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

Little Angels Festive Nappies

It’s not too late to add that extra little bit of Christmas magic to your day by getting a pack of Asda Little Angel festive nappies. 

Featuring a ‘Santa’s little helper’ Christmas design, each limited edition Supreme Protection nappies will add an extra element of fun to his Christmas time! 

I’m one of these people who needs to go completely overboard at Christmas. I don’t mean budget wise, I’ll be bargain hunting even harder than the rest of the year. These festive Little Angels are as affordable as the rest of the range. I just mean that I love everything to have a festive touch. Wearing Christmas socks and jumpers on a trip to see the lights, wearing tinsel in my hair on shopping days etc. I love that these nappies will let me do that for G too. Unfortunately they only come in 4+ 5+ and 6+ so they don’t come small enough for B yet, he’ll just have to wait until next Christmas.  

They have been given a sprinkle of Christmas magic, but you can rest assure that Little Angels Supreme Protection nappies still provide the same protection, and there’s less chance your little ones will wake up soggy when Santa arrives. 

 

Anna Plester, from ASDA Little Angels, says:
“At ASDA, we know nothing brings more joy than seeing a child’s face light up on Christmas morning. 
“Adding a touch of seasonal magic, ASDA Little Angels Supreme Protection will transform your child into ‘Santa’s little helper’, so they can enjoy every second of the festive period.”

Does anyone else like to go a little bit overboard like me? What festive touches have you got for your day this year?

Mrs H 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

Adjusting to Our New Normal

It’s been 7 weeks since the newest member of the Herniman tribe joined us, and it’s been a whirlwind few weeks adjusting to our new normal.  

In one sense it’s like he’s always been here. He’s slotted into our lives as a perfect little addition. I’m finding the sleep a lot less harsh than first time round, as I’m already sort of used to it, even though G was sleeping through quite well most of the time, I’m used to the mornings getting up and on with the day, and the rough schedule we have. 

Though saying that, I do remember G being a fab sleeper for the first 8 weeks, regularly sleeping 5-6 hours straight from midnight to 6am, which suited me just fine. But the after his first set of jabs it went downhill for a long time after that. 

B is slightly less reliable to have those hours but isn’t too bad, letting me get in about 4-5 hours sleep in one block, which is lovely. I’m bracing myself for the first jabs to put a stop to that again though. 

B is looking very much like his big brother, which at times, sleep deprived, hazy times, is just a tad surreal. It’s like flashbacks! He’s also long like his brother. By the time these kids hit nursery they’re going to be taller than me! I got the weirdest look from the woman at soft play yesterday, when I told her G was 2…I may have to start carrying his passport around just to prove I’m not trying to scam 2 quid off the entry price, he is actually 2! B looked the same size as a 9 month old baby waiting for swimming lessons last week, so I’m pretty sure he’s growing the same way. 

A big surprise for me this time round has been breastfeeding. It just didn’t work with G, I expressed for 5 weeks and topped up with formula, but it wasn’t for us. I felt a little bad and guilty at the time, but ultimately we were happy and healthy, and G was getting fed so it was all good. 

I’d decided to try breastfeeding again this time, I wanted to try and find help if we were finding it difficult but on the whole had a very relaxed attitude of “whatever works”. I was taken completely by surprise when he latched on with out any trouble at all, and 7 weeks later is still permanently attached! 

I’ve been asked about my plans for feeding, how long I’ll breastfeed for, and until what age, but to be honest I’m so shocked it’s even happening I’d not put any thought into how long. I’m just going with it for now and seeing what happens. 

It’s been a hectic but wonderful few weeks, and I know that it’s only going to get weirder and wilder! We’re still very much on a steep learning curve with G, let alone adding another to our roller coaster! But I guess that’s parenting full stop, right?! 

Mrs H xxx 

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