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The Joys of Working At Home, Or Not?

Maybe you’ve been a stay at home mommy but it’s getting too hard to balance the books, so you have to look for some extra income somehow. Or maybe you’re a working mommy, and you have been offered the chance to work from home, but are not sure if you should take it. There are definitely advantages and disadvantages to both. Let’s analyze things a bit further and see what we can come up with in order for you to make an intelligent decision;


There is no question that the office has the advantage of being a space 100% dedicated to work and getting things done efficiently. Furniture at Work, for example, will almost always be superior, as will a lot of the equipment surrounding you. Having said that, often a properly set up home office can be more than good enough for all intents and purposes.

One clear disadvantage of going to the office is not the office itself but the commute to and from the office. This is especially a big deal if you live far enough away from where you work to make the commute a nightmare, which is an unfortunate reality for many of us.


This one would seem to go in favor of the formal office as well, but there are exceptions.

It’s true that the home is a hotbed of potential distractions from work life, but it’s also true that even in an office environment, distractions abound. Depending on your personality and that of your co-workers, you may really wind up being more productive in an environment where your co-workers are physically separated from you.

One hack that may sound ridiculous at first, but can actually work for some people, is to dress for work at the office even if you are working from home. This sometimes can put people in the right mindset to be efficient while working. Also, of course, your job may require conference calls which may in turn require a certain standard of personal appearance. Your milage may vary greatly on this points, and they certainly could use your own detailed analysis of the situation.


Some companies are nice enough to just allow you to work from home and offer the exact same contract. In these cases, it’s much more advisable to take them up on it, because the savings alone (in both money and time) are probably going to make it worthwhile.

However, in the real world, stay at home positions usually come with some pay cut or some other caveat that makes the waters quite a bit muddier.

In actuality, even more worrisome in many cases than simply getting paid less is the possibility of your employers taking advantage of the situation by trying to make you available 24/7. This is something to be avoided at all costs. A situation like this is guaranteed to turn your dream of working at home into a major nightmare quickly. Clear boundaries must be set as to your schedule.

So are you ready to take the plunge into working from home? Only you can decide at the end.

Gift Ideas That Are Perfect For New Homeowners

You have exactly three hours, 20 minutes and eight seconds to choose a gift. Even worse, you have a very strict budget that eliminates most of the fancy, high-tech gifts in the store. Your good friend and her husband have just purchased their new digs, and in a couple of hours, they will host a housewarming celebration. All week long, you have been scratching your head trying to figure out what to purchase. As you stroll down the aisles of ACME Home and Garden department store, you actually consider showing up empty-handed – major faux pas. In this day and age, would-be gift givers have plenty of options when giving gifts to new homeowners.

New homeowners might receive gifts from family and friends for a variety of reasons. Granted, not everybody can afford to spend oodles on appliances and technology for a gift that homeowners might or might not use, or even appreciate. However, the importance of giving a present to new homeowners is not related to the cost of the item but to celebrating this milestone with the homeowner. Another reason friends and family give gifts is to help new homeowners – homeowners who have already spent a good chunk of money – defray the cost of needed items such as appliances and home and garden tools.

When buying a gift for a new homeowner, gift givers have many options. Gift givers can draw from the homeowner’s life for inspiration. For example, if a friend is a novice wine taster, give her a six-month trial subscription to a wine club, and for those on a budget, a carafe or a wine-tasting kit would also suffice. In fact, would-be gift givers can draw from a variety of sources for inspiration.

For those homeowners who love to cook and eat, give the person an apron, monogrammed if possible. Another good gift choice is a recipe book that contains the homeowners’ favorite type of food; for example, Italian food, Mexican food, soul food, Chinese food and vegan food cookbooks are great ideas. Purchasing cookware is also a good idea for novice chefs. For instance, purchase a small grilling pan for someone who likes to grill, but not on an outside grill, or a rice cooker, to avoid uncooked rice. Food items such as specialty hot chocolate, wine, cheese and crackers, tea and flavored coffee can also be inexpensive gift items.

For those homeowners who like to spend time in the yard, gift givers have numerous gift ideas from which to choose. Lawnmowers, edgers, planters and garden hoses are common gifts. Gift givers do not have to go to into the poor house, though, to give to those with a green thumb. In fact, potted trees and flowers that can be transferred into a garden are inexpensive gift ideas. Other gift ideas for those gardeners include a gift bag that contains small packets of both flower and vegetable seed kits, in addition to directions on how to grow these plants.

For those homeowners who are all-around homemakers, candles, potpourri and incense and their burners are all excellent gift ideas. In addition to these aromatic gifts, collages, framed pictures and art can also be given to someone who likes to decorate their home. Pricier gifts can include area rugs and glass vases. For those homemakers who despise yard work, gift givers can arrange for a gardener to mow the lawn for a month. Furthermore, those would-be handy men or women would appreciate a set of tools.

For those homeowners who are tech-savvy and need the latest and greatest gadgets, consider purchasing a traveling doorbell that lets the homeowners take it to wherever they are in the home. Another techie gift can be a smartphone-friendly garage door opener or even smart bulbs that can be controlled from a smartphone.

Those gift givers on a tight budget can purchase small gift items such as key chains that hold the house keys, cutting boards for the kitchen, measuring cups, a nice table cloth, and martini shakers and glasses, in addition to a plethora of items under 20 dollars.

If all else fails and the new homeowners are fussy beyond measure, purchasing a gift card to a favorite department store and enclosing it in a beautiful card, hand-made or not, so they can choose a gift, is also acceptable. The point in purchasing a gift is to let the homeowner know that their milestone of purchasing a home is being celebrated. Furthermore, for every visit to the home, the gift giver sees their contribution to their friend’s home.

Mommy Makeovers for Confidence and Sensuality

There is a new trend in the makeover industry. The good folks over at are telling us more and more that new mothers are coming in for all sorts of procedures that improve their quality of life and appearance.

Some people don’t understand and think that maybe plastic surgery is pure vanity. But the fact of the matter is, your mental state is important, and in this often highly competitive world, self-confidence is highly important. Ultimately these procedures should always of course be done for the benefit of the subject in question, and not to please those around them.

This is the reason why mommy makeovers, as they are called, are rapidly gaining in popularity. Let’s be perfectly honest here: having a baby is far from easy and it takes its physical toll on the mother. For many new mommies, nothing is better for them on a psychological than bouncing back quickly and looking like they never had a baby in the first place, although of course baby and all the blessings he or she brings to the family is very much still there!

Every new mommy is different, and every labor and childbirth is very different as well, so there are a range of procedures that can or may be performed or not as part of any given mommy makeover.

Some common procedures new mommies feel are the most useful are: breast lift, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), mini abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck), and liposuction, to various degrees and as needed. Also, sometimes breast augmentation or reduction is indicated, depending on the individual case at hand.

Perhaps the most common necessary and useful procedure that can be done is a much simpler and less invasive procedure: that of laser skin rejuvenation. This procedure, as its name implies, smooths out the skin using a laser, reducing or even eliminating those famously annoying and unwanted stretch marks and other skin blemishes that may have been caused by the pregnancy labor and childbirth processes. It can be very worth it in cases ranging from major to minor skin issues.

If you’re a new mommy, you may feel one or more of these procedures are right for you. Once again, the important thing is that if you do this, you do it for you yourself and not to please anybody else. But your self-confidence is a thing and that thing is important and should not be denied.

How To Throw A Terrific Summer Party

If you live in a major metropolis like Los Angeles or Seattle, you know that throwing a party can sometimes be challenging — considering the density of living in the city. Often, your yard space is small (if you’re lucky to have any outdoor space at all), and you’re surrounded on all sides by neighbours. But just because you have a smaller space to work in, doesn’t mean you can’t pull off a great time for friends and family.

Send the Invites Early

People — especially those in the Millennial or Gen Z cohort — are busy these days. Many people work in the creative or precarious sphere and have to ration out their time carefully. Make sure to send invites at least a month in advance and then send everyone a reminder a week beforehand. Facebook is often the go-to mode of communication, but for those who choose not to buy in, a simple email with a Google invite will do. This way your friends can simply add the event to their digital calendars.

Get Creative with Catering

We can all do better than chips and dip, so get creative. If you want to create a sense of sharing (and save money in the process) insist on a pot luck, where everyone brings a little bit to share. In the summertime, keep the fare light and cool. Summer salads (think mango and spinach, or a classic Cobb), cold sandwiches (cucumbers, anyone?), and chilled drinks like beer and wine are always a great bet. If you’re catering for friends who love trying something new and fun, consider Mochi ice cream from a vendor like MyMo Mochi, that offers delicious ice cream with delectable sticky rice-cake on the outside. As refreshing as ice cream, Mochi adds another layer with a crunchy and flavorful shell. To peruse the interesting and unique flavors available (such as Green Tea, Ripe Strawberry, or Mint Chocolate Chip) and to find MyMo Mochi Ice cream near you simply visit the link, or ask your local grocer for more information.

Games are In

If you want to get people moving but don’t feel comfortable blaring music over speakers, why not consider a fun, adult game to get people talking, laughing and moving. Games have come a long way since the days of Twister, and some can be downright hilarious. Whatever your age, so many party-goers are being swept up by games-mania, so there are plenty to choose from. If you have creative types, then a game like Scattergories or Balderdash. This will keep people thinking and working in teams. If you are catering to an older or more mature crowd, consider classics like charades, or even a game of Taboo and — maybe even design these as party games with prizes for the best performance.

So, if you’re planning on throwing a shindig for fun-loving party-goers of any age, remember that good company, food, and games make for a fun, exuberant, and memorable affair. Keep our tips in mind and enjoy your next event!