Reading with Panda Post

JoFamily Life, In Focus

Munch reading his letter from Panda Post

Many children, as they start primary school, take an interest in the written word. They might notice signs around them, books on shelves, to-do lists pinned to the fridge door, and of course post being delivered. Panda Post have expertly linked this early interest in learning to blend and read simple words, with the excitement of receiving real post through … Read More

The Snowman Tour – Review

JoFamily Life, In Focus

The Snowman Tour performance

As the sun was setting over Coventry, the lights from the Cathedral sparkled across University Square and the scene was set for the most magical of winter events: The Snowman Tour. You may recall that I mentioned a few weeks ago how delighted I was to have been invited to this event and what special memories this story has for … Read More

Calendar of Goodwill

JoFamily Life, Lifestyle, Seasonal Holidays

Christmas boxes for the homeless

Every year, for the past seven years, we have undertaken what we call a ‘Calendar of Goodwill’ through the month of December. The idea is that during this busy festive period we shift focus from receiving, to giving. We consider our cosy home with radiators and fresh linen, and take a moment to think of those who have nothing more … Read More

Rock Cakes

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Rock cakes on wire cooling rack

Ahhh, rock cakes! They take me right back to my childhood. When everyone else was making beautiful biscuits, butterfly cupcakes and marbled flapjack, I was chucking the mix on a baking tray and enjoying the misshapen rock cakes that emerged half an hour later. Over the years I’ve perfected my recipe for these, and now my boys are masters at … Read More

Things To Do Whatever The Weather

JoFamily Life, Lifestyle

Playing games as a family

We Brits talk about the weather a lot. A lot a lot. Seemingly this can be somewhat confusing for others but let me try to explain this continuing theme. Put to one side that it is considered a polite (read: unlikely to cause a major argument) topic of conversation, it is also on occasion a necessary and interesting one. We … Read More

Pea Thing

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Peas on bread

Yes, you read that right, I really have decided to call this ‘Pea Thing’. On the back of a conversation with a friend we thought that it was both fitting and memorable. So, here are the ingredients and method for ‘Pea Thing’. Sure to go down well at summer buffets! Ingredients (makes 15 pieces): 200g peas (I use frozen peas which … Read More

#30DaysWild – Week Four (plus one)

JoFamily Life, Lifestyle

Hover fly on a white flower

I cannot believe that we’re already in July and the #30DaysWild challenge has finished for the year! We have thoroughly enjoyed getting out and closer to nature and will continue to incorporate this into our adventures over the coming months and years. We’ve enjoyed learning more about the world around us too, delving into non-fiction books regularly, sharing our knowledge … Read More

#30DaysWild – Our Big June Challenge

JoFamily Life, Home & Garden, Lifestyle, Parenting

This year I have been delighted to have been involved with the #30DaysWild challenge. Run by The Wildlife Trusts, the idea is that every day throughout June you do one wild thing. This could be as simple as watching the clouds pass by overhead, to growing flowers, to surveying the birds that visit your garden or local park. Before starting … Read More

30 Days Wild – Week Three

JoFamily Life, Lifestyle

Sunset over fields in Warwickshire

We have continued our #30dayswild adventures this week with some lovely walks and observations. So, here is our week three round up: Day One: I started the day with a walk in a local park. It really comes alive at this time of year and was teeming with birds and minibeasts. There are deer in this park too although I … Read More

30 Days Wild – Week Two

JoFamily Life, Lifestyle

Apples on tree

You may be aware by now that I am involved with the #30dayswild project this year (you can read my previous posts here and here). If your read my post from last week (here) you will also know that I am publishing a weekly round up of everything ‘wild’ that we have been up to over the previous week. So, … Read More