The Sun has come out!

I am really starting to lose track of how long we’ve been working from home now.  I think it might be 3 weeks tomorrow but it could be wrong – it’s feeling almost normal already which is very odd.

What is lovely is to see the sun is out – and although it is early April I am seeing lots of pics of friends and family looking a bit pink in the face.  It is important to remember that even here in the UK the sun can be stronger than you think and catch you out.

So here is a lovely picture of me in my back garden holding my Aloe Sunscreen, which is super kind to my skin, as it contains inner aloe leaf, as well as being water-resistant and has an SPF of 30.IMG_20200405_130022

It’s a good job it is water-resistant as although we are being careful and keeping a social distance from our neighbours, they happened to start jet washing their garden trampoline as my daughter and I sat out in the sun so we had an impromptu shower!

I know we are really lucky to have a garden where we can sit out in the fresh air – and many people aren’t as lucky – but please take on board the current advice and don’t drive to your local park, beach or beauty spot to enjoy the sunshine – if we all did that then the government will stop everyone from going out to exercise and the actions of the few will spoil it for the sensible many.

How are you coping with the getting out in the sunshine?  Please share your pictures with me, and if you haven’t managed to get any sunscreen at your local stores there is plenty in stock on my online shop – just click buy forever living and order for direct shipping to your home.

Stay Safe and Stay Home..

Aloe Aly

Coronavirus Update

You can see from my previous posts that’s it’s been a while since I blogged in here.   Since I joined 4Networking 3 years ago I have been concentrating on my other business, Silicon Bullet, where I help unconfident bookkeepers to use Xero and Sage software better.  I also got involved with running the networking meetings, which takes a fair amount of time, so my Forever Business took a back seat.

That’s the beauty of a business with Forever though.  You can pick it up and put it down as it suits you.

So why am I back blogging again now?

Well, I thought this would be a great place to record some thoughts and feelings whilst in lockdown, and let’s face it we don’t know how long we will be here, so any and all income streams I have need to be explored.

It’s funny, that as I have put my Forever business down I rarely sell any products. It’s something that if you don’t talk about it to people then you won’t find new customers, and those you had tend to drift away too. Well actually it’s not funny at all.  This is not an easy business, you need to work at it, and if you don’t work at it you won’t earn any money from it.

But in the last 2 weeks, customers have come out of the woodwork to order from me – and the most popular product is the hand soap.  With washing your hands so much some soaps can be so drying and not kind to the hands at all, so I’ve sold double figures of hand soaps in just over a week.  We also have stock at head office and deliveries can be made direct so there is no danger of spreading the virus.  It’s not megga bucks but right now every penny counts, and the customers who contacted me couldn’t get what they wanted at local shops – so everyone wins.

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So how are you coping with the your ‘lockdown’ and ‘social distancing’?  Do leave me a message and connect and let’s all help each other through.

Alison

PS if you like the Day Night blinds in the pic then contact Prestigious Blinds and Shutters and treat yourself once this madness is over !  I had my new blinds fitted just in time and I love them!

 

C9 – New Flavours available

We all know Forever Aloe Gel has a very unique flavour, and not everyone gets on with it.  But you may still want to do the C9 cleanse but prefer to have your choice of gel flavour.

This is something I have always done for my local customers, as I could buy the other gel flavours and swap them over as we have plenty of others who do like the taste of our flagship aloe gel.

Great News!  Forever Living have now made the  C9 weight management programme available with Forever Aloe Berry Nectar and Forever Aloe Peaches as standard!

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So if you are ready to look better and feel great in just 9 days this summer but want to drink your favourite gel for the 9 days then get in touch or click on the Buy Forever Living tab above to order yours today.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.