How to turn a cot bumper into unique bunting

How to turn a cot bumper into unique bunting

When I started to prepare Baby’s nursery one of the items I shopped for was a bedding set for her new cot, but no matter where I looked, they all included cot bumpers. While these are usually very pretty the advice from the NHS and the Lullaby Trust is not to use them. Read this Lullaby Trust article for more information https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/parents-should-remove-cot-bumpers/ In the end I settled on a bedding set which included a cot bumper, but I decided that instead of allowing it to gather dust in a draw, I would turn it into some beautiful personalised bunting for […]

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How to buy a budget wedding dress

How to buy a budget wedding dress

Weddings are expensive! When Grumpy Dad proposed in June one of my main concerns, once I stopped staring at my engagement ring, was the cost of the wedding. I knew that weddings were expensive but when I found out that the average wedding now costs £20k I just couldn’t believe it! Grumpy Dad and I don’t want to spend anything like that amount so over the next few months I will be sharing ideas and tips on how I have been keeping the cost of our wedding down to a less scary figure. This post is all about the most […]

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Growing into hobbies

Growing into hobbies

As Baby grows I’ve started to muse on what her interests will be. At the moment her main interests are following Mummy and Daddy around and making as much noise as possible. Although, she is already showing a distinct love of music, which is perhaps not surprising when you consider that her dad is a talented singer/song writer, and there are more musical instruments in our house than there are chairs! We both hope that Baby will maintain a love of music and learn an instrument as she grows older, but as she’s only 1 it may be a little […]

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What is cord blood banking and should you do it?

What is cord blood banking and should you do it?

The banking of umbilical cords and blood is a hot topic at the moment, yet when I was pregnant just a year ago I had no idea what it was about. I vaguely remember someone, possibly a midwife, asking if I would be doing it, but I received no guidance so I assumed it was along the same lines as taking home your placenta to eat. No thanks! If like me you haven’t heard of cord and blood banking before then this infographic created by Smart Cells will explain the basics of what it is and how it’s done. What […]

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Win £30 to spend at Party Bags and Supplies

After the excitement of Baby’s first birthday, things are finally getting back to normal in the grumpy household. The decorations have now been taken down, the balloons are quietly letting themselves down in a corner, and the birthday cards will soon be packed up in a keepsake box, along with all the other knickknacks and bits and bobs that I’ve been squirrelling away as memorabilia from Baby’s childhood. I imagine that by the time I’m finished I’ll have enough junk to fill a museum so she had better do something to become famous! Having never been involved in the running […]

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Review: Peachy Packages + Giveaway

Review: Peachy Packages

About Peachy Packages Peachy Packages is a subscription box designed to encourage you to take some “me” time. Each box is full of beautiful stationery, chocolate, a drink, and an assortment of relevant goodies. All of which are delivered to your door once a month. You can purchase a one off box, 3 month subscription, or 6 month subscription. Alternatively, if you don’t like surprises, you can purchase previous boxes, or a little peachy package which contains highlights from previous boxes at lower price point. For the purpose of this review I have been given June’s Peachy Package, which contained: […]

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12 things I’ve learnt in 12 months, A First Birthday Post

12 things I learnt in 12 months, A first birthday post

This weekend was Baby’s first birthday, I honestly can’t believe it! It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that she was a tiny squishy baby, and now she’s a larger, squishy, fast moving baby! People always tell you that the time goes so fast, but you never believe them until you find yourself saying the same thing. For me it seems particularly crazy as Baby has gone from not being able to crawl at all, to super crawling in the last week before her birthday and now she’s tentatively trying to pull herself up already! We decided that […]

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Review: Mini Me Gift Box Shop + Giveaway

Review: Mini Me Gift Box Shop

About the Mini Me Gift Box Shop The Mini Me Gift Box Shop is an online retail outlet specialising in gift boxes for newborn babies. Gift boxes range in price from as little as £30 to £70 and each gift box contains a number of items such as muslins, clothes, toys, and skin care, making them the perfect gift for baby showers. For the purpose of this review I have been provided with one baby girl gift box containing: A pair of baby booties; A cotton muslin square; A cotton and bamboo swaddle; 2 bibs; A wooden keepsake; A bar […]

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Winning the lottery: A flight of fancy

Winning the lottery: A flight of fancy

This weekend I bought a lotto ticket for the first time in a couple of years and it got me thinking back to the first ever UK lottery draw back in 1994. I was only 13 and everyone in the family was excited at the prospect of our numbers coming in. For days before hand all anyone could talk about was what they would do with all the money. My mum wanted a house by the sea, my dad wanted a posh car, and my grandmother was adamant that she would buy a yacht. After the draw there were lots […]

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5 Alternative uses for Dummy Clips + Baby Wings Giveaway

5 Alternative Uses For Dummy Clips

If you had said the words “dummy clip” to me before I had Baby I would have stared at you blankly but now I can’t walk across a room without passing at least three of them! I love dummy clips as they are so handy and not just for preventing Baby’s dummy from disappearing to the same place as all of her left socks. I often find myself using them to clip, tie, and attach things that are way outside of the usual dummy clip remit and although I’ve tried lots of different clips, my favourites are still Baby Wings. […]

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