When I began this project shortly after getting hitched, I had no idea it would become my ‘other baby’. But, if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well: I don’t believe in half measures. Unfortunately, I have obsessive-compulsive tendencies: ergo, I carry that sentiment over to all aspects of my life…
I didn’t do half measures when I frequented the gym pre-baby, and I still don’t. By which I mean working out once a week is insufficient – so I’m on an official break until I can get back in there and boss it five days out of seven. I can’t just make do with ‘good enough’; I have to do the best I can. I’m all or nothing. Which is great for my clients..not so great for my waistline – I want the whole cake.
I’m incredibly lucky to have found a hobby I love that has surprised me by evolving into a job. Figuratively and literally, I am unapologetically eating the whole damn cake.
About the Family
I’m luckier still to be married to a wonderful man. He’s my greatest champion, and his patience is boundless.
But I am luckiest of all to have our little Devil Pixie, and now our Elfin Angel, who keep us on our toes and bring sunshine into our lives every day.
It’s a bonus that with every newly acquired skill, they just happen to provide me with material for the blog. I couldn’t possibly have known it, but life before our daughters was greyscale. They paint everything they touch with rainbows. (Email me* for the cleaning product I use to remove them from the paintwork.)
About the Blog
So what is The Less-Refined Mind really about? If I had to sum it up into a cringey mission statement, it would be this:
Promoting mindfulness and gratitude for a more appreciative life – particularly in and of our children; championing gentle and supportive parenting which models the behaviours we wish to foster in our little ones.
In theory, those values *should* shine through in everything I write – because it’s genuinely how I aim to raise our daughters.
There are no qualifications to be a parent. Instead there are badges of honour, of which I have many. I fancy myself as a Girl Guide: Bodily Functions badges – I have them all; Teething – I have several; Terrible Twos (even before my daughter reached that milestone) – I’ve a few. I’m not looking forward to the rites of passage that will see me awarded my Bullying and Boyfriends badges, but hopefully I have a few years reprieve before they’re due.
Seeing that in print, I think parents can actually be compared more closely with freaking superheroes than Guides (or, in the interest of equality, Scouts).
And superheroes or not, mums are basically Jedis, which is arguably more impressive anyway. Curious as to how I can make such a bold claim? Read this.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading my posts, and stay with us for our sometimes bewildering – and always astonishing – foray into toddlerhood and beyond. (If you’d like a little nudge to let you know when I’ve chronicled a new adventure, you can subscribe to email notifications.)
*These contact details are also correct if you:
- Fancy a chinwag to discuss the merits of the chocolate brownie versus the white chocolate and raspberry cake;
- Need a sparring partner to deliberate with re whether the parent at work should get up in the night, or – completely unrelated – what does and does not constitute humour;
- Are up for some banter about parenting being the equivalent of Jedi Academy;
- Need a virtual hug from a mother who KNOWS the torture of sleep deprivation;
- Simply want to work with me or request my media kit.
Want to know more about the face behind the cynicism? Here are 10 whymsies (plus a bonus) about me.
About the Shop
During the Christmas period of December 2019, I took my foot off the pedal just a little for a well-deserved rest – and immediately decided I wasn’t busy enough. In early January 2020, I worked tirelessly to launch an online shop alongside the blog.
Peonies & Peace sells organic baby, kids, and adult clothing as well as canvas bags. All items feature powerful slogans of positivity and/or feminist messages. The kids range has been developed to be gender neutral, and most products are designed from infant to adult sizing, because twinning is winning!
I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved, in particular my adult’s journal:
Email: [email protected]
Sometimes I’m sent bits and bobs for review purposes. It’s a nice perk of what is actually a very demanding job.
However, you can rest assured that above all things pretty, sparkly, tasty, divine – the integrity of my blog will always remain my priority.
Yep, even if I had Tiffany banging on my virtual door – still my integrity and the blog.
(Luckily, I hear they have fab products and customer service, so there should be no issues if a Tiffany PR-type is reading this; and yes, it would be my pleasure to review one of your beautiful pieces.)
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