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 laptop, … 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

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

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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

Expressing your personality with colour

JoHome & Garden, In Focus, Lifestyle

Colouring your life in

Whether we focus on it or not, we all love colour. We all have a favourite colour too (or perhaps a couple of favourites) even if we don’t consciously think of it. Take a moment to think about it now, I bet you can think of a colour that you are drawn to? We make choices based on colour all … 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

MOTs and pre-flight checks

JoHome & Garden, In Focus, Lifestyle

Car engine

Cars. But first planes. I took The Loud One to an airfield recently. I love getting to spend time with him on his non-preschool days. Figuring out what he likes, watching what he is interested in and listening to his observations of the world around him. He unknowingly encourages my own observations and it is these that have been taking … Read More

30 Days Wild 2018

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Ladybird poppy

Going Wild For June It’s June which means it’s time for #30DaysWild again. I’ll be honest, after taking part in it last year we have pretty much carried on with our wild observations and moments throughout the past 12 months. We’ve seen so many different types of weather during the year too, with more than one period of deep snow … Read More