It’s a New Year

If you’d have shown me a picture of my life today, this time last year; I would never have believed you.

2017 was a year of incredible things including:

Buying ourselves our dream cars.

Getting married after 9 years together.

Finding out I was pregnant, finding out it was a girl and then in September; giving birth to our daughter Freya Penelope Ella Moore.

Being chosen as an Origins Ambassador for the York store.

Our families always joke that we never do things far apart and always seem to have a lot going on at once. In 2016 we got engaged, went on holiday, bought our first home and both got promotions to name a few.

So when it comes to 2018, we are both hoping it will be a little calmer than the previous couple of years have been. Here are a few of the things we are looking forward to.

I will be continuing as an Origins Ambassador and arranging a few more events with the York store so keep your eyes peeled as there is one coming in February.

Our first family holiday abroad and hopefully a UK break as well.

A family wedding in 4 weeks time.

Freya’s first birthday in September! (she’s only just over 3 months so we have a while to go thankfully)

I don’t know what else this year has in store for us other than my maternity leave ending later in the year and returning to work. I hope there are surprises and lots of laughter as we watch our little one turn into a toddler. When it comes to myself, I intend to shift 5-7 lbs of weight that I still haven’t managed to get rid of since having Freya. I also plan on using some Christmas money to reinvent my style a little as I feel like I’ve outgrown my old wardrobe and without a doubt have outgrown my skinny jeans.

Here’s to a wonderful year full of health and happiness.

Laura x

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Using my maternity leave wisely

Maternity Leave however long you have off, is pretty much spent up by feeding, changing, comforting or running after the baby. But very occasionally you may get some time to yourself and try not to waste it. I plan ahead and will do one of several things.

Have a pamper

I absolutely love a facemask and painting my nails but this is definitely a once every so often thing nowadays. Whenever I know I have some free time or if Freya is unexpectedly still asleep, I treat myself to a quick pamper to perk myself up a little from the day-to-day routine.

Blog

This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve been writing my blog for 3 years now and it’s definitely flown. I love writing up my thoughts or sharing products with you that I’ve tried out and this is something I continue to do even with a 10 week old baby. It’s hard sometimes but very rewarding and I’ve had some amazing experiences from it.

Play Online Games

I’ve spoken before about online gaming and betting and recently I discovered Boomtown Bingo. It’s important to know your limits with anything like this and set yourself a maximum spend if you are going to take part in online slots or games. If this is your cup of tea then it’s a nice relaxing pastime as long as you don’t get overly obsessed.

Read

I absolutely love reading and started reading more as soon as my maternity leave started. Freya decided to arrive 2 weeks early so I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked but I’m determined to get back into it after Christmas.

Exercise

I have a huge love/hate relationship with this one. I always thought that a few weeks after giving birth, I’d be able to get back into my skinny jeans again. The reality is that I still don’t fit them, and probably won’t again. My hips are wider and my stomach is still a little wobbly but every day, I try to walk at least 10’000-12’500 steps and do some toning exercises as well. I feel healthier and hopefully after Christmas, will see results.

These are just a few of my maternity leave ideas so if you manage to get some quiet time, then take full advantage.

Laura x

*This has been a collaborative post*

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The Botanist 1st Birthday

Last week I was invited to The Botanist 1st Birthday Celebration’s in York and when the invite landed in my email inbox, I was excited to go out an enjoy a few drinks. Bob was on baby duty so I asked his mum to come along to the event with me which she kindly accepted.

I’d only actually been to The Botanist twice since it opened; mainly because I’d been pregnant since January and drinking obviously was not an option. I took my mum to a cocktail tasting event earlier in the year and enjoyed mocktails whilst she enjoyed the alcohol. The next time I went was during the day for some training and rather than drinking, I enjoyed their incredible lunch menu.

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