Back to School tips for parents

With schools going back this week in England and Wales getting your mindset sorted for term time and away from holiday mode can be hard for everyone.  There are a million things to plan and think about from school uniform, maybe first day nerves at a new school, and planning healthy school dinners or packed lunches.  Here are a few back to school tips I have learned parenting my two, who are now 22 and 19!

Re-establishing a Bedtime Routine

During the holidays the children have most likely enjoyed later bedtimes on the long summer nights.  Getting back to a good sleep routine can prove challenging.  Children aged six to twelve are meant to get 9 to 12 hours of sleep per night, and teens need 8 to 10 hours.  Enforcing a regular routine by switching off electronic devices at least an hour before sleep time, a bath and teeth brushing and maybe reading a book together will really help.  Remember our Forever Bright Toothgel contains Aloe Vera and does NOT contain fluoride.

Forever Bright Toothgel

Forever Bright Toothgel

The Best Start to the Day

Mornings can be busy and stressful trying to get everyone out the door with all the right kit and uniform, but you should never let your children skip breakfast.  Arriving at school hungry means they are less likely to concentrate in class.  Establishing a routine of sitting down to have breakfast together can be a great start even if it means getting up that little bit earlier.  They need plenty of protein and fibre in their breakfast to keep them satisfied until lunch.

A Healthy Lunch

Planning for a healthy and nutritious lunch for your children is not always easy, I know mine got bored easily with sandwiches and it could be difficult to think of alternatives.  Thinking outside the (lunch) box mine enjoyed cold leftovers of favourite meals, scotch eggs and other savoury snacks as a change, plus at least one piece of fruit and veg in their lunch box each day.

Some children though no matter how hard you try just won’t have a varied diet, I know when I was a child I was a right pain in the neck to my parents.  If your children will try the Forever Aloe Vera Gels which are in plain, Berry or Peach flavours you know they are getting plenty of nutrients including vitamin C.  Also we have Forever Kids supplements which will give your child vitamin A, C, D and B12 as well as iron and zinc.  See how the drinking gels have changed in my previous post.

Forever Aloe Gels

Forever Aloe Gels

Get their Brain Trained

After being away from the classroom for so long your children may not have been exercising their brain much in the summer.  Try and help them do the activities they enjoy which involve reading and writing in the holidays.  Maybe a game of Scrabble or Rummikub with older children will start to get them thinking again.  They also need a quiet place to work available to them away from siblings and distractions if that is possible once they are back at school so they can concentrate.

Keep Getting them Outside

Going back to school doesn’t mean the end of outdoor fun.  September is a month when the weather often improves to give us all a last taste of summer before autumn and shorter days are with us.  Try and go for a walk after school, call in at the park, or for me, I’d go for a walk with the dog in our local forest.  Get outside somewhere that your children have space and can climb, jump, run and just be kids rather than being stuck indoors.

What tips do you have for parents getting back into the routine of school?  It might be you are sad to wave them off at the school gates, or are you skipping home feeling ready to get back on with your life and your business again after 6 weeks of family fun.

If you have been thinking of joining Forever Living but you couldn’t over the summer with the children under your feet, then get in touch now and I can support you in getting your business going.  School gates are a fabulous place to share the Forever opportunity too.

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Sonya Daily Skincare Kit

Forever Living has released a great new skincare set specifically designed for combination skin.  Sonya Daily Skincare contains a high concentration of aloe and other moisturising botanicals. Nature and science meet with a radical gel-based technology that helps to deliver the benefits of aloe where your skin needs it most, plus its light texture leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.Sonya-Daily-Skincare-Group_03

The Sonya Daily Skincare Kit comprises of four powerful products:

• Sonya Refreshing Gel Cleanser: aloe gel and natural cleansers help remove dead cells, dirt and makeup.

• Sonya Illuminating Gel: a quick-absorbing gel that gives a soft, smooth and even complexion that glows.

• Sonya Refining Gel Mask: an over-night mask that controls oil and brightens the appearance of skin.

• Sonya Soothing Gel Moisturizer: a gel-based lotion that uses powerful ingredients to moisturise and improve the look of combination skin.

The whole kit costs just: £82.81 and is available from our online shop.

Business Networking for Network Marketers

I have been attending business to business networking events since 2009 and I have met many other network marketers at my meetings over the years.  Some who totally get business networking and others who you can see just don’t get it.

In fact, when I started networking back them I wasn’t a network marketer myself, I was promoting my bookkeeping and IT business Silicon Bullet. I met a Forever Living distributor and tried their products and fell in love with them so decided to join.  Then I learned about the business behind the products.  It’s a slow conversion but a comfortable one, and I am proof that Business to Business networking works for a Network Marketer.

Don’t go in for the hard sell

We are often taught in Network Marketing to introduce the opportunity to everyone we meet, get names on our who do you know list, and it’s a numbers game, to get people to attend our presentations so they can then make an informed decision about if the opportunity is for them.

Business networking though is different.  People do not necessarily attend networking groups to buy. Everyone is there with their own business and won’t take kindly to a hard sell, or to an invitation to a coffee or ‘one to one’ where you whip out your presentation if they have not expressed an interest in your company previously.  Don’t meet people and be the one to do all the talking.  You will make a far better impression if you are the one doing the listening.

How can you make  Networking work for you if you are a Network Marketer?

  • Go with the mindset of getting to know the people in the room.  Listen to them and see how you can help them.
  • Take your products along and talk about the benefits of using them, but don’t take too much, focus on one thing at a time.  Have samples for people to try, taste or rub on, whatever is appropriate.
  • If it’s possible, get involved with running the meetings. I now attend 4 Networking where the meetings are run by members who take on a team role.  It increases your visibility in the group and enables you to show off your organisational or other skills to members.  It also brings you closer to the other team members at the meetings.
  • Try and do something memorable in your 40 second or one minute pitch (I quite often sing as that’s my hobby).
  • Be a product of your products and a shining example of your company.
  • If the networking group allows it – offer to give a talk about something related to your business or an area you are knowledgeable about.

Meeting 4 Sight photo Aly MK Lunch

Don’t give up !

Give it time.  Don’t expect quick results.  I was attending a group for over 6 months before I started to get any sales.

If you follow these simple tips you are bound to make connections with people who will become your customers first and may go on to be team members later, or who might refer people to you who could join your team.  When you start to make sales then always ask for recommendations within the networking community to use in your social media.

When I think back to the lady I met all those years ago who did Forever Living at my first networking group, I think at least 50% of the people in the room are now her customers or team members so I can see from example how it really works.

4 Networking

I joined 4 Networking in 2017 and quickly joined a team to help run the local meetings.  In 2018 I was promoted to being a Regional Leader for the network, overseeing a number of meetings in my local area.

If you would like to find out more about this business networking organisation, which prides itself on it’s relaxed but still business-like meetings then do get in touch I can share the details of local meetings.  You can take a look at the 4 Networking Website yourself to see where the nearest meetings are to you, they are spread all over the UK, but not yet available in other countries.

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Forever Aloe Vera Gel has changed.

Noooooo, I hear you cry.  Not the Aloe Vera Gel, that iconic yellow bottle which has been the best selling product for Forever Living over the past 40 years.

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Touch of Forever Pack featuring the old Bottles

But yes – it is time to change.  The iconic (plastic) bottles are soon to be no more, being replaced with new Tetra Packs made with recyclable materials.  To fit in with Forever’s ethos and code of practice the changes need to be made to environmentally friendly packaging.

But what about the Gel – how has that changed?

Our new aloe vera drinking gels now have an even purer aloe content. Aloe is great for skin, the immune system and it’s an ideal digestive aid, and now this purifying gel also contains vitamin C. Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune system and to a normal energy-yielding metabolism.

NEW Forever Aloe Vera Gel

Our aloe vera is cultivated on fertile soils in a climate that enjoys over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, and it’s even been certified by the International Aloe Science Council for its purity. This new drinking gel is as close to the real thing as you can get, boasting 99.7% inner leaf aloe gel, lovingly extracted by hand so that you can experience the true power of nature. Aloe is great for skin, the immune system and it’s an ideal digestive aid, and now this purifying gel also contains vitamin C. Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune system and to a normal energy-yielding metabolism.AloeVeraGelTetrapak-EU

NEW Forever Aloe Berry Nectar

Enjoy pure aloe infused with delicious cranberry and apple. Aloe is great for skin, the immune system and it’s an ideal digestive aid, while added fruit gives this drink a sweet and tangy flavour. Added antioxidant vitamin C also contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. These amazing ingredients, plus 90.7% pure inner leaf aloe vera gel, makes Forever Aloe Berry Nectar a powerful choice.AloeBerryNectar-EU

NEW Forever Aloe Peaches

Why wait for summer to enjoy the flavour of sun-ripened peaches? Now you can enjoy that peach taste any time with Forever Aloe Peaches, a smooth and fresh drink that’s enhanced 84.3% pure aloe vera gel with natural peach purée and vitamin C. Like all our aloe gels, this refreshing and fruity alternative is a brilliant digestive aid that helps support immune function and skin health.AloePeachesEU

These Gels are each £22.27 per bottle and are available from my online shop, or you can order in person if you are in the Northants or Milton Keynes area. Just use the Contact Me form to get in touch.

You can see the video about the new Aseptic process here on vimeo.

 

Powered by ARGI+

Are you ready to get active this summer with Argi+?

#PoweredByArgi is Forever’s brand new summer campaign to get you exercising as much as possible during the merry month of May.  This means you should take full advantage of Forever’s sports and weight management products as well as nutritional supplements and particularly Argi+.

Argi+ is a wholesome berry flavoured drink that has been formulated for people with active lifestyles. It provides protein and amino acid support and it helps maintain muscle function and energy.  Watch our video starring rugby legend Ben Cohen for more details.

Forever is also running a competition throughout the month of May where you can win some great prizes. Prizes include a Nutribullet, sports experience vouchers, an official England Ruby shirt signed by Ben Cohen, a private yoga class with Kristina Rihanoff or a private workout session with Ben Cohen.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is upload a photo or video to social media showing us how you’re exercising using the hashtag #PoweredByArgi. Argi+ must be present in your entry. There will be one winner announced each week and you can win more than once.

So, go and make the most of the longer days, get exercising in May and who knows, you might even win some great prizes – Good luck.


This competition is being run by Forever Living Products UK Ltd  – for full terms and conditions please contact them directly.

Forever Living Products, Longbridge Manor, Warwick, CV34 6RB
T: 01926 626600

Start Your Journey Pack

In the past when you joined Forever Living we would fondly talk about the BOB.  Not just because Bob Parker is country manager here in the UK, but also because the box you bought to get started on your Forever Living journey was called the Business Owner Box.

But we have a new Start Your Journey Pack launched in February 2018 which replaces the BOB.  The new pack is available both through the online application form (Sponsor ID 440 100 686 316- Alison Mead) and also through our paper-based application form, which you can request using the Contact Me option above.

What is in the Box? Start Your Journey Pack

The actual contents can vary slightly depending on current stock availability in the UK – but generally, the pack will include:

Forever Aloe Vera Gel x 1
Forever Freedom x 1
Forever Aloe Berry Nectar x 1
Forever Bright Toothgel x 1
Aloe Ever-Shield Deodorant x 1
Aloe Propolis Creme x 1
Aloe Vera Gelly x 1
Aloe Lips x 1
Forever Lite Ultra – Vanilla x 1
Aloe-Jojoba Shampoo x 1
Aloe-Jojoba Conditioning Rinse x 1
Forever Hand Sanitizer x 1
Aloe Moisturizing Lotion x 1
Forever Bee Pollen x 1
Avocado Face & Body Soap x 1
Forever Active Probiotic x 1
Forever Aloe Scrub x 1
Aloe Hand Soap x 1
Aloe Heat Lotion x 1
Receipt Pad x 1
Product Brochure (pack of 5)
Order Form (pack of 10)
FBO Order Form x 1
FBO Application Form (pack of 5)
Incentive Brochure x 1
First Steps To Manager Brochure x 1
Sports & Weight Management Brochure (pack of 5)
Measuring Cup (Pack of 25)
Drink Information Pad x 1
Product Launch Order Forms (pack of 10)
Eagle Pin x 1
Document Case x 1
Welcome Pack

Why Buy the Box?

The box has a fantastic selection of some of the most popular products from Forever Living, but also has all the literature you need to start your new business, as well as a training brochure to go through with your sponsor.

You can’t expect to run a business unless you are familiar with the products, and it is hard to sell products you have never used.  The box is designed so you can open it up and start using them as soon as they arrive, and share them with others in ways you will learn in your initial training with your sponsor.

You will also get a discount of 35% and a step Forever’s Marketing Plan ladder to Assistant Supervisor with your purchase.  The new box is £199.75 and is also worth 1.177 case credits.  Chat to your sponsor if you don’t know what this means.

Thinking of Joining Forever Living?

If you are thinking of joining Forever Living and you want to find out more, the best way is to just get in touch and we can have a chat either online or on the phone.  Remember, you can’t change your life if you don’t change your thinking, so give it a go, what have you got to lose?


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”Forever Living Products are a very proud & ethical company who pride ourselves on good practice. It is illegal for a promoter or a participant in a trading scheme to persuade anyone to make a payment by promising benefits from getting others to join a scheme. Do not be misled by claims that high earnings are easily achieved”

 

Update on MIT

Back in February 2017 I posted about changes in EU regulations concerning Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) in our leave on skin products.  This legislation is now changing again.

The New MIT Legislation

In July 2017 EU legislation was passed requiring Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) to be reduced to a specific percentage in all “rinse off” skin care products.  Forever has gone one step above and made the decision to completely remove MIT from all of their products. MIT is not considered to be harmful.  The background for the new formulation criteria of this ingredient in rinse-off cosmetic and personal care products is due to an “increased incidence of allergies” in some user.

The EU has determined that rinse-off products that contain MIT should be removed from sale by April 27th, 2018.

You can watch this video which covers Forever’s ethos on the ingredients we use in our products.

How does this affect your favourite products?

Forever is working to transition all affected products to new formulas by the stop sell date so that you will have no interruption in the supply of your favourite products. Some products, however, will be discontinued once the stock is depleted to make way for exciting new products currently being formulated in our 40th year of business.  The table below shows the list of products to be discontinued.

Discontinued products

Discontinued Products

Look out for future blog posts about the exciting reformulated products as they become available in the UK.  Favourites that I am looking forward to are the Aloe Bath Gelee, the Sonya Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner, and the Sonya Volumizing Mascara and Precision Liquid Eyeliner.