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”

Garmin Vivofit Jr activity tracker for children

Garmin vivofit junior activity tracker

The growth of the activity tracker has been immense over the last few years, and I’ve been one of those who’s loved theirs.  I’ve had a Fitbit One, a Flex that I didn’t believe, and now I have a Fitbit Charge 2 which I love (although the strap broke so I’m frantically awaiting the replacement).  It hasn’t helped with my weight loss, but I think my steps have increased slightly on a working day, although I’m never going to reach… Continue Reading “Garmin Vivofit Jr activity tracker for children”

Enjoying pancakes at Little Amsterdam Banbury

Pancakes at little amsterdam - bubbablue and me.

We love pancakes in our house. As with most people it’s rare we have them more frequently than the lemon and sugar ones on pancake day.  But sometimes you just fancy them at other times.  Locally we’re lucky enough to have a dutch pancake restaurant, Little Amsterdam Banbury. N had never been before, but we went to the cinema to see Paddington 2 (how cute is that film, we loved it…and I shed a tear or two at the end)… Continue Reading “Enjoying pancakes at Little Amsterdam Banbury”

On the fourth day of parenting – Your Christmas day lunch de-stressed

12days christmas dinner de-stressed - bubbablue and me

Hello and thank you for hopping over from Bumps babies tots and teens mummy diaries and welcome to the 4th day of #12DaysOfParenting. Today’s sponsor is Bags of Love who are offering a Personalised Apron and the theme is Your Christmas Dinner De-stressed! My keyword to enter today’s giveaway is in this post below, good luck! Full details of the #12DaysOfParenting terms and conditions can be found on the #12DaysOfParenting page and all entries are to be completed via the… Continue Reading “On the fourth day of parenting – Your Christmas day lunch de-stressed”

Enjoying the outdoors with Trespass coats

Outdoors fun with trespass coats - Bubbablue and me

The weather’s certainly turned colder here, and we’re expecting a cold spell on the way.  Being sent coats from Trespass was perfect timing. I don’t mind the cold as long as I’m dressed for the weather, and sometimes I can get a little hot so I need outerwear that’s easy to strip on and off when needed.  As for N he’s always outdoors and seems to grow out of coats quickly, or he needs them for several different events. For… Continue Reading “Enjoying the outdoors with Trespass coats”

An ode to bootcut jeans

an ode to bootcut jeans - Bubbablue and me

I love a pair of jeans. Outside of work that’s all I wear apart from the occasional shorts for summer holidays, or dress if it’s a party or smart do.  But every time I go to buy jeans I struggle.  And it’s not just me, it’s everyone it seems (girls anyway) whether they’re fat, thin, average sized.  My favourite style is bootcut, but I’m mourning the death of bootcut jeans. Why, why, why are they so hard to come by?… Continue Reading “An ode to bootcut jeans”

How to make Yorkshire Pudding wraps and 10 amazing filling ideas

yorkshire pudding wraps - Bubbablue and me

One of the favourite foods in our house is Yorkshire Pudding.  N would eat it with every roast given the chance but we usually stick with beef roast and Yorkshire pudding.  I hadn’t seen Yorkshire pudding as a street food until this autumn when we spotted a van at the Michaelmas fair in town.  It looks amazing all lit up, doesn’t it?  We were on a mission for fish and chips that day, but I wanted to try the Yorkshire… Continue Reading “How to make Yorkshire Pudding wraps and 10 amazing filling ideas”

Enjoy a luxury Christmas gift hamper from Prestige Hampers

Luxury christmas gift hamper review - Bubbablue and me

Mention a Christmas gift hamper or luxury hamper to someone, and it conjures up thoughts of posh shops and food.  Hampers that you dreamed of when browsing gift catalogues, and unusual foods and drinks that you fancied trying.  We were sent a luxury Christmas hamper to review from Prestige Hampers, and it hasn’t disappointed. When I think of hampers, I usually think of willow picnic hampers, but nowadays hampers come in all shapes and sizes.  We were sent the Best… Continue Reading “Enjoy a luxury Christmas gift hamper from Prestige Hampers”

Bassetts vitamins for healthy kids and family fun

Bassetts vitamins for healthy kids - Bubbablue and me

Autumn’s arrived (although the weather hasn’t really turned cold yet), and winter will soon be upon us.  Lots of people think that means the onslaught of colds and lurgy going round, and having to hibernate inside.  Ok, so everyone likes a bit of chill out time in front of the fire, wrapped in a blanket and watching movies, but there’s so much still to see and do outside in autumn.  We’ve been sent the new Bassetts Vitamins 3-6 Multivitamins +… Continue Reading “Bassetts vitamins for healthy kids and family fun”

Gift ideas for kids age 5 to 11 years to take to parties

Gift ideas for 5-11 year olds to take to parties - Bubbablue and me

As soon as children start school, the birthday invitations begin.  They always seem to come in clusters as well, starting at larger parties, then gradually as children move through the school, they get smaller.  It’s hard deciding what to buy your own children for birthdays or Christmas but so much harder trying to work out what your children’s friends like or might want. If I don’t know the child, then I’ll always ask N what the birthday child enjoys. Things… Continue Reading “Gift ideas for kids age 5 to 11 years to take to parties”