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Happiness is a choice; positivity is a mindset; gratitude is the path to both.
Welcome to The Less-Refined Mind blog and home of Peonies & Peace, selling positive and ethical apparel. 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

 

Choose Kindness - Girl Giving Flowers to Her Mother

Can you choose kindness – or does it choose you? If you have to try too hard – is that kindness, or is it something else? Some of the most poignant acts of kindness you’ll ever see come from very young children – once they’ve developed empathy, but…

Normal Pregnancy Bump Size

During my first pregnancy I measured small repeatedly and was eventually induced early due to Pixie’s failure to thrive. However, after my first growth scan came back okay, I became a little complacent: whereas I’d previously found myself worrying about normal pregnancy bump size and whether I fit…

Was it Rape

Happy birthday to meHappy birthday to meDon’t sympathise with rapistsHappy birthday to me That definitely deserves an explanation, so here it is… Yesterday I shared news of Harvey Weinstein’s guilty verdict: https://www.facebook.com/refinedprose/posts/3003868436326308 I chose to share the news because much as I tend to focus on positivity, I…

Father and Daughter

In this series, my intention is to help foster and nurture an open and profound bond between father and daughter, one that transcends the awkwardness of puberty. (I wrote about it in more detail here.) This post is about how to be a good dad; scratch that -…