It’s now coming up to a year since I started my small business, Cookie Dough Kids, back in July 2018, and what a year it has been! I didn’t really give starting Cookie Dough Kids too much of a thought if I’m being honest, it was something that I knew I wanted to do and I just kind of jumped into it without thinking too hard about what could go wrong or how much work it was going to take, I just knew I wanted to have a go at doing something that I enjoy and could call my own. I remember thinking at the start that I wouldn’t get any orders at all, and within a few days I had my first order from a stranger (my family, bless them, had put in a couple of orders before that, that’s a family obligation!)
Our First Order
I was so excited when I got an order from somebody that I didn’t know, it felt like my birthday and Christmas all rolled into one! Since then over the year I’ve had more orders than I would ever have expected through my website and my Etsy store. I’m so so grateful for every single order that I receive and still get mega excited when I see an order come through! It’s so true what they say about how when you purchase through a small business you make someone somewhere do a little happy dance! Especially at Christmas time, it was busier than I ever hoped it would be, I have never ever seen so many pairs of Christmas pyjamas! But I absolutely loved making every single pair and thinking, babies and kids all over the UK are going to be waking up on Christmas day all excited wearing my Christmas pyjamas that I’ve made, I loved that idea! I currently still work full time, so I don’t have anywhere near as much time to put into Cookie Dough Kids as I would like to, but every bit of spare time that I do get, I try to put into it, whether it be making orders, writing product descriptions, thinking of new products and designs or writing blog posts like this one! Like this morning for example, I didn’t have to leave out for work until a little later than usual, so I used the extra half an hour that I had to write a couple more product descriptions! It’s little things like that you can do around everything else you have to do through the day to make a difference! It can be stressful and tiring working full time and trying to run and build a small business to be the best it can be with limited time, but I wouldn’t change it, I hope the hard work will pay off eventually and I’ll be able to possibly go part time and have more time to spend on Cookie Dough Kids, that’s the goal!
The Cookie Dough Kids Redesign
After a year of running the business, I decided that I wanted to re-design my website, which is something that has just been completed by the wonderful RR Web Design! He’s so talented and really listened to everything that I wanted to get from my website and helped me to achieve it. I hope my new website is another step to helping me grow my business and achieve my goal. I want to continue putting as much time and effort into Cookie Dough Kids as I possibly can and am constantly thinking about what more I can do to better things. I want to introduce so many more new products and am even thinking of venturing into doing more than just children’s wear, like more gifts and maybe even personalised goods for pets, Cookie Dough Pets! When I look at how much I have achieved in the past year I’m very proud, from making my first sale, to being asked to go on BBC radio Leicester Live to talk about my business! Reaching 2000 followers on Instagram (which I know is tiny in the big wide world of Instagram but huge to me!) And to running my first ever stall at a Christmas fair, all around everything else that happens in life like getting a promotion at work and buying my first house, it makes me so excited to think about what I can achieve in the year coming up! Fingers crossed that all of the hard work will pay off .. Kirsty x
It's the most wonderful time of the year... Christmas is Cookie Dough Kids favourite time of the year, by far! Spending time with family, eating all the Christmas foods possible, curling up in front of the fire watching a Christmas movie, they're just a few of the things we love to do to get us in the festive spirit! We know it's only August, but we have been well prepared and have our Christmas range up and ready to order on the website already. We're offering designs on pyjamas, t-shirts and baby bodysuits. This is only the start, we plan to introduce more designs and more products such as Santa sacks and stockings so keep your eyes peeled! Here are a couple of my favourite designs so far...
August is almost over, Autumn will soon be upon us which means one thing, Halloween is almost here! We love everything about Halloween at Cookie Dough Kids, Autumnal nights, dressing up in amazing scary costumes and of course, all the yummy treats! We've designed a Halloween range using all of the usual spooky characters, ghosts, bats, witches and of course pumpkins! We've introduced some new vinyl colours especially for this range including orange, purple and green. Our Halloween range is now available to buy, check it out!
I have recently introduced personalised Water Bottles to Cookie Dough Kids - perfect for back to school! You can purchase the bottles here < click here > After A LOT of research into what kind of bottle to purchase, I decided on the reputable brand Sistema. This is a really popular brand for bottles, lunch boxes etc. Their products are phthalate and BPA free which make them really safe and easy to use. I decided to go with two different bottle types, one larger 725ml bottle for older children and adults, and one twist and sip 425ml bottle for younger children. The twist and sip bottle is perfect for little ones as it prevents spillages and is easier for them to use. I introduced a range of colours - Blue, pink, green, black, purple and orange. Perfect for everybody! The bottles are not only aimed at children but are perfect for adults too for the gym, sports activities and work! I also offer a range of different fonts and text colours for the personalisation so that you can make your personalised water bottle exactly how you want it to be. I'm hoping to introduce a Back to School range very soon, offering other products such as pencil cases and lunch boxes, so watch this space!
Cookie Dough Kids would love to invite all customers to join the Cookie Club. Becoming a member is easy, all you need to do is place an order, create an account and also join the mailing list. When you place an order and create an account you will straight away start earning cookie points. For every £1 you spend, you will earn 1 point. Once you have earned 100 points you will have £10 to spend. For creating an account you will straight away receive 5 bonus points. If you leave a review, you will also earn 5 bonus points. These points will earn you a discount on your next order, the more you spend the more discount you get. If you also join Cookie Dough Kids mailing list you will be updated with news, discount codes and also competitions for your chance to win prizes. Newsletter subscribers will also be the first to know about all new arrivals and limited edition items. I have so many big ideas for Cookie dough Kids I really can't wait to share them all with you! I would love to know what you think about the website, the business and any ideas of things you would like to see in the store so I have also created a closed group on Facebook. This way we can stay directly in contact. I would love to use the facebook group to get ideas flying around and any custom items you wish can be made especially for you. Get ready and join the club now - Join our closed facebook group straight from our page, Please give us a like while you're there too! https://www.facebook.com/groups/291103734794457