Friday, 28 April 2017

Why I do what I do: Caroline Fenton, Avidiva

Caroline Fenton's passion for natural baby products started after a traumatic experience when her own son was born. Here's Caroline's story of why she does what she does...

1. Tell us a bit about your job and how you got to where you are now?
I own and manage my online baby boutique at www.avidiva.com.au... 
It all started as a unique and personal collection of gifts and goodies for little ones. When my son was born early at 30 weeks, we spent 3 months in NICU before we were allowed to bring him home. The journey we went on was pretty epic, full of challenges and lots of unknown. No new mum journey is easy but this really was a way to be thrown in at the deep end! With lots of time spent researching and sourcing natural products, looking into what really is best for bub, I wanted to share this with other mummies. We now have a range of gift boxes, support local businesses as well as source globally to bring you a beautiful collection of all natural baby products and gifts.




2. What do you love most about your job?
The fact that I am my own boss! I source the products, chat with the brands, decide whether or not to take on new lines…I have learned so much about marketing. About social media. About web techy stuff. It’s amazing just how many hats you need to wear… but I really do love it all! It’s not easy, and it’s certainly been a challenge, but it’s a great one!




3. What’s your life mantra? 
Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle. Cliché maybe, but all too true! We are all full of this positive energy and natural want to succeed and be happy. But all too often we compare ourselves to others, or doubt our own abilities. Just keep on going, and keep believing, and don’t let anyone (including yourself!) tell you otherwise!!




4. What else would you be doing if you didn’t do what you do?
I would either be teaching English or working in Marketing somewhere. Or maybe completing by Masters in Psychology. See, I’m undecided! Who knows what I would be doing…




5. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
Oooh a toughie. Not all too exciting but a purse from my sister. A really lovely real leather wallet that was just what I needed, but I wouldn’t never have treated myself to!




6. What’s the best gift you’ve ever bought someone? 
Even tougher! Probably a set of garden mugs for my Mum! She is forever out in the garden, and they have this awesome little lid on to keep the flies away and then use for your biscuits too! Plus they had some lovely garden flower design on. Can you tell I was pretty chuffed?!

Check out Avidiva's great range of products at www.avidiva.com.au and connect on Facebook and Instagram


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Thursday, 27 April 2017

My Favourite Quote: Brian Martin, Seamfoam Media

"Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does."
-Jean Paul Sartre from the book Being and Nothingness (1943)


"I read this book when I was at a crossroads in my life, and this quote really resonated with me. Sartre essentially says that we are responsible for our actions. I was at a low point career-wise and reading Sartre gave me the realization that if I was unhappy with where I was in life, it was because of choices I made. Since I am "condemned to be free", I have the responsibility to change my life and to take the steps to improve myself."

Brian Martin is a SEO Specialist for Seamfoam Media in St. Louis, MO with a passion for philosophy and early 20th century writers.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

My Favourite Quote: Gillian Adams, www.colouringforhealth.co.uk

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”
- Kurt Vonnegut



"I found this quote last year after I was made redundant from a stressful job. I'd started my career as a graphic designer, and though I'd moved into other areas, art was never far from my thoughts. Over the years I've used it to relax and escape work pressures, and this quote perfectly summed up what it has done for me. It also helps me to push through any blocks I have when designing now. Whether I develop an idea or put it aside, it's an evolution that makes me stronger."

Gillian Adams is a colouring book artist who wants to inspire people to colour for relaxation and its therapeutic benefits. You can find her work at www.colouringforhealth.co.uk


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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

20% OFF AUTUMN STOCKTAKE SALE


Easter is my favourite time of the year: a four day break, and usually pretty reasonable weather that's great for a mini-break or spending time at home in the garden. This year we stayed at home for Easter, and made the most of catching up on lots of jobs around the house that we never get round to on weekends.

We hope you've had a great Easter weekend too. If it's been a busy one, then maybe a bit of quiet time doing a spot of online shopping with a hot drink is just what's called for.

If you've got a few more birthday, wedding, anniversary, housewarming, and thank you gifts to buy this year we hope you can take advantage of these great ideas at great prices in our store-wide sale.

So go on, make a list and let us help you tick some things off your gift list today...

20% OFF AUTUMN STOCKTAKE SALE 

store-wide until midnight 30 April 2017. 

This is a VIP sale offer, only available to those 'in the know'. To redeem your discount, enter coupon code STOCKTAKE in the 'Discount Code' field when you place your order. Please note that this offer can't be used in conjunction with any other offers.

PS: You can forward this email onto family and friends so they can enjoy this discount too.

Best Wishes,
Courtney and the Mr Gift Team


Gadget Gifts on sale

Essential 15 piece Tool Set
Gentlemen's Hardware Bicycle Repair Kit
Precision 8 in 1 Screwdriver
Call Key Key Ring with LED torch
Burgon and Ball Folding Pruning Saw
Tweet Cone Bird Feeder
Burgon and Ball Gardening Gloves
The Little Veggie Patch Co Guide to Backyard Farming
Fred Have an Ice Day Ice Tray
Ceramic Measuring Jug
Man Law Meat Gauge with Glow in the Dark Dial
Weights and Measures Mug
The Game Slip Leather Wallet
Troika Card Saver card wallet
Fishing Reel Cufflinks
Wurkin Stiffs RFID Passport Wallet
Suck UK Floating Light

DIY Wall Clock
Kobo Seeds Candle Siam Poppy
Troika Fresh Breeze Paperclip Holder
e+m Wooden Maximo Pencil
Made By Humans Eco Stapler
Work Hard Play Hard Cufflinks
Cognac Gift Set

Corona glasses, pair
Brushtech Stemware Brush
Alife Design Washing Pouch
Guitar Multitool
Kreafunk aMove Speaker
Alife Design Travel Pouch

Monday, 17 April 2017

GIFT OF THE WEEK: The Game Cricket Wallet in red AND now black $129

The Cherry Cricket Wallet has always been a firm favourite, but it now comes in black as well - perfect for the conservative man or those who just think black is best. 

The 'new kids on the block': The Game Cricket Wallet in black

and the old favourite...The Game Cricket Wallet in cherry

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Thai spiced pumpkin soup

Autumn means pumpkin time! If you have a large pumpkin that you want to use up, this recipe's a delicious twist on the classic pumpkin soup. 




Ingredients:
Serves 6

  • 1.5kg chopped pumpkin
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cerlery stick, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup light coconut milk 



Method:
1. In a large pan, heat the oil and fry the spices over a low heat for 2 mins. 
2. Add the vegetables (pumpkin, onion and celery) and stir-fry for a couple of minutes to coat in the spices. 
3. Add stock and bring to the boil. Cover, then simmer until the pumpkin is tender. 
4. After the soup has cooled slightly, puree until smooth. 
5. Return the smooth soup to the pan and stir through coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper. 
6. Serve with fresh finely chopped coriander and crusty bread, or cornbread. 




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Monday, 10 April 2017