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Blog thoughts from Mel the owner of Little Treasures n Trinkets.  This page will display the thoughts (sometimes random) from me, the owner of Little Treasures n Trinkets.  I work in the I.T industry and have two (2) small people – one girl Miss S (6 yrs) and Mr J (18 mths).  I love my kids and being a mum and that was one of the reasons I decided to buy this online store and try to stock stuff that I would like to purchase for my children.

Disclaimer

I’m also attempting to dabble in the blogging world by writing blog posts of things that I come across that may or may not be of interest to other mums.  Please note that this is my personal blog and any views, opinions or statements are personal to me and don’t represent the views or the company or any people, institutions or organisations that the owner may or may not be associated with professionally or personally.  Any views are not intended to be malicious in any way towards religion, ethnic groups, clubs, organisations, companies or individuals.

All content is for informational purposes only. I make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.

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Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts

Creating Family Traditions

Christmas Crafts back when we first moved into our house about six years ago we had our traditional family Christmas lunch at our house and even though at the time I had a 8 month old daughter and was working full time I decided it was a great idea to make our own Christmas bon bons just to prove to myself that I could be Susie House maker.  Only thing is our family Christmas lunch at the time was for about 25.  Needless to say it was VERY stressful but they did turn out ok.  In case you are crazy enough to try this here is a nice step by step on how to make them.

Christmas 2016

So last year I decided that it would be a good idea to start a family tradition of making Christmas Crafts with the kids. At the time my daughter, Miss S, was 5 and my son, Mr J, was 11 months. So like any mum with a young baby I waited until Mr J was sleeping before Miss S and I embarked on the craft making sessions.

There were trials and tribulations but in the end I was so proud of our Christmas Craft.  Miss S loves getting crafty plus it was a good mother-daughter bonding session.  We incorporated the results as some gifts for grandparents as well as decorations for the Christmas tree.

Christmas Craft 2016
Christmas Craft 2016

We made the triangle Santas, Reindeer and Christmas trees using cardboard and paint.

The other thing I decided to try last year was handmade gifts but given my handmade talents I decided to go with stuff in a jar.  I looked through all of the ones to purchase where you can make like lip gloss and body scrub and put in smaller containers and then put in a mason jar but I thought they were all a little complicated.  I made the decision to make them myself but from small products I could purchase relatively inexpensively.  The gunny sack had lots and this was my inspiration so here is what I did:

  1. Found a mason jar with a clip lid.
  2. Went to Kmart with the jar and looked at all the pamper type things they had.  I decided on two themes (one for hair and one for feet).
  3. For the hair ones I chose a hair mask to nourish the hair, a headband, some bobby pins, one of those small towels that you can dry your hair with.
  4. For the foot ones I chose a foot soak, some nail clippers, a pumice stone, nail polish and moisturiser.
  5. In the shop I made sure all of the ingredients fitted into the jar.
  6. Bought some ribbon and a little card and tied it around the neck of the jar and voila my own pamper in a jar gift.

 

Christmas 2017

Fast forward to this year and I’ve been hunting around for some more ideas of easy things we can make.  Now I stress the ‘easy things’ as I’m not really arty nor crafty I just endeavour to make things with my daughter because she loves it and seeing the joy on her face is worth the mess, drama and stress for me.

This year we are endeavouring to make the Tealight Snowmen for Miss S

tealight_snowmen
Tealight Snowmen

and Hand and Foot Print Santa Sleighs for Mr J.

Hand and Foot Print Santa Sleigh
Hand and Foot Print Santa Sleigh

Other Christmas Craft Ideas

Whilst I was hunting around I came across some other great ideas to do with kids.  Click on each picture to go to website with the instructions.

Threaded Ribbon and Bead Christmas Tree
Threaded Ribbon and Bead Christmas Tree
reindeer-ornament
Reindeer Ornament
Candy Cane Elf
Candy Cane Elf

I also found this really neat webpage called Easy Peasy and Fun which is totally dedicated to Crafts for Kids, Coloring pages, How to Draw Tutorials but I personally loved these two:

Christmas-Cootie-Catchers
Christmas Cootie Catchers
Paper Ball Reindeer Craft
Paper Ball Reindeer Craft

Once we have had a chance to complete some of our art for this year I’ll upload some more photos.  Share with us the Christmas craft you are doing with your kids this year or do one of the ones we have suggested and show us the photos.  If you have any suggestions please leave a comment below.

Mel Parish

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MIBA Mums in Business Association

MIBA Mums in Business Association MIBA

MIBA Mums in Business Association

Amazing Women doing Amazing Things

So as a mum trying to run a small business and life and everything else it is great to work, network and have the support of other women doing the same things.

Whilst trawling through Facebook one day I was lucky enough to come across the Mums in Business Association Facebook group and decided I would join.  From there I have learnt so much and have virtually met so many lovely, talented women working their own businesses.   As I have a blog attached to my business page I put my hand up and have been lucky enough for them to do a guest blog post for me where I’ve been able to ask them some questions you will see in italics and their responses.  Here we go.

Co-founders of Mums in Business Association Estelle Keeber and Leona Burton have brought together an amazing tribe of over 16.5k women from all over the World. Both Leona and myself realised being mums in business ourselves, that there seemed to be a lack of support online and in the real world for mums who have to juggle it all and so MIBA was created!

Leona
Leona

Leona is a mum to 5 children. Kian, Kye, Enna, Olana and baby Elis. Being a young mum motivated Leona into become a serial entrepreneur. Facing the difficulties of raising 5 children Leona has always had to think outside the box to ensure that she was able to be present in her home life whilst creating a stable financial income too! This has lead Leona into owning multiple businesses from a vocal coaching school right through to a MLM company.

Estelle
Estelle

 

Estelle is a single mum to sons Jed who is 9 and Obi who is 6. After suffering from PND after my second child, I embarked on a career change. After studying photography for 3 years I then went on to create a successful wedding photography business and was runner up in the Women in Business Award 2017.

 

 

How did you get started in your business?

We both knew the struggles of trying to run a business whilst also being a mum…. just one of the two is difficult…try doing both. Many of our conversations were focussed on what was lacking for MIB and what in a perfect world we would like to see available for women.

Knowing that there would be many other women feeling the same we created Mums in Business Association. The idea was to create a group when mums could come for support in being a mum and being in business. We offered advice on all aspects of business as well as being an open door for anyone who had an issue with their personal lives too. Giving these women a community to trust in would be just one of the things that made the group so appealing. Both Myself and Leona agree that the massive growth of the group is down to hard work, dedication and finding something that was needed by so many others.

Along with the online support of 16k other women, members also have weekly video trainings to watch on topics such as time management, finding your niche and taking control of your social media. Guest speakers have included Rosemary Conley ( author of best selling book with over 2 million copies ), Olympic medallist Ludi Wiggins and Actress Holly Matthews.

Leona and I have created a movement… we are showing women and mums all over the world that it’s ok to want the best of both worlds…. but not only that we are showing them the techniques and tools to allow them to go and get it as well. Affordable training, VIP membership and Intensive coaching are available for all members ensuring that there is something for everyone no matter what point of your journey you are at. The most important thing for the founders was that other women realised that anything is possible.

 

What is the most common thing you get asked?

The most common thing we get asked…How do you manage it all? We manage our time really well. Schedule in work time and family time…and dont forget me time! Our planner is a great way to break down your day and keep you on track.

 

What advice would you give mums wanting to start their own business?

Advice for MIB starting out…Run with those ideas…even if they sound crazy…if they feel good and right at the time go with it. Try not to plan to much…somethings can be planned and others you will need to be more flexible with. Just believe in yourself and magic will happen!
How do you juggle motherhood and a business?

 

If you could ask advice from anyone in the world – who would it be?

Estelle…If I could ask advice of anyone in the world i think it would be Oprah…So many things i would want to ask….What an amazing inspiring women!

estelle&leona

These lovely ladies have put out their 2nd book which will be out 12th January 2018…it will can be pre-ordered now at Amazon by clicking on the book below.

Mumpreneur on Fire: 1
Mumpreneur on Fire: 1

To see their inspirational posts follow them on Instagram or join their group on Facebook

Please also check out their website at http://www.mumsinbusinessassociation.com/

 

Thanks for reading, if you have any comments please feel free to add them below.

Mel Parish

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Work From Home

Work from Home

Work from Home

How good would it be to be business in the top and pyajamas on the bottom?

So you want to Work from Home?  Me too.  My weekday mornings consist of up in the morning to try to get two (2) kids ready and the door to care.  Then I jump on the train to travel 40 minutes to try to start work at 8:00am.

How good would it be to get up later, leisurely get the kids sorted and delivered because your job was super flexible because you work from home?   All business on the top half and then pyjamas on the bottom.  Like you, I would love to work at home, but how do we go about it?

If you start with a Google search there seems to be so many options it makes me wonder “Why do people have jobs they go to at all?”  But realistically it isn’t that easy.  Also the majority of ones I came across were not paying enough that I could give up my job.  Lets be idealistic – we all need money to have the lifestyles we want to.

Firstly, how do you decipher between what is real and what is a total scam just trying to get you to part with your money.  There are so many options that seem to require a payment of some description it makes me think – How much money do you need to spend to start marking money?

Secondly, it is realistic to think that you probably are not going to earn the same salary working from home as you do in a full time 9-5 job currently.

So I have investigated some options and list them below.  Here are just a few but there are many, many more.

Start your Own Business

Find something that you are good at.  Are you crafty and make things?  Can you offer a service like cleaning or life coaching?  By focusing on what you are good at there may be more flexibility to work when you want to.  Most importantly is read up, do the research.  This is 2017 and new businesses are popping up left right and centre so research your competition.  If you are thinking online store it is a VERY competitive market.  Find your niche and what makes you stand out from the crowd and go with it.

Looking at an online shop but where do you get the stock?  Purchase goods at wholesale and sell them but this requires money.  Another option is to drop ship products.  This basically means you don’t hold any stock yourself but you advertise it on behalf of other companies.  Source companies online that offer this service.  Then once a customer places an order with your company you pay for stock at the time from the supplier and they send it out directly to your customer for you.  Obviously the cost of the drop shipping service is more than it would be if you were purchasing the goods wholesale but you are paying for the service.

Do not want to go to the hassle of starting one from scratch?  There are websites dedicated to selling home businesses.  The website is already set up.  Research – look at the market and evaluate how much outlay versus potential return.  Here is one example https://www.homebusinesswebsites.com.au/

Find a job that lets you work from home

Job websites like Seek, Indeed and Career One are just a few to mention who list positions that allow you to work from home.  Go to the website and type in the search phrase “work from home”.  With people’s lives becoming busier and busier there is definitely a move by companies to provide employees with more flexible work options.  A lot of companies are starting to offer positions that do allow you to work from home either full time or a few days per week.

Just a note that you need to investigate the company and read the ad carefully to ensure it isn’t misleading.  Some are a self-employment opportunity rather than you working for a company from home. Also check what requirements there are – do you need to provide your own computer, internet connection, make phone calls?  What allowances are they providing?

Sign up for specific websites that provide opportunities to work from home.

  • Clickworker – this is a website for micro jobs they look for Internet users worldwide who can, for example, create or correct texts, participate in surveys or search and categorise data for them you get paid per job.
  • Become a Virtual Assistant –  if you have an office administration background you could pick up odd jobs or even a full time job if you are lucky being someones virtual assistant.
  • Write a blog – like this one and get enough sponsors or people to click on it to make money or persuade a company to pay you to review their products.
  • Complete Surveys – there are many websites that will pay you to complete surveys or have an opinion on a product.  Just Google ‘Paid Surveys”

Affiliate Sales and Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is where a company pays you a commission for referring business to them.  The commission is only valid if the sale is completed.

Affiliate Sales is where you sign up to a company to sell their products.  You earn a commission on what you sell.  Think Avon, Nutrimetics or Intimo.

Online trading

This does sound very dodgy but there are some legitimate ways to make money.  One of the latest crazes is to delve into the world of Cryptocurrency and one of the hottest properties at the moment is Bitcoin training.

I have done some research and there are a lot of companies out there but one that I found that seems legitimate and transparent is USI-Tech.

Interested to know more about USI-Tech click here

Basically you invest money into BitCoin then purchase an investment pack from USI-Tech and over 140 days there is a guaranteed 1% average profit per day return.

But don’t take my word for it also have a look at these articles:

USI-Tech Review – 37x Your Bitcoin in 3 Years – a Scam?

USI Tech – Safe Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Trading & Mining MLM Company?

Can You Earn Bitcoin With USI-Tech?

Want to know more about USI-Tech click here

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DISCLAIMER – Please make sure you do the appropriate research to determine if this is the right choice for you in your circumstances. 

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I am still looking for the illusive work from home position that allows me to continue my lifestyle as well as be at home.  Most stay at home mums that I have spoken to seem to have a number of the above things on the boil to supplement their income but keep in mind that only one of the options above actually may have a guaranteed income and that would be success in obtaining employment with a company that is happy for you to work from home.

Still hunting for the ultimate one, if you have any suggestions or experience in the above please leave a comment below.

Mel Parish

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Not Eating Dinner Syndrome

Not Eating Dinner Syndrome

Not Eating Dinner Syndrome

Do you suffer from not eating dinner syndrome?

So lately, we are suffering from the not eating dinner syndrome in our household.  Mr J is 20 months and has always gone between picking like a sparrow and demolishing like an eating machine.

The Situation

Lately he seems to be devouring breakfast and then petering off for the remainder of the day preferring milk in a Sippy cup or a bottle of formula. By dinner time, he is over it!
Firstly, he is a snacker!!!. Has loves biscuits and fruit and snack type foods – ANYTHING sweet. The human body is always amazing to me as my daughter comes from the same gene pool and has always had a penchant for savoury foods. Therefore, a kid that goes for everything sweet is new to me.

Mr J is a typical toddler in that he wants what he wants when he wants it and nothing else will do. I am always racking my brain to find something for him to eat that is healthy and that he will enjoy. He will try new foods, which is sometimes half the battle, but he likes something one day but not the next and is a fussy eater.

My Ideal

I have always tried to maintain a family dinner with varying degrees of success. Ideally, I would like us all to sit down together as a family and discuss our day or chat about upcoming things we are going to be doing. Now in reality the TV remains on most of the time which involves the kids, and the husband, glued to the TV and getting any conversation is sometimes a chore.

Now hubby works long hours and is rarely home in time for dinner, which makes it hard to stick to a routine with the kids so I try to have dinner with them and we aim between 6:00pm to 6:30pm.

Up until a few months ago, Mr J would sit in his high chair when we got home around 5:15pm and have food, either some yogurt or a sandwich or something substantial and then I would bath him and we would all sit down together and he would have a second round of food before bed.

The Issue

Suddenly he decided he did not like eating by himself and therefore wanted to wait until we all sit down together. Thus has been born the non-eater. I believe he is now too tired at the time we have dinner so does not eat and whinges which results in him going to bed. The hard part with that is he wakes up at 5:15am and wants a bottle, which I have come to realise, is because he is hungry!

Firstly, I began so that he had the same meals as everyone, thinking this would be incentive to eat just like everyone else.

Secondly, I tried different meals for him and stuck to things he likes so that would encourage him to eat.

Thirdly, I have given him a number of options so that he has a few things to choose from so he could pick whatever tickled his fancy on the day.

RESULT = not eating dinner syndrome.

So what to do?

So next, I think I am going to go back to the two-fold dinner. Give him something to eat, that he likes, when we first get home. I hope that he eats that, and then sit him down with the family to have a second course. We will try that and see how we go and then fingers crossed he will have a full tummy and now wake so early.
I know I am not along in this and have Googled the issues and I have listed some good sites below, however please share your experiences below as I would love to hear how you solve these problems at your house.

Here are also some articles I found when I searched for tips on keeping them safe:

Hope you found this article either amusing or interesting – thanks for reading.

Mel Parish

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