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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 · birthday · Challenge · films · Growing up · Homelife · life · Uncategorized

90’s Tag

Last year I saw the 90’s Tag over on Laura’s blog and really wanted to take part. I wrote and thought of all my responses and it never happened. So with today actually been my 29th birthday, I thought what better way to celebrate than reminisce a little and remember everything 90’s!!

Question 1- What was your favorite Disney Film?

I used to absolutely adore Disney films growing up and if im been truly honest I still do. My absolute favorite growing up has to be The Little Mermaid. I used to be totally obsessed however the 90s weren’t like now when my children have lots of access to there favorite shows on demand and dvds are always available to buy. Disney used to have videos only out for a limited time before they headed back in the vault. I was tiny when it came out on VHS so missed it. Thankfully my cousins had a copy and everytime I went to visit it left with me!! So I could watch it and rewatch it over again. When it eventally was re released I was 8 Years old and got my very own copy.

As well as the little mermaid, I adored Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and the lion king. The Lion King was the first film I ever watched at the cinema and had to be taken out for screaming when mufassa gets pused into the stampeed by Scar!

Question 2 – What was your favorite music artist?

I think along with any little growing up in the 90’s its all about the girl power revelation that came along with the Spice Girls. There first album Spice was my first ever CD that was mine. I must have drove my mum and dad mental with wannabe on repeat. I had all the merch bedding, posters, the film even a outfit consisting of a tshirt and leggings. I remember wearing it fondly all the time n a holiday to Anglesey in Wales.

Question 3- What were your favorite sweets?

Growing up I used to have a tin at my great grandma’s that no one else was allowed to eat from. She would head to the local post office and fill it up with sweet treats. It would always be filled with a variety but more often than not it would be Jelly Tots. I used to adore eating all the sugar at the bottom it was my favorite part. Also Vice Versa’s were amazing like galaxy minstrels that we have on the shelf’s now. As well as milk chocolate coated they had white chocolate coated ones in too. They were truly amazing. A few years ago they were brought back and I was so excited to try them again however they didn’t taste how I remembered them.

Question 4: What was your favorite Game?

I used to and still do love a great board game. My absolute favorite as a child had to be Disney Storyboards. It was a game my older cousins owned and we all used to have the most amazing time playing it. A few years ago I tracked it down on ebay so I can enjoy playing it again with my own babies. Not many people have heard of it but its a great one.

Question 5: What were your favorite happy meal toys?

There really was no better joy growing up than opening your happy meal to see what toy you had acquired for your collection. Happy Meal toys were so much better in the 90’s. We got Beanie Babies, Barbies, Hot Wheels and even Disney Figures. My favorites had to be the little Barbies as I used to have a massive collection of Barbie. As the happy meal ones were a lot smaller I used to use them as Barbie and Kens children in my games.

Question 6: What was your favorite book?

Books were such a huge part of my childhood. I absolutely adored the tales of Beatrix Potter. I have very fond memories of my parents reading them to me before bed all snuggled up. Although I used to hate ‘The Tale Of Samuel Whiskers’ it really used to creep me out. No idea why but it still bothers me know if I read it to my three. Maybe its because he’s a big fat rat!!

As I got older I adored Roald Dahl, I have a really great memory of been snuggled in a chair at my great grandmas house where I devoured Georges Marvelous Medicine in one sitting. I found it fantastic!!

My love for everything Jacqueline Wilson (I met her once in a bookshop it was a dream) and Animal Ark came late 90’s into the millennium. I’ve recently got back into the Animal Ark series as they now have a revisited series for grown ups its been fantastic to reminisce.

Question 7: What were your favorite clothing store?

I think as every other 90’s girl there is only one answer to this and its got to be Tammy Girl. It was the one stop shop for all the latest trends and fashion. I remember for New years eve 1999 I went and bought a dress that I had seen on the fashion pages of Mizz Magazine and I felt so grown up it was like a dream. Owning something from inside those pages anyone would have thought it was Vogue!

Question 8: Your Favorite TV Show?

Growing up my absolute favorite had to be a program I don’t ever find many other people watched and it was called The Riddlers. It followed to little troll figures called Mossop and Tiddler. They lived in a well and helped out a lady called Marjorie. I remember them having riddle stones and telling Assops fables.

Question 9: What was your favorite after school tv show?

I used to love watching CBBC. They had fantastic shows some of my favorites were The Queens Nose, The Demon Headmaster, Byker Grove and The Worst Witch. I always enjoyed Blue Peter too with Katie Hill and Matt Baker presenting.

Question 10: Did you own a virtual pet?

Of course I don’t know anyone who didn’t. Mine was a dinosaur in a yellow egg. We all used to sneak them into school as we got banned from taking them. Everyone used to be so distracted by them.

Question 11: Favorite games console and game to play?

I grew up with a Sega Mega Drive console my most favorite game to play was Sonic The Hedgehog 1 and 2 although I was pretty shocking at it. He used to lose all his life’s very often tbh I never did finish them.

Then when the time I wanted a Playstation 1 I had to trade in my Mega Drive. I loved playing Lara Croft Tomb Raider although I never got passed level 2. I used to just walk around Croft Manor and swim in her pool.

Question 12: What was the weirdest fashion trend?

Skirts over trousers anyone? why did we do this! It was when Bewiched came over from Ireland with Cest’ La Vie and this new trend. We all became totally obsessed!!

Question 13: What was your favorite toy?

I always wanted some Sylvainan Families as my cousins had them we would spend hours setting up the village. It would take us longer than than the time we actually spent playing with them. I didn’t ever get any of my own so when my children were old enough we have got our own Town going on.

What I did however get and absolutely love was tons of Barbies! I will never forget my parents getting me a Barbie Camper Van it was white and I totally adored it. Unbeknownst to me this camper was the must have toy of the Christmas and my parents had to contact Mattel themselves and go to the factory to even get me one! So im sure they were truly grateful I loved it so much and had hours upon hours of enjoyment out of it. It also took my dad and uncle all Christmas and boxing day to sort out all the individual pieces especially the Barbie size cutlery for them to have picnics.

Question 14: Your favorite Nickelodeon show?

I was super lucky growing up we had Sky TV so I had access to Nickelodeon when it was absolutely awesome. I watched it loads when I had a pick of TV channels. Sabrina The Teenage Witch was just amazing I could watch it for hours and hours. I remember them having marathons on a Sunday called Sabrina Sundays ( Sorry Dad I bet you saw your fair share of episodes as I would visit you on Sundays)

Then all the other shows like Sister Sister, Saved By The Bell, Hey Arnold, The Wild Thornberrys and everyone’s favorite set of babies Rugrats.

That’s it everything I love and hold dear from the 90’s and my trip down memory lane. I cant believe im 29 today and this time next year im heading into another decade.

Thankyou to Laura over at Autumns Mummy for creating the tag her blog post is here https://www.autumnsmummyblog.com/2017/03/15/the-90s-tag-my-life-as-a-90s-kid/ Do go and take a read.

Until next time

Jess

xxx

2019 · Family and children · fresh start · goals · Homelife · life · mental health · Motherhood · Uncategorized

19 Goal’s for 2019

I really can’t believe were into a brand new year already. It feels literally seconds ago that I was setting my 18 Goals for 2018. Last year was the first time I had faced the year ahead with aims and goals rather than Resolution’s. Some I aced others either didn’t happen at all or go too well but thats totally OK. So here are 19 things im hoping to achieve over the course of this year.

  My Goal’s

1: Bedtime Routine – My absolute main aim for this year is to get the littlest member of the family in a structured bedtime routine and falling asleep in his own bed. While also getting the older two into better habits especially on weeknights.

2. Feeling Healthier – Making better food options, cutting down on the rubbish and exercising more. Steps are been taken on this although not totally started yet but im determined to head into 2020 the year I am heading into my 30’s a healthier version of myself.

3. Loads more family time – Weather it’s a walk around our local area, picnic in the park or a day out im wanting lots more quality family time just the five of us. The years are absolutely flying by soon the older two especially will be too cool to hang around with mum and dad.

4. Declutter the house/ No more clutter – Last year we had a swap around of bedrooms for the older two. As eventually the boys will need to share a room. Until goal number one is sorted the littlest is still in with us not to disturb his older brother who needs his rest for school. We got rid of lots of junk from both there bedrooms in the process. Old toys, books, clothes we literally sorted all aspects of the rooms. Izzy’s new room is fully sorted as her room need a complete overhaul decoration and furniture. I love how sleek and tidy it all looks everything having its own place to live. I really want to bring this through to all the house and just generally live with less unnecessary possessions.

5. No more buying of books until I’ve read my unread ones- I have a absolutely stupid amount of unread books sitting on my shelves. The purchase of anymore until most of these are read is just ridiculous and I really need to stop. Its going to be super hard as there is always fantastic new titles coming out. Im allowed to still borrow from the library during this though as they go back and I don’t have to spend money or find homes for them.

6. Read at least 50 Books – In my goals for 2018 I said I would have liked to have read 12 books by the end of the year. This got smashed and I actually managed to read 25 books in 2018. So I’ve aimed even higher and reached for the stars. Lets see how many I ca get through!

7. Go on a date night with Mr Hible at least every two months – When you have kids your relationship evolves and changes. Its no longer just yourselves as a couple. Ours has taken quite a lot of strain over the last 22 months since Edward bear joined the family. So this year im making it my mission to regain some of us back into our life. We haven’t been on a date night since July 2018 and this needs to change.

8. I want to cook at least two meals for the family a week– When I was a full time stay at home mum I would cook every night for the family. Since I started working then getting pregnant with Edward, Stu took over a lot of the duties and I really want to make it my mission to give him some time off and head back to making meals for family. I used to love cooking and baking so it will be nice to find another piece of myself again.

9. Switch Off From My Phone More– Im sure like me you struggle to not keep picking up your phone all the time to scroll Instagram or catch up on Youtube. This year I really want to try to stop wasting time just mindlessly scrolling as before you know it hours can have passed and nothing much has been achieved. Plus I find I miss out on what is happening in the moment with the family.

10. Have and keep to a proper schedule for the blog– I feel like my blog gets a little neglected as I don’t have a proper upload schedule like I do over on my youtube channel. Although both got neglected towards the end of 2018 as I lost my mojo a little and confidence with what content I should be posting. Im 100% back on it and ready to create.

11.Have set time were I work and family time– Create my own set schedule for working and family time. As I run this from home its not always easy to shut the door on when I should be creating new content and joining in with family time. So I want to come up with my own way of doing both without them interfering with the other.

12. See our extended family and friends more – We seem to have dropped the ball a little and become hermits. A little like date nights we have also appeared to have lost our way with catching up with our good friends and extended family as much. I really want this to change this year and I’m going to make a really effort to make plans and catch up with all our loved ones more.

13. Spend less money on everything and save more – I want to make 2019 really count and start as I mean to go on. Making it the year to save money on buying non essentials. Im not going to be a total grump and we will of course have fun and enjoy ourselves a little but I want to start creating a nest egg to hopefully grow into a house deposit to finally buy our own family home instead of renting forever. We aren’t getting any younger!!

14. Grow my Youtube channel and Blog – Im so proud of how far both these avenues have grown over the last year. We’ve been able to experience some amazing adventures and opportunity’s last year that we never would have had I not started my Vlogging and Blogging journey back in May 2017. Growing my platforms more this upcoming year is my dream. I would love to hit 1000 subscribers over on the channel. We will all have to see what happens.

15. Go walks more as a family – We live in a wonderful area for family walks so I want to get everyone outdoors more!!

16. Decorate more rooms in the house and sort the garden– Since we decorated Izzy’s room I really want to give other areas of the house a freshen up. As well as sorting the back of our garden where we have flowerbeds that have totally died and got out of control. Along with giving the fence and shed a lick of paint.

17. Go away just as a couple – In 2017 we went upto the Lakes for a weekend just the two of us and it was wonderful to spend time together without worry of what the kids were upto as they were been totally spoiled by there grandparents and never noticed we had left. Now we have passports maybe a city break abroad will be taken. I’ve already been secretly looking and researching.

18. Practice self care – The kids are all totally my world and super important but I am too. This is something I need to remember. Just 10 extra minutes in a morning with my book or heading to Zumba on a evening. Whatever it may be I need less mum guilt about it.

19. Worry Less about what other people think – Finally my last goal for the year is to worry less about what anyone else thinks except me!!!

I would love to know if you’ve set any goals for the year ahead?

until next time

Jess

xx

2018 · Family and children · festival · Motherhood · special occasions

The true meaning of Christmas!

This year we are totally stripping Christmas back for our three bears. Not because we’re mean, tight fisted or don’t care. We want the best for them and that doesn’t mean that we have to buy them loads of stuff that they don’t really want, play with for a day and then do not touch for the rest of the year.

Over the years Christmas has got more and more commercial and this year it’s really started to bug me. The Christmas stock gets into the shops earlier and earlier. This year in our local Tesco they had it all set up before the Halloween costumes had been placed on the shop floor. Even my 9 year old commented that it was far too early! Our television sets were bombarded with the Christmas ADS as soon as it turned November.

Christmas should be a special time to spend with people who you love and care about. Not how much money you can spend on people or how many presents you can buy your children.

I’ve seen so much lately all over my social media and heard people worrying about how much they have to spend on presents. Even people selling belongings to fund there present buying. Your children aren’t going to care if they have one present or five hundred to open on Christmas morning. The memories that stick are the memories made not bought. Weather it’s snuggling up watching movies, baking Christmas cookies or playing a board game.

All children really want is love, care and attention. Time spent with there families and friends.

This time next year they really won’t care weather they got the latest nerf gun or lol doll.

So please remember this Christmas time to spend time with the ones you love it doesn’t have to be money!!

2018 · Britmums · health · life · Motherhood · Product Review · skincare

My Eucerin Aquaphor challenge*

We’ve been taking part in The Eucerin Aquaphor challenge with Britmums. Since having children my hands especially get so much more drier from constantly washing my hands after numerous nappy changes, making meals, washing the bottles and all the other times during the day.

The worst spot I find for the constant dryness is under my wedding rings. This area can get very dry and itchy. I have tried various hand creams in the past which help but never solve the problem completely. I would also forget to use them at the times I needed them most.

I’ve found that keeping my bottle of Eucerin Aquaphor in my toddlers changing bag when out and about. Then near the sink when we are in the house has been great for helping me to remember to give my hands back the moisture that they need.

I’ve loved how gentle the formula feels on my skin and our daughter has also been using it on her nose as it was all dry and cracked after suffering from a very heavy cold. The fact that one cream can work for all the family was just a absolute delight. So my bag wasn’t filled full off all different ones for each age range of the family.

*This post is an entry for the BritMums #MyAquaphor Challenge, sponsored by Eucerin.

Discover the benefits of Eucerin at https://www.eucerin.co.uk/products/aquaphor/soothing-skin-balm-45ml”

2018 · childrens books · childrens films · Family and children · Harry Potter · Homelife · homeware · Interiors · life · Prints · Product Review · review

Creating our own Hogwarts*

We’ve recently redecorated our smallest bedroom and the older two swapped around ready for the boys sharing.

We let Izzy decide on how she wanted it to look. After all it’s her that has to sleep and spend time in there. After a lot of thought she decided on a Harry Potter theme overall so the planning and Pinterest search started.

The big decision was firstly what colour to go for. Like I’ve mentioned it’s the smallest room so it needed to be a colour that was light and airy. We headed to our local diy shop having a look at all the choice. Izzy asked if she could have grey and chose the shade Pewter Grey in the Dulux range. It isn’t too dark and goes perfect with the white skirting and wood work already in the room. They compliment each other really well.

Been a massive Potter fan she wanted the illusion of stepping onto platform 9 3/4. Through the wall. At one point she even asked if we could have a trolley stuck out full of Hogwarts Luggage. That was just a step too far for my creative skills I’m afraid. However we came up with the compromise of having one of the walls wallpapered with a brick effect. I’m really pleased with the effect of this and how well it looks. Considering myself or my hubby had never wallpapered before.

We went for a highsleeper bed from Argos the Ohio sleeper. This is perfect as it is a bed, desk, wardrobe and shelves all in one. Izzy loves it having her own creative space to enjoy. A great feature of the bed is a little space at the back where she can keep all her toys and teddies. So her room no longer looks cluttered 24/7 hrs a day. Again we went for this in white along with adding a billy bookshelf from Ikea.

After this came my favourite part of adding little touches to give it that Potter Magic. So much of the extras came from Primark. They have a amazing selection of Potter merchandise. We used fairy lights shaped like sweet bottles from Honeydukes. Bunting of all the Hogwarts houses everyone is included Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.

It was looking fantastic but I was still searching for something a little extra to finish it off. This was when the company EduPrints Plus got in touch asking if we would like some of there gorgeous prints. They have a wide range of Educational Prints that are super fun, Inspirational and just overall beautifully decorated.

Myself and Izzy sat down, took a look at the website. Where we were very much spoiled for choice. Each and every design is just fantastic. They have everything from times table’s to Inspiring quotes. It was such a hard decision but we are super happy with what we picked and they have just added that something extra to the overall look of Izzys bedroom. We will definitely be back for some for our boys room too to brighten it up and give it the same finishing touch.

To get your own amazing prints from EduPrints Plus head to https://www.eduprintsplus.com/ to see the amazing range for yourself and add some magic to your room.

If you would like a in-depth look around Izzys room and more of her Harry Potter trinkets here is a link to my video tour on my YouTube channel https://youtu.be/BxIUCkI2Nrs

Let me know in the comments what your favourite part of Izzys Hogwarts is?

We were kindly gifted our EduPrintsPlus pictures included in this post for a honest blog post.

2018 · Body confidence · confidence · dieting · Homelife · life · mental health · Motherhood · weighloss

Stuck in a Rut

I’ve never been the chubby one, although if you asked me back in my teenage years I really thought I was. However right now I would give anything to be eight and a half stone Jess again!!

Me aged 16 at prom, I actually used to feel

Although I know deep down that my body has done amazing things in growing, carrying and safely bringing three gorgeous people into the world. I’m struggling at the moment with how I look. Since the summer months my eating habits have got out of control again, my clothing size has crept up to ridiculous proportions and I’m just feeling in a really crappy place over my body. I want to look and feel nice in the latest fashions and just in my clothes generally. It’s super disheartening when I’m scrolling through Asos finding a piece I love to find it doesn’t go up to a size 18 as that’s what currently is fitting me or it does go up to the size. However the items will arrive and look absolutely horrendous. This is then super disheartening and makes me feel equally as crap about myself.

I know that no one but me can change this. At the moment I’m feeling super stuck like drowning in mud. Where do I even begin? I’ve previously followed plans like slimming world and weight watchers. They have worked short time but I always end up slipping back into old habits.

I absolutely hate this photo of myself I was 23

Next year we are heading abroad for the first time as a family. I was always the girl happy in a bikini at the beach. At the moment I don’t even want to be seen in a swimming costume. Having my daughter makes me want to feel confident in my own skin as I don’t want her to see or ever feel that her weight is a issue. Girls especially have too much pressure to be this or that. Izzy is nine nearly ten years old. Already she will say things like ‘I’m fat’ or ‘I’m too big’. This has come from images she sees in the media and other children from school.

I never weigh myself in front of her or chat about my own figure worries and woes. As she is beautiful and I want her to continue feeling good and beautiful in her own skin.

I know I’ve gone off on abit of a ramble. Writing this blog post isn’t going to help me lose a pounds or stop me stuffing a pack of custard creams into my mouth. I just needed to let off some steam, write about my feelings and hopefully I will find a way out of this rut soon.

2018 · childrens books · Family and children · grabdparents · Inspirational women · Motherhood

Women that have inspired ME!

I recently shared a children’s library book haul over on my YouTube channel. Izzy picked up a fabulous book called Three Cheers for Women By Marcia Williams. It’s such a wonderful book showcasing so many extraordinary women. These include Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank, Jane Austen, Boudicca and many many more I could go on and on. On the back page of the book it has a scroll we’re you can write about the women who’ve inspired you.

This got me thinking who I would include on my scroll and all the women I have in my life who’ve shaped the young women I’ve become.

When I was 18 we sadly lost my great grandma this was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. I still think about her every single day and we have her picture in various places around our home. She’s still very much part of our family. My younger two children sadly never got to meet her but they know and will know all about her. My great grandma was the sweetest, kindest women who hadn’t had the easiest life by far losing both her daughter and then her husband. She never moaned or groaned about how hard it all was she just got on with it. She was so inspiring to me and I treasure all our memories together. At this time of year I really miss our autumn baking session making the best Parkin in the world!! No other Parkin ever tastes like my great grandma’s ever did. It truly was scrumptious! Great Grandma Florence would have to be Number one on my scroll of inspirational women.

Also included on my list of inspirational women to me would be my Nannan Rosemary. She has never been a baking and fun sort of Nannan however she holds a special place in my life. She has raised six of her own children of her own, grandma/Nannan to sixteen of us and now has five great grandchildren. She’s in her mid eighties and although her health isn’t at all what it used to be she still manages to live independently.

Who are your inspirations? I would love to know in the comments.