Date Night (V Day) Ideas For Active Couples*

*my first disclaimer for this post is that you do not need to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentines Day these days. It's just as much fun to get a group of friends together for the evening to celebrate... and these ideas would be just as suitable for your "Galentines" fun...

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of Valentines Day. Mostly due to the commercialisation... you know, like they've done with Christmas. But at least I actually know and remember the real meaning behind the winter festivities...

HelloFresh recently conducted a poll which found that over a third of Brits are planning on shunning restaurants in favour of a romantic night in with their partner this Valentines because it seems that...  

Staying In Is The New Going Out 
Natalie of The Floral Republic tells me that she will "be having a night in by myself bingeing on Netflix and wine!...not bitter at all!"

Beki of Miss Wheezy shared that "[we] don't really do Valentines Day but seeing as it's Pancake Day today and [we're] out this evening, we'll probably combine the two and make heart shaped pancakes!"

Viki is also having a night in... She says "I'm having a chilled dinner at home with my husband, maybe with a board game or two. Although the big one is our 11 year anniversary on Friday so he has a surprise in store for me then!" 

Going Crazy...Golf (lol) 
This is what I will be up to on Wednesday evening... once I finish teaching. I'll be heading over to Swingers in the City to share a round of crazy golf, some heart shaped pizza and champers of course! I'll also share all the fun over on my Instagram on the night...

Hit The Gym With Your Gal Dem
Sarah (That SquatBot) tells me "my boyfriend is working away this week so I’ll be with my REAL Valentines tomorrow night... with my gals from the gym at a weightlifting class!" 

How About A Climbing Date? 
Jen of MumBeta says "although [it's] less romantic when you find out that we climb together every Wednesday. Why change things up when that’s what we love to do!"

And How Bout Some Gift Inspo? 
Tess (The FitBits) says "a couple of years ago chris bought me a pull up bar - best present ever!" ...we can't argue with that, right?!

...hope you all enjoy your evening whatever you have planned!

Happy Valentine Day! 

Elle :) 

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p.s here is my contribution to pancake day over on Instagram...

Who would I be if I didn’t have a pancake picture to share?! πŸ€”πŸ™„πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€·πŸΎ‍♀️ . Spent the morning eating as many pancakes as my belly could hold all made by and with @pipandnut πŸΏπŸ™ŒπŸΎ . Also took part in their #FlipOff which I officially won πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽŠ ...the prize being a hooooge tub of almond butter (my favourite 😍) ...DON’T WATCH ME πŸ’πŸΎ‍♀️ lol . I had all the vegan pancakes, choc hazelnut butter, all the fruit, coconut yoghurt, dark choc shavings, sprinkles of coconut... needed fuel for a little bit of BadAss and HardCore Training @gymboxofficial innit 😝 . Tell me you remembered it was pancake day today?! (I did remind y’all yday) . #keepitsimpElle #londonbloggers #naturalnuttiness.
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The Basics of Batch Cooking with #JohnLewisHome

National Pizza Day I think is as good an excuse as any to publish this post. And to ensure it makes sense, I’m gonna start at the end and finish at the beginning!

Last weekend, I had what turned out to be the brilliant idea of making homemade pizza. After running the London Winter Run it seemed like the perfect way to spend an evening indoors and enjoy some good food. It turned out well... although the process takes about an hour (but only maybe 15 mins of work) your pizzas only then take 5/6 mins to cook. With the added bonus of knowing what’s in your food, choosing the toppings and no need to be stingy with said toppings!!

And because I’m one to share the fun, I have the very simple pizza recipe to share with you:


Serves 4 | Prep Time: 1 hour | Cook Time: 30 mins


Pizza dough

14g fresh yeast
1 tsp caster sugar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
500g strong white bread flour
1 tsp fine sea salt

Tomato margherita sauce

1 clove of garlic chopped
400g chopped tinned tomatoes
6 basil leaves torn
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

To finish:

150g grated mozzerella
8 basil leaves torn

How to prepare

1. Preheat the oven 230 degrees. Place a flat baking tray into the oven to warm.

For the pizza dough:
1. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast, sugar, oil, flour and salt, and add 325ml of lukewarm water.

2. Using your hands, bring the mixture together into a ball of dough, tip out onto a lightly-floured surface and knead for five minutes until you have a smooth, elastic ball of dough.

3. Place in a large bowl and lightly cover with cling film. Leave to prove for 45 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.

To make the tomato sauce:

1. Gently fry the garlic in olive oil for a few minutes until soft then add the basil, tomatoes and season with salft and pepper. Cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes until thickend. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

To assemble the pizza:

1. Turn the proved dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and gently knead for one minute to knock out the air. Divide the dough into four even-sized balls.

2. To assemble the pizza, roll out one ball of dough at a time to the thickness of a pound coin.

3. Carefully place each rolled out dough onto a thin baking tray dusted with semolina flour. Spoon and spread one tbsp of the cooled tomato sauce over the base, then scatter the grated mozzerella and two torn basil leaves on top.

4. Carefully transfer the assembled pizza onto the hot baking tray in the oven by sliding it in. Cook for five minutes or until golden. Carefully remove the tray from the oven and repeat the same process with the next three balls of dough.


I made my pizza vegan by using this vegan cheese. It doesn’t melt as well as actual mozzarella so I highly recommend you do as the packet / recipe says and take the time to grate it.

So where did I get this brilliant idea from? That would be a batch cooking masterclass I went to earlier in the week with John Lewis at the Waitrose Cooking School. It was a great evening showcasing how one simple tomato based sauce could be used to make a multitude of dishes (including said pizza). On the evening I also got to try my hand at making my own pasta (not too arduous a task) and got to devour everything that was made on the night.

Apparently, we’d all save a staggering £1,493 per year if we incorporated batch cooking into our daily routines which isn’t half bad. I’m a massive fan of the time saving aspect too especially when life gets busy, I’m active and time poor. Check out this page over on John Lewis for tons more tips about batch cooking and other recipes using the tomato sauce; you have to give the recipes a go and let me know what you think. Everyone was LOVING them over on my Instagram Stories so I’m excited to finally share them with ya!

And I don’t think I’ll be buying pre-made pizza too often now I know how simple it is to make! ...So who's already nailed batch cooking? Any tips for us?!

Elle :) 

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A Little Life Update / Winter '18 & FREE February Calendar Download

I literally can’t believe we’re at the end of January 2018 already. Although it seems to have sped by, on the other hand, it has felt like the longest month EVER. either way it’s done and I’ve got your free February calendar download to share along with a few life updates while we're at it...

TRAIN at Frame 
Frame opened two new studios this month; one in Fitzrovia just a stones throw from my University campus and one in Hammersmith. I attended the training for the TRAIN room earlier this month so got signed off to teach their Cardio and Box Train classes... which are totally my jam. I’ve already taught in Fitzrovia and also at Hammersmith on their opening weekends and am excited to pick up cover whenever I can until I get my own permanent shifts.

Back To School
I'm almost half way through my second term of my Masters now. This term I only have the one module; Research Methods, so I doubt it’ll be inspiring any thought provoking blog posts I can share with you. There’s a pretty philosophical side to it all and social science is not my strong point so soon I’ll be knuckling down and spending all the time I can in the library reading and revising for my exam (it’s 3 hours long y’all!).

Vuelio Top 10
This little blog here has managed to stay ranked in the Top 10 Fitness & Exercise blogs coming in at number five for 2018. The list gets updated again in July so hopefully I stay ranked and will be shortlisted for the Awards. Check out the interview I did with Vuelio over on their blog here.

Pretty Little Thing | you can also catch me over on the PLT blog chatting with them about all things well-being.

...Anyway, enough about me! If you missed the January post where I shared a bit about Angela who designed these downloadable calendars for us then you need to catch up here.

Angela went above and beyond to create these wallpapers, one for each month in 2018 featuring prompts to remind you to take care of yourself and enjoy yourself in equal measure, all inspired by her Three Good Things blog series. This post is to share February's download so you can get organised too...

Info about sizing:
There are three different sizes available.

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Guys, please go show Angela some love! ...and here's to a February that doesn't feel quite as long as January did! 

Elle :) 

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The Osprey Transporter: For Our 2018 Adventures

Photo Credit: Donna | Hues of Delahaye

It’s not often you get to meet a brand, or at least the people who work for a brand that know the products inside out. When the opportunity came up to do just that with Osprey I jumped at the chance.

It’s no secret that just a few years ago I was not a fan of the great outdoors. And whilst much has changed, I’m still a fan of creature comforts and good quality items especially when it comes to bags / luggage.

Having spent a little time getting familiar with the majority of the Osprey product line I had a thing for the Transporter (40L to be specific) but ..."it’d be perfect if it had straps to make it into a backpack too!". So you know why I now have it right?! Because it does in fact turn from a hold-all to a backpack in a matter of seconds.

Photo Credit: Donna | Hues of Delahaye

I picked the 40L because it’s a reasonable size (for a fitness professional) to lug about everything I would need for the day but it also complies with budget airline carry on sizes for Europe making it perfect for weekend adventures. It comes in 65, 95 and 130L versions... for those really epic adventures.

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It’s supposed to be water resistant and I can already verify that as the day I took it out to get some pictures it poured with rain which the bag could hold up to but not the cameras so we didn't get the pics... but got a few candid ones (featured) when out and about!

Essentially, the bag is made up of one large, central compartment with internal straps to keep everything in place. When you wear the bag as a rucksack the compartment zip is flush with your back which makes its pretty secure, especially if you’re out and about (a) town. There is also a pocket on the top for all the things you’d need to have to hand plus an I.D pocket so you can easily identify which pack is yours... cos y’know, your mates might have the same pack! But you don’t all have to get lime green (other colours are available including black but I thought that’d be too boring!).

So, time to plan some adventures for 2018, right?! ...I think it'll be mostly weekends in Europe for me due to work / studies. Would love to get a weekend ski trip in for next season and will defo need some sunshine at some point too!

What adventures have you got planned so far?! ...Are you an Osprey fan already?!

Elle :) 

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How To Snack Smart When Living A Busy Life*

*or in my case, when studying...

Since I started my Masters back in October I’ve been struggling big time with eating right, at the right time. My lectures were twice weekly, for 3 hours in the evening. That means that right slap bang in the middle of my lecture is when I should be eating dinner but the best I get is a 10-20 minute break. There’s certainly nothing stopping me eating during my lecture but ideally it needs to be something that can be eaten quietly (y'know, no rustling packets to distract everyone) or if I need an actual meal it needs to be something that's already cooked and can be eaten cold.

I relied heavily on Pret baguettes and popping into Planet Organic for their student meal deal and/ or overpriced snacks but I can’t sustain that forever; not only would it impact my finances but soon enough I’d start to see and feel the impact on my waistline. So instead, I’m trying to be organised by ordering my food shopping to be delivered weekly (I always used to end up doing it when I remembered every 10-14 days) and buy all my snacks in that order so I don’t have to resort to buying (expensive) junk food.

Thought I’d share with you some of my finds from the supermarket and beyond that will hopefully keep me healthy over the coming weeks, months ...and couple of years! It’s also relevant for those of you who may sit in long meetings throughout the week or even studying for your Personal Training qualification (yes, you’ll do a fair bit of sitting through all that anatomy and physiology!). So, in no particular order: 

ONE. Nutri-Bombz
These guys contacted me on IG and of course I jumped at the chance to try out their snack packs. Based in the UK, Nutri-Bombz make gluten free, low calorie snacks which can be delivered straight to your door. They also have vegan options, or protein snacks all made from 100% natural ingredients. Testament to the fact these tasted great is that I ate them all...

TWO. Fulfil bars 
These came recommended by my blogging buddy, Fran, so I picked up three different flavours in Boots. Although they tasted great, I thought they were pretty expensive at £1.99 each and quite small (or maybe that’s greedy me speaking! Haha!). I also don’t think they agreed with my stomach; I’m lactose intolerant and these bars use whey protein to pack it in. Check out the whole range here in Holland & Barrett.

THREE. Pulsin bars 
These have been a favourite of mine for years and years now. My very favourite is the maple and pecan version which, pictured above, has had a bit of a branding / packaging makeover at some point. They’re a little on the dry and powdery side but I still love them as they’re nutty and delicious! Holland & Barrett stock the full range too, so check them out.

FOUR. Eat Natural 
I got hooked on these when I'd pop into my local Sainsbury's for a little top up shop. I actually bought the "protein packed" versions and then I decided I needed mix it up a bit so added the almond and apricot ones to my snack box. And basically, Holland & Barrett sell everything cos they have a few few of the Eat Natural range here.

FIVE. Grenade CarbKilla
People have been going crazy for these protein bars since the Quest Bar wave seemed to have died down a little. And they're pretty decent to be honest. I picked up four different flavours (eaten three so far) and have enjoyed them all. You won't be surprised to know that Holland & Barrett stock a selection of the range.


I'm pretty sure I'll find some new finds as time goes on too!

What do you throw in your bag when you know you won't be able to eat?!

Elle :) 

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