The Less-Refined Mind

Lifestyle

Can Political Correctness and Common Sense Co-Exist?

Part of being a blogger is managing multiple social media accounts (my most hated part if I’m honest – this is my single greatest reason for hoping to become super successful: so I can afford to pay someone to do it for me). But I recently encountered an interesting impasse, and actually I’m surprised it’s not occurred  ...

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Lifestyle

Why I Hope Never to Be a Single Mother

A few weeks ago Elfin was being a pain in the butt refusing to sleep so I decided to take her for a stroll as I needed a couple of emergency bits from the shop anyway. I left Pixie at home with her dad and off we went. But when we got home (Elfin snoring – yaaaas!), I realised I’d not been wearing my rings when I went out. It surprised  ...

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Family and Parenting

5 Tips for Bathing a Baby and Toddler Together

The first time you bring a baby home from hospital, everything is done with such careful precision. There’s meticulous cleaning, planning – and fretting! Every tiny aspect of caring for that tiny squalling human is another cause for anxiety over whether you’re doing it right, doing it often enough or doing it well enough. With your  ...

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Lifestyle

Thoughts on Body Image – From Those Who Have Never Dieted

I recently published a post about attitudes to dieting in which I promised to bring you the fascinating insight of fellow bloggers who’ve themselves never dieted. Surprisingly, despite expecting the percentage of people who have never dieted to be close to zero, there were actually about fifteen responses – making this a much  ...

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Lifestyle

We Might Be Moving – and Our Search For the Perfect Family Bathroom!

We might be moving. Well, we’re at the very beginning of our search anyway – I’m not convinced it will happen, but my husband is already as eager as an over-excited puppy! Which means we’re (he’s) regularly trawling RightMove hunting for the chocolate box house with perfect family bathroom, beautiful landscaped gardens,  ...

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Lifestyle, Positivity

How Can We Achieve a Positive Attitude to Body Image?

A few nights ago I was flicking through the TV channels. I was looking for something easy-watching, which wouldn’t take too much focus or investment, because my evenings are punctuated by my baby requiring a feed. (I’m sure she shouldn’t still be waking so frequently, but there it is.) I landed on a show about body image and decided it fit the  ...

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Giveaways, Reviews

Ju-Ju-Be Backpack Review and Giveaway!

When I fell pregnant the first time I was so excited to kit myself out with all the gorgeous new accessories my world was suddenly opened up to. I’m talking pushchairs and maternity wear and the like – those that had previously not featured on my radar, yet many of which are undeniably stylish! But most of all, there was a particular  ...

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Breastfeeding

Fun Bags – First for Men, Then for Babies

Boobs, melons, jubblies, fun bags. Call them what you will, I’ve recently been giving a lot of thought to our female appendages – specifically why do women have breasts – and I have something to get off my, ahem, chest. If you’re a woman, especially one who currently breastfeeds or has ever nursed your baby, then you’re going to be  ...

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Breastfeeding, Giveaways, Reviews

The Milky Tee Co Review and Giveaway!

The Milky Tee Co Review: I was sent these t-shirts in exchange for my honest opinion. I was recently sent some fab breastfeeding tees to try out by the new – and très cool – The Milky Tee Co. This collaboration came about when I saw the lovely Charlie O’Brien modelling one on her Facebook page, which prompted me to immediately head  ...

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Breastfeeding, Family and Parenting

Is it Baby Acne or An Allergy / CMPA?

When Elfin was born she was perfect. Within three short weeks her poor little face was covered in awful pustules and her skin was as terrible as a teenage boy’s. I never questioned whether it was baby acne or an allergy/CMPA, assuming the former out of ignorance until – by complete fluke – a consultant diagnosed her. Either  ...

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