Weekly Wishes 17th November 2014

It’s Christmas shopping day for the Herniman Family!! Baby H is spending the day with his Nanny and Grampy, whilst Mr H and I are off into Cardiff and hoping to get it done in one day. Well with the exception of online orders and handmade gifts. We may have to make stops for refuelling ourselves too!
Armed with the master list of whom to buy for and a rough idea of what we’re looking for, and with the days wardrobe carefully considered (can’t have too many layers, too hot in shops. Can’t take too few layers, too cold outside – it’s not an easy task!) We are off into battle! And I am very excited for it! We try to go shopping around this time every year, it’s close enough to Christmas to have all the gift sets etc out, but far enough away to not be crazy busy and send me homicidal. Shops do have that effect on me when they have too many people there! It’s not an attractive quality, I’m aware, but other people shopping drive me crazy! Wish us luck!

Last week’s wishes were focused on me. It was time to be a little bit selfish, and start looking after myself a bit better.
Keep sticking to the diet – I did go over slightly on my planned calories on one day, but other than that I stuck to it pretty well. My weight stayed the same though, so a little more effort needed!
Walk more – this one was a bit of a fail. I relied a little too much on the app that I downloaded, and it crashed! I also didn’t get out as much as I would have liked to, but I did some walking, and that’s better than none.
Get dressed everyday – with the exception of Wednesday (when I stayed in my cleaning slobs, so valid reason I think) I did it! Got properly dressed, brushed my hair (you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget this!) and wore make up when I wanted to. It may sound a little shallow, but it helped improve my mood. And seeing as I hardly left the house, it was definitely something I did just for me.
So it wasn’t a perfect week, but I don’t see it as a fail, more a work in progress. I’ll be keeping up with these wishes from now on too.

This week:
Order the online Christmas gifts – seeing as we’re getting most of the shopping done today (fingers crossed) I want to get as much ordered as we need to so we’re not stressing over postage times closer to Christmas. So far it’s mainly photo calendars for the great grandparents. A great excuse for me to look through photos…this may take some time!
Make a Christmas present – with a few handmade presents planned, I’d like to get at least one more finished this week. Which mainly means I need to clear the dining room table and get the sewing machine out.
Shorten living room curtains – ok, it’s hardly exciting, but I’ve been meaning to do this for months! And if I’ve got the sewing machine out, they need doing.

So fingers crossed we survive the shopping, and get stuff done!

Mrs H xxx

The Nectar Collective

Banana Bread

Lovely Mr H bought me a bag of green bananas; I’m slightly odd and will only eat them if they’re at least green at the ends. Only I forgot about them. And by the time I remembered, they were yellow (the horror!) with brown spots (yuck!!) and I felt guilty for wasting bananas (again). So I raided the web and found the easiest recipes for Banana Bread, and come up with this, which is basically a combination of a few, based on what ingredients I had in the house. Bonus is that I’m unlikely to cave in and eat it because it has over ripe bananas in it! So it was a win win. I’ve never made it before, and was so excited that it seemed to turn out edible that I quickly dished it out to the family, forgetting to take a photo! So if you can just imagine a brownish loaf cake that smells like cake and banana…yup that’s it!

Ingredients

3 over ripe bananas

1/3 cup melted butter

1 cup sugar

1 ½ cups self raising flour

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp bicarbonate soda

Large pinch salt

Method

Preheat oven to 175oC

In a large bowl, mash the bananas until mostly smooth, and then stir in the melted butter

Mix in the bicarb and salt, and then mix in the sugar, egg and vanilla.

Fold in the flour.

Pour batter into a greased loaf tin (or be lazy like me and use the paper liners)

Bake for 50 minutes to an hour

Remove from oven and leave to cool

Serve to hungry family and take all compliments!

Enjoy!

Mrs H xxx

Weekly Wishes 10th November 2014

 

 

I’ve been feeling a bit bleurgh about myself lately. Tired, ill, and generally just bleurgh…it’s a real word. Trust me. I’ve just got a bit lazy when it comes to looking after myself. I’m not annoyed with myself or anything daft like that, I understand why I feel like this, and I’m also not suggesting that there’s anything wrong with how I am. My baby is not quite 6 months old and I certainly don’t think us new mums should be dropping weight and dressing up as if we’re failures if we don’t become the ‘perfect woman’. But I don’t feel like me, and that’s why I want to do something about it. For me, so I feel better, not because society ‘expects’ a size eight 4 weeks after birth….society can swivel!

So this week’s wishes are all about me.

 

Keep sticking to the diet and healthy eating – I’ve been trying to eat healthier, and cut back on the amount of calories I’m eating. There are occasional treats, but they are treats instead of daily choices. I’m keeping to it with the help of MyFitnessPal, and I’m down 10lbs so far.

 

Walk more – I downloaded a pedometer app and have been hitting the daily step goals, but they’re not very high. I want to get moving more.

 

Get dressed every day – I said I’d become lazy! If I’m not going anywhere in the day I just seem to stay in my pyjamas or joggers. And it’s making me feel lazy and slobby. Pj days are supposed to be a treat, not a lifestyle choice! So every day this week I’m getting dressed, sorting my hair out (shoving it all up in a bobble on top of my head does not count) and putting some make up on if I feel like it. For me. Because I want to feel good.

 

What are your wishes for this week?

 

Mrs H xxx

The Nectar Collective

The Big Winter Clearout

 

 

I know you’re supposed to have a ‘Spring Clean’ but I seem to have the biggest clean and clear out in the autumn. It’s because I know the Christmas decorations are coming out soon, which means furniture gets moved, pictures will be swapped etc, and I don’t want to have to pause during decorating day (it’s a major event in the Herniman House calendar!) to do a bit of dusting or hovering behind the sofa because it hasn’t been done in a year, I mean a month or so.

I’ve also struggled with getting myself into a routine with the housework, I’d like to say it’s since Baby H came along, but if I’m honest I’ve never had one, or been good at regular cleaning. I just seem to let it build and the blitz it all in one go. Not only is this tiring and annoying, it also means I’m scared of having unexpected visitors in case the house isn’t in a good state. And I don’t mean a state that my Nan would be proud of (that would never happen!) but just a general clean and tidy state!

So taking inspiration from the lovely www.ourhollydays.com kindly sharing her daily cleaning routines, and from the FlyLady routines and zones, I’ve come up with my own zones for deep cleaning and daily routine. I’ve spent as much time this week deep cleaning the whole house, so I can start again with the routines. Then the idea is to cover a zone a week for deep cleaning, as well as keeping up with the general day to day cleaning. I love a good list, so I wrote them up with little check off boxes. If I’m honest I enjoyed making the checklists a little too much. I’d have made them printable but I started them when the laptop was still poorly, so it was good old fashioned pen, paper and felt pens! Maybe I’ll get round to computerising them soon, but for now they’re in a wipe clean poly pocket, so they’re reusable.

I’ve also started 40 bags in 40 days challenge. So not only am I deep cleaning, but I’m decluttering too. Just in time to fill it all back up again with Christmas presents and Boxing Day sale shopping. I’ve not actually found 40 places to declutter, which I suppose is a good thing, but 26 bags in 26 days didn’t sound so great. And I thought I could add stuff on if I thought of any more.

I’m not looking for a show home, but I’m determined to have a nice clean and tidy home to show off over Christmas and beyond!

Wish me luck!

 

Mrs H xxx

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Winter Survival Guide from the Over Dramatic

Winter Survival Guide from the Over Dramatic

So it’s a little over dramatic, I live in the UK, we’re not going to get more than a few inches of snow (if any at all!), and I’m planning a “Survival Guide”!? I’d say it sounds a lot over dramatic! But there is some reason behind this post. We are a one car family, and Mr H has a LOT of work on, which will run right up to Christmas, so if the bitter winter we’ve been warned about does arrive, I want to have a few essentials around so that I won’t have to drag myself and Baby H out in the cold/rain/snow/wind if I don’t have to, or drag my parents up to us. So here is how I’m planning to ‘prepare’ for winter!

Salt, salt, salt: Even if it doesn’t snow, we’re almost definitely going to get ice or frost, and having to get past the handful of concrete steps in or out of our house can be a bit treacherous, and I’m clumsy enough without having to carry a baby over icy steps. Earlier this year when the cold weather passed, the salt/grit mix went on sale, so we bought a good few bottles of the stuff, I’ve dug it all out and got it ready to go.

Snow shovel: Another post winter bargain, we bought a snow shovel for 75p! It’s out of storage and on standby just in case.

Winter Woollies: I need to dig out all of our hats, scarves and gloves for us, and buy some for Baby H. I want to get them all ready so that they’re easy to get to, not have to search for an hour before going out because one of us is missing a glove or can’t find a hat. I’ve also brought out the blanket throws and given them a wash ready for snuggling on the sofas and watching films, they might help delay the need to put the heating on for a little while anyway.

Food Supplies: I’m not one for panic buying bread and milk when the bad weather gets here, but I was thinking about how I can prepare some basics now, without having to buy another freezer to store bread in. I’ve started making a bigger batch of whatever I’m cooking and freezing a few portions, that way there’ll be something easy at hand at short notice. Also handy if I can’t be bothered one day!

Instead of freezing loaves of bread, I’m going to make sure I’m stocked up on flour and yeast, which I’d have in the baking cupboard usually, and then we can enjoy fresh baked bread. Come to think of it I’d rather do that even if we can leave the house!

Milk…there’s no escaping that; I’m just going to have to freeze a few pints. But I’m not going to go overboard, just a few single pints, which won’t go off either if it’s not all used. I also want to get a little stock of Baby H’s formula milk ready, we seem to live ‘tin to tin’ so I’d like to make sure we always have at least one in reserve.

Blackout Supplies: WARNING, this one is just plain over dramatic. There’s no hiding this one as anything but, however I do want a rough idea of what I can do if the electricity goes down. I can barely remember having a serious blackout, one that’s actually lasted over 20 minutes, but I can’t help it. Maybe it’s the new mother in me, more than likely it’s just my over dramatic/over thinking tendencies. Completely, almost definitely, not needed. But just in case, I’ve put all the candles and matches where we can get to them easily, and brought the extra duvets down from the attic. I’m also trying to keep my phone charged up as best I can, I’m terrible for leaving it run out, especially when I’m out and about, so I should keep it charged anyway.

Now the major, extreme, over reaction, came to me as I was thinking about what I could put in this post. I suddenly realised that every appliance we have to cook food is electric! Electric oven, electric hob, microwave. So just in case, I’m planning to get our camping stove and gas bottle out of storage (at Mum and Dad’s garage) and bring them up here. It just makes me feel better knowing that we’d be able to boil water for Baby H’s bottles, and heat up some food for us (from the stash in the freezer) if the electricity did ever go down.

So there it is. Mrs H’s over dramatic Winter Survival Guide. All the ‘weather people’ are predicting a really bad, bitter, long winter. If it comes I’m prepared. More than likely it’ll be lovely and warm and this post will be completely useless, when was the last time they ever got the weather forecast right!?

Mrs H xxx