Apology ❀ News ❀ Giveaway ❀ Coming Up

Firstly, I want to apologise to all my faithful email followers for the lack of blogging these past few weeks.  Since starting this blog in 2009 I have never been too busy to blog but this past month or so has been the busiest I have been in my life!  However, the good news is that you will soon be getting much more and better quality blogging from me.

I also want to apologise for using my blog as a business website, it was out of necessity but now that will stop as we have created a brand new site for the business side of things called the Women's Business Club  - check out all the new sites here:
www Website:    www.womensbusinessclub.co.uk
Facebook:    www.facebook.com/wombizclub

The great news is that over the past few months I have not lost one of my email followers - so if that is you, thank you for sticking by me!  As a thank you, I would like to offer a gift to my email followers, and if you are not an email follower, there is still time to sign up - subscribe by email on the top right hand column of my blog.    The giveaway - whatever you want from our shop* - you choose one thing and I will pick two of you to receive the gift of your choice.  Leave a comment on this post about what you love about this blog and what gift you would like - I will randomly pick two winners and post it here on 5th October.

Coming Up
What you can expect from me now is regular posts about my life in general, occasional business posts, occasional ministry posts, regular posts with Girl's Night material, family news, encouragement, giveaways, reviews of books, movies and fun stuff we get up to and so much more.

Our next events are as follows:
Women's Business Club - Clarify Workshop, 1 Oct and Network Lunch, 2 Oct
King's Daughters Village - My 40th birthday party fundraiser, 14 Dec

*  T-shirts are limited as we only have a few in stock at the moment.


All Your Life

Last week Lorah and I had the most amazing morning together at All Your Life in Cheltenham. Let me start at the very beginning! We arrived at the beautiful reception and were whisked away into the lounge where we were given a glass of bubbly. This is the before photo!


Then we were invited to use the Fat Burning Room to experience the Vibrating Power Plates! Well, there is no photo of this as I really don't want you to see all my fat wobbling about. It's was fun but at the same time I could really feel the plates working my muscles. You are shown a chart with various exercises that you can do on the plates to target particular muscle groups or you can just stand on the plates and giggle! Mostly, Lorah and I just giggled. We were then take to the fishy room our fish pedicure. I honestly didn't know that I would have such a problem with putting my feet in the tank. Usually I am up for trying just about anything, but when it came to the crunch, I found it difficult to put my feet in a tank full of fish. After some shrieking and splashing, I rested my heal in the tank and got used to the idea. After some time, it began to feel like my kitten licking my feet so in my mind I visualised my kitten and not the fish. Slowly but surely, my feet went into the water and I allowed the fish to eat off all the dead skin. After a few minutes I got used to it and began to enjoy the pedicure. However, Lorah never did manage to get her feet in the tank, she giggled and shrieked most of the time, so she still cannot say that she has had a fish pedicure! Here are our feet being eaten by lots of little fish, well actually mine only - notice where Lorah's feet are. 

What happened next was the best thing EVER! We were taken through to the Medical Massage Beds.  There are no words to describe how wonderful these beds are.  We lay in a candle lit room with beautiful fragrances all around.  As I lay on the bed (fully clothed just in case you are wondering) I felt it warm up on my lower back, shoulders and calves and then little studded rubber pads began vibrating, systematically working from my neck and shoulders down to my feet.  It was so unbelievably relaxing and we were even provided with soft fluffy blankets that we could snuggle under if we wanted to sleep.  I snuggled under a blanket and was so disappointed when our half an hour was up.

We were then collected by our own private Make-up Artists and Beauty Therapist for our make-over.  We had our hair, nails and make-up done and left for the studio feeling like new women.

Our photographer was so lovey and made us feel natural in front of the camera.  Here are some sneeky photos of him in action.

After three wardrobe changes and many poses and props, we were whisked away yet again for a lovely lunch which we ate while viewing our photos. Of course, we giggled all the way through it and were then faced with the choice of narrowing down which ones we would keep. Below are some of the many photos from our fantastic day at All Your Life, Cheltenham. I highly recommend you go along and enjoy a fun filled pamper experience yourself. And, one very fortunate King's Daughter will get to enjoy all this for free! Enter the raffle below.

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Lorah and I after our pamper and make-over.


What We Love About Lorah

Today is my lovely daughter's 22nd birthday and I am as proud as proud can be of her!  She is so wonderful in so many ways, but don't take my word for it, read what those nearest and dearest to her have to say about "What We Love About Lorah"!  This post is to honour you Lorah, have a wonderful birthday. xxx

Happy Birthday Lorah-Kelly

"Lorah is my beautiful, wonderful wife. She is always in a cheery mood and is the kindest and most considerate person I know.  She is always putting the needs of others before hers and is always happy to do so. Lorah is an amazing and talented photographer, a beautiful singer, she makes the best cakes, and is the best wife anyone could wish for."  - Samuel Beard, Lorah's husband

"What I love about Lorah is she is kind and gentle, listens well and is really knows how her photography can capture the special moments in her clients lives."  - Carole Stacey, Lorah's Business friend.

"I love that Lorah is unique and doesn't try to conform!  She just is.  Lorah is Lorah and makes no apologies about it.  I learned to be myself and love myself by watching her through her teenage years. Lorah is an exceptional woman in so many ways."  - Angela De Souza, Lorah's mommy x

"Lorah is kind, generous and gentle. My favorite thing about her is that she is free and that's something I have always admired about her for. She is spirit led and so blessed by God. Her meekness makes her so powerful. She is one of the few people that inspires me to be better. I love her" - Tamara Gatier, Lorah's friend

"I love Lorah when she is singing and when she comes over to bake cakes with us.  I love it when she visits us and she invited us over for a sleep over.  And I really love it when she is being herself."  - Daniel De Souza, Lorah's little brother.

"Lorah is so teachable and she also has a beautiful heart for God."  - Eric De Souza, Lorah's Pastor and step Dad

"I love it when we decorate the tent together with her and watch movies together with her.  " - Amy Leigh De Souza, Lorah's little sister

"Lorah I see you as this serene, wise woman full of gusto, so determined to do the right thing in all aspects of life.  Happy Birthday to you!!  I wish you all the success.  Lots of Love xxxxx"  - Debora De Souza, Lorah's aunty
"Lorah is very natural and has a sweet personality, which comes across in hervwork as a photographer. I am very happy to know her and wish her a wonderful and very sunny Birthday."  Karin Whittaker, Lorah's business friend.

Find out more about lovely Lorah on her own blog www.lorahkelly.co.uk and if you haven't left a comment for Lorah yet, please do so below.



Being a Woman in Business - Who Thinks

King's Daughters - Being a Woman Business - Angela De Souza
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
- Proverbs 23:7

Too many women in business are too busy.  In fact, they are so busy that they don’t have time to think.  Each morning they face a long 'to do' list and at the end of the day they exhale feeling satisfied by all the ticks next to the task.  However, what they don’t realise is that they are trapped in the cycle of a never ending 'to do' list and will never get free from it UNLESS they stop and think.  Women are particularly guilty of feeling guilty.  We feel guilty for everything and we even feel guilty when we are not working.  Taking time to think is working, so you don't need to feel guilty.  Thinking time is what separates the self employed from the business owners.  The self employed will only ever be able to exchange time for money and since they only have 24 hours in each day like the rest of us, their earning potential is limited to a set fee for a portion of those 24 hours.  

Hard Work is Not Enough

Hard work and saving will earn you a living but smart work and investing will build you a legacy.  If you want to get ahead, stop filling every minute of every day with hard work.  Stop – breathe – THINK – relax and then formulate a plan to work smart.  One hour of thinking each day could turn your business from a small self employed business into a large, profitable and successful company.  Even one hour of thinking a week could turn things around for you significantly.

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
 - Proverbs 14:8

Think about what you are doing.  Think about where you are going.  Think about smart ways to get there.  Are you satisfied with exchanging time for money or would you rather that your money worked for you even when you are not physically working on your business?  Think about how you can achieve that.  Take time to ponder on what you really want out of every set of 24 hours.  Dream about what your ideal day, week, month and year looks like.  Create a plan that will allow you to live the dream.

Smart Working Principles

Multiply Energy – Piggy Back
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel.  What already exists that you can use or who do you know that can help you get ahead?  If you take time to think you will be amazed at what you can come up with.  Are you using the trending hash tags on Twitter to get your posts seen?  That is piggy backing.  Do you network and connect with people in high places?  If you are a painter you might be going door to door, offering your services.  Why not rather find an established business that does plastering and collaborate - piggy back on the established company and save yourself hours of knocking on doors.  Piggy backing could also mean volunteering your services to a larger organisation.  You may not directly make any money but you could benefit a great deal from the publicity that you would get.

Piggy Backing Etiquette
•    You must not be in competition with them
•    You should be aiming for the same target audience but not get in their way
•    You are piggy backing not being a parasite, give something back.

Multiply Time – Other People’s Time
In order to multiply time you need to use other people’s time.  It doesn’t have to be as selfish as it sounds, you can use other people’s time and still benefit the other person as well as yourself.  For example, ask five really good friends to share your Facebook status – it won’t take them more than a few seconds but you will reach hundreds more people that way, saving you loads of time that you would have spent trying to find and communicate with those hundreds more people.   

This is the most basic element of other people’s time, but another important key to working smart is outsourcing.  What can someone else do better and faster than you?  A common cause of businesses failing is when the business owner insists on doing everything themselves all of the time!  The problem is the 24 hours thing – you can only do so much in a day on your own.

Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. 
 - Proverbs 13:20

Outsourcing is the next step to business growth but choose wisely.  Use other people’s time to get the job done while you focus in what you are best at.  It doesn’t have to be a huge leap of faith either, start by outsourcing one or two hours a week and build up in proportion to your business growth.   Think about what you can outsource and who can outsource to.  Perhaps take on an intern, apprentice or student during the summer break.  The possibilities are endless, but you will need to put in some thinking time to come up with something really good.

Multiply Money – 1 + 1 = 3    
The old saying, “It takes money to make money” is not entirely true.  Well it is and it isn’t.  You see, how you get the money to make the money is where most people are tripped up.  They envisage a huge pot of money that will then ensure business success. Most businesses that start this way fail.   The reason they fail is because they haven’t had to think.  Money has been available so little effort was put into decisions and once the money has run out the business fails.  However, those who start with little are forced to think and be creative.   It is these habits that they forge in the early days that ensure their success later on when their money pot grows.  Take time to think about the money that you have right now and how you can make it multiply.  Don’t make the excuse that you don’t have any, you do, and it is enough.
    Richard Branson didn’t have money to make a phone call when he started, that didn’t stop him and when he got a little bit of money he knew how to make it grow into more.

Money Multiplying
•    Sell your knowledge – seminars, workshops, ebooks.
•    Take payment up front – create cash flow instantly.
•    Collaborate – offer business swaps.
•    Think, think, think!

There is so much that you are capable of doing and achieving and all it takes is a little thinking time that will prevent you from remaining chained to your never ending to do list.

Find out more about Being a Woman in Business here or host your own Girl's Night.  We also have a monthly business networking event called Women in Business, find our more here


To the 'Little' Guys and Girls doing Crappy Jobs!

Great speech by Ashton Kutcher - I am so pleased he mentioned all the crappy, seemingly insignificant jobs that he has had and how each one was essential to getting him ahead.  Too many people want the fame and success but want to skip the crappy little jobs that get you there!   I wonder how many people out there are busy doing crappy jobs not realising that they are one step ahead of those just sitting and wishing for fame and success - here's to the 'little' guy who cleans the tables at MacDonald's and here's to the toilet cleaners at the gym and here's too all of you that are doing what is perceived as crappy jobs - may you succeed in whatever is in your heart to do.   I respect you and thank you for all that you do.  You are the true heroes.  To those that are sitting and wishing or scheming how to get a bank loan to start big, why not go out and find yourself a crappy job, something small, just to get the ball rolling, I am sure it will get you one step in the right direction. Who knows if you are destined to be the next Ashton Kutcher, Steve Jobs or Prime Minister of England!  There is only one way to find out, start walking the path they took, one crappy job at a time. 


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Nature's Hygiene
practical, pure and natural household cleaning products

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    Washing Liquid
    Surface Cleaner
    Furniture Polish
    Bathroom Scrub
    Stainless Steel Polish
    Window Cleaner
    Laundry Detergents
    Toilet Cleaner

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King's Daughters, cupcakesEveryone knows I LOVE cupcakes!  These are some cupcakes that I made ages ago but want to bring them to your attention for the Range Cookers Competition so I can win a new cooker - and so can you, enter here.  I used a regular chocolate cake recipe replacing the cocoa with half a cup of flour and thought all would be well. Sadly it seems not, so was hoping to get some feedback from all you King's Daughters :)

The recipe I used was as follows:
175g margarine
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups SR flour
1 cup milk

I mixed this all together then baked at 180 degrees and fully expected nice big yummy cupcakes. They looked lovely in the oven but when they cooled they sank and had little peaks in the middle - looked like little volcanic mountains without the hole on top. So what went wrong? Was it the recipe, the baking temperature, my very old over or just me? I would love to hear your suggestions or even a better recipe.  One of my favourite cupcakes recipes is this one from the BBC website.   Happy Saturday, have fun making cupcakes - oh, and if you have any recipes for cupcakes without sugar please leave the recipe in the comment box below.