Etsy Finds: Beautiful and Unique Gifts for Her!

With the festive season in full-swing, I’ve been enjoying shopping for meaningful gifts, to give to my family and friends.

Busy crowds and noisy stores always overwhelm me, so I much prefer to snuggle up with my cats, and shop online instead.

One of my favourite online platforms is Etsy – the global marketplace for vintage and handmade items!



Etsy features over 45 million items from a diverse range of artists and creators, from all around the world.

So, whether you’re looking for soaps and cosmetics, pottery, tableware, jewellery or customised gifts – you’re bound to find something unique, that will fit your budget and needs!

Today, I’m sharing some beautiful Etsy finds, which would make enchanting gifts for that special lady in your life!

I hope you enjoy this post, and please let me know in the comments below, which item is your favourite?

Etsy Finds: Gifts For Her!

Bee Free Vegan Soap by OrganikOrangutan

Bee Free Vegan Soap

This stunning soap is palm-oil free and is made with organic vegan ingredients. What’s even more awesome is that 10% from every sale goes to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Bubbles Stemless Wine Glass by ArtMasha

Handmade Wine Glass
These bright and bubbly wine glasses literally make me so happy! They’re painted by hand and are created with non-toxic materials, making them perfect for a little tipple!

Hand-Knitted Fingerless Gloves by ElfinHouse

Vegan Gloves

These gorgeous handmade gloves are the perfect way to brighten winter days! They’re made using vibrant acrylic yarn and are also suitable for vegans!

Pink Agate Bookends by CarisGreen

These beautiful agate bookends would make the perfect gift for any crystal lover or bookworm! They’re made of real (dyed) agate geodes and are finished with rose gold plating.

Succulent Planter by KilnFiredArt

Succulent Planter

I’m a huge fan of cacti and succulents, and this tiny decorative planter is cute and totally on trend! It has been handmade from stoneware clay, and is finished with a green-brown glaze and copper lustre.

Dangerous Vagina Copper Ring by Markasky

Handmade Copper Ring

This breathtaking statement ring is inspired by the female form (hence the name) and has been created with hand-forged copper and finished with Prismacolors and alcohol inks.

Hand-Painted Moroccan Hanging Lantern by LITdecor

Moroccan Hanging Lantern

Lighting is a great way to set the mood, and these beautiful hand-painted lanterns can be used indoors or outdoors to add a splash of Moroccan charm to any garden or home!

Small Abstract Wall Clock by MKedraHandmade

Handmade Wall Clock

This eye-catching wooden wall clock reminds me of the ocean! It is hand-painted with shades of blue, green and silver, and features a high-gloss finish.

Raw Apatite Copper Ring by TheScrapRabbit 

Raw Apatite Ring

I don’t know about you, but I just adore the look and feel of raw crystal! This beautiful handmade ring is made from copper and features a genuine apatite gemstone. Each piece is made to order, so you’re guaranteed to have something unique!

Ceramic Salad Bowl by rootsfarm

Handmade Salad Bowl

Give your salad (or fruit) the love it deserves with this incredible turquoise ceramic bowl! This bowl is handmade in the USA and is finished with food-safe, lead-free paint.

Ladies Amazonite and Apatite Bracelet by Faeryflair

Ladies Crystal Healing Bracelet

This gorgeous gemstone bracelet features genuine crystals and real gold fittings, and has been carefully handmade.. by me! (Sorry for the shameless self-promotion here – I’m just totally in love with this piece!).

A Beautiful Woven Cotton Bag by Veradashop

Woven Boho Bag

Last, but not least we have this gorgeous bohemian shoulder bag! It’s made in Thailand from woven cotton, and features a zipped interior and inner pocket. With so many colours in this bag, it would be sure to complement a range of different outfits!



This post is not sponsored but does contain affiliate links, as well as a link to my own Etsy store. All thoughts are my own. Happy holidays! 

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The Silent Killer in Our Homes – and How This One Device Could Save Your Life!

Don't Risk Carbon Monoxide Poisoning this Winter!

With the temperatures dropping and the winds ripping the last of the autumn leaves from the trees, it definitely feels as though winter has finally arrived.

It’s time to crank up the heating, bring out the cosy winter jumpers, and snuggle down in an evening, with a warming cup of spiced tea! Mmm!

As blissful as this sounds though, being cosy can come at a risk if you have an unsafe gas appliance or open fire!

Carbon Monoxide is a silent and odourless killer, which is a byproduct of incomplete combustion.

This toxic gas can enter our homes via furnaces, wood burners and open fires which aren’t properly ventilated, as well as through faulty boilers and gas appliances which aren’t well-maintained or properly installed.

Every year in the UK, around 50 people will die from carbon monoxide poisoning – and last year my Dad had a close call himself, when this toxic gas flooded his home.

A week before the incident happened, I visited my Dad at his cottage and (for some unknown reason) I asked him about his carbon monoxide alarm.

It turned out that he’d hidden it away in a drawer upstairs, because he thought that it looked ugly!

After convincing him that death by carbon monoxide poisoning would be far uglier though, he thankfully brought it back down and put it in his lounge – where he has the cutest open fire!

Carbon Monoxide Risks

A week passed by, and then late one night, I had a phone call.

It was my Dad, his voice trembling with panic. “My carbon monoxide alarm went off”, he said. “I was going to take the batteries out because it wouldn’t stop bleeping, but I phoned the fire brigade instead – and now I’ve been evacuated from my home!”.

I rolled my eyes at the thought of him almost taking the batteries out, before racing over there to find my Dad’s street illuminated with blue flashing lights.

My Dad was stood out on the pavement looking concerned, and a small army of firemen were traipsing in and out of his house.

One of them noticed me, and removed his breathing apparatus to explain the situation. It turned out that his chimney wasn’t working sufficiently, and high levels of carbon monoxide had built up in his house.

Thankfully, my Dad was okay – but he wouldn’t have been if it wasn’t for his ‘ugly and annoying’ carbon monoxide alarm, which literally saved his life! 💜

Carbon monoxide is a completely odourless gas, which can build up quickly in your home – as well as in your bloodstream, which prevents oxygen from getting to your cells! (This is what makes it so deadly!)

Symptoms may also be ambiguous and mimic things like the flu, so it can be very hard to detect.

If you live in a house with an open fire, wood burner or furnace, or you have a gas boiler, gas fire or other gas appliances, then I would strongly urge you to invest in a carbon monoxide alarm.

I would also recommend having your chimney swept often (if you have one) and getting regular maintenance of your heating systems via a Gas Safe registered professional.

If you do suspect carbon monoxide poisoning then please evacuate your property immediately and call 999 (or the relevant number for the emergency services in your country!)

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Breathlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Erratic Behaviour
  • General Lethargy

If you can, please share this post with your family and friends, to help raise awareness and keep us all safe this winter!

 

This post does not contain medical advice. If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning please seek professional medical attention immediately. This post is not sponsored but does contain affiliate links. All thoughts are my own.

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Giveaway: Win a Ladies Handmade Gemstone Bracelet!

I’m a big believer in the healing power of nature.

Whether it’s using natural therapies, eating a plant-based diet, or spending time in the great outdoors, the natural world offers a wide range of holistic benefits, which can improve our wellbeing and health.

Gemstone Bracelet GiveawayOne of my favourite holistic therapies is crystal healing – and I use and wear crystals every day.

In fact, I love crystals so much that I became a certified crystal healer, and opened my own crystal shop online. 👌🏻

I also make gemstone jewellery, which I put my all heart and soul into creating – and today, I’m giving away this ladies crystal bracelet (pictured) to one of my beautiful readers!

Ladies Crystal Bracelet Giveaway

This real gemstone bracelet is designed to bring balance to the mind, body and soul. It contains:

  • Amethyst: For physical healing, pain relief, emotional balance, detoxification, decision making and breaking addictions. It resonates with the third eye and crown chakras.
  • Sunstone: For physical healing, mental clarity, increased energy, confidence, positive thinking, creativity, personal protection and abundance. It resonates with the sacral and crown chakras.
  • Dalmatian Jasper: For physical healing, emotional balance, calmness, stress relief, physical protection and spiritual connection. It resonates with the root chakra.
  • A Hamsa Charm: The nickel-free hamsa charm found on this bracelet is an ancient symbol of protection. It is said to deflect against the evil eye and bring power, strength and blessings to its wearer.

Ladies Crystal Bracelet Giveaway

To be in with a chance of winning, please fill out the form below! The winner will be drawn on the 15th December 2017 – Good luck! 💜

Faeryflair Jewellery
Click here to visit my jewellery store..

 

Crystal healing is a complementary therapy and should not replace the advice of medical professionals. If you have a health concern, please see your doctor. This post does not contain medical advice. This page contains links to my own Etsy store – if you choose to visit, thank you!

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So Free Organic Vegan Chocolate Review

Plamil Vegan Chocolate Review

I don’t eat chocolate very often, but when I do, it’s always a real treat – and whether it’s deliciously creamy white chocolate, indulgently smooth ‘milk’ chocolate, or mouth-wateringly rich dark chocolate, I’m a fan of it all – as long as it’s 100% vegan!
Vegan chocolate

As a vegan chocolate lover, you can imagine my excitement when the other day, I  came across an amazing giveaway on Twitter by Natural Lifestyle Magazine and Plamil Foods, to win a selection of So Free chocolate!

Of course, I leapt at the chance to enter – and to my surprise, I later found out that I’d won! 💜

Now, with this much chocolate on my hands, I figured it’d only be fair to taste the wares and let you know my thoughts! 😉

So that’s what I’m doing today – with the help of my lovely parents (who saw what I was doing and insisted on helping me with the task!)

My mum (Vegan Mama) is a huge chocolate-lover who has been vegan for many years, and my dad (Plant-Based Papa) eats a largely plant-based diet – but sometimes falls off the wagon!

Below, we’ve given each variety of chocolate a score, on a scale from 1-6; with 6 being the absolute best. We hope you enjoy reading our thoughts!

 

Plamil So Free Chocolate Review

So Free chocolate is made using certified organic ingredients which are completely vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free! It’s also produced ethically, using 100% renewable energy. 🌍

Plamil So Free Vegan Milk Chocolate Review

So Free Milk Chocolate Alternative 

This dairy-free alternative to milk chocolate melts in your mouth, and is super sweet and delicious! You wouldn’t know that it’s a free-from chocolate – and with it’s rich, yet light taste, I think it would appeal to most chocolate-lovers!

Me: This chocolate is sweet, smooth and yummy, so I’m rating it 5/6! It would have got 6 if it wasn’t for the fact that the Organica Couverture ‘milk’ chocolate is just a teeny bit better! 

Vegan Mama: I’m giving this chocolate 6/6! It’s delicious and very creamy! 

Plant-Based Papa: It’s definitely a 6/6 for me too – Although, I might need to try another few pieces, just to be 110% sure! 😉 

Plamil So Free Vegan White Chocolate Review

So Free White Chocolate Alternative

This vegan white chocolate is seriously sweet and creamy! It contains 48% cocoa, natural vanilla flavouring, and it’s sweetened with rice powder and raw cane sugar.

Me: I’m rating this one 5/6 as well, as it’s such a creamy and tasty white chocolate. I do feel that it could melt a little better than it does though – but I’m probably being a bit fussy!

Vegan Mama: 6/6! I can’t stop eating it, and out of all of the flavours, this is one of my favourites!

Plant-Based Papa: I rate this 5/6! I really like it, but the texture seems different to that of regular white chocolate. I also think that it tastes very similar to the ‘milk’ chocolate one – although Chrissy and Vegan Mama disagree!

So Free Perfectly Dark Chocolate Review

So Free Perfectly Dark Chocolate

This beautiful dark chocolate contains 72% cocoa and is rich, indulgent and delicious – with just the right amount of raw cane sugar to offset the bitterness.

Me: I love this one, and I’m rating it 5/6! For me, this chocolate has the perfect balance of sweetness and richness – it also melts in the mouth so perfectly! If you like your dark chocolate on the sweeter side, I think you’ll definitely be a fan!

Vegan Mama: I’m giving this one 3/6! I’m often not keen on dark chocolate, and this one is a little on the bitter side for me!

Plant-Based Papa: I’m rating this one 4/6! It’s very tasty, but I much prefer the dark chocolate variety below, which is sweetened with coconut blossom! 

Coconut Blossom Vegan Chocolate Review

So Free Dark Chocolate Sweetened with Coconut Blossom Sugar

This dark chocolate variety contains slightly less cocoa than the regular dark chocolate, and is sweetened with coconut blossom sugar, which gives it a unique, caramel-like flavour.

Me: I’m afraid this one didn’t really do it for me, so I’m rating it 3/6! I found the caramel taste of the coconut sugar too over-powering for my liking!

Vegan Mama: 5/6! I think this one’s absolutely lovely, and the coconut sugar really takes away from the bitterness and adds a good favour too! (I was expecting it to taste of coconut though, which it doesn’t!) 

Plant-Based Papa: I’m rating this 6/6! It really couldn’t be better – I love the unique flavour that the coconut sugar provides, although I was expecting it to taste of coconut as well! 

So Free Extra Dark Chocolate Review

So Free Extra Dark Chocolate

This extremely dark chocolate contains 87% cocoa, and is rich and mouth-wateringly bitter!

Me: 4/6! Dark chocolate used to be my thing, and the more bitter it was, the better! These days I prefer my chocolate to be a little sweeter, but this rich and bitter chocolate is still super delicious, and I’m sure my younger self would’ve rated it 6/6! 

Vegan Mama: I’m really sorry, but this one is far too bitter for me! 3/6!

Plant-Based Papa: I’m also rating this one 3/6, as it’s too bitter for me as well! 

So Free Vegan Mint Chocolate Review

So Free Intense Mint Dark Chocolate

When it says it’s intense it’s not lying – the mint flavour in this deliciously smooth dark chocolate really packs a punch! It’s as strong as an after-dinner mint cream, and it really makes your taste-buds come alive! This chocolate contains 60% cocoa and is flavoured with organic peppermint oil.

Me: This has to be 6/6!! This one really surprised me as I didn’t think I’d like it so much – but it’s actually one of my favourites! I would go so far as to say, that I’ve never tasted mint chocolate this good!!

Vegan Mama: I really love this one too, and I’m rating it 5/6! It’s got such a strong mint taste!

Plant-Based Papa: This one is really delicious! It’s a 6/6 from me!!

So Free Orange Chocolate Review

So Free Tropical Orange Dark Chocolate

This beautifully creamy dark chocolate is infused with organic orange oil, which gives it the most incredible flavour! With 60% cocoa, it’s rich and dark, yet not bitter at all!

Me: 6/6!! I love this one so much – In fact, I’d rate it more if I could! It tastes like a chocolate orange, but it’s completely vegan and gluten-free! Unlike many other orange-flavoured chocolates, it also doesn’t contain any sugar crystals – which I think is great, as I’ve cut my mouth on them before! This orange chocolate is dark, sweet, smooth and utterly, utterly divine! 

Vegan Mama: Yummy! This one is absolutely lovely and it’s my favourite one of them all! It’s got to be a 6/6!!

Plant-Based Papa: 6/6 again! Along with the mint one, this one is definitely my favourite! You wouldn’t know that these chocolates were vegan and over the years, free-from products like these, have definitely come a long way! 

I’m so grateful to Natural Lifestyle Magazine and Plamil Foods for picking me as their winner, and I hope that you’ve enjoyed our review of this incredible, cruelty-free chocolate!

Do you love chocolate too, and which flavours would you like to try the most? Let me know in the comments below!

 

*This post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are our own. A huge thanks to the parental unit, for helping me to write this review! 

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8 Tips for Staying Safe When Running at Night

Tips to Stay Safe When Running at Night

With the days getting darker and the evenings pulling in, I’ve been thinking a lot more about my safety.

I often go running in the evenings, and both my visibility and my personal security, are issues that are never far from my mind.

Today, I’m sharing 8 tips to help you stay safer this winter – and whether you’re a runner or not, I hope that you’ll find them useful!

8 Tips for Staying Safe when Running at Night

Plan your Route

Let someone know where you’re going – Plan your route beforehand (avoiding hazardous and undesirable areas) and let a friend or family member know where you’ll be going, and when you plan to be back. Some running apps (such as Runkeeper) also allow your location be tracked in real-time – which may also be helpful for some!

Safety Running Tips

Try to run in groups – The saying ‘safety in numbers’ is especially true when you’re out and about at night, so if possible, try to avoid walking or running alone. There may be running clubs in your area, or even casual jogging groups – and it can be a great way to meet new friends too! If there are no clubs nearby, perhaps you could consider starting up one of your own?

Running Safety Tips

Choose a well-lit and populated route – If you can, try to stay away from country lanes, dark alleyways and areas where there aren’t many people around. Walking or running down the pavement of a well-lit and well-used road can be much safer, even if it’s a longer route!

Night running safety tips

Take your phone with you for emergencies – Having your phone with you can be extremely useful in emergencies, especially if you injure yourself during your run! (Something I know all about! Haha!) If you can, try to keep it concealed when you’re not using it though, as expensive smartphones can be a huge temptation to those who are looking to steal.

Personal Safety When Running

Carry a personal alarm – If the worst were to happen, this tip could save your life! Most personal alarms are very discreet and are small enough to pop in your pocket. You can even get ones that are designed especially for running, which fit around your arm. They can be used to frighten off your attacker and alert others nearby, to the fact that you need some help!

Be Seen at Night

Wear high-visibility clothing – I learnt early on, that having proper running gear really makes all the difference. Not only does it make running more comfortable, it also greatly improves your visibility to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Wearing light-coloured, fluorescent, and reflective clothing is especially important when running at night, and you can even get fancy lights to attach to your trainers too!

Stay Safe Running at Night

Look, listen and be aware – This one may sound obvious, but when we’re distracted, it’s easy to become blind to the dangers that are all around us. Whether it’s a pothole in the pavement, a car turning into the road that you’re about to cross, or a kid racing towards you on a bike – it’s always a good idea to keep an eye (and an ear) out for hazards. Stop and look properly before crossing the road, and use pedestrian crossings when possible.

Self Defence

Learn some self-defence techniques – This one may sound a bit extreme, but having a few self-defence moves under your belt can not only help you to feel (and therefore appear) more confident, it can also enable you to fend off an attacker. Practicing traditional martial arts is also a wonderful way to keep fit, practice discipline and engage the mind, body and soul.

 

*This post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are my own. 



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Five Positive Affirmations to Kick-Start Your Day!

Positive Affirmations

I first discovered the power of positive affirmations during the darkest time of my life, when I was bed-ridden with chronic Lyme Disease. 

Back then, my outlook on life was bleak, and I never imagined that saying a few words (with a little love and intent) would help me as much as it did.

Thankfully, using positive affirmations (along with daily gratitude journaling) allowed me to see the world in a new light. It inspired me to make the most of a difficult situation, and become a better version of myself. 💙

I still say beautiful affirmations each morning, to set my intention for the day – and today I’d like to share a few of my favourites, that I hope will resonate with you too!

 

Morning Affirmations

Morning Affirmations

Positive Affirmations

Positive Affirmations

Affirmations

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