Family Activities during a Lockdown Christmas

JoFamily Life

gingerbread man near coffee mug

What a year. This time last year, as we were squeezing in last minute Christmas grottos, parting with pennies at school fayres and marvelling over sparkly seasonal events, none of us would have expected that 12 months on, everything would be virtually halted as the result of a global pandemic. The Christmas school holiday this year looks so different. Some … Read More

Covid-19 and the Traditional Family Christmas

JoFamily Life

mom and son looking at the christmas tree

With restrictions in place, I suspect it is fair to say that many of us are feeling the strain of Christmas more acutely than ever before. When have we had to choose a small and select group of family or friends to socialise with over the festive season, and stick to only seeing those few? How often do we have … Read More

5 Things That Were Better… as a child of the 1980s

JoFamily Life

A 1980s Childhood

Regular readers will know that, ever so occasionally, my husband Jacob guest posts on my site. As we sit and look back over the year of 2020, what we achieved, what we’re grateful for, it got us to thinking about our own childhood. We are both children of the 1980s. A time before the internet, when making a call from … Read More

Rediscovering sleep in challenging times

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Relaxed Mum - The Sleep Nanny

Sleep is something that can feel quite elusive at the moment. Organising for Christmas, rearranging social gatherings, events or even just trying to balance our business against the backdrop of the global pandemic and associated restrictions, is it any wonder that we feel anxious? Our sleep and ability to relax suffers as a result of this all, so I am … Read More

Big Little Tent Festival

JoAdventures, Days Out, Family Life

The Big Little Tent Festival

Are you missing the festival scene this year? Then this is is the event for you! Created by The Caravan and Motorhome Club, the Big Little Tent Festival is set to inspire families to get camping on Wednesday 15th April 2020. Whether camping outdoors in your garden or creating a living room den, there are plenty of ways to join … Read More

Banana and Chocolate Loaf

JoCraft & Baking

Banana and Chocolate Loaf

We have a method of cooking when we are making things with our children that quite possibly won’t set them up to be rising stars of the culinary scene in years to come, but it works for us in the here and now. Sometimes we are very precise, but with our favourite well-known recipes our preparation goes something like this: … Read More

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