Face painting for beginners: all you need to know

Let’s face it – whether it’s at parties, fetes, Halloween or weddings, our children are ALWAYS drawn to Face Painters. We suspect they may have a sixth sense, or they know that as parents, we love nothing more than a long, gruelling queue. We have been to countless events where we have had to wait, whilst one Face Painter works his way through a succession of children, until finally, our beloved kids get their go. It’s normally at this point you realise that the face painter is nearing exhaustion, and his face paints have been getting progressively worse as he …

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2 for 1 Cinema Tickets: bubble reviews Dunkirk

As parents, we know that as lovely as the summer holidays are, they can be extremely tiring. That’s why this summer, we’ve partnered with Picturehouse Cinemas to give bubble users exclusive 2 for 1 cinema tickets to any Mon – Thurs showing. You can get your 2 for 1 code here. Got your code? Babysitter booked? Now it’s time to choose a movie. Here’s our current recommendation: DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan is synonymous with complex plots. Films such as Memento and Inception, as amazing as they are, require multiple viewings to fully grasp what the heck is going on. Dunkirk, however, …

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Baby Driver: the must-see movie

For many, going to see the latest movie takes a back seat once the kids arrive. Tom Cruise becomes Thomas the Tank Engine, whilst Brad and Angelina are replaced by Ben and Holly… That’s why we’ve partnered with Picturehouse Cinemas to give bubble users exclusive 2 for 1 tickets to any Mon – Thurs showing. You can get your exclusive 2 for 1 code here. So you’ve got your code. The babysitter has been booked. Now it’s time to choose a movie. As always, we’re here to help – so here’s a recommendation from us… BABY DRIVER You’re in the car, …

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Introducing Babysitter Background Check

We’ve just released a new version of our app and amongst the many improvements, we’re really pleased to have our new Background Checks in place. Now, every babysitter on bubble is cleared through an identity check and an online background check before their profile goes live. This is part of our mission to build a platform and community that offers parents and sitters the safest, most trusted way to arrange their babysitting. We’ve partnered with a cutting-edge technology platform that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to screen individuals for some of the world’s biggest banks and financial institutions. The …

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5 cool things for entrepreneurial London parents

Spring Budget aside, there’s never been a better time for parents to be starting their own businesses, or making the leap to self-employment, particularly in London. Whether you work freelance, have started or are thinking of starting a business, or you just want some space to think about your life goals while networking with likeminded people, there is definitely something on offer for you. Google Campus for Mums (& dads) Currently accepting applications for its 10-week course starting in May, Google Campus has been designed for parents who have a business idea or are in the early stages of launching …

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Babysitting rates: what should you pay a babysitter in the UK?

Jump to section: Babysitting rates in the UK What might the rate depend on? Wrong amount of cash at the end of the night? It’s a personal choice Average Babysitting rates across the UK City Average babysitting rate p/hr Bath £8.50 Birmingham £9 Bournemouth £8.50 Brighton £9 Bristol £9 Cambridge £9.50 Canterbury £8.50 Cardiff £8.50 Edinburgh £9 Leeds £8 Leicester £8.50 London £10 Manchester £8.50 Newcastle £8 Nottingham £8 Oxford £9 Sheffield £8 Southampton £9 Southend £8 Taken from bubble babysitting data, download the app here Since we all need a break from looking after the kids from time to …

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Helping Parents & Sitters Just Say Yes!

We’ve just put out a new version of our app and it’s one we’re really excited about. This is mainly because amongst the many fixes and improvements is new functionality allowing our sitters to schedule their availability for the next fortnight. Now, sitters will only show up in a parent’s search if they’ve told the app they’re available on that day and in that time slot (“daytime” & “evening”.) We’re excited about this for two reasons: It’s something both parents and sitters have been asking us for since day one. Parents understandably only want to see the babysitters that can …

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Annoying parent habits: ‘Surprise’ Pets & Tipsy Parents

As you can probably guess, we’ve spent a fair bit of time talking to parents and sitters about the ‘fun’ that comes with organising a babysitter. Every tiny nugget of information and insight continues to be a massive help in developing bubble, but we thought why should we keep this to ourselves? So here it is, fellow parents – our top 10 most annoying habits according to the sitters we asked (186 to be exact) who were just too nice to tell you themselves. Is it cheeky or the result of tired people being ‘over-enthusiastic’ on a rare night off? …

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Meet the Sitter – Episode #2

In the process of getting bubble off the ground, we’ve been fortunate enough to meet and talk to lots of fantastic babysitters, boasting all kind of talents, backgrounds and experience. It made us think that we’d like to showcase some of the hero sitters we’re lucky enough to have on the app, so we decided to start a regular feature on the blog – Meet the Sitter.  This time, we caught up with Mary Savvides; Events Manager, First Aider and Master Baker…   bubble: Hi Mary, to kick off why don’t you describe yourself in three words MS: I’m bubbly, positive …

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“Meet the Sitter”

In the process of getting bubble off the ground, we’ve been fortunate enough to meet and talk to lots of fantastic babysitters, boasting all kind of talents, backgrounds and experience. It made us think that we’d like to showcase some of the hero sitters we’re lucky enough to have on the app, so we decided to start a regular feature on the blog – Meet the Sitter – in which we ask one of the bubble babysitters nine questions about them (10 felt a bit clichéd….) and why they enjoy the work they do. First up, is Katie Maughan, a …

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