Thursday, 6 August 2015

Baby's Day Out!

It been a while again. But as you know from my last post a lot has changed recently.
In short, we have now moved into our beautiful new home, and life has been pretty crazy and expensive with furniture buying, bill paying and birthdays!...and it's not going to stop there! 
I am actually now expecting my first baby in just a matter of 12 weeks! 
In true Lauren style, just as I did when I decided this blog would be the perfect place to illustrate my life in Munich and ended up moving home, I have now decided it would be a great memory of my pregnancy and hopefully our little life together.

So I am now in my seventh month of pregnancy. We are expecting a little boy and words can not even describe how excited we are! I can't believe how quickly the time has passed or help but feel slightly unprepared with every blog, website, mother and aunty telling me how I should get my hospital bag ready and of course buy a pushchair and cot! - let a lone a car! Currently Liam and I cruise around in a 2 seater van!!

I started a new Instagram a couple of weeks ago as I found myself searching for other Mummys to follow, wanting to see everything from Lifestyle, foody posts, babys, clothes, maternity fashion and more, I thought it would be the perfect timing for me to also share some snippets from my experiences. So go ahead and have a little follow; I'm not completely sold on the name yet, so let me know if anyone has any suggestions?!

And Names! Yes we have been asked a million times, Do you have any names?' Yes we do...but I'm not telling!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015


9 months ago I left Munich and it's safe to say my world completely changed.

Not only did I move countries, I moved back home, after nearly 10 years of living here, there and everywhere. I went from independent and self sufficient to sharing my breakfast with a 3 year old and relying on my Mom to throw me out at the train station every morning. I began working in London and even moved to London (for a short stint). I became an Auntie and I met a boy. And that's not even the half of it!

I am currently sat in my childhood bedroom whilst the boy builds...yes builds our house!

So the story goes, the evening I moved home I ended up at a friends mothers wedding, bumping into a few old school friends. One said friend happened to be my former 13 year old boyfriend *excluding a few too many glasses of wine and unmemorable jager bombs* we ended up going for a drink the following afternoon. And the rest as they say is history. Well there was a sunny trip to Spain, a failed attempt to live in Australia and few wobbles in between but we are now here; a 3 week stint in Asia later and purchasing our first home together!

I have just finished throwing together a bit of a Munich hit list for a friend and got the writing itch so here I am! As I started to write I realised a lot has happened in the last nine month and this is the perfect place to record it, so expect lots of housey updates, London loving, trips and family fun!

Welcome to my next chapter...

'Pretty soon now you're gonna get older, Time may change me, But I can't trace time' - David Bowie.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

My bags are packed, my boarding pass in printed and my goodbyes said. My Mom has just whatsapped me asking how I feel and honestly...odd.
Crying my way through the airport  and getting on the plane over a year and a half ago I never would have envisaged being here today or even to be moving back to the UK with Stylight.

Anyway I had this idea a few weeks ago and decided to share...a fun little list of just a few of my experiences in the Mighty Munchen (one for every month of living here);

  1. My first solo flight.
  2. An authentic German Christmas market - if you're from Birmingham you'll be familiar with the wonderful German market we have each Christmas and this  point feels like a little lie as that is also authentic but Tollwood is another level. This was also the first time I found myself picking up the language when I subconsciously said 'Entschuldigung' in the crowd and turned to a friend to ask what it meant!
  3. German classes - even if I am still a little rusty! - I had never spoke a word of it until I moved here.
  4. My first New Year away from home.
  5. Graduated - all be it I  wasn't in Germany but it happened in this time none the less, and I'm pretty darn proud of it!
  6. Went from Intern to trainee and made the slightly larger decision to stay in Munich on a much more permanent basis!
  7. Ski-ing - imagine Bridget Jones ski-ing, then times in by ten...ich bin nicht gut!
  8. Brezel and Lebkuchen - my weaknesses which led to the following point...
  9. Weight gain - I was one of those fairly lucky souls that could eat whatever she wanted...and then I moved to Munich. Sitting at a desk all day is not good for me or my chocolate consumption, which led to the next one (talk about smooth transitions!).
  10. Joined a gym...until Feb 2013 I Ever since that fateful day we've had a roller coaster of a relationship, I started off keen but then point 11 happened and motivation was lost...
  11. A real summer, the Englischer garten, outdoor swimming pools and swimming in rivers - the Isaar to be precise. When its 30 degrees and your lay in the Englischer garten nothing compares to jumping in the Icey water to cool off (although do be careful its a pretty strong tide). Somehow I don't think I'll be diving in the Thames this July!
  12. Many visits to Austria,Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck...and multiple times.
  13. Brought (and learnt to love) a Dirndl.
  14. Experienced the infamous Oktober and Fruhlingsfest. And acquired a little taste for beer.
  15. Fell in love.
  16. Went to Amsterdam for the first time - of many I hope. I freaking love that city!
  17. Visited Berlin - it was a complete fly in visit but I had the best experience. I really want to go back but I don't want to  ruin my memory of it.
  18. Realised how incredible my friends and family are, when they jump on a plane at the drop of hat.
  19. Met some absolutely wonderful people whom have completely made my entire experience, I feel lucky to have friends from all over the world and to have made some true friends for life. I think I'mma have lots of visitors in London town!
  20. And finally (one for luck!) I will be heading back to London a Manager!
Turns out getting on that plane wasn't such a bad idea after all.
I wanted to include some photo's of all the memories I have made here but it turned out there are quite a lot so I thought this made more sense...