Space to Live and Space to Work: The Challenges of a Home Office

There are many advantages to working at home…and a few disadvantages. A basic problem is the fact that the same territory has to double as workplace and home. This can cause issues when one family member (usually a parent) is treating it as a workspace and another (often a child) is treating it as a home. How can you make the ground rules for your home office, and how can you make them work?

Where?

Somehow or other, you need a distinct space in which to work. It needs to be conducive to a working atmosphere, and sufficiently distinct for everyone (including you) to know that when you are in your working space you are working.

If you have a separate room, you have the ideal arrangement, but not everyone has that luxury so you may have to create a space within the normal living areas of your home. Wherever you choose, devise some sort of physical barrier to make it discrete – a bookcase or sofa back, for instance. Position your work area where there is as much natural light as possible, without stealing light from the family.

What?

The equipment that you put into your working area needs to carry the same message of separateness.

As well as having a business-like desk and chair that you can work at comfortably, you need to keep your equipment separate from items used in the household, for privacy, and for safety

Even if you use a laptop in preference to a desktop computer, you will want a decent screen and keyboard to work at. If you have small children, be sure that the whole area is safely toddler-proof. Your computer and other sensitive equipment should be completely protected from little fingers, ideally with a desktop enclosure like these from RS Components. If possible, use a separate computer for work and home use.

Ideally, have a separate phone line. Apart from managing your expenses, this will avoid customers having confusing conversations with your 3-year-old or interrupting your meal times.

When?

Disciplined time-keeping is even more important at home than in an office. You and your family need to know when you are free to attend to domestic matters and when you are not. Stick to your timetable and don’t, if you can avoid it, carry work across from your desk to the kitchen table.

If you are also caring for children during your work time, you have to be flexible about their demands for your attention, and break your working time into much smaller sections. One tip is to set them up with their own “offices” where they can play with suitable office materials while you are playing with yours.

Home Sweet Home

Working from home is a blessing and a challenge. There is much to be said for setting your own structures and your own goals. There are also many hazards along the way, especially when you share the space with a family. For most people, making clear distinctions about time and space is the only way to manage the conflicting demands.

Horse Products for Joint Pain are Beneficial

When horses are experiencing pain, they don’t tackle traditional tasks in an effective manner. If you have horses that roam slowly around your property, they may have sore muscles. One of the most practical ways to reduce tension, discomfort, and joint pain that affect horses is by using supplements. Horse supplements are beneficial because they’re strategically designed to target key muscles that ache when these animals jump, run, and sprint. By using supplements regularly, you’ll notice reasonable results during typical riding situations.

Racing

Horses that race on a track need toned muscles because firm tissues impact speed and efficiency. When a horse doesn’t have strong muscles, training sessions will be very challenging, as the animal will slow down throughout most routines. If training exercises aren’t completed properly, productivity may suffer on the track.

In order to determine whether or not a horse needs a supplement for joint pain, you must study key habits throughout training routines. For example, if your horse successfully jumps over the lowest bars and fails to leap over highest bars, supplements may be needed. In this situation, the horse can’t jump high because tension builds up in key joints during the jumping or leaping process. A supplement can reduce the inflammation that causes discomfort when a horse jumps, and the formula can also prevent pain symptoms that occur when the horse runs and sprints before leaping over a bar.

Parades

During parades, horses have to support a rider’s weight while roaming throughout a variety of neighborhoods. If you don’t want delayed cars and bands while a parade is in progress, your horse will need a supplement especially if joint pain typically slows the animal down. When a horse that’s experiencing pain travels in a parade, major inefficiencies could occur, as the pain may make the animal stop or delay traffic.

Supplements for horses can provide big benefits in other situations as well. For example, if you use horses to tow objects or equipment, a supplement can ease pain symptoms that could occur when these tasks are completed. The process of finding a supplement for specific breeds and situations is easy because many companies provide practical joint options for horses.

Pitch-In for Fitness with an Outdoor Sports Pitch

Playing in the neighbor’s yard or community park are common past times for kids of the 20th century. But this is now a rarity for kids today – especially those who are hooked on their gadgets. Given the importance of fitness in one’s overall well-being, everyone should be encouraged to participate in outdoor physical activities and sports. One way to do this is to provide kids with facilities like an outdoor sports pitch or playground.

Sports facilities in the school and community provide kids with a venue to explore different physical activities. This helps promote physical, mental, and social wellness in the community. However, not all communities have ample sports facilities to service the needs of their residents. This makes it harder to encourage people to get into sports. If you have extra space in your property then you may want to consider having your own outdoor sports pitch. This can be your contribution to sports and fitness in the community. You can also make money out of it by renting out the facilities for private events.

The usual concern in building or installing an outdoor pitch is limited space and budget. But this can be solved by installing MUGA or Multi-Use Games Areas instead. According to FIBA rules a basketball court should measure exactly 28m x 15m while a tennis court would require space of about 23.77m x 10.97m. This means you will need a minimum of around 54m x 27m of space for both pitches. On the other hand a MUGA would only require around 37m x 18.5m and you can already play basketball, tennis, and netball in it. Aside from saving on space, MUGA also saves on the cost of building and maintaining multiple pitches.

All Purpose Outdoor MUGA Court Surfacing

It would be great to have your own outdoor sports pitch. Aside from having free use of the facility anytime you want, you are also taking part in community building by encouraging kids to engage in sports and fitness activity. But if this is not possible, then you can simply involve your kids in sports activities in school and the community.

My Little Ponies Magically Come to Real Life!

Can you spot Rainbow Dash flying around?

My sisters and I grew up watching My Little Pony on Saturdays.  It was one of those shows we eagerly woke up for on Saturday mornings.  I would have continued watching it even in my teen years had they not stopped producing the show.  So just imagine my glee when they aired an animated series again and I was able to watch my little ponies anew.  I’m sure you moms watch it with your little ones too!

Well, here’s something you can also enjoy with your little princesses when you’re not watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on TV.

In this character guidebook from Scholastic, your favorite ponies from Equestria come to life through the power of Digital Magic!  They can be as small as the palm of your hand or grow so big that they won’t fit inside your house.  You can stroll with the ponies or make them fly.  Augmented reality really really really rocks!

 

 

The ponies are so cute when they’re little but become amazingly huge when they’re life-sized.  It’s also fun to see them prancing or flying around.

Aside from being able to interact with the ponies, we also got to know them more coz the book is full of sooooo much trivia about each of them.  We even found out more about the magical land of Equestria!

It’s fun to watch the ponies move around but it’s much better when you do it with a friend.  You can ask your friend to download the app, connect to each other’s devices, and have your favorite ponies stroll together. The app can easily be downloaded for free on your smartphone or tablet

What We Love About This Book

It’s My Little Pony!!! Obviously, we love it just because it’s all about our beloved magical ponies!  But aside from that, we also love it because we’re able to read so much about them in the colorful glossy pages of the book.  Making the ponies come to real life is also amazingly magical.  The book might be a bit too big to fit in my purse but we don’t mind carrying an extra tote for it. 🙂  This book gets a two-thumbs-up from both the kids and this mom.

Read more about augmented reality here.

Watch Your Favorite Transformers Come to Life!

Do your kids love watching Transformers in Disguise on TV? I’m sure you’ve also spent hours pretending that you were Autobots fighting the Decepticons.  I’m guessing most of the time you get to be the Decepticon, too.  If your kids are great fans, I’m sure they have wished many times over that the Autobots were real.  Here’s some great news!  Aside from watching them on television, you can now actually watch Transformers come to life as never before! Not on the big screen but in your own home through Scholastic’s Augmented Reality book Transformers Robot in Disguise: Where Crown City Comes to Life.

My son Jakei likes watching Transformers Robots in Disguise on Netflix so he was very excited when he saw the book. While waiting for me to download the app, he already became so engrossed in reading the book.  It actually doubles as a character guidebook for the animated series.  It starts with a brief intro about how the Transformers came to planet Earth.  Then there are descriptions and fun trivia about all the featured Autobots and Decepticons.

With the app, Jakei can make the robots walk and drive around. It’s really cool to watch them transform from vehicles to robots.  When the robots are in lifesize, they even leave cracks on the ground when they walk!

 

The kids and I also enjoy taking pictures with life-sized Transformers. We did kinda look weird taking pictures outside (because you can’t very well fit a life-size Transformer inside our house!) but it’s really cool to see pictures of us with life-sized robots.

The app also helps develop kids’ creativity as there is a feature that allows them to create their very own robots.  There’s another feature in the app that we haven’t tried yet.  Friends can actually play together in the Battle Mode.  They get to choose their own Autobots and Decepticons and engage head-to-head in a battle.  All they need to do is to download the apps in their devices and connect the devices to each other.  If they don’t wish to battle it out, they can just choose Transformers from the same team and make them walk around together.

What we love about this book

The kids love this book because they get to use the tablet! LOL! Aside from that, they get to do so many things with different robots. They can also play together even while using gadgets.  When gadget-time is over, they still get to enjoy reading the book and learning more about the Autobots and Decepticons.  They actually know more about the characters now than I do.  Not only kids will love this book as I myself enjoy reading the book and using the app.  This is surely another book that will stay in our collection for years.

Read more about augmented reality here.