Your Summer Adventures Start Here

JoDays Out, Family Life, In Focus, Travel

Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show image 4

The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC from the 18 – 23 February 2020. Set across five halls of the NEC; the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show offers the UK’s largest display of leisure vehicles, static holiday homes, lodges, tents and so much more, giving holidaymakers and adventurers all the inspiration and gear they need for their … Read More

2020 Plans

JoFamily Life, Lifestyle

Writer's corner

My creative, planning and organising mind springs to life in the autumn. I had pondered why in particular these things seemed so much easier in the later months of the year, but then I read a post by Emma over at The Photographer’s Way that seemed to fit. Is it the shorter days that give rise to my higher levels … Read More

All Go At Jump In

JoDays Out, Family Life, In Focus, Lifestyle, Parenting

Jump In birthday party

There’s a lot of sense to the Winnie the Pooh character Tigger. Bouncing is fun. Jumping is fun. There’s something simultaneously relaxing and exhilarating about it. Finding a new and entertaining activity for your children to do can be tough. Looking for something that accommodates a range of ages is even harder, especially if you’re seeking an all-weather, all season … Read More

Travelling On A Budget With Family

JoFamily Life, Travel

I love travelling. I have a real sense of wanderlust and an almost constant itch in my feet to get going on our next adventure. I don’t travel very much though, or certainly haven’t since I’ve had children. Yes, packing up suitcases for the entire family is not something that fills me with any particular amount of joy, but mostly … Read More

Spring Inspired Family Activities

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Yumbles chocolates

Spring is always a great time to get creative and inject colour into our home and garden. It finally feels as though the long dark and often grey winter days are lifting when we spot signs of snowdrops, croci and daffodils poking through. Whether the Easter holidays or simply a free weekend, I thought I would share some of the … Read More

Getting Creative – Origami Bookmarks

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life, Lifestyle

Origami bookmark in use

I love origami. There’s a calmness to it that really appeals to the crafty, creative side of me. The little sliver of me that wants ‘quiet time’ as Chief calls it. When I was growing up in Leamington Spa, one of the things that I remember was the grand opening of the Royal Priors Shopping Centre in 1988. It was … Read More

Out in the garden this summer

JoFamily Life, Home & Garden, In Focus, Parenting

Sand pit

Summer is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. We love going to parks, exploring woodland and running across fields. If you are a regular reader or follow me on social media you will know that we spent a heavenly week on holiday in Cornwall during the summer of 2018. We had a good amount of … Read More

#30DaysWild – A June Success!

JoFamily Life, Home & Garden, Lifestyle, Parenting

Sitting among clover

June saw us once more taking part in #30DaysWild run by The Wildlife Trusts. As I mentioned in my previous post, since taking part in last year’s challenge we have pretty much continued throughout the year. The boys are becoming much more tuned in to the natural world around them which is wonderful to see. So this year in some … Read More

Perfect Presents For Older Children

JoFamily Life, In Focus, Lifestyle

Birthday cards

Ever wonder what to buy as a birthday present for an older child? Chief turns eight this autumn. Eight! I’m aware that it’s not as though he’s becoming a teenager but even so it feels older and it raises the question of what we can buy him to celebrate his birthday. He doesn’t really like ‘stuff’. He never really has, … Read More

Holidays Here We Come!

JoFamily Life, In Focus, Lifestyle

We have been talking in our household for what feels like aaaages about getting away on holiday with our boys. I’ve written about it on more than one occasion on my blog, musing over locations and reminiscing over trips I’ve already taken. As my social media followers will know, we have booked to go camping in Cornwall and Devon during … Read More