Interior Design – why you need a professional

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Living room painted

A flair for interior design is something that many of us feel we have in ourselves somewhere. We know what we like and don’t, and can dabble with options. When it comes to our homes, the place where we spend most of our time outside of work, we can all throw colour on the wall and hang a few pictures, … Read More

Navigating To Your Next Adventure

JoDays Out, Home & Garden, Travel

Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show NEC Birmingham

You might recall that I recently shared this post about seeking inspiration for adventure at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show. After a thrilling and exhausting day I’m delighted to bring you our review and top tips! Set across five halls at the NEC in Birmingham, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show (organised by the Caravan and Motorhome Club) is … Read More

Climate Change and the Hedgehog

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

British Hedgehog

As I was sipping my morning coffee, looking out over our frost kissed lawn, fog lingering as it touched the tops of the hedge, I wondered about the impact of climate change on creatures that hibernate. Specifically, I wondered about hedgehogs. What if they woke, roused by mild temperatures, only to find themselves plunged into a cold snap days later. … Read More

Clean Air – Or Is It?

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Aloe Vera

When we think of pollution, it is so easy to conjure up an image of exhaust fumes and factories. When we move house and think of air quality it is often statistics outside the home that interest us. It may then come as a surprise that increasingly the air pollution risk is actually indoors, not out. The World Health Organisation … Read More

Restyling My Home

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Parquet flooring option 2

Many of you will know that we moved house two and a half years ago. We went from living in a cosy but spacious old dairy built in 1835 to a modern feeling, incredibly light and airy early 1960s build. Whilst the house and style may have changed considerably, one thing that has not is our view towards styling it. … Read More

Repaving our information super highway

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Embracing the internet with Cup of Toast

  I could go into one hundred reasons why a connected world is a good thing. Education is possibly at the top of that list. Learning new languages; finding out about cultures around the world; having access to facts and figures at the touch of a button in the comfort of our own homes. I love tapping away into my … Read More

Decisions, Decisions

JoHome & Garden, In Focus

Cars

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

Playing our part: recycling more

JoHome & Garden, In Focus, Lifestyle

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

Managing Your Household Budget

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Managing your household budget with Cup of Toast

Running a household can be an expensive business. There are bills to be paid, essential maintenance work, grocery shopping and more to contend with. This is before you get to entertainment packages, soft furnishings and new clothes. We can all do with a little help to make ends meet, so I am sharing my top tips for keeping my spending … Read More