Adult braces · Changes · Dentist · goals · Orthodontist · Uncategorized

Adult Braces- 8 months in

So today I had my 6 week tightening and at first it all seemed like it was going fairly straightforward but then my lovely orthodontist started taking an awfully long time to look at my top teeth. She was swivelling her chair from behind me to the front and back, moving my lips up and down, getting me to bite and open again and again. 

She eventually decided to add a chain link across my gap on the right side to pull my tooth across into the space. She told me I might see a small gap appear from where the tooth moves from but not to worry as she will sort it.

She was pleased with how much my bottom teeth had moved forward but still can’t include my last bottom one that isn’t in the wire,  fingers crossed for next time!

Also next time she is going to take off a couple of brackets and move them to a slightly different position as she wants to pull the teeth straighter. I’m a little nervous about this as I’ve not had a bracket off yet, I’m hoping they will just use the same light they used when they put them on and they will pop right off! The only thing is if she has to move a bracket she will have to put a soft wire in for a month as new brackets won’t be strong enough to hold a stiff one. This basically means my treatment is on hold for a month until the brackets are ready to start getting pulled all over the place again. It’s a bit of a frustration but if that’s what it takes to get my teeth as straight as possible I know my ortho will know what is best.

So after a slightly longer appointment than normal there should be some more movement by the next time and more chain links to come over my other gaps so they will start to disappear too. It’s a slow process but the small differences I see each time is what keeps me motivated.

Anniversary · Blogger · challenge · Mam Tor · Peak District · romantic weekends · UK breaks · Uncategorized · walking

Trip to the Peak District 

So last weekend we spent the weekend in a beautiful part of England when we travelled to the Peak District National Park for our Wedding anniversary. We have visited other National Parks before so were looking forward to lots of beautiful scenery, quaint villages and long walks and the trip did not disappoint!

We stayed at Spring View bed and breakfast in Bradwell, a small village nestled in rolling hills dotted with sheep. The B&B was a perfect base for us to explore and with 3 local pubs all within a 5 minute walking distance as well as a chip shop and local shop it really couldn’t get any better. We picked this as our base due to it being dog friendly so we were able to take Poppy, she was just as welcome as us from the minute we arrived which was great. Everything about this B&B was perfect, from the well cooked breakfast to the communal living area stocked with board games and walking guides and finally the beautiful garden which we were also able to use I really couldn’t recommend it enough.


Our first evening there we decided to try out a local pub, The White Hart. Just a short walk through winding streets and we came upon it, with the building dating back to 1600 it was the essence of a village pub with low beams and small rooms and just a small outside seating area  by the front door. We were greeted by friendly staff who were again happy to have Poppy under our table whilst we ate our freshly cooked meal of lamb shank, delicious!

Saturday we took a trip to Treak cliff cavern in Castleton. There were about 4 different caves in or around Castleton but we chose this one as it was again dog friendly. Being the first tour of the day it was only us two and Poppy which was great. Our guide took us through several different caverns explaining how they were formed and giving us detailed history on the owners and miners of the cavern as well as the Blue John Stone that is found there. It was a really interesting tour and I only managed to almost slip over once and avoided banging my head in the 4ft entrance tunnel!

From there we went on to Mam Tor.
We had planned to visit this area and in particular Mam Tor as we had seen the views and thought the route looked manageable. We started our route after walking from Treak cliff cavern along the broken road and up onto the Tor. The whole route was fairly busy with school trips and groups of people but there was plenty of room on the wide paths. We walked right along to Losehill, be warned some of this is very steep and requires a good amount of fitness to get up and down, I walked 19 miles the previous week but this gradient at times was tough! Once you make it to the summit the views are beautiful even in summer drizzle! The route down and back to the car was along a public footpath which at times took us through ferns almost as tall as me but the signs are all very visible and we were able to complete a good loop of this beautiful area.

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I surprised Scott at the top with a mini bottle of Prosecco and two glasses to celebrate our anniversary, he was very chuffed and it gave us a minute to take a breather and drink in the views, along with the bubbles of course!

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After dropping Poppy back off for a rest at the b and b we went for a trip into Castleton itself. It’s a beautiful little village with the main street full of tea rooms and souvenir shops, quite tourist orientated but in a tasteful way. We stopped for a gift for T and then sampled a Derbyshire cream tea at a lovely little tea room at the back of a shop.

We spent that evening eating a fish and chip supper then drinking Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary while watching the sun go down in the beautiful garden.


It was such a great trip and we only wish we had longer to explore this beautiful area.

Peak District we loved you!

Anniversary · happy · Husband · Looking back · Love · thoughtful · Uncategorized

Reasons I love being married- 1 year today.

Exactly 1 year ago today I became a wife. I remember the day like it was yesterday, the nerves, the excitement, the pride at walking down the aisle with my Dad by my side then into the hands of my future husband and then elation at walking down the aisle knowing we had done it, we were husband and wife! 
So over the last year I have come to realise some of the reasons I love being married. I know I’m still a newbie to this but this is just  how I feel about it all;

1. I love my new name. My old name meant very little to me, infact it was a constant reminder of my birth father who I have no contact with and haven’t seen since I was 16. I thought it was me, it was who I was but since changing my name I’ve realised it was just a name, it wasn’t me, I’m still the same me just without the tie of a name I never liked. I feel more confident and sure announcing my name now than I have done in my whole life.

2. I love how it started off feeling alien,  to say I had a husband made me feel old, different and I wasn’t immediately comfortable saying it, over the phone, in conversation or to someone new. Now I love being able to say I have a husband. The security and pride I feel every time I can say the words “my husband” is something I hope never goes away.

3. I feel like I’m providing a secure, stable and happy home for T showing her how you can be happy before marriage, (we were together 3 years before our wedding day) and after being married. Our family has just got closer and closer since our wedding day and we talk about it all the time along with making references to being married, how Scott is my husband and I’m his wife and T is learning how being married means you are in a happy relationship full of love, fun and teamwork.

4. I feel like marriage brings us closer as a team. We look out for each other, the house is ran together, parenting is a joint responsibility, looking after our puppy is a team effort and any problems or issues that come up are faced together as a team. There is no longer a separation or independence but a togetherness that means we can face any challenges that come our way.

5. I married my soul mate. I’ve had ups and downs with friendships and even friendships end since I’ve been married but I know I will always have my husband by my side. Whether it’s to cuddle under a blanket and listen to my worries or  take me and the dog on a long walk round the lake one evening holding hands and watching the sunset I know he will always be there for me.

6. I love that we have so much more to come!  We are just at the beginning and even though we want to do it all now we have the rest of our lives to build more amazing memories and keep making each other happy.

Happy Anniversary darling, thank you for a wonderful first year xxx

Looking back · Love · Uncategorized · walking · wedding day · Wimbledon

Revisiting our wedding venue, one hot week and some Wimbledon!

It’s so hard to believe that Sunday next week I will have been married a year! All the planning and build up and then the most wonderful day and now our first anniversary is fast approaching! We have a trip planned to the Peak District next weekend then will be back on our anniversary to celebrate with T but this week on our day off we decided to go and have lunch at our wedding venue!

It was one of those really impromptu decisions that on a sunny day the week before our anniversary just sounded perfect. The memories started flooding back as soon as we pulled into the village of our venue. Firstly how my wedding car pulled into the village and stopped outside the venue then when we got into the carpark how it felt walking outside as a married couple for the first time, sitting outside with our guests in the evening, standing down by the river for photos and the kids all playing nicely with the outdoor games. It was so nice to go back for the first time since the wedding just the two of us and remember it all. 

After sitting outside for lunch we walked down to the river and had a little hug, it really was the most wonderful day and we just took a moment to be thankful for it all. 

Here we are stood on that bridge in the background on our wedding day.

It has been a lovely hot week here and I’ve used the nice weather to get some miles in with Poppy, even today with it being a very hot day we made it to walking group and managed 4 miles! 

Now we are home it’s definitely time to catch up on some Wimbledon! It’s a real favourite of mine and I’ve grown up watching it every year so just took this love and interest and am now sharing it with T. From her being small we have watched it together and she now knows some of the main players just to look at! I think my enjoyment and passion when it’s a big game just rubs off on her and she ends up getting excited for it too. I thought I would mark my first day of watching it, if only work didn’t get in the way I would be watching every day, with some traditional Wimbledon favourites, Pimms and lemonade and strawberries and cream! 

Enjoy your weekend guys! 

Thanks for reading,

Lou x

fitness · food diary · goals · Uncategorized · walking

Back on it!

So after a slow June when it comes to walking it’s fair to say I am well and truly back on it! Having walked 17 miles since Friday this evening is officially rest day! We have been back on everything this week, back on the rainbow eating and we are all really feeling good about the amount of colours we are fitting in every day! This was Tiana’s tea last night, she loved her happy healthy plate! She was also super happy with her pudding of passion fruit, blackberry and raspberry rice pudding! Her two new foods this week have been passionfruit and dried apricots and she liked both of them but especially the passionfruit!

We are back on the walking, even aching yesterday we all took Poppy out on a birthday walk together for a couple of miles which was really nice.

I’m even back on running! Yes it’s been a while but I ran Monday night only 1.4 miles but without stopping and for the first time in months so I was pretty proud of myself. Yes I’ve been aching ever since but I still feel so good that I went out and did it and I’m planning to go again later in the week.

Here is my little route, it’s not very far but it’s a start! 

We are also back on the kettlebell workouts fitting in a quick one last night after our walk! So after all this being fit, healthy and looking after ourselves tonight is date night and I think a glass of wine is deserved all round! After all everyone deserves a treat now and then!

Enjoy your Wednesday guys! 

Lou x

Birthday · Cockapoo · dogs · Puppy · Uncategorized

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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cockerpoo · dogs · goals · Uncategorized · walking · walking for fitness · walking for fun · walking holidays

New month new walking goal!

So another month has gone and it’s fair to say I lost my motivation with a weeks holiday in the middle so although I have done some walking my goal of 60 miles was far off! With the holiday excitement/blues I’m just pleased I managed 42 miles! 

Me and Poppy have had some nice walks the last week or so and it’s felt good to clock up some 3 or 4 mile walks so I’m looking forward to starting a new month and finding my motivation again! This should be easy as with a trip to the Peak District approaching for our Wedding anniversary we should rack up plenty of miles! 

Yesterday we took a trip to Stanwick Lakes with my sister in law and neice and just strolling round with the kids we clocked up nearly 4 miles over a few hours. It’s a lovely place to visit with all sorts of wooden activity areas for the kids and lakes to explore. 


This has to be my favourite picture of the day though 😁


This was a walk me and Poppy took Saturday to our local rowing lake, it was a hot one and we both flaked out when we got back after 4.5 miles! 


Lastly this was our walk on Friday, I couldn’t make my walking group so we went out on our own for an hour instead.


I’d love to see pictures or hear or any walks you guys like to take! 

Lou x

Beautifully British · date night · Shakespeare · Uncategorized

A Midsummer Nights Dream

Last week we were lucky enough to be able to return to Tolethorpe House to watch another Shakespeare play. We first went to Tolthorpe 2 years ago when Scott surprised me with tickets to my favourite play Romeo and Juliet. I remember every detail being a surprise and not knowing where to go or what I was doing was really fun so this time we felt like veterans!

We arrived in the grounds about 6pm and the idea is you take a picnic before the show to eat in the grounds. We were one of the first cars in the car park and so had plenty of picnic space to choose from. The view really is stunning looking over the house as you eat and we were so happy the sun finally broke through just as we arrived.

 So after you finish your picnic it’s back to the car to drop off your things and pick up the blankets, I’ll explain in a minute, and then over to the theatre. The theatre is open air so the stage is completely exposed to the elements but the seating is undercover. Every year I have been the stage is always wonderfully presented and can be used and changed throughout the performance to really maximise the space. There is always a wow moment too, this year it was right near the end of the play when all the fairies had gathered in the wood and bam suddenly hundreds of tiny fairy lights were switched on round every tree on the stage! The audience gasped and wowed, it really was beautiful.

The entrance to the theatre
The play began and the actors really were fantastic especially Puck who played his part so well. The play is funny anyway but the audience really enjoyed his jokes and stage presence. In the interval everyone leaves to get drinks from inside Tolthorpe house, we had pre ordered some to save time but there was tea and coffee available at a very reasonable price. 

The second half of the play really was so funny and had us all laughing several times. Us veterans know it does get cold watching an open air performance so this is where your blankets come in handy! Everyone that had been before had a blanket for the second half, after freezing during our first visit we were much better prepared this time!

The show finished with Pucks broom being left on stage and I had to get a picture of it for T as she has a fairy that lives in her garden called Puck too, she was really pleased to see it. All in all I would thoroughly recommend an outdoor theatre and being a lover of Shakespeare anyway if you are in the area Tolthorpe is a great evening out and really something different to do with a summers evening. We will definitely be back.

Ballet · feeling proud · happy · motherhood · Mums · Parenting · Uncategorized

Bursting with pride 

I love being a parent, yes it has it’s stressful times, moments where you wonder if they will ever stop talking, normality will ever be regained or a meal will ever be eaten without a play buggy being parked at the side of the table but I have to admit I really do love being a Mum.

T makes me proud on a daily basis but the last week she has really blown me away. So it started last Saturday when we went swimming with some of our friends and T discovered all the new skills she learnt on holiday could be used back home and she wasn’t scared anymore. Infact she was trying to show her friend just how easy it was to put her head under the water! (This is the same girl that would cry if she got splashed a few months ago!)

Sunday we took T riding, she was a little nervous as it had been 3 weeks since her last lesson due to our holiday. The lesson had one of the biggest groups I’ve ever seen and at the start it didn’t go so well when she forgot a turn. After that things picked up and they ended up playing tig on horseback! T was giggling away and you could see she was really enjoying herself, it really was just lovely to watch.

All lined up ready for lesson to begin!

Yesterday was her weekly ballet lesson and we were looking forward to going as we thought she might find out about her exam results. Well after the lesson she comes running out with her certificate and she got a Distinction! 😁 I’m so proud of her, She really does love ballet and sees the exams as just another part of the lessons, there is no stress or worry at all. We checked back on her 3 previous exams and this is the highest mark she’s achieved and the most complex exam. Needless to say she got massive cuddles and kisses after this!

Yesterday was a busy one so right after we got back from ballet we had a super quick turnaround and T was off to the school disco! Yes it does seem like I live my life for T but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way, she’s my mini me, my tiny best friend and my little ray of sunshine and I would be lost without her ❤ 

Adult braces · Dentist · Orthodontist · positive thinking · Teeth · Uncategorized

Adult Braces- loose wire the update

So a couple of days ago I shared how I had a loose wire at the back of my mouth which kept coming out of place and digging into my cheek. Well after 2 days of being uncomfortable and struggling with it I booked an emergency appointment at the orthodontist. This was much easier than I anticipated and she was just happy to help get it fixed. She was so happy to help she actually did a full wire change and tighten! 

So really it was like a free appointment and I’m now moving along slightly quicker as a result! The downside is I am not used to going straight to work after an appointment and with the full afternoon training my mouth quickly became very sore. Wax was applied as soon as i got home but then as usual the pain started to travel down my jaw line on both sides of my mouth. This again was managed with pain relief and wasn’t too bad.

Until the standard morning after tightening waking up feeling like you have been hit by a bus. My whole face aches and now I have to go to work and take an important call from a new customer testing our system. Normally after an appointment I have a day off because there is no way I want to be in work like this so today will be a challenge.

I just have to keep in my mind how pleased with my progress my orthodontist was and this will be so worth it in the end,(while I eat soup and drink tea at work.) 

Have a good day guys I hope it’s better than mine!

Lou x