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”

What we love about back to school – plus giveaway

Holiday scrapbook excerpt

The summer holidays are rapidly passing by – even with me being in work, it feels like it’s whizzing by. For N he’s mostly been in holiday club – with the OH or his Gran usually picking him up early at 3ish and taking him back on the farm. Of course this wasn’t agreed before I paid for the holiday club so I’m out of pocket quite a bit. Maybe one year the OH will tell me he’ll be doing… Continue Reading “What we love about back to school – plus giveaway”

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”

Get ready for school with Reading Eggs

This time last year, I was preparing N to start school. Aside from the social and practical aspects, I was hoping to build on his (basic and disinterested) learnings from nursery in phonics and numbers. And that’s where Reading Eggs came in. You can read more about our experience with Reading Eggs although I have to admit that our use of it is extremely sporadic. Mainly because N prefers to learn through play and hates waiting for electronics to move on… Continue Reading “Get ready for school with Reading Eggs”

Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks Summer of Sport dvd giveaway

alvinnn and the chipmunks summer of sport dvd

Whenever I spot new tv shows that N’s watching, so many of them are reworks of programmes from mine or my brother’s childhood tv watching era.  One of those is Alvin and the Chipmunks.  We used to watch the original (I’m presuming from my brother’s time – or maybe we would just sit and watch anything at certain times of the day), and since then there’s been the film which was also fun. N’s never really seen much more than… Continue Reading “Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks Summer of Sport dvd giveaway”

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?”

Playing family games night with Megableu Games

megableu games

If you’re a fan of playing games (or who have children who are), hopefully you’ll have spotted my posts about Halloween games and other interactive games from Megableu.  If not , go and check them out now! As well as having some great fun playing the family games, I’m launching a competition for a lucky reader to win all 5 games.  Yes, that’s all 5 games.  With Christmas coming up, that means the winner could have gifts covered (we’ll make… Continue Reading “Playing family games night with Megableu Games”

More interactive fun with Megableu Games

megableu games

We enjoyed our Halloween games from Megableu games, so were anticipating similar types of games for our second games session. N was just as excited about their arrival.  They were certainly unlike any games we had as children.  Back in the day, interactive games were limited to Buckaroo, so it’s great to see games getting more adventurous than flat board games. We had 3 games to review, Alien Mission, Trickin’ Camel and Cobra Attack.    And damn, more sets of batteries… Continue Reading “More interactive fun with Megableu Games”