Hidden Gems of Norwich | Beautifully Gifted 

Welcome to a new blog series – Hidden Gems of Norwich! Here I will be telling you all about some of my favourite independent establishments in Norwich, Norfolk and where to find them. I’m starting with a recent discovery – Beautifully Gifted.

This beautiful gift shop can be found on the grounds of White House Farm in Sprowston, Norwich. It sells gorgeously quirky, unique and thoughtful gifts at very reasonable prices.

If you’re looking for an exciting gift for a loved one, which is anything but ordinary, then it is worth taking a visit.

Inside you will find –

  • Handbags
  • Accessories – including bag charms, jewellery, purses, scarves and much more!
  • Greetings cards – all with very unique and often humorous designs
  • Stationery
  • Cosmetic bags and wash bags – I purchased one of these for a friend which had blue tits embroidered on it – just beautiful!
  • Gifts – for him and her, for baby, bath and body and weddings
  • Home and Interior Accessories – candles, kitchen and dining, throws and cushions

The layout of the shop is thoughtfully and carefully positioned to showcase all of the beautiful items from a large variety of brands and designers. As you browse the shop, you will come across gifts from many designers and sellers, some of whom you may have never heard of before.

Designers include –

  • Lisa Buckridge
  • Casey Rogers
  • Caroline Gardner
  • Sophie Allport and more!



The men’s gifts are gorgeous too! The range includes wash bags, shower gels and body scrubs, home accessories and other unique ideas.


Candles provide displays which really stand out when you walk inside. My husband particularly liked these beautiful tin candles. Let me tell you, they smelt delicious!


Other candle brands include –

  • Heart and Home
  • The Country Candle Company


Being the mother of a baby myself, I was particularly drawn to the baby gifts. I absolutely adore Rufus Rabbit (and so does Baby J!) so was excited to see that they had some of the toys and accessories in store.

There were other baby gifts, which were made to such a high standard and of beautifully soft materials, that I wanted to go back in time to when my baby was teeny tiny so I could give them to her. You won’t be at a loss if youre looking for the perfect gift for a baby shower. You’ll also be able to pick up something for the mother-to-be whilst you’re there!


To find Beautifully Gifted, take a look at the map below.

Opening Times –

Wednesday 10am–4:30pm
Thursday 10am–4:30pm
Friday 9:30am–4:30pm
Saturday 9am–5pm
Sunday 10am–4pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed

You can also shop online, if you’re not local. Take a look at their wonderful website here.

Kerry x

The Sugar Free Family Cookbook | Sarah Flower

Delicious, healthy recipes to help you and your children kick the sugar habit

I was sent this fabulous, little cookbook by the publisher – Robinson – and have been enjoying many of the sugar-free recipes inside over the last couple of weeks. Anyone who has tried going sugar-free will know how difficult it can be in a world filled with brightly coloured confectionery and fast food restaurants. This book provides delicious recipes that will make you realise sugar in your home cooking really isn’t needed and really won’t be missed.

 

The book is split into fifteen chapters, which aim to guide you through your sugar free journey with ease. Chapters include –

  • Sugar and its effect on our health
  • Keeping our children healthy
  • The Breakfast Table
  • Main Meals
  • Healthy BBQ
  • Fast Food
  • Jut Desserts
  • The Ice-cream Parlour
  • The Bakery and so many more!

The recipes mostly don’t require hard to acquire ingredients, just things you will find in your local supermarket and maybe even already lurking in your cupboards at home! The recipes are very easy to follow and don’t require crazy equipment. There are hundreds of recipes inside, suitable for all occasions and for everyday ‘sugar hurdles’ such as after-school snacking and birthday parties.

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To buy your own copy of Sarah Flower’s The Sugar Free Family Cookbook, click here. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle formats. I highly recommend it – it will change your life and your eating habits forever! Keep an eye on my Instagram for food pics!

Kerry x

Pampered and Gorgeous | Katie Craig Lavender & Orange Hand & Body Wash

I’m very excited to be talking to you this evening about Pampered and Gorgeous. I came across this lovely company on their Instagram and was intrigued by their ethos of bringing their consumer pampering products which are kind to the environment, kind to animals and kind to nature.  All of the products on the website are organic, cruelty free, vegan and natural.

Now for the product review! I was kindly sent the Katie Craig Lavender & Orange Hand & Body Wash to try out and then review.

 

All of the Katie Craig products sold on the website are paraben free and sulphate free. They are scented using essential oils – meaning they pack a real punch when it comes to their perfume. I was absolutely blown away by this body wash when I used it in my shower. I find that the scent really clings to the skin too, meaning its beautiful smell doesn’t leave once your bath or shower is over. It is also a brilliant little cleanser! I especially love using it after a run as it really refreshes my skin and leaves me feeling very clean and my skin feeling soft.

The Katie Craig body wash came presented in a gorgeous pink, purple and black box. The box itself is made from recycle card. In fact, all of the packaging is recycled. The packaging can also be recycled after use.

The Katie Craig Orange & Lavender Hand & Body Wash can be purchased through the Pampered & Gorgeous website here. Take a look at the other pampering products available whilst you’re there. Treat yourself to your very own at-home spa day!

Kerry x

Pusheenicorn! | GUND UK

When I was asked to review a Pusheen plushie, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only do I find Pusheen adorable, I just knew Baby J would too! To be more precise, I was asked to write about Pusheenicorn – a Pusheen cat in a unicorn costume! It sounds crazy, but it works! This Pusheenicorn takes cuteness to another level and when teamed up with my Baby J, it’s too adorable to handle!

Pusheen is an extremely popular illustrated cat with over 9 million followers on Facebook. Over 10 million Pusheen stickers are sent over social media EVERY DAY as this cat is perfect at summing up whatever mood you’re in with her cute expressions and costume changes.

Pusheenicorn was sent to me by a company called GUND UK, who specialise in high-quality and unique plushies to suit everyone. Pusheenicorn has a rainbow mane of very soft synthetic fur, a stuffed rainbow tail and a holo unicorn horn (that Baby J loves to pull and chew!). She is also made of a beautifully soft fabric, which Baby J rubs on her face for comfort. She has definitely stolen this from me! The cat’s facial features are embroidered on, meaning there aren’t any small, plastic parts which could fall off and be swallowed.

To purchase your own Pusheenicorn, visit GUND UK here, or to take a look at the other Pusheens they have on offer, click here. Also, take a look at the GUND UK homepage here, they have a selection of gorgeous toys including, Peter Rabbit, Boo, Grumpy Cat, Sesame Street and other baby toys.

Kerry x

Join Me On My 10K Journey – Part 2

I have literally just got home from my fourth run in seven days and have therefore completed week 8, day 3 of Couch to 5K! Next week is my final week of training, then it’ll be a few 5ks, then onto my 10k training program! 

I am absolutely obsessed with running at the moment. It’s been a struggle keeping it to just every other day to be honest. On the days I’m not going for runs, I stare longingly out of the window wishing I was out of breath and dying along the pavement (well not really dying, but you know what I mean!). I know that my body needs those rest days though. 

With each run, my pace per kilometre has improved. I had a look back over my statistics on Strava from 2015 when I  was training and getting fit for my wedding and I’m actually faster now than I was then! I’m amazed that I’m actually fitter now than I was before having a baby. Thinking about Baby J does make my runs go better though, I love thinking about all the lovely things we’ve done together during the day – it makes the time go faster! She’s my determination to do well. 

In terms of the Run Norwich 10K, I have now raised £40 for the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation. I need to raise £100 by the 19th June, which I know is achievable as I have some lovely, supportive friends and family. It’s a brilliant charity and I’m so proud to be running for them. They have invited me to a meet up at the football ground, with a free ticket to the charity football match, Jamie’s Game. Really excited for this too! 

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Thanks for joining me for another installment of my 10k training journey. I really appreciate the support I’ve received from some of you. 

Until next time! 

Kerry x

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Favourites | April 2017

Hello and welcome to a new series on my blog! Here I will be rounding up my monthly favourites from the previous month. April was a busy one for me in terms of trying out new products – I received some new things for my birthday and was also sent a few little PR packages. I hope you enjoy this roundup – let me know your favourites from April too – I love discovering new things!

BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo 18 Colour Eyeshadow and Lipstick Palette

My husband bought me this beautiful eyeshadow and lipstick combo palette from BH Cosmetics and Shaaanxo. Shaaanxo is one of my favourite beauty gurus from YouTube and if you haven’t already, you should definitely check her out – her tutorials are incredible!

The palette contains 9 eyeshadows (3 matte and 6 shimmer) and 9 stunning lipstick colours. I am just in love with this palette – it’s perfect for everyday wear and the pigmentation on the shadows is incredible. The palette is an amazing price on BeautyBay.com too – just £18.00 with free delivery. I highly recommend this one. You can buy your own here.

100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil

This was another birthday gift from my lovely husband. I had been after some of this oil for a while as I heard that it does wonderful things for your skin. As the only plant in the world known to produce a wax similar to our own skin’s sebum, it is able to penetrate deep into the skin.  It also contains powerful antioxidants, Omega 6 & 9 essential fatty acids, and Vitamin A, D and E. I use it on my face every other evening and I can’t believe the effect is has had already, in just a matter of weeks. It has reduced redness on my cheeks, I have had less breakouts on my chin and forehead and my skin is just amazingly smooth and soft. I’m so impressed! I know that my husband purchased this from Holland and Barrett, but you can pick one up online here.

SEVENTEEN Falsifeye HD Mascara

As I am currently on unpaid maternity leave, money is pretty much non-existent. So when I ran out of mascara, I desperately searched the web for a good and cheaper alternative. I came across a few reviews of this SEVENTEEN Falsifeye HD mascara and I have to agree with the good ratings. I have very short and stumpy lashes, so I’m always looking for a mascara that will add length to the lashes, without weighing them down. This one separates my lashes and makes them extra long. I’ll use it in a tutorial soon! You can buy yours here.

I Heart Makeup Blushing Hearts – Goddess of Love Highlighter

I cannot stop wearing this highlighter. It is so beautiful. It’s gold with a peachy/pink reflect. It is very pigmented and a little goes a long way. You get 10g of product, which will last you a long time. Once again, this product is available at my favourite beauty website – TAM Beauty here. You can also purchase it at Superdrug.

Makeup Revolution Duo Brow Pencil Light Brown

I always prefer to draw on my eyebrows with a pencil and was excited to try this Makeup Revolution one. I got it in the shade light brown, which is actually a perfect match for me. I really like that it has a little spooly brush on the end. It’s always good to start your eyebrow routine the right way by brushing your brows into place. Once again, this pencil has excellent pigmentation and very little product is needed on each eyebrow. Buy yours here.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit – Ultra Fair C01

Oh my goodness, this little kit is fantastic! It is just £3 and for this you get a lot of pigment for your money! The kit contains a bronzer, highlighter and blush. I originally bought this for the blush, which is pink with a stunning peach reflect. It really warms up the skin and gives a healthy glow. However, I have also been reaching for the bronzer everyday as it’s a gorgeous tone on my skin. And now for the highlighter… It’s blinding! I think it is actually one of the most pigmented and stunning highlighters in my whole collection (and I own a lot of them!). Buy yours here

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipstick Vow

These new lipsticks from Makeup Revolution really remind me of the Charlotte Tilbury ones, but are a fraction of the price at £4. They are velvety soft and glide onto the lips. I have it in the shade Vow, which is a brown nude. This is very long wearing and I find it to be nourishing on my lips. I’m hoping to buy a couple more shades from the range in the future. Buy yours here.

Oh K! Sweet Peach Detangle BrushOh K! Sweet Peach Detangle Brush

This cute little detangling brush was from my sister, on my birthday. It smells like peaches! It is so adorable and just shows how well my sister really knows me – I love anything with a cute, happy face on it! It also does a good job of detangling my crazy hair too. I love it!  Buy one for yourself here.

Other favourites this month include –

Basic Beauty Tools | Foundation Blender and Spongedry

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Makeup Revolution Renaissance Palette Night | Review, Tutorial and Swatches

Benecos Natural Beauty – Product Reviews

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Kerry x

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Essibea | Unique and Pretty Pieces for your ‘Girl-Cave’ 

A couple of weeks ago, I received a lovely message on Instagram from Stacey of the online store Essibea asking to share one of my photos of her shop page. I felt so flattered that someone liked both my photography and the makeup look I had created (see the look here). This was also a huge compliment because Stacey is super talented herself – her online store is beautiful, with carefully selected quirky and unique products, all shown off perfectly with her brilliant photography. Stacey was lovely enough to send me a box of treats and I thought I’d share a few with you today!

Beauty Junky Vanilla Lip Balm

I’ve owned this lip balm before and was so sad when it ran out. My local Boots stores don’t stock it anymore, so I couldn’t get my hands on a replacement. I was so happy to see that Essibea sell them though! Along with other Beauty Junky products, including other flavours of balm and hand creams. This lip balm is so adorable to look at – I just love the rose gold packaging and the domed balm inside. It is very softening on the lips too. Also in this photo you can see a keyring from Sass & Belle and door sign, both from Essibea (not currently on the website). Buy your lip balm here.

Mermaid Makeup Brush

This is by far my favourite Essibea product to date! It is just exactly what I look for in a makeup brush – soft bristles, good quality and the shape of a mermaid’s tail! It is also available in a rose gold option (which I’ll be purchasing soon!). I’ve found that this brush is brilliant for applying highlight to the cheekbones. Buy your own here.

Oh K! Nail Polish Remover Pot

I love the brand Oh K! They make cute, Korean inspired products for the home and beauty. This little nail polish remover pot is scented with jasmine, so doesn’t have that horrible nail polish remover smell, we all have to suffer through. It is a brilliantly quick way to remove your nail varnish, just open the lid, stick your nail in the sponge, twist your finger and Ta-Dah! Your polish is gone! Very handy for on the go. Buy yours here.

OH K! Coconut Water Fibre Face Mask

As you know, I love sheet masks and coconut – so combine the two and I’m in heaven! You get three masks inside the pack, which makes them excellent value for money. The masks are very cooling and nourishing. I did mine before bed and woke up with very soft skin. They also smell amazing! The masks mould to your skin and should be left on for up to 20 minutes. Just remove the mask afterwards and massage the leftover product into your face and neck – no rinsing required! Buy your own pack of masks here.

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I hope that this sneak peek of some of the beautiful products available on the Essibea store has made you want to take a look at the site. Stacey set this business up on her own and has worked hard to make it as perfect as it is. She was inspired by women having their own ‘girl cave’ and beautiful things to go inside it. Why should men have all the cool stuff, hey? Check out the website here. I’ve heard whispers that Stacey will soon be making and selling her own range of phone cases (lots of glitter included!).

Take a look also at her Instagram for beautiful photography and products – @essibeaofficial

Kerry x

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Join Me On My 10K Journey

I have been running for a while now (with a year’s break whilst I was pregnant and then with a new baby) and I just love how it makes me feel. I love the feeling of euphoria after a run, the bit of ‘me time’ I get and the sense of achievement with every extra metre I run.

I am currently in the process of training for a 5K as I lost my fitness after pregnancy. I’m on Week 6 of the Couch to 5K® program which involves 5 minute walks, followed by 20+ minutes of running. This program has been great for me and I had previously been going out for runs 2 or 3 times a week.

In July, I will be taking part in the Colour 5K with my mum (she’s Superwoman) which I also did two years ago. I have done a few 5K events now and really felt I needed a new challenge, so I signed up for the Run Norwich 10K! Scary!

I’m running this on a charity place for the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, an amazing charity that helps disadvantaged young people in Norfolk achieve their sporting dreams. You can find out more here. I need to raise a minimum of £100 for the charity and after only two days I’m already a quarter of the way there!

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I will complete the 5k training plan and then progress onto the 10k one. I am also doing four runs a week now – Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. I’m really back in the swing of things!

I also post regular updates on my Instagram story – @sparkle.with.kerry

I am hoping to write these posts bi-weekly so you can keep up-to-date with my progress (if you actually want to!).

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Thanks in advance for your support! 😘

Kerry x

Two Little Boys Ltd | Award Winning Stationery and Gifts

Two Little Boys was set up by Sarah Watts, a mother of triplets, in 2002. Sarah had noticed a gap in the market for well designed and even silly products for children and so set up the business creating activity books, snap cards and memory books to record your child’s progression through life. The business has since grown and she now sells a very large variety of products – see for yourself here.

After a brief conversation with Sarah, she soon learnt that I was a primary school teacher and so knew how much I love my stationery! She was kind enough to send me a variety of beautiful notebooks – including these amazing mini quote notebooks (which had my husband giggling!).

The notebooks are perfectly sized for travel and would fit well in a handbag/nappy change bag/man-bag, etc. There are 30 120gsm pages which are lined and perfect for all your Very Important Notes. There are a lot of quotation note books to choose from, all with hilarious references from films and general life quotes (be prepared for a few very appropriate swear words too!). To view the large selection of books from the ‘Stationery Lovers of the World Unite!’ collection, click here.

As you all know by now, I’m a huge geek and I’m never afraid to admit it. I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead (although recent series’ have started getting a bit too gory for me!) and when I saw the How to… collection of stationery, featuring this set of How To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse, I was very excited!

I received the A4 refill pad –

And the How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse Notebook

Both books come jammed packed with paper and a hilarious comic style strip on the front cover. The cartoon is satirical and very funny, poking fun with a fondness at the daftness of zombie films and TV shows in general. I love how colorful these front covers are and have already thought of a few people I would gift more of these to.

There are other funny instructional notebooks in the How to… collection and you can check them out here.

Be sure to check out Sarah’s website Two Little Boys here – you’ll definitely find a gift for a loved one, I can guarantee it. There are pencils, books, mugs, memory books, wedding gifts and children’s activity books to name but a few.

Kerry x

Teakruthi – The Finest Loose Leaf Teas Delivered Plantation Fresh to Your Doorstep

Teakruthi were kind enough to let me choose a selection of their gorgeous teas from Sri Lanka and then shipped them out to me to try. Teakruthi teas have been created to inspire a healthier lifestyle – with many flavours to choose from, their goal is to make you enjoy tea again, as if tasting it for the first time. 

I love a cuppa, especially first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening. It calms me and gets me ready for the day in the morning and in the evening it makes all the stresses of the day just melt away. I really enjoy discovering new teas, particularly fruit and herbal teas with cleansing properties. 

I chose a mix of fruit and black teas from Teakruthi. They are authentic Ceylon teas which are hand plucked and ethically sourced from plantations in Sri Lanka. The teas contain nothing artificial and no GMOs. I was also sent this cute little diffuser to make the perfect cup of tea with. 

I can honestly say that these teas are the nicest I’ve ever tasted. They are fragrant and pure. There is something very special about drinking these teas – there’s no bleached tea bag and nothing artificial lurking inside. You know exactly what you’re putting into your body and they have the lovely relaxing effect that I crave from my cuppa. 

There are many teas to choose from and you can discover them here. I personally recommend Cinnamon Chai and Rainforest Indulgence – gorgeous! You can order samples of the different teas, and these contain enough tea for around 5 cups. To purchase teas, visit the website here

 What’s your favourite flavour? 

Kerry x