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03 December 2012

T'is the season to be jolly...

... apparently.

I'm feeling positively bah humbug at the moment though! To be honest I'll just be glad to get through it and see the back of 2012... possibly the worst year... ever.

But life goes on and there are 2 little people to think about... and it does bring a smile to my face at Tilly's (piercingly loud) squeals of delight at every decorated shop window we walk passed. Every. Single. One!

We went into town yesterday for the European Christmas Market and Fair. One of the things I love about St Ives... they certainly know how to put on a good market. European street food and produce stalls... mince pies and mulled, local cider (delicious)... and fairground rides for the kiddywinks. Wonderful.

Tilly and Jasper got to meet Santa. Twice.

All-in-all a very exciting, busy, tiring day, finished with a bit of therapeutic sewing of a robin costume for the preschool nativity. Can you believe it... their first nativity! Tilly is a star and Jasper is a robin. I can't wait!

St Ives Christmas Market

Tilly the Red-nosed Reindeer

Meeting Santa

Flaked out

Robin costume

I'm sure I'll start to feel festive soon. We're heading to London on the train on Friday to see Santa (again!)... that should be fun ;)

27 November 2012

#Team21 // Life after laser eye surgery

optical express #team21 eye chart

It has now been nearly a month since having corrective laser eye surgery with Optical Express... and what a difference it has made!

The 24 Hour Check-up

One of the things I have been impressed with is the aftercare that Optical Express provide. You don't need to worry about a thing... everything is explained in great detail before you leave and you are given a phone number you can call at any time if you have any questions or worries.

They also like to do regular checks to see how your eyes are settling down... one after 24 hours, a week, a month, 3 months, and possibly even 6 months!

I was amazed at my 24 hour check-up to be told that my eyes were now better than 20/20 vision! Yes, one eye to me felt a little grittier and blurier... but strangely enough that was the one that had the slightly better vision!

I was cleared to drive and went home to have a relaxing, child-free afternoon. Realistically I could have even gone back to work - which I did the next day, and sat at a computer for the best part of 8 hours with no problem at all.


Day by day my eyes quickly began to feel more and more comfortable. It was tricky remembering not to scratch at them when they did get a bit itchy, but I soon got used to it. I decided to wear the delightful sleep googles for 2 weeks after the close shave I had with Keith the second night, again, something that just took getting used to... and was also quite funny to surpirse the kids with when they woke in the middle of the night!

optical optical express #team21 sleeping goggles

Four weeks on and my eyes feel pretty much back to normal. They do occassionally feel a bit dry, which is apparently to be expected and for which you are given lubricating eye drops to ease them.

There have been a couple of times when I may have completely and hysterically overreacted at one or the other of the twins glancing an eye with a finger... or just straight out poking me in the eye in Jasper's case - accidentally, of course... but the panic that instantly ran through me was probably quite hilarious to behold.

There was slight bruising on the whites of my eyes, but it was unnoticable because it was mostly under the eyelids and didn't ache at all... it did take the best part of 2 weeks to clear up though.

laser eye surgery bruised eye

A Life-changing Experience

It may sound a bit cheesy, but it really has been a life changing experience... and I'm still getting used to it and adapting to no longer having to wear glasses.

It's amazing being able to sit up in the pitch black of night and immediately be able to read the time on the alarm clock without having to search for my glasses.

I knew I would be a little self-concious to begin with, but I think I have just been more aware of my ridiculous hamster cheeks that are now always down in my peripheral vision where my glasses frames would have been!

I am so much happier, and much more confident in myself. I feel like a completely different person! I took great pleasure in gathering up all of my old glasses and taking them along to my one week check-up for them to recycle :)

optical express #team21

Next on my to do list is find out when it is ok to go swimming again... I want to see what it's like to actually see people in the pool!!

I couldn't recommend having laser eye surgery any more highly and feel eternally greatful to Optical Express for this amazing opportunity. If you can, I say go for it... you will not regret it!

This is Rebecca, for #Team21, signing off.

#Team21 will soon be coming to an end over on the Optical Express facebook page, so why not head over to read up on everyone's laser eye surgery uk experiences... it has been a pleasure sharing such a life-changing journey!

optical express #team21

22 November 2012

What I Wore // Owls from Joe Browns

What I Wore // Joe Browns Owl Tea Dress

I little while ago, back in October when 'Frocktober' was in full swing helping to raise awareness of womens' mental health issues (a subject close to my heart), I was sent this beautiful owl tea dress to review from Joe Browns.

Then things went crazy, and all of a sudden I was working full-time, and each of us were ill at one point or another that I totally forgot to write it up!

What I Wore // Joe Browns Owl Tea Dress Colour Palette

The dress is absolutely gorgeous! It's a lovely, light, silky material that so easy to wear... and of course there is that hootingly cute owl motif! Everyone loves owls, don't they!

What I Wore // Joe Browns Owl Tea Dress Details

It's versatile too, and could be worn as I do with skinny jeans (my wardrobe staple) and boots for a casual look, or with chunky black tights and little black pumps for smarter look.

I love it!

And then the funniest thing happened...

The next time I saw my sister she gave a dress that she'd ordered but didn't fit, and rather than send it back she thought it would be perfect for me.

What I Wore // Joe Browns Quirky Owl Knitted Dress

Another owl dress from Joe Browns... and equally gorgeous!

wash. dry. fold. repeat.

You would not believe the amount of washing we get through on a weekly basis... most days see a full load going into the washer... then into the dryer... and then stacked up in baskets until someone can be bothered to sort through it all! We seriously need to get into the habit of sorting it straight away!

It's a lot better now that there is light at the end of the twins potty training tunnel... but now the weather is getting wetter we have a different reason for mucky clothes!

john lewis hotpoint competition

This is an entry for a fabulous John Lewis competition to win one of three hotpoint products - a washing machine, a washer/dryer... but I'd love to win the tumble dryer for my Mum - she's been without one for over a year now... I'm still holding out for a machine that automatically folds the clothes for you though!

14 November 2012

#Team21 // Laser Eye Surgery - The Big Day

So you've already heard about my eyesight history, and my deciding factors for laser eye surgery... now it's time to talk about the actually procedure itself.

Rather than blog it, I thought I'd vlog it... I think you can see a little difference in my confidence already... I babble on for nearly 15 minutes, so grab a cuppa and make yourself comfortable!

You can find out about the rest of #Team21 over on the Optical Express facebook page and follow everyone else's laser eye surgery experiences too... it will be interesting to read how we all get on!

Disclosure: I was extremely fortunate to be given free laser eye surgery, but I will blog honestly and openly about my experience.