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

Creating A Wildlife Area

JoFamily Life, Home & Garden, Lifestyle

Yellow wildflowers

I’ve always loved nature so a big draw for me when we came to move house was to have a reasonable sized garden with lots of ‘green’. We found the house, and the size of garden. At the time of moving it was beautiful with climbing roses and pots aplenty, but not quite as green as we would have liked. … Read More

Sorry Isn’t The Hardest Word

JoFamily Life, Parenting

Boys running through parkland

… and why I always say sorry to my children. I am almost certain that all parents will have been here: I’m stacked up with laundry, have tripped over a fluffy toy and consequently trodden on Lego. Almost instantly a little face appears as if from nowhere and drawls “Mammmaaaaa” in the sort of high-pitched whine that shoots straight through … Read More

Tissue Paper Vases

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life

Featured image tissue paper vase

Tissue paper vases – I love these. I seriously love these. I think that they are one of my favourite quick and easy but very effective craft activities, and they make super gifts. They can add a really sweet touch to a room in your own home too and they look fab when filled with daffodils or other spring time … Read More

Getting Active This Spring

JoFamily Life, Lifestyle

Family walking

According to a ComRes poll for BUPA back in November 2015, the most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and get fit. According to the same information around 80 per cent of us Brits have broken those resolutions by the end of March. I understand why. It can be hard to keep up that post-Christmas / January momentum … Read More