Introducing Mums at Work Club Member Laura Smith owner of The Pretty Little Frame Company, mum of 4, coffee lover, social media manager and sparkly gift creator Join the Mums at Work Club a network of business mums https://sineadnorton.podia.com/mums-at-work-membership

I’m Laura, mum to Holly (12), Chloe (7), Leo (18 months), Millie (13 weeks), wife to Brad

I answer to many names but most often you will hear me being to referred to as mummymmummymummymummymummy…mum…mummy! Some days I love it, other days i’m considering removing that word from their vocabulary by any means necessary!!

I could tell you about becoming a single mum when my eldest was 6 months but other than showing me just how strong and resilient I am, that doesn’t define me.

I could tell you about meeting my now husband and 3 months later being engaged, 13 months after that being married and 9 months after that welcoming our baby girl into the world! In 2 weeks time we will be together 10 years! But again that doesn’t define who am, even though it’s a pretty big part!

I could tell you about how happy I was to discover I was pregnant on Christmas morning 2016 (still wish I’d recorded my husband opening his present of a pregnancy test!!), about how getting my boy was one of the best things I could have ever wished for, even if he doesn’t even have a single strand of my DNA evident whatsoever!

Or I could tell you about discovering just 9 months after the birth of our boy that we were going to need a bigger car! That little surprise is now 13 weeks old and I can’t remember life without her!

But all of that is Laura the mum or Laura the wife and well while that’s most it not all of me!

I’m a former sales negotiator for an award winning estate agency in Scotland who moved home when my husband went to work in the Middle East because I needed my mum! I’m fiercely independent yet love nothing more than someone helping me out. I love wine, chocolate, crisps, gin and Chinese food even though I really don’t want to. I love getting to know new people and socializing once I get over my introvert awkwardness! I love reading but kinda had to put that on the back burner 2 babies ago! I love the sun yet live in Ballymena, I love coffee but limit myself to 2 cups a day because I really need to sleep! And one day I know my husband and I will fulfill our dream of moving to Canada! I love my family more than words but there is a whole big world out there I want my family to experience, and well we’ve already got friends and family out there! I like to think I’m a pretty good friend, although have been more absent from social gatherings than normal due to being pregnant forever!

I’m pretty good with words (a degree in English and History that I’ve never put to use is finally coming handy) as I now manage the social media accounts for 2 other businesses! I also make pretty good whiteboard explainer videos, something that was once my main source of income and something REALLY plan on getting back to doing.

But what you all know me for is The Pretty Little Frame Company which was born when the 2nd eldest informed me 1 hour beforehand that she had a party to go to. Normally she would have been told tough luck but for some reason I went into craft mode and a present was made, she was wiped clean (perpetually dirty this one!) dressed for the party and off she went. Any party after that and the girls were asking me to make something, soon their friends were asking could they ask me to make them something, and soon their friends mum’s were contacting me asking if I could do something for a friend of theirs! Before I knew it I was being asked if it was OK to pass my details on as their friends were hoping I could do something for them, and I knew I had to make this business more accessible.

Now I get to play about on a computer turning my ideas into real pieces before the fun part of adding all the sparkly things! But the best bit? Knowing that my creations are in rooms from American to Europe to Australia!!!

 

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