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?

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Hello Blogmas 2017

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

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

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

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

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

London’s Best Salad

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

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

Pod Food

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

Squirrel

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

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

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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Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

We were recently browsing the isles of  homesense (which is something we do on a regular basis) and came across the Halloween isle, of course we had to stop and take a look. As we were looking we came across a pumpkin cookie cutter and imediatly thought we could make some pumpkin pancakes using it. The cutter was super cheap it only cost us £1.99.

So that is exactly what we did one Saturday morning after the gym, we came home mixed up a batter and got flipping. The cutter was fairly big so we had to make sure we made the pancakes fairly big, we didnt cut them into shape until they were cooked.

We decided to make protien pancakes this time and added some Wheybox toffee protein to add some flavour. You can make them with any flavour protein we have used vanilla & white chocolate in the past and they both taste fab.

For toppings we decided to go for stewed cinnamon apples and some cinnamon cream cheese which tasted bloomin fantastic.

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You can find the ingredients we used for the pancakes below (we made 3 extra large pancakes. its really simple add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk until combined. Melt some butter or coconut oil in a hot pan, add a ladle of mixture and allow the pancake to cook on one side before flipping (you should see bubbles appear). Enjoy with whatever toppings you choose!

Ingedients
50g Oats Blended
1 Egg
1tsp Baking Powder
1 Scoop Protein Powder
100ml Almond Milk

Toppings
Stewed Apples with Cinnamon
Cream Cheese with Cinnamon

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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Mocha Protein Shake

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That protein kindly sent us some of their protein so we decided to make a delicious post work out shake because we love them. We used the ‘Chirpy Chirpy Choca Mocha with organic coffee’ protein.

That Protein is a plant based protein powder and for once the protein actually tastes great. They are dairy free, no added sugars, non GMO, no sweeteners and free from anything artificial.

We decided to add a couple of other ingredients to make our shake thick and creamy- the best way to have a shake. We have tried it with just water though when we have been in a rush leaving the gym and it still tastes great!

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Recipe
1 scoop of that protein mocha flavour
1 banana
8 frozen cherries(3 for decoration)
Handful of ice
Almond milk
Tea spoon cacao nibs (leave some for decoration)

Place all the ingredients in a blender and whizz it up until combined! Top tip always put your protein in last so it doesn’t get stuck to the sides (its a nightmare if it does and you will find yourself shaking the blender trying to get it to combine).

A super easy recipe to follow!

Blogging As A Pair 

We take our hats off to those of you who blog on your own, how do you do it? There is always so much to get done and things to tick off that never ending to do list. We constantly feel snowed under with the amount of work we have to do and there is two of us to share the load.

When we first started blogging we would never have guessed what it would really entail and how much goes on ‘behind the scenes’. We spend every spare moment on our blog which we love doing and wouldn’t change it for the world. We come home from work only to start work all over again, this time doing something we are so unbelievably passionate about.

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A blogger never really stops working, although we don’t always think of it as working because we love what we do but It’s nice to work together at the weekends. We can bake, attend events, write posts, have admin evenings, workout together, photoshoots, film YouTube videos and the list goes on. We can imagine this could become quite lonely being a solo blogger and we can really see why it is so important to mix with other bloggers and make blogging friends because like some of your other friends that don’t blog they will ‘get it’.

We take our hats off to those bloggers who attend events alone it must literally be terrifying. We have been lucky enough to be able to attend events together because otherwise we still probably wouldn’t have been to one yet! We can imagine it’s like all things though the more you go to them the easier it becomes and the more bloggers you get to know. It can be hard to sometimes juggle our calendars around one an another and sometimes we have to miss really good events if one of us is busy but that’s life and we blog as a pair so want to attend events as a pair.

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We both have our own jobs with the blog for example Annie edits the photos and Rach edits the vlogs. If we didn’t have our own responsibilities thing would be chaotic. We haven’t necessarily split out all aspects of our blog like emails some things we both chip in on to make sure we are both in the know.

People always asks us who writes the blogs and how do you choose which one of you is going to? We both write the blogs and at times one of us may write more than the other but it always evens out. We always make sure we read each others blog posts as we think it’s important to have a fresh pair of eyes read over the post before we schedule it to go live.

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We love blogging as a pair, we support each other daily. We encourage one another to step outside of our comfort zones daily and say yes to things we would usually shy away from. One of our favourite parts about blogging together is the fact we get to enjoy this incredible journey together. Things surprise us everyday in this crazy blogging world and we are just happy we have one another to experience it with.

 

Raspberry & Coconut Loaf Cake

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This raspberry and coconut loaf cake is refined sugar free, we love re creating delicious and traditional recipes and adapting them to make them slightly healthier. This is our latest creation and we think you are going to love it! Its the perfect cake to enjoy on a sunny afternoon either on its own or with a cup of tea.

P.s we also like to spread a little bit of peanut butter (or any kind of nut butter) onto a slice of the loaf cake, its delicious!

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Ingredients
200g oats blended
100g dedicated coconut
30 frozen raspberries
1tsp baking powder
4tbsp maple syrup
150ml almond milk
1 egg

Toppings
1tbsp dedicated coconut
10 frozen raspberries

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Line a loaf tin with Greece proof paper or a loaf tin liner and Greece with coconut oil
Blend your oats and pour into a large mixing bowl
Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir well with a wooden spoon until combined
Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin
Sprinkle the tbsp of dedicated coconut and 10 raspberries on top of the mixture
Place in the oven for 45 minutes and check if it cooked through when removing from the oven.

Homemade Gluten Free/Dairy Free Pizza

So one Friday evening we really fancied pizza so decided to try and make a gluten free one. We researched lots of recipes and combined a couple to come up with a rye & buckwheat pizza and thought we must share with you all!
This pizza base is gluten free and dairy free.

It feels weird making this because you don’t need to let is rise and the texture is kinda funny and the way you make it is very odd. But trust us you are doing it right, and it tastes amazing!

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Ingredients:
70g rye flour
130g buckwhat flour
1 egg
170ml almond milk
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 tbsp mixed herbs
seasoning, salt & pepper
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olive oil

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and then get your baking trays ready by lighting oiling them
Put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix
Make a well in the centre and then break in the egg and beat into the dry ingredients
Add the maple syrup and then gradually add the milk
Mix until combined, it will look sticky and gloopy
Put spoonfuls of the mixture on baking trays and spread out to create pizzas, a spatula or palette knife will help you to spread the dough out
Bake the dough for 10 minutes, it will be cooked but not crispy
Cover with tomato sauce and decorate with toppings of your choice, go wild!
Cook for 10 minutes, until the topping is all cooked and cheese is melted

ENJOY!!