You all know how much I am a sucker for beautiful handmade jewelry, going from a consumer to a maker and back to a consumer again I have learnt to love appreciate pieces of jewelry that have been made by hand and created by amazing and talented people who take time and so much care into their work.

Born Gifted was founded back in 2002 by Penny and Jim Wilson who decided to throw caution to the wind and start up a wonderful new business to supply baby gifts and toys and while its been hard, have managed to create a wonderful place to go for bespoke pieces of jewelry and gifts.

The necklace itself is hand stamped so it of course takes a little while to arrive at your door, but that’s standard for handmade items but just make sure that if you decide to place an order with Born Gifted to leave at least a week to ten days for the piece to be made and arrive at your door. The Necklace chain and stamped washer are made with stainless steel which is perfect if you have issues with metal allergies and the washer itself is about 36mm diameter so its a nice size and honestly not too heavy around the neck, I had it on for a little while and barely noticed it.

I got the children’s names stamped onto it, and with each space it is replaced with an adorable little heart stamp which I feel makes the piece of jewelry look beautiful and heartfelt. I am tempted to purchase something similar for the grandparents this Christmas, Born Gifted have many wonderful gift ideas so I am sure I will have a hard time picking the perfect gift for either of them.

Buying handmade is one of things that I am trying to do more and more with gifts and even shop local too because the love and detail that go into handmade items are nothing to dislike, and what I like about Born Gifted is that they seem to have connected many amazing creators together so they share the work of many wonderful talented people to their customers easily which when you are in the hunt for the perfect gift makes things so much easier.

You do have a limit of how many letters you can fit onto it which is 37, so if you want to look around there are more pieces you can get customized and suit your needs if you have a larger family, but other than that I adore this piece, I love how it looks and as I said its not uncomfortable to wear and I have even had a few compliments from it when I have worn it out and about to and from school.

If you are after some beautiful gift ideas for Christmas or just looking for a nice gift to yourself I recommend checking out Born Gifted and see what they have on offer, they often have themed products on show depending on what time of year you check out the website, for an example this was in the mothers day gifts section but there are plenty to choose from.

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Disclaimer - This item was gifted to me for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This week has been a slow one for us, back to the normality and daily routine, I’ve been trying to catch up on all the important blogging and housework that often gets put aside when things get rough but I’ve also sat down and crochet for the first time in a while.

This blanket which I am making for Robin has taken me nearly 2 years of stopping and starting.. it is definitely a Labour of love but I hope that when I do finish it, she will get many years out of it.

My mum was the one who helped me learn to crochet after desperately trying to learn to knit for years and follow in my nans footsteps, my fingers couldn’t get on with it and would cramp up but crochet is nice and easy.. well this pattern is, I’ve seen some extremely difficult ones that I’d love to learn but I cannot figure them out..

I saw this pattern on I believe Pinterest and decided to grab some wool from a lovely Instagram seller who had a pack of rainbow wool perfect for the job and got to work..

I only have a few more bits to go but I am determined to get this one done!

Until next time

Sarah x

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Jewellery has been my passion since I discovered it when I was a little girl, I have a memory of me going through my nan’s jewellery box and trying on her bracelets and rings and as I grew older I developed a little style that I like, which has been gemstones and silver, so when I discovered this amazing little indie brand called Roses and Whiskey that does a mix of the two, how could I not resist?

They only have a small range on their website to choose from but I feel like that’s the magic of it all that there isn’t much of a choice so you don’t end up buying out the whole shop in one go! their gemstone necklaces caught my eye straight away and I decided on the beautiful amethyst (which is good for the mind) and the clear and beautiful quartz point, there is a choice of smooth or natural cut and of course the type of chain you wish to go, Silver, Gold or a black cord. You can choose the length of the chain/cord which is fantastic, I have a wide neck so I love things that have a long chain so I can wear them a bit longer than usual without cutting off any important circulation and they are a good length too.

One of my favorite things about them has to be that they are clearly handmade, I used to make my own jewellery and I love how unique handmade pieces can be, not everything is the same so it really is a one of a kind piece and we all know how important it is to support handmade and indie brands more than shop bought, even more so with jewellery as the designers are always such wonderful and friendly people..

I next had a look at the earrings, now with earrings I am super picky, I find that I cannot wear gold but I found these delightful hoop earrings with moon and stars, which completely reminded me of my ‘hippy’ stage as a child when everything had to be moon and stars! I was worried that the hoop itself would’ve been to big but when they arrived I was pleasantly surprised and they are beautiful, dainty and while I do not want to say the C word yet, perfect for Christmas.

One thing I will say is that they did take a little while to turn up, but because it is handmade there is of course a little time frame between your order going in and it being made and sent out, which I completely understand having made jewellery myself in the past, its not like how it is on amazon where you order by 5 on a Thursday and its there next day, I guess because I was so used to the almost instant dispatch times of amazon that I got a little impatient waiting but once they turned up I was delighted.

Roses and Whiskey are on twitter which is where I found them, so don’t forget to give them a little follow if you like what they do and they are also on instagram as well,  I am for sure going to get more in future, the price is of course kind to your pockets and the jewellery that turns up at your door is beautiful!

Until next time

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Disclaimer - I paid for these products with my own money, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you are anything like me then you are a bath addict, I have a small collection of bubble baths and lush products, I love a good bath.. more so when I actually find time to have a good long soak and I am always willing to give new products a go, more so when they are handmade.

I was given the opportunity to try out this beautiful bath crumble aptly named Unicorn Bath Crumble
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First Impressions – It smells lovely, its very much a strawberry scent which is what its meant to be, so that’s a good sign, it is very crumbly, which is also pretty good considering that its called a crumble.. its very much a chalk texture, rough to the touch and some particles did separate in transit.. we shall blame the Royal Mail for that one.

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Once in the bath water it didn’t fizzle like a bath bomb, it reacted similar to a bubble bar type product,  but it didn’t make as many bubbles as I expected, I think I have just been over indulged a bit by Lush products haha, but it did create some bubbles and the bathwater turned a beautiful pastel purple.

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Would you recommend it –  Yes and no, no being that if you like bubbles, and i mean A LOT of bubbles, then this might not be for you, but if you are a fan of homemade bath products which are vegetarian and vegan friendly, then this is for you.. personally I am a bubbleholic but the smell of this crumble was lovely and I think with a few experiments it will be a wonderful bubbly fun time.

Anything else –  it did make my skin a little dry, but I don’t think it was the product to blame as my skin does get very dry when I spend far to long in the bath.. but if you do have sensitive skin perhaps check the ingredients before using to double check that you don’t have any reactions to it.

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If you wish to try out the Unicorn Bath Crumble then please click the link here and use the coupon code ‘UNICORNSPRINKLE’ at the checkouts, I hope enjoy an equally delightful bath-time.

Until next time

Mummy Cat
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Disclaimer – item was sent to me for review purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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A few weeks ago, a wonderful friend of mine who I met through a Facebook baby group (she runs her own blog too) started making these beautiful chalkboard momentos. 
They. Are. Stunning!

I decided to order one for Robin for her first birthday as I’ve been taking monthly ‘milestone’ photos of her and figured that the big 1 needed to be a bit more special.


They are completely customisable, within reason to the amazing talents and I highly recommend you contact her and get one!

Sizes and prices range from A4 at £22 plus postage, A3 at £25plus postage (that’s the size I got) and A2 at £27 plus postage and you can choose what you want on it. 

Sam, the designer, keeps you updated throughout the process so if there are any changes she can correct them. 

Go and take a look at her page Chalkboards by Hand and of course have a read through her wonderful blog My Mini Monkeys

Until Next time

Mummy Cat x

All thoughts and opinions are my own, I brought this with my own pennies.

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