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ONE
First things first, you need to set aside a space in your home that is for working and for
working only. I suggest away from the TV is an excellent place to start! Keep any distractions such as housework, the TV etc completely out of sight so you’re not temped to float from one thing to another. By having a separate space you’ll find it easier to separate “work" from "home” which will help you get in the right frame of mind.

TWO
As you are your own boss it’s up to you to set your own schedule. You have the luxury of
flexibility here that 9-5ers simply don’t have, so take advantage of this. I work around my
children’s timetable: they have to be taken and collected from school at specific times then
there’s clubs etc to consider, their meal times, their bedtime... For me, the best time to
really crack on with work is while they’re at school or when they are asleep.

By dividing my day up this way, I’m setting myself clear boundaries as to when I’m working,
when I’m ‘mum’ and when I’m ‘me’. The hours I get with my kids from the time they get
home until the time they go to bed are all about them, and I relish it. Their childhood will
whizz by and you don’t want to look back in years to come and wish you’d had more spent
less time checking your emails and more time with them.

THREE
Delegation is a very important skill to master and absolutely essential. As a mother, and a
woman, you are blessed with the automatic talent of multi-tasking, however this doesn’t
mean you have to do everything yourself. Your partner is (probably) not a mind-reader so
unless you say that you need his help with the day to day running of your lives, you might
not get it.
Yes, he may have been at work all day but so have you, so dividing up the daily chores is only fair. Play to each other’s strengths when deciding who does what and then stick to it. The jobs will all be done in half the time and you’ll both be able to relax afterwards.

FOUR
I cannot stress enough how important being organised is. There are times when it can seem
your ‘To Do’ list is endless and it feels like there are simply not enough hours in the day to
get everything done... But by being really clear as to what gets done, when and by who,
you’ll tend to find it’s much less overwhelming than you first thought.
The trick is to use your time wisely and try to always stay one step ahead. For example,
doing absolutely everything I physically can to be ready for the next morning before I go to
bed each night makes getting the kids ready for school much less stressful.

FIVE
Although working at home doesn’t exactly call for you to power dress in a sharp suit and
heels, I’d still strongly suggest that getting washed and dressed before starting work is a
must. It might sound ideal working all day in your pyjamas and fluffy slippers but the truth of
the matter is, if you’re dressed for sleep you won’t be in the right frame of mind for working
at your full potential. You’re far more likely to just want to curl up for a nap!

SIX
Every evening I compile a manageable ‘To Do’ list for the following day. By manageable I
mean realistic yet optimistic. I tend to have a ‘long term’ list that includes everything - big
and small - that needs to be done and then a ‘daily’ list where I write down what I think I can
achieve that day, or if I have a specific deadline to meet (it’s no secret – I love lists). Another
great list-related tip is to mark everything on it with either an ‘A’ (essential), ‘B’ (important
but not urgent) or ‘C’ (has to be done at some point, but no immediate rush). This really
helps you prioritise and reduce procrastinating.

SEVEN
Keep your workspace clean and clutter-free. At the end of each day leave your desk as you
would like to find it the following morning. This means filing away everything and finding
homes for all the miscellaneous stuff that can quickly build up. By getting into this good
habit as quickly as possible, even when you really aren’t in the mood to, you’ll thank yourself
in the long run.

EIGHT
Make it clear to everyone in your household, including yourself, that when you’re working
you’re working. Anything non-urgent should be saved until you’ve finished for the day. The
same applies the other way round of course, so when you’ve finished for the day don’t be
tempted to just do ‘a little bit more’. If you do have a sudden flash of inspiration just write it
on a post-it note so it’s not forgotten but don’t be tempted to start working again if you’ve
finished for the day.

NINE
Being a working from home mum you need to learn how to say ‘no’. Outsiders might
question what you do all day and think you’re the ideal person to ask when they need a
babysitter or someone to run an errand for them, but the reality is you need to be strict with
yourself about how you use your time. Just because you don’t physically have a manager breathing down your neck all day doesn’t mean you don’t need to work. If you want your business to be a success and be able to continue to enjoy the comfort and convenience of working from home then you need to respect your working hours and learn to politely make it clear you are not available at these times.

TEN
When someone asks you what you do for a living never say whatever it is you do and then
add “...but I work from home”. There is no “but” about it. Working from home is just as
challenging, if not more so, than working in any other environment. Chances are you have
chosen to work from home as you feel it’s the best thing all round for the most important
thing in your life – your family. Overall, you’ll need to work harder and more effectively than
you’ve ever had to before but the rewards will more than compensate.



With the FIFA 2014 World Cup now well and truly underway I am already beginning to feel like a football widow.

I'm not the world's biggest football fan but I am definitely 100% supporting my country. A recent survey has revealed that only 4% of English fans named their own country when asked which team would win the Cup - that's a very depressing statistic!

I consider myself in the tiny 4% of fans who actually believe we can win this thing yet at the same time I am not prepared to sit through every match (pre match chat, half time chat and post match chat) and I'm still having trouble with the offside rule so I think I'll stick to showing my support through fashion!



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I'm fairly certain I could recreate this look without too much trouble (even the nails on my right hand) Thank goodness the St George's Cross is such a simple design!





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I actually love the World Cup Brazil emblem with its fabulous bright carnival colours so I'd be happy to have this case protecting my phone for the next few weeks.






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Don't care if the World Cup's on or not - this t-shirt is fantastic, I'd wear it any time of the year!






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And of course we can't forget this England inspired charm bracelet from Tilly & Tabitha which can be found here in our eBay shop.



It is such an honor to be asked to be a godparent. A christening is a very important day in a child's life and as a godparent you'll naturally want to give them an extra special gift.

At Tilly & Tabitha we have a gorgeous collection of jewellery that is designed especially for godchildren of any age from babies to teens. We have designs that can even be personalised with the child’s name and made to fit exactly meaning you can give a truly unique gift that can also be a treasured keepsake for years to come.


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This gorgeous bracelet is one of Tilly & Tabitha’s most popular designs. Includes free personalisation of any name (up to eight letters), will be custom make to fit any wrist size, is made with quality sterling silver components, stunning genuine Swarovski crystals and pearls and is all presented in a beautiful, high quality leatherette gift box too!

Don't forget all our items include FREE delivery to address in the UK so there's never any unexpected surprises at the checkout. Browse our full range of Godchild jewellery here.

 



Now we are finally into the summer months it's time to start thinking about summer jewellery...

One thing we tend to forget about over the winter months is our feet and only when the sun comes out do we remember they are there!

First it's time to find a good nail polish for the toes... I LOVE the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine collection - beautiful glossy colours and virtually chip proof. Here are some of my favourites:
Prickly Pear, Satsuma, Mango and Dragon

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Next it's time to hunt down the perfect pair of flip flops. I like a wedge flip flop personally as I'm a bit "vertically challenged" so I'm particularly liking these beauties:

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 Once you have the sandals and toe nails covered don't forget to finish the look with a pretty anklet...

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These lovely anklets can all be found at the Tilly & Tabitha eBay shop plus many other styles are available too. And finally if your feet are suffering and need some TLC to get them ready for the summer then pop along to BodiKind in Crawley Down to get them sorted once and for all!


Men of the world rejoice - buying jewellery just got a lot easier!

Does buying something sparkly leave you in a cold sweat? Have you endured the pressures of choosing the perfect gift? Do you find it tricky to tell the difference between a bracelet and a bangle?

On the face of it, any item of jewellery that nestles within an impressive gift box should be enough to charm anyone but it’s never that simple. Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary or an apology, confused by the many colours and styles, there’s a fear that whatever you choose will be met with a smile and the knowledge that the trinket will find its home at the back of a drawer.

For this very reason, it’s fantastic news that Tilly & Tabitha is now selling gift vouchers. Mankind can let out a collective sigh of relieve in the knowledge there no longer needs to be any painful deliberation or unintentional disappointment for loved ones.

A thoughtful voucher allows them to choose the perfect gift themselves.

Various denominations are now available to suit all budgets, ranging from £5-25. Simply click the link below and pay securely via PayPal. What’s more, vouchers can be mailed or sent electronically.

Come on guys, what you waiting for?!? Take a look at the Tilly & Tabitha store.



- posted by Andy Brice



Ever been shopping for a really special gift and as much as you love what is on offer you just can't quite decide what to go for? We've all experienced this from time to time so now Tilly & Tabitha have all bases covered with our fantastic new gift vouchers!

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At Tilly & Tabitha we do our up most to make every single step of shopping with us as easy and as enjoyable as possible. With free UK delivery and free personalisation on selected designs there are never any unexpected surprises at the checkout.

On top of that we are happy to offer a no quibble return or exchange within 28 days so you can buy with confidence. All our items come to you gift packaged too so that’s taken care of as well!

But if you just can’t make up your mind about what to buy then fear not, we have that covered too! Gift vouchers are available in denominations of £5, £10, £15, £20 and £25 and have an entire year to be redeemed.

Like all Tilly & Tabitha products our gift vouchers are also sent FREE to any UK address or can be sent via email electronically and make ideal presents for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, end of term gifts for teachers or any occasion!

(Please note, gift vouchers are available to spend at the website only and will not work in the Tilly & Tabitha eBay shop)





As the owner of Tilly & Tabitha I always have an eye out for other local small businesses that offer really unique and well made products as I understand how much work and dedication goes into what they do. When you buy from a small company you know you are getting so much more than a factory made, mass produced generic item but instead you are getting something that is much more personal and finished to a much higher standard.


For example if you are in the market for a really special one-off cake then I have to recommend Little Cakey who are based in West Sussex. I have been lucky enough to try some of these gorgeous creations and not only are they beautifully made with the most amazing attention to detail but they are also DELICIOUS!


Here's some of my favourites:


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These amazing tasty works of art are all made by a very talented lady called Joanne who is not only very skilled but also very friendly and helpful - so if you're after something really special for a birthday, wedding or any other occasion you now know where to go!

Have a lovely weekend x


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