This is Your Year

The start of a New Year can be a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, it’s a chance to start again but there can be a lot of pressure that comes with that. It’s as if you only get one chance, and if you’ve already blown your resolution by February, you can feel…

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The Tree

Christmas is a time filled with family traditions and special memories. I have celebrated Christmas in both South Africa and New Zealand, so for me, it’s always a summery time with family. This December we’ve been doing Elf on the Shelf which the girls have enjoyed. On Christmas Eve we usually watch a family movie…

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Scents of Summer

This weekend I walked out into our garden and was overcome with memories of childhood summers that have long since passed. I tried to figure out what the trigger had been. The sun was shining but that wasn’t why. The sky was blue but that wasn’t it. Then I realised that it was the smell…

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Memorial Candle

One of the most special items we sell at Little Olive Tree is our memorial candle for honouring the precious people in our lives whom we have lost. Anniversaries, birthdays and family events can bring back the sorrow and grief of the loss. Lighting a candle in memory of them is a practical and meaningful way…

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Doing Less Can Make You More Productive

When I heard this quote from planning and productivity mentor Josephine Brooks, it stopped me in my tracks. Doing less could make me more productive? Everything in me rebelled against this idea – surely being busy all the time and accomplishing more makes me productive? Choose One Thing Some people believe that their long to-do…

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Celebrating the Special Men in Our Lives

We’re a family team here at Little Olive Tree and Gavin is our guy who makes it all work behind-the-scenes with our website. He’s much more than just that though, he is also a very supportive (patient!) husband and a wonderful Dad to our two young girls. With Father’s Day just around the corner, Gavin sat…

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What's my why?

I often get asked why do I do what I do. There are several reasons but my main “why” is my children and family. I am so fortunate to be able to run my own business and spend each day doing something that I am passionate about – creating beautiful, natural products that bring joy…

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How Will You Make the Most of Winter

We have just marked Winter Solstice and the daylight hours will slowly start to increase. This delights many of us but don’t be too quick to wish the next few months away! Let’s take the time to enjoy and appreciate the remaining weeks of winter! Here are some simple, fun ideas to make the most…

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Benefits of Bath Salts

A long soak in bath salts not only releases toxins from our bodies but also from our minds. Taking the time to lie back and let your body relax while stress and worries dissolve away into the water is good for you in so many ways. A bath infused with our blissful bath salts enables…

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It's the Little Things

Have you ever started a new week promising yourself that THIS week will be the one when you finally achieve that elusive balance between work, parenting, managing your home (or just keeping it clean!) and taking care of yourself? And have you ever got to the following Sunday night and suddenly remembered the intention you…

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