The Less-Refined Mind

The Mum My Mum Made Me

The Mum My Mum Made Me, Featuring Bridie by the Sea

I recently began a new series about how upbringing influences parenting. It remains to be seen whether it has as great an impact as I imagine, but that’s why I find these interviews so fascinating! I hope you will too. (If there are any guys reading, please don’t be put off by the title – you’re more than welcome to get  ...

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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday #79

It’s that time again already – almost the weekend! Which for the majority of my readers means it’s very nearly time to not have a day off, and not have a lay in. *Smiles wryly* It’s also the time of the week I take a moment to muse on my fortuity and count my blessings (here’s why if you missed week #1). Here are a few more reasons I have been  ...

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Topical

Why Does Society Have a Chip on Its Shoulder?

Can we talk about ‘benefit of the doubt’ for a moment? Specifically the lack of it? And along with that – a damning absence of common sense; understanding; compassion? I promised myself I wasn’t going to do this; but I’m unable to keep quiet a minute longer. And you know what? As ever, if you don’t want to hear it or if  ...

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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and Fashion – How to Stay on Trend and Comfortable

One of the hardest things about becoming mum to a newborn is that there’s not just a new facet to our identity – we actually lose all sense of self. First, our body changes beyond all recognition; hopefully we love our blossoming shape – but either way it’s a very new and different one to what we’ve lived with for the past two or  ...

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Photography

Living Arrows 33/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran On Sunday we went to a local petting farm (a different one to lay week) and they have an area filled with beautiful butterflies. (Does such an enclosure have a special name??) This beautiful butterfly took a bit of a shine to my hubby and wouldn’t  ...

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The Mum My Mum Made Me

The Mum My Mum Made Me, Featuring Love From Mim

I recently began a new series about how upbringing influences parenting. It remains to be seen whether it has as great an impact as I imagine, but that’s why I find these interviews so fascinating! I hope you will too. (If there are any guys reading, please don’t be put off by the title – you’re more than welcome to get  ...

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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday #78

It’s that time again already – almost the weekend! Which for the majority of my readers means it’s very nearly time to not have a day off, and not have a lay in. *Smiles wryly* It’s also the time of the week I take a moment to muse on my fortuity and count my blessings (here’s why if you missed week #1). Here are a few more reasons I have been  ...

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Marriage

Guest Post: I’ve Never Been Attracted to My Husband

I was recently approached by a friend about the possibility of publishing an anonymous guest post on my blog. She didn’t tell me the subject; despite very rarely accepting guest posts and because it’s somebody I admire and know to be a good writer, I agreed without hesitation. When she sent me the finished piece, it was with a  ...

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Photography

Living Arrows 32/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran This weekend hubby and I went to collect our new car. We knew Pixie would be bored to tears if she had to come for the 90 minute journey (each way), so we planned for her to stay overnight with her grandparents. She was returned to us on Sunday morning  ...

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Breastfeeding

My Honest Judgement of ‘Fed is Best’

It’s World Breastfeeding Week. And despite having already written about the subject twice during the last few days and having a very busy week on the blog, here I am at 6.30am furiously typing on my phone. Because as I was finally getting my head down last night I saw something which required an urgent response. There have been lots of  ...

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