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The Less-Refined Mind

Reviews

Afternoon Tea and Cocktails at the Royal Hotel, Southend

I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive an invitation to the review afternoon tea and cocktails at the Royal Hotel, Southend in their new speakeasy bar. No matter how much we adore our babies (lots, obvs), there comes a time when we begin to miss a little autonomy. I’ve kept little Miss Elfin with me constantly for more than  ...

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Giveaways

Armani Jeans Wallet Gift Set Giveaway, Worth £90!

Over the last few weeks I’ve had some really lovely giveaways running, but they’ve been mostly aimed at the ladies. I thought it was time to balance things out for the guys, so I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Mainline Menswear to offer a fantastic prize which I’m sure any fellas reading will love: an Armani Jeans  ...

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Photography

Living Arrows 42/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran Hubby took this photo, and Elfin is actually in the original photo, in her pram just in front of us. I’ve had to crop it because the photo was taken portrait instead of landscape, but also because I’m now getting more careful about sharing  ...

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The Mum My Mum Made Me

The Mum My Mum Made Me, Featuring The Parenting Jungle

I recently began a new series about how upbringing influences parenting. It remains to be seen whether it has as great an impact as I imagine, but that’s why I find these interviews so fascinating! I hope you will too. (If there are any guys reading, please don’t be put off by the title – you’re more than welcome to get  ...

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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday #87

It’s that time again already – almost the weekend! Which for the majority of my readers means it’s very nearly time to not have a day off, and not have a lay in. *Smiles wryly* It’s also the time of the week I take a moment to muse on my fortuity and count my blessings (here’s why if you missed week #1). Here are a few more reasons I have been  ...

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Photography

Living Arrows 41/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran It’s surreal trying to remember life before two, because their bond is almost tangible. When we collect Pixie from preschool, Elfin looks for and turns towards the sound of her voice, like a flower to the sun. It’s the best thing I’ve  ...

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The Mum My Mum Made Me

The Mum My Mum Made Me, Featuring Edinburgh Life With Kids

I recently began a new series about how upbringing influences parenting. It remains to be seen whether it has as great an impact as I imagine, but that’s why I find these interviews so fascinating! I hope you will too. (If there are any guys reading, please don’t be put off by the title – you’re more than welcome to get  ...

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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday #86

It’s that time again already – almost the weekend! Which for the majority of my readers means it’s very nearly time to not have a day off, and not have a lay in. *Smiles wryly* It’s also the time of the week I take a moment to muse on my fortuity and count my blessings (here’s why if you missed week #1). Here are a few more reasons I have been  ...

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