Let’s be honest, when your kids are small, you don’t really expect much for Mother’s Day.
It’s essentially a test for your husband or partner, to see if he can remember, and manage to do crafting on the sly. Last year, I got a lovely card with missing chocolate and a mug. This year, I am not so secretly hoping for a lie in. Maybe some breakfast in bed which isn’t Play Doh.
Then, a few weeks ago, I was offered a personalised keepsake to review from Bella and Bow. It’s a little bit early but I’m counting it as my Mother’s Day gift to myself (I still want that lie in though).
I was genuinely very excited; I’d seen them pop up on Facebook and knew that they make a whole range of unique and beautiful personalised jewellery and other lovely gifts, such as keyrings, charms and bracelets.
I chose a handprint necklace like the one shown above, which looked lovely. I have nothing like this at all; no sentimental bits and pieces. No kept clothes, no baby footprints. Mainly rubbish photos.
In my excitement, I kind of forgot to consider the fact that I’d need to get handprints off of the children*.
*They actually do a mess free kit so you don’t have to do this… But we had fun as you can see.
Hands successfully printed, photographed and sent off, it then took a week or two for my necklace to arrive.
When it came, it was beautifully presented in a lovely box, and came with a little keepsake bag and a silver polishing cloth.
|Please excuse the toddler finger marks on the box.
This is why I cannot have nice things.
I absolutely adore it. I’d say it was my most treasured piece of jewellery but there isn’t too much competition.
|I’ve edited out the full names for privacy|
The necklace has their handprints and first names on the front (I’ve checked against the handprints which are now on the fridge, they’re definitely theirs!); on the back are their dates of birth, in case I’m ever in doubt, which could happen.
I was so pleased with it that I took my first ever pub-loo selfie.