The Bedtime Tag – Sleeping with Baby

The bedtime blogger tag. Sleeping like a baby.

Thank you to the lovely Mummy to Logan for tagging me in the Bedtime Tag. This tag is all about sleep habits, which is somewhat ironic for a mum with a young baby to write about. On the whole I’m usually happy just to get a nap and I’m one of the luck ones who has a baby who sleeps well! 1. Describe your usual bedtime routine Bedtime is a military operation in my house because there’s a good chance that if anything interrupts it, the baby won’t sleep! At about 7pm Baby goes for daddy time while I waft […]

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10 Toys from the 80’s my daughter will never know

Top 10 80's toys

With Christmas and Birthdays galore over the past couple of months, I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at toys and there’s no denying that things have changed a lot since I was a child. Sure there are still dolls and Lego, but most children just want a xBox or an iPad. So, while wandering around Toys’R’Us, which isn’t as magical these days, I found myself reminiscing about the toys of my childhood in the 80’s and realising that my daughter will not only never play with the sort of toys that I enjoyed, but will also probably think […]

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Weight Loss Challenge: 52lb in 52 weeks #5

Weight loss and dieting challenge week 5

Can you believe that the end of January is here already? I certainly can’t! Somehow time slips by without me noticing, I blink and another month is gone. This month has been a bit of a weight loss roller coaster. My first week was amazing with a 4lb loss but then I jumped back up and gained 2lb. Luckily since then I’ve been steadily losing 1lb a month, which isn’t terribly exciting but it is exactly what I’ve set myself up to do. I’m sure there are diets out there which would have me losing 2 or 3lb a week […]

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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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