How to turn a cot bumper into unique bunting

How to turn a cot bumper into unique bunting

When I started to prepare Baby’s nursery one of the items I shopped for was a bedding set for her new cot, but no matter where I looked, they all included cot bumpers. While these are usually very pretty the advice from the NHS and the Lullaby Trust is not to use them. Read this Lullaby Trust article for more information https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/parents-should-remove-cot-bumpers/ In the end I settled on a bedding set which included a cot bumper, but I decided that instead of allowing it to gather dust in a draw, I would turn it into some beautiful personalised bunting for […]

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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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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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