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Hello and welcome to A Pretty Life Blog!

My name is Jo-Anna and I’m the gal behind this little happy space on the web!

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About me

I am a work-at-home mom to my daughter and two sons, and wife to Tobin who is my amazing and supportive husband.  We live in the suburbs in Calgary, Canada, but my dream is to one day move out to a tiny little place in the country…that’s where my heart really is.

And in my spare time (ha!) I am also the editor, director, chief, main cook and home decorator here at ‘A Pretty Life’!  Five years ago, in October 2011, I created this site as a way to share my love of a simple home life through uncomplicated home tips and fresh & easy recipes.  Since that time it has grown into something I am quite proud of and am so happy to be able to share with you.

It is my hope that by spending some time with me you are inspired to add some simplicity and deliciousness into your home and life!  To get you started, here is a sample of my most popular and favourite posts!  This is a good mixture of some of my recipes and home projects.

Popular Posts

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Home Life Made Simple

That’s my motto.


I hope you have a chance to browse around and find some inspiration.  I hope you love it here!

And, if you are interested in working with me, you can find out more here, or send me an email at


Don’t forget to follow along on my blog adventures!


  • Reply From Drab to Fab | Life Around The Loop June 3, 2013 at 8:16 AM [...] up the outdoors areas of our homes, I wanted to share with you some more inspiration. I thought Jo Anna over at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs did a wonderful job at doing so. Check it [...]
    • Reply Tamra February 10, 2017 at 5:33 PM I want to make your bruschetta for wedding reception. I am worried they will be soggy or chewy. Any suggestions to keep this from happening? Tamra
  • Reply Sarah March 13, 2016 at 12:27 PM Hi Jo! Just sitting here at work thumbing through chatelaine on my break and I saw your pretty picture! Miss you dear friend!?
  • Reply wilma June 13, 2016 at 7:45 PM you have a post for wheat berry cereal. i loved it as a kid but don't know what to buy. i remember the cereal my mom made looking just like your post. can you tell me where to buy it & what brand, type wheat berry you use;, i.e. arrowhead mills (brand my mom used to buy), hard red winter wheat, soft white wheat, cracked wheat, hard red spring wheat....etc.? i looked on arrowhead mills website but didn't see it offered for sale there & lots of other AM products offered under the store finder but nothing for the wheat berries. there seem to be many different types & i'm unsure which to buy. there is not a whole foods near me which seems to be the only bulk store listed. my mom used to put the wheat berries in a thermos & simply pour boiling water over them & let them set overnight. she never cooked hers & simply heated the cereal the next morning for breakfast. i loved it.
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife July 15, 2016 at 9:21 PM Hi Wilma! Apologies for the late response to your comment...I didn't see it until now! For my wheatberry cereal I usually buy the wheat at Bulk Barn and it's the winter wheat variety. I love it so much too! Enjoy!
  • Reply Lindsey Mozgai October 5, 2016 at 9:47 AM I just wanted to let you know that one of your posts was mentioned in my post :)
  • Reply Lisa March 1, 2017 at 9:49 AM Hi! I love the stone you used for your fireplace. Would it be possible to get the name and color ? Thanks-
    • Reply Laurel March 24, 2017 at 8:27 PM I was just looking around for the same info. What stone type is your fireplace?
  • Reply Carlos At Spoonabilities November 4, 2017 at 8:52 PM Hello Jo-Anne, I just want to let you know that one of your recipes inspired me and I just released a blog post, which I give you credit for this recipe. I hope you like it.
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