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Four years at Aqilla

Since going on maternity leave over 7 years ago, I’ve attempted working in several different jobs trying to fit it in with life as a new mum and working. I’ve been a full-time mum, I’ve attempted to work for myself as an accountant in practice, I’ve attempted to juggle 3 to 4 different accounting contracts at the same time, I’ve even gone off in a tangent and attempted other things like this blog and other writing gigs. However, in the last four years the one thing I have held onto has been working for Aqilla. Continue reading “Four years at Aqilla”

Is it worth having a second house?

A second house can be a good investment but with so many changes to tax laws at the moment, you may start to wonder is it worth it.  Some of the few things that you would need to consider are: Continue reading “Is it worth having a second house?”

My top 5 planner/stationery websites

Since I decided to create my own planners (as nothing I see or buy has the right amount of details that I want), I’ve become obsessed with planners and diaries and then stationery in general.  I’ve listed my top 5 that I keep going back to have a look and drool over.

1.Erin Condren

I discovered these through another blog.  These you can tailor them with your own cover which you can personalise and even create the inside diaries how you like.  You can have monthly diaries, weekly or even hourly for appointments etc.  The website also sells a huge variety of stickers and other accessories for your journal to make it more colourful and personal.  I do love drooling over these but they are a bit expensive especially when you add postage onto them.  Possibly for this reason only, I’ve been holding back buying anything.

https://www.erincondren.com/

2.Edie and Rona

This is all things stationery and again something I just look at and love and enter as many competition as I can to see if I can win something  (still trying!).  They have notebooks in lovely modern colours and cards and little bags and postcards. Basically all things beautiful.

https://www.edieandrona.co.uk/

3.Michelle Rohr – Secret Owl society

This has got to be the first time I had seen planners being created and sold.  This is based on buying a folder which they do sell and then downloading printables to insert into your folder to tailor make your own diary/ journal. In principle I do like this idea as you can really personalise it. However, I’m not so keen on carrying folders as I find them too bulky.  I like carrying slim diaries but with as much information as possible inside.

http://www.secretowlsociety.org/

4.Toad

This is quite similar to the first one where you can customise your diary to suit your needs and customise the cover and personalise it too.  Also, as they are based in the UK, the costs of postage is not so high.  These are printed diaries starting from 6 months in duration to 18 months. I love the flexibility of these but need to check that quality of them.

https://www.toaddiaries.co.uk/

5.Fearne Cotton – Happy  The Journal

The final one on this list is Fearne Cotton’s Happy The Journal which is based on her autobiography. These have dates and months but no years or days so you can literally start it anywhere and do what it says for the day.  Ironically for my birthday, it says to make a list – I love lists! Each day takes half the page and it gives you a question to think about and a little space to write notes about it. I bought it as a present for my niece but I am having a quick look through before I wrap it up.

 

When you start obsessing about diaries and planners, you find there are so, so, so many planners out there that I hadn’t even heard of.  Here are some more links to even more planners!

11 of the best planners for Bloggers

Best Planners for You Moms {Giveaway}

https://www.thebettermom.com/blog/2016/11/26/10-best-planners-for-moms

Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

Hands Free Mama is an amazing book and Rachel has a way of writing which is very emotional and very raw.   The book starts with turning off your gadgets so you can spend more time with your children and partner.  However, it goes into more depth and just turning off your mobile phone is not enough, you need to connect and be present for your kids. Continue reading “Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford”

My day as a list

Thought I would try something different and write out my day as a list.  Yesterday was a particularly unproductive day and I felt very frustrated by not getting a lot done.  Tuesday on the other hand had been a really good day. I had managed to complete a few tax returns. Anyway, this was my day yesterday:

  • Press snooze
  • Wake up
  • Shower
  • Quickly get ready
  • Wake up the girls

Continue reading “My day as a list”

Accounting for bloggers – Part 1

Accounting for bloggers is a four part email series.  This first post gives you an idea of what the email series will be about and starts by looking at allowable expenses.

Whether you have just started blogging or you have been blogging for a while, one of the things that you might need to think about is money.  This four part series will look into how you can start getting organised and be prepared for any tax liabilities. Continue reading “Accounting for bloggers – Part 1”

My blogging life

It’s almost two weeks since I went to #BML17 and my blogging life is still going strong.  This conference inspired me so much to keep blogging. For about two years, I had thought about going to this conference. At the last minute, though, I would chicken out and make excuses as to why I wouldn’t have been able to go anyway.  This year I thought, if I don’t go now, I’ll never go. And I made it and I want to go to more! Continue reading “My blogging life”