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 😊

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.

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!

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!

 

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.

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?

Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

Waddeson Manor is a Manor house (surprisingly) located in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Waddeson Manor invite the public to join them for festive fun during the months of November-December (Wednesday- Sunday from 11AM-6PM).  Weekends are very busy at Waddeson Manor so they do suggest if you can to visit during the week.

We visited Waddeson Manor on Sunday 26th November and had the best day ever. We arrived at the car park at about midday and wondered over to the bus stop (about a 5 minute walk from the over flow car park). There was a short que but we got on the next available bus and the journey was about 5 minutes.

We had tickets to the Manor House so upon arrival we walked up the path and entered the house to ensure we didn’t miss our time slot. We envisioned the house to be full to the brim of beautifully decorated Christmas trees in every room (Annie’s mum had been the year before and said the Manor House was worth a visit). This year however the theme was animals but we felt like they could have made the exhibition a little bit more festive it was in fact very odd and a bit of an anti-climax. So if you are thinking about going to Waddeson Manor this isn’t something we would recommend doing spend your £10 on a couple of mulled wines instead.

The Christmas markets we located either side of the manor with a walk way and grass in between. The stalls had lights around them which looked particularly pretty at night. As usual most of the stalls were food related, not that we are complaining at all! We tried a lot of cheese, chutney and fudge on our way round and it was all delicious.

It took us about an hour and a half to wonder around the markets, we still had about 20 minutes before our afternoon tea so we enjoyed a delicious mulled wine & hot chocolate to help warm our bones a bit.

Festive afternoon tea at Waddeson Manor was incredible, it cost £25pp and was worth every penny. We were served a glass of champagne on arrival before ordering our tea off of the menu. They had a great selection of teas on offer but we all picked the English breakfast tea, it always feels wrong ordering a tea that isn’t English breakfast when having afternoon tea.

The selection of sandwiches or sandwich alternatives we should say were incredible and we all agreed that we much preferred having sandwich alternatives as they were less filling which meant we had plenty of room for the cakes. The sandwich menu included; Brie and cranberry tart, pork chipolata wrapped in bacon with honey mustard, smoked haddock rarebit and more.

The selection of cakes and desserts were also delicious and we loved the variety of flavours on our platesd. The menu included; mini mince pie, winter spiced apple pannacotta, homemade scone with jam and clotted cream and many more.

We didn’t feel like we were being rushed at all during our afternoon tea, the waiters and waitresses left enough time between the sandwiches and cakes which meant we really got to enjoy our time. The atmosphere was perfect and we were lucky to have a round table (we don’t know what it is but we just love a round table they are more sociable that’s for sure).  We would highly recommend the afternoon tea in Waddeson Manod and it was definitely one of the highlights of our day.

We left Waddeson Manor at about 16:30PM and noticed the que for the buses was incredibly long, although they said the que goes down quickly we actually opted to walk back to the car, we had just eaten a lot of cake and decided we could do with the exercise. Waddeson Manor have created a path that is well lit but we must have taken a wrong turn and ended up walking along the road which actually turned out to be the better option. The path wasn’t muddy but it was incredibly slippery so although probably a more direct route it probably wouldn’t have saved us much time.

All in all it was a fab day out and we would definitely recommend a visit, if you are travelling a long way though we would suggest you definitely grab a bite to eat whilst you are there and take a walk through the gardens. We loved our day at Waddeson and it was the perfect way to kick start our month long festive fun.

December To Do List

Is anyone else obsessed with writing to do lists? We have one master copy to do list but then we also seem to have so many other daily to do lists flying around reminding us of all the work we have to do. We have therefore decided to document our December to do list (mostly fun things).

Life can get so busy especially in December that sometimes we forget to just stop and take a look back at everything we wanted to do, so we thought if we document it we have to do it right?

What is on your December to do list? We would love to know as always!

Blogmas- We are so excited to be taking part in Blogmas again this year, we loved it last year but it does mean our to list has grown and Blogmas has justified its own to do list.

Baking everything Christmas related- We love baking all things seasonal especially at Christmas time! We spend our lives on Pinterest gathering all the inspiration we need to get in the kitchen and make the house smell like sugar and spice.

Attend a carol concert- This is one of our favourite things to do at Christmas time and last year we didn’t get round to going to a carol concert together.

Drink copious amounts of Mulled Wine- Need we say more? We love mulled wine and we even made our own last year which was incredible.

Watch endless Christmas films- Snuggled on the sofa with the fire on, hot chocolate in hand wrapped in a blanket our idea of heaven.

Winter walks- Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your time inside, get outside and explore the countryside.

Eat all the advent calendars- Chocolate for breakfast? Errrr yes please!

Put up the Christmas tree and outside lights- A tradition that will never end!

Wear tacky Christmas jumpers- If you see two girls wearing identical tacky Christmas jumpers walking around you can probably assume that is us.

Watching and take part in Vlogmas- We will be taking part in Vlogmas for the first time this year, we won’t be Vlogging everyday but we will try and film as often as possible. Watching Vlogmas is one of our favourite things to do we always catch up on it in the gym when we are doing some cardio.

Spend time with friends & Family- December is the month were everyone makes the effort to see family and friends and we absolutely love it.

Buy Christmas presents- Thankfully we have already started (super organised this year) but we still have a few more bits to get!

The Christmas Bedding you MUST buy this year

Okay so its nearly Christmas which means it’s the one time of year that you can have the wackiest, loudest and craziest duvet covers. If we were rich and also had the time we would have different Christmas duvets every week.

We thought we would pull together all our favourite Christmas bedding’s that you are going to want to get your hands on this year!

Asda – Vintage Deer Reversible Duvet Cover
Asda has the biggest selection of Christmas duvet ever so if you need any and head here you won’t be disappointed. Our favourite one how ever is the cutest vintage deer print. Its Christmassy but still very sophisticated and only £12 for the double.

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H&M – Christmas duvet cover set
H&M Home range is getting better and better, so much so they actually have stand alone Home stores in the UK now too! We love H&M home wear and this year they have brought out two Christmas duvet covers. This one with the all over print Christmas bunnies is so cute. If you are a bunny lover then this one is perfect for you!

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John Lewis – Winter Ski Scene Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set
John Lewis are always going to offer a sophisticated range of Christmas bedding and this winter ski scene is definitely that. The all over print is so cute and well thought out. The quality of the bedding is amazing too, you will be guaranteed a cosy nights sleep!

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Matalan – Slogan Pom Pom Christmas Duvet Cover
Okay this one is very OUT THERE but its simply amazing! If you are a mad Christmas lover then you are most certainly going to love this as much as us! The duvet only comes in double (£20) or king (£24). We are a little too excited so please wake us up when Santa’s here!

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Argos – Catherine Lansfield Selfie Elfie Bedding Set – Double
This one is very wacky and very out there, but also so hilarious at the same time. Imagine the funny pictures you could take for Instagram! If you love a crazy Christmas this is your bedding.

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Tesco – Fusion Christmas Robin Duvet Cover Set
Anything with tartan is guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy. We love this reversible duvet from Tesco with robins all over one side and red tartan print on the other. Its a bargain for the double at £17.

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Very.co.uk – Catherine Lansfield Christmas Garland Cotton Rich Duvet Cover Set
Let is snow and we would love a white Christmas so maybe if we go to bed in a duvet dreaming of snow our dreams may come true?!

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What bedding have you bought this Christmas?

BLOGMAS Day 5- London Ice Skating Guide

Ice skating has definitely become a Christmas tradition for us in the recent years. There are so many ice rinks to choose from in London we thought we would share some of the ice rinks we have tried and tested!

Most of the ice rinks have 1 hour slots, but make sure you book your spot online quickly as they sell out pretty fast. We love ice skating in the evening when it is dark outside as most of the ice rinks usually have pretty lights that make the rinks much more picturesque.

Don’t forget to wrap up warm and we would suggest wearing some extra thick socks (ski socks) so your toes don’t get cold!

After you have ice skated we would recommend warming up with a nice mulled wine of hot chocolate.

Somerset House- This is the first ice rinks we ever went to at Christmas time in London so of course it is top of our list. The location is stunning and the ice rink is built in the middle of the 18th century courtyard.  There is something about this ice rink that is very magical and always makes you feel super festive. After you have ice skated remember to take a photo in front of the amazing Christmas tree they have every year.

Natural History Museum- This Ice Rink is truly stunning! The trees around the ice rink are draped in fairy lights making it the most enchanting ice rink in London.  There is a large ice rink and also a smaller ice rink suitable for children. Watch out though as this ice rink can occasionally close for private functions.

Hampton Court Palace- Henry VIII’s sixteenth century house makes a pleasant setting for this outdoor ice risk. We would recommend visiting the ice risk in the evening when it really comes alive.

Winter wonder land – The entry to winter wonderland is free but if you want to go ice skating you will need to purchase a ticket online. When we visited winter wonderland previously we thought the ice rink was quite over crowded, even though it is the biggest outdoor rink in the London.