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Back to work Tuesday

Good morning!

Tomorrow I’ll be back to work after having a week off. My first job will be to start making some stock, I’ll be making scents like Heavenly, Rhubard & Custard, Cola Cube Fizz, Just Incredible, Filthy Gorgeous, Sleepeeze Range and Just Linen. As I make them I’ll add them to stock but it’ll be done over a week as I’ve lots to catch up on too. Over the last week some of you will have spotted on my Instagram stories a few little offers, I only shared these to Instagram as I’ll switch between the 2 social media platforms whenever I have a little offer on and share in one of my stories. Stories are a great way to connect with hundreds even thousands of people who may never see your feeds. We offered 10%, 15% and then lastly free postage on wax sample boxes with 10 samples in each box.  I have a lot of followers on Instagram and picking which platform I share offers on gives me an insight as to who see’s me and on what platform which helps me massively for when I’m sharing products. I also understand not everyone’s on Instagram who buys from me and this is why sometimes when I do an offer in my stories I’ll just target Facebook rather than Instagram, so it’s always a mix.

This month I’m getting ready for Christmas, I’m currently sampling a new batch of Christmas scents, I’ve been testing most of the year, but decided to try a few others too. My range of Autumn/Winter & Christmas scents will be added to the website from September onwards, Christmas scents will be last and not added until some time in October. I’m also putting together a new gift box range, hopefully launch this September/October.

It’s just a little blog today, short and sweet, but next week I’ll be writing about something really important and I hope many of you pop over and take a read. I’ll remind everyone about it in the day it goes live as I want many to read this one.

 

Have a beautiful week and……happy melting!

 

Rachel……x

Ask Me A Question

ASK ME A QUESTION……

My blogs are a way for me to communicate with you all, a place I can share whats happening and if I’ve anything new to tell you. Just like my extra blog I wrote on Saturday……missed that one didn’t you? lol Well guess what? I’ll be throwing in an extra blog from time to time as I want to get people use to checking my blogs daily, to see whats happening and if I’ve shared anything new. I’ve had a social media break this weekend, one that was very much needed, but I had something to share with you all so I decided to do it via my blog and only one person spotted it, but one more than when I first wrote it, I’m still happy as I got one comment on it, now that may change now I’ve mentioned this, but I just wanted to show everyone that you just never know when I may just do a quick blog thats not on a Monday. Now last Monday I didn’t advertise on my business pages that I’d posted my blog as I’ll no longer do this as I feel now I’ve created a pattern one that many will remember automatically that Monday is my main blog day. Now whenever I post my Monday blog it’ll now be at any time throughout the day and as always one of my lovely admin team members Paula will keep track of who’s commenting. So anyway enough of that, here’s more about todays blog……..

Today I thought I’d write a different kind of blog, one where you can ask me a question and one I can hopefully answer. So if you have a question for me then comment on my blog with your question and I shall do my very best to answer it, if its a long answer I may pick to answer it on an upcoming Monday blog, but I shall still let you know by replying so you can watch out for it in weeks to come. I do get asked lots of things, but with you asking me on here, it means thousands of people if not millions…….wishful thinking but hey maybe one day, can actually read them too. The power of social media and getting your story across and questions answered is massive, but blogging even bigger, more can see this as people aren’t as restricted as like they are with social media, not everyone has social media so blogging is a way to reach out to many more people. Blogging also helps your website massively, so the more I reach out to my customers to keep frequently checking my blogs the more it’ll help me be seen.

I often read many blogs on others websites, it gives me more of a personal insight to who and what that business/person is about. I like the personal touch of reading what they want to share with everyone, things they may not share on social media. Blogging’s becoming more and more popular and you don’t have to have a business to blog, anyone can blog. I for one will be blogging more especially when I have social media breaks, so if you don’t see me post on social media then maybe check now and then to see if I’ve done a blog. I wont be blogging every day I have off social media, only really if I have something to share with you all. Now I’m taking a little break from work from the 1st August, I’m not going anywhere I just need 2 weeks off so I can refill my cup…..we can’t pour from an empty cup! I have added a banner to state my closing times, the website will remain open whilst I’m closed, but orders will only leave on my return and in the order the arrived on the website. Once I reopen on the 17th August that will be classed as our first working day and orders will take up to 10 working days to be despatched, it will all depend on how busy the websites been whilst I’m off, but please don’t feel worried about ordering as I still need to keep my business ticking over whilst I’m off. I will be posting to social media, but mainly through Instagram which will go direct to my business page. Also I’ll put a message up on my business page inbox to let people know if they message me i’ll only be checking messages once a week and to use my group to ask my admin team any questions you may have. I will be working one day and that will be to get my monthly subscription boxes out which will be around 7th August possibly the 6th I haven’t decided yet, but you’ll know if you’re a subscriber as you’ll receive your despatch note. I will decide this week as I’ll have to notify Royal Mail of my closing dates as I always cancel my collections when taking a holiday.

I’ll be back to check what questions you’ve asked me later this evening and I hope you all have an amazing week. Don’t forget, from time to time check my blog just in case I write an extra one to share something I’ve added to the website.

Lots of love

 

Rachel……x

Happy Monday!

This week is the start of the school summer holidays for us, but I know this years going to be so different to how it normally is. As a family we had hoped to go away this summer, but we’d only just talked about it in January and between the 3 of us were coming up with places we wanted to visit, but hey no one knew what this year was going to bring and there’s plenty time for a family holiday another year. So i had penciled in holidays for August and I’ve decided to stick with them as I’ve had no time off this year and I need a little rest. So from Wednesday 4th August to Thursday 20th August I shall lock my workshop door and have some well deserved time off. I plan to use this 2 weeks break to spend time with Alfie, maybe a spot of gardening…..if the weathers good for us, might have a clear out and fingers crossed maybe my eldest might be able to head on over and visit us. It doesn’t matter were staying home, we’re still going to make some memories as that’s what’s important in life. To be honest if i ever go away I’m always happy to get back home as I’m a real home bird, I like going away, but I’m always happy to get home and back in to my everyday routine. I’ll be using a few of the days I’m closed to catch up on paperwork, make a few changes to the website and to get ready for Christmas……yes I said Christmas! lol Its crazy to think how quickly this year has gone, we’ve all lost so much of it with everything that’s been going on in the world and the changes we’ve all had to adapt too, but change is good and its certainly made me realise a lot of things and changes I want to make too. I remember January and how long it seemed and that many people were also saying it was such a long and slow month, then February flew by and then March came and I remember when Alfie said when he came home from school ‘mum school could shut for a bit whilst we go in lockdown‘ I kinda thought to myself, that wont happen and then Boris made the announcement and lockdown started. That first week i honestly thought lockdown would drag and it would be awful, but we as a family adapted to it really well and I was lucky as i already worked from home so nothing really changed for me apart from having to home school Alfie. I was so grateful that my business was still able to carry on and that my customers still supported me and it also brought new customers to me too. I do honestly believe that many people will now support smaller businesses, those who handmade products, those who are in networking marketing as i personally feel you get more of a friendly service. I also feel that smaller businesses appreciate customers so much more and show far more gratitude to their customers. I personally are so grateful to every single person who buys from me, to those who comment on my daily posts, to those who share my posts, everyone who takes time to do these regardless of if you buy or not, everyone of you are grateful too.

This year I had many plans, but some I’ve decided to hold off on until maybe next year…….well if I feel it’s the right time, but if not I’ll wait until the year after. I’ve also got lots of good things coming up too which I’m excited about. I have taken the decision not to do any events I had planned this year, a few have already been canceled, but one they’ve not decided yet, but i have decided I wont be doing it. I‘ve to think about many things when it comes to events and I don’t feel this year I could have my stall set up in a way that would keep people away from each other and also I wouldn’t be able to allow people to pick up my products to smell them. Maybe 2021 I will be back doing a couple of events, but for now I wont be at any of the ones I did last year. I may decide to have my own, but if I do I will write about this closer to the time and it will be done more on an appointment basis and customers wouldn’t be able to pick products up so I need to really think about this before I decide if I’ll have my own.

Local collections…….. These will remain unavailable throughout the summer, once Alfie‘s gone back to school I may open collection slots again, but only a couple of times a month. At the moment I can’t open them up as I take each day as it comes and with Alfie being home I can’t plan collection days as we never know what kind of day we are going to have and with it being the holidays we may wake up one morning and think right were off exploring for the day. I promise you they will come back, but for now if you’re local you can’t collect. Once they reopen it’ll be the same as always that you will need to stick to the day and time you’ve selected. I will be making a few changes to this when I reopen collection, so please make sure you read all details when I do. I will make an announcement on my Instagram and Facebook page when its back on.

 

Ways to find out what’s been posted

Good evening!

I hope you are all well and enjoyed your weekend. This evening I want to talk to you all about how you can find out what’s happening via using my social media or looking through past blogs.

Ive got a few different social media platforms I use, mainly Instagram and Facebook. On Facebook I have my business page and then 2 different Facebook groups. Now i tend  to post from Instagram straight onto my business page on Facebook and then I’ll use my 2 Facebook groups for different things. My main group is my Little Melts With Love https://www.facebook.com/groups/850232061701698/?ref=share
inside this group you’ll find one of the nicest community of people ever, this has a mixture of customers and people who haven’t bought from me but love to see what’s going on inside of the group and some often join in with the daily chat. I often go live in this group, sometimes I’ll make wax for everyone to see or I may have something I want to talk about to those who are in the group. The group is a great place to be able to use the search bar to look for questions others may have asked in the past. I have an announcement list where I pin things that are important to the top of the group so members can find the important stuff easily. I have many people who may message me with the same question, but most times it’ll have already been asked within the group, so all you need to do is pop your question in the search part at the top and if it’s been asked before everyone who’s asked it their post will show up. I do also have one of the best admin teams ever, who if you tag in the group they’ll be more than happy to answer your questions and if they are unable to then they’ll point you in the right direction. This group is used for customers to chat about what they are melting, sharing photos of deliveries and also asking what everyone’s favourites are, it’s my little melt family and it’s a lovely one at that.

Then there’s my VIP subscription members group, this group is for those who have an active subscription https://www.facebook.com/groups/896339447450635/?ref=share

now I only ever talk about subscription boxes in this group and share with subscribers any loyalty codes that they’ve earned, discount codes I may have for them off past subscription scents and I may share the odd picture when I’m making up subscription boxes for the following month. Again you can search inside the group to see if anyone’s asked the question you maybe wanting to ask. I have announcements pinned to the top just like the main group and also my amazing admin team are always around to help where they can.

The main group is really an amazing group to be apart of, to join you must answer all questions. It can take a few weeks to sometimes be approved as we don’t manage that side of it daily and we do check out all accounts as unfortunately there’s many fake accounts out there and we want to protect all our members who are in our group. We also have a strict rule that we don’t allow any other wax businesses within the group and anyone who’s not answered all the questions.  We’ve nothing to hide, but this is my community I’ve built up and my safe place for my customers and those who love to see what others are buying. We often go through the group and remove inactive accounts or accounts that look like they are no longer in use. Our groups small, but it’s filled with so much love.

If for any reason you’re unable to find an answer to your question within the groups and you’ve also asked my admin team by tagging them, then please message my business page. I aim to reply to messages within 48 hours, longer if they  are sent on Friday’s as I don’t reply to messages on a weekend. I don’t often check my page on a weekend as I like to spend time with my family so it’s my time to switch off from work. I’m the same on evenings too that messages don’t get answered. I do receive a lot so it does take time to get through them and I always start with the oldest first. This is why it’s good to use the groups to find many answers as most of the time someone will be able to help you. If you have a question regarding your order, please message along with your order number and question, I’m unable to look into any orders without an order number so please make sure you supply this when messaging. I don’t reply to any order messages to my personal profile, anything to do with your order must either be sent to my Facebook business page or my Instagram business account.

 

Don’t forget that my blogs another great place to check as each week I’m talking about many different things and will hopefully answer many popular questions you may all have.

Right I’m off to relax for the evening. I hope you all have a beautiful evening and…….happy melting! ❤️🌈

 

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About my scent list

Good evening!

Ok it’s getting scary now how quickly these weeks are flying by and can you believe we’re in July already? This month would have been the end of Alfie’s year 7 and I sometimes feel sad he’s had to miss so much of his first year in high school, but I’m grateful we picked one of the best schools around us as during this pandemic they’ve shown so much support it’s really helped us massively.

So this week I’m going to share with you some scents which are coming to an end or possibly going on holiday, if they go on holiday it can be between 1-10 months, it all depends as I’m currently changing my list to fit seasons and also having limited editions that will only last until the scent sells out. Now to keep up to date with scents ending and going on holiday, you’ll need to keep your eyes on my blog as I’ll share most of it here. I’ve many customers who aren’t on any of my social media platforms and my blog is accessible for everyone so this is where I’ll share lots of information. All blogs I write you can always look back on, you’re more than welcome to comment on each blog if you wish too. There’s been a little Incentive for this  to encourage customers and followers to interact with me via my blog.

ENDING

Lavender
Sherbet Lemon
Frankincense  & Black Cherry
No More Dirty Laundry – replaced with Heavenly
Mango & Starfruit – limited edition
Candyfloss – limited edition
Rose
Flower Bomb
The One
Sandalwood
Hide Her In The Wardrobe

GOING ON HOLIDAY

Pride
Lets Get Flirty
Hide Him In The Wardrobe
Pineapple & Mango
AvoLimeBath

 

Now the ones that are ending, I may from time to time bring them back as an exclusive which means I’ll make stock using all the fragrance oil and once sold then it’ll end. The 2 new ones Mango & Starfruit and Candy Floss these were jut limited editions and I’ve one more batch to make then once that’s sold it will end. I keep my scent list moving as it’s good for change and also gives customers other scents to try. Now if you love trying scents then my subscription box is amazing to receive every month. I’ve got a waiting list for this, but if you’re in my Fb group you can add your name to it, or if you’re on my Instagram you can DM me and I’ll add your name.

As the seasons  change, my list will change. Now during spring/summer I’ll have a good range of fruity scents, but then as we start to go into autumn many of them will go, but I’ll always have some from each category on my list. Normally 2 from each if not more, but from time to time you may just see one choice, but it won’t be for long it’ll be just why I’m deciding what scents are coming next.

Now some of the above scents that are ending, some will be made up for the very last time, a few have already ended. So whenever I post to my social media if it’s the last batch I will always state this. You’ll need to keep your eyes on my Instagram and Facebook business page as this is where it will be shared, it won’t be shared in my group. Then every season I’ll update on my blog scents that are ending and scents going on holiday, I’ll also announce on here too if it’s coming back from holiday.

 

I just also want to mention that in August I’m taking a 2 week holiday. This will be more towards the start, but I’ll confirm dates closer to the time as before I take my 2 weeks off I’ll get monthly subscription boxes out. I will post dates all over my social media, but I’ll keep reminding everyone as the website will remain open but whilst I’m closed no orders will leave. I’ll use the time running up to it to run my stock down so that the websites not stocked up loads whilst I’m closed and then once I return I’ll then start to stock it up again.

I hope you all have an amazing evening and enjoyed reading this weeks blog.

Love

Rachel……x

 

 

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 ❤️?

Some Monday’s just start off differently!

Little Ideas with Love

So here we are again, it’s time for my Monday blog. I thought I’d share with you my day, sometimes it’s nice to share what’s happened and also share with everyone that my days sometimes go wrong just like yours might sometimes.

So I was up super early as I knew I had a busy day ahead as I wanted to get out all of my subscription boxes, there’s a lot each month over 80! So I got up and as I got out of bed my mobile phone fell off the bed onto my foot….ouch it bloody hurt and I’ve a great big bruise to prove it. After hobbling downstairs to make breakfast for me and Alfie I then realised Richard had taken my car to work to give it a run and had forgotten I’d got to take one of the dogs to the dog groomers ?? men……they are so hard work sometimes lol. Good job she’s local who I use, but even heading out it takes 40 minutes out of my day to take her and get back with walking and then another 40 mins to collect her and come back and when you’ve over 80 subscription boxes to get packed up and shipping labels to add before 2pm it’s not good. Luckily I was able to ring Annie and she came to collect her for me, we did social distancing just as my dog groomer also did when she took Bailey from Annie, but I was stuck and I needed help. For those of you who are unsure who Annie is, she’s my friend but also works for me in the workshop, but is currently furloughed and hopefully due back next month. Honestly if she hadn’t have collected Bailey there’s no way I’d have been able to start on my subscription boxes. It was strange seeing her as were both huggers, and it was strange not being able to hug her. I’ve missed hugging people as I always hug everyone, I’ve not really seen people during lockdown as I’ve only left the house twice since March, but it’s hard knowing you can’t hug anyone and I know some people find it easy, but when you’re a big hugger it hurts that you can’t, but hey I’m sure one day we’ll be able to hug again and if not I’m coming up with an invention to protect people when they want to hug someone lol.

So anyway where was I? Oh yes, so after my foot injury I then set Alfie up with his school work and I went in the workshop, I was in there before 8am knowing I’d lots to do. I made up all the boxes first and then part close them so that when I put each thank you note in, I just slide it in the top and then add the postage label. I do the postage labels in the house, went to switch the little postage label printer on, nothing happened! Looked at the back no lead plugged in and no where to be seen, quickly rang Richard and he thought it may have come out of the printer when he was sorting the CCTV wires out, after a rummage  behind my work desk I found it. Right time to get on, nope my label printer wanted to play funny buggers and then the Royal Mail back office was playing up, it seemed to be going on a go slow. So this process took me until 11.45am to finish, nearly 3 hours, it’s the longest it’s ever taken, but yes I’ve more subscriptions to do, but all the messing about made it take longer. I’d not had a drink all morning, so I quickly made one and a sandwich for both me and Alfie as I knew once I went back in the workshop I had till 2pm to get all these postage labels on, notes added and all boxes taped up and sealed. Normally both me and Annie do this together, but until shes back at work it’s just me. Every order I double check the address is correct, all address have 2 checks, some customers often change their shipping address, even more since lockdown as many haven’t been going out to work and have worked from home, so I need to make sure everyone’s address matches what’s on their order. I’m pleased to say I did it with 15 minutes spare, I worked my little socks off as I wanted to get everyones out so they can start to enjoy their boxes this week. Baring in mind I’ve done all this with a bruised foot that has given me trouble all morning, checking in on Alfie every 20 minutes and then helping him if he was stuck with everything. I sometimes wonder how I do it, but I sometimes don’t even know myself lol. Let’s just say this evening I’m relaxing as I won’t lie I’m tired and my head hurts as it’s been a stressful day with so many different things not going right, but hey……..tomorrows a new day!

 

In between all of the above I was also chasing a parcel that had been lost from my vinyl supplier, which actually turned up, it had been sat at DPD warehouse since the 1st June, they decided my address didn’t exist, which means it was a driver who doesn’t know the area and instead of ringing my number which is always displayed on the label and asking me to direct them in, they say my address is wrong, it’s normally the blue DPD hub who have trouble as I find they have many stand in drivers who never know the area, but it left me with a missing order and a backlog of T-shirt orders piling up with my new sparkly glitter text on them. Good news is I’ve got it now so this week I’ll finish those orders off. I have changed dispatch times for clothing, it’s now 3-4 weeks, yes it seems a long time, but if I don’t have your size in stock it needs ordering in, I only order every 7-10 days, then the T-shirts have to arrive with me and then I’ve to print them up. The printing is done here by myself, and as you’re already aware I’m working alone so it takes me longer to do each job as well as run my social media and reply to customers too. I honestly can’t wait to get back to normal and have Annie back, it’s hard doing all the jobs she normally does and it’s lonely on my own without her. I’ve always appreciated Annie and everything she does, but I appreciate her even more now as she’s a massive part of my team and the jobs she does she does them amazingly and she takes a lot of pressure off me leaving me to concentrate on my customers orders and making stock.

So I’m going to wrap this blog up now, but just remember………we all have days that go wrong, we might scream, shout or cry, but that’s fine as nobodies perfect and it’s good to release upset if things don’t go the way you’re hoping they had, but remember……tomorrow’s a new day and tomorrow you’ll shine brighter than you did today.

Im going to relax this evening and have an early night, ready for a new day tomorrow.

Thank you for taking time to read this weeks blog, keep smiling and remember you’re all amazing.

Stay safe!

 

love

 

Rachel…….x ❤️?

Update on what’s happening during lockdown

Good evening!

Slight change to what I was going to write about as I thought with the recent update from Boris I’d be better sharing what’s happening here at LIWL HQ.

So as of 11th May 2020 I’ll still be following guidelines of social distancing and posting out just a couple of times each week. My reason behind this is I’m still having to work alone, I haven’t the foot space to be able to keep a 2 meter distant exit in my workshop so it would be classed as unsafe for my staff. Because I’m having to work alone this means I have to do all the work myself which is taking longer as I’ve no one to help me. I’m working Monday to Friday but shorter days, this is also due to having Alfie home and I need to spend time with him whilst he does his school work, he’s doing very well with this too. I actually admire anyone who home schools full time, it’s not easy especially when you’re running a business and also have a household to look after too.

Parcels are packed daily, but not sent out each day as I like to collect these until I’ve got many packed up so that it makes it easier for my postman who collects from me. We as always are keeping our distance and we have a system in place that we don’t have to be near each other when he collects as it’s all left outside the workshop along with his paperwork. We just have a little wave and say hello through the window, it seems strange still, but it’s keeping us both safe.

Ive also turned off collection until September, I’ve done this as I feel that it’s safer to not allow customers to collect until we know it’s much safer and also because I’m working alone it’s not as easy to offer collection due to my working hours being all over the place as I don’t have set times at the money I just grab some work hours as and when I can fit them in around family life. Collections will start up again, but at the moment I’m unable to say when.

As some of you may have seen, my scent list has got smaller over the last 2 months, this is due to everything that’s happening, also some scents have gone on holiday and will come back and also helps me as a smaller scent list I can manage to make stock easier whilst working alone. Some scents will be matched to seasons, which I’m slowly starting to sort out. So for example, today Snow Fairies was taken off my scent list, this is because it’s going to be an autumn/winter scent and I decided to do it today as all stock on the website had sold of this in wax so it’s a perfect time to end it until later in the year. It’s good to keep scent lists moving and changing as then it gives you far more of a variety, there’ll be a lot more changes this month with my scent list as stock runs out, which I’ll keep you all updated on.

Customers who are wanting to add to orders, I’m still able to do this, but if you wish to add you must do this before I start to pack your current order up. You’ll need to message my Facebook/Instagram business page along with your order number and what you’d like to add to it, then I’ll give you instruction on how to do this if this is at all possible. I’m unable to hold onto orders so please make sure you contact me as soon as you think you’d like to add to them. Orders are taking longer to process at the moment and they can take up to 10 working days before they are due to be packed up and then they’ll go on my next collection date. Once your order leaves me Royal Mail will deliver your parcel, but please give it at least 15 working days before you contact me if it’s not arrived. We’ve extended this as Royal Mail are experimenting high volume of parcels and taking longer to deliver, which is very unstandable at this moment in time. They’ve been really amazing though and are getting most orders delivered within 6 days of collecting them from me, sometimes quicker depending on your area and your sorting office.

Now last week I talked about Instagram and this week I’ll be  having an Instagram giveaway. You’ll need to watch out for this as it’ll be posted to my newsfeed, but the giveaway won’t be posted on Facebook, I will mention it on Facebook, but you’ll need to be on Instagram to be able to enter. As always there’ll be rules, so you must make sure you follow them all to be in for a chance of winning. It’s been lovely seeing a few of you interacting on my Instagram and sharing pictures to your stories and tagging me, be sure to keep doing this as it helps me to be seen even more and I’ve had a few more followers this week too. On weekends you’ll find me over on Instagram more, I do all my posting to Facebook from Instagram and then have a quick look through and check my inbox and then jump off. If you’ve not tried Instagram do, it’s really lovely and I find lots of amazing accounts via Instagram and I’ve purchased off a few too. I’ll always share my purchases to my stories so keep your eyes peeled.

Right I’m off, I’m going to start on my inbox and emails and then put my feet up, it’s been a very busy day. I’d just like to say a massive thank you for all your orders and thank you to everyone who’s just recently bought off me for the first time too, I’m so very grateful.

Be sure to have an amazing sparkly week, stay safe and……..happy melting! ❤️?

 

A Week Of Taking Photos

Happy Monday, are we on week 5 of lockdown now? I don’t know about you, but it feels normal to me being at home and not really leaving, well to be honest it’s 6 weeks since I left the house!

Anyway, let’s brighten your evening with what’s happening here at LIWL HQ this week…….it’s all about photos for the website. I’ve just had an order from MD Laser Works, you can find them on Facebook and Instagram. I can get on with taking new photos as they’ve cut me lots of words out, in red sparkle of course. So every night this week I’ll edit my photos and resize them and add them to the website, I enjoy taking photos of my wax and I hope you’ll love the new look too. It’ll take me most of the week as I’ve a lot to do, then once I’ve added the new photos to each scent category, I’ll then make a start on taking photos of each scent I do to then add it to all the correct listings. I’ve been wanting to do this since before Christmas, but then changed my mind on how I wanted my photos to look and tweaked a few things and then today the rest of my order arrived, so this afternoon I made a start taking photos. I’ve already uploaded one did you spot it?

Over the years of my website going live I’ve learnt a lot about photos and how to add them. Would you believe me if I told you when my web designer first built my website I couldn’t even put a product on, never mind add or edit a photo! I’ve always wanted to be able to add to my website, so he showed me a few basic steps and the rest I learnt with trying things out. Sometimes things just didn’t work and even now I sometimes do something and it goes wrong, but I never give up and I learn something new everyday.

 

Im also going to start teaching myself on how to use my photoshop and phone camera to my best advantage. I’ve started watching a few YouTube videos to give me some tips, but to be honest what I’ve managed to do so far has been through just having a go at things and clicking buttons and seeing what they do. I’ve been able to turn this photo on this blog from full colour to black and white with just showing the colour from my red lettering and the red decoration on my wax, I removed the main colour which was pink from my brittle piece. A month ago I wouldn’t have been able to do this. I’ve a lot to learn, but I love learning new things and I can’t wait to share over the coming weeks some of my new skills.

Being in lockdown gives you more time to think and I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and writing notes down of the changes I want to make too.  I’m excited what’s going to be happening over the next coming months and I can’t wait to share with you all too. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll find out what’s happening before anyone else, as I’ll use this blog to keep you all informed.

I’d just like to thank everyone of you who actually takes time to read my Monday blog and also to those of you who leave a comment too. Honestly if someone had said to me over 5 years ago that I’d start writing blogs on my website I’d have laughed at them. I’ve never been one for writing and my grammar and spelling isn’t 100% but it’s wrote from the heart and I believe that’s better than anything.

I hope you all have an amazing sparkly night and week and please keep safe and stay at home.

Happy melting everyone!

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