Getting arty with Chalkola chalk pens – review and giveaway

Review of Chalkola pens, liquid chalk markers for non-porous surfaces, great for upcycling or crafts - Bubbablue and me

There’s something special about stationery, and in particular I love pens.  N has inherited this love because any new pens that I bring into the house, and he’s nosying trying to use them.  With the Chalkola chalk pens I was sent to review, I knew I’d struggle to keep him away. Chalkola are fairly chunky chalk markers which have ink that looks like chalk. They can be used on any non-porous material, including glass, metal, porcelain and more.  The variety of… Continue Reading “Getting arty with Chalkola chalk pens – review and giveaway”

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas nativity and morris dancing costume

Strictly come dancing nativity play and a morris dancer costume - Bubbablue and me

Year 1 and the Christmas nativity performance is over for another year.  This year it was an alternative nativity – Lights Camel Action.  What made it more fun was it being a Strictly Come Dancing themed show. N had been quite existed ahead of it, and got into Strictly Come Dancing.  He could relate to the different characters and could tell me everyone’s roles in their play.  N’s school do a nativity for reception, year 1 and year 2s.  He… Continue Reading “Strictly Come Dancing Christmas nativity and morris dancing costume”

What to put in a kids craft box for different ages

making a children's craft box - Bubbablue and me

We all know that children love to paint and make a mess getting creative, and that giving children the opportunity to do so is good for them. But it’s one of those activities that always takes time to set up, put away, clean up, and the need for different bits and pieces to craft with could be never ending. But really, keeping a small box of craft supplies doesn’t take that much effort, doesn’t cost a lot, and can be… Continue Reading “What to put in a kids craft box for different ages”

Colour and creativity at Blogtacular

Colour and creativity at Blogtacular - Bubbablue and me

The last couple of years I’ve followed the excitement around Blogtacular and wanted to go. This year was the time I made it, despite my worry about lack of creativity. Because Blogtacular is a blogging conference attended and loved by creatives, not generally the parenting blog conferences I usually attend. But I decided that getting a different perspective on blogging, and looking for different opportunities and ideas, would make Blogtacular worth attending. Tickets for Blogtacular are more pricy, especially for… Continue Reading “Colour and creativity at Blogtacular”

How to create the perfect pirate party for kids

Craft-pirate-treasure-chest

Unlike many children, N’s not really big on birthday party themes.  But even he requested a pirate party theme when we were in the early planning stages of his last party. He didn’t get one because he won’t do dressing up, doesn’t really take part in themed games or activities and the theme was going to conflict with the car theme his friend had asked for.  But he does enjoy watching Swashbuckle  and finds pirate books funny, so I think… Continue Reading “How to create the perfect pirate party for kids”

How to make pretty labels in Word or Powerpoint

how to make pretty labels in word or powerpoint

We all love the gorgeous mason storage jars, and the funky storage solutions we find on Pinterest.  Many require labels.  You might want to paint some chalkboard paint on or buy some stickers, but why not make your own bespoke labels using simple computer programmes like Word or Powerpoint. Why make your own pretty labels in Word It’s obvious to me: You’re not restricted by themes or colours that are on offer You can print off as many as you… Continue Reading “How to make pretty labels in Word or Powerpoint”

Fun ways to teach kids about the night sky

Fun ways to teach kids the night sky Bubbablue and me

N’s always been interested in learning about the night sky, the moon and stars, and many a time we’ve stopped to look out of the window.  We talk about the different stages of the moon especially, he’s a bit obsessed when it’s a crescent moon. We’re lucky in that living in the middle of nowhere, we have a pitch black sky and the stars look amazing, but it’s really hard to see one constellation to point it out to N.  … Continue Reading “Fun ways to teach kids about the night sky”

My Sunday Photo – granny square blanket

Bright Granny Square blanket and sprawling child

I’ve finally managed to complete my first big crochet project.  This granny square blanket came from a kit that my best friend gave me for Christmas. It’s not usually the colours I’d go for but it’s so cheerful and really what a granny square basic should be – nice and bright and colourful.  I did go wrong in one place but you can’t tell without examining closely, and it’s not put off N who sprawled on it as soon as… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo – granny square blanket”

Hello Nature, hello grow, make, colour and draw book

Hello Nature book review

I’ve always said I’m not that creative although as I’ve got older it’s brought a realisation that creativity isn’t always about art and drawing, as it always seems to mean when you’re a child.  I’ve never been comfortable drawing doing art, although I’ll happily doodle a few shapes and patterns when I’m in meetings and a little bored. N on the other hand is a little boy who loves to write, draw and colour.  This love’s only come in the… Continue Reading “Hello Nature, hello grow, make, colour and draw book”

A Mad Science party for 5 year olds

How to make science bunting

When we started thinking about N’s birthday party it was all a bit of a blur.  Unless your child has a particular yearning for one theme, you can come unstuck with all the offers out there.  We joined up with his best friend as their birthdays are only a few weeks apart and they’d be inviting the same people from school and NCT,  and then it was on to party planning. The party theme You’d think 2 boys the same… Continue Reading “A Mad Science party for 5 year olds”