The Less-Refined Mind

Lifestyle

House Viewing Etiquette – Learn From Our Humiliating Faux Pas!

In my last post I was talking about our imminent move, but I’ve not spoken too much about the process of moving. You know – the super stressful and annoying bit, where you have to keep the house immaculate despite the two little hell-raisers you happen to live with, so you can show strangers around the private areas of your house that  ...

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Lifestyle

Choosing Where to Compromise When You Can’t Afford Your Forever Home

The say moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do, and honestly, I’ve still not quite accepted that it’s actually happening. Of course, at this early stage anything could yet go wrong and it could all fall through, so any excitement is being reserved – as is the inevitable stress! Besides which, we have mixed feelings:  ...

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Breastfeeding, Opinion

The Day Dr Chris & the BBC Failed to Advocate Breastfeeding

What does the BBC mean to you? For me (scandal aside, obvs) it stands for good, proper, ethical, but most of all balanced news. It does not, or it should not – to my understanding at least – be associated with bias, agenda, or ulterior motive. That’s not the point of the BBC. We all pay towards it (my thoughts on that are for  ...

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Family and Parenting

Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Aspirational Man in Your Life

If the man in your life is anything like mine, he’ll be the kind of husband who quietly does everything you need him to, complaining rarely and going the extra mile regularly. He’ll be the kind of modern partner who is truly a partner and support – and the best dad you could wish for for your children. He’ll be the guy you lean on, but  ...

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Breastfeeding, Reviews

The New MAM 2 in 1 Single Breast Pump – Is It Right For You?

MAM 2 in 1 Single Breast Pump review: I received the product in exchange for my honest opinion and was compensated for my time. I’m still breastfeeding my almost one year old (wahhhh, where did that year go?!) – and more and more I’m feeling the need to grab a little break when it’s on offer. This usually means going out to work for a  ...

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Family and Parenting, Lifestyle

Creating a Garden That’s Perfect for the Whole Family

If you’ve been following my IG Stories, you’ll be aware that we’re in the midst of moving home. As I write we’ve just sold our house (hurrah!) – but we’re yet to find our new perfect family home. By the time you read, it could well be that we’ve made an offer somewhere as we have several viewings lined up for this coming weekend. Eek!  ...

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Family and Parenting, Reviews

Why the Whole Family Loves Our New Baby Carrier

BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One Outdoors Review – I was gifted the product in exchange for my honest opinion. I’m hugely aware of the importance of getting outside and enjoying nature and the fresh air – as well as moving. I advocate it for both myself and the girls (their dad is still a big gym-goer) and – come rain or shine  ...

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Lifestyle

Do You Know What Your Tampons Are Made Of?

Today I’m going to be talking about menstruation, so if you’re squeamish or a prude, look away now. But please don’t – because if you’re a woman this applies to you, and if you’re a guy then it applies to your girlfriend/wife/daughters. And ethical feminine care is need-to-know-stuff. Especially if you’re one of the 80% of women who  ...

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Lifestyle

Living With Anxiety – My Secret Struggle

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week, and it occurred to me that though I’ve referenced my anxiety many times, I’ve never written a dedicated post about it. I’ve spoken a little about when it started and why, but never how it affects me. So, better later than never, here’s how anxiety affects day to day life. I  ...

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Lifestyle

We Grew Up Like Sisters – But I won’t Call Her

I had a strange dream a couple of nights ago, about an old friend. She wasn’t just a friend though – she was more like a sister. We were friends for practically my whole life…until we weren’t. I had my first sleepovers at her house, I had my first cigarette with her, and she was there the first time my heart was broken (when my  ...

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