The Less-Refined Mind

Lifestyle

Buying a Home – Third Time Lucky?

I’m probably crazy doing this, but since I’m not actually superstitious I’m going to update you on our house situation. Why crazy? Because the last two times I’ve done this, our house has fallen through; most recently within two hours of the post going live. Surely – surely – it can’t happen a third time? The last I updated you  ...

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Travel

Planning Our Next Family Trip: A Staycation in Norfolk

Not so long ago we took the girls abroad for the first time. We went on a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords and the scenery was stunning. It was also lovely to give Pixie the opportunity to broaden her horizons, having never previously left Blighty. However, now we’ve done it, I must confess that the extravagant cost was simply not worth the  ...

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Lifestyle, Reviews

Finding Time to Cherish Memories, Featuring Cheerz

I need a new mobile. I’ve made mine sluggish by filling it with photos, because when we have children and especially since the invention of camera phones, that’s what we do. But what we (by which I mean I) do not subsequently do, is anything with those special photographs; unless of course they’ve been taken specifically for IG – in  ...

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Lifestyle, Reviews

Making a House a Home, Featuring Desenio

…Dare I say it?! If you’ve been following along with the saga then you’ll know that not too long ago we were gazumped. But what I’ve not updated anyone with (because I’ve completely lost all faith and confidence in the process) is that we’re back on! We are now partway through the complexity of buying our dream home, and when (if) we get the  ...

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Family and Parenting

How to Prevent Head Lice, Featuring Hedrin All-in-One Shampoo

The summer holidays are upon us and, come September, many of us will have children going into preschool or ‘big’ school. There are many considerations when we drop our little ones off, namely ensuring they have the necessary equipment, that they’ve done a wee and have spare clothing – just in case – and that they are more excited  ...

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Pregnancy and Newborns

How Dangerous is Group B Strep During Pregnancy?

July is Group B Strep Awareness Month, so I’m resharing this post about the subject. Towards the end of my second pregnancy, by fluke I discovered I was carrying group B streptococcus (also known as group B strep or GBS). It was only by chance that I was ever tested – I attended A&E about something unrelated which required a  ...

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