Fifty years ago, when women had babies that was it for their careers, they were then expected to stay at home and raise their children. Today, however, things are very different. While there’s nothing wrong with being a stay at home mum (or at stay at home dad for that matter), there are options out there to balance both a career and the ideal family dynamic. Once our kids become toddlers, a lot of us choose to go back to work. Either full-time or on a part-time basis. While working is good for our bank accounts, it can sometimes be a nightmare to balance your family and your career. In case you’re struggling to do this, I thought I would share a few options to consider for successfully balancing family life and a career.


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Get your kids into a local nursery or preschool


It’s recommended that once children reach two or three years old that they attend a nursery or pre-school to help them learn to socialise. Today, most nurseries and pre-schools are open normal office hours, so if you have to work, they’re the perfect place to leave your little ones. Think finger painting, story time, and lots of fun learning; nurseries are a lot of fun. They’ll get a chance to meet other kids their own age, make friends, and learn how they should behave when in a learning environment.


Book them into kid’s clubs


Another great option for your children while you work is kid’s clubs. There are various clubs that run throughout the year that are perfect for leaving your little one’s at while you work. From sports-related options to arts and crafts clubs, there are plenty to choose from.


It’s just a case of finding the perfect one of your children. For younger kids, there are locations that offer a range of fun and exciting kids clubs. As well as a selection of after school clubs for older children. There are also clubs held at local schools and children’s centres, so you have plenty of choices.


Find a career that you want to do


One of the biggest things we face is choosing the right career. What may have suited you in your twenties in regards to pressurised deadlines and long hours may not suit you now that you have a family. Consider your strengths, so if you have a head for numbers then looking at payroll jobs could be the answer. If you have like the idea of sales then maybe a more suitable commitment on part time or just a monday to friday basis could be the answer. Even starting up on your own in a field you have knowledge in.



Make time for your family


As well as making time for your career, an important part of being a working mum is making time for your family. This means having a couple of set days a week when you spend some quality time with your little ones. This is important as being a working mum is all about getting the balance right. You don’t want to spend all your time working and miss out on seeing your little ones growing up. You need to make sure that you have some time off to spend with your kids.


There you go, all the best options for balancing your career and family life.






There are days when no matter how much I scrub sometimes the grease just never shifts.  Enter the wonderful power of Baking Soda.  My gran used it a lot and I have started using it too.  Here is what I’ve used it for…


Washing clothes:  Washing powder is just so expensive add to that the fabric softener and whatever else they try and get you to buy – the cost just keeps going up.  Well no more with Baking Soda, put a cup in your next wash and see how clean your clothes look.


Dishwasher cleaner:  You know that awful smell when your poor dishwasher needs a clean?  Well baking soda and a drop of vinegar will work wonders.  Your dishwasher will smell lovely and you save money by not having to buy those very expensive dishwasher cleaning aids!


Shifts grease:  there are times when the extractor fan has too much grease for hot soapy water to content with, but adding baking soda in to the mix and voila it will cut through grease like a knife through butter!


Tea stains: I use a lot of vintage china cups and I hate having to take a scrubbing brush to them but you can bring your best china back to life by coating the cup with baking soda, leave for about 15 minutes then while away gently with a sponge or kitchen roll.  It will now be stain free – hoorah!


Toilets:  I don’t like to use bleach in the toilet as often you need to leave it before flushing and the smell is just so pungent.  Well half a cup of baking soda and some white vinegar down the loo, leave for a while and then scrub will give you a clean white bowl.  You could also add in some nice smelling oils too – I’ve been using tea tree oil!


Drains:  I really don’t know what it is but our drain keeps clogging up and the leading brands are so expensive.  Well adding baking soda with vinegar does work wonders for unclogging your drain – just remember when you poor it down give it a few minutes and then run the hot water to get it working.


Soft towels:  I don’t know about you but I hate, just hate hard towels.  An expensive way of getting soft towels is to rinse them first in vinegar and then baking soda.  Really does work wonders.


Trainers:  With two boys there can be a lot of trainers and a lot of cleaning of trainers!  Giving them a wee clean with baking soda and warm water will certainly work wonders.


Smelly trainers and shoes:  Again with two teenage boys there are times when I just want to leave the footwear outside!  No more though – sprinkle some baking soda in to the trainers and leave them overnight – no more smell!



Personal care:  there are many ways to use baking soda for personal care such as brushing your teeth but I prefer using it to help me save money around the home.



So, there you have it, 10 ways I use baking soda to save money.  Do you use baking soda and if so what do you use it for?


Elf x



How to save money with baking soda