Review: Make My Blinds – Online Store

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Blinds can make a big difference to a room, whether as standalone window dressing or in conjunction with curtains, but getting the right blind can be hassle. If you buy them in a standard size you will be limited in design and may have to spend hours cutting them to size, whereas if you buy them from a bespoke blind fitter you may need to re-mortgage to pay the bill! For this review I’m testing out Make My Blinds, an online store selling made to measure blinds in a wide variety of styles and designs, which won’t break the bank. […]

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Review: Post Office Wi-Fi Squad

Review: Wi-Fi Squad

Technology is taking over our homes to a degree which makes it near impossible to get by without a good internet connection. But if you’re not tech savvy getting your internet service up and running to its full potential can be a challenge, this is where the Post Office Wi-Fi Squad can help. What is the Wi-Fi Squad? The Wi-Fi Squad comprise of a team of 500 broadband experts across the UK who can come to your home by appointment and spend up to an hour installing your router, optimising your connection, checking your security setting, setting up your network, […]

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Review: Post Office Broadband

Review: Post office broadband

When you think of the Post Office the image that probably comes to mind is the Post Office of old which was all about letters, parcels, and your grandma getting her pension, but the Post Office has changed. They now offer a dizzying array of products and services, one of which is broadband. But with so much competition in this sector, can the Post Office deliver something special? What’s on offer and value for money Like most modern families, mine are always connected to the internet. At any one time we can have Teen playing online games on his xBox, […]

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Review: Carpetright

Review: Carpetright

When we moved into our new home we quickly realised that every room in the house would need to be re-decorated. With Baby due in only a couple of weeks this wasn’t idea but there was one room that I really was looking forward to decorating, the nursery. We completed decorating the majority of the nursery in time for her first birthday, but I couldn’t stand having Baby play on the tatty 10 year old carpet, so it just had to go. Why I chose Carpetright Carpetright are the UK’s leading flooring provider and with stores absolutely everywhere, it’s hard […]

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Roxi Electronic Jukebox – A Grumpy Dad Review

Review: Roxi Electronic Jukebox

Introduction Here at Grumpy Mum Reviews I always try to give the best balanced and informative reviews I can, but when Roxi asked me to review their clever electronic Jukebox, it struck me that I have someone far more qualified to review it. Enter Grumpy Dad! While my musical expertise ends at singing in the shower and occasionally poking the piano in the hope that I might have magically learnt how to play overnight. Grumpy Dad is a genuine musician (he hates it when I call him that), and a music enthusiast. He has played in a number of bands […]

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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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