Category: BlogLife

Share a Secret About Yourself – #Blogtober16 Day 4

This is definitely one of the more difficult prompts for this challenge. There are possibly a few things that I’ve not shared with the world, personal and blogging (nothing scary – I’m not a secret mass murderer or anything!) but I feel this is more of a light hearted and happy challenge, and my ‘secrets’ are a bit more serious. Maybe one day there’ll be a time to share, but now isn’t it.

So I’ve been wracking my brain to think of what I can share that could be considered a secret. But being a bit of a social media whore and over sharer there’s not a lot that no one knows. There has been a nice little influx of new readers during this lovely challenge, so I thought I’d share a few odd facts about me….I hope I don’t scare any new readers off!

1. I don’t drink tea. Or coffee. I know for a Brit this is practically sacrilege, but I can’t stand the stuff. The smell of tea makes me heave. I do like the smell of coffee, but I just find the taste too strong. I really feel that I need to learn to embrace the double espresso once Baby Herniman 2 arrives! I’ve barely scraped through one baby ha-ha!!

2. I’m a terrible telly addict. I honestly find it really strange that people can go an entire day without watching any! It’s probably a terrible habit, and slowly turning my eyes square (if that old wives tale was true they’d have changed years ago!) but I enjoy it, and me and Mr H love sitting down and watching stuff together.

3. My ‘old’ hobby was amateur dramatics. I love musicals, singing and dancing. I’m an ok singer, in the sense I can hold a tune to join in with others, but my dancing is pretty terrible. I can’t really co ordinate my top half and bottom half to do what they’re supposed to at the same time. But I still really enjoy them. And I am an AMAZING singer in the car and shower! I haven’t been back to do any shows since I had G. I can’t organise myself enough to make it to weekly rehearsals for now, and I think that it’s only going to get worse with 2! One day I’m sure I’ll go back to it, as I really did enjoy them. But for now, my one woman (much too loud) musicals performed in the car or shower will keep me going :)

Mrs H xxx


If I Won the Lottery I Would… – #Blogtober16 Day 3 


This is one of the easiest topics for me! I can’t be the only one who makes plans for the lotto win we’ll have one day…despite the fact that we very rarely play…we’ll scoot over that bit.

Apart from the obvious holidays, cars, plastic surgery plans, themes only one big purchase that is really top of the list. A house!

We love our ‘home’ but it’s a rental house, and there’s always that small niggling fear at the back of my mind that they could give us notice to leave and we’d have to start all over again.

I don’t think we’d go for a ridiculously over sized mansion, as much as the dream would be nice, but a decent sized house with a few bedrooms, maybe an office, but most importantly a great big kitchen. A decent sized family kitchen with a huge double oven is my dream. Currently if I keep my elbows by my side I can still touch both counter tops, and I’ve never liked anything less than the glass hob top. The worst thing is it’s very hard to be able to do any cooking or baking with G, there’s just no room for him to stand or sit and join in. Sometimes we take bowls in to the living room to mix etc but the mess is ridiculous and inevitably ends up dragged right through downstairs…and upstairs!

There’d also be one other thing to go with the new house….a cleaner! I’m not a tidy person, no matter how much I try or dream of being that domestic goddess, and getting a bigger house would only get harder, so a cleaner would be lovely too.

Of course there’d be new cars wanted, lovely sunny holidays, new clothes and even laser eye surgery wanted too, but a family home of our own? Nothing could compare to that.

What would be first on your lotto win list?

Mrs H xxx


“An Old Photo of You” – #Blogtober16 Day 2

I’ve resorted to the good ‘Ol book of fave for this one!

Most of my really old, childhood photos are all over my parents flat, and I’ve just not had the time to go over a have a nose through. And by time I mean at least 18 hours! I’m a sucker for looking through old photos.

I love the memories they stir up, and the nostalgia for old times, giggles at clothes and hairstyles, and remembering old friends, family you’ve not seen for a while and those who are no longer with us. 

The photo I’ve chosen is the first ever photo of Mr H and myself, at a party at my (then) house when we first got together. It’s been just over 11 years now! 

We look so young!! It’s not the best quality because it was taken on a camera phone (I think it might have been a Motorola razr – remember those?!) and has been nabbed straight from Facebook, but I still love and treasure it.

Mrs H xxx


“Who Are You?” – #Blogtober16 Day 1

Hello all!! 

Once I get going I am a great talker (aka waffling on and on) but I’ve found this post really hard to get started for some reason. I’ve not really known where to start, or what to include about me. Is it interesting? Are you even bothered?? I suppose the the good thing about blogs is that you can skip on by if you’re not bothered, and it won’t hurt my feelings so much!!

First of all I’ll start with the most important thing about me is my family. I am a proud wife, mother to a toddler boy and soon I’ll be a mum to two boys, with Baby Herniman 2 due at the end of this month. 

We are really lucky to have close relationships with both mine and my husbands families, and they are all the most important things in my life.

Professionally I am an office administrator, part time, but would love to be able to turn writing into a future career, possibly publishing some short children’s stories that I am writing, or writing a personal column for a magazine. I would certainly need to learn to manage my productivity at home, I get far too distracted by lots of stuff, and dream of having a beautiful office to work from home in.

Picking just one random thing about me I thought coming into this time of year there’s one big thing you need to know about me right now. I am a major Christmas person! 

I love everything about the build up. The television adverts (I’m a self confessed tv addict), the festive colours, everything from nail varnish to cake sprinkles needs to be red or green and preferably glittery. 
The carol concerts, cheesy films, gingerbread baking, list making, dinner planning…ok you get the idea! 

It’s all about spending time together, making plans and generally just getting over excited about it all. 

This year it’s going to be very interesting, from the planning to the actual day, we’ll have a newborn baby joining our little tribe, so it’s all going to be a bit different. I’m sure I’ll be keeping you all updated during the night/early morning feeding sessions. Wide awake social media club here I come!

I’m going to stop here, before this turns completely random or self indulgent! If you do happen to have any burning questions you’d like to know about me please feel free to get in touch or leave a comment. 

Mrs H xxx


#Blogtober16 – An Introduction 

Anyone who’s actually managed to be a regular reader of mine (hands up, you deserve a chocolate bar at least!) will know that I really want to be an organised person, and an organised blogger. I set new aims and goals, I write lists, and I print stuff out to have a ‘visual kick up the backside’. And I pretty much fail every single time! But it’s the thought that counts right?!

Well here comes another plan…that I am going to be realistic about, and say from the start that this is not a challenge I’m likely to complete!! But hear me out…

Hex Mum Plus 1 is running a #Blogtober16 challenge. 

The aim is to publish a post every day in October. Again you beady eyed regulars may notice that a) I don’t have a great track record for challenges like this, and b) I’m never organised enough to write every week, let alone every day. But there’s a more important factor that I know is going to throw in a huge curve ball. I’m sort of due to have a baby in October!! So why would I start such a full on challenge at a crazy time? Why not!? My blogging and writing mojo has been seriously lacking lately.

 I’ve got a whole page in my journal dedicated to topics that I want to write, and the posts are lingering inside my head too, but I just can’t seem to find the time and the words to turn them into actual posts. I’m worried that if I leave it any longer to get some of my mojo back, that it’s going to be lost indefinitely, throughout the squishy baby newborn haze, and maybe it won’t return.

I don’t mean that I’m stressing about writing for anyone else, but I really enjoy having my little corner of the blogging world, and I miss it when it’s not going well. So to potentially lose control for the rest of the year does upset me a little. It’s my non official job, that I absolutely love to do and I want to keep it!

Having a list of topics to write about throughout #Blogtober16 is going to give me something to fill in the days that I’m struggling, they’re lovely little titles that can be quick posts, useful to get to know me a bit better (assuming you want to…if you don’t…well that’s a bit tough ;) ) and hopefully I can get a few written down and scheduled too, and it may help bridge the gap for when Baby Herniman 2 arrives and completely throws me off course!

Have you ever complete a Blogtober or possibly Blogmas challenge? Have you got any tips for me to keep me blogging (especially new baby related)?

Mrs H xxx