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Valentine's Day seems to be the marmite of holidays. Some people love it and go all out, filling the house with rose petals, buying literally everything Pandora sells, and taking their loved one out for a three course meal to boot. Others aren't that bothered about it and will simply use it as an excuse to order their weight in mozzarella dippers off Just Eat and spend some quality time cuddled up on the sofa in their PJs. Honestly, I fall more into the latter category but one thing I think we can all agree on is that a beautiful bunch of flowers is always well received - be it Valentine's Day or any other day of the year.

This year, Pinc are hosting an amazing giveaway in collaboration with Carmarthen Florist that could help you go above and beyond on the Valentine's Day gift front and win mega brownie points with your other half. They are giving away 100 roses for you to gift your other half!

How to enter

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is:
- send an email to contact@carmarthenflorist.co.uk with a picture of you and your loved one and explain why this person deserves to win 100 red roses on Valentine's Day.
- entrants must be 18 or over
- must be based within the delivery zone of Carmarthen Florist (in Wales)

How is it judged?

The team at Pinc will internally decide whose message was the most creative, sweet or funny so think outside the box and you could be in with a chance of winning big!

Additional information

- The contest will run from February 1st to February 10th. 
- Only one entry per email account is accepted
- As this is a local contest, we encourage residents of our local delivery area to join.
- Should you have any questions about our Valentine's Day 2021 Contest, you can reach out to us at
contact@carmarthenflorist.co.uk

Why Should You Enter?

The past year has been a really difficult one for just about everyone so it is important to focus, now more than ever, on positivity and celebrate the people we share our lives with. Not only that but entering this competition helps support our local Carmarthen Florist. And who doesn't love roses? They are connected with love and romance so will instantly show the recipient how much you care about them and make them feel adored - who wouldn't want that?

So if you want to confess your true feelings this February 14th or just make your partner feel extra special, take this opportunity to win 100 red roses and send it to the one you love!

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Pinc and Carmarthen Florist

Giveaway: Win 100 Red Roses With Carmarthen Florist (AD)


Valentine's Day seems to be the marmite of holidays. Some people love it and go all out, filling the house with rose petals, buying literally everything Pandora sells, and taking their loved one out for a three course meal to boot. Others aren't that bothered about it and will simply use it as an excuse to order their weight in mozzarella dippers off Just Eat and spend some quality time cuddled up on the sofa in their PJs. Honestly, I fall more into the latter category but one thing I think we can all agree on is that a beautiful bunch of flowers is always well received - be it Valentine's Day or any other day of the year.

This year, Pinc are hosting an amazing giveaway in collaboration with Carmarthen Florist that could help you go above and beyond on the Valentine's Day gift front and win mega brownie points with your other half. They are giving away 100 roses for you to gift your other half!

How to enter

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is:
- send an email to contact@carmarthenflorist.co.uk with a picture of you and your loved one and explain why this person deserves to win 100 red roses on Valentine's Day.
- entrants must be 18 or over
- must be based within the delivery zone of Carmarthen Florist (in Wales)

How is it judged?

The team at Pinc will internally decide whose message was the most creative, sweet or funny so think outside the box and you could be in with a chance of winning big!

Additional information

- The contest will run from February 1st to February 10th. 
- Only one entry per email account is accepted
- As this is a local contest, we encourage residents of our local delivery area to join.
- Should you have any questions about our Valentine's Day 2021 Contest, you can reach out to us at
contact@carmarthenflorist.co.uk

Why Should You Enter?

The past year has been a really difficult one for just about everyone so it is important to focus, now more than ever, on positivity and celebrate the people we share our lives with. Not only that but entering this competition helps support our local Carmarthen Florist. And who doesn't love roses? They are connected with love and romance so will instantly show the recipient how much you care about them and make them feel adored - who wouldn't want that?

So if you want to confess your true feelings this February 14th or just make your partner feel extra special, take this opportunity to win 100 red roses and send it to the one you love!

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Pinc and Carmarthen Florist


It has been about a year, give or take, since the notion to set up my own little Etsy shop popped into my brain. After watching one too many resin pour videos on tik tok, I decided that my fortune was to be made in mixing dried flowers with chemical glue stuff and somehow forming it into jewellery and homeware. Fast forward a few months and I am in the urgent care unit of a small hospital in the middle of a global pandemic waiting to be seen by a doctor to assess what in the world could have caused the mystery rash that had spread from my hands, up my arms, up my neck, across my face and caused major swelling to my eyes. First lesson learnt (the hard way), always wear gloves and goggles when working with resin. Or, for me, bin all the resin and curse its very name until the cows come home. Both work. 

Since then, I have made 120 sales (and counting!) selling jewellery (of the non-resin variety) and, more recently, candles and wax melts. It has been fun. It has been tiring. It has contained a lot more maths than I wanted to be involved with. It has also been kinda expensive - especially as I can't stop buying new moulds for the wax melts and fragrances and a tonne of gemstones to stick on basically everything. But I have also learnt a few little tips and tricks that I thought would be useful to share.

Tik Tok is your friend

Tik Tok is the marmite of social media sites. Some people have a borderline addiction to it and literally can't sleep without their nightly hours long scroll. Some people think it is just for kids. And some people simply avoid it because they don't want to fall down the rabbit hole of cute puppy vids. But it can be great for small business! If you follow people who create similar stuff to you, it is a super easy way to create a little supportive community and drive traffic to other sites too. Also Tik Tok has a crazy way of making random videos go viral out of nowhere. I should know - I have just shy of 200 followers but one of my videos has 27000 views and over 1000 likes. If you post consistently on there and interact with others, it is a great way to build your business.

Make your product titles long

This is a tip that I only recently learnt but apparently is super important. Long product titles make it more likely for your product to come up in searches on Etsy. For example, instead of listing something as 'rose soy wax candle', list it as 'vegan, eco-friendly, soy wax container candle, rose scented' - just try to really expand on all elements of your product and wack as much as you can into that product title without making it look too spammy.

Research hashtags

When I first started posting on my business instagram, I was just using hashtags like #etsy and #smallbusiness - which are fine but each have thousands of posts on them. My posts were disappearing in seconds because there were just too many posts on there. So I had a little search and found some localised hashtags for my area. Stuff like #shoplocalcardiff and #smallbusinesswales are ones that I use on every post as I want to tap into that local audience and encourage people to shop locally. It also means that I can drop off orders around Cardiff and meet a lot of lovely people whilst also saving them money on packaging - it is really win-win.

Add up your costs properly

Before my boyfriend got involved and started asking about what everything costs, I was just guessing what I should price things as - and often underselling myself. Be sure to keep track of the cost of things (especially packaging as I always forget to factor this in) and price accordingly. Also keep your eyes on what the postage is costing as Royal Mail are getting cheeky and keep upping the costs every so often.


One big spend saves in the long run

Sometimes spending big once will save you money over time. A great example of this is investing in a logo stamp. This feels really frivolous in the moment but if you add up all the costs of stickers and labels over time - it is a real money saver. And you can get pretty gold ink for it too.

Work on your photography

One thing that I think has really improved for me in this year is the quality of my photography. Product photography is totally different from my usual style of photography - which I would characterise as my kids being silly in cute locations - so it has been a learning curve. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest just looking at how other people shoot similar products and I have kinda sorted a method that works for me. I use as much natural light as possible (I shoot on the windowsill in my kids' room) and use the curtain as background so it is a clean, single colour then I put flowers in front of the lens to add depth to the photo. But definitely play around and see what works for you! Just make sure your product is clear and that you can easily see all aspects to it.

What are your top tips for starting out on Etsy?

Things I Learnt In My First Year Of Selling On Etsy


It has been about a year, give or take, since the notion to set up my own little Etsy shop popped into my brain. After watching one too many resin pour videos on tik tok, I decided that my fortune was to be made in mixing dried flowers with chemical glue stuff and somehow forming it into jewellery and homeware. Fast forward a few months and I am in the urgent care unit of a small hospital in the middle of a global pandemic waiting to be seen by a doctor to assess what in the world could have caused the mystery rash that had spread from my hands, up my arms, up my neck, across my face and caused major swelling to my eyes. First lesson learnt (the hard way), always wear gloves and goggles when working with resin. Or, for me, bin all the resin and curse its very name until the cows come home. Both work. 

Since then, I have made 120 sales (and counting!) selling jewellery (of the non-resin variety) and, more recently, candles and wax melts. It has been fun. It has been tiring. It has contained a lot more maths than I wanted to be involved with. It has also been kinda expensive - especially as I can't stop buying new moulds for the wax melts and fragrances and a tonne of gemstones to stick on basically everything. But I have also learnt a few little tips and tricks that I thought would be useful to share.

Tik Tok is your friend

Tik Tok is the marmite of social media sites. Some people have a borderline addiction to it and literally can't sleep without their nightly hours long scroll. Some people think it is just for kids. And some people simply avoid it because they don't want to fall down the rabbit hole of cute puppy vids. But it can be great for small business! If you follow people who create similar stuff to you, it is a super easy way to create a little supportive community and drive traffic to other sites too. Also Tik Tok has a crazy way of making random videos go viral out of nowhere. I should know - I have just shy of 200 followers but one of my videos has 27000 views and over 1000 likes. If you post consistently on there and interact with others, it is a great way to build your business.

Make your product titles long

This is a tip that I only recently learnt but apparently is super important. Long product titles make it more likely for your product to come up in searches on Etsy. For example, instead of listing something as 'rose soy wax candle', list it as 'vegan, eco-friendly, soy wax container candle, rose scented' - just try to really expand on all elements of your product and wack as much as you can into that product title without making it look too spammy.

Research hashtags

When I first started posting on my business instagram, I was just using hashtags like #etsy and #smallbusiness - which are fine but each have thousands of posts on them. My posts were disappearing in seconds because there were just too many posts on there. So I had a little search and found some localised hashtags for my area. Stuff like #shoplocalcardiff and #smallbusinesswales are ones that I use on every post as I want to tap into that local audience and encourage people to shop locally. It also means that I can drop off orders around Cardiff and meet a lot of lovely people whilst also saving them money on packaging - it is really win-win.

Add up your costs properly

Before my boyfriend got involved and started asking about what everything costs, I was just guessing what I should price things as - and often underselling myself. Be sure to keep track of the cost of things (especially packaging as I always forget to factor this in) and price accordingly. Also keep your eyes on what the postage is costing as Royal Mail are getting cheeky and keep upping the costs every so often.


One big spend saves in the long run

Sometimes spending big once will save you money over time. A great example of this is investing in a logo stamp. This feels really frivolous in the moment but if you add up all the costs of stickers and labels over time - it is a real money saver. And you can get pretty gold ink for it too.

Work on your photography

One thing that I think has really improved for me in this year is the quality of my photography. Product photography is totally different from my usual style of photography - which I would characterise as my kids being silly in cute locations - so it has been a learning curve. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest just looking at how other people shoot similar products and I have kinda sorted a method that works for me. I use as much natural light as possible (I shoot on the windowsill in my kids' room) and use the curtain as background so it is a clean, single colour then I put flowers in front of the lens to add depth to the photo. But definitely play around and see what works for you! Just make sure your product is clear and that you can easily see all aspects to it.

What are your top tips for starting out on Etsy?

 It’s true to say that much of our approach to travel has changed somewhat in recent months - for obvious reasons. However, I still firmly believe that no matter what kind of blip in the road we may come across, even for seasoned travellers like ourselves, we can surmount and come back better and more informed from the challenge.


Perhaps the limited amount of travel we can partake in right now will give us a renewed appreciation for how we might travel further afield in the future, and what kind of activities we might get up to. It has also helped us to look back on our past adventures with fresh eyes and draw new conclusions from them, moving forward and using these lessons to squeeze even further value the next time we come to book a trip.


Not only this but being deprived of foreign travel and exploration can make us better travellers in the future.


Here’s how we would recommend redefining your approach to travel when the world opens up once more:


Making It More Cultural


Make your approach to travel more cultural. Take the time to appreciate a different culture, be mindful of how you explore it, and ensure you see the tourist traps alongside plenty of side activities. Take a careful, respectful approach to its history. You might decide to speak to the locals and eat in the most authentic restaurants. You might spend some time in a local town that really helps you get a true idea of what the local culture is like - rather than just sticking to the tourist areas. In other words, taking the time to go out of your way to be more of a traveller and less of a tourist can often bear fruit and helps you enjoy your approach even more.


Purpose-Driven Trips


Purpose-driven trips can be incredible if you schedule them right. When everything opens back up again and restaurants get back into the swing of things, heading on a food tour can help you not only indulge like you’ve been dreaming of this past year, but it helps you truly enjoy food that you may not have otherwise. It is also a great way to help support local business and divert your money into localised economies rather than support giant chains.


Doing Some Good


Why not perform a random act of kindness whilst you are travelling? The top volunteer organisations in Sri Lanka are known to offer a range of excellent and impactful experiences that can truly help you assist the local community whilst learning more about their culture. Doing some good not only helps you feel as though your wanderlust is more than self-serving but it helps you do some actual good and make a small but meaningful impact. It is win-win and it may introduce you to a side of traveling that you rarely get to see. This can be a great options if you are taking some time to explore and try new things before a professional or academic career begins too.


I hope these tips have helped you to think about ways you can redefine your approach to travel and consider the impact foreign travel has on local communities and the people who inhabit those areas.


This post contains hosted content*

Redefining Your Approach To Travel*

 It’s true to say that much of our approach to travel has changed somewhat in recent months - for obvious reasons. However, I still firmly believe that no matter what kind of blip in the road we may come across, even for seasoned travellers like ourselves, we can surmount and come back better and more informed from the challenge.


Perhaps the limited amount of travel we can partake in right now will give us a renewed appreciation for how we might travel further afield in the future, and what kind of activities we might get up to. It has also helped us to look back on our past adventures with fresh eyes and draw new conclusions from them, moving forward and using these lessons to squeeze even further value the next time we come to book a trip.


Not only this but being deprived of foreign travel and exploration can make us better travellers in the future.


Here’s how we would recommend redefining your approach to travel when the world opens up once more:


Making It More Cultural


Make your approach to travel more cultural. Take the time to appreciate a different culture, be mindful of how you explore it, and ensure you see the tourist traps alongside plenty of side activities. Take a careful, respectful approach to its history. You might decide to speak to the locals and eat in the most authentic restaurants. You might spend some time in a local town that really helps you get a true idea of what the local culture is like - rather than just sticking to the tourist areas. In other words, taking the time to go out of your way to be more of a traveller and less of a tourist can often bear fruit and helps you enjoy your approach even more.


Purpose-Driven Trips


Purpose-driven trips can be incredible if you schedule them right. When everything opens back up again and restaurants get back into the swing of things, heading on a food tour can help you not only indulge like you’ve been dreaming of this past year, but it helps you truly enjoy food that you may not have otherwise. It is also a great way to help support local business and divert your money into localised economies rather than support giant chains.


Doing Some Good


Why not perform a random act of kindness whilst you are travelling? The top volunteer organisations in Sri Lanka are known to offer a range of excellent and impactful experiences that can truly help you assist the local community whilst learning more about their culture. Doing some good not only helps you feel as though your wanderlust is more than self-serving but it helps you do some actual good and make a small but meaningful impact. It is win-win and it may introduce you to a side of traveling that you rarely get to see. This can be a great options if you are taking some time to explore and try new things before a professional or academic career begins too.


I hope these tips have helped you to think about ways you can redefine your approach to travel and consider the impact foreign travel has on local communities and the people who inhabit those areas.


This post contains hosted content*

 I've never been a huge beauty person. I have a couple of makeup faves (Body Shop tea tree foundation is my ride or die) and I occasionally dabble in skincare but beauty has never been a massive part of my life. So, when I do try something new - especially when I try something new and absolutely love it - it feels like kinda a big deal. So much so that I want to tell everyone I know to immediately go out and purchase that product - like that very second (hence this post).

As we've just had Christmas and maybe also because I have developed a real hobby for online shopping during the lockdowns, I have been trying out a few new bits. And some of it has really impressed me! In all honesty, it may just be the fancy packaging and pretty colours that have drawn me in - I am no beauty guru, let's put it that way - but all of these would deffo make cute gifts or yknow gifts for yourself (my favourite - and increasingly common - type of gift).

Good Molecules Face Serums

(gifted) Good Molecules is a company I hadn't heard of prior to them contacting me but I have been using their products everyday since they arrived on my doorstep (in fabulous, colourful packaging). And now I couldn't live without them! They do this colour correcting serum that has really helped me calm down my rosy cheeks and the products just leave my skin feeling so good and fresh. They're not oily at all and don't feel heavy - they are just lovely and gentle enough to use everyday (even with my sensitive skin!). I am so happy I got the chance to be introduced to this company and will deffo be exploring more of their products in future (they have this pineapple exfoliating powder that has really caught my eye!).

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion

Lush is one of those places that I used to shop in all the time. In fact, I remember spending all of my birthday money on a slightly dodgy, possibly counterfeit gift box of Lush goodies off ebay once. That is how Lush obsessed I was. Nowadays, I can appreciate a good Lush bath bomb. Or one of their face masks that need to be kept in the fridge - but it isn't somewhere I often shop. Honestly, it is a little too pricey for me and most of the stuff I can find good alternative for from small businesses. That all changed though when I was gifted the Lush Sleepy body lotion for Christmas. Now lavender is one of my favourite scents so this was already bound to be an instant win but I didn't expect to love it as much as I do. It leaves my skin so soft and isn't too heavy - especially as my skin struggles to absorb most body lotions and oils. The colour is a gorgeous purple tone and has iridescent shimmers through it. And it just smells oh so good. Literally go to Lush and sniff it.

Ystrad Bath And Bubbles Bath Bombs

This Etsy shop is owned by my boyfriend's mum (no, I'm not biased) and she makes the most incredible bath bombs. Yes, that bath water in the picture is from one of her bath bombs! These bath bombs are cruelty free and really well priced whilst also being nicely fragranced (but not overpowering) and they give off such vivid colours. Honestly, I would never buy bath bombs from anywhere else, these are just that good.

What are your current beauty faves?

Beauty Products I'm Loving Right Now

 I've never been a huge beauty person. I have a couple of makeup faves (Body Shop tea tree foundation is my ride or die) and I occasionally dabble in skincare but beauty has never been a massive part of my life. So, when I do try something new - especially when I try something new and absolutely love it - it feels like kinda a big deal. So much so that I want to tell everyone I know to immediately go out and purchase that product - like that very second (hence this post).

As we've just had Christmas and maybe also because I have developed a real hobby for online shopping during the lockdowns, I have been trying out a few new bits. And some of it has really impressed me! In all honesty, it may just be the fancy packaging and pretty colours that have drawn me in - I am no beauty guru, let's put it that way - but all of these would deffo make cute gifts or yknow gifts for yourself (my favourite - and increasingly common - type of gift).

Good Molecules Face Serums

(gifted) Good Molecules is a company I hadn't heard of prior to them contacting me but I have been using their products everyday since they arrived on my doorstep (in fabulous, colourful packaging). And now I couldn't live without them! They do this colour correcting serum that has really helped me calm down my rosy cheeks and the products just leave my skin feeling so good and fresh. They're not oily at all and don't feel heavy - they are just lovely and gentle enough to use everyday (even with my sensitive skin!). I am so happy I got the chance to be introduced to this company and will deffo be exploring more of their products in future (they have this pineapple exfoliating powder that has really caught my eye!).

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion

Lush is one of those places that I used to shop in all the time. In fact, I remember spending all of my birthday money on a slightly dodgy, possibly counterfeit gift box of Lush goodies off ebay once. That is how Lush obsessed I was. Nowadays, I can appreciate a good Lush bath bomb. Or one of their face masks that need to be kept in the fridge - but it isn't somewhere I often shop. Honestly, it is a little too pricey for me and most of the stuff I can find good alternative for from small businesses. That all changed though when I was gifted the Lush Sleepy body lotion for Christmas. Now lavender is one of my favourite scents so this was already bound to be an instant win but I didn't expect to love it as much as I do. It leaves my skin so soft and isn't too heavy - especially as my skin struggles to absorb most body lotions and oils. The colour is a gorgeous purple tone and has iridescent shimmers through it. And it just smells oh so good. Literally go to Lush and sniff it.

Ystrad Bath And Bubbles Bath Bombs

This Etsy shop is owned by my boyfriend's mum (no, I'm not biased) and she makes the most incredible bath bombs. Yes, that bath water in the picture is from one of her bath bombs! These bath bombs are cruelty free and really well priced whilst also being nicely fragranced (but not overpowering) and they give off such vivid colours. Honestly, I would never buy bath bombs from anywhere else, these are just that good.

What are your current beauty faves?


This Christmas, I chose to support as many small businesses as possible. As I started my own Esty page at the start of 2020, it showed me how much time and effort small business owners put into each sale - so, I wanted to bring that little bit of joy to as many people as possible by supporting their shops. And that is an energy I want to maintain as we move into 2021. I want to shop small and shop local as much as possible. I want to buy off Etsy as much as possible - and just celebrate people's creativity and hard work in the products they make.

So, I thought I should put together a little post sharing my favourite small businesses that I want to support throughout 2021. Many of these are people I know in real life that I am immensely proud of for focusing in on their passions and making something of it. And others are most likely people I have discovered on Instagram that make super cute stuff.

Nord66 Chocolates

I would say I am biased here but, to be honest, I really am not - even if he is my boyfriend. Shane is a chef but turned his hand to making chocolates during the first lockdown. Now we are in the third lockdown here in Wales and he is reopening his shop once again after a brief Christmas break. Not only are his chocolates absolutely stunning to look at (trust me, having them in the fridge but knowing I can't touch them is like my own personal hell) but the flavour combinations he comes up with are awesome - and definitely not your typical basic caramel or orange creme filling. He is currently working on a blood orange ganache (which is heavenly) and even a rose and lychee filling too! He changes up his flavours each month to match what is in season so be sure to follow him to see what he'll do next.

BKWEcoDesigns

This Etsy shop is owned by my uni friend Becky. We were housemates when we were studying in Cardiff and she was doing illustrations whilst I was doing English Lit. For the longest, I have been saying she should open an Etsy shop because she is mega talented - and she has! She sells eco-friendly handmade scrunchies as well as hand-drawn greeting cards. I am really excited to see where she goes with her small business as we go into the new year because, like I said, this girl has so much talent and I know anything she turns her hand to will be amazing.

Fwdge

Fwdge is a small business I came across on Instagram and instantly fell in love with the look of their products. They handmake fudge here in Wales and it is heavenly. Literally the best fudge I have ever tried (and I'm from Devon - we know our fudge). I originally bought a pack (pretty last minute) for my brother's girlfriend's birthday present but it didn't arrive in time - luckily for me! I managed to get her something else and ate the lot myself. It was so, so good. Creamy and melt in the mouth goodness. Full of flavour. Literally if you want to treat yourself, order from Fwdge. You won't regret it.

Cake Or Death

Cake Or Death is another Instagram find and one that I was instantly drawn to because of their packaging. They do the most amazing bright pink leopard print boxes - and, the best part, they are full of brownies! Their speciality is vegan brownies. These are another thing that I ordered for my brother's girlfriend (as the back up gift) and they went down so well. Honestly, I am eating my way through this lockdown and what better way to do it than with homemade brownies?

Ystrad Bath and Bubbles

Ystrad Bath And Bubbles is another small business based here in Wales that I am obsessed. It is run by my boyfriend's mum and she makes the most amazing bath bombs in a load of different shapes - ranging from everything from Peppa Pig to hamsa hands. They smell amazing but my favourite thing about them is the colour they give off. They make the bath so vibrant and all have a mix of colours in them giving a nice gradient to the water - and they are cruelty free! So, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Lush without ditching the ethics or the quality - check this brand out!

Black Rose Decoden

Black Rose Decoden is a small business that recently opened. They are based in Wales and make custom phone cases for whichever phone type and style you want. I recently got a phone case from them which is moon themed and it is gorgeous. I love the tones and colours they used as well as all the stars and little moons. It is so cute and well made. Definitely would recommend them if you are looking for a new phone case.

What's your favourite small business?

Small Businesses To Support In 2021


This Christmas, I chose to support as many small businesses as possible. As I started my own Esty page at the start of 2020, it showed me how much time and effort small business owners put into each sale - so, I wanted to bring that little bit of joy to as many people as possible by supporting their shops. And that is an energy I want to maintain as we move into 2021. I want to shop small and shop local as much as possible. I want to buy off Etsy as much as possible - and just celebrate people's creativity and hard work in the products they make.

So, I thought I should put together a little post sharing my favourite small businesses that I want to support throughout 2021. Many of these are people I know in real life that I am immensely proud of for focusing in on their passions and making something of it. And others are most likely people I have discovered on Instagram that make super cute stuff.

Nord66 Chocolates

I would say I am biased here but, to be honest, I really am not - even if he is my boyfriend. Shane is a chef but turned his hand to making chocolates during the first lockdown. Now we are in the third lockdown here in Wales and he is reopening his shop once again after a brief Christmas break. Not only are his chocolates absolutely stunning to look at (trust me, having them in the fridge but knowing I can't touch them is like my own personal hell) but the flavour combinations he comes up with are awesome - and definitely not your typical basic caramel or orange creme filling. He is currently working on a blood orange ganache (which is heavenly) and even a rose and lychee filling too! He changes up his flavours each month to match what is in season so be sure to follow him to see what he'll do next.

BKWEcoDesigns

This Etsy shop is owned by my uni friend Becky. We were housemates when we were studying in Cardiff and she was doing illustrations whilst I was doing English Lit. For the longest, I have been saying she should open an Etsy shop because she is mega talented - and she has! She sells eco-friendly handmade scrunchies as well as hand-drawn greeting cards. I am really excited to see where she goes with her small business as we go into the new year because, like I said, this girl has so much talent and I know anything she turns her hand to will be amazing.

Fwdge

Fwdge is a small business I came across on Instagram and instantly fell in love with the look of their products. They handmake fudge here in Wales and it is heavenly. Literally the best fudge I have ever tried (and I'm from Devon - we know our fudge). I originally bought a pack (pretty last minute) for my brother's girlfriend's birthday present but it didn't arrive in time - luckily for me! I managed to get her something else and ate the lot myself. It was so, so good. Creamy and melt in the mouth goodness. Full of flavour. Literally if you want to treat yourself, order from Fwdge. You won't regret it.

Cake Or Death

Cake Or Death is another Instagram find and one that I was instantly drawn to because of their packaging. They do the most amazing bright pink leopard print boxes - and, the best part, they are full of brownies! Their speciality is vegan brownies. These are another thing that I ordered for my brother's girlfriend (as the back up gift) and they went down so well. Honestly, I am eating my way through this lockdown and what better way to do it than with homemade brownies?

Ystrad Bath and Bubbles

Ystrad Bath And Bubbles is another small business based here in Wales that I am obsessed. It is run by my boyfriend's mum and she makes the most amazing bath bombs in a load of different shapes - ranging from everything from Peppa Pig to hamsa hands. They smell amazing but my favourite thing about them is the colour they give off. They make the bath so vibrant and all have a mix of colours in them giving a nice gradient to the water - and they are cruelty free! So, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Lush without ditching the ethics or the quality - check this brand out!

Black Rose Decoden

Black Rose Decoden is a small business that recently opened. They are based in Wales and make custom phone cases for whichever phone type and style you want. I recently got a phone case from them which is moon themed and it is gorgeous. I love the tones and colours they used as well as all the stars and little moons. It is so cute and well made. Definitely would recommend them if you are looking for a new phone case.

What's your favourite small business?



A lot of people underestimate the importance of making sure that they pick the right bed for their child. However, the bed in which a child sleeps in has a crucial impact. After all, approximately one-third of each day is spent sleeping. Therefore, children need to feel safe, comfortable and at ease in their bedroom. Choosing the right bed can ensure that a child has a pleasant and peaceful night’s sleep without any unrest. This is especially useful if your child suffers from problems such as bed-wetting and nightmares. 

There are a lot of key elements that go into ensuring that you pick the perfect bed for your child. You need to think about whether your child will like it, how it will look in the room, whether it will be cost effective and more. In order to give you a helping hand, this blog post reveals some of the key points that should be considered when looking for kids beds. 


The first thing that obviously needs to be considered is the price of the bed. Everybody has a different budget and there are a whole host of house beds available on the market so it is vital to stay within a budget that you have devised. Furthermore, before purchasing the bed in question it is always advisable to search around in order to ensure that you have found a good deal and are not getting ripped off. Nevertheless, if something is surprisingly cheap it is recommended to stay away because this could indicate a serious lack of quality and can end up costing more in the long run.


In addition to price one must also think about the appearance of the bed. After all, it is a kid’s bed that is being bought and therefore it must be exciting to look at in order to provoke a positive reaction of your child. A bed is the main furniture piece in any bedroom and therefore it has a massive influence on the feel and vibe of the room. Therefore, it needs to be something your child loves in order for them to want to sleep in it.


Furthermore, you need to think of the size of the bed you are going to buy. It is crucial to get a bed that will fit your child but that will also have a little bit of room for when your child goes. You should also think about the size of the bed in conjunction to the size of the room. If your child has a small bedroom and you buy them a huge bed then their room will look cluttered and crammed. 


If you consider the points raised in this article then I am sure you will be well on your way to finding the perfect bed for your little loved one.

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What Makes A Good Bed For A Child?*



A lot of people underestimate the importance of making sure that they pick the right bed for their child. However, the bed in which a child sleeps in has a crucial impact. After all, approximately one-third of each day is spent sleeping. Therefore, children need to feel safe, comfortable and at ease in their bedroom. Choosing the right bed can ensure that a child has a pleasant and peaceful night’s sleep without any unrest. This is especially useful if your child suffers from problems such as bed-wetting and nightmares. 

There are a lot of key elements that go into ensuring that you pick the perfect bed for your child. You need to think about whether your child will like it, how it will look in the room, whether it will be cost effective and more. In order to give you a helping hand, this blog post reveals some of the key points that should be considered when looking for kids beds. 


The first thing that obviously needs to be considered is the price of the bed. Everybody has a different budget and there are a whole host of house beds available on the market so it is vital to stay within a budget that you have devised. Furthermore, before purchasing the bed in question it is always advisable to search around in order to ensure that you have found a good deal and are not getting ripped off. Nevertheless, if something is surprisingly cheap it is recommended to stay away because this could indicate a serious lack of quality and can end up costing more in the long run.


In addition to price one must also think about the appearance of the bed. After all, it is a kid’s bed that is being bought and therefore it must be exciting to look at in order to provoke a positive reaction of your child. A bed is the main furniture piece in any bedroom and therefore it has a massive influence on the feel and vibe of the room. Therefore, it needs to be something your child loves in order for them to want to sleep in it.


Furthermore, you need to think of the size of the bed you are going to buy. It is crucial to get a bed that will fit your child but that will also have a little bit of room for when your child goes. You should also think about the size of the bed in conjunction to the size of the room. If your child has a small bedroom and you buy them a huge bed then their room will look cluttered and crammed. 


If you consider the points raised in this article then I am sure you will be well on your way to finding the perfect bed for your little loved one.

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 Selling a partnership comes with its own unique set of challenges. A partnership is not a limited company. 

It is a formalised agreement between two or more partners who wish to share resources, skills, and knowledge for the benefit of all. In a lot of cases, partnerships are formed to take advantage of favourable tax arrangements. There is usually a ‘partnership agreement’, which outlines the terms that have been agreed between the parties. These terms can vary depending on who is involved. 


Because of this, selling a share in a partnership can be a difficult and challenging process, as you need to look back at the partnership agreement. Below, we will reveal more about the options that are available when selling a partnership, as well as the different factors that need to be considered. 


Reasons for breaking partnerships

There are a number of different reasons why you may want to sell your share in a partnership. This includes the following:


  • Relationship breakdown

  • Retirement

  • Ill health

  • Emigration


Selling a business of any sort is difficult, but when there are others involved, complexities naturally arise. The best way to sell in a partnership is to call a meeting so that you can explain your intentions to everyone else involved. 


If you’ve been struggling financially, you may want to look into restructuring your business activities or borrowing money. You could look into loans for homeowners if your business credit rating is not great.


Your partnership agreement should have a part that covers what would happen in the event that one partner wanted to sell. Your partners will then need to decide whether they want to buy your ‘share’. This would be the best scenario in most cases, but all partners need to be in agreement. 


The valuation of your share in the partnership

There are no set rules for how much your share of the company is worth, unless already pre-determined in your agreement. Because of this, it is a good idea to use a number of valuation methods so that you can easily compare the results. The value of ‘intangible assets’ – for example, intellectual property (IP) and goodwill – should be included on a sensible basis. By using this approach, you will end up with a valuation that reflects the market price of the partnership and your share of the partnership. 


Stage payments 

You also need to consider the method and terms of the payment. When it comes to paying for your share of the company, they may be made in stage payments. If this is the case, make sure you have a guarantee and do not link these payments to future trading performance unless you have a degree of control over the results. Why? Well, if trading performance declines, so too will the amount of money you receive. It may also be possible to charge a small amount of interest on staged or deferred payments. 


All things considered, there is no denying that leaving a partnership comes with challenges. It may not seem logical, but the best approach is to plan your exit when you initially enter into a partnership. 


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What Happens If You Want To Break Up A Business Partnership?*

 Selling a partnership comes with its own unique set of challenges. A partnership is not a limited company. 

It is a formalised agreement between two or more partners who wish to share resources, skills, and knowledge for the benefit of all. In a lot of cases, partnerships are formed to take advantage of favourable tax arrangements. There is usually a ‘partnership agreement’, which outlines the terms that have been agreed between the parties. These terms can vary depending on who is involved. 


Because of this, selling a share in a partnership can be a difficult and challenging process, as you need to look back at the partnership agreement. Below, we will reveal more about the options that are available when selling a partnership, as well as the different factors that need to be considered. 


Reasons for breaking partnerships

There are a number of different reasons why you may want to sell your share in a partnership. This includes the following:


  • Relationship breakdown

  • Retirement

  • Ill health

  • Emigration


Selling a business of any sort is difficult, but when there are others involved, complexities naturally arise. The best way to sell in a partnership is to call a meeting so that you can explain your intentions to everyone else involved. 


If you’ve been struggling financially, you may want to look into restructuring your business activities or borrowing money. You could look into loans for homeowners if your business credit rating is not great.


Your partnership agreement should have a part that covers what would happen in the event that one partner wanted to sell. Your partners will then need to decide whether they want to buy your ‘share’. This would be the best scenario in most cases, but all partners need to be in agreement. 


The valuation of your share in the partnership

There are no set rules for how much your share of the company is worth, unless already pre-determined in your agreement. Because of this, it is a good idea to use a number of valuation methods so that you can easily compare the results. The value of ‘intangible assets’ – for example, intellectual property (IP) and goodwill – should be included on a sensible basis. By using this approach, you will end up with a valuation that reflects the market price of the partnership and your share of the partnership. 


Stage payments 

You also need to consider the method and terms of the payment. When it comes to paying for your share of the company, they may be made in stage payments. If this is the case, make sure you have a guarantee and do not link these payments to future trading performance unless you have a degree of control over the results. Why? Well, if trading performance declines, so too will the amount of money you receive. It may also be possible to charge a small amount of interest on staged or deferred payments. 


All things considered, there is no denying that leaving a partnership comes with challenges. It may not seem logical, but the best approach is to plan your exit when you initially enter into a partnership. 


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