Hello Spring

We absolutely love the four English Seasons, but it just seems like winter lasts forever and always over stays it’s welcome. It’s safe to say we are excited about the warmer temperatures and we are well and truly welcoming spring with open arms. We have been wishing for warmer weather since February but the more we wished the colder it gets.

Easter has been and gone and there STILL wasn’t any sign that spring is on the way accept the fact the clocks changed and it’s lighter in the evenings YAY!

This week though eeeek! We have been in our element loving the hot summer like days (hotter than Ibiza). We feel like we have got our mojo back and a spring in our step! It really is crazy what a bit of vitamin D can do to your mood!

There are so many things we have been missing about spring so we thought we would write a little list about all the things we are looking forward to and have been enjoying this week:

LONGER DAYS
Longer days means we will actually get to see daylight. Driving to work in the dark and leaving work in the dark really starts to take its toll after a while.

ICED COFFEE
We love an iced coffee and it isn’t something we would choose to have in the winter so by the time spring comes around we are well and truly ready to be re united with our one true love.

WARMER WEATHER
Warmer weather means we can wear t-shirts without having to weather a jumper over the top YAY for all the slogan t-shirts we have in our lives. We will no longer have to pack 17 layers in our bags when we leave the house YAY!

DRIVING IN THE SUNSHINE
Okay so this one might sound a bit strange but we love driving in the sunshine with our sunglasses on, windows down, music on and singing at the top of our voices we LOVE it.

BEER GARDEN
Sitting in a beer garden on a Saturday afternoon is just pure perfection, day drinking in the summer is so much fun.

SUN GLASSES
Who doesn’t love going into Primark and purchasing every single pair of sunglasses? We never spend money on expensive pairs of sunglasses as we always find they break! We live in sunglasses in the summer!

PICNICS
Just an excuse to eat your body weight in food and drink all the Pimms! We love a pick a mix style lunch for picnics are perfect for just that.

LONG EVENING WALKS
Evening walks when the sun is beginning to set are literally one of our favourite things about spring and summer. We love walking through the woods and fields breathing in the fresh country side air!

Reasons You Need to Move to London

For many people, taking the plunge and moving out of the family home isn’t an easy decision as its not necessarily essential. For others a job may mean you have to move out of your family home and into your own accommodation.

Summer of last year I moved to London and it was the best decision I ever made, so I thought I would share reasons why you too need to take the plunge and come to London too.

1) London is such a fab city
2) You can cook whatever you want for dinner
3) After work drinks are much easier to get home from and doesn’t take 2 hours!
4) You can host dinner parties and catch up with your pals over delicious food
5) The night tube runs to your area
6) The chance to explore a totally new area
7) You make a whole new bunch of friends
8) Its not frowned upon to have a girlie evening on the sofa eating chocolate and watching rubbish TV
9) The amount of places for brunch in London gets bigger and bigger and on the weekend there brunch is just on your doorstep
10) Summer is just around the corner, and summer in London is amazing, evening drinks on roof terraces, cycling bikes around one of the many parks, or sunbathing in the park, London is glorious in the summer sun, so what are you waiting for…… get your bum to London!

And if your worrying about doing your own cleaning, don’t worry Fantastic Services have got you covered. They are your one stop shop for all home services.

We use Fantastic Services to ensure our flat is kept super clean and we love the ease and convenience of this service.

STAXX Protein Bars Review

We had never heard of STAXX Bars before we were very kindly sent them to review as they have recently launched three new flavour- Peanut & Caramel, Cookies & Cream & Dark Chocolate Mint. STAXX previously only had the Chocolate Caramel flavour. We couldn’t wait to try all of the flavours when they arrived as they all sounded delicious.

You can currently purchase STAXX bars on the website or across many other independent and online retailers including Amazon and Muscle food.

We can honestly say that STAXX bars are the nicest protein bars we have EVER tried, and we have tired a lot. We LOVE the fact you cannot taste the protein in the bars which is something we have struggled to find.

When we eat a STAXX Bar it feels like you are eating a chocolate bar, it really hits the spot and doesn’t leave us craving more sugary foods. The sugar content is low with most of them having about 2g of sugar per bar which is also another bonus. They also contain 20g Protein and are also low in net carbs.

We love how chewy the STAXX Bars are as well, they all have a caramel consistency to them which you will also love if you like a chewy protein bar. All the bars have a chocolate rice crispy coating on the outside layer which is something we really enjoyed.

CHOCOLATE CARAMEL
This was the first flavour we tried and immediately fell in love with the brand and the bars they had on offer. Chocolate caramel was also the first STAXX Bar launched and the only one you can currently purchase on their website. I felt like I was eating a toffee crisp which was a massive throw back as I have not had a toffee crisp in SO long, those chocolate bars are so under rated!

PEANUT & CARAMEL
This one was quite similar to the chocolate caramel flavour just with peanuts. We love peanuts and anything nutty  so this bar was right up our street. We loved the caramel in the bar mostly because we are fast eaters and it slowed us down so we could saviour it for longer.

DARK CHOCOLATE MINT
Dark Chocolate Mint was definitely one of my favourites which I was really surprised about but that is just purely down to the fact I always forget how much I actually enjoy mint flavoured chocolate. It reminded me of a mint Aero but with a crispy outer layer.

COOKIES & CREAM
I left this flavour until last as I am not usually a fan of cookies and cream flavoured products but when I did eventually try it I actually really enjoyed it.  It wasn’t my favourite out of the four as it didn’t give me that WOW factor and the flavours were not as intense.

We enjoyed the bars so much we headed straight to the website and ordered a box. There is a taster box available where you can purchase a box of all the flavours for £8.99. We ordered 12 of the Chocolate Caramel Flavour because it was our favourite but we will be ordering some of the Dark Chocolate Mint ones as well.

We hope to see STAXX bars in supermarkets in 2018 because that would be amazing!

Amazing Places to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

If you’re a lover of the outdoors, there are literally endless opportunities for you to go glamping, enjoy the scenery as you go for a run, or explore clear waters whilst you recline on the beach. So, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the perfect place for your exploits, which is why we’ve decided to narrow it down for you by selecting some of the locations we would love to visit for incredible outdoor adventures (guess we better start saving)…

GLAMPING IN BALI

Glamping, as you will probably know is a combination of ‘glamourous’ and ‘camping’. Basically, it’s camping with all of the luxuries you don’t usually get when you’re just plain old camping.

One of the best places to go glamping has to be at the Sandat Glamping Tents in Ubud, Bali. Why? Because the weather is amazing, as are the views, Located in pretty paddy fields, this glamping site looks perfect for quiet relaxation in natural surroundings. There’s a communal swimming pool and a shuttle service to nearby cities, that’s if you can drag yourself away from the amazing massages.

CAMPING IN AUSTRALIA

If you prefer the normal, rougher sort of camping, then before you shop for camping gear, be sure to book a space at the Broken Hill Tourist Park in New South Wales, Why? Because you’ll get the authentic outback experience in this rather rustic location! It looks so incredible!

HIKING IN CHILE

If you’re a lover of active holidays and hiking is your thing (we love hiking) but there is nothing worse than hiking with a backpack that doesn’t fit you properly or is slightly on the old side! Why not treat yourself to a new backpack before heading to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. This location is home to a globally-renowned trail where you will see exotic landscapes, as well as some incredible wildlife. Lay your head at the EcoCamp in Patagonia – the first sustainable dome hotel on the planet, for amazing views of the starry night sky and an experience that you will never forget.

DIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES

If you prefer to spend most of your travel time in the water than on the beach, then you’ll fall in love with the island of Malapascua just like we have. The waters are clear and blue, and you can even swim with thresher sharks wow! An idyllic paradise island in the Philippines, which we have read has incredible exotic marine life and the prettiest coral gardens. We have also been advised to go diving at night as it’s even more magical and exciting.

ROCK CLIMBING IN ENGLAND

If it’s rock climbing that floats your boat, then you don’t have to look any further than England – the Lake District to be Specific. As well as being known for its spectacular and romantic views, there are more than a few challenging mountain climbs to be found in the lake district. We would love to climb the Hardknott Pass and have been advised this is the best place to start!

GLAMPING IN SCOTLAND

It may not be as exciting as some of the above but we are going Glamping in May in Edinburgh and we are so excited. A full blog post of our review will be coming your way soon. We love the idea of Glamping especially when there is a delicious breakfast hamper to wake up to in the morning!

What are your favourite locations for enjoying the great outdoors?

Pizza Union Review

We had never heard of Pizza Union before, we know right?! Are we living under a rock! But when we were contacted and asked to write a review we jumped at the chance.

We love Pizza it’s one of our favourite foods, especially when cooked right and something we always opt for when we are eating out or getting a take away.

We visited the Dalston branch of Pizza Union which is a new branch that has recently opened. It is located just a short walk about from Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland station.

The staff at Pizza Union were really friendly and explained how the restaurant worked! You order your food and they give you a buzzer that will vibrate when your food is ready to pick up. The service was super fast which we were pleased about as we were so peckish.

The pizza’s are all freshly cooked in a giant pizza oven which took up the majority of the kitchen.

We both ordered a 12inch pizza each and a side salad to share. We loved the fact the pizzas were thin crust (Roman Style) instead of deep pan as it doesn’t feel so heavy and you can actually taste the flavours of the pizza.

Rach went for the Regina which was tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan, Ham, mushrooms (which she removed) and black olives. It was really tasty and we loved the addition or Parmesan cheese as it is one of our faves!

Annie went for the Carne which was topped with chicken, beef, pepperoni, onions and rosemary. Basically a bit of a meat feast lol. The rosemary really made the pizza it was so delicious and we would definitely recommend if you are a meat eater.

We ordered a side salad as well which was priced at £3.95. The salad we opted for was the Pizzeria (which was essentially a pizza in a salad minus the dough). It was yummy but definitely only as a side salad as it wouldn’t be filling enough as a main.

For dessert- yes we went all out we ordered the Dolce Classico which was a warm dough ring with Nutella and mascarpone. Seriously it tasted as good as it sounds, Annie was in Nutella heaven as it’s one of her favourite things in the entire world. We would definitely order this again!

We were offered frozen margaritas as well but we both decided to go for soft drinks instead. Although when we return we will definitely go for the raspberry margarita it looked delicious.

The pizzas are SO SO cheap! You can order a margarita for just £3.95, which is just crazy. The most expensive pizza is only £6.50 so again really good value especially for London.

Pizza Union is open 7 days a week from 11am till late, they do not deliver so you will have to visit one of the branches to enjoy the pizza or order a takeaway and collect it yourself. It’s also important to mention they do not take bookings like most fast food restaurants.

Dalloway Terrace Brunch Review

Dalloway terrace has been on our brunch bucket list for as long as we can remember! We tried to visit in December but they were fully booked and we sadly couldn’t get a table.

Dalloway terrace is an Bloggers dream, from the decorations, the crockery and the food everything is a photo opportunity and trust us when we say we took SO many photos.

It was Annie’s birthday and Rachel surprised her with Dalloway Terrace for a birthday brunch and we couldn’t have been more excited.

Prior to visiting Dalloway Terrace Rach booked two weeks before as you cannot book anymore than two weeks before. The reservations on the Dalloway Terrace website had all gone so Rach went on book a table to reserve our 2 hours spot.

We didn’t realise that Dalloway Terrace was part of The Bloomsbury Hotel so we were surprised to see that it was when we arrived.

We were shown to our table and although Dalloway Terrace is outside (well in a Terrace) it was warm as they have several heaters. We were sat by the door and there was a slight draft but nothing that a blanket couldn’t fix.

We ordered our usual coffees, Rach went for a soya latte and Annie had an Americano with a dash of soya milk. We were really surprised with the size of the coffees as we usually find restaurants always serve the smallest coffees but not at Dalloway Terrace we got a mug and of course we fell in love with the mug and wished we had them at home ourselves.

We ordered a basket of pastries to start which included pan au chocolate, pan au raisin and plain croissants. We did ask for them to be served to us before the rest of our food but unfortunately this didn’t happen and all our food came out at once which was a little annoying but never mind.

Rach ordered the pancakes (obv!) which were served with lemon curd, berries and maple syrup. There were 3 fluffy pancakes on the stack which is pretty standard for London brunches. The berries and lemon curd worked really well together and of course it was then smothered in maple syrup. The maple syrup came in a mini jug so you could pour as much or as little you wanted – obviously she used it all!

Annie went for the avocado on toast which normally came with poached eggs but she opted to have scrambled eggs and they were more than happy to accommodate this change. The amount of avocado given was unreal, it was basically a whole avocado on the toast, some of it was smashed and then there were big slices of avo too. There were also a handful of cherry tomatoes on top too which had been roasted in the oven to perfection.

The portions sizes were very generous at Dalloway terrace and this is one of the reasons as to why we loved it so much and why would we return. We do find when going for brunch in London they are very stingy with portion sizes, usually we get a teeny coffee or a pathetic amount of avo or salmon – not at Dalloway though!

We spotted an outside seating area which was also beautiful (everything about this place is) and we will definitely be visiting again the summer and making use of this area. We can imagine taking a lot of pictures in the summer here!

The toilets were located in Bloomsbury hotel and on our way to the toilets (which were clean FYI) we spotted another restaurant which was The Coral Room. We recognised it straight away from Instagram and just had to step inside to have a look. It was beautiful and we noticed they serve the same food so always worth a try it Dalloway Terrace is busy.

We will definitely be returning to Dalloway Terrace we were not disappointed and it was everything we hoped it would be.

Why we are going to Make Broadbeach Our Next Holiday Destination

If you’re looking for your next holiday destination, but you can’t seem to find any inspiration, let us help you out by suggesting Broadbeach in Queensland, Australia.

We visited Australia in 2016 and still look back at the pictures from our time there and wish we could teleport back to this amazing country.

Australia is always a popular destination due to its inviting tropical climate, enchanting wildlife and beautiful beaches, and it is fair to say that Broadbeach is one of the best parts of Australia, especially for travellers from the UK. Here’s why:

AMAZING BEACHES

Broadbeach is home to some 50 miles of pristine golden beaches right on the Gold Coast. Whether you live for lounging on the beach topping up your tan or you love the surf, you will not be disappointed by the offering there.

LUXURY ACCOMMODATION

The Gold Coast, which is where Broadbeach is located, is home to many luxury apartments and holiday homes, which you can find out more about now. If you’re looking to get away from it all in style, it is the perfect place to be.

THE SUN (almost) always shining

Broadbeach gets approximately 245 days of sunshine each year, which means that your holiday is unlikely to be a washout if you travel there. We have been on so many holidays expecting amazing weather and it’s just rained and been a disappointment. However in Broadbeach you’ll certainly be able to work on your tan, explore the local beaches or check out the Australian wildlife at your leisure.

THE THEME PARKS ARE FUN

The area in and around Broadbeach is home to several extremely fun and thrilling theme parks, including Dreamworld and Infinity Attraction, as you can see here. We love to be active on holiday as well as chilling so if you’re like us and looking for thrills and spills, it really is the perfect place to base yourself in Australia.

THE BLUES ON BROADBEACH FESTIVAL

The Blues on Broadbeach Festival is held each May in the suburb, and it is a fantastic party with some of the best music. The most chilled out people and the biggest spectacles you’ll see all year, oh and it’s completely free too, we love anything that’s free!

THEY LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE

Broadbeach is also home to a vast array of bars and nightclubs catering to every possible taste. Whether you prefer to sip posh cocktails in a chilled environment or you prefer to dance the night away in a dark club, Broadbeach has you covered and what’s better than drinking a cocktail in the warm weather!

EVERYTHING IS NEARBY

Whether you’re looking for cafes, nightclubs, restaurants or grocery stores, if you’re based in Broadbeach, you can find it all within easy walking distance which means that it is a very convenient destination for the average traveller. As you already know we love walking so anywhere that allows us to walk to places it’s a yes from us!

THE SEA FOOD

Eat at any beachside cafe or restaurant in Broadbeach, and you won’t be disappointed by the freshness of the seafood on offer. Seafood always tastes better on holiday and it’s no different when visiting Australia!

DESIGNER GOODS ARE IN ABUNDANCE

Broadbeach is quite an affluent suburb of Queensland, and as a result, there are lots of designer shops located there. So, if shopping is your thing, you really couldn’t find a better place to be, not in Australia anyway. Make sure you leave space in your suitcase to bring stuff back!

ITS PEACEFUL

Because it is in the suburbs, Broadbeach is also a pretty chilled out, relaxing place to be, especially if you head there off-season. So, if you’re looking for relaxation with all of the home comforts, it will outdo itself.

Put simply Broadbeach is the place to be!

Get Buzzing Review

Get buzzing have created bars that all contain natural ingredients are 100% nut free bars but still offer a great taste. When they first started the company they noticed these were the three things that were currently missing from the market.

Rach was incredibly happy when she read that all the bars were nut free, as she really does not like nuts. Usually whenever we are sent snack bars they almost always contain nuts which means Annie in inundated with healthy bars because she LOVES nuts. This time she didn’t have to worry about reading the ingredients to see if any of them contained nuts because none of them did not even the nutbutter flavour.

Get Buzzing very kindly sent us each a giant box of goodies for us to try, we were extremely grateful at how generous they were when we opened the box the goodies just kept coming.

We have been working our way through the bars making sure we are trying all of the flavours

Cherry- this is definitely Annie’s favourite flavour, Annie is a sucker for anything Cherry flavoured (how can you not be). The texture of this bar is like a crispy cake it is sticky and crispy and throws us back to our childhood when we used to tuck into rise Krispy bars in our packed lunch.

Mixed Berry- Rach has been tucking into the mixed berry bars on a daily basis, which is no surprise as berries are one of her favourite fruits. It’s a very berry flapjack which definitely hits the spot in the afternoon.

Chocolate mint- wow this one was utterly delicious and once we had finished the bar we wanted another one! It reminded us of a chocolate aero bar with rice krispies! We couldn’t recommend this flavour enough.

Banana- this is literally tastes like banana bread just flapjack form. Banana bread is one of our favourite things to make and eat as a snack so we were happy to see this flavour was available.

Nut free peanut bar- it’s really weird because this bar tastes exactly like nuts which completely baffles us! It was really delicious.

Date and Seed- we enjoyed this bar mid-morning as it wasn’t too sweet and didn’t leave us craving more sweet treats. If we have a sweet treat we always like to save it for the afternoon otherwise we find ourselves just wanting more and more throughout the day.

All the bars we have tried so far are filling and SO delicious, we are still working our way through the box so stay tuned on our Instagram for live updates on the bars and our thoughts on the flavours.

Get Buzzing is definitely a brand we would purchase and we hope to see them in all leading supermarkets in the future because more people need to know about these wonderful snacks.

Another Space Review

Another Space have two studios in London located in Covent Garden and Bank. Both studios offer a choice of three classes which are HIIT, Yoga & Spin.

There is no need to get a membership and there isn’t a joining fee either, instead you can just purchase class as and when you feel like going. Another Space have a challenge where by you can complete 7 classes in just 7 days for £77. You can also purchase a pack of 6 for £105, 9 for £135 or 12 for £160. Each of the classes are valid for one calendar month from the date they are purchased.

They also have an intro offer where you can purchase 2 classes and one buddy pass for £30 which is valid for 2 weeks. They also have credit packages on offer where 1 credit is £20 or 5 credits is £95 (which lasts for 6 months).

The timetable at Another Space is really great as they have classes available from 6:15AM in the morning which is great if you want to get a sweat on before work. They also have lunch time classes if you can’t fit it into your schedule pre-or post-work. They then of course also have evenings classes where the latest class starts at 19:45PM.

We have been to the Covent Garden Another Space twice to try out their Spin class and absolutely loved it. The First spin class we tried was the Tuesday evening class at 19:30 with Olivia, it was incredible. Olivia brings so much energy into the class and we LOVE the fact she takes part in the entire class even if she has taught several classes already that day.

We then returned to the 19:30PM Class on a Monday with Alison and it was just as good, with it being a Monday the class was jam packed and everyone was sweating the weekend away. Alison sure did make us work hard the windows were steaming up and our legs were on fire.

The changing rooms are a good size and there is plenty of space to get changed. We love that they have lots of lockers as we do find some studios in London are lacking lockers or the lockers they do have people leave them locked for when they next return to the studio.

We liked the chalk board in the changing rooms as well so you could write down the locker you had chosen, it can’t just be us that always forgets the locker they have picked!

If you don’t want to go in the changing rooms pre-or post-class then there are also lockers outside the studios you can use, which we will definitely be doing next time if we are dashing off home.

Another Space sell Fresh Fitness Food shakes in their studio which are also delicious, we have in fact just visited for a shake in the past.

The new studio in Bank has recently opened and we would love to get down there and give one of their classes a try. We have tried Spin twice now so we would opt for a HIIT class at the new Bank studio.

The Avoidable Fitness Accidents You Somehow Didn’t Avoid

You probably see on our Insta stories of us at the gym most days, but that’s because there are 2 of us so it does look like we are there all the time. But in actually fact we aren’t and we do have rest days and understand the importance of these rest days.

Millennials and Generation Z, (which is us!) are much more health conscious than their parents and as a result it means we might be overdoing it a little. In fact most sports accidents could have been prevented but, as it is most people only understand their errors after the injury has happened.

Below are the top 7 freak and painful fitness accidents that we are here to prevent you from getting!

My gym bag is always packed and ready

First of all your body needs rest days. You might think that hard training every day can make you stronger and fitter, but ultimately if you’re in the habit of packing your gym bag every morning you might have developed an unhealthy obsession. Your muscles experience micro-tears as you train. It’s precisely those tears that will help to get you stronger and fitter, but you need to give yourself the time to heal. If you’re trying to maintain or improve your performance, a rest day will ensure that your hard work isn’t counterproductive. Ultimately, we’re talking here only a day or two break after a hard session because Going to the gym too often is unhealthy.

I don’t go to the gym, I cycle

If you’re not a gym addict, you might have chosen alternatives to stay fit, such as turning your commute to work into a fitness option. Cycling to work is extremely popular London especially since the introduction of the cycle scheme that now lets employers pay for a portion of the costs of a new bike. If you’ve got busy days, it’s the perfect workout as it doesn’t come in addition to your standard routine. The main risk you can be exposed to, assuming you’re a confident cyclist and won’t fall each time you need to let go of the handle to indicate where you’re going to turn, is traffic. London traffic is busy and can be dangerous (if you’ve been injured by a driver remember you should be making a claim after a cycling accident.

I’ve read lifting is good for toning

A lot of people are turning to lifting to tone their muscles and accelerate weight loss. It’s now common knowledge that weight lifting doesn’t have to make you bulky! We would recommend starting with a personal trainer so you are able to learn how to lift without putting your body under harmful pressures.

I’m a runner

We love running it’s one of our favourite forms of exercise but we also understand that it is a high impact exercise that can also weaken your joints. Ultimately, running can hurt when you’re new to it, and while it’s not an injury you need to give your body time to adapt to the impact and to take it easy.

I use energy-boosting supplements to keep going

Energy supplements are popular at the gym, especially if you want to push yourself to be able to see results faster, we have all heard of pre workout (personally we just drink coffee) but often these are not that healthy and in fact most supplements don’t increase your energy.

I’ll lose the weight through boot camp training

If you think that you can spend a week on a boot camp to shape your body to perfection, you need to reconsider your choices. Boot camps, while being effective as they work on minimal calories intake and maximal efforts over a short time, can actually put your health at risk. Similarly, HIIT training, which offers an everyday alternative to the boot camp cure create similar pressure in the body. Intense workouts can lead muscle tissue to break down and release poisonous myoglobin into the bloodstream.

I prefer to train at home

Yoga and stretching apps are extremely popular because they offer the possibility to train at home. However, it’s important to remain realistic about stretching. If you overdo it, you incur the risk of tearing muscles and tendons. You may not manage your splits in a week, so take it easy!

I guess what we are trying to say Is be sensible with your training! We love training and we feel great afterwards but we know when to listen to our bodies and take a rest day! No one is perfect we have all over trained our bodies in the past but don’t wait until you get an injury for you to realise you need to take those rest days.