Camping etiquette – the dos and don’ts of camping with kids

Camping etiquette - Bubbablue and me

Whatever the holiday, even with children, you want to get away from the chaos of home and enjoy a relaxing time.  Some people think camping is a lot of hard work. But it doesn’t have to be if you prep in advance, make life easy with limiting the cooking you do, or go with friends so the children can all entertain each other, and you’ve more adults on hand to help out.  But having children on a campsite does make… Continue Reading “Camping etiquette – the dos and don’ts of camping with kids”

How to pack for a camping trip

how to pack for a camping trip - Bubbablue and me

One of the worst things about going on holiday is packing. For one parent, that often means packing for the rest of the family as well.  For camping, that prospect can be even more off-putting because you need to take so much equipment and food with you. (Unless you’re wild camping with just a tent, but that’s not my cup of tea).  After 3 family camping trips I’ve got our packing system working well. For camping trip, I’m assuming it’s… Continue Reading “How to pack for a camping trip”

The best type of holidays for families

Pros and cons of different types of family holidays - Bubbablue and me

We love a holiday, although ours aren’t the normal once a year big foreign holiday. Poor N hasn’t been abroad yet (excluding a trip to Jersey and he didn’t need a passport for that), and given I don’t want to take him alone on a first foreign holiday, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.  Instead we do several staycations a year, including our annual friends camping trip. There’s so many holiday options nowadays, it’s a case of picking the most… Continue Reading “The best type of holidays for families”

6 easy ways to keep kids entertained while on holiday

6 ways to keep kids entertained on hols - Bubbablue andme

When you go on a family holiday you always end up taking so much paraphernalia with you, you don’t want to take tonnes of toys.  The hope is that you’ll have good weather and the children will just spend all day playing outside. But there’s the journey, early mornings, evenings and of course the rain, that means taking some toys with you is a sensible idea. 6 eays to keep kids entertained on holiday *includes affiliate links 1, Arts  and… Continue Reading “6 easy ways to keep kids entertained while on holiday”

Queens Hotel in Southsea – a great location

Edwardian charm at Queens hotel in southsea - Bubbablue and me

I hate the pressure of booking a good hotel.  Generally because I’ve had 2 experiences in the past where we’ve arrived to find the hotel hasn’t received our booking or has ignored it. But also because when you go away you want it to be hassle free and however much you plan you can’t always get everything right.  I also mostly book last minute when it’s just N and myself going away.  Our latest break was to Portsmouth where we… Continue Reading “Queens Hotel in Southsea – a great location”

Exploring Southsea and Clarence Pier for seaside fun

Exploring southsea and clarence pier - Bubbablue and me

When we go on holiday, just N and I, it’s usually a last minute booking and decision on where we’re going. I tend to look for places near the coast because we’re so central, it’s the only chance we get when going away for a few days.  Thankfully N is used to our visiting lots of places in a short time.  Both of us whizz round and we rarely spend all day in one place.  But we have started chilling… Continue Reading “Exploring Southsea and Clarence Pier for seaside fun”

Sunny West Wittering beach day

beach day at west wittering beach - Bubbablue and me

Whenever we go on holiday, I always try to take N somewhere that’s close enough to go to the seaside for a beach day.  We recently stayed in Southsea, Portsmouth – yes it has its own beach but it’s shingle like so much of the south coast around that area. But a short journey to West Wittering and N had the sandy beach he prefers. Oh and I have the pretty beach huts!  Which were surprisingly unused for such a… Continue Reading “Sunny West Wittering beach day”

Ultimate camping in the rain hacks – how to cope

how to cope camping when raining - Bubbablue and me

About: Camping in the rain hacks for when you want to make the most of the wet weather No-one really wants to go camping in the rain but sometimes there’s no choice. You have to have fingers crossed in the hope it’s only a day or drizzle and that the sun will come back. But rain can put a dampner on a holiday for the parents at least. There are things you can do to avoid getting washed out, and… Continue Reading “Ultimate camping in the rain hacks – how to cope”

Enjoying summer holiday firsts

Summer holiday firsts - Bubbablue and me

This year’s holiday firsts were never going to beat last years when N went on a plane for the first time.  But 3 weeks in to this summer and he’s already had some pretty fun firsts. As children grow up you forget the milestones and the firsts they’ve done, so sometimes it’s nice to remember and celebrate them.  Last year N did a scrapbook for the summer, and I’d like to get him to do another one this year. Although… Continue Reading “Enjoying summer holiday firsts”

10 tips for the best camping snacks

Top tips for camping snacks - Bubbablue and me

If you don’t have permanently hungry children at home, don’t be surprised if they turn into ravenous ‘hangry’ creatures when you go camping. There’s something about being in the great outdoors that makes everyone hungry. But with mealtime routines often more relaxed, sometimes you just need to pump them full of camping snacks. When we’re on holiday, we have more ice creams, and I’m also a bit more relaxed about snacks. Mainly because when we’re camping, although we take an… Continue Reading “10 tips for the best camping snacks”