Joanne

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Pre op

Pre-op (This photo was taken 2 minutes before I walked down to surgery) I had been wearing braces now for 14 months and even though I had encountered the most horrific and painful mouth ulcers…

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Double Jaw Surgery – The begining

Where my Journey started

All my life I have detested my teeth, I have felt ugly, unhappy and had no confidence.

It was like I had a huge bright arrow pointing at my face wherever I went and everyone was looking at my teeth and the more I tried to cover my face the brighter the arrow would get and there was no escape.

When I was 11 I was running in the school hallway and I tripped over a carpet door strip which was raised, I smashed my face so hard on the floor and broke half off of my 2 front teeth.

My dad rushed me to the dentist who fixed them for me by filing them down and replacing with crowns. At the age of 12, I received my braces and I hated them.

In hindsight, this should have been a blessing for me but in fact it only highlighted my mouth even more and made the comments even worse. I should have ignored them at the time and just rolled with it but I was a barely a teen and this was the last thing I needed then or so I thought.

Fast forward to 2015 (28 years old) after years of feeling unconfident I booked myself in for a free Invisalign appointment as I was desperate to do something about it now. I went to my appointment excited thinking this was it, I’m going to get the smile I have always wanted, to then be completely shattered when he told me Invisalign wouldn’t work for me as my jaws are misaligned and I would need Jaw surgery if I wanted that smile I had always dreamt of. He said it would be covered on the NHS because of how big my overbite was (11cm at the time). In order for him to proceed with referring me I would need to pay £100 for x-ray’s as it was a private clinic but then he could refer me on to the hospital so without a doubt I paid and he did what he said he would do and a few weeks later I received a appointment for 6 months time which was June 2015.

I was a nervous wreck, this was my last chance of getting nice teeth and i didn’t know if the consultant orthodontist was going to say yes or no. I remember feeling really sick on the way there, I didn’t talk that morning and i know this sounds a bit OTT but it felt like my life was depending on this.

The orthodontist sent me for more x-rays and did allsorts of checks with my jaw and measurements of my overbite and then started to explain my treatment plan.

OH MY GIDDY AUNT as much as i hated my smile it was the biggest and gummiest it had ever been when he said he would start by expanding my top palette with a helix expander and then i would have bottom braces first and then 4 weeks later i would get my top brace but first i would need 5 root canals and 4 extractions which I had done all in one go, eeek.

I had to wait 3 long months until my treatment started but i didn’t mind at all, i felt on top of the world and I cried all the way home.

Beckets Tea Room

Free cookie making session at Beckets Tea Room

                                                 

I had read a post by The Mum Diaries about a free cookie making session at a beautiful tea room opposite our stunning Cathedral so I called and booked my 2 little girls in for the 3 pm session.

We had spent most the half term stuck in the house so they were so excited when I told them we were going to make some cookies and I was happy as I didn’t have to wash up after all the mess.

Surprisingly I had never been to this tea room before and it was right up my street, little teacups and teapots everywhere with an amazing view of our stunning Cathedral. You must visit, its breath-taking.

A room had been set up for the kiddies with aprons and bowls with cookie dough and little treats to add to the cookies.

Upon arrival we were greeted by a friendly lady who was running the session, I am so sorry I didn’t catch her name.

My 2 girls had so much fun making these and adding the treats especially Milly who was eating her cookie dough and chocolate buttons before she had even made it into a cookie shape.

The girl’s faces lit up when their cookies came out smelling amazing and they were huge.

 

After they had made their masterpieces we decided to go and have a cuppa tea in the restaurant.

The restaurant is a very beautiful place to sit in with a huge stained glass window and throne-like chairs which Lyddy just had to sit in and really friendly-welcoming staff.

We hadn’t done anything this half term so I am really glad we did this, and now I have found this tea room I will be returning and recommending to others.

Thank you Beckets Tea Room

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Fenn- The magic man

We were so excited when we booked Jason Fenn, I had asked for recommendations of children’s entertainers on a local mums page and the majority recommended Jason, so I looked for his page and sent him a message and booked him in. He was very patient with me because at the time I didn’t know how many kids were going to come, where I was going to hold the party or even a solid date, as it was quite a few months away.

I finalised the details and then excitedly awaited the day.

Party day:

Jason only needed 15minutes setting up time before the show. He arrived and introduced himself with the biggest smile; asked about the party girl and advised me what he was going to do first, like round up the kids for a group photograph at the beginning.

Our little guests’ ages ranged between 2- 11 years old.

As the little party animals arrived he had music playing with disco lights and he was going around with a bubble gun, which all the children loved – who doesn’t love music and bubbles – and gave out stickers.

Once all our guests had arrived he started the show and from start to finish, he had 27 children entertained; even the shy ones sitting with their mums at the side weren’t left out. It was lovely to see every single child fully engaged in his show. He was really funny from start to finish and had my 11-year-old son and 9-year-old niece on the floor in stitches.

As I looked around the room, every single adult and child was enthralled by him. His magic tricks are amazing and leave you completely mesmerised; especially his last trick which I won’t go into detail about as you need to see it for yourself, made my jaw drop.

Jason offers 3 packages. Bronze, silver and Gold. We opted for the Gold package in the end, as it provided us with two hours of stress-free party entertainment. From start to end, Jason had the children occupied and entertained, which with a room full of around 20 odd children was exactly what was needed – hassle free fun.

Here is a basic rundown of what you get from each package:

The Bronze Package

35-minute magic and fun show. This includes lots of laughs, wonderful magic and audience participation. The birthday child is also gently offered the opportunity to take part in the ‘birthday child magic trick. They also take away a magic coin/ring, a magic wand kit and certificate to remember their special day.

The Silver Package

This package consists of the 30-minute magic show and a 30-minute games session (lots of different games including dancing and sitting down games) with a prize being provided by Jason for the winner (Jason’s professionally produced magic DVD). Following this entertainment, Jason will then hand out the magic wand activity sheets for all of the children (either with the children lined up after the show or whilst they are having food).

The Gold Package

This package is perfect for a 2-hour ‘stress-free, village hall’ type birthday party. You bring the food, he brings the fun.

This package includes everything from the silver package but covers a 2-hour party slot. This includes time for food and the cake ceremony. This is a perfect package if you are looking for a complete games, magic and disco party.

The gold package also includes disco lights, backdrop and bubbles. This adds a disco feel to the party experience.

In a nutshell, the gold package is perfect for those who want a complete party package for a 2-hour party, allowing for a 20 minute food time slot (which is why we chose this option!)

He also has downloadable party invitations, which we edited and printed off. It saved us so much time writing each invitation and they looked really good.

Jason Fenn is definitely worth every penny! I give him a 10 out of 10 for all-round children’s entertainment and I will be highly recommending him on to other mums and dads (we are already planning our youngest daughter’s birthday!)

 

Thank you for an amazing party, Jason Fenn.

You can book or enquire with Jason Fenn through his website or Facebook

Book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Disclaimer: My package was upgraded from silver to gold in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Being Burgled

It still feels so raw for me being burgled nearly 12 years on.

My son was 11 months old back In November 2006 and I had an evening cleaning job which only took a few hours to do.

The Burglary

As I opened the front door with a key when I returned home from work, I felt a cold breeze blow past me and I felt SICK and scared to walk in any further. My partner at the time walked through the hall, it was cold and messy, we walked into the dining room and our French doors had been smashed in.

I instantly thought FUCK someone has been in or is still in our house and we called the Police straight away and didn’t touch anything they took a while to get to us.

We went upstairs to have a look and all our drawers had been raided, I had a huge collection of perfume which was also stolen.  Our Tv was taken, Laptop, all my gold and Leo’s dad’s gold was stolen and then I turned to a wardrobe, a wardrobe where all of Leo’s 1st Christmas presents and 1st birthday presents had been wrapped and stored, they were all stolen and I was devastated.

It had been Leo’s dads birthday a few days before and I had brought him a new console at the time with some games and other gifts and they were all stolen too.

My friend was round and has left her handbag at mine whilst we went to my cleaning job (she kept me company in the car) her bag was stolen with her phone, keys and purse. A huge money box was taken amongst other possessions.

The one thing that upset me the most apart from the scumbag/s who broke into our home was that they took all of Leo’s presents, it really gutted me and then I got angry. Fortunately for us, we had contents insurance and we called them the next day and they advised us to make a list of everything that was stolen so we did just that.

A week later someone from the insurance company came around to go through our list and asked me to provide receipts or photographic evidence of everything that was stolen. We tried our best to go through photos of us wearing jewellery, or the tv /laptop in the background of a photograph.

Leo’s presents were recent and luckily I had all the receipts for them. If we didn’t have photo’s or receipts and if they were a gift like many of my perfume’s were then we had to have a signed letter from who bought it and how much and where from which was a pain in the arse.

A few weeks later we did receive an insurance payout which covered jewellery, perfume, console games, Leo’s presents etc and they replaced our tv and laptop with a newer upgraded version and covered the new windows for the French doors.

I have never felt so violated as I did that evening it was horrible and it has stayed with me as raw as the night it happened 12 years on, I couldn’t sleep at night for months because I was scared they would come back. I don’t go out at night in the winter as its dark and I’m scared of walking in to smashed windows again, if I do pluck the courage to go out I never open the door first, David has too.

Now I will make any excuse not to leave the house when it gets dark.

I check my windows, and doors obsessively before I go out, I then drive back to check them again. and 12 years on I am still traumatised and sick to my stomach every time I come into my own house.

If we didn’t have the contents insurance this horrible experience would have been even worse. So for god sake please check your doors and windows a million times if you have to.

Don’t post about your stuff on social media or broadcast a holiday. A number of times I have seen people do this is unreal.

Nowadays when we get the chance to go away I will get a housesitter or I would not go anywhere.

Contents insurance isn’t expensive please don’t risk it.