What is Arbonne?

What is Arbonne?

I’ve been talking about Arbonne a fair bit on my Instagram recently. And I’ve been chatting to a lot of you about it too. So, I thought I’d do a little blog post to cover the basics, open your eyes to it, and learn why I’m so passionate about it!

Firstly, what is Arbonne? Well, it’s a company with a holistic approach to wellbeing, skincare, beauty, and general health. We value, empowerment, sustainability, and transparency. We have been running for 40 years, and as of 2020 we are a Certified B Corporation (can a get a hell yeah!). It is a legitimate, amazing company that gives anyone & everyone the opportunity to succeed.

Real Talk: I am not an idiot. It’s fair to say I’m a pretty switched on, level-headed person. And I also have a great passion for business. I asked my questions, and I took a chance. A chance that I would not change for the world.

I’m empowered, I’m achieving, I have vision. And the best part? You can too!

How Does it Work?

You might be thinking ‘this all sounds great, but how does it actually work?’. Well, firstly, it’s incredibly simple. We all wash our face everyday, right? We shower, wash our hair, wear make-up. We brush our teeth, put on deodorant, wash our hands. You’re doing these things pretty much every day, am I right?

With the Arbonne Opportunity, we simply use these every day products and, through sharing with others, earn on our personal product sales to clients. When you join Arbonne, you have your own web link and when someone buys through your link, you earn a commission back. Simple, yes? People can be so put off by this idea of ‘spreading the word’, which is silly. Because we are already doing this all the time!

How many times have you bought something online and received an email saying ‘refer a friend and get 15% off your next order’. Arbonne is the same thing, but better! Instead of 15% off, you get a % back in commissions. Money into your bank account instead of a discount code encouraging you to spend more!

It’s a no-brainer.

And if you’re a blogger, or follow the ‘influencer world’ then you’ll either be striving to achieve this way of generating an income (through affiliate marketing), or buying into another blogger who earns through their affiliate link. It’s the same thing!

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The Network Marketing Side

So that’s the first way you make an income. The second is the one that can really change your life. And yet, it’s almost always the thing that puts people off most!

Network Marketing is the most powerful way of doing business. It has been described by some of the top business minds as ’21st century business’. Our world is evolving, and business is evolving with it. You’re either going to be riding the wave, or watching as other people do.

With Network Marketing, we are educating those around us about the opportunity. We’re not trying to sell them anything, or force them to sign their life away. We’re simply saying “hey, this is what I’m up to. I think it’s great, and I know you’d love it too. If you’re interested, let’s chat!”. No hard feelings if they’re not – this business definitely isn’t for everyone. But wow – what a journey you can take them on if they are.

You then begin to build a team of people who are all looking to get something more out of life. You work together & support each other to reach & achieve goals, and continue to spread the word about Arbonne, the business model, the products, and the opportunity.

Education. That’s all it is. Education, teaching, nurturing, leading, and empowering. Not sales, not pushy targets, not negative reactions to someone saying no.

If you have been approached by someone in Network Marketing who seemed sales-orientated, pushy, asking you for a huge sign up fee with nothing in return. They are doing it wrong. And their company is quite possibly not legit. This is not Arbonne. Like I said, I’m not stupid and I love business. Y’all gotta trust me on this!

What Has Arbonne Done For Me?

That question should really be what hasn’t Arbonne done for me.

Working in this biz has put me in touch with the most amazing, like-minded women who inspire me every day. I have been pushed out of my comfort zone daily and grown as a person because of it.

My confidence is at a new high, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that. I have a sense of achievement and purpose – a reason to wake up in the morning. I have something to focus on other than what is going on inside my head.

I am motivated, every single day. Motivated to continue achieving and build that life I have always dreamed of. I have passion, determination, and freedom.

I didn’t want to be the person who didn’t take the chance. There was no way I wanted to look back in a few months time, see other people achieving and think, ‘that could have been me’. So I went for it. And I’m not going to look back, nor am I going to stop until I get to where I want to go!

This community is amazing, and I am always welcoming new people onto my team! Keep reading to find out how you can get involved with the Arbonne community.

Is Arbonne For You?

Firstly, Arbonne is for everyone. That might just be switching to better products, or it could be taking a leap of faith with me on this business journey.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the non-toxic, vegan, gluten-free, better quality, non-GMO, cruelty-free products, have a read of my previous blog post.

But, see if you can also relate to any of the below statements:

  • I have an entrepreneurial spirit and I’d love to be making more use of it
  • I’m a blogger and I want to earn more from my hard work
  • I currently work a job that pays the bills, but doesn’t bring me any passion
  • I’d love to travel more but I don’t have the holiday days
  • I’d love to travel more but I don’t have the extra money
  • I have a family so can’t work full time, but would like to be earning a little more money
  • I love my career but don’t know if I can do this forever
  • I have a vision for my life but I don’t know how to get there
  • I don’t want to be the one who didn’t take the chance
  • I need something else to focus on, other than my struggles
  • I don’t want to see others achieving knowing I could’ve been up there with them
  • I want more flexibility for myself and/or my family life
  • I want a sense of achievement
  • I want to feel passionate & inspired
  • I want to know that my hard work will pay off
  • I believe that everyone should have more choices in their life
  • I want to connect with other likeminded people and build relationships
  • I want to inspire others to create a better future for themselves
  • I believe that no-one should be trapped in a job they hate or a relationship they can’t escape from due to lack of choices
  • I want to educate others and be someone to look up to
  • I want to be a leader and develop my skills in this area
  • I believe in time flexibility & freedom
  • I want to work on myself and become the best version of ‘me’
  • I want to feel more confident in my own skin
  • I believe in equal opportunity
  • I believe in an effort based workplace
  • I want to believe in myself and my capability

If one of those applies to you. Just one. This is for you.

How Can I Get Involved with Arbonne?

There are 3 main ways you can get involved…

  1. Become an Independent Consultant and start your very own Arbonne business (eek!).
  2. Become a Preferred Client and get access to 20-40% off all the amazing, results-driven, vegan & cruelty free products (no business!).
  3. Be a connector – you might know someone who would be perfect for Arbonne. And I’d love to hear from them!

There is no harm in finding out a bit more info – no strings attached. Drop me a message on Instagram or send me an email, I’d love to hear from you. And I absolutely will not mind if you decide the business and/or the products are not for you! In life, it’s better to ask the questions and make an educated decision, than to never ask at all!

Please note that this is an effort based business, and results will vary depending on the effort you put in. For more info visit earnings.arbonne.com.

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8 Months to Go! Wedding Planning Update

8 Months to Go! Wedding Planning Update

Since I am officially getting married THIS YEAR (it’s been almost 2 years since I’ve been able to say that haha) I thought I’d do some monthly planning updates. Starting with 8 months to go!

If you’ve been keeping up with my planning posts, you’ll know that most of the big stuff has been booked. But these next 8 months are still going to be filled with plenty of planning mayhem! Hopefully, if you’re getting married too, these posts will also be helpful!

Planning Recap

Just a quick recap for anyone new to the blog! We’re getting married at our local church, and then having the reception at my parents’ house. The barn is currently being renovated (see instagram highlights!) which is stressful to say the least!

I’ve got a maid of honour and two other bridesmaids. Euan has a best man, 2 ushers and a musher (mini-usher – my brother who will be 13). We also have two flower girls and two page boys as well!

We have sorted all the suppliers, apart from live music for the reception. Save the dates have gone out to friends but we haven’t sent the formal invites yet. I have bought my wedding dress (yay!) and we sorted the bridesmaid dresses last month (phew!).

I’ll also link to some other wedding planning blog posts at the end of this one so you can catch-up!

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8 Months to Go – On the Agenda this Month

To keep things as stress-free as possible, I’m focussing on one thing each month. This month is all about the boys’ outfits. We’ve chosen Euan’s kilt tartan, but we need to send the company his measurements, and the measurements of his best man & brother in law.

My brothers (his other usher and the musher) will be in tailcoats which we also still need to source, as will our youngest page boy. If you follow on Instagram stories you’ll know that I visited Mos Bros the other day. I did find a suit that I liked, but to be honest they’re incredibly expensive and I wasn’t in love with it. So, my search isn’t quite over just yet.

I also want to get our mini-moon to Venice booked this month (eek!). We booked our honeymoon to Mauritius in October, so at least that is sorted!

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Other things we’ve got to sort…

  • Finalising the flowers
  • Live music for the reception
  • Buying our wedding rings
  • Venue signs & decor
  • Wedding favours
  • Sending out the invites!
  • Sorting the pre-wedding meal and post-wedding brunch
  • Choosing our table wines

And I’m sure plenty else!

Barn Update…

With 8 months to go, and the barn still not being finished, my stress levels are high. (I’m sure you can imagine!). We visited the barn today and it is actually coming along beautifully. The men are working in there every day now and a lot has been done even since Christmas. So it’s looking hopeful! Keep checking in with my Insta stories too as I’m sure I’ll be posting plenty on there.

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The barn this time last year – it has dramatically improved since this picture!!

Previous Planning Posts…

If you’re new to the blog, here are my previous planning posts. Starting from when we first got engaged in 2018!

Being Engaged

Wedding Dress Shopping Part 1

Wedding Dress Shopping Part 2

Local Wedding Dress Shopping

A Year of Engagement

The Venue

Our Suppliers

The Bridal Party

Wedding Dress

The Guest List

Engagement Shoot!

1 Year to go!

I’d also recommend having a read of my ‘All just for One Day‘ post, and have a browse of my Wedding Tips & Advice category too!

Christmas Shopping – Local or Online?

Christmas Shopping – Local or Online?

Earlier this month I chatted a bit about having an eco-conscious Christmas & sustainable gift buying. I wanted to build on that with a bit about my goal for keeping my Christmas shopping as local as possible, and how it has gone this year!

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*I live in a lovely market town with many super-cute independent shops. Not everyone is as fortunate to have so much on their doorstep, so this really is for the people who are able to shop locally! Everyone & their situations are different, and I’d never want to make anyone feel bad for not shopping locally this Christmas. So – as always – if you’re able to implement what I’m chatting about into your life, please do! But if you aren’t able to, then don’t feel like I’m preachin’ (’cause I ain’t!).*

Christmas Shopping Locally – How did it go?

So, y’all know I love shopping locally & using independent companies as much as possible. And with so much literally outside my front door, I thought it’d be a sin to not make the most of it this year!

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I made a pact with myself that I would only shop in my highstreet shops this year (or as much as possible), and do you know what? I’ve done pretty bloomin’ well. All the gifts I’ve bought for my parents & brothers (apart from one little thing for my youngest brother) I bought in Tavistock. My other brother will be especially pleased about that as he’s very eco-conscious. I’ve also bought everything for our friends (and children of friends!) in Tavistock as well – yay!

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Where I fell down was with presents for Euan – why are men so hard to buy for?! The shops we have in Tavistock are wonderful, but they do lack a bit when it comes to Euan’s taste. However, his entire stocking are gifts from shops on my highstreet, and I’d say 40% of his presents. That’s pretty good, right?!

The Importance of Shopping Locally

So why is it actually important to shop locally? There are many reasons, but these are the ones which resonate the most for me.

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Firstly, the environment. In the grand scheme of things, Christmas shopping locally won’t make a huge impact on the crisis. But every little helps! Items in highstreet shops are already there. They have already been shipped, so you’re not adding to your carbon footprint by having things delivered! And if – like me – you live within walking distance of shops, that’s even better! No need to drive to get your Christmas shopping done.

Secondly, supporting local businesses. This is done by both shopping in their stores and shopping along the highstreet, even if that’s a chain. How? Well, a highstreet only thrives if it’s desirable. It’s only desirable if it has a wide range of shops, and shops that people have heard of. If we don’t shop in our highstreets (chains, independents, or otherwise) then shops will close – including the big ones! Highstreet chains are equally as important as independent shops, because without the chains you wouldn’t have the footfall for the independent shops!

In turn, that also means more jobs for the town. The more shops we have, the more employment there is. The more employment, the more people stay living here. The more people living here, the more money gets spent in the town… and so on. You get the picture anyway!

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Lastly… It’s fun! And festive. Nothing gets me in the mood for Christmas more than a stroll down a christmassy highstreet, popping in & out of shops, and eventually stopping for a coffee (or maybe even something stronger…!).

The End

Let me know if you did any local Christmas shopping this year! What is your favourite thing to do to get you in the festive mood?!

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If you’re needing a bit of festive inspo to help get you in the mood, check out some of my previous posts…

Kidney Bean Cake – Gluten Free Christmas Baking

Festive Film Favourites

Eco-Conscious Christmas

Sustainable Christmas Gift Ideas

And don’t forget to keep up to date with daily shenanigans over on my Instagram page!

Festive Film Favourites

Festive Film Favourites

Okay, so who doesn’t love a Christmas film? I am alllll about snuggling up with a feel good film, especially at this time of year. Everyone’s festive film favourites will be different, but I thought I’d run through mine. You never know, there may be one or two you forgot even existed!

Arthur Christmas

Not sure if this is slightly unconventional or not, but I absolutely adore this film. The cast is amazing to start with (yes – Eva Longoria is in this, thank you very much). But I genuinely love the take on the whole ‘Father Christmas’ story; they make it so legit, to the point where I genuinely could believe such an operation exists…! And who doesn’t love a cheeky cartoon at Christmas?

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Home Alone #2

I also love #1, but I have to say Home Alone #2 is one of my festive film favourites. Not sure why, but it’s an absolute must-watch of mine at Christmas! I haven’t actually watched 3 or 4, and I think there might even be a fifth one?! Anyway, love this one. And every time I watch it, it makes me sooo desperate to visit New York!

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The Snowman & Father Christmas

Another animation (I think I’m secretly still 6 years old) but I think this film is soooo cute. And I feel like it’s also seriously underrated?! It’s an easy watch, and the music is just gorgeous. I happen to have the double DVD which includes Father Christmas – not complaining! Another super cute silent film. Gosh, all this film talk is making me want to grab a hot chocolate and snuggle in!

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The Holiday

So, maybe I’m just a sucker for a big cast… But I can’t get through the festive season without watching The Holiday. Fun fact! They filmed it in a village near where I grew up, and one day we actually went to the set & watched them filming. My mum loves Jude Law, and we stood at the front of a crowd of people and watched them film him crossing a road about 145 times. In the end they actually cut that scene from the film – gutting! They also covered the church in fake snow but it looked so magical. And, Kate Winslet’s house was actually only ‘built’ for the show (obviously not properly) so isn’t a real house at all. Sorry for the spoilers….!

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Love Actually

Saving the best until last… This is my all time favourite Christmas film, and I’d almost go as far as saying it’s my favourite film full stop (it’s definitely in my top 5 anyway!). The cast is obvs second-to-none and I love the way they make the storylines in this film. The music is sensational throughout and the opening scene honestly makes me cry (let alone the rest of it). If someone said I had to choose between never being able to watch Love Actually again, or it being the only film I’m ever allowed to watch for the rest of my life… You bet yo’ bottom dollar that I’d drop all other films in a heartbeat!

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To Conclude Festive Film Favourites

What are your film favourites at Christmas? Do you love an all-star cast like me, or prefer the more traditional films? Let me know – I’m always up for discovering new Christmas films!

For more christmassy content, check out my Christmas blog category. And don’t forget to keep up with my Instagram feed!

Happy Halloween! End of October & Hello November

Happy Halloween! End of October & Hello November

Happy Halloween! Ah, the 31st of October is upon us, and what a month of autumnal/halloween inspiration it has been! Do you have some spooky plans tonight? (I don’t, and I’m very sad about it!).

This month has been a really, really tough one for me. And it’s not a month I ever want to have to relive again, I can tell you that much! I’m not going to go into it now, but what I will say is I’m staying positive and very much looking forward to seeing what November brings. I’m feeling quite daunted as there is a lot going on over the next couple of months, but at the same time I’m insanely excited too!

I have a feeling you’re all going to be treated to some sort of ‘reflecting on 2019’ post towards the end of the year, but I’m not quite there yet. Anyone else look forward to reading those sorts of posts? I personally love seeing an overview of people’s years, so watch this space y’all.

Happy Halloween!

But, for now, here are a few Happy Halloween (literally) pictures of my ridiculously cute munchkins in their pumpkin house (as seen on my Instagram page).

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