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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Solving Clothes Woes with a Capsule Wardrobe

Solving Clothes Woes with a Capsule Wardrobe

I don’t usually write about fashion because it’s not something I’ve ever been particularly interested in. It’s not that I don’t like clothes, I do, it’s just that I’m the wrong body shape and size for the clothes I love, and that has never been as true as it is now. There are so many wonderful things about being a mum. Seeing Baby grow and learn, the unconditional love, the feeling of purpose… Unfortunately, the effect pregnancy has had on my body has not been one of those things. Sure, I prepared myself to put on weight and lose a […]

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Review: YippieYo Crossbuggy

Review: YippieYo Crossbuggy

About the YippieYo Crossbuggy The YippieYo Crossbuggy is a two seat, two wheel, hand pulled trailer suitable for children up to the approximate age of 6 (40kg total weight) and capable of handling most terrains. The Crossbuggy has an aluminium frame, shock absorbers, large wheels, disc breaks, and is fully collapsible. My Review of the YippieYo Crossbuggy One of the most frustrating things about having a small child is how restricted you are when it comes to getting out and about. Prams are great for paths and shops, but our recent family trip to Dorset put into sharp relief how […]

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My Birth Story

Grumpy Mum's Birth Story

The day I found out I was pregnant was one of the best of my life. We hadn’t been trying long but as I was the ripe old age of 34 I had worried that we might struggle. I must have used 30 tests in the weeks after finding out, just to make sure… Then the morning sickness started and I no longer needed a little strip of paper to convince me I was pregnant. Apart from severe morning sickness, my first trimester passes without distinction and soon it was time for my 12 week scan. I was both nervous […]

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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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Review: Higher Moor Farm Campsite

Review: Higher Moor Farm

Ever since Baby was born I’ve been excited about her very first camping trip. Having been brought up camping myself, I’m eager for her to enjoy the freedom of life under canvas as much as I do, so I wanted to make sure our first trip was perfect! For our first outing I used my usual approach to choosing a campsite to find Higher Moor Farm. A pretty campsite near Weymouth in Dorset. From their website and brochures the site looked perfect for us, with a brilliant location, good amenities, and a focus on couples and families. It sounded almost […]

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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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10 Top Tips to make camping more comfortable

10 Top Tips to make camping more comfortable

I’ve been an enthusiastic camper all of my life and have enjoyed camping in all sorts of weather, locations, and tents. When I was younger I would camp with the most basic kit imaginable, In fact my first tent was an old fashioned canvas affair which didn’t even have a ground sheet! But the older I’ve become, the more I have craved comfort when camping and as a result I’ve learned ways to make my camping holidays far less “rough and ready” and far more “comfy and cozy”. So, here are my top 10 top tips for a better camping […]

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Postcards from Higher Moor Farm

Postcards from Higher Moore Farm

At the start of June the Grumpy Family decamped from our cozy home and headed to Dorset for Baby’s first camping holiday at a lovely little camp site called Higher Moor Farm. Typically the weather the week before we went was glorious but turned windy and rainy for our trip. Despite this, we soldiered on. After all, a holiday at the English seaside isn’t complete without some torrential rain! Monday Dear Readers, Today we’re off to Higher Moor Farm for Baby’s first camping trip. The day started promising enough, Baby quickly fell asleep in the back of the car while […]

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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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