Food For Thought

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While life ovegetable_cauliflowern the farm is a luxury we can’t all experience, a recent survey commissioned by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) found that children in the UK have some hilarious ideas about where their food comes from!

The study, which polled 1,000 UK boys and girls aged between five to 11 showed that many school children did not know what, where or how the food in their lunch boxes or dinner plates were raised or produced!

Some of the funniest statistics found that 1 in 20 children think cheese comes from pigs and 5% of kids believed strawberries grew in the fridge!

The study further found that 4% of our little ones thought potatoes came from our oink –tastic friends, and three in ten children (28%) also did not know carrots grew underground!

As for your salad sandwiches, six in ten children weren’t aware lettuce grew in the ground, while nearly eight in ten (78%) kids did not know broccoli was a plant!


Fewer children are seeing farm animals first hand either, with more than one in three never having heard a sheep baa or a cow moo up close!

Furthermore, one in four children (24 %) surveyed did not know a baby cow was called a calf!

To test the theory, take the Foodie Farm Test with your little ones and tell us about the funniest answers you receive by commenting on our facebook post!

1) What is ketchup made from?
2) What do you call a baby pig?
3) How many legs does a donkey have?
4) What animal does milk come from?
5) What kind of baby animal is a kid?
7) What vegetable is orange?
8) What do sheep eat in the field?
9) What type of animal is a foal?
10) What type of vegetable are chips made from?

Magic Mums and Dreamy Dads – 10 tips for a cool nights sleep

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It’s July and although we’re still experiencing the occasional rainy summer spell, the weather can be extremely hot and humid when it comes to bed time.

Here are 10 ideas to keep your little ones (and not so little ones!) cool and content during the night, whether you’re at home or abroad this summer.

An hour before bed, open all bedroom windows and make sure that all doors are open between rooms to increase the circulation of cool air around the house.

Position a fan in the middle of the bedroom, (you might need an extension lead for this!) and set the fan in a “non oscillating” fashion to ensure maximum flow of cool air directed towards the sleeping child.

If you have a pedestal fan (a fan with a long adjustable middle stand), simply wrap ice in a wet towel and secure with string on each end, suspend the ice pack in between two chairs in front of the fan and voila ! A home made air con! Strange but effective! (You will also need to position a bowl underneath to catch the water from the melted ice!)

Use bedsheets minus the duvet as a lightweight comfort cover! It will keep kids cool and also prevent a midnight chill.

Staying hydrated is key during long, hot, summer nights because we sweat lots! Keeping a frozen bottle of water next to the bed ensures that if anyone wakes up during the night they’ll have a refreshingly cool drink to take a sip of.

30 mins before bedtime, place pillows and bed sheets in a few plastic bags and put them in the freezer, the plastic bags prevent ice from forming on the fabric so that beds can be made instantly before lights out. Effective, amazing and instantly cooling!

A tepid bath slightly lower than your body temperature before bed is the best way to gradually cool down kids as part of a summer time bed time routine.

If pyjamas are being used (opposed to maybe just pants and nappy) – cotton is the best material to keep kids cool during those high humidity nights.

Have a damp cloth on hand to wipe down sweaty brows, necks and hairlines to instantly relieve hot and sticky sleepers.

Use an empty and clean spray bottle containing icy cold water to spritz and keep kids cool and comfortable throughout the night.

Mummy tries BubbleBum Booster

declanmcguinness Uncategorized recently got her hands on our BubbleBum car Booster seat and gave it a try with her daughter. Having heard about BubbleBum before from “writing life as it is” Renee and her daughter Mrs P were very excited to have a go with their very own BubbleBum. You can check out their full thoughts on their site by clicking here, or scroll on down the page to read the review.


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Mummy Pink Wellies Reviews BubbleBum

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Our friends over at Mummy Pink Wellies recently reviewed BubbleBum.

See what they thought below:

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When we were approached to review the BubbleBum I have to say I was a little dubious initially! “An inflatable car seat? You what?” I thought “That can’t possibly be safe!”

But I did a bit of reading and discovered it is in fact safe. BubbleBum have passed all the relevant safety tests and regulations and are deemed as completely safe.

So we decided that yes, we would test it out.


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BubbleBum is the world’s first inflatable and deflatable, portable and packable car booster seat for kids aged 4-11 and weighing 15-36 kgs.

It’s billed as being perfect for everyday use, carpooling, holidays, rental cars and taxis. BubbleBum’s narrow design also makes getting three car seats across the backseat easy. Just as safe as any rigid car seat, BubbleBum has been approved under the United Nations ECE Regulation R44/04 for safety for both Groups 2 and 3 and is designed for use with a standard 3 point adult seat belt. It weighs approximately 0.5 kilograms and comes with a convenient carrying bag and shoulder belt positioning clip.

This clever car booster seat inflates in seconds with a few puffs of air and deflates/packs down just as quickly. When deflated, it is lightweight and small enough to fit in hand luggage, a child’s rucksack or in mum’s handbag. BubbleBum’s cool and funky design appeals to kids while parents love the convenience and ease of use.




So, is it all it’s cracked up to be? Well yes, we found it really, REALLY easy to use. We took Littlebit’s regular high back booster car seat out and replaced it with the BubbleBum for the day.

She says: “It’s comfy Mummy and I like the colour!”

I say: I’m not sure we’d use this as a day to day booster seat, mainly because it’s not high back and that’s what is appropriate for Littlebit right now and we have room in our car for it so why change anything.

However, for throwing into the bag when we go on holiday, for days out when we won’t be in our own car, i.e. in taxis, on coaches, in other peoples cars, places where she wouldn’t necessarily have a booster at all, it’s a must have. It will make those journeys so much safer.

We also tested it out with 3 kids in the back of the car, something we haven’t been able to do before as we can’t fit 3 full size boosters across the back seat. This worked brilliantly with the BubbleBum in the middle, so we can have play dates with 4 kids now (1 in the front and 3 in the back) – I’m not so sure I like this idea though, what am I letting myself in for!? Our BubbleBum will now live in the boot of the car for such circumstances.


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Oh and the BubbleBum is tougher than you might think for an inflatable seat! We tested this out by having a bit of a jump on it on the drive, just to see. That was a lot of fun!

Watch the BubbleBum advert here (sorry it is American but you can still see what it’s about):


BubbleBum retails at £29.99 and is available at: Halfords, John Lewis, Tesco, Boots, Argos, Heatons, Kiddicare and Amazon.

You can find BubbleBum on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram too.

This is a review post. We were provided with a Neon BubbleBum for review. All opinions are my own.



Mumsnet Ealing Reviews BubbleBum

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Our friends over at Mumsnet Ealing recently review BubbleBum over the Easter holidays.

See what they thought below:

To carseat or not to carseat?  This dilemma arises without fail every time our family is about to travel. There is always plenty to organise as it is and family trips or days out can get stressful. Well, let us debate no more – introducing Bubblebum!

Description and features:

BubbleBum is the world’s first inflatable and deflatable, portable and packable car booster seat for kids aged 4-11 and weighing 15-36 kgs. It’s perfect for everyday use, carpooling, holidays, rental cars and taxis.

  • Its narrow design also makes getting three car seats across the backseat easy
  • Just as safe as any rigid car seat, BubbleBum has been approved under the United Nations ECE Regulation R44/04 for safety for both Groups 2 and 3 and is designed for use with a standard 3 point adult seat belt. It weighs approximately 0.5 kilograms and comes with a convenient carrying bag and shoulder belt positioning clip
  • This clever booster seat inflates in seconds with a few puffs of air and deflates/packs down just as quickly. When deflated, it is lightweight and small enough to fit in hand luggage, a child’s rucksack or in mum’s handbag

We received this product to review just before Easter and couldn’t wait to try put it to the test while out and about during the school holidays. You know what? We loved it!

The seat came handy for taxi trips to Central London, beach and zoo days out with family when we had to squeeze in three little people at the back, and even for a couple restaurant outings as a booster!

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Portable & lightweight : ✓
Taking less than 20 seconds to inflate by mouth: ✓ [maybe a minute if you are also holding a wriggly toddler!] Folds flat & packs away into its very own stretchy bag: ✓

The best praise, though, comes from the kids themselves. Our six year old and her cousin both found it to be very comfortable and much cushier than their normal seats – great for those bumpy country lanes!


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Our rating:

Thumbs up! Bubblebum is a perfect solution to any family’s travel needs. Chuck it in your handbag, suitcase or the boot of your car, and carry it with you everywhere. We do!

BubbleBum comes in 3 colours (black, neon pink and neon yellow), retails at £29.99 and is available at: Halfords, John Lewis, Tesco, Boots, Argos, Heatons, Kiddicare and

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CoolKidzCoolTripz Test BubbleBum

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Our lovely friends from CoolKidzCoolTripz in Slovenia tested out our BubbleBum car booster seat. See what they thought below:

BubbleBum, the inflatable, portable and safe car booster seat is easy to use, light to carry and useful for many different situations, from car rentals to carpooling. That is why it is going with us on our holidays and special occasions.

My mantra is that one (aka me) should never complicate (too much) when traveling with kids but in some situations it’s just unavoidable. These can be so common; I honestly often don’t even think of them. Like the fact our kids require car seats. And we don’t always go places with our own car. It’s usually a hassle to find the best solution, because you either have to drag the seat along or pay additional money to rent it (or sometimes it happens they don’t even have it).





Even when we are staying put, there are times I’ve wished we had additional one. Not often but at times when my Mom wants to pick up the girls and we have to go through all the commotion of transferring the seats back and forth. Or when we want to give our daughter’s friends a ride and we don’t have a safe place for them… But since all of these problems don’t arise too often, it was never really worth buying a whole new seat. We also have limited space, so I don’t know where we would keep it, when we are not using it. Besides it still doesn’t solve the whole traveling abroad situation, when we would still be required to rent a seat.

So, imagine my great joy, when searching for something completely different, I stumbled upon BubbleBum, inflatable car booster seat. The more I read about it, the more I was sure this is exactly what we need and it’s affordable. But most of all it’s easy to use, small enough to put away and it has been approved for safety.




After using it I am also excited to recommend it to others who have kids aged 4 to 11. You just inflate it by blowing into a small valve (it took me longer to inflate all the plethora of beach things than it did to get this seat ready for use). And then you secure it to the seat. The booster comes with a removable seat belt positioning clip, which helps to make the seat belt stay in a comfier position for the kid.

When you don’t need it anymore, you just undo the valve, fold it flat and put the seat back in the bag. It easily deflates and folds flat so you can actually carry it along in your handbag (it’s really light, basically with the stuff I am normally carrying around, I almost don’t even know it was there) so it is perfect for going away on holidays, renting cars, carpooling…

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BubbleBum has received a Mumsnet Best badge :)

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We are DELIGHTED to have been awarded our ‘Best’ badge for 2015 for our BubbleBum Booster Seat! 😀

It is such an honor for us, thanks guys!

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Seesaws and Seagulls Review BubbleBum

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Our friends over at Mumsnet Local Kent kindly reviewed our BubbleBum car booster seat.

See what they thought below:

BubbleBum – the solution to our car seat issues?

With a two children, the back of my car is pretty full!

I used to keep this booster seat in my boot for when I need to drive my niece somewhere.




But it doesn’t fit in the middle of my two other car seats now.

This was discovered just as we were all about to go out in my car – cue much upset from my son and niece when they realised they wouldn’t be travelling together!

But it looks like BubbleBum may have the answer!

We were asked to review their inflatable booster seat.

Here is how it compares to our previous one:




It is a great size – perfect to pop in hand luggage to use on holiday or to carry with you to use in a taxi.

Or, as we’ll be doing, to keep in the boot for when you need an extra seat.

The valve in the inner seat makes this easy to inflate, so you’re ready to go in less than a minute!

One feature that was particularly attractive to us is that you should be able to fit three across the back with it.

So we put that to the test in our car…




Due to the isofix with our baby seat, it is a bit of a squeeze but it does fit!

An additional use, as demonstrated by my son is that it makes a comfy booster cushion for the dinner table!




At £29.99 we think this is a great portable booster seat that we envisage using time and again over the coming years (especially as the age range is 4-11yrs)!

Find out more about BubbleBum booster seats here.



BubbleBum credited for saving kids’ lives in recent accident

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Kathee's vehicle following accident

Kathee’s vehicle following accident.

It’s a scary encounter and certainly not something anyone plans on having. Suddenly your car slips and slides, or out of nowhere another vehicle smacks into you, and the next thing you know you’ve rolled over and are facing oncoming traffic. You’ve been in an crash. Your life flashes before your eyes and your first thought is, are your kids OK in the back?

Kathee from Michigan recently experienced that nightmare while driving her two sons to school in snowy conditions on Interstate 96, a six lane expressway. Cars ahead of her had either rolled over or spun-off the Interstate and one was in her lane. She moved one lane to the left and suddenly a semi-truck in front of her started fishtailing. The next thing she knew her vehicle had done a 180, facing oncoming traffic and was upside down. Her and her precious kids in the back were suspended by their seat belts.

“I was playing calm mom, but was looking for blood on the ceiling because I knew at least one of us had to have been injured. I was just trying to hear, as my two boys were talking to me and to each other, what did they see and which kid was going to start screaming first, either from pain, or from seeing a bloody mess,” describes Kathee.

“To my amazement, they wanted to know if they could unbuckle their seatbelts and lower themselves to the ceiling. There was powdered glass and glass shards everywhere, and I couldn’t see behind me, but I knew they were OK. We were talking about how I didn’t want them to cut themselves on glass and were going to wait for help out of our car.”

An off-duty firefighter came to their rescue. Everyone was OK and her sons even proceeded to go to school that morning.

Kathee adamantly says, “BubbleBum car booster seats had kept my boys safe in a rollover!”

BubbleBum founder Grainne Kelly explains, “The BubbleBum car booster seats that the kids were using protected the children by correctly positioning the adult seatbelt. Seat belts are designed with adults in mind and kids are not small adults as their bodies are proportioned differently. Without the BubbleBum booster seat the seat belt would have had a much greater likelihood to have cut into the soft tissue of the abdomen causing potential life-long injuries.”

“Without seat belts, the passengers in this car would have been like frogs in a cocktail shaker,” adds Kelly.

BubbleBum saved two young lives that shocking morning. Kathee did right by keeping her kids calm and waiting for help. Would you know what to do if you and your kids were in an accident?

BubbleBum Founder, Grainne Kelly, offers tips for what you should do in case you find yourself also experiencing the horrific experience of being in a car accident.

  • No one plans to get in an accident. Before you even start the engine take a little extra time to ensure that everyone is buckled in properly.
  • In the event of a crash, take some deep breaths to calm you down. When you are in a calm state of mind you are in a better position to make decisions and take stock.
  • Without a calm parent talking to the kids to reassure them, the kids even when uninjured could have been traumatized. Kids tend not to get frightened in situations when a parent or loved one appears to be in control, they just need to have confidence in their carer.
  • The safety of everyone is paramount. If the car is not drivable or you are unable to get out of the vehicle, stay there with the seatbelt fastened and hazard lights on until help arrives, and call 911. If you can get out, turn on your hazard lights and keep away from the crash site as further crashes may occur.
  • When you dial 911, you will need to remember WHO, WHAT and WHERE happened. There is a facility on the iPhone to send a text with your location which could be handy in the event of a crash in a location where you are not familiar.
  • Take notes and draw diagrams of the scene, it will make it easier for you to remember when you are talking to the police and your insurance. Insurance companies say that even if you think the crash was your fault it may not have been; therefore, you should never admit fault or blame at the scene.
  • If you are involved in a crash it is best to go and get checked out at the ER, especially after such a serious crash as the shock can numb the pain of injury for a while. Some injuries are not apparent to the naked eye, but medical professionals will be much quicker to spot the telltale signs. A few days after a crash many people start to develop seat belt injuries, which are bruising and abrasions on the bony part of the hips and across the neck, shoulder and thorax. While these can be uncomfortable, they show how the seat belt did a great job in restraining you.
  • Take it easy after a crash for a few days, even if you feel fine. Treat it like major surgery, you wouldn’t jump on a trampoline or go to the gym straight after surgery so best to avoid anything which requires any level of exertion or risk for a few days. Your body and your mind needs time to recover.
  • It is a traumatic experience and there are emotional injuries that are not visible from the outside that can also be debilitating. Even if no one is injured, often the driver will be haunted by ‘what if’ scenarios and may need to speak to a professional to get help. Not everyone who experiences stress after a trauma has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but it is important to be aware of the signs. For more information on PTSD visit

Disclaimer: The customer gave us permission to share their story.


Meet the team… Zara McBrearty

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BubbleBum Marketing Executive, Zara McBrearty


As you know, we love to put a member of the BubbleBum team in the spotlight each BubbleBum newsletter edition so you can put a face to the name.

This time in the spotlight we have our Marketing Executive, Zara McBrearty…Let’s ‘meet’ Zara!

Describe yourself in one word?

Where did you grow up?
Co. Tyrone, Ireland

What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not working?
Probably clothes shopping or on holiday somewhere hot!

What is your favourite vacation destination?
New York City. It is my favourite place on earth!

Android or Iphone?

What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
Again…my iphone! I would be lost without it

What’s someone you think people should know about you?
I am obsessed with cooking programmes like, Master Chef, Come Dine with me, The Great British Bake Off and Jamie’s 15 minute meals. I could watch them all day long…if only I could cook as well! :)

What famous quote describes your life?
I love this quote by Audrey Hepburn, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible’”. I try and live by this.

What is the most interesting website you know of?
Fast Company. I love reading all of their weird and wonderful blog posts.

If you could throw a party what would it be like and what would it be for?
I would throw a huge BBQ for all of my family and friends. I love BBQ food!

What Celebrity do you get mistaken for?
I once got mistaken for Cher Lloyd by a group of kids in Belfast. They were banging on a shop window shouting and waving at me. Not sure what to say about that…

If you were reincarnated as an animal what would it be?
I would be re-incarnated as a Quokka. Apparently they are the happiest animal in the world (I don’t think that’s scientifically proven, but hey!) and they are very cute!

What is your favourite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it when I was in secondary school and love the life lessons it teaches.

Do you have a reality TV show guilty pleasure?
I don’t really get time to watch much TV but I do enjoy watching Keeping up with the Kardashians and The Real Housewives…even though I hate to admit it!

What is your dream car?
Randomly, anything by Volkswagen. I would love a little white, soft-top Beetle when I win the lottery. Ha!