It’s holiday time – a day in Babbacombe, Devon

Babbacombe Devon day out

I don’t muck around on holiday.  After spending the rest of our arrival day hanging out in the hotel and finding our way around, I was on a mission to get the most out of our 5 days there.  The first day we spent in and around Paignton, on the beach (in the freezing cold and misty drizzle) and at the zoo where the weather was dry. After trawling the leaflets in the hotel, I’d spotted Babbacombe model village and… Continue Reading “It’s holiday time – a day in Babbacombe, Devon”

Living Arrows 2015 week 13

trampoline fun

Yet another weekend where N’s gone out on the farm with his dad, only to return a short time later with his youngest cousin in tow. This time there were a few arguments with N telling him that he couldn’t play with his toys, or go on the trampoline.  After a quick word from me about sharing, and being nice (it’s great to be able to give the threat of not going out on the farm again that day/weekend), they… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2015 week 13″

Learning by quiz with Brain Factor

brain factor age 4-5 fan

I’m all for getting N to do learn, although he’s not that keen on sitting down for a length of time and focused learning.  Anything that’s in bitesize fun pieces works much better, especially if they grow with him. We were asked to review Brain Factor which are like quiz books based on age.  I thought these looked brilliant because of their size and opportunity to use them anywhere. The fans are age specific, coming in 3-4, 4-5, 5-6, 6-7.… Continue Reading “Learning by quiz with Brain Factor”

Project 365 2015 week 13

Spring sunset

We’re into week 13 of Project 365, and there’s been a good few sunsets this week, a lot of biking (in the house and out), and outdoor play.  Spring’s definitely on its way. Sunday was a pretty spectacular sunset in particular. The sky just looked so stripy purple and pink. This week N’s been riding his bikes a lot and Monday that included in the house.  He’s been getting on the pedal bike more too – I think because he’s… Continue Reading “Project 365 2015 week 13″

Counting the Rollright Stones

visiting the Rollright Stones

When I was 3 and before I can even remember, I visited Stonehenge with my parents while on holiday.  I’ve never been back since then, but while at primary school I read quite a few Penelope Lively books, including Whispering Knights.  It was all a bit far-fetched to me and not really a genre I was keen on, but was based on a stone circle near us (Lively had lived in the area).  I always wanted to visit, so my mum… Continue Reading “Counting the Rollright Stones”

Two on holiday in Torquay

2 on holiday in Torquay - Bubbablueandme

It’s getting to the end of my work holiday year, so I needed to take some more holiday before I lost it.  The OH was busy on the farm, so I booked N some time off nursery and 2 days before we were due to go away I was on the internet in the middle of the night frantically trying to book somewhere to stay. I decided because it was only the 2 of us that a hotel was best.… Continue Reading “Two on holiday in Torquay”

Colourful clothes for boys

coloured trousers on holiday

While I’m quite a conservative dresser myself (navies and purples make up a large part of my wardrobe), I do like to see N in brights. Not wacky but colourful clothes, something that pops colour, rather than just jeans and blue all the time.  When I see his clothes on the clothes horse, it does look like a lot of blue (ie does go with so much and there’s so much of it available), but I try and have either… Continue Reading “Colourful clothes for boys”

5 top tips to get a garden summer ready

garden ready for summer tips - bubbablue and me

Does the winter weather seem to have dragged on for longer this year, or am I deluding myself in wishing for warmer weather?  Admittedly we’ve been lucky and seen only 1 smattering of snow, which a few hours later was gone.  Phew.  But now, the weather’s looking warmer and sunnier.  I’ve seen blue skies and there’s been a (largely) dry and sunny weekend, if not as warm as I’d have liked. So it’s time to get out in the garden… Continue Reading “5 top tips to get a garden summer ready”

5 Ways to make the childbirth experience more comfortable

make childbirth more comfortable

Childbirth is usually a joyous occasion during which a new life arrives in the world for the first time. But make no mistake; it can be a challenging, and sometimes distressing experience for nervous mothers. Intense pain can be caused by contractions, and the passing of a baby through the pelvis can also lead to distress. However, there are ways to make the entire process far more comfortable – here are five of the most effective.   1. Devise a… Continue Reading “5 Ways to make the childbirth experience more comfortable”