The Less-Refined Mind

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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Lifestyle

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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Lifestyle

An Update on Our Move: This is Happening!

This week I popped into the estate agents for a little update, and I received some most surprising news (which I’ll come to in a moment). But first, a piece of advice: if you want the estate agents you’re dealing with to respect you as a professional adult who has their shit together, don’t attempt to drop in on them with two  ...

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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

5 Ways to Make the Outside of Your Home More Visually Appealing

Time is marching on and despite no longer feeling like this move is ‘meant to be’ (we lost the house we felt was fate), it does seem that this is going to be The One. I can’t help feeling a little despondent because it’s not the one that felt right from the beginning. But, onwards and upwards – and it has many positive aspects. One of  ...

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Family and Parenting

I’m My Baby’s Last Choice, and It Really Hurts

I started writing this post probably six months ago, after a particularly gruelling night. Elfin had struggled to settle for sleep; she’d been up more than she’d been down and other than occasionally wanting me for my mammary glands, I was very firmly in second place to Daddy. It’s no exaggeration to say that during the course of her  ...

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Family and Parenting, Travel

Family Adventures in Devon – Our Must-See Itinerary

We’re at it again – planning our next family staycation, and this time we’re keen to travel to Devon. I’ve only ever been to southwest England a couple of times, but it’s an undeniably beautiful part of the country and I’m excited to visit with the girls in tow. I’ve been checking out the best family days out in Devon for our next mini  ...

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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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