Getting Moms Ready For Back to School

The kids are back to school for the new academic year. You have gotten them ready. School uniforms, shoes, bag, packed lunches, hair, etc. How about you? Have you gotten yourself ready? Someone once said if you fail to prepare, then you have prepared to fail. How do we prepare ourselves for the new challenge? It may not be new for you but after spending over six weeks of summer, kids starting new classes and new curriculum it sure feels like a new challenge. 

One key thing is for us to be healthy. Healthy minds, body and soul. Eat well, move a little more, rest and drink plenty of water. Take supplements to balance up any key vitamins your body is lacking will help you feel better. When you feel better, your mindset will be better and you can be a better mom, wife and colleague. I usually get tired, lack energy and motivation. Taking supplements like Pharmaton helped me a lot. 


Self care isn’t being selfish. I’ve said it several times, it’s important to look after number one so you can look after the number ones in your life. 

Another way to be prepared is to get organised. Organisation doesn’t have to be fancy or complex. A simple calendar with space in the boxes to write down appointments is ok. A more sophisticated planner with dates, telephone numbers, bills, receipts and vouchers is also ok. What’s important is being able to write down key things. When is homework due? when is after school club? when is the next jab or dentist appointment? When are you having your hair done? when is lunch with a friend? When does the fish tank needs washing? When is the parking fine due? When does the washing machine needs servicing? Car M.O.T due?Keep them short and sweet. Bullet points. Try to keep things on direct debit and annual things on yearly reminders on your phone. Most people use smart phones nowadays and they are great planners. Use both. 

Also remember to utilise resources at your disposal. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Ask from family, friends and the school for any support or resources that might be available to you. Find out from your local council what support or information is available in your area. Message people you follow on social media privately to ask for the full story behind the seemingly I -got-it-all- together picture. Be polite. Worst that can happen is they say no or ignore you but be proud of yourself that you put yourself out there. There response will speak more about their personality than yours (approache people you’ve built a good relationship with through liking and commenting on their posts, not people you ignore and now wants their help), it’s ok to ask for help from people outside our circle. 

Finally relax. The kids will be alright. Peace of mind and calmness can go a long way. Kids pick up on it. You will forget to return a signed slip, they will go to school without a jumper or water bottle some day and that’s ok. It won’t be the end of the day. There is always tomorrow. The hope of a better day. 

*Disclaimer: This post contains product I have been paid to advertise however all opinions are mine. I have used this product before I was pregnant (not suitable for pregnant women) and I’m now making an honest review. 

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Small coffee Bar Design


Living in London can be exciting and fun. The down side is that we often don’t have a lot of spaces. Except if you are very rich and can afford to live in bigger homes. But if like us you have a small kitchen, but still want to enjoy the little pleasures of life all you need is a little creativity and determination can help you get your dream coffee bar. 

As a mom of two active kids and a husband who spend all day working, coffee is one of our essentials. A little luxury we tends to embark on before tackling the day ahead of us. So it was a necessity for us to have a coffee bar. Then there was the tiny issue of space.  What we did was to choose where we wanted it to be. 

Location is important in designing your coffee bar because it’s not just a place to make the coffee, but also a place to enjoy it coffee. A happy place. Your coffee bar could be one of the first places you go to when you wake up. For the above design, it was the small counter corner close to the kitchen window. We love the view there as it over looks the garden. Garden where squirrels come to play just as the dawn is breaking. 

We got a clear glass shelf from ikea and screwed it above the tiles. That would hold the coffee and creamer jars. Then we got a same size silver rack bar with hooks on it from amazon. This will hold the coffee mugs. And we chose small coffee mugs. White. 

Choosing your coffee machine is entirely up to you. Your budget, space and style. For us, we wanted a small practical machine that will do the job. Nothing fancy. It holds up to 4 cups of coffee, which is perfect for two grown ups and whenever we have guests. 

Lastly was the decor, this is also about personal choice. Some people love letters, pictures or quotes. Your quote can be funny, relaxing or inspirational. Because we move home quite a lot, we love quotes that reminds us that “home is where the heart is” not brick and mortar. We also find plants to be quite relaxing, so we put a small pot of plant next to the window frame. The idea is to bring in the zen feeling from the garden outside into the kitchen. 

You don’t need a lot of space to have a coffee bar. So if you have been thinking of having one but worried about no space, now you can. You can have one almost anywhere in your home or office, kitchen or dining area. You could even have one on a small table and put it in the lounge or bedroom.