Christmas Gifts for 1 Year Olds

Christmas gifts for 1 year olds

Christmas is my favourite time of year, and unlike most people I love Christmas shopping! The fact that I have my mane shop bought and wrapped by 1st of December probably has a lot to do with this. 2017 will be Baby’s second Christmas, which I find much more exciting than the first as she is now old enough to find the festivities exciting, even if she doesn’t understand them yet. Unlike last year, when Baby was a little lump cuddled up in her rocker. This year she is a little ball of energy who sweeps around the house leaving […]

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Review: Baby Wings Bibs + Giveaway

Review: Baby Wings Bibs

I’m a big fan of Baby Wings dummy clips and have raved about them on several occasions, but now Baby Wings have moved into the mucky world of baby bibs and the question is, do their bibs live up to the same high standards? Read my review of Baby Wings dummy clips About the bibs Baby Wings silicone bibs come in a pack of two including a blue bib decorated with the Baby Wings duck and a green bib decorated with a cartoon alien. The bibs are flexible and wipe clean, with a large food pocket and a button style […]

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The dressing gown argument

The dressing gown argument

Every year as the cold nights draw in Grumpy Dad and I lock horns in a battle that neither of us can ever win. The reason? A simple piece of clothing. To me a dressing gown, or house coat as my mum used to call it, is the pinnacle of comfort when it’s cold outside. In the morning you can throw it over your PJ’s so you don’t have to risk frost bite just to go to the kitchen for a cup of tea, and in the evening when you come home from work you can get changed and put […]

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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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Review: The Cheeky Elf + Giveaway

Review: The Cheeky Elf

With Christmas just around the corner I’m starting to get excited about all the Christmas fun I can get up to with Baby this year. She’s still young but it’s never too early to start Christmas Traditions, so when the opportunity arose to review a Cheeky Elf starter kit I really couldn’t wait. About the elf tradition Back in the 2000’s the elf tradition was born. Suddenly households were buying their children unassuming toy elves which would magically (or through the hard work and planning of many a devious parent) come to life at night and get into all sorts […]

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Getting out of debt without destroying your credit rating

Getting out of serious debt without destroying your credit rating

There are many reasons why people get into crippling debt and it isn’t always because you are a stereotypical spendthrift. My story involved being thrown out of home at the age of 18. With nowhere to live and no-one to turn to I often had no choice but to use my credit card for food and rent. At the time I made foolish financial choices, so despite working three jobs I struggled to make ends meet. In the end I found myself in my early 20’s with nearly £20,000 of debt. In the same way that money breeds money, debt […]

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Review: S+ by ResMed Sleep Monitor

Review: S+ by ResMed sleep monitor

As a first-time parent you receive a lot of conflicting advice about parenthood. However, there is one thing that everyone agrees on… You will never get a good night sleep again! Although Baby is now over a year old, sleep is still an issue. I often find myself having to check on her two or three times a night, although thankfully this is no longer a task that requires me to rock her for an hour! So, when the opportunity to review the S+ by ResMed came along I decided that anything is worth a shot if there’s a possibility […]

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Visiting Savernake Forest

Visiting Savernake Forest

A short distance outside of the picturesque town of Marlborough you will find the 2,750 acres of ancient woodland called Savernake Forest. It’s a beautiful place with miles of woodland walks which range from wide well managed pathways cutting through the woods, to rough winding tracks which snake away from the beaten path into wild landscapes where you can easily believe you are the only person in the forest. I first visited Savernake forest about 10 years ago, around that time I would often head out to find the most obscure little track possible in the hope of getting lost […]

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Review: Higher Moor Farm Pod Lodges

Review: Higher Moor Farm Pod Lodges

In June this year the Grumpy Family visited Higher Moor Farm campsite near Weymouth for the first time and were absolutely blown away by the staff, location, amenities, and cleanliness. In fact, we were so impressed that we decided to return in September to experience one of their luxury pod lodges. Read the original Higher Moor Farm review for an overview of campsite and why it got the Grumpy Mum stamp of approval. About the Pod Lodges From the outside the pods appear to be nothing more than what my mother would call a sun room. It’s easy to assume […]

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Bepanthen Giveaway: Win a Bepanthen Baby Gift Box Including a £50 JoJo Maman Bebe Voucher

Bepanthen nappy cream

A year in nappies With Baby now past the big 1, I’ve been thinking back on how much she has changed in such a short time. There are so many little things that she has learned, like putting her dummy in herself, handing over a toy when asked, and waving. Then there are the big things like learning to roll over and crawl. No matter how small the achievement is I always celebrate it as if she won gold in the Olympics! But I have to be honest, her increasing mobility has caused all sorts of havoc in the nappy […]

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