Behind the Scenes

Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.  Here you can find out a little bit about the people behind the scenes.

Hi, I’m Shaz, owner of Jera’s Jamboree.  Home life is important to me as it’s my sanctuary!  Our rescue dog Taz brings plenty of love and laughter to our home.  It’s hard for me to believe he’s lived with us for 9 years (he doesn’t look that old and is still really playful).

I’ve been married for 29 years and we have two sons in their early 20’s and even though one lives away from home in Oxford, we still do plenty together as a family throughout the year and still manage one family holiday each year.

I work part-time as an Inclusion Lead in a local school and I’m a qualified dyslexia therapist and massage therapist.  I’m passionate about my job! I’m part of the operational board for my Local Authority Early Help and strongly believe in giving children and parents tools to build their resilience.  I’m excited about multi-agency working and although a way to go yet, we’re moving in the right direction.

I’m collaborating with my youngest son in our Etsy shop, Parkview Creative.  You’ll find digital graphic design from GoodwinDZN and crocheted gifts from me.  You’ll also find me blogging at Positive Mind Positive Lifestyle.

Taz our rescue dog

Sam and Alfie

Shaz Goodwin


Jera is not my name.  It’s the rune of harvest, reward and the cycle of seasons.   Jera represents the 12 months of the year and implicit in that is movement, change and natural development.  It’s a rune I identify with and so there was no hesitation in naming my blog in 2011!  Jera is pronounced “Yehr-ah.”

On Jera’s Jamboree you will find a mix of posts with the focus on helping you to unwind – time out from the pressures of everyday life.

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Laura is a guest reviewer on Jera’s Jamboree.


I have been a guest reviewer for just over a year, as I think Shaz first noticed my obsession when she caught me walking to work with my nose in a book. I always travel with a book and have loved reading ever since my dad read to me at bedtime. Being a mummy of a 9 month old I have recently made it a priority to find time to read, as I missed it during the new born stage! Since he was nine weeks I have read Harry Potter every night at bedtime and am currently reading Deathly Hallows. Apart from reading I love walking, running and spending time outside. History has always been a great passion, especially the Tudor era, and I fondly remember the visits to castle and stately homes with my family. I have also acquired a love of baking from my mum and grandmother and adore watching anything with Mary Berry.


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