Home buyers beware: Things to look out for in your new home

Buying a house is one of the most expensive and stressful things you can do but on those days when your solicitor is ignoring your calls and your completion date is slipping off into the sunset, you can at least console yourself that once the keys are in your hand everything will be plane sailing. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. It doesn’t matter how new your house is, how experienced a buyer you are, or how carefully you inspected your new home, there will always be snags and nasty surprises. When Grumpy Dad and I moved into our […]

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5 Prosecco cocktails to try this summer

Prosecco Cocktails

Despite the decidedly autumnal weather we’ve been having in the past week, summer has arrived so what better way to celebrate (and dull your senses to the sound of hundreds of children who suddenly no longer have a bed time) than with a nice refreshing prosecco cocktail. Here are some of my favorites to tickle your taste buds. Lemon Sherbet Fizz Sherbet lemons are some of my favorite sweets and this is as close to an alcoholic sherbet lemon as you are likely to find. Ingredients Lemon Sorbet Lime Cordial Prosecco Lemon to garnish Method Dollop a heaped teaspoon of […]

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The day I found out I have high blood pressure

High Blood Pressure

Yesterday was not a good day for me. It started normally enough but by mid-morning I was convinced there was something wrong with me. You see, since last Saturday I have been doing the LighterLife which is a very low calorie meal replacement diet. As a result I had been feeling very tired, light headed and achy, but had thought nothing of it. This is unfortunate as it masked the symptoms of my blood pressure inching higher and higher. Towards the end of my pregnancy I began to have symptoms of pre-eclampsia (read about my difficult pregnancy) and as a […]

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Designing My Perfect Me-Space

Designing my perfect me-space

When we moved from my one bed flat to our four bed house last year, the thing that excited me most was that I would now have an office of my own. The kids would all have their own bedrooms. Grumpy Dad would build a cabin in the garden to use as a music room, and I would have the dining room to turn into an office of my own! Unfortunately, a year later the cabin isn’t finished and my office is Grumpy Dad’s music room and a general dumping ground for things that are still in boxes. But that’s […]

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Holiday road trip survival guide

Britax Road Trip Survival Guide

I don’t often post content that wasn’t written by myself but I’m making an exception today because these tips from Britax are remarkably handy as we draw into the summer holidays. So, if you are embarking on the endurance test of a long road trip with children during the holidays, keep reading for tips on how to keep them happy, entertained, and slightly less feral. TRAVELLING WITH LITTLE ONES: THE ROAD TRIP SURVIVAL GUIDE Half term is upon us and with many families packing up their cars and setting off on day trips or for a staycation, Britax Romer has […]

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5 tips for better sleep in hot weather

5 tips for better sleep in hot weather

There was a time in my life when weekends were about staying up late and sleeping in until midday… Then I became a mum! I’ve been so lucky with Baby as she sleeps brilliantly, but even so there are times when I struggle to scrape together 5 hours of broken sleep, and things only get worse when we have the sort of heat waves that have been coming and going over the past month. Over the past couple of weeks I must have tried a hundred ways to get a good nights sleep despite the sweltering heat, some have worked […]

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Review: The First 5 Years by Dr Phillippa Kaye

Review: The First Five Years

About the first 5 years The first 5 years by Dr Philippa Kaye is a book aimed at new parents who want to some guidance and advice on what to expect from their child and how to encourage them during the first 5 years of their life. My Review if the first 5 years Even before I first became pregnant I was utterly addicted to apps and books about Baby’s development. While we tried for Baby I had more fertility apps on my phone than I had games, and once I was pregnant I swapped them all for pregnancy apps […]

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Review: The Sugar Free Cookbook + Giveaway

Review: The Sugar Free Family Cookbook

About the Sugar Free Family Cookbook The Sugar Free Family Cookbook is both a recipe book and a manual for going sugar free and contains an informative section on why going sugar free is healthy for your whole family and a vast collection of sugar free recipes for any and every occasion. My Review of the Sugar Free Family Cookbook The first I heard of the sugar free diet trend was when a friend informed me that she was doing it and had never felt better. I have to admit that I was more than a little sceptical about this. […]

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Broadband in Swindon: A Grumpy Mum Review

Broadband in Swindon: A Grumpy Mum Review

It’s hard to believe, but there are adults walking around today who are too young to remember a time when everyone had a home phone. They never experienced the inconvenience of having to sit next to a corded phone, or the frustration of being yelled at to get off the internet because someone wants to make a call. The fact is that the home phone is fast becoming a thing of the past. For example, I haven’t owned a home phone for nearly 10 years and I can count the number of people who still do on one hand! This […]

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Review: Tipple Box Cocktail Subscription

Review: Tipple Box Cocktail Subscription

About Tipple Box Tipple box is a cocktail subscription box costing between £22 and £25 per month. Each month you receive the ingredients to make two different cocktails, along with a glossy card detailing how to make the cocktails and some gourmet snacks. My Review of Tipple Box Back in my early 20’s I was often found at the clubs with my friends, drinking whatever alcoholic beverage was in fashion and returning home slightly worse for wear. That was however over 10 years ago now and these days I prefer a few civilised drinks in the early evening, followed by […]

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