Discovering a dream pet with Petplan

dream pet - stripy 4 legged soft toy creation

This is a collaborative post N would love a pet of his own.  He tells me that it’s not the same having his own sheep (10 and all look like they’ll be lambing this February), and cows (2 cows, 1 has just calved).  And that the dogs on the farm aren’t really his.  But he’ll have to wait for a real puppy of his own in a few year’s time. In the meantime we’ve been lucky enough to work with… Continue Reading “Discovering a dream pet with Petplan”

First time excitement learning to drive with Young Driver

1st driving experience with young driver - bubbablue and me

When I heard about courses where children could learn to drive and then spotted that under 10s had their own version, I realised that it would make a perfect Christmas present for N.  But I was offered a review session so the 2 became one. N went on his Firefly lesson the other day. If you’ve not come across Young Driver before, they’re an organisation who offer driving lessons for under 17s.  The ethos being that teaching children to drive… Continue Reading “First time excitement learning to drive with Young Driver”

Checking out the new Westgate Oxford shopping centre

Westgate Oxford shopping centre - Bubbablue and me

When you’ve got a child, shopping for leisure takes on a whole new meaning. i.e. it doesn’t really happen unless you have the time while the child is in school. I was invited to visit the newly opened Westgate Oxford shopping centre and was finally able to get there when N was out on a shoot day with his dad. Bliss, a day to shop with vouchers, and enjoy a relaxing time to myself. I lived in Oxford for over… Continue Reading “Checking out the new Westgate Oxford shopping centre”

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”

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”

Pass the pigs game – review and giveaway

pass the pigs games

Games. Love them or hate them, you can’t deny that they can be great for family life. A chance to have some fun, relax (or maybe not if everyone gets competitive), and a way to get all ages involved.  For me, the retro games are still the best – especially if you’ve got the old versions still hanging around cupboards.  It’s rare that the modern versions are as sturdy as the old ones. I love reminiscing about the old games… Continue Reading “Pass the pigs game – review and giveaway”

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”

MOKURU fidget toy review – addictive desk toy

Mokuru samples

I’m not really a fidgeter but I do get easily distracted.  And I get bored a lot at work if I’m doing the same thing over and over again.  So being sent the MOKURU fidget toy, a desk based fidget product, was going to help give me some time out at work (and home). Expected to be the next big thing to take over from fidget spinners, and brought over from Japan, the MOKURU is a really simple desk toy. … Continue Reading “MOKURU fidget toy review – addictive desk toy”

Walking on air with Salomon walking shoes

Receiving walking trainers to review in the height of summer, not only that but 30 degrees heat of summer, was probably not the brightest thing I ever did.  But I like to think ahead, and I do usually drive around with a pair of walking trainers in the boot of my car just in case.  I was sent a pair of Salomon walking shoes to try them out. Now I am a walking shoe fan.  I’ve never really worn boots… Continue Reading “Walking on air with Salomon walking shoes”