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Birthday Week!

Good evening!

Wow i cant believe how quickly Monday’s come around again! How did you find your first week of home schooling? We did pretty well, no arguments and we’ve actually had lots of fun together and I’ve learnt a few things…..mainly on the maths side. So this week is Alfie’s 12th birthday which is actually tomorrow. I cant believe he’s going to be 12, time flies and with everything thats going on in the world right now its made me realise many things, one being i need to spend more time with my children than what i have been doing, as they don’t stay little for long…….my eldest is 23 later this year!

So as you can all imagine our birthday plans which we had didn’t happen this weekend, Alfie had picked to go to his favourite restaurant in Leeds with his best friend. So I’ve told him that tomorrow he doesn’t need to do any school work (don’t worry he’s done extra today to make up for it) and that we will most likely have a PJ day and watch movies and eat sweets for most of it. We are going to have some quality time together and be grateful for what we have. I’m going to make it a day to remember for him, he’ll remember that his 12th birthday was full of laughter, happiness, video calls to family members and that he was able to still have contact via video calling with his close family. He’ll always remember this day in such a positive way and thats because i’ll make the whole day so special. To anyone who’s reading this who may also have a child’s birthday coming up or maybe your own, i want to wish  you all a happy birthday and to just remind you, its not what you do on your birthday that matters, its how you create happiness and to have those who are close to you around you via the technology of video calling as to me that makes your day so much better. Oh and i forget to add, me and his Dad have bought him a few little treats so he’s something to actually open…….itll have have to be wrapped in my branded wrapping paper though lol as we’ve been unable to go and buy wrapping paper as i felt it wasn’t essential, I’m sure he wont mind though as one of his little gifts is something he’s been asking for, for months. His main present is money as he’s saving up, but he cant have a birthday without a few treats and he did also say to his Dad the other day, ‘if i can have an easter egg on my birthday i’ll be so happy’ so of course we’ve made sure we have one for him.

My Monday blogs over the next coming weeks maybe months will to hopefully reach out to many of you at this difficult time and hopefully spread some positivity and happiness. Im staying very positive, don’t get me wrong theres moments i have when i may feel sad or possibly have a little cry, but then i give gratitude that I’m here with some of my family and that I’m able to keep in touch with other and that i have my health too. I feel the more positive we are, the easier each day is to get through it and we are all in this together and together we can be strong and lift each other up when we feel we are struggling. I’ve learnt a lot about myself over the last week and I’ve also seen how i play a massive part in some peoples lives and that how much my products seem to lift many of you, I’ve received some beautiful messages which have really touched my heart and knowing that when you melt my wax its helping you so much. It makes me happy knowing that I’m able to help you feel better and when i set out to start my business i knew i wanted to make everyone feel happy and of course sparkly too and i feel I’ve achieved that with many of you.

For those who may be reading this that aren’t in my wax group, please head on over and request to join, my members are certainly lifting everyone spirits and it certainly is such a lovely little community I’ve built along with the help of my customers and members too. I want to say a massive thank you for taking time to read my blog this evening and that i hope its helped you in many ways. Please remember…..you’re amazing and together we are strong and we will get through this.

My inbox is always open to anyone of you and i wish you love, health and happiness!

 

Love

 

Rachel….x

 

Monday With A Difference

So I know many of you today will have started your Monday so differently to how we did last week……schooling at home? If someone had said to me last month, Rachel in March the country will be teaching their children from home, I’d have thought they were crazy!

I won’t lie, I’ve struggled what to write today with everything that’s going on right now, but one of my customers said something and it reminded me, that even though we are all going through something that’s so tough and it’s effecting everyone, I can still keep my positivity going so here goes………..

So Sunday evening we kept our normal routine, we got up this morning at our normal time……well I did actually let Alfie have a 35 minute lie in, we’ll he’s not school bus to catch today as today is the start of our dinning room becoming his classroom.

We had breakfast, Alfie went for cornflakes, he calls it his pigeon cereal 🤣, then he went upstairs got washed and changed ready for class starting at 8.30am. He then gave me the news I was dreading…….double geography 🤣🙈 help I’m rubbish at this! We logged onto the school website and printed off his worksheet, Africa, write 10 facts about famous landmarks………off to make a cup of tea whilst he makes a start lol…..I’m such a lightweight 🤣 actually he worked better than I thought, I had visions of us arguing,  it was so relaxed and enjoyable. He sailed through it and then moved on to English, which he told me he needed no help so I left him too it. He finished that in a breeze and then we decided it was break time and I said he could have a snack so he went for peanut butter on toast. He then had double Spanish, ok I’m like right I think I need another brew 🤣 he did this online, it was a quiz he had to complete and he only got 4 wrong…….pretty impressive I said. We did actually high five, I was so proud of him. He also had to read so he did about 30 minutes and then he had textiles to do, but we decided that we’d do this Tuesday. All in all he worked from 8.30am till 12.30pm and then I said I was happy with what he achieved and that his school day was finished. Now I’m one for education, but in these times we have a head for us to survive schooling we need to be more relaxed as I find he’ll work harder for shorter periods and he was actually happy. I believe it’s better for him to feel happy than to feel stressed. We’re staying positive, we did talk about what’s going on and I’m honest with him and because we are so open, it means he doesn’t worry the same. If you keep a positive mind, trust me each day will feel easier and also enjoy your time around your loved ones as how often do we actually spend so much time with them?

In between Alfie learning I was still running my business, ordering supplies, keeping track of what the government guide lines are and if any had changed and also keeping my mindset sparkly. If you’re reading this and you are a parent, or maybe a business owner or caring for family, remember you’re not alone and that we are all in this together and we will all lift each other up. I’ve got a lovely wax group and each day I’m going live to help keep spirits up, it’s a place you can chat, ask questions or just need support from someone. I have a group of my ladies who asked me to set up a group messenger chat, they are sharing what they are doing , sharing ideas what to do with their kids and in general just keeping spirits high.

The suns been shinning today so this afternoon we went for a walk, we live rural so we’re able to go for a nice walk just on our land and we picked daffodils and we rescued a blackbird that was stuck in our Polly tunnel and just couldn’t find out how to get out, we watched a squirrel running across the field and we listened to the birds singing to each other.

I can honestly say hand on heart our first day of being home and schooling was lovely, I learned things from Alfie I didn’t no and he learnt things from me too. We ordered supplies from amazon for some lessons we have to do, books school had recommended.

Today we’ve laughed, smiled and enjoyed our day together and tomorrow we’re starting our day doing the PE workout with Joe on YouTube as Alfie would normally have PE. We’ve had fun and I feel right now it’s more about having fun than being too strict, everyday we’ll do our learning, but we’ll have a relaxed approach to this so that everyday Alfie will enjoy it rather than feeling it’s a chore.

If you need someone to talk to, pop over to my wax group on Facebook, please don’t be alone and  remember………keep sparkling!

 

love

 

Rachel…..x

New Range

Good evening!

 

Wow is it Monday already? Where does the time go? So as many of you will know, this last week has seen my new range of branded clothing being added to the website……if you’ve not seen it then i’d love for you to go and take a  quick look as feed backs started to come in and it’s been truly amazing. If you’ve grabbed something from this range and had delivery and not yet left a review on your purchase then please do as this really does help those who haven’t ordered from me before buy with ease. To leave a review, just log into your account and then go into your purchases, you can only review the products you’ve actually purchased.

It’s been lovely seeing a mixture of my quotes purchased and seeing what everyone loves, some i did wonder if they would sell as they have part of a swear word, but these have been very popular which is amazing! I have used a * in the middle of the swear word, so that it doesn’t stand out as much as I’m also thinking of little ones too that they may read these on mummies top. This range is not available in my children’s range, which i already know you’ll know this, but i just like to make 100% sure everyone’s aware it’s not.

Every top that’s offered on my website is designed and printed here at LIWL HQ by me, i felt it was important to keep this with me printing it, so for months and months i tested different ranges of clothing and practiced heat pressing quotes on the tops, believe me when i say I’ve tested its never quick, i like to make sure I’m 110% happy with what i make before every launching it to my customers. Its very important to me and I’m forever doing many tests on all different products as its part of my everyday work life and its how I’ve grown over the years too. My branded t-shirt range is for quotes i love and what mean something to me too, i don’t do bespoke orders, this is just purely my own range. You can purchase different style t-shirts, I’ve tried to aim for all shapes and sizes as much as possible, if you don’t see your size then feel free to message me and i’ll see if i can accommodated you. I also do a children’s t-shirt this goes from age 3- 15 years, again if you require a smaller size then message me and I’ll see what i can do. I also offer an adults hoodie in my range and again if you required one for a child then again please message me and i can see what i can do.

We offer the colours, black, white, green and heather grey in some styles, but not all ranges and hoodies you can get these in green and black. From time to time i may do a limited edition top, this will be shared on my business page if and when i do.

I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you that take time to read my Monday blog and to those who also leave a comment too, thank you as this helps me be seen so much more and i can’t thank you enough for this. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this weeks blog and i hope you have an amazing sparkly Monday evening!

 

Lots of love

 

Rachel……x

Hey, hey, hey!

Hey, hey, hey! My famous 3 words I often use and many no that when they hear these words it’s most likely me popping into your newsfeeds live. So this weeks blog I’m just going to share what I was up to last week.

It was a very wet week, but I didn’t let that dampen my sparkle, as I always say, it’s not rain it’s glitter falling from the sky! I like to turn most things into a positive if I can, it makes you feel better don’t you agree?

So last weeks was filled with so many things. First my monthly subscription slot payments were taken and it was also lovely to see some new customers sign up too……..don’t forget if you’ve not joined the VIP subscription Facebook group and you’ve got a subscription then click the link as I share sneaky peeps and sometimes have a giveaway and my subscribers share what scents they loved the most and I also share which scents make it to my list before I share with anyone else

https://www.facebook.com/groups/896339447450635/?ref=share

Once subscribers payments have cleared its then all about printing all their orders off, finalising my numbers and making a start on getting the wax made for these, this has actually started today, I did switch a scent from this months box for another as it’s one I couldn’t hold off on as it smells just amazing…….well they all do to be honest.

I also started getting ready to launch a new side of my business my branded clothing range……yes you heard right i now have my own clothing range that I make up all the artwork, cut it and then print it using a heat press. All clothing I offer is printed using quotes I love or I’ve altered to make them my own and of course my trademarked heart is added to each one too. I’ve been testing these since last year, making sure I perfected ow I printed them so I was happy before I launched, believe me at the start I was like……what have I done? 🤣 but it was just a few silly mistakes I made, but hey, that how you learn right? In between all this getting ready to launch I was still making wax and also getting customers orders out too. I have a nice little system going now which means my turn around much quicker and more organised. I did say to myself at the start of this year I wanted more organisation in my life to make my working day flow much easier and I’ve cracked it already. You’d think after 5 years in business I’d already be organised, but no I wasn’t as organised as I thought I was and a few little changes has made a massive difference.

Last week some of you may have seen I set up a new Instagram account to, this was so I could show off all my clothing orders and hopefully reach out to many new customers, as not everyone melts wax so I felt another account was a must and boy has it paid off! I created my account and at first called it LIWL Branded Clothing and it jut didn’t sit right with me, I felt it felt boring and not very inviting so I had a look at it and thought what am I trying to do? I’m trying to add a bit of sparkle to everyone’s life so that’s what I named it LIWL Sparkle. Now some of you may think, how do we no what she’s selling? Good point! Well here’s why I did it…………so you see an account in your feed, it says LIWL Branded Clothing and some instantly think I don’t want clothing, but then you see an account called LIWL Sparkle and you wonder what it’s about so you click on it and then think, oh I love this, I love how she’s put her quotes in her own range and then people engage more and start to comment and then make a purchase. Once they see who I am and what my business is about they are more likely to want to come back to visit my account. It’s not always about saying what your business is, I mean look at my Little Ideas With Love name…….now look at how many customers buy from me and my name doesn’t say what I do it only tells them it’s full of love and they remember me. You’ve always got to think outside the box and carefully pick the right name as a name can change everything. Since changing my clothing range name it’s changed many things and all for the better. I don’t want my new account to be all about selling I want people to enjoy reading what I’ll share, a place I can share quotes daily, a place I can hopefully make someone smile if they see me in their feed. Why not follow me if you aren’t already?  https://instagram.com/liwl_sparkle?igshid=motoayzeyqf9 you can also follow me on my main account too.

My working week is Monday to Friday, I try and stick to these times as I have a family and home to look after and even us business owners need a little break. I don’t really have set hours, as when you work for yourself you’ve got all your social media to run, stock to order, stock to make, orders to pack and then there’s the accounts and many other things too, but I am very strict with myself and don’t reply to messages outside my ‘normal’ working hours which I lock my workshop door between 4pm-5pm depending on what day it is, I aim to reply to messages during work hours, sometimes it may take me a few days to get through them, but what I love the most is that you can ask questions in my Facebook group and either my admin team or my customers can probably answer them.

Right it’s 18.30pm and I’m rambling now and I’ve the table to clear from tea and then the kitchen to clean, then I’ve washing to do, my accounts and I think I’ll leave the ironing till tomorrow…….I ironed yesterday so I’m not sure where my new ironing piles come from 🤦‍♀️ Lol.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my blog tonight, a bit different than normal, but sometimes I think it’s good to share with you something I’ve been doing and what’s new or what’s coming up. If there’s something you’d like to see me blog about please comment and let me no as I’d like to give you something you love to read and why not let you guys decide that.

I hope you have an amazing sparkly evening and……..happy melting!

‘’love

Rachel…..x

 

Monthly Subscription Box

So many of you already are signed up for my monthly subscription box and are lovely receiving these every month. For those of you who haven’t signed up, but would love to know more then be sure to carry on reading……..

Each month you receive 4 x wax pods all new scents, now only one or two of these scents will make my list, the others will be exclusive and won’t be able to be purchased by anyone else. Now some months all four scents will be exclusive, but only now and then this will happen.

Each month your payment will be taken on the same day you took your first box out, you can cancel at anytime after your first box, there’s no tie in at all. You might fancy a little break for a few months and then want to sign up again. Slots will only go live on the website between 1st-3rd of each month, so you’ll need to watch out if you decide to come back.

Each month one lucky person will find a golden ticket in their box, it’ll be hidden so you must look for it, as I don’t no who receives this either so it’s always a complete surprise to me too. We stick it in the box before we pack them with the wax pods in, then they all go in a pile ready for the postage labels to be added. Each month it’s a different amount what you could win and it also has an expiry date and if it’s not claimed before the expiry date the code will be void. So please make it your first job to look if you’ve got the hidden golden ticket. The code will be on the ticket and you must enter the code in the coupon section for your discount, if the codes not used then you’ll need to place another order before it expires.

Also there’s a VIP Facebook group, in this group there’s extra codes added for when I release a new scent from one of the subscription boxes, this code is just for the new scent or scents release from the subscription box and the code usually lasts for one week only. This codes only offered to subscription customers only.

My aim is to reach out as far as I can to many new customers so that they too can subscribe each month to receive a monthly box of wax from me that always smells amazing. Be sure to share with your friends and thank you to those who subscribe each month, I truly am so grateful to you and all those who buy everyday wax from me too. You’ve made what was once a dream come true and that I’ll never forget xx