How to Make a Success of Working From Home

If you’re working from home, you need to put in some effort to make it work. Whether you’re working remotely for a traditional company in the short term – perhaps while recovering from an injury or combining work with child care – or you’re self employed and your home is your office the majority of the time, it’s possible to be just as productive as when you’re working in a professional office.

Today, we’ve got three key ways to maximize your productivity while you’re working from home so you can be sure you’re making a full contribution, wherever you are!

Create an Office Space

Whether it’s a spare room, or a temporary arrangement at the kitchen table, creating a dedicated space devoted to work will help you to focus. In the short term, try to approximate your office space as much as a possible and remove distractions: having a television in the same room could prove to be too much of a temptation to someone trying to put in a full day’s work!

If you’re working from home in the long term this will help you maintain a reasonable work life balance: when there’s no official ‘stop time’ at the end of the day, it can difficult to switch off. Having a specific room you work in and setting times to leave it and stop will make sure you maintain healthy boundaries.

If you don’t have a convenient office space at home, it’s worth looking at shared working spaces you can drop into occasionally, if not to use full time: this can helpful if you thrive in a busy environment and need the background noise of an office to really focus.

Shared work spaces can be expensive, however, cheaper options are available. If you look for cheap storage, London byStored is one of the latest to open. They’re springing up all the time, and that means they have to take steps to stand out from the crowd. Some storage facilities are offering additional facilities to make themselves attractive to a market beyond people packing furniture away.

A storage facility can make a great place to work from: and as well as a no frills office, many also include meeting rooms and conference facilities for if you need to discuss things in person with clients.

Simple Wishes Hands Free Bra Review

Simple Wishes Hands free nursing braWhen you are a nursing mom, anything you can get or have that makes your life easier is necessary.  Especially a something that allows you to multi task while you have to spend all that time pumping. If you have nursed a baby you know that you just HAVE to pump if you want to every have the opportunity to leave the baby with someone else, and these days pumps have gotten more advanced. With those advancements in the pump we needed an advancement in a bra that would allow you to pump hands free. Luckily the Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra  is here to help.

The Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra ($39) gives moms the valuable gift of time by freeing up their hands for other tasks or allowing them to simply relax while using their breast pump. The patented design is adjustable in size, using high quality Velcro, to sustain a perfect fit over time as a nursing mother’s size changes. Straps and 1” Center Panel included to help achieve the perfect fit ! The Hands Free Pumping Bra comes in two colors. Black and Pink!

If you have used a pump you know how limited you are with your hands. You are pretty much stuck there holding both bottles while you pump. I personally used that time to try to watch some TV but if we are honest the noise of the pump makes that somewhat difficult. With the hands free pumping bra you are given your hands back. I think you have to be pretty masterful to walk around with it, but you definitely can have your hands to read, use your phone, or sit with another child who wants your attention.

When it comes to anything baby related, or nursing/maternity related I think we can all agree that most things aren’t necessities. But in my opinion your sanity is what is most important and if a product out there makes your life even the slightest bit easier I say it’s worth the dollars it costs to get it. $39 is a drop in the bucket to get some ease back in the rough pumping phase of motherhood.

I found this bra comfortable and easy to use. The Simple Wishes website ( offers a few bras to choose from so be sure to check them out! You will be happy to get your hands back!

Marriage and Bank Accounts – Separate, Joint, or Both?

Marriage brings about many changes. One such way in which life changes is in how finances are handled. Many newlyweds choose to share a bank account, while just as many opt to maintain separate finances. Which one is the better choice, though?

The Upside of Sharing a Bank Account

There are advantages to sharing a joint account with your spouse. Primarily, getting bills paid on time is much easier, because all of your cash is stored in the same place. This means you never have to guess as to how much you have to spend. Being aware of the full financial picture is essential for each partner to contribute to the marriage and to avoid accidental overspending.

Couples who do not share joint accounts often spend more money than they have. This leads to pressing debts that may make it necessary to borrow from a lender. While it’s good to know loans are available from sites like, it’s far better to not need them in the first place. Instead, each partner gets access to a single joint account. This means they get their own checks and debit card, in addition to having the authority to deposit and withdraw funds.

Another advantage in sharing bank accounts is in having access to the funds in the event of an emergency. If one spouse dies or becomes ill in a way that renders him or her unresponsive, the other spouse still has access to their shared accounts. Where a couple does not have joint accounts, the surviving spouse may have to go through a lengthy court battle to get access to his or her partner’s separate accounts.

The Pros of Maintaining Separate Bank Accounts

There may be just as many advantages to maintaining separate bank accounts. For couples who marry later in life, they may prefer the independence of keeping their own bank accounts. For them, it isn’t an issue of trust as much as it is a point of doing things the way in which they have grown accustomed. They may just be more comfortable with their routine.
Additionally, studies have found that couples who maintain separate bank accounts fight less over money. This is partly because neither spouse feels compelled to defend his or her spending habits. In many cases, each person in a couple spends, but they may do it differently. By operating his or her own account, each spouse can be free to spend according to his or her own habits.

Finally, separate bank accounts may actually strengthen a relationship, because it forces more communication. Instead of one spouse simply paying the bills out of a joint account, the couple must work out how to spend and budget together. Each partner shares what he or she has and together they work out a plan to pay their debts.

In the end, it’s a personal choice for each couple. Certainly there are disadvantages and advantages to either joint or separate accounts. This is something most couples discuss at the start of their union. They choose for themselves which route to take, based on what is most important to them.