Jobs for your spring clean list

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Window sill with flowers that has had a spring clean

When the summer arrives we often want to spend time outside enjoying the sunshine, which is why now is the perfect time for a quick spring clean in your home. Many cleaning jobs needs doing at least once a week, if not more often. There are some though that might get left off the list and are worth focusing on … Read More

Sprucing up your bathroom on a budget

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Image of shower in bathroom

There are many reasons why you might want a new bathroom. Maybe your current bathroom is looking a little dated and dull, or maybe you’ve bought a house and aren’t happy with the bathroom that’s been left behind. Whatever the reason, a brand new bathroom can have a positive impact on your home, but as with the rest of your … Read More

5 Reasons to Write a Will Once You’ve Had Children

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Having children is a rollercoaster of experience, and one thing is for sure, they swiftly become your absolute focus. Their welfare, their happiness, their childhood becomes a daily part of your planning as a parent. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then, that sometimes longer term plans get shuffled to one side, and continually slip down the to-do list. One … Read More

The Joy of Online Learning

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Accessible online learning has become an essential distraction for many during the pandemic. It gives a form of relief from the often difficult news reports, and can keep our minds active during periods of time when we are confined to our homes. With more and more courses popping up though, what can you find to suit you? I have written … Read More

The conundrum of dealing with old furniture

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Rocking chair - keeping old furniture

Last year I went about the huge task that was clearing out my childhood home. Along with boxes packed full of childhood memories, toys and games, one task really stood out as a tricky one to solve: what to do with the furniture. Most of it was in really good condition, even the older pieces, and I’m not someone who … Read More

Embracing Scruffy Hospitality

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A set table, with an empty white plate

I stumbled upon the idea of “scruffy hospitality” via a social media post, and immediately latched on to it. Like many other people, I have found 2021 hard. Really hard. Between a late night immediate lockdown of schools back in January, ill health (mine), deteriorating health (a family member’s), selling my childhood home, and trying to balance the needs of … Read More

Christmas Star Decorations

JoCraft & Baking, Family Life, Seasonal Holidays

Star hanging with ribbon from a door handle

It’s been 4 years since I originally posted this piece about making Christmas star decorations, yet like before, I once again confess that I am not quite ready to bring the tree down from the loft. This year when it comes down will be extra special. Having spent the majority of the year clearing out my mother’s house preparing it … Read More

Our 2021 Calendar of Goodwill

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Christmas gifts with fairy lights

Despite the drop in temperature and recent snow flurry, I can’t quite believe it is the 1st of December and Christmas is just a short hop, skip and jump away! I’ve written before about how we approach the season through our Calendar of Goodwill, and with the pandemic having impacted yet another year it seems so important to continue our … Read More

My Social Media Break

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Relaxing in Stratford

What I’ve learned about me (and why it’s important to share) At the beginning of September I took an unplanned break from social media. The return to school for my children, secondary school visits and choices to be made for my eldest, selling my childhood home, and increasing working hours all played a part. I couldn’t keep up and I … Read More