A few changes here at LIWL

Good evening and happy Monday! Again the week has flown by and I can’t believe we’re almost in July……where has this year gone? I did think with being in lock down the weeks would feel slow and that it would be hard, but I feel every week has flown by and it doesn’t seem 2 mins ago since we first heard the words lockdown.

Anyway, this evening I’ve a few things I wish to chat to you about, which I feel are important, so make sure you read to the very end. So first I want to talk to you about my working week……….

So as many of us are in the same situation, children at home, helping them learn and do school work, not being able to see people or go places like how we use too, it’s really made me think…….well we’ve all had a lot of thinking time lately! I’ve felt since lockdown I’ve had to change my work around, to fit in with my youngest, to make sure I’m here if he needs help with his school work and to be here as a mum too. So whilst he’s been doing school work I’ve been keeping myself busy in the house…..mainly the kitchen and I’ve refound my love for cooking. Now I’ve always loved cooking, but running a busy successful business, you don’t always have the time to do much and your hours can be a little all over, especially when you work from home, so when Alfie is normally out at school I tend to work 8am-4pm so that it doesn’t interfere with him being at home as I make sure I work the hours he’s out at school, then weekends off. So as he walked down the drive I’d close my workshop up and head to the house with him. We’d sit and chat and then he’d go off and do his own thing whilst I cooked tea. Now I still cooked good meals, but not as good as what I’m doing now since lockdown and cooking makes me happy. I’ve also found ive had more quality time with both Alfie and his dad and that we’ve become closer as a family. It’s also made me realise we only get one life and to grab it and take full advantage of the time we have together. So I’ve decided that even though I love what I do and love my business, it’s time to do more with my family and run my business part time. So my new working days will be 4 days each week, my day off in the week will change as I’ll fit it around my life and also around my times I know I need to be in work ie Subscription realise day. So as I work 4 days a week one day a week I’ll have to spend time in the house, catching up on jobs, shopping, cooking and baking. I’ll also have weekends off, unless I feel I need to work, but my days will always be a 4 day week. My working hours once Alfie’s back at school will then be 8-3pm at the moment I don’t have set hours due to Alfie being home so I just work when I can at the moment, but I still work a fair amount of hours and it’s not effected dispatch times either. Currently I’ve extended my dispatch times to 10 working days, clothing is 3-4 weeks. Once Alfie’s back at school my dispatch times will go back to 6 working days. Now in order to keep on top as I’m still currently working alone until Annie can return to work, it means my scent list will shrink. I’ve been slowly cutting my list down since the start of this year and will carry on and next week in my blog I’m going to share what scents will be coming to an end. Sometimes some go on holiday, but in my blog I’ll state if it’s having a holiday or ending forever. I love what I do and I’ll carry on running my business until I retire, so you’re stuck with me for a very long time, but I feel I can still offer you all so much, yet also have some time to myself and to spend with my family too.

So next I’ve got to tell you is larger wax crumbs in tins. Now the tins are for a limited time only as I may switch to larger jars rather than tins along with my mini jars I already offer. Now the mini jars have roughly the same amount of wax in them as a wax pod does and the larger tins have around the same as what a bag of brittle weighs. Now I don’t put weights on my products as I weigh everything with a trade approved scale, which means I can legally display weights, but because my products are hand poured weights can slightly vary by a gram or two plus how your scales weigh at home aren’t as precise as trade approved ones so I choose not to display them, as of a customer was to weigh using their scales the weight would be different to mine, but on average a wax pod will weigh without it’s packaging approximately  40-44g and a bag of brittle will weigh approximately 90-95g. Again everyone will slightly vary as they are hand poured, but this is just to give you an example.
Now I will be adding a few scents to the original listing of wax crumbs later this evening, so you’ll need to watch out for this post and not every scent will be available so the list will change often, so all I can suggest if you want crumbs and see them in one of your favourite scents, grab it as it could be a long time before it’s back in crumbs.

Now don’t forget, to keep update make sure you read my blog each week, I’ll be talking more about things that are happening on here and this will be your only way of knowing….unless one of my customers gets excited and shares the news in my group……but do you really want to maybe miss out or will you be like many others and read my blog each week? I know what I’d do…….?

 

So if you a leave a comment I’ll reply, I do go through many on an evening so be sure to check back to see if I’ve responded. I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading my blog and I just want to thank you for all your continued support, I’m so grateful to each and everyone of you.

Take care and stay safe!

 

Love

Rachel…….xx ❤️?

45 replies
  1. Paula Jones
    Paula Jones says:

    Monday again, and last one of the month. They go so fast. I love your wax crumbs, the jars are so cute. And it’s so easy to pour a few in to melt. X

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  2. kate.a.ward
    kate.a.ward says:

    I don’t blame you for changing your working hours. You need to work to live not live to work. Plus, family time is so important ?

    I love the wax crumbs, such an easy way to melt. Can’t wait to see what scents are available in larger tins xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Yes it’s made me realise I didn’t spend enough time with my family and now since lockdown we’ve been together so much it’s made me realise it’s so important. I’ve just a few to start, but there’ll be more as the weeks go by xx

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  3. Gemma Evans
    Gemma Evans says:

    Hello again! It’s true isn’t it how the weeks are flying by. You’re right about how family time is important and you need to have a good work/life balance. I love reading your blog because it’s great like you say how we find things out we might not read elsewhere. Hope you have a lovely week xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels like they are flying by. It’s a way I want to reach out more to people and I’ve so much to share and blogging means anyone can read through my past ones so much easier than trying to scroll through my page or group. I hope you have an amazing week too xx

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  4. Claire Lister
    Claire Lister says:

    A great idea to cut your working week for more family time. Things will be easier once Annie is back ❤ You can get a nice work life balance to keep everyone happy. Cant wait to try your new scents and as always I’m super excited about the monthly subscription xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      I can’t wait for her to come back, I’ve missed her so much and to be honest it can feel very lonely working alone constantly xx

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  5. krystal Hurley
    krystal Hurley says:

    Family is more important than work. Many get this wrong.

    I love the crumbs and they seem to sell out fast too. They make lovely gifts. The bigger sizes will be fab xx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      Yes family is so important and I’m guilty of forgetting this. Yes they fly out, if only I could make them even quicker lol xx

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  6. Charlieplummer
    Charlieplummer says:

    There’s nothing more important than family ❤️ and yeah your wax crumbs are frigging amazing!!!! Xxx

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  7. Nikki
    Nikki says:

    I’m glad you are taking more family time this is so important for you all! Also very excited for bigger wax crumbs they are my favourite.
    Lots of love x

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      I know how exiting, I haven’t loads yet as I only made a few tins up this afternoon, but as the weeks go by I’ll add more xx

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  8. Wai-Ling Bennett
    Wai-Ling Bennett says:

    Thank you for another lovely Blog, always informative, yet giving the readers a little slice of who you are as a person. It’s good to stay grounded and I believe you are juggling it all amazingly well in this current climate. Look forward to moving forward and seeing change in the future, all for the better. Take care my lovely x

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  9. Sarah Foulds
    Sarah Foulds says:

    Hi lovely xx a great blog again. Nothing more important than our loved ones so really pleased you will get more family time xxx

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  10. Roseena Mckinley
    Roseena Mckinley says:

    I have a couple of wax crumbs on order looking forward to trying them. Lockdown I think has taught a lot of us what’s important in life x

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  11. Georgina Downings
    Georgina Downings says:

    Hi Rachel. Another lovely blog. It’s really nice to hear about your working life and family life. Also I think I will have to try your crumbs. I haven’t bought for a while, as I was in hospital with the Corona virus, I’m better now so I will be putting an order in soon. Keep up with your wonderful work Rachel. xx

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  12. Lisa Simmons
    Lisa Simmons says:

    Evening Rach,

    Another amazing blog, I’ve decided to read it now, as I’m going to been soon as so drained today, can’t wait for next weeks blog, enjoy your evening lovely xx

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      • Lisa Simmons
        Lisa Simmons says:

        I was in bed by 8, and hubby had to wake me up at 10:30 for my to have my meds, and I haven’t gone back to sleep, we have got my mother and father in law down, so it will be a lovely week I hope you have a lovely week too xx

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  13. Susanne Greenwood
    Susanne Greenwood says:

    Lovely blog as always. Family time and time for yourself is important and I think we forget this in our effort to please everyone. I am learning slowly to do what I want instead of what I think I have to do, so good for you. Love your beautiful products and the subscription box is an amazing treat to myself…part of the pleasing myself learning

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  14. Charlotte
    Charlotte says:

    So lovely to know you’re going to be taking some time for you and your family. You have worked so hard the past few years you deserve to slow down! ? Xxx

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      I know and I’ve thought about it for a bit now and I don’t want to get to another 5 years and think……where’s the time gone and Alfie be all grown up. I need family time plus I can’t still love and enjoy my business just as much as I do now, if not more xx

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  15. Maria Wall
    Maria Wall says:

    Family time is so important, we too have enjoyed all the time as a family we have had together during lockdown. I have ordered some wax crumbs, I cannot wait to try them. Another fantastic blog Rachel xx

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  16. Janine
    Janine says:

    You have worked so hard it is good you are going to take more time for you and your family, it sounds perfect.

    Love the wax crumbs too

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    • Rachel
      Rachel says:

      I sat and thought about it for weeks and spoke to Richard and he said do what I feel is right and taking a little step back is what I need for myself and my family and to also carry on loving what I do xx

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  17. Sue K
    Sue K says:

    Amazing blog can’t wait for new wax crumbs in tins family always comes first Rach and you do right cutting back ur days time goes too fast Alex the most of it xx

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  18. Lisa Aedy
    Lisa Aedy says:

    Hey rach, I love the sound of bigger wax crumbs ? family is really important you dont get that time back. Enjoy it.
    I’m so glad you intend to do your wax until you retire I’d most likely cry if little ideas with love was gone addiction is an understatement ?.
    And now I’m so happy to be apart of the monthly suprise subscription yay! I cannot wait to see what’s in it each month I doubt I’ll drop my slot I love your wax too much ❤
    Happy melting everyone.

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  19. Louise Ross
    Louise Ross says:

    Lovely big Blog this week Rach. I’m always looking forward to see what you’re doing next especially any new scents. Have a great week, looking forward to July’s Box ?xxx

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  20. Ali Hardaker
    Ali Hardaker says:

    My very first Blog. I completely understand why you are reducing. If you can still do what you love but make it fit around you and your family more, then you need to do it. I’m sure by now you have a very strong customer base and they will continue to support. Sometimes you can go too above and beyond as a business and if the customers want to use you, they will work around you either way xx

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