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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Babyled was founded off the back of basic parenting worries, weaning, Keith and his wife decided to introduce their new baby when it was time to wean to a mixed feeding routine of solid and purees, developing a spread that can be mixed into pasta or made into a little sandwich, Its such a unique way to deal with the cross over between BLW and Traditional weaning which usually is full of arguments on which one is best.

Our weaning journey was extremely different, I found Robin to not be ready when it came time for her to wean into solid food, at six months she still had the reflex to push food out of her mouth when given some, We went down the traditional weaning route with purees that increase texture as she got older and a mixture of jars and homemade products.

As she got older, we still had plenty of these early stage purees in the cupboard, which prompted me to create little pies or pinwheels that she or even Kai and Amelia devoured whenever I made them, So when I was sent these cute little jars of Babyled spreads I had to make some little puff pies for them to enjoy.

I of course had to use the Spicy Pumpkin and Chickpea spread for this little pie, seeing as its pumpkin spice season, there was just enough inside the jar for two puff pies, using Tesco ready made puff pastry that I find always useful to have stored in the fridge for just such an occasion.

Cut up the pastry to the idea size, I went with two rectangle shapes so there was plenty to create a little lid to seal it all up, pour on the spread, dab a small amount of water along the edge of the pastry and using the back of a fork, crimp to prevent spillage. I then brushed the top of the pastry with some milk to give it that extra crunch and popped into the oven for 25 minutes, according to the instructions on the ready roll puff pastry.

Once that is all done and out of the oven, I let them cool before giving them to the children, of course because I have more than one I cut the two puff pies up and before I knew it, all three of my children had devoured them and asked for more.

Which in my eyes is a good sign of a yummy meal!

Have you ever tried Babyled spreads? 

 

 

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Normally when we think of the RSPB it isn’t for beauty products or even toys, but more of the care and of course protection of our feathered friends. To help support this important charity every Christmas they have their own Christmas book that you can order gifts from for your family, or even for yourself if you fancy.

One of the items in their book is these amazing skincare products which I was kindly sent to share with you. The Victorian Flora range is inspired by the Victorian gardens in which had been popular when the RSPB was founded all those years ago with a scent that reminds me of another product that I cannot put my finger on.

The fantastic thing of buying from the RSPB Christmas book is knowing that the products are friendly to animals and to you, this bath set is vegan friendly and thankfully is not tested on animals which is something I always check when I purchase products from companies and also none of the wonderful scents that are included in the products are artificial.

Another plus from me!

Body Lotion

The body lotion itself smells amazing, it feels light on my skin and the scent lingers around for a lot longer than I expected, I am used to body lotions that sort of go on strong and disappear throughout the day. The applicator is a pump which I personally prefer than just squeezing the bottle, Which then means that I don’t over do the amount of lotion that I use.

Bath Foam

The bath foam is a lot stronger than the lotion, A tiny amount goes a long way and created lots of delightfully scented bubbles that linger on the skin after you are dry. I have been using mine as a hand wash and its made my hands feel soft.

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Along with these two amazing products, also in the Victorian Flora range is a body butter and I love body butters, I have a feeling that I am going to use the RSPB Christmas book for some gifts this year for family, they have a wonderful robin collection and also have jewelry too. The best of all is that buying off the RSPB will help give money to such an important charity which helps and supports not only common garden birds but the rare ones as well.

To see what else they have to offer check out the RSPB shop site here and support such an amazing charity

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Ordering flowers online can be a daunting process. Having never done it before I wanted to give it a try but I didn’t know exactly where to start, There are plenty of mail order florist at the moment and choosing your first one, much like ordering the flowers in the first place, can be a scary idea.

More so if you cannot make up your mind, like me.

Appleyard Flowers is a London based luxury flower delivery company. They offer a wide range of beautiful bouquets at various prices. They made ordering and choosing which flowers to buy easier than I expected, I wanted something simple and clean but that smelt amazing.

The bouquet that I picked is called Purity, a beautiful collection of ammi, avalanche roses, bouvardia and white antirrhinum. I can honestly say that walking into my living room with these flowers sitting on the table has made the morning a lot brighter and better scented. Along with the basic bouquets that you can buy one off, Appleyard offers a wonderful subscription service that can be posted directly through your letter box. Which frankly sounds like a delightful thing if you love getting flowers every month. All completely different and equally stunning.

Appleyard offers a free next day delivery service if you place an order before 7pm, my beautiful bouquet arrived neatly packaged in a box. The flowers themselves with their stems inside a plastic packaging along with a sachet of flower feed to place into their water.

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The only major issue I had with the delivery was that it arrived very late in the day and may have been stuck on the back of the post lorry for longer than it should be so my flowers didn’t last as long as I hoped they would but I wouldn’t blame Appleyard for that and more of the delivery boy or dropped them off. But other than that slight issue they are a beautiful bunch of flowers that brightened my day when I opened up my living room and while they lasted smelt so amazing.

If you are after some flowers of your own I highly recommend you give Appleyard a go, they offer a wide range of options for different occasions as well as a ‘flowers and gifts’ service too with chocolates or champagne. I am definitely going to give the subscription service a try next year and enjoy these beautiful flowers all year around.

 

 

 

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Sleep and my child do not mix. Since its been summer we of course have slept with about five different fans on, and naturally being a child, Robin has developed an addiction to white noise. Which is unfortunate for us because now its cooler, the fans are going off and our sleep is reducing.

In comes MyHummy and their wonderful range of white noise toys, I had thought that perhaps Robin had outgrown all those little quirks a newborn has and wouldn’t rely on the things new parents use to get a newborn to sleep. that was until then fan situation, So I decided to put these wonderful white noise toys to the test.

How does it work..

MyHummy’s main goal is to help get babies to sleep, Babies are used to sounds so when you place them into a quiet and dark cot, they clearly do not like it. Inside the adorable bear is a heart which emits the sounds that last for 60 minutes, which I learnt the hard way when, finding how it all worked, turned it on and couldn’t figure out how to switch if off again, but does also have a non stop mode for continuous white noise throughout the night.

What I found lovely is that the little humming heart had a sensor in it, for when your baby starts to stir, it hums again, which sounds so handy if your children often get disturbed sleep regularly, and with Robin, shes often up and down throughout the night because if silly things. Along with five different sounds to use.

What I think..

Honestly I love it, the bear has been welcomed into Robins bed with her other bedtime friends, and while we don’t turn it on for her as she falls asleep, it will be switched on if she wakes herself up during the night. It truly is something that I wish we had brought when she was a newborn as out of all my children, shes been the worst one with sleeping, we have used all sorts of remedies to help her sleep better, one of which has been white noise videos on YouTube but placing my phone in her cot every night wasn’t a good idea in the long run, phones can overheat if covered with blankets and you cant really stop the obnoxious glow by locking the screen.

Along with the beautiful bear, we received a lovely and soft blanket, which I cannot wait to get her under when the weather gets colder.

A Good Nights Sleep..

Since using our MyHummy, who is in fact called Fleur and switching off the fans, she has slept a lot better than expected. She has of course continued to wake up during the night but, settling back down again is no longer such of an issue. Often she would sit up and scream at us at 1am because she just didn’t want to sleep, but with the combination of Fleur and her regular night time routine, shes settled back down again quickly. Also whats funny is that I myself have been benefiting from our friendly white noise bear. I often use rainstorms to settle myself when I am finding it difficult to sleep but thanks to Fleur, I have found falling asleep a lot easier.

If you are on the hunt for a beautiful white noise toy, or even give a gift to someone who is expecting then I recommend looking into MyHummy, they have a range of different styles of white noise bears and toys to choose from, I truly wish we had got this when she was smaller and I know that when we get around to having another baby in future, I will definitely purchase another.

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Have you ever tried anything from the MyHummy range?

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