The Less-Refined Mind

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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Breastfeeding

Breastfeed? Why That Makes You a Martyr

I wrote this post before I became pregnant with Elfin. Of course I’m currently breastfeeding again, and I’ve also been dairy-free for nearly a year – meaning this post is now more relevant than ever. Breastfeeding is a subject close to my heart. It’s something I’ve written about many times over the last couple of years  ...

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Reviews

World of Dinosaurs Review, Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne

World of Dinosaurs Review at Paradise Wildlife Park: I was gifted entry for my family in exchange for my honest opinion. Elfin’s many issues since she was born have basically meant she’s often uncomfortable and not very content, and to that end I’ve been quite hesitant to go out for long days far away from home. I can never tell when she’s  ...

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Lifestyle, Positivity

Planning My New Office Space – In Anticipation!

I’m super excited to share with you all that we’re now seriously looking at moving. After all the work we’ve done to make our current home perfect, we thought it was really clever to leave and go somewhere else that is not perfect. *rolls eyes* Why do we do it to ourselves?! Well, in our case there is method to our madness, though I sometimes  ...

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Lifestyle

Emergency Service Heroes 2018, With Peli UK

Last year when I was still pregnant I wrote about how one of my closest friends had delivered her baby at home like the freaking warrior that she is. And then she unexpectedly haemorrhaged. By the time it happened both she and her tiny newborn had been checked over and given a clean bill of health – meaning the midwives had left her and  ...

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