The magic of stationery for National Stationery Week

Magic of stationery for National Stationery Week - Bubbablue and me

Stationery.  It’s a little bit magical.  Not the boring pens and reporters notepads you used to have as children.  Nowadays you can get everything in the way of stationery.  For my teenage self writing diaries I’m very jealous of what we didn’t have.  Working with National Stationery Week I’ve been reflecting on my love of and journey with stationery. When I was a girl, the most exciting thing was having a diary and different coloured cartridge pens other than the… Continue Reading “The magic of stationery for National Stationery Week”

Mediterranean courgettes recipe

Mediterranean courgettes - Bubbablue and me (1)

I was never a fan of courgette as a child, and even now I’m not keen if it’s overcooked.  Having it spiralised as courgette is delicious though and I’ll happily eat away on that raw with my bolognese. But my favourite way of cooking it has to be my Mediterranean courgettes bake.  Adding tomato, cheese and herbs has to be divine.  Even the OH likes it and he always moans about my cooking (it’s actually pretty good, it’s just he… Continue Reading “Mediterranean courgettes recipe”

A bump on the head / what to watch out for

How to deal with head bumps - Bubbablue and me

The worst thing when your children are at school or nursery, has to be seeing the school office number coming up on your phone.  It’s happened a lot in the past.  At nursery for permission to give calpol and various bumps and scrapes warnings before I turned up and was horrified (well, that one was only once).  And school it seems that a bump on the head is N’s favourite method of injury. In reception year, the school got a… Continue Reading “A bump on the head / what to watch out for”

Camping essentials you wouldn’t always expect

the unusual camping essentials you sholdn't forget to pack - Bubbablue and me

I’m a big list person.  Without them I’d forgot a lot, so going on holiday definitely needs a list.  But going camping for the first time in years, I was initially a bit stumped on what equipment I’d need. Beforehand, I asked around work colleagues who were camping fans, and had a search online.  Tents were a nightmare to choose because there were so many, and all the reviews were different.  There weren’t that many helpful guides on what you… Continue Reading “Camping essentials you wouldn’t always expect”

What makes a successful playdate

How to have successful playdates - Bubbablue and me

I have to admit we don’t do many playdates. Mainly because I work, so N goes to after school club. And in the holidays is at holiday club or working with the OH would just wouldn’t ‘do’ playdates. He just refuses to take N places. So he just doesn’t get asked by children in the class. Mostly the playdates he has are via his friends who have mums I’m friends with.  His playdates usually become ‘our’ playdates and turn into… Continue Reading “What makes a successful playdate”

Hotter shoes Spring Summer season event

Spring and Summer at Hotter Shoes Oxford - Bubbabue and me

Last year I attended a Hotter shoes blogger event at Banbury’s new store.  This season it was the turn of Oxford to host a party for some of the Oxfordshire Bloggers gang.  I love getting together with other bloggers, and this time it was a mostly new crowd to me. We were introducing some of the bright young fashion and beauty bloggers of the county to Hotter along with us more tired parenting bloggers. Of course I’d arrived too early,… Continue Reading “Hotter shoes Spring Summer season event”

Mexican lasagne – great for family or friends

Mexican style lasagne - Bubbabue and me

I’m a big Mexican food fan, but it’s quite hard to come by if you’re eating out.  But with a fussy OH (he’ll not eat indian, chinese, thai, risotto), I tend to stick to fajitas which he and N will eat.  Well, N eats a wrap with cheese in, chicken on the side, raw peppers and no sour cream or guacamole.  I’m hoping he’ll get more with the standard fajita programme if I keep feeding it to him enough.  But… Continue Reading “Mexican lasagne – great for family or friends”

How to choose a tent for family camping

How to choose the perfect tent for a family camping trip - Bubbablue and me

Now Spring has arrived, we’re thinking forward to camping again.  Our camping trip with friends is booked, although some are dragging their heels about getting organised and actually booking.  People are also indecisive whether husbands are going too.  Secretly I’m hoping that we have rainy weather in the run up and then beautiful weather from the day before we go and during our break. Because then the farmers will all need to harvest and won’t be able to come.  Evil,… Continue Reading “How to choose a tent for family camping”

Go lifesize with paper people – kids activity

Paper people outline activity ideas for children - Bubbablue and me

Sometimes as a parent we come across something so simple that our children enjoy and wonder why we’ve never thought about it before. It’s only really been this year that N’s been interested in drawing (last year he discovered colouring was fun, this year It’s drawing and writing). He’ll surprise me by getting out numerous boxes of pens, pencils and other craft bits and pieces when I least expect it. It is annoying when I walk in to find sellotape… Continue Reading “Go lifesize with paper people – kids activity”

How to tie a scarf 13 ways

12 ways to tie a scarf - Bubbablue and me

I don’t really accessorise that much.  I certainly didn’t in the past. A pair of stud earrings (I’ve given up wearing really nice earring because I have a tendency to lose them. 2 pairs of diamond earrings lost – even having the metal detector out didn’t find the second pair lost at home somewhere) Watch (or Fitbit* currently) Handbag Occasionally a hat if it’s really cold Occasionally a necklace or bracelet if it’s a night out. But the last few years… Continue Reading “How to tie a scarf 13 ways”