End of another tax return season

End of another tax return season

January is always a crazy month. After the busy periods starting from about September with the start of school, birthdays, Christmas and Diwali, coming to the end of January feels like a huge relief.  You can read more about my January on the Accountingweb’s website. 

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Debt Trap

Everyone knows that money troubles are stressful, but have you ever thought about how family debt could impact on children?  You want to protect your children from worries and let them have an idyllic carefree childhood but when you have money worries, you tend to argue a lot as a couple. You wonder how you are going to make ends meet before you are back in overdraft in less than a week after pay day.  You are constantly stressed and worried and any slight wrong move by anyone can have you lashing out at the ones you love.

It’s not a great place for you to be in and its most definitely not a great place to bring up kids in.  When you look at the statistics, it is shocking that in the UK there are 2.4 million children living in families who have fallen into problem debt. That’s a huge number. In some cases children are going without basics such as food, clothing or heating, as well as suffering worry, anxiety and bullying.  Whatever the reason for debt, your children shouldn’t have to suffer.

So @thechildrenssociety is trying to help protect children from #DebtTrap by calling for a breathing space scheme for families struggling with debt.  To find out more follow this link or to show your support and sign the petition follow this link.

Reflection on 2016

Death, moving houses, moving schools are all big life changing events and dealing with one in one year is hard enough but to have so much  in one year has been a bit crazy.  I’m so glad 2016 is almost over.
So many crazy things have happened in the public and political scene too – Brexit and Trump? Who’d have thought? And so many amazing and famous people have died this year. However, the craziness doesn’t end there as my year has been just as busy.

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Dream Week

Recently, I’ve read a lot of things about envisioning your dream day and all the things you would do on your dream day and then working backwards in an attempt to achieve it. I decided to give it a go. I got my pen and paper and tried to plan my dream day doing all the things I would love doing inbetween the school runs and after school activities.

The only problem with this is that I want to do too many things. In an ideal world, my dream day would include school runs, after school activities, making freshly cooked meals, exercise, meditation, work, spending quality time with the girls, reading, blogging, doing some housework (just because it has to be done) and relaxing. Continue reading “Dream Week”

Another Eventful Month

Just when you’re looking forward to  some routine and a little bit of peace, something else comes along to shake it all up again. With it being Diwali month, it was never going to be peaceful anyway but we managed to squeeze in a week’s holiday during the girls half term holiday without missing anything important. Or so we thought. On our welcome back home we were greeted with a burgled house. The strangest thing was, they just came into our bedroom, ransacked the room, took some jewelry and money and left without setting off the alarm. I’m almost in awe. How skilled and lucky must they be? And how foolish were we about it all?
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The dangerous afternoon slump

The afternoon slump as its called is starting to overcome me.  I’m struggling to keep my eyes open and I’m starting to feel cold. I’ve put the heater on which doesn’t help my sleepiness but I could just put my head down for a few seconds and have a nap.  Or maybe get a coffee or coke to keep me going.  Whatever, it doesn’t really matter.  I’m only sitting in front of the computer.  It’s not like last week when I was driving back from my mums.  Continue reading “The dangerous afternoon slump”

A Mums Morning Poem


In the darkness of the night and the early morning, 

When monsters lurk just behind the shadow of the door 

And spiders threaten to come out and hang, 

A restless stirring, shows the nightmare is in full swing, 

 

A woman creeps out of bed to start the day. 

A list of things to do running through her head, 

Making sure the girls have everything for school is her first priority 

But its an endless list making her angry and helpless at the same time.

 

This is when meditation needs to be done (and ticked off the list).

A multitasking meditation, deep breaths while ironing,

Knowing that the things that she wants to work on will get left behind again.

When did life become so busy? When did lists become so long?

 

A loud swoosh as a door opens, brings the woman out of contemplation.

There’s a patter of small feet running across the hall searching for a grown up,

And a big relieved hug from two sleepy girls as they find their mummy.

Maybe life will be frustrating for a while but the big hugs are amazing.

 

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