About Kate Tunstall

Cynic; Jedi Master; connoisseur of cake: Kate Tunstall blogs at The Less-Refined Mind and Huffington Post. From petty peeves to politics, Kate doesn’t shy away from telling it like it is. As an inevitable role-model to her daughter, she even throws in the odd ‘inspirational’ post in an effort to quell her cynicism and promote positivity. Kate resides in rural Essex with her champion husband and their young daughter, who’s affectionately known as the ‘Devil Pixie’. You can say hi to Kate on Twitter: @LessRefinedMind and Instagram: @lessrefinedmind.

Author Kate Tunstall

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Family days out on London’s South Bank

One of the perks of being a BritMums editor is occasionally being invited to some awesome events as their representative, and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go along to a really fun press trip, courtesy of South Bank London to promote #SouthBankDreams – South Bank London’s summer family days out for […]

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Current Affairs Round-up: Term-time holidays

This month I want to talk about term-time holidays – it’s one that does or will affect every one of us, after all. On April 6th the Supreme Court ruled against Jon Platt – and there was a lot of strong feeling about the result. I’ll be frank, when I initially read about it, I […]

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Current Affairs Round-up: Terrorism & discrimination

This month has seen one of the greatest atrocities to hit the UK since the July 7th attack in 2005. Then, I was working in London and in the thick of it myself, based in the CityPoint building in Moorgate. I remember being scared to go for a wee, for fear of being found dead […]

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Current Affairs Round-up: The antithesis to romance

I feel completely out of whack this month – the weather and the seasons can’t make up their minds, and I’ve just recovered from a horrible bout of sickness. So to continue the inconsistency, the theme for this month’s round-up is: There-Is-No-Theme-Or-If-There-Is-It’s-The-Antithesis-To-Romance. Hope you had a happy Valentine’s! We’ve recently celebrated – or not in […]

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Current Affairs Round-up: Mental wellness

January was Mental Wellness Month and so I requested posts about this issue. I’m sad at the overwhelming response: seems it’s prevalent – and it’s not going away, with many parenting bloggers having stories to share on the subject. I shouldn’t be surprised really, according to The Independent, nearly a quarter of new mother’s will […]

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Sing Movie Review

Several weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to represent BritMums at the official family viewing of #SingMovie in Leicester Square. Sing is a brilliant new film from the creators of Despicable Me, which my daughter is obsessed with (we got her a Minions onesie for Christmas and I was excited to see her […]

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Current Affairs Round-up: Cautious optimism

Happy new year! Can you believe it’s January? I feel like I blinked and the holidays were over – and we didn’t even get the obligatory family Christmas dinner… I know it can often be an education in tedium, but when you miss it due to half the family visiting A&E, well, you miss it. […]

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Current Affairs Round-up: Lest we forget

It’s been a busy few weeks. By the time you read this it will be December and almost a month will have rolled by since Remembrance Sunday took place; lest we forget. It’s an event which, with every passing year, moves me more than the last – particularly so since becoming a mother. Victoria at Mummy […]

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Current Affairs Round-up: Feminism vs Trump

I’ve a confession to make: my reading of and commenting on blogs has slipped of late. It’s something of which I know the importance, worth and value – yet for one reason or another I’ve just not found the time recently. So I was looking forward to an evening of enforced catch-up so I could […]

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Current Affairs Round-up: Women in the workplace

I’m delighted to introduce myself as your new current affairs round-up editor. For those of you who don’t know me already, I’m Kate from The Less-Refined Mind, and I’m super excited to have taken over this role from the brilliant Sonya – big boots to fill but I’ll give it my best! BritMums have kindly […]

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