Category: Lifestyle

5 Super Cool Things About Where I Live – #Blogtober16 Day 20

I love living in Wales. There may be a time that we might live in a different country, but Wales will always be my home.

1. Wales has the most amazing views and landscapes. When we lived in Skegness for 6 months, I genuinely missed the green and the mountains. The mostly flat terrain left me aching for the sight of a mountain forest, no matter how much rain fell on them.

2. My school produced some major sporting stars. It’s pretty cool to be able to say you were in the same classes as Gareth Bale and Sam Warburton. We’ll just skim over the parts where I don’t think I’ve ever actually held a conversation with either of them, or that it leaves the rest of us feeling like we’re under achieving massively! Good for them!

3. We’ve got our own language. It’s not always pretty sounding, lots of harsh sounds, but I think that our tiny country having its own language is pretty special. And despite almost dying out it’s growing again and becoming more important and popular. Even the English speaking schools now have to include an element of Welsh into every lesson, even if it’s just days and dates. You may also have the upper hand in a job interview if you can speak Welsh. 

G is most likely going to be going to a Welsh speaking school, and I’m looking forward to improving on my limited lingo too.

4. The NHS. Ok, so I know it’s not just in Wales, and I don’t always get very political here, especially in a mostly light hearted post, but the NHS is something so amazing that we really need to appreciate it more. It’s by no means perfect, but it’s a hell of a lot better than what a lot of people have. 

5. The most importantly cool thing about Wales? Uh Doctor Who is filmed here!!

Many of you will know that we are a family of Whovians, in fact  I was woken up this morning by a voice coming over the monitor “I am a cyber man. You will be deleted” I can’t tell you my startled response, let’s just say it’s a good job G wasn’t stood next to me or he might have learnt some new words that would not go down well with grandparents! 

It’s brilliant being able to spot local places and landmarks when you’re watching, and remembering times you’ve been there.

In short, I bloody love living here! 

Mrs H xxx 

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Favourite Foods – #Blogtober16 Day 19

I don’t even know where to start on this one!

I’m not a size 8, and I never will be, because I love food a lot, probably a bit too much.

Asking me to choose a favourite is almost as bad as Sophie’s Choice ;) 

I guess if I absolutely had to choose it would be pizza. I don’t think I’ve ever turned down the chance for pizza, or ever not “felt like it” and at least you can change up the toppings to vary it a bit. 

For a “home cooked” meal I will never turn down a lamb dinner, preferably with mashed potato and proper gravy and lots of mint sauce, or Mr H’s famous lasagne (seriously amazing stuff and requested for every family event, gathering and trip). 

I’ll have to stop there because a) I could go on forever and b) I’m starting to get hungry! 

Mrs H xxx 

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Zodiac Sign – #Blogtober16 Day 18 

I’m an Aquarius, which is the water carrier. Which is also really confusing because apparently it’s an air sign!? How is the water carrier an air sign?!

I consider myself fairly hippyish when it comes to things like being aware of full moons, using Amber for teething, planting lavender for luck etc and I used to read my horoscopes in magazines and papers all the time.

But of course I’d only believe them or relate to them if they were nice.

As for the kind of person you’re supposed to be because of your sign, I’ve never really noticed or looked into what that should be.

A brief Google search tells me that an Aquarius is philanthropic and humanitarian, which I wouldn’t say was untrue at all, but possibly not my strongest focus.

It also says I’m not great at displaying emotion, which is massively untrue. I can cry at an advert let alone a sad film! 

Mrs H xxx 

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Favourite Concert You Attended – #Blogtober16 Day 17 

I can’t say I’ve been to many concerts over the years. I enjoy them when I’m there but it’s never a big deal to actually go.

I really wanted to go to the McFly concerts this year, but I could only get standing tickets which was not at all realistic being about 7 months pregnant at the time.

I’d probably say my favourite concert I’ve been to is a Boyzone concert a few years ago. Proper cheesy but I love them and I’m not ashamed to say that an album still features in my cars’ playlist selection. 

I’d choose this concert as my favourite because I got to go with my cousin. 

We loved the band when we were little, so it was really fun to enjoy and reminisce about childhood memories and sing along again. It was funny to remember who we had crushes on as little girls and how that had changed. 

We both had a thing for Stephen, and aged about 6/7 were both convinced we had a chance at marrying him in the future…my cousin had priority of course because she was older than me. Turned out neither of us had a chance!
We were really close as young kids, but as we’ve got older we don’t spend as much time together, obviously life is different for both of us and it’s inevitable it’ll happen, so it was lovely to enjoy the experience together.

It was also the last concert tour Boyzone did with all of the band members, before Steven tragically passed away, which in hindsight is really special to have got to see them. 
 

Mrs H xxx

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Piercings and Tattoos – #Blogtober16 Day 16 

I love tattoos. I’ve even got a board on Pinterest for my favourite tattoo ideas. I’d be covered in them if I went for every idea that I love. 

They’re so intricate and detailed, at least the good ones are! Such works of art.

So how many have I got if I love them so much? Uh…none! 

I got my mum to take me for my first tattoo when I was 17, a very swirly, arty butterfly, but they wouldn’t do it until I was 18, despite my mum being there saying she gave permission.

So I’d go back at 18 and get it done…except 17 year old me seemed to be a lot braver than 18 year old me, or any me since! 

I’ve totally wimped out! I’d still really love one, but I’m worried I’d choose the wrong thing or have it in a place I wish I could change, I’m quite a fickle person and I worry I’d regret it long term. 

I was going to get a small one for my birthday last January (a deathly hallows symbol because I LOVE Harry Potter and that’s not changed for a very long time) but then I found out I was pregnant so maybe next year.

Piercings, I’ve only got my ears pierced. I wanted to get my tongue pierced many years ago but found out I have a tongue tie so it’s not possible (also probably why I wasn’t very good at breast feeding when I was a baby!).

I was going to get a daith piercing as they’re supposed to help with migraines, and I suffer terribly. I’ve no idea if it actually helps, but after suffering for over 20 years with migraines I’ll try anything!

Again pregnancy put a stop to that piercing for the time being. 

Maybe next birthday I’ll suddenly get lots of piercings and a full sleeve of tattoos!? Doubtful…I’ll probably still be a wimp :D 

Mrs H xxx

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What’s In My Fridge? – #Blogtober16 Day 13

Honestly? Not a lot! 
Despite my intentions to start meal planning a couple of weeks ago, I’ve still not got my head round getting it organised. 

I’m hoping to get an online shop sorted soon so at least we’ll be stocked up when Baby gets here. More than likely it’ll include a fair few ready meals, just to make sure we actually do eat! 

I’m looking forward to lots of lovely Autumn meals. There is currently a lasagne waiting in the fridge, which is a start I guess! 

I can’t wait to make a big batch of Chorizo and Beef chilli too, one of my favourite Autumn meals.

Really I dream of having a fully stocked fridge…but if it’s full, it’s probably mostly mouldy!!

Mrs H xxx 

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A Timeline of Your Day – #Blogtober16 Day 15

I thought yesterday’s prompt was difficult/not too interesting, but I’m struggling with today’s just as much!

I’m just not sure it’s exciting enough for a post!! Though I’m loving having a nose at everyone who’s posted theirs so far, it’s been great for an idea of schedule or activity ideas.

We’re a little too housebound for my liking, though the end of this pregnancy is getting harder so it won’t be changing in the near future, but it’s good to get ideas. 

Especially now that I’m on maternity leave. Understandably there are so many family activities held on a weekend, especially for occasions like Halloween and Christmas, which we tend to miss because I work weekends. I’m looking forward to going along to some this year…well Christmas ones at least, no illusion that we’ll be attending anything Halloween themed this year (due date 30th!) that’s not at home. 

Mrs H xxx 

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The Meaning Behind Your Blog Name – #Blogtober16 Day 14

This is definitely the hardest prompt of the series so far. 

I don’t think it’s interesting enough to stretch it into a full post at any rate. It’s just my name, and I write about my family and our lives.

I guess I didn’t really think it through when I started the blog. I should probably have chosen something that would be a bit more private, but I didn’t know it was something I’d enjoy doing so much, or become such a big part of my life. 

I do wonder if it’s something that I should change, and make an attempt to become a little bit more anonymous but it may be a bit difficult to back track now I’ve come this far.

Thankfully I’ve not experienced anything too negative via the blog (touch wood!) and generally the blog world is a lovely place so it’s not been an issue. But it is something I think about. 

Maybe one day in the future a rebrand is needed. Though goodness knows where is start thinking of a new blog name!

Mrs H xxx 

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What’s In My Handbag – #Blogtober16 Day 12

Well this prompt has come at a good time!

As many mums will know, we don’t get a handbag for a while, but a baby bag. Over the last few months though I’ve almost had my handbag back, with just a few toddler items (usually food related and the odd dinosaur or Teletubbie floating around) and a section for nappies and wipes. 

But with Baby Herniman 2 due  to arrive at any moment, I need a refresher on what essentials I’ll need again! So I’ve linked to a post I wrote a little while ago, laying out all the essentials I need  in a changing bag 

Mrs H xxx

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Diono Radian 5 – A Full Review 

 

We have been using the Diono Radian 5 for a few months now, and we’re really impressed! 

Many people who know me know that I’ve been banging on about the safety aspects of extended rear facing for a long a long time now. But getting the right car seat is essential to extended rear facing. Safety will go out the window if the seat is the wrong fit so please research that the seat is suitable for your vehicle and your child.

The radian 5 boasts a unique steel frame, meaning that it is incredibly well structured against any impact. It also means that the seat is really heavy, and even more weighted and secure in an accident. It also means that it can seat children up to 25kg, approximately 7 years old. This is from birth too! It’s at the higher end of the price range, but when you take in to account how long it should last, it’s simply provided one seat for the first 7 years instead of having to upgrade to the next suitable size etc.

It took me a little while to fit the car seat. I did need help lifting the seat in to the car, I’m not particularly strong anyway and being pregnant meant I didn’t want to lift it much. The instructions are fairly clear to follow for fitting, but it has additional straps and safety features that I wasn’t used to from other seats so I did watch a few videos on YouTube to double check where I needed to fit everything and how to check that it was installed correctly.

Despite the heavy frame, the seat is much narrower than you’d expect. Car seats can be really bulky and uncomfortable to sit next to, but this fits in our small car a lot easier than previous seats we’ve had. We recently went on holiday with my parents and our small Suzuki Splash was the main vehicle for day trips and visits to local restaurants etc. This meant there were for adults to fit in the car, two in the back alongside the car seat. Now I’m not saying it was a comfortable position for a long period of time, but I’m not sure that it would have been at all possible with other car seats.

The seat itself is really comfortable for G, and the interior is nicely padded with memory foam. Even rear facing G has been kept comfortable on long journeys for holidays this summer, wherever his legs rest is padded meaning they don’t tire or ache with leaning on the sides, so he remains comfy at all times. He’s fallen asleep on more journey’s than I can count and very rarely falls forward in the seat, something I was worried about as it doesn’t recline like some other car seats do.

It’s recommended that the fabric is surface washed rather than removed and machine washable, so I do try to wipe it down fairly regularly to keep on top of the cleanliness of the seat, especially as it’s an item that can last for many years. It would be easier if you could remove the covers to wash, but at the end of the day isn’t the end of the world. When you take into account the more important features of the seat, this for me out weighs how to clean the seat.
 

Overall I am really happy with the Radian 5, and we will be using it for G for as long as possible. The safety and comfort features are exceptional, and they’ve also just released a few extra colour options too and are really stylish. I feel confident in recommending this car seat to anyone, and I certainly wouldn’t do that for such a big safety feature if I didn’t truly believe in the product. We’re also going to be getting a second seat for Baby Herniman 2.  
 

Mrs H xxx

Disclosure – we were sent a Diono Radian 5 for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own