Saturday, 17 August 2019

Week 33 of #Project365 - A photo every day for a year!

Well this is a first. Usually I write my Project 365 post on a Friday afternoon but it was my fella's birthday and I totally lost track of time and forgot about it until Becky asked what photos I had for this week! Here I am at nearly 11pm writing this post. Oops.

Now for a photo every day!


220/365 - 10th August
Ellie went off to the garage again to do her own thing. She was doing some painting.

221/365 - 11th August
Sausage casserole for Sunday lunch. It's my go to Sunday meal when I can't be bothered to cook a full roast dinner.

222/365 - 12th August
We went out shopping and Monkey had to come, of course. It was back to school shopping. £75 for 2 cardigans, 2 polo shirts and a PE top. I nearly fainted when the man in the shop told us the price! Then £20 on school trousers, £15 for a school bag, £15 for shoes and then another £30 on stationary, socks and things like that. I HATE August. Back to school shopping, Stu's birthday and Ellie's. 

223/365 - 13th August
This is the face of someone who had cycled about 10 miles, the kids kept shouting "keep on going, just a bit further". I was sweaty and aching but I had fun! The kids were wanting to go to the Humber bridge which is about 17 miles away! I am sure we'll get there one day! Before we moved house I didn't do any exercise at all so to go about 10 miles is good going for me! We take a packed lunch and always stop halfway to eat it. It's a fun, cheap day out for us.

224/365 - 14th August
I had Becky out in the back garden testing a little gadget. I needed to see how far it reached via bluetooth. She was a good sport going out into the drizzle.

225/365 - 15th August
I finally made a proper start on stripping Ellie's bedroom wallpaper. I am so glad to get the orange paper down and fingers crossed today the paint is going on and maybe the wallpaper!

226/365 - 16th August
It was Stu's birthday and I was so unorganised. I bought the pressies which were delivered on Wednesday and forgot wrapping paper. I had to wait until the food shop was delivered for it to arrive then Becky had the honour of wrapping his pressies while I made the party tea! 

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Friday, 16 August 2019

(Ad - Gifted) Common Myths About Head Lice & treating them with Hedrin.

Head lice are a normal part of childhood and most parents have the task of eradicating lice in their family on at least one occasion. I have on several occasions. Ugh! There is nothing worse than your children coming home from school with nits. I am itching my head just thinking about them. Eww!


My girls have had head lice plenty of times. The first time I remember well. It was the end of the school year and Becky's class had put on a fashion show. A few days later I noticed her itching. She was riddled with head lice and their eggs. I blamed the school for sharing hair brushes and hats. I was wrong though. It was unlikely the nits were passed that way.

Becky has always had thick hair and it took a good while to get rid of all the lice and their eggs. I treated us all with Hedrin and since then it has been a brand that I have used again and again with great success. It has always cleared them without any fuss and drama.

Common Myths About Head Lice

Lice can jump?
They cannot fly and they cannot jump. They move by crawling and it is why direct head to head contact is the most common way for head lice to spread from one person to another.

Head lice carry and transmit diseases?
Head lice have not been shown to spread disease. They can however cause intense itching which can create a rash from the bites. The skin can become infected from scratching, children can feel irritable and have trouble sleeping because they are itchy. 

Only dirty children get head lice?
Head lice infest children from all backgrounds and walks of life. Anyone can get head lice, no matter how clean their home or hair is or where they live, go to school, or play. All it takes is head to head contact with someone who has head lice. 

Head lice prefer long hair?
Lice do not care whether hair is short, long, clean or dirty. Lice thrive in hair! Specifically on the blood they get through the scalp!

Head lice can live in a mattress or pillowcase for weeks at a time?

Lice need to feed on blood to survive, head lice will only live 1 or 2 days away from the human host.

Your child will be checked for headlice at school?
Nit nurses no longer go into schools to check children's heads. It's your responsibility as a parent to check your child regularly!

Your child should be kept off school if they have headlice?

Headlice are pests but they're not defined as a risk to public health so there’s no reason to keep your child away from school as long as you're treating them. Do tell their teacher if they have head lice so they can be aware!

I usually have some Hedrin in the cupboard just in case. It's there with the plasters, cough medicine and things like that. I really do think Hedrin is a must have when you have children at school! 


The Hedrin Protect & Go is not something I have tried before but it sounds like a fantastic idea. It's a hassle free conditioning spray, helping to protect against head lice. It disrupts the life cycle of head lice, helping to prevent infestation. It is water based conditioner which is easy to use and can be applied to wet or dry hair after shampooing. It is advised to apply after every hair wash or at least twice a week!

Hedrin All-in-One Shampoo is a simple solution for the treatment of head lice. It kills lice in just 5 minutes, the fastest treatment time available in the UK and is twice as effective as combing alone, leaving hair fresh and clean. It can be incorporated seamlessly into bath time. The all in one shampoo is allergy certified, skin friendly and odour free! The Hedrin All-in-One Shampoo does not contain pesticides; therefore, lice cannot build up a resistance to the product, meaning it will work every time.

The Hedrin Detection Comb is the easy, effective way to spot head lice and nits. I have used similar in the past and they are brilliant and are a must have. The comb is made from tough Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene. The teeth are precision engineered to trap the lice and prevent bending in use.

The Hedrin range is available from pharmacies, pharmacy counters and medicine aisles in stores.

I was sent a selection of Hedrin products free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

This week my Word of the Week is:Ten! #WotW #CHD

This week my Word of the Week is:


Today it is 10 years since my girls and I made the trip to the hospital so they could have their open heart surgery! 

If you don't know our story, both of my girls were born with holes in their hearts which missed at birth, they were only discovered after my youngest jammed her fingers in a door and needed surgery to straighten her fingers. It was a freak accident but that accident saved both of their lives. If Ellie didn't have that accident they could have been dead by now. I have been left with the thought of all the what if's?

We went into the hospital on Sunday, Becky had surgery on Monday and spent a night on PICU, Ellie had her surgery on Tuesday and took Becky's place on PICU. It was the worst time of my life. I did write about the reality of open heart surgery but even that can't get across how I was feeling. Taking one child for surgery is bad enough but taking another less than 24 hours later. I don't know how I did it, I really don't.

Now my girls are fit and well. Their CHD's don't really effect them now. They will need surgery to repair the leaking heart valves they were left with eventually but that is at least 10 years off. 

This time 10 years ago, I was a mess and I wasn't seeing past the next week. I really can't believe 10 years has passed! I still remember it like it was yesterday but at the same time it seems a lifetime ago. 

Becky is a young woman now, not the scared 6 year old. She has gone right through school and is awaiting her GCSE results. In a few weeks she will be starting college and turning 17! 


Ellie has grown into a real person, she was only a toddler when she had her surgery. 1 and 11 months old. She is a walking, talking, unicorn obsessed crazy child now but I wouldn't change one bit of her!


I certainly didn't expect either of them to be able to run about, ride bikes and cause chaos like they do! I am so glad that their heart defects were picked up, treated and they have gone on to live normal lives. I will always be grateful at the doctors, surgeons and all the nurses and staff at the Freeman hospital who made difficult time a little easier.