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Welcome to The Less-Refined Mind blog and home of Peonies & Peace, selling positive and ethical apparel and wellbeing journals. I’m Kate: WAHM and wife, breastfeeding advocate, environmentalist, and small person-referee. Join me as I strive to think better, live better, and feel better – while nurturing two feisty and precocious little girls, and maintaining my sanity positivity. Read more


Mindfulness Activities For Kids

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Newborn Breastfeeding

Disclaimer: I’m not a health professional. But I am a voracious reader, and a stickler for verification, ie. reliable studies and research which either confirm or disprove the breastfeeding myths I’m talking about today. I’m also a natural-term breastfeeder (check out my video on the subject below!). This…