review · Family and children · photography

Review- LifeCake Photo Products *

I was really excited when Lifecake got in touch and offered me the chance to work with them. Like many parents my phone is full of pictures of my three most precious people. Especially since Edward came along eight months ago I seem to be taking more than ever trying to soak in and capture every moment. So when I came across the fabulous app  Lifecake It was just amazing. Lifecake enables you to showcase your baby’s pictures and it adds them to there personalized timeline in age order. When using the app on a Apple I phone there is a age indicator at the top of the page that goes up and down as you scroll. Telling you how old your baby was when the picture was taken in Years, Months and days. I really enjoy this feature as it helps tell the story of your baby’s journey. From here you can set your favorite pictures and invite family members to join your baby’s timeline and watch them grow. This is especially good if family live far away in a different country or you just don’t get to see them much for whatever the reason.

The Life Cake App can also take you straight to there print store were you can choose to have your pictures printed in various ways. You can choose from a variety of items including mugs, phone covers and tote bags. As well as prints and posters in a variety of sizes.

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The various options you can get your photos turned into.

We decided to go for two packs of prints sized 9.8 x 9.8 which come in packs of 12. These are the classic design. The prints are of a very high quality. Which is great as they have only been taken on my I phone 7 and none were off our SLR. I am so happy with how the prints look and feel. Fantastic quality of photo paper. I intend to use them in a gallery wall that I am making for our living room to have the latest member of our family included in our pictures.  

 

A selection of our prints. We had some in black and white as thats how they were originally taken. 

 

 We also chose to get two poster size prints of two of our favorite images that I have taken over the summer. One including all three children and the other is my absolute favorite picture of the five of us. The posters are the single photo style sized at 21 x 29.7 cm. There are also collage style posters available in different sizes. Again the posters are of great quality, photos just taken off my I phone 7.  

 

single photo posters again photos taken off my I phone

 

Overall I am loving the whole idea of Lifecake. I love the app storing pictures in age order as it is great to look back on your child’s timeline and know exactly how old they were as it may sound cliche but they do grow up so quickly and every moment goes by in a flash. The quality of our photos are just fantastic and I love the flexibility and  ease at the click of a button your precious moments can be kept for a lifetime. 

If you would like to use the Lifecake app they are offering a extra 10GB of storage on the app and 25% items in the print store if you use the code Mrshible.

until next time

Jess

xx

* Items were gifted to me but all opinions stated in this post are entirely my own and 100% honest of my personal experience  and feelings towards the products mentioned.

 

 

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The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

Firstly I would love to thank Kate over at https://whatisnormalfor.wordpress.com  for the nomination its a huge honour as I really haven’t been on the blogging scene for very long at all. Go check out Kate’s blog if you haven’t already its a great read and one of the many I love to follow. She has a great way with words. 

Like I say Im really new to blogging and have only been going a few months. Please do go look at the blogs nominated and give each other some love and support. 

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RULES

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their post.
  • Answer the 11 questions they asked you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers, with your own set of questions.
  • Tag your chosen 11 bloggers, and don’t forget to tell them as well!

 

My eleven answers are:

1.) When did you start blogging?

I started blogging back in June of this year after I took the plunge to start vlogging over on my YouTube channel. I always loved English at school so thought I would give it ago. Thinking no one would really want to read what I have to say. 

2.) Why did you start your blog?

I started because it went side by side with my YouTube channel as mentioned above. Also there is a little bit of a sad side to my blog too. I had my third baby 8 months ago who is totally scrumptious and someone I totally adore. However sadly it wasn’t like this from the beginning. We had a really rocky start due to me battling and going through Post Natal Depression and Post Natal Anxiety. So me writing my blog gave me something to focus on especially through the dark days. I’ve covered mental health on it too a lot since I began as its so important to talk when you aren’t feeling right and nothing to feel ashamed about. I really hope my little blog can make someone else out there seek help and see that they aren’t alone.

3.) What do you do for your day job?

I have just gone back to my day job after finishing my maternity leave were I work at a private swimming pool as a Pool Side Assistant. Assisting the swimming instructor during lessons and sorting out all the admin.  

4.)  What would your dream job be?

When I was younger my dream job was to be a Vet, Teacher or at one point a Air Hostess. Since starting up my Channel and blog while juggling motherhood and my normal everyday job. My dream job would now been able to do blogging and vlogging full time from home so I am able to spend as much time as possible with my 3 gorgeous children and husband full time every evening been able to all eat dinner together would just be fantastic. fingers crossed maybe one day this will be reality.  

5.) Who is your favorite author? and why?

I love reading a variety of authors I’ve always got my nose in a book especially at bedtime and its really hard to pick one favorite so I will mention three. My first would have to be Beatrix Potter as I grew up reading her little books and they were probably the first to spark my interest in books.  My second would have to be J. K Rowling as she created Harry Potter which came to me at a time in my life when things were pretty tough due to my parents separating and I loved getting lost in the magical world of Hogwarts to take my mind off what was going off in my life. Lastly I will have to say Stephanie Meyer as when I read Twilight it really ignited my passion for reading again as it came into my life when I hadn’t read for a while and I fell in love with the written word and reading became part of my daily routine again. So I may have been greedy there with three amazing authors I certainly could have gone for more.   

6.) Where do you see you and your blog in the future?

I would love to see my blog go from strength to strength. I love how its grown so far in such a short space of time but I would love to see it grow even bigger and hopefully make writing my full time job along with my vlogging and YouTube work.  

7.) What is your favorite Horror film? Im not one to really handle Horror movies very well although as a Teenager and to impress Mr Hible during our early dating days I would pretend I could handle watching them then be terrified for days. Scream is probably the one I’ve watched the most over the years. 

8.) Who is your favorite Blogger?

I enjoy reading lots of different blogs and since blogging myself I’ve come across even more great content than ever before. My absolute favorite would have to be Susie Jverrill over at Milo and Me and the Unmumsy Mum are two of the inspirations behind me starting my own blog. 

9.) Where is your favorite city to visit?  

 One of my favorite cities to visit would have to be Manchester as its one of the first places me and Mr Hible ever went to stay overnight and we have visited Manchester quite a lot over the years. Going to the Trafford Center shopping, taking our daughter to see the Man City Ladies, visiting the set of Coronation Street to more recently going to see Take That at the Manchester Arena. The city holds a lot of special memories.

10.) How do you motivate yourself? 

Since having depression especially motivation has been something slightly lacking. However I’ve learnt it is really important to keep yourself motivated no matter how small the task. I make myself leave the house at least one a day for fresh air as it really helps lift my mood. With my blogging and Vlogging knowing I have deadlines and a schedule keeps me motivated to get content out there. 

11.) What will your new year resolution be if any?

To keep working hard and trying to be the best mum I can be, Making new memories and dreams come true for my three children. 

I nominate

 dadtasticvoyage.com

 mebeingmummy.co.uk

amielizabeth.com

diaryofdylan.com

mrshsfavouritethings.com

daddypoppins.com

mrsmagovern.com

acornishmum.com

whatkatysaid.com

maisymeow.com

flourishandblossom.com

Your Questions

  1. What is the main inspiration behind your writing and blog?
  2. Your Top 3 favorite topics to write about?
  3. Your Favorite Holiday Destination?
  4. Cola or Pepsi?
  5. Your Best Piece of advice to a new blogger?
  6. Who is your Favorite Blogger?
  7. What would your perfect weekend consist off?
  8. What is your Favorite Movie and Why?
  9. Who is your celebrity crush?
  10. What are your main hopes for 2018?

 

Thankyou for reading please do tag me on twitter with all your replies I cant wait to read them. 

Until Next time 

Jess

xxx

 

 

 

 

welcome

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

books · review

Book Review: Dare to Dream By Izzy Judd

When I heard Izzy Judd had wrote a book all about her journey with infertility I knew I wanted to add it to my to read list. Having had our own problems with infertility I was interested to give this a read and im so glad I did. We went through no were near the rough ride Izzy and Harry did having to turn to IVF in the end to get there gorgeous girl Lola. 

I really wish this book was out during our journey to conceive our rainbow baby as the honesty that Izzy uses telling her story is so refreshing. She doesn’t sugar coat it one little bit and talks extremely openly about the feelings that she herself went through. As I was reading the book at each page turn there was something I myself had felt. When you are in that moment going through problems with infertility. You almost feel alone except your partner who is going through it too. Infertility should be less of a taboo subject and more people should come forward and discuss these issues. Dare to Dream has hopefully started to open the door on Infertility, Miscarriage, and IVF. All these topics are nothing to feel ashamed about. Im lucky that me and some of my close friends have been through similar issues so I had someone to offload and talk to about my frustrations, feelings and emotions. However not everyone is so lucky. 

I particularly loved the chapter in Dare To Dream that Harry Judd himself had wrote about his feelings during there struggles. As for men I imagine it must be really hard seeing the women that you love going through something so so hard and having nothing they can practically do to make it better. I know from personal experience how Mr Hible may have felt better hearing how it affected other men going through the same situation.

Even though we have our rainbow baby and aren’t currently trying to conceive I really enjoyed this book. I think its a great read weather you are going through infertility problems yourself or would just like to read someones journey to make there dreams come true. 

Always remember to Dare to Dream

 

Until Next time 

Jess

xxx 

hotel · Out and About · review · travel

Our Stay at the Diamond Lodge Boutique Adults Only Hotel

When we were planning our trip to the Lake District we saw lots of lovely looking hotels but we settled for staying at The Diamond Lodge Boutique Hotel which accommodates Adults only. Normally we wouldn’t have been able to stay here as we would have the 3 bears in tow. Im so glad we did its a great little place and we would go back with no hesitation if we were to go up again to Ambleside. 

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Every detail was taken care off. We were warmly welcomed by Sarah the owner who swiftly showed us our room. Which was presented to a very high standard, very spacious and extremely clean. Sarah asked what food we liked to eat and recommended local restaurants which was extremely helpful as we had never been to the area.

The room was very spacious with tea and coffee making facilities, a comfy bed, Netflix through the TV.  Everything you needed had been very well thought out. The En- Suite in the room was just gorgeous with its double shower and again it had been decorated to a very high standard. The beds were made every morning and fresh biscuits etc in the tea and coffee station. Nothing was too much trouble.

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Breakfast was cooked to  very high standards. It was better than what we have previously eaten in a 5* hotel. There was plenty of choice with various juices , fruit, cereal’s, pastries on offer at the breakfast table. Then the cooked breakfast was just delicious you picked how you would prefer your eggs. Nothing was too much trouble. There were various other cooked options too including smoked salmon if you didn’t want a heavy breakfast. On the Sunday morning we were down first to the breakfast room and we got to take advantage of the window table were the view is just incredible.

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The View from the window table

 

Overall we would most definitely be back to the Diamond Lodge Boutique Hotel- Adults Only if we were ever to stay in Ambleside again. Its in a great location to the local town with ample parking on site. I would highly recommend this accommodation to anyone visiting Ambleside or the local area. It gets a 10/10 from us very value for money.

until next time

Jess

xxx

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books · childrens books · National Trust · Out and About

Dreams Made Visiting Beatrix Potters House

Since been a little girl the Beatrix Potter little books have been some of my favorites. Highly requested to my Mum and Dad at nearly every bedtime. I still have my little treasured collection kept safe in there little boxes of four books. Some of my favorites are The tale of Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten and Benjamin Bunny. The one that still scares me a little is The Tale Of Samuel Whiskers no idea why I just never jelled with this little rat.

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The Garden at Hilltop. You can imagine Peter running around stealing Mr McGregor’s  vegetables.

So when we joined the National Trust earlier in the summer and Mr Hible suggested a trip to the Lake District. I couldn’t wait for our trip and chance to visit the home of Beatrix Potter. It turned into quite a day for everything Beatrix but more on the rest later. 

We arrived at Hill Top early just before 10 am and It would be my top tip especially in the height of the summer. As to get into Hill Top Cottage you need a timed ticket even as a National Trust Member as space is limited in the house and you can not pre book a slot. Due to it been a drizzly morning plus we went two days before it all shuts down for the winter we got a slot straight away and headed straight around. It is just a short walk from the car park and ticket office upto the entrance of the garden. Entering the garden I was filled with butterflys in my tummy and just in awe of been in the same place that Beatrix once inhabited. 

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Hill Top was the inspiration behind many of Beatrix’s beautiful illustrations. There are many places through the house like this showing the place in the little books.

After a little look around the garden and a few photo’s the time had come to step into the house of one of the greatest storytellers and inspirational women I have come across. 

The house is filled with Beatrix Potter magic and you can totally see why she fell in love with Hill Top in the summer of 1905. Stepping into her living room full of her trinkets and furniture it was just totally amazing and I could totally see her sat by the fire thinking up her next little book and adventure for one of the gang. The house was quite dark lit Beatrix would have had to relay on light through the window and by candlelight during the night. 

Straight away I could tell that the entrance hall had been the inspiration and it has made a number of appearances in my little books that I hold so dear especially the book of my old enemy Samuel Whiskers little tale. ( He just really scares me and was cause for many a bad dream) poor little rat he’s getting such a bad reputation in this post. Then heading into the Parlor which Beatrix transformed herself as it was originally a bedroom. Here she would entertain guests she didn’t know very well. There is a cupboard in the corner full of trinkets including a Edward VII coronation teapot which appears in The Tale of The Pie and Patty-Pan. 

Then up the magnificent staircase we went and onto the landing. I was quite surprised with how big Hill Top actually was. Upstairs consists of four rooms The bedroom, the treasure room, the sitting room and finally the new room which Beatrix described as the library. With a larger window this was her perfect place to write and draw. In the new room there hung on the wall are 4 big wall hangings painted by Bertram who is Beatrix’s brother. You can tell family was a huge part of her life and painting beautiful pictures ran in the family. 

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Beatrix’s Bedroom. Beatrix never used the bed in the room today. She bought the bed after moving to Castle Cottage.

One of my favorite rooms in the whole house was the treasure room. Holding treasures which belonged to the Potter family. Also there are miniature figures of Beatrix’s beloved characters along with a fully furnished dolls house. The dolls house contains items which appear in The Tale Of Two Bad Mice. The food that Hunca Munca and Tom Thumb stole, the cutlery, saucepan and alot more. Alot of these pieces were bought from Hamleys toyshop by Norman Warne. Beatrix ‘ The things will do beautifully the hams appearance is enough to cause indigestion’ 

I bought a guide book and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learning more about the women behind this little creatures. Her drawings come to life on the page each character given a beating heart through her words and stories. For the tine Beatrix was a great leading women. Self Publishing The Tale Of Peter Rabbit in 1901 before Fredrick Warne saw her success in 1902 publishing Peter Rabbit again setting the pathway for 27 following books.  

After we had visited Hill Top we went to her gallery in Hawshead which was the home of her husbands accounting office. Then we headed back to the hotel on route we found out that the Armitt Museum in Ambleside had a Beatrix Potter Exhibition. Here we saw her own copies of the little books and I learned that Beatrix was so fed up of people coping her idea of what Peter looked like and poor imitations. That she patented the design and she was the first person to have merchandise along with her little series. 

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When Beatrix passed away December 1943 she left 4,000 acres of land to the National Trust. She left her copies of her little books along with other treasured possessions to the Armitt Museum.  She truly was a remarkable women who led a very interesting life. 

I would highly recommend all these places to any Beatrix potter fan but also to anyone who is a lover of books and the country side. It really is a beautiful part of the world. A lot of it been kept safe is down to Beatrix who bought up lots of it to protect and preserve this magnificent place. 

We had a truly magical time and it most defiantly was one of the best experiences of my life. 

until next time

Jess

xxx  

  

books · childrens books · Family and children · halloween

Five Great Halloween Reads for Toddlers

Welcome Back to My blog in today’s post I will be sharing five great children’s books for Halloween. These have all been favorites in our house during the last 11 years. I cant wait to get them all back out for little Edward when he is ready for them.

I hope you enjoy the list and if I haven’t included any of your children’s favorites do let me know in the comments below we are always interested in books and finding new material.

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1.FunnyBones- By Allan and Janet Ahlberg

FunnyBones follows the adventures of the Big skeleton, Little skeleton and Dog skeleton. They get up to hilarious adventures through the dark dark night into the dark dark street. Beautifully illustrated. This is a great book for any Halloween bookshelf. I remember reading this when I was younger and my oldest used to love it, we have it saved for the youngest Hible to enjoy when he’s older.

2.Meg and Mog-  Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski

Meg and Mog is a great little series about a witch called Meg and her cat called Mog. They get up to all sorts from meeting the Romans, going to the moon, into the jungle and even meeting pirates. Plus loads more exciting adventures, with vivid illustrations and short stories for younger children to enjoy.  We’ve spent many a hour with Meg and Mog in our house. A great series for any child.

 

3.Room on the Broom- Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Julia Donaldson is a absolute hit in our house we have nearly all her collection. Room on the Broom is one of my favorites to read. Following the witch and her cat who on there journey meet other friends needing a space on the broom. Again this book has lovely pictures along with the text of a great story that rhymes along. A fantastic read and one of our firm favourites.

 

4. Peppa pig- Peppas Pumpkin party: 

Everyones favourite pig Peppa celebrates Halloween with a pumpkin party. All her friends and family are there in costumes including  Madame Gazelle. Based on the cartoon this is a Halloween edition of the popular show. Both my children have loved Peppa. A great read for any little fan.

5. Winnie the Witch- Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul

The Winnie the Witch series is another great one for any young reader. It follows the adventures of Winnie and her cat Wilbur. In this adventure the problem Winnie faces is that she lives in a black house were everything is black including Wilbur. After tripping over Wilbur many times she decides she needs to turn him into a green cat. Then losing him again in the long grass. She decides she needs more magic to make sure she doesn’t lose him again. This is a beautiful crafted story with a great final twist. Winnie and Wilbur get up to lots of adventures including a trip to the seaside, the moon and meeting Santa to name a few. A great set of books for any little reader to laugh along too.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this list of Halloween books for toddlers.  Please do let me know what your little people enjoy reading.

Happy Halloween Everyone

until next time

Jess

xxx

 

childrens films · disney · dreamworks · Family and children · films · halloween · Seasonal Ideas

Halloween Films for children

Halloween Films for Children

 

There are a lot of horror films out for adults to enjoy over the Halloween season. However most of these are unsuitable for little eyes and ears. I asked my two what films reminded them of Halloween and also thought about the films we have enjoyed over the years. Here are six films that we came up with we hope you enjoy them too.

The first film that I had to include was one of my childhood favorites that always reminds me of this time of year. I remember watching it over and over, still now as a grown adult Its my Halloween head too movie.

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Hocus Pocus–  It follows the story of the Sanderson sisters played fantastically by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy who after three centuries,  are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl (Thora Birch), and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all. Its a great Disney Adventure and I for one cant get enough. 

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Coraline-  This was one of my Eldest’s favorites for a long time I probably could still recite it word for word. Quite a dark creepy tale directed by Henry Selick with the message be careful what you wish for. Coraline follows the journey of Coraline Jones a inquisitive young girl who moves house finding a trapdoor. Like any child she wishes to know whats behind. What she finds is a alternative world were it seems that all your dreams come true. However when things go awry and your offered to stay if you will swap your buttons for eyes. What would you do.  The cast includes voice talent from Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher.  A great watch for any Halloween although may not be suitable for sensitive children.

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Corpse Bride-  Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride is the tale of a shy groom who practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. This is a great tale bringing back together the talented Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter  in a great tale about friendship and love. If you like Tim Burtons style this will be a great hit for all the family. 

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The Nightmare Before Christmas-   This is a two season film that we get out at both Halloween and Christmas. Like Coraline earlier in this list its another film directed by Henry Selick and Produced by Tim Burton. It follows the story of Jack the skellington who discovers another town with different customs Christmas town and tries to bring them to Halloween town. Featuring catching tunes throughout like ‘Whats this’ and ‘This is Halloween’ which will be in your head for days to come after watching. I totally remember watching this as a child and I love sharing it with my children now.

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Goosebumps-   Any 90’s child will remember the Goosebumps books by R.L Stein. They were a popular book series in my classroom during primary school we couldn’t get enough of them. So I was really excited when I saw they were making a film. Featuring the one and only Jack Black as R.L.Stein himself. The story follows the story of all his creations leaving the books into the real world. See the abominable snowman, Slappy, The garden gnomes and more familiar creatures come to live in this live action adventure. My eldest is in the funny in between stage of finding animation films slightly too young but some live action films too grown up. Goosebumps was a great film for him to feel more grown up but not too scary or gory and age appropriate.   

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Hotel Transylvania One and Two-     The Hotel Transylvania films follow  Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world which gets unexpectedly found by a boy called Jonathan who falls for Mavis sending Dracula into overprotective dad mode. A all star voiced cast including Fran Drescher, Kevin James, Jon Lovitz, Selena Gomez, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Sandler, Chris Parnell, Molly Shannon, Andy Samberg. You and your children will find these films hilarious and laugh out loud. A great watch for all the family. 

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I hope you’ve found this list of Halloween movies for children helpful. If you have a favorite that I’ve missed off do let me know in the comments below. Me and my children love watching films and are always looking for new and exciting ones to watch together. 

Until next time

Jess 

xxx