Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Foiled Again!

This is an old scenario but I just saw the ad and remembered it, so I'm sharing it today.

If you don't know what toilet discs or fresh discs are - watch the video
http://youtu.be/xHn6r2XJSNY



Thinking to myself that it sure must be less germ friendly to do away with the toilet block cage... and fed up of the toilet blocks ended up as a gloopy mess in the bottom of the cistern... I decided to try these toilet discs.

I followed the instructions and ended up with a funny looking green blob on the side of the toilet. I flushed to check it was working ie getting plenty of water action and releasing fragrance and a few bubbles - satisfied I closed the door and went about my day.

Fast forward to the evening when His Royal Highness returns home... and disappears into the loo. After a while of hearing some concentrated huffing and puffing I ask if he is OK. He emerges with the toilet brush in hand and says:

"Honey, you gotta be careful with these kids, there was some green cr*p stuck on the side of the loo.. I don't know what it was.. mucous or poop or something but it was really hard to get it off. Don't worry though - it's all clean now!"


#speechless

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Silly Post - The Perils of Bathing with Babies

Why T wont get in the bath with TJ


One day, a very long time ago Mr T and his infant son enjoyed a good 3/4 of an hour bonding and splashing around in the tub. Nothing wrong with that - nothing at all. Fathers should be encouraged to unwind in such a manner at the end of the day while spending quality time with their offspring and rubber ducks.

Daddy finishes up and pulls the plug (actually cleaning the bath is apparently not part of his job description) - son and pop head off to get dressed...

Daughter dearest heads into the bathroom to brush her teeth, glances down at the tub

"Dad?" she calls sweetly " Did TJ pooh in the bath?"

"No" he replies vehemently, doing an about turn to see what she's talking about..

and there, nestled gently against the drain, amidst the remaining suds is a
big
brown 
turd.

(((((shudder))))

And this is why My husband will never share another bath with his son.... 
because (as he puts it) 
"You never know what's lurking beneath the bubbles"

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Precious Moment

I'm too emotional to talk about this right now, but 'this' meant the world to me. #truth


Sunday, 6 October 2013

Come and talk to me

I know that a lot of my readers have hair issues...or more specifically, hair loss issues. 

I'm not asking you to buy anything from me - I'm just letting you know that I will be at Old Stratford Town Hall on October 19th and if you want to talk - I will listen.  

Sometimes, you don't want a quick fix, you just need to know that
a) someone gets you 
b) there is still hope.

So, if this is you, come down and say 'hello'... and I'll give you a hug :)



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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

FLASH SALE - 1 WEEK ONLY





30% off our Avocado, Honey and Aloe Milk at www.almocado.com/shop
See flier for details.
When it's gone it's gone!


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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Me talking about my company on the 2inspire Network Youtube Channel

Launching my own company and becoming self-employed has been such a stretching and developmental process, full of ups and downs (and roundabouts) but through it all I have met some amazing people and enjoyed the support of my friends and family - so I am blessed and grateful.

This summer I was lucky enough to be featured in a series of inspirational interviews by the 2inspire network (London). I've exhibited and held workshops at two of their events and will be participating again on October 19th in Stratford (see end of post for details).






Hope you find it interesting (apologies for the echo/feedback/background noise with the sound) but it is worth watching.

View it on youtube

http://youtu.be/6OXO5PtZtGo


or watch below



The next 2inspire Event will be held on October 19th at Old Stratford Town Hall in East London.

Visit their website for more info
http://www.2inspirenetwork.com/

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The Love of a Man

Brad Pitt About His Wife Angelina Jolie ♥

"My wife got sick. She was constantly nervous because of problems at work, personal life, her failures and problems with children.

She has lost 30 pounds and weighted about 90 pounds in her 35 years. She got very skinny, and was constantly crying. She was not a happy woman.

She had suffered from continuing headaches, heart pain and jammed nerves in her back and ribs. She did not sleep well, falling asleep only in the morning and got tired very quickly during the day.

Our relationship was on the verge of break up. Her beauty was leaving her somewhere, she had bags under her eyes, she was poking her head, and stopped taking care of herself.

She refused to shoot the films and rejected any role. I lost hope and thought that we’ll get divorced soon…

But then I decided to act on it. After all I've got the most beautiful woman on the earth. She is the idol of more than half of men and women on earth, and I was the one allowed to fall asleep next to her and to hug her shoulders.

I began to pamper her with flowers, kisses and compliments. I surprised her and pleased her every minute. I gave her lots of gifts and lived just for her. I spoke in public only about her. I incorporated all themes in her direction. I praised her in front of her own and our mutual friends.

You won’t believe it, but she blossomed. She became even better than before. She gained weight, was no longer nervous and she loved me even more than ever. I had no clue that she CAN love that much.

And then I realized one thing: The woman is the reflection of her man.

If you love her to the point of madness, she will become it. "
- Brad Pitt, A Secret of Love -

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Be Present.

Live in the moment. Don't underestimate the power of NOW.

Sometimes we get so caught up in recording the present that we forget to actively participate IN the present.

This 2 min video really drives home that point....

http://youtu.be/OINa46HeWg8

Monday, 5 August 2013

Video Post: My Hair Story

It has been 3 years since I began this battle with alopecia totalis/universalis and yet this is still the hardest thing I have ever done, posting my story on youtube - but I am doing this for all the secret sufferers out there - the women and men who have bald patches (large or small) hidden within their existing hair or beneath wigs, toupees, weaves or headwraps.

Be encouraged. I get you. I feel your pain and your embarrasment. I know what that's like and I want you to know that You don't have to hide forever.

This is my virtual hug - I'm making myself vulnerable, showing the 'ugly' beneath my beautiful so that you can see the beauty within you.

Feel Better.Be WELL.


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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Custom made hydrating spritz


Not the greatest photos but I wanted to share a pic of one of my more popular products.




This one is a Custom Order shipped today.
- Moisture Mist Oil-free Aloe Vera Hydrating Spritz.
- Hand made with love from my family to yours.





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Monday, 29 July 2013

My Take on Lock Stages -

Hey everybody,

How's it going?

I've just spent ages putting together a long overdue blog post on loc phases  - based on my personal experiences as a loctician...

I've tried to marry up most of the existing terminology with the corresponding stage and used pictures of my clients' locs to illustrate - hope you find it helpful. Read the full post on www.almondavocado.com and find the first bit below.

Bless up xx



Sisterlocks Comparisons: Loc stages and changes


How do locs change over the course of 365 days? 2 years? 10 years?

Depending on to whom you speak, locs enter 3-6 phases from birth to maturity. 

For example - here's an inforgraphic that has done the rounds so much I am not certain of the original source.

click to enlarge and read it properly :)

I don't stick to this terminology ad verbatim but I'll try to tie my classification (based on experience) back to their terminology above.

PHASE 1: NEWBIE, STARTER OR BABY LOCS 

  • Locs are neat and clearly defined but look more like fine braids than locs. 
  • Partings are clearly defined and perfectly visible giving a neat but scalpy look - which some newbies hate, lol  :)
  • The shaft of the newly created loc is several times smaller than the parted square at the base of the loc.


Installation Day, Skinny little locs
July 2012

Read the rest of the post over at my business blog ... CLICK ME CLICK ME!



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Monday, 22 July 2013

Keep Smiling

As you may know - I often have some really awful days.... 

I may stumble across an old home video of me holding my baby and I'll see my hair....

Or a friend may tag me in a old pic on Facebook and lo and behold - there's me with tons of hair... ouch! 

Often, I'll take a moment to just remember how those soft curls felt beneath my finger tips..

 the way I'd twist and twirl it around my index finger when talking to my husband...
or even the way I'd twiddle with my locs during those conference calls when I knew noone was watching....

Some days I get so angry and frustated because I'm fighting a disease to which there is no known cure and no one cause and 
there isn't much you can do but "keep hope alive" .... or "calmly accept your fate" when actually I just wanna punch something (or someone) and scream:
"It's not FAIR!!".


But then...there are days when... the sun has been shining,
HRH (my royal husband) isn't being a pain in the neck, the kids haven't destroyed the house, all my clients were on time and I managed to draw my eyebrows on properly.... (Yes, the simple things matter - You have no idea how hard it is to draw GOOD eyebrows on when you're dealing with nothing but empty face!!!!) lol

And when those days come - I think "Hey, I'm not doing too badly, in fact, I'm good" and
I SMILE.
And I look forward to what might come,
I think about the 'someday' when my hair might grow back and I think about it being ok even if it never comes back... 
and I keep smiling :)

And in that spirit here's a random collection of smiles from Saturday afternoon when I was feeling pretty cute. Enjoy!



Hope it made you smile too !





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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Sisterlocks and children

I understand that the locking of children's hair is often a contentious issue, and while I respect that there are very strong opinions on both sides of the 'fence' - I personally do not have an issue with it as long as the hair is treated with respect and the child is happy. 

When parents bring their children to me they are welcomed into a judgement free environment. For me - locs aren't just a hairstyle - they are an expression. Whether that is an expression of faith, of culture, of creativity or simple preference - I believe each family is free to express themselves as they see fit - as long as it is not to the detriment of others.

If the parents decide that locking their child's hair fits in with their lifestyle and personal ethos - then that is their decision and when the child grows up he/she can choose an alternative if they so desire.

To those who argue that locking hair is 'just as bad as a relaxer' - I will remind them that locs do not involve the use of harsh chemicals. In my practice, I use only distilled water and my hands, to create locs. Hardly a fair comparison. 

As to the permanence of 'locs as a hairstyle' - they can be unpicked (taken down), grown out or cut. As long as the hair has been handled with care and the locs lovingly tended, the follicles should remain healthy.

Installations do take time, and we work with your child to ensure that they are not sitting for torturous periods of time. I can assure you that no child who is weeping, wailing and gnashing their teeth will be locked on my time. It's not worth the hassle (to me) or the trauma to the child.

To date - I have been fortunate enough to know that each of my little lockers have been happy to sit in my chair and play with their iPads or watch Disney movies while having their hair done.  

Locs are simply super-strands. We take individual strands of hair and interlock them to create stronger strands. It is 100% natural and in the right hands: 100% gentle and stress-free. We have so many options for wearing our natural hair (loose, twists, braids, cornrows, etc) and locs are just another (albeit long-term) option.

As a loctician I will indeed be biased because my stance is based on my experiences. I see happy children who visit every 6 -8 weeks and just don't worry about their hair in-between. They don't get into 'good hair bad hair - long hair short hair' arguments or competitions. 

They just get on with life and I am proud of every little head I've been privileged to touch since I started this busines.

A few things to consider:

Locs don't need extended detangling sessions after swimming...
Locs don't 'sweat out' or 'turn back' after vigorous sports activities...
They can be dressed up with ribbons, alice bands and barrettes - or left alone to hang freestyle.
There are honestly bigger issues to worry about than whether your neighbour's child is locked or not.



Life is for living. 
Be well

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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Bald not Broken - A reminder to stay positive

A reminder to all of you to keep your heads up - no matter what you're facing or whether it feels like the earth is crumbling beneath you: stay positive.

Life is too short for anything else xx






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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Hair Tricks

Super coily Afro hair - don't hate it, embrace it. Everyone's hair is unique and therefore uniquely beautiful. Love YOU XX

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Origins of The Afro Comb - UK Exhibition

Crystal from United Kinkdom - sent me a survey, and among others there was a question on "What does the afro comb mean to you?"

My response:
"I suppose it reminds me of my 'blackness' and conjures up images from my childhood of men in bell bottoms or tight jeans with gorgeous afros and these afro combs / 'picks' sticking out of their back pockets!"

If I give it a bit more time I could probably find something deeper and more meaningful - but for now I'm loving those oooooooooold memories of my older brother and his friends, those afros, and those combs.... making me feel all warm and happy inside.

What are some of your memories?

There is an exhibition being held at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge until 3 September (2013)  do pop in and visit if you can. The afro comb is so much more than just a piece of plastic or wood!

ITV's report on the exhibition http://unitedkinkdom.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/itv-report-on-origins-of-afro-comb.html

Crystal's Review on the Opening of the Exhibition:
http://unitedkinkdom.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/opening-preview-of-origins-of-afro-comb.html

The Museum's Website
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?3840

Their official website
http://www.originsoftheafrocomb.co.uk/

Please support!

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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Was it All Worth it?

Three years ago I started my company. Quit my job shortly thereafter and was 'all in'.
Many people still question why I am self-employed? And I am frequently asked whether  the obvious pay cut worth it?

Well, let me think. To answer that question, I must first consider the question:
"How do I measure my worth?"

 No longer is my value printed in £ and p.  
These days I consider the quality of my relationships - rather than the balance of my bank account.

I can't buy expensive shoes and designer hand bags but I CAN have days like this:



  • have a lie in on a week day cos I've scheduled a day off
  • attend story time at my son's school and read to him while he sits on my lap
  • race with my son on his scooter to my daughter's nursery school.
  • play hop scotch on the road with my kids on the way home while teaching them the road signs.
  • jump out from behind a bush and scare Izzie Clarkley as she gets home from school.
  • watch my kids & their school friends  have a water gun fight in the garden while I cook them their dinner.
  • listen to the birds chirping, children laughing as the sun sets while I lie in the hammock in my garden, sipping on my chamomile tea (cough rum)

We may not have excess, but we have enough and my kids are still clothed, fed and happy.

So you tell me.... was it worth it?

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Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Consultant's Conundrum

Good morning ladies. There's something I'd like to discuss but I'm working up the courage eh?
It's in relation to  Zola Brown's 'fire starting' (smile) question in the other group last night. Now I may be about to lay my neck on the chopping board so I'm ging to hpe that I don't lose my head over this.

For those of you who don't know: Zola had expressed a desire to have small SLs installed all over her head. In short - the responses were that
a) she should trust the judgement of her Consultant and
b) noone gets the same size all over, usually you have smaller SLs to the front and larger ones to the back etc

There is another post over there where a Consultant (or maybe a trainee) is complaining that some of the pictures posted by clients and consultants look as though Large SLs have been installed all over the head - and not just at the back etc.

As a consultant, 3 years in, I'd like to say that we often face a conundrum. In addition to areas of hair loss or breakage, we are sometimes asked to choose between what the client is asking for (e.g. larger SLs all over or small SLs all over) vs what we have been taught in class. Sometimes you can part someone's hair and realise that if you d a standard small square - you will capture a mere 6 hair strands instead of the 20-30 you expect - what are you gonna do? Loc those 6 hairs? Or make a bigger parting to give a more stable base to the loc? And if you make it a bigger SL - are you gonna be crucified for deviating from the standard parting taught in class?

Most of us are professionals and take our work seriously, we want our clients to be happy and to look beautiful.... we also want t be in good standing  with the Home Office and the wider SL community... Most consultants will work with you to make sure you get the look (and sizing) that suits you and makes you happy but what are your thoughts on this?

It's your hair, if you want it done like x, as long as it's within the SL sizing guidelines do you want your consultant to help you knowing that they could potentially get in 'trouble with the boys'?

I'm just thinking out loud - I don't have the answers, it's just something that gets me thinking... especially when I see (yet another) post telling someone their SLs are too big or their squares are too large or they don't have enough locs or they have too many locs or.... *yawn* it's exhausting!

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Friday, 28 June 2013

FAQ: Are Sisterlocks Right for Me?


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Thursday, 27 June 2013

It is within you


Photo by my niece, Jemelle Clark

As a young girl, I remember staring across the water, wondering what lied on the other side of the ocean, what opportunities, what destinies, what treasures.


It was only after I became a woman that I realised, all those things lay within me, and I carry them with me no matter which side of the ocean I am on.


 #islandLiving #destiny #beautyWithin

Friday, 21 June 2013

Gone Fishin'


Today I'm going fishing... (state of mind!)
Read the below and you'll see what I mean !
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An American tourist was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The tourist complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, "Only a little while."

The tourist then asked, "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more fish?"

The Mexican said, "With this I have more than enough to support my family's needs."

The tourist then asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life."

The tourist scoffed, " I can help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You could leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you could run your ever-expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all take?"

The tourist replied, "15 to 20 years."

"But what then?" asked the Mexican.

The tourist laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right you would sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions."

"Millions?...Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Video Post :

Some random thoughts of mine :)
 forgive the hiatus!
06 SoAmazing Event, Carol Pyke, Shaherah Jordan and a plug for an upcoming UK Lovers Rock event 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrUkJuR_79M



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Monday, 17 June 2013

Never too old for Sisterlocks!

Let me just repeat that: You're never too 'old' for locks!

At some point I'll do a proper piece of analysis but off the top of my head I'd say at least a third of my clients are over the age of 50 - and you wouldn't know by looking at them because they have such youthful spirits and beautiful skin! What usually gives them away is the colour of their hair... yes, those wisps of silver amidst the ebony and mahogany coloured strands lend credence to their wisdom and their entitlement to be referred to as 'elder', 'mother', 'sage'.

Here's another thing: many of these woman got locked up AFTER passing their 50th birthday... so don't ever think you're too old or it's too late to make that change.
 
Sisterlocks look good whatever the hair colour - personally, I'm loving these veins of silver swathing through her hair :)
South London welcomes our newly locked sister xxx

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers' Day! 
From my family to yours xxx



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Friday, 14 June 2013

Thank You Mum

Holistic education & natural health practices handed down from generation to generation.
Grandma singing while feeding my baby#wellbeing #familyTraditions

I just realised ... 
My mum is natural...
I have two sisters and they are both natural (one locked up, one loose)
I have 8 nieces... and they are all natural (3 locked)
I have 2 daughters... and they are both natural too (one locked, one loose)
Thank you mummy for leading the way!

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

More Than Hair


We are so much more than our hair, beautiful creative beings with so much to give... Let your light shine!

#AlopeciaAwareness #Uk #IAmNotMyHair

Friday, 24 May 2013

More Fundraising for Keanna -June 23, Barbados

Reposted from Facebook (John Roett)
If you're in Barbados, please support. 
If you can't pay please continue to pray. Thank you.



"Ok everybody.  I received authorization from the BCA and Windward Cricket Club to organize and stage a celebrity T-20 cricket match to raise much needed funds for the amazingly strong Keana Banfield, who is desperately fighting to survive toxic poisoning, and has undergone FIVE operations in the last six weeks in a Miami hospital as doctors battle daily to save her life.

" file this date and be SURE to be there. Sunday June 23rd, at Windward Cricket Club in St. Philip. Gates open at noon, yes, Bajan lunch on sale too, and the match begins at 2pm.

"The two teams will be led by Red Plastic Bag and Gabby, and players will be chosen from soca sensations Lil Rick, Edwin, Blood Anderson Armstrong Mikey Michael Mercer, 
Dean Straker from Spice & Co, incredible producer Nicholas E Brancker,
 social commentator like no other Bajan Fari, 
Raga Soca big man Biggie Irie, 
rally stars Roger “The Sheriff” Skeete and Roger “The Ninja” Hill, 
newspaper columnist and all round entertainer Eric Lewis (And alter ego) 
fashion mogul Iam RHaj, DJs Matt Karp the “Karpologist” and Justin Jus-Jay King, 
chick magnets Rupee and Philip 7, radio personalities Admiral Nelson and Kirk Brown,
 Nexcyx hit men Andre Clarke and Kris Clarke, soca junkie Mr. Dale, 
producer Mikey “Red Dawg” Hulsmeier, pan wizard and producer Terry “Mexican” Arthur, formerly of super group Square 1, big shot promoter Gilbert Rowe, spoken word genius Adrian Greene and more…Hard to believe, I know…lol

"There has been REAL talk amongst the fellas already, and all I can say to begin the fun is that Red Plastic Bag has stated categorically, AND told me to post, that NOBODY can get him out…which goes contrary to Gabby’s claim that he will bowl out the entire opposing team with a doosra that he has developed even better than Murilitheran I think it may be called a foosra…cause he say it gon mek de fellas look real foolish.

"NUFF food will be on sale all day, and the bar gon be deadly like headley.
Admission is only $30,00, but still roll with some extra blenzuh, cause there will be lots of auctions on fancy dinners, weekend getaways, electronic gizmos and more.

"I gon have female superstars there too, but I don’t wanna reveal everything ...

"this is about a day of fun for a seriously good cause. If every one of you and all your friends come, that would mean the world to me, but believe me, it would mean more than the world to Keana.
Stay tuned for fun updates and trash talk from the players as well as more details as they come to hand.
Love you all….thanks for reading all of this."

Friday, 17 May 2013

REPOST: Sisterlocks Installation Day FAQ

Most people are aware of how to care for their hair (and sample locs) in preparation for their installation session but I am frequently asked what they should bring to their installation session in terms of food and amenities, so here's my advice.



Entertainment:



I provide my clients with access to Netflix and LoveFilm during their appointments, it's worth checking whether your consultant provides a similar service.


If there are no online streaming services available, you should ask whether you can bring your laptop or whether you'll have permission to use their DVD player/PC.  If so, bring along your favourite DVDs and settle in for a good old-fashioned movie marathon. 

NB 
Please be sensible in your film choices, X-rated and R-rated movies are probably not appropriate - especially if your consultant's children will be in the house (even though they may not be in the same room).



Your installation session is also a great opportunity to dive into that book you've always wanted to read. If you're a reader then by all means bring along a bunch of magazines, newspapers, books or your Kindle to keep your happy.  If you do want to read, it's wise to let your consultant know - that way she won't keep trying to draw you into conversation or think you're ignoring her when you just wanna zone out!



Food:


Another Frequently asked question pertains to food. Check with your Consultant as to whether a cooked meal is available to purchase or already included in your installation package. The provision of hot meals is not covered by my public liability insurance, but there are several takeaway outlets on our local high street (just a short walk away), many of whom will deliver.

As a holistic therapist, I am always aware of the stresses that sitting in one position for long periods places on my client's spine and supporting muscles, so I always encourage them to use their lunch break as an opportunity to stretch their legs either by walking to one of the local green spaces and enjoying the sun (weather permitting) or by walking to and from the high street.

If you prefer to avoid fast food or pub fare, you should bring a packed lunch or keep your meal in a flask (where it doesn't need to be heated up - unless your Consultant has microwave facilities).

You should bring with you enough snacks  (energy bars, granola, fruit, carrot/celery sticks etc) to sustain you for the duration of your session (up to 12 hours per day), you'll also need plenty of water to keep you hydrated. 

At Almond & Avocado complimentary English (black) and Herbal Teas are available and are usually served in the morning after the parting session is complete and in the afternoon around 'tea time'. Check with your consultant whether tea/coffee will be available.

Suggested Snacks to take to your Installation (loc start-up) session
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Read the full post here:

http://www.almondavocado.com/2013/05/sisterlocks-faq-installation-day.html



WELCOME TO THE TAPESTRY OF ME....
These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Web: http://www.lovelifelocs.com
Twitter: @almocado
Facebook: Facebook.com/almondavocado

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Small Business Feature: Article 3 - Cater to Your Senses





Ladies & Gentlemen, 
We are thrilled to welcome  UK Entrepreneur and founder of Cater to Your Senses:  Sian Sian Nelson-Baah to the spotlight this evening.

Sian is a 27 year old, happily married baker, born and raised in London, U.K.

Spotlight: So Sian, tell us about your business
My business is "Cater to Your Senses" I make bespoke baked goods and other sweet treats. I say my products are bespoke because I only bake to order, every order is less than 24 hours old when it's collected or delivered and I also cater to food allergies and intolerances.

I do not use any artificial preservatives, colours or flavourings in my original recipes, and where possible I use organic, fairtrade and seasonal ingredients.



Spotlight: Wow, a personalised bakery service - what prompted you to start this business?
I started this business because, I've always made cakes and desserts for friend's and family's celebrations and often at parties and gatherings people would ask where the cake was from and where could they buy one? I used to make all of these cakes for free but as I received more and more referrals, I realised that I was spending A LOT of time (and money) doing cakes for people, it was ok doing them for family but I was increasingly making cakes for people who were not related to me.
Many family members suggested I start charging for cakes but I used to say who would pay for a home made cake from me when they could go to a Supermarket and get a cheaper one? Everyone used to say my cakes were better than the ones in the supermarket (and without being big headed, it's true they are.) So I started charging people for cakes, at first I was almost apologetic about charging people but they were happy to pay for my cakes, they could see and taste the love and attention I put into every order and the quality of the ingredients I use.

After about a year and with much encouragement from my husband I decided to get serious, print some business cards and do it properly, then "Cater to Your Senses" was born, I decided on this name because I believe my products are a delight to all your senses, fair enough they don't really make a sound but the sounds of people enjoying and munching on my cakes is a delight to me.



Spotlight: What have been the best bits about running your own business?
The best bits about running my own business are that, I'm my own boss, I set my own hours and control all aspects of my business, It gives me the freedom I could not have by working for someone else. Keeping my own hours means I do not have to rush and I can take my time to complete each delicious creation.

Spotlight:  Conversely, What have been the worst bits about running your own business?
The worst parts about running my own business are that, I'm responsible for everything, so as much as I love being in control, I can't control EVERYTHING, if there's traffic, or any cake disasters it's my fault and it's up to me to put it right. In addition there's no sick pay or holiday pay, if I don't work I don't get paid it's simple and the times that most people are chilling and relaxing with their loved ones (Easter, Valentine's, New Year, Christmas etc) I'm working and at my busiest, but I'm not really complaining because I enjoy what I do so much.



Spotlight: What are your top 3 best sellers?
My top 3 best sellers are my
  • Banoffee Cupcakes, 
  • Black Forest Gateau/Cupcakes and 
  • my Bespoke Birthday cakes.


Spotlight: Mmmm those birthday cakes! I can personally attest to their deliciousness. How can my readers find you?
You can find me at:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/catertoyoursensesemail: samantha_sians@hotmail.com
twitter: @ SianTheBaker
website: http://sianthenaturalhairedbaker.wordpress.comPhone:  07965591784.

Special Offer for your readers
Until June 30th 2013, all new customers will receive free delivery on their first order if it totals £45.00 or more. I deliver to any address in London and some parts of Essex, Kent and Surrey. Please still contact me if you would like a delivery outside of these areas as sometimes I am able to accommodate.







WELCOME TO THE TAPESTRY OF ME....
These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Web: http://www.lovelifelocs.com
Twitter: @almocado
Facebook: Facebook.com/almondavocado

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