Taking advantage of the Garden

It’s been absolutely stunning weather of late and despite being 6 months pregnant, I’ve tried to take advantage of the nice weather and get in the garden. We are super lucky to have inherited a beautiful garden when we bought the house last year and have made sure we’ve kept up with maintenance as not to ruin the aesthetic.

Now we’re into summer time and spending more time in the garden with friends round the BBQ, it’s got me thinking about how to make the garden more of our own instead of inheriting it from someone else.

We’ve planted a lot of new flowers and moved some bulbs round to fit our liking and don’t worry those ball shrubs in the picture have grown back in volume and look beautiful.

We also inherited some garden furniture when we moved in which was fantastic as it was summer when we got the keys but now I think it’s time to start looking at new furniture that suits us a bit more.

I’ve used Fishpools before when browsing and buying homeware/garden accessories so immediately I thought about them when getting some inspiration. One of my favourite garden looks is Rattan furniture and they have a fantastic range of dining sets on offer; meaning plenty to choose from.

My 2 favourite sets that they do are:

Margarita Round Rattan table with 4 chairs in grey

and

Margarita Grey Rattan Sofa Dining Set with Ice Bucket

You can get bigger dining sets than these but as much as our garden is large with a big grass/plant area, the patio is not huge and we have a BBQ so we wouldn’t want anything that took up too much room.

As well as Rattan furniture dining sets, they also sell a range of garden accessories, lighting, daybeds, sun loungers and parasols. You can literally get everything you should need for your garden in one place.

Due to baby Moore arriving in 4 months time, the urge to spend money on the garden may have to take a backseat until next summer now but this site will be the first place I go to when planning to spend.

Laura x

(This has been a collaborative post with Fishpools, all content is my own as usual. The 2 photos of the dining sets have been taken directly from their website)

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Pinching the Pennies During Pregnancy

I’m just over 5.5 months pregnant now and boy has it flown by. As we’ve now surpassed the halfway mark, Bob and I have been thinking about our finances and it made me decide to do a series of penny-pinching posts for pregnant ladies out there.

I’m kicking it off with a major pregnant lady pain: fighting stretch-marks and body care.

I’m a beauty hoarder by nature so my stash of products at home is somewhat insane. Rather than running out to purchase all those products that are labelled “Stretch-Mark Fighting”, I have made it my mission to use all my products up first before spending money unnecessarily. This includes using skincare or face care products up as well before spending more money.

It’s easy to get sucked into buying oodles of products that say they are stretch mark fighting and don’t get me wrong, I’ve bought a couple at the start of my pregnancy. What they don’t tell you is that you should be applying this stuff 2-3 times a day and at that rate, you are working through a bottle/tub a week! Who has that kind of money?

I made the decision to just use what I have at home first which includes several tubs of body butters and body lotions that all promote healthy, supple skin. I’ve been using these twice a day as advised and so far so good in terms of my skin looking and feeling great.

I’m going to keep sharing the progress of my skin journey as I know there will be lots of mums-to-be out there who share the same worries when it comes to combatting stretch marks.

This is the first in the series of penny-pinching posts during pregnancy and coming up we will share a before and after of our nursery as we decorate it without breaking the bank, ways to cut back on spending and bargain buys for baby.

I hope you find the series useful and I would love to read your comments if you do.

Laura x

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Pregnancy: The First Trimester

If you follow me on social media then a couple of weeks ago you would have seen that I announced my pregnancy.

That’s right I’m another pregnant blogger! It feels like this year has been the year of bloggers announcing their pregnancies and it’s a fab time to be part of the community and share the ups and downs with.

I’m now just over 17 weeks pregnant and well into my 2nd trimester so feel it’s about time I share my thoughts about my first trimester. It’s important to remember that every pregnancy is different so what I’ve been through is different to other lovely mums-to-be out there.

We found out I was pregnant right at the start of February which seems like forever ago and at a mere 4-5 weeks pregnant, it felt likeĀ a slog until the glorious 12 week scan when you get to see your baby for the first time.

I did have a little scare at 7.5 weeks and ended up having an early pregnancy scan which showed us our little kidney bean sized baby and that things were doing ok!

In terms of pregnancy symptoms I didn’t experience morning sickness which was fantastic but instead was whacked with afternoon nausea which kicked in at 3:30pm and lasted until 7pm every night. This lasted 3-4 weeks and when it finally stopped, I was relieved to be able to eat my evening meal without feeling sick all the time.

The other symptom that started immediately and has remained on and off has been crazy hormone skin. That’s right ZITS galore have appeared on my face which is not ideal given I get married in 3 weeks!!! Luckily I’ve ditched a lot of skincare and am favouring simple cleansing and moisturising which has helped this to ease in the most recent weeks.

Lastly I started to notice the feeling of tiredness and bloating and boy do these both suck. I haven’t been able to fasten my jeans together for a few weeks which is crappy and have instead resolved myself to using a hair bobble to fasten them. The tiredness hasn’t eased at all and just a couple of hours activity absolutely shatters me. Every day at work around 3pm I think it would be great to have a little nap but have to power through and then collapse on the sofa when I get home.

Needless to say it has taken some getting used to and with the wedding on the horizon as well it has been lots to take in, but is also super exciting and both Bob & I are thrilled at the prospect of becoming parents in October. We will hopefully find out the gender of our baby in a couple of weeks and I will be sharing more baby related posts with you along the way.

Thanks for taking the time to read the first of my pregnancy/baby related posts and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading.

Laura x

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