Sunday, 25 January 2009


Almost 5 years ago this week, I sat at home thinking of what to do next with my business. At that time, I only had Cioccolatina to think of and decided to start AkuaWood (my namesake) and also our helping hand programme.
There is something rewarding to see where your money ends up and was glad to receive an e-mail this morning about Vele -" .... following an operation on his hare lip, he is now talking ‘a lot more’." You can read more about our programme

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

IS THERE SUCH A THING ....... free these days? Well, yes.

We have all heard about reduce, reuse and recycle. If you adopt all these three, then you would love Freecycle™.

One's man waste is another man's treasure. Try FREECYCLE - you would be amazed at what you can get for FREE!

Saturday, 17 January 2009


It has been a very busy start to the year at Sheabutter Cottage and most products planned for Cioccolatina have been "on the cutting floor". Well, time is almost up so get your hair ready and keep an eye out :)

Sunday, 11 January 2009


Thanks to Marr Williams @ Smelly Chicks for this lovely feature on her blog.

Akua Wood from Cioccolatina is a bit of a shea butter evangelist. As a native of Ghana, she grew up using natural products and knows firt hand how wonderful shea butter is for the skin. Her appreciation for shea transfers into the products that she makes. The Karite soap pictured above contains more 70% of unrefined fair trade shea butter. How luxurious is that? It’s beautiful in it’s simplicity and without fragrance is one of the most natural soaps available. It must be heaven to use in the shower.

I met Akua on Twitter and am always happy to see her there. I don’t know her very well as I’ve only spoken to her directly a handful of times, but her posts are always warm and comforting. I get the sense that she’s one of those people that we describe as “glowing” and it travels all the way from the UK right through my Twitter screen. Maybe it’s the shea butter!

You can find more of Akua’s products at Cioccolatina and more about Akua on her blog. And don’t forget to follow her on Twitter!

Saturday, 3 January 2009


Happy New Year - hope you all had a peaceful time over the festive period. It was somehow frantic over here in Caversham but enjoyable. I managed to enjoy my long awaited sleep.

I have kick started the new year with some savings at Cioccolatina - check it out.