Revitalising your home

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Light on sofa

We moved house back in 2016. We moved for more outdoor space which was the one (only!) thing that our old home couldn’t offer, and with three young boys and a dog a decent sized area to stretch our legs was becoming a priority. Were it not for that though I’m not sure that we would have moved, and it’s … Read More


JoHome & Garden, In Focus, Lifestyle

Posterlounge World Map

When Posterlounge contacted me offering me a piece of artwork to review in honesty I hesitated. I always want to bring you as my audience interesting products and gorgeous businesses and as such I don’t have any desire to introduce you to anything that I don’t believe in or love. With art I need to be inspired or moved. It … Read More

Finding My Keys With TrackR

JoHome & Garden, In Focus, Lifestyle

TrackR pixel in packaging

As a busy mum of three with umpteen plates spinning at any one time, I know how chaotic life can become especially, it seems, when we are working to a deadline for going out! In the rush of leaving the house I am known for putting my keys down and forgetting where they are. Often it takes twice as long … Read More

#30DaysWild – Our Big June Challenge

JoFamily Life, Home & Garden, Lifestyle, Parenting

This year I have been delighted to have been involved with the #30DaysWild challenge. Run by The Wildlife Trusts, the idea is that every day throughout June you do one wild thing. This could be as simple as watching the clouds pass by overhead, to growing flowers, to surveying the birds that visit your garden or local park. Before starting … Read More

Revamping my fabrics with DYLON

JoHome & Garden, In Focus, Lifestyle

Bright blue polo shirt on boy

I’m sure that I can’t be the only person who, after a few washes of white clothes, finds that they have an increasingly grey wardrobe. Or that I’m the only one who experiences that familiar sinking feeling when a white top comes through the wash with tell-tale yellow sunscreen marks on it. Normally I have one of four uses for … Read More

Half Term Holidays

JoFamily Life, Home & Garden, Lifestyle, Parenting

Mallard in stream

Back in March, with the Easter holidays cantering towards us at speed, I shared a few of the activities that I was hoping to undertake with my boys. I kept things calm and manageable as I wasn’t feeling very well at the time. I didn’t know then of course that would still be the case by the summer half term! So, … Read More

Glorious Bees

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Bees flying around the entrance to their nest as seen from inside our house.

We have a bees’ nest. The joy of living on the edge of woodland is the high frequency of wildlife to our garden and it appears that this year the bees have found us and sought solace in our roof. There are several species of bee including bumblebees, honey bees and solitary bees. According to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust there … Read More

How Does Your Garden Grow?

JoFamily Life, Home & Garden, Lifestyle

Bug hotels

With the Easter holidays fast approaching, I have started to turn my mind to activities to keep my three boys suitably engaged and active during the break. We are lucky that where we live there are a wide variety of options, with Easter egg hunts galore, farms to visit, museums with special events and so on. Equally though, I value … Read More

Moving House – Tips For Moving Day!

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Removals van loading our boxes

Part Two – The Move In my humble experience this is where the stress kicks in. All those pounds you lost shifting furniture around will be replenished with the (in my case often chocolate) snacks that you will consume whilst hugging yourself and remembering that it will all be over at some stage. Here are our top tips for: The … Read More