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

When You Wish Upon A Star With GreaterSkies

JoHome & Garden, In Focus, Lifestyle

GreaterSkies Star Map

Living in the countryside can, on occasion, feel like living in a planetarium. On a clear night there is nothing that I like more than standing outside looking at the stars. With the right app you can name all of the individual stars, but even without it the constellations and planets are clear to spot. There’s something so calming and … Read More

Whose Chair Are You Sitting On?

JoHome & Garden, In Focus, Lifestyle

Office chairs

Have you ever thought about how your office chair might influence your work? Neither had I until we moved our home office space between two rooms and as an interim measure I was using the piano stool to sit on. “Are you comfortable on that?” my husband queried as he watched me intently zipping through my inbox one evening. “Not … Read More

Creating A Wildlife Area

JoFamily Life, Home & Garden, Lifestyle

Yellow wildflowers

I’ve always loved nature so a big draw for me when we came to move house was to have a reasonable sized garden with lots of ‘green’. We found the house, and the size of garden. At the time of moving it was beautiful with climbing roses and pots aplenty, but not quite as green as we would have liked. … Read More

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