The Less-Refined Mind

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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Travel

Planning Our Next Family Trip: A Staycation in Norfolk

Not so long ago we took the girls abroad for the first time. We went on a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords and the scenery was stunning. It was also lovely to give Pixie the opportunity to broaden her horizons, having never previously left Blighty. However, now we’ve done it, I must confess that the extravagant cost was simply not worth the  ...

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Lifestyle, Reviews

Making a House a Home, Featuring Desenio

…Dare I say it?! If you’ve been following along with the saga then you’ll know that not too long ago we were gazumped. But what I’ve not updated anyone with (because I’ve completely lost all faith and confidence in the process) is that we’re back on! We are now partway through the complexity of buying our dream home, and when (if) we get the  ...

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