Import Window Now Open – March

Due to popular demand, we’re currently accepting import orders for the month of March. Please note that the import window will be open within the period, 4th – 10th March, 2015. 

How does it work?

Based on your requirement, kindly send in a list of the items you’d like to order and I’ll revert back with the prices and mode of payment. Once payment notification is received, your orders will be placed immediately.

So when will my orders arrive?

If this question is running through your mind, all orders placed within this period will arrive by 2nd week in April (Apil 11,2015) and it’ll be shipped out immediately. For Ladies who’d like to place an order from individual manufacturers listed below, it’s important you take a decision on the products you want on time as these manufacturers often require additional 3-5days to process orders and once you factor in transit and delivery timelines, some products might not arrive on time (Hair Trigger Elixir, Hairveda Sitrinillah, Hairitage Hydration, Naturellegrow, Bee Mine Deep Conditioners, Darcy’s Botanicals, Vanilla Silk Dreams and a whole host of other individual manufacturers).

Please note that the import window closes by March 10th 2015.

How do I place my order?

Simply fill in the form below and I’ll revert with required information for each individual order.

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Pack Your Bags for a lifetime trip to Italy

Ladies, you know this blog ain’t all about hair and from time to time, I like to bring information that might interest you outside hair matters. If you are on a vacation roll this year searching for somewhere to spend your time free of charge, then you had better apply for this (this is the easiest competition World Nomads has hosted). I am off to submit my application.

 

We believe that you can learn much about a culture through food and want to give three enthusiastic (and hungry) travelers the chance to connect with and better understand the real food scene in…ITALY!

These keen cultural explorers will travel to Italy and discover the history and techniques that makes Italian food a star on the world’s stage – as well as the vibrant people that keep these traditions alive through their passion and dedication.

Each recipient will spend one week in a different region of Italy where they will meet their Italian ‘mentors’ – speaking to local farmers and artisan providores, making pastas in nonnas’ kitchens, and getting your hands dirty pruning vines, milking goats and making salamis.

In that time, each recipient will be followed by a cameraman to document their experiences as they uncover new techniques, tastes and atttudes towards food and living.

Photo by Mark Hofmeyr

Who we’re looking for

We are looking for 3 different food explorers to send to Italy:

1. The Anthropologist – You are here to delve into the social habits and traditions that accompany food and eating in Italy. In a culture where people live to eat, you are most interested in the pace of life, the attitudes towards food and the sense of community that this way of life creates.

2. The Pilgrim – You are on an epicurean journey. You are here because something has drawn you to Italy, be that heritage or circumstance. To you, eating in Italy is like walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain – something that will transform you emotionally or physically and give you new perspective on life.

3. The CulinarianYou are interested in learning the artistry of food. Perhaps you are an aspiring chef or want to open up your own restaurant – this is really about turning your passion for food into a profession. You are here because you want to learn the techniques and the local recipes to bring back with you.

Note: Each of the 3 food explorers will be matched with one of the regions of Italy (below), these corresponding regions will not be disclosed until the winners are announced.

About the Regions

Emilia-Romagna

Though famed for fast cars and famous musicians, Emilia-Romagna also won’t let you go hungry. In fact, it is considered the Heart of northern Italian food.

The capital city of Bologna has been nicknamed “la grassa” (the fat one) – a name you’ll understand (and pay no mind) when you tuck into the famed prosciutto and handmade egg-based pastas of the region.

Emilia-Romagna is also the place to get the real Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, sample balsamic vinegar that can be aged in wooden casks for 60 years and wash it all down with a sparkling red wine.

Photo by John Gubertini, Cozzano

Cinque Terre National Park (Liguria region)

Cinque Terre National Park was the first of it’s kind established in Italy. This decision has protected the five medieval towns (that Cinque Terre is so famous for) by keeping out motorized vehicles and promoting sustainable tourism.

While seafood reigns in Cinque Terre, this is also the home of pesto and where foccacia can be bought off the street as a lazy afternoon snack. The terraced cliffs surrounding the villages also drip with lemons, olives and vines that produce the sciacchetra sipped at the end of every meal.

After you’ve had your fill, hit the narrow and winding trails and drink in the stunning coastal views or hop into the beckoning sea to marvel at the pastel postcard villages above.

Photo by Ente Parco Cinque Terre

Langhe & Roero (Piedmont region)

Langhe & Roero is situated in the Piedmont region in the northeastern part of Italy. Here, agriculture and food production lead not only to good nutrition, but also a rich heritage – and many talented local providores.

Rolling hills with vineyards and hazelnut groves, emerald meadows filled with free-range cows and sheep mean that the panoramas are only trumped by the amazing cheeses and wines that the region produces.

This region is also the birthplace of Slow Food, host of the annual International Truffle Fair and an important stop along the ancient ‘Salt Route’ (where excellent recipes and many a food legend originated).

Photo by John Gubertini

What’s the deal?

* We’ll fly you to Italy from your country of residence.

* You need to be available to be in Italy from May 31 – June 9, 2014 (dates may vary by a few days) to participate in the project.

* You will keep a daily diary about your time on the trip and upload this plus pictures you’ve taken to your WorldNomads.com travel journal.

* Your new food experiences in Italy will be filmed by an accompanying cameraman who will edit 3 travel videos starring you.

Who can apply?

* Anyone can apply – this is open to food writers, bloggers, aspiring chefs, and just plain passionate eaters with a story to share!

* Minimum age 18 (by application deadline)

* You must hold a current, valid passport (with 6 months left before expiry)

* The scholarship is open to all nationalities (subject to obtaining an Italian visa), however, you must have an exceptionally high degree of proficiency in written and spoken English.

* You must be available as per the dates set out. Please note these dates are not changeable in any way, you must be available for the entire assignment.

* You should be a mad-keen foodie with adventurous tastebuds, a curiousity for all things Italian and an openess to interact with locals.

* You must be up for eating anything at anytime, pitching in with the cooking and cleaning up! Picky eaters need not apply.

* You must be comfortable in front of the camera, and sharing your emotions and opinions with the world.

Photo by Mark Hofmeyr

The Prizes

The 3 Winners will receive:

* An 7-day custom trip to 1 area of Italy (Cinque Terre, Langhe & Roero, Emilia-Romagna) organized by the local tourism boards and Can’t Forget It{aly} including accommodation, meals and local transportation.

* Round-trip airfare from your country of residence to Italy.

* Travel insurance for the duration of the trip from World Nomads.

Important Dates

**You need to be available from May 31st – June 9th to participate on the assignment.**

Applications Accepted: January 21 – March 14, 2014

Judging Period: March 15 – April 6

Winners Announced: April 7

Assignments: June 1 – June 8

Photo by Edoardo Cicchetti

To apply you need to:

1. Submit a recipe (in English) with accompanying photos

This can’t just be any recipe, this recipe needs to come with a story. It could be the hand-me-down pierogi recipe from your Polish great-grandmother. Or maybe the the fish curry you learned to make on your trip to Sri Lanka.

Whatever it is, it has to be special (we don’t want to see 50 spaghetti bolognese or chocolate chip cookie recipes) and something that you think would transport other travellers to a new place, simply by making it at home. We want recipes with soul and with that make us miss a place that perhaps we’ve never even been.

Don’t forget to include photos of your recipe that you have prepared yourself. If you can’t make it, we probably can’t either!

2. Tell us in 2000 characters or less (this includes spaces) the story behind the recipe and what makes it so special to you.

It’s up to you to convince our judging panel through your recipe, story and essay that you have the spirit of adventure and passion for food to be chosen for this program. We will be looking for:

– a unique, mouth-watering, tried-and-tested recipe (with accompanying photos of the dish, cooked by you)
– a great story behind your recipe
– strong eye for detail
– a compelling reason why we should send you to Italy
3. Complete a 1500 character max essay telling us why you should be chosen, what the opportunity will mean to you and which category of food explorer you are applying for. Your answer will provide considerable weight in the judging process.

The entry must be submitted in English.

One entry per person.

Apply Now

Entries close March 14, 2014, 2pm AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time UTC +11)

Conditions of Entry – please read!

Please don’t leave your entry until the last minute, and note that the 2pm closing time is AEDT, not necessarily 2pm in YOUR time zone.

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Import Window- African Edition

package import

If you reside outside Nigeria and are desirous of placing an order for products you have regularly read rave reviews about online, then this is for you. Shipping from one African country to another (with the exception of Ghana) can be darn expensive. To mitigate this, the team at Today’s Naira have gone into partnership with a preferred courier company to service our clients within other African countries.

How does this work?

At the beginning of each month once the import window is open, wherever you might reside on the continent, kindly send us the list of products you’d like to order. We will revert with the prices and payment process (this excludes shipping). Once we receive your payments, orders are placed immediately. Please note that the import window will be open for a week only to collate all orders.

How will this process save me shipping cost?

If you have a friend or someone who is also interested in placing an order for our range of products, collate your orders and send to us at sales@hairsage.com or todaysnaira@hotmail.com. Once the import window is closed, we will group all orders received from each country as a single bundle. Once this is done, we will send out an email to everyone within the list from each country and we will require you to nominate someone who can receive the products on your behalf. Now ladies, you can either decide to meet as a group at the shipment company (Think of a funky group name and send to us. We will be rewarding the group that has the most innovative and interesting name) to receive the package and unbundle within their premises or meet at a designated person’s house for tea to share your hair journey stories while you unbundle your shipment cargo (also share pictures of such meeting with us). What this means is that the cost of shipping this cargo bundle will be shared amongst each group from each country making it more affordable for you all.

What are the shipping rates looking like?

Shipping rates to African Countries
Weight (kg) Rates ($)
0kg – 0.5kg 72
0.5kg – 1kg 115
1kg – 1.5kg 115
1.5kg – 2kg 152
2.5kg – 5kg 256
5.5kg – 10kg 405

When can I place my order?

No better time to start than now. For the month of February, we will receive your  orders from the 8th of February till 14th of February 2014 and after this, we will not be able to handle more request to enable us place your orders and commence shipments right away.The first batch of shipments will arrive designated locations by 2nd week in March.

Benefits of Sage Essential Oil

Sage is a super-plant with super perks. Also known as salvia (which means “to heal” in Latin), Sage is actually part of the mint family, serving as its biggest genus with over 700 species. Its beauty advantages are just as bountiful: Sage has been used for centuries (seriously, it’s even referenced in the Bible as a purifying herb) to treat what ails you—eczema, poor digestion, greasy tresses and breakouts. So what are the benefits of sage?

5 Beauty Benefits of Sage

 

 

Source: YouBeauty

Free Domain Names from UpperLink

In order to populate the .NG Registry with Active domains, Upperlink Limited is giving out 50,000 domains free. This promo will be on till the end of February or till the 50,000 free domains are exhausted.
This means that your open domains will not be paid for during this period.

Upperlink is giving out:

Free Domain Names
Free DNS
+
Complementary Services
Up to 50 free emails (7 GB Capacity each)
Free Website Builder and Tools
Free Hosting

However, there are conditions attached.

Please see the Terms and Conditions below.

Terms and Conditions
1. NIRA’s Domain Name Policy applies to domain registration.

2. Domains will be registered under the .NG extension for example for my domain to be registered on .com.ng will be registered as mydomain.com.ng.

3. The offer applies only to open domains .com.ng, .org.ng, .name.ng, .mobi.ng, .sch.ng

4. NIRAs policy on premium names stand please see NIRAs premium domain name list. Domains listed in this category cannot be registered, such domains will be auctioned.

5. For multiple year registrations only the first year will be charged. Subsequent years will be paid for, this means that if you’re registering for 5 years, the first year will be free, 4 years will be paid for.

6. Registrants of the offer must ensure that their domains are ACTIVE and constantly updated with web content, squatting and domain parking will not be tolerated, such domains will be deleted.

7. No domain name may be used, directly or indirectly, by any site that contains and not limited to fraudulent, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, offensive, obscene, infringing, or threatening content. NIRA reserves the right to delete the domain if discovered that they are used for such activities.

8. The renewal fee of N1,500.00 must be paid by the registrant on a yearly basis to sustain the domain after the first year (2011 which will be registered free of charge).

9. Registrants must agree at the time of registration that, to the best of their knowledge, the name they are registering does not violate trademark law in Nigeria.

Do take advantage of this offer and register your ACTIVE domains NOW.

To sign up for free domains Click Here
http://www.upperlink.com.ng/web/?page_id=1

Send a mail to freeedomains@upperlink.com.ng for more details

NOTE
If you have already registered you can register new companies and tell others.

2011 Expectations

Wow it’s 2011 and at Today’s Naira, we’re thankful that we made it into the new year. We also thank our readers who made 2010 a fantastic year for us. In 2011, we’re mapping out new ways of keeping you informed and aware about important decisions you will need to take during the year. We need to re-educate our minds on the importance of imbibing financial frugality, investing wisely and saving for the rainy days.

So, what are your new year resolutions? Are they different from last year? I have put an hold on resolutions. Rather I always write down my goals and objectives for the year in the recess of my mind. That way, I tend to achieve my goals more quickly. Last years’ goals were all achieved short of all and I hope to nil this one in 2011.

For 2011 these are our plans for our readers:

  • We intend to highlight on a monthly basis, entrepreneurs in different fields with special emphasis on SMEs (small scale & medium enterprises). If you are a business owner and would like us to showcase your ideas and business on this page, do get in touch with us.
  • We’re also searching for individuals who’d like to intern with us by writing an article on various informative fields. Think you’re the one, give us a buzz.
  • You have a great product and would want to get the word out via ‘product reviews’, then you should be talking to us.
  • Above all in 2011, we’re getting back into financial shape and all the resources you require will be provided on this page.

Adios and we’re out.

Defining your Future

I attended a meeting over the weekend. I had the opportunity of being addressed by a senior colleague, who I consider a friend and mentor. She’s simply amazing. Here are the excerpts of the address and hope it motivates you to define your own future.

  • Have a vision – continually ask yourself what your vision is. Write it down and stick it in a conspicous place, where you can put your mind to it.
  • See what you are prepared to see. If you focus on the negative, be prepared for the worst.
  • Seize the day and fulfill your dream or goals to achieve success in life.
  • Look within you; what do you feel? There’s never a particular age for excellence. YOU CAN CHANGE THE GAME.
  • Have an inner dream (ignite your fire).
  • Look behind you, what have you learnt?
  • Leadership is not definite within a particular stage.
  • Define what’s important and what’s not.
  • Struggle to be part of the top 20 (I mean acheivers).
  • Integrity is what and who you are.
  • Develop yourself (dont’wait for your employer- this is the biggest calling of leadership).

Finally, I leave you with this chinese proverb:

“If you want to plan for a year, grow rice; If you want to plan for 10 years, grow trees; If you want to plan for a decade, grow men” .

May the Wind be to your Back

I have been out of sorts this morning. I’m usually like this when I do something I shouldn’t have done. I get all moody and withdrawn. So, this morning, I’m shaking all the blues away and concentrating on happy thoughts. The power of the mind….absolutely limitless.  Yesterday was my birthday and I spent the day at work all through. Sad, isn’t it? I think more employers of labour should give employees the day off on their birthdays. Just my thoughts.

I’m rambling cos there’s loads of issues to discuss but my thoughts are scattered today. I’ll leave you all with this quote, ” To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its’ best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” ….E. E. Cummings.  That about sums up my present situation. I’m still fighting.

New Lessons

What do you do when you suddenly realise you’ve got competition? How do you respond to such threat without making some costly mistakes? How do you know that your strategies for building brand loyalty amongst your target audience is the right one in the face of competition? This is where we are right now and I can tell you the  answers are not easy. I am following my gut instincts by following what my intuition tells me me. This is much different from emotions. I don’t allow emotions to rule me when it comes to business. I simply do what has got to be done.

The product has given its’ first hint of monumental success based on consumer reactions to it. Yes, we now have another competitive distributor but that has not taken my gaze off my goals and objectives. I have not come this far to give up. I am trudging head on. We’ve also advised the manufacturer to obtain Standard Organisation of Nigeria’s certfication. This will help in affirming the quality of the product and it gives us the right to sell this product within Nigeria.

 Apart from selling the brand through large retail chains or stores, I have also decided to engage the services of Direct Sales Agent who will be brand ambassadors and engage in one on one communication with our target audience. For our affiliate program, we have put in place an attractive sales commission for our agents. Based on our sales forecast, our agents will be making a minimum of N5,000 – N10,000 weekly. We intend to also offer more incentives as sales increase. For now, we’re taking it one step at a time.  Got to go peeps.

Have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas.

Transition Period

Hello Peeps, I have not been around for some time. I was away for a training in Lagos on ‘Account Business Competencies’. Saying I learnt a lot is an understatement. I now understand why most people who have had a successful career with multinationals become consultants. It gave me the opportunity to understand and manage large retail chains effectively.

Yesterday, I was at a retail chain in Bodija, to submit our proposal and drop a sample pack of our product. I went through the process outlined during the training. After the product presentation, I knew we had a huge chance of our product featuring within the outlet. I was told to come back today and upon arrival, I had to conduct another presentation to the outlet manager. Suffice to say, they placed an order for 48packs. On monday, we had also conducted another proposal submission at a large retail chain on the island. They placed an order for 24packs immediately.

To top it all, we’ve been receiving inquires from our target audience on where they can purchase this unique brand. We’ve also commenced home and office deliveries for large orders. The journey has been exciting and challenging but it’ll be more eventful as we encounter more success and mistakes in building brand equity amongst our target audience.

In dealing with large retail chains, I have learnt to be diplomatic, give helpful suggestions that would drive consumer demand not only for our brand but other similar brands within an outlet. I have also learnt the importance and usefulness of floor staffs within an outlet. They can make or mar acceptance of new products. Peeps, I’m off…