Last weekend, a selection of North East Lincolnshire’s boutiques and businesses came together to showcase their offerings in a brand new lifestyle and shopping event, the very first Female Live.
It’s been a while since Yellowbelle has been updated, (a little over three months in fact), but I would just like to say a massive thank you to all of you for reading and supporting this little Lincolnshire lifestyle site. It is something I had been planning for a long time, and something I was eager to get started and build, but, unfortunately, as is often the case, blogging had to take a back seat while I had to concentrate on other areas in my life.
Back in September 2013, I began my career as a freelance copywriter, writing blogs, articles, newsletters for businesses in and around North East Lincolnshire, and I am very fortunate to say that I became busier and busier. But as many self-employed business people will say, it is easy to forget about the things that you do for yourself and concentrate solely on your day-to-day business. It has also taken a lot of time to get my head around being self-employed; quoting, invoicing, keeping track of accounts, networking, actually doing the work…
However, the Christmas break allowed me to have a serious think about what direction I want my career to progress in, and after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, one thing became clear… I missed blogging! Back in 2010, when I started The LC Issue, I was constantly taking photos, saying ‘ I want to blog about this!’, and I am ready to get back right back into the thick of it!
Don’t get me wrong, I still have a LOT to learn and a lot to master when it comes to business, but I feel as though I am in a good place to carry on and resume blogging.
I know there are a handful of people who spent their own time on Yellowbelle, contributing articles and supporting with emails, shares, likes, tweets, etc., so to them I would like to say thank you, I am incredibly grateful and I promise it is not time wasted!
I am now ready for an all new, fresh-looking, Yellowbelle, and ready to bring you blogs about my Lincolnshire life.
This coming Monday marks the start of Organic September, a whole month dedicated to organic produce, from food and drink, to beauty products and clothing.
Every year, the Soil Association organises a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the benefits of buying organic and the positive impact it has on sustainable food, animal welfare, the environment and the economy. Last year, the theme for the month was ‘Small Changes, Big Difference’, and it has been reported that sales of organic food increased by 9% during this time. It is because of this success that the Soil Association is again encouraging people to make one small change for the month of September.
Helen Browning, Soil Association Chief Executive said: “If everyone makes a small change, like switching to organic milk or choosing an organic moisturiser, we can make big strides towards a healthier world. By choosing organic, you help protect wildlife and make sure we have more bees and pollinators to support biodiversity, while choosing an organic beauty product or an organic t-shirt will not only give you peace of mind that what you’re putting on your skin is better for you but also that it’s caring for the people in developing countries, who are producing cotton and herbs.
“It might not seem like these simple changes could make that much difference – but together, everyone’s small changes can add up to a really big difference for a kinder, green and better food and farming system.”
In addition to making a change, whether it’s buying organic honey and wearing organic cotton clothing, events will be taking place across the country. You can vote for your favourite organic products in the 2014 Organic Awards, with categories ranging from food and drink and eating out, to skincare and clothing, or take part in Organic Beauty Week, starting 8th September, or Organic Fashion and Textiles Week, which takes place from 12th to 16th September.
Plus, the Soil Association are giving away a year’s supply of electricity from Good Energy, the supporters of Organic September 2014. All you have to do is tell the Soil Association what organic products you’ve bought this month. More information about this is available on their website.
Here in Lincolnshire, we have an abundance of organic farmers and farm shops selling organic produce, and many of the area’s spas and salons choose to use organic products too. If you’re interested in experience organic, or would like more information on living an organic lifestyle, this is the month to find out more and give it a try.