Super Sunday

Yesterday was a big day for Baby H. It wasn’t supposed to be quite so big, it was just Sunday dinner at Nanny and Grampy’s house, and then the Christmas lights switch on in Whitchurch Village. The light switch on was going to be a big deal, Baby H LOVES lights, and I don’t mean he’s mildly amused/distracted by them, I mean he is mesmerised and needs them ALL. It’s in the genes, what else could I have expected from marrying a lighting designer! So we knew that he would enjoy that, and I was making a bit of a big deal out of it. As an ex-Whitchurch girl myself, it’s been years sinc3e I’ve managed to make it to the big switch on, so I was also over excited for myself!
But way before this, whilst I was cooking dinner at my parent’s house, there was a shout from the living room. “There’s a tooth!” I literally dropped what I was doing and ran into the room, and sure enough, right at the front of his little gums, a sharp corner, and the very beginnings of his very first tooth!
At lunch he tried bread for the first time, and loved it! He was a little over adventurous at times, I was thinking he’d just chew on it until it was mushy, not bite huge chunks off and actually eat them! And if that wasn’t enough, I’d forgotten to take his sippy cup. I only realised this after Baby H was munching on his bread, and could do with a drink to wash it down. This didn’t faze my baby boy though; he just shared his Dad’s water…out of a pint glass! The funny thing is, he drank better out of the glass than his sippy cup!
After all of that unexpected excitement we walked down to the big switch on. I wore our Baby Bjorn style carrier (please not it is NOT from that brand, it’s just the best way I could explain the style) so that Baby H could face out. I knew the Papoozle wrap would have been comfier for me, but he’d have missed so much of the lights, and probably wiggled himself half out of it every 5 minutes trying to look. He was in his element! He loved looking at all the lights, and seeing all of the people and children. I wasn’t prepared for the fireworks display though. We didn’t go out for Bonfire Night, so he’d never seen, or heard, them before. When the first bang exploded, he jumped, well we all jumped, and I was worried he’d freak out. But he loved them too! He didn’t stop watching every colourful light. See. Completely obsessed!
So Sunday was first tooth, first bread, first pint(!), first fireworks and first Christmas lights!
We’re looking forward to many more!

Hope your Sunday was great!

Mrs H xxx

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!


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


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!


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 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