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7 things that made me happy week 15!

As I sit in my garden after just eating a salad in the blazing sunshine I feel like I have a lot to be happy about! Ok my braces are killing me and am aching from my workout and walk and still have to get all this washing off the line and into the house yet but life is good πŸ˜„

Here are 7 things that made me happy this week,

1.Workout results. So along came the end of the month which meant time to take more progress pictures. (I always take pictures at the end of every month so I can the difference my workouts make, I don’t share them anywhere they are just for me.) So I took the usual picture, front on in my sports bra and joggers and was again pleasantly surprised with the difference since last month. The other picture was of myself in a bikini to see what a difference my squat challenge made. Wowzers. I am so happy I took a month out to do one more squat every day, the difference is amazing! So much so that I am going to continue with some squats every day just to keep this up! Workouts produce results if you keep at it long enough and this is why I love how I feel when I work out 😊

2. Poppy. Come rain or shine this little pooch is always ready for a walk, She has gone a little crazy over tennis balls lately and will drive us nuts if one is stuck behind the sofa even though she has another 5 in her basket! She went through a stage of not wanting cuddles in the evening but lately she will ask to sit on our laps or next to us on the sofa and is happy to be cuddled for some time which we really love. I don’t know if it’s to do with her approaching 2 years old but whatever the reason she now loves to cuddle which makes me happy.

3.Healthy living! I don’t know if it’s the warm weather or the marathon diet Scott is following but I am all over eating well at the minute! I’m loving salads, bananas on toast with quark and cinnamon and this is some chicken I made Scott for lunch at work with a few herbs, pepper and tomato on green veg and sweetcorn.

4. Walking. With the better weather I have been so inspired to walk more and have really enjoyed it. I took Poppy for a 3 mile walk this morning after completing a 25 minute HIIT workout, I must be mad! (Really I just wanted to get out before it got crazy busy everywhere but it still felt good to go that far and I can’t wait to do it again another day.) So far this week I’ve walked 12.6 miles 😁

5. I finished my book! I’ve been reading Chasing the Dream and the story line has just been so gripping I’ve struggled to put it down this week! The main character has so many traumatic events in her life but with it being set in the 1920-1930 England she just had to get on with it and she was a trooper! I loved this book and it’s made me eager to start another one. I’ve put a post it note inside saying Great Read and put it back in my library.

6. A little treat. Ok so it’s good to have a little treat every now and then or what is the motivation to work out? This was my treat this week and it was worth every calorie laden mouthful πŸ˜‚

7. T had a friend round to play. This particular little girl doesn’t speak at school, She is just incredibly shy and so whispers to the teachers, doesn’t answer questions in class or read out loud and whispers to all her friends. But when she comes here and it’s just me and T we can’t stop her talking 😊She is a right little chatterbox and such a sweet little girl. They had a great time playing outside and even eating dinner and ice creams in the garden.

I hope you have all had a great week and I would love to hear something that made you happy!

Lou x

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My favourite 10

This is a post about getting to know me, nothing heavy, no emotional baggage to weigh you all down just some favourite things of mine! I would love to hear if you have any of the same!

My favourite

Colour-pink

Book- The Hobbit

Film- Romeo and Juliet, The Baz Luhrmann edition- I can literally recite the whole film. The Hobbit series is a close 2nd though.

Animal- wolf- my family all know I love these beautiful creatures and always call me if one comes on the tv. I even had a debate with Scott about why we should have wolves in the highlands of Scotland again recently, Ok I didn’t win but I put up a good fight! I really want to visit a wolf sanctuary this year if we can afford it/find the time too.

Activity on a rainy day- curl up with a book or under a blanket watching a movie, me and T always like to make hamma beads on a rainy day too.

Holiday in the UK- one in the countryside with green spaces, country pubs, peace and quiet, no Wi-Fi signal and long walks, Devon and the Peak District are our favourites so far.

Holiday abroad- some where hot where the whole family can play in the pool, go to the beach, take in some culture and have a fun evening, we love Rhodes, Crete and Spain.

Hobby- when it comes to fun it has to be walking or choir but for commitment and results my exercise. I know that by committing to regular workouts I can feel happier with my shape and help T to feel happier with hers too, that said there is nothing like belting out ‘This is me’ from the Greatest Showman with a room full of other people!

Meal to cook for my family- anything they have given me 10/10 for! I’m a sucker for a bit of praise and if they loved it I’ll make it again, This was meatballs I made on Monday which went down a storm.

Dessert- millionaire cheesecake

Thanks for reading!

Lou x

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Sunny Saturday

Today was our last day by the coast and the sun finally came out! It started off early as Scott ran the Clacton park run along the seafront. It’s a run which is 3 laps up and down hills next to the beach and handily enough starts and finishes next to our favourite cafe!

We saw him and around 150 others start and watched lap one and two before getting a table in the cafe by the window where T and my Nan could watch from the warm and I could see him pass by the window as he approached the finish!

I flew out of the door and ran after him as he closed in on a young lad before passing him to take 2nd place!

I was so happy for him I ran down to the finish line and gave him a big hug 😁

We all had breakfast in the cafe before walking along the beach looking for rocks we could use to decorate and make into love rocks.

We decorated a couple of rocks and left them at the local park after lunch and saw both of them get collected by different little children which was lovely.

After the drive home and the standard half an hour of unpacking/organising/washing clothes/cooking dinner I washed and cleaned out my car in the sunshine as it was like a skip on wheels after having us all off for a week!

Mission accomplished we settled down for an evening of Saturday night TV and Easter egg chocolate!

We have had a great few days with my Nan who I am so close to,finished off by giving her an early birthday present of a Pandora charm for her bracelet which she was thrilled with. We are taking my Nan on holiday with us this year so are now on countdown until we can see her again and spend a whole week together in what will be her first week abroad in years πŸ€—

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7 things that made me happy in 7 days week 8!

1. Mothers day! I love this day so much because T puts her heart and soul into showing me how much she loves me and it just melts my heart! This year I was woken up with a beautiful card, a plant pot she had spent over 1 hour making by herself at after school club, a bunch of flowers and a charm for my bracelet. We went out for coffee and cake and then a 2.5 mile walk/run in the sun before going to see Scott’s parents for dinner. It really was a lovely day. Oh, I sent my Mum a card saying I would love to take her out for afternoon tea but I’m not holding out much hope because I said the same thing last year and she was too busy all year. We aren’t very close so we will see.


2. Receiving this beautiful drawing in the post for T really made our day. The time and effort taken was honestly so thoughtful and we love how it looks in a frame in T’s playroom.


3. Muddy walks. This was a 1.5 mile walk with Poppy after it had been raining all morning. I decided to go through the woods as she had her coat on but it didn’t make much difference and she went straight in the shower when we got home! This said it was a lovely walk and just nice getting out in the small amount of sun we had that day.


4. A reassuring ear. So I have a tendency to get a little worried when I know we have a lot coming up to pay for. I think about a month or two ahead when it comes to finances and quite often get in really panicky about it. Scott will let me go on like this for only so long before just giving me a huge hug and telling me we will be Ok! We will manage, things will get sorted and I don’t need to worry. I need this and appreciate it more than he knows.

5. Parents evening! I know those words may put the feeling of dread into some parents but I have yet to get to that stage! T loves school and loves working hard to do well, so much so that our parents evening was over in less than 10 minutes πŸ˜‚

6. Brunch with a friend. I was treated to a great catch up, pastries, muffins and coffee. The perfect way to spend a morning!


7. Seeing T so happy at her riding lesson! Today was the first day she had no jumper for her lesson this year,the sun was shining and she went on a hack with two other girls and the manager which she was so excited about then she came back with the same smile!! 😁

Makes these boots all worthwhile!

I hope you have all had a great week and I would love to hear what made you happy this week!

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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Could this be it?

I’m so excited I think I could have found my new ‘thing’! I decided to try and search for this thing this morning on a whim and up it popped, not 2 minutes from my house on a night Scott is in to watch T while I go!

So I’ve contacted them and it’s run by a really nice lady that lives just round the corner from me, We seem to have common interests already and she sounds really keen to meet me.

Ever since I found this page earlier I’ve had this sort of excited feeling and when she replied to my message asking if I could come along next week and was so inviting and friendly I was even more, well just beaming really!

I’ve not even been yet but I feel like this could be what I’ve been looking for, the thing I need to fill my time, the void I have mentally and physically and my chance to meet new people and enjoy myself doing something for me!

I’m not going to reveal what it is yet incase it all goes wrong but for now I’m just riding this buzz feeling happy and excited for what is to come.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Lou x

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Searching

Ever feel like you are searching? Searching for that place that you just fit into? Your ‘thing’. That thing that people can identify you by when they talk about you. I feel like I’ve been searching for that thing a long time. I think motherhood is that thing really but unfortunely I have to share my beautiful T or I wouldn’t be writing this.

I love planning things for us to do, having friends over for her, baking, walking the dog or having a rainy day in and watching a film in the evening. I love seeing her happy and flourish in something, most recently being our workouts with the difference in both our fitness in just one month being amazing. But she isn’t here all the time, and when she is gone what do I do? Well with the weather too cold and wet most of the time long walks have been out of the question lately.

Last year I joined a walking group on a Friday from March till August I went regularly and loved walking 3 to 4 miles every week with a group of lovely people. Sadly I started to work more and more Fridays and so lost the chance to be able to do this. I do intend to take longer walks again once the evenings are lighter and the weather not so bite your face off cold.

So for now I read; I have got back into reading since getting three books for Christmas and am really enjoying it. I’m currently reading The Hobbit, something I once read as a teenager but now am really enjoying again as a huge fan of the films. I’m planning a little community library in the shed next to my house for my street to use I just need to get it slightly clear so I can fit a small table in there with some books and bookends on. Oh and pluck up the confidence to put a note through my neighbours doors to tell them what I’ve done, there is no way I’m doing this face to face!

I also watch the Six Nations rugby when it is on so that will keep my Saturdays a little busier for the next few weeks, would be nice to watch it with someone though.

Yes I do have friends but weekends are family time and I can’t expect people with families to want to socialise with someone that is lacking a child. Friends without children tend to work weekends and are also part of couples, something else I lack on weekends due to my husband’s work.

So like I did last year I’ve started searching again. I searched for the walking group and really enjoyed it for a few months but it had to come to an end and now I’m looking for something to fill my Saturdays with. So as sad as it sounds I’ve been looking online but it’s not easy searching when you don’t exactly know what you want to do.

I want to be a Mummy 24/7 but since I can’t do that I’ve been searching for reading groups, not that any seem to meet on a Saturday. I maybe need to visit my local library again, with T getting a load of books for Christmas we haven’t had the need to go but maybe I need to think about me for once and not her all the time.

Searching is tough when there is one thing you want to do but can’t, trying to find a substitute to fill your time isn’t easy. Plus new people are always scary, but I would go to a club, I want to meet new people, I just can’t seem to find anyone.

So today I’m going to be doing a few jobs, probably writing another post later, walking Poppy and then watching the rugby. Oh and reading in our reading nook.

Have a lovely Saturday everyone,

Lou x

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7 things – Week 3

Wow where did this week go! I feel like it’s passed in a week of work and workouts with some quality time squeezed in too. I hope you have all had a great week, now I have time for my blog here are my 7 happiest moments from the last 7 days. I would love to hear what has made you happy this week!

1. Meik Wiking the author of The Little Book of Lykke liked my tweet sharing my favourite parts of the book! I was thrilled to bits that he even noticed my little review let alone liked it 😁

2. Cooking healthy meals. Saturday I was on my own for dinner but made it a healthy one of grilled chicken, Jacket potato and salad.

3. Watching the six nations 2018. Ok so I’m not the most committed rugby fan in the world, I don’t keep up with the team changes, or watch local teams but I do love a good Six Nations! I support Ireland as my Grandfather was Irish and I picked up an Ireland rugby shirt about 10 years ago when I visited Dublin for the weekend. Scott jokes I’m only Irish when the rugby is on but T has now started following Ireland too which makes me happy 😊

4. Spending the morning with a friend talking about her wedding plans and making rocky road ready for T’s school bake sale. We had such a lovely morning eating crossaints, waffles and strawberries then catching up on her wedding prep, It was so nice to just hang out and chat about the weeks worries! The kids all had great fun mixing up the rocky road and squishing into dishes ready for the fridge too!

5. When the snow came down and T looked at it falling out of the window and said “wow it looks so beautiful like it’s just falling and making the world a better place!”

6. Date night. Wednesday I came home from work to candles, a fire, prosecco in the fridge and dinner cooked for me. It’s amazing what taking time to really appreciate each other even just for a few minutes every day can really do for a relationship. Once you take that leap to make the other person happy it’s like a domino effect, it just keeps happening back again and again and all of a sudden you are reminded of why you married each other.

7. A teacher training day for T. This meant a day off work, school and a day at home 😊 T had a friend round to play for a couple of hours in the morning then we popped to some shops for a little browse before I painted her nails for half term week and she had a riding lesson. It was a happy day, until she fell off her pony! Luckily she was fine and got right back on but we did have lots of lovely cuddles when we got home.

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The New Mrs M makes a year!Β 

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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Love on the rocks contd.

So it’s been a great weekend for hunting rocks in the local area! At first we hadn’t found any and then there was a sudden post on the Facebook page saying there had been 8 hidden practically on our doorstop! At that moment it didn’t matter that it was 7.30 at night and dark and wet outside, me and my girl were going on a rock hunt! 

So armed with the clues posted on the page and my torch on my phone off we set to find some rocks! As it happened the closest two to our house had already gone! Persistence paid off though and we came home with three beauties! 

T was so happy with the unicorn she decided to keep it and so we were spurred on today to create our own! These are our creations in their hiding places today 😊

T’s emoji rock
This is some Japanese from my brother “enjoy your day”

“The little mermaid”
We also had a couple of added bonuses on a trip out today and as driving along a road Scott suddenly spotted a rock we looked for last night so quickly pulled the car over and we picked up this! 

The 2nd exciting bonus was when I was just checking the page and to my surprise I saw a rock had been dropped right outside our house on a wooden post! T quickly ran outside and picked it up and we hid it again outside her school ready to be found tomorrow.

We hid the balloon rock again and along with ours that meant we hid 7 more rocks today and Scott has just finished his design ready to go out tomorrow! This really is a game everyone can get involved in and we love how it’s taken off in our local area! 

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16 miles, a ballet exam and a happy girl.

So this week was another tough one at the start with lots of short walks due to bad weather but I made up for it as much as I could on my days off racking up 6 miles yesterday! It felt so nice to walk a different route and actually get a tiny bit lost at times. I knew roughly where I was all the time but trying to find the exact way home was a little challenge that I think I needed to push myself to rack up the miles. Throw in a short walk with Tiana and Poppy this afternoon and my weekly total is 16.2 miles! 

I’m so pleased I’m well on my way to my target of 60 miles this month with just over a week to go so if next week is a good one I might even break 60 miles! Still can’t believe how much I’m enjoying walking, It’s not costing me anything, I’m building my fitness and I’m still finding new routes from my house. I feel so lucky to live where I do with so many nice paths to explore all within my reach.

This morning was also very exciting because T had a ballet exam that she had been preparing for a long time. I felt like I should be part of dance moms being up at 7am on a Sunday to plait and clip her hair into the neatest, most hairsprayed ballet bun possible! T is too small to be nervous yet which is great so we just get one excited little girl ready to try her best for the examiner! There was a group of 3 and they all had solo parts also but all in all the whole thing only took about 10 minutes at the most. The best part was when they all came out smiling ear to ear really happy with their performances. Some people would wonder why I would want to give up my Sunday morning to put T through an exam at only 7 years old but that is why  because she loves it! She was so happy after her performance and so pleased with how she had done there was no stress or anxiety and not a single hint of worry. Some people may say that she will never be a ballerina but neither will a lot of the girls that go to her dance school but for me it’s not about that. It’s about a hobby that she enjoys learning and having fun doing and as long as she wants to continue ballet I will continue to give up my Sunday morning lie ins to ready her for exams.

My little ballerina
Ballet bun hairsprayed within an inch of its life!