Ultimate tips to encourage imagination for kids to write

Encourage imagination in kids for writing - Bubbablue and me (1)

When I was a child I always struggled with my lack of imagination. I read lots but if I was tasked with writing a poem or story and I would find it really hard. I’d clam up and not know how to start.  My teachers never really helped with how to improve. I just always thought I had no imagination. But now N says the same thing that I used to feel.  He’s got the actual writing part sorted he… Continue Reading “Ultimate tips to encourage imagination for kids to write”

Living Arrows 2017 week 6 – writing practice

writing practice

N enjoys school but the one thing he’s not keen on is writing. So I was happy to see him getting excited about being close to completing his reward chart writing row – he only needed 6 stickers.  So one evening he wrote all 4 of his birthday thank you letters. Then not satisfied that he still had 2 stickers to get, he decided to write about dinosaurs. Three sentences later, I had a piece of paper with information about… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 6 – writing practice”

What to do with old journals over time


When we were clearing out my mum’s house after she died, it really made me think about all the personal items we hoard. We hold onto our memories, but after we die, there’s no purpose for them. Yes family photos may be kept (although for the life of me I don’t know where the ones I kept have gone), but holiday snaps and other momentos don’t mean anything to other people to pass on. Decluttering is big business at the… Continue Reading “What to do with old journals over time”

10 ways to avoid keeping a boring journal


I view my blog as my journal. But let’s face it, I don’t have time to write a diary or journal alongside that. I don’t find enough time to read at the moment, so adding another piece of writing isn’t going to free up my time. But journaling is growing in popularity again and no wonder given the beautiful notebooks and diaries that are now available from places like Paper Blanks, The Journal Shop or Amazon*. My experience of writing diaries… Continue Reading “10 ways to avoid keeping a boring journal”

A journaling journey from diary to blog

journaling journey from diary to blog - Bubbablue and me

I love blogging and so far that enjoyment hasn’t waned. After 4 years (or is it now 5, I lose count). I think the continued enjoyment is because it’s about us and a way of journaling our life as N grows up. My blog is my journal, my diary, an extension of our life and just part of every day now. Whether it will continue that way as N grows up I don’t know. I pretty much blog daily. Sometimes… Continue Reading “A journaling journey from diary to blog”

How to think of brilliant blog post ideas

how to come up with brilliant blog post ideas - Bubbablue and me

I think I must be quite lucky.  In three years, I don’t think I’ve ever had blogger’s block and struggled to find something to write about.  If you’ve met me that’s probably not surprising, given I do talk a lot.  I think that’s reflected in my blogging too. But I’ve heard a lot of bloggers say that they’ve lost their mojo, run out of things to say, or fallen out of love with blogging. I probably have days where I… Continue Reading “How to think of brilliant blog post ideas”

Blogging – just an online diary or something more

journal page

There’s a whole load of reasons why people write blogs.  Some aspire to be writers, or want to write something for them, others want to share some learnings or experiences they’ve had.  Others, like me, start out wanting to journal what they’ve got up to.  With a child, it’s a great way to be able to document the ins and outs, especially now photo albums are much rarer. I used to love flicking through old photo albums and with most… Continue Reading “Blogging – just an online diary or something more”