Category: BlogLife

I’m Going to Blog On May ’17!

This coming weekend I’m going to my first ever Blog On conference. I went to Britmums last year, but have heard such amazing things about Blog On I was really determined to find out what all the fuss is about.
I’m really excited to get to catch up and meet up with bloggers that I speak to most days, and to actually talk to them face to face! WARNING – I’m a hugger!

But I am also sh*tting myself quite frankly! I’m always worried I don’t ‘fit in’ and people will wonder who on earth I am. Or that I’ll trip over walking into a session and make a complete tit of myself. Even though I had a really lovely experience at Britmums last year I’m still feeling really anxious. I don’t have my baby bump to hide behind for starters, and I’ll be going in by myself rather than with some of the other Welsh bloggers.
In my usual Last Minute Larry fashion, I’ve still not finalised all the details of travel etc for the weekend, and this is probably the last addition to the Blog On ice breaker linky but I didn’t want to miss out on the chance to answer these and attempt to introduce myself.

 

 

Share a recent picture of you (if you are an anonymous blog, a drawing is fine)



I’m almost always found with sunglasses. It’s not a wannabe fame thing, pregnancy gave me super sensitive eyes. 

These were my absolute favourite pair, til I sat on them earlier in the week. Balls.

Quite possibly wearing this dress to the conference l, though I haven’t decided what will be comfiest/coolest/easiest to pump in!

Describe yourself in three words

Eclectic, imaginative, loyal.

How long have you been blogging and what made you start?

It’s been roughly 3 years, but its been a gradual thing.
It was supposed to be a baking/cookery blog, but it developed over time as most people’s blogs do. I think it was inspired by the Great British Bake Off as some of them already had food blogs.



• What was the inspiration behind your blog name?

It’s my surname, and just something I’d referred to our home as for a while.

What is the best thing to come from your blog so far?

Friends! Genuinely lovely people I’m pleased to call true friends that I’ve come to know both online and in “real life”.

Your most remembered thing from your childhood

Summer holidays spent with my cousins. Washing up liquid on tarpaulin sheets, learning to ride my bike confidently, making rose petal perfume, making mud pies, trips to the beach. So many lovely times spent with them.



• Something interesting you might not know about me is…

I met my husband at 16 and we’re still happily together now, 12 years on.



• Which social media platform best describes your personality and why?

Twitter. Random, flaky, can be very strange and occasionally writes some gems. I like to think that describes me fairly well.



• What is your happy song?

McFly’s Stargirl. It’s been an alarm song on my phone for years but lately my 3 year old really loves it and dances along. It really cheers me up, proper small child “dance like no ones watching” dance party.



• What is your favourite alcoholic drink?

I don’t drink all that often usually, but I can’t resist a cherry brandy and coke, especially at Christmas time.



• What is your favourite cake?

Lemon Drizzle cake. Especially Mr H’s Gran’s lemon drizzle cake.



• What is your favourite takeaway dish?

Pizza. I can never say no to pizza. Ever!



• Where is your dream holiday destination and why?

Florida, I’d love to go to Disney and the Universal Studios. I’d like to spent at least a week in the Harry Potter one. In fact I reckon my dream trip would last at least a month to spend enough time everywhere.

What would your superhero name be?

OctoGirl, becasue I always have at least 8 different things on the go.



• If you had a magical power, would you want to have and why?

The ability to freeze time (anyone remember Bernard’s watch on CITV?) think of all the stuff I’d actually get done!



• What one weapon would help you survive a zombie apocalypse?

Wasn’t it vinyl records beheading zombies in Shaun of the Dead? That’s the only “zombie” film I’ve seen so I’m going to go with a boomerang vinyl record, that always comes back so I’m always armed.



• If you could send something into space, what would it be?

Donald Trump. No need for an explanation really is there!?



• What would you have on your gravestone?

Told you it was as bad as I said ;)
I may be a slightly over dramatic person.



• You make headline news around the world in 2 years time… but for what reason?

I’d genuinely like it to be as writer or vlogger.
But most likely it would be something daft like “Clumsy woman trips and falls into most obvious hole ever!”



• If an EMP wiped out all mechanical forms of transport, how would you get to BlogOn?

I was going to say boat, but I definitely do not have the sort of fitness to row from South Wales to Manchester. I don’t even know if thats possible. So I’m going to say I’d borrow a horse. Would need some paracetamol and a comfy seat by the time I get there though.

 

 
 

So that’s a little bit of weird and (hopefully) interesting info about me!

 
Will I be seeing you at Blog On this weekend? Please don’t be afraid to come and say Hi! 

 

Mrs H xxx

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Happy Halloween! – #Blogtober16 Day 31 and the Final Day!! 

Happy Halloween everyone!

I can’t quite believe it, but I’ve actually managed to completed #Blogtober16 hosted by Hex Mum Blog

I honestly thought I wouldn’t have a hope! A week, maybe 2, and I’d fizzle out, lose concentration with it and have a baby which would throw me right off. But I’ve actually managed to post every single day this month AND have a baby! I’m completely shocked! 

I won’t be continuing the daily posts through November, but I might look at something similar for Blogmas, but we’ll see how life is going by then. Daily blogging with a week old baby is very different than when they’re a tiny bit older! Newborns are the easiest part if you ask me!

I’ve loved this challenge though, and even though some of my posts have been quite short, it’s been brilliant for getting me slightly organised and getting better at scheduling etc. I really hope I can continue to get posts out more regularly (though not daily) and spend a little bit of time each week getting them ready and scheduled. 

A big thank you to Hex Mum Blog for this challenge!!

Halloween –

We didn’t do a lot for it this year as I’m still recovering from the birth. 

We did put up some decorations around the house, and watch Halloween specials of some children’s shows, Peppa pig etc. But G is a bit young to go trick or treating just yet, though he had a lot of fun dishing sweets out to the ones who called to us. 

I do feel a bit bad that more effort wasn’t made, especially as G was so intrigued by the “spooky oooOoooOo” stuff this year, but he’s probably just young enough to not notice too much. Next year we’ll have to make up for it, maybe it’ll be his first year trick or treating too.

Big effort may not have been made, but we still couldn’t resist the first chance for a #twinningiswinning costumes for both boys! 

B may not have been too fussed, but G was really pleased with his outfit, and that his baby brother was matching.
I hope you all had a fun Halloween and thank you for following throughout #Blogtober16! 

Mrs H xxx

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What Am I Most Afraid Of – #Blogtober16 Day 30

I try really hard not to show it to G, but I’m really not fond of spiders. 

I know it’s a bit cliched and there’s no logical reason to be scared of them, but they just freak me out!

I’m not a big fan of any insect type thing really, but the legs and the way spiders move just really creep me out!

Though I do try really hard not to pass my fears on to G. When there are spiders outside I do take him to see them, but there’s no touching, you know, for the spiders sake! 

Mrs H xxx

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3 Confessions – #Blogtober16 Day 29 

I’m not sure what I’ve got to confess that  a) I’d want to share and b) what you’d want to read?! 

Here goes I guess!

1. I’m a tv addict. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this at some point before, but I really am. 

Anything nice and cheerful such as Criminal Minds, CSI or Grey’s Anatomy is a lovely evening in by myself. 

Mr H and I love to spend a cozy evening in catching up on Eastenders or Casualty. 

2. I’m not sure I should even admit to this, I’m taking a risk at being labelled a very bad Brit. 

I can’t stand tea! The smell alone makes me heave, let alone the taste. 

I don’t like coffee either, though I do at least like the smell. I’d happily sit in a coffee shop for the afternoon, but I wouldn’t want to drink the stuff. 

3. I’m pretty bloody proud of myself for getting this far in Blogtober!! Can’t believe I can see the finish line, this month of them all. I really hope I can keep up with the organisation and make posts more regular. I certainly won’t be making it everyday throughout November too, but there shouldn’t be any excuse not to post at least once a week!

Mrs H xxx

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My Favourite Instagram Photo – #Blogtober16 Day 28

There are so many photos I love on Instagram, but following on from today’s earlier post (this one here) my current favourite photo is our first photo as a family of four. 

Here’s the link to my Instagram page in case newborn baby spam is your thing! There’ll be plenty of baby and toddler photos over the coming weeks…and possibly the occasional wiped out desperate for sleep selfie. But it’s totally worth it! 

Mrs H xxx

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Place I would Most Like to Visit – #Blogtober16 Day 27

It’s probably cheating a bit to choose somewhere so big, but I’d love to visit America. 

There’s loads of different states and places I’d like to see. 

One big road trip would be amazing, but a complete dream. It would probably take years to actually visit everywhere I’d like to. 

There’s so many different places and things to see. The only time I’ve been to America is to go to Las Vegas for my 21st birthday. It was absolutely incredible! Such an amazing place and the best holiday. I’d go back tomorrow, and still probably leave feeling like there was more to see. So fascinating.

For the rest of America, it’s a bit of an obvious choice for me, but I’d start with Florida and the theme parks. I’ve always (as most children have) wanted to go to Disneyland, but now I think I want to go more than ever! Harry Potter at Universal Studios?! I’d love to spend at least a week just in that one park! 

I’m a real thrill seeker when it comes to roller coasters too so it would just be so much fun. In dream world I would really love to spend a few weeks, taking in all the different parks, and having time to relax in the Florida sun in between. 

Also, who doesn’t want to do New York at Christmas time? The chance of snow in Central Park, and visiting the Christmas tree at the Rockerfeller centre like on Home Alone? Just magical! 

A sunshine paradise holiday in Hawaii? Yes please! Or Autumn and Halloween in Salem? Or skiing in Colorado? There’s just so many places to see, and a chance to enjoy all the seasons too. I think that’s what entices me the most, the fact that some places actually experience all the seasons. I love summer and I love winter…it would just be nice to have both unlike typical uk! 

Sometimes I think it would be nice to move to Indianapolis (I have a cousin there which is why I’d choose it) because they truly get to enjoy all the seasons, and the Autumn is just beautiful. Also, snow in winter! White Christmas?! 

Ok enough of my rambling about America! I think you all get the idea by now :) 

Mrs H xxx

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Top 10 Favourite Songs – #Blogtober16 Day 26

This has been ridiculously hard! Trying to narrow it down and choose just 10 songs has been so difficult. 

So many songs have special meanings to me, from childhood “classics” like the Spice Girls, teenage angst like Eminem or Christmas classics from Bublé.

In no particular order, these are 10 of my favourite or most meaningful songs. Some are just plain fun!

1. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – our first dance at our wedding reception. We didn’t want anything too slow, the idea was for everyone to join in with the dancing, but no one did! 

2. Truly, Madly, Deeply (Savage Garden) – another song from our wedding, this is what I walked down the aisle to. We chose this as “our” song when we were younger. There are more songs now that mean more to us, but it’ll still always be special.

3. How Long Will I Love You (Ellie Goulding) – this was played a lot when I was pregnant with G, and it was on in the car the first time I felt him flutter and move. 

4. Love Me For A Reason (Boyzone) – I mentioned in the post about concerts how much I loved Boyzone when I was younger. In fact cheesy 90’s pop was/is very much my taste! This is the first song I can remember being utterly obsessed with, and the video too. 

5. C’est La Vie (B*witched) – sticking with the cheesy pop factor, this is played at every party and gathering with friends, usually when there’s alcohol involved I’ll admit (though it’s not always necessary either!) We will always requested for this to be played, and we will always make a bad attempt at Irish dancing!

6. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) – this became a bit of an anthem for me and my Mum years ago. We don’t need it anymore, not to cheer us up anyway, but it’s still a good reminder, and we like to have a good song along and dance to it when it’s played.

7. Mysterious Girl (Peter Andre) – and I’m drawn back to the cheese again! I cant remember the exact time I found out, but many years ago I discovered that Mr H knows ALL the words, including the rap, so now he must (at force or bribery) sing it for me at every party/disco/night out whenever I can get it played. This is guaranteed to make me smile, and love him a little bit more everytime!

8. Who Loves You (Four Seasons/Jersey Boys Musical) – we went to see the musical in the West end a few years ago, and were familiar with most of the songs anyway, but the film version of the musical was out not long after we had G. It was our first date post baby. A few days later I heard Mr H singing this to G in the small hours and my heart melted. And now it always will when I hear it.

9. Half The World Away (Oasis) – I’ve mentioned it many times before, but I’m a TV addict. Many of my favourite shows to watch were introduced to me by Mr H, how I missed them before I don’t know! Probably the main one, and one of our favourite shows to watch together is The Royle Family. We’ve seen every episode more times than I’d know, and the Christmas specials even more than that. The theme tune always makes me think of cozy evenings in with Mr H.

10. I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston) – as a child this was probably my all time favourite, and my first “car karaoke” song. My mum had the Bodyguard album on cassette in the car, and this was the best track to belt along with. Even now I can’t skip the song if it comes on shuffle, even if it’s not the mood I was looking for. And I have to sing along, it’s just the unsaid rule!

That is a very narrowed down list, I could have gone on forever!

Mrs H xxx

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What Super Power Would You Most Like – #Blogtober16 Day 25 

This is a tough choice. 

As a mum I wish daily for super powers!

Flying – for all those times you’re running late. It can’t just be me?!

Speed – to catch up with pesky run away toddlers, and to get the cleaning done in a fraction of the time.

Invisibility – for five minutes peace! Honestly, they’re not exaggerating when they say you can’t even pee in peace!

Mind reading – I would only want this for babies and toddlers though, to decipher all those cries and babbles they yell at you frustrated, that sound nothing like actual words. I’d have to get rid of it by the teenage years! As lovely as it would be to know what they’re up to, I fear a teenagers mind is just too scary a place to be!

I think if I just had to choose just one it would be the speed. 

What would you choose?

Mrs H xxx

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Disney Character You Identify With – #Blogtober16 Day 24

I’m not sure there’s a character that I really identify with. 

I probably could have come up with one of I’d thought about this post a bit longer, but I’m scheduling in advance, and trying to get as many of the #Blogtober16 posts ready before I have a baby (it’s possible he’s arrived by the time you’re reading this!) and I didn’t start this one in advance enough to give it any proper thought.

So I’m going to cheat a little bit, and just tell you my favourite characters. The limited version, because I love Disney  and could probably make this post stupidly long!

1.Mulan – what better role model you could you want for youngsters? Ok, so I don’t really want my kids running off to war, especially if I’ve already said no, but breaking stereotypes and doing what you believe in is nothing to be ashamed off.

2. Mrs Jumbo – possibly more along the lines of identifying with, she’s a proud Mama who would do anything for her precious baby. And if anyone verbally or physically attacked my babies like that I’d have kicked off too!

3. Olaf – for pure comedy factor, and I love the way G gets excited when he spots him, during the film or toys in shops, it’s so cute to hear him shouting for “Oh-haff” 

Mrs H xxx

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My Favourite Time of Year – #Blogtober16 Day 23 

Anyone who knows me, even just a little bit, is probably well aware of the answer to this. 

IT’S CHRIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSTMAAAAAASSSSSS!!!

I love it! I love the build up, the planning, the decorating, the evenings out to see the lights. 
It’s so much more than just the presents and the day.

It’s making time to spend with your family, especially the extra effort to see the family you don’t get to see as often. Special trips in the run up to Christmas, to switchons, carol services, pantomimes, bake sales. 

And if trips out are too much, there’s snuggly afternoons curled up on the sofa watching too many Christmas films with special hot chocolate and gingerbread biscuits. 

Do you get the idea? I just love Christmas!

There’s no need to go overboard on presents. When you think back to Christmases past you almost never remember the presents you got, but the times spent together, food eaten and things made. Though the food but might just be the greedy one in me ;) 

Mrs H xxx

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