Hi guys. Many of you faithful followers know us, but since we have had a lot of recent followers, we thought we would reintroduce ourselves, so at least there is some resemblance of ‘faces behind the names’.
So we are twin sisters Jo and Leisa. We both gave up our teaching jobs to pursue our passion -writing. This blog evolved out of this love. For now, that’s what we do, write for our blog as well as write for others’ blogs. It’s a much more relaxed life and we are really enjoying this atmosphere of near utopia – far less stress. Our blog is about frugal living – how to live a decent quality of life without spending too much for the privilege.
We have our own kids and also foster. We do both long term and short term fostering and sometimes even respite fostering. I don’t know why but children seem to gravitate to us. At church, the babies are ours (most anyway), come lunchtime, they usually want to come home for lunch with us. Sleepovers? You’ve guessed it! Our place too! Don’t get me wrong, we love them too and love having them around. In our household we do a lot just for the sake of having fun, all year round without exception. We do get to indulge a lot more when the children are home on school breaks.
We are fun loving, love craft, cooking, sewing and especially love Pinterest as it is a treasure trove of all the things we love.
So this Easter, the children have two weeks break from school. The normal thing to do is to ask them what they would like to do during the break. They know the frugal agenda so they are now wiser in their choices.
To get a greater understanding of us and the brand joleisa.com, we will share with you some of our exploits during this two-week break.
Over the weekend I took my older foster daughter by train to see her extended family. Whenever we go, we make a day trip out of it. We do fun activities or games on the train and that helps to wile the time away.
We started the week with craft and baking cookies. So by the end of the Easter break, they will each have a lovely basket. They are making their own basket with balloons, glue, newspaper and then spray or hand painted and decorated with sequins or anything of their own liking. We are never out of craft supplies. Most of our supplies are from Amazon or Hobby craft.
Then today we went to a trampoline park – Bounce which is in Birmingham.
Just when I finish writing this post, we will be going out for a meal at Buffet Island to celebrate the return of the prodigal. The oldest child took a gap year off and is now back.
Buffet Island is one of these all you can eat places that gives value for money. You decide how much value you want, or as Leisa says, how much bang you want for your gut!
We always promise ourselves to do it in moderation but it never happens. Maybe next time.
We would endorse places like these only for very infrequent and special occasions like family celebrations. After all, we witnessed way too much food is wasted and this is certainly not good for the landfill, our economy, or the environment.
Tomorrow we will give you another update on what our day was like.