Snowball Energy Balls

Well it isn’t going to snow know this December (when does it evaaaa)? So we had to take the matter into our own hands and make some snowball energy balls. This recipe is super quick, super simple and most importantly super delicious.

These snowball energy balls contain ingredients that you can find in your kitchen cupboards, apart from the chocolate because who has spare chocolate lying around the place? Not us it gets eaten within minutes of it entering the house, if it gets that far!

The recipe makes roughly 16 energy balls that you can keep in the fridge or freeze them to enjoy in the future. Don’t you just love it when you fancy something sweet and then you remember you have some delicious treats waiting for you in the freezer!

What you’re gonna need:
250g Oats
50g Flax seeds
150g Peanut butter
150g Maple syrup
100g White chocolate
50g Cranberries
100g Desiccated Coconut

Let’s get to it:
Line a baking tray with parchment paper
Add all the ingredients apart from the coconut into a large mixing bowl
Stir until all the ingredients are combined (you may need to use your hands)
Roll the mixture into balls (size of your choice)
Roll each of the balls
Place the desiccated coconut onto a plate
Roll the energy balls over the coconut until covered
Place in the fridge for an hour
Store in an airtight container and keep them refrigerated for up to a week- if they last that long of course

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How to Train to Run Your First 5K

‘How can you run so far? I wish I could run as far as you two but I just can’t’

We hear this so often and everytime our answer is ‘we never used to be able to run either but everyone can run, so if we can do it you can as well’. The first race we ever did was a 5K colour run, Rach was on placement year and trained really hard for it. Annie on the other hand was still at University and thought the typical 5km isn’t that far I don’t need to train but boy was I wrong. It was that run though that made Annie want to train properly and actually get into running (after the embarrassment of having to walk some of the way).

5km is honestly the hardest milestone to get to and we tell everyone this time and time again. Start short and just extend your run bit by bit each time and before you know it you will be able to run 5km, it will take time depending on how frequently you run so don’t get disheartened when you first start running and have to walk after 5 minutes.

We have set out some top tips below that we would have found helpful when we first started running

Listen to music- make sure you have a good playlist when you running, something that is going to inspire you to keep going. When you first start running you might want to create a playlist that has a variety of different styles of songs so you can see what you do like or what you don’t like when running. We like to have a mixture between old classics (got to love a bit of spice girls), chart music & a couple of dance songs thrown in the mix.

Download a good podcast-we have recently started to get into podcasts when we run. We find it passes time really quickly as you are concentrating more about what the person is saying on the podcast rather than thinking ‘how much further have I got to go’ after each stride. We have been listening to lots of blogging podcasts and our favourites at the moment is ‘What She Said’ by Lucy She…. And ‘Made Online’ by… this way it means we actually gain knowledge about blogging whilst we are doing something that is good for us- win win.

Invest in some good running trainers-you won’t know how important these are until you actually have them.

Download a running app- make sure you download a running app to your phone so you know how far you have run and what pace you are running at. Not that the pace is important but you will find the more you run the faster you become so it can be interesting to look back at. We are using the Fitbit app as we both have Fitbits but prior to that we always used the Nike running app which we found really good and the distance was always accurate.

Map your route- we always like to have an idea of where we are running so we have something to aim for when we are running. We sometimes use the app map my run as you are able to choose the route you want to go and also know the distance before you leave the house. We would love it if you could give an app your address, let it know the distance you want to run and then allow the app to choose the route for you. If this app already exists then please do let us know because it would be so cool and your run would be different every time which also brings us on nicely to the next point.

Mix up your runs-When we first started out running and wanting to hit 5KM we used to run/part walk the same route every time as we wanted to see how much further we could run this time compared to our previous run. Running the same route over and over again can become borings so if you are feeling unmotivated to go out on a run try a new route because a change of scenery may be exactly what you need.

Running 5km is such a brilliant goal to have for any new runners, find a race you want to run and enter it that way you will have something to work towards (or run towards lol).

Good luck you can do it!

Why you should always set yourself goals

‘If you do not know where you are heading, you will never get there’

We read the above somewhere and it has forever stuck with us because quite frankly it is SO true. Setting yourself goals isn’t necessarily creating a life plan instead it is about giving yourself the creativeness that is required to aim for things you never thought were possible.

To be successful we need to set ourselves courageous and realistic goals. Last year just before Christmas we sat down together and wrote down a list of goals that we thought we could achieve in the next year. We then decided to put them in a sealed envelope and not open them until the following year after we had set ourselves a new set of goals (we are yet to open them yet!).

Why you ask? We wanted to see if the goals we set for next year are less challenging than the goals we set for this year. We honestly cannot remember the goals we wrote down on our list and it will be really interesting to see whether or not we have smashed these goals or not come close. So we will sit down in December 2017 again this year and write ourselves a new set of goals these will then go in another envelope and will not be looked at until December 2018. Once our new set of goals have been written we will open last years goals!

We love setting ourselves yearly goals but day to day we focus on our daily, weekly or monthly goals. If we don’t set and focus on the smaller goals then how are we ever supposed to reach our big yearly goals?  A goal that is big or small to you may be the opposite for someone else. Its so important we don’t compare our goals to anyone elses because everyone is totally different and we will all achieve our goals differently.

Why don’t you give it a go this year?

How to De-Stress over the Holidays

Life can be so hectic and sometimes the only time we allow ourselves to chill at home not doing much other than eating and spending time with family is at Christmas time. We have spoken to endless amounts of people about this prior to writing this post and almost everyone says the same thing- Christmas is the only holiday we spend at home doing nothing and don’t feel guilty for it.

It’s important that we have time to switch off from everyday life and the stresses that can come from it. Take the time to do the things you love but don’t usually prioritise or have time to fit in around your daily routine whether this is baking a cake, going for a run, painting your nails or watching your favourite TV show that you are now 5 seasons behind on.

This shouldn’t be just at Christmas time though, try and schedule a weekend in every now and again where you just spend time doing the things you really want to do. We always talk about how much we LOVE these weekends, we wouldn’t want these kinds of weekends all the time because we wouldn’t appreciate them as much but it is nice when you have been so hectic just to sit at home on a Saturday evening with a glass of wine in hand watching your favourite TV show.

We have set ourselves a challenge to make sure we start to schedule in these weekends, putting our self-care and health as a priority. This is going to be really hard for us because we always love being on the go making the most of our weekends and making them as jam packed as possible, but we know sometimes we end up burning the candle at both ends and it usually results in us becoming poorly which isn’t something we want.

So we urge you to do the same as us, start off with Christmas (if you can and have the time off work). Really allow yourself to switch off from your daily routine, say goodbye to the stressful morning commute, work deadlines and everything anything else that angers you or causes you stress on a daily basis. We can assure you your body and mind will thank you for it and you will feel so much better for it, going back to work in January feeling refreshed with a new optimistic mind that is ready to smash everything that comes your way.

So we are going to help you to start, grab a pen and paper and write down everything you love doing in your spare time that you want to do regularly going forward you can see some of the things that are on our lists below:

Annie
Bake banana loaf- my favourite
Swimming
Catch up on Nashville- best TV show ever
Go for a long walk in the woods
Straightening my hair

Rach
Painting my nails
Reading and finishing a book
Cleanse my skin
Cross Stich
Reading my favourite magazines

7 Things We Have Learnt About Blogging

Wow we still cannot believe we have been blogging for two years now, the time has gone so quickly and we still think of ourselves as ‘new’ bloggers when in actual fact in the past two years we have learnt so much.

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There is obviously so much more that we have to learn and we are by no means experts at all but we feel like newer bloggers may be interested in reading about what we have learnt and what we wished we knew when we first started out with our blog.

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We recently reflected on our two years of blogging and celebrated our blogs birthday, is that really sad? Probably we made a cake and everything lol. We just wanted to celebrate the special occassion because our blog means so much to us, we would be lost without it. We genuinely cannot believe how quickly the past two years have gone it is like we have blinked and here we are.

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Network- you have probably heard this one thousand times before but honestly network your little butt off. Talk to people when you attend events, get involved on twitter, read and comment on people’s blogs. Basically do whatever you can and feel comfortable doing but make sure you network with like minded people.

Join in twitter chats- We hadn’t even heard of a blogger chat when we first started blogging and it wasn’t until about a year into our blogging journey that we actually started to use Twitter properly, don’t ask us why we just didn’t know it was a place for bloggers to connect. Now we are on twitter every day and try and join in Twitter chats as often as we can, it’s a great way to meet other bloggers. If you can also try and host a twitter chat they are so much fun and also you can decide the topic so it’s a great way to learn new things that you perhaps didn’t know about previously.

Be active and post regularly- be as active as you can across all social media channels and your blog, it will pay off and you will find your stats are improving every day. Who ever said you should have a blog schedule is wrong and we don’t agree with this, post blogs whenever you want because the more you post the more traffic you are likely to drive. We like to connect with people on Instagram by commenting on photos and starting up conversations, it is harder to form relationships on Instagram than on Twitter but keep at it and you will get there!

Good quality- quality is definitely better than quantity in the blogging world. We have learnt to post photos that are of a higher quality, looking back at our earlier Instagram posts is actually hilarious, we have actually archived some now because they were so tragic.

Use hashtags on Instagram- okay so the algorithm may have reduced the impact the hashtags used to have but we definitely still think they help. Not only for receiving likes on Instagram but because people also search for hashtags that they are interested in. We always search for hashtags on Instagram e.g. ParisBrunch or LondonFitness as it helps us find new places to go and try especially when we are going on holiday.

Approach brands- don’t be afraid to approach brands that you want to work with, we have approached so many brands in the past two years and although some may have turned us down because we don’t have over 10,000 followers others have given us so many opportunities.

Don’t say yes to everything- it can be hard at first to say yes to everything because as soon as opportunities come your way you don’t want to say no. If something doesn’t fit the direction you are going in or agree with then just say no. We have had a few brands contact us about detox teas etc. which isn’t something we agree with or want to share with our followers. Saying no doesn’t make you ungrateful for the opportunity it just means you are available to put more time and effort into things that you actually want to do with your blog.

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Pumpkin Party

It would appear that we have gone a little pumpkin crazy this year, we have been hunting the shelves for all things pumpkin related since about September. Homesense has literally been our saviour we have found so many cool props and food related items in there we just keep going back for more. Honestly you could spend a small fortune in there its crazy how much they have on sale, we cannot imagine what it must be like in America.

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It took us a little longer than most to get into the autumn spirit as we were still moarning summer but one weekend we went out and purchased some pumpkins and decided to go on a pumpkin photoshoot lets be honest what else was going to get us in the autumnal mood.

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As you would have seen from our previous posts we have made pumpkin pie (first time making it) which we absolutely loved, pumpkin pancakes because who doesn’t love pumpkin shaped pancakes, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Balls which were da bomb and Pumpkin and Rosemary Muffins which tasted bloomin amazing and we will definitely be baking these again. We also opted for some healthy treats including ghostly bananas and spooky organges! 

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Last year we really decided to embrace all of the holidays we celebrate, last year we really went to town with some of our content but this year we are going to up our game and create lots of autumn/fall content because after all it is one of our favourite seasons and the colours are just amazing, especially with pops of burnt orange.

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For our American friends out there please make us jealous and tell us about all the amazing pumpkin related products you can buy! One year we would love to fly to America for Halloween/fall we can imagine it is so much fun!

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Interview with Kiht

Kiht is a brand new soon to be launching womens activewear brand that promotes body positivity and a healthy lifestyle (everything we look for in a brand). Danielle is the founder of Kiht, she has been a designer for over 10 years. At the beggining of the year she decided to take a leap and turn her dreams into a reality.

We wish Danielle all the luck in the world with her launch of Kiht, it will be fabulous and we cannot wait to see the collection!

After talking to Lauren via email we were so chuffed when she asked us if we would like to take part in an interview for her blog. We absolutely loved the questions Lauren asked us and we really enjoyed answering them.

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Guys, we love your blog and profiles you guys look like you have so much fun together, but tell us more about yourselves and how you both met?
Awww thank you so much, we really are two crazy best friends who love having fun and we are always laughing!

We met at school, well actually sixth form as Rach joined the school that Annie was already attending. We got chatting in food technology class and then realised we both had free periods on a Monday afternoon so started taking the train home together and our friendship just blossomed.
Annie works for a mental health company training staff on IT systems and Rach works at Disney head office.

How do you guys fit in working and blogging together? and also how do you find the drive to keep at it when you both have a lot of commitments? 
When we are not working at our day jobs we spend the rest of the time blogging. 95% of our weekends have something blog related going on and it’s very rare we ever stop working on our blog. We have a to do list that just seems to grow which is great but it can also become very overwhelming. We are lucky we have each other to talk to and discuss what our priorities are for that week, communication is so important when you are blogging as a pair.

We come home from work only to start work all over again, this time doing something we are so unbelievably passionate about. Seeing our blog grow is enough to keep us motivated even if there are lots of early morning and late nights involved (the coffee keeps us going).We find it so important not to stress when our blog has to take a back seat, although it is the last thing we want sometimes it has too.

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What inspired you both to start the blog?
We first decided to make an Instagram account to share our crazy and fun lives. We didn’t really update it much just posting random posts. We also made our blog on WordPress but again didn’t post much. However, after attending a blogging event we decided to take our blog seriously and realised we could do so much more on it. We bought our domain and started Instagramming and posting more regularly. Our blog has just grown from there.

Why did you name it two brits? 
We were originally called Three Brits, because at the beginning it was us 3 best friends that decided to start the Instagram account. However, our third brit (friend) didn’t contribute much and didn’t enjoy it as much as us and therefore after much deliberation we took the plunge and changed our name to Two Brits – there are 2 of us and we live in Britain.

What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
The dream, of course, is to be able to blog full time, however, we have an awful long way to go before we can both pack in our jobs and just focus on Two Brits.

How did you both get into health and fitness? 
Rach got into fitness at University where she had a free personal trainer for a year. She then kept it up once graduated and still uses all the exercises her PT taught her.
Annie got into fitness after returning home from University and in the world of work. She didn’t like the fact that she was sitting at a desk every day so decided to sign up to the gym.

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What are your favourite ways of keeping fit?
This may sound crazy but we LOVE walking, whenever we are together we walk and we walk and we walk. When we are in London we rarely take the train and choose to walk to places instead. When we were on holiday in Paris we literally walked everywhere. We love being outside in the fresh air and catching up and planning blog ideas on a long walk.
We also both love running, we love the feeling after completing a long run and having the wind in your hair.

Do you have a top fitness tip for anyone out there looking to get into fitness?
We believe that any exercise is valuable, even if its just going for a short walk it all counts. As per the above, we love walking and for anyone looking to get into fitness, walking is the best place to start. Find a buddy or go on your own and get out into the open and walk. We also recommend getting a Fitbit or similar and try and do your 10,000 steps a day.

What is the best thing you guys have done this year?
We have both ran half marathons this year. Although we both ran different races it was a wonderful experience for us both and we are looking to enter another one together soon.

What makes you guys both feeling amazing and confident as women?
We love being women and are so proud to be women. We believe in each other and by supporting each other it makes us confident in most of the things we do.

What is this biggest thing you have learned on your journey so far?
We have learned to be ourselves and not to care what other people think. Our friends take the mickey out of our blog and often don’t say very nice things about it, but we have learned not to let other people’s silly opinions bother us and to keep being the fun best friends that we are, doing something we love and that makes us happy!

Do you have any tips for anyone who thinking about starting a blog?
Our tip would firstly be to just DO IT! You have nothing to lose and it’s all free. We would also say don’t start too big. When we first had our blog we only had our Instagram and blog itself. Once we had got to grips with those platforms then we made a twitter, YouTube etc. Start with Instagram and the blog first so that you don’t get overwhelmed.

Guys thanks so much for answering all our questions, is there anything else you’d like to add??
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to be interviewed, we have loved these questions so much!

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The Perfect Handbag Snack

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Snacking should be our middle name, we love to snack snack snack!  We always try and make our snacks as healthy as possible, usually opting for a piece of fruit or a healthy snack bar. We find that snacking helps keeps us going until our next meal and stops us over eating when we come to eating our next meal.

We always have snacks floating around our handbags/rucksacks that we can tucks into when those hunger pains start or boredom kicks in because let’s be honest who doesn’t eat when they are bored.

When we received these funky nut snack pots in the post we were over the moon. They are such a good idea and nothing we have ever seen before, we have of course seen peanut butter and apple slices etc. that you can get from M&S but never snack pots with crackers, banana chips or breadsticks.

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We have tried four of the snack pots:

Hazel Butter Dark Chocolate with Banana Chips- Vegan, Gluten Free & 261 Calories
We absolutely loved the dark chocolate hazelnut butter it was so delicious and definitely a pot we will be purchasing desperately. it went really well with the banana chips but then again it would have gone well with ANYTHING it was incredible!

Peanut Butter Honey & Sea Salt with Mini Sticks- Vegetarian, Tasty & 185 Calories
If we had to choose this one would probbaly be our least favourite (has to be the one with the least calories in haha). We did really like the honey peanut butter it was quite sweet but we wouldn’t really choose to have it with bread sticks.

Cashew Butter Milk Chocolate Honeycomb & Crostini- Vegetarian, Tasty & 203 Calories
WOW is all we can say this snack pot was sooo dreamy we LOVE honeycomb it is incredible. We have made our own cashew butter but never purchased it before (I know mad) but we definitely will be because it was so creamy and delicious so that’s another one to add to the basket.

Peanut Butter Four Seed with Banana Chips- Vegan, Gluten Free & 244 Calories
We had actually already tried the four seed peanut butter (its a great savoury alternative). We were quite surprised it was being served with banana chips because initially we would have said the bread sticks BUT we were pleasantly surprised when we tucked in.

Say Goodbye To The Summer Blues

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We have already started to wave goodbye to the care free warm summer nights where evenings were spent in the garden catching some rays and sipping on a cold beverage hoping and wishing the hot weather would last forever. Unfortunately it didn’t and as we say hello to September we can already feel autumn in the air. We are already mentally preparing ourselves for the cosy evenings spent by a fire watching The X Factor and eating our body weight in chocolate (yes supermarkets are already selling chocolate tins swear it gets earlier and earlier every year).

Now don’t get us wrong we love autumn, well in fact we love all the seasons in the UK we just wished that the cold months didn’t last as long and that we actually had a proper summer and not just a hot day here and there. Living in the UK though means we are going to have to get over this though unless we migrate to another country where summer is there to stay for the majority of the year… dreams.

Just because summer is coming to an end in the UK as much as we don’t want to admit or believe it it doesn’t mean our moods have to as well. We have collated a list of top tips to help you get over the summer blues, if you have any others then please do share them with us!

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1). Keep living your summer life- why is it that everyone goes into hibernation during the winter months and cannot be bothered to socialise? This year we are going to keep living our summer social lives well into the winter months, okay so a glass of Pimms may be swapped for a mulled wine and a pair of sunglasses for a bobble hat but that’s okay we can deal with that.

2). Book a getaway- why not book a getaway so you have something to look forward to. It doesn’t even have to be in a hot country it could be a ‘staycation’ after all aren’t these the new ‘vacation’? We are going to make sure we have lots of fun things crammed into our diaries at the weekends so we have lots of things to look forward to.

4). Start a new hobby- why not start a new hobby during the week after work so you have things to look forward to after work. We all remember that horrible feeling of going to work in the dark and leaving work in the dark, so make sure you have something to look forward to in your spare time. We are going to try some new fitness classes in London this winter to help keep us motivated.

5). Get outside- just because its winter doesn’t mean you have to stay inside, wrap up warm, show off your new winter coat and get outside. We love walking in the winter and always like to visit new national trust places, the UK is just as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer.

6). Get a good night’s sleep- make sure you get enough sleep, it will leave your body and mind feeling refreshed, revitalized and motivated to beat the summer blues!

 

 

Ways to keep you entertained on holiday by the pool

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We love going on relaxing holidays. The sort of holidays that involve checking in, chucking on a bikini, grabbing a towel, finding your spot by the pool and not moving for a week or two. For the first couple of days we can just sit there ALL day long basking in the sun saying over and over again ‘this is the life’ because lets be honest life cant really get much better. The only thing you really have to worry about for the next week or so is whether or not you have got enough sun cream on because burning is certainly not on our agenda.

But are we the only ones who start to get itchy feet after a few days? We are so used to have hectic schedules where we are running around here there and everywhere that by day three we have some energy to burn. We therefore decided to collect and combine a list of of our favourite things to do to help keep us entertained and gives us another excuse to have an afternoon nap in the sunshine because lets be honest we deserve it!

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Lilo or Ring- who ever said lilos and rings were for kids? We always purchase a new lilo or ring when we go on holiday because firstly they make the perfect floating sunbed and secondly they are just fun. This year we both had watermelon rings from Primark, they were such a bargain and only cost us £5, when other stores were selling them for like £30!

Uno- this is one of our favourite games to play around the pool and can keep us entertained for hours. If you haven’t played Uno before then you really need to purchase it for your next holiday trust us your competitive side will definitely come out.

Play bat and ball- at the beginning of the holiday we are always shocking at bat and ball we can barely keep a rally going but with a LOT of practice by the end of the holiday we are pretty happy with our rally!

Magazine- Chilling by the pool reading a magazine catching up on the celebrity gossip or latest fitness craze. This year we opted for women’s and Men’s Health which we really enjoyed reading and also learnt some new work out tips as well. Does anyone else on holiday find themselves reading the same magazine over and over again until you eventually read every single article.

Books- we always manage to read so many books on holiday, its one of the only times in the year that we actually sit down and just read. We absolutely love getting stuck into a book that we cannot put down and always try and stick to reading when we get home but then life gets in the way and its not until the next holiday that we get our nose stuck into a book again!

Play would you rather- if you have never played would you rather its a game where you ask someone a question that starts with ‘would you rather’ and ends with a dilemma for example  ‘would you rather shave your head or not go to the gym for one year’.  The more you play the game the more ridiculous the dilemmas become.

Drink cocktails- need we say more?