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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Rinse & Repeat - Reusable Zipper Snack Bag






'BEAUTIFUL REUSABLE EVERYDAY'
- Rinse & Repeat


There is something amazing about when a handmade product takes the place of an otherwise harmful one. 


I have recently met Genevieve who owns and handmakes the Rinse & Repeat products. She uses 'high quality ethically sourced materials with a goal to reduce the abundance of single-use plastic.'


As you know, I have 4 children and 3 of them are at school each day with packed lunches. They go to a school that promotes a sustainable environment. We as parents are encouraged to use lunchboxes that reduce the amount of wrappers used. My two oldest boys are part of the Enviro Team where they work on the school's value of sustainability. Last year they designed scrap containers for food waste which are then fed into the worm farm and to the two hungry school pigs! They also collect products which can be safely recycled for our planet like oral waste products and suckies.


So when I was approached by Genevieve to review her beautiful Reusable Zipper Snack Bags, I was super keen! She was so very kind and sent me FOUR to try!! Have a read below to see what my kids and I think,
Becky x



Reusable Zipper Snack Bag (Boxed Corners)


We were given two snack bags with boxed corners. They are a great size, 11 x 17.5cm. I was surprised at how much I could fit in them!! With such gorgeous fabrics, there is something for everyone. They are super easy to zip up and I especially love that they are cold machine washable, meaning you can clean them properly for repeated use. When you purchase you are supporting a small NZ business and helping our environment! 
They are $14.95 and you can find them here.



Reusable Zipper Snack Bag (Boxed Corners)


Fantastic to add snacks in for school lunches or just to pop in your handbag when you are out with the kids



It is amazing what you can fit in them! They are a great size



Reusable Zipper Snack Bag

The snack bag without boxed corners is 12 x 19cm. We use these ones for sandwiches as they are flat. Of course they are great for other snacks aswell, crackers, popcorn, cut up fruit etc. They also have a zip closure and are machine washable. They have lasted so well over the few weeks we have used them and keep coming out of the machine perfectly. 
These ones are $14.50 and can be found here.



Reusable Zipper Snack Bag



We use these ones for sandwiches



My Thoughts

The Rinse & Repeat snack bags are fantastic! They are so beautifully made and so easy to use and to keep clean. They are a perfect size and we have loved filling ours with yummy sandwiches and snacks. I have found them to be so much easier to fit into the kids lunchboxes than using plastic containers as they are flexible. With so many beautiful fabrics to choose from, all the kids will love them!







Conclusion

+ Fantastic size
+ Beautifully handmade
+ Durable & easy to clean
+ The zip makes it easy for kids to open & close
+ Great fabric choices
+ Flexible for in lunchboxes
+ NZ handmade!
+ Keeps food fresh
+ Making cutting down on plastic wrappers fun & easy!


To Purchase & Find Out More

Email shop@rinse-repeat.com

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Lost Studios NZ





It has been amazing seeing Nic grow her business and develop her beautiful range.
I have been a fan since she first started her business Nic's Candle Co which has recently been renamed and re branded to Lost Studios
Nic has such beautiful products for gifts or for treating yourself to a little bit of needed luxury. Enjoy the feature, Becky x




Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Nicole Stewart but I prefer Nic and I am a stay at home mum and small business owner of Lost Studios, formerly known as Nic’s Candle Co. At the end of last I quit my part time job to focus on growing and expanding Lost Studios and also to be able to have more time with my two little ones before they start school. I’m very passionate about supporting other small businesses and their amazing products! I’m married to one handsome soldier so life at times can be crazy with him travelling a lot but I wouldn’t have it any other way to have a family with my man. 




Confetti Candle



When did you start your business?

I started my business up in July 2016 and I haven’t looked back since! It was one the best decisions I made.




Rose Kiss



How did you name your business?

Lost Studios has so much meaning behind it for me, the LO in lost stands for LOVE and the ST stands for STEWART. My new married name joined with the love I have for my family and business, a sign for growth within myself and my business.





The Boss Combo

What is your favourite product within your range?

My favourite product is the Rose Diffusers! I use one everyday in my own vehicle and in my husband’s vehicle! I can’t get enough of them and love getting positive feedback from customers loving their ones.




Rose Diffuser



What is one thing you do daily to make your business work?

Coffee and I HAVE to clean my work space (Kitchen) before I even start. It was a routine I have forced myself to maintain since starting up.




Car Decal


Where to from here with your business?

I’m still learning a lot about being in business but I would love to be able to share my products throughout New Zealand in a few boutique stores. 
I’m so proud of how far my business has come since beginning with recycled baby food jar candles but my passion has since grown into the vinyl decals and am planning to growth into future products with different vinyls. I will also hand craft candles, they’re not going anyway anytime soon!




Luxe Range


How can we buy your beautiful products?


I post on Instagram regularly and I post sneak peeks of upcoming new releases in my story which is also on my Facebook. 
I love meeting new businesses through Instagram, it’s so inspiring to see so many of us taking that leap of faith into the business world.




Easter Range






Thursday, 8 February 2018

It Takes a Village to Raise a Business by Jen Jones - Founder/CEO @ The Secret Coffee Group



"IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A BUSINESS"


By Jen Jones - Founder/CEO @ The Secret Coffee Group



It’s just another normal night. In the fringe suburbs of Auckland there is a mother tapping at her laptop, seamlessly avoiding the crumbs scattered amongst the letters from her toddler’s Peppa Pig YouTube binge earlier that afternoon. To the naked eye, she is a stay at home mum (#SAHM) but to the trained eye, she is a committed, passionate Entrepreneur.


Approximately 6 months ago, I asked the question ‘Why aren’t more mums in business?’ Mothers are natural problem solvers. Motherhood seems to enhance and release the potential of women, to the point where there is an unlocked sense of drive, brought forward with the responsibility of parenthood. So… why weren’t more women doing it? After lots of questions, interviews, debates and research, I came to the conclusion that it came down to 3 things:


FINANCES. Most of the mums I spoke to were worried about the financial risk and potential irregularity in income after having a child. This is relatable considering the cost of pull up nappies - the ultimate incentive for potty training.


LACK OF KNOWLEDGE. Many of them felt that they needed to already possess a certain amount of skill to produce their start up. They felt they didn’t have the time to spare between the morning fashion disasters and the bedtime negotiations to give it a go. Totally get it.


FEAR. Many of the mothers were worried that their idea would fail. The lack of confidence among mothers has potentially left us without some genius service or product someone’s thought of during the breast feeding night shift. Sad.


The purpose of this article is to let you know that running your own business is more than achievable. Similar to having children, support is necessary to get through those aches and pains (I know, I couldn’t have been more literal if I tried) and surrounding yourself with supportive and inspiring people is the key to succeeding as a business owner.



So here’s my support to you, in 5 easy to read steps:


1. Listen to audiobooks.


I don’t know about you, but I do not have time to read, and tend to skim articles. I also have a short attention span, so love that during an audiobook I can speed up the person’s voice. FYI, you can also slow it down, if it’s one of those days. To get some Inspo CLICK HERE





2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

We want to do things ourselves and ponder every night over how much easier life would be with 6 more arms. Sometimes you just need a few hours to yourself to get an idea off the ground. Parents, grandparents, partners, siblings; as my mother always says, “don’t ask, don’t get.”


3. Connect with others.

I highly recommended meeting heaps of people. Surround yourself with others who understand, and ask questions in the moment, as well as listen to conversations and advice. Become a walking sponge.


4. Think carefully about your idea, then protect it.

Is your idea niche or a better option? Does it align with your values? Have you interviewed your target audience? Have you carried out your competitor research? Is it financially viable? Be asking yourself these questions, each time there is a light bulb moment. When you think you’ve got something good, remember to protect it.


5. Believe in yourself.

No idea is truly unachievable, most just need tweaking. Whether it’s tweaking to your lifestyle or what you require from it financially, belief in yourself needs to be at the core of your entrepreneurial dream. 
After all, ‘can’t’ is the real C word.



Jen runs group business classes in Auckland for mums via her business The Secret Coffee Group. To find out more about the programme or to read more from Jen, visit www.thesecretcoffeegroup.co.nz



You can also follow The Secret Coffee Group here:







Monday, 5 February 2018

P.S Accessories



You know that feeling when you come across a handmade product that you love instantly and know it is really something special? 
That's what happened to me when I found Paula's business P.S Accessories. Paula handmakes the most beautiful genuine leather items in her workroom in Auckland. She uses traditional leathercraft techniques and tools, including handstitching. 
I have a Card Holder and a Chloe Bracelet from Paula and they are truly gorgeous. 
I know you will love finding out more about P.S Accessories,

Becky x





Paula, tell us a little bit about yourself...


My name's Paula Scott and although my family has always moved around a lot I spent a good portion of my younger years living and going to school in Grey Lynn in Auckland which was a great place to grow up, so diverse and culturally-rich. My family and I moved to London when I was 17, where I got a degree in Art and Design and spent the next 10 years, until my husband and I moved back to NZ permanently to start a family. We now have a 5 year old daughter and an 8 year old son who keep us very busy!






When did you start P.S Accessories?

My little business started just over 6 months ago, but right from a young age I've been drawn to beautiful aesthetics, I think because my mother was an artist and incredibly creative. She had a massive influence on my career path. Previously I've worked as a freelance florist, web and graphic designer, and in retail. I took 3 years off work when I was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 and half years ago. I was still trying to process my mothers death from bowel cancer at the time and wasn't prepared for the news of my own diagnosis at all. I'll never forget the day my then 5 year old had his very first day at school because it also ended up being the first day of my chemotherapy treatment. I felt so mad that I wasn't able to fully focus on him and be as present as I'd hoped on such a big day in his life. But going through the journey of having surgery, treatment and my subsequent recovery has given me the opportunity to reflect on the things that really matter to me in this life. It was such a traumatic experience in so many ways but taught me a lot of valuable lessons and gave me some priceless insights. 


At the beginning of 2017 I tentatively allowed myself to become inspired again by some amazingly talented people, one of whom is Emily Mahy of Go Ask Alice bags. She custom made 2 beautiful bags for me and helped me realise my passion for leather accessories. I started buying her off cuts, making little gifts for people out of the amazing leather she uses and when I realised people actually really liked what I was making, I decided to take a leap of faith and bought a few leather craft tools and books and began to self train in traditional leather craft techiques like handstitching leather, setting snaps and domes with good old fashioned wooden mallets and the like. This is something I'm working on all the time - learning and finding out as much about the craft as possible so that my products can be thoughtfully and skillfully made.
I think the thing that has surprised me the most about starting up my own business is the wonderful feedback and support I've received through social media platforms. I've made some lovely friends I've never even met (like Becky!) and that's gold! 


How did you name your business?

The name P.S Accessories is basically my initials. Nice and easy!




Blush Jewellery Tray


What is your favourite product from your range?

My favourite product is the P.S card holder because of its simple yet beautiful design. I love things that have form and function and it has both.




What do you do daily to make your business work?

I pray, drink coffee, and work hard!






Where to from here for P.S Accessories?


My business is still very young but at some stage I would love for my products to be available in a few beautiful stores around New Zealand. 
I'd love to do an extensive leather course to hone my skills and keep progressing, and I'm also always working on ways to make my business more eco friendly and sustainable - using less plastic, working towards zero waste, etc.

How can we purchase one of your beautiful products?




A selection of my products are also available to buy at Mint Whitianga and at various markets throughout the year.

I try and post regular product and process photos on my Instagram feed, as it's a platform I absolutely love and get lots of inspiration from Xx



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