12 Ways To Connect With Nature

JoEditor's Pick, Garden, Lifestyle

Getting closer to nature

Did you know that according to analysis, the UK is one of the world’s most nature depleted countries? Although some researchers suggest that this tracks back to the industrial revolution, many point to common modern causes of this too. The number of vehicles on the road has increased and emissions are at an all-time high. Farming has intensified leaving fewer … Read More

2022 In Review

JoLifestyle

2022 year in review

Phew, what a year 2022 has been. It feels as though for so many the past 12 months have been a whirlwind with highs and lows, excitement, frustrations and anxieties. Within our household we’ve had: school applications and a stressful appeal; covid isolations; pretty extensive building work that rendered the downstairs of our house virtually out of bounds for 10 … Read More

The Winter Garden

JoGarden, Lifestyle

A winter garden covered in frost

It feels as though we have lurched from a relatively mild autumn into an extremely cold winter this year. As I type this the temperature outside is -1 degree Celsius even though the sun has risen, and it feels comparatively warm compared to the past few days. The frost that has set in across our lawns and sparkles over our … Read More

15 Ways to Have a Budget Friendly Christmas

JoSeasonal Holidays

Christmas on a budget - image of simple home decorations

Cost of living increases are hitting everyone hard. Pennies are being pinched on the weekly shop, when utility bills hit your inbox or annual insurance renewals come through. It’s fair to say that with Christmas on the horizon even those who have been saving a little throughout the year will be focussing on budget. How can we give our families, … Read More

Our 2022 Calendar of Goodwill

JoSeasonal Holidays

2022 Calendar of Goodwill tree bombed with knitting

It’s here, our 2022 Calendar of Goodwill! If you’ve been reading my blog a while then you’ll know that this is the 12th year that as a family we have pulled together a list of good deeds and charitable things to do during the month of December. This year feels as though we’re back to being full steam ahead following … Read More

Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the Snowdome – A Review

JoSeasonal Holidays

Santa's Winter Wonderland at the Snowdome

Please note that this was a gifted experience. All thoughts are my own. Excitement rose as we descended the stairs to the 2022 Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the Snowdome recently. We had been invited along to see what is in store at the Tamworth venue for visitors this year over the Christmas period. I love finding family orientated experiences to … Read More

Lands’ End Squall Coat – A Review

JoLifestyle

Squall coat trees

N.B. I have been gifted the Lands’ End squall coat in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. If you know me, you know I love the autumn. The colours, the crisp air, somehow there seems to be more room to breathe at this time of year. One thing that I’ve learnt, especially as I’ve … Read More

The Autumn Garden

JoGarden, Lifestyle

A salvia in an autumn garden

The autumn garden is a beautiful sight to behold. The changing colours of the leaves, the final blooms of long lasting flowers and shrubs set against an often lush green of grass and clover underfoot. Autumn is my favourite season of the year, with cooler temperatures providing respite from the heat of the summer. The autumn garden is a busy … Read More

5 Minor Maintenance Fixes For Your Home

JoHome, Lifestyle

Dust bulbs to keep on top of minor maintenance jobs

I wager that we all have a to-do list of small DIY jobs around our home. Some lists (mine) can even get pretty lengthy and feel overwhelming. Recently we have had building work happening in our house. This has spurred me into taking action with minor maintenance jobs that result in quick wins, feel productive and match my (low) level … Read More

Wax / Wine – Meet the Maker

JoEnvironmental, Home, Lifestyle

Wax Wine candle with wooden wick burning

With a faint crackle of a burning wooden wick, and the delicate aroma of patchouli and lavender drifting over my keyboard, today I am meeting the founder of Wax / Wine, Magali Bellego. Within her business, Magali has an extra element that makes her products sustainable so I was thrilled to be invited to try them out. What is it … Read More