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.

App’s we use to edit photos

We love taking photos what blogger doesn’t right? We snap away all the time our camera roll is full of random snaps mostly consisting of food, coffee, fitness and travel are you surprised? One of our favourite parts of taking photos is editing them afterwards, we have so much fun editing our photos it can really bring the photo to life.

Taking photos can be frustrating and sometimes it just doesn’t go your way, nothing seems to work and your creativity is just not up to scratch. We hate these days and often just end up giving up and starting afresh the following day.

Taking and editing photos can be a long task we set aside days where we just have photoshoot after photoshoot changing outfits as we go constantly snapping away. We will then dedicate time to editing the photos making sure we have enough photos to post on Instagram, we are currently posting two a day.

Sometimes we will post a photo on Instagram, stare and it over and over again and decide no this photo just isn’t right and just doesn’t fit with our theme or it might fit with the theme but it is just a crap photo. People that only run a personal Instagram account don’t always get why we are so selective over the pictures we choose to post but the quality of the photo is so important on Instagram now days.

We only use three apps when editing our photos which we will go into more detail about below:

Instagram- Of course Instagram is going to be one of the apps we use when editing our photos. This is usually the last app we will use just before posting the photo. If we choose to use an Instagram filter we will always choose the filter ‘Aden’. It is by far our favourite filter and makes any photo look completely magical. It’s very rare we use any other filter on Instagram they just don’t match up to Aden.

Afterlight- This was the first app we ever purchased and swore by it for so many years. We do still use it today mainly for cropping, rotating and changing the brightness/contrast of a photo. Although it isn’t our favourite editing app at the moment we still use it on a regular basis and would definitely recommend it.

VSCO- This is the latest app we have started using, at the beginning of October we were completely obsessed with Zoella’s Instagram it was so beautiful and enough to get anyone in the autumn spirit. We saw on Twitter that she used this app so after having downloaded it a few months before and never using it we decided to give it a go. We absolutely love it and it is the app we are currently obsessed with. The only downside to this app is the fact you need an internet connection to use it.

We always try to use the same filter when editing our photos to ensure our photos fit well together on our Instagram grid. Although we don’t follow a strict theme we do like our grid look aesthetically pleasing.

During the autumn months we decided to have a pop of orange in the majority of our photos and always used the VSCO P5 filter on our photos. This filter didn’t fit on all photos so sometimes we went for C1 and Aden on Instagram but we always cross checked the photos to check that they fitted well together- you can see an example of our Instagram below.

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7 Things We Have Learnt About Blogging

Wow we still cannot believe we have been blogging for two years now, the time has gone so quickly and we still think of ourselves as ‘new’ bloggers when in actual fact in the past two years we have learnt so much.

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There is obviously so much more that we have to learn and we are by no means experts at all but we feel like newer bloggers may be interested in reading about what we have learnt and what we wished we knew when we first started out with our blog.

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We recently reflected on our two years of blogging and celebrated our blogs birthday, is that really sad? Probably we made a cake and everything lol. We just wanted to celebrate the special occassion because our blog means so much to us, we would be lost without it. We genuinely cannot believe how quickly the past two years have gone it is like we have blinked and here we are.

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Network- you have probably heard this one thousand times before but honestly network your little butt off. Talk to people when you attend events, get involved on twitter, read and comment on people’s blogs. Basically do whatever you can and feel comfortable doing but make sure you network with like minded people.

Join in twitter chats- We hadn’t even heard of a blogger chat when we first started blogging and it wasn’t until about a year into our blogging journey that we actually started to use Twitter properly, don’t ask us why we just didn’t know it was a place for bloggers to connect. Now we are on twitter every day and try and join in Twitter chats as often as we can, it’s a great way to meet other bloggers. If you can also try and host a twitter chat they are so much fun and also you can decide the topic so it’s a great way to learn new things that you perhaps didn’t know about previously.

Be active and post regularly- be as active as you can across all social media channels and your blog, it will pay off and you will find your stats are improving every day. Who ever said you should have a blog schedule is wrong and we don’t agree with this, post blogs whenever you want because the more you post the more traffic you are likely to drive. We like to connect with people on Instagram by commenting on photos and starting up conversations, it is harder to form relationships on Instagram than on Twitter but keep at it and you will get there!

Good quality- quality is definitely better than quantity in the blogging world. We have learnt to post photos that are of a higher quality, looking back at our earlier Instagram posts is actually hilarious, we have actually archived some now because they were so tragic.

Use hashtags on Instagram- okay so the algorithm may have reduced the impact the hashtags used to have but we definitely still think they help. Not only for receiving likes on Instagram but because people also search for hashtags that they are interested in. We always search for hashtags on Instagram e.g. ParisBrunch or LondonFitness as it helps us find new places to go and try especially when we are going on holiday.

Approach brands- don’t be afraid to approach brands that you want to work with, we have approached so many brands in the past two years and although some may have turned us down because we don’t have over 10,000 followers others have given us so many opportunities.

Don’t say yes to everything- it can be hard at first to say yes to everything because as soon as opportunities come your way you don’t want to say no. If something doesn’t fit the direction you are going in or agree with then just say no. We have had a few brands contact us about detox teas etc. which isn’t something we agree with or want to share with our followers. Saying no doesn’t make you ungrateful for the opportunity it just means you are available to put more time and effort into things that you actually want to do with your blog.

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How to spend a healthy day in London

We love spending a healthy day in London. A typical day for us would be the below, we love trying new classes and new food especially brunch food!

Attend a class/ visit a new gym- There are so many great fitness classes in London, it would be impossible for us to name them all but some of Londoners favourites include; Barry’s boot camp, F45, unit London, Kobox and bests bootcamp. You can also look on the app ‘class pass’ where you will discover hundreds more classes. If classes aren’t really your thing you could always look on the ‘payasugym’ app where you can search by location for a gym.

Go for brunch- Brunch is massive in London, everyone seems to be having brunch these days which is great if you love breakfast food as it means you can eat it for both breakfast and lunch. Some of our favourite brunch spots in London include; daisy greens which is behind Marble Arch, Mauriels kitchen in South Kensington, The good life eatery, Daylesfood farm in Marylebone high street, Grind (lots of locations), Chiltern Firehouse and so many more!

Rent a boris bike- Renting Boris bikes or Santander bikes is so much fun and a great way to explore London. It is an absolute bargain as well, it only costs £2 for 24 hours meaning you could cycle your way around London. We especially love cycling through the London parks as cycling on the busy London roads can be slightly terrifying to say they least!

Walk- don’t use the tube- We have a rule that when we are visiting London we walk everywhere! We hate getting the tube it’s so busy and also can get really expensive if you are using it all the time. Most places in London are a lot closer to each other than you probable think. Next time before you hop on the tube open your google maps and look at how far away you are, you’ll be surprised at how little time you save getting the tube. Walking also means you get to explore parts of London that you perhaps wouldn’t have seen otherwise. We always like to take the scenic route in the hunt to find the hidden gems of London.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

We love lemon meringue pie so decided to turn one of our favourite desserts into cupcakes. We made our own lemon curd, however if its easier just buy your own. In addition we are lucky enough to own a blow torch so it made finishing off these cupcakes a lot easier. You can quickly cook the meringue in the oven, however we are unsure how reliable this is.

These cakes do take some time to make and there are quite a few steps to follow. Make sure you allow yourself enough time for the cakes to cool before putting the meringue on top. Even though they do take a while they are totally worth it and will leave everyone wanting to go back for more!

Lemon Meringue

110g caster suagr
110g unsalted butter
2 eggs
110g self raising flour
1tsp baking powder
dash vanilla essence

Lemon curd
100g caster sugar
2tbsp corn flour
zest from 2 lemons
juice from 3 lemons
juice 1 orange
85g butter
1 egg
3 egg yolk

4 egg white
200g caster sugar
2tsp cornflour

Cake method:
1) With an electric hand mixer or free standing mixer beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
2) Add the eggs with a tsp of the flour and mix
3) Add the remaining flour, baking powder and vanilla and beat together
4) Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases and cook in the over for 12 minutes at 180C

Lemon curd method:
1) Put the cornflour, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan and on a low heat gradually stir in the lemon juice.
2) Make the orange juice up to 200ml with water and gradually add this to the pan stirring constantly. Cook over a medium heat until the mixture thickens stirring until you have a smooth mixture.
3) When the mixture bubbles remove from the heat and add the cubed butter until it melts
4) Beat the egg yolks and whole egg together then stir into the pan. Return to the heat and stir vigorously until the mixture thickens and plops off the spoon then remove from the heat

Prepare the cake:
1) Once the cakes have cooled use an apple corer to take out the centre of the cupcake. You may need to use a knife to get rid of a little more cake
2) Fill the cake with the lemon curd and then put the cake you have removed back on top of the curd

1) Put the egg whites into a large mixing bowl and whisk until soft peaks
2) Add half the sugar a spoonful at a time whilst still whisking.
3) Whisk in the cornflour
4) Add the rest of the sugar a spoonful at a time and whisk until stiff

Prepare the topping:
1) Pipe the meringue onto the top of the cake or use a spoon
2) With a blow torch lightly cook/toast the meringue until golden

These are certainly a showstopper and the lemon curd in the middle a nice surprise for everyone enjoying the cupcake.

We hope you enjoy making and eating these as much as we did – don’t forget to share your recipes with us!

It’s okay to stand up for yourself!


Recently we were put in a situation where we had to stand up for ourselves. At first we were scared to speak up, we felt intimidated by the group of people that we didn’t know very well. The problem was ruining our weekend and after a quick chat we decided we had every right to speak out as we were not the ones in the wrong.

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Standing up for yourself can be really challenging and incredibly scary but once you have done it you will feel a sense of relief and so much better about yourself afterwards. I think people sometimes think that standing up for yourself can make you argumentative but that doesn’t have to be the case, people should respect your opinion.

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When we don’t stand up for ourselves we end up feeling frustrated and misunderstood.   We have walked away from so many situations and end up wishing we had dealt with the situation differently and spoken up.

In the last few years we have learnt to stand up for ourselves and one another why should we let people walk over us and think it is okay to be disrespectful. It has taken hard work, perseverance and hundreds of pep talks but we are finally there and we will not be turning back anytime soon.

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BLOGMAS Day 19 – Christmas Sausage Rolls

Recently we have done an awful lot of sweet baking, so decided it was time to bake something savoury. What better time of year to do some savoury baking and crack out the sausage rolls. We didn’t fancy making ordinary sausage rolls but Christmas themed ones. Actually you can’t really call them sausage rolls either, I think they should be called sausage pin wheels.

We skinned some fat cumberland sausages and placed in a large mixing bowl. We added wholegrain mustard, mixed herbs and some dried cranberries and mixed together with our hands.

We rolled out puff pastry (well actually we bought ready rolled, so didn’t exactly roll it ourselves!). We then mixed together in a separate bowl honey and dijon mustard then coated the pastry in it. We then spread over the sausage mix.

We rolled the pastry up and cut up, about 2cm thick and placed on a baking tray. The pinwheels cooked in a 180 degree oven for around 25 minutes.

Hey presto, you have some delicious christmasy sausage pin wheels – these will certainly impress your guests!