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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Motivating yourself after having a baby

Having a baby is a complete shock to the system. Not only are you sleep deprived and struggling to get both baby and yourself ready before 12pm each day, but your body has gone through one hell of a ride.

I think before having Freya, I had it in my head that it would be straight forward and I would slip back into my pre-pregnancy jeans within a matter of weeks. The reality is that almost 9 weeks postpartum, I am still not quite squeezing back into my jeans. A couple of weeks ago, I found this really hard to digest and was pretty frustrated that I hadn’t just lost the last of my baby weight. The truth is getting motivated is quite hard with a new baby and planning time to work out is easier said than done.

I’ve finally got my mojo back and have a deadline to work towards now that I feel is giving me a much-needed kick up the butt. I’ve definitely been complacent and just thought the weight would drop off easily if I give it a little longer, but without doing some toning exercises at least, I won’t see a difference. Bob gave me his Fitbit to monitor my daily activity so I’ve been aiming to do 10’000 steps a day and at least 40 minutes of activity. In the last week I’ve managed to smash my targets every day and can start to feel my muscles aching a little which is a wonderful feeling after so long of not doing much physical activity at all.

I got this amazing outfit from lovethesales.com for a family wedding we are attending in February so the countdown is on now to lose an inch on my waist to fit the skirt comfortably as I won’t lie, it’s on the snug side right now.

My plan is to up my steps target to 12’500 a day, at least 40 minutes of HIIT style activity to tone and increase my cardio and continue to eat/snack healthily. I now have my amazing Origins Bike to start using which should help with cardio and I’ve asked for a Nutribullet for Christmas to help make nutritional smoothies/shakes which should stop me skipping lunch which is something I am guilty of doing when running about like a mad woman.

I’ll be sharing my journey on my Instagram page so please give me a follow if you’d like to see my postpartum progress first hand.

Laura x

*post contains PR samples*
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Life with a Newborn

It’s taken a while to actually write this post up and unsurprisingly it’s all in the title of this post.

Life with a newborn baby is like nothing you can ever imagine. Even when you’re pregnant, I don’t think the reality of what it will be like with a baby is ever in your mind. So here’s the lowdown on our life with a newborn up to now as we mark her 8th week in the world.

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