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”

Try these 10 delicious and easy Yorkshire Pudding wraps

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 “Try these 10 delicious and easy Yorkshire Pudding wraps”

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”

School swimming lessons – how to prep your children

school swimming lessons preparations - Bubbablue and me

Swimming and water safety is now part of the National Curriculum. Yes, yet another thing that schools are now responsible for which seems a little unfair. But it does mean that all kids should be able to swim by the time they leave primary school, including those whose parents don’t get them lessons outside of school, or never take them swimming.  I think the level they need to reach is quite high – in my view you don’t need to… Continue Reading “School swimming lessons – how to prep your children”

Mozzarella Joe’s and the children’s menu giant pizza

mozzarella joe's giant children's menu pizza

When eating out, childrens menus are a mixed bag.  Some like Pizza Express tend to get them pretty spot on (although I’m not sure that N by the age of 10 will be satisfied with the kids menu) as do Bella Pasta with their 2 younger and older kids sizes.  I also like places like Cotswold Wildlife Park who have sandwich lunch boxes, but hot meal options across the standard menu with small and larger choices at good prices.  At… Continue Reading “Mozzarella Joe’s and the children’s menu giant pizza”

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”

How to prepare for Christmas early

Get prepared early for Christmas - Bubbablue and me

In the past I always prided myself on being really organised for Christmas. It helped that it was always a nice family day, and even though we never had a big family Christmas, it always had its traditions.  But the older I get (and being married to a man who is a definite Bah Humbug about it, and has to work on it), I’ve slackened off.  Christmas always seems to happen, but it would be nice to be a bit… Continue Reading “How to prepare for Christmas early”

Pizza Express party confidence

birthday party at pizza express - bubbablue and me

In the past N hasn’t been a keen party goer. He’s gone along to some, to others he’s refused.  And there’s always a time beforehand when he says he’s not going. But all parties so far were with lots of other children he knew.  This week, N went to his first party where he didn’t know anyone other than the party boy. It was his old best friend from nursery and he was having a Pizza Express party. N had… Continue Reading “Pizza Express party confidence”