Should you use or lose your guilty pleasures?

Guilty pleasures - do you have to give them up - Bubbablue and me

Hands up.  I admit it.  I have guilty pleasures.  Some of which are secret guilty habits.  And truthfully, some of them I don’t feel guilty about at all. Some might call them vices, and I guess if you think of vices as being bad for you, then my food guilty habits are probably vices.  I’ve never smoked or tried recreational drugs, and I don’t drink much.  But I do like food.  And considering we tend to buy the majority of… Continue Reading “Should you use or lose your guilty pleasures?”

The very unique Book of Everyone review and giveaway

book-of-everyone

I saw the Book of Everyone featured on blogs last year and had it on my list of present ideas for people. Of course, then I forgot about it until the Book of Everyone asked me to choose a book to review. And with 40th birthdays coming up, it was the perfect time to check out the website and make a decision of which book to buy. The Book of Everyone is a book I’ve never seen before. You choose… Continue Reading “The very unique Book of Everyone review and giveaway”

I-Spy books – the activity book relaunch

i-spy books

When I was a child I had an i-spy book of horses. I loved that little book, having been bought it at Banbury Museum just after moving to the area. I didn’t really manage to tick off many of the horses, but I loved it all the same. So when I heard that I-Spy books were being relaunched this summer, it made me smile. I jumped at the chance to take a look and try the modern versions out ourselves.… Continue Reading “I-Spy books – the activity book relaunch”

The Oxfordshire Cook Book for food and local lovers

Win The oxfordshire cook book

June saw the launch of a new cookbook local to me, The Oxfordshire Cook Book. Loving local eateries and produce, I’ve bee able to support the launch and I have one books to giveaway on the blog to one lucky reader.  This is the 11th in the range of ‘Get Stuck in’ regional books from Meze Publishing. The Oxfordshire Cook Book has brought together local chefs, restaurants, and producers to share knowledge, recipes and some of the best places to… Continue Reading “The Oxfordshire Cook Book for food and local lovers”

Parragon Disney colouring books – giveaway

art therapy disney colouring books

As part of the Parragon book buddy scheme we were recently sent their latest publications which tie in with the recent trend of mindfulness through colouring in – an Art Therapy Disney princess colouring book and a Disney Frozen colouring book.   As we’re a bit rubbish on the colouring front, and N just refuses to have anything to do with Frozen, I’m going to give the books away to one lucky reader. The colouring books are more complex than some… Continue Reading “Parragon Disney colouring books – giveaway”

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”

Discovering spaces and planes with Shine-a-light books – giveaway

shine-a-light books

We’ve not done any book reviews for a while.  We’re still both reading – I completed my 2015 52 book challenge back in October, and N’s still loving his books.  Now phonics teaching has started, I’m expecting him to be reading simple words after, if not by Christmas.  Exciting times. Recently we were sent a couple of new books from the shine-a-light books range.  I’ve not come across these before, but they’re definitely a new and unique concept. In the… Continue Reading “Discovering spaces and planes with Shine-a-light books – giveaway”

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”

Spot a Lot Animals jigsaw and book from Parragon Books

spot a lot book reading

We’ve not done any book reviews for a while.  It’s mostly because N’s not being interested in new books – he just wants us to read Biff and Chip. Oh, how I wish I’d never bought the set for him. Fingers crossed it’s not the book system they use at school. I was surprised therefore, how quick he was to pick up the box that Parragon Books’ latest offering came in.  Spot a Lot Animals attracted him straight away.  I… Continue Reading “Spot a Lot Animals jigsaw and book from Parragon Books”

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”