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Working from home with the kiddies this summer holiday

The kiddies had their graduation ceremony from pre school last week, and are finally off to Big School this September. We are looking forward to the exciting changes, and we can’t wait but for now, it is the summer holidays. I work from home, so working during the day with the kiddies are around is always very tricky. I do most of my work when they are in school and when they are asleep. But with the 6 weeks summer holidays, I have to be able to do some work during the day.

I love the flexibility of my work and being able to care for my kids while making living. So since I am unable to take 6 weeks off work, I have to make this working from home thing work for the next 6 weeks. My business grows and grows every year. Which means I am a lot more busy this year, than I was last year, which means more work.

 

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So how do I plan to work from home this summer holiday, here are some ways –

 

Focus on what needs to be done

I am going to be focus on what needs to be done and make sure it is done. There won’t be any room for goofing around online when I am supposed to be working. Not that I do much of that, but with time being so precious these next few weeks, I will be focusing 100% on work while I work. There will be no room for distractions.

 

Plan my schedule

I will need to plan my schedule for the next few weeks in order to get work done quicker. Knowing what needs to be done well in advance helps me stay focused, which is why planning a schedule works extremely well. I don’t have to spend minutes/hours going through emails to decide on what needs to be done urgently.

 

Plan my outgoings

If you work for yourself, you have to keep an eye on your money. Keeping a watchful eye on my outgoings is very important especially in the next few weeks, as I can’t predict how much work I will be able to get done. Knowing where my money goes and having my money work hard for me is crucial. So no unnecessary spending this period. Like most families, we have important bills that need to be paid every month, like the mortgage, council tax, and other utility bills. Which means we have to watch every penny.

We own our home and that comes with a responsibility. Money needs to be set aside for unforeseen circumstances with regards to our home maintaimace. We have spent quite a few hundreds of pounds on home repairs already this year, which can be frustrating when money is tight. The only thing keeping me going is the fact that I know our home is definitely an investment, and every penny we spend on it goes towards our investment. Sunlife has a great calculator for home owners to check how much their property has increased in value.  I like to check the value of our home from time to time, just so I know money spent on home repairs and improvements are not in vain.

 

Do you work from home? Do you have kids? How will you be getting work done this summer holidays?

 

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Frugal Fashionista: Save Money on Clothes This Summer

Summer fashion is a lot of fun, unlike during the colder months you can pretty much wear what you want and don’t need to worry about covering up to keep warm. The dresses, sandals, skirts and shorts all come back out, and you can enjoy bright colours and bold patterns that perhaps don’t work as well during the other seasons. However buying new clothes every season can be expensive, thankfully there are ways you can save money and still look a million dollars.

 

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Buy Versatile Staples

If you buy versatile items that can be dressed up and dressed down, you’ll find that you always have something to wear. Whether you need something to wear at a wedding, a christening, your friend’s barbeque or date night with your partner, you’ll be able to adapt your outfits and feel like you have something unique to wear without having to buy lots of items.

Simple summer dresses work well here, team up with a blazer and heels for a smart summer evening look, and with sandals and a kimono for a casual daytime outfit. If you choose well, you can even wear some of these dresses into the autumn too, simply pair up with tights, boots and a cute leather jacket.

If you know you have lots of occasions coming up and don’t have the budget to be able to afford lots of new outfits then this is a great way round it. Purchase some inexpensive accessories to customise each look, for example some statement jewellery for evening, a couple of hats and some sunglasses for practical daytime accessories.

 

Check Out Charity Shopsr

If you’ve always turned your nose up to the idea of charity shops then it’s time to think again. Not only can you snag yourself some amazing items at bargain prices, but the money from everything you buy will be put to a good cause.

Sure, you probably won’t be able to find your whole summer wardrobe in here but they’re well worth taking a peek in every now and again. Chances are at some point you’ll find a fantastic item for far less than you’d pay full RRP. Often charity shop clothes are nearly new or have only ever been worn a few times, sometimes you can even find brand new things in there.

 

Host a Swap Party

All of us have clothes in our wardrobe that we don’t really wear. Perhaps they were impulse buys or maybe we didn’t try them on in store and when we got home realised they didn’t look good. For some reason or another maybe we didn’t get around to taking them back and they’ve sat collecting dust ever since.

Lots of us hold onto clothes with the intention of losing weight and wearing them again one day, or in the hopes that they’ll come back into style. Instead of them sitting around taking up space, why don’t you and your friends all grab the items you don’t wear and host a swap party? You can all have fun trying on different things, and you each might find a couple of pieces from the other’s closets that work far better on you.

 

How do you plan on saving money on your fashion pieces this summer.

 

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Enjoying Summer with Smart Stack

I have started paying more attention to my health and skincare since hitting the big thirties. Health is wealth, and being a busy mum of 2 very active toddlers means I have to be on top of my general health to keep up with them. I recently came across Smart Stack by Smart Nootropics and I have been taking it religiously everyday.

 

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For those who have never heard of this food supplement, it is a complementary stack built to improve focus, memory, energy and concentration. It consists of Alpha GPC, L-Theanine, Rhodiola Rosea, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Bacopa Monnieri, Guarana, Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and Black Pepper Extract. All ingredients have been carefully picked to help increase productivity and mental clarity.

 

The Benefits of Smart Stack

Smart Stack is a dietary supplement made in the UK. There are quite a number of benefits you could get from taking these supplements everyday. The benefits I am most interested in are –

 

Energy Levels

These supplements will improve my energy levels which is what I need the most. Summer means long days and short nights, and with this current heatwave, some days can be very hard. Juggling the home and work full-time is exhausting. But with the right diet, rest and food supplements like this Smart Stack, I can go about my day with sufficient energy levels. I am sure many mothers would find this supplement very handy.

 

Memory and Focus

As a work from home or from anywhere mum, I need to focus on quite a number of things to get my work done quickly and properly. Errors are expensive and time-consuming. So it is very important to get things done right first time. I also need to remember what needs to be done each day since everyday is different. And with the many school activities lined up for the kids in the next few weeks, I need to ensure my memory is sharp. There is nothing worse than forgetting your child’s school trip day or dental appointment.

Smart Stack helps improve memory and focus, so this supplement is now my new best friend. I will be taking it everyday.

 

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Mental Clarity

Smart Stack also helps improve mental clarity which is a big one for me. I am easily stressed so I am pleased this food supplement would be able to help. Working from home alone comes with many issues. My busy schedules and few hours of sleep (on some nights) can affect my state of mind. So I am pleased to know that my mind will benefit from this dietary supplement.

 

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A pack of Smart Stack contains 90 tablets. It currently retails at £21.59 as there is a discount going on. But the normal price is £23.99.

The brand recommend taking 3 capsules daily to gain the desired effects. Also, the capsules are not to be taken in the evening due to its caffeine content.

What do you think of this Smart Stack dietary supplement? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the sun.

 

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