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

Catering For Your Crew

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Jacob with Chief

I used to say that the one thing that new parents or parents-to-be really don’t need is unsolicited advice or long lists of must have paraphernalia. It can run very close to the line that puts them under pressure at a time when emotions and hormones and lack of sleep are running riot and they need rest not bombarding. I … Read More

Spring Inspired Family Activities

JoCraft, 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 school holidays or simply a free weekend, I thought I would share some of the … Read More

Maths with Matr

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Lesson Three Y2 with Matr

Extracurricular tutoring and learning opportunities have long been available both face to face and more recently online.  Despite this I have never considered web based one to one tuition for my boys. Honestly I can’t place why, it just hadn’t particularly occurred to me. So when Matr contacted me I was intrigued to learn more about their maths tuition for … Read More

Introducing Matr

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Matr Logo

One of the things that I love about blogging is the people and companies that I come to meet. One such business is Matr. Established in 2013 Matr is an intelligent learning platform focused on Maths, with children supported by real, specialist tutors during weekly 1-to-1 tuition sessions. Matr are committed to making Maths tuition available to as many 7 … Read More

Getting Creative – Origami Bookmarks

JoCraft, Family Life

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

Mud and Bloom Review

JoCraft, Family Life

Mud & Bloom box review by Cup of Toast

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know how much I enjoy being outdoors, and how much I encourage my boys to take notice of the natural world around us. Anything that ignites their enthusiasm and passes on knowledge of planting, growing and nurturing will always be a sure hit with me. I was delighted, therefore, when Mud & … Read More

Hopster Coding Safari

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Hopster Safari

You lucky lot are in for a treat as Jacob is taking the reins once more and reviewing the latest app from the Hopster family. Thank you Jacob! As a child of the ‘80s, I’ve had fun with computers ever since first school. I distinctly remember doing my maths as fast as I could as the reward was playing Dare … Read More

Perfect Presents For Older Children

JoFamily Life, Parenting

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!

JoAdventures, Family Life, Travel

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