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Goodbye 2016!

The time has come to say Goodbye to 2016 and Hello 2017.

This year has been a bit of a strange one on a wider scale. Politics and celebrities have dominated the headlines and not for positive reasons. politics in both the uk and US have had some surprising results, and other countries have remained fractious or even worsened. And 2016 will surely be remembered for the vast amount of passings from well loved famous faces. 

But from a purely personal point of view, 2016 has been an amazing year!

There’s been hundreds of good things happening throughout the year, and as a family we feel stronger and happier than ever before. Something we are fiercely proud of as me and Mr H have been together since we were quite young, and 2017 will see our 12th year together!

Mr H’s business continues to grow and I am building on something I love doing, as well as our beautiful family.

Here are just a handful of our highlights from 2016.
January – had a lovely weekend away with Mr H for my birthday, and visited the Harry Potter Studios. I could visit every week, its an amazing place!


February – a lovely (if a bit windy) family holiday to Fuerteventura with Mr H, G and my parents.



March – found out that we were pregnant with baby 2!


April – my parents got their beloved motorhome (we love you Lexie!) and more adventures began.


May – G’s second birthday, complete with party. He danced and laughed and had the best time. 


June – Britmums Live! From dreaming of going last year, I didn’t think this year would be happening. I had a wonderful time and got to meet and make some lovely friends. 


July – a family holiday to the Isle of Wight with Mr H, G and the in laws. We do love a caravan holiday!


August – a 2 week trip to Cornwall. A change in the original travel plans meant we got to explore somewhere new, and moved the original location to a trip for 2017.


September – our annual trip to Tenby! We certainly didn’t scrimp on the travelling this year! Tenby is one of our all time favourite places and we love going back to visit.


October – hmmm….October?? what happened in October?? Oh yes, that small matter of a new member of our tribe! We welcomed Baby Herniman 2 into the world. It was an amazing experience, and amazing to find out that we can love another person as much as we already love G.


November – full of cuddles, cute moments and adjusting to life as a family of 4.


December – B’s first Christmas. Jam packed with family, friends and fun. Busy, chaotic and lovely all at the same time. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

We’ve enjoyed such a wonderful year, this really is just a fraction of everything that we’ve enjoyed. 

2017 is set to be just as exciting and wonderful for us. Full of love, adventures and cuddles (but without the giving birth part!)

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2017

Mrs H xxx

The Christmas Tag

My wonderful blogging friends from Hi Baby and Teddy Bears and Cardigans tagged me to share my answers to the Christmas tag that’s been going around. 

I’ve had to edit this as it was scheduled to post days ago but it failed (and I didn’t notice…bad blogger!) but it’s now Christmas Eve! 

If you’re more organised than me, then you’ll be sat enjoying a festive drink and snack, and have time to read a few festive posts. If you’re like me then you won’t be reading this until New Year because you’ve barely finished shopping, let alone wrapped anything!!

Here’s a look into Christmas at The Herniman House

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

On Christmas decorating day it has to be the Santa Clause with Tim Allen. 

Possibly my favourite is Home Alone two – Lost in New York, but honestly I don’t think I could pick there’s so many that I love to watch at this time of year.
Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Not that I can ever remember. I’d love to have one (G definitely would!) but on a year where we’re having lunch at home so we don’t have to drive in it.

Where do usually spend your holiday? 
We’ve always alternated every year between my parents and Mr H’s parents. This year we are going to the in-laws for lunch and next year with thinking about maybe having my parents to our house for lunch instead of going to theirs.
What’s your favourite Christmas song?

I’ve narrowed it down to 3 choices, Fairytale of New York, Driving home for Christmas, Stay another day.

Fairytale of New York was always a childhood favourites because it gave you an excuse to say swear words haha!!

Driving home for Christmas always just gives me that cosy feeling of going home to your family, and it’s Mr H’s favourites.

Stay another day is just hilariously cheesy, the video is even better and it was the first song on Christmas album that we used to listen to you on Christmas morning opening presents. 

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Years ago when me and Mr H were first together we used to swap our gifts on Christmas Eve because we didn’t spend Christmas day together, but now we usually exchange pyjamas or some small gifts.

We sometimes exchange gifts with family, possibly the ones we not seeing on Christmas Day so that it’s not too full on and it’s a spreads out the gift giving out especially for G (and now B).
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dasher, dancer, prancer, vixen, Comet, Cupid, donna, Blitzen, Rudolph (and Chad if you count the Santa Clause two movie!)
Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

Is it really bad that I think they’re food related!? I love doing my Christmas Eve ham and having smoked salmon scrambled eggs and Bucks fizz for breakfast. I am of course really excited for Christmas dinner but I also love all the leftovers that you picked out for weeks later. 

Non foodie, I’m looking forward to Christmas Eve pyjamas and putting out the mince pie and drink some carrots with G and B. 

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
We have a faux Christmas tree, I deliver real one but we just haven’t got the room and we have a toddler!

What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweets?
Seeing as my answers to one of the last questions was mostly food related I’m pretty certain I couldn’t choose one! But I do really love pigs in blankets and dates in blankets.

Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?
Both! I love getting gifts, who doesn’t?! But I love watching people’s faces, especially when I think I’ve got them something they’re not expecting. 

What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
As a child it has to be my double pushchair. Taking two dolls out for a walk was just the best thing ever!! 

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season? 

I’d love to go somewhere with snow, a cosy cabin or cottage. But I’d only want to go if my whole family could be there too. 

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?


I’m appalling! Mr H does all the wrapping. I’m truly shocking. I only wrap my gifts to him, and it shows. Patchy paper and whole rolls of tape. It’s just awful.


Most memorable Christmas moment? 


I’ve had so many lovely Christmas times, I really don’t think I could choose one.



What made you realise the truth about Santa? 


Truth? What truth? 


What makes the holidays special for you? 

Spending time with family. Even those we see often, more effort is made. I love getting to see those we don’t see as much too. 

Those chilled of days watching telly and eating loads of food. To be fair that sounds like me all year round, but it feels more special at Christmas ;) 
I’ve really enjoyed reading other’s Christmas tag posts. 

I’ve not tagged anyone to do this next, because theirs no one else silly enough to still be writing their posts! But if anyone would like me to link to theirs please let me know and I’ll edit it in.

Have a great Christmas!

Mrs H (and the rest of us!) xxx

Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra – Review

I was given the opportunity to review a Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra near the end of my pregnancy, I was excited to receive a maternity bra that was comfy and stylish, and that I could wear for comfort after I’d had the baby.

But as I mentioned in my recent update (Adjusting to Our New Normal), I’d not expected breastfeeding to work so well, so I never looked at getting a decent nursing bra in case I didn’t need it. 


I had no idea that this item of clothing would become my best friend, and something I could love (almost) as much as I love my children! The only time I’ve opted for an alternative is when this one is in the wash. I’d held off on buying another, as I didn’t expect breastfeeding to work, but I’ll certainly be investing in another, I’m always waiting at the washing machine to see if it’s finished so I can have my bra back! 


This bra has seen me through the last 7 weeks, day and night, and withstood all the mammoth cluster feeding sessions. It’s been there for the days and trips out, but more importantly it’s also been comfy enough to sleep in too. An essential when you have to grab sleep when you can and don’t have time to waste on changing. 

The bra is soft and comfortable, as you’d expect from a maternity/nursing bra it has no wires, but the thick band around the bottom gives plenty of support. Pre pregnancy, and even during my first pregnancy, I can not wear an un wired bra. I find they don’t provide the support I’d need, but I’ve not felt like I’ve been missing that at all with the Bravado. 

Another thing I usually find with maternity/nursing bras, is that they have a thin material cup. In “normal” life I like a moulded cup, I prefer them to enhance my shape, not so much to alter my size, but just to smooth out etc. The Bravado has removable cups, so it’s given me the confidence of a “normal” bra, and made me feel a lot better about my clothing choices too. The cups are removable though, so if you’d prefer a bra without, this is still suitable and super comfy. 

The clasps are really easy to use, and can be unclipped with one hand. The strap is also attached to the bra when undone so it’s not going to slide away and disappear, no fumbling down your top once a public feed has finished. 

The other thing I’ve loved is the colour. I loved the burgundy colour when it arrived, a nice autumnal colour, season appropriate and just a nice treat. But it’s actually become a bit more important as my nursing wardrobe is incredibly limited. 

I’m still learning what I can and can’t feed in, especially when out and about. So I tend to stick to the same tried and tested outfits and vest tops for layering. The vest tops that I have don’t fit to cover the bra completely, but it’s not an issue, as the fabulous colour simply looks like another layer or top. The style and colour fits in with my outfits so well I’m not left feeling at all embarrassed or conscious that my bra is showing. 

I really didn’t think I could ever be this in love with an everyday essential, and I’ve tried hard to think of something I’m not so keen on to sound constructive, but honestly? This bra has been perfect for me, and an absolute lifesaver. I loved it as a maternity bra, but nursing has been a whole other level of love ;) 

Did you have a favourite maternity/post baby item? Do you love anything as much I’ve fallen for a bra?! 

Mrs H xxx




Disclosure- I was sent a Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own

Ken Picton Hair Salon – The Big Hair Do 

I recently wrote about how making time for us was important. Well the lovely Kerry from All About A Mini Norris kindly arranged for a group of us south Wales bloggers to visit the Ken Picton salon in Cardiff Bay as part of their #BigHairDo event.

The further I got into my pregnancy, the harder it was to even wash and dry my own hair! So I jumped at the opportunity to visit the salon and get someone to wash my hair for me. And when I discovered that their chairs have massagers in them too, it’s a wonder they even got me to leave!

Spending time with lovely bloggy friends – Mrs Helicopter, from Mrs Helicopter Writes

The staff were friendly and welcoming, not at all judgy over my home coloured hair. We were welcomed with cocktails from their licensed bar (some of us just had Pepsi) which is available for drinks whilst the salon is open, meaning you can turn any visit into a luxury pamper time.

Pampering happening at the Essie nail bar

The salon also boasts a nail bar as well as a makeup counter, so if it’s a treat you need, you can find it all in one place.

I was too busy chatting to my lovely stylist Zoe, and talking colour with Paul, to take full advantage of the nail and make up counters, but I got to see what a fab job they did on some of the other guests, so I can vouch for how great they are.

My before and after shots!

Situated in the heart of Cardiff Bay, it is truly a destination salon, you could literally spend the whole day there being papered and made to feel really special, before going for a nice meal or to see a show in the Millennium Centre.

I’m planning to go back post baby, maybe for Christmas, and treat myself to another day of pampering. Push presents are becoming a thing here right!?

Selfie with Zoe, the stylist

Seriously though, the staff were so lovely and knowledgeable, it would be a pleasure to go back and let them work their magic on my hair.

Some of the South Wales Blogger Tribe

Where do you like to go to treat yourself? Do you prefer to get your hair or nails done?

 

Mrs H xxx



Disclosure – we were invited to attend the salon as part of an event they were hosting, all views and opinions are honest and my own

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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