How To Send a Really Good Email (and get a positive response!)

How To Send a Really Good Email (and get a positive response!)

Whether in my day job or when working on my blog, I really do spend a bit of time working on emails. And whether we like it or not, emails are here to stay. They've become one of the easiest ways to reach people for collaborations, or information. Business people, bloggers and creatives will find themselves constantly using emails. And whether we receive the information that we require or the collaboration - depends to large extent on how our emails are crafted.

I don't necessarily think I send the best emails. But I think they're good enough and my response rate is actually quite amazing (if I do say so myself!). Recently, I emailed someone to ask to be featured on the Nine people, One question column. The response I got back was super flattering that I just have to quote it. "Hello Kachi. Thank you for excellent email. I have never seen a more articulate email in my entire life. I would be more than happy to be part of your column". Obviously I took it as a bit of flattery, but it warmed my insides and the sender insisted that it was no flattery!

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JORD Wood Watches - A Review & a Giveaway!

JORD Wood Watches - A Review & a Giveaway!

I'm excited that one lucky reader gets a chance to win a pretty watch from JORD. And if they pick the same one as I did, then maybe we can be watch twins! Although I can almost guarantee that they'd have a tough time picking (as I did!) - because JORD has so many beautiful watches. 

I'm not much of an accessory person, and can go for weeks without earrings (especially when I have my hair covering my ears). Necklaces often hurt my neck and so I don't even bother.  While I do love bangles, I just forget to buy them or wear them.

But a good watch I love! And I totally feel incomplete without one. So I'm sure to wear a watch all the time. Plus I think it's always a great gift, that you can hardly go wrong with. I also love watches that are very versatile and can be worn with pretty much anything, that are pretty yet durable.

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The Wedding Party Movie + 4 Things to Note When Planning an Inter-Ethnic Nigerian Wedding

The Wedding Party Movie + 4 Things to Note When Planning an Inter-Ethnic Nigerian Wedding

So I promised to write a post on the rather box office breaking Nigerian movie "The Wedding Party". Not because I'm a movie critic, but because the subject was one quite close to my heart and I could relate with a few of the experiences.

You probably can tell already that the subject is Inter-Ethnic marriages and initially when I started blogging, I thought that's what my entire blog would be about. Not close, but at least I have a dedicated section for that - Inter-Ethnic Love Stories

So this movie, was about Dunni Coker and Dozie Onwuka's wedding and all the intricacies surrounding the wedding. Of interest to me, was the fact that Dunni was Yoruba and Dozie was Igbo. So this was an inter-ethnic Wedding. 

It reminded me of some of the issues that are likely to come even when planning such wedding and how it could potentially cause conflict! So using my experience as well, let me share some of what I noticed.

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Mothers' Day and the Three Mums Who Raised Me

Mothers' Day and the Three Mums Who Raised Me

She often told the story of her being in labour. With her first child. She had perfectly manicured 'stiletto' nails, polished bright red. When the contractions hit, she'll stretch her hands in front of her and wriggle a little. One of the nurses said 'Madam you are not in pain. When you really are, you'll bite off those nails'. I don't remember how this story ended, but I was always in awe of my mum's nails. She could also polish her right fingers with her left. More awe. 

I also remember the first time I discovered her mascara. I had no clue what it was and I tried to write with it. Mary Kay makeup, Pleated Skirts, Culottes and Waisted Belts were her thing. She didn't understand straight or bodycon clothes. My mum was really the first fashionable woman I knew. Her friends use to say call her 'Ochomma' and 'Nlecha'.  Igbo words for Fashionista. Too bad I didn't inherit those traits. I'm into Culottes now though. Such freedom! But she warns that wearing free clothes may make me fat. 

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Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around the Web #6

Friday Notes x Fun Links From Around the Web #6

It's Friday Darlings, Friday! 

And like most people, I'm generally thankful for this day and often think it doesn't come quickly enough. The only time I feel Fridays come too quickly is when I have to write these notes, and I realise I hadn't been quite prepared. I'm often like "what, Friday already!". That happened last night and I slept off at 3 am without writing!

What a week it's been though. I'm mentally giving myself a pat on the back for successfully publishing 2 blog posts this week, which were very well received! 

And the tweet I woke up to this morning? It totally warmed my insides but at the same time I burst out laughing. I tweeted that I was back to being obsessed with my blog, and a reader replied that she loves it although she often complains in her head that I'm too consistent and she's always having to catch up!

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9 People, 1 Question || Mummy Bloggers on Being Ready to Have Kids, Greatest Fear & Reward

9 People, 1 Question || Mummy Bloggers on Being Ready to Have Kids, Greatest Fear & Reward

A couple of days ago, seemed to be one of the few days I actually wanted to watch TV and had the remote in hand. After a few minutes of scrolling (and realising that we had a lot of sport channels!), I still couldn't find anything particularly interesting. I had worked on this post earlier in the day so mummy matters were on my mind. I finally settled for a show called Born Every Minute or something like that, which showed live child birth stories. One of the women was 40 and was just about to have her first child.

I'm such a squeamish person, and half the time had my back to the TV. I couldn't look. Even Tee who is toughie of sort had to say "oh my goodness why are we watching this". At the point when they actually opened up a woman's tummy for a CS, he thought he had had enough. But thankfully he still promises that when the time comes, he'd be an extra toughie and be with me all the way. God willing.

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Our New Home.. and 4 Things I Love About It

Our New Home.. and 4 Things I Love About It

So here's the good news I was going to share a couple of weeks ago! If you follow me on Instagram you probably already saw it - but we moved in our first owned home! It's been a pretty exciting (albeit stressful time) and we're super thankful it finally happened.

Technically we started the formal process a little under a year ago. It's a new build property and so it was essentially bought "off plan". This means that we were simply shown the plan of the development and then it was built from scratch. So I remember it was pretty hard for me to visualise how exactly it was going to turn out. But thankfully Tee was very much on top of it - being able to read the measurements and description off plan.

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Lessons in Appreciating the 'Underdog' Workers & Employees

Lessons in Appreciating the 'Underdog' Workers & Employees

For some reason, I often associate May 1st with being a day set aside as 'Workers Day'. It's probably due to my Nigerian background where that day is a public holiday set aside for workers. And that's why I thought it'd be a good reason to publish this post that's somewhat related to work & workers. It's is one of those posts that I really couldn't think of a straight title for. But it's one I wanted to write; one I think I had to write; and I hope you see point!

It started from random thoughts - and then progressed to "aha! There's actually quite some sense in that"

If you had to leave your current organisation or work place today, who would you miss or remember the most? It's okay if you won't miss anyone, and it's also okay if you'd immediately respond with "my friends / colleagues ofcourse!"

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Friday Notes X Fun Links From Around the Web #5

Friday Notes X Fun Links From Around the Web #5

It's another Friday! Who's excited?

And I guess it's a long weekend for people on the UK and Nigeria and maybe other parts of the world! I'm definitely thankful for that extra day, because my weekend already seems like it'll be packed full.

I was hoping to share some pretty good news with you guys today, but at the time of writing this, all the dots are not in place, so I guess it'll have to wait till a post next week or maybe next Friday's notes!

That said, my week didn't go to badly although it felt a bit slow, and the days seemed to drag. But then, I finally saw the movie "The Wedding Party" on Netflix. For those who don't know it's a recent Nigerian movie that seemed to be on everyone's lips recently and was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. I particularly wanted to watch it because of its Nigerian inter ethnic set up. The bride to be was Yoruba and the groom was Igbo (the reverse of Tee & I - see more here) and there was so much hassle about the wedding and the couple being together.

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I'm Back! (and answering 20 Fun 'Get to Know Me' Tag Questions!)

I'm Back! (and answering 20 Fun 'Get to Know Me' Tag Questions!)

Hi Hi!Guess who's back? Kachee's back. Tell your friends, Kachee's back!
Excuse me being overly dramatic! I feel like I owe you guys a hi5 or group hug and loads of apologies for simply taking off without any warning.

It totally wasn't planned. But, my schedule got super full - with work, a some what house move (which meant my iMac got packed up!), and last minute travel plans as well. With all these important stuff, the blog sadly took the hit! So bad, that I barely actually logged on to the site in all of two weeks.

And yes, it's been only two weeks but it sure feels like ages!

I considered posting on a particular topic as usual, but I thought that'll be unfair. Especially as a number of people sent me messages wondering where I was! Special hugs for you all.

I stumbled on a blogger fun tag recently and I thought I could answer a few of the questions as a way to announce my return!

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