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Poppy’s new year cut!

So Poppy has got a little fluffy over the festive period, party due to us wanting her a little longer because of the cold weather but partly due to the groomer taking two weeks off at Christmas. 
Poppy has had just as good Christmas as us if not better, as when does a dog start feeling guilty about how much they have eaten and start to excercise again? Cut down their calorie intake and eat more fresh fruit and vegetables? Spend less time lounging infront of the roaring fire and more time getting out of breath doing exercises you haven’t done in weeks?

Nope, dogs have no shame. They eat, excercise,play, and chill out just as much as you let them. Their whole life is defined by you and they feel no guilt over any of it! This is how Poppy manages to stay chilled, happy Poppy all of the time, unless it’s walk time or she wants to play pulling with her toy then she reverts to 4 month old puppy stage and we have to indulge her crazy cockapoo energy for a while.

Today is groom day for Poppy and she can finally see where she is going again, my attempts at trimming round her eyes are passable but I won’t ever make a dog groomer!

I think you will agree she looks adorable both fluffy and short but shorter is most certainly easier to manage in this wet weather! 6 weeks and she will be back under the clippers, this pooch now gets her hair cut more regularly than me! 😂

Ladies and gents I give you Poppy pre and post first 2018 cut! 

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Snow day fun!

So yesterday we had snow for the first time in years! Not a tiny bit, not an icing sugar style dusting but real snow that you can actually make a snowman from! 

We were staying at a friend’s so driving home in the morning was a little treacherous but once we got home we were super excited to get T back and get outside! Within an hour the snowman was made and T had her first experience ever of sledding which she loved!! It’s harder than it looks pulling a 7 year old along though 😄

Poppy had her first experience in the snow and the cold seemed not to bother her with her playing around in it and often laying down to rest for a minute! 

Here is a little video of her playing with our friends dog Monty in the snow, they are both the same breed and a similar age so had a lot of fun.

Here are a few pictures of our snow adventures! 

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A hello from Poppy

I thought I would write a little post about our dog Poppy as I’ve not mentioned her much for a while and who doesn’t love cute dog pictures! 

Poppy is approaching a year and a half and loves her family but most of all loves her T. She is smothered in kisses and cuddles daily and puts up with it gladly loving every bit of attention. 

She will snuggle with T every chance she gets and their bond is unbreakable.


It’s not just T she loves to be around, she is also my little shadow too, her she is sitting at the breakfast bar next to me oh and barking at her own reflection of course!

As a fluffy little thing she has a groom every 6 weeks and is always happy to pose for photos afterwards!

Poppy loves a run off the lead and we regularly go to our local park which happens to only be about 10 minutes walk away, her favourite thing to do is chase a ball but it’s getting it back off her that is the problem!

Poppy loves not only to snuggle with us humans but when it’s bed time she will happily be tucked under a blanket and go to sleep in her bed and now it’s colder she is also a big fan of the open fire.

Merry Christmas to you all with love from Poppy xx

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Weekend round-up – a family affair!

This weekend my Nan came to stay for a few days which really was great as she lives a couple of hours away we don’t get to see her as often as we would like. We made the most of having her here and took her to lots of places she doesn’t normally get to go, even a trip to a huge pet store with her dog Baker was an experience for her as they do not have anything like it in her sleepy seaside town!

I baked an apple and blackberry crumble and some cinnamon swirls for her visit and it was all so good!

Friday we went shopping for my birthday gifts and ended up getting really ahead in the Christmas shopping too, we stopped for a caramel latte which was delicious! In the evening we all went out for dinner and had a really great evening. It was just nice to get dressed up, eat good food and be out with family. 

Saturday we took the dogs for a walk and Nanny played Love on the Rocks with us as we kept finding rocks to hide everywhere we went so had a bumper hiding session which Nanny and T loved 😊

We also got ahead of the game in planning for T’s birthday party, It’s a Charlie and the chocolate factory party at the end of December but I feel good we have already bought plates, cups, banners, balloons and hooters and made a start on the decoration making! 

Last night we celebrated bonfire night by eating hotdogs and chips outside and having some sparklers, T loved it and it was a fun evening for all of us.

Today Scott had a race so we took both the dogs to go and watch him run, it was a beautiful day but very cold! We took the dogs on the dog agility course at our local park while we waited for him to race and they had a great time. I can see why they call this season of racing the frostbite series, I’m just glad I wasn’t out there running in shorts!

Today we spent the afternoon choosing a bike for Scott’s son Louis Christmas present, he is nearly 18 so family never know what to buy him but this was a really straightforward shopping trip and he came away with a very smart bike ordered! He has his driving test tomorrow so fingers crossed for him passing that! After we all went to Scott’s parents house with all the family for a nice roast dinner then off to watch some fireworks. 

Now T is at her Dad’s until tomorrow evening, Scott is asleep and so are the dogs so it’s just me and some Blue Planet 2, well after such a busy few days who needs a rock and roll Sunday night hey! 

Thanks for reading 

Lou x

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A tough start but a better ending!

So this week started off pretty rubbish mainly due to me missing T but for a few other things as well but Wednesday night was date night which cheered me up massively. We went for dinner and shared this beauty of a dessert which was as good as it looks! Warm cookie with melted ice cream and fudge pieces, delicious!

Thursday I got my T back so we had a playdate with some friends at ours first thing and the girls coloured in Halloween pictures which was really nice. After this T and Scott went and did some secret birthday shopping for me as it’s only a couple of weeks away. I also had my hair done for the first time in months which felt really nice and really gave me a boost.

Yesterday we went for a playdate and baking session at my friends house. The girls made cupcakes and iced them and we had a great time.

Then came T’s riding lesson, she had a different teacher but still went off pretty confident on a bigger pony but one she had ridden before. But Frosty had other ideas and cantered off around the arena right at the start of her lesson causing T to bump right out of the saddle and end up sitting on his neck! 

T on Frosty
The teacher straight away swapped Frosty for Spirit as she didn’t want T to lose her confidence for the whole lesson and apart from him needing a bit more leg to turn and he’s a much bigger horse she really enjoyed riding him! 

Last night I did something that doesn’t happen very often, went out with friends from work for dinner! It was a last minute thing just because it’s payday but it was actually really nice to all get together and talk about, Well mostly work but hey it was still nice to get out! 

This morning after some family stresses I’ve taken Poppy for a nice long walk and just let it all melt away! I’m fairly confident I’m going to get some help with stress calming techniques in the near future along with a couple of other things but for now Poppy, the woods and a bowl of butternut squash soup is the perfect solution! 

This weekend I’m looking forward to carving our pumpkins, catching up with friends and cooking a roast! 

I hope you all have a great weekend,

Thanks for reading 

Lou x

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Poppy is back- her operation story 

So three weeks ago we had Poppy spade, something we did not decide on lightly and even left until she was over 1 to do as we couldn’t fully decide. What swung it for us was the risk of puppies was no longer there. We could have managed the season every 6 months but Poppy loves to run and if a male dog had got to her we just felt we couldn’t have looked after puppies while working so it wouldn’t have been fair to her.

So the operation itself was a success, We had a rough night the first night with lots of crying and whining from poor Pops but the very next day she was already starting to look a bit brighter. 

The below is day 1.

So we followed the rules and kept the cone on, we walked her for 10 days with that thing on and every other dog barking  at her while their humans ‘aahhh’d’. 

We went at 10 days at got her stitches out and everything looked great. The cone came off and we started walking and running again. She was so happy.

Then 5 days later a red lump appeared on her wound. The vet couldn’t tell if it was an infection/her body reacting to the stitches inside or what had happened so we were given antibiotics for a week and the cone had to go back on!

Poppy was sad again.

So every night and every day when we went to work we put it back on and looked at her sad little face. We had to get this wound sorted so there was nothing else we could do. My neighbour who let’s her out every day at lunch time had said Poppy wouldn’t even take a treat from her for 2 days which I think showed how sad she was! 

But I’ve given the tablets religiously twice a day for a week and we are now finally healed! The wound is looking great and the cone is finally banished forever 😁

Yesterday she had her first run in a long time and she loved it! 

Today Poppy is having a bath to get that stinky smell of the cone gone completely! 

We are so pleased to get out puppy back to strength, it’s been a long 3 weeks for her but it’s finally over 😊

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Cups of tea and an unexpected visit!

So today I had plans for a quick trip to the shops, a catch up with a friend and a visit to the vets. All of those things happened, the trip to the shops was great because I managed to pick up a Christmas present for T simply because it had Princess Tiana on and it’s so rare to see her on anything so I had to buy it. (T loves that she is also a Disney Princess.) 

The vets appointment was ok, poor Poppy seems to have a little lump at the site of her operation which could be either an infection, where her body is reacting to the internal stitches or just hard tissue where it is healing so she is now on antibiotics for a week. Here’s hoping it sorts itself out! For now here is a cute picture I took the other day! 

This afternoon I have also been painting conkers orange to look like mini pumpkins! We are having friends round tomorrow and I’m going to let the kids draw pumpkin faces on them, It was an idea I found a couple of weeks ago which I wrote about here so I will post pictures their finished products when they are done!

Then I had a friend round for tea and an overdue catch up which was lovely. We both seemed to have a lot to tell each other and she shared some good news about moving house which was great. Her cousin came to pick her up who I haven’t seen in years and it was so nice to chat to! You know when it’s just easy to talk to someone, there was no awkwardness, No why haven’t you been in touch, what happened to us as friends we simply moved in different directions at the time and there was nothing more to it. We have always kept in touch online so have a fair idea of what each other has been upto along with my friend keeping us both in the loop but today we ended up chatting for over half an hour when she was meant to be not stopping. It was just easy and made me think this is how life should be, It got me thinking about some difficult decisions I made about friendships nearly a year ago now and just reaffirmed that I made the right ones. 

Surround yourself with the right people and life can be good, the wrong people can drag you down and really life is too short and has too many worries and stresses for friendships to be one of them!

Who knows if I will see this friend again anytime soon but I know if I do it will be just as easy and comfortable and that’s how it should be

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One proud weekend, a braces update and our Poppy is back!

The Great Eastern Race 

So yesterday my husband ran his first half marathon. He has been training for it since the start of the year which hasn’t always been easy with some time off with injury but he has kept focused and really smashed it! He was aiming for under 1 hour 30 and came in at 1 hour 26 which meant he was 199th out of approx 5400 people. We were so proud and couldn’t be happier for him. It was so great to see everyone at his running club congratulating him on his great time and him feeling so pleased with his performance. 

After the race T put his medal over his head in a cute little medal ceremony, he was so happy it was a great day.

Braces Update
Today I realised that my teeth had changed quite a lot in the last few weeks since my orthodontist appointment so I decided to take a photo, I was so pleased with what I saw! The top two teeth now almost look level and my bottom teeth are moving so much there is now a small gap starting to create that the one remaining tooth not in the wire can move into. I normally only take photos on appointments but this time I was just so pleased I had to share! 

Left is my first braces appointment Dec 2016, right is today.
Poppy is back!

So 10 days ago my lovely cockapoo Poppy was spade and she has been making us feel guilty for it ever since! Today she got her stitches out and so can finally be without her cone! After a wash, dry and brush our fluffy Poppy is back snuggling on the sofa and smelling lovely! We are taking it slowly but tonight we gave her one ball and let her back up the stairs for the first time since the op. You could tell she was so excited to be part of the family again rather that shut behind the gate for her own safety. Welcome back Poppy, We have missed you! 

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The New Mrs M makes a year! 

Wow I can’t believe I made a year! When I started this blog it was as an outlet to share my experiences with braces as an adult and to hopefully learn from other people’s journey also. The thing is it’s turned into much more than that! I’ve learned I love to document my life! Sharing experiences, hobbies, days out, trips away, special moments gives me real enjoyment and it’s the lovely comments and likes I get from readers around the world that keeps me writing. I have written about so many things in the last year from my experiences as a step parent to buying our puppy last year. I’ve talked about my love of being married and the happiness it brings to my struggles of trying to progress a career while still being a present parent. I’ve continued to document my experiences with braces and will keep on doing so in the hope that they help others deliberating whether or not to take the plunge or are already on their journey. My new found love of walking/hiking has been a hot topic over the summer months this year culminating in a walking challenge which saw me walk over 80 miles in a month!

This blog has been like a journal at times being the first thing I want to do when I’m going through a tough time and a way to vent my frustration while also sometimes allowing me to see my opinions in a different light.

Reviews of places I’ve been have almost become a part of the experience now and it’s a given to my husband that some of the many photos I take will be specifically for my blog. If I can show someone how great a place was or how dog friendly somewhere can be and they can enjoy it as much as I did then my writing is all worthwhile.

There are plenty of mum blogs out there and I don’t just write about my experiences as a Mum but this has also been a huge part of my blog. Again if I can show someone else what we get up to and they enjoy doing it then why not!

Whatever my chosen topic is I would just like to say thank you to everyone that has taken the time to read my posts, like them and leave a comment. Without your interest I wouldn’t have continued to write and had 2 pieces published, something I would never even have attempted to do before this!

My plan for the future is to keep blogging, sharing my happy times and my sad times too, hopefully helping others with my braces experiences and reviewing everywhere I go!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my journey so far and here’s to the next year!

Lou x

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Poppy’s Op Update 

It’s nearly a week since Poppy was spade and she’s improved in leaps and bounds. She had her post op check Monday and her wound is healing nicely and she’s off the pain killers. The first few days she wasn’t her usual self and would get tired easily and still looked very sad but since Monday there has been a real improvement. She seems to have more energy, the spark is back in her eyes and she’s happy to see us again. 

Our neighbour has been visiting her 3 times a day while I’ve been at work this week, we are so lucky to have such a kind animal loving neighbour, So she has had company as she can’t play with her toys or even chew a chew with the cone on so it all she can really do is sleep.

We have managed upto a mile at a time and she is walking just fine but other dogs don’t seem too impressed with her cone bless her! 

Now she is getting her energy back she is struggling to see why she can’t run up the stairs or get up on the sofa so I’m now counting down till Monday when she gets her stitches out and we can start to get back to normal.

For now she gets tucked up in her comfy bed every night and has had her head washed today because she was starting to get a little smelly with the cone on 24/7! 

If you are wondering why we haven’t taken it off just while we are with her, we tried for a little while yesterday but the second I turned my head she went for her stitches! So my little monkey will have to wait until Monday for her freedom back and she will be going on a nice long walk and getting snuggled up on the sofa to celebrate!