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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How self-drive cars will change family life

How self-drive cars will change family life

A few weeks ago the Grumpy Family visited Beaulieu Motor Museum. It was a great day out, despite the fact that I’m not terribly into cars, because there were so many beautiful and interesting historic vehicles to peruse. But this also got me thinking that in essence cars haven’t really changed that much since they were first invented. Sure they’ve got faster, their bodies are sleeker, and they have more gadgets to help us drive, but the general appearance and layout hasn’t changed that much. A child looking at a car from 1920 would still recognise it as a car, […]

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Co-habiting, a cautionary tale

Co-habiting, a cautionary tale

Recently I’ve spoken a lot about our new house and how we are slowly turning it into a family home, but this has also made me think about my previous attempts to build a home with ex-partners. It won’t surprise you to know that these attempts failed, but what might surprise you is just how spectacularly they went wrong. Twice I have lived with ex-partners under different circumstances and both times I failed to protect myself out of naivety and a belief that all would be fine. Hopefully my errors, which have cost me a great deal financially, will help […]

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Making a house a home – A decorating diary

Making a house a home

Not long ago I wrote about the nightmare that is moving home and all the pit falls that come with it. But what happens after you’re in? Sure, in the estate agent photos you’ve been poring over for months the house looks perfect. But lets be honest, the reality is usually a house with peel wallpaper and paintwork that looks as if it were applied by a 5 year old in the dark. Our own move was around 10 months ago now. In many ways we were very lucky, the previous owners didn’t appear to be aware of any colour […]

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Fathers Day Gift List 2017

Fathers Day gift list 2017

Believe it or not Fathers Day is only a couple of weeks away on the 18th June, when fathers across the country will be receiving the appreciation they deserve. There was a time when the stereotypical dad was someone who went to work, did a bit of DIY and that was about it, but things have changed immeasurably. Dads are now every bit as important as mums when it comes to looking after the home and children. Indeed, if it wasn’t for Grumpy Dad and his cooking skills I’m fairly certain we would all starve! Yet, while much is made […]

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Review: Klipeasy multi-purpose clips + Giveaway

Klipeasy multipurpose clips review

About Klipeasy Klipeasy is a small robust clip with a strong spring mechanism. It is both washing machine and tumble dryer safe, has a flat head to prevent it damaging anything you clip and can easily be hung from a suction cup or small nail. My review of Klipeasy I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received my Klipeasy pack, after all, clothes pegs haven’t had a re-design for half a century for good reason and I wasn’t convinced they needed one now. However, Klipeasy is more than just a clothes peg. Klipeasy clips seem to be a hybrid, […]

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Moving Home: What to expect

Moving Home: What to expect

It’s universally accepted that moving home is one of the most stressful things you will ever do, so imagine doing it only 2 weeks before your baby is born! Well, that is exactly what I did and to say it was a stress filled nightmare would be an understatement. Although my last move was an extreme case I did learn a lot from it, predominantly that I never want to move again! My previous moves were all equally enlightening in their own ways, so here is my guide to what you should expect when moving home. Making an offer: When […]

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Laundry solutions with Laundrapp

Laundrapp laundry service

I’ve always struggled with the whole Domestic Goddess thing. I’m not very good at cleaning, hoovering happens when the dust bunnies start to form rival tribes, and if it wasn’t for the dishwasher we would probably be eating off of paper plates! Sadly my skills at handling the laundry are no improvement on this. The washing tends to get done when someone runs out of clothes, and even then it is no guarantee that said wash will result in clean clothes as they sometimes end up in what I like to think of as a groundhog cycle, where I put […]

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Review: Qwerkity Gifts for Men + Giveaway

Querkity No1 man gift, the chilli grater

Now that Valentines is out of the way you have probably noticed that all the red harts and flowers have made way for pink harts and and even more flowers. Yes, just in case you’ve missed it, Mothers Day is on March 26th. But with all the stores rushing to remind you not to forget Mothers Day (if you know what’s good for you) you may well be struggling to find gifts for the man in your life. If that’s you, then have no fear. I have been working with Qwerkity, a quirky (do you see what they did there!?) […]

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Ecocamel Orbit Shower Head Review

Ecocamel Orbit Shower Head Review

About the product The Ecocamel Orbit is an energy saving shower head attachment which can be used with all shower types. The shower head creates a vortex within the unusual hoop shaped wand, increasing the water pressure while reducing the amount of water used. The Orbit also has an integrated water softener to combat hard water which can cause limescale and dry skin. My Review When I was asked to review the Ecocamel Orbit shower head I was intrigued. With 4 and a bit of us in the house there are lights, appliances and electricals sucking up power at all […]

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