Thursday, 18 January 2018

Silverbeech Bed & Breakfast

I am really excited to be back into things. First feature of 2018 and first feature about accommodation in NZ!

'Silverbeech Bed and Breakfast offers you beautiful peaceful boutique style accommodation which is self contained. Light, bright and airy, yet a sense of luxury, every detail has been considered. From the luxurious bedding to the home baking. Your space is your own making it a lovely retreat for the busy couple.'

Let's chat with the hosts Kiri and David and explore Silverbeech, a stunning Bed & Breakfast, located just down the road from me on Langdales Road, West Melton.

Kiri & David, tell us a little bit about yourselves...

I am originally from Christchurch and David is from Glasgow. We moved back to Christchurch in 2012 after living in Australia for over five years. 

We have always loved travelling and stayed in many Bed and Breakfasts over the years. We enjoyed the B&B’s so much that we decided we really wanted to set up our own. 

We have aimed to bring all the best aspects of our B&B experiences to Silverbeech

Where are you based and when did you start your business?

After spending a good twelve months looking for a home to buy we fell upon a 10 acre lifestyle block in rural West Melton. 

One of our first thoughts when we viewed the property was that it had B&B potential. There was a large shed on the property which lent itself beautifully to being partially converted. It took us a few years to get the conversion underway and we had our first guests in April 2017. 

How did you name your business?

The name Silverbeech is a combination of the streets that we grew up in. Silver comes from Silverdale Place in Christchurch and Beech comes from Beech Rd in Glasgow. We both have awesome childhood memories of open and hospitable homes and want to bring some of that to our guests. 

What is your favourite part of running a B&B?

Getting to meet so many different people! We are especially lucky to have a number of wedding venues close by and we attract a lot of bride and groom guests. It is great fun to be able to be a small part of such a happy occasion and we get a lot of pleasure out of finding the extra touches to go into the accommodation for the wedding night bride and groom.

What is one thing you do daily to make your business work?

We believe the best thing we can do to make our business work is make sure every guest leaves feeling as though they have had a memorable stay! 

Where to from here with your business?

We are keen to attract more guests for week nights. As we are so close to Christchurch airport, we are looking at ways to capture both business travellers and tourists. 

How can we book in to stay?

Phone: 0277032302

Monday, 15 January 2018

2018 A Year To Shine

Happiest of New Years to you all! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and holiday time.

I am so excited to be back after our holiday and I am looking forward to getting into 2018!

Becky x 

Monday, 4 December 2017

Bee My Baby - Buba Bloon Balloon Ball

Our family were very lucky to be given a Buba Bloon Balloon Ball from Leanne at Bee My Baby
Initially I thought our 2 year old would love it (& she did as you will see below!), however ALL of our kids love it. Their ages range from 2 to 10! Of course they played with it differently. My 5 year old seemed to find the most fun kicking it around the house (novelty in being able to kick a ball around inside haha!). My older two boys ages 8 and 10 loved kicking it around on the trampoline. 
Such a fantastic product. Have a read below to find out more as it is such a great idea for kids for Christmas!

Becky x

Buba Bloon Balloon Ball

Straight from the Bee My Baby Website:

Balloon Balls are the ultimate portable toy. Fun for ALL ages!! And perfect as a stocking filler this Christmas!

Do your kids like to play with balloons, but pop them in an instant?
Would you like your child to be able to play with a ball in the house without breaking anything?
Our Balloon Balls are the answer!

Just place a balloon inside the cover, inflate the balloon, twist the ball and then tuck the end of the balloon away! Easy!!

Perfect for playing indoors, at the park, on the back lawn, in the swimming pool.
Kick it, Bounce it, Throw it, Roll it!

The Poplin cotton balloon cover reduces the chance of popping (and contains the remnants of the balloon if it does).
Washable and reusable - works with any standard balloon and 3 are included for instant play.

Suitable from 4 months onwards.

My Thoughts:

The Buba Bloon comes in a box with easy to follow instructions for use. Inside the box are 3 high quality balloons and the fabric ball.

It is very easy to use. You just need to place a balloon inside the fabric ball and blow it up and then tie the balloon and hide the knot inside the fabric ball.

We have had the balloon ball blown up for over a week now and has still not gone down! 

Such a high quality product and one to suit from the age of 4 months.

Here are a few pictures of my daughter loving playing with it x

My Conclusion:

+ Fun and safe product from 4 months up
+ Promotes play and activity in children of all ages
+ High quality fabric and balloons included
+ Great even for inside play
+ Fabric cover can be washed
+ Promotes FUN
+ PERFECT Christmas present!

To Purchase & Find Out More:

The Buba Bloon Balloon Ball comes in a range of fabric designs and is $15 + shipping. 


Monday, 27 November 2017


Stunning gift boxes filled with products all made in NZ and with every box sold, the Make a Wish organisation is supported!
I am so happy to share this beautiful business Boxsmith, and introduce you to Kiri,

Becky x

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a mum to three kids (young adults now sadly) and have an obsession with Griffons and have two, Chewie and Bella. 
My background is in midwifery and Women's Health. It was the result of two major unexpected illnesses in my family that I really started to examine how I wanted to spend my life and as life has it I was unable to go to work as I needed to take care of my son after recovering from a brain tumor. It was this event that really got me thinking about gift boxes. 
 People want to do something to help and it is hard to buy young people and children appropriate gifts when they are in hospital or having major treatments. I pictured the type of gift box I would like to have given my son and it started from there. Strangely enough that range has not been completed yet - it is pretty dear to my heart and I have some grand plans. I want it to be perfect. Boxsmith also supports Make A Wish with every box sold - such a fantastic organisation.


When did you start Boxsmith?

Boxsmith started in January 2017 however it has only been since August that we went live.


How did you name your business?

Boxsmith is a play on wordsmith. I see us as creators of beautiful gift boxes so it seemed fitting.

'New Mum'

What is your favourite gift box within your range?

My favourite gift box would be 'Finer Things'. This gift box has something for all the senses with handcrafted award winning soda; organic, fair trade, dairy/gluten/palm oil free chocolate; white chocolate and peppermint fortune cookies; speckled handmade ceramic pinch pot and spoon and a hand poured Lime+Basil+Mandarin Soy Candle. And like all our products they are made in NZ by ethical businesses.

'Finer Things'

What is one thing you do daily to make your business work?

Keep up with posting on social media and making connections.

'Taste Sensation'

Where to from here with Boxsmith?

We do corporate boxes, product releases and gifting. We are passionate about adding value to businesses with gifts that reflect their uniqueness. Build your own box is another aspect of Boxsmith I would like to develop more. Also I have a side project goal that I am just starting to work on around supporting children undergoing life threatening conditions or major illness. 

'Tea Connoisseur'

How can we buy your gift boxes?


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Ruby + Bear

Fi's business Ruby + Bear was just started in August this year. All of her designs are so beautiful and so pretty! Read on to find out more including lots of markets in the Canterbury region where you can see the Ruby + Bear range yourself!

Becky x

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m Fiona but pretty much everyone calls me Fi. 
I live with my husband, our nearly 3 year old daughter (who’s also my favourite model, muse and PA) and our dog just out of Christchurch. 
We also have an ever increasing variety of farmyard animals.

Daisy Bow

When did you start Ruby + Bear?

Ruby + Bear went “live” in August 2017, but I’d been slowly chipping away at making our products for much of the year.

Pretty in Pink

How did you name your business?

Ruby is our dog and Bear was one of our first pet lambs.

Coconut Ice

What is your favourite product within your range?

Oooh, that’s a tricky one. I only make a small run of most things which means the range is frequently changing and so is my favourite product. 
My favourite thing to make is one off pompom necklaces; I love being able to make something unique that can be chosen to suit a child’s personality, favourite colours or outfit and enables them to express their own style.

Beautiful in Blue

What is one thing you do daily to make your business work?

I’m a list maker and love to see things being crossed off (although it seems the list is never completed). 
My whole reason for starting Ruby + Bear is to have a job I enjoy that provides me with a creative outlet, and enables me to spend lots of quality time with Ava while she’s young.
I regularly reflect on this and consider my own values when it comes to decision making and keeping a work life balance.....that being said “if you find a job you love, you’ll never work another day in your life” rings true.

Ice Cream Sundae

Where to from here with Ruby + Bear? 

Longer term, I would like to see Ruby + Bear expand into boys wear, and possibly kids decor.
I’d like to do this using a business model that will empower other Mums and enable them to work at home, in their own time and to choose the hours and workload that suit them and their family. 
For now, steadily growing the business and being a Mum must go hand in hand.

Unicorn & Tassel Necklaces

How can we buy your products?

Upcoming markets where you will find Ruby + Bear

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Precious Imprints

I have a real love for meaningful and symbolic jewellery. 
Precious Imprints has so many beautiful options including a 'Your Own Design' option where Jo can work with you to bring your very own design to life!

Becky x

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I’m Jo. A mum to 3 busy children, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a physiotherapist and a creative being.

For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed creating. Sketching, cross stitch, pottery, ceramics, mosaics, jewellery…you name it, I’ve probably done it and loved it!

Love Letters

When did you start Precious Imprints?

I started Precious Imprints in 2011, after having pendants made with my children’s fingerprints on them. 

The joy I felt when I received my pendants surprised me. But even better was the feeling that piece of jewellery gave me when I wore it. I felt comfort in having my children close to my heart and the little jingle from my pendants on my necklace were a constant reminder and connection to my babies.

From this feeling Precious Imprints was born.

I wanted to share this experience with Mums like you. To help create that sense of comfort, joy and connection to your family and the things you love.

Stacking Heart Rings

How did you name your business?

Initially I created fingerprint pendants, as well as jewellery stamped with names, dates or special quotes on them. So each piece was created with an “imprint” that was meaningful, or precious to the wearer.

As my business has grown I have added more symbolic pieces to my range, and ‘Precious Imprints’ has taken on a broader meaning with these pieces representing special people, moments or places that leave an imprint on our heart.

Family Circles

What is your favourite product within your range?

I will always have a soft spot for my fingerprint pendants as these are what started this fabulous journey, however I totally love the simplicity yet meaningfulness of my Symbolic range and that it’s like a little secret connection for the wearer.

Love Link

What is one thing you do daily to make your business work?

To do lists! Being a one-woman-band I need too make sure I stay on top of everything.

Family Ties

Where to from here with Precious Imprints?

I’m working on increasing my wholesale accounts for my Symbolic and Messages ranges, as well as getting the word out that I offer a “Your Own Design” option, where I work with my client to bring their very own design idea to life.

Personalised Band Rings

You can follow & purchase from the Precious Imprints range here:


Thursday, 2 November 2017

Hush Little Baby

We all know sleep is vital in our lives and when a new baby comes along, it is wonderful to help them to establish great sleeping as soon as possible! 
Who's with me?!! 
So along comes Kate with a fabulous business dedicated to babies sleeping. Full of beautiful products and a directory of NZ Sleep Consultants say hi to Kate from Hush Little Baby
May your babies sleep through for you, 

Becky x

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a mum of two little people - Patrick 4 and Emma 2 so my life these days mostly revolves around them and my part-time day job as a teacher and of course Hush Little Baby

In the weekends, you’ll find us at the beach, one of our local parks or the pool. We live in Auckland so there’s always something to do - we just need summer to arrive!

When did you start Hush Little Baby? 

Two years ago
Burrow & Be Muslin Wrap

How did you name your business? 

The name Hush Little Baby popped into my mind almost immediately! I loved how it conjures up an image of a sleeping baby, so peaceful and calm. 

What is your favourite product within your range? 

I am a huge Baby Shusher fan! I still use it with my two year old for every sleep. I also love the new Burrow and Be range of sleepsacks, muslin wraps and cot blankets.

What is one thing you do daily to make your business work? 

Lots of social media which helps to connect with my followers. I find it’s my best channel for quick and easy communication with busy mums.

Where to from here with Hush Little Baby? 

We are always on the look-out for gorgeous and practical products to help little ones find their sleep so our product range is always growing. We have recently started a sleep consultant directory on our website to help sleep deprived mums find support through that testing time - so I would love to build that more and promote it to new mums.

How can we find out more?

Discount Code!

I have so kindly been given a discount code for 15% off storewide!
Thank you Kate.
The code for you to use is likedbyBecky