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Happy New year,so the festive season is over!

Happy New year to you all! It’s sad to think that in a couple of days it will be back to normal, back to routine, school runs, dog walking, chores and general adulting! 
It’s been a wonderful festive period in our house, we had a great Christmas day at home starting at 6am when the little person ran in excited that the big man had been! What followed was a couple of days of presents, followed by food and repeat! We really did have a great time and as always T had the best of both worlds with her time split between home and her Dad’s. It’s not always easy to let her go this time of year but I have to remember she deserves her time there just as much as here and so does he.

Here are just a few of my favourite pictures.


Christmas was quickly followed by T’s birthday  party, those of you that follow my posts will know I’ve been planning this for some time and I’m pleased to say it all went without a hitch! It was a Charlie and the chocolate factory themed party with myself as an oompa loompa and T’s Godmother as Voilet! We played burst the balloons on violet to find the golden ticket, make your own sweet necklace, pass the parcel, sort the good nuts from the bad, the balloon game, along with a Willy Wonka wordsearch, musical statues and eating doughnuts with no hands! It was a fab party and I’m so pleased we pulled it off. 


This New Years Eve was to be the first one we didn’t have T home since we have been together so we decided to make the most of it and went out. We went to a pub/restaurant not far from us and had a beautiful meal and drinks followed by a disco and the customary linking of arms with complete strangers at midnight 😁🥂


I’d just like to wish you all a wonderful 2018, I hope you all continue to have lots of adventures whether big or small, enjoy time with your families, learn valuable life lessons and make many happy memories and keep blogging about it all!

Happy New year and Thank you for your support in 2017,

Lou x

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Christmas Eve Eve and one crazy week!

So it’s Christmas Eve eve and we have made it through this mad week! T finished school Tuesday and had a sleepover at her friends house until Wednesday. They had a really fun day all day Wednesday making Christmas crafts and playing at an indoor play. 
I finished work Wednesday after a really funny secret Santa and Christmas buffet where I must have eaten my own body weight in sugary foods! (Cue workouts beginning again soon)  I left work with a chalk board mug and gave out a novelty apron of a speedo clad man to a friend which they didn’t take off all day 😂

Thursday was all great, me and T had done the Christmas food shopping and had a friend round for coffee, presents and mince pies with their two children. We had a great afternoon catching up and entertaining little Kaleb who is into everything! 

The evening was not so great. T is very funny about blood, injections and anything else like that. When she had her booster injection before starting school she fainted and had to be laid down in the nurses room for a little while, when her first few teeth came out she would almost faint with the blood and when she saw me have a blood test when I was in hospital last year she nearly fainted. This is said it’s been over a year since anything like this happened so I thought we were over it. Then Thursday evening she comes to me with a little cut on her finger, I go to get a plaster and by the time I come back she is hyperventilating, I try to calm her down but she goes pale and collapses on me in the kitchen. She is only out a couple of seconds but it’s the most scary thing seeing your childs eyes roll and watching them struggle not to choke on their tongue. So she came round and we got up off the kitchen floor and moved to the sofa where she fainted again and then was sick. After this it was like she was back in the room suddenly she was with it and everything was fine. Poor T had a bad headache and was very tired for the rest of the evening falling asleep on me watching The Grinch, something she’s not done in a long time. 

I now know I shouldn’t have moved her from the kitchen floor so quickly after she fainted the first time so this is probably why she went again. I just thought get off the floor and away from the bin she had knocked over but moving too quickly can cause fainting again I now know.

It’s clear she has no control over this and no amount of me saying ‘You’re ok, come on, you’re alright’ will help once she is like this I just need to try and find out the best thing to do when it happens.

Yesterday she woke up much better, she was just hungry! 😊 She spent the day with her Dad and we met again at her last riding lesson of the year where she tried really hard even though she was on her own! Today I can’t wait to get her back home because then I know she is home for Christmas. One more person and our little family will all be here- Scott is on 12 hour days until tomorrow when he gets home at 
6 for Christmas!

I’d just like to say thank you to each and every one of you for reading this year, I appreciate every comment, like and view of my posts and really enjoy reading yours. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year and heres to lots more blogging next year!
Lou x 

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Adult Braces 1 year on!

Exactly 1 year ago today I walked out of the orthodontist in tears. Yes I had chosen to have braces but I don’t think I had mentally prepared myself for how bad they would look on crooked teeth. 1 year on I’ve got the confidence to smile with my teeth out in photos, something I hadn’t done for years before this. I’m still only about halfway through my journey but I’ve learnt a few lessons along the way I thought I would share with you. 

People don’t notice your braces
– your new piece of mouth jewellery, the latest torture instrument your orthodontist just installed yesterday, the lovely coiled metal spring fixed to your bottom teeth you hate with a passion- nope none of it. Apart from when you first get them fitted your colleagues, friends and family will not even notice anything new, it’s part of your face now and they just expect it to be there! I know this doesn’t sound like a good thing but it is, who wants people staring at your mouth 24/7 not me!


Don’t eat curry-
not unless you want to end up with fluorescent yellow bands you are desperate to get changed before you even look at another human being! (Thank you dental nurse for squeezing me in!)


No matter how much your mouth hurts it won’t be forever-
the sores, welts, blisters and holes in your cheeks will disappear in a week or two and you will be pain free for another few weeks or until the next lot of movement happens with your teeth.


There are some foods you just can’t eat-

Apples, chewy chocolate bars, sweets, nuts, hard cookies or biscuits, chewing gum to name a few! Then there are the foods that I can’t eat or drink because they will stain my bands or ceramics, so there is no red wine, black coffee or tea, tomato soup or curry! (I have to say it’s not just to put you off, listen to your orthodontist because yellow bands after a curry do not look great!!) The one I miss most this time of year has to be mulled wine though, there is nothing like a glass of that with friends with a mince pie on the side… Ah one day!


It’s not worth eating infront of people without an interdent stick and a pocket mirror to hand-
breakfast, lunch or dinner I’ve come to realise whatever you eat some of it will always get stuck in your braces so be prepared for it! The first thing I will do after eating is check a mirror and remove whatever got stuck! This could be at my desk at work, or in a separate room away from friends and family at home. This used to make me very self conscious but I can pretty much tell if there is something big stuck in my wires so I tend not to say much to people until I’ve had a little check and removed the offending object! Again no one cares you have to clean food out of your wires, no one watches, no one comments, even the little ones have got used to me doing it now and don’t even pass comment any more! This is just another thing that you get used to doing every day at regular intervals.


Always keep wax, bongela, and lip balm in a little rescue kit for when you need it
– this week I’ve gone from no pain for the previous three weeks to having a deep groove on my inside cheek from where the wire has rubbed suddenly. It’s painful when I eat, suck a straw and I wake up in the night with the wire firmly pressed into this hole it’s created which is really painful! There is nothing for it, out comes the wax, load up with bongela and wait for it to heal! A good mouthwash will also help as will salt water but I’m trying to avoid that this time because I know it will sting!


You will come to look forward to your ortho appointments-
who knew you would be so keen to get back in the chair but you will, the reason why is because it moves you on. It’s progression, which is all you really want with these things on isn’t it, to get ever closer to the end goal of nice straight teeth. Yes you will have pain for about a week or so and that first night after a tightening you will feel like you have been punched in the face and will live off of pain killers and soft food but it’s not forever. A week later you will forget you have even had them tightened, until You Start seeing those little changes the orthodontist told you would happen.


Be ready for the wow when you tell people how much they cost-
of course you don’t have to do this but we are all adults, I don’t personally see the point in hiding my finances from anyone who wants to know. I did it for me and my confidence and people can judge all they want but I bet if they were all truly honest there would be something they would change about themselves if they were prepared to commit. How many celebrities have secret surgery and don’t mention it, mine is just stuck to my face for 2 years so I couldn’t help but tell people!

So one year in is it all worth it? Hell yes!

If someone said to me I had to get them taken off tomorrow I would be fine with that! They aren’t perfect yet, there are gaps to close and teeth to level up but for the first time since my baby teeth my teeth are all in a straight line on the top and bottom! I never knew how much confidence a nice smile could give you until I had one, so bring on year 2 and let’s get this over with! 😁

Day 1 and one year on!

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Christmas Update!

So I’ve been a little quiet but it’s been all go around here full of Christmas activities, catch ups and just generally getting ready for the big day! 

Here’s a little update on what I’ve been up to;

Christmas date night- this time of year gets a little crazy with friends, family and Scott’s work being really full on so I decided a month or so ago we needed to make time for ourselves just to save the Christmas stress from getting too much. With a meal in and some Bailey’s hot chocolates along with the film Collateral Beauty we had a really relaxing evening by the fire. 

Christmas jumper day at school- T had her Christmas dinner and was able to wear her Christmas jumper in, she loves this year’s jumper and I’m sure you can see why!

Thursday was the last ballet lesson before Christmas so we decided to jazz up the ballet bun a little with some Christmas hair accessories!

Friday was a day for cake! Firstly Scott and I took advantage of a couple of hours before he left for work and grabbed a Christmas coffee at Starbucks with a glittery Christmas tree brownie on the side.

Then it was time for a catch up with two friends with tea, Christmas jumpers and mince pies! 

The evening saw a Christmas carol concert from T’s school choir at a local farm, although very cold it was so lovely to see them singing all the songs they had been practising 😊 I was very proud of T and the effort she put in, you could see she was really enjoying herself.

When we got home I got a little creative with my advent candle and made us a little table display. I’m planning to add some holly to it in a couple of days but for now I think it looks great.

Today was our first family get together this Christmas, we travelled to my Mums as a few weeks back she unfortunately broke her ankle and so has been unable to drive! With presents, food and a walk for my Mums dog Xena it was a lovely few hours. 

This week promises to be just as busy with T finishing school and me work and a few more catch ups scheduled along with wrapping the final few presents ready for a nice relaxing weekend before the madness starts 😊

Have a great week and thanks for reading 

Lou x

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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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Week one of Christmas!

This week has been full of Christmas feeling, We have our trees up, we have one in the living room and T has hers in her playroom, and for the first time ever we have lights on the front of our house and a wreath on our door! Yep we are in full on Christmas mode! The morning routine now consists of turning off the outside lights that have been twinkling all night and opening the advent calendars!


We had our first fire of this Winter on Sunday and it was good! Until you have one you forget how good the crackle sounds and how the smell of the logs just reminds you of Winter nights in. Poppy particularly enjoyed this fire sleeping in her bed in front of it for some time!


This girl loves her cuddly reindeer and will sleep with him all through December!

Yesterday we went for the annual trip to see the Christmas lights in town with my best friend. We have done this every year since T was small and it’s always a lovely experience. We take in the lovely decorations inside and then always take a few pictures with the tree in town square.
This year we also handed in our gift to the gift tree so a little girl who might not get a Christmas present due to her family struggling to make ends meet will have present to open Christmas morning. We chose a few things to buy for this which she will hopefully like and enjoy doing. When we handed the gift in the lady at the desk told T she was very kind which made our day and we felt so proud we had made a difference.

 

Today was Christmas craft day! After helping out with the school Christmas sale and taking T to riding we had a girls evening in and made Christmas cards with ideas from Pinterest and baked Christmas cookies, something we have done since she was small. It was an exhausting but fun day and I loved spending so much time with her doing different things. Now we are both crashed exhausted ready for a weekend of wrapping presents and seeing friends!

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What Christmas Means To Me

Cosy evenings in– full on pjs on, open fire, hot chocolate, candles lit and cuddles in front of the Christmas lights.


Christmas activities with the little one
– anything from Christmas cookies to cards, seeing Father Christmas and the Christmas lights in town, anything with the C word at the start of it we will give a go!


Singing Christmas songs at the top of my voice, badly
– I will sing along to most songs when in my car but as soon as 1st December comes around my play list is nothing but Bublè, Nat King Cole and Slade and I will sing to these every opportunity I get, including Christmas morning while the dinner is cooking! 
Family gatherings– bring your earplugs because when the women im my family get together we get louder and louder the more presents we open the louder we get and that’s even before the prosecco starts! It’s not often we are all in the same room together so when it happens it’s nothing but loud, crazy chaos but it’s my family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Making people smile
– giving presents to people I love makes me smile, no matter how tight things are for a few months after Christmas I will always make sure my loved ones know they are loved on Christmas morning. Whether it costs a little or a lot if you mean something to me you will have a gift at Christmas.


Time off work
– being only part time I don’t work as many hours as most but I always book my Christmas off as early as I can. It’s so important to me to be at home with my T as much as possible while she is small because these are the years she will remember and I want her to look back and just remember me being there.


Taking another chocolate from the box and not worrying one iota about it
– Christmas is a time for eating good food, cheese with crackers and chutney, chocolates, biscuits, nibbles and buffet food. Don’t get me wrong we do eat fruit too but no one can deny good food tastes better at Christmas and this is not a time to count calories!


New board games to play
– we love board games in our house but it’s always fun when new ones are thrown into the mix, there are usually tears or strops followed by me pacifying T while she learns the ropes but it’s all good fun!


Silly hats and bad jokes
– who doesn’t love Christmas crackers! They have been around since day dot and never seem to get any better no matter how much you spend on them but that doesn’t stop every table having some on at Christmas and everyone putting on ‘that hat’ to eat their dinner while making the rest of the table groan at yet another snowman joke!


That magic moment when Santa has been
– there are no words to describe the excitement when T realises he’s not only been and loaded her stocking again but it’s all the things she asked for! I live for this moment and I think I will actually cry when the magic is no more!


Making memories with my little family-
giggles, movies, excitement, happy times, smiles, fun and love. Christmas is all of these and more!

Merry Christmas to all of my 100 followers, thank you for following!

Lou xx

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Christmas Traditions 

Lighting an Advent candle– I’ve had one every year since I was expecting T, she was due on Christmas day so I wasn’t only counting down to Christmas that year but also to meeting her too! It just happened she was 8 days late so I kept counting beyond Christmas but I’ve had a candle every year since.

Christmas films– every year we have a few must watch films that we simply have to find time to fit in before the big day, The Snowman and The Polar Express are just a couple of them and there is nothing we love more than to cosy up with a fire and put one of these classics on.

Christmas playdate- This will be the third year in a row that T has spent a day at my friends house with her little girl right before Christmas. They are two girls the same age that both love horses, barbies, arts and crafts, dolls, JoJo bows and anything else girly! This playdate is usually for creating all things Christmassy and just generally for having fun together for the last time before Christmas. This year T is sleeping at their house the night before so she is extra excited! Here they are on their first Christmas playdate 3 years ago!

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Visiting Father Christmas- as you might have already seen we love to visit our local Winter Wonderland every year and will do until the day T says she doesn’t want to go any more!(that day I will cry big Mummy tears that my baby has grown up, but until then the magic is alive and it’s something that has to be done very early in the Christmas season!)

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Reindeer food- Christmas eve we sprinkle porridge oats mixed with lentils, raisins and a little bit of glitter to light the lawn for Santa’s reindeer so they know where to land. T leaves no blade of grass untouched in the sprinkling of this food and knows undoubtedly that it is the reindeer that eat this during the night!

Christmas eve is for chilling and Christmas day is for family- even before T I’ve never once been out drinking on Christmas eve. For me Christmas eve is for watching films with the heating on and for getting excited for the morning. Christmas day is also one for being excited about, for getting up early to open presents and talk to family, I’ve never spent it with a hangover and don’t intend to any time soon. I’m not saying people who go out with their friends on Christmas eve are wrong it’s just not for me.

Christmas morning walk- Ok so last year was the first time we did this because it was our first with Poppy here but I have a feeling we will be doing it every year now. Once the presents are all opened and the dinner is in the oven there is no reason we can’t all go out for a 15-20 minute walk, weather permitting of course, and then get into some pretty clothes when we get back. Last year we wished a Merry Christmas to everyone we met and it was a really nice experience.

Christmas dinner at home– I have made my own Christmas dinner on and off since I left home at 16. There have been the odd years where I have been at someone else’s but for the last 5 years consecutively it’s been at home. Some people dread it but for me it’s a meal I look forward to cooking and start to plan in early December! This for me is the best meal I will feed my family all year round and their faces when they see the plates is all I need to keep wanting to cook this meal for them every year.

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Christmas dinner last year

Father Christmas Traditions – So I know its different for everyone but here is how we do it; we leave a mince pie, a glass of milk, a couple of chocolates and a carrot for the reindeer on a tray on the coffee table. T leaves her stocking on the end of her bed and all her presents from Santa come in that, sometimes its too heavy to stay on the bed and ends up on the floor next to her bed, it all depends on how starfished she is in bed that Christmas Eve! I’ve heard of people leaving a bottle of beer or a glass of whiskey for Santa, the stockings being under the tree or a magic key being left out for Santa so he can unlock your door, we all have our own Christmas Traditions and that’s what makes this time of year magical for everyone.

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I’m looking forward to my Christmas Traditions growing and changing as my family does.

I would love to hear your Christmas Traditions, what is it that makes Christmas special for you? Maybe there is something we could start this year that you couldn’t imagine not doing? 

 

 

 

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Our trip to Father Christmas and our gift back.

You might think it’s a little early to visit a grotto yet but unfortunately with my husband’s work we don’t get a lot of free time together in December so we have to make the most of the time we do get as a family. 
We have been to the same Winter Wonderland every year since T was tiny and it’s perfect. There are moving and talking displays, singing reindeer, a ride, a wishing Well, flying reindeer aswell as real reindeer and the all important REAL Father Christmas 😊

So it’s easy to see why T was counting down the days until we could go and ran home from school to get changed, grab her letter to Santa and the carrots for the reindeer and off we went! It was fantastic as always. Father Christmas had a real laugh and joke with T this year and as usual took the Christmas list and read it with interest, I can safely say the magic is still alive for another year! 


So something we are have decided to do this year is the Gift Tree in our local shopping centre. This tree is full of gift tags each with a child’s name and age on. These children will not receive Christmas presents as their family cannot afford to buy them so the idea is you take a tag and buy a present for them to open on Christmas day.

We picked a girl called Hayley aged 8 and T is really excited to buy her a present and drop it off back at the shopping centre soon. I think it’s a great idea to show T that not everyone is as lucky as her and how giving to others who aren’t as fortunate can make you feel just as good as if you were to receive a present yourself.

Today has finished off with the school Christmas fair which is always chaos but really fun at the same time! T had a friend round for tea so I herded them both round the packed school corridors until they had spent all their money and won lots of prizes to take home. Even though it was busier than a London tube station at rush hour we weren’t there too long and all enjoyed ourselves, I even won a bottle of wine so I can’t complain! The girls have been playing and giggling ever since we got home which is really great to hear. Not long until they both get picked up which just leaves me to pop on some Buble, pour a glass of wine and put the Christmas tree up! 🎅🎄🎁
Happy 1st of December everyone!

Thanks for reading

Lou x