27 August 2016

Blurb book offer

Here's something you can go wild about—Blurb's 35% off Get Out and About Sale! Now through August 30th you can save on books you create when you use the code WILD35 at Blurb.com. Here are the details:

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I really should get out and about and take some photos to share here, although with the stormy weather we're having I'm probably better off staying in and finishing my Blurb book so that I can take advantage of the great discount myself!

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6 August 2016

Being a Jamberry independent consultant

As promised, here is part two of my Jamberry posts (part one is here). In this video I talk about working as a consultant, and again I've summarised the video in the post below.

The first point I wanted to cover was the myth that some people believe, and that is that direct sales is a pyramid scheme. Pyramid schemes are actually illegal and Jamberry wouldn't be spreading to different countries if it was one. Also, in a pyramid scheme you get some bigwigs at the top who are sitting on their bums getting rich from everyone beneath them, and not having to do any work. Jamberry is not like that; to gain the benefits and commission and bonuses from your downline you have to work as hard as them. Plus your downline only goes 3 generations deep.

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Okay, having got that out of the way, let's move onto what it is like to work in direct sales. I never ever believed I would be doing this. Me, in direct sales? No way! I thought you had to be an extrovert, to be pushy and salesy to succeed in sales. NOPE! This could not be further from the truth.

As an introvert one of my strengths is making connections with people and forming relationships. That is what makes me successful as a Jamberry consultant. For me it's about the relationships - with my hostesses, with party guests, and especially with my team. Each person matters to me. That is why there is definitely a place for introverts in direct sales.

There are a few different ways to approach the opportunity of signing up as a Jamberry independent consultant, and shades of grey between them.

Option 1 - sign up, get your kit, enjoy all of the goodies in it (it's a bargain) and get a discount on your own (and friends' if you want) orders for a year. If you achieve 600PRV (personal retail volume) in a year then you get another year, and so it goes. Now 600PRV is a pretty achievable goal - my PRV for one month (July) was over 800.

Option 2 - sign up, get your kit, and all of the goodies in it enables you to share Jamberry at parties, whether in home or online. Your hostess earns rewards (which come from Jamberry, not from you), and you earn commission on all of the sales. A great way of earning a few extra hundred dollars a month.

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Option 3 - sign up, get your kit, aim to meet the Fast Start goals (which are designed to help you establish and grow your business), build your team, and make a career out of it. The earning potential is phenomenal, it really is. But the way to build wealth is to build and care for your team. It is a lot of work but it doesn't feel like work - I'm having so much fun I've had to set working hours so I know when to stop! And I forget I'm getting paid.

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Speaking of, we get paid 5 times a month. Yup, you read that correctly! Every Friday we are paid, and we get a bonus on the 10th.

As far as actually selling, the product sells itself. I'm not selling, I'm simply sharing the features and benefits of it and let people make their own minds up. Who wouldn't want to wear it? Who wouldn't want to book a party when it's so much fun and earns the hostess generous rewards?

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One of the reasons I was initially reluctant to sign up was that I don't like public speaking and wasn't keen on doing in home parties. Turns out it's not like public speaking at all, and it's fun to share something I'm enthusiastic about (Jamberry) and see everyone else's excitement too.

I love that we have so much support. I am there for my team every step of the way and help them as much as I can. And my upline is there for me too. Beyond them, I am in a few Facebook closed groups and the support, camaraderie and sense of sisterhood with the other consultants is just fantastic. We all share experiences, ideas, ask and answer questions, and support each other.

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There is also extensive training provided by Jamberry but it is all optional and on your own terms. Want to learn? There are tons of resources. Want to just do your thing and not have to dig into the info? That's fine too!

Being an independent consultant really means that -  you are totally independent. You run your Jamberry business or hobby exactly how you want to, there are no targets to meet or expectations or compulsory meetings. It's all on your terms. And no matter what you intend when you initially start up, you can switch your approach at any time. For example if you start up as a hobbyist but later decide to do parties, that's fine, you can do that. If you start out all gung ho and want to make a career of it but later decide to pull back and just be a hobbyist, that's fine too. It's totally up to you.

The first point mentioned below only applies if you have a downline and want to earn a percentage of their sales; it is not a mandatory requirement.

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We have an amazing workstation online in which to manage our Jamberry stuff, like parties, our team, our purchases, etc. It is fantastic and so functional and easy to navigate. We also have the option of paying a small fee for an online store - it is so worth the nominal amount plus it's free for your first three months while you get going. The website means that my friends in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand can go online, shop for Jamberry, have it shipped locally to them, and I still get a commission on the sale. You can see my website here.

Speaking of commission, I think it's pretty generous. It's very carefully worked out to be fair across all markets, and the amount of commission in New Zealand is around 25% (we earn more on top of that too). In the US and UK it's 30%, I'm not sure of Australia and Canada. Per in home party, which lasts around an hour and a half to two hours, I usually end up earning around $100-$150 in commission. Not bad, is it?

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Jamberry is super generous with hostesses, and with consultants too. We even earn marketing credit as we earn commission, so that when it's time to get new catalogues or samples or other bits and pieces to run our business, we  can purchase them with credit earned and it's not coming out of our pockets.

I love that there is nothing else like Jamberry out there, it is unique and it is for everyone! The fact that it is a consumable keeps my customers coming back for more, which makes my job easier. I also appreciate that it's a small product - I have one box that I take to parties and in it is everything I need to do a show-and-tell. Super easy and convenient!

Starting up with Jamberry was easy because it is a small outlay. Besides being a great deal on all of the goodies that you receive, it is a small amount of money to spend to start up a business, especially one with the earning potential of Jamberry. You can even earn a discount on your kit by hosting a party! Or purchase your kit and do your party as your launch party - not as scary as it sounds, a launch party simply means getting a few friends / family together, showing them what Jamberry is, and letting them know that this is what you do now. Easy as, and if they order products (why wouldn't they?) you will very quickly earn back your kit price in commission.

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If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please get in touch with me vie email (in contact section of my blog) or through my Jamberry Facebook page and we can chat about it. No pressure, no pushing, I just want to provide information and answer your questions so you can decide for yourself if you'd like to go ahead. I'd love to hear from you!  If you've already made up your mind you are welcome to join my team HERE. (If you live in Canada please contact me before signing up.)

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5 August 2016

What is Jamberry?

In April I signed up as Jamberry independent consultant. You have seen bits and pieces here on my blog, Instagram, and Facebook, and for those of you who watch my vlogs you'll have heard me mention it here and there. But I've never actually sat and talked about it. I've just done so in two videos - this one and another one coming soon.

But for those of you who don't want to or can't watch the video, I thought I'd summarise it in this blog post.

So what is Jamberry? It's a direct sales company, which means that you hear about and purchase the product from independent consultants like myself. Other direct sales companies you might be familiar with are Tupperware, Nutrimetics, Scentsy, and Pampered Chef. Direct sales companies are not pyramid schemes (which are illegal!), for reasons I talk about in my video.

The product that Jamberry is most known for are our vinyl nail wraps. They are these amazing vinyl shields that you apply to the nail with heat and pressure (see my application video here) and they last on fingernails for up to two weeks and on toenails for up to 6 weeks - I recently removed a Jamberry pedicure that had been on my toenails for 6 and a half weeks and still looked great; I only removed it because my toenails had grown and I wanted to cut them, and there was a gap between the base of the wrap and my cuticle because of the growth. That's pretty amazing for a pedicure you can do at home!

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There is NO dry time and no chipping. The no dry time thing is my favourite - you can go about your day immediately after doing your nails and not worry about them smudging.

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They are also cheaper than salon manis and pedis - each sheet costs NZ$24 / US$15 / CA$17.50 / AU$22 / £15 and will yield two full manicures, two full pedicures, and at least 8 accent nails. PLUS they are buy-3-get-1-free, which brings the cost per mani / pedi down even further. Bargain!

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So they last so well on the nails, which might bring up a couple of questions: what exactly is in them (are they toxic?) and how do you get them off? To answer the first question, they are non toxic and have none of the 5 top cancer causing chemicals that are found in nail polish (Toluene, Formaldehyde, Dibutylphthalate (DBP), Camphor and Formaldehyde Resin); they are vegan and cruelty free, gluten free, latex free, and made in the USA. They are safe for use on children as no harmful chemicals will enter the bloodstream the same way as happens with nail polish.

As for how to safely remove them without damaging your nails, I made a video showing just how quick and easy it is. You can see it here.

So you might be loving the patterns and designs, or you might be put off by them and prefer plain nails - look no further! With over 300 designs including solids and very subtle patterns, transparent lacy detail or bold and bright prints, in finishes like glossy, matte, sparkle, metallic, and a mix of the above, there really is something for everyone. There is even a juniors range, designed for little fingers! Here you can see how a sheet of junior wraps compares to a sheet of adult wraps.

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I'm actually wearing the above wraps, called Ribbon Dance, right now, here is how they look on.

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Have you ever tried Jamberry nail wraps? I would love to send you a free sample to give them a whirl! No hard sell, no strings attached, I just want to see what you think. You can find my email address on the contact page of my blog - drop me an email with your address and I'll pop a sample into the post for you to try (offer open to US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand residents).

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So is Jamberry just about nail wraps? Nope! We also have the tools that make it easy to apply your wraps. Our mini heater is silent, compact, the perfect temperature, doesn't blow everywhere, and has a velvet grill so you (or your little ones) won't get burnt should you touch it. Did I mention SILENT? You can do your mani while you are watching a movie and it won't disturb anyone. Of course you can just use your hair dryer, but the heater makes things so much easier and more convenient, as does our application kit. It contains a buffer, file, scissors, rubber cuticle pusher, nail prep wipes, and orange sticks and all of that comes in a pouch that can also hold your heater and sheets of wraps - how convenient!

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Besides the above we also have hand care products like our Nourish hand creme (which I featured in my June Faves and Fails video as a favourite because I love it so much), and Indulgence pamper kit; and for those of you who just like to paint their nails we have lacquers. These are also 5 free and they are more opaque than regular polish, dry quicker, and last longer.

Speaking of lasting longer, if you are into gel nails you can do your own with the Trushine gel enamel system, which includes the LED UV lamp, nail prep goodies, base coat, top coat, and a colour - and of course there are more colours to purchase, and you can buy the gel system bits separately. Here is a gel manicure I did using the kit - this colour is called Black Cherry. And yes, the gels are also 5 free.

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Okay, so that is a whole lot of info about the wonderful Jamberry products, I'll be doing a post and video soon about what it's like working as a consultant, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, here are a few more "jamicures" that I've been wearing lately, and if you would like to check out the products please feel free to browse my Jamberry website, which you can find HERE. For up to date news and offers please Like my Jamberry Facebook page here, and if you want the inside scoop with sneak peeks and a chance to win little giveaways and first option on special offers join my VIP closed group here.

Botanical Bliss (Mother's Day exclusive) with consultant exclusive:

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Mermaid Tales:

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1 August 2016

2016 Books - July

I read 5 books this month, and listened to 1 audiobook.

If a book makes it to this list on my blog, you can assume I enjoyed and would recommend it (unless otherwise noted) - if I'm not enjoying a book, I stop reading it and move onto the next one. Life's too short and there are too many great books in the world to waste time reading ones that I don't enjoy! (Contains affiliate links.) 

Rebecca's Reward (Daughters of Blessing 4) - Lauraine Snelling

Ruby (Dakotah Treasures 1) - Laurain Snelling

A Murder in Time - Julie McElwain

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson

An Untamed Heart - Lauraine Snelling

The Crown (The Selection 5) - Kiera Cass

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28 July 2016

Winter shelf

I'm enjoying my understated winter-themed shelf :) The quote in the frame says, "What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?" John Steinbeck

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21 July 2016

Staying Healthy as a New Parent

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Becoming a parent is the experience of a lifetime. Even though you’re bursting with pride and joy about your new addition to the family, it can be difficult to stay healthy during your baby’s first year of life due to major time and sleep constraints. Here are some tips for new parents to stay healthy.

Stay Hydrated 
This tip is especially important for breastfeeding mothers. When you’re running around the house all day caring for your baby, you might forget your own basic needs, like adequate food and water. Your body depends on hydration to perform vital functions, and you might notice symptoms like headaches and sluggishness when you’re low on water. Make sure to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning to rev up your metabolism for the day and provide your cells with the water they need.

Make Time for Exercise 
For the first few weeks or even months after your baby is born, exercise probably won’t be possible. However, as soon as you feel ready, it’s important to start back on an exercise routine. Not only is exercise good for your cardiovascular health, but it’s also a great stress reliever. It’s not realistic to expect to exercise for an hour per day when you have a new baby at home, so aim for shorter workouts, like 20 minutes each day. Taking your baby for a brief walk around the neighborhood is a wonderful way to start.

Use Healthy Food Alternatives 
After you have a child, family members and friends often chip in with home-cooked meals to save you from having to cook. While this incredibly kind gesture is often a lifesaver, several weeks of eating less than healthy meals can quickly take its toll. When you’re ready to find a normal routine again, opt for healthy alternatives to old favorites like mayonnaise and salad dressing. Try the eggless, plant-based versions from hampton creek. These healthier alternatives to condiments can help you start eating more veggies.

Take Naps 
Sleep deprivation can lead to a host of negative side effects, but it’s pretty much unavoidable when you have a new baby. The good news is that one day, the sleepless nights will be a distant memory. For the time being, try to take a nap when the baby naps to log some precious hours of sleep. While you can’t sleep bank, a quick nap can help you feel refreshed. Although it’s tempting to get started on chores while the baby sleeps, sometimes, a nap is the best use of your time.

Meal Prep 
When you can, try to meal prep as much as possible so you always have healthy food on hand. If both parents are home and one can be with the baby while the other parent preps food, that’s great. If that’s not possible, call in some outside help from friends or family. New parents need to care for themselves as well as their child, and that includes paying attention to their own health. A lack of sleep and poor diet can quickly lead to a weakened immune system, so eating healthy (at least some of the time) is a must.

Protect Yourself 
As mentioned above, healthy eating is vital to a strong immune system. To protect yourself and your baby from getting sick, make sure you’re both up to date on vaccinations. Vaccinations against the flu and whooping cough can go a long way in making sure your family stays healthy. In addition to vaccinations, snack on nutrient dense foods like berries, apples, and leafy greens.

Get Help When Needed 
Being a new parent is one of the most exhausting experiences imaginable. It often feels impossible to get everything done: caring for the baby, keeping up with household chores, and eating healthy for yourself. When you’re falling behind and need some help, don’t hesitate to call for help. If you live near family or friends, seek their support. Ask your parents or in-laws to come over for a couple of hours to watch the baby while you get some rest. Don’t feel guilty about asking for help, because everyone needs support from time to time.

New parents often fall victim to illness due to lack of sleep and poor diet. Boost your chances of staying healthy by napping when the baby naps, prepping healthy meals in advance, and asking for help from others when needed. Although it’s overwhelming at first, you’ll adapt to your new role as a parent before you know it, and find ways to stay happy and healthy even through the sleepless nights.

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15 July 2016

Fresh Jams

I'm currently wearing Jamberry Trushine gel enamel in Black Cherry on my fingers:

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My toes are sporting Gelato wraps with nail polish:

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And my last jamicure, which I forgot to share here on my blog, was Dusty Rose with Sorbet on my ring fingers.

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14 July 2016

South African dinner

I decided to throw a South African themed dinner party for close friends of ours (Paula and Richard, and Jess and Haydn). I had lots of fun setting everything up and cooking the dishes, and we all had a very enjoyable evening. I thought I'd show you how I decorated the table and my little shelf.

While I have actually worn it as a scarf, the reason I bought this scarf when I saw it at a thrift store months ago was to use as a table runner for my SA dinner!

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I decorated with bits of wood and candles adorned with twine and leaves.

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I decided flowers in sunny hues would be perfect ...

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... and even managed to track down pretty much the only Protea bloom in south Taranaki!

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Each place setting had a brown napkin, a menu, and a placecard.

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I made the latter out of stones, leaves, twine, and letter stickers.

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This is what I served. To drink we had litchi juice and guava juice, and after dinner we had rooibos tea with koeksusters and karringmelkbeskuit (condensed milk rusks).

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Of course I had to theme my little shelf too!

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