Where the Sea meets the Clay...

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.

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High Tea anyone?

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.

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New Autumn product essentials!

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!!!

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Make the most of your toast!

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.

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Byron Bay Bliss Balls

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.

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New to love & navigating gift buying this Valentine's Day?

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’.

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Is it ok to give your boss a gift at Christmas?

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.

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Jess & Jason Holdaway from FRANK Stationery

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.

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Camille Co. Soaps by Cheyney

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.

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Acknowledgement is the key to engagement!

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!


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Rachel from Hello Melba

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.

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Three gift giving tips you must remember...

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?


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