Sunday, 19 February 2012

The Versatile Blog Award! ARE YOU NOMINATED TOO?

I can't believe I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the amazing pinkishbeauty11. I have never been nominated for anything like this before as Ive only been blogging a couple of months so my Jaw dropped when I saw her post! Thank you so much to pinkishbeauty11! I hope this post will help you find some other great bloggers I love! I have listed some of the best blogs I could remember and I know a few are very well established ones and may not have any interest in this little award but ohh well.. :). Also you many have noticed that a lot are beauty bloggers and I have not included any business bloggers.. well that's because I don't know any! I really want to find the business, and economics and finance etc community so if you have a blog like mind or know of one PLEASE link it below!

Accepting this award comes with a few rules 

1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers. (I only did 12)
2. Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post.

So here are the bloggers I nominated:
  1. makeupsavvy
  2. ifcurvescouldtalk
  3. missstilley
  4. annasaccone
  5. schoee
  6. sprinkleofglitter
  7. southerncurlsandpearls
  8. confessionsofasecretshopper
  9. fashionmeetsfood
  10. livinglifelakeside
  11. laughliveandshop
  12. fitomlinson
 Random Facts:
  1. I have the same initials as my mum
  2. I love painting my nails and doing nail art
  3. I love animals
  4. I have the same birthday as my sister who is 2 years my junior
  5. Lord Alan Sugar is an inspiration to me and his autobiography is an amazing book
  6. I go to an all girls school
  7. I am going to India this summer
Thanks again for nominating me Pinkishbeauty11! and again please comment below if you have an interest in business and money and economics! :D X Libby 

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Work a blogger?

I wrote this post last summer when I did some work experience at a local business and I thought even though it is a little bit of some old news it is still relevant so I will repost it here...

'My school signed me up to do some work experience at a company called Splash Spas. I've have been there two days already and am going for one more day tomorrow. I have learned a lot about running a business and it is nice, as a teenager who doesn't have a lot of experience , to learn about what goes on in managing a small business!
Anyways.. I was asked to write some information on their blog today as the staff are way to busy to ever update it! You can check out the posts here! I wrote the posts titled 'Hot Tub Helps Toddler' and 'Hot Tub it in the winter' and 'easy Crane'. I am aware the posts are not the best written but I am not the most confident writer on topics which to be honest I dont know a lot about! and I had my work cut out trying to make it seem as though I know what I'm taking about when writting about using cranes to lift hot tubs!' (Written for my old blog in summer)

During my time there I learnt about website design, distribution, supplier contacting, customer support, stock management and many other things.. including the lenght of a real working day!

Does anyone else have any experience in any businesses? Whats your experience on work experience? haha let me know if you have read the posts if your a hot tub lover!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

£200 for a mornings work!?

I have mentioned this before but for anyone who is not aware, I am currently doing heavy fundraising for a charity called HCPT - or the handicapped children pilgrimage trust (click to website link). I have already raised a lot of money for this charity and I will hopefully be accompanying the charity and many children during my Easter holidays to Lourdes for a week to spend time caring and enriching the lives of the people there. Please have a look on the website if you are in the UK and would be interesting in joining the organisation next year on the annual pilgrimage! You can join whether you are religious or not even though it is catholic charity! I did!

Anyway.... I managed to organise and hold a coffee morning and invited my mums local friends over for hot drinks and cake. It was even more of a success than I had hoped and I raised £200 by donations!! with some people who could not make it offering to donate next time I see them anyway! And the cost for the coffee morning was only just over £10 which my mum kindly paid for as her contribution.

My fundraising profits!!! :D
I chatted to each of my mums friends and ensured they knew what they were giving their money to and told them about the charity. If you are thinking of doing a coffee morning or event similar which will rely on donations this is a must, as the people do not want to feel you mum or someone else is doing all the work and talking for you! Emphasise the effort you put in for the preparation and baking etc involved and show you know what the charity is about and the good it does! SELL THE CHARITY!

 I was frantically baking all Monday for it. I made a batch of white chocolate chip brownies, which all went so sorry I forgot to photograph them! A Victoria sponge cake, which so many people said it was one of the best cakes they had ever tasted! And finally I made a batch of flapjacks!
This is the only food that was left plus a handful of biscuits! SUCCESS!

As pictured below, I had this money box on the table with a post-it saying 'any donations are greatly appritiated'. This is a good technique to use as it reminds them to donate and also 100000x better than not having one and people awkwardly handing you the money or leaving it on the side! Also this money box ensured that people didn't have to worry about others seeing what they put in and feeling bad for only donating a small amount, I would rather people felt happy about the morning and be looking forward to another!

My collection pot!
 If anyone has any other fundraising ideas defiantly let me know! And if you have ever done any fundraising events comment too! Please feel free to ask any questions on my fundraising in general or the coffee morning if you were thinking of holding a similar event yourself! I hope this post has inspired some of you to do a mornings work and help a good cause!

XO Love Libs! XO

Monday, 6 February 2012

Paris conference! Where I have been...

For the last few days I have been away in Paris, France, with my School and class mates!
So much happened on this trip and we were so busy! we only got 5-6 hours sleep a night and left the hotel at 7:30 every morning! although I am exhausted I would not have changed a thing! We did the usual sights, like the Eiffel tour but were not able to go to the top as it was too cold! sorry I have forgotten to mention how cold the trip was! with lows of -12 degrees centigrade! and we saw Van Gogh, Monet, Di Vince art wort too. But the reason for the trip and the best part was going to a conference on the Saturday where we had talks from Evan Davis, Jo  Fairley (co-founder of the chocolate Green and Blacks!) and a few MPs, a news reader and a few talks about the opportunities for EU members! I will be posting in detail about the content of the talks in the next week! I do not want to overwhelm everyone by stuffing in all in this one! There is a lot of economics, politics and business related information to explain, all very interesting.. at least it was to me!

I only have a few photos because my camera ran out of battery!  but I will copy some from friends and update this post soon with more of myself on the trip! I just didn't want anyone to think I have abandoned my blog!

My friends outside in the cold by the Eiffel Tour

 View from top of the Eiffel Tour

The Mona Lisa!!

Anyone been to Paris? what did you think of the beautiful city?
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