Getting hygge with Hopping Hare Candles

JoIn Focus, Lifestyle

Hopping Hare relaxing candle

Hygge • creating a feeling of well being Roughly pronounced “hoo-ga” or “hue-guh”, hygge is an important part of Danish culture. Since it burst onto the lifestyle scene in the UK in 2016 (some 200 years after being first noted in Denmark) it’s almost becoming old news. That doesn’t mean that it is no longer relevant though, far from it. … Read More

The Tissue Veil – Brenda Bannister

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The Tissue Veil Cover from Google

What if you discovered a hundred-year-old diary under your floorboards – and then found references in it to yourself? Or if you lived in 1901, yet kept seeing glimpses of a girl from modern times? And what if both of you had problems that only the other could really understand? Emily and Aysha live in the same Stepney house and … Read More

Introducing ‘The Finest Supermarket in Kabul’ by Ele Pawelski

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Finest Supermarket in Kabul - cover image

There are only a few things that rival my love for reading a good book. Writing that takes my mind to another time or place, or challenges my perceptions, is a true delight. So I was excited to be given the opportunity to interview Ele Pawelski about her novella, ‘The Finest Supermarket in Kabul‘. Published in October 2017 it draws … Read More

5 Top Tips For Travelling With A Young Family

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Family at sunset

Source As many of you know, travelling is firmly on our family agenda. It’s something that we don’t do nearly enough of, mostly due to finances, but also in part because travelling with young children seems daunting. So when Kirsty asked if she could write a guest post for me detailing her tips, I jumped at the chance to read … Read More

Decisions, Decisions

JoHome & Garden, In Focus


We’ve made some pretty big life decisions over the past few years. Having children, moving house, changing career, that kind of thing. It feels as though we’re up for another one now though. Buying a second car. Jacob and I have been back and forth on this subject for such a long a time. The train station is about 25 … Read More

Books Are Cool – Leo’s War Patricia Murphy

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Leo's War - Poolbeg cover

From time to time I come across a real gem. You will no doubt know by now how much I love books, and this post is a pure delight. When I was asked if I’d like to be involved in a book tour for Leo’s War I read the blurb (see the end of this post) and jumped at the chance. … Read More

The Forgotten Forest

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The Forgotten Forest

“Mama, I love it!” Munch turned to me with his eyes wide, full of wonder and inspiration. We had just finished a new bedtime story, The Forgotten Forest by Victoria Richards. Filled with adventure and magic we were both spellbound, eager to turn the pages to discover what delights we would meet next. Together we were completely hooked until the … Read More

Playing our part: recycling more

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Recycling area cover

As a family we’ve always been conscious of recycling and the impact that our actions have on the environment. We talk about it and read about it with our boys regularly. We love to watch Blue Planet 2 and this series brought it home to us even more. It is so important that we take responsibility and play our part … 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

Mud and Bloom Review

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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