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A slow weekend but an exciting week ahead!

This weekend has been a slow one. The weather has been pretty wet and dreary and I’ve spent most of it feeling really ugh. Yesterday I ran some errands and spent time making a photo collage of Louis 18th birthday for his room then walked Poppy in the rain and spent the afternoon watching the rugby.

My evening was spent watching a Lord of the rings film while Scott was out. Today we again ran more errands then had lunch at a local garden centre because we were out and starving. I had a toasted chicken and bacon sandwich with seeded bread and salad it was so good and filled me up for ages!

Poppy was treated to a new bed for the living room today as she hasn’t had one in there for a few months and I think it went down pretty well.

We got T back about 3.30 today then headed over to my in-laws for dinner and took Poppy with us. My sister in law and her family were over and the kids all played nicely and enjoyed all taking Poppy for a walk before dinner. They even found two love rocks on their walk!

But I’m ending the evening still feeling bloated and rubbish and with a broken wire on my braces! Emergency call to the ortho tomorrow will sort it but it’s just a pain I didn’t need.

Remaining positive, this week promises to be a good one with pancake day Tuesday, Valentines day Wednesday and our40 Random Acts of Kindness starting the same day!

It’s also half term this week so when I am finished work on Wednesday there will be no overtime this week and instead fun times will be had with Scott, T and our friends.

For now I am snuggled underneath my cosy dressing gown with a cup of tea and hoping tomorrow will be a better day!

Have a good week everyone,

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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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 operation day!

So today was the day that Poppy gets spayed. It’s been booked for weeks but we have all been getting a little nervous knowing it was approaching and today as I walked her to the vets at 8.30 I was trying to be as normal as possible but I wondered if the nerves were travelling down the lead. 

We were the only people in the vets but she was still very unsure as I handed her over to the vet nurse. I blinked back the tears at leaving her for the first time and lied as I told T she was very brave and went in just fine! 

The day passed quickly at work but she was never very far from my thoughts. When I rang at 5 30 I knew I had to keep busy until 6pm when I could go and get her. 

The vets was busy when I went in so I made sure I settled up and got her pain killers and before they brought her out so I could just leave straight away with her. Then wow that moment when my sad looking little pup was brought out complete with lampshade style scratch collar just to make her look even smaller and more forlorn if it could even be possible. 

There was no tail wag she simply came with me and walked the 15 paces to the car where I scooped her up and placed her gently on the front seat for the 2 minute journey home. Once home she had a very long drink and then got straight in her bed where she has been for the last 2 hours!

She is whining and groaning as she rests which the vet nurse told me is normal but it doesn’t make it any easier to bear. I keep stroking her head and telling her she is ok. I hope it is reassuring to her to know I’m here when she is feeling her worst. She has a neat little wound on her belly and a shaved front leg from the IV line and is due for her post op check on Monday. 

In the meantime we have to keep her from jumping on or off the sofa, She can’t go upstairs and she can’t go off the lead. All of which seems completely irrelevant now while she is laying here whining and groaning but I’m sure she will get her strength back in a few days. 

For now we have just managed her first trip outside for a toilet break and even s small wag of the tail before having another long drink and collapsing on my lap. 

Get better soon Poppy because T will be so upset if you are still like this when she gets home at 5pm tomorrow. 

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Poppy 1 year in- Its a cockerpoo life 

So it’s a year today year since we brought Poppy home and it seems like she has always been here. She’s T’s best friend and my furry companion. She is always so happy to see us come home, we are her family through and through and she would do anything for us and loves just being where we are. 
It’s crazy how much a little bundle of fluff can become part of your family and how you can’t ever imagine life without her.

Here are a few of my favourite Poppy moments over this summer:

Tea and a cockerpoo in bed, what could be better?

Running with me!
Windsurfing with Scott!

Agility with T!

Happy 1 year as part of our family Poppy we love you! 

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Poppy is 1!

When we brought this tiny fluffy puppy home in September we knew we would love her enormously but we had no way of knowing the impact she would have on our lives. Poppy has filled a space in our family we didn’t even know was there. She has grown different bonds with each of us and her little personality continues to change as she gets older.

She has changed in appearance from this tiny little brown pup to this light coloured, ginger eared young lady who is still by all accounts a very small cockapoo!wp-image-1377512694

T has enjoyed having a puppy from the word go and feeds her every day, has no problem clearing up her mess and loves to go on a long walk with her. In-fact as a family we have gone on more walks than ever before because we now have a reason to! I have taken up walking as a hobby with Poppy and managed to walk 72 miles in May!

Poppy has completed a puppy training course over 5 weeks which meant a commitment from us as a family to go every Sunday and keep on training Poppy at home inbetween. This course meant I learnt more than I ever knew Poppy could do and gave me the confidence that I could train her and showed everyone,  not just me, that she was so willing to please at every turn and learnt very quickly.

Poppy waiting for the treats on her paws!

During her first year Poppy has had doggie friends come to stay and been to stay at other doggie friends houses, She loves spending so much time with other dogs and plays and plays until we sometimes have to separate them!

Poppy celebrated her first Christmas and was not at all fazed by the Christmas tree appearing in the living room! Santa even came to Poppy too!20161224_114433.jpg

More recently Poppy went on holiday for a week to my best friends house while we went away and behaved beautifully! With many walks out and about by various different people she left us very proud to call her our dog and was completely bowled over when    wp-image-1283035252 we came back!

We love our Poppy so much and can’t believe she is 1! Happy birthday Poppy, enjoy your special day and keep being the adorable, family loving, clever, loyal and gorgeous girl you are!















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Poppy at 9 months

So our puppy Poppy is approaching 9 months now and there are a few things that we have learnt about having a dog that I thought I would share.

Firstly you can only go so far in the rules with what you should be doing, and the rest of it has to come from what works for you. Poppy loves to be with us, she is  real family dog. So for the first few months we left her downstairs in the kitchen while we got ready in the mornings, she used to cry, bark, whine, do anything to get our attention but we hadnt got so far where we could trust her not to  have an accident if we let her upstairs so we had to manage it. After a while we got more confident with her toileting and so now she comes upstairs with us in the mornings. She loves nothing more than lying on our bed waiting for us to get ready. Or if its the weekend when she barks in the morning its not because she needs to go out, its because she wants to come up, this makes her the perfect Sunday morning chill dog and we love her for it!


The next thing is dogs will only live up to their type so much, the rest is them and their own little personality. We have a small dog which are meant to be yappy in their bark and quite often get small dog syndrome when out on a lead. Poppy rarely barks and when she does its more of a half bark half gruff sound and as for other dogs when out on a lead she is usually scared of them and hides behind us at first. Sometimes it can be quite embarrassing when there is another dog hurtling towards your dog just wanting to play and your dog literally pulls your arm out of your socket to get away! We get away with us because of her size and age, “Sorry shes still a baby, shes scared of everything.” I’m not sure this excuse will work forever Poppy so can you please man up some time soon!

This leads me on to her size, when we looked for a cockapoo we thought they all looked like a medium sized dog with short curly hair. (See random pictures of cockapoos I obtained from google)

What we got was a small dog with long flowing wavy hair! Every other cockapoo we meet looks different to Poppy. I suppose this is what you get with a crossbread but she is honestly the smallest one we have ever come across with the longest fluffiest hair! Well she was until yesterday when we had her groomed for the first time! I was struggling to keep on top of the knots that kept appearing in her fur and she was always so dirty after a walk it took a lot of washing and drying to keep her clean. So here is Poppy’s new look for spring!


Poppy really is our little companion, she is so easily adaptable and can walk for miles without a problem or is just as happy curled up on the sofa. She isnt a lap dog, which in a way i’m a little sad about as I love having a little cuddle with her but that’s just what it is with Poppy, a little cuddle. She will be on your lap being fussed for a few seconds and then off she goes to the other end of the sofa! Its like she likes her own space to sleep and rest as long as its not too far from her humans!


The last thing I will mention is that sometimes you may very well get a dog that thinks its a cat, like we did. Yes it may sound strange but honestly Poppy loves nothing more than climbing onto the sofa arm for a nap, often taking a while to get comfy and sometimes falling off in the process but she manages! Oh and then there is her love of tuna! We cannot possibly open a can of tuna without giving some to Poppy. I’ve never seen her so excited when she hears me use the can opener, unfortunately plenty of other things come in cans so she is a lot of the time disappointed!


All in all your first few months with a puppy will be a learning curve for everyone including the puppy. Its so hard to believe its been 7 months with her now and we are still finding our feet with some things, like grooming! But we love her all the same and wouldn’t be without her.



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Our family Christmas

I was really apprehensive about this Christmas as it was the first I wouldn’t wake up with my baby girl but I was so lucky to have my Nan stay with me from Christmas eve right up until boxing day and she helped me through my mini breakdown when T left Christmas eve. After that there were a couple of moments during our quiet morning where me and Scott hugged and just missed her but before we knew it she was home and our Christmas began.

I am always so amazed at how well behaved T can be when there was not even a mention of her main present as we had opened everything and were clearing up Scott wheeled it in. Her face was a picture and then she ran over and threw her arms around him, I’m so glad I videoed this moment.



I’ve learnt to manage my braces over the Christmas period but am still finding foods I can’t eat, crisps and crackers are off the menu and I find myself fishing through the chocolate box for the soft centred ones but apart from that I’ve coped pretty well with food. The wax is now my best friend and I’m getting used to the cleaning routine at night. I can’t really talk properly until I’ve had a hot drink in the mornings as my face feels like it’s glued to my braces but maybe Scott will tell you this silence is a good thing😉

One thing we have done in the post Christmas haze of dvds, winter walks, chocolate and presents is set up T’s two fairy doors she got from two separate people. She is really excited and if I’m honest so am I!  Any little chance to keep the magic alive for my girl as she approaches 7 and I’m on it so today as she has left for her Dad’s again the first fairy has visited. The key has ‘disappeared’ from the outside door and I cannot wait for her to notice. I’m already planning ideas for this fairy and how I will tell the tale, my Nan says I should write books I have such an imagination.

Our woodland fairy door
Our tooth fairy door

As for Poppy she celebrated her first Christmas as any 6 month old puppy should, playing with friends and enjoying new treats and toys. She has been amazing with all the noise, company, present giving, change of location and routine and we couldnt be prouder of her.


All in all it has been a fantastic few days, now time to relax infront of the fire with a glass of wine before the real excitement begins for T’s birthday party Friday!


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So for the last few days we have had my Nan and her dog Baker staying. This has been fun for all of us but especially Poppy as she’s not really had another dog to properly play with since coming to live with us and oh my word do they play! Here is a rare moment where they actually sat still long enough to take a photo!  Continue reading “Visitors”