Summer Maxi Dresses from JD Williams

I was so excited over the summer to be sent a dress from the Summer Dresses category at JD Williams. I was spoilt for choice when I went onto the JD Williams site as there was a huge choice of gorgeous dresses.

My order was sent quickly and well packaged. I chose this stunning black and white Tribal Print Maxi Dress.


I love a maxi dress for summer. They are so comfy and practical when you are chasing around after children. And such a good way to keep cool too!


I loved the print, with the red detailing across the body. It was a lovely dress to wear to an early evening barbecue as it carried well from day to evening.

Thanks JD Williams for the chance to try this dress.

Slimming World Week 1

I joined Slimming World last week, and went along to a new class. I think this one will work better for me as its a daytime class. There are classes at 9am, 11am and 1pm on a day when I am normally child free so I should be able to fit in one of those each week even if it’s not the same one every week.

I can’t get enough of watching people’s Slimming World journeys over on YouTube so I’ve decided to start vlogging my journey too. If you want to know how I got on at my first weigh in watch the video below 🙂

Weekend of fun in the garden!

So this weekend has been filled with amazing weather and we have loved being out in the fresh air!

We’ve been working hard on the garden and it’s now a lovely space for us all to enjoy the summer.
 Both the children have loved chalking on the patio! The beauty of course is that the canvas can be washed clean each night, ready to create again the next day!

We picked this picnic bench up from IKEA on our last visit. It’s been a huge hit and we have loved eating our meals outside over the last week. And the bonus for Mummy is that there is no clearing up!!

Fun in Matlock

A couple of days ago, The Boy and i found ourselves with an empty day ahead of us. As the weather was nice we decided to head to Matlock park for some Mummy/Son fun!

We parked in town (it was very busy as I hadn’t realised that the new M&S food hall was opening that day!), but we got a space and headed towards the park.

We love the park at Matlock. It’s a great size for the younger ones, and fenced in which is always a bonus with a curious toddler! We played on the swings, slide but this bouncy thing was the favourite!

There is a splash park in the main play area which The Boy wanted to go in, but mummy decided it was too cold! We will have to come back on a sunny day for that!

All that playing is hungry work! Matlock Market was on as it was Wednesday so we treated ourselves to a few treats including a delicious punnet of strawberries which didn’t even make it home! Despite the look on his face in this photo he really did like them!

No more photos Mummy!

It was lovely couple of hours in the sun. I’m so excited for more adventures while Girl is at school. He is becoming such fun to take out and very good company!

Linking up with

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

A Little Recap…

As its been an age since I last blogged, I thought I’d take a moment for a little recap and take stock of life as it is now!

Little Miss is 5 years old, and 2/3 of the way through her reception year at school. She’s having a fantastic time, and loves her school, teacher and friends. She is still having speech therapy occasionally, and we are given exercises to go away and practice. She is a very confident little girl with lovely friends and is great company!  

Master L is 18 months old, and in every way a toddler now, no hint of a baby about him! He’s physically very confident – he loves to climb and will try and climb onto, into or ride anything he can get his hands on. They are both outdoor children, and love nothing more than playing in the garden! Now if we could just crack his sleeping problems (surely sleeping though the night on a regular basis isn’t too much to ask by 18 months?? 😉

I work from home, and run my own business around the family. This usually works amazingly well, but I need to get better at predicting the busy times and having strategies to cope. Master L goes to nursery one day a week, and hopefully we will go back to grandparents having him one day a week soon (it had to stop for a while). I really need to get a bit more organised with life – I feel like I’m forever chasing my tail and catching up – I’d like to feel that I was ahead of the game for a while!  

Watch this space for more on Slimming World, household organisation, decluttering, money saving and bullet journaling!

I know, I know its the 12th of January so its far too late to share a Christmas photo….


….but guess what, I’m going to anyway!


These are my lovely children, The Girl (5) and The Boy (15 months) in their matching Christmas onesies over the Christmas break.

We had a lovely, although busy break, travelling and catching up with family and friends. There was fun, laughter, food, drink and presents. And these two little monsters were at the centre of it all.

A very late Happy New Year to anyone reading!

Catching up, Robert Galbraith and Rocking Bowie #LITTLELOVES

I love this kind of linky as its a chance to think back on my week, and share snippets of what I’ve been up to!

This post is a kind of 2016 so far….


After the craziness of December, I have been finding time to catch up with some of my favourite blogs. My Bloglovin app was out of control! Although I didn’t get any books for Christmas (that might be a first!), I have a load on the shelf to read so I need to find time in my week to fit in some reading! The last book I read (I finished it over Christmas) was Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (otherwise known as JK Rowling). I really enjoy the Cormoron Strike novels, they always suck me in and I never guess the ending!



We are terrible with TV! We record stuff all the time and it can take ages to get around to watching it, but then we binge watch things night after night! We have just finished watching Cuffs, the BBC1 police series, which we did enjoy, but I’ve just read that its been cancelled so there won’t be another series, I’ve also see the first episodes of Death in Paradise and Mr Selfridge this week – both easy watching series that I enjoy (hubby won’t watch these two though!). Perfect watching for cold dark January nights!


Well I won’t be the only one who has been listening to David Bowie this week. We’ve listened to lots of tracks and they all seem to bring back memories. Little Miss likes Space Oddity the best.



Hmm, I’ve not really made anything of interest this week, but have bought the materials for a project I hope to share with you next week. This week I’ve been tidying and sorting the playroom ready for a bit of a move around.

I guess the thing I have made most of this week is lists. To Do, To Buy, To Sell…… They are so much more fun on a fun notepad!



This will be a tricky category for me at the moment, as clothes aren’t something I’m happy with at the moment. I did get some lovely new PJs and a dressing gown for Christmas, so have been enjoying snuggling in those each evening.


Last week was a really busy week for me at work, and I am playing catch up at home because of it. I hope to be a bit more organised by this time next week!


This Week I Am…



Having stared at it on the coffee table for several weeks, I have finally started reading the latest Cormoran Strike Novel by JK Rowling (or should I say Robert Galbraith). As expected I am hooked and cannot put it down. Its been ages since I read a book and this was a good choice to get me back to the habit! I’ve been grabbing it as soon as I find a quiet 5 minutes. I have a huge number of books to read on my shelf, so lets hope I can keep the habit up!


I love this new notepad I picked up in TK Maxx. I am trying to use lists to stop myself feeling overwhelmed with all that needs doing at the moment. Its so cute and bright – the pencil on the side is actually a pen!

… Watching

I’ve been enjoying catching up on You Tube videos. I just snapped this quick photo while watching Percy and Grace but I’ve also been watching The Witt Family, Cole and Co, Fun Being Mum and Sophie and Lily! I’ve also posted my own video for the first time in ages!

Back from Black

I’m sitting here, wondering what to share. Its been an age since I updated this little corner of the internet. I’ve thought many times that it would be easier to walk away than come back, but something always stopped me. I’ve been wondering what I want to write, what this blog should be about. But I think I have had a breakthrough. This blog has been through a few iterations, and this one ‘Hello From Jo’ is the first blog name which hasn’t referred to my kids or being a mum. And that is the focus of this blog. Its about me, and my life. My children are a huge part of that, but there is more to me.

I’ve been poorly since my beautiful baby boy was born 14 months ago. I’ve walked around with a dark cloud following me. Its not been there all the time, and there have been huge highs, fun times and happiness. But the lows are low. I feel like I have lost sight of who I am. What I want. What will make me happy. The mum I want to be. The wife. The friend.

It starts here.

Marshmallow Pops #BEDM Day 3

The Girl loves marshmallows. She loves chocolate. And she loves sprinkles. Well who doesn’t? 

So we put them together to make this fun snack. 

Simply pop a cocktail stick into the marshmallow, dip in melted chocolate and then into the sprinkles. Leave to set and then enjoy! 

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