Christmas Shopping In 2020 Times

JoLifestyle, Seasonal Holidays

Christmas tree with bell baubles

Christmas shopping this year will feel different. No doubt about it. So, I am doing things a little differently too. In previous years I have crafted Christmas gift guides that almost exclusively showcase the products of small, independent businesses throughout the UK. You can find them, if that’s what you’re looking for, here and here. There are some truly brilliant … Read More

Have A Merry Mindful Christmas

JoLifestyle, Seasonal Holidays

Mindful Christmas

Christmas always brings stresses and strains, but perhaps never more so than this year. According to the Office for National Statistics, around a whopping 70% of adults in the UK have noted that they have been worried, stressed or feeling low as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Hardly surprising when the unemployment rate is rising, businesses are struggling to … Read More

Balancing your hormones in lockdown


YogaBellies Pose

Lockdown is impacting us all in different ways. I’ve written recently about our silver linings from the first lockdown, and shared my views about self care in a pandemic too. Today, I am handing over the reins to Cheryl MacDonald, Yoga Elder and Founder of YogaBellies. Cheryl is joining us to share some excellent information about managing our hormones, and … Read More

Self-Care in a Pandemic

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle


A pandemic is never a situation that any of us ever expect to find ourselves in, relegated most commonly to science fiction books and films. However, 2020 is the year that a virus caused and continues to create havoc. In the middle of it all our social connections are fractured, we miss our families and friends, and have to deal … Read More

Easy Garden Living

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Delicate cosmos flowers

Garden living has become an all important hobby across the UK, this year more than ever before. Did you know that 87% of households in the UK have some sort of outdoor space? With many of us in need of some calming distraction, and using our gardens more than ever before to find that, it’s no wonder that we are … Read More

On The Ocean Floor: 5 Fascinating Facts About Seagrass



Every so often I am delighted to welcome guests to my blog, who share their expertise and fascinating facts with us all. Today I am handing the reins over to the Ocean Conservation Trust, who are focussing on all things seagrass: Grass is something we may all be familiar with from walks in our local parks. What may be less … Read More

Lockdown Silver Linings

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Pause for thought - Albert Einstein

As we inch towards a second national lockdown, whether imposed all as one or through separate areas going into the so called ‘Tier 3’, I have to say that my heart is heavy and I am filled with a certain amount of dread. I, along with so many others, am ready for this pandemic to be over. I’m ready to … Read More

Walking Around the World – The Big Dog Walk


Penny the Labrador

Can you help to walk around the world and support dogs in need? During lockdown Penny (or Lady Penelope as we sometimes call her!) helped us all to get out for our daily exercise and eased our anxiety. Not all dogs found themselves with their forever family every day of the week though, and dog charities were the ones stepping … Read More

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