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Society’s Harmful Beauty Definition

Society’s Harmful Beauty Definition So this month is all about body image. I ummed and ahhed about whether or not I should write this post. But in the end I decided that I can’t cover body image properly without it. Without discussing society’s beauty definition and how it contributes to body image. Before I go any further I’d like to …

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STEM Activities for Preschoolers

As the mother of a daughter I often worry whether I encourage her enough to practice her STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) skills. I watched the recent BBC documentary ‘No More Boys And Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?’ and realised that a few of the skills that he noticed were lacking in girls for example placing shapes to …

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Review

Welcome to the first installment of my monthly book club here at Raising a Ragamuffin HQ and I’m kicking it off with this Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls review. I have to say that this is probably my favourite book right now in our ever-expanding library. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a book about 100 inspirational women. …

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What is Body Image?

In a culture that seems to be more concerned with how people look than how they think, body image is becoming increasingly important. But what is body image? I lay down the facts in this post. The 2017 Dove Global Girls Beauty and Confidence report was conducted across 14 countries with 5,165 girls aged 10-17. Of the girls surveyed in …

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My 2017 Review

My 2017 Review I like the chance that the New Year gives me to reflect on what I enjoyed during the year. I think we can all be guilty of taking time for granted sometimes, I know I am. Often a month of weeks, where my aim is to survive till the weekend, passes by in a heartbeat. I have …

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Christmas Would you Rather?

Christmas Would you Rather? Here’s an extra post in the run up to Christmas, just for fun! I’d like to thank Laura from Autumn’s Mummy for including me in this Christmas would you rather tag. What are your Christmas traditions? We have a few Christmas traditions that have evolved since daddy ragamuffin and I got married, and then again once …

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36 Top Christmas Books with Female Characters

36 Top Christmas Books with Female Characters Christmas seems to be a season dominated by men. There’s the obvious one – Santa but what about Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and the Grinch? I could go on. So in an to restore balance to the force, here is a list of Christmas Books with Female Characters. Classics Babushka by Dawn Casey …