Office Culture and Workplace Wellbeing

I’m on Maternity Leave at the moment but would like to express my thoughts on Office Cultures, and Workplace Wellbeing and we all know that everyone has their own little quirky office routines! 

It’s nice to actually have the time to look back over at the workplace and think about that wonky chair that everyone avoided and the button on the coffee machine everyone knows not to press. 

Somehow everyone forgets to tell the ‘newbie’! 

Oh and not forgetting you must not sit in ‘Barry’s’ seat at all costs. Not if you don’t want to be given the worst tasks for the day and that look of annoyance that will make you cringe into the floor.

Office Culture and Workplace Wellbeing - rachelbustin.com

Who hates Monday’s? 

I think we all get ‘that’ Monday feeling starting on a Sunday night. 

The thought of having to get up and head off to work knowing it’s 5 whole days of this until the weekend.

I know I used to rather go to work any day but Monday’s. There is something about Monday’s that gives you that feeling of dread and despair. 

My husband and I call it ‘that dreaded Monday feeling’

Wouldn’t it be nice to turn up on a Monday morning with the feeling of happiness and excitement you get on a Friday?

We all get that #FridayFeeling  and by lunchtime on Friday’s we can’t wait for the day to end.

Don’t we all want that feeling when you turn up to that lush comfy chair where you can start your morning jobs its like feeling at home? Especially if you do work at home! If you want that kind of fantastic chair, look over at Furniture@Work which I’m sure you would be able to find the one for your office. Whether it’s your home office or workplace station.


Great for your posture. Comfy and snug yet supportive. A great chair to work from contributes a lot to your health and wellbeing. 
Office culture and workplace wellbeing
We all want great working conditions. It makes us all happier in our workplace. A huge percentage of us have to work so we need to be happy while we are there. You have to admit we spend a lot of our lifetime in the workplace.
I’m sure some one said somewhere that a happy workplace means greater productivity from your staff.
It’s just common sense really isn’t it? 
Workplace wellbeing quote from rachelbustin.com

You can find a free ebook here on  A guide to office happiness

*This is a collaborated post

Will My Baby’s Eyes Change Colour?

There has been a huge ongoing discussion in my house about our baby’s eye colour, since she was born 4 months ago.
Will her eyes stay blue? 
 
Or will they turn brown?

My eyes are a deep chocolate brown shade, but my husband’s are light blue like the sea. I have always thought brown eyes are a more dominant gene.This got me thinking, so I have decided to do some research into baby eye colours.

Will My Baby's Eyes Change Colour?

I asked my friend about her little boy’s eye colour when he was born as he has deep brown eyes now, and she said his was blue when he was born.OK still hope for my little girl to have my eye colouring. At six months old she said his eyes went brown after being grey for 3 months.

Really, I said to her, so they do change colour it’s not a myth then?

She must have thought I was a bit stupid.

As a first time mum unless you read up on stuff like this in books or on Google you really don’t have a clue.Where do you find the time to do that as a new mummy?

I’m sure most new mum’s like me are up to their ears in nappy changes, feeding, sterilising, clothes washing and the constant tidying up.

Whilst I came up with this idea for a post I thought I had better look up baby’s eye colours and see what exactly happens.Will my husband win the blue eye battle or me with brown eyes?

What are the odds?

I started reading lots of different articles about babies eye colours and they can also have neither of the parents eye colours but can inherit a grandparent’s colouring.Well this has put a cat amongst the pigeons so to speak as my dad’s eyes are a greeny colour!

So that has just thrown another angle into the “discussion”.

So I have discovered that something called melanin is responsible for the colour of the iris and the amount that is present, has something to do with the genes that the baby has.When the baby arrives into the outside world the melanin production in the eyes is kickstarted by the bright light. A small increase in melanin means the eye colour will stay blue. A larger increase produces darker colours like brown.

My findings are that the biggest changes in a babies eye colour happens between 6 and 9 months, so a little bit more waiting for us i’m afraid and our baby will have a 50:50 chance of having blue or brown eyes.
 
So will mum or dad win the battle of the eye colour?
 
 You will have to pop back in a few months time to find out!

 

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day is coming up, so I’m sure you are all out hunting for that little perfect gift. If you have dad’s that are anything like my dad they don’t want a lot, but they appreciate what little gift you do get them. So here is the perfect gift – A Sugru Starter Kit
When I was given a Sugru Starter Kit from Sugru to review I knew this would be the perfect Father’s Day Gift for those DIY home hacks.
The Starter Kit includes:
  • 5 single use packs of Sugru in 5 different colours.
  • A great little storage tin.
  • A little booklet full of project ideas and how-to guides.

 

Sugru Starter Kit
Image from Sugru.com

So What is Sugru?
 
Sugru is a moldable glue that sticks to almost anything and turns into a strong flexible rubber overnight. It is made to stick to as many materials as possible forming a strong bond to aluminium, steel, ceramics, glass, wood and other materials including some plastics and rubbers.
Invented for people looking to repair and improve stuff, it’s used by people in over 160 countries. Handy for any number of small home improvement projects, Sugru’s durable cured properties mean it’ll stay strong and securely bonded anywhere from the freezer to a hot shower, from the garden to the great outdoors.
Sugru’s name derives from the Irish word for ‘play’ and is available in 10 different colors which can be blended to make any color you like. Sugru is available at a wide range of retailers as well as online at Sugru.com.
Home Hacks Made Easy - Sugru Starter Kit
I love the cute little practical tin that comes with the starter kit. Great for keeping your Sugru pieces in.
Sugru Starter Kit - Sugru in many colours
The handy guide that comes with the kit is fab! It’s a really great quality guide with loads of hints and tips of what where and when you can use the Sugru. I especially love the way the Sugru can be used to help cables work for longer. We have been through loads of cables where the wires break inside. The Sugru just helps protect the delicate ends.
Sugru Starter Kit - help keep your iphone cables working longer
So what’s a home hack then? It’s a kind of DIY that we’ve all be doing for years without even realising it. Often referred to as fixing, tweaking, tinkering or enhancing. It’s the perfect gift for anybody who loves a good idea.
Would your dad love a gift like this?





* I received this product in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: A Personalised Bobadeg Book

When the people at Bobadeg offered me one of their gorgeous personalised children’s books to review I jumped at the chance!
They are also going to let me give two books away to you, my readers.
Bobadeg
Image courtesy of  Bobadeg
Now lets hear what Bobadeg is about:

“Bobadeg is based in the UK and has developed a range of fun and educational, personalised books for children aged 5 and under. Our aim is that each of our products provide a unique learning adventure for each child that makes them feel special.   
All of our books can be personalised with your child’s photo and name.   A number of our customers comment on how proud their child or grandchild feels when they receive their book and how often they go back to it once they have received it.”

Their personalised kids books are aimed at children aged 5 and under. But my daughter is only 4 months old and is fascinated by all the bright colours, and I love to read the story to her. I do think if she got hold of it though it would end up a chewed mess! So for now I will just hold and read it to her. Until she is older to understand it.
 
Book Designs
There are 7 designs of the Bobadeg books you can choose from.
  • Fairy Garden
  • Funny Fish
  • I can Fight Dragons – Boys Version
  • I can Fight Dragons – Girls Version
  • Jiggly Juggly Journey
  • Swirly Twirly Kite
  • That’s Poo!
As you can see from the photo below I chose The Fairy Garden version

 

Bobadeg Personalised Kids Book
I think what makes the book really special is as well as adding your child’s name and photo you can also have a personal message placed inside the front cover.
Bobadeg Personalised Kids Book
 
 
How To Create Your Personalised Bobadeg Book
There are 3 simple steps on the Bobadeg website to help you create your personalised book.
 
STEP 1 – PICK A BOOK from one of their great designs.
STEP 2 – PICK A SIZE: You can choose between a standard size book and free bookmark or a mini book which is like the one I received above.
STEP 3 – PERSONALISATION DETAILS – Simply fill in their personalisation boxes to let them know:
a) Your child’s first name,
b) The message you would like to appear on the inside cover of the book
c) A photo of your child facing the camera
Bobadeg Personalised Kids Book



I just have to point out that on the back of the mini book was some of the other books in the series with their personalised front covers. I really love this little touch as it’s great to see what the other books would look like if you decide to get more from the series.

Bobadeg Personalised Kids Book

 

I think they are great little books and make perfect little birthday presents. Therefore I am giving the personalised Bobadeg books a 5 out of 5 stars rating.
 
 
* I received this personalised mini book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

My Sunday Photo 05/06/2016

My Sunday Photo this week is an oldie from our holiday to Canada 6 years ago. I love how straight up and down these trees are by the roadside.
Happy Sunday x



Photalife

Hot – Word of the Week 04/06/2016

The one word that sums up my week for Word of the Week is Hot.
It’s very humid and hot by night and so my husband finds it hard to sleep. He’s what I call a hot bod and has a high normal body temperature so is always hot even in Winter. I’m the total opposite to him and feel the cold pretty easily. But this week does seem to be really hot overnight.
I have one of those Gro Eggs in our bedroom as baby girl sleeps in the same room as us by night. So it’s really good to keep an eye on the temperature for her and so we know what to dress her in over night. I wrote a post on Night-Time when baby girl was just a few weeks old. But that was when the weather was a lot cooler.

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