Holiday Wish List – Airport Edition

In 7 weeks we are jetting off on our first family holiday abroad! I am so excited to get us all (grandparents included) into the sunshine, it’s nearly all I can think of! What to wear, what to take, what to pack, and now it’s getting closer, I feel that I can justify all the over thinking and list making!

G’s wardrobe for the week is almost completely sorted thanks to Marks and Spencer, Mothercare (and a very lovely Nanny!), including a new swimsuit and matching swim hat. Just a few bits and pieces and he’ll be sorted. My weekly wardrobe is on hold until closer to the time, due to the weight I’m trying to lose, so I want to see how that goes before I buy anything new. However I’m pretty sure there’s enough in the attic that I don’t fit into (at the moment – let’s hope that changes!).

So for now I’m mainly thinking airport. Travel outfits, carryon bags and what to pack in them are filling my head!


Carryon bag – Why are there no rucksack style nappy bags!? I think a rucksack is going to be the best option for airport travel, no risk of it slipping off my shoulder whilst running for the gate! Now I know you’ll probably say “why not just use a normal rucksack?” and I haven’t ruled it out, but I love all the sections of my messenger nappy bag, and how easy the side pockets make reaching for a bottle etc, so I’ve really been searching for a rucksack style nappy bag. But I’ve only found ONE on eBay!! It’s the made in china kind, which isn’t a bad thing, but you can never see the quality before it arrives. I also can’t believe that I can’t find anything in any shops or online that in the UK! If you know something I’m missing, please let me know!


Baby travel outfit – Our flight is at 7am, which means we’ll be leaving the house to get there at about 4am. So I’m thinking it’s going to be more pj/comfy style, but I’d like to layer it up a bit more than just babygrow. I’m still looking for THE outfit, but I’m liking a joggers and t-shirt combo, so that it’s comfy enough to sleep in, but doesn’t look totally like pjs. Then I’m hoping to get an onesie (more adult type styled) to go over the top, and some comfy soft soled shoes/slippers. Hopefully this will keep G cosy but stylish!


Carrier – In my perfect airport scenario, G will sleep from car to check in, and wake up at his normal time, mid flight. Ok, I’m not deluded, I know that this is unlikely and I’ll probably be chasing him around the waiting area until we board, but I’m taking a carrier just in case perfection can be achieved! We have a Papoozle carrier, which I love, but I’m dreaming of something a bit sturdier for the holiday. My dream product is the new Ergo 360. I’ve heard great things about the original ergo, but the fact that this one can face out and still keep baby in an ergonomic position and less likely to cause hip dysplasia is fantastic news for this mumma and her nosey little guy! I know this would be great for day trips whilst on holiday, and when we’re home too. But as great as this product sounds, it comes with a fairly hefty price tag! So for now I’m still on the search for something else (and sad that Ergobaby’s comp for a 360 is open to US residents only!).

So those are the 3 main things I’m thinking of for the airport. Next is to start thinking of what to pack in that carry on (hopefully stylish rucksack!).

What are your travel dream products? What do I need to think about packing? Any tips or tricks?

Mrs H xxx

Happy and Getting Healthier

Among my New Year’s resolutions was the obligatory ‘lose weight’. Except I want it to be more than just about how much I weigh, I want it to be about health and fitness too. I have a ridiculously over active 9 month old baby boy (he’s almost 10 months but I’m pretty much in denial) who is on the verge of walking. I struggle keeping up with him as it is, let alone when he starts sprinting off somewhere!

I broke down my overall weight loss into goals, the first one I reached and was very happy. But the second one I missed, by miles! And with the third goal set for the end of April (ready for our first family holiday abroad!) I really needed to make some bigger changes to my lifestyle. Calorie counting and extra walking just hasn’t been cutting it.

So this week I’ve gone back to the gym. When I say back, I mean I used to go for about a year before my wedding, and haven’t really been since. Just a 3 and a half year break…. although I did manage to fit pregnancy and post c-section into that. But still, enough is enough. So I’m back on the curves circuit, and I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I’ve even joined in with the monthly ‘squats and thigh’ challenge. I’m hoping to get myself a Polar or fitbit watch to help monitor my calorie burn more accurately to. If eBay is my friend that is!

I’m still sticking with the weight goals I’ve set for now, but I am prepared to adjust, as I’m also hoping to build muscle and I know this can affect how much I weigh. Mostly I’m hoping to lose a lot of inches and hopefully a dress size or two by the next goal.

And just as a recap, here are my goals as they started at the beginning of January.

Current weight (1st Jan 15) – 202lb Goal weight – 150lb

Goal 1 – 194lb by 29th January (made it)

Goal 2 – 182lb by 1st March (failed…big time)

Goal 3 – 166lb by 25th April (on my way!)

Goal 4 – 158lb by 23rd May

Goal 5 – 150lb by 1st July

Goal 6 – MAINTAIN!!!

Like I said, these may need to adjust due to muscle weight, especially as currently about 3% of my body is muscle!

Here’s to a healthier me :)

Mrs H xxx

Bara Brith

With St David’s Day coming up soon, I’ve been flicking through my little book “Favourite Welsh Tea Time Recipes” which I got from a little shop in the Gower, where we go camping every year. I think it’s a book you can get in a lot of gift shop type places in Wales, and there are probably English, Scottish and Irish versions all over too. But I got mine down the Gower, and so just reading the book makes me feel happy feels. Good memories.

Despite having read the small recipe book cover to cover at least a hundred times, I think I’ve only made one recipe from it, and that is the traditional Welsh treat, Bara Brith, which means Fruit Loaf. But it tastes better when you use its Welsh name…obviously ;)

As the book suggests, this is a great tea time recipe, but I’m also partial to it as a breakfast alternative! Any guesses as to why I’m trying to lose weight! No, it’s not something I eat for every breakfast, I rarely bake this more than once a year really, but I always mean to. It fills this house with such comforting smells!

10oz mixed dried fruit (today I used a mix of raisins and sultanas, because it’s what was in the cupboard!)

2/3 pint hot tea (no milk)

3oz soft brown sugar

Grated rind of 1 lemon

12oz self raising wholemeal flour (I’ve made this with white flour before and that’s fine too)

1 tsp mixed spice

1 large egg

Soak the dried fruit in the hot tea, cover and leave to stand overnight.

The next day, preheat the oven to 180c, and prepare a 2lb loaf tin (grease, or be lazy like me and use the paper liners!)

Strain the fruit, and reserve the liquid.

In a large bowl, mix the fruit together with the rest of the ingredients.

Add the reserved liquid a little at a time, until a soft dropping consistency is reached. If, like me, you’ve left the fruit stand for too long (and they’ve soaked up more liquid than you need to reach the right consistency) just add a little water or tea if you’ve got some cooled. I used water because I couldn’t be bothered to wait for tea to cool!

Pour the mix into the tin and bake for 45-55 minutes, until risen and firm to the touch.

Once cool serve sliced and buttered.

I’d recommend baking this when you’ve got visitors due, it’ll make your house smell scrummy, and it’ll stop you eating the entire loaf. Unless you’ve baked it just for yourself, in which case, enjoy!

Mrs H xxx
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Story Time Is My New Favourite

There are so many times of the day that I love, they’re all my favourite things and times, and there are also times I like less (bottle washing for example!). But lately we’ve got better at this whole routine thing with G, especially at bedtime, and teaching him to put himself to sleep without the help of my cuddles and rocking, so I have to make sure I get some good cuddle time in before I put him in the cot.
I’ve also had great fun growing a little library for G, I splashed out earlier today on 3 books to add to the collection…£1! That’s right, one whole pound for three books! Many of you will know the secret of course; it’s one I’ve indulged in for my own book collection for many years, the wonderful charity shops!

Another thing I love about our new daily addition to the routine is the bi lingual books I got given by my sister. I get to practise using the little Welsh I know, and learn a bit more and I get to share a new language with G.

Nothing beats sleepy, snugly cuddles with my gorgeous little boy, especially now he’s getting far too lively to sit still long enough in the day to cuddle!

Mrs H xxx