Halfway through #SugarFreeFeb

I am halfway through sugar free Feb and still going strong(ish).  Well there have been a few bends in the rule in my mind. 

During the half term holidays, we went out to eat and apart from water there is nothing else really to drink.  The one time when we were out, I had diet Pepsi as that was the only sugar free soft drink available.  Another day I had crisps but I don’t want to stop eating chocolates and biscuits and start bingeing on crisps. I’m trying to cut out all junk food in the process and eat more fruits which although is still sweet, it’s so much healthier. I do seem to be eating more toast with butter in the morning. I’m not 100% sure why. I guess I’m trying to make the gap from breakfast to lunch last longer so I don’t get tempted by biscuits in between. Continue reading “Halfway through #SugarFreeFeb”

Why do people blog?

I have been thinking about my blogging journey and looking at how I want my blog to develop. This got me looking at lots of other different blogs. So far, I have found about five different types of blogs.


1.       To record their life

2.       To raise awareness for a cause  Continue reading “Why do people blog?”

A Sugar Free Month

It’s Wednesday, the last day of January and I am currently in process of gorging all the chocolates and sweet treats and drinking as many sugary coffees as I can before I start my sugar free February. Part of me is wondering why I am doing it but then another part of me knows all the benefits of cutting down on sugar at least.

It’s only 28 days. I managed to control my diet when I had gestational diabetes with my second daughter – that was hard. I almost wished they had given me tablets as I felt that would have been easier to deal with rather than having to resist temptation every day for at least 6 months. So, in comparison 28 days should be really easy. When I was younger and had more will power, I used to fast every week – partly religious and partly diet reasons. Since having kids though, I feel like my will power has completely gone. I can fast once a week, for a week before I give up. Continue reading “A Sugar Free Month”

Tax Return Season

In the midst of the tax return season, I decided to join a bloggers group on Facebook. I guess I’ve been feeling disillusioned with accountancy. Or maybe just overwhelmed and out of my depths for a while and I wanted to do something different. I like writing and blogging was one way I could do this without worrying too much about how it sounds. Recently I’ve been thinking about what to do with my blog and how to justify the time I spend on it. This led me to joining the bloggers group hoping I would get some ideas on how to make my blog better.

An Accountants Help

However, as soon as they found out I was an accountant, I received a few tax return questions. Maybe because it is tax return season that I have a lot of questions but secretly I was so pleased. The questions are really simple questions that I could easily answer. This made me feel really confident in my ability as an accountant also a renewed interest in accountancy.

It made me think about one of the reasons why I chose accountancy in the first place. I remember going to our careers library and thinking what can I do with a maths degree. There were lots of accountancy brochures so I started looking through those. Anyway, in the ACCA brochure, there was an accountant who worked for a football club. As I was still not sure (at 21) what I wanted to do, I thought that this would be a good idea. Once I was fully qualified, I can decide and then go and work for a company I have an interest in.

Back to tax returns

At the time, I wanted to be an accountant for a bookshop. Actually, I could still happily go and work at a bookshop. However, that never happened as I remained in practice for most of my working life. Now though, with this blogging group, I feel inspired to help them with their tax queries and even look into things and find out more if required.  It might only last the tax return season and I still have some tax returns to complete so I should probably focus on that first.

Coming back to reality, as I mentioned in previous blogs, the HMRC queries have still not cleared and its really hard to feel that I am getting anywhere with it. Most of the people I talk to at HMRC seem clueless or so stuck in what feels like scripted answers that I don’t seem to get anywhere.  Letters seem to take forever to get a reply but this seems to be the only way I can get a response that vaguely makes a bit of sense. Another thing that annoys me about HMRC is the inflexibility and lack of understanding they have for the general hard-working tax payers while multinational companies and wealthy celebrities can get away with paradise papers.

I’m discovering though, that there are lots of things about accountancy that I am still good at and I can still be of use to even a small community on Facebook.

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Claiming just expenses on your tax return

Recently I was asked if they could do a tax return if they didn’t have any sales and just put expenses through. My initial thought was why go through the whole hassle of doing a tax return and the stress of meeting the self-assessment deadline if you don’t have to? With a new business, you can go back up to 7 years to claim your expenses and if you earn less than £1000, you can receive trading allowance before you even need to declare your income.

Technically though you could claim just expenses. There are some restrictions in that you would need to prove to HMRC your business is genuine. You need to do at least 10 hours a week with a view to making a profit. Continue reading “Claiming just expenses on your tax return”

How to make your own personalised party bags

This blog is a slight detour from my usual blogs. I love personalised party boxes and bags and I love making things like this. Usually, though I never fell that I have enough time.

However, recently, for my daughter’s birthday party I was looking at party bags and boxes. I wanted something personalised but everything I looked at was not quite right. Continue reading “How to make your own personalised party bags”

My Top 5 Posts For 2017

I thought I would summarise my blogging year for 2017 with my top 5 most read posts this year.  For a few years now, I have been posting every Friday for which I feel quite proud. Until you read how there are other bloggers who write nearly every day or even more than once a day! People blog for a variety of reasons though so for now I’m happy with once a week.

Originally, when I started posting on Fridays, it was with the intention of writing the post live on the Friday. But the more I read and learn about blogging and how to make it interesting, the longer it takes to actually post a blog.

I’m still trying to find a niche that combines what I like writing about with what is popular and actually gets read.  This led me to looking at my stats for which posts gets the most views.  Below are my top 5 for 2017: Continue reading “My Top 5 Posts For 2017”