How to make a Roman blind for your nursery

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The longest day of the year may have come and gone, but it will still be some time before it’s dark at bedtime and that can make the difficult job of getting a toddler to sleep even more tricky. This is why I decided that it was time to dig out my sewing machine and make a lovely new blackout blind for Baby’s room.Not only did this work by plunging Baby’s room into the darkness that she had come to expect from bedtime, but it also had the added bonus of keeping the sun out of her south facing room, […]

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Slimming World Week 10: If it can go wrong…

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I expected this week to be much like all the others… Some wins, some slip ups, with (hopefully) a loss at the end of it all. However, this week I haven’t had much time to think about weight loss. I’ve been too busy dealing with one thing after another. Oops! It all started on Monday. After a fairly average weekend I decided to start the week by dropping my phone down the toilet… D’oh! For some people this might be a slight inconvenience, but I use my phone to organise mine and my families lives. Without it I wasn’t even […]

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Slimming World Week 9: Takeaways

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This week has been a bit of a train wreck diet wise. So many things have gone wrong and I’ve ended up making excuses for eating the wrong things and nibbling, nearly every day! It all started on Saturday… The Takeaway Exemption We don’t have takeaways often in our house. In fact, they usually only happen once a month or less… This Saturday was one of those rare occasions when Grumpy Dad said he didn’t want to cook, so we ordered in. I did think about having a chicken salad instead of the yummy pizza everyone else was having but […]

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Review: Craftine Dressmaking Subscription Box

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What is Craftine Craftine is a sewing subscription box which is delivered every other month. The box includes 2 sewing patterns, fabric, notions, and a sweetie at a cost of £29.90 (at time of writing) per box. You can view the Craftine website at Grumpy Mum’s Review I was quite excited to learn about this box as ever since trying Sew A Little Secret last year, I’ve been saying that someone should create a sewing subscription box for dressmaking. Well here it is and it’s not half bad! When it arrived, the subscription box looked pretty and professional, which is […]

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Slimming World Week 8: Post holiday lull

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My second week back from holiday and you think I would be back to normal but no such luck. Before my holiday choosing the right foods, cutting down on bread and filling up on fruit, wash second nature. This week it has been more of a struggle. My biggest issue at the moment is bread. On holiday I allowed myself to eat as much bread as I wanted so going back to just one slice a day has been too much for me. As a result my daily Syns are hovering around 15 (ok, 15.5) and that’s just not where […]

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Slimming World Week 4, 5, 6, & 7: I bet you thought I was off the wagon!

Slimming World weeks 4, 5, 6 & 7: Weight loss journey

Week 4 It’s been 4 weeks since I started Slimming World with a fairly pessimistic view about whether it would work or not and I have to admit that I’ve been pleasantly surprised. The diet has been fairly easy to follow and although I’ve had the odd craving, on the whole I’ve been full and satisfied all month. As with any diets, this one has it’s pros and cons but on reflection, the pros certainly outweigh to cons for me! Pros No weighing food; Eat as much free food as you like; The Hi-Fi bars are yummy; Weight loss is […]

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Dummy hunting with Baby Wings

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Your baby is the most wonderful creature in the world, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be challenging at times. From the moment the midwife plops them into your arms, they begin their mission to poop their own weight every day, eat you out of house and home, and deprive you of sleep until you barely know your own name, let alone why you walked into the kitchen. As mums, we use any tool at our disposal to make our 24/7 job just that little bit easier, and although I was hesitant at first, I eventually found that a simple […]

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Review: Rookie Retro V2 Roller Boots

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If you’re a child of the 80’s you probably owned a pair of roller boots. Mine were a snazzy black pair with fluorescent panels and wheels. I’d spend hours zipping up and down the path behind my house until my legs hurt from bumping along the uneven pavement. 30 years later, both my skill and stamina have abandoned me, but that didn’t stop me from strapping a new pair of Rookie Retro V2 roller skates to my feet and stumbling outside to see if I’ve still got got it… About the Rookie Retro V2 Roller Boots The Rookie range of […]

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Slimming World week 3: Peaks and troughs

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With any diet you can expect good days and bad and this week has had both. At the beginning of the week I was excited. I’d tried on a pair of my small size 18 trousers and they fit perfectly. This was a good sign that I would soon be in a size 16. I had also started to feel less hungry, as if my body had adapted to the change in diet from processed food and sweets, to fresh food and fruit. Unfortunately the weekend was a turning point. Child wanted to go to McDonald’s, so I reluctantly decided […]

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Slimming World Week 2: No flip flops for me!

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After my successful loss of 3.5lbs last week I was unexpectedly subdued. I still don’t really understand why. After all, I should have been over the moon with the result. Still, despite my mood I settled down to another week on Slimming World. Week 2 This week was far easier in many ways as I already knew which of my favourite foods were free and the Syn counts for my favourite pointed foods. I’ve found that I’m eating bucket loads of fruit and yogurt, and filling myself up on jacket potatoes and baked beans. Bacon and eggs for breakfast is […]

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