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Starting a new business can be both exhilarating and terrifying. That was the case with LifeHeartHome.com. We have always been family owned and operated, which can put a little more pressure on making the business succeed, but we were committed to making it work. Some businesses do not make it in the end due to any number of reasons, some avoidable, and yet some out of anyone’s control. Along the sometimes turbulent road to where we are today I have learned a few things.Our first version of the site made me extremely happy. Our logo was great, the website was unique, and our name was catchy. However, like with any business, there were problems. In the beginning we drop-shipped all of our products meaning that we did not hold our inventory ourselves. This meant we never examined the products ourselves. We were also not in charge of keeping tract of the inventory or shipping information. This would prove disastrous for us. We had many problems with inventory and shipping without any real way to communicate with the actual manufacturers. Our business model was not working.We decided to give it one more shot and invested in a new site, new mission statement, new marketing strategy, and a new business model. We decided, above all, that we wanted to know the quality of the products we were selling. We wanted to be in charge of our own inventory and shipping. Lastly, we wanted to only sell things that made us happy selling them. This meant our store would only carry fair trade items, products from local artisans and other small family businesses, items that were unique and fun, and things that helped to spread happiness and kindness. Six months ago, the new and improved Lifehearthome.com was born.Luckily, our new site and business model appear to be working. We took the advice of our customers and we improved our store any way we could. Thank you for all your advice and support. We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions about other items you would like to see.Because we are all under one roof
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Regardless of your city’s available public transportation options, everyone should spend a day traveling their hometown or city using public transportation. It not only opens your eyes to the available means of transport, but also, provides you a view of your city never previously witnessed. Some of our most memorable family weekend trips were when we acted like tourists in our own city. We stayed in a local hotel and visited all those spots we usually are too busy to appreciate. It is fascinating to see all of the interesting sites within a few miles of your home.
Recently my son, a student at Occidental College, has discovered the incredible benefits of taking Los Angeles’ often-forgotten metro subway and rail lines. For an all day pass costing $5 he is able to visit numerous downtown sites including Hollywood, Chinatown and Universal City. After a few times exploring the city this way he was able to discover numerous hidden gems. Now he goes on an almost weekly tradition back on the rail lines to explore new parts of his new home city.
We at www.lifehearthome.com love to bring you interesting ideas, products and just plain fun stuff! Check out our blog often!
New and exciting additions to our Kate Mesta Collection! Whether you love elephants, hearts, keys or even skulls, we have something for everyone! These dog tag style necklaces are all hand-crafted by Kate Mesta, a world renowned artist from Laguna Beach, California. Her jewelry has adorned the necks of many celebrities from Ellen DeGeneres to Selena Gomez to Lisa Vanderpump. The perfect addition to your jewelry collection or as a very special gift for a loved one! Browse through our many designs to find the perfect one for you!
My daughter has always been the type of person who strives to help those around her. She knows the right words to say to someone in distress and how to bring a smile to someone in need. Once, when she was very little, she got in a fight with her older brother. I cannot for the life of me remember the specifics of what the fight was about, but I do know it had something to do with her encroaching on his ‘Lego® territory.’ Kids can be funny in their ruthlessness towards others for such minor quarrels.
However, afterwards my daughter, the caring person that she was, had felt so bad about fighting with her brother that she decided to give her treasured stuffed toy, a soft baby doll, to her brother. To this day, my son still recalls this kind and profound gesture made by his young sister. It is one of those moments in their young lives that cemented the caring and loving relationship they share to this day.
What are some nice things you have done for others? We’d love to hear about it and share it with all of our fans. If you are interested in sending us your inspirational or uplifting stories please send them to LifeHeartHome@gmail.com, and include either your name or if you wish to remain anonymous. We can’t wait to hear from you.
In the meantime, if you are looking for some way to spread some kindness in your own life consider checking out our Whisper of Kindness Cards! A quick and easy way to make someone’s day!
Our Anju Jewelry collection is not only beautiful but unique. These necklaces, earrings and cuff bracelets are dramatically styled using stainless steel or pewter as a base for designs in brass and copper. Anju was born in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Her jewelry offers an unparalleled blend of detail and quality, and an ability to encapsulate the beautiful culture of Rajasthan, India. Anju believes that jewelry, if properly fashioned, is more than just an accessory, it is an expressive work of art. Currently, Anju lives in Atlanta, Georgia and travels frequently to different parts of the world for inspiration, stones and materials for her beautiful jewelry. Join us in welcoming this incredible artist to the LifeHeartHome family!
Check out our beautiful Anju Collection today – you will not be disappointed!