Saturday, 25 March 2017

A photo everyday for a year - Week 13 #Project365

Another week another Project 365 post....A photo for everyday. I didn't think I had taken many photos this week but looking through my phone I had taken way more than I thought....


77/365 - 18th March
I suck at french plaits....

78/365 - 19th March
Ice creams from the Ice-cream van.

79/365 - 20th March
I have finally found a lightbulb which actually lights our living room up! Hooray!

80/365 - 21st March
The last of the Mother's day cake from The Co-Op.

81/365 - 22nd March
Ellie doing her reading after school.

82/365 - 23rd March
I got the girls their red noses....Becky was very happy with her's....

83/365 - 24th March
Jaffa Cake ice cream is a thing! Of course I had to order some with the shopping.


Friday, 24 March 2017

Two trips to the dentist. #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is:


We have had a quiet week....Again just plodding along with life. We have been thinking about teeth a lot though and there has been a lot of extra brushing.

Earlier this week Becky went for a check up on her braces. She's had them on since September 2015 so now every appointment seems to be getting closer to her having them removed....

Last time she was at the dentist's the man said she may get them off at her next appointment which was on Tuesday.....She was very excited about this. She ended up seeing someone different and the woman said she at at least another 3 months with them.....Ugh. I am not saying the man isn't doing his job properly but the woman seems like more of a perfectionist.

Becky was very disappointed....For the last year and half or so she Becky has been brilliant making sure to avoid foods she shouldn't eat like popcorn and chewing gum. Now she just want's to bite down onto a full apple instead of having to chop it in bits.....

Her teeth do look amazing compared to what they were.....I really hope for her that the braces come off at the next appointment....

Yesterday we were at our normal dentist's for the regular 6 month check up....I do love our dentist. A few years ago when he was new he wasn't so good with kids but now he is brilliant....My girls love going to see him for their chats and I find it hard not to laugh all the way through the appointment.

Becky was up first and her teeth are looking amazing....The dentist can't wait to get to them when the braces are removed and give them a polish. He doesn't mean they are dirty she is doing very well with the brushing but they will just need an extra clean....

Ellie was up next and her teeth are fine....She could do with brushing more but the dentist did notice the left hand side was perfect and the right not so good.....My theory is by the time she gets to the right hand side she loses interest....So the dentist gave her a lesson in brushing by giving her one of the purple dying tablets to chew on....Her face when she saw her purple teeth was hilarious. She showed the dentist how she brushed and she did pretty well. She only needed a couple of pointers....

While we were there he asked if she had recently lost a baby tooth....I said no. Ellie said yes, she forgot. She lost one at school on Wednesday.....I can't believe she forgot. She is usually so excited about the tooth fairy visiting. Hopefully this morning the tooth fairy will have left some money. hehehe

They are both booked in for their next appointment in 6 months and Becky gets to have an extra one as soon as her braces are off. Hooray. hehehe


Thursday, 23 March 2017

A girl and her Monkey....

Ellie my 9 year old has a fantastic memory for dates and she mentioned that a couple of weeks ago it has been a year since she got her Monkey.....


In case you didn't know Monkey is Ellie's favourite toy ever.....Looking at him you might think he doesn't look like a monkey. You're right, he isn't. He's a lion....lol

When we were looking around the charity shops last year Ellie spotted a monkey she wanted. As it was the first of the many charity shops on our high street we said wait and see if there's anything else you want in any of the other shops. She didn't see anything else and when we went back to buy the monkey he had gone and there was a lion in his place.....She bought that and named him Monkey.

Since that day Monkey has slept with Ellie every night, has been there in all the important moments in her life over the last year like birthdays and Christmasses and he really is part of the family now.....


Monkey has been on most of the days out we have had....To the park, beach, shopping and he even rode in the limo when we went to see Disney on Ice. Of course he met Anna and Elsa too!


Monkey has been bought Halloween outfits, Christmas outfits and presents and we buy banana things especially for him....We even go shopping in charity shops for every day outfits....Stu and I have often said we must be mad treating Monkey like he is a real person to but Ellie he is.....


So far we have never lost Monkey....We have had moments where he went missing for a short period but I really hope that day never comes....I think Ellie would be lost without Monkey....Be assured if you can't see Monkey in a photo he is nearby....hehehe

Now that it's a year since we've had Monkey and he is such a big part of our family Ellie want's to have a birthday party for him....I said we will see....lol

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Our Beauty and the Beast Wishlist....

My girls and I are quite keen to see the new Beauty and the Beast film which has recently hit the cinemas....During half term we went for a day out to Newcastle and ended up in the Disney Store....


We were quite taken with all the Beauty and the Beast merchandise. There was something for everyone of all ages......I wanted it all!


Beauty And The Beast Ladies' Grey Sweatshirt - £24.99
Beauty and the Beast Journal - £14.99
Beauty and the Beast Film Mug - £9.99
English Ladies Co. Bone China Cogsworth Figure, Beauty And The Beast - £75.00
Beauty And The Beast Reusable Shopper Bag - £3.00
Arribas Glass Collection, Beauty and the Beast Glass Dome Ornament - £32.00


Beauty and the Beast Water Bottle - £8.99
Belle Costume Shoes For Kids - £17.99
Belle and Gaston Doll Set, Beauty and the Beast Film Collection - £55.99
Belle Tote Bag - £9.99
Beauty And The Beast Figurine Set - £12.99
Beast Medium Soft Toy - £23.99
Belle Premium Gold Costume Dress For Kids - £40.99

Is there anything you fancy? Are you planning on seeing Beauty and the Beast or have you already?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Ten Ways I Am Rocking Motherhood!

The lovely Louise at Little Hearts, Big Love tagged me in the Why I’m Rocking Motherhood tag way back in January....I am so late with this tag.

I often feel like I am not doing a good enough job at this parenting lark.....Then I look at my kids and think hang on. I am a good mother.....


Rocking Motherhood is a fabulous tag created by Pat at White Camellias. It’s all about finding and sharing ten ways in which we have this crazy journey called parenthood nailed and kicking mummy guilt well and truly up the backside.

#1. I am cool!

I can dab. I can bottle flip. I know how to use Snapchat. I think I am doing well at keeping up with the latest teenage trends....My teen thinks I am so cool when she comes home talking about the latest "in thing" and I know all about it.....I bluff my way through it mostly. It's a good job I watch all the cool kids on YouTube or I wouldn't have a clue. lol

#2. I help with homework even when I don't understand it.

Yes my girls homework usually baffles me.....I would like to say it is Becky's my teen's homework that confuses me but no it's Ellie's my 9 year old's.....She brings home maths homework every Friday. I can work out the answer but she has to show the working out and they do it differently to what I was taught.....

#3. My girls love Music.

I have brought my girls to love all types of music.....They love all styles of music. Ellie is a huge fan of musicals, Irish folk music and Katy Perry and Becky loves a bit of Queen, Ed Sheeran and Kylie! I honestly think Ellie knows more songs than I did when I was her age....

#4. I have open chats with my girls.

My girls and I can talk about anything and we do.....Becky my teen came home from school last week and was talking about homosexuality....We had a good chat about that. Nothing is out of bounds. When the kids want to know something I do my best to answer them honestly.

#5. I make my girls help around the house.

It may seem mean that my girls have chores to do but as I child I didn't. I had my mother do everything for me and I feel like she shouldn't have.....My girls are learning life skills. They are learning to wash dishes, tidy their rooms, use the washing machine, cook and look after themselves....

#6. I spoil them.

It may not seem like a good thing but I don't do it all the time.....My girls don't get random toys and gifts throughout the year but when it comes to their birthday's and Christmas they do. I go all out and buy them as much as I can and so much of what they have asked for. That does not include an iPhone for my teen though. We will not be going over to the darkside. hehehe

#7. I mop up after them when they are sick.

I have a huge aversion to vomit. Most people do but when I see my girls vomit I vomit too....I gag when I see them being sick and in the past they have been brilliant and used the sick bowl and I have been the one who has vomited on the floor just so I can stay with them.....

#8 I do messy play.

I do crafts, baking, painting and things which involve a mess because I know my girls will love it and I know it's good for them.....I grin and bear it. I hate mess. When the normal amount of mess is created Ellie will go and and create even more mess. Grr! 

#9 I will fight for my girls.

We have had issues with bullying, school and other things.....I will never stop fighting for my girls. I will always be in their corner. I will go crazy mama bear on you if anyone messes with them.


#10. I love them.

I will love my girls no matter what.....I may not like them all of the time like when they are being naughty but I will never stop loving them.

How are you rocking motherhood?