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If you’re a work-from-home mom or want to start using more flexi-time to look after the kids, you will need a space that allows you to be productive. You may have heard other parents claim that working from home is impossible. However, if you sit in bed with the television on – then of course concentrating will be a struggle. If you want to create a home space that also works as an efficient office, here are a few aspects to consider. 

Fix the big issues first 

If you are dying to use the extension on the side of your house as a personal office, but leaks and disrepair make it a daily hazard, then it may be time to bit the bullet and get it fixed. Finding a contractor who can create a custom made metal roof for you will solve your problems and help you create a safe-to-live-in space. 

Clear space

Having a clear space will create a clear mind. If you have a small desk in your living room, which also happens to be littered with kids’ toys, you won’t be in the right frame of mind. However, clearing space doesn’t always mean putting a few books away here and there. Sometimes a clear-out can involve a significant re-shuffle. Here are a few ways to effectively clear some room and create a working space:

  • Pull out all books and decorative items in the room. Do you really need them or could they be re-loved at a charity shop or thrift store somewhere?
  • Do you have old furniture that is no longer used? This can take up significant room – particularly in spare rooms, which can easily become a junk yard for unwanted furniture and ornaments. 
  • Rearrange furniture: by pulling furniture out and trying it for size in different corners of the room, you not only ensure that every nook and cranny is cleaned, but you will also get to see if you are using your furniture to the best of its abilities in the space you have. 

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Jun
21

Seasons of Finding Yourself

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We oftenWoman in worship position hear about “seasons of life,” especially when something tough happens in our life. As the years go by, I am also noticing what I like to call “seasons of finding myself.” This applied primarily to times in our life when a major shift has occurred, and we must readjust our view of ourselves – our identity – into a new normal.

Some of these major life shifts may include:

  • Becoming a wife
  • Becoming a mother
  • New life-stages of motherhood (infants, toddlers, elementary age, tweens, teens, adult children)
  • Transitioning home from the corporate world
  • Going back to school
  • Starting a new job

I have experienced each of these stages, and each one seems to throw me off while I sort-out what my new identity or role is. For example, when my children transitioned from toddlers to school age, I had to determine what my role would now be. My role as their mother hadn’t completely changed, but new role opportunities had been added – Room Parent, School Volunteer, PTA Parent, etc. I now had to decide what level of involvement I would have in my children’s day-to-day lives while they were at school.   Read More→

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Jun
14

5 Ways to Run an Ethical Business

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Many companies often develop various guidelines for their employees to adhere to, which can range from social media policies to payroll and overtime procedures. However, few fail to establish an ethics policy, which clearly sets out a code of conduct for the brand and staff to adhere to each day.

If you want to create a policy of your own, here are five ways to run an ethical business.

 

  • Set Core Business Values

 

Core business values will set internal priorities for your brand and could help to set it apart from its rivals. After all, they will inform your target audience that you run a trustworthy business that takes responsibility for its decisions and actions.

The values you incorporate into your business are not only essential to your branding, but they will define corporate behavior that you expect your employees to embody.

 

  • Secure Consumer Data

 

Every business has a responsibility to protect consumers sensitive data, such as their:

  • Addresses
  • Bank and credit card information
  • Customer account numbers
  • Email addresses

Unfortunately, some organizations fail to take this legal obligation seriously. If you want to protect your consumers’ data, invest in a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate, which will encrypt all data between the customer and your web server. It can also prevent hackers from accessing the information.

As an SSL certificate will change a URL from HTTP to HTTPS, it can indicate to your visitors that their information will be protected when they use your website. Read More→

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Jun
03

4 Ways to Teach Kids Good Security Habits at Home

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There are no shortage of worries when you become a parent, but the majority of them boil down to one simple objective: keeping your child safe. As your child gets older and more independent, it is critical to teach your child how to keep himself safe when you are not around, both for his safety and your sanity. Here are a few ways to build those good habits.

Teach Your Child to Notice the Details

Encourage and nurture a mindful, observant attitude in your child. It’s all too easy to get caught up in our thoughts and overlook details that could be critical to your safety at home. Teach your child to pay attention to his surroundings and notice the details. One easy way to do this is by playing a game of “I Spy.” Draw your child’s attention to anything that is out of the ordinary, like a strange car parked by your home or a suspicious person passing out flyers in your neighborhood. Make vigilance a habit from an early age to keep your child aware of his surroundings at all times. For young children, read books that have a personal safety theme as an additional way to reinforce this topic.

Keep the Doors Locked

Lock the door behind you whenever you enter your home and teach your child to do the same. It doesn’t matter how safe you think your neighborhood is, an unlocked door is an invitation for unwelcome guests. By building the habit of locking the door immediately, you can decrease the instances of forgetting to lock up when you are in a hurry, consumed with other tasks on your to-do list. The sooner that you can help your child build this habit, the sooner you can feel a little more confident about your child being at home alone when that time comes. Read More→

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May
17

101 Tips to Help Your Budget (and YOU) at Home – #100 & 101

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101 Ways to Help Your Budget and You at Home

 

100. Cut Out Haircuts
Now, we don’t want to go crazy here and have everyone running around with long shaggy hair, but it is possible to cut out expensive haircuts. You can, of course, choose to grow your hair out. Or you can purchase an inexpensive haircutting kit (such as this one on Amazon) and do cropped haircuts (both my son and husband allow me to cut their hair this way).

 

101. Reuse Old Stuff
In the end, one of the simplest ways to save money is to not buy new stuff. Find creative and useful ways to reuse what you already have. For instance, create tennis racket mirrors, candy themed pouches and even trash can tables.

 

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May
15

101 Tips to Help Your Budget (and YOU) at Home – #97, 98 & 99

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101 Ways to Help Your Budget and You at Home

97. Go Natural
Consider planting a garden to save on the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables. It can be as simple as a garden box with tomato plants or as big and full as you can fit in your yard! Do some research on what grows well in your geographical area and what time of year to plant different items and then get to digging.

 

98. Create a Price Book
Know a good deal when you see one by creating a price book. “A price book is simply a list-a list of items that you normally buy, and what their lowest prices are at the stores you typically shop at. With this list, when you happen upon a possible “deal”, you will be able to quickly and simply tell if it will actually save you money.” Read more about how to create a price book here.

 

99. Washable Wins
Napkins, diapers and other disposable items can easily be replaced by washable cloth versions to save money. To reduce costs even further, create your own reusable napkins and diapers from inexpensive cloth or items you already have at home.

 

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May
13

101 Tips to Help Your Budget (and YOU) at Home – #94, 95 & 96

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101 Ways to Help Your Budget and You at Home

94. Snack in Bulk
While they are convenient, buying the snack-size bags of crackers and cookies is often much more expensive. Instead, buy snacks in bulk and divide up into snack size portions and put in individual baggies for easy snacking.

 

95. Go Old School
While modern conveniences seem like the only way to things at times, there are tried-and-true (usually cheaper) ways to do things. For instance, consider line-dry clothing instead of using the dryer. Install a line in your laundry room or even hang them outside if the weather permits.

 

96. Trash It
Consider recycling or composting to save money on trash service. Or, if you have a pick-up or trailer, you could even haul your own trash to the dump instead of paying for someone else to do it.

 

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May
10

101 Tips to Help Your Budget (and YOU) at Home – #91, 92 & 93

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101 Ways to Help Your Budget and You at Home

91. Use Cash only
Studies show that people who shop using cash only – no credit or debit cards – spend less overall. The next time you grocery shop, try setting a budget and pulling that amount of cash out to use. See if you can spend only what you have – or less!

 

92. Avoid Gimmick Pricing
Stores work hard to be clever and their pricing games are one way that they try to entice you to buy more than you need. If your local supermarket has a “10 for $10” campaign, know that you don’t normally need to buy 10 products to get their sale price.

 

93. Party at Home
I know the trend is to have kids’ birthday parties at fun places like the theater, roller skating rink or local gymnastics training center, but consider having birthday parties at home instead – even if it’s just every

 

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May
08

101 Tips to Help Your Budget (and YOU) at Home – #88, 89 & 90

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101 Ways to Help Your Budget and You at Home

88. Carpool, Bike or Walk
If you are able, consider biking to work or to the store. Or, if possible, carpool with others when heading to work, church or even the grocery store. Taking the kids to the park? Walk instead of driving.

 

89. Know When To Go
Going to the movies can be expensive, so find out when your local theaters offers matinee pricing and opt to go during those hours. It may not seem like a huge savings at the time, but every dollar ads up.

 

90. Cancel Your Plans
That gym membership you pay for, but don’t use … cancel it. That online movie plan that you forgot you had – cancel it. Find ways that your budget may be leaking money and cut those things out.

 

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May
06

101 Tips to Help Your Budget (and YOU) at Home – #85, 86 & 87

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101 Ways to Help Your Budget and You at Home

85. Make Your Own
We see more and more DIY ideas, so why don’t we put some of them into practice. For us work-at-homers, here’s a great article on 10 Ways to Make a Cheap Standing Desk – http://www.wisebread.com/healthy-workplace-10-ways-to-make-a-cheap-standing-desk

86. Pay Online
Cut out the cost of stamps and checks by paying online. Most bills can now be paid online through the store or company’s website or through your local bank’s website. In fact, in many churches you can even tithe online.

87. Price Match
“Price Match wherever you can! There are a number of stores that price match, and I’m not just talking groceries! Go price match crazy with movies, clothes, housewares, electronics, music, video games, and food!! Gas and time count for something too and the fewer places I have to go to get the deals I want, the better!”

– Anne Bennett
www.momsdrivenfromwithin.com

 

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