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”

Wasgij puzzle – Christmas 2 in 1 Turkey’s Delight review

wasgij puzzle turkeys delight

I go through phases with jigsaw puzzles, and this autumn has seen me get back into them again.  It started with the lovely and relaxing Falcon de Luxe Christmas 2 in 1 puzzle, but has now moved onto a first for me. A Wasgij puzzle, the Christmas 2 in 1 jigsaw, named Turkey Delight. If you’ve never come across Wasgij before, they’re like a mystery in themselves.  The picture on the box isn’t what the jigsaw image ends up like. … Continue Reading “Wasgij puzzle – Christmas 2 in 1 Turkey’s Delight review”

Prestige Flowers for a striking Christmas bouquet

prestige flowers bouquet

Since I started my flower photography course I’ve been enjoying having flowers around the house.  We’ve not got many places to put them, so the kitchen window seems to be the best place.  It’s nice to see them as we drive up, and they’re not too close to the Aga to get hot and wilt quickly.  Prestige Flowers sent me one of their Christmas bouquets and I was keen to see what they were like as I’m fairly picky with… Continue Reading “Prestige Flowers for a striking Christmas bouquet”

The Son of Bigfoot DVD release and giveaway

son of bigfoot dvd bundle

It’s not often we get agreement from N to watch a film that we’d all be happy watching, but I’m hoping that with the recent release of The Son of Bigfoot dvd, we might have success in having a family movie session.  We were sent a pack of family DVDs alongside Son of Bigfoot and they’re on our ‘to watch’ pile (anyone else have a rather large pile to get through?) The Son of Bigfoot comes from the creators of… Continue Reading “The Son of Bigfoot DVD release and giveaway”

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”

From Ragley Hall to Coughton Court National Trust

Kids photography tips at Coughton Court - Bubbablue and me

Sometimes a day just doesn’t go to plan.  I try to throw in a spontaneous day out, giving N a few options.  But mum usually knows best, on this occasion ending up at National Trust’s Coughton Court after an aborted trip to Ragley Hall. Ragley Hall disappointment After N requested a trip to Ragley Hall (the lure of the adventure playground overrode anything else suggested), I looked up the opening times as 10am with tours in the afternoon. We don’t… Continue Reading “From Ragley Hall to Coughton Court National Trust”

How to entertain the family at Snowshill Manor and Gardens

Snowshill Manor and gardens - Bubbablue and me

I’m always looking for a chance to use our National Trust membership and haven’t been for a while. So with the agreement that we’d go out for the day for my birthday, I only had to decide which site to visit.  We’re lucky because we’re only an hour from so many places, and I decided that Snowshill Manor and Gardens should be the next place to visit. Snowshill Manor is just into Worcestershire, so was just under an hour’s drive. … Continue Reading “How to entertain the family at Snowshill Manor and Gardens”

Fun with Staccups and 5 second rule games review

staccups game

If the new Staccups game doesn’t win numerous toy or game awards I’ll eat my hat (or I would if I wore one).  When I was introduced to some of the new games from University Games at Blog on Xmas, I didn’t expect to get hooked on one.  But Staccups can do that to you even if you’re not a particular fan of board games.  Following the Blog on conference, I was sent 5 Second Rule and Staccups game to… Continue Reading “Fun with Staccups and 5 second rule games review”

Educational fun at Portsmouth historic dockyard

portsmouth historic dockyard - Bubbablue and me

Sometimes children get something in their head and there’s no backing down.  I often think N is a bit easy going and needs to assert himself a bit more with his peers, but he doesn’t have any problems asserting himself with me.  I just didn’t expect it in the middle of our visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. I’d planned a nice day out there (ok, there was rain too, so it wasn’t going to be that cheery).  I’ve been several… Continue Reading “Educational fun at Portsmouth historic dockyard”

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”