The Less-Refined Mind

Family and Parenting

September is Colic Awareness Month – But What Causes It?

We’re coming to the end of the second week of rediscovering our evenings. By which I mean we have finally, finally got Elfin to start going to bed at a reasonable hour and – crucially – not waking up again ten minutes later. I’ve not spoken about it here too much, perhaps once or twice when I’ve been discussing relevant products;  ...

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Blogging, Opinion

Do You Truly Want to See Me Fail?

I want to start by saying this is not about me; or at least it’s not just about me. I’m writing this on behalf of many fellow bloggers who, over time, have privately, quietly – sadly – relayed similar scenarios. I’m writing this to hopefully bring some focus to an issue which impacts so many of us, yet seems to go largely  ...

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Family and Parenting, Travel

Continuing Our Adventures Around the UK With a Trip to Wales

The weather is beginning to turn and we’ll be knee deep in packing boxes very soon, and as we wave au devoir to the last of the summer sun, we’re planning another family trip for the spring; this time to Wales. I’ve been taking a look at the best family days out in Wales so we have an itinerary for our stay. We’ve decided to book a cottage  ...

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How to Have a Vibrantly Beautiful Garden All Year Round

When we moved into our house the garden was very plain: a blank canvas on which to make our own mark. We (by which I mean my husband) has worked tirelessly to make the space easily maintainable whilst also being attractive, and when we move we’ll miss it almost as much as the house itself. Not least because we’ll be back to a clean slate which  ...

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Lifestyle, Reviews

VIONIC – My New Favourite Shoe Brand

VIONIC Review – I was sent a pair of shoes in exchange my honest opinion. I’m really excited to be partnering with VIONIC for a review of their Cambridge shoe. If you’ve not already heard of them, VIONIC are a specialist footwear brand offering so much more than stylish pumps and boots: their innovative podiatrist-designed shoes come  ...

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