This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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We went out with a...

Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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Jaw-dropping changes how aligners work

If you were lucky enough to get through your teenage years without a set of hefty, uncomfortable braces, chances are that your adult teeth might be in need of a little help to achieve their optimal position and best aesthetic outcome. I was one of those children who had braces for most of my adolescent life. If you’re in this boat (or if you’re trying to straighten your teeth after they’ve relapsed), you’ve probably discovered the technological sorcery referred to as ‘aligners’.

They are the answer to the prayers of every braced-face past or present, and promise a world of discrete, stealthy dental wizardry.

Clear Ideas

Orthodontic treatment is the dental specialty which addresses tooth and bite alignment issues. Traditionally, the practice of orthodontic therapy involved cumbersome headgear, which then evolved into more ‘elegant’ braces. These braces were then shrunk down further, given self-ligating brackets, and positioned to create a less obvious visual intrusion.

Technology has ensured that braces are no longer the most effective and easy way to straighten teeth. Over the past 15 years, aligners have become more sophisticated and more common, with a range of orthodontists and dentists (such as this dentist in South Melbourne) now opting to treat patients exclusively using aligners.

So, what exactly are aligners? Simply put, aligners are a series of clear plastic trays designed to gradually shift teeth into position. Unlike traditional braces, aligners are designed to be removed so that eating, drinking and brushing can be completed effectively. Aligners can also be provided by dentists, meaning that referral to a specialist orthodontist isn’t necessary. This leads to greater accessibility of service within areas without access to an orthodontist.

Under Pressure

Aligners work in a similar way to traditional braces; through the application of constant pressure and through incremental movements designed to create space in the jaw and create better bite mechanics. Unlike traditional braces, they are removable, meaning that they can be removed for occasions where you might want to look your best and feel unencumbered (eg; a wedding, a date, a passport photo or headshot).

The ability to remove them means that it’s important to establish ground rules regarding compliance. For maximum efficacy, aligners should be worn for around 22 hours per day, with breaks only for eating and brushing. Better outcomes are associated with compliance to these hours, so it’s important to consider whether this is likely to be an issue for you or your family if you choose to proceed with aligners.

Band Together

There are other elements to undergoing orthodontic treatment with aligners. Common accompaniments to aligners include elastic bands (for bite mechanics) and the use of LPR (tooth shaving) to create extra room between teeth and to reshape teeth for improved aesthetics and function.

Small tooth-coloured bumps known as ‘buttons’ are usually created on certain teeth in order to create a point of anchor and pressure for the aligners to adhere to. In cases where there is  significant overbite (or crossbite), a small titanium implant known as a TAD (temporary anchorage device) can be placed in the mouth in order to create a more predictable movement in order to improve jaw function and alignment.

Brighter Than Bright

Many people undertake orthodontic treatment with aligners to improve the aesthetic appearance of their teeth. Aligners are particularly useful to anyone needing an excuse to improve their overall dental health. As teeth are fully encapsulated with the aligners, it’s important to make sure that all other dental health concerns are up to date, and that dental hygiene is optimal before undertaking orthodontic treatment.

They can also act as trays in which to undertake whitening as your teeth align, meaning that your teeth will not only be healthier and straighter at the end of treatment – but also whiter and brighter.

Aligners provide suitable candidates an incognito orthodontic option without the need for a set of obvious, metal braces. Their removability, simplicity and improved hygiene makes them an attractive option for adults, professionals, and for anyone feeling a bit jaded about undertaking the full-metal experience.

Make sure you keep your teeth nice and clean too, get a good routine from an early age with your children and they will always be nice and bright. If you have any good ideas I would love to hear them in the comments below. 

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