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”

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”

Exploring The Mumbles and Oystermouth Castle

Mumbles and oystermouth castle - Bubbablue and me

People often ask how we manage to visit more than one place in a day on holiday.  I always say it’s getting up early (although many holiday tourist spots don’t open til later than places at home), being focused on what we want to see, and having a child who rushes round places and doesn’t dawdle. He obviously takes after me (I’m like that with shopping and museums) On our recent camping holiday in South Wales, one day we knew… Continue Reading “Exploring The Mumbles and Oystermouth Castle”

Camping at Three Cliffs Bay campsite

3 cliffs bay campsite - Bubbablue and me

When we go camping each year, we don’t slum it. We don’t go glamping either but we have certain criteria for the campsites.  Let’s face it, we’re a load of mums with our kids (and sometimes a couple of dads), but we want a bit of an easy life and we certainly want to be able to have a good shower. So the campsites need to have: Nice toilet and shower blocks (ideally family showers for those of us with… Continue Reading “Camping at Three Cliffs Bay campsite”

Holiday photos with Samsung Galaxy S8 from Three

Taking holiday photos with Samsung Galaxy S8 phone = Bubbablue and me

I love having a new phone (don’t we all), but I’m on a sim only contract so buy my phones outright and make them last 3 years.  So I’m some way off being able to change to the Samsung Galaxy S8 that I was loaned by Three.  I’m an Android girl through and through (can’t cope with no back button) and I’ve had 3 Samsung phones, so I know what I like…and the S8 I definitely like. The S8 camera… Continue Reading “Holiday photos with Samsung Galaxy S8 from Three”

A blustery Rhossili bay walk

Rhossili Bay walk - Bubbablue and me

One of the things I love about holidays is getting out and about.  I’m not great at getting out around home, unless we go out for the day, but on holiday there’s always places I want to see and do.  This camping trip the weather wasn’t that great for doing much once we’d spent the 2 sunny days on the beach.  But once the rain cleared in the afternoons we did cram in a couple of extra detours to places.… Continue Reading “A blustery Rhossili bay walk”