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

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

Transforme UK – Biotin For Hair, Skin and Nails 

Before pregnancy my hair was as strong and long as a pony’s mane, my nails were as sharp as daggers and my skin, well that wasn’t too different to the average girl – hormonally challenged, sometimes dry, sometimes oily. Since having Baby J, my hair is weaker and my nails snap at the word ‘Boo’! When I was offered some Biotin supplements to try by Transforme, I couldn’t say no!

These supplements are for the improvement in the condition of your hair, skin and nails and contain coconut oil (as you all know by now – my fave thing ever!). You receive 360 capsules in a bottle (almost a year’s worth!) and you take just one a day.

These little drops of sunshine contain ingredients that not only promote hair growth they also strengthen hair and reduce hair loss! The ingredient Biotin is also known as B7 and has many health and beauty benefits for both men and women.

Some more benefits are explained in this Transforme video below:

Transforme are a UK based, family-run business and trusted brand for over 15 years. They sell first class products that are exceptional quality and excellent value for money – often 80% cheaper than high street retailers. They also sell supplements and minerals, vitamins, natural beauty products and health packs. You can search by your condition on their website and find suitable products for you too. Visit the main Transforme site here.

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I have been taking the Biotin For hair, Skin and Nails supplements for over two weeks now and have been amazed with the results. My skin is really clear, just the odd (normal) imperfections here and there. I have also noticed a massive difference in my nail strength – I’m enjoying wearing nail varnish again without my nails snapping underneath and chipping the paint. My hair is glossy, thick and feeling stronger than ever – if you don’t believe me give these babies a go yourself! They are £13.99 a bottle  – a brilliant price considering you get almost a year’s worth of supplements. You can purchase them here.

Let me know your results!

Kerry x

Illumibowl – Motion Activated Toilet Night Light

This post may seem pretty random for a predominantly beauty blog, but I really do love this product! It’s the Illumibowl – a little night light for your toilet. 

Yes, you heard me right, a night light for the loo! Let me explain why this is such a brilliant idea. Firstly, if you have little ones who regularly wake you in the night by putting on the bathroom light, or NOT putting on the bathroom light and making a mess by missing the toilet, then this light will make your sleep much more interruption free. 


Secondly, I was watching my local news recently and saw a segment on a elderly care home in Colchester, Essex. The manager had installed a similar product in the en-suite toilets of the residents and it had reduced falls in the night by over 90%. Trips to A&E weren’t occurring anymore and the people living there were having much safer trips to the bathroom in the night. Find out about that here

In our home, this has been a brilliant little addition. We have an extractor fan in our en-suite which is quite noisy and is activated when the light is switched on. We were stumbling around in the dark before we got our Illumibowl because we didn’t want to wake Baby J in the night. This amazing little gadget means we don’t have to put the light on and wake her anymore. 
The Illumibowl has many brilliant and innovative features – 

  • It is easy to install. It has a plastic arm that goes over the toilet rim and will never fall off
  • It is motion activated so turns on as soon as you step into the bathroom. It also only comes on when it’s dark. 
  • It has 8 awesome colours! You can either select a constant colour, or put them on rotation. 

If you would like to purchase the Illumibowl bowl for yourself, then visit the official website here

Kerry x

Earth Conscious – Natural Baby Balm 


Baby J has quite sensitive skin and it can be difficult to find baby creams and balms that don’t upset her skin more. When I was sent the Earth Conscious Natural Baby Balm, I was pleased to see it contained nothing harmful which wouldn’t agree with her. 

Earth Conscious are a fabulous green and ethical brand. Their products are produced in the UK and use eco friendly packaging. The ingredients used in their natural deodorants and baby balms are top quality and certified. 

The Baby Balm is cruelty free and vegan and contains absolutely no nasties. The ingredients are also organic. Inside the balm you will find – 

  • Cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil)
  • Butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter)
  • Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil)
  • Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) wax

Baby J’s verdict? She loved it! I put it on her bottom after each nappy change and on dry patches on her arms. It didn’t irritate her skin at all and it left her feeling even more soft than usual! You get a lot of product, which means we’ll be able to use this cream for a long time. The cream absorbs wonderfully into the skin and only has a slight, pleasant scent from the coconut oil. 

Another wonderful thing about the Earth Conscious Natural Baby Balm is that 10p from every sale of it goes to the Marine Conservation Society – a UK charity who help protect our seas, shores and wildlife. 

Earth Conscious really are a wonderfully caring brand with a lot of heart and thought put into their products. To find out more about the wonderful things they do, click here

To purchase the Baby Balm, click here

Kerry x

The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed

Baby J began her weaning journey a couple of months ago now and loved her foods from the start. However, as time has gone on the recipes in our cookbooks have become more bland and not very exciting for her. When I was offered the opportunity to review an exciting collection of weaning recipes, I jumped at the chance! This book is The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed.

Zainab is the UK’s leading expert on flavour-led weaning with aromatic flavours and spices. The concept of flavour-led weaning is preparing your baby for eating more ‘grown up meals’ with the rest of the family, by using the more exciting flavours you may use in your own cooking.

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The recipes contain herbs and spices which not only add more flavour to your baby’s food, but also contain added nutrients and health benefits. For example, the recipe for Chewable Teething Sticks contains nutmeg, which has eugenol in it – a natural medicine used to treat toothaches.

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The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed. (Ebury Press, £14.99)

I use a lot of herbs and spices in my own cooking, so I am reassured now that Baby J will transition from her separate foods onto our family dinners with ease. She has loved the recipes I have cooked for her so far – especially the Zingy Pineapple Chicken! (To be honest, I loved this recipe too!)

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The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed. (Ebury Press, £14.99)

The aspect of this book which I really like is that Zainab cooked up the concept when failing to find exciting recipes for her own baby daughter, Aaliyah. I worry about Baby J not loving food, or enjoying certain vegetables because the flavours just aren’t very exciting. It is nice to find a book which has had so much thought, love and care put into it from someone who is so passionate about children loving what they eat.

The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook is easy to follow with a handy baby ‘age guide’ in each chapter. I find that a lot of weaning books don’t really give you a guide on how old your baby may be when they want to try new textures and tastes, but this one makes it brilliantly clear. Each chapter also has a clear meal planner – very, very handy when it comes to shopping lists!

The book contains over 100 recipes which are easy to follow. Many can be frozen in ice cube trays too. There are also some ‘no cook’ recipes and some meals which can be enjoyed by the whole family. This book really is a gem!

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The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook is due for release on 2nd March 2017. To purchase the hardback book for yourself, click here.

Kerry x

 

 

NSA Travel Essentials – 3 in 1 All Weather Protector

This amazing 3 in 1 All Weather Protector by Travel Essentials is a fabulous bit of kit. It’s a foldaway and pop up cover for the car seat attachment on your pram. It’s super easy to assemble and fit – essential when bad weather strikes. 

Step 1 – Remove the protector from the handy bag and just hold on whilst it pops open into shape! 

Step 2 – Slip the cover over the car seat. This is very easy to do as the ends and sides are elasticated and fit perfectly over most car seats. 

Ta Dah! It’s as easy as that! 

As well as being easy to set up and use, it also has some other amazing features. 

There are little windows on all sides so you can see your baby and they can see you. It’s also lovely for babies to be able to have a look around whilst on the move. These windows also double up as mosquito nets – perfect for when you’re travelling. 

There is also a velcro’d top opening so that you can easily grasp the car seat handle, without having to remove the cover.  

When the weather improves, you can open up a window at the front. This is especially handy if there’s a break in rain, or you need to attend to your baby. 

Inside a pocket on the back is a brilliant splash proof rain cover. This just zips away when not required. 

The cover also has UV protection – it really is perfect for all weather conditions. 

If you’d like to purchase one of these 3 in 1 All Weather Protectors, just click here

Kerry x

The Roper Twins: Bath Time Battles with Nan! By Cauline Thomas-Brown

Here’s another children’s book review for you lovely lot! This book is being released in March this year and is a debut children’s fiction book from the author Cauline Thomas-Brown. The Roper Twins: Bath-Time Battles with Nan is a wonderfully funny and totally relatable story for both children and adults alike!

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The story is about the Roper twins – Courtney and Jade – who are regularly looked after by their Nan. They are a cheeky pair of one year olds who struggle with abiding to Nan’s bath-time rules. Children will love their antics and the way they try their hardest to get out of bath-time. I’m sure this is something many parents and grandparents can relate to!

The story contains repetition, which young children can join in with when having the story read to them. Although the story is written in third person, as a reader we are seeing things from the twin’s perspective which once again, adds to the story time experience. Each page leaves you wondering what the twins are going to do next! How can they possibly fool their Nan’s plan this time?

The book also touches on the twins transitioning from their pink, sticker-covered baby bath, to the rather large and rather scary adult tub. This is a brilliant tool for helping your little one transition from one to the other.

Nan is a no-nonsense, strong woman, determined to get the twins clean. We are constantly remind of their love for their Nan, especially when it is mentioned that she has a sore foot. However, we also see their cheeky side and how they like to annoy her!

I was fortunate enough to have some interview questions answered by the author for the purposes of this blog post, you can read the interview here.

To purchase the book in hardback, visit this link here. For the e-book visit this link here.

Kerry x

The Amazing Adventure Begins by Pauline Mallard

Front Cover.jpgThis is the debut children’s book from Pauline Mallard. Pauline has been writing children’s stories since 2011, when she retired.

This book is about a young rabbit named Five, who is flying the nest with a positive attitude to new adventures. Along his journey he meets other field animals, who become his friends and join him on his life quest. The animals get into all sorts of scrapes and mishaps and Five is always on hand to help and support them.

A little rabbit called Five was lying in his bed dreaming of seeing the world. The more he dreamed about it the more excited he felt. “Yes,” he thought, “this is what I am going to do. What an adventure it’s going to be.”

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The story has fantastical elements, such as the fairies and the Fairy Queen. These are a lovely The Fairy Queen.png addition to the story, and will keep children guessing as to why the fairies keep popping up along Five’s adventure.

The story has so many wonderful messages across all the chapters. Five learns about friendship, trust and loyalty. He experiences fear and bravery and has many new experiences. These elements make this a fantastic book to read with your child. It is quite a long picture book at 43 pages, so can be enjoyed over a week as a bedtime story.

The book is aimed at 3-8 year old children and could be enjoyed independently by children older than this. If you’re a teacher, like myself, this book is perfect to read to your class and a lot of written and art tasks could be developed in lessons from this. I’d love to see a poem based around it!

Fox and Badger.pngThe illustrations are heavily influenced by Beatrix Potter and are absolutely beautiful. They are by Carole Gordon.

To purchase the book just visit Amazon here. It is £6.99 and would make a lovely Christmas present for that special child in your life. I’m really looking forward to sharing this with Baby J when she’s a bit older, we already have her nursery in a  woodland theme, so this book will really get her imagination running wild!

Do you have a book you’d like me to read and review?

Kerry x