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?

February Favourites

Wow, cannot believe we are in March already, time really does fly! The month has gone so quick we cannot even remember what happened! However see out favourites from this month below:

Homemade granola- One evening we randomly decided to make granola and we were surprised at how easy it is, and also how it will save us so much money. It is actually really expensive to buy ready made granola, and to make your own you just need some oats and a choice of coating. Its fun because you can make different flavour granola. Warm honey in pan and stir in the oats, or warm some peanut butter or Biscoff spread – all work equally well and equally delicious.

Matching gym gear- This month we decided to buy matching gym gear, and its the best decision ever. We have had such fun taking photos together and they look pretty cool when we are in matching active wear (well we think so anyway!). There are so many places that sell stylish active wear and we cannot wait to go shopping!

Pancakes-We have well and truly embraced Pancake Day this month and have made an awful lot of pancakes. Some we have already posted to our blog, but we have more to come in the future, because pancakes are for life not just for pancake day! You can definitely eat pancakes all year round, so watch this space.

Mochas- We have been making our own mochas in the evenings when those chocolarte cravings kick in. We have a tsp of decaff coffee and 2tsps of Cadburys Highlight hot chocolate mix it with a bit of milk and the rest hot water. It tastes so delicious and really does satisfy the sweet tooth.

Buffer – We have started using Buffer as we are so busy with work as well as the blog. Buffer is a great tool to schedule posts on social media. So far we have only used it for Twitter where we have been scheduling tweets to promote our blog posts. If you are as busy as us then we would recommend downloading this app and giving it a go!

Holiday booking – It seemed that February was the month to book holidays, we think the cold weather got to us so we just had to book some things to look forward too. We have booked to go to Paris, Palma and Barcelona. If you have any tips or posts for us to read about these destinations then send them our way please, we would love to read them!

Wonder what March will bring, its Annie’s birthday and we have a wedding to go so we are excited already. We also have the #BlogConLDN Event on March 18th, anyone else going?

 

Our love for Blogging 

image-4We 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.

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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.

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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.

The importance of water – Just Bee

Staying hydrated, before during and after exercising is vital.

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The human body is made up of around 73% water, and therefore we must consume a certain amount of water to survive, this will vary according to your age and gender. A male adult should be drinking 3 litres a day, while a female requires around 2.5 litres, however some of this water can be obtained through your food too! If you are exercising then obviously you need to drink more because you lose water through sweating.

Water is a healthy choice (firstly it is free!) and will work best at quenching your thirst and contains zero calories and no sugar. If you don’t like the taste of plain water we would suggest trying Just Bee.

We came across Just Bee by chance on twitter and it was their vibrant bright branding that brought them to our attention. After researching on their website and getting to know their story we couldn’t wait to try their products.

Just Bee honey water, is spring water enriched with a single drop of honey, it has no refined sugars and contains less than 50 calories per carton.

Apple and ginger – We absolutely loved this flavour and it was definitely our firm favourite out of the three flavours. The flavours complemented each other and the honey added a sweet taste.

Blueberry – This one would be perfect for people who like fruity sweet drinks.  It had a strong floral after taste with fruity notes.

Lemon and green tea –  We love green tea with lemon so we were super excited to try this flavour and we absolutely loved it. It was incredibly refreshing and would be perfect on a summer day enjoyed with lots of ice and a slice of lemon.

We have loved enjoying these drinks post workout to re-hydrate especially as the drinks are super refreshing.

 

January Favourites

Well that is the first month of 2017 done and dusted! We have had the most amazing month. Rachel had the trip of a life time exploring Cambodia and Vietnam and Annie completed her first 10 mile trail run.We have had a great time and also had super productive blogging days yay!

We also hosted our first twitter chat last weekend, which was so much fun. We cannot wait to host another one, it was so fast paced and manic but we got the hang of it. Our topic was juggling full time work and the blog its nice to know lots of other bloggers are doing it as well!

You can find our January Favourites below, let us know what you have been loving this month! 

Metafit- We have re found our love for metafit. We started back at our metafit class this January and we absolutely love it. Its 30 minutes of HIIT Training and trust us when we say you will be red faced and feeling the burn by the end of the class. We will be writing a full blog post on this soon so watch this space.

Peanut butter Porridge- We have loved putting Peanut butter in our porridge this month, it has been our go to breakfast especially in the cold winter mornings. It makes the porridge so creamy and just bloomin delicious. Once we have cooked the porridge we put a teaspoon (large) into the porridge and stir in well. The peanut butters we have loved this month are Funky Nut Company, Proper Nutty and also the M&S Smooth Peanut butter (it’s not as healthy as the others but tastes SO good).

MUA Makeup- This is a slightly unusual favourite for us as we don’t really experiment or spend much time and money on make-up but one lunch time we were browsing the make-up isles in Superdrug and saw that MUA (the cheap brand in Superdrug) have a Luxe matte lipstick range.  We decided to give it a go and it was literally amazing! The lipstick stayed on our lips ALL DAY! We were so impressed and will definitely be trying more colours!

Instagram Stories- This January decided to start using Instagram Stories, we don’t actually know why we never used them before. We both have our own Snapchat account that we post on but we have never used it for Three Brits. It is safe to say we are absolutely loving them and we will definitely be continuing.

Primark active wear- WOW they have really impressed us with their active wear this January. In December we went into Primark hoping to get some new running tops and the selection was awful we left straight away. This January however, we first noticed their amazing collection over on Instagram (Which by the way everyone should follow its amazing). We headed to the store as soon as we could and picked up so many bits! Its so affordable and actually lasts.

Wonder what February has in store for us, we cannot wait to see!

Positive vibes only

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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