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How two Australian mothers launched a thriving business that makes them $210k a MONTH

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Two Australian mothers who saw a gap in the market for organic children’s products  built a multi-million business starting with just $500 dollars each. 

Alisa Latto and Danni Crews, from Perth, launched 123 Nourish Me in 2016 when they could not find organic goods for their children. 

The business, which sells items such as sunscreen, hand wash, sleep balm, and packaged treats, started in their kitchens with the friends making products themselves from scratch. 

Now, their successful venture garners $2.5million a year- or $210,000 a month-pumping out between 150 to 200 orders a day. 

Perth-based friends Alisa Latto (right) and Danni Crews (left) launched 123 Nourish Me in 2016 with $500 each

Perth-based friends Alisa Latto (right) and Danni Crews (left) launched 123 Nourish Me in 2016 with $500 each

Perth-based friends Alisa Latto (right) and Danni Crews (left) launched 123 Nourish Me in 2016 with $500 each

‘The beginning was incredibly humble. We had just enough to buy the real basics and the raw materials, starting from a simple basepoint,’ Ms Latto, who has twin boys, told news.com.au

The pair promoted their products on social media where they instantly attracted interest, with daily orders surging five-fold to about 50 within the first 12 months.  

At the time, the youngest of Ms Crews’ three children was just a newborn, often cradled on her hip as the women prepared goods in their homes.  

As sales boomed, the business expanded, now comprising of eight female staff.

But the journey has not been a smooth ride, with the mothers revealing there have been bumps along the way.  

‘There were two big hurdles at the beginning. We slipped up because we got advice from branding companies and removed our elephant from the logo. The rebrand looked too professional and clinical and we lost customers overnight,’ Ms Crews said.

‘We listened to the experts that you have to look a certain way, but it wasn’t aligned with our audience.’

The mothers became inspired to start the business after realising there was a gap in the market for organic children's products. Pictured: Their Wellness Warrior essential oils

The mothers became inspired to start the business after realising there was a gap in the market for organic children's products. Pictured: Their Wellness Warrior essential oils

The mothers became inspired to start the business after realising there was a gap in the market for organic children’s products. Pictured: Their Wellness Warrior essential oils

The business sells items such as sunscreen, hand wash, sleep balm, and packaged treats

The business sells items such as sunscreen, hand wash, sleep balm, and packaged treats

The business sells items such as sunscreen, hand wash, sleep balm, and packaged treats

All products are manufactured in Australia, with the team offered flexible working options to support mothers in the workplace.   

The line has built a community of followers, with 66,000 fans on Facebook and more than 17,000 on Instagram, and is now available on Amazon Australia. 

This year, the brand’s best-selling product Sleepy Head Balm won the Favourite Baby Sleeping Aid Product category in the My Child Excellence Awards and their Magic Sprinkles were voted as a finalist in Favourite Toddler Food.   

The organics range is also dedicated to being environmentally responsible and uses sunscreen ingredients that will not harm ocean ecosystems. 

The mothers, whose friendship extends more than 25 years, said the focus was never on money, but about assisting kids’ health by getting their products into as many homes as possible. 

Ms Crews, a family therapist, and Ms Latto, a writer who has studied nutritional medicine, herbal medicine and health sciences over the past decade, also pen blogs on their website using their respective areas of expertise. 

For mothers wishing to kick-start a business, they recommend doing market research to find a gap in the market and develop a niche. 

Ms Latto said choosing something your passionate about is key to tackling obstacles as they arise and a product or service that extends your own values.  

Ms Latto said those starting a business should choose something they are passionate about and is an extension of their values

Ms Latto said those starting a business should choose something they are passionate about and is an extension of their values

Ms Latto said those starting a business should choose something they are passionate about and is an extension of their values

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Australia Post boss refuses to reveal details of $375,000 credit card bill

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Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate (pictured) was ordered to stand down

Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate (pictured) was ordered to stand down

Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate (pictured) was ordered to stand down

Australia Post’s chief executive has refused to say how her office racked up a $375,000 credit card bill since she was appointed to the role three years ago.

Christine Holgate was last week stood down from her role pending a thorough investigation into her spending.

On Tuesday, her office said it could not provide the investigation with details of two separate corporate credit cards because the documents were locked away in the Melbourne head office.

The office was closed when the city was thrust into a second lockdown back in July.

‘Melbourne office staff have been working remotely and access to some records has been restricted,’ Australia Post said.

The two credit cards that caused the most concern were linked to Ms Holgate’s office.

The first racked up a bill of $88,100 in the three years since she was appointed to the role, but it is the second card that raised alarms for Labor. 

The relatively new card was used for $287,000 worth of spending in the last financial year alone.

Spending included accommodation, domestic and international flights, conferences, functions, events, charitable donations, catering, car hire, taxis, gifts, flowers and meals.      

Australia Post's CEO (pictured) has refused to disclose how her office racked up a credit card bill worth $375,000 since she was appointed to the role three years ago

Australia Post's CEO (pictured) has refused to disclose how her office racked up a credit card bill worth $375,000 since she was appointed to the role three years ago

Australia Post’s CEO (pictured) has refused to disclose how her office racked up a credit card bill worth $375,000 since she was appointed to the role three years ago 

Executive director for the group, Angela Cramp, told Daily Mail Australia the group is planning to take action on Wednesday by closing their post offices across the country

Executive director for the group, Angela Cramp, told Daily Mail Australia the group is planning to take action on Wednesday by closing their post offices across the country

Executive director for the group, Angela Cramp, told Daily Mail Australia the group is planning to take action on Wednesday by closing their post offices across the country

Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching questioned the excuse provided by Australia Post for not handing over the itemised spending list.  

‘They should furnish the Senate with the credit card statements which I had already requested, but I was told that they couldn’t provide those statements because employees were working from home,’ she told news.com.au

The investigation earlier learned Ms Holgate was put up at the five-star Grand Hyatt Hotel between October 2017 and July 2018 when she visited the company’s head office in Melbourne.  

Ms Holgate, who has a harbourside property in Sydney’s Mosman and a $5million holiday home in Pearl Beach on the NSW’s Central Coast, reportedly had a ‘best room rate’ at the hotel, The Australian reported.

It is understood she was often upgraded to an executive suite when she stayed at the Grand Hyatt because she was a regular guest.   

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the watches given as gifts were unacceptable and ordered Ms Holgate to step down

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the watches given as gifts were unacceptable and ordered Ms Holgate to step down

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the watches given as gifts were unacceptable and ordered Ms Holgate to step down

Prices at the Grand Hyatt start at $289 a night for a standard room but can cost up to $2,149 a night in the diplomatic suite. 

Australia Post was granted permission by the Remuneration Tribunal to spend a maximum of $34,500 for Ms Holgate’s accommodation for up to six months. 

Ms Holgate’s future with Australia Post is already hanging in the balance after Prime Minister Scott Morrison told parliament ‘she can go’ if she does not stand aside while there is an inquiry into the watch spending. 

A senior government source told the publication that Mr Morrison has had enough. 

‘He was filthy at the waste and the lack of understanding that this was taxpayer money – that infuriated him the most,’ he said.

Ms Holgate's future is in doubt after it was revealed that she spent $20,000 of the public company's money on Cartier watches to be given to staff members as a bonus

Ms Holgate's future is in doubt after it was revealed that she spent $20,000 of the public company's money on Cartier watches to be given to staff members as a bonus

Ms Holgate’s future is in doubt after it was revealed that she spent $20,000 of the public company’s money on Cartier watches to be given to staff members as a bonus

Ms Holgate, who has a home in one of Sydney's most affluent suburbs, stayed at the five-star Grand Hyatt Hotel (pictured) between October 2017 and July 2018 when she visited the company's head office in Melbourne

Ms Holgate, who has a home in one of Sydney's most affluent suburbs, stayed at the five-star Grand Hyatt Hotel (pictured) between October 2017 and July 2018 when she visited the company's head office in Melbourne

Ms Holgate, who has a home in one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs, stayed at the five-star Grand Hyatt Hotel (pictured) between October 2017 and July 2018 when she visited the company’s head office in Melbourne

‘It’s 100 per cent owned by the taxpayer so your profits are taxpayer profits, yet this culture of excess remains. It’s a culture that needs to be eradicated.’   

Ms Holgate was last week stood aside pending a one-month investigation into the gifting of $20,000 worth of Cartier luxury watches to senior executives.

The watches were given to executives as a reward for clinching multi-million dollar deals with three of the ‘big four’ banks to allow their customers to do their banking at post offices.

While Ms Holgate insisted that was not a waste of taxpayer money because Australia Post generates its own revenue, the mail company is wholly owned by the federal government.

Australia Post boss was grilled over  Cartier watches this week

Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching grills Ms Holgate in cross-examination after revealing top executives were ‘awarded’ watches. 

Senator Kitching: And what was that award?

Ms Holgate: They got watches.

Senator Kitching: And what were the watches?

Ms Holgate: They were a Cartier watch of about a value of $3,000 each.

Senator Kitching: Four people got Cartier. Do you remember the brand, the type? Was it a Cartier Tank? What was it?

Ms Holgate: I don’t recall. I didn’t actually purchase them. They were organised through my office on behalf of the Chair and I.

Senator Kitching: OK so just to be clear, the four people who received Cartier watches were Mr Starr. You received one, Ms Holgate?

Ms Holgate: No, I did not.

Senator Kitching: Do you, Ms Holgate, consider it appropriate to use taxpayers’ money to buy Cartier watches for already highly-remunerated Australia Post executives?

Ms Holgate: I have not used taxpayers’ money. We are a commercial organisation. We do not receive government funding. We are a commercial organisation.

Senator Kitching: It is a government organisation.

Ms Holgate: It was a recommendation from our Chair that these people get rewarded.

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Teachers Gold Coast school stood down for telling Year 9 students to take trousers off as they watch

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Teachers at a prestigious private school were ‘stood aside’ after they allegedly told students to take off their pants in a dark room and watched on with night vision goggles.

The Southport School on the Gold Coast launched an internal investigation into two teachers who supervised the Year 9 activity in early October.

The teachers were supervising a ‘blackout challenge’ where the boys were told to remove a shoe or ‘item of clothing’ and throw it into a room.

The Southport School on the Gold Coast has launched an internal investigation into the behaviour of two teachers who supervised a Year 9 activity in early October

The Southport School on the Gold Coast has launched an internal investigation into the behaviour of two teachers who supervised a Year 9 activity in early October

The Southport School on the Gold Coast has launched an internal investigation into the behaviour of two teachers who supervised a Year 9 activity in early October 

Each student was told to then work cooperatively to locate their items of clothing in the dark room and put it back on while a teacher supervised with night vision goggles, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported. 

One of the teachers wanted to make the challenge even harder by asking the students to take off their trousers as well as a shoe.  

The school’s principal, Greg Wain, issued a statement saying the removal of pants was never intended to be part of the activity.   

‘This changed activity was not authorised and, understandably, several boys objected to removing their trousers and doing the activity in their underpants,’ he said.

‘Changing the activity and asking the boys to participate in their underpants was completely unacceptable.’

Multiple parents contacted the exclusive private school and expressed their concern and anger over the exercise.

Each student was told to then work cooperatively to locate their items of clothing in the dark room and put it back on while a teacher supervised with night vision goggles (stock image)

Each student was told to then work cooperatively to locate their items of clothing in the dark room and put it back on while a teacher supervised with night vision goggles (stock image)

Each student was told to then work cooperatively to locate their items of clothing in the dark room and put it back on while a teacher supervised with night vision goggles (stock image)

One concerned parent anonymously told the publication only people involved had been consulted.

The parent said while the school is investigating the incident, they ‘need to be transparent’ and address it to the entire community.

Queensland Police confirmed the incident had not been reported to authorities. 

Both an internal and external investigation is underway and support has been provided to the students involved, Mr Wain’s statement read.

‘They should not have been placed in that situation, the boys were well within their rights to object,’ he said.

Both supervising teachers are not undertaking teaching duties while they await the results of the investigation.  

Daily Mail Australia has contacted The Southport School for comment. 

Teachers at a prestigious private school have been 'stood aside' after they allegedly told students to take off their pants in a dark room and watched on with night vision goggles

Teachers at a prestigious private school have been 'stood aside' after they allegedly told students to take off their pants in a dark room and watched on with night vision goggles

Teachers at a prestigious private school have been ‘stood aside’ after they allegedly told students to take off their pants in a dark room and watched on with night vision goggles

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Sydney CBD stabber Mert Ney filmed himself after murdering Michaela Dunn in hotel room in 2019

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After murdering a woman in a Sydney CBD unit, Mert Ney pulled out his phone and started filming.

The 22-year-old held his phone at arm’s length, put his bloodied left hand near his face and then turned the camera to show his victim’s body.

‘I’m f***ing psycho,’ he wrote after sending an acquaintance the short clip.

‘I was laughing bro. The fear.’

Ney’s later rampage through Sydney’s CBD was thwarted by a gaggle of good Samaritans armed with a milk crate, a chair and a crowbar.

Ney on Tuesday pleaded guilty to murdering Michaela Dunn, 24, minutes after entering a Clarence Street apartment on August 13, 2019.

Mert Ney pulled out his phone and started filming himself after killing a woman he was meeting for a 'girlfriend experience'

Mert Ney pulled out his phone and started filming himself after killing a woman he was meeting for a 'girlfriend experience'

Mert Ney pulled out his phone and started filming himself after killing a woman he was meeting for a ‘girlfriend experience’

Ney on Tuesday pleaded guilty to murdering Michaela Dunn (pictured) , 24, minutes after entering a Clarence Street apartment on August 13, 2019

Ney on Tuesday pleaded guilty to murdering Michaela Dunn (pictured) , 24, minutes after entering a Clarence Street apartment on August 13, 2019

Ney on Tuesday pleaded guilty to murdering Michaela Dunn (pictured) , 24, minutes after entering a Clarence Street apartment on August 13, 2019

Ney's later rampage through Sydney's CBD was thwarted by a gaggle of good Samaritans armed with a milk crate, a chair and a crowbar

Ney's later rampage through Sydney's CBD was thwarted by a gaggle of good Samaritans armed with a milk crate, a chair and a crowbar

Ney’s later rampage through Sydney’s CBD was thwarted by a gaggle of good Samaritans armed with a milk crate, a chair and a crowbar

He also admitted stabbing Linda Bo in the shoulder outside the Hotel CBD on York St, as he ran around the city’s streets brandishing a bloody 20-centimetre knife and shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ repeatedly.

Agreed facts, tendered to Sydney’s Central Local Court, tell of Ney’s erratic behaviour in three weeks before the rampage.

Ms Dunn (pictured) suffered serious and extensive injuries including a deep wound to her neck and defensive wounds to her forearms and hands

Ms Dunn (pictured) suffered serious and extensive injuries including a deep wound to her neck and defensive wounds to her forearms and hands

Ms Dunn (pictured) suffered serious and extensive injuries including a deep wound to her neck and defensive wounds to her forearms and hands

This included his expression of interest in Islam and later decision to stop going to a mosque as ‘he didn’t like the people’, and his escape from a secure room in Blacktown Hospital on August 7 during an involuntary admission.

The case will now head to the NSW Supreme Court, which will need to resolve a series of disputed facts, including an allegation that Ney told a person on Snapchat he was ‘going on terror attack in large shop’ (sic).

An extended history of Ney, including his relationship with his father, is also in contest. 

Ms Dunn, who met Ney after he agreed to pay $250 for a ‘girlfriend experience’, suffered serious and extensive injuries including a deep wound to her neck and defensive wounds to her forearms and hands. 

Ms Dunn (pictured), 24, had been lured to a hotel room on Clarence Street, in Sydney's CBD

Ms Dunn (pictured), 24, had been lured to a hotel room on Clarence Street, in Sydney's CBD

Ms Dunn (pictured), 24, had been lured to a hotel room on Clarence Street, in Sydney’s CBD 

After killing her in the front room of the unit, Ney filmed his video and placed a murder weapon on the kitchen bench.

He departed down fire stairs, dropping another bloodied knife on the way, and began his frenzied assault on Sydney.

Sprinting down York St, Ney attempted to stab a woman before plunging a knife into the back of Ms Bo’s shoulder.

The wound required six stitches.

Pursued by passing firefighters and a man armed with a crowbar, Ney ran through stationary traffic as he yelled ‘shoot me’ and ‘I’m going to kill you or you kill me’.

The then-20-year-old was eventually stopped in Wynyard Lane when another of the men chasing, Jamie Ingham, used a chair to knock the assailant to the ground and then pin him.

Ney (pictured) had a history of serious mental health issues and no known links to terrorism

Ney (pictured) had a history of serious mental health issues and no known links to terrorism

Ney (pictured) had a history of serious mental health issues and no known links to terrorism

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Jason Shore then placed a milk crate over Ney’s head as a third man struck him in the legs.

In a later police interview, Ney said he couldn’t recall stabbing either woman.

When questioning turned to his beliefs, he said: ‘Yep, I hate the government’.

Ney also pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the common assault of his sister, who he struck in the face and placed in a headlock after he escaped from hospital.

He was remanded in custody ahead of a Supreme Court mention on December 11.

HOW THE SYDNEY STABBING UNFOLDED: 

* 2pm: Police receive calls about a man armed with a knife and wearing a balaclava wandering York Street in Sydney’s CBD.

* Officers arrive to find a 41-year-old woman suffering a stab wound at the Hotel CBD on the corner of King and York Streets.

* A short time later, three members of the public detain Mert Ney, 21, before he’s arrested by police.

* 3.15pm: The body of a 24-year-old woman is found in a Clarence Street unit.

* Police investigate whether the body is linked to the earlier stabbing.

* 5.30pm: NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller confirms the two crimes are linked and reveals Ney has a history of mental health issues.

* Police say the Marayong man has no links to terrorist organisations but does have some ‘ideologies in relation to terrorism’.

* Ney was allegedly carrying material ‘about other crimes of mass casualties and mass deaths around the world’, the commissioner says.

* Detectives conduct a thorough search of Ney’s western Sydney home

*Police reveal Ney had arranged to meet with Michaela Dunn at 1.30pm on Tuesday. CCTV footage shows Ney leaving the apartment building at 1.50pm 

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