Mid-week socialising? Meet School Night Gin.

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle2 Comments

School night gin front of bottle

The summer is here and this year with it, after a period of enforced abstinence, comes opportunity for social occasions. Like many others, I enjoy doing this not just at the weekend, but also sometimes during the week. Catching up with good friends over a glass of cool iced tonic with a splash of gin in my hand is just … Read More

Finding Your Way Back To Nature



This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, and the focus this year is on nature. I give nature a huge dose of credit for helping myself and my family to move through the past 12 months relatively unscathed. If I look back through the course of the pandemic so far, thinking about the happy moments that we shared, it … Read More

5 Quick Wins For Saving Money

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Saving spelt out in magnetic letters

Somewhere between Brexit and the global Covid-19 pandemic, national short to medium term economic growth feels a little uncertain. You don’t need to delve far into the news to see that it is on the minds of businesses and individuals alike. Even without this nagging on our shoulder though, saving money for emergencies or just to boost a fun pot … Read More

All systems go: Improving Your Body’s Digestion


delicious poke bowl with vegetables and raw fish

My forties are fast approaching and, as they do, focusing on the health of my body is becoming more important than ever before. Considering what I do in terms of physical activity, how much sleep I get, and what I fuel my body with is vital to support a sense of healthy balance. It’s also important to think about some … Read More

Unforgotten women


Great women - celebrating International Women's Day

International Women’s Day makes me think not only about the incredible women around the world, and huge achievements made often in the face of adversity, but also about those closer to home. Specifically, the women that I am related to. I find myself wondering about some of the stories that might have gone before me, the sacrifices, the dreams, and … Read More

Stepping Your Garden Into Spring

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle


The garden is, by and large, pretty dormant through the winter months. Many flowers have long since died away, fruit trees stand still, and shrubs create a calm spot for mini beasts to overwinter (we’ve found ladybirds hibernating in some of ours). That doesn’t mean that the gardening ceases altogether though. In fact, at this time of year, we can … Read More

Mindful Makers in Trying Times


Mindful Makers Box

“The Mindful Makers Box is a monthly box of mindfulness designed to facilitate you in making connections to Nature, Art & Crafts and more importantly to yourself!” During lockdown, who doesn’t need a little self-care and a reminder to take some time out? I came across Nature Makers and their Mindful Makers Box courtesy of a friend, and they reached out … Read More

Under The Night Owl Duvet

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Night Owl Kingsize Duvet

During lockdown, like so many others, we have been spending much more time in our house. It is very much a work in progress, and we have become acutely aware of what still needs to be done to really throw it down the transitional path of house to home. One particular point of focus at the moment is our bedroom, … Read More