I finally got my hair sorted! It’s taken forever to get a slot where I had childcare and my stylist was available but on Thursday afternoon I finally had the hair makeover I’ve been after for months. I was really unhappy with how my hair looked before, now I feel like a new woman! That pic really doesn’t do it justice, I wish the lovely waves had not been blown out on my way home! I went to House of Savannah in Newcastle where they used Aveda natural products to create an ombre look and gave me a good cut. I could not be happier with it! I couldn’t wait to update my profile pics online as my previous pic was from when I was pregnant! Looking forward to getting more professional ones done soon too.
With that and everything else it’s been a really good week for me on the whole, although I have been dealing with a blocked milk duct. Think having a giant lumpy swollen and sore boob :-( I did manage to fix it myself thankfully before it turned into an infection. Is it just me or has it started to feel like spring is in the air? I know it has still been chilly, but we’ve had a few days of beautiful sunshine and I noticed some snow drops while I was walking this week.
Protein pancakes with white choc peanut butter and maple syrup
Porridge with blueberries, apple, tahini, choc shot sauce and mixed seeds
Blueberry chia seed pudding with apple, goji berries, cacao nibs and bee pollen
Crustless broccoli and red onion quiche with avocado, apple and a plum
Salad with quinoa, lentils, feta and seeds
Salad with lentils, quinoa and salmon
M&S chicken and rice salad
Sweet potato with spinach and feta
Waitrose halloumi and rice salad
Leon inspired superfood salad
I’ve had some really delicious healthy food this week. I loved the broccoli and red onion crustless quiche I made and that Leon inspired salad was fabulous. Due to being crazy busy again I have had a few shop bought salads like the M&S and Waitrose one. They always feel like treats! On Friday night James and I chilled watching TV and I enjoyed my first small glass of red in what feels like forever! I also indulged in some yummy Lindt caramel and sea salt chocolate which James had bought me for Valentines Day.
- Monday – 5 minutes yoga before bed for the Yoga Challenge + 1 hour walk
- Tuesday – 5 minutes yoga before bed
- Wednesday – 5 minutes yoga before bed + 45 minute walk
- Thursday – nothing!
- Friday – nothing :-(
- Saturday – 10 minutes yoga before bed
- Sunday – Davina 7 minute fit tone and burn and tone and sculpt workouts, 10 minutes yoga from You Tube
Gutted I failed on the yoga challenge, things just ran away from be and before I knew it I’d forgotten to do it! Lesson learned though, I’m going to refocus for the rest of the month. I also haven’t been able to fit in a gym workout, but have enjoyed a couple of long walks with Finley which have been lovely.
Vest top: New Look, necklace: Topshop sale about 2 years ago, jeans: Mango
I’m really loving the colour of that vest, I’ve also bought a dress in the same colour. Now I’ve had my hair done I feel like making an effort!
I was so so excited to see my recipes from Grains as Mains featured in The Times Eat! section yesterday. Seeing them and my name in print is just amazing. I was also chuffed that the blog had a little write up in The Mail on Sunday last weekend too. Also…
We got a new cooker! It’s nothing fancy, jus a second hand one from my Grandma, but it’s so much nicer (and cleaner!) than our last one // James getting me George Ezra’s new album // the BBC 6 Music Festival on Tyneside this weekend // Fin doing so well with his solids, he ate a full cube of homemade sweet potato mash and he’s been gobbling up his avocado too // the hair make over of course, but also the me time and relaxation that came with it // Skype chats with the lovely Emma from the Freelance Lifestyle // Starbucks skinny caramel lattes as a guilty pleasure // catching up with old work colleagues
- Recipe for double chocolate chip pancakes
- How to cope when you can’t get any sleep
- Happy Health Chat #5 Sugar and Sugar Cravings
- 12 best healthy cooking blogs you should follow via Culture Trip
- Mommy somebody needs you via Huffington Post – this made me cry!
- Why everyone should consider going ‘Pegan’ via Mind Body Green – interesting idea and created quite a debate on my Facebook page
This coming week is the last one before Finley starts having a couple of days in nursery so I’m going to make the most of our extra days together. I’ll talk more about it next week in our 6 months a mama post (I know how did it get to be 6 months already!) but generally I know I need to get into a better working routine rather than losing my weekends as I am now, so I feel like it’s a very positive step.
How has your week been? How do you refocus on exercise when you’ve dropped your routine? When was the last time you changed your hair style?
It was so lovely to chat this week, and I love your new hair! Also, where did you get the white choc peanut butter you mentioned with the pancakes? Sounds delicious!
Tesco of all places I was quite surprised to find white chocolate peanut butter there! It was in their fancy healthy food section bit :-)
Your new hair looks amazing! Love the colour. Congratulations on getting your recipe in The Times! x
Loving the new hair!! I also went to the hairdressers this week but had nothing quite so lovely done, just a trim for me. Although it is good that I can now see out of my fringe!
I too must confess that I have missed some of the yoga challenge. My goal was to do Savasana a day but it just hasn’t happened. I think because with Plank-a-day it was timed, that was the draw. It gave me a target and an aim each day to beat my time! I have though signed up to Yogaglo and have been doing online classes even if just for 20 minutes so that’s great. I recommend it :)
I used to love YogaGlo, I think I need to revisit it. Hope you are up for the squat challenge :-)
That’s amazing that he’s nearly 6 months old already!
Can I ask if you still use the co-sleeping cot as I’m unsure about getting one? I’d read they only last about 3 months and so wondered if it’s worth getting one as we’ve already been given a moses basket.
I’m 7 months pregnant and starting to get together all the bits and bobs so your pregnancy posts have been really helpful!
Hi Kim sorry for the delay in replying! Glad that my pregnancy posts have been useful :-) What we did was get a normal cot and convert it into a co sleeper like this: https://fromheretomaternityeventually.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/how-we-converted-out-cot-into-a-co-sleeper/
Well actually our cot is a compact one that should last him up to 1.5 years to fit our space so it’s a nice in between. Our cot was only £60 so a lot cheaper than the actual co sleeping cots. If you are planning to breastfeed I think it’s such a good a option. For me it was the waking up, siting up and having to get up to get him out of the moses that would really wake me up, with the side car cot I just flop a boob out and then go straight back to sleep!
That’s so amazing about the newspaper publishing! As great as online publications are, it must be nice to have something you’ve done in print.
I’ve had a bit of a non-active week thanks to nursing my bloody back – serves me right for pushing myself too hard in the first place! I got a good amount of walking in though – it’s always something I seem to be able to do whether I’m super busy/on holiday/feeling crappy – and it always does the job of perking me up.
Thanks Cat it is! Hope you back is fully healed now xx
Your hair looks gorgeous Laura, really suits you and so nice that they use Aveda products – they always smell amazing!
I was so excited when I spotted you in The Times yesterday, the pictures were gorgeous and everything looks delicious. I didn’t catch the Mail write up but great to hear that you had one – very much deserved!
Thanks Claire, lovely that you spotted it, the photography is great isn’t it!
Loving your hair! Really suits you :) I’ve been wanting to change my hair lately but can’t decide what to do… I don’t want to dye it because my hair doesn’t like dye but if I were going to Id definitely go for the ombre look too!
Thanks Pip! Would love to see what change you’d go for, I think you suit a long bob!
LOVE the new hair Laura! <3 It's amazing how a freshening up can make you feel so much better! I'm trying to grow mine as long as I can but I wanted something doing to do it so I got some little highlights on the ends last week and it made me feel so much happier haha. Wish my hair would stay so gorgeous all the time though..hairdressers are magic!
Congrats on your recipe being in The Times – that's amazing!!!
I wish I could say it felt like Spring but it's snowing here again today…never ending here in Yorkshire haha!
ooh I bet that looks great! I’ll have to stalk your insta and find a pic :-) I wish I could pay a hairdresser to do my hair each morning, I need to teach myself how to do waves with a straightener!
I have been struck by the cold and sickness so exercise went a bit out the window but managed a few days at the gym which was fab – I am realising i feel so much more energised when I exercise first thing – stops that afternoon slump. And LOVING you hair – looking fabulous misses:)
Thanks lady! I need to return to morning workouts, with Fin starting nursery soon I’m hoping that will happen more often!
Hair looks great. Well done on the Times feature again. I’ve missed 1 or 2 days of the yoga challenge too, but I’m totally ok with it, because that means I’ve done 20 or something days of yoga, which I think is an awesome habit to have got into. As long as I’m doing it more often than not, I’m happy!
Thanks Lauren! 20 odd days is amazing and as you say it’s a great habit to be into. I’m hoping I can a proper (i.e. 15 min or more) workout once a week from now on :-)
Your hair looks gorgeous! What pretty colours.
I think getting your hair done is one of those things that feels like a treat, and then lasts as you try to keep it looking like the stylist did it. I have had a side fringe for a couple of years now and I really like that, but other than that I have not changed it.
What good news about Finley eating some foods too- very exciting!
I have seen snowdrops and crocuses (croci?? ) around here- when the sun is out it has been warmer, so hopefully Spring is coming :)
Thanks Maria :-) I wish I had the hairdresser here to style it every day though! Hoping spring is on it’s way, today the weather is rubbish here!
The hair looks gorgeous! Love the ombre colouring. I wish my hair could be curled but it just hates it and flops very quickly (for my wedding I literally had a whole tin of hairspray to keep it somewhat wavy!!)
You’re really taking off I’m so pleased for you. You really deserve every success!
Thanks Anna! I wish I had lovely long hair like yours sometimes, you and Maria always give me hair envy!
You look fab Laura! Loving the eats and congrats on the feature x
I also love your hair: so cool too!
thsi si great news that you had a featured article in the Times eat! yes! xxx
I meant: This is exciting news! xxx