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The gorgeous face behind daffodil_in_the_desert is the beautiful Laura.  A newcomer to Instagram, Laura only started posting in September but is already one of my firm favourites. Her feed is filled with interior design inspiration (think country cottage cosy, floral prints and DIY projects), as well as life with her pilot husband and gorgeous three daughters.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Laura in ‘real life’ and she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.  Her honesty has had me crying with laughter over voice messages and wine and I’m a little in love with her welsh accent!

If you don’t already follow Laura…why not?! You won’t be disappointed…Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi I’m Laura, I have three little girls, Rosie 5, Florence 3 and Lottie 1. I married my childhood sweetheart Ryan at 22 and finished working in banking to start a family – I haven’t looked back since! We moved to Dubai 3 years ago.

What do you enjoy most about being a mum? 

The feeling of completeness! It’s a funny one and it’s the only way I can describe how I felt when I first held Rosie in my arms, I feel a bit lost when I haven’t got at least one little hand to hold!  They say nothing compares to a mother’s love and that is so true!

How do you make time for yourself? 

With no nanny or family here, I rely on Ryan’s days off to escape the madness and have a little ‘me’ time, I love to go and get my hair or nails done, but I’m always happy with some chocolate, a cuppa and a good series on Netflix (without the chill!) once the girls are all asleep!

Tell me about your funniest parenting experience. 

Whilst breastfeeding Florence I craved chocolate and constantly had a bar or two of it next to me, I was basically feeding her chocolate milk! The health visitor came one morning to check Florrie and suddenly looked quite concerned, as she held her towards the window, she asked me when the marks on her face had started appearing, I jumped up in total panic, she had what looked like a million little freckles on the side of her face, I quickly licked my hand and rubbed them off – don’t panic I told the lovely midwife it’s chocolate! I fed her just before you came whilst eating a ripple!! Although that was funny and we both laughed, fast forward a couple of years to a potty training Florrie, being handed ‘choc choc’ – which to be fair did look like maltesers, was not so fun! (For the record they were flushed not eaten!!)

Has your own mother influenced how you parent?

Yes, she’s the one I go to for advice every time! From day one of becoming a mother, when she taught me how to bath a new baby to helping me negotiate with threenager tantrums! Let’s face it who gives better advice than someone who raised you?

What one piece of advice do you have for other mums?

Nothing lasts forever!  – something my grandfather told me when Florrie had colic and I was ready to sign myself into a nut house! And it’s something I constantly say to myself when things get tough! But this also goes for the good times too, so don’t wish time away, enjoy every second and every milestone, but when you feel like you can’t anymore, YOU CAN!!!

Describe your ideal Mother’s Day.

Handmade cards, fresh flowers and of course chocolate!! I’m very easily pleased! But this year I would really like the most beautiful  yellow armchair from marina homes, (if your reading this Ryan, take note!!!)

Describe motherhood in 3 words. 

Incredible, Challenging, Rewarding

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