Sunday, November 9, 2014

Constants and Competitions

It's that time of year again when everyone starts saying "wow, another year's almost over". For my family this past year has been a roller coaster and I'm one of those people saying "wow, how fast has this year gone?"

There have been some constants that I've come to depend upon during our roller coaster year. My incredibly supportive husband who is always able to make me smile, Sunday phone calls from my dad and a relaxing shower at the end of each day.

When you wake up each morning not knowing if it will be a good day or an "I just want to sail away to a deserted island" kind of day having some constants in your life are grounding.

I know my husband will always be there for me, I know dad is going to text every Sunday after lunch saying "is it ok to call?" And I know that the soap in my shower is of the best quality.

It's been hand made by someone who is completely passionate about what they do. The recipe was tried and tested for 12 months before it was used by anyone outside of the creators family and close friends. Each batch is tested to ensure it is of 100% quality, if it's not it's re made. Ingredients are sourced from only the best of suppliers. Late nights, early mornings and skipping lunches is how some days are run to get us the quality we know as Joap.

As a stay at home mum I see at least once a week a new mum start up a new business. A friend saying "check out my friends new business and show some support". Now I'm all for people following their dreams, but only if they are truly dreams and not a random light bulb moment from which they wish to make a fortune and the one way to tell is in how passionate they are about what they are doing.

You can not be passionate about making - and then selling - children's clothes if you only started sewing less than six months ago. Passion equates to quality and even the best of us need more than a few months to ensure we provide the finest quality product we can.

You can not be passionate about bath and body products if you have not spent months on end testing and re testing every batch you make before sending those products out into the community.

Passion is intense, compelling enthusiasm about something and I know that Jo from Joap is passionate about her products because she started out wanting to help others. She didn't go into it for herself to make a quick buck, she discovered her passion through the desire to help family. She continued with it for herself, her enthusiasm won her over and only then did she decide to start selling.

When you look for a new product from a work at home mum, look at all they've done, how long they've been doing it.

Look for the passion.

You always want the best quality from store bought items, don't lower your standards for hand made. Find the creator, the artist behind the business and see if their passion shows through. Once you've found that passion you know you've found a quality product.

Now on that note I have some exciting news. Jo has recently created a supremely fantastic 'Rainbow Sugar' collection and is giving you the chance to be the lucky Joap addict who gets to purchase it for only $1 (plus postage)

That's $35 off the RRP.

But don't fret if Rainbows aren't really your thing because if you're chosen as the lucky buyer you can choose between the Rainbow collection OR a fantastic Christmas Treats collection!

All you need to do is complete the tasks in the rafflecopter entry form below and stay on the edge of your seat till Thursday lunch time when we will let the app randomly choose the lucky buyer.

I have to say I'm completely jealous as I can't enter but I wish you all luck, opportunities like this don't come along often.

Here is a quick word from the lovely Jo herself :
Thank you all for your support, to new and old customers. It's been a crazy year for Joap, and we've made it through. I appreciate all of your support, thank you!

This random draw opportunity is open to Australian Residents. International entrants are welcome but please be aware of postage costs. The lucky buyer will be announced on the blog on Thursday afternoon. Please remember I am in Perth therefore three hours behind eastern states - unless you're in Queensland in which case it's two - there will still be plenty of time between the notification and the opening of the Epic Christmas Stocking. The winner is to choose between the two packs on offer at a cost of $1 including postage of $13 Australia wide. The winner will be randomly selected via the Rafflecopter app. The winner has till midday Saturday 15.11.14 to claim their prize before it is redrawn. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administrated by, or associated with Facebook.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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