Up at the O2, London

Recently we celebrated our 21st birthday! With this being a milestone birthday we wanted to celebrate by doing something fun and out of the ordinary. With this in mind we booked to climb the O2 in London.

Up at the O2 is a guided climb over the roof of the O2 arena. 52 metres above the ground the climb is not for the light-hearted. You are of course attached with a harness so safe at all times but being so high can be slightly daunting. The climb goes up one side of the O2 and down the other side. This is a group climb with a guide who is there to assist you and look after you during your climb.

Outfit . . .
Choosing what to wear on the day was a hard decision. You need something appropriate for the weather but also something which you can easily bend in. It can be rather cold at the top of the O2 so make sure you dress accordingly.

We went for jeans with either a warm jumper or a hoody which would keep our necks warm - you have to have long hair tied up.

For your climb you will be required to wear either a thermal jumpsuit of a body-warmer. The thermal jumpsuit is for the colder weather and the body-warmer when it is not so cold. With it being a mild day for our climb we was able to wear just the body-warmer.

You are also provided with a pair of suitable climbing shoes. These are lace up trainers with good grip so you don't slip during the climb.
Before the climb . . .
Upon arrival you will be required to fill out a form with your details and emergency contact. You'll then get to watch a video explaining all aspects of the climb, what to expect on the climb and how to prepare yourself. 

Now its time to get ready for your climb... you will receive a box to place all of your possessions in - including your shoes.

You can only take a phone, a camera and any medication up with you. You only have the two pockets on your jumpsuit/body-warmer.

To get ready you will receive a jumpsuit/body-warmer, a pair of trainers and a harness which you will need to change into. How to put on your harness would have been explained in the video. Don't worry your guide will make sure your harness is on correctly and safe. Your guide will then attach your clip onto the harness - this is what is attached to the zip-line throughout your climb.
During the climb . . .
To get up to the climb you will need to walk up some stairs. At the start of the climb you will be shown how to move your clip long the zip-line. If you do not hold the clip correctly you will not be able to move. This keeps you safe if you fall at any point.

Before you start to climb its picture time - you'll be able to purchase your pictures at the end.

Its now time to climb! The surface you will be climbing on is bouncy and rather easy to walk on. It also has grips so you can keep steady on the way up.

The climb has different sections which all have a different gradient. You may think that the start is rather steep but it gets steeper on the way down. The gradient is 28 degrees on the way up and 30 degrees on the way down.

Once at the top you will be able to unclip from the zip-line onto the top platform. Here you can take out your cameras and take photos. The platform allows you to see for miles across London. There is also an information plaque the whole way round which indicates what direction each landmark is.

The way down can be a little different - you can walk backwards if you wish. This is better if you have bad knees or ankles as the gradient is rather steep. The path will run straight down to the ground.
At the end . . .
Once you have finished the climb you will  be shown how to remove your harness and receive your personal belongings.
Then to the shop - here you can purchase your photos taken at the beginning and any souvenirs.

You can book your climb: here. 

We hope you have an amazing time climbing the O2.
Let us know how you found it?

Love Chloe and Megan



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Pancakes 3 Ways

Pancake day might be one of the best days of the year. You can eat as many pancakes as you want and no one can say anything. Once you have the perfect pancake recipe you can add whichever topping you wish to make it amazing. The recipe is a Jamie Oliver recipe.
Ingredients:
3 large free-range eggs
115g plain flour
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder 
140ml milk


Method:

Start by separating the eggs, putting the whites into one bowl and the yolks into another.

Add the flour, baking powder and milk into the bowl with the yolks and mix to a smooth thick batter.

Whisk the whites with 1 pinch of sea salt until they form stiff peaks, then fold into the batter.

Heat a non-stick pan over a medium heat, pour some of the batter into the pan and cook for a couple of minutes, or until it starts to look golden and firm.

Don't forget to flip your pancakes to get them cooked on both sides.


Traditional lemon and sugar 
Scrambled egg, bacon and maple syrup
Berries and cream
Happy pancake day!

Love Chloe and Megan

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Ferrero Rocher Brownies

The start of the year is well known as the time where everyone is eating healthy as part of their new years resolutions. But everyone needs a little treat every now and then... These Ferrero Rocher brownies are a perfect treat that will cure them sugar cravings your having. Easy to make and delicious to eat your bound to love them!
Ingredients:

175g unsalted butter
3 medium eggs
250g caster sugar
75g plain flour
175g dark chocolate
40g cocoa powder

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease and line a 20cm cake tin with baking parchment.

Melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Allow to cool slightly.

Whisk the eggs and sugar together until thick and creamy. Pour your chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and mix until well combined.

Sift in the flour and cocoa and stir until combined.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin - making sure the mixture goes right into the corners. Place your Ferrero rochers into the top of the brownies and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Cool completely in the tin before cutting into squares to enjoy!

We hope you enjoy making and eating the brownies as much as we did!

Love Chloe and Megan

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3 Easy Valentines Recipes

These last minute treats we have baked are super easy to make, look perfect for valentines and taste amazing! If you are not a big fan of valentines and don't want to spend lots or want to give something homemade then some valentines baking is just what you need. You can prepare the biscuits and chocolates to give to a partner as a gift or to enjoy together!
White chocolate bark bites

Ingredients
150g white chocolate
sweets of your choice

Method
  • Break up all of the chocolate into small pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a saucepan of boiling water to melt the chocolate. Make sure you are stirring continuously.
  • Once the chocolate has melted pour it equally into your silicone moulds.
  • Place all your sweets into the top of the chocolate and place in the fridge to set.
  • Once set peel away your silicone mould and enjoy!

Heart shaped stained glass biscuits

Ingredients
1 clementine
100g unsalted butter
180g plain flour
50g golden caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon milk
12 red boiled sweets

Method
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  • Finely grate the clementine zest.
  • Place the butter, flour, sugar, clementine zest and cinnamon into a mixing bowl and use your fingers to rub together until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add the milk to the mixture and combine together to make a soft dough.
  • Wrap the dough in clingfilm and place in the fridge to firm up for 30 minutes.
  • Place the red sweets in a sandwich bag and press the air out of the bag. Carefully crush the sweets into small pieces using a rolling pin.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out 1cm thick. Use a large heart cutter to cut out the shapes and place on the lined baking trays. Then use a smaller heart cutter to cut a heart out of the middle of each biscuit.
  • Sprinkle the sweets to fill the heart window in the middle of the biscuit. You can also use a cocktail stick to make a hole in the top of the biscuit, so you can thread a ribbon through once baked.
  • Bake the biscuits for 12 minutes until golden and the sweets are melted. Leave the biscuits to film before transferring to a wire rack.



Chocolate chip shortbread hearts

Ingredients
175g unsalted butter, softened
85g golden caster sugar
200g plain flour
100g chocolate chips
50g cooking chocolate

Method
  • Mix the softened butter and sugar together in a bowl until combined. Sift in the flour and stir well. Once combined add in the chocolate chips so they are equally spread out.
  • Wrap the mixture in clingfilm and place in the fridge for an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Roll out your dough and cut hearts out. Place the hearts on the baking paper and bake for 10 - 12 minutes until golden.
  • Transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool.
  • Once completely cooled melt your cooking chocolate and drizzle over the biscuits.
  • Place the biscuits in the fridge to set for 10 minutes before storing and enjoying!

All 3 recipes are perfect to make as homemade gifts to give to your partner or just to make to eat together on valentines day!

Love Chloe and Megan



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Valentines Gift Guide For Him & Her

Valentines day has to be the hardest holiday to buy things for, you never know what to buy and how much to buy... 

I think the gifts should depend on what your partner likes after all the holiday is all about love and what better way to show love than getting your partner there favourite things?!
Body shop moringa shower gel - Body shop have the most amazing scents when it comes to there products. What better gift than an amazing smelling shower gel which they can enjoy for a while after valentines day. Online here.

Body shop sell a wide range of shower gels so you can get the perfect scent for your valentine. Our favourite are mango, strawberry, coconut and moringa.
Lush sex bomb - No one can have too many bath bombs. Sex bomb is the perfect valentines gift being pretty and pink with a little flower in the middle. When dropped in water the bath bomb fills the bath with pink water which will help you relax and sooth any worries. Online here.
Perfume is such a personal thing, what you like your partner might not. Therefor you should go for a perfume that you know they love on something with a similar scent which you'll know they'll love. Why not try Chloe Perfume with so many amazing Chloe perfumes to choose from your sure to find the perfect one.

Marc Jacobs Perfume - Any girl would love this just because of the bottles, every perfume bottle is so pretty! Online here.

Sarah Jessica Parker Perfume - Subtle and pretty this little perfume is perfect for your partners handbag! Online here.

NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick - Every girl loves a pretty new lipstick. Online here.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette - If your partner is not much of a lipstick person you can always go for pretty eye shadow palette. With so many pretty shades the palette is perfect to create any look. Online here.
Lonely planet ultimate travel list - This is the perfect present for someone who is wanderlust. The book is full of amazing adventures which you can do together. Online here.

Fujifilm instax mini rainbow film - With the purchase of an instant camera you can also pick up some coloured photo paper to take photos on. Online here.

Black instax mini photo album - Once you have lots of instant photos you need somewhere to put them. As they are a lot smaller than other photos a normal photo album would be too big. However you can get a photo album to place all of your instant photos in. Online here.

The Calvin Klein socks and other clothes can be found online here.
Fujifilm instax mini 70 - What better gift than something that keeps giving. A camera is perfect to capture all of your memories throughout the year. With it being an instant camera you are also able to have the photo printed straight away. Online here.
Thorntons chocolates - Personalised chocolate gifts are a must have for valentines. Everyone loves chocolate so personalised chocolate is perfect. Online here.

You can pick up lots of quirky food gifts from Urban Outfitters, from all kinds of kit kat flavours to peppermint oreos.

We hope you found the gift guide helpful to buy your valentines gifts!

Love Chloe and Megan

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