The next stage of Gratitude. Introducing Katie, Darron and Joseph.Read More
When Gabe Davidson, Founder of Wellington Chocolate Factory, was approached in Melbourne to open a fancy cafe kiosk serving champagne back in the day, he wished he’d remembered what his Grandmother always said - ‘stick to your knitting’. This is Gabe’s biggest lesson he has learnt in business - don’t be distracted by the shiny things, focus on one thing and do it well.Read More
It’s no coincidence that a girl from the Naki who started a gift box business happens to stock some of the West Coast Cocoa product range. For one, my love of chocolate is ‘infamous’ and those who know me well will remember a time i went without chocolate chews (from the supermarket pick n mix years back) for about 4 years straight - it was such a big deal as I went cold turkey and actually never looked back…how silly was i?Read More
Samantha from Sea and Clay and I have a lot in common. Our love of Netflix, our love/hate relationship with computer work and the fact we both admire Chelsea Handler’s attitude when it comes to not caring what people think about her. To KEEP GOING is the biggest lesson Sam has learnt from being in business and wouldn’t you know it, I also agree.Read More
Who doesn’t love a good High Tea? I’ve enjoyed my fair share of them over the years but I’ve never actually brewed a loose leaf tea before. I’m an EB (English Breakfast) lover from way back, just your average ‘Choysa, round tea bag’ kinda gal…I know, how refined of me! I don’t feel very regal when I make or drink it, in fact the only aspect of my tea drinking (thus far in my career) that meets any sort of ‘englishness’ is that I acquired my love of the cuppa in London back in 2003.Read More
Hands up if you love Autumn? I never thought i would admit it but I do…the move from dresses to three quarter pants, the clean out of the summer wardrobe in preparation for the arrival of winter and all the Autumnal colours…my favourite (and on trend it would seem) is the mustard or ochre hue - so earthy and hearty!!!Read More
How do you have yours? Crunchy or smooth? With butter or without? Hot or cold? However you have your toast, you will be doing yourself a disservice if you weren’t applying lashings of your favourite Fix & Fogg Peanut Butter. The F&F journey started five years ago - two lawyers were making and selling peanut butter in local markets around Wellington until they decided to chuck in corporate life and dedicated themselves to ‘nut’ life.Read More
I quite by accident came across Byron Bay Bliss Balls while holidaying in Melbourne, staying at my sisters. She has the ‘snack’ cupboard - more like walk in pantry - and I happened to be having a bit of a hunt around one afternoon and spied the cute snack pack packaging on one of the shelves. Long story short, because I have been known to go on a bit, I enquired about their taste and got rave reviews. I tried for myself and was instantly on the gram making enquiries.Read More
One a Pastry Chef, the other an Interior Designer - both lovers of chocolate! Hear about how Honest Chocolat began as a side project with weekend markets and online sales, and a commitment to using unique and high quality single origin chocolate.Read More
A rose is just a rose, and a Valentine’s Day gift is just a Valentine’s Day gift, right? Maybe not. The day of love is almost here. For many couples, V-Day has its own special traditions and rituals. Some let it pass like any other day; others plan out a roster of romantic ramblings. You know who doesn’t? The people frantically Googling: ‘What to buy someone for your first Valentine’s Day’.Read More
It’s highly unlikely you’ll find any gift giving etiquette guidelines that say it’s a requirement you give your boss a gift at Christmas. But as it’s the festive season, some of you could be considering whether its ok to give your boss a gift...if this is you then be sure to read these guidelines first. We’ve even got a few suggestions on what might be an appropriate gift idea.Read More
Jess and Jason are the couple (professionally and personally) behind the ‘Buy one, Give one’ business that is FRANK Stationery. Their story, beliefs and WHY is so inspirational and they are making an incredible difference on the lives of kids in our community…their product range is gorgeous and we love to support, in our own small way, enterprises with real purpose.Read More
With the festive season approaching it can be a time of over indulgence and not just when it comes to food. For whatever reason you could find yourself this Christmas with one or two gifts too many - you just don’t have a need for them so regifting could be an option.Read More
Do you have a corporate gifting need and have no idea where to start? Is the sheer thought of it got you asking why me? Let our top tips check list get you fully pumped and ready to brief us so we can help you shine with a gifting solution that will knock their socks off!
Anyone else use their exercise time to get some clarity about a work project you might be working on? Well, Cheyney from Camille Co knows all about that and as she is busy juggling two businesses, hopefully her workouts are double the fun! Cheyney has been really open and honest in sharing her thoughts about her business and in life in general - striving to do better than yesterday is what keeps her going - I think that rings true for a lot of us.Read More
The number one cause for employee disengagement is feeling unappreciated. So true! We have probably all been there! A Harvard Business Review survey found that 40% of workers would put more effort in to their work IF their contribution was recognised more often and no matter whatever your business or workplace size, this rings true!
Employees have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company. Consider these factors for yourself and the difference they make to your level of satisfaction. Interesting isn’t it? As these are three things that can be addressed without incurring additional cost.
Come and meet Rachel from Hello Melba - she loves female comedians, video games and taking a break from her office in the city (Christchurch) to walk around and appreciate what's going on around her. How she came to name her business is such a sweet story and when I read it, it really made me think of my Gran and what qualities/skills I might have picked up from her...thanks Rachel for sharing more about you and your awesome business.Read More
I loved the honesty being shown in a recent poll we did asking about gift giving. 86% of you agreed that most of the gifts you buy reflect your own tastes more than the person you are buying for. Not a big surprise really, we often leave gift buying till the last minute, we can rush the purchase decision and ultimately fall into that old ‘it’s the thought that counts’ thinking...at least you got something right?
When researching and curating all the amazing products that go into our gift box range it's essential that all the beauty/skin care products contain no nasties, use natural ingredients and made cruelty free...Handmade and Homemade is the epitome of these standards and expectations.Read More