I love reading and collecting quotes. Sometimes, they come up at just the right time when I’m thinking about whether to go for something or not. Or when something is or isn’t happening in my life and need to rationalise it. Here are my top five favourite quotes.
Welcome to the last month of 2017 and the first day of opening your advent calendar. We have four advent calendars in the house so I think we might all get a chance to open it! After school obviously… Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day and New Quarterly Planner”
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”
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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”
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
- Quickly get ready
- Wake up the girls