10 things you should be buying from The Works

This is a collaborative post I love to shop and have been a fan of The Works for many years now.  Any shop that rotates stock like it does, and has bargains galore of the little things that can be bought for myself, N or presents is a winner in my book.  I also have their loyalty card (amongst the masses in my purse.  Is anyone else overrun by loyalty cards?).  I’m always amazed when people look at me blankly… Continue Reading “10 things you should be buying from The Works”

How to simplify your toolkit for easy DIY

All parents will require a comprehensive DIY kit. When you have a child, you find yourself requiring all sorts of tool that you never thought you would need. Whether you are building a bookshelf to keep all their books in, fixing something that got broken or making general adjustments around the house; a DIY kit will enable you to do this. With the rise of the internet, it is now easier than ever to carry out work yourself thanks to… Continue Reading “How to simplify your toolkit for easy DIY”

How camping is the perfect summer family fun solution

How camping is the perfect family outdoor fun solution - Bubbablue and me

Apart from being ill at the 2 guide camps I went to as a child, I’ve always been keen on camping. But my camping experiences have never been with family. It’s either been with the guides, with Woodcraft folk (where we got flooded out in Barmouth), or with friends after uni (including a very cold February in Snowdonia – never again). Oh I suppose camping out every summer in the back garden with my brother counts as family camping? After… Continue Reading “How camping is the perfect summer family fun solution”

Reminiscing about 3 generations of school years

reminiscing about 3 generations of school days - Bubbablue and me

Back to school.  It’s a phrase that brings joy to some people, but sadness to others.  In our house it’s a mixed bag.  I was a bit of a swot at school and loved it.  So far, with his foundation stage completed, N is enjoying his school days.  But the OH in contrast wasn’t a fan because he just wanted to be at home on the farm. In Marks and Spencer’s #MySchoolYears campaign, they’re celebrating school and uniform through the generations… Continue Reading “Reminiscing about 3 generations of school years”

7 outdoor family fun ideas to get down with the kids

7 outdoor family fun activities - Bubbablue and me

Living on a farm meant there wasn’t much chance that N wouldn’t love the outdoors. He’d play outside all day given half a chance. I on the other hand, as so many other adults do, put off going out because of everything else that gets in the way. Of course it wasn’t always like that, I used to enjoy as much as any other children playing outside. In fact, our childhood house overlooked a green and all the kids from… Continue Reading “7 outdoor family fun ideas to get down with the kids”

Getting kids dressed for summer

Getting kids dressed for summer - Bubbablue and me

A glorious British summer is just around the corner (we hope). What with the prospect of some sunshine, enjoying ice creams in the park and trips out to the seaside, there also comes the stress of dressing kids for summer. Without a doubt summer is the season that requires the most outfit changes, from spilled ice lollies to ripped knees, from falling over and moans of “I’m too hot”.  Being prepared for it in advance gives mums a good head… Continue Reading “Getting kids dressed for summer”

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?”

Christmassy flavours with a Sticky Ginger Cake recipe from Flora

christmassy flavours with Flora Sticky ginger cake

I love cake.  I have a few favourites, chocolate, carrot, banana, lemon, victoria sponge…oh ok, I just like most cakes really. Being a farmer’s wife, I should really be able to bake.  I can and do on occasion, although not as frequently as the mother-in-law.  The OH moans that cakes on the farm are like buses.  None for ages and then they arrive from everywhere.  It seems that whenever I fancy making cake, his mum does and quite often my… Continue Reading “Christmassy flavours with a Sticky Ginger Cake recipe from Flora”

10 ways to be a savvy student while still having fun

10 ways to be a savvy student - Bubbablue and me

I loved being a student. In fact, I just loved studying and school in general, so it didn’t occur to me not to go to uni.  I was the first in our family to go to uni to study for a degree. I think going away was certainly helped by boarding at 6th form (ok, I was weird though because I went to 6th form at the private school in the village, and was a boarder in my upper 6th). … Continue Reading “10 ways to be a savvy student while still having fun”

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”