Hello Blogmas 2017

*Inserts we cannot believe it is already Christmas, how has this year gone to quickly already etc etc etc*

Welcome back to Blogmas 2017 we are so excited to be doing Blogmas again this year, we loved taking part last year and knew straight away we would be doing it again…so that’s bye bye social life hello blog 24/7.

This is only our second year of doing Blogmas, but we already feel way more prepared this year, we did start planning in August after all. We might be crazy but time literally goes so quickly and we knew if we waited any longer we would blink and it would be December 1st. Or it might just be that we are control freaks and like to have everything organised as its one less thing to worry about and after all good things take time and we wanted to make sure we produced good quality and useful posts.

Last year we tried to keep as many of our posts as possible Christmas related, so this year we are mixing things up and we won’t just be sharing Christmas related posts instead it will be a bit of everything. We made this decision because we didn’t want to be repetitive with our posts and we find so many people take part in Blogmas that the Blogesphere can become saturated with Christmas posts.

We have started a YouTube channel (which you can find here) where we will also be Vlogging as much as possible. We won’t be able to take part in Vlogmas as we both have full time jobs in different locations so it wouldn’t really work but we cannot wait to share our weekend adventures with you!

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The Advent Calendars we are dreaming of

Advent calendars in the last couple of years have taken off. There are so many different types of Advent Calendar and gone are the days of just getting chocolate in your advent calendar. Now you can get cheese, coffee, gin, nail varnish… you name it, it exists! There are also 25 day advent calendars but also 12 day ones too – the world’s gone mad!
Now sadly we aren’t the richest girls around so cannot afford to spend £100 on an advent calendar. However here’s a list of our favourite Advent Calendars for 2017.

Jelly Bean –Beanboozled
Not a fan of chocolate but love Jelly Beans there this advent calendar will leave you wondering what flavour your going to get, will it be naughty or nice, that’s the risk you have to take!

Kellogg’s – Kellogg’s Variety Advent Calendar
This is such a good idea, its tradition that you always open your advent calendar in the morning, so why not open it and have a surprise cereal for breakfast. We love breakfast and love cereal so this would be the ultimate advent calendar.

Perk U Latte – Coffee Advent Calendar
As you probably may have gathered, we love coffee so this Advent Calendar is our dream! For £40 you get 12 different coffee’s to choose from, we would be happy with that!

The Body Shop –25 days Ultimate Advent Calendar
This is £99 but the products inside are worth £214, so you may think this is a bargain! Wish we could spend £99 on an Advent Calendar for ourselves let alone a present for our mums for £100 (crazy money!). If we won the lottery than maybe we would treat ourselves!

Johnny Loves Rosie –Star Print Jewellery Advent Calendar
A bonus here as this calendar is on sale for only £38.50 and contains 24 pieces of jewellery. We think this is such a sweet idea for an advent calendar and would love to receive a new piece of jewellery every day.

My Protein –High Protein Chocolate Advent Calendar
High protein chocolate….. now we are talking! This would be the perfect start to the morning before heading to the gym. Order fast as we reckon these will sell out at only £4.99!

AsdaCheese Advent Calendar
Asda have a cheese advent calendar and we couldn’t be happier! We adore cheese so how amazing is this idea!? The person who came up with this idea deserve a reward! However how weird will it be storing it in your fridge – haha!

Master of Malt –Ginvent Calendar
At £124.95 this is very pricey, but you are getting 24 mini bottles of gin so some may say it’s excellent value! We love gin, but cannot justify spending this amount of money on an advent calendar.

So we didn’t want to exclude our male readers, so here are some cool advent calendar’s for you men too!!

ASOSThe Grooming Advent Calendar
This includes a mix of products for hair and skin and features products from Elemis and Carmex plus many more. There are 24 products and then on the 25th day you get a discount code for ASOS.

Snaffling PigPork Crackling Advent Calendar
This advent calendar will go down a treat with any pork crackling lover and not a bad price at £17.50

Beer Hawk Beer Advent Calendar
This may be the firm favourite with the men in your life, a beer advent calendar is the perfect gift for him. 24 craft beers for £75.

London’s Best Salad

Salad is great and there are so many places to grab a salad in London and we want to show you that salad isn’t boring and where to find the best salad in London.

Now this isn’t going to be an easy task as there are so many places these days to grab a salad and this blog post would be super long. Instead we have decided to find the best chain salad and then the best independent salad.

Pod Food

Pod Food first opened their restaurant in 2005 and now have 24 chains in London so you are bound to find a Pod Food near you. There are many salads to choose from in Pod that will suit all your needs from vegan, vegetarian and clearly identified allergy needs. Pod also do hot food to order from the counter but their range of salads are very impressive. We believe the GYM BOX is the best salad to choose from here, with 429 calories it is your perfect lunchtime meal and also perfect post workout.
The GYM BOX comes with humous, fallafel, brocolli and a veggie salad and tastes amazing.

Squirrel

We found this place on Instagram after an evening of stalking hashtags and just had to visit. Located in South Kensington very close to the Natural History & Science Museum and close to The Albert Hall. This is a lovely part of London with many cute restaurants and cafes and Squirrel is one of them.
You can get breakfast here but the salads are what steal the show. There are lots to choose from, including kale salads, Thai salads and warm grain salads. You can however also make your own salad for £6.95 so it can be tailored to suits your needs and also what your preferences are. All the choices are in the counter for you to see and pick and everything is very fresh. This independent chain is definitely one to visit for one of London’s best salads.

Let us know where you think we should go next to try one of London ‘s best salad.

One 10 Review

One 10 has recently opened in Baker street (16 Baker Street to be exact). We first came across one 10 when we were walking down Baker Street one Saturday morning a month or so before it opened when we happened to notice they were running a competition to win 25 free rides. You had to take a photo in front of the One 10 sign and post it on Instagram or tweet them the photo on twitter of course we decided to enter. We were then tagged in a photo by One 10 to let us know we had won the competition we were so surprised and chuffed that we had won so once again thanks so much One 10.


When we went to activate our voucher and book our first spinning class we noticed you could only book one individual on a class under your username (so you couldn’t book a friend on as well they would have to have their own account). We messaged One 10 on Instagram to ask them how we could both book ourselves onto one class and they said we couldn’t but they had given us both a voucher to activate. We were so surprised that they had very kindly given us both 25 free rides we knew right about we were going to like One 10 and the people that worked there. Most of the time brands or competitions expect us to share the prize because there are two of us so it was a lovely surprise to see that they were happy to give us both 25 free rides when they could have easily of made someone else the winner of their competition.


One 10 have two classes on offer the first one being Paceline which is a fast paced high intensity workout. The idea is to challenge yourself for a personal best they track your performance live on the interactive screen throughout the class.

The other class is called Nirvana which is a full body session where you ride to the beat in a club like atmosphere. They also use weights during the session which is something we have never seen before, its great fun especially when they play throwback music.

Everyone that goes to One 10 has their own moves profile where you can log in and check your moves, the distance you cycled or the calories you burnt in a class. We love looking at our stats as we can see if we are improving each time we attend.

We decided to attend our first One 10 class together so booked ourselves onto the Wednesday 18:45 Paceline class with Leo. It was our first time doing attending a spinning studio (we had been spinning before but nothing on this level). The staff were so incredibly helpful they helped us set up our bikes and clip our cleats into the pedals (it’s easy once you get the hang of it but it did take Annie a while to grasp it lol).

We particularly like the 9:00am class on a Saturday morning with Vicky S she always has so much energy and it’s such a great way to start the weekend whether you are cycling off a hangover or just want to kick start your weekend with a sweaty session. We also really like the Thursday morning class with Josh, he really knows how to make everyone in the class feel motivated and his choice of songs are just the best! Just what you need to kick start your Thursday.


The changing rooms at One 10 are so lush (but a tiny weeny bit small). They have lots of locker space which you can keep your belongings in during the class as you can lock them using a code. Some of the bigger lockers also have a USB port so a great place to charge your phone.




The shampoo, conditioner and body wash is all Cowshed our favourite so we were very excited to take a shower at One 10. They have a lots of mirrors in the toilet so there is lots of places for you to get ready after the spin class. They also have GHD straighteners that you can use which we have noticed is the norm for quite a few London Gyms.

After the workout you can grab a Botanic Lab grab-and-go juice on the way out!

One 10 have recently started an offer where you can book 5 classes in the week for £50 which is amazing seeing as the classes are usually £20 each. So if you love spinning during the week then we would suggest this would be a brilliant deal especially if you live close to Baker Street.

If you want a sweaty session filled with an abundance of energy then we would definitely recommend getting your butt down to One 10 because you definitely won’t come out of the class with the same colour top that you went into the class with, the sweat is real.

Brunch Review: Parc Franglaises

We were lucky enough to be invited to Parc Franglaises one Sunday lunchtime. We had never heard of it before but we love French food and fancied a trip out of the big city so immediately accepted the invitation.

We did of course check our the Parc Franglaises Instagram and instantly fell in love with  the food they were posting. As always we also checked out Trip Advisor which got us even more excited about trying their food as all the reviews were raving about the delicatessen.

We jumped on the train at Brixton and 15 minutes later we had arrived, it’s crazy how far you can get in such a short space of time. Parc Franglaises was a 15 minute walk from the station so not far at all.

Parc Franglaises
Parc Franglaises


When we arrived we were greated by the two owners who told us take a seat. The cafe was buzzing full of people and if we had arrived 10 minutes later we would have struggled to get a seat which is always a good sign.

The deli was incredibly charming and we could tell it was a place the locals loved to visit everyone seemed to know of each other. The decor was enchanting and warm which we loved and it is a place we could spend hours at working away.

Parc Franglaises
Parc Franglaises

 

Parc Franglaises
Parc Franglaises

The menu was amazing there was so much to choose from that we both struggled to decide what to order. One of the things we loved about the deli was the fact you could see all the sandwich fillers, cold meats, salads and cheeses in the counters they all looked so fresh and delicious that is made it even harder to make a decision.

Parc Franglaises
Parc Franglaises

 

Parc Franglaises
Parc Franglaises

Rach went for a sausage, bacon and cheese sourdough baugette a combination she had not tried before but absolutely loved. Rach also opted for a side of potato salad an absolute favourite of hers so that went down an absolute treat. Annie went for a classic tuna and sweetcorn melt on a sourdough baguette with a side of Greek salad which were both so tasty and flavoursome.

We both agreed that the deli were incredibly generous with their portion sizes. Sometimes you can order a baguette and after a couple of bites the filling has gone but that is not the case at Parc Franglasis.

Parc Franglaises
Parc Franglaises

For dessert (yes of course we managed to squeeze in dessert) we had a slice of gluten free lemon cake which was one of the best gluten free cakes we have ever tried infact if they hadn’t of said we wouldnt have even known it was gluten free. We enjoyed our slice of cake over a Mocha and Hot chocoalte.

Parc Franglaises
Parc Franglaises

If you ever fancy a trip out of London then you should definitely visit Parc Franglaises we have our fingers crossed that they open another store slightly more central so we can visit all the time!

Morning Run In Cornwall 

One of the first things we pack when going on holiday is our running trainers, we love getting outside and going for a run somewhere we have never been before. Recently we spent a week in Cornwall, Port Isaac to be exact and we loved our early morning runs.

Every morning before our run we would enjoy a coffee in bed whilst appreciating and admiring the incredible view we had from our bedroom window our coffee of choice this trip was spiced pumpkin flavour 🎃 which was incredible.

Visiting Cornwall
Visiting Cornwall

 

Pumpkin Spice Coffee
Pumpkin Spice Coffee

We decided to run to Port Gaverne, it was only a short distance away from Port Isaac. When we got to Port Gaverne we ran up the headlands to a view point that was truly stunning and every morning we made sure we stopped for a few minutes to appreciate the view.

Stunning views in Port Isaac
Stunning views in Port Isaac


There is something about Cornwall or the countryside in general that makes you slow down and actually enjoy the surroundings when we are in London everything is so fast paced we never get a chance to stop and appreciate everything around us.

Port Gaverne in the morning
Port Gaverne in the morning

We did this run several times during out stay switching it up a little bit each time so it didn’t become boring, not that is could because every corner we turned we were met with another incredible view point.

By the seaside
By the seaside

On the way back we had to run up the steepest hill in the world honestly it was torture but once we were at the top it was a straight road back to the cottage where we would shower and then sit down and enjoy a well-deserved breakfast.

The breakfast we had almost every single day this holiday was natural yoghurt, oats and peanut butter all mixed together it sounds weird but tastes amazing.

Running Trainers
Running Trainers

 

What not to do on the morning commute

We are not ones to moan and in fact moaning really gets on our nerves especially when it is not necessary. We feel this however is necessary and can really dampen our moods and annoy us for the rest of the day. So for any of you newbie commuters out there below our some of our top tips on what not to do on your commute.

Talking on the phone- oh my gosh this has got to be up there with one of the most annoying things on the train. Now we aren’t talking about people who have a quiet conversation on the phone we are talking about those individuals that feel the need to shout into the end of their telephone for the entire train journey. The individuals who decide to pace up and down doing this definitely score extra points as well.

Eat- please be considerate of others and do not bring your smelly food onto the trains where everyone else has to smell it, if I wanted an Itsu curry box then I would have got one myself. The worst offender though has to be mcdonalds it completely reeks the train out.

Sniff- okay we get that everyone gets a cold every now and then but if you have a cold then carry a packet of tissues with you! We have been so close to offering so many fellow commuters tissues because that sniffing is just SO ANNOYING.

Wear a rucksack- Who gets onto a packed train and keeps their rucksack on their bag like a ninja turtle? I do not appreciate you jabbing it into my back thank you very much. Can you please take your bag off and leave it by your feet!

Right thats enough moaning for one day, we have glad we have got that off our chest lol!

5 Work Trip Hotel Hacks

Recently we have been staying away in hotels for a work much more frequently and thought it was only right to write a work trips hotel hacks blog post. When you are working away from home there is nothing worse than not feeling comfortable and not getting a good nights sleep especially if you are staying there all week.

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Take your own pillow- we always struggle to sleep places where we don’t have our own pillow, it may sound mad taking your own pillow with you but if you are fussy with pillows that it is a great idea. Staying away from home for a week with a pillow that isn’t like your usual one can be hell.

Ear plugs- Hotels can be noisy especially if you have people staying in the rooms above you (honestly it sometimes sounds like we have had a heard of elephants in the room above)! Often hotels can be on busy main road which means if you open your window for a bit of fresh air you are likely to hear traffic all night so pack a pair of earplugs in case.

Book the breakfast but not the evening meal- we always book the breakfast at the hotel because we love hotel breakfasts but we often opt out of the evening meal. It’s nice to try new places for dinner when you have a bit more time in the evenings so we would suggest not pre booking the evening meal otherwise you could end up with a Toby Carvery for the rest of the week (not that there is anything wrong with that if you love a roast).

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Don’t pay for Wi-Fi- you may have to pay for Wi-Fi in some hotels but often the Wi-Fi will be free or they have an option for you to pay to use the upgraded version (especially in the premier inn). The free Wi-Fi is usually find we especially find the free Wi-Fi in the premier inn to be great so definitely don’t feel like you have to pay. Maybe test out the free Wi-Fi and if it’s not great then maybe pay the dollar if necessary.

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Take short pyjamas- what is it with hotel rooms being so dam hot! We always feel the cold usually but whenever we stay in a hotel it feels like we are waking up after taking a nap on the sun lounger on holiday, blooming hot!

Bonfire Donuts 

Sadly we didn’t have much time this year to bake bonfire goodies, unlike last year were we spent hours making bonfire cupcakes. So this year we went for quick and easy and when we say quick we mean really quick they literally took about 10 minutes. 

These are the perfect treat for any bonfire night party, we know they are going to go down a treat at ours! 



Ingredients 
Ring donuts we got them from Tesco for 65p 
150g butter 
50g icing sugar 
2 teaspoons orange food colour 
1 flake 

Method 
Go to the shops and buy some donuts 
Let the butter soften and then cut into small chunks 
Put in a medium sized mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer 
Slowly add the icing sugar and continue to mix until combined 
Add the orange colouring a teaspoon at a time and mix well 
Pipe the icing into the ring donuts 
Sprinkle the flake on top 
Enjoy