Wednesday, 16 August 2017

An anniversary. 8 Years Ago. #CHD

Today is my fella, Stu's birthday. That is one of the reasons that today's date sticks in my head and we celebrate but it is also the anniversary of the day my girls and I traveled to the hospital so they both could have open heart surgery....

The short story is: One night the kids were messing about in their bedrooms and Becky shut one of the doors on Ellie's fingers....While getting her fingers fixed they realised Ellie had a problem with her heart and it was found she had a Atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) (A hole in her heart) Becky showed the same symptoms so we got her checked out. Becky had the exact same defect on her heart as Ellie. We traveled to the hospital on the 16th of August. Becky had open heart surgery on the 17th of August and Ellie had her's on the 18th. We were in hospital for a week and they are now left with leaking valves which will probably need surgery in the future....

You can read the longer version of our story.....Part One and Part Two.

Over the last year nothing has changed with my girls....Well nothing that I know about anyway. The girls were supposed to have a check up in April but the people who organise the appointments are idiots. I don't want to bash the NHS but the appointment people are idiots. For 8 years we have told them we can't get there for 9am. It takes us 2 hours to get to the hospital so it would mean us leaving at about 6.30/7am which is ridiculous.

A new one was arranged for August! That was the first time they could get 2 appointments round about the same time on the same day...It just goes to show how busy the child's cardiac clinic is. Great! The girls wouldn't have to miss any school. We then got a letter saying that had to be rearranged and they sent more appointments out for just after 9am! Grr! Back on the phone and fingers crossed we should be seen in October! 

The girls are fit and well and I have no worries about their hearts...I wrote a blog post just after Becky's birthday last year and it sat in my drafts until a couple of months ago....Full of questions? Death? What if? I know come October when the girls have their appointment I will start to worry...Eek!

I think when we go to the hospital I will have to ask about the Cinema room that I won for the hospital where my girls were treated....

It was so amazing to give a little bit back to the hospital which saved my girls lives and because of that we appeared in our local newspaper....

So today we will be celebrating Stu's birthday and I will be spoiling my girls a little bit more than usual....

To some it may seem strange that we celebrate a day of worry, pain, stress and heartache but to us it means a lot. Every year which passes means my girls are fit and well. We are celebrating that we all got through one of the worst times of our lives and the girls are still here with us now....

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Organix Punk'd! A new no junk snack bar....

When I think of the brand Organix I always think of baby and toddler food....Up until last week I didn't think they made anything for older children but they do!

Organix Punk’d is a new no junk snack bar suitable for older kids. The bars are aimed at children aged 5 to 11 but my teen tried a couple too.

Research shows that parents are struggling to find good snacks for children as they grow up and are being forced to make a choice to enforce health or save the battle on snacks. In response to this Organix Punk’d is the snack food with attitude that rebels against junk with real ingredients, great taste and absolutely nothing else!

We loved the packaging it was very cool. It stepped away from the cutesy style and has gone for the more edgy look which is perfect for older children.

We were sent the two different flavours of bars to try out..

Strawberry & Vanilla Smash.

Organic strawberry & vanilla oaty bars containing a blend of organic wholegrain oats, sultanas, apple & strawberry juice with vanilla extract

Cocoa & Orange Crash.

Organic cocoa & orange oaty bars containing a blend of organic wholegrain oats, sultanas, apple juice, cocoa & orange oil.

My girls and I all taste tested both flavours of bars and in all honesty I can say I loved both. My teen did too but her favourite was the Cocoa & Orange Crash one

My 9 year old is a little pickier though....Ellie wasn't so keen on the Cocoa & Orange Crash one. She said it was too orangey. It did taste very strongly of orange but I wouldn't say it was too strong.....She did however love the Strawberry & Vanilla Smash one's and has claimed all of these for herself.

These bars are the perfect size for a snack. I'm thinking for after school or a packed lunch.

At the moment you can buy these from Asda or Ocado for £2.00 for 6 bars which I think it reasonable for these type of bars....

We were sent these free of charge in exchange for our review! This is it. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday

We did it....We ate everything on last weeks meal plan! Hooray! I love it when a plan comes together. hehehe

Today is the day that Becky is getting her braces off! She is very excited. She has written a list of food that she hasn't been able to eat for the past couple of years....She is planning to buy toffee and chewing gum on our way home. lol We have no idea how her teeth are going to feel, whether they will be sore or not so today we shall be eating soft food.

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Soup and ham sandwiches to dip in....
Tuesday - Sausage & tomato pasta....
Wednesday - A takeaway of some sort. It's Stu's birthday....
Thursday - Greggs bacon & cheese wraps from Iceland with fries or potato wedges....
Friday - Spaghetti bolognese & garlic bread....
Saturday - Leftover bolognese in Old El Paso Stand And Stuff Tortillas....
Sunday - Cottage pie....

What are you eating this week?

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Our Skittles Experiment. #MySundayPhoto

A few days ago we had some fun with some Skittles. We found an experiment on Science Sparks and it looked like fun so we had to give it a try....We had great fun and the results were so pretty. I recorded a video and you can see it over on my You Tube account.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

A photo everyday for a year - Week 32 #Project365

Happy Saturday! These weeks are flying over. I blame the fact it's the school holidays and it's the run up to birthday season in my house. My fellas next week, Ellie's a couple of weeks after then Becky's the week after that.

Now for a photo every day.

203/365 - 5th August
Fresh flowers always make me happy. I have been getting them most weeks with my shopping delivery.

204/365 - 6th August
Ellie asked to take my Sunday photo and of course she had to take one of Monkey.

205/365 - 7th August
Becky baked...Her cookies didn't work out well. They ended up too think and they burned but her chocolate cake was delicious.

206/365 - 8th August
I don't usually take much notice of my Tots 100 score. For the past couple of years I've been in the top 200. This month I found myself back in the Top 100 at number 66. I know it's just a glitch. Something to do with changing how they collect their scores and older blogs being ranked higher but I will take the ranking of 66 and go with it. heheheh

207/365 - 9th August
She had a lovely time doing some drawings. So many unicorns. 

208/365 - 10th August
We had some fun doing an experiment using the sweets Skittles that I found on Science Sparks. This was just before we started, they were so excited. 

209/365 - 11th August
We had some Organix Punk'd bars to try out....There will be a review coming soon.