How to successfully work from home : 10 tips to stay motivated and organised

Working from home sounds easy and better than working in an office, and for the most part it is. Here are the top 10 tips for making working from home work for your and how to stay motivated when doing it.   Get up and get moving It can be very easy for hours to pass and all you’ve done is sit down. When you’re at home you don’t have the long walks to a toilet, a social lunch (if you’re lucky) or meetings. Sitting down all day isn’t good for you. Take regular breaks and get out in the…

Collapsible Coffee Cups and Water Bottles: Helping to Pass on the Plastic

Do you want to pass on plastic but want a reusable coffee cup that’s small enough to carry in your handbag, laptop case or nappy bag? I’m a huge fan of eco coffee cups, like my beloved eCoffee Cup but they can be cumbersome and take up space that as a mum you don’t often have. I’m always looking for new ways of reducing our plastic usage. I saw an advert going around on Facebook and Instagram for a collapsible coffee cup by Shallow Footprints, so I got in touch and they’ve kindly sent me some samples to review. They sent…

The Waiting Room on Platform 3: a poem for rail travellers

Nestled twixt two platforms, Is the door to hell, A urine infused fox hole, Not worth your soul to sell.   The white paint is now yellow, It’s peeling off the walls, But there’s nowhere else to wait, Until the tannoy calls.   Samaritans helped the man, On the poster watching me, But his feeble smile’s still weaker than My brown-grey railway tea.   If there is a God, Then this is his waiting room, I’ve been sat here waiting ages, For that train which leaves at noon.  

Turning 44 and life reflections

So, there it is. I’m about to turn  44. It feels like a nothing age really. Everybody gets excited about 40, or 50, but 44. Well, you never get any big parties for that. It’s definitely prompted me to reflect though. I’m probably half way through my life now. I’m officially a bit middle aged. I’ve often thought that life is like a play in three acts. At least I feel like mine has been. The three stages of (wo)man if you will. Becoming a mum has been the most exciting part of my life so far, and the most…

When opportunity knocks: working longer and new goals

As you know, the realisation that I am facing at least another twenty two-ish years of working has recently hit me. Frankly, it should be depressing… but is it? I’m battling with this, but one thing I do know is that depending on your situation it doesn’t need to be. You certainly don’t have to be so worried about it if you’re earlier in your working life. It will give you some more time to think about your retirement planning for example. So, in an attempt to be more positive that I have occasionally been, I’ve been asking what good can…

Luxury notebooks by Executive Pens Direct

  I’m that person in work who refuses to go near the stationery cupboard, and buys her own notebooks and pens. I’m not alone. I love stationery, almost every woman I know does. We are busy and appreciate the value in a good notebook, whether it’s to keep a journal, organise our thoughts or tasks, or to take notes in work. In work, we notice when someone has bought a new one. They’re admired at meetings.   Personally, I can’t go into any meeting without a notebook and a pen, whether it’s the electronic type or good, old fashioned paper.…