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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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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Aquaplaning: What you need to know to stay safe

What to do if your car aquaplanes

With the autumn season well and truly upon us, it’s time to put away the flipflops and sun dresses and dig out the puffy coats and wellies. But while you’re worrying about keeping your little ones warm and cold free this winter, you should take a second to consider road safety during the winter months. The MET office is predicting record rainfall in the UK this winter, which is likely to cause an increase in road traffic accidents. It’s impossible to plan for everything, but being prepared could help you deal with one of the most common wet weather driving […]

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Review: Silly Billyz Bibs+ Giveaway

Review: Silly Billyz Bibs

About Silly Billyz Silly Billyz is an online retailer specialising in a wide variety of bibs but also selling related baby products such as hooded towels, bath robes, stroller liners, and blankets. For the purpose of this review I will be reviewing the Red Heart Towel Bib, which currently retails at £5.95. My Review of Silly Billyz Bib Since Baby started weaning over 6 months ago, I have been fighting a losing battle to keep her clothes clean. It should be so easy, use a bib and the clothes stay clean. Unfortunately, this has not been my experience. Although I […]

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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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How to buy a budget wedding dress

How to buy a budget wedding dress

Weddings are expensive! When Grumpy Dad proposed in June one of my main concerns, once I stopped staring at my engagement ring, was the cost of the wedding. I knew that weddings were expensive but when I found out that the average wedding now costs £20k I just couldn’t believe it! Grumpy Dad and I don’t want to spend anything like that amount so over the next few months I will be sharing ideas and tips on how I have been keeping the cost of our wedding down to a less scary figure. This post is all about the most […]

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Growing into hobbies

Growing into hobbies

As Baby grows I’ve started to muse on what her interests will be. At the moment her main interests are following Mummy and Daddy around and making as much noise as possible. Although, she is already showing a distinct love of music, which is perhaps not surprising when you consider that her dad is a talented singer/song writer, and there are more musical instruments in our house than there are chairs! We both hope that Baby will maintain a love of music and learn an instrument as she grows older, but as she’s only 1 it may be a little […]

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What is cord blood banking and should you do it?

What is cord blood banking and should you do it?

The banking of umbilical cords and blood is a hot topic at the moment, yet when I was pregnant just a year ago I had no idea what it was about. I vaguely remember someone, possibly a midwife, asking if I would be doing it, but I received no guidance so I assumed it was along the same lines as taking home your placenta to eat. No thanks! If like me you haven’t heard of cord and blood banking before then this infographic created by Smart Cells will explain the basics of what it is and how it’s done. What […]

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