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KwirkNation

One thing that I have learnt about myself recently is that I am completely overwhelmed by lockdown emotionally, and I often feel like I need to just word vomit my feelings down onto paper so they no longer creep around my mind’s dark corners and reappear at the worst possible times.  I have been feeling so bogged down with the stress of trying to keep our family surviving on one salary, and just life in general that I have felt my little depression gremlin rearing his ugly head as he perches on my shoulder reaching his long finger deep into my thoughts.  And I know that I am not the only one going through this!

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And then, I met the most beautiful Sammy after a post on our local community Facebook group!  My health coach had been telling me for some time that I needed to take the time to journal, but I often feel like I need more guidance and don’t know where to start – so it’s been easier to just “forget” than to push through this block.

But with my new favourite journal from KwirkNation I feel like I can laugh as I get down my “crap” and honestly record my emotions for the day – with a special mood thermometer that is unique to KwirkNation.  I couldn’t WAIT to interview Sammy, and knew that she was the ideal start for Women’s Month.  This #GirlBoss is powerful, fun, and so kind – truly one in a million.  Plus she has offered all my readers a discount when you purchase one of your own and use code FLOWERCROWNS.

Keep scrolling to see why you need one of these journals in your life!


Your name: Sammy Nyoni

Business name: KwirkNation

Social media handles: Instagram, Facebook and Website.

What are 3 fun facts about you: I’m really good at memorising numbers, my favourite colour is black, I have to end every meal with something sweet no matter how full I am.

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Tell me a little more about your business: KwirkNation is a brand created for women, by women. What sets us apart from the crowd is our use of profanity to create lots of haha moments for all the quirky ladies in the country. There is this stigma that makes it seem as though using profanity as a woman is frowned upon or ‘unlady’ like which is something we would like to change through our content and merchandise.

Where did the idea for this come from: Last year I lost my hearing and a couple of other things were topsy turvy at the same time. I found myself just going through the motions, sinking deeper and deeper into a depression hole. This was until I took to writing my thoughts down more often, really focusing on not only the negative but also the positive that I had to be thankful for each day. I would make use of the regular journals with never ending blank pages that didn’t guide me down the path to gratitude or fill me with positivity to take on the day. This is why “Fuck this Kak” was created.

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Have you always enjoyed journaling: I have. I consider myself a creative writer with lots of ideas and lots of things to say so I journal to keep track of all these thoughts and ideas.

Who do you think would enjoy your journal: Our journal is definitely for quirky women who love a good laugh and aren’t opposed to using cuss words. Women who are fighters, some fighting battles that everyone else may not see. Women who fall but get back up with optimism and a kick-ass attitude . Women who live, eat and breathe sarcasm and profanity.

How can people place an order from you: At the moment our journal is available on our store and all of your loyal followers can use the promo code FLOWERCROWNS to get 10% off.

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I know you have another idea in the pipeline – can you tell me a bit more: We have an awesome new vent journal launching very very soon which will be our second edition in our series of quirky journals. Stay tuned to our Instagram page for the deets!

Quote you live by: “FUCK IT!!! Just do it!”

Anything else you want to add: We also have a “FORK” range launching soon with some exciting merchandise!

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I’m also a sucker for amazing branding and packaging, and Sammy truly exceeded all my expectations with hers (that’s why I had to include all of the images above).

And honestly, if you haven’t yet, try journaling.  You will be amazed at what it does to you emotionally, and this great journal for gatvol South African women is the perfect way to guide you on this journey whilst providing a guaranteed giggle!

Thank you Sammy for your love, passion and kind heart.  I have never met anyone like you, and can’t wait for this lockdown to be over so I can finally give you a hug and not our regular elbow/foot tap.  I wish you only success and happiness with everything KwirkNation, and can’t wait to see your Fork range.


 

Squishy Tushy

There is currently a lot of drama on social media within the blogger community – and beyond.  I don’t wish to get into it in this post, but I had to mention it, as this is how I first discovered Squishy Tushy.  And this is the reason that I am adding my voice to the #DontShushMe movement here in South Africa.  No longer can I just keep quiet as I see my black friends hurt and judged, or my LGBTQ+ friends marginalized and unable to live freely.  In this day and age, racism and homophobia should not exist, and sadly, it still does.  This movement has made me spend a lot of time looking deep within myself, and realise that by saying nothing, I am adding my voice to those doing the judging.  South African businesses are often not reflecting the beauty of our rainbow nation, and speaking to influencers has reminded me how often the perfect blonde-hair, blue-eyed child is used in advertising campaigns and their mother chosen for brand reviews.  How is that relatable to so much of South Africa? And why are we not speaking up about this?

Nuriyah has had #DontShushMe shirts printed to show support for  this movement, and a portion of the profits are going to be donated to a charity that empowers people of colour.  I ordered one of my own, and then realised that I needed to get to know this strong woman a little more!

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Your name: Nuriyah Gallow

Business name: Squishy Tushy

Social media handles: Business – Facebook, Instagram and Website.  Blog – Facebook, Instagram and Website.

What are 3 fun facts about you:
1. I love to create art / DIY.
2. I am a beginner photographer.
3. I love doing things spontaneously, I don’t mind if it wasn’t planned. I love an adventure and am almost always keen. Let’s take a trip!

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Tell me a bit more about your business:
I started Squishy Tushy almost 1 year ago when I had my 3rd baby girl, Israh. I am a natural creative, so I felt the need to create. This is how a lot of baby brands are started. The thing I love the most is deciding on designs, having the fabric printed, and then seeing it come to life.
I come from a digital marketing background so another aspect I LOVE is doing marketing campaigns, checking the stats and finding out how I can do better.
We are still very new to the industry so I am still learning as I go. it is not as easy as it looks, especially when you are a one man show like me 🙂 I do EVERYTHING except sew. Even down to building my own website 🙂

Where did the passion for these come from:
From being a mom, a creative soul, and having the need to constantly create.

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Tell me about your #DontShushMeShirt:
There are very important conversations going on on social media at the moment. This hashtag was used by a group of mommy bloggers. To show my solidarity I decided to create these tee’s. This is not the first time I did this. In March when another local brand made obscene posts about Jews, I created a tee that reads “regretively” as they used this word accidentally. I am donating the profit from those tees to the holocaust centre here in CT.
With the don’t shush me tees, R50 from each tee will go to a POC charity which will be determined by the mommy bloggers. I love advocating for those who need a voice so even though it has nothing to do with baby clothing, I have the fully functioning ecommerce website and I have the tools to make these tees (yes I cut and press the designs myself), so why not? I have no problem using my platform and voice to help the next person. We are also busy with GBV tees for another NGO, as well as make tees for Milk Matters and R50 of each sale goes to the preemie babas. Ok, I totally went off track but it is all relative.

What is your personal favourite product:
Definitely the rib rompers as well as the printed zip onesies.

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What have been your most popular products:
The rib rompers and fox track sets / bunny track sets.

What makes your products different to those you can buy in a chain store:
You won’t find these exact prints anywhere else. The rib rompers also have a very specific look and feel

Where can people purchase these from:
www.squishytushy.co.za

Why do you encourage people to support small businesses:
So that we can keep the economy growing. If you support small businesses, you are literally helping keep food in the tummies of people in this country.

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Quote you live by:
It’s better to be kind than to be right. 🙂
Always be willing to help others even if it does not benefit you!

Anything else you want to add:
If you own a small business and you think you aren’t getting anywhere, please don’t give up. It takes extreme hard work, long days, long nights, loads of planning and the list goes on! 🙂

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I am so thrilled that I discovered Nuriyah, and know that I will continue to learn from her every single day.  Her baby clothing is absolutely adorable, and so on trend – I am sure that many of you will fall in love with it too, and want pieces for yourself or family members.

And please, if you don’t have kids, consider supporting her through the sale of her statement tees that really are making a difference in the lives of so many.  This woman has an amazingly beautiful heart, and deserves all the love and kindness in the world.


 

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