The dressing gown argument

The dressing gown argument

Every year as the cold nights draw in Grumpy Dad and I lock horns in a battle that neither of us can ever win. The reason? A simple piece of clothing. To me a dressing gown, or house coat as my mum used to call it, is the pinnacle of comfort when it’s cold outside. In the morning you can throw it over your PJ’s so you don’t have to risk frost bite just to go to the kitchen for a cup of tea, and in the evening when you come home from work you can get changed and put […]

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Review: Carpetright

Review: Carpetright

When we moved into our new home we quickly realised that every room in the house would need to be re-decorated. With Baby due in only a couple of weeks this wasn’t idea but there was one room that I really was looking forward to decorating, the nursery. We completed decorating the majority of the nursery in time for her first birthday, but I couldn’t stand having Baby play on the tatty 10 year old carpet, so it just had to go. Why I chose Carpetright Carpetright are the UK’s leading flooring provider and with stores absolutely everywhere, it’s hard […]

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Review: The Cheeky Elf + Giveaway

Review: The Cheeky Elf

With Christmas just around the corner I’m starting to get excited about all the Christmas fun I can get up to with Baby this year. She’s still young but it’s never too early to start Christmas Traditions, so when the opportunity arose to review a Cheeky Elf starter kit I really couldn’t wait. About the elf tradition Back in the 2000’s the elf tradition was born. Suddenly households were buying their children unassuming toy elves which would magically (or through the hard work and planning of many a devious parent) come to life at night and get into all sorts […]

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Getting out of debt without destroying your credit rating

Getting out of serious debt without destroying your credit rating

There are many reasons why people get into crippling debt and it isn’t always because you are a stereotypical spendthrift. My story involved being thrown out of home at the age of 18. With nowhere to live and no-one to turn to I often had no choice but to use my credit card for food and rent. At the time I made foolish financial choices, so despite working three jobs I struggled to make ends meet. In the end I found myself in my early 20’s with nearly £20,000 of debt. In the same way that money breeds money, debt […]

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Review: S+ by ResMed Sleep Monitor

Review: S+ by ResMed sleep monitor

As a first-time parent you receive a lot of conflicting advice about parenthood. However, there is one thing that everyone agrees on… You will never get a good night sleep again! Although Baby is now over a year old, sleep is still an issue. I often find myself having to check on her two or three times a night, although thankfully this is no longer a task that requires me to rock her for an hour! So, when the opportunity to review the S+ by ResMed came along I decided that anything is worth a shot if there’s a possibility […]

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Visiting Savernake Forest

Visiting Savernake Forest

A short distance outside of the picturesque town of Marlborough you will find the 2,750 acres of ancient woodland called Savernake Forest. It’s a beautiful place with miles of woodland walks which range from wide well managed pathways cutting through the woods, to rough winding tracks which snake away from the beaten path into wild landscapes where you can easily believe you are the only person in the forest. I first visited Savernake forest about 10 years ago, around that time I would often head out to find the most obscure little track possible in the hope of getting lost […]

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Review: Higher Moor Farm Pod Lodges

Review: Higher Moor Farm Pod Lodges

In June this year the Grumpy Family visited Higher Moor Farm campsite near Weymouth for the first time and were absolutely blown away by the staff, location, amenities, and cleanliness. In fact, we were so impressed that we decided to return in September to experience one of their luxury pod lodges. Read the original Higher Moor Farm review for an overview of campsite and why it got the Grumpy Mum stamp of approval. About the Pod Lodges From the outside the pods appear to be nothing more than what my mother would call a sun room. It’s easy to assume […]

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Bepanthen Giveaway: Win a Bepanthen Baby Gift Box Including a £50 JoJo Maman Bebe Voucher

Bepanthen nappy cream

A year in nappies With Baby now past the big 1, I’ve been thinking back on how much she has changed in such a short time. There are so many little things that she has learned, like putting her dummy in herself, handing over a toy when asked, and waving. Then there are the big things like learning to roll over and crawl. No matter how small the achievement is I always celebrate it as if she won gold in the Olympics! But I have to be honest, her increasing mobility has caused all sorts of havoc in the nappy […]

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Roxi Electronic Jukebox – A Grumpy Dad Review

Review: Roxi Electronic Jukebox

Introduction Here at Grumpy Mum Reviews I always try to give the best balanced and informative reviews I can, but when Roxi asked me to review their clever electronic Jukebox, it struck me that I have someone far more qualified to review it. Enter Grumpy Dad! While my musical expertise ends at singing in the shower and occasionally poking the piano in the hope that I might have magically learnt how to play overnight. Grumpy Dad is a genuine musician (he hates it when I call him that), and a music enthusiast. He has played in a number of bands […]

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Aquaplaning: What you need to know to stay safe

What to do if your car aquaplanes

With the autumn season well and truly upon us, it’s time to put away the flipflops and sun dresses and dig out the puffy coats and wellies. But while you’re worrying about keeping your little ones warm and cold free this winter, you should take a second to consider road safety during the winter months. The MET office is predicting record rainfall in the UK this winter, which is likely to cause an increase in road traffic accidents. It’s impossible to plan for everything, but being prepared could help you deal with one of the most common wet weather driving […]

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