A day in the life #2

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A day in the life #2

Lifestyle

Day in the life 2

Seeing as my last a day in the life post was so popular, I thought I’d make a more regular thing of it! This day in the life is from last Friday, it was a gorgeously sunny day. 

Dawn in the bedroom

I love waking up to the sunshine peeking through the bedroom door! I got up, went to the bathroom then did my 5 deep breaths ‘meditation’ before making the bed and putting my gym gear straight on (tip for making sure you actually go and workout!). Then it was warm water with lemon to get me started:

Lemon warm water and hazelnut dates jpg

As I was off to the gym I snacked on three dates dipped in hazelnut butter to keep me going. I also drank more warm water while I checked emails at my desk. Then it was off to the gym…

Gym selfie

I never look very good first thing in the morning after sweating it out! I did 10 minutes on the step machine, 10 minutes on the bike then some strength training including lunges, tricep extensions and bicep curls. I came home, got showered and dressed and made breakfast:

Smoothie in a bowl

I blended spinach, kale, frozen cherries, organic grass fed whey protein, cocoa powder and almond milk then topped with coconut butter crumbles and mixed seeds and gojis. Love breakfasts like this! I also had a green tea:

Teashed green tea

I pottered about the flat sorting some washing out and setting up my new food processor before getting settled at my desk to write a blog post, catch up on some blogs and burn some CD’s I’d bought in Brighton to iTunes. I made myself an iced decaf coffee with almond milk to sip while I worked:

Desk and iced coffee

In the middle of that the organic veg man came with my first big discounted delivery:

Organic box riverford

I bought some meat and eggs as well as my veg box, I just love getting this stuff and planning what to make with it all! After that I was back to the computer, this time to start planning out some new work. I mentioned in my last day in the life post that I had been contacted by a publisher, and as it happens we managed to sort out the financials, so all being well I will have my name as a co author on an actual in print recipe book by the end of the year!

Salad with chickpeas beetroot hummus

Lunch, eaten on the early side, was a big salad with lettuce, beetroot, chickpeas and harissa hummus watered down into a dressing. So delicious! Then I got ready to drive to my community project session which starts at 12.30, hence the early lunch.

Maternity floral vest top denim jacket

I wore my new floral vest top from H&M and new denim jacket and black skinny maternity jeans from Primark. It was the last session with this community group and it was just brilliant. I demonstrated a healthy chocolate cake in a mug recipe which we all enjoyed:

Paleo chocolate mug cake

I made several of them and ate about half of a one. I bought all the ingredients the day before so I was prepared for the session. You definitely have to be organised! It was such a lovely end to a great project and the ladies enjoyed getting their certificates:

Consett care and share group

The project had involved a mix of my healthy eating and exercise stuff and my colleagues Reiki, it had been so successful and the feedback was awesome! I even got a lovely thank you / baby card and some hand knitted baby cardigans as a gift from them. Then I jumped in the car back to Durham to meet James out of work. Durham is such a beautiful city in the sunshine:

Durham castle 2

I had to pop into the bank to deposit some cheques, then we drove to Sainsbury’s for a few more groceries. When I got home I snacked on an unpictured apple as I was quite hungry then I unpacked everything. I love a full fridge on a Friday night!

Healthy fridge

For dinner I made us a curry, chicken for James and lentil and potato for me:

Red lentil and new potato curry

I will be sharing this recipe very soon as it is the bomb and so easy to make! A little later I blended some yoghurt that needed using up with frozen blueberries to make ice pops, then used the remainder to make blueberry froyo for dessert:

Home made blueberry froyo

I topped my bowl with cacao nibs for a bit of crunch. We ended up watching Planet of the Apes, the recent one with James Franco in, well it’s not really my thing so I spent most of it on Pinterest and Etsy on my iPad looking at baby boy clothes! After that it was off to take my supplements and brush my teeth before hitting the sack!

So there we have it, another day in my random life! I love writing these posts as it really shows me where my time goes, it will also be interesting to compare and contrast life pre and post baby! Have you ever looked at how you spend your time? I know I can quite easily lose an hour to ‘pottering’ and just as much looking at stuff like Pinterest, although that can also be relaxing and quite productive at times! Do you ever lose time to just pottering around on little tasks?

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30 Comments

  1. Lauren

    This looks like a great day! That smoothie in the morning looks delicious, and the rest of your eats look exactly what I would love!
    I went to Durham a few years ago in the Summer and it is such a pretty place! And your project looks really fun and interesting :)

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    • Laura

      Thanks Lauren, it was a lovely day indeed! Great to hear that you’ve visited our little city :-)

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  2. Caroline

    I love to hear and see what you’ve been up to. Your fridge looks great can you come and stock mine? We never seem to have anything left unless you look exactly one hour after I’ve been to the supermarket. I have never been to Durham it looks stunning I will have to investigate further.

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    • Laura

      Thanks Caroline :-) Haha, ours doesn’t stay like that for too long either unfortunately! Durham is a lovely place, definitely worth a trip x

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  3. Zoe

    I love these posts because I am very nosy! ;-)

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    • Laura

      That’s why I write them cause I’m nosy as well ;-)

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  4. Lauren @PoweredbyPB

    Congrats on the recipe book sounds very exciting! That salad and curry look lovely.

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    • Laura

      Thanks! Some of the recipes I’m creating should be right up your street, lots of grain based vegan delights!

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  5. Tamzin

    Very productive! Congrats on the book can’t wait to hear more about that! x

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    • Laura

      Thanks Tamzin! I’m nervously awaiting getting all the contract details finalised!

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  6. Nics Notebook

    I should do one of these posts – it might help me get more aware of how I do waste my time during the day!!

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    • Laura

      You definitely should Nic, I’d love to read about what you get up to!

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  7. Lucy

    The book sounds exciting! I really enjoy reading these posts but I don’t know if anyone would be interested in hearing about my day!

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    • Laura

      Hey I never thought anyone would be fussed about mine – our lives always seem to be more interesting to others than ourselves because they are different! You should have a go of doing one!

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  8. Maria @ runningcupcake

    Oh my word I have to say that I just spied your cute rabbit lamp! That is the exact same one I saw in Bert’s in Brighton that Andy persuaded me not to buy!!! Love it!
    I could potter for hours, tidying up the kitchen and stuff- I find it very relaxing.

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    • Laura

      I bought it a few years ago from Brighton but I think from Urban Outfitters? I wasn’t sure if it was the same one as the one you’d mentioned about, now you can get massive ones! I think they’d be awesome in a kids room. You’ll have to get one the next time you visit, they are too cute! ;-)

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      • Maria @ runningcupcake

        The one I saw was a little one- maybe 6 or 8 inches high, and I think it took a battery instead of plugging in. I looked at it for a long time! :) Have also found one on amazon, but have not given in yet!

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  9. Lara

    I think I sometimes loose half a day pottering; I can start out to do one thing and then end up in a totally different direction and never get what I initially set out to do done. Like tonight I had to pop downstairs to put the dishwasher on and then noticed a piece of lego on the floor and picked it up thinking “the dogs will eat that” then saw another piece & picked that one up …. fortunately I did remember to switch the dishwasher on ;-)

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    • Laura

      Hmm I have a habit of that as well, glad you remembered to put the dishwasher one, I would have forgotten!

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  10. LilyLipstick

    Love this post! I don’t get much time to potter around in the week but definitely make up for it at weekends! x

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    • Laura

      Pottering is a fave weekend activity for me!

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  11. Anna @AnnaTheApple

    Your days always sound so lovely and varied. I really wish I wasn’t sat in the office all day every day…
    I am such a faffer in the morning. I do lots of little jobs (mainly tidying and laundry things) that stack up and suddenly I’ve lost 15minutes. Luckily I plan this contingency time into my mornings!

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    • Laura

      I can be one way or the other in the mornings, faffing until I’ve wasted half an hour or really good and focused! Good that you plan that time in, generally I think the mornings the best time to get stuff like that done!

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  12. Claire @ Flake and Cake

    I love seeing all the amazingly healthy eats and activities you pack into a day – it is seriously impressive Laura!
    I rarely get a chance to potter so leave it for the weekends – even allowing myself five minutes of ‘off’ time is a risky business during the week as it often spirals into me wandering around aimlessly for hours then panicking because nothing has been done!

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  13. Rubee

    I just commented on your latest post then scrolled down only to see a photo of my home city! Durham is such a beautiful place. x

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    • Laura

      yey for Durham! Are you still here?

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  14. Mary

    So glad you managed to sort out the recipe book details. Very exciting!
    Like you say, it will be interesting to see just how much your Life in the Day posts change when baby comes along! I NEED to write one of these. I love reading other people’s DitL posts, and it might guilt me into not spending quite so much time on Pinterest! That site is addictive…especially now I’m engaged!

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    • Laura

      I know, I can’t believe I’ll be seeing my name in print! You should definitely do one of these posts, I love reading them from others! Oh and totally with you on Pinterest, if that had been around when I got married I would have been even more addicted!

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  15. Emma @ Stripes and Snapshots

    Wow looks like a busy day!! I can easily spend hours on pinterest and before I know it half the day has gone!

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  16. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    It looks so pretty where you live – I definitely need to visit.
    Your smoothie bowl looks really good too. I have been eating loads of smoothies bowls recently, as they are a great and filling healthy snack :)

    Reply

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