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Harvey Relief Auction Update

Happy Tuesday!

I wanted to give you an update on how the preparations are going as we get closer to September 25th. The Harvey Fundraiser page is updated daily and contains a link to view the auction groups as we get in the information. This is the same information as the Fundraising page.  I just wanted to let all of you know what is happening.

Updated 9/12/2017 Welcome to our Harvey Relief Fund Auction – This page will be updated daily until the auction.

I am so happy to announce, that as of Saturday, the 9th, we have 13 small businesses and three individuals joining our next auction.  

If you know of any other businesses, or individuals, that may be interested, please direct them to this page. There is a sign up form at the bottom. They can also contact us on Instagram.

I cannot thank you all enough for joining me. I am so grateful that all of you are donating!

To see the business donation graphics as of today, click here.

The auction will take place on September 25th, from 6 – 9 pm CST. Mark your calendars!

The auction will he held on the Houston Helps Instagram account.  Kiwi & Ellie will moderate the auction and provide the graphics for the auction. No money will be sent to those who donate items.

Winners send the money to the charity directly. None of these businesses have any relationship with the JJ Watt fund. We are doing this as our way of helping.


As we get closer to the auction date, this page will continually be updated. Hopefully any questions you may have, will be answered here.  However, do not hesitate to contact us on Instagram or by email.

You don’t need to own a business to donate to the auction. I happen to have a Kate Spade iPhone 7 Plus case, brand new in package. I bought it before I bought my phone. I didn’t get the plus. So, I will auction that off plus two Nest Votive candles. I paid $41 for the three items.
Francie aka @osu_buckeys_fan has offered to make homemade dog biscuits. We can pair them from a gold dog collar that Elle from @properfetch is donating. She actually has two businesses and is also donating an embroidered leather cozie with the Texax flag on it. How fun would it be to get someone who makes doggie outfits to donate as well?

The following is a list of things we need.

  1. Please sign up for our email campaigns at www.KiwiEllie.com.  It will be a popup window when you first visit the site.  We will never share your email address with anyone.
  2. Please add our domain to your “Safe Sender” list in your email software.
  3. Send your logo, preferably a .png file and the larger the better.
  4. Send a couple of photos of the item(s) you are donating and details about each item. Lifestyle photos will attract higher bids.
  5. Please include a hyperlink to the item on your site so I can use it prior to the auction.
    • It may help drive more traffic to your site.
  6. We believe we have your correct web site URL or etsy shop URL. Just in case, please send that as well.
  7. We have a couple of companies that are using photos of their customer’s with approval.
    • Please include the Instagram account name of anyone that needs to be credited.
  8. Check or feed for ideas from the last auction. (@KiwiAndEllie)
  9. Remember to follow @HoustonHelps on Instagram.
  10. You may see promotions on my personal Instagram account@CapeCodAtHeart.
  11. Feel free to repost any graphics from our feed.  I’ll be happy to email them to you as well.
  12. If you don’t have a logo, I am happy to create one for you.

Let’s help by following each other on Social media.

  1. Kiwi & Ellie
  2. Vera Reese Designs
  3. Blue Pear Farms
  4. Castles and coffee
  5. Love From Here To China
  6. Bye Peanut
  7. Shop the Blue Hydrangea
  8. Only Yours Jewelry is donating a set of three pairs of Druzy earrings from
  9. Asher Riley
  10. Proper Fetch
  11. The Sophisticated Seahorse Studio
  12. Marina & Lilly
  13. Only Yours Jewelry
  14. Francie Holt aka @Osu_buckeyes_ fan is making homemade dog biscuits and preppy dog bows!
  15. Donna Howell aka @GrandLakeStyle is donating jewelry she purchased from Kiwi & Ellie
  16. Ann Francis aka @CapeCodAtHeart is donating a Kate Spade iPhone 7 Plus case and two Nest votive candles

Please follow @HoustonHelps on Instagram. This is where the auction will be held.  No money is received by companies who have donated.

Although Kiwi & Ellie is driving the auction, we are not liable for any unforeseen issues that may arise before, during, or after the auction. Remember we are all donating and shipping at our own expense. 

Example wording for your Instagram posts prior to auction date.  Feel free to reword, add emojis, etc. Promote what you are donating as well as other’s donations.

We are all deeply saddened by the terrible flooding and suffering caused by Hurricane Harvey. To help with the relief efforts, we are holding another auction to raise money for the JJ Watt fund the week of September 24th. Our goal is to raise $1,000 and we need your help!

 Details:

  • This auction  will run from 6:00 until 9:00 pm CST on September 25th. (tentative)
  • The auction will take place on the Instagram account @HoustonHelps
  • Starting bid is noted on each auction image.
  • Bidding must be in $1.00 increments.
  • FREE Shipping is available only within the United States or APO boxes.
  • During the auction be sure to keep an eye on your bid.
  • We will do our best to let you know if you’ve been out bid.
  • We will remind bidders 30 minutes before ending and then again 10 minutes before.
  • Have fun and scoop up some bargains for a great cause!!
  • All items have been donated and no money will be accepted by any of the sponsors.
  • If you are the winning bidder, you will receive a link to make your donation to the charity.
  • We ask that you make your donation within 48 hours.
  • Once you reply with proof of your donation, we will ship your package.
  • Let’s GO BIG!! Everything is bigger in Texas!
  • Winners will receive 30% off any purchase they make with Kiwi & Ellie through October 31st with code HOUSTON. The only exclusion is Monogramming. Anyone can add discount codes to the auction details.  Just send the info to HoustonHelps@kiwiellie.com
  • Kiwi & Ellie is offering a discount for shoppers. If you’d like to offer a discount, please send us the details.

How would you like to help?

Harvey Relief Fund Auction

Happy Friday,

Our last auction helped raise $279.00 for the JJ Watt fund.  We are doing another one the week of September 24th. The tentative date is Tuesday, the 25th. We are still trying to determine the best day of week for people to be engaged on Instagram. So far we have 13 small businesses/individuals donating to the auction. More offers continue to come in.

If you want to be part of the auction, you don’t need to be a business owner.  Come up with something you can make or have purchased and never used.  Anything new is welcomed.

To contact us about donating to the auction, please email us at HousontHelps@KiwiEllie.com

Of course, feel free to share the details of our auction, or forward this post, to people you think would like to donate. Our goal for this auction is $1,000.  We need everyone’s help.

For all of you who subscribe to our emails and/or are donating to the auction, we are extending you an exclusive discount of 30% off through October 31st.  The only category that is not part of the discount is the Monogram category.

So far, the following businesses have graciously offered donations. Please follow these wonderful businesses on Instagram.

It would be great if you shop their web sites or Etsy stores.  The links below are to their Instagram accounts:

  1. Kiwi & Ellie
  2. Vera Reese Designs
  3. Blue Pear Farms
  4. Castles and coffee
  5. The Friendly Daisy
  6. Love From Here To China
  7. Bye Peanut
  8. Girlees and Brothers Too
  9. Shop the Blue Hydrangea
  10. Asher Riley
  11. Proper Fetch
  12. The Sophisticated Seahorse Studio
  13. Francie Holt is making homemade dog biscuits and preppy dog bows!

Please follow @HoustonHelps on Instagram. This is where the auction will be held.  No money is received by companies who have donated to the auction. Winners will donate the dollar amount directly to the JJ Watt relief fund, as before.  Once we receive confirmation of the donation, the businesses will ship your package. Shipping is also free.

Live Instagram Auction tomorrow

Tomorrow is Wacky Wednesday. We are hosting our first ever Instagram Auction. It will run from 7 – 9 PM CST.

All items include FREE SHIPPING within the United States only.

If you are the winning bidder, we will send you a PayPal invoice that must be paid within 24 hours.  All sales by auction are final.

If you are not able to be online tomorrow night, you are welcome to place a bid prior to the live auction.

Please DM us on Instagram with the dollar amount, email address, and the item you want to bid on.

The details:

  • Five auctions will run during the two hour window.
  • Starting bid is noted on the image.
  • Bidding must be in $1.00 increments.
  • Shipping is available only within the United States or APO boxes
  • At 7:00 the first auction item will be posted.
  • Thereafter, we will post the additional ones every five minutes until all five are on the feed.  We will post additional pictures of what is included throughout the auction period.
  • Pay attention to our account to see how your bid is doing.
  • Have fun and scoop up some bargains

Auctions on Instagram? Oh yes!!

We love hearing from our followers. So, asked and answered. We will start having online (Instagram) auctions.

Each week we’ll have Wacky Wednesday auctions. From 7 – 9 pm CST.

We will auction off new arrivals, popular pieces as well as “jewelry packages.” These packages will consist of two or more items.

Shipping will be free.  Plus, if you already subscribe to our blog and/or email campaigns you’ll get a sneak peek the night before. You can even place a bid early by sending us a DM on Instagram. Just tell us the item and your bid.

Tell your friends to sign up so they can bid on the auctions too.

 

Oh, yes!  Don’t forget our Kiwi Kash Loyalty program started this week.

Be sure to sign up and start earning points. Visit the sign up page here.

Introducing our Kiwi Kash Loyalty Program.

Happy Saturday Friends!

As promised, today we are launching our Loyalty Rewards program. Here’s how it works.

  1. You earn 1 point for each dollar you spend on our site.
  2. Sign up for our email campaign and earn 100 points.
  3. If you are already subscribed, don’t worry.  You’ll start with 100 points.
  4. For every review you write you earn 50 points.
  5. For every comment on our blog posts you earn 50 points
  6. Every time you tag us showing off our jewelry on Instagram, you get 50 points.
  7. Refer a friend by asking them to mention your name & Instagram account at checkout and earn 50 points.
  8. Share photos of yourself wearing our jewelry and tag us with the hashtag #KiwiKash and earn 50 points.
  9. Repost our posts and earn 50 points.
  10. The final awesome perk of joining our Loyalty program is private sales and giveaways just for you.

This first ten people to sign up this weekend will receive a free “My story isn’t over” necklace. Now how’s that for a start? Just the beginning of our program.

Points translate into Kiwi Cash:

  • 100 points = $5.00 in Kiwi Cash
  • 300 points = $10.00 in Kiwi Cash
  • 500 points = $25.00 in Kiwi Cash

Get started right now by signing up for our email campaigns. Earn your first 100 points now!

Please help stop Cyber-Bullying

Happy Saturday!

I have a childhood friend who gives more of himself for charity more than any single person I have ever known.

His name is Wayne Soares and he is amazing. Wayne is pictured on the far right in the photo. He is part of a nation-wide campaign to stop cyber bullying. I am asking for your help.

Please visit his web site to learn, donate, get involved.  This is a direct plea to all of you amazing followers of mine.

He is available for speaking engagements. This would be great for elementary and high schools as well as colleges.

Click here to visit the web site and help get out the word the bullying is never okay.  He has written some great articles geared toward school age children and what teachers and parents can do to help. Buy a tee and post a photo of you wearing it on social media and point your followers to his site.

I have donated personally.  I am also giving away a free pair of mini tassel earrings to the first eight people who make a purchase or monetary donation.

Imagine if you told just three people about this and they told three people, and so on, and so on. Just imagine how many people we can reach.  Plus our support may just help save a life. Isn’t that worth a few dollars?

I will pay the cost of shipping.  You will pay absolutely nothing.  I would truly appreciate if you would all share this cause on your social media so we can get a big boost of financial support so Wayne can do what he does best, talk, inform and motivate.

I am proud to call him a friend and admire him for all he does to make this a better world.

Ann Francis

Don’t give up on Summer yet!

Happy Friday Dear Friends,

I have spent less time on blog posts and more time on email campaigns. Then it occurred to me you may not be on that list.

Just in case, let’s catch up a bit.

I just love being able to do my “Op-eds” on here.  We are not even halfway through August and everyone is trying to rush through the summer to get to fall. Even stores have rushed us.  Halloween decor is already stocked in most big box stores.

Why?  Let’s savor our summertime. Don’t start buying your fall scarves only to have them stashed in your closet for another six weeks.

I know the appeal of back-to-school shopping was so exciting growing up.  I get that.  But since most of us are no longer in school, we don’t really “need” to do that.  So, instead of that past-time, let’s create a new one.

Get out your blender and whip up some Pina Coladas, put on your bathing suit and a cool pair of dark Sunnies and head out the door.

Nothing fancy. A Solo cup works just fine. Who cares if you go to a tropical beach, the lake, or even just your back yard. The point is this, we still have plenty of time to enjoy the summer before the crisp fall weather turns into gut-wrenching freezing cold days.  I’ll bet you’ll look back and wish you had enjoyed summer a little bit longer.

What Op-Ed wouldn’t be complete without mentioning some of our new jewelry.

Things that go bling.

Major Clearance Sale

Hi Ladies!

We have added over 300 pieces to our clearance section.  This is a the biggest sale we have ever had!

All rings are $5.00. All watches and scarves are also just $5.00. That includes the Twilly scarves as well!

Even with these amazing sale prices you are still eligible to receive a “gift with purchase” when you spend $25 or more. Check out the home page for more information about the gift.

We recently added monogram jewelry to our site and delivery time is only about two weeks.  We have heard from many of our Instagram followers that they have waited well over three weeks.  So, if you are looking for quick turnaround please browse our monogram category. Lindsay is wearing the 2″ size monogram necklace that arrived in less than two weeks.

We also have some great new pieces that arrived this week.  We are already almost sold out of the wood bead tassel bracelets.  They are great for layering. Click the image to shop.

Have you seen our other new arrivals? We have some gorgeous new tassel earring styles. We have also added another Yurman inspired cuff bracelet.

May you all enjoy a wonderful weekend with friends and family.

 

 

Celebrating our collaborators

Lindsay @Short_Sweet_Petite_

Happy Monday!

We are honoring our amazing social media collaborators (brand ambassadors) all month. Honestly, we honor them every day.

This week we sent My Cookie Charm Instagram cookies to all the lovely ladies.

Our collaborators:

  • Help plan for new product arrivals
  • Name items
  • Promote our line on social media and blogs
  • Enjoy a combination of deep discounts, free jewelry, as well as private sales and giveaways. If you wold like to join us, please visit our Collaboration page.
  • Plus, you earn 20% on each sale you generate in the form of “Kiwi Kash” to spend on our site.  You’ll also be given a 20% discount code to share with friends as well.

Here are some of our top “influencers” showing their “Instag-cookies.”