How to cope with stress

We all go through stressful situations in life and some people can deal with the situations better than others. We have compiled a little list of how to deal with things when life throws you a curveball.

Exercise- The endorphin’s that are released relax you and also make you feel happier. We find that exercising helps us to relax and also to clear our heads and forget about the stresses in life. In particular we love going on a long run which helps clear your head and its just you, your thoughts and the big outdoors

Talking to people- Talking to people about how you feel will always make you feel better. Like the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. Make sure you have supportive friends around you to make you feel better and to talk things out.

Cooking/baking- We find that being in the kitchen and doing something productive is another great way to deal with feel stressed or worried. We really find baking to be very therapeutic and often after a bad day/week at work you will find us in the kitchen making some chocolate brownies or banana bread.

Shopping- Sometimes by treating yourself it makes you feel better and sometimes you deserve to be spoilt. Go and buy yourself a new top or handbag.

Chocolate- Chocolate may not be the answer but we know how tasty chocolate is, and sometimes you just need to enjoy that bag of maltesers or chocolate buttons. You should never feel guilty for stopping by the shops to grab your favourite chocolate to cheer you up and make you feel better.

We would love to know how you de stress as well! Let us know in the comments 😊

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Walking In The Woods

Do you ever just wake up in the morning and all you fancy doing is going for a long walk through the woods? We LOVE walking we think it does wonders for the mind and we always feel so much better for it.

There is something about getting out of bed on a Sunday morning, putting on some trainers, our scruffy clothes and getting outside to enjoy the fresh air in this beautiful world we live in. Sundays are usually our rest days from the gym so instead we slow down the pace and just go for a casual stroll instead, it’s the only time of the week where we actually slow down, no wonder our minds work at 100mph if our bodies are doing exactly the same.

We have both been lucky enough to grow up with the woods just a stone throw away and trust us we don’t take it for granted, we absolutely love it and we make the most of it wherever possible.  Sunday morning are always so peaceful we rarely see another soul, which always surprises us as we always expect to see lots of people, although saying that  most people are probably enjoying a lazy Sunday in bed  as we are known to wake up unusually early.  You will see us out in the woods come rain, snow or shine, we especially love it in the snow it’s like our own little winter wonderland where we can pretend we are in Narnia it’s truly is beautiful.

We have never understood why people HATE walking? Walking is free and one of the easiest ways to get fit and become more active yet so many people hate it. As a society it has become too easy to get from A to B without using your legs, there are so many different types of transport these days it has resulted in us not having to walk.

We are those people that think it’s possible to WALK anywhere and everywhere, we recently saw a meme on Facebook of this and it made us laugh because that is us down to a T! We always try and beat the Google Maps whenever we walk anywhere it’s become a little game we have, because we are so COOL!

It’s Okay To Cry

Overwhelming emotion starts to rise in your chest, your eyes start to water, you can feel the lump getting bigger in your throat and it’s really starting to hurt, you try your hardest not to burst into tears flapping your hand back and forward like a fan in front of your eyes. Its fine you have this under control you will not cry you tell yourself over and over again.  You take a deep breath and walk back into the room, someone asks you if you are okay, you try your hardest to reply with ‘yes I am fine’ but before you can finish your sentence the tears are already rolling down your cheeks and before you know it you are sobbing.

Does the above sound familiar, do you have those days when all you want to do is cry but you really don’t have a clue why? You feel stupid because when someone asks you what’s wrong you don’t even know what to say because you don’t even know why you are crying.

When you finally stop crying, sobbing or even wailing (because let’s be honest we have all been there) we can bet you feel like a tonne of bricks have been taken off your shoulders. We all have these days where we feel more emotional than others don’t feel like you are alone because you certainly are not.

Growing up we were told over and over again don’t be a ‘cry baby’, as if only babies were supposed to cry. Crying can be judged and it has definitely left us feeling embarrassed a fair few times, running to the toilets splashing our face with cold water and slapping more concealer and powder on our faces to try and get rid of our red blotchy faces in the hope that no one will notice. Don’t think it makes you weak, people cry not because they are weak but because they have been strong for too long.

Some people see crying as a sign of weakness but facing up to your emotions involves strength in the form of vulnerability. Holding back the tears doesn’t make the pain or emotions go away instead we are fundamentally digging ourselves a giant hole and burying our emotions alive. So let it all out cry as much as you want and don’t feel like you have to justify why you are crying to anyone.

Motivation to get outside & run

Sometimes we all need a little bit of motivation to get outside and run no matter how much we love running. Now the weather is getting colder it can become harder to find the motivation to put on our running gear and get outside (it’s hard enough getting out of bed in the morning let alone getting outside).

We actually much prefer running in the cold, we can run faster and further, but we do occasionally need a little kick up the butt to get us out in the first place.

Make a plan at the beginning of the week- we like to roughly plan the days we go running but we will always be flexible depending on the weather. If it’s a miserable evening then there is no point forcing yourself outside, you won’t enjoy it and it may put you off going out again.

Download a Podcast- If you have downloaded a podcast that you are really looking forward to listening to then this is likely to motivate you to get outside. Set yourself a deal that you can only listen to the Podcast when you are out running that is sure to get your but into gear.

Running gear- make sure you invest in some running clothes and gloves that are warm enough to get you through the colder winter months. Last year we invested in some running gloves and we have never looked back, they are amazing.

Just keep telling yourself how amazing you will feel after- try and remember the feeling you get after every run, we love the feeling after a run we don’t get this feeling after any other workout. You will also find that running takes up less of your time than heading to the gym, you don’t have to wait for anyone to finish with equipment and you also don’t have the journey time to factor in.

Make a date – we always find that arranging to run with someone else is all the motivation you need, you have made a commitment to your friend after all.

Find a local running club- If you haven’t got any friends or colleagues who enjoy running then why not find a running club to join there are so many free running clubs around and it’s a great way to keep you motivated during the colder months.

Sign up to a race- sign up for a spring run that way you will have to get outside and run otherwise. Having a race in the calendar and something to work towards is a great motivator especially if you haven’t run the distance before.

Our top 7 Christmas traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, there is always so much going on and we flippin love it! Who wouldn’t?? The food, family fun, Christmas parties and mulled wine are just a selection of traditions we LOVE! We wouldn’t change our current Christmas traditions for the world they make our Christmas just that extra bit special we are however open to new traditions and each year we seem to pick up a few more along the way.

Leaving out food and drink for Santa – we may be 25 years old, but we will still leave Santa a mince pie and a glass of sherry or wine and a carrot for Rudolf. Its the best tradition ever and we will continue it on forever

Christmas Carol Concert – we love going to Carol Concerts and singing all those Christmas songs. Carols really get you all excited for Christmas. There are so many ones in London and one year we went to one at St Paul’s Cathedral and it was lovely.

Christmas weekend away with the girls- Its now become a tradition to go away for the weekend in the run up to Christmas. The first year we went to Bristol and had the best time exploring the markets and a crazy night out. Last year we went to Sheffield for a fab weekend which included visiting the Peak District. This year we are off to Bath and cannot wait!

Christmas presents- We always swap Christmas presents with each other as close to Christmas as possible. This year we will be swapping gifts on the 19th December and we are SO excited about it.

New year new goals- At the end of the year we always sit down with one another to discuss our goals for the following year. You can read all about how we go about setting ourselves goals over on our blog post.

Christmas baking evenings- We love to bake and for all of you that have been reading our blogs or following our Instagram for a while will know we used to always have Friday evening baking evenings and they were THE best! Things have been really hectic recently we haven’t been able to do one in a while so this year we made sure we didn’t cancel our annual Christmas baking day! This year we made gingerbread men yummy!

Chloe’s Christmas party- for the past couple of years one of our closest friends has thrown a cheese and wine party in her flat. You can only imagine the amount of wine and cheese we consumed in that evening!

What are you’re traditions? We would love to know.

A Christmas Day in Bath

We went away to Bath recently for a girly trip away and oh my gosh we well and truly fell in love with the city it is beautiful and we cannot wait to return. There are so many things we want to do in Bath that we didn’t get the chance to do, our weekend was cut short due the snow which was such a shame but even more of a reason to go back.

Run- We always go for a run whenever we stay in a new city, we love waking up at the crack of dawn and getting outside when it is still nice and peaceful it’s the best way to explore a city. This time I was sadly alone but I had such a great run and ended up running 5 miles around Bath seeing sites I would never have seen otherwise. No one ever told me how hilly Bath was though my run started with an incline and pretty much went up and up but it’s true what they say what goes up must come down which was a nice way to end the run.

Brunch spots we want to visit- We made brunch at our apartment this time but if we return we would love to go to several brunch spots in Bath as they all look delicious. Brunch spots we have added to our list our; The Ivy Brasserie, Cosy Club & Boston Tea Party. We have been to several Ivy’s before but we just love them so would love to see what this one has to offer. Boston Tea Party is definitely top of the list though it looks super cute and quirky and the menu looks incredible.

Markets- Bath has become really well known for the Christmas markets and this is one of the reasons why we chose to go to Bath. Luckily we went when the markets were still up as they close on the 10th December (although we have heard rumours they may be extending next year). We loved the hustle and bustle as we walked the streets weaving in and out of the Christmas markets.

Coffee- would it really be a girly weekend away if we didn’t do a bit of coffee shop hopping? As a group we all love coffee and it’s the perfect place to sit down and have a catch up we don’t always get to spend good quality time together so it really was lovely. There are so many independent coffee shops around Bath and we really wanted to try some of them out but as you can imagine they were packed and with a group of six it was hard to get a table so this time we opted for Neros, but we have made note of other coffee shops we will have to go back to so stay tuned for another post!

Mulled wine in the Lodge- We love the Lodge we actually visited last year and spent all afternoon inside sipping on mulled wine so we had to go back again this year. It was the perfect place to stop after a long day of walking and shopping. Its super cosy inside (although you may have to wait for a seat they are in demand).

If you have never been to Bath before we would definitely recommend a visit we will be returning sooner rather than later! We had quite a chilled trip but next time we will be doing more activities and we will definitely we visiting the Roman baths!

How Facebook Can Help Your Blog

Up until about 4 months ago we never used Facebook for our blog, we never knew there were groups you could join where PR’s post blogging opportunities. How did we go so long not knowing this? We actually have no idea!

We have recently joined lots of blogging group on Facebook which you can find below:

UK Blogger Opportunities

Official UK bloggers

Health bloggers community official forum

UK fitness bloggers

Some groups are quite strict with their rules so make sure you read through the rules before posting on a photo etc. We accidentally posted our email instead of Instagram handle on a post and it got deleted (woops). They didn’t tell us it had been deleted though only commented on the photo to remind people not to leave emails so if we hadn’t of checked we could have missed out on the opportunity so definitely make sure you read the rules. Luckily we reposted with our Instagram handle and on this occasion we were picked.

So how often do you actually hear back from PR companies from posts you comment on I hear you asking. To be honest with you it really varies and depends on how many other bloggers comment on the post. They are obviously going to go with bloggers who match well with their specification and what the company wants, so when you are commenting on posts take that into consideration. There is no harm leaving your details on a post because you never know you may not tick all the boxes but they may like your blog/Instagram and want to work with you.

We have actually been working with a brand for quite a while now and it is going really well. We are so so glad we spotted their post on Facebook because we may never have got the opportunity to work with such an incredible brand.

We are quite selective with the posts we comment on because at the end of the day we don’t want to be promoting products that don’t fit in with our blog and what we want to write about even if it is a really pretty handbag (or something like that). We won’t be doing the brand any favours or ourselves!

Don’t be scared to leave your details and blog on a post that is asking for you to have a much bigger following or a higher DA because you just never know! They may spot your blog and see just how amazing you are! We have left our details before and been picked so it can happen.

PR companies also post events on these groups which is amazing. We were given the opportunity to attend a fashion week event which sadly we couldn’t make but how amazing would that have been, so definitely look out for these as well!

We would love to know more blogging groups on Facebook so if you know of any please do let us know!

Writing lists & being super organised

Is anyone else totally obsessed with writing lists? We write lists all day eeeeevery day, we are just obsessed.

There is just something about writing lists that leaves us feeling organised and like we have our **** together. We find lists especially help when we are overwhelmed with work or feel like we have too much to get through on our to do list, everybody knows that feeling right?

Recently when we have met up we always have so much to get through, things have been busy recently and we haven’t been able to see as much of each other as we would have liked to. So when we eventually get a date in the diary our days are jam packed full of admin, photoshoots, vlogging, baking, cooking and everything else we do.

We don’t even just have one to do list we have several (we can’t be the only ones)!  Having a to do list helps us to structure the day and we are always so surprised at how much we manage to get through in such a short space of time.

Writing a list means we have everything we need to do on paper instead of flying around inside our heads because let’s be honest it always feels like you have way more to do when it’s just being stored in your brain.  It’s true when they say writing stuff down helps you process things much better.

So next time you are feeling overwhelmed try writing it down because we promise you it will help!

 

Gingerbread Man Recipe

It is really Christmas if you haven’t tucked into some delicious homemade gingerbread men? We think not! Ever since we were little it has been a tradition to make them and every year they taste just as good.

We use the same recipe year in year out as it has never let us down, they are rich and spicy and just so dam tasty. Everyone we know has tried them and they always ask for the recipe, so we thought we would publish it on our blog.

We are going away for the weekend to Bath with some of our school friends so these will definitely be coming along for the ride (if they make it that far).

Recipe
275g Flour (plain or you can use spelt flour)
1tsp Baking Powder
1tsp Cinnamon
2tsp Ginger
100g Coconut Sugar
75g Unsalted Butter
1 large egg
50g Maple Syrup
50ml Milk

Method

  1. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and Ginger into a large mixing bowl
    Add the Coconut Sugar and stir until combined
  3. Chop the butter into small segments and add to the dry ingredients. Use your fingers to rub the ingredients together, continue to do so until the ingredients look like bread crumbs
  4. In a measuring just whisk an egg and add the maple syrup and milk
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients and poor the egg mixture in
    Stir until all the ingredients come together and form a dough
  6. Wrap the ingredients in cling film and leave in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes
    While the dough is in the oven preheat the oven to 160oc
  7. Flour a kitchen worktop and roll out the Dough to about a 1/4 inch thick. cut out gingerbread men (we did trees as well this time) with a cutter
  8. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Allow to fully cool before eating and decorating if you wish to do so

Believe In Yourself

Why is it that we always believe in everyone else but not always ourselves? We constantly tell people they are good enough to reach their goals but often have little confidence and belief in ourselves.

We were at an event not that long ago and we were asked to jot down something we wanted to achieve. When we were asked if we thought we could achieve the goal the majority of people said they didn’t think they could. It’s funny though because what we both wrote down we didn’t think we would be able to achieve but we immediately turned to each other and said ‘you can achieve that’ but why weren’t we able to say that about our own goals?

Believing in yourself doesn’t make you over confident or arrogant it just means you know you can do something no matter how hard it is or how far out your comfort zone it is going to take you. It’s true what they say ‘nothing worth having comes easy’ we have to work towards what we want and even if that means taking a few steps back every now and then.

The more you tell yourself you can do something the more you are going to actually start believing it. Stop thinking you cannot achieve something because you can actually achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

Try your hardest to push past the discomforting feeling you feel when you think you cannot do something. Say goodbye to those negative comments in your brain that would usually hold you back. It is hard to begin with but like with anything good things take time so stick with it and you will finally learn to trust yourself and your abilities.