Entertaining kids during camping downtime

How to keep kids entertained when camping = Bubbablueandme

When we were away camping, quite a few of the mums mentioned that they loved the fact that you could do your own thing, and time seemed a lot slower on the campsite, with everything taking longer to do.  That bit annoys me a bit, because I feel like I’m wasting my time if we’ve been up since 8 and no-one else is ready to leave the campsite until 11. I like to get out and about and go and see things,… Continue Reading “Entertaining kids during camping downtime”

Project 365 2015 week 35

London Eye over St James Park

The year’s moving on frantically and we’re in week 35 of Project 365, a photo every day.  This week’s been busy, being only a part week in work thanks to holiday time. On Sunday, we went to meet up with a couple of my old school friends.  One brought along her kids and husband too, and we had a lovely walk round and explore at Butterfly World Project near St Albans.  This was one of the butterflies in the tropical… Continue Reading “Project 365 2015 week 35”

Riding vintage buses at Oxford Bus Museum

Going vintage at the Oxford bus museum - Bubbablue and me

Having lived in Oxfordshire for at least half of my life (and in Oxford itself for 3.5 years), I’m always surprised when I hear about places to visit that I’ve not come across before.  The Oxford Bus Museum was one such place. A friend mentioned she’d driven past it and then someone had mentioned they’d had a visit there so we decided to visit one Sunday. Along with N we had my friend’s nearly 2 year old little girl, so… Continue Reading “Riding vintage buses at Oxford Bus Museum”

We’re going on a bug hunt

We're going on a bug hunt with bug discover kit - Bubbablueandme

It’s not often at weekends that I get to spend any time with N because unless we’ve got something booked in to do, he’s usually wanting to go out on the farm with his dad. But the other day, I managed to persuade him to come out with me to get some school shoes, and after we got back there was time to spare before his dad would come and get him again to go out. N had got out… Continue Reading “We’re going on a bug hunt”

20 Great posts preparing you and your kids for starting school

first day at school prep - Bubbablueandme

With N starting school, it was time to start thinking about school days.  I’ve written my own tips about preparing a child for starting school, taking you from the offer letter through to just before starting.  But what have other bloggers said when sharing their thoughts and experiences. If you’ve got a child just starting school and you’re looking for tips, then hopefully you’ll find informative posts in my choices below.   How to prepare your children for starting school… Continue Reading “20 Great posts preparing you and your kids for starting school”

Hugs and kisses, and pretty girls

tree hugging

I was never a demonstrative child.  As far back as I can remember I hated when people came to visit and said ‘Give xyz a kiss’.  As I got older I wasn’t even keen on giving my mum a hug and kiss.  That just wasn’t me, although I did get a bit better the older I got. I’m also better with friends now, mostly because I think people are more huggy on meeting nowadays, and lots of my friends just… Continue Reading “Hugs and kisses, and pretty girls”

Friends, photos and fun at Brailes Country Show

onions in the produce show

This was the third year we’ve been to Brailes Country Show.  For a village, it’s an almighty show, although this year didn’t seem to have as much as usual.  Mind you, we were parked in the overflow field for the first time so it was as successful if not more than previous years. Again, it was beautiful weather, so I did come back slightly pink on my forehead. I must get myself a hat sometime soon. We went with my… Continue Reading “Friends, photos and fun at Brailes Country Show”

Living Arrows 2015 week 34 – bubble gun

Bubble gun and looking through the fence - Living Arrows

Like many children, N loves playing with water.  It can be in a bowl, in the bath or shower, in the pool, or simply a water pistol. I bought him a bubble gun recently because he’s pretty rubbish at blowing bubbles – still.  But the bubble gun was a failure.  It dribbled, it half blew a bubble, but really it was pants.  What a waste of 2 batteries. But that didn’t matter, N still liked waving it around, and he’s… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2015 week 34 – bubble gun”

The mystery that is primary school uniform

mystery of primary school uniform - Bubbablue and me

To those of you with school age children already, do share your experiences and advice.  I’m after a lot of information to help smooth my (I reckon the kids get the easy end of the deal) path into the school age child stage. It’s all about the mystery of primary school uniforms. Size My first issue with primary school uniforms.  It’s a minefield.  I started looking in July before the school holidays, but I’ve already had problems finding uniform that… Continue Reading “The mystery that is primary school uniform”