor.

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After our morning coffee and croissant we walked along the Tiber the the third-longest river in Italy. First stop was the the Colosseum. Wonderful! There’s no other words to do this building justice.

To start our last evening in style I went to Aveda to get my hair blow-dried. I wore a mustard jacquard design with ruffle detailing dress, finished of with bow-front black satin no. 21 shoes. My boyfriend looked handsome in his black double breasted suit and brogues.

Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) was our first stop that evening. We climbed the stairs to the top to take in the view while the sunset went down. Probably my favourite moment from this trip!

Our last evening meal was spent at Ristorante Al 34, with a pleasant mix of rustic wood beams, brick arches, Liberty-style mirrors and prints and a great selection of Italian classics this restaurant was a winner!

We finished of the evening by making wishes at the Trevi Fountain. Once our coins were tossed we walked back hand in hand to our apartment.

“If I did anything right in my life, it was when I gave my heart to you.”

– Unknown

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