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Easy Bakes For Children – Coco pops Cereal Bars

I love recipes that are really easy to achieve with children. Making these Easy Bakes, Coco Pops Cereal Bars means that you’re children will be involved in the majority of the making process.

There is no actual baking involved, only melting of white chocolate over a stove or in the microwave.

My son loves making these, there’s only 3 ingredients; honey, Coco Pops and white chocolate!

It takes no longer that 20-30 minutes to complete, perfect for those young ones and toddlers who just cannot wait to taste their sweet treats!

All three ingredients are still readily available at the supermarket during lockdown. As flour supplies are hit and miss, depending on where you shop, these ingredients mean you can do a last minute, quick baking session with no disappointment!

I’ve written below how we made these simple, tasty cereal bars. If you’re child is not keen on Coco Pops, you could substitute it for their favourite cereal whether it be Frosties, Rice Crispies, Cheerios or other. Also, you could swap honey for golden syrup if you prefer but watch out for the sugar content!

It only takes 20-30 mins to complete! Perfect bake make for small hands

A PDF of this recipe can be downloaded here

Ingredients needed

3 Ingredients, you’ll need;

Coco Pops

Honey

1 Large Bar of White Chocolate

Instructions

Just to note, I used about half the contents of the Coco Pops and using a square baking tin. You could use any type of baking tin you have available, such as a loaf baking tin.

Break the white chocolate into squares, then melt the chocolate over a pot of water using a waterproof bowl or in the microwave. Put the chocolate to one side to cool.

Pour 4 tablespoons of honey into a bowl of Coco Pops and mix, stirring to make sure the mixture is evenly covered.

Tip the contents into a lined baking tray and flatten with the back of a spoon.

Next, pour the white chocolate over the mixture, making sure the mixture is evenly covered.

Use a spoon to scoop and and spread any excess white chocolate over any part of the mixture that isn’t covered.

Finally, leave the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

When ready, cut into bars or squares and enjoy! (It never stays for long in my house, so make sure you have your fair share!!)

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Lockdown Learning: Review of the Night Zookeeper

Before you read on, please note that I was not paid or given any discount to write this review on the Night Zookeeper. This review is solely based on my opinion and user experience.

I am always on the lookout for resources that help with my son’s writing. Since being on lockdown it’s been even more crucial to keep his enthusiasm going when it comes to writing. My nine year old son will admit that writing is not his favourite subject and that he’ll choose Maths over writing any day!

What is the Night Zookeeper?

My Facebook Newsfeed kept on showing me an ad for the the Night Zookeeper so I finally signed-up for the 7 day trial. What is it?

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Picture credit: Night Zookeeper

It’s an interactive platform, created by a teacher, to inspire children to write stories, descriptions, poems, facts, the list goes on! Aimed at children aged 6-12, it’s tablet friendly and can be accessed on laptops and computers.

There are also games that help children to develop their reading and spelling skills. Writing comes to life by children being able to draw and create their own animals as part of the Night Zookeeper.

Once I signed up, which was very easy and quick to do, it gave me a Username for my son to use. Unfortunately, he didn’t like the name (which I knew immediately upon seeing it!) I wrote a quick email to their support and they quickly responded with an email to say that I could change it which I did so I was impressed straight away with their level of support.

How Did My Son Find Using It?

When I showed The Night Zookeeper to my son, he was instantly blown away and I was happy as he’s not easy to please! I followed the parent guide which was available to download straight after signing up. My son came up with a username, then was immediately prompted to create his avatar and his animal.

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Picture credit: Night Zookeeper

Next, he had to write a description of his animal and once finished this was saved and ‘submitted’ to a tutor who marked the work and gave feedback, which included any grammar that was missed and suggestions on how to improve it.

My son has been using the program for almost a week, not everyday, but most days and it’s never a struggle to get him to write. Initially, I had to help him navigate the different areas and it was useful being able to refer back to the parent guide.

So far, he has written a character description, answered some comprehension questions on bird migration, completed a lesson on National Tea Day, read poems from other children within the Night Zookeeper community and played lots of fun spelling games. He is looking forwarding to ‘free’ writing where he gets to let loose his creativity and write a story of his own.

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Picture Credit: Night Zookeeper

Everytime he completes a piece of writing, he has the option to save as a draft and come back to it or submit for one of the teachers to review.

My Final Thoughts

Would I recommend it? In short, yes! I’ve been amazed at how well my son has received it and how enthused he is to now write. He’s 9, so is proficient enough with using the laptop/computer. I think it works well as it gives children the opportunity to revise and edit their work as they type, a skill some can struggle with when they’re writing.

I do think younger children may find it a struggle and more frustrating if they’re not so familiar using the keyboard/mouse and you’d probably need to support them more when completing their tasks.

I have now fully subscribed to a year’s membership and was very happy to benefit for the 52% discount they were currently offering on all levels of subscription.

If you think you’re child would like to use this fun learning resource then I have a referral code for you to use which means you and I both get 5% credited to both accounts.

Are There Any Free Resources To Use?

Yes, there’s a free Creative Writing Resource Pack to use when you sign-up to their newsletter.

*Please note this is an independent review based on my own and my son’s usage and opinion of this learning platform.

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Unique and Personalised Gifts for Mother’s Day

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I’ve compiled a list of unique and personalised gifts to make any Mum smile on the Mother’s Day.

These items are listed in no particular order and can can be bought online, making the process of buying quick and easy.

Gifts for Pregnant Women and New Mums

Pregnancy is such a special and unique time in any women’s life, it’s an experience she’ll never forget.

Keep these precious memories alive by documenting them in a Pregnancy Journal and create a perfect keepsake to share with your child when they’re older.

For instance, a pregnancy journal like the Childhood Memory Journal, from Mama Journals, chronicles the growth and experience of your child from 0-18 years.

Sections in the this journal include:

  • Pregnancy Notes
  • Family Tree
  • First Day At School for Primary and Secondary
  • Family Traditions and Photos
  • Recipes To Pass Down
  • A Letter To Your 18 Year Old
  • Words OF Wisdom.

In addition, these gorgeous journals are bound using Buckram, a hard wearing material, to ensure you can enjoy this journal for years to come.

Unique Gift To Celebrate Breastfeeding Mums

A gift to acknowledge a Mum’s breastfeeding journey are these wonderful, Breastfeeding Milestone Cards from Liquid Gold Mamas GB. Made from durable card these celebrate the rewarding experience of breastfeeding in a fun, quirky way.

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Breastfeeding Milestone Cards

These humorous and uniquely designed cards for Mum celebrate Mum’s graduation from 1 month ‘Ruby Boobs’ to 12 Months ‘Golden Boobs!!’ Also available as a Deluxe Milestone Pack.

Gifts for Mums Who Love Wall Art

For Mother’s who love to display works of art in the home, a portrait of her child would be the perfect gift.

Little Peach Portraits create amazing, portraits of your child’s unique profile that is instantly recognisable. Choose from different collections such as The Metallic Collection, The Ink Collection and The Colour Collection.

Prices start from £65 for a Single Print from the Colour Collection. Turnaround is about 3-4 weeks. However, to guarantee your portrait arrives in time for Mother’s Day, photos need to be sent and approved by 1st March.

Gifts That Celebrate Family

Surprise Mum with a gift she can proudly display on the mantle or shelf at home.

Created by Annabelle’s Crafts ‘n’ Creations. These Printed Wordsearch Plaques feature the names of your family members displayed within a Wordsearch.

Add your own special message to the acrylic plaque to make for a unique mother’s day gift to enjoy for many years to come.

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Printed Wordsearch Plaques

Sweet Treats For Mum

The Honeywell Biscuit Co creates beautifully made novelty biscuits for all occasions. Furthermore, Biscuit Gift Sets can be personalised to make for a truly unique gift.

Why not buy a gift set such as the Best Mum/Mama/Grandma Gift Set? It contains hand painted biscuits using edible paint and comes decorated with a touch of 24 carat gold leaf to add a bit of glamour.

Moreover, The Bunch of Biscuit Flowers are hand-iced flower shaped biscuits that come with a speciality tea from We Are Tea. Prices start from £22. A special treat for any Mum who likes her biscuits!

Personalised Jewellery for Mum

Personalised jewellery doesn’t have to break the bank. Here at True Love Keepsakes, we’ve got you covered!

For example, our gorgeous, ready made, charm necklaces start from £19.99. In addition they have a short turnaround time (3-5 days) perfect for any Dad who’s left gift buying to the last minute!

A Mum who loves contemporary jewellery will love this Silver Disk Necklace.

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Comes With A Special Printed Message

Personalise it with a meaningful message for Mum to proudly wear. This lovely necklace comes with a gift box and a pretty card insert that reads:

MUM  – Thank you for always putting others first, in everything you do, to the kindest, most amazing mum, thank you for just being you.

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All Necklaces Include Free Delivery

Alternatively, a Rose Gold Plated Disk Necklace is available and comes in a lovely gift box.

Do you know a sentimental Mum who wears her heart on her sleeve?

For instance, such a Mum would love this Heart Charm Necklace that comes with two extra charms, one pink the other crystal complimenting the main personalised gold (plated) heart charm.

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Add A Special Message For Mum

Add the names of her children or add a loving message for her to remember why she is so special. Comes in a beautiful gift box.

Check each link for further details on how to order in time for Mother’s Day!

Each of the products I have selected are from small businesses based in the UK. I love supporting our home grown talent and love showcasing unique products.

Mother’s Day is truly a day of appreciation for all the love and devotion Mum’s give to their children and family each and every day so give her a special gift, made with love.

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Flex Appeal for Flexible Working

I came across the #flexappeal when I began following Mother Pukka on Instagram. Reading the founder, Anna Whitehouse’s goal to encourage employers to use flexible working hours for their employees struck a chord with me. Previously, before having my child in 2011, I worked as a full time Primary Teacher. Although it was a job that commanded a lot of my time, I simply loved it and believed it was a career I would always want to do.

Roll on 2013, a year since returning from maternity leave and I found myself hating my job, not because of what I was doing on daily basis but the amount of time I was having to spend away from my son who I had put into nursery 4 days a week.

flex appeal is a flexible working campaign for all employees in the UK
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campaign for ALL employees

I eventually decided to leave a job I had been doing for almost 10 years because I could no longer commit to the hours spent marking late at school, at home and planning over the weekends. Luckily, Supply Teaching became my lifeline, it offered a way out of an endless battle of dividing my time between work and my family.

Mother Pukka does Flex Appeal

Anna Whitehouse (aka Mother Pukka) created the Flex Appeal campaign through similar circumstances. Being charged a late fee and chastised for collecting her child late from Nursery one evening, she took matters into her own hands. The birth of Flex Appeal was just the start.

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#flexappeal
Ensuring the hours you work don’t affect your home life.

She realised that it wasn’t so much the circumstance that failed her but instead it was a work system that was flawed. A system that seemed to demonise employees that had other responsibilities outside the workplace.

The Flex Appeal for flexible working campaign isn’t just for parents. It’s for anyone who would need flexible working hours due to a number of reasons. This could be health issues, a disability or being a carer for someone else. It’s a campaign which is promoting a need for change, change in the way we work to ensure both employer and employee are happy.

A happy employee is a healthy employee and one that will do their upmost to fulfil the duties that their job requires. Flex Appeal campaign aims to educate and inform UK employers of the benefits of enabling their employees to work suitable hours.

Nowadays, most people need a laptop and internet connection to do their jobs so location also plays a factor when discussing flexible working for employees. Connecting remotely from home to the office could mean a world of difference to the work-life balance of an individual.

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#flexappeal
Many jobs can be fulfilled outside the office with connection to the internet and a laptop so why isn’t it done more?

Flexible working and job satisfaction

A survey carried out by McDonalds showed that out of 4,000 respondents, 70% had a desire to work flexible hours. 65% stated that working flexible hours would increase their well-being and their job satisfaction. Unfortunately, only a third believed their employer would be in favour of flexible working.

Flexible working is also something that could benefit people with a disability who are able to work. There are 11 million people classed as disabled in the UK. When it comes to working there’s a 30% difference between disabled and non-disabled people gaining employment.

When it comes to equal opportunites, adapting working hours to suit individuals is a must.

Anna Whitehouse believes that flexible working shouldn’t be a ‘nice extra if it’s possible.’ It’s time for companies to change and adapt to the way they expect their employees to fulfill their duties.

She’s campaigning for change in the way employers think about job employment for their employees. She’s serious about spreading the message far and wide. So far Flex Appeal for Flexible working Flash Mobs have occurred, a collaboration with McDonalds and an appearance on TEDx talks.

Spending long hours in the office or wherever your place of work is doesn’t prove your output is more. Hours that suit you means you’ll be more productive and motivated to get the job done. Consequently, the high quality work you put out is exactly what is expected of you. Therefore, Flexible Working is a win, win.

Employers who support work flexibility

More findings from the McDonald’s survey showed that 61% of people considered ‘good jobs’ to be those that offered flexible working. There are companies that already adopt a flexible working ethos here in the UK. They realise to get the best candidates for the job they have to provide flexible working opportunities.

Spread Awareness of the Flex Appeal movement!

What can you do to help spread the message? Share this story and the #flexappeal on your social media pages to spread awareness. Ask questions on your pages to open discussion for better working hours for all. Follow Mother Pukka and Papa Pukka on their social media pages for updates on this campaign.

Sign this petition here to get this heard by those in the House of Commons. Making progress to bring about this change to make Flex Appeal for flexible working available for all.

On the government website for Department for Business, there is a survey to complete. It’s an opportunity for you to put your views across regarding working hours transparency and family leave and pay. The survey also covers questions on job advertisements pay and closing the pay gender gap. You only have until October 11th to complete and it only takes a few minutes.

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Lego Discovery Centre Birmingham

We spent the day out for my son’s 8th birthday at Lego Discovery Centre in Birmingham. It’s an indoor centre as opposed to the outdoor Lego Land we’re all familiar with. The venue is aimed at children aged 3 – 10 years.

Having purchased a combo ticket that included an Entry pass to the Sea-Life Centre just over the road, I went online to the Lego Combi Ticket page to book my timed slot. Now I kept on going back to re-adjust the time as my son had his usual swimming lesson so I wanted to make sure that he didn’t miss out.

I made more than three changes for the time to arrive as we couldn’t agree on a time to get there. Consquently, a warning flashed up, alerting me that this was the last time I could change the time – so be warned!

Having booked an early afternoon slot for 11 o’clock. We arrived about 15 minutes ahead of time and joined a queue specifically for pre-booked tickets. We were lucky to walk straight pass a long queue of people buying tickets on the day. There was no-one in front of us and we walked straight in!

Entering the centre – what to expect

We were immediately led to a long bench and prompted to pose for photos standing next to some Lego models. The first opportunity to encourage you to buy that all important family photo! It was very light-hearted and no hard sell (we did buy it in the end, they did a combi deal which was 2 photos for £12.)

The whole experience is underground, meaning you have to go into a lift to take you to the discovery centre.

As you exit the lift you’ll arrive at the first of two rides. There’s a train like short ride called Kingdom Quest which takes you through a short ride mission to free a captured princess. To Save the princess, have these toy pistols to zap the baddies and objects which consists of spiders, skeletons and rock men.

The ride it’s pauses towards the end so that you can again pose for a photo. As a result, when you exit you’ll see a kiosk that will have your photos to purchase if you should want to.

Miniature Lego City of Birmingham

The path then leads to the bit I found most fascinating! The Model village of Birmingham and the surrounding landmarks across the West Midlands.

I could have spent ages looking at all the tiny details from the stream and boats of the canal infront of the mailbox and cube to the rock stage and moving, guitar playing lego men at the arena. There were also intricate models of Warwick Castle, Grand Central, The Botanical Gardens, Aston Villa and the Bullring Ring.

Other attractions at the Discovery Centre

Everything is included in the entrance fee. Meaning depending on the age of your child you can spend a good few hours entertaining them there.

After the miniature city, You’re lead out to the main play area consisting of a small soft play area andcreative classrooms. Workshops on how to build specific items are held there and classes run throughout the day.

Included in the price is a short 4D Lego Movie in their auditorium lasts for 20-30 minutes. There are various show times throughout the day and it works on a first come, first serve basis. You queue to get into the auditorium. My advice is to look at the show times (infront of the autditorium) and plan your time there around this. It’s a great activity to do and prepare to get a little wet!!

A digital play area where children can build Lego pieces and create a short animation. Another fair-ground ride called Merlin’s Apprentice is towards the back of the floor. Duplo and lego play stations and pits are dotted around the area. Finally, a coffee shop, serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, pastries and snacks sits in the middle of the room

I saw many families eating their own food in the cafe area, there wasn’t any signs or objections from staff. On the café page, it does state that people are not permitted to bring in their own food. However, on the FAQs Page it states that if you have an allergy, you can bring your own food in.

Book tickets online to save money

Have unlimted visits and save money with a Merlin annual pass. Included in the price is entry to visit the Sea-Life Centre situated over the other side of the canal. Keep checking Money Saving Expert for up to Merlin pass deals and discounts.

Booking online will save you money as opposed to buying tickets on the door. Buy a Combi Ticket online for £25 (£30 on the door) and get access to Lego Discovery Centre and the Sea Life Centre. Your combi ticket is valid for up to 3 months so you don’t have to visit both on the same day.

One adult and toddler ticket costs £14 when buying online. The ticket includes admission for 1 Adult and 1 child (5 years and under.)

Book Group bookings of 10 or more online, great for family reunions and birthdays. There are no specific party packages or private rooms and your guests would have to buy from the Café as there are no specific foods for parties.

Before you go

Check online for updates and visit the Events Page to see what’s happening ahead of your trip. Special events take place during the school holidays or busier times of the year such as Easter or Christmas.

For instant up to date news, don’t forget to visit the centre’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

Have fun and let us know now how the experience was for you in the comments.

Loretta x

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Heartfelt Mother’s Day Gifts

Heartfelt Mother's Day Gifts

Put a huge smile on any Mum’s face with these great, heartfelt gives I have compiled.

Mother’s Day falls on March 31st this year and it’s a hard task trying to find that special gift for a Mum who deserves to be spoilt. So to save you some time, I’ve scoured the internet to find some gorgeous, unique gifts.

Personalised Jewellery

Loving Mother’s always put their children first so therefore will love this beautiful Tree of life/Circle of Life Sterling Silver Necklace. Engrave the names of her children and add up to 5 birthstones to make it a truly heartfelt gift.

Mum’s who already own charm bracelets such as a Pandora, Chamilia, Links of London or Thomas Sabo will love these additions to her collection. A Fingerprint Bead Charm, featuring the actual fingerprint of her child would be a lovely gift for her to cherish.

Alternatively, any Mother would love having the actual handprint of her child imprinted onto this Heart Bead Charm. Both charms can be worn on an existing charm bracelet.

Futhermore, there are other gorgeous Fingerprint Jewellery options to choose from. To find out more about our Fingerprint Jewellery Range, see this page.

A heirloom ring

Engraved with the names and birthstones of her children, Mum will treasure this heirloom Family Ring for a life time. Choose the right ring for your Mum by opting for either Silver or Rose Gold.

Personalised Home Decor

An elegant, Personalised Crystal Vase would be a lovely gift for any Mum who loves fresh flowers in her home. In additon, the Vase can be personalised with a sentimental message.

Give Mum something ‘from the heart’ on Mother’s Day by choosing up to 10 photos for this Personalised Cushion. You can make it extra special with a printed message. Plus, change the colour of the text to suit your preferences and have the perfect gift for Mum or Nanny.

Lampshades are a great way of adding personality to your room and home. The company, Bags of Love, prints your favourite photos onto a lampshade. You can choose a Table Lamp or a Ceiling Lamp. There are a choice of four sizes to choose from and you can design the arrangement of the photos. Alternatively, you can upload your own designs or add some text.

Natural Skincare

The Cleanse and Polish Cleanser is an all time favourite of mine because it gently removes dirt from your face whilst keeping it moisturised. I think The Liz Earle Essential Kit would be the perfect introduction to this range.

Introduce your Mum to Nourish Skincare Try Me Collection and she’ll thank you for her newly pampered face. It contains organic ingredients and no-nasties to ensure your Mum experiences a premium home facial. There’s enough products to give you 15-20 treatments. In addition, Botanicals offer free delivery on orders over £40. Furthermore, as an extra treat, spend over £40 on your first order and you’ll receive a free £5 voucher.

Indulgent Skincare

Mums who love Chocolate and Skincare will surely love the combining of both with the Chocolate Skin Heaven Beauty Bag. Created by Evolve Organic Beauty, the bag contains two products; a face mask and cream to make your skin glow. Even more, it gets extra marks for being Vegan and Cruelty Free.

Mother’s who love being indulged head to toe will love trying Head to Toe Kiehl’s Care. It contains travel size products to enjoy including a shampoo, conditioner, body cleanser and body creme.

Found any other special, heartfelt products for Mother’s Day? If so add them to the comments section. I would love to see what you have found.

Loretta x

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March Meet The Maker 2018

Yay! I’m very proud of myself to say the very least! I have completed all 31 days of March Meet The Maker 2018 Instagram challenge and I am really pleased that I kept at it!! Last year I was not aware of the challenge at all (I don’t know how I missed it!) and only became aware of it as I began to use Instagram and saw all the lovely images and posts by crafters and small business owners like myself. I was kicking myself for not being part of it and vowed to not miss it this year.

Roll on 2018 and I started in full earnest at the end of February, I downloaded the challenge sheet from Joanne Hawker’s marchmeetthemaker.com (she’s the founder of the fab challenge and also owns her own company Joanne Hawker Design and Illustration) and began thinking about what pictures to include for my posts. By March the 1st I had scheduled seven days worth of Instagram/Facebook Posts and was feeling totally organised! Some of the challenges I found very difficult as I’d never used such things as Boomerang on Instagram and wasn’t familiar on how to create an Insta Story. Anyhow I did both and was chuffed with the response I got. My following on Instagram has increased which is brilliant and I can’t wait to take part in next years challenge.

 

If you want to see how I got on then do pop over to my Instagram page @truelovekeepsakes or look for the hastags #truelovekeepsakes #marchmeetthemaker2018 where you’ll find my posts and others, it’s very inspiring looking at other peoples work plus you might find another maker to follow and buy from x

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The Small Business Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Christmas is fast approaching so we thought we’d help you out and provide you with a fabulous gift guide that caters for the whole family, all of which can be ordered online so no need to venture out into the cold! Just simply visit the various sites featured and click away ’til your hearts content! We’ve chosen small, independent businesses that are ran by busy Mums like you as we thought it would be lovely knowing that you have bought unique gifts and at the same time helped to support another Mum and her family.

First off we’re going to start with the kids! Yes, I know we Mums are always putting them first but would we have it any other way?!

 

An Educational Gift (Win brownie points with Mum and Dad!) 

If you’re looking for a present for a child that will last beyond Christmas and will also act as a valuable educational resource then look no further than ‘Write My Name‘ created by the amazing Natasha Mockett. Natasha was inspired to create a resource to help children to write their name when her daughter Zariah requested some help in writing her name one day. Frustrated at the lack of resources available to assist her daughter, she developed a name handwriting, book that supports early writing skills, develops fine motor skills and enables children to progress to being able to read and write their name, forming each letter correctly. At the moment Write My Name have a fantastic offer on for Christmas that includes a personalised name writing book, a quality marker pen, a personalised certificate and reusable stickers in a deluxe gift box. A sure fire hit of a present for both child and parent. The handwriting book in available in cursive or manuscript to suit personal preference or adhere to your child’s school handwriting policy.

What else can I buy from Write My Name?

A workbook (minus the delux gift box package), A downloadable version of your child’s name handwriting book for you to print off and use and a set of dotted name stickers to use when your child is writing cards for Christmas or birthdays.

*Last order date for Christmas is midnight on 19th December. Sale ends this Saturday 9th December! Don’t miss out! Get your child their personalised handwriting workbook! Visit Write My Name’s Facebook Page for latest news and offers*

 

Gifts to keep the children entertained (No computers allowed!!) The wonderful Ayomi, owner of Happydough creates all manner of fun, creative products to keep children engaged and to get their creative juices flowing. The following items all come with a pack of crayons, great for keeping the children occupied over the festive season and a wonderful addition for a Christmas Eve Box. Get the children involved in the Christmas decorations by getting them a Christmas Colouring Bunting to colour and decorate. These lovely designs come in a pack of six festive crayons to use. There’s also a Christmas Colouring mug that comes with 6 festive crayons. Maybe your child loves role play and would enjoy this Christmas Colouring Mask in the shape of a reindeer face, again the mask comes with a pack of 6 festive crayons or children can enjoy colouring this ‘Santa Stops Here’ door sign to ensure Santa pays them a visit!

What else can I get from Happydough? 

Party Packs and novelty crayons covering many themes such as Zoo Animals, Unicorns, Football and Mermaids.

*Happydough regularly do Fiver Friday Deals so please visit their Facebook Page for latest news and offers*

 

Personalised Gifts for Home Decor and Christmas Decorations (Keeping up with the Jones’s!) 

The Lovely Mina from Elsie & Mimi (who have just launched their beautiful website by the way!) Have fantastic items to compliment your Christmas decor. Her popular Christmas Glass Baubles can be personalised with a name in a colour of your choosing (black, white, silver, pink or blue.) The baubles can also be filled with either snow, white feathers or pink feathers or a charm of your choice can be attached (snowflake, angel wings or paw prints.) Are you looking for a center piece to go by your fireplace, your hallway, table or shelf to proudly show off how your family celebrates Christmas? Well this Personalised Wooden Block could be perfect. Your family surname and individual names can be added to this block and used for years to come.

Are you in the midst of decorating a room, maybe a child’s bedroom and need to add those finishing touches? These gorgeous, Interlocking, Freestanding, Handpainted Cloud Shelfies can be personalised with your child’s name or how about this Personalised, Handpainted, Railway Style Door Sign that your child would be very proud of having on their bedroom door. Again the sign can be personalised with a name and there are six colour options to choose from.

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What else can I buy from Elsie and Mimi?

Gifts for Hen Do’s and Weddings, Back to School Personalised Water Bottles, New Baby Gifts, Personalised Mugs and a new product: A Custom, Handmade Medal Holder which is on sale at an introductory price at the moment.

*Last date to place an order with Elsie & Mimi to guarantee Christmas delivery is 8th December. Please see their Facebook Page for latest news and offers*

 

Buying for a new Mum or baby (Only original designs sold here!)

Talented Jo is another Mum in biz and the Owner of Primrose and Mabel, a company that creates original surface pattern designs to be adorned on fabrics, stationery, home decor and much more.

If you’re wondering what to buy a mother-to-be or perhaps you’re attending a baby shower soon, then these gorgeous Baby Milestone Cards would be the perfect gift. Each A5 pack contains 30 card milestones such as ‘1 Day Old’, ‘First Food’, ‘First Bath’, ‘Smiled’ and ‘1st Christmas’ to photograph and document those all important moments that happen in baby’s first year. The Baby Milestone Cards comes beautifully gift boxed in a luxury white box and white ribbon so no need to buy anything to present it in.

Maybe this year you’re also buying for a baby girl, if so these lovely Headband Gift Sets available from Newborn Baby to 3 years and up could be what you’re looking for. The headbands are made using certified organic cotton which is very soft and perfect for baby’s head. They come in stunning, vibrant colours and would be the perfect accessory to a pretty outfit.

Maybe you know a friend, Mum or sister who’s absolutely obsessed with pretty stationery, Primrose and Mabel’s contemporary notebooks, all printed using original artwork created by Jo, could be the perfect gift, there are many designs to choose from and something for everyone. There are also gorgeous matching printed mugs so you could buy both to make it a gift set for someone special.

What else can I buy from Primrose and Mabel?

Printed Phone Covers, Art Prints, Greeting Cards, Letter Art Prints Perfect for a nursery or Child’s bedroom, Fabric, Bespoke Wedding Stationery and a Mug featuring this year’s popular unicorn theme. 

*Offer Today only 5.12.17* Primrose and Mabel are offering their Unicorn Mug and Notepads for £5 each. There are only 4 available, get them before their gone. Visit their Facebook Post to comment your interest in purchasing one by clicking here. Please visit Primrose and Mabel’s Facebook Page for latest news and offers.

 

Gifts for a Mum or Dad (No smellies or socks included!)

I’m Loretta, owner and maker here at True Love Keepsakes. We create handmade, personalised keepsake jewellery, capturing the fingerprints, handprints, footprints, writing and drawings of your loved ones.

If you’re a sentimental Mum or you know of one; a Mum who saves practically everything their children have done, worn or achieved, then a keepsake could be the perfect gift for you.

Do you hate having to be away from your children from long periods of time? Well you can have a piece of them close to you at all times with this gorgeous Heart Fingerprint Chain. Choose from either One Charm, Two or Three cascading Fingerprint Heart Charms depending on the number of children you have. Each charm is beautifully handcrafted using Fine Silver (99% Pure Silver) and can be personalised with the names of your children. The charm comes attached to a sterling Silver snake chain, ready for you to wear.

Maybe you’re not a jewellery wearer but love keyrings and would love a keyring featuring the handprint, names and special message from your children to keep with you on your travels. This lovely Sterling Silver Keyring can fit up to four handprints/footprints, each with names and a special date or short message. The keyrings come in the shape of a Heart, Square or Rectangle.

Maybe you’re a Mum who loves to collect charms for your charm bracelet, if so then a Fingerprint Bead Charm could be the perfect addition. Handmade from Fine Silver, each charm is imprinted with the unique fingerprint of your child and can fit on the most popular charm bracelets available.

Maybe a heart, handprint charm on a lovely steriling silver belcher bracelet would be the best Christmas gift as it captures the detail of your child’s handprint for you to treasure forever.

Are you buying for the man of the house as well? Well we have a fabulous set of personalised gifts for him whether he’s into jewellery and would love a dog-tag featuring a photo of his children or a set of Handprint Cufflinks to wear with pride when he’s all dressed up for work or for an occasion. We also have an Engraved Bottle Opener for Daddy to use on Christmas day and beyond. We offer two types of men’s leather bracelets, an Identity Bar Bracelet and a Clasp Fastening Bracelet both of which can be personalised with the names of your children and feature up to three handprints/footprints. He’ll love this gift and he’ll be able to keep part of his children close to him all the time.

What else can I buy from True Love Keepsakes?

Fingerprint Cufflinks, A Handprint Dog-Tag, A Star fingerprint Charm, Engraved Keepsakes and more.

*Last date to order our Fine Silver Keepsakes in time for Christmas is 5th December. We’re offering 15% off on orders placed on this day (5.12.17) Using code LOVE15 at the checkout. Please visit our Facebook Page for latest news and offers.*

There are many small businesses all offering fantastic services and products and we can only keep on going with your support so please buy local and shop from independent businesses this Christmas and make a whole family happy and help a Mum or Dad to continue their dream.

Remember if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in Contact with these businesses, there is a real person behind each and every one, they will only be too happy to help you with your enquiry and will endeavour to meet your requirements; that’s the joy of shopping from an independent company, we value all our customers x

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Handprint and Footprint Crafts for Mother’s Day

Being a handmade crafter, I love nothing more than receiving handmade items especially for Mother’s Day. Using your children’s Fingerprint, Handprint and Footprint is an easy way of making a card or gift extra special and personal.

I’m obsessed with pinterest and am steadily building my boards of interest. I have a Mother’s Day board filled with fun ways of making cards and gifts for Mother’s Day involving the children.

Handprints are easy to print onto paper, cut out and stick on a piece of card with a special message, if you’re feeling more artistic, you could make your children’s handprints into a bouquet like this one here or you could make it look like a bunch of flowers in a pot like this. Personalise it by adding messages from your children on the back of the handprints.

You could also use your children’s fingerprints to make a flower picture, just print your child’s fingerprints using different coloured paints to make the petals of a flower. If Nan or Mum love real plants, why not buy a terracotta pot and make a thumbprint flower motif to decorate the front of the plant pot, this would be something they could use again and again.

Do you have a Mum that has a passion for bags?! Well maybe she would like a shopper bag she can proudly carry around with her grandchildren’s handprints on them.

If you print two fingerprints together to form a heart they can be printed on all manner of things from plates using these special ceramic paints or a heart family tree or why not do a bit of baking and make these cute heart salt dough ornaments that can be hung or turned into magnets.

A footprint is always easier to capture if you have a baby or child under 2. This beautiful picture is one of my favourites! Three sets of footprints captured to make three butterflies that are personalised with the children’s names. This could be framed and kept forever.

Why not make a hanging heart plaque using salt dough, capture your child’s footprint and before you bake the dough, personalise it with a name, date or special message. Once it has been baked and has cooled paint it to add that perfect finishing touch.

If you’re not up to making anything, you could always get something handmade, still capturing your children’s fingerprints, footprints or handprints. We create jewellery and sell gifts that would be perfect for Mother’s Day but don’t leave it too late as it can take 2-3 weeks for your item to be made.

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How to order from us

How to order from us

You might have seen one of our keepsakes and have been pondering over whether to place an order and might be unsure of where to start so I have explained in these easy steps how to do it.

  1. Look at our items on our website or Facebook Shop. Alternatively send us a message via Facebook, phone or email and we will place the order for us and send you an invoice.
  2. Select the item you would like and select any options such as the shape and size if ordering a charm.
  3. Pay securely using Paypal. A Paypal account is NOT required to pay this way.
  4. A confirmation email will be sent to you. You will also receive a further email or order form in the post to add any personalisation such as names, date or message.
  5. If you need a print kit to take hand/footprints or fingerprints, we will send one to you with instructions in a pre-paid envelope to send it back to us.
  6. Then sit back, relax and let us work out magic…we will notify you when your keepsake is ready!!

Never hesitate to contact us if you don’t see something you like, we like to hear ideas of what you’re looking for and we always endeavor to meet your requirements. If you need any questions answered regarding our products or our service we are only too happy to help. Drop us a message and well will get back to you.

Read our other blog post about why we produce most of our handmade charms in Fine Silver. We also wrote a post detailing how we make our doodle/artwork charms to give you an insight into our handmade craftsmanship and finally one of our earlier posts shows step-by-step how our charms are crafted so you can really appreciated the work that goes into making one of our charms.

Footprint Charm with Charm CarrierTLK Fingerprint Heart Slanted Charm