The only regret you will make is wishing you started sooner

We will be completely honest with you here, we have a regret about our blog and Instagram and that is not starting it sooner. I mean maybe it wasn’t the right time for us if we had started earlier, it wasn’t like we sat around for ages pondering on whether or not to create a blog, it’s probably best that we take you back to the begging and where this crazy journey begun.

In October 2015 we decided to start a blog, we don’t remember why and we really cannot remember the conversation we had around it, which is really unlike us because we both have incredible memories for things like that but it’s been erased from both of our memories. Maybe we cannot remember because we didn’t see it as being a significant conversation or decision in our lives at the time, it was just meant to be a hobby where we documented some of our lives.

Fast forward 2 and a bit years and we absolutely love it, we don’t know what we used to do before our blog like seriously we must have been so bored. We spend every spare hour of the day we have working on our blog; writing blog posts, creating Instagram content, filming YouTube videos, answering emails and the list could really go on and on and on.

Our dream is to work full time on our blog we want to earn enough money so we don’t have to have a standard 9-5 job, we know this is also so many other bloggers dreams but you know what we think if we work hard enough our dreams can come true. No dream is too big if you put your mind to it, after all the only adventure you will regret is the one you didn’t take.

If you haven’t started a dream that you have been dreaming of doing whether that is a starting a blog, going travelling, moving in with someone or changing jobs you can do it!

So bring on the late nights, early mornings, copious amounts of coffee and constant hard work! We are ready to work harder than ever on our blog in 2018 and you know what we are already off to a good start and it’s only mid Jan, bring on the rest of the year.

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B&M January Shopping

B&M is one of the UK’s fastest growing variety retailers and we blooming love it, so when we were asked if we wanted to join in with their January campaign we immediately jumped at the opportunity. They believe in selling ‘Big Brands for Sensational Prices’ and think they do this really well.

We always notice more B&M stores in the north of the country but this might have something to do with the fact B&M’s first store opened in Blackpool. They now have over 560 stores across the country so you are bound to find a store near to you.

If you haven’t been to B&M before and you are anything like us then make sure you give yourself some time to browse the isles, we love it and could spend so much time and money in there. We scheduled in a day to go to B&M for the campaign and we basically wanted to purchase everything we came across.

We love fitness (as you well know) so we were especially excited when we saw B&M had an activewear range. We went for the grey and coral full length leggings which were such a bargain only costing us £6.99! They also had twin pack sports bras for £7.99 and double packs of leggings for £11.99. We also spotted they had protein shakers and water bottles on sale which we didn’t opt for this time but we will be back.

We have so many girly sleepovers with hot chocolate and chick flicks (or usually in our case getting blog work ticked off the do list) that we thought what better to accompany it than with new mugs, some marshmallows, popcorn and of course our favourite chocolate.

We actually couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the price of the popcorn- 25p and the marshmallows- 39p what an absolute bargain!

We already have a date in the diary and we are so very excited already. It won’t be long until we are back in B&M we have a wish list that just keeps on growing.

The Perfect House to rent in Bath

It has been a tradition of ours to go away at Christmas for the past few years, sadly Rach couldn’t make it this year as she had her final practical exam for PT school (we missed her so much). The location of choice this Christmas was Bath and we couldn’t have been more excited.

We searched for hours and looked at numerous properties on Air BnB in hope that we would find the perfect place to stay, none of them were quite right and incredibly expensive so we took our search elsewhere. I eventually found a lovely property on Bath Holiday Rentals, it was a good price and just looked perfect.

Bath Holiday Rentals have several properties in Bath which are all 4 or 5* self catering houses.

On arrival we immediately fell in love and knew we were going to have the best time.  The apartment had a kitchen, living room and drawing room which were decorated immaculately and instantly made us feel so at home something we find doesn’t come that easily.

The 3 bedrooms were located downstairs they were all decorated charmingly and cleaned to perfection. We felt so cosy in the house, this might have something to do with the underfloor heating which was a god send considering out cold it was outside.

A small hamper had been set up on the kitchen worktop which included; a bottle of mulled wine, mince pies, Muesli and some milk in the fridge, we loved this idea it was super cute of them and is something we will always remember about the place.

The Property was located in the centre of Bath on Brock Street, we couldn’t have really asked for a better location it was only a 5 minute walk away from the city meaning we didn’t have to drive anywhere all weekend. Talking about cars parking in Bath is slightly tricky, the property gave us one parking permit which was great but we had two cars. On the Friday when we arrived we parked the car on a yellow line, there were no signs to say what time we had to move the car by so we assumed the car would be fine but you guessed it we go a ticket LOL. The traffic warden actually told us to leave the ticket on the windscreen as we wouldn’t receive two in 24 hours and it was free to park there on a Sunday.

We always do Secret Santa whenever we go away so when we turned up and spotted a Christmas tree in the living room window we were over the moon. We each placed out presents under the tree which made our Christmas getaway even more perfect.

After a long day in Bath exploring the city we couldn’t wait to get back to the house to enjoy an afternoon of cheese and mulled wine. The kitchen was so well equipped (we especially loved the Emma Bridgwater crockery) we couldn’t fault anything, it really did feel like we had just moved into someone’s house for the weekend.

We will be recommending this place to EVERYONE! We haven’t stopped talking about it since we got home. We lived like princesses for the weekend and that is definitely something we could get used to.

Meeting Other Bloggers/Influencers

This time last year the concept of meeting people online and actually meeting up with them would have scared us.  We were worried we wouldn’t know what to say or what to talk about, would it be awkward? How wrong were we!

We used to shy away at events and keep ourselves to ourselves why? We don’t actually know, we have each other so we suppose that is our kind of safety net but we needed to start meeting likeminded people who got this crazy online world.

We have a lot of friends who we love so much and we wouldn’t change them for the world, but none of them run a blog or Instagram, so when we talk to them about certain things like the Instagram algorithm for example it just isn’t the same they look at you like you are mad!

At the end of 2017 we took the plunge and decided to meet up with some of the girls we had been speaking to on social media over the past year. We can honestly say we are so glad we have it was never awkward conversation kept flowing and there was so much we wanted to talk about. Oh and the best part of it? They didn’t find us weird or laugh at us for wanting to take a picture of our food or when we got our camera out to vlog instead they joined in and it was FAB!

Our friends and family who aren’t bloggers seem fascinated by the concept of ‘blogger friends’ but we truly believe that real genuine friendships can be formed online.  It is the norm to meet your partner online these days so what’s wrong with meeting new friends online.

We completely understand that it can be dangerous meeting up with people you do not know so stay safe and make sure you have told family and friends exactly where you are going.

In 2018 we hope to continue the current friendships we formed in 2017 and maybe even meet a few more of you lovelies! Push yourself out of your comfort zone and go and meet some of your friends from the blogging community, stay safe always and have fun!

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.

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!

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!