I’ve been wanting to branch out on my blog for a while now so when I was invited to a bloggers day out at the fab, but often forgotten, Barton Arcade in Manchester I jumped at the chance.

The Barton Arcade sits in the heart of Manchester city centre just off Deansgate and behind St Ann’s Square. I used to work nearby and often mindlessly walked through on my way into the city centre without considering any of the stores inside, so it was great to get a closer look at the Arcade & the stores inside.

Find out more about our day below.

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Banana bread

When life gives you brown bananas, you make banana bread – am I right?

I’m not proud of it but I spent so many years throwing out brown banana’s as I thought they were bad. As soon as they turned ever so slightly brown they would be straight in the bin. That was until I discovered banana bread!

It’s gooey, totally delicious and you feel a bit healthier knowing that it has fruit in (even if it is paired with chocolate!). It’s so simple to make requiring only a handful of ingredients; most of which you probably have in your cupboards already – I know I did.

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For the past few years Crossfit has been a big part of my life and I’ve loved (nearly) every second of it. I loved pushing my body out of it’s comfort zone; making some great friends, challenging myself at competition level and building some much deserved muscle.

When I started Crossfit I was already in love with fitness but craved something more exciting than squats, deadlifts and bench. I was ready to push my body to the extremes and learn some badass new skills like the amazing Crossfit women I’d been obsessing over in recent months. I was also in a different space to where I am now: I lived in the city centre, had less responsibility at work (and home) and was simply of a younger, dare I say it more selfish, mind-frame.

Lately I’ve been questioning whether Crossfit is for me anymore. Do I love it as much as I used to and will I miss it if I turn my back on the community?

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Sunrise

T-shirt by Runa X LDN

If you’re anything like me then getting out of bed in the morning is a workout in itself. 

First there’s the mental battle – ‘I’m tired’, ‘just 5 more mins’ ‘I’ll just go to the gym after work instead’. Then comes the physical battle when you’re body feels weak, heavy and uncooperative.

More often than not you’ll end up sleeping in, telling yourself you will go to the gym after work, only to find that by the end of the day you’ve talked yourself out of the hard-core evening workout you were adamant you’d commit to this morning. 

So how do you motivate yourself to get out of bed? Read on to find out.

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walking for health

I’m not ashamed to admit it – I love walking. Now it might not be the coolest thing in the world but bear with me a minute.

Up until a few years ago walking was one of two things for me. A necessity or a bore. The thought of going for a long walk around the countryside was not at the top of my to do list and I would much rather be beasting it out at the gym, or having an afternoon drinking session with my friends. Fast forward three years though and what’s changed?

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