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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

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

 

How to keep up to date on whats happening!

LIWL Newsletter Sign Up

How to keep up to date on whats happening!

Are you signed up for my newsletter? If the answers yes then thats great, but since December I’ve sent out several newsletters and many haven’t even opened them. Do you remember back in May 2018 when GDPR came in and i sent out a newsletter stating that if you didn’t click the link and agree to receiving further newsletters from me you’d no longer receive them? This is because this was a legal email every business had to send out to their newsletter signups and if you didn’t respond then you opted out. Only 47.7% opened it, 8 unsubscribed as that meant they no longer wanted to receive an email and the rest just didn’t open it, this means those who didn’t open it will no longer receive my emails.

My newsletters are there to inform you of whats going on, when you sign up for these its because you want to be able to see whats happening first and to also make sure you don’t miss out on maybe new products, a one off discount code, free postage maybe…….it could be anything! If you’ve not received an email off me lately, then you’ll need to sign up with me again. I have started to remove inactive accounts who haven’t opened an email off me in the last 12 months. You may wonder why i do this? Well it free’s up space for someone who would like to read my newsletters, i only get so much space before I’m charged for sending them, so to me its a little bit of a waste having someone on my list who hasn’t opened it in 12 months. Now there could be several reasons why they haven’t opened it, no longer use that email, put me in their spam folder or marked it not to receive newsletters on what news I’ve got to share. On Friday 14th February i sent out a newsletter offering 12% off orders for the weekend only. Only 31.4% of this signed up opened the email, some who opened it took advantage of the discount as it was one of the highest I have given in a long time and it was a one off too, more of a test to see who would open the email. So my message i want to get out today is…….if you sign up for a newsletter with any company, open it no matter what the head line might say as you just never know what might be hidden inside that email.

Please click the link https://www.littleideaswithlove.co.uk/newsletter-signup/

only if you wish to receive my newsletters. Once you sign up an email will be sent to you straight away to confirm you’ve requested this, you must confirm as if you don’t the system wont add you to the mailing list. Im going to be sharing more and more via my newsletter and also my blog too as have you every thought how would you communicate with me if all social media went down? Now i would communicate through my newsletter and blog and when i blog you too can leave a comment so if for example you had a question about something on my blog you could ask me and then i would respond and it could also answer someone else’s question too. The power of blogging can be very helpful and i really want more and more of my customers to see each Monday I’m blogging, some weeks i may blog more if I’ve something important to share, its always viewable and a great way to be able to get hold of me too.

Make a note in your diary for every week to checkout what I’ve shared and leave me a comment too. I really want to reach out to so many through blogging and with your help this will be possible.

 

I hope you all have a great day and your week ahead is full of sparkle. Don’t forget its half term so I’m taking a few days off this week so dispatch times are currently at 6 working days, this excludes weekends.

 

Happy melting!

 

Rachel….x