I saw that little musing all over instagram this week, and ain’t that the truth?! If you run a small business, or you know someone who does, the blood (mostly metaphorical), sweat and tears (definitely real) that go into keeping it alive will be familiar. Often, these ventures have been launched to share a passion with others, and/ or to fit in around family life. When you support a small business, you support a dream- you’re basically a fairy godmother.
Here’s a selection of these dream factories and a little about what they can offer you. The talent is high.
A Way With Words (by Clare)
Personalised, hand-made pictures using letters and numbers, including the alphabet, numbers up to 10, nursery rhyme and song lyrics. Perfect to spruce up the nursery.
Baby’s First Christmas keepsake. Can either use the baby’s name or if the baby isn’t born yet, I can make it as the more generic ‘Baby’s First Xmas‘. Graphics can also be changed, with a choice of frame colours (white, oak, black, grey), background colours, and mounts (white, black, grey, beige). Available framed for £20, unframed, £15.
I also have lots of gifts for grandparents, first Christmas as Mr & Mrs and other gifts on my facebook page http://facebook.com/awaywithwordscrafts
Polished Dollys (by Chloe)
Nouveau Lash treatments (Semi-Permanent lash extensions, Express lash extensions, LVL Enhance, SVS coming soon!), Gelish manicures and high-defined brows
Lash and Brow Conditioning Serum, RRP £19.99
Packed full of nourishing goodness, used daily, this serum provides lashes and brows with all they need to appear instantly conditioned, as well as provide long-term benefits to help give a fuller appearance.
I’d like to offer all the Do It Like a Mother members a 20% discount on the serum (£16).
You can find Chloe at
www.facebook.com/polisheddollys • www.twitter.com/polisheddollys • www.instagram.com/polisheddollys • www.polisheddollys.co.uk
Hattie and Hugh (by Harriet)
‘Natural & Organic Beauty For Health & Happiness. Hattie & Hugh is a luxury online destination for clean, modern beauty products and accessories. Our collection of natural products are certified organic, eco-friendly, non-toxic, cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free and fair trade. At Hattie & Hugh we believe that luxurious, effective, modern skincare should be available to all, so many of our products are unisex and we stock products at a range of prices.’
Featured Product: https://hattieandhugh.com/collections/christmas
You can find Harriet at
Clare Curtis Pre and Postnatal Wellbeing
Saturday morning Pregnancy Yoga 6 week course starting 14th January. Suitable from 14weeks to birth.
Time for mum to relax, stretch and make room for baby. The course helps with physical pregnancy ailments, gain trust in your body and prepare for labour.
QUICK!!!! Early bird offer before 1st December £50 instead of £60.
Treasures on Sea (by Crystal)
Luxury soy wax scented candle. Made with 100% soy wax with no nasties and completely eco friendly for a long burn.
Presented in a 15oz vintage style Kilner jar.
Available in a variety of scents;
Fresh Linen, Jasmine, Vanilla, Green Tea & Bergamot, Rhubarb & Custard, Honey & Milk, Baby Powder , Chamomile & Tea , Lemon & Lime, Fig & Cassis, Orange Blossom
Christmas scents ; Clementine & Prosecco, Mistletoe & Wine, Christmas Tree, Spiced Apple , Orange & Cinnamon
You can find Crystal at
Little Mia (by Tammy)
Healing amber and gemstone handmade custom jewellery
All items custom made to order using your measurements… knotted adult bracelet (mixed gemstones and amber on berry thread), current price of £8.40 (normally £12)
Basking Babies Southend, and Benfleet & Rayleigh (by Becca)
The benefits of baby massage are wide ranging and impressive. The benefits are also backed up by significant research. Learn how to massage your baby in a relaxed and friendly environment to reap these benefits for you and your baby. The baby massage classes are fun, relaxed and informative and provide you with tools to be able to confidently massage your baby at home.
Becca and her team offer classes in various locations across the area.
Gift Voucher that can be redeemed against any of her courses including Baby Masage for Dads session, (a fantastic way for Dad to connect with baby), 4 week group course for Mums, or 1:1 colic alleviation session.
If you quote this post when contacting Becca, she will gift you a 10% discount.
GregoryDean Hair Salon (via Hayley)
We are based in Leigh on sea, we stock LabelM products and swear by them, they are sponsors of London fashion week which our experienced team of stylists work on each season. Their anti frizz range is incredible ad one of our best sellers.
Our product of the season is the LabelM wand, it is super user friendly and used to create an effortless wave, especially when teamed with LabelM salt spray.
Retails at £59.99 for a perfect Christmas gift!
Clayworth Imports Limited (by Verity)
There is a choice of 12 different animals, sized at 33x27x10cm
Priced at £10 including delivery
Juice Kitchen (by Petra)
What new mother (or any mother, or anyone for that matter) wouldn’t fancy a meal prep service, delivered to their door?
‘Meal Prep’ service is designed to not only give you back the commodity of time, by removing the need to plan, shop, cook or clean, but also help you keep on track with your wellbeing, health and fitness plans.
Whether you’re looking to shed fat, build muscle or just have a well balanced meal, we will provide you with the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Our ingredients are sourced from our trusted suppliers as locally as possible, as we attempt to keep 85p of every pound we spend local, whilst reducing the field to fork distance.
You can contact Juice Kitchen to find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.juicekitchen.co.uk
And of course… I’ve got a few things for you too.
My featured product is this beaut of a sweatshirt, spreading the empowerment vibes and keeping us cosy in copper and grey.
£22, 10% of profits go to PANDAS UK supporting families dealing with pre and postnatal depression.
You can find more from me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/Hypnobirthdays/ or on instagram @keri_do.it.like.a.mother