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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3 Important Tips for Creating a Healthy Environment in Your Home

Are you aware of the fact that more people die from home accidents than on road in the UK each year? According to author John Thackara, in the year 2005 there was an average of 3,000 deaths attributed to accidents at home while only half that number resulted from traffic accidents. This is just one key fact to substantiate just how unhealthy our homes can be. Whilst many of those deaths resulted from tripping and falling, some were the result of unhealthy conditions could have been easily remedied.

1. Install Automatic Window Actuators to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Every year at least 80% of all fire fatalities are due to fires in the home and a great number of those are due to toxic smoke inhalation. Even if the fire doesn’t burn out of control, a person can quickly succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning before reaching a window or door to open. There are automatic smoke sensors for window actuators on the market from companies like tealproducts.com. These sensors can detect toxic odours in time to automatically open a window and keep smoke from building up in the home.

2. Keep Dust and Allergens to a Minimum

Whether or not you have allergies, dust mites can cause a reaction which results in an upper respiratory infection. Dust mites, if you haven’t heard of them, are tiny little creatures in the spider family that typically live on the fabric of beds, curtains and sofas. It is almost impossible to rid your home completely of these pests, but by regularly vacuuming and keeping your home humidified, you can often prevent so many of them from being airborne. Mostly dust mites cause a reaction in those allergic to them, but even those testing negative for allergies are known to suffer as well.

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Makeover Your Kitchen for Autumn

Throughout autumn and winter, we find ourselves spending more time in the kitchen than ever. Gone are the hazy summer days where we’d throw together a salad and gather around the BBQ. It’s all about slow cooker stews, warming soups and getting cosy. Have you ever thought about changing the decor in your kitchen in time for autumn? It can really add to the seasonal vibe, and it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.

Go Rustic
Is there anything more autumnal than rustic decor? This works particularly well if your kitchen is wooden. Keep the decor simple, but not too simple. Think leather stools for your breakfast bar, copper-coloured pendant lights over the dining table, brickwork-inspired tiles, open shelves, and visible pan racks. If you’re in need of furniture, go for pre-loved vintage styles. If you have beams in your kitchen, accentuate them with a fresh wood stain!

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