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

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

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.


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.


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!)


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

Baby Sensory Treasure Basket

Last week my friend Emily and I took our baby girls to a first-time parenting class. There we were told about different ways to play with your baby. We were shown gorgeous sensory treasure baskets, which contained everyday items you can find around your home.

The idea of the treasure basket was created by Elinor Goldschmied, a child psychologist. They are excellent for stimulating brain development in babies and help encourage independence in children.

That night I went online and found a lady and her daughter who make and sell these baskets. I ordered one straight away because I just knew my baby J would love one.

Here’s what I received –

It contains various items like a wooden spoon, fabric, a photo album, metal egg cup, ball, scrunchie, etc.

Today I set up a play area for J and sat her on it with the basket. The TV was switched off and the room free from distractions.

A quick note – please ignore some of the blurriness in the photos, my baby is way too fast for me to catch her on camera sometimes!

I held the items up for her to look at and then held the basket near her so she could pull one out. She’s only three and a half months old, so her hand-eye coordination isn’t quite there yet.

J picked out the wooden spoon first and loved chewing on it. She’s beginning to teeth, so it must have felt lovely on her gums.

Next was the feather. I ran it over J’s face and she pulled the cutest little faces! She tried to grab it with her hands and it made her smile a lot.The colour of it caught her eye from the start.

With most of the items, J enjoyed putting them in her mouth!

This metal egg cup was also popular. I tapped it with the wooden spoon for a reverberating chime sound. J was really intrigued by this and wanted to hold the cup herself.

Here are a few more objects J enjoyed holding/chewing/playing with –

All in all I highly recommend organising a baby sensory treasure basket for your little one. You can always put one together yourself, or buy one here.

How do you play with your baby? Did you enjoy my first parenting post? Let me know!

Kerry and J x