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.

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!

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

The Christmas Jumpers we want this festive season

Friday 15th December is Christmas Jumper Day. Christmas Jumper Day raises money for Save the Children and is a great way to raise money for a fantastic cause. If you want to organise your own in your workplace, or within your group of friends you can do so by following this link.

We thought we would pull together a guide for you to help you find that perfect Christmas Jumper. Don’t worry we have a jumper to suit all needs, whether you want that very OUT THERE jumper or a more sophisticated one, we have you sorted!

This one from Topshop is so cute! At the moment we are a sucker for anything pink, and Rach is obsessed with penguins so this jumper is the top of our list! Its only £32, and with a student discount you can save a little extra too!
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For those woman who will be pregnant over the festive season we are loving this jumper from Boohoo, the slogan is so quirky. This comes in green and burgundy and we think we love them both!
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Make sure you also visit Marks and Spencer’s for your Christmas jumper. This red knitted one looks super comfy and you can even buy a matching one for your , now that’s pretty jokes!!
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Oh my gosh, Matalan have the most incredible selection of Christmas Jumpers and it was so hard to pick our favourite, however in typical Annie and Rach style it seems the alcohol themed jumpers were our firm favourites!

Annie’s nickname is Bambi, so we could not feautre this really cute Disney Bambi jumper from H&M. It’s only £17.99 and looks quite light so you won’t get super hot in the office. We often find that with Xmas jumpers we get so sweaty, but this one from H&M looks ideal, plus it’s Disney, whats not to love!
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We are loving pom poms at the moment, we love them in summer and are so pleased they are still around for winter too. This pom pom jumper from ASOS is adorable and we think we love it a little too much! At only £28 its would be rude not to right?!
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These couples jumpers from Next are adorable – they are so simple but so effective. Now where do we find a boyfriend to buy one for?!!
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Okay so this one is a very typical Christmas jumper, going for the fair-isle look and is a bargine £18 from Asda!
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We cannot write a Christmas jumper list and not include one that lights up because a light up Christmas jumper is pretty cool! Oh and its also musical too! Better get yourself down to Tesco ASAP because its reduced from £20 to £16!
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If we are honest we could go on an on for days sharing Christmas jumpers with you all, as you have probably gathered by now we love Christmas and we sure do love our Jumpers.
Remember that Christmas Jumper Day is for a good cause, and all proceeds go to Save the Children.

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

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