The benefits of children – usefulness at home

hairdressing and head rub - Bubbablue and me

I never thought I’d have children when I was younger. I changed my mind over wanting them but I’m still not a baby person. And to be honest, some children are cute, funny or great for conversation, but most I can take them or leave them.  I can understand children more and talk to them, but would still rather have them once they’re communicating well (and are potty trained). Other than the fact he’s my child and obviously I love… Continue Reading “The benefits of children – usefulness at home”

How to declutter without getting stressed

how to declutter without getting stressed - Bubbablue and me

My OH tells everyone I’m a hoarder. I don’t believe I am, because I do declutter every so often. More often for some items than others admittedly. But I do have a lot of stuff and there’s definitely not enough room for everything despite us living in a large 3 bed house. It’s more noticeable because the OH doesn’t really have anything apart from clothes, a smartphone and tablet, shoes. And a few farming books and magazines. Add in having… Continue Reading “How to declutter without getting stressed”

Is it ever a good idea to remortgage?

thoughts on a remortgage

Remortgaging is something that has grown in popularity in the UK in recent times, and indeed around a third of home loans that are approved these days are actually remortgages. But what exactly are the benefits, and why are so many homeowners inclined to go down this route? As commitments go, other than raising a family, buying a home and paying a mortgage is about as significant as it gets. Indeed, the average UK mortgage is now in the region… Continue Reading “Is it ever a good idea to remortgage?”

The Konmari method – solving a clutter and organisation problem

from this to this using the konmari method of decluttering and tidying - Bubbablueandme

A few months ago I discovered the Konmari method of organisation and had to buy the book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo.  I literally blitzed my way through it, in the hope that I’d be motivated to seriously declutter my stuff and ultimately the house. Before I moved in there wasn’t much there – the OH lived in an empty un-lived in house with furniture, some clothes, some kitchenware and that was about it.  Being a… Continue Reading “The Konmari method – solving a clutter and organisation problem”

How clean is your house? The 4 standards of cleaning

how clean is your house - 4 standards of cleaning

Like many other people, I hate cleaning. I do a quick wipe round (wipes may not be sustainable, but they do make it easier to do a minute here and there) after cooking and in the bathroom as and when, but a regular proper clean I’ll put off until I can see things need doing. Our house isn’t really conducive to having an immaculate house.  Of course there’s N (who’s a law unto himself unless I’m up with him at… Continue Reading “How clean is your house? The 4 standards of cleaning”

Book lover style with Roald Dahl cushions from House of Fraser – giveaway

Roald Dahl House of Fraser cushions

I have to admit our house is a tad on the unfinished side (and has been since before I moved in 13 years ago). I love looking at stylish houses, but just never have the impetous to do it in our own home. I had vague plans for N’s room but it’s still a hotch potch, and generally full of books spread all over the floor. N takes after me in loving books, so when I was shown the Roald… Continue Reading “Book lover style with Roald Dahl cushions from House of Fraser – giveaway”

Get ready for bed with a Minions ReadyBed

cocooned in his Despicable me minions readybed

I’d spotted ReadyBeds a while ago, and a couple of friends have raved about them, so I was keen to try one out when I was offered the chance to review one.  Well, N was offered the chance! There are two recent new designs, the Star Wars and Despicable Me junior all in one ReadyBeds.  As N loved Despicable Me and I’m sure he’ll want to watch the upcoming Minions film, we had to choose the latter.  When it arrived N was… Continue Reading “Get ready for bed with a Minions ReadyBed”

Bringing the piano home

inside a piano - dampers and strings

A couple of weeks ago saw the arrival of my piano.  After living in this house where it was big enough to have a piano for close to 13 years, I’ve finally managed to move it from my mum’s house to ours. The reason it wasn’t moved earlier was because the OH flat out refused to have it in the house, saying it would get used as a dumping ground, clutter the place up and that he’d chop it up… Continue Reading “Bringing the piano home”

Spring cleaning tips for those who hate cleaning

spring cleaning tips for those who hate it - Bubbablueandme

I hate cleaning. There, I’ve admitted it.  Although most people who know me would know that anyway, given the amount of time I like to spend out and about at weekends.  Anything to avoid having to spend time cleaning. When I first moved in with the OH, we had an agreement that he would do bathrooms and bins (mostly because we had a lodger and I’m not clearing up after someone else), and I’d do floors, hovering, clothes washing and… Continue Reading “Spring cleaning tips for those who hate cleaning”