Travel Essentials for a Self Employed Mum

Travel Essentials for a Self Employed Mum

Let’s face it – You know as a self-employed mum there is absolutely no way that you are going on holiday for any length of time without work niggling away in the back of your mind.

Even if you’ve turned on airplane mode and you are completely uncontactable from the world of your clients, you are still going to be pondering over uncompleted tasks, in house admin and brainstorming lots of new ideas!

As I write this I am currently sat in Ibiza airport with my laptop, I’m on my way home from a week-long holiday with the family. It’s been a lovely break and just what I needed after a hectic few months but none the less work has never been too far away. I’ve mainly had to keep on top of weekly payroll for a few clients and I also had a CIS return deadline to deal with but all is OK, I don’t hold any grudges as helping my clients is what I love to do. I’ve also had so many bright ideas (this blog being one of them) and now I can’t wait to get back home and get started on things.

I have emptied out my entire bag ready to give you a run through of travel essentials you will need to survive the self-employed mum holiday struggles.

Notepad & Pen

To jot down all those bright ideas that I have already mentioned. This week I have had a huge refresh and I have finally thought of a freebie that I can entice new subscribers to my mailing list with. I’ve been able to brainstorm the idea and plan it out in full ready to start working on these next few weeks. I’ve also been keeping a ‘to do’ list for every time I’ve had a work niggle on the side of the pool.

Ideally, I’d have my Create 365 happy planner to hand but it’s a too big to pop in my handbag but this black and gold queen bee spiral bound and matching gold pen does the trick just fine. As you may already know I joined Denise Duffield Thomas Money Bootcamp earlier on in this year and we call each other bees so this notepad was a must have. I’m also a huge fan of anything black and gold – as you may have already guessed.

Holiday Read

This year’s holiday read is ‘The Power of Purpose’ by John O’Brien and Andrew Cave which I picked up at the airport on my way over. I’ve been working on my own business purpose these last few months after working through a Marie Forleo B School module. The whole concept has really caught my attention as did this book.

Your business purpose is ultimately your why. Why are you in business? Why do you do what it is that you do? Our monthly masterclass for September in the Mums Tax Break members group is ‘Success Strategy’ and business purpose is one of the key topics we have been talking about. If you’d like to read more about business purpose I highly recommend this book as a starting point.

Holiday Basics

If you are travelling abroad the most important items you will need in your handbag for obvious reasons are your purse, passport and sunglasses. (Although I must admit I have been known not to have a passport. A few years ago, me and all my girlfriends came to Spain for a hen weekend and luckily my OCD friend insisted she took our passports before we left, which was a good job as it turned out I picked up the wrong passport. Oops! I had to make a mad dash back home to swap them).

And of course, everything is matching black and gold by River Island, my favourite.

Forever Living Hand Sanitizer

I’ve nearly always got this in my hand bag, after all I am a mum with a toddler and we very often find ourselves in sticky situations.

I’m actually really annoyed with myself that I forgot I had this tucked away in the wardrobe all week as we had some nasty encounters I’m sure this could have helped with. Declan had some nasty blisters from sun burn and I had a jelly fish sting. Ouch. Granted it wouldn’t have worked as well as the Forever gel but this would have eased the pain at least.


Another handbag must. I don’t wear make-up very often but despite that I always having the following items in the bottom of my bag

– Moisture surge extended thirst relief
– Line soothing concealer
– Chubby stick baby tint moisturising lip balm, 03 Budding blossom
– Sweet pot sugar scrub & lip balm, 04 Sweet rose

They are all very neutral and are perfect for that quick fix when it comes down to dry skin/lips or an unfortunate spot.

iPhone 7 Plus

Finally, I mustn’t forget my iPhone. Upgrading to the plus at the end of last year as one of the best business decisions I have ever made as I may as well be keeping a mini laptop in my pocket – It is the perfect size to do business.

This year I have many upgrades to my software meaning I’ve been able to do pretty much most work-related tasks from my iPhone. The only reason I brought my laptop was so I could access my payroll software but hopefully by the time my next holiday comes around that will be up on that clever cloud too. (Although thinking about it, on my next holiday I’d like to have a staff member sat at home taking charge so I can fully relax)!!

Watch out for my next blog where I’ll be talking you through my essential iPhone apps for business!

How I Changed My Money Mindset With Denise Duffield Thomas

How I Changed My Money Mindset With Denise Duffield Thomas

I had big plans for April being the start of the new tax year, new software, new financial goals in place and some amazing blog ideas! 

It started off so well but come the weekend of Isla’s 3rd birthday party things started to slip! 

If you know me through social media you may have already picked up on my month long April bad mood – I felt over worked, over tired, over-stretched and basically just over crappy! And cash flow was non-existent just to add to the pain. This put me under immense pressure and my bills were bouncing back left, right and centre.

I’ve been a HUGE fan of Denise Duffield Thomas for nearly 2 years after reading Get Rich Lucky Bitch.

For those of you that haven’t heard of DDT, Denise is a well-known money mindset mentor.

The book Get Rich Lucky Bitch gives you an insight into how to become an amazing manifester just like Denise herself. It guides you through setting goals, clearing away bad money experiences and habits, feeling good about money and upgrading your life. 

I’ve tried on so many occasions to put everything into action but failed miserably. So it was without a doubt that when DDT announced in February that she was doing a live event in London in April I immediately booked myself a ticket and arranged travel arrangements. 

And the excitement didn’t stop there either – I was also crazy enough to join on to her Lucky Bitch Bootcamp! 

So back to my bad month, the event was on the last Saturday of April and come the Friday I spoke with my mum about childcare arrangements to find out we had crossed wires and she couldn’t have the kids overnight for me to catch my coach first thing Saturday morning! I was gutted, I had no one else available and spent the entire night crying, I felt like I was at rock bottom.

Saturday morning came and my Facebook news feed was jam-packed with so many amazing women all excited to be heading to London, Again non-stop tears! 

I don’t know what made me check my bank balance after such a bad month for money, but I did and to my amazement, I’d been paid £45 – Not a huge deal but after some googling was the exact amount I needed to get a one-way train ticket to London! Within the hour I’d managed to brush myself off, get the kiddies ready and off to my mums and found myself clutching my book as my train left for Paddington! 

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Had I really just manifested something? 

The event was amazing, So many inspiring women feeling empowered by Denise’s talk! And it keeps getting better, I had the opportunity to meet DDT, have a photo and she signed my book! 

I came home on the coach as originally planned and I could feel a huge shift in my energy! Even though I was absolutely exhausted, I felt a huge relief and I just needed sleep (I did actually drift off and woke myself up snoring – Oops)! May was going to be a new month for me and I was determined to leave Aprils troubles behind me. 

Late afternoon on bank holiday Monday – May 1st, The long anticipated welcome email for bootcamp came through! I was officially in and so excited…

In the introduction video, DDT quoted 

“Some people start learning lessons the day they start bootcamp” This hit a real nerve and I straight away opened my lucky bitch money tracker app and set myself an income goal for May! 

And what can I say, by the Saturday – May 6th for the first time ever I hit that income goal, in less than a week! 

All I had done in those 6 days was listen to the money mantra subliminal meditation each night as I fell asleep.

Had I really just manifested something? Again? 

I really couldn’t tell you for sure, I think I did, I hope I did.

This week I’ve pencilled in some time to start the weekly bootcamp exercises, I will keep you updated throughout the process and will share with you all of my money wins and successes! 

I’m planning on conjuring up an iPad Pro, gold addition to match my iPhone! I would say wish me luck but I’m going on the assumption I’ve already got it – just call me Lucky Bitch! 

If you fancy joining me on the above journey you can find more information on the Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp here Please let us know in the comments if you sign up and how you are getting on.

Until next time, Happy manifesting, Iona Xx

Oh and P.S Did I tell you Isla’s birthday was the weekend of April 9th! Coincidence or what that my entire crappy few weeks was the exact dates of the second mercury retrograde for the year? Now that’s another blog post in its own right! Argh! 

Book Review – ‘She Means Business’ by Carrie Green

Book Review – ‘She Means Business’ by Carrie Green


Ok this is something completely new to me but I think it will be a great add on to Mums Tax Break.


I’ve read a fair few personal development books these last 2-3 years and from each one I have taken away something different. If I can put those snippets of knowledge down into blog form and encourage you as my reader to then read such books and gain the same knowledge, I’m technically giving you a little something and I like that.


I have spent the last 2 nights cuddled up on the sofa reading ‘She Means Business’ by Carrie Green. Carrie Green is the founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association (FEA). I think I started following the FEA on social media maybe a year ago, if you don’t follow them already, their posts are very pink and gold, full of inspirational quotes, daily tips and beautiful affirmations. 



I pre-ordered the book prior to its launch, this gained me access to the ‘She Means Business Book’ closed Facebook group which as I write this currently has 8,931 members. All of whom are female business owners with the same dreams and determination to build above and beyond successful businesses.


I also gained access to the ‘My Perfectly Planned 2017’ online course with downloadable workbooks, ‘The Business Pros tell All’ A series of online video training, workbooks and meditations from 25 of the worlds class experts and the “She Means Business Course’ a 28-day business challenge starting 01 March.



The book itself ties in with the FEA brand, very pink, white and gold. It is of high quality and feels very fresh and crisp to read. There are 259 pages broken down into 3 main sections including a brief introduction to the 28 day ‘She Means Business’ challenge. And of course in true FEA fashion the book is jam packed with inspirational quotes.


The first section of the book titled ‘She shows up for her dreams’ gives an in-depth story touching on Carries childhood and early years as a female entrepreneur. It is evident from the book that she has always had a strong and close network around her for support and encouragement – especially her father.  She talks about creating a business vision, all the struggles every business owner has on their journey and how she was able to overcome them using beliefs from the law of attraction.


The book is broken down into lots of little chapters, it is very easy to read and it allows you to stop-start (which is perfect when you have a toddler at the top of the stairs screaming down every 10 minutes or so). At the end of each chapter there is a ‘She Takes Action’ summary giving you key issues and points to action.  I haven’t seen this in a book before and I think it is a lovely feature.


Also at the end of the 3 main sections there is a checklist again to action various tasks, etc. Throughout the book Carrie refers to the resource section on the FEA website which features downloadable goodies to accompany the book itself.


The second section ‘She gets herself out there to shine’ is pretty much a how to guide with a 5 step action plan to follow in building up the main core of your business to where you need it to be – financially and successfully. Carrie details these lovely and adds in her own personal experiences as well as others for further understanding and illustration.


The third section ‘She’s unstoppable’ gives an overview of what it is like and how it feels to have reached your goals and get to where you want to be. She offers advice on how to keep the momentum flowing, overcoming overwhelm, celebrating a success and building a good network of mentors and business friends.


The book ends on the 28 day ‘She Means Business’ challenge which I am yet to read as I’m eagerly waiting the release of the online course to accompany it as mentioned above.


Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to others. Especially if you are at the very beginning of your entrepreneurial journey as I would imagine most of the content will be completely new to you. I am now even more intrigued as to what the FEA members course is like. One of the most important things I am taking away is to set myself a business mission.


I’ve read the book straight through, I’d advise maybe doing this too and attempt it a second time with a journal and pen to scribble down lots of notes and crazy ideas to get you started on your own personal journey of female entrepreneurial success. This is my plan of action for this week!!


If you have read the book as well, please let me know what your thoughts are in the comments? Also, Are there are other books you can recommend?


Until next time, lots of love, Iona <3


p.s Please click here to purchase your own copy of ‘She Means Business’ by Carrie Green


p.p.s In true Mums Tax Break style I am writing this at 00:29 on a Saturday night with my toddler cuddled up next to me watching cartoons!