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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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2019 · AD · childrens books · learning · Mrs Hible · Product Review · review · sponsored

Learning With Night Zookeeper

I’ve mentioned on here before about my daughters struggles at school and with her learning. So anything that will help her with her skills and keep her confident in what she is doing especially in her English work.

We’ve been given the opportunity to work with the people at Night Zookeeper and we have found it such a creative and fun experience.

The site is super interactive and engaging, when you first log on to Night Zookeeper it starts off your adventure with a song. Its super catchy and a wonderful beginning to a beautiful adventure. You then begin creating your own creature. As my daughter loves anything about art and craft she absolutely loved been able to be super creative.

The creation of your creature in the My Zoo area doesn’t limit you to just the creative side of what the animal looks like. It also lets you complete all aspects of the whole character including how the creature would move, its hobbies and intrests.

The layout is super colorful and easily laid out for children to navigate split into 7 sections all clearly labelled and contained. A great addition I personally really loved was the reports that Night ZooKeeper creates. Setting the children writing goals to include all different elements of creative writing and grammar into there pieces of work. When these are completed your child gets orbs as a reward these are then used to travel to different areas.

The thing that as a parent I loved the most was that it felt more like a game than learning. Which for us was amazing as it kept our daughter fully engaged and in a generation that adores technology its the best of both worlds.

Also to go along side the Night ZooKeeper site there is a series of books following his adventures. My son really enjoyed the story we received about robotic spiders. I thought this was a wonderful addition to keep children engaged in another wonderful way whilst still helping them to be imaginative and creative.

Overall we all have enjoyed our experience with Night ZooKeeper the children actually having fun with the whole site and book. Where as I’ve loved seeing them work together on something so engaging that is improving their vocabulary, spelling and creative writing all while having the best time.

If you would like to head to the Zoo with Night ZooKeeper you can use the code “lovewriting” for 30% off.

AD~ We were gifted 3 months of Night Zookeeper (£9.99 per month) and the book for this review. All Opinions are 100% my own and our honest experience.

2019 · books · disney · Disney Villans · Fiction · goodreads · Mrs Hible · Uncategorized

Reading Goals

I have had this post planned at the beginning of the year but never got around to writing it. So here I am sat in June 6 months into 2019 with my goals for the rest of the year.

Goodreads Challenge

`Last year I set a reading goal of 12 books (1 per month) and I actually reached 25 Books across a total of 9,063 pages. This year I doubled that to hopefully reaching a total of 50 books by 31st December. Im Currently on book 18 with another 32 to go. So a fair way to get to but we have a holiday with no children planned later in the year hopefully I can claw some then and through the summer.

Keep making a dent in my TBR

My TBR pile is out of control lets face it who’s isn’t. Too many great reads and not enough time to get through them all. I am slowly making my way through the books I own. Im getting really good at finishing a book then passing onto my mum, friend’s or the charity shop. At the beginning of the year I started making a mini pile next to my bed off the main bookshelf. I have found this helpful when picking my next read,as I find it hard when deciding from the huge selection on the main shelf.

Try not purchasing too many new books

Have failed at this one somewhat over the last six months too many bargains and new releases. In my opinion my book buying hasn’t been as out of control as in the past. Really trying to keep it curbed for the rest of the year.

Finish series that are started

I really want to finish reading series that I have already started. The main one been the Disney Villain Series and Twisted Tales. Both these series of books I really enjoy and have really enjoyed what I’ve read so far. I have all the books that have been released in these collections waiting patiently to be picked up. If you love Disney I can recommend these books, when im finished I pass them onto my Daughter.

Read More Paige Toon Books

I discovered my love for Paige Toon last summer when I read Five Years From Now and I completely fell in love with her books. Paige has written 16 novels and im working my way through them. Upto now I’ve read 5 and enjoyed all of them.

So there are my reading goals for the rest of the year. I would love to know what your reading and your reading goals for the rest of the year.

speak soon

Jess

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2019 · AD · Carrot Productions · childrens films · Family and children · Mrs Hible · Musical · Product Review · review · reviews · sponsored · Theatre · TV · Uncategorized · Wallace and Gromit

What A Cracking Show Gromit!!

Wallace and Gromit combined with Queen, Mozart and Stevie Wonder. There was truly no where else I would have rather been than sat in the M And S Bank Arena Liverpool. Wallace and Gromit are on tour with their show Musical Marvels touring around the United Kingdom.

Hosted by the wonderful Matthew Sharp who put his absolute all to bring such energy and fun to a already amazing piece of theatre. He was great at getting all the littlest members of the audience entertained and involved. His energy didn’t dim at all.

The Picture House Orchestra conducted by Steven Magee were just exquisite and a true joy to listen too. Bringing the Plasticine duo’s adventures to life. The whole Orchestra from the Brass, Wind, String and every section in between worked so hard. Their costumes were wonderful too all on the Wallace and Gromit theme. From blocks of cheese, Shaun the Sheep and lots more everyone was included. It brought extra cheer and entertainment to the production.

I absolutely loved how Wallace and Gromit were incorporated into the show. Shown on the screen for the first half of the show. Wallace was writing his own piece for the orchestra called My Concerto in Ee Lad. Of course as is the case for our formidable duo nothing ever goes simple for them. At one point the fuse blows backstage were Wallace & Gromit are practicing for there big moment this incorporates and is shown really well above stage too with flashing lights.

Our daughter is 10 years old and is a massive fan of Wallace&Gromit she was thoroughly entertained and mesmerized the whole time. I wondered if she would be a little too old and dubious as shes old enough to be aware that the duo themselves aren’t real. However my worries weren’t needed and it was a truly magical experience for her and suits everyone of all ages. The length of the production was just right at around 90 minutes with an interval for little ones to have a wriggle around, visit the toilet and grab more snacks.

Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels is still touring with tickets available head to http://www.carrotproductions.com/wallace-and-gromit/  You wont be dissapointed!!

** we were gifted our tickets to the show all opinions are 100% my own and totally honest**

2019 · AD · Carrot Productions · childrens films · Family and children · films · Mrs Hible · Musical · review · sponsored · Theatre · Toys · TV · Uncategorized · Wallace and Gromit

A Grand Day Out Gromit

Ever Since I first saw Wallace and Gromit the first time back in the early 90’s I’ve been totally smitten. The dynamics of the duo along with the characters they meet along the way Shaun the sheep been my absolute favorite.

So when I heard that the duo had a new show heading around the country I was super excited to find out more.

Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels is sure to be the musical event of 2019 during May and June. Brought to you by Carrot Productions in a variety of venues.

Wallace prepares to take centre stage preforming his musical masterpiece My Concerto In Ee Lad with help from Gromit of course. What could possibly go wrong for the two of them?

This fantastic interactive experience features specially created animations as well as live orchestral accompaniment from the Picture House Orchestra. While been presented by Matthew Sharp.

Sounds great right? If this wasn’t enough for you to get grabbing your tickets. You can also experience the Academy Award winning Wallace and Gromit film The Wrong Trousers with live orchestral accompaniment too.

So what more are you waiting for head to- https://www.carrotproductions.com/wallace-and-gromit/ to find out more, check out dates and purchase your tickets.

I cant wait to head to the show its going to be a cracking day out for all the family.

Image Belongs to Aardman/W&G LTD

#meatmatters challenge · 2019 · AD · Britmums · Doner Kebab Recipe · food · food and drink · Lamb mince · Mice Recipe · Mrs Hible · Recipe · sponsored · Uncategorized

#MeatMatters Challenge

This Post is an entry into for the #MeatMatters challenge sponsered by simply Beef and Lamb. You can learn more about the benefits of cooking and eating Beef and Lamb along with recipe ideas and inspiration here: https://www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk

We love eating dishes made with mice its super versatile and can create so many yummy dishes. Mince dishes always go down a treat with all the family weather its a bowl of Chilli, Cottage Pie full of veg or Spag Bol. 

Beef is a source of iron which helps reduce tiredness and fatigue

I decided that I would use Lamb mince for the #meatmatters challenge one of our favorite dishes is Homemade doner kerbab.

Recipe

Prep Time: Less than 30 Mins

Cooking Time: 10 to 30 Mins

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp Rapeseed oil
  • 400g/14oz lean lamb mince (5% fat)
  • 2 garlic cloves crused
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

To Serve

  • 4 pitta breads
  • 1/2 iceburg lettuce
  • 1/4 red cabbage cored and finely shredded
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1 red pepper sliced

You can also add chilli sauce, low fat yoghurt and chillies as required

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c/180c fan/ gas 6. Brush the oil over a 1kg/ 2lb 4oz loaf tin.
  2. Tip the mince into a large bowl, add the garlic, spices and seasoning and mix with hands until smooth. Press into the loaf tin and bake for 20 mins. Set aside until cool enough to handle
  3. Meanwhile, warm the pittas in the oven for 5 minutes.
  4. Thurn the meat out of the tin and slice the kebab lengthways into strips. Open up each pitta to create a pocket and pile in the salad ingredients and meat. Add chilli sauce, yoghurt and chillies at this point if using.

The kids love this meal as they can make the kebab there own by adding veg and salad. I love that its all made fresh and no hidden nasties as its homemade

Lamb provides seven vitamins and minerals Nicacin, vitamins B6 and B12, Riboflavin, Plus Iron, Zinc, Potassium and Phosphorus.

#Bepanthen Protects Challenge · 2019 · AD · Bepanthen · Britmums · Family and children · Growing up · Motherhood · Mrs Hible · Product Review · review · sponsored · Uncategorized

Britmums Bepanthen Protects Challenge

This post is my entry to the #bepanthenprotectschallenge with this post been sponsored by Bepanthen. To learn more about how to protect your baby’s sensitive skin on https://www.bepanthen.co.uk/

We were sent a lovely package of goodies including Bepanthen with the challenge of trying it out for 2-3 weeks.

As a mum of three children I’ve done my fair share of nappy changes over the years. My eldest two children didn’t suffer with nappy rash as much as my youngest seems to. We defiantly have had to try more solution’s since his arrival to protect his delicate skin. So I was super excited to see how we got on over the challenge. Bepanthen has a kind to skin formulation which I personally found great. My Eldest son suffered quite badly with Eczema since this Im very careful of the products we use.

I loved that Bepanthen has:

  • No Fragrances
  • No Colours
  • No Preservatives
  • No Parabens
  • No Antiseptics
  • Contains Provitamin B5 to help skin to repair its natural protective barrier.

Bepanthen is clinically proven: It forms a transparent, breathable layer, helping to protect babies skin from the irritants and rubbing that can cause nappy rash. Its so gentle it can be used straight from birth. Which includes even premature babies which is fantastic as I know as a parent it can be so worry what products are safe on such fragile skin. Newborn babies have skin 40% thinner and also softer than us adults.

I found it super handy that tubes of Bepanthen come in two different sizes so I could keep the 100g one in the changing area to hand at home. While carrying the 30g around always in the changing bag. It was great to be with us at all times whenever needed as it can be applied as much as is required with no limits. A great addition to Bepanthen is also the flip top lid making it super easy to grab and apply during those wriggly nappy changes with a baby/ toddler on the go.

Did You Know? – Nappy rash affects 1 in 3 babies at some point and is most likely to appear if your baby is premature, unwell, recovering from vaccinations, weaning, suffering from diarrhoea or prone to hereditary eczema.

We have found even the small changes affect our little boy from simply just changing his usual brand of wipes. His normal ones were out of stock at our local supermarket so we tried some others that were available. Within a few nappy changes he was starting to get really red and sore.

Bepanthen protected him straight away and it didn’t progress into anything more discomfiting for him. We will definitely be carrying on using Bepanthen nappy ointment until we no longer use nappies. It is going to be my number one product I recommend to friends expecting babies and all our friends.

How Do I Use Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment?

A thin layer of Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment should be applied to your baby’s clean, dry bottom after each nappy change, or as often as required. Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment offers additional comfort for the baby being non- sticky as well as convenience for mums as it does not need to be cleaned off at the next nappy change. Bepanthen needs to be stored in a dry place under 25c. The flip top lid making Bepanthen convenient and handy to use.

2019 · Anxiety · Family and children · health · mental health · Motherhood · post natal anxiety · Uncategorized

Learning to work at it!!

It’s no longer about the two of us anymore and hasn’t been for quite a long time. 12 years to be precise since our eldest brought us together as a little family. I just don’t remember it been this hard on us and our relationship.

Maybe it was because we were younger?

Less stressed in daily life?

A bigger age gap between baby 2-3 so we have gotten more selfish?

The truth of the matter is Edward doesn’t self settle at night and will literally scream the house down. Which for many reasons I just can’t bear. I think the biggest is I feel like I’m letting him down as his mummy this is even more so evident with everything I do with him I think compared to the others. I put this down to my post natal depression and the guilt I’m now starting to feel since he turned two years old. All those days, weeks and months I couldn’t stand his company or really to be around him. Also he’s child number three the others are in primary school and secondary so therefore need there sleep even more so we can’t have a screaming baby for hours. As he’s so much like his older sister I guarantee this would be the case.

However as it stands I’m feeling extremely lonely in my own relationship as we never get a single evening together to just be husband and wife. Watching trashy tv, a movie or even speak to each other some nights. One of us is downstairs alone while the other is settling E to bed in our bed then transferring him to his cot. Most evenings the other is fast asleep with him in the dark bedroom.

This isn’t healthy for any of us let’s be honest.

Parenting is hard!! Working at a marriage is even tougher at times and before August last year the last time I spent a full evening with the hubby I didn’t realise how hard. As we’ve never had to put extra effort in. The parenting books need to be more honest and brutal. Some babies are just programmed not to sleep alone and that’s fine but warning would have been nice.

I think over the next school holidays things are going to have to get into shape. A tougher regime in place and were just going to have to rip of the band aid. Before we forget how to be a couple all together!!

Until next time

Jess

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