Kowen (aka Kirsty) tries to hide more behind the camera than in front! So we thought, it was about time we changed that. We put Kowen in the hot seat to ask her all the questions.. So let’s find out all the important stuff!
I feel like a little bit of Deja Vu here, Kowen’s real name is Kirsty, but with one Kirsty already in the office (yes, what are the chances!) we decided that was too confusing and swifty did a little OC nickname!
What do you do at Montii?
I’ve been at Montii for around 10 months (I think!) I do content production and design. So in other words, all the pretty pictures you see..bag prints… packaging..the product photos you see! That’s my handy work.
Tell us about your family
It’s me, my partner Phil and 1-year-old baby Rico who’s full of mischief (but is SO cute!)
What is your coffee order?
Vanilla Flat White
Tell us an online brand that you love, and why?
I can’t choose just one so I have two - Garzie + May, a beautiful Sunshine Coast brand where I recently bought Rico a super cute Boho Palm quilt! And Bam Loves Boo (another QLD brand actually) for the cutest baby/kids clothing ever (seriously check them out!)
Do you have a celebrity doppelganger?
Apparently, Kirsten Dunst - but I’m totes not a fan!
What is your spirit animal, and why?
Sparrow…..because I’m an early bird and I lurve birds, I totally want to be a twitcher when I’m retired.
What weird food combination do you really enjoy?
I love any and every condiment or add on available especially the hot ones like Jalapenos, wasabi etc…...I also recently decided that Apple Cider Vinegar and Pasta Salad are the best combo ever.
What is the dumbest way you have ever been injured?
I broke my arm climbing off bunk beds while playing Murder in the dark with my brothers.
What is your most unusual talent?
Hmmm I make a mean sand village at the beach. Is that a talent?
Do you have any superstitions?
Nope, not superstitious at all.
If you could jump into a pool full of something, what would it be?
Chocolate. Without a doubt, chocolate.
So who would have guessed it!? Now we all know secret bird-loving Kowen just a little more.
Stay tuned for our next instalment of Getting to Know You!
10 non-food uses for your MontiiCo Pack & Snack Bags!
When we say, as handy as they come we mean it - literally! Our MontiiCo Pack & Snack Bags aren’t just for snacks! (Although that’s a whole other blog post!) But super handy for SO many uses!
Here are 15 ways you can use your Snack & Pack Bags for non-food fun!
1. Playing Cards - UNO cards falling out of their old packet. Our Snack & Pack Bags will keep them conveniently stored neatly together - especially when heading out of the house! (Picnic UNO tournament anyone?
2. Reusable baby wipes - Do you make your own baby wipes? (First up - hats off to you!) Sealed tight means they are perfect for keeping your baby wipes moist!
3. First aid kit - On-the-go first aid kit! Bandaids, tweezers.. Especially for those accident-prone kiddos (mine!)
4. Hair ties and bobby pins - Must have for any handbag!
5. Busy Bags - Need to keep the kids occupied when heading to the local cafe? Pop some lego or their favourite matchbox car into your Pack & Snack Bag!
6. Last-minute present emergency pouch - Alright tell me I’m not the only Mum who buys a birthday gift on the way to the party!? Pop your sticky tape, scissors and a pen into your Pack & Snack bag to keep in the glovebox for last-minute emergencies! (You’ll thank me one day for this!)
7. Headphone and phone cables - Do you loose headphones and phone cables in the bottom of your bag when travelling? Here’s the solution!
8. Sunnies or Glasses case - Avoid scratches!
9. Sunscreen - Heading out to the beach for the day and you find the sunscreen has leaked all through your bag? Not if it’s packed conveniently into your Pack & Snack!
10. Makeup bag - Perfect size for heading away for the weekend or those small makeup touch-ups! (Note: Depending on your makeup needs as Ness kindly pointed out!)
So that’s a roundup! If you thought these guys were just for snacks - think again!! You’ll be needed to add a few to your cart (you know, just in case!)
Now the weather is cooling down, I know for a fact that I’m not drinking anywhere near enough water! (Despite owning the most beautiful bottles ever)
So yesterday I put it to you guys to share YOUR top tips for drinking more water!
I was so surprised to see so many of you in exactly the same boat and the cooler weather making it even more tricky to keep up that water intake. And just as an FYI we should be drinking around 2L of water every day (or 3-4 Original Bottles worth!)
Here are some of the tips I loved and will be giving a go!
I’d love to hear if you give any of these a go and if they work for you!
One thing I wasn’t prepared for going into business was the curve balls we are thrown. Maybe I was naive, maybe no one expects to be thrown every possible curve ball possible (in a very short amount of time) but heading into business, I honestly thought “how hard could it be!”.
2020, you got me. You sure showed me just how hard it can be! But in the same breath, you also showed me how amazing our community is that surrounds our brand and for this, I’m forever grateful. Delay after delay, unbelieve stories (trust me, I hardly believe them too!) our team, customers, stockists and loyal fans have supported us - cheered us on and sent messages upon messages of support. Our team, that has picked up the pieces, had a good giggle and carried on with what we have been given without a single complaint. Geez, without all of this support I’d be seriously rocking in a corner right now.
So here’s the little story, of the Montii Smoothie Cups that could... That persevered through all of the obstacles to make it (hopefully - finally - one day soon!)
Like many, our manufacturing which was planned for early this year was delayed while factories were closed and staff were quarantined. This was just the beginning of a long journey...
First up a fire...
Yep, you heard right. Our factory had a fire, which delayed manufacturing while they remade our Smoothie Cup lids.
A delay for our customers and stockists, but that’s ok we can handle this! Our Smoothie Cups are remade and on their way.
Oh, wait, containers off the edge of the ship?
Honestly, when I received the phone call that our containers were on the ship that had at least 40 containers fall off it with a further 71 containers damaged, what do I do? I laughed, because at this point seriously what else could I do!?
We were due to open pre-orders in three days of this phone call, our release had already started! “Get your Smoothie Cups, from the bottom of the ocean” could that be our new marketing plan!?
The new plan...
We adapt, we regather and we keep going! We’ve had confirmation our containers are not at the bottom of the ocean (YAY!). However, at this stage, we are still waiting for confirmation on the damage to our container. We have continued with our release of our BRAND NEW Regular and Mini Coffee Cups (SO, excited for these!!)
All going well (fingers crossed) the ship still needs to be assessed, repacked, head down to Melbourne and Sydney (pre-planned drop off points) before making its way back to the Brisbane port. Estimated 17th June!!
So it’s been a trip!
We have decided not to open pre-orders for this shipment, I physically want to inspect the stock before we open orders. I think it’s fair to say, these guys have been on a trip (and then some!) and I want to be 100% sure our quality is at its normal high standard.
So hang on tight! The wait is almost over and when they finally get here (and are safe!) our loyal loyal crew will be the first to hear!