Your country home from home- Sopwell House
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.
We started our blog over a year ago in October 2015 but never really posted anything regularly. We were new to the blogging scene and didn’t really know what we were doing. We would write posts about fitness, travel and food as this is what we were and still are passionate about.
One evening we decided to have a blogging evening and decided we wanted to up our game. Firstly we knew we had to change the design of our blog as we were really unhappy with the way it looked. We did some research on how we could change the design on WordPress and finally found one we were happy with. We also knew we had to pay for a domain as we didn’t want http://www.threebrits.wordpress.com any longer, I mean no one was going to take us seriously with a URL like that. We had such a productive evening and it got us excited for the months ahead! We Planned so many blog posts that evening so we knew the direction we were heading.
Instagram has always been our favourite social media platform, we love taking photos and could scroll though our insta feed for hours at a time. When we first set up our blog In October 2015 we focused a lot of our time on Instagram and definitely neglected Twitter. Some people might find this odd, because now we have been blogging for a while we have realised that Instagram is the hardest place to get followers! Its all a learning curve though right!?
We didn’t really know what to use Twitter for, we connected our blog to twitter and tweeted the odd tweet but that was as a far as we went. One evening we came across something called a Twitter chat and decided to join in and it’s safe to say we have never looked back! Everyone we have spoken to on Twitter has been so supportive. The blogging community has some of the most positive, professional and humble people we have ever spoken to and they have encouraged us to make decisions we would never have made before hand.
Twitter chats are great, and we look forward to joining in on them in the evening (they are usually between 6-9pm GMT) and meeting new bloggers and finding blogs to follow. We really enjoy the Sunday chats, the perfect end to the weekend. A couple of weeks ago we held our first twitter chat, it was so much fun an we cannot wait to do another one.
Last December we decided to bite the bulett and share our blog with our family and friends on Facebook something we had never done before. We were embarrassed and scared to share our blog with people we knew and we don’t really know why. We love our blog we talk about it and work on it all the time so we don’t know why we were so scared to share it with people. When we did finally share it on Facebook we were so overwhelmed with the support we got especially from people we hadn’t seen or spoken to in years.
Some people would probably think we are mad for getting up at god knows what time on a Saturday morning for photoshoots in the freezing cold or spending our Friday evenings baking instead of going out and drinking.
We honestly don’t know what we would do without our blog, it is a hobby that we have fallen in love with and have so much planned for the future.
Positive- A desirable or constructive quality or attribute
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty- Winston Churchill
We are constantly striving to see the positive in every situation; this is something that can take years of practice but with a bit of encouragement from each other we are doing a pretty good job. When things go wrong it’s important to recognise that life isn’t always perfect and we are strong believers of ‘everything happens for a reason’. Try to see the positive in a negative situation, it can be tough at times but it will make you feel a lot better after.
Every day we surround ourselves with a variety of different people, all of which will have different characteristics. The majority of these will be a delight to be around, they will love, encourage and support the decisions you make in life. These are the people you can turn to when good things happen like getting a new job or a promotion at work, they will be happy for you, congratulate you and won’t be jealous of your success.
Closing the door on old relationships can be hard, just because you have been friends with someone for years doesn’t mean the relationship is a strong and happy relationship. If you find yourself making excuses about meeting up or not looking forward to seeing someone this is a good indication of an unhappy relationship. If someone makes you feel bad about yourself or doesn’t respect you as an individual you don’t have to continue the relationship.
We often become like those we are closest too, look around at your friends and think are they who you would like to become? Do you respect them? Are you happy around them? If the answer is no to any of the above then take some time to think why, it’s hard to live a positive life if you surround yourself with negative people.
Initially it may be hard to stop negative thoughts, be patient with yourself. Every time you have a negative thought try and think of two positive things in your life. So many of us take things for granted for example having a bed to sleep in every night, having access to clean water or having a body that lets us experience life each day.
We have always loved girly sleepovers, when we were younger we would have sleepovers almost every weekend. Although our sleepover may be a little different now (we certainly won’t be staying up all night) we still have just as much fun.
This year we decided to have a Christmas themed sleepover. We went to H&M beforehand and picked out some brand new matching pyjamas because what’s a sleepover without brand new Pyjamas? This year we got Disney pyjamas making our Christmas even more magical.
Next up was to choose our Christmas film and of course we chose Elf! If you are reading this and you haven’t yet watched Elf you need go watch it straight away. Will Ferrell stars as Buddy the Elf and it is sure to get you feeling festive.
Whilst watching Elf we also enjoyed some freshly baked mince pies and ginger snap biscuits we had baked earlier on in preparation for our Christmas themed sleepover. We also sipped on hot chocolate and herbal teas from our Santa clause mugs as it was a chilly evening and we needed something to warm us up.
We definitely are showing our age as we were all tucked up in bed ready to sleep by 10:30pm. When we were younger we would have been causing all sorts of havoc, but our alarms were set as we were up early the next day going for a run and cooking Gingerbread pancakes for breakfast! mmmm so festive!
We were browsing Eventbrite like we regularly do looking for interesting events to attend. If you don’t know what Eventbrite is it is a website where you can be the host of an event or purchase tickets for events (its great and we are so addicted it even featured in our September favourites). You use the search engine to type in the sort of events you want to attend and some are even free. When we came across the GirlBoss event with Niomi Smart we knew we had to attend.
We have been following Niomi across all her social media platforms for quite some time but if you don’t know who Niomi is she is a lifestyle Blogger and YouTuber. The tickets were just over £5 and the event was being held at the Hoxton in Shoreditch, a venue we had not been to before.
The event was due to start at 6:30PM and when we arrived (10 minutes late) everyone was already seated. We walked into the kitchen area to grab a drink and Niomi advised us on what drink we should choose. They had wine on offer but we opted for a delicious Sibberi water which was naturally flavoured with maple. We thought it was great that Niomi was there welcoming the guests as they arrived and it turns out she is even lovelier in real life.
Niomi is an incredibly genuine and inspiring girl and her attitude to life is truly infectious. We left the event feeling more motivated than ever. It’s all down to hard work, being consistent and being as authentic as possible in everything we post.
We will definitely be keeping an eye out for more GirlBoss events in the future and we think you should as well.
We planned a mini break to Sheffield a while ago, and got a great deal on a 2 night stay at the Hilton. We left at 6.30ish on Friday evening and drove up the M1 all the way to Sheffield, Friday night traffic and a couple of accidents we arrived 3 hours later! Straight to bed for us ready to hit the next day. Annie and I got up at 8ish for a run. As I went to University in Sheffield I took Annie on my old 10km route around the city. It was the most beautiful morning and the run felt incredible. We ran through a park too which was nice and took some cool photos of autumn leaves.
We got back to the hotel and got ready for breakfast, we had high expectations for the breakfast, especially as breakfast is our favourite meal of the day, and sadly it was a disappointment, I have most definitely eaten better breakfasts elsewhere. We then headed to the city centre to explore and do some shopping. We wandered around the city buying new clothes and bits and bobs for winter before heading to Ecclesall Road which is where Rachel used to live. The road is a beautiful tree lined road full of coffee shops, restaurants, bars and gift shops. We headed to Couch for a coffee, we had an iced coffee and shared a large slice of Chocolate Orange cake. We chilled in the cosy café for a while, watching the world go by. Then I took them to the Botanical Gardens, which are these gardens that are kind of a mini version of Kew Gardens. We then went for a wander around Endcliffe Park to get those steps up! We still had some time to kill before our early dinner reservations so popped into some gift shops and charity shops. I got an underwater camera for £5!
We then headed to Graze Inn for dinner and ooogled at the menu which had soooo much to choose from. Annie and I both went for the half chicken which came with 3 sides each! For £12.95 an absolute bargain and shows how we get so ripped off in London! The dinner was soooo tasty, I just wish I had room for dessert as the tasting platter looked amazing!
We headed back to the hotel to get ready for our night, we glammed ourselves up and before we knew it the taxi had arrived. I had pre-booked the disco taxi for the girls as a surprise which was such a laugh!
We ended up going on a mini bar crawl dancing the night away before heading back to the hotel at 2am.
The following day we woke up to miserable weather and headed to breakfast. We stuffed our faces with food and then got ready to check out. We walked across Sheffield back to my car and the I drove us to Matlock. We wandered around Matlock and then headed to Matlock Baths. Matlock Baths is a strange place that looks like a seaside town where all motor bikers seems to congregate. We had fish and chips at a restaurant and then it was back to the car for the 3 hour journey home.
We love visiting new places in England and cannot wait for our next weekend break at the beginning of December. We are unsure where to go so any suggestions are welcome……!
We follow Lorna Jane on instagram and were very excited when we realised one of her active days was to be held in London. We snapped up the free tickets as soon as possible.
Not really knowing what to expect, on Sunday morning we headed by train to Shoreditch. We took the short walk to Shoreditch park, following other people in gym kit and arrived to lots of people all jumping and exercising to loud music.
We registered at the pink tent and took advantage of the free samples, those salted caramel aussie protein bars were amazing by the way! We found our spot and joined in with the workout.
The first was a jungle style workout that involved dance like moves which was a lot of fun! It definitely got us warned up ready for the day!
Next we enjoyed a really good pilates class, now we haven’t done pilates before so were a bit sceptical abut it, however it turned out to be amazing and we really worked our core muscles. We will definitely be trying them out in the gym and maybe finding a pilates class near home.
We then took part in the duo workout which is all workouts to be done with a partner. To be honest we weren’t really a fan of this session and felt that we could do all the workouts on our own but with a partner doing it together. Maybe these duo workouts are not for us – well there are 3 of us after all!
The next workout was with Wildcat and this was body pump and it was soon good! We loved getting hot and sweaty and getting fully involved with this workout – squats, lunges, burpees, sit ups, press ups – you name it we attempted it!
By this point the sessions were over running slightly and we were feeling peckish, so we headed towards Shoreditch for a wander and some food before heading back home
We had such a fun morning and it was all completely free – we cannot wait until the next event!