I became a single mum a year ago for reasons that neither I nor Alfie’s Dad could help. Now, unfortunately Alfie’s Dad is not in his life. This fact has made me want to prove a point that even though I am a single mum I can make it on my own; I can have a future. One of my main aims was to buy my own house and, a year on from the split, I am purchasing my first house and I am so proud of myself and Alfie for how far we have come. So, with the excitement of a new house I started to think about what I might need for my new house? I went through the normal items: things for Alfie’s room, my room, the kitchen, the lounge, the bathroom and my last thought was: candles. I have an absolute obsession with candles. So, I went in search for a small shop that sold really nice candles. I found a few, but nothing stood out and I really wanted a small shop on Instagram that I could support. Then I came across the amazing shop: The Little Vintage Candle Company. Straight away I was excited because I have a thing for candles in jars and these candles came in a jar. I began to work my way through their page and low and behold they had my ultimate favorite smell, Cassis and fig. I was sold.IMG_7224

I messaged the company asking about the candles and got such a lovely response. The lady who messaged me back informed me that she followed me on Instagram already and that she also read my blog. She explained that she too was a single mum. If I’m honest, being a new blogger and hearing that someone actually takes the time out of there day to listen to me ramble on about different things that me and Alfie get up to was so exciting. And so, we got talking and it turns out that she is possible the friendliest woman I have ever met. I am so glad to have met her. She has two boys and, like me, never planned on being a single mum. In fact her story is a lot sadder than, and yet somehow as equally happy as, mine

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Unfortunately, in 1999 Lesleyanne was widowed. Her 36 year old husband died very suddenly from an undiagnosed aneurysm on his brain and a subsequent fatal brain hemorrhage. She was left alone with her two gorgeous little boys who were only 12 years old and 6 years old. For Lesleyanne life was hard, there was the grief and on top of that there were the practicalities of being a single mum. But, despite everything, she kept on going and worked full-time as an Intensive Care Nurse, a job she still does. She juggled her career and her life, and somehow ploughed on through it all. Whilst is all seemed at times utterly impossible, this beautiful family did it and this inspirational single Mum brought up two amazing boys, who are now 30 and 23. I love to hear her talk about her sons, you can tell when she does how proud she is of them and of herself for bringing up two exceptional young men. I honestly admire this lady. If I can sit there in 20 years time and say I did it, I pulled it together for me and my boy like Lesleyanne did, I will be very proud of myself.

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But it doesn’t stop there. As her boys grew up and Lesleyanne found herself with some free time she decided to take up a hobby. She had a passion for painting and up-cycling furniture and so she began pursuing both. Unfortunately, however, she suffered from a serious back injury at work which meant that she was unable to continue with the furniture restoration. In search for something else she began to make candles. Lesleyanne, like me, has a love for candles and after carrying out some research she was horrified to find that paraffin, which is in candles, can be harmful. So, she set out to make a healthier candle for her customers and the Little Vintage Candle Company was born.

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Lesleyanne continued with her research into healthier alternatives to paraffin and finally settled on an Eco Soy blended wax, a natural soybean oil extracted from soybeans grown in the U.S.A. The wax is manufactured from non-petroleum renewable resources and is produced with consideration and care for the environment. I’m sorry, but all I could think was: does this woman have no end? She’s a superwoman. Not only has she survived the trials that come with losing the love of your life at such a young age and brought up to amazing boy’s, but she has also now decided to start a company that focuses its ethos on producing products that are healthy and environmentally sustainable. She has the environment and her customer’s health in the forefront of her mind when making these candles and that in a company is admirable. I doubt there are many companies that can openly say that they live by the same values. She is still to this day juggling a full time job in the ICU and producing her candles, but is looking to lower her time at work so she can focus more on her growing business. Her vintage range of candles use reclaimed vessels that are sourced from regular visits to antique shops, charity shops and flea markets.

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Whilst I don’t really know Lesleyanne very well, I have a massive amount of love for her company, her candles and her story. She is such a great role model for me and all the single mums out there. This is why I wanted to share her lovely story with you today. I the candles I have received from her and look forward to filling my new house with them, when I finally get it. She has a full range of different scents and different types of candles from wax melts and a luxury boxed range to a honey jar range and a cupcake range. Best of all, they all come in such amazing smells (I will write a list at the bottom of this blog). I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my first candle that I did not even have to light it for the smell to fill the room. My room smelt absolutely divine in a matter of minutes despite the fact that I hadn’t even struck a match yet and that is what I like most about the candles: they give off the most amazing smell when they are lit and when they aren’t.

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In addition to your everyday candles, Lesleyanne also does wedding themed candles for the mother of the bride or as a gift for your bridesmaids. She even does candles that allow you to ask your chosen people to be your bridesmaids in a very special way, which I also love. I will be a life long customer and I can’t actually find the words to express how happy I am that I met Lesleyanne, albeit virtually. Please go on to Instagram and take a look at her beautiful page and her amazing range… you won’t be disappointed.

If you want to find her on Instagram search IV_candlco.

Aspromised here is the range of gorgeous candles she does:

Ranges
Luxury boxed range, available in 4 fragrances
• Raspberry and Peppercorn
• Black Pomegranate
• Sweet Fig
• Lime Basil & Mandarin

Honey jar range, available in 9 fragrances
• Raspberry and Peppercorn
• Black Pomegranate
• Sweet Fig
• Lime Basil & Mandarin
• Cassis & Fig
• Jasmine & Patchouli
• Fresh linen
• Blueberry & Vanilla
• Lemongrass & Ginger

Cupcake range available in 9 fragrances
• Raspberry and Peppercorn
• Black Pomegranate
• Sweet Fig
• Lime Basil & Mandarin
• Cassis & Fig
• Jasmine & Patchouli
• Fresh linen
• Blueberry & Vanilla
• Lemongrass & Ginger

Wax melts, available in 15 fragrances
• Raspberry and Peppercorn
• Black Pomegranate
• Sweet Fig
• Lime Basil & Mandarin
• Cassis & Fig
• Jasmine & Patchouli
• Fresh linen
• Blueberry & Vanilla
• Lemongrass & Ginger
• Zesty Orange
• Sweet Pea
• Wild Mint
• lavender
• Thai Lime & Mango
• Sweet Vanilla

They are about to launch our mini travel tin 150ml candles to match our luxury range that will be available in 4 fragrances to match
• Raspberry and Peppercorn
• Black Pomegranate
• Sweet Fig
• Lime Basil & Mandarin

They produce a range of Luxury boxed Wedding candles with personalised labels and a range of 25ml tin wedding favours.

They produce a range of barber shop candles for Squire Hair a vintage style male grooming range.
• Tobacco and Oak
• Sandalwood and Musk

 

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