In case you didn’t know, I’ve recently returned to work after being on maternity leave for 1 year. This is my second time doing so which means I had an idea of what to expect. I knew I’d be extremely tired and a bit overwhelmed for a while as we work through new routines. But it is getting easier.
So, in the spirit of Mother’s Day this weekend, I’d like to mention some of the things that have made my transition back into the working world a bit easier on me. I’ll provide some links too so you (or the moms in your life) can check them out! Please note these items are from Indigo Chapters and I am an affiliate. I do benefit from your purchase. But it does not affect anything about your order.
NOTE: CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO BE TAKEN TO THE ITEM!
Ok so that aside I’m gonna say the first thing that makes my workday 1000% better is having pictures of my family at my desk. No, I’m not sitting there staring at them and sobbing… audibly … but I do enjoy seeing their beautiful little faces throughout my day. Here is an excellent frame that works well in most environments:
Secondly, you’re going to want a good mug because caffeine is now part of your bloodstream. You bleed Starbucks. It’s just the working-mom way of life. This is one of the cutest mugs I’ve seen in a while! And guess what, now you can drink your coffee… wait for it… while it’s STILL HOT! You’ll feel less guilty ignoring your co-workers than your children while you partake in your daily energy lift.
If you’re anything like me you are probably quite excited to ditch the diaper bag and carry something lighter. Right now I’m carrying a circle bag – here’s one VERY similar to what I use. And seriously, I love it. And so does my back hahaha. Because of the shape of the bag, you might need to pare down your wallet though. I actually found doing that really rewarding. Now I carry a little insert with just the cards I need. I’ll show you the one I have too.
Are you into stationery? I am! If I enter a store that sells these items it is DANGEROUS for my bank account. And because I love being a terrible (terribly wonderful!) influence here are a few cute things that keep my workspace looking nice and keep me on track with my work AND home life. A gorgeous calendar, to-do list notepad and a beautiful pencil/pen case.
And finally, the atmosphere in my office is super dry and the hand soap in the bathroom leaves something to be desired. This means my hands resemble my snakeskin patterned shoes if I don’t lotion up! The Folklore hand cream in Sweet Honey is my absolute favourite. Not only is the packaging darling but the product goes on smooth – not greasy and it has a very light scent so it’s not bugging me or my cubicle mates.
Mom or not, what items make your work day a bit better? Let me know in the comments!