Lady Soma recently contacted me about trying some of their new beauty products. I was excited to accept the chance to try some new products and pamper my skin a bit. They sent me three products, all of which I really love.

My favorite has to be the Antioxidant Berry Masque. Oh my goodness. It smells wonderful and it feels great going on your skin. It’s not overly gritty and rough, but smooth and pleasant. It’s so easy to use and only takes about 10 minutes from application to rinse. It definitely leaves my skin feeling clean, moiturized and smooth. I would definitely recommend it!

I also love the Somaluxe Moisturizer. I use moisturizer every day, usually multiple times a day. This one is not greasy and leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. I typically don’t wear a lot of makeup in the summe rmonths so this is a refreshing way to treat my skin. As an added bonus, the ingredients are also fighting away wrinkles each time I apply!

Last, but certainly not least, Lady Soma sent me their Brigtening + Collagen Peptide Serum. I love this too! I use it before the Somaluxe Moisturizer and it has helped even out my skin. The patented formula contains a powerful vitamins, amino acids, and natural antioxidants that repair, brighten and resurface skin. My face feels clearer and smoother.

Lady Soma offers a variety of beauty products. You can visit their website to order and learn more.

About Lady Soma:

They are located in New York City and are a niche provider of health and nutritional supplements. Lady Soma products are designed to assist in maintaining healthy and active lifestyles. They have been raising the bar in the health industry by instituting truth in labeling and ingredient safety. They take pride in our approach to ensuring quality through our commitment.

The word “soma” comes from the Greek language meaning “body”. Throughout history, Mediterranean food and culture, rich in fresh fruits, olive oil, vegetables, fish and whole grains, has been known to be the epitome of health.

Small batch production means they produce their products in small batches every three months to ensure the safest and freshest quality in our skincare products. All products are sourced and produced in the United States.

Lady Soma manufactures products under very stringent GMPs (Good Manufacturing Standards), regulated by the FDA. Their scientific researchers have worked closely with state and federal agencies to ensure the quality of products. They have heard many stories of women going to multiple doctors and trying alternative therapies for feminine discomfort – and we wanted to pose a solution. Lady Soma believes that every woman is the master of her own destiny and her own health. While taking the advice of doctors, it is also important for us as women to be empowered to make the decisions and take responsibility for our good health.

Your name and business name:

My name is Ashlee Martin and my business’s name is A Blended Momma.

When did you start your business?

I started my business in Nov of 2017 although I thought it long before.

What services/products do you offer?

Right now, I offer several courses for Stepmoms, including the most popular one which is, Stepmommin’ 102: The Ultimate Survival Guide for All Stepmoms which includes a 1 month trial membership to another product I’ve created which is a private stepmom exclusive community called The Bonus Mom Club. Finally, I offer coaching sessions for Stepmoms which can be found here.

How do you balance family and business?

When I first started I would find myself getting overwhelmed trying to balance family life with worklife, since I work from home. Eventually, I got the hang of it and started only working during naptime for my youngest and bedtime for all of them! Now that I have my product created, working doesn’t take as much time!

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?

My advice for Mom entrepreneurs would be to not give up! The freedom to stay home and enjoy your children while they are little are so worth it! I only wish I would of started when my oldest child was small, so I could of spent time with her like this as well!

How do your market your business?

I rely heavily on Social media for my marketing! I share every article I create on all my accounts, and for Pinterest, I like to create a few images for each article and post them as well! My email list helps as well! I also use Yoast SEO for my website and make sure each article has great SEO ratings.

 

Find A Blended Momma on social media:

 

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ablendedmomma

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ablendedmomma

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ablendedmomma17

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ablendedmomma 

Stepmom courses: http://ablendedmomma.teachable.com/courses/

 

 

If you’re looking to revitalize your marketing campaign, then it’s essential to consider the newest trends in social media marketing. Utilizing these tips will be sure to provide a framework for your new social media marketing campaign and guarantee your business always stays on-trend.

To kickstart your social media, here are some of the summer’s top marketing trends:

Keep it local

If you’re looking to present a welcoming image to your clientele, think about participating in local events or partnering with other local businesses. Every consumer wants to see your business integrate itself into the community. It not only proves you’re devoted to the people you serve, it also shows that you love the land on which your company was built. Take advantage of local summer events and festivals, but be sure to post plenty of pictures with geo-tags. Interacting with consumers on the ground is great, but you’ll reach more people by proving you’re a locavore online.

Use hashtags

Hashtags are making a comeback thanks to their popularity on image sharing apps. These tags are a great way to reach a lot of people at once. If you post a great image or have a new promotion, utilizing a number of different hashtags will make your business more accessible.

The current social media landscape has hit a slump over the last 2 or 3 years, so using tried-and-true methods are a sure-shot to inform your clients on the great things your business is doing.

Make sure your images are post-worthy

The best thing you can do for your social media account is post professional, high-definition images: what you’re doing, company camaraderie, new promotions, and new products. Simply posting an image on Twitter makes it 150% more re-tweetable than a post without an accompanying image. While anyone can post an image, posting a good image is what’s going to get you traction on social media. Take composition, lighting, editing, and structure into account when you’re posting an image for an ad campaign or other promotion.

Pay To Play

Once upon a time, your business’s Facebook followers could actually see your social media posts. Not so, today. Unless you’re willing to pay to “Boost” a post, your content is all but invisible. However, social media advertising on Linkedin, Instagram, and Facebook has never been more popular, and for good reason. Don’t be afraid to show off your goods through paid social media advertising.

Your fans’ images can also have a huge impact on the buzz surrounding your business. Though you cannot control what your consumers post about your products, you can definitely make your materials more post-worthy: products with unique, or eye-catching packaging are 40% more likely to be shared on social media by consumers.

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone when you’re trying out the new trends in social media this summer. Staying on-trend and adapting to the changes in social media will be sure to provide you with a more successful marketing campaign.

Having a healthy and happy family is something we all aspire to have. But in today’s high-stress, and demanding society, meeting this goal is a challenge. Being healthy and happy takes a plan of action. It will not just happen.

Setting Goals

When you begin a family it is important to define your core values and standards. Do not assume that your partner or other members of your family know what your goals are. It is important to verbalize them and while we should not need anyone’s permission, we have to be on the same page. For example, if your goal is to work your way up the corporate ladder, then become a small business owner before you begin a family, your partner should know that. If their idea of the road you are on takes you to a comfortable position in someone else’s company and working until retirement, you have issues to resolve.

Making a place for each member of the family

This is something that many families do not address until it is too late. We begin on level ground. Each partner works hard, plans for the future, and makes their partner a top priority. Then we expand our families. As the children grow so does their academic and social lives. School, after-school programs, sports, dance, and relationships for this little person who is totally dependent on you begins to take over. Soon it becomes a struggle determining who will transport, assist, participate, and nurture these important parts of your child.

 

If this is not openly and honestly worked on, it is inevitable that one parent will feel they have the lion’s share of responsibility, and that can lead to resentment. It begins to feel that everyone is being considered except for the parent who is doing the majority of the work.

 

Adult together

It is important to remember that our children learn their relationship guidelines through us. It doesn’t matter what we tell them. They absorb the emotions in the air. They observe the way the adults interact. If they treat each other with love, and respect, they get that. If they are inconsiderate, abusive, and selfish toward each other, they get that too.

 

Take the time to stay connected. Show an adult force in the house that protects and nurtures every member. Treat your partner as if you just met them. Open doors for them, bring them cards, or delectable chocolates like Lindt Lindor Truffles for special occasions. Say please and thank you. Teach your child how to treat others and how to expect respect for themselves by setting a good example.

Have healthy activities

It is important to have family activities that keep the family healthy. Make it a point to walk together, go to the park, ride bikes, or swim together. Take the stairs and park far away from the mall doors. Keep your family active in a normal way that fits into your lifestyle. This helps you avoid problems.

One rule for all

When it comes to eating a healthy diet, there should be one rule for all. Do not fill your child’s plate with veggies while you munch on french fries. Try growing a few fresh veggies or fruits together. Experiment with tastes and textures of foods, and create a family diet that tastes great and is good for you.

Have an escape plan

We make plans for when things go wrong financially, emotionally, and socially. But when we mess up in our family, we expect those who love us to just roll with it. Acknowledge when you have made a mistake and ask for forgiveness. Do not hide behind your position or point out your partner’s weaknesses to divert attention from your own. Every family should have an escape plan. This is a place they can go and ask for forgiveness or help without fear of retribution or condemnation.

 

These tips are common sense. However, many families spend their lives without ever facing them head-on. This is a big mistake. It is never too early or too late to set the plan in motion for a healthy family.

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Your name and business name:

Moms Earning More     

 

When did you start your business?

I started as a customer over 18 years ago, due to allergies and my son having Asthma and was on two puffers the products just made complete sense to get the chemicals out of my home. I was already someones customer shopping for laundry detergent, cleaners, soaps, toothpaste, vitamins etc. so all I was doing was switching stores to better safer products and getting the chemicals out of my home.  I knew after using these products and my son was able to stop using his puffers. that I had to share with other Moms that I know and people that I cared about. So I started to share the shopping club with a few friends, I did this very part time, but replaced my income in my first 3 months.  In the last 10 years I have decided to look for people that are really wanting to be at home with there children and earn a great corporate income.

What services/products do you offer?  

We are a Green wholesale mfg company, the largest online.  kind of like a Costco but we have no store. we have over 400 Unique consumable products with 8 brand catagories. All related to health and wellness. We also have over 600 stores on line that we are connected to where you earn free loyalty shopping dollars back, as well when your customers shop you earn an income as well. We also have a Visa and MasterCard where  you get a percentage back when you use your card. A medical savings plan. Home Security, and so many other things. Everyone needs to be a customer just to have all the savings for their family.

How do you balance family and business? 

A very long time ago we sat down with our kids and explained that although we work from home sometimes we could not be there for their soccer practise. they understood  but for the most part we were the only parents there at their 3;00 Basketball games at the school. I love this business as I don’t have to do parties , sell products, make deliveries. even when I am at that soccer game I am always networking and chatting to other parents to find out their why. Income, Health, Weight Loss, Nutritionals, More time freedom, Be at home with their kids. Everyone needs our products and our business opportunity for some reason.   We make our own hours, so when kids are in school, after they are in bed.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?

I think that you need to ask a lot of questions, ask is it MLM, We are not. Do I have to leave my kids at night to do parties, what is the point to have a business if you are out 5 nights a week or at a trade show on the weekends just to sell the products.  (I love that I don’t have to do that) I have set up shopping accounts over 10 years ago and those customers shop every month, they don’t call me they call the company. I get paid as they are attached to my I D #..  I also get paid on my customers referrals, although they make the bulk of the commission. 

I also love that I pay the same price for my products as my customers do. So you are not making $5.00 off our friends.   Get them to show you the income stats, to see what you could be making, we are very open and print them, and show our cheques to a potential business builder.  We have a plan in place for your success, We will even show you what a 90 day plan looks like.

How do your market your business?

Our company does not allow us to advertise our company name. We do this because we do not want to be labelled like the party plans or the MLM companies.  We do business more like Costco or Sams club and mfg products like Whole Foods.or Procter & Gamble. Except we mfg everything right here in North America.  So we are consumer Direct marketing. Word of mouth is our best form of advertisement. but we do teach on social media, and also we have over 10 websites that you can use for advertising, But in the beginning we all have friends and family that can benefit by the products in their life. and just switch stores. It is as simple as that. But we have websites for A Smart Business Moms site, A weight loss site, An essential oil page, A healthy home tour, Moms Earning More, Finally a business that makes complete sense. Our supplement page. We have an amazing team that will mentor, and teach you, this is your own business but you never do it by yourself.  You need to be coachable and you will be successful. Our team is one of the largest businesses in North America. Pretty much you find the need and just help people. We are a business of enhancing lives.

Marketing is important for big and small businesses alike. However, the way you market your small business will probably be different than the way a big business markets theirs. Here are some marketing tips that will work for your small retail business.

Host fun events

You want people to come into your store, right? That’s one of the biggest goals people have with their marketing strategies. Well, a great way to get more foot traffic into your store is to host a fun event. According to Shopify, you should have one major event and two to three minor events in your store every month. This can include things like classes, fashion shows, or a holiday party. Keep in mind that we aren’t talking solely about special sales. Anything that can turn your store into a social space will help you compete with the fast growing world of online shopping.

Go local

Locally-made products are gaining in popularity as people around the nation have a growing need to support small businesses. In fact, 46% of retail purchases in 2015 were for local and regional brands. Consumers are doing a lot more research before they buy something, and they will love the fact that you are selling locally-made apparel.

Use online strategies

It is no secret that the Internet is an amazing marketing tool. This is because so many people use the Internet every day. In fact, 95% of Americans are on a mobile device using the Internet every day. While many brick and mortar store owners view the Internet as their competition, it can also be used to your advantage. You can use strategies like text message alerts, social media, or email marketing to connect with customers. These are relatively inexpensive marketing tools, and they are known to work extremely well for small businesses. More than 98% of text messages are opened every day, and 91% of American adults like to receive promotional emails from companies they have done business with.

Take advantage of window displays

While more and more people are shopping online, brick-and-mortar stores are still alive and well. This means that you’re going to want to use your window displays to draw people in. Roughly 68% of poll respondents frequently or sometimes make their shopping decisions while they’re in the car, so you want to make sure your window display really catches their eyes.

Have great customer service

Finally, great customer service will help you tremendously. According to ShopKeep, 86% of consumers are willing to pay more for a better customer experience. This means you don’t have to be afraid of big online stores with ridiculously cheap prices wiping out your small business.

Back in 2016, the United States apparel market was worth around $315 billion, and it’s only growing. It makes sense that you want to be a part of this profitable industry. Just make sure you follow these marketing strategies so your business can be successful.