For The Love of Pets

JoLifestyle

Yellow labrador retriever running across a park with a ball

Family means everything to me, from my husband and sons, my parents and sisters, my wider family, my chosen family of friends and, in my case, our fur and feathered babies too. I grew up with pets around. When I say I grew up with them around, what I mean is that they were an integral and vital part of … Read More

Your Post

JoLifestyle

Me, my mother and my two sisters

This is for you. The woman who made a choice in her early twenties that no longer fits, but you feel that you can’t change it without attracting criticism for being weak, and that you should be happy with your lot in life. This is for you. The woman who bumped her car into a post this morning and had … Read More

The Reality Of Marriage

JoLifestyle

Me and my husband on our wedding day

I’ll put this out there, I like Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure that I love it, with the extravagance and the pressure, but I like it. The first connection between St. Valentine’s Day and romance in literature, that I am aware of, is in Chaucer’s The Parlement of Foules. For that reason, in the first Valentine’s card that I sent … Read More

Learning Styles

JoLifestyle

Me at my office desk when I worked in Human Resources

In years gone by, before I became a mother and chose to stay at home with my children, I was a Human Resources professional. In fact I still dabble in that role on an unpaid basis now, but that’s for a different post! One thing that was regularly at the centre of my work was a keen interest in different … Read More

Pocket Money

JoLifestyle

Guinea pig money box

Last year our eldest son turned six, and it felt as though we entered a new gear of parenthood. Gone were the majority of the chunky plastic role play toys and ride on vehicles, in came the remote controlled cars, Nerf guns and superheroes. Picture books are slowly being replaced too (save for some very special ones) with the likes … Read More

“It will wash.”

JoLifestyle

Utility room with tumble dryer

“It will wash.” That must be the most common phrase that have I used since becoming a parent. Sick all over my jumper, “it will wash” I’ll say. Chocolate squashed into the sofa, the words “it will wash” roll easily off my tongue as I strip the covers and take them, underarm, to the washing machine. Shoes covered in mud, … Read More

Frit

JoLifestyle

Frit on a bus window

Our children love learning, and my husband and I love to watch and learn with them. Looking at the world through their eyes: the wonder of an aeroplane, the delight of a racing car, the quiet calm of sheep in a field or the soft song of the dawn chorus. It hasn’t come as a surprise therefore that now Chief is … Read More

Hair Donation

JoLifestyle

My hair donation in a plait

The Little Princess Trust provide real hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland who have lost their hair as a result of illness or from the treatment of illness. They ask for a minimum of seven inches because surprisingly around four inches can be lost through the knotting (wig making) process. Donations of … Read More

Cervical Cancer Awareness

JoLifestyle

NHS England letterhead

Last week it was Cervical Cancer Awareness Week in the UK, so perhaps it was rather fitting that on Friday I received my smear test results. This year, as in the past, I was fortunate. No abnormal cells were detected in my sample. Despite never having the worry of an abnormal result I still make an appointment every time the … Read More

Moving House – Tips For Moving Day!

JoHome, 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. Remember that moving day is just one day and it will all be over at some stage. Here … Read More