Not just for Saturday nights: 5 other reasons parents book a babysitter

There’s nothing we love more than seeing how parents make use of the little bit of extra Me Time that bubble affords them. Often, the thought of booking a babysitter instinctively makes people think about Saturday night’s out (which is super important and worthwhile of course!)  but it turns out the parents on bubble can be way more resourceful than that, booking sitters so they can… Make that meeting Working Mums in particular use the app to book in ad-hoc childcare when they need to work from the office or from home – because trying to hit a deadline from your …

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Five Tips for Finding an After-School Sitter

Finding a brilliant after-school sitter is a real lifesaver –  but it’s not always easy. Meeting a sitter you love who has the flexibility in their schedule to meet your requirements can be a challenge, but when you do, being clear and open with them about what you and your kids need from them is really important in ensuring that the relationship is a success. Many parents on bubble use our ‘Regular Help’ feature to find great after-school sitters, and we’ve collated some best-practice tips to help you and your sitter get things just right. Introduce them to your kids …

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UNFINISHED HOMEWORK & STATIONERY SWAG: Parents reveal their top 10 back-to-school worries

OUR KIDS aren’t the only ones dreading the sound of the school bell next week. UK parents have revealed how uniforms, ignored homework and Inset Day have them stressing out. Our survey has revealed the top 10 back-to-school concerns of parents up and down the country. Incomplete holiday homework and reinstating the regular bedtime routine top the worry-list, while planning what to wear for the first drop off makes it in at number nine. The full top 10 is below: 1. The holiday homework my kids didn’t do 2. Reinstating the usual bed-time routine 3. The cost of the extra-curricular activities …

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Feel The Fear & Travel Anyway

Flying with young kids is not for the faint hearted – so much so that the guys at Keep Em Quiet created a company to help ease the anxiety and cost for themselves and others. After numerous flights with little ones, both long and short haul, these top tips are absolute life savers to help make the journey as smooth as possible (afraid they can’t help with any turbulence you might encounter though!) 1) Keep them entertained. After spending a fortune to keep my son busy on our first flight to Spain with his newborn sister, we saw a gap …

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Laundry hacks and a money-saving offer from our friends at Laundrapp

Here at bubble, we’re all about ways of saving busy parents time, and to be perfectly honest with you, there’s little else we hate more than ironing. Like so many parents, our house feels more like a 24/7 laundrette, with never-ending washing cycles and never-shrinking mounds of clothes that we continuously put off sorting out! So, we’ve teamed up with Laundrapp to give bubble Plus members an incredible 50% off when they spend £30 or more on their dry cleaning and laundry collection and delivery service. Their app is seriously good, and it’ll make you question ever getting the iron …

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Time to Step Up: Q&A with Phanella Fine & Alice Olins, Founders of The Step Up Club

One of the very first parents to use bubble (and de facto office hero), Phanella Fine, is in on a mission to empower women, helping them take control and add rocket fuel to their careers. Along with Alice Olins, she’s created The Step Up Club, and we got to hear from them how they do it, why they do it and what their club has in store for women who join.   1. Firstly, tell us a bit about you and your families Hi, we’re Alice and Phanella, Co-Founders of the Step Up Club, an online and in-person destination for …

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Six Amazing Father’s Day Gifts

Stuck for ideas on what to get Dad for Father’s Day? Check out our guide for some options that look, feel and taste oh so good…. Mahabis slippers Slippers for people who don’t do slippers (which is a lot of the dads we know!). Mahabis are all the rage right now, and that’s down to their slick design, comfortable fit and interchangeable soles that make them suitable for indoor and outdoor too. They’re not cheap mind you, but go on, he deserves it. Photo box phone cover We all spend too much time on our phones these days but if …

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National BBQ Week: 3 Amazing Recipes

The truth is it’s pretty difficult to get bored of the barbeque, but in case you’re looking for something more inspired (and healthy!) then the the bangers and the burgers – we’ve asked our friends at Mindful Chef to suggest three of their best BBQ dishes. (Disclaimer: If you’ve managed to get your kids into aubergine, cauliflower and quinoa then props to you (and what’s your secret?!) but if not, then it might be best to keep a pack of sausages on the grill too…) Chargrilled miso aubergine & tofu kebabs Ingredients 1/2 cucumber 1 aubergine 1 red chilli 1 …

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Healthy Spring Recipes The Kids Will Love

We know that getting our kids excited about healthy, wholesome food can at times be a bit of a challenge. So as part of our focus on FOOD this month, we asked six food experts to give parents of bubble their best family and kid-friendly recipes. Rhubarb Granita and Banana Ice Cream Sundae (the pic above!) Lily Simpson, Founder of @thedetoxkitchen With three simple elements to the dish, it’s really easy to put together with the kids. Rhubarb granita is really slushy & sweet. Banana ice cream is smooth & creamy. Nut crumble is a delicious crunchy topping All the pleasure …

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Starting up & Staying Sane: Q&A with Mush Co Founder Katie Massie-Taylor

Nothing beats spending time with our kids, but taking and making the time to talk, laugh and share the ‘pain’ with other grown-ups is totally key to staying sane as a parent. Losing touch with our friends, and struggling to make new ones, is such a regular occurrence for many mums especially, which is why we’ve always loved the idea of MUSH – the app for helping mums meet more mates nearby. And we’re not alone – hundreds of thousands of mums now use Mush across the UK and beyond. With it being Stress Awareness Month, we’re focusing on how …

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