Happy February, I can’t believe how fast January passed…


For those of you who don’t know already, I run a small bookkeeping and accountancy practice in Newport, South Wales as well as keeping the Mums Tax Break blog. January 2017 has most definitely been a record month at Ivy Wood with a total of 32 self-assessment tax returns passing through! I only had 50 to file in total so as you can imagine there has been a lot of late nights, early mornings and weekend working! I took on 5 new clients and registered 3 new businesses… Hopefully the momentum will keep up throughout the year.


The blog theme for February here at ‘Mums Tax Break’ is obviously going to be based around valentine’s day and our main read a bit closer to the big day will be based around the marriage allowance – Hopefully we can save a few of you some extra pennies. But for now, we’ll be talking about how important it is to love yourself.



I was lucky enough to attend a ‘De-stress and beginners Meditation’ work shop at Past and Beyond towards the end of last year and the main thing I took away from that experience was that I don’t look after myself. My main priorities in life are looking after the kiddies and running the business. It was a scary moment when I realised that if I was to just crash and burn out one day all the hard work I’ve put it would be for nothing as not only would my kids suffer but who would look after Ivy Wood.


It hit the nail on the head even more when I went back to have my chakras balanced (sounds scary, but amazing) and the spirit guide advised that I needed to drink more water. I came out of the salon at 15:20 that afternoon when it dawned on me that I hadn’t eaten or drank a thing that day!


Now I am no expert but even I know that isn’t healthy but that was just the norm for the life I’ve built myself – I wake up of a morning, make sure the kids are fed, dressed and out of the door on time for nursery or school, I head straight over to the office or off with a client and get engrossed with my work all day before leaving again for the school run. I’d survive throughout the day on the occasional tea, coffee and biscuit and It’s only at tea time that I will sit down and eat a proper meal.


As a result of working with Trish at Past and Beyond one of my goals for 2017 was to be more mindful, to be more at ease and look after my own health. Obviously, that went out of the window throughout January so to kick start that in February I’ve come up with the idea of ‘Feel Fab Feb’.


Every day throughout February I will be posting on social media a ‘Feel Fab Feb’ task with the thought in mind of giving you a time out to take care of yourself. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the following @mumstaxbreak or you can click one of the social media icons that are hovered around the blog!


Day 1 of ‘Feel Fab Feb’ is take yourself to bed early tonight, it doesn’t seem like a big deal but I’m confident you will feel a difference in the morning. For me personally, it is much needed right now. Ideally, I would like an extra in bed in the morning but hey I’m a mum, you’re a mum and we have school run duties!