Frugal February Money Saving Challenge

Frugal February Money Saving Challenge

What the heck is Frugal February? We’re now well and truly into 2017, the post Christmas and New Year hangovers are clearing and day to day life is returning to whatever passes for normal around here. It’s right about now that I usually look at the December bank balance, suck air in through my teeth in my best dodgy mechanic impression, and decide that it’s time to tighten the financial belt a little. It is with this slightly gloomy state of mind that I’ve decided that this year I will be participating in Frugal February. The goal? To find as […]

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Weight Loss Challenge: 52lb in 52weeks #4

Weight loss challenge: 52lb in 52 weeks

This week I’m feeling more positive about my weight loss journey by far. I’ve managed to substitute a number of foods for lower fat alternatives and although this won’t get me far on its own, it’s a start. One of the things I’m struggling with most is getting my head into the right mind frame to diet. I’ve got used to eating what I want, when I want and turning back the clock to a time when I ate what I should, when I should is difficult. By swapping foods such as regular meat for lean meat, I’m doing something […]

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Fed is best – Why I chose to bottle feed my baby over breast feeding

Why I chose bottle feeding over breast feeding

“You don’t know her circumstances, maybe she couldn’t breast feed” “Maybe she can’t breast feed for medical reasons” “Some women just can’t breast feed” “You should have breast fed, then you wouldn’t have to carry so much stuff”   These are all things that have been said to me or about me over the past 5 months since Baby was born. You see, I chose to bottle feed from Birth. Yes, you read that right, I chose to bottle feed. There were no extenuating circumstances, I didn’t fail at breast feeding and my boobs work just fine, thanks for asking. […]

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What kind of sick person are you?

What kind of sick person are you?

As I sit in my bed surrounded by tissues and cold medicine, I have realised that coughs and colds break the population up into one of three categories. These categories are are easily defined as follows:   The Duvet Diver This category is usually reserved for men (sorry) and people in their early 20’s or younger. On waking with a slight sniffle which may or may not turn into a full blown cold, they immediately decide that they must take at least a week off to recover. After calling work with a Oscar winning performance of “I’m so ill I […]

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52lb in 52weeks week #2

52lb in 52weeks dieting blog www.grumpymum.co.uk

Well it’s the start of week 2 of my 52 week challenge and I think this week past week could best be described as, could do better. If I’m honest my diet has been absolutely appalling! I’d like to say that I tried my best and just fell off the wagon, but that would also be a lie. I didn’t try my best and on a couple of occasions I even found myself comfort eating. I think there has been two major factors in my failure to stick to a diet this week. Firstly, there’s just too much junk food […]

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#tribalchat Awards 2017 Vote for Me!

#tribalchat 2017 Awards Nomination Request www.grumpymum.co.uk

It’s time for the annual #tribalchat awards which are being sponsored by Maryland cookies this year. As my humble little blog was only founded in November 2016, this will be my first year throwing my hat into the ring, but it would mean the world to me if my blog won an award. So, here I am, cap in hand asking you to please vote for Grumpy Mum Reviews in the Rising Star category. You can also vote for me in two other categories, if you’re so inclined, but no more or your vote will be disqualified. You might be […]

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52lb in 52 weeks weight loss blog series #1

52lb in 52 weeks weightloss blog www.grumpymum.co.uk

Here we are, the first day of the new year and my first 52lb in 52 weeks blog post. So, what is this series about? After having my beautiful daughter 4 months ago, I think it’s fair to say that I have piled on the pounds. I’m now two dress sizes bigger than I was pre-pregnancy and I wasn’t very happy with my weight then. Something needs to be done and that something is my 2017 new years resolution to lose 1lb per week for the whole of 2017. Hence the title, 52lb in 52 weeks. If I’m honest I […]

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Blogging New Years Resolutions

Blogging and weight loss new years resolutions www.grumpymum.co.uk

Some people hate new years resolutions, seeing them as a way to set yourself up for failure. I on the other hand, love them! The new year is a brilliant time to wipe the slate clean and draw a line under everything that you have done, before turning to the future and considering what you might achieve. In the past, I’ve done some wonderful things, because I set new years resolutions. I’ve lost over 3 stone in weigh, gone from being an exercise phobe to a gym bunny (but without the matching gym gear and inappropriate earrings), taken lessons in […]

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End of year round-up 2016

Grumpy Mum's 2016 End of year Round-up www.grumpymum.co.uk

As 2016 is coming to a close and 2017 is standing on the door step, I thought it was time that I shared a round-up of my year and started to think about my plans next year. For the Grumpy Family, 2016 was a year of change. The start of the year saw Grumpy Dad and I living on our own in a one bed flat. We did as we pleased and were often found at our favorite ale pub, curry house, or popping out to watch local gigs. While we enjoyed this lifestyle it wasn’t to last long before […]

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Merry Christmas From the Grumpy Family

Merry Christmas from the Grumpy Family www.grumpymum.co.uk

Well, it’s 9am on Christmas morning and the Grumpy family are getting ready for a day of presents, naff Christmas TV and eating until we can no longer move. Hopefully you’re all enjoying the fun and stress of Christmas with your family, but wherever you are, whoever you’re with and whatever you’re doing, the Grumpy Family wish you a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year. Save Save

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