How to juggle a blog with a full time job 

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.

If you are also juggling a full time job with a blog which lets be honest is basically a full time job as well, then you might be interested in our top tips below! These basically help us get our shit together instead of having a mini breakdown halfway through the week!

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Write a to do list- we don’t know where we would be without our to do lists. It’s impossible to remember everything you have to do unless you write it down. We each have a to do list we work off of in hope that if one of us has forgotten something the other has remembered.

Write an Instagram schedule- at the begging of the week we write an Instagram schedule on the sort of photo we want to post whether that is fitness, coffee, breakfast etc. We don’t write the exact photo as sometimes we haven’t even taken it yet but it just saves us time during the week as it is one less thing to worry about.

Put time aside at the weekends- schedule in some blogging evenings and weekends so you can work on your blog without feeling rushed. We love our blogging days and evenings they are always so much fun and we always end up having so much content by the end of the weekend.

Work through your lunch break- we regularly work through our lunch breaks, this can include going to the shops to buy props, ingredients or new active wear. We also plan what we are going to bake so we constantly scroll through Pinterest looking for inspiration for our weekend baking sessions.

Wake up earlier/ go to bed later- we are early birds and love getting up early in the mornings and recently we have been meeting up at the gym to film workout videos for our YouTube channel. We love getting into bed early at night but we definitely make the most of the evenings when we get in from work before bedtime.

Communication is so key especially if you work on a blog with someone else. We are constantly talking to each other about the blog, we always wonder what we did before the blog came along!

Getting the recognition you deserve- if you work with a brand or a brand have contacted you you should ask yourself whether or not the content you produce will be worth your time and efforts. We are after all working on our days off and I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t work your day job free of charge or without getting some sort of recognition.

Utilise your commute by joining a Twitter chat, commenting on Instagram photos, replying to emails, writing blog posts on the notes section of your phone, buffer tweets and the list could go on and on!

Make the most of the good weather and get outside! If you know the weather is going to be lush at the weekend then try your hardest to get outside. We have met up early in the morning on a Saturday just to fit a photo shoot in as we had other plans for the rest of the weekend.

Don’t stress when your blog has to take a back seat, although this is probably the last thing you want sometimes it has too.

Use scheduling apps to keep on top of social media, we recommend Buffer or Hoot Suite but would love to know if you have other recommendations. We schedule our tweets on Buffer and it means we can continue to promote our blog throughout the day on twitter. We don’t pay for the app yet, so can only schedule 10 at a time but means we can have a tweet promoting a post at lunchtime when we are at work or in the afternoon.

Blog about what you love and it will never feel like work! 

April favourites 

April has been such a busy month for us and we have absolutely loved it! We both went away for the Easter weekend with our families, Rach went to Northern Ireland and Annie went to Suffolk. Rachel also celebrated her Birthday in Paris but most importantly the day was spent at Disneyland Paris how amazing! Rach also started a new job which she is loving and Annie ran a half marathon at the beginning of the month.

The summer months always get so busy and we have some exciting plans for May which we cannot wait to share with you over the next month. You can keep up with our whereabouts over on Instagram, Youtube and Twitter.

Assisted Squat Rack-  Recently we saw Tiffany Watson from MIC using the assisted squat rack in the gym to do a exercise we had never tried before. It inspired us to use the machine and as a result we ended up doing a full body workout on it! We have been loving it and boy could we feel the burn the next day. We will be posting the video on our Youtube channel soon!

Sugar free syrup in coffee shops– we have recently realised that Costa and Starbucks offer sugar free syrups! We don’t know how long they have been serving them but how did we not know about this before now? We are all for living a balanced lifestyle but we would much rather eat our calories than drink them and that is why we are opting for sugar free from now on.

London designer outlet- as you might have seen from our previous blog post or vlog we have been loving LDO! We spent the day there one Saturday and couldn’t wait to go back! We love to regularly update our active wear collection so the shops at LDO are perfect just for that!

Filming workout videos- we have had so much fun filming workout videos for our YouTube video recently! We meet up before work at the gym (6am are we mad?) to film videos especially for you guys! We have had a lot of fun mixing up our workouts and thinking of some fun and challenging exercises. So far we have posted; medicine ball workout, duo workout & full body workout.

The Good Guru- we have found a new favourite protein! We have sampled several of their proteins this month and they are so delicious. We especially love the individual packets as they are perfect to pack in your bag when going on holiday which as you know is something we love to do as often as possible. They also make vegan protein which is great for those that follow a vegan diet. We added the vanilla one to pancakes and also smoothie bowls. The Good Guru also make amazing porridge sachets with added protein and the berry one is a firm favourite that smells and tastes delicious.

Gato puddings- oh my gosh these puddings are DELICIOUS if you haven’t tried them already you need to! Rachel tasted them when she visited their stand at the Natural and Organic product show in London and she just had to introduce them to Annie. These puddings taste amazing served fresh from microwave and we loved all three flavours especially the chocolate and aubergine fondant & the orange and cardamon polenta sponge. They also have chocolate and coconut brownie too. Go check them out as they are perfect for dessert.

We cannot believe how quickly April has gone and that is is now so close to May! These months have been flying by and we guess its because we are working more and more on the blog and enjoying it more and more each day. We have mo specific plans for May apart from the fact that we have another bank holiday weekend which is always fab.
If you have any recommendations of places to go or things to do during May then let us know!

A Jersey breakfast guide 

Jersey has some delicious breakfast spots and as you know we are breakfast lovers so we had to include them in a speedster blog post! (We didn’t go to them all during this stay but we have sampled the menu on previous trips). Jersey folk have always gone out for breakfast it has been the thing to do way before the trend set in the UK.

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La Braye- We visited La Braye for the first time during our visit and the food was so delicious. There was lots of choice on the menu and I was spoilt for choice. I was considering going for the porridge but thought I should probably try something different seeing as I eat porridge almost every morning at home. I opted for the smoked salmon and scrambled egg which was so tasty. The crushed avocado on toast also looked amazing so I definitely know what to order next time.

El tico Beach Cantino- We loved El Tico when we visited back in May but we didn’t get the chance to visit this time around. The food is amazing and the portion sizes are incredibly generous. They serve full English breakasts, porridge with a selection of toppings, granola, pancakes, cinnamon toast and the list goes on and on. The view from El Tico is stunning as it looks out onto St Ouen’s bay where you can watch the surfers surf the waves.

Colleens- this is a relaxed beach cafe, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Colleens cafe is located in St Ouen’s and it is only a stone throw away from the beautiful golden sanded beach. You can dine both inside and outside if the weather is on your side. This is definitely a firm favourite of ours and pancakes were delicious.

Nude Food- We haven’t actually eaten in Nude foods but we popped in at the weekend as we wanted an iced coffee. Unfortunately they didn’t sell iced coffee but whilst we were in there we happened to notice how delicious the menu looked. It was a fitness bloggers heaven the menu was full of healthy and wholesome brunch foods.

MOO- This trendy spot can be found in St Hellier just off of the main highstreet. We would say this place is best if you want to take your smoothie or shake away as it is quite small inside. The smoothies they have on offer look delicious and they would be the perfect post workout refuel.

 

 

Brunch Review 2: Sopwell House

Your country home from home- Sopwell House

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One Saturday we ventured out to the Hertfordshire countryside (which actually isn’t that far away from us) to enjoy a delicious breakfast at Sopwell House. Sopwell House is a luxury hotel that is set amongst 12 acres of countryside. They have over 100 rooms, two restaurants, bars and a health and wellbeing centre.

We were not able to book breakfast we were just told to turn up before ten o’clock as that is when it is their busiest time. We arrived a little before 9:30AM and were taken to the breakfast restaurant. We were able to pick the table of our choice and as soon as we were seated the impeccable table service began.

The service at Sopwell House was faultless. The waiters and waitresses were very efficient and incredibly polite they really did make our visit even more enjoyable. We were served tea and coffees and were told to help ourselves to the breakfast that was on display in front of us.

There was so much choice including; Yoghurt, berry compote, selection of cereals, dried fruit and seeds, assortment of pastries, smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers, full English breakfast, freshly baked bread to toast, jams and spreads and also an array of hams and cheeses.

As you can imagine we didn’t know where to start and we basically worked our way through the entire selection, we were one of the lasts ones in the restaurant when it reached 11oclock.

We thought the breakfast was charged fairly at £17.50 per person. The only thing we were slightly confused about was the fact you were allowed to dine in your robes but then again it is a spa hotel and they do want you to feel like you are home from home so we will let them off.

We would love to return to Sopwell House for a Spa weekend as we were blown away by the quality of the breakfast. we can only imagine how relaxed and refreshed we would feel after an entire weekend of pure relaxation.

Brunch Review 1: Muriel’s Kitchen

We are on the hunt for the best places to go for brunch in London and Greater London and couldn’t think of a better topic to blog about. As you can probably already tell we are absolute foodies and we would say breakfast is our favourite meal of the day, you can read our blog post about it hereAt the weekend going for brunch is ideal because it means a later breakfast and you can go all out on a big meal to start the day.

We read about Muriel’s Kitchen on The Culture Trip so when we were in the area before a blogging event we just had to take a visit. We tried to book a table online but it was fully booked (we would recommend booking in advance at the weekend), however decided to risk it and turn up. We had to wait around 15 minutes for a table because the whole place was jam packed but it was worth the wait.

Firstly we ordered drinks with Rachel opting to try a juice and Annie going for the bottomless filter coffee (£2 is a bargain!). The juice was delicious and very refreshing and we like the little touch of the cucumber on the side.

We then ordered the toast to share, this came with butter and a whole jar of jam!! The bread was very tasty and there was certainly enough for us to share whilst we waited for the main event! It was so hard to decide what to order for the main brunch. We had watched all the dishes come out the kitchen whilst waiting for a table and were eying up a couple of dishes. As Rachel doesn’t like eggs it was a bit easier to decide, (most brunch dishes always include some form of egg!), and choosing the pancakes was a clear winner. It was harder for Annie to decide however in the end she also went for the pancakes.

When they arrived, our faces and gasps of ‘wow’ even made the waitress chuckle. The presentation wad impressive and the portion size even better! We do not know how the pancakes were made  but they were so fluffy and a bit cake like and had berries in them too. They were then topped with berry coulis, icing sugar and greek yoghurt. We were then given a very generous jug of maple syrup to pour over. I don’t think we need to write any more about because you can just drool over the pictures instead!

We are advocates of brunch and love trying out new places to go. This was definitely a great place to start our hunt for the best place for brunch in London and Greater London. Where would you recommend we try next?

Coffee or no coffee? 

The smell of coffee is enough to make many people not just want but need a coffee. Okay so maybe we are slightly exaggerating but there is definitely something about the smell that immediately makes you want that caffeine fix.

There are so many different types of coffee available now days it’s almost impossible to know which one to order. Americano, flat white, cappuccino, lattes, filter, mocha, iced coffee etc etc. Once you have eventually chosen your coffee the next question is any syrup with that? Skimmed milk or full fat? This is when you can start to add those unwanted calories into your drink without even realising.

A fairly low calorific drink can suddenly turn into a sugar packed high calorie drink. Your standard coffee has now turned into a coffee with this that and the other added in and is now more like eating a dessert, which does of course taste delicious but you know what they say a moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips.

Monday morning, the morning that most people dread and often cannot get through without copious amounts of coffee or at least this is what they have learnt to tell themselves. We are massively guilty of this as well, the first thing we do at work is grab a coffee because of course we cannot function without one.

Is this really true though? Most nights we get over 8 hours sleeps which is far more than most. We live a healthy and balance lifestyle the majority of the time, so is this caffeine addiction just a really bad habit?