Thursday, 5 May 2016

7 Months with Braces...

It has been just over 7 months since Becky got her braces...I thought I would update on how she is getting on....


The first few days were hard for her but she was a trooper....She was eating normally again within about a week and a half....

Becky has been back to the orthodontist every seven or eight weeks to get her braces tightened.....For a few days afterwords her teeth are sore but with a couple of paracetamol and soft food she is fine....

The school was a bit of a pain to start with....They were reluctant to give her time off to get her braces fitted and then have them tightened but for the last few appointments I've managed to get times so she only misses half an hour at the start of the school day or half an hour at the end of the school day which isn't so bad....

Within a couple of months we could really see the difference with her teeth especially the top one's.....They started to move really quickly....

As well as having the metal wires she had an elastic band on from her back tooth to the front....There was a few tears when she first had to put it on and take it off....It was fiddly but she soon got the hang of it....She can change it now without having to look in the mirror....

The hook holding the band on has broken off a couple of times and we have had to get it glued back on but none of the wires or brackets have came off, thankfully!

Becky is still brushing her teeth so well and I am still going through gallons of mouthwash....She is still a fan of Listerine....I thought it was just the brand name she loved so bought a cheaper one and put it in the Listerine bottle....She knew straight away! lol

We were at the orthodontists earlier this week and they have decided that the top teeth are just about in place. Before she had her braces put on she had a tooth removed to make space for the others to shift and that space is just about gone now....The bottom teeth need a little more work but it looks like we're on the home stretch now....

Instead of her wearing the band all the time she only has to wear it at night now which is fine with her....She does talk differently with the band in so at least now during the day she can have her real voice....

We were talking on the way home from the orthodontists about the things she has missed while having the braces on and she said it actually hasn't been too bad.....All she is really missing is popcorn and toffee!

I really expected Becky to have her braces for about two years but it looks like they will be removed later this year! Becky is hoping in time for her birthday in September....


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

May the 4th be with you!

I am saying this now....I am not a fan of Star Wars. I only got why Star Wars day was on May the 4th a couple of years ago....Doh! 

My fella is a huge fan and has been since he was a child....He often shows me things to do with Star Wars that you can buy.....Some of it is very cool and some of it very strange....


Yoda Candy Bowl - £40.00+ - Ebay
Star Wars Car Kit - £12.00 - Debenhams
Stormtrooper Cookie Jar - £24.99 - IWOOT
Furry Star Wars Chewbacca A5 Notebook - £9.99 - Truffle Shuffle
Millennium Falcon Chopping Board - £17.99 - Gift Cave
Star Wars Character Stacking Mug Set - £12.95 - Retro Styler
 Lightsaber Chop Sticks - £10.95 - Prezzybox



Darth Vader Door Mat - £12.99 - Menkind
The Force Awakens R2-D2 Bag - £49.95 - Disney Store
Mains Powered Galaxy Battle Light - £19.99 - Maplins
Darth Vader Bodysuit - £4.50 - Asda
Ladies Swimsuit - £12.99 - Sports Direct
Radio Controlled Millennium Falcon - £34.99 - Argos
Star Wars Kitchen Set - £16.99 - Emp Online.
Storm Trooper Baby all in One - £6.00 - Asda



Condiment Set - £12.99 - Totally Funky
Darth Vader Look-Alite table lamp - £12.99 - The Hut
R2-D2 Sound Effect Pizza Cutter - £22.00 - Freemans
X-Wing Knife Block - £54.95 - Retro Styler
Darth Vader USB Flash Drive - £13.00 - Staples
The Force Awakens 3 Piece Breakfast Set - £9.99 - Pink Sumo
Darth Vader Sculpted Large Aluminium Bottle - £4.99 - Internet Gift Store
The Force Awakens BB-8 Mug - £13.99 - My Geek Box

Are you a fan of Star Wars?

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Wooden Toolbox Desk Tidy Kits from Baker Ross...

In the bumper box of goodies we received from Baker Ross we received a couple of things to make for Fathers Day including a pack of Wooden Toolbox Desk Tidy Kits....We however decided to totally ignore they were for fathers day and the girls made them for themselves and one for me. How kind! We will make something for Stu at a later date...


The toolbox size is 15cm x 12cm x 7.4cm and is made from plywood....There is an instruction sheet included but we never used it....It is pretty straight forward to put together.


No glue is needed to put these together as everything just slots into place....Looking back now I think it would have been easier to decorate them before they were put together...Ellie had the right idea and took the handle back off to colour....

The girls decided to use felt pens and sticky gems to decorate their tool boxes....


They had great fun making these and now they have them in their bedrooms storing lots of different random things like hair bobbles, make up, little toys and who knows what else...They are very handy to store random things children collect.

I do love the one the girls made for me....I have it on the table next to me with random bits and bobs in too....

Even though these look like they are aimed at boys and for men they don't have to be if you bling them up a little....

They are £3.60 for a pack containing three toolboxes. I think it's a great price for the fact they do get used afterwards.


We were sent these kits free of charge from Baker Ross in exchange for our review.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Our Weekly Meal Plan!! - #mealplanningmonday


Hooray for Bank Holidays.....One more lazy day and then a short week! We should be making use of the extra day with the kids off school but Ellie is full of cold and Stu doesn't get bank holidays off...Boo!

Last weeks meal plan went great....Apart from Thursday and yesterday. We got caught in the rain and hail on the way home from school....We wanted something warming so dived in the freezer. The kids ended up with sausages, chips and beans and I had sausage casserole & mash. So much more warming than a salad and yesterday was a lazy day...It got to half five and no one felt like cooking so we ordered an Indians.

Every week I do the meal planning when I'm doing the online grocery shop....I felt a bit blah about it this week....I'm blaming the rubbish weather. I think it's because I want to be eating salads and lighter food not winter food...

Becky is getting her braces tightened tomorrow after school so she will be sore for a couple of days so I've gone with soft food for her which also works for everyone else...Hopefully by Thursday her teeth will be less tender as she was the one who asked for burgers in buns....

This week on the meal plan we have:

Monday - Roast chicken dinner....
Tuesday - Chicken curry & rice....
Wednesday - Beans on toast....
Thursday - Burgers in buns with fries....
Friday - Pizza....
Saturday - A bit of a picky tea - Pork And Pepper Kebabs, BBQ chicken wings, garlic mushrooms, onion rings & wedges....
Sunday - Pie, mash & veg....

As always I've joined in with the wonderful Mrs M's #mealplanningmonday linky....

Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs DVD - Giveaway!

The wolf pack are back on DVD this half term!

Join your family’s favourite furry friends in Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs, the brand new animated adventure of prehistoric proportions out this half term! 

In the fifth instalment of the Alpha & Omega franchise, Humphrey and Kate move to new grounds and discover Amy, an affable dinosaur who is unfamiliar with the new world.


After wolves Kate, Humphrey and their three pups are forced to relocate their den they discover Amy a friendly raptor that magically came to life after being uncovered during a big dig! The pups and their forest friends show Amy the wonders of their new world and must work together and try to stop the diggers from unearthing the dangerous T-Rex before it’s too late!

Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs is released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment on DVD on the 30th May.

I have one copy of Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs on DVD to give away.

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