The Less-Refined Mind

Lifestyle

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas! The Christmas Tag

I can’t deny that Christmas is a stressful time of year – there’s so much to do and there’s so much pressure to do it all and make it the best year EVER! But, meticulous planning, buying, wrapping (inevitably forgetting something and emergency re-gifting) aside – I luuuurve this time of year! Particularly with  ...

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Family and Parenting

Christmas Can Suck My Baubles

Every year when November rolls around, I get caught up in the excitement, and every year Christmas does not live up to the hype. It’s not that I hate Christmas, it’s just that it never quite delivers. So this year, I’ve decided to do the wise and mature thing and not expect too much. Limited expectations means limited  ...

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Reviews

Little Tikes Tummy Tunes Giraffe Review With #GetTheGrowHow

I’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate with Little Tikes as ambassador for their #GetTheGrowHow campaign with Emma Kenny over the past nine months. As part of that role, I’ve been sharing video updates of our journey with Elfin, from while I was still pregnant, right up until now – six months old today! I was thrilled to  ...

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Family and Parenting

Is My Brave Face Too Brave?

Do you know the swan-like woman who glides so effortlessly through life, feathers unruffled and making life appear to be a breeze? You know the one, she seems to have life sorted: two children generally well-turned out; a social butterfly; an entrepreneur. She has all these remarkable things AND very little help to stay on top of it. How is  ...

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Breastfeeding

There’s No Such Thing as a Hungry Baby

Even as I write, I question the wisdom in penning this post. But it’s been a tough day (tough six months if we’re being honest), and I just can’t not any longer. I’ve kept it in for more than three years now and I finally need to let it out. So here it is: THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A HUNGRY BABY. Or, there is  ...

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Family and Parenting

24 Ideas For Your Elf on the Shelf This Christmas!

Having only acquired an elf last year, we’re late to the party ourselves. But, if you’re a remotely self-respecting parent you’ll have sussed this one out years ago: a cute and cuddly toy with which to bribe the kids. Hmmm, put like that it’s actually…a no-brainer! Am I right? In all seriousness, the concept is  ...

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Breastfeeding

The Reality of Breastfeeding With CMPA

My baby has cow’s milk protein allergy, and I’m breastfeeding with CMPA. When I decided to go dairy free I didn’t overthink what it truly meant, because I didn’t expect it to be easy. In fact, I knew it was going to be hard – I just didn’t consider the many different ways it would be hard. And I certainly  ...

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Pregnancy and Newborns

How Dangerous is Group B Strep During Pregnancy?

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 swab. I didn’t even realise I’d been checked for GBS too until I received a phone call to let  ...

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