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CONSTRUCTIVE CHAOS | Your Zodiac Sign Can Determine How Messy or Clean You Are!

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Do you ever wonder why you're so different from your siblings or partner? Why is it that you are the one that cleans the whole house from top to bottom and organise your books alphabetically, meanwhile others prefer to sit back and rely on others? I know that I am the complete opposite to both my brother and sister, they are messy and I am more of an organised hoarder. Some things in life are written in the stars. But did you know that the stars are also to blame for how messy or organised you are? There are certain parts of our nature that differentiate us as personalities and this is what affects our cleaning habits too. When it comes to getting organised and staying organised, every sign is different. Let’s just say that some signs just don’t get it. But don't blame yourself, blame your star sign.

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In general, the signs that are ruled by the earth element tend to be the most organised, especially when it comes to organising the home or the office. As a scorpion we are often seen as mysterious people who approach cleaning and organising with intense determination. I know, I take it seriously, and will not rest until everything is thoroughly completed. I like to keep everything and organise like there's no tomorrow. My filing cabinet is full of a collection of papers that have made it through the letter box and into my cabinet and never leaves. I never know when I may need that certain piece of paper from 2010! It's pretty cool to see that your Zodiac sign can determine what type of person you are, be it a super organiser, an organised mess, or a person who thrives on organised chaos, like me! 

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So with this in mind, I wanted to focus on essential elements in creating the perfect work space for people who thrive in organised chaos. Some people spend a significant portion of their lives at work. Whether they love what you do or they're are less than thrilled at work, office space and how it's organisation can have a lot of impact on you and those around you. As so much of your life is spend at work, your work space should be a place where you can function to the best of your ability. The most important feature of good office design is functionality. But too often our offices are crammed with so many office machines, equipment, supplies and pieces of paper that our small or home offices are completely dysfunctional. So, today I want to share 5 things you could do right now to help you become more proactive at work...

Clear your desk

There's nothing more satisfying than a well organised, perfectly placed desk. So, start from scratch! Reorganising your office desk will be easiest if you start with a blank desk. Begin by organising your office by looking at your desk, office desk uk offer some pieces that have been tailored to suit your specific needs. Decide what you actually need for work and figure out if it essential to make the cut to stay on your desk. A computer, obviously! It's something that you use everyday to help make your work easier, but that pile of papers that you have been meaning to file isn't! So, be proactive and file them away. 



Storage, storage, storage

After you clear your desk it's time to try and reorder. But try not to put everything back into it's original place. A new look. A breath of fresh air. Try and think of ways where you could reorder your desk and take advantage of your new, clean space, by devising a new layout will actually help keep you interested while you're at work. Even the smallest and home offices produce more paper than anything else.  Unfortunately this means that there will be a lot that clutter in your office and desk so it's essential that you have sufficient space and storage. Organise your office by getting another filing cabinet if you need it or adding a supplies cupboard. Then you’ll have a place to put it and keeping your office design uncluttered will be easier. After you have filter through all that with a fine tooth comb it's now time to stock up on brand new supplies, even if your workplace provides office supplies, keeping a few of your own things on hand can make you feel more comfortable. As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files is gradually decreasing. What can you store digitally? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups. 

Try and make sure that your office space flows

Not everyone works the same way. You have to consider your daily processes, the files you use, the supplies you need regularly, the books you may need to reference, and which desk drawers and shelves are easiest for you to access. You don't want your notepads to be out of arm's reach if you use it regularly to take notes. When you're arranging your office, dedicate drawers and surface space closest to you to things of priority. The items you won't need as often can be stored out of the way until they're of use for you.

Don't go overboard with personal items 

Maintaining work-life balance is hard, especially on your desk. Family pictures or holiday souvenirs can provide positive feelings during the work day, but too many mementos can be a distraction and make you feel a little home sick. So leave it to just one photo and store the rest. Anything you decide to keep but don’t need on hand at your desk should be stored elsewhere so that it doesn’t accumulate and turn into a mess. This includes personal items, snacks and gadgets you only need on rare occasions. Written documents should go into folders and then into a filing cabinet, while other materials might need to be put away in a bottom drawer or closet if they’re not likely to be used. You could try adding a plant to your desk which can actually help you stay focused whilst working. It might sound silly, but, a plant or two in your office could improve your productivity and happiness. Even just having a window view of live greenery can help keep focus.


Make use of the walls

If you have a small desk but a lot of things, using the wall above your desk can be an efficient way to store things and keep your desk clear. Things like pegboards, cork-boards, and wire mesh boards are all great ways to hang up things that would normally clutter your desk and they give you something nice to look at when you’re even at your desk. You could even try and be creative and make your own, so you can tailor it to your specific needs. 

Wall Organiser by Sugar & Cloth
It can be difficult to get anything accomplished if you’re frequently losing certain documents or misplacing important paperwork. Working in an organised environment helps keep you focused and motivates you to make you work more efficient. If everything is in its place, you find the things you need to accomplish your daily tasks more quickly. Simple organisation techniques can make the world of difference when it comes to workplace productivity. To be in control is to be proactive, to take control to make things happen rather than letting things happen to them. So, with this notion in mind and the fact that as a scorpion I thrive on organised chaos by making a few changes in life and in my office will ensure that I am more proactive person. For many people, becoming organised is related to getting rid of paper clutter, improving their filing system or finding more time each day to get things done. And to some extent this is the main attribute to solving these problems but it will help them become better organised throughout their lives.

What is your Zodiac Sign? Check this well thought out infographic from Furniture@work to find out!

OH MY BLOG: The Holiday Edition with Modern Mum

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This is Oh My Blog: A monthly blogging series that allows you to meet a fellow blogger and get their opinions on a whole host of topics. Since its July, there’s no better time to start talking about holidays, sunshine and getaways and this month, it’s the turn of Kate from Modern Mum.



1. Summer is here! Are you going (or have you been) anywhere nice this year?

I have spent the first half of this year pregnant so we haven't made it away yet. Now our latest addition is here we are booked up for Camp Bestival in July and hoping for a couple of small breaks throughout the year. It is our ten year anniversary next year and we are saving or pennies and planning a big holiday to Fort Lauderdale.

2. Where is your favourite Summer holiday destination?

Florida, we try and go at least every other year, we usually stay a few days in Orlando so the kids can enjoy the parks, then we drove down to Fort Lauderdale, just north of Miami for a bit of luxury and relaxation..

3. Do you prefer to spend your summer abroad or in the UK?

Abroad, purely because of the weather. If you could guarantee the sunshine I would happily spend my holidays in Cornwall or floating down the Norfolk Broads.

4. Any holiday horror stories to report?

Not since I was 17, a £100 teletext holiday that seriously brought meaning to ' you get what you pay for ' a cockroach riddled apartment over a kebab shop. Still, at 17 we thought it was the best thing ever!

5. If you do go on holiday, are you a “sit by the pool all day” kind or person, or a “we need to get out and explore” kind of tourist?

Oh I'm straight down the middle! I love nothing more than relaxing with a strawberry daiquiri by the pool. After a couple of days I need to have a wander about and check out local sights, shops and restaurants.

6. Please help settle an argument. What is the earliest acceptable time to have a pre-holiday pint in the airport pub?

Easy! Anytime! It's 5 o'clock somewhere right? Also, one your airside I don't believe in time! I've had flights at 2am, 6am, 9am and 11am...... Dare you judge me when I order my G&T!

7. How are you with flying? Love it, hate it or a bit nonplussed by it all?

I used to love it, but flying with six children makes me nervous. Not because it's hard work, when airport staff see us coming all ropes get lifted, ques get jumped and help is everywhere. I think when they see the Brady Bunch coming they rush us through as quickly as possible. My nerves come from the actual flying.

8. What has been your favourite holiday that you’ve ever been on?

I should say my wedding in Florida which was pretty amazing, but just before we had the kids we did a big holiday to California, starting in San Francisco and driving through LA to San Diego and over to Vegas. When I landed back home I found out I was ten weeks pregnant with twins!

9. Where would you absolutely love to go, that you haven’t been yet?

Nashville and Bora Bora

10. What is your favourite summer holiday memory from when you were a kid?

Haven Harcourt Sands in Isle of Wight.

11. What is the first song on your summer anthems playlist?

Summer of Love, Sambuca, imagine (I love a bit of old skool) or in my later years, a country album

12. Camping (be it in the wilderness or in your back garden when you were a kid). Your thoughts?

Sounds fun, but in reality, I'm not a camper unless it's in a caravan or a 5 star yurt

13. Do you tan easily, or are you a brilliant shade of toothpaste white wherever you go?

I'm ginger.... Nuff said

14. What attraction or event would you recommend people go to this summer?

Camp Bestival

15. Finally, let us have you best tip for a stress-free holiday?

Stay calm and chilled out. Once you let stress in it can ruin your holiday. Don't organise too much, take each day as it comes. Wear sunscreen!




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You can find Kate over at Modern Mum



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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MIMI ROSE AND ME

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It's always intriguing to see what others get up to in their daily lives. Being a mummy to a toddler can be hard and stressful at times, but I do find that having a good routine in place can make me feel as if anything is possible Even when we get some time to catch a breath I will always try and make the most of those times. We have had this routine since my daughter was six months old, and hasn't really changed much. I do find myself asking where the time has gone by the time 5 o' clock comes around, it's amazing how busy a toddler keeps you.

Here's my day in the life...

7.00am: I am normally awake before 7am answering emails, trawling through social media and perhaps to try and squeeze in a toddler free shower. If I do manage to get in the shower without the said toddler in tow, I then will then get dressed, put makeup on and get my mum bun-ness on...

7.30am: My daughter is normally awake either singing to herself, chatting to the dog or asking about her Daddy. I will then go get her out of her cot so she can wash and brush her teeth before heading downstairs for breakfast. The first thing I like to do is stick the kettle and pour myself a cuppa while I pop some milk in the microwave for my little milk monster.


8.00am: Breakfast time! After our morning drink we will then go and choose what we'd like for breakfast. It's normally cereal with some peaches or strawberries, but some days we like to have crumpets or toast with fruit. We then head over to the sofa and eat breakfast whilst watching Emmerdale or Peter Rabbit. This is also the perfect time to let my daughter know what is on the agenda for that day.

8.30am: After breakfast we will then tidy our breakfast things away while the little lady plays with some toys or tries to help or play with the fridge magnets. Then I will take to her to room to get her dressed ready for that day, then make the beds, do some laundry and begin the daily cleaning. All depending on what the day is and what we have planned I will do a deep clean either upstairs or downstairs on alternative days.


10.00am - 12.00pm: It's during this time that I like to schedule any appointments, classes, play dates or general errands. During this time of day my daughter is very awake and has so much energy, I like to try and keep her mind busy. We enjoy going to baby classes, going to park, visiting my sister and her daughters or just going for a walk. We especially enjoy the morning walks during the spring, it's so peaceful and my daughter loves all the pretty flowers.





12.00pm: Lunchtime! Most days we will eat our breakfast and lunches at home, but some days we like to explore and will take a little pack up with us. But on the days we are at home we will eat lunch together of either a pasta or crackers and soft cheese along with assortment of fruit or crudités.

1.00pm - 3.00pm: This was nap time, but the days of naps are gone. Now I will try and encourage my daughter to be creative with either play dough, painting, chalks, or other arts and crafts. We also like to try and bake something together at least once a week, who doesn't love chaos in the kitchen. If she just wants to play with her toys I will take some time out to drink tea, write blog posts, edit photographs or what I should be doing more of, exercising.



3.00pm - 4.30pm: This is when I will let my daughter watch some television. It's normally Peter Rabbit, Bing or My Little Pony.  I will make a start on dinner, with a little helper of course. We have a step for her in the kitchen and she loves to get that out and help me prepare dinner.

4.30pm - 5.00pm: Dinnertime! We will always wait for Daddy to get home before tucking into our dinner. We like to eat as a family most nights as I think that's important to have that time to talk about everyone's day. My poor husband doesn't get five minutes to relax after work because my little lady likes to talk, talk, and talk or constantly ask him if he wants to play games with her.



6.00pm: Bathtime! This is normally time for my daughter and husband to bond, he runs her a bath while I clean all the chaos we created in the kitchen. I hate waking up to a messy kitchen. While my two favourites are splashing about in the bath I will tidy downstairs to get ready for the evening with my husband.

7.30pm: After a while in the bath playing lots of games with Daddy I will then go upstairs to get my little lady dried and put her in her pyjamas. We will then have a cuddles, settle down to read a book together before she goes into her cot for Bedtime! My daughter usually goes to bed without a peep, however if she does struggle I will just go to her and tell her that the fairies want her to go to sleep so when she gets up she can have an amazing adventure. I love fairies!



8.00pm - 11.00pm: Phew, what a day. I will then have a bath or shower and go downstairs to a nice cup of tea. This is time that I like to spend with my husband to chill on the sofa watching our favourite programmes on television until my husband falls asleep. Some nights we may even share some chocolate with a cup of tea before going to bed together. But generally my husband crashes by 9pm. Haha.

5 EASY WAYS TO FRESHEN UP YOUR HOME FOR THE SUMMER

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One of my favourite things to do as a new season approaches is redecorate with a few quick changes that make a big difference. It’s time to get inspired by the warm air and sunny colours of summer days! So, today it's time to throw open the windows and let the sunshine and warm breezes into your home with these five easy ways to freshen up your home for the summer. 



Rearrange Furniture

The layout of your furniture impacts the feeling of your home more than you might realise. It doesn't matter if your rooms are large or small, having the correct furniture arrangement for the summer will make them more enjoyable. To begin with you could consider moving around furniture to help and lift the room to make it appear lighter and brighter. In our home we like to completely flip our living room and dining area by moving the sofas away from the radiators and placing the television unit and coffee table on the other side of the room. By doing this, helps make the rooms feel cooler during the summer months. Either way, giving some rooms in your home a furniture refresh can do wonders for helping you feel revitalised.

Clean and De-clutter

Just because Spring has been and gone doesn't mean there is no need for a spring clean spruce. As the summer comes around spending quality time with our nearest and dearest, sharing a cocktail or two, enjoying a BBQ and general garden fun. But where there is quality time, there are guests and mess so ensuring a good clean and de-clutter throughout the home is a great way to kick start the summer fun. It's a good idea to get prepared by cleaning and tidying different areas of your home. I have found that is becomes easier if you divide each part of your home and perhaps get other family members involved, even children

Though this one seems obvious, we often get stuck in a rut in our home and begin to leave items out. Like my camera, laptop and my organiser. It's not really a great look when we have guests over. So in order to prepare our home for the summer we have been de-cluttering like there's no tomorrow. Most clutter occurs in the kitchen so try and start with all those nooks and crannys as they are the susceptible for clutter. Our kitchen sides used to be really cluttered, but now we just have a toaster, kettle and microwave all the rest has been placed neatly in our cupboards.

Add a Dash of Colour

When it comes to decorating, not everyone has either the time or the money to do a whole makeover in their living room. But don’t fret! You don’t have to spend a lot of either to get a nice change and pick-up to the look of your room. Summer is the perfect time to take on a new project. You will find that you can add a real dash of colour by just painting one wall in your living room. This will really change the focal point of the living room without getting into a major decorating project. You can choose a bold, contrasting colour picked from a floral fabric, or a subtle tone darker than the tone of the other walls. Any change in colour will add interest and dash of colour! Nothing adds colour like pillows  placed on furniture. Whether you choose solids for a floral sofa or chair, or colourful, patterned pillows for a solid colour chair or sofa, you could even add a splash of colour to your floor, add a piece of art or even a lamp. All these simple addition to a room will sure to give your your room a lease of life. 


Ensure Safety

Summer is all about making the most of the beautiful sunshine, good times with friends and family and even escaping on the perfect getaway. But unfortunately this also means it could also make you a target for burglars. With summer, there are so many opportunities for thieves to try and take advantage so always make sure you are prepared with security and ensure your home is safe. I have a few tips to help you along the way. These days, it’s easy for social media-savvy thieves to do their research online. It doesn’t take long to work out if a homeowner is away by checking up on social media sites. Make sure your social media settings are listed as private and can only be viewed by friends or people you trust, as ‘checking in’ or broadcasting your holiday photos and updates on public sites can be risky. But don't forget while you're away to leave a set of spare keys with a friend or a neighbour, don't leave them anywhere someone would normally look. So don't leave them under the door mat or flowerpot. 

It may sound obvious but never leave valuables like laptops, handbags, purses or keys within the reach of an open window or near letter boxes. Keep a few lights on in the evenings, but avoid pulling all your curtains or blinds before you’re heading off for a weekend or on holiday, as this can indicate no-one is home. Install a home alarm, so that if the worst happens and there is a break in, you can be alerted quickly and you or your neighbours can contact the police. Lastly make sure you have Chill.ie Insurance in place, so that you’re protected should you find yourself a victim of summer burglary.


All the Fresh Flowers

Celebrate the warm weather with summer arrangements that are sure to bring energy to any room and make it feel like spring inside no matter what it is doing outside. Fresh flowers instantly brighten your home, making it colourful and so much more inviting. It helps that fresh flowers are not too pricey and add a certain decadence to any room. I also like the fact that it's an easy way to introduce trendy colours that you don’t have to commit to forever. I am very lucky as my husband kindly buys me flowers each week so we can constantly change the look and scents throughout our home. 


What do you do to help freshen your home for summer?

Disclaimer – please be aware that this is a collaborative post but as always all words are my own

THE BABY FEEDING SERIES WITH CAPTAIN BOB CAT

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Hello and welcome back to another instalment of The Baby Feeding Series, that features real stories from real parents who have experienced how hard and baffling feeding your baby can be. I want this series to be a place where parents can share their own experiences in the hopes that other parents who are struggling can feel less alone. Being a parent is the hardest job in the world but it's one of the most rewarding jobs too and so I want to share their stories.
 

Last week we had the lovely Jo from Cup of Toast and this week I'm very excited to say that this week for The Baby Feeding Series we have the lovely Eva from Captain Bob Cat guest posting for us. Eva has kindly offered to share her breastfeeding stories with the both of her children. But in her post I couldn't help but feel as if many women will resonate with Eva in those first few days of parenthood. There is so much we all have to consider without everything else that was thrown Eva's ways. But, after a while they were able to find a way that suited both her and her children. So, without further ado I'd like to hand you over to Eva.
 
My Breastfeeding Experience
 
I was devastated, when my firstborn refused to breastfeed. We had a classic case of starting off well, then jaundice decided to strike, he was just 2 days old. Along with everything else a new born has to deal with, the sleepiness and not feeding. Then on day 5 - still in the hospital - the nurse suggested that "we really need to top him up. Here's some formula, mum." What's a first time mum to do? Scared to death that my baby is starving, I gave him formula. The jaundice eventually cleared, but it turned out, that he was also tongue tied. Racing with the time, he got his tongue tie snipped when he was 14 days old. Privately. This, honestly took some time to wrap my head around.  How on earth can it be, that there was no possibility to deal with the tongue tie right there on the spot, in the maternity ward? How? See, I know other mums in the same shoes and about 50% of them, like me, never was able to breastfeed their baby. How is this not a priority? Especially when there's such a big campaign and pressure on new mums to breastfeed. Just how? Meanwhile, I still tried my best to get him on the breast. We went on a "breastfeeding holiday" (basically you do nothing, but breastfeed 24/7), which resulted him losing weight. Panic, tears, back on formula. During the 2 weeks my son couldn't latch on, I kept pumping. He got around 70% breast milk and 30% formula in the first 4 months (all from the bottle) but no matter how much I pumped, my supply started to decline. For the first month, at every feeding, 6-8 times a day, I had the following routine: first tried to breastfeed him, then gave him pumped milk, then pumped again for the next feed, then prepared a bottle of formula to top him up. He was a hungry baby. My milk supply gave up when he was 7 months old and we moved to formula completely.
 
I believe, I'm not alone with this scenario. I felt pretty crap in the first few weeks, having thoughts like: I'm not trying hard enough, there must be a solution but I'm not finding it, etc. Health visitors, breast feeding support specialists, midwives, friends, family all gave me sometimes unwanted and controversial advice. I felt relieved when we switched to formula completely. The pressure was gone and I stopped blaming myself. I was lucky, I managed to more or less accept that I couldn't breastfeed him. But, until my daughter came along, I never fully made peace with myself. 
 
Second time around the story gets shorter, although my baby girl didn't take breast milk for the first week or so (unlike my son, she didn't even try, just pushed me away from the very first moment) but then I did the same thing again: just fed her all the time. This time it worked. Every 3-4 hours, including night time. I'd wake her up and feed her. It helped to boost my milk supply (milk production is better night time) and for her to learn to feed more effectively: during the night she wasn't as fussy and distracted as in the daytime. Within a week after getting home she was weaned off the bottle and fully breastfed. She's now one year old and still gets two feeds a day. She doesn't want to stop, but I know that we're coming to the end of our breastfeeding days, as my supply is getting very low. The only thing is, that she never took the bottle again. She refuses to drink any milk or formula. She went straight on the sippy cup, it was a huge battle, but now she drinks water from cup. She gets some yogurt and cheese so I'm not worried. With her taking breast milk from me, she also brought peace. Peace with myself for not being able to breastfeed my boy. She helped me massively to get over it.
 
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About Eva
 
Eva is a mum to Captain Bobcat, who came up with a cute nickname when he was just a few days old. Originally from Budapest, but lived in Australia, cleaned beaches in Ibiza and ended up in London. Eva mentions that she has a green heart on her blog, and even considers herself as an environmentalist. A vegetarian, who prefers the eco-friendly version of everything. A firm yoga-believer who loves tennis! Well, nowadays Eva cooks with meat for the carnivores in her family – you’ll find great vegetarian toddler and family friendly recipes, weaning diet ideas and some meaty recipes on her blog. As well as being an avid environmentalist she is also a former hotelier and travel expert too, where she love to blog about their journeys, share experiences and add reviews. Eva still feels as if she's a new mum even tough Bobcat is nearly three years old, especially that now he has a baby sister.
 
 
You can find Eva over at Captain Bob Cat
 
Don't forget to go and look over Eva's social media platforms to give her a little like or a follow.
 

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