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THE BEGINNING

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog. Its all very exciting. I’m Jess Mrs Hible a 27 year old married mummy of three beautiful children. My children are 10 years, 8 years and 4 months… yes me and Mr Hible have our hands well and truly full. My blog is going to be everything from parenting tips, know how, recipes, family trips a little bit of everything.IMG_1931

I love spending time with my family and going to new places. giving the children new exciting experience’s.

Been a mummy of three is the best but it hasn’t been without its ups and downs even in the short space of my sons 4 months of life.

so please come along for the ride

I post to my youtube channel Mrs Hible a couple of times a week if not more please check it out and give me a like and subscribe.

Bye for now

Mrs Hible

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#ACEforSchool Challenge · 2018 · ACE Stain Remover · Britmums · Family and children · Homelife · Laundry · Motherhood · Product Review · review · Stains

#ACE for School Challenge

When my eldest started primary school I was lured into a false sense of children coming home as clean as they left in the morning. He’s not your typical child of wanting to bath in muddy puddles and used to hate getting mucky.

However when his sister started primary school two years after I was in for a huge shock. Only on the second day she had to come home in spare clothes from the schools supplies after a afternoon in the mud area. I had to spend my evening with a toothbrush on her shiny black patient shoes clearing all the mud away. 

She is now a Y5 and every day is pretty much the same maybe not mud as much. However  by the end of the day she is often covered in glue from sticking her work, whiteboard pen from maths or yoghurt from her lunch. 

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 The worst is when the white polo shirts get really dull as the colour leaves them over time. Since using ACE for colours this hasn’t been a problem at all. Its taken the stains out and left the shirts looking brand new and sparkling. Which is definitely a winner as it saves on my purse having to buy new ones every half term or so.

Im so glad I’ve heard and seen the results from using the ACE products as I will definitely be keeping them to hand for when my 19 month old is coming home from his first day at school. As if hes anything like his older sister we will definitely be needing them. 

A Bit More Information About ACE

  • ACE keeps garments bright, robust and clean meaning your clothes last longer.

  • Keeps colours bright and fresh with ACE for colours.

  • It tackles germs, grease and stubborn stains with the ACE Stain Remover

 

* This post is an entry for Britmums #ACEforschool Challenge, sponsored by ACE. Get help for all kinds of stains with the ACE Stain Helper. Head to http://www.acecleanuk.co.uk for more information or to your local Tesco’s Morrison’s, Waitrose or Sainsburys to buy. 

 

 

 

 

2018 · Family and children · Product Review · review · Toy Review · Toys

Meet Boris Our Fingerling Hugs

If you’ve not heard of last years fingerling craze were have you been hiding. The latest edition to the fingerling family are Fingerling Hugs included in the range is Boris alongside his friend Bella. Izzy was so excited when he arrived at our house he’s become a firm favorite toy and has great features.

We’ve had interactive toys before and I’ve always found them to be quite overpriced with a lack of enjoyment after a short time. Im so pleased this hasn’t been the case at all with the Fingerling Hugs. All three children have loved interacting and playing games together even our one year old Edward has been getting involved in on the action. The box recommends a age guide of 2+ but we’ve found with Boris’s size, no real small parts, and under adult supervision hes great for all the family. Edward loves nothing more than using the Velcro on Boris’s paws and wrapping his arms around his body for a big monkey hug. 

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What does Boris Do?

  • Firstly if you press Boris’s right ear and hold the button in while speaking. He will repeat back to you what has just been said. This is a great feature and we loved listening to him in his cute voice. I would have loved it if he could keep the recording until you chose to get rid of it. As once it’s been repeated it wipes the recording and the kids would have loved him to keep some of them.
  • Along with the recording feature Finglings Hugs have lots of different and interactive functions. Izzy’s favorite one was if you kiss him on the lips he will give you one back. The longer you press his lips for the longer this interaction will last.
  • Whereas myself and her dad found it hilarious that you can make him release his wind. We really need to grow up more!!
  • I absolutely loved the fact that it came with batteries as we are always the parents who forget to buy them and are hunting around the house frantically on birthdays and Christmas morning. The fact that you can get Boris out of the box and start interacting him straight away was fantastic.

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The price point for Fingerling Hugs is really reasonable too at £29.99 from Smyths toys. For all the features included I would be really happy to spend that on Boris and his friends. 

Final Thoughts

Fingerling Hugs are a fantastic toy for the price tag. They are extremely interactive and anything to get my older two away from there games consoles is amazing. One of my downsides to the Fingerling would be a more variety in colour choices instead of just the generic pink and blue. It would have been great to see a purple or orange.  That would be my only negative point, we have thoroughly enjoyed reviewing Boris and we can’t wait to carry on our adventures with him.

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*we were kindly gifted this Fingerling Hugs for a honest review by Wire PR.

 

 

2018 · Anxiety · Family and children · mental health · Motherhood · post natal anxiety

Having A Wobble.. It’s Ok!

It’s been 18 months since the grip of my truly dark days of my post natal depression and crippling post natal anxiety to we’re I would be too worried to even leave the house. Although I’ve come a long way back in April/May I could feel certain feelings returning and a little black cloud forming overhead. Needing to regain some control before the black cloud truly grew over my head and the deep dark spiral began all over again. I took early steps to prevent that.

The thing with anxiety is it’s a funny old one. You can go from feeling completely normal to a panicky mess in such a small space of time. Falling down the deep dark rabbit hole were it’s harder to climb you way back up. I still now in September don’t really know what my problem was maybe I never will. I had stopped doing all the things I had grown to love again. One of those was blogging.

Enough became enough and I decided to head back to my GP. I’m so glad I did as since upping my anti depressants and anxiety medication before truly hitting rock bottom. It’s taken me a shorter time to pull myself back through to the light. I still have funny days were silly things make start me with that fuzzy feeling bubbling up in my stomach. On the whole though I’ve been dealing with it well. Enjoying family time as well as socialising with my friends. Finding the fun in everything again that was vastly disappearing!!

I am taking steps in my everyday life and routine to try and prevent another spiral. Look out for future blog posts on my self care routines.

2018 · Family and children · Growing up · Motherhood

Letting go a little!!

So Thomas started his new journey into secondary education earlier this month. Were so proud with how he’s settled and just taking it all in his stride on his first day I could tell he was a little apprehensive, nothing compared to me though. I saw every hour on the clock from 3.30am before his first morning. Worries flying around my head from the normal one of missing the alarm and been late for his first day. To the more ridiculous of what if big Y11 students were mean to my precious little guy.

I was so chilled upto a few days before he actually started then it hit me like a bus. Starting secondary school is such a huge step. Even though we’re only a few weeks into the journey I’ve had to relax and loosen the mum reins. I’m now no longer present in simple school life tasks such as collecting and taking him to school. I’ve gone from knowing every single one of his classmates to not knowing who he is socialising with, making new friendships with and just in general what he gets upto on the School run with his friends.

In the next few months he will be turning 12 and growing up is just a part in of life. It’s inevitable we can’t change it! Instead we have to roll with it. However I don’t think I was quite prepared emotionally for the change in our family daily routines and just after one day my little boy came home as a young man. Whose gaining so much independence in such a short space of time.

I’m so excited to see where his new journey takes him. As I know he will aim high and reach for the stars.

2018 · Family and children · National Trust · Out and About · summer · travel

Rewind to summer

I really don’t know where August and the six weeks of summer holidays went. School has been back for two weeks now here were we live in Yorkshire. In truth it totally feels like we have never been away from the treadmill of the school day.

We had some truly fantastic adventures in August. First heading on our summer holiday down south on the motorway to Dorset. Were we spent a glorious week exploring the Jurassic coast with our parents. Our three bears had an absolute blast having time with there grandparents it’s such a special bond that they all share I love watching it grow and all the memories made.

We were so lucky with the amazing summer here in UK this year. We actually got one!! ( hoping this means we’re not in for a super harsh winter in exchange)

As well as a fantastic week away, day trips played a great part in quality family time and exploring while basking in the sun.

Often parents worry thinking days out have to be somewhere massive, expensive and thrilling. I’ve previously mentioned here on my blog about our National Trust Membership. I can’t believe we’ve already been members for a full year having just renewed for our second. We visited two stunning properties in August that we hadn’t been to yet but we will definitely be back. Both were absolutely stunning in their own ways. Firstly heading to Dunham Massey in Cheshire. A fabulous estate complete with its own deer park. They were so majestic I could have stood watching them in awe for hours.

Next heading to Ripon North Yorkshire Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal water garden. Again such a stunning National Trust to visit. We walked miles around the estate with so much to look at with stunning views around every corner. It had a fabulous playground too which all three enjoyed at the end of our day.

These two family days out were absolutely wonderful. We made fantastic memories that didn’t cost a lot. Our entrance fees were covered by our membership. As always we took a picnic lunch with us plenty of snacks for the kids especially. There’s nothing worse than hungry children half way round. At the end of the day we treat them to something from the cafe or ice cream shops everyone is happy, full of fresh air and quality time had together.

As a last summer treat both older children wanted to head to the Trafford Center in Manchester as a different experience to our usual indoor shopping centre. Again this was a lovely day. Mooching around the shops, eating lunch and exploring. Edward was in his element walking around although he’s still quite slow and a little unsteady in his feet. When he goes shopping he is obsessed with hiding in the clothing rails I can see that he’s going to be a handful.

To see more of our summer adventures head to my YouTube channel MRS HIBLE

2018 · Family and children · food · food and drink · Out and About · summer · travel

The Jurassic Coast

We are back from our amazing week visiting the Jurassic Coast which is a great place to go and explore, with its stunning beach’s and coastline. To the amazing little towns, villages and attractions there is something for everyone to enjoy.

We were based in a cottage in the picturesque village of Wotton Fitzpaine at the Dairy cottages on a working farm. The kids thought this was amazing especially tractor mad Izzy who would rush to the window every time she the roar of machinery. We even gained a holiday pet in the form of Harvey the Chocolate Labrador who would come and visit us every day especially around mealtimes it’s like he could smell the food.

It was a great location to be in as we had Lyme Regis in one direction and Bridport in the other. Other fantastic locations sandwiched in between. Here is my breakdown of all the great places we visited, were we loved eating out and the most gorgeous beaches and playground’s we found for lots of quality family time.

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The Jurassic coast is covered in miles of wonderful beaches. I’m no beach bunny and will admit to hating beach days. However on this trip we had one of the most amazing beach days ever!! This was at the beach closest to our accommodation at Charmouth Beach. If you are wanting a beach day with something a little extra then Charmouth Beach is the place for you. As well as the gorgeous blue sea and usual sand. Charmouth Beach is surrounded by a cliff face covered in fossils. Our eldest had previously visited with his grandparents on another trip we had to the area and they spent the day just collecting rocks looking for prehistoric creatures. It gives another dimension to the day for children. Both Thomas and Izzy loved searching the coastline for fossils hoping they would have a great find.

It is both sandy and pebbled and the sea water was really lovely. Great for the kids as it was gradual not a steep drop off. The waves were amazing for their passion of bodyboarding.

We were also very lucky with the weather as our holiday was through the heatwave. It literally didn’t feel like you were on holiday in England more like on the Mediterranean.

Other fantastic beaches we visited during this visit were Lyme Regis and West Bay.

Eating Out

We ate at some fab places on this trip my top three would be:

River Cottage Kitchen and Deli situated in Axminster we headed here for a final breakfast before heading home. The food was absolutely delicious along with the restaurant staff been super helpful and accommodating. The breakfast menu something for all the family Edward devoured his jam and toast. Pricing was also really reasonable.

The second place I loved was also in Axminster this was Arts Cafe Bar suited in the old prison cells. We stumbled across this on arriving in Axminster on the search for lunch. We were not disappointed at all there was a fabulous selection of freshly made sandwiches, special’s and much more. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We went back later in the week too and sampled there delicious homemade cakes. Truly worth a visit!!

Finally I’m saving my absolute favourite till last. On our visit into Lyme Regis while looking for a place to grab lunch. We stumbled upon The Creperie situated on Broad Street. It’s one of the tiniest of places but with the most incredible menu and staff. The lady making the crepes and galettes couldn’t do enough for us. She provided the youngest member of our party with a mixture of fruit on the side of his plain crepe. As a child I used to travel around France nearly every summer and these were the best Galettes I’ve tasted outside of the French borders. I truly wish I lived closer to Lyme Regis to experience them everyday.

We had a fantastic time exploring and stumbled across some wonderful outdoor spaces for us all to enjoy. Seaton has the most amazing outdoor space next to the long stay car park. A wonderful playground with great green space for ball games and all the equipment was in fantastic condition all Jurassic Coast themed.

In Lyme Regis on our way back up to the car park we found a great park too. Again plenty for our 17 month old as well as our 11 year old. Which as parents of varied aged children is a absolute blessing so no one is feeling bored.

All our three loved our time at both these places.

Our trip down to Dorset and the Jurassic coast was an absolute blast with plenty to see and explore for all the family. It will definitely go down as one of my absolute favourite holidays as a family of five so far. We still have plenty more to experience on future trips down. We’ve only touched the surface.

2018 · confidence · Explore Learning · Family and children · Growing up · learning · Motherhood

Gaining Confidence. Finding Izzy!

Having children at opposite ends of the learning spectrum is super hard. As Thomas gets on well with the academic side of things at school. I just thought that Izzy would follow suit and cope well with the demands she would face at school. However this hasn’t been the case at all and since day one of reception class it has always been a uphill struggle for everyone involved in Izzy’s learning especially our girlie herself.

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There has been numerous breakdowns about actually going to school, tantrums over homework and us literally having to build Izzy up from the floor piece by piece. She is a very capable young girl who just literally had no confidence in her own abilities. It really has been truly heartbreaking at times with us not knowing what to do for the best at times. As all we want at the end of the day is for all our children to be happy, enjoy there school life and just ask them to do there best.

Just when we were going through another really rocky patch with all this again. A wonderful opportunity came along for Izzy. This was in the shape of some extra tutoring alongside her normal school work at one of the Explore Learning Center’s. Izzy attends her chosen center twice per week here she does one hour of work. At first the plan was two English tasks alongside two math tasks. This however has recently changed at her last parents meeting to a more math based plan with a little English. Us along with the tutors at the center are super happy with how her skills in English have progressed so far over the last few months. However there is still a significant way to go in her Math to get her where she needs to be. Her school are also helping with this and very supportive in everything we are trying to do at home to get Izzy were she ultimately needs to be.

Explore Learning has been a wonderful place for Izzy to build up her confidence away from the pressures of her classroom and usual peers. Learning in a way that she is finding fun, exciting and engaging way. The last half term at school before the summer holidays we all saw a massive improvement to Izzy’s attitude and willingness towards her work. She has literally been like a different girl saying she can do it rather than trying to avoid her school work. Her eagerness to practice things like her times tables for her weekly test has actually become a enjoyable half an hour on a Sunday afternoon. Rather than the time of the week we all used to dread and would end up in her getting upset and really stressed.

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After school we’ve had a much calmer, relaxed little girl. Family time is more relaxed and fingers crossed we are heading into a great academic year come September with more progress in Izzy’s skills on the way.

until next time

Jess

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