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Hi! I'm Laura, wife to one extremely patient man, mum of 2 crazy boys, candle obsessive and founder of my 3rd baby, PUR Candles.

By Laura Morris, Dec 2 2017 09:23AM





It’s Small Business Saturday on the 2nd December which aims to highlight small business success, encourage consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities! Last year British Shoppers spent an amazing £717m in independent and local businesses on this day, directly supporting real people and families and helping them to earn an honest crust!


With this in mind, and being a small biz ourselves, Burble Baby has teamed up with some amazing Manchester based businesses for a fab competition on Instagram! Not only are these Manc Mamas fabulous mums, but they’re working hard running their own businesses too to support their families! So, support your local girl gang and take part in our giveaway to win a HUGE prize bounty just in time for Christmas. Just head over to Instagram on Saturday at 10am and find one of the businesses listed below to find out the rules and enter the competition.


@burblebaby


@everythings_sweet_threads


@mamaknows_uk


@albieandsebastian


@ayearofdates


@angelcasts


@eleanorbowmer


@purcandles


@mancmamas



In the meantime, here’s a little bit about each of these amazing Mum bosses, the special offers they are running for Small Business Saturday and the prize you might be lucky enough to win in our competition! If you WIN, you WIN them all! Good luck x


Competition starts 10 am Saturday 2nd December to midnight on Saturday 9th December. UK entries only.


It's time to deck the halls, start boiling the sprouts and best of all, begin buying beautiful gifts for all those little burble babies in your life! Oh, and you of course! Burble Baby is a luxurious on line gift boutique for mum and baby created by mum of 3, Karen. The carefully curated range features leading mum and baby brands across changing bags, baby clothes, toys and mama merch! Sign up to their newsletter to receive 15% off your 1st order and all the latest news and offers. UK orders over £20 are delivered free of charge! Order by 12 noon Monday 18th December to guarantee pre Christmas delivery.

SMALL BIZ OFFER: All orders over £50 will automatically receive a FREE Sophie la Girafe Christmas Bauble throughout December – a cute addition to your tree decs!

INSTA PRIZE: Follow @burblebaby to WIN A £30 voucher to spend on the site



Everything's Sweet is a bootleg feminist t-shirt brand that was created after Gerry, Al & baby Cecily Sweet attended Manchester Women's March and felt super empowered. There are a lot of empowering tees out there at the moment which is absolutely brilliant! Women supporting women, men supporting women, we're all for that but we think our tees are a bit different. They're inspired by some of our favorite bands and they give back to a really important, local, woman's charity. 10% from every sale goes directly to The Pankhurst Trust (incorporating Manchester Women's Aid) who preserve the heritage of the suffragettes and protect women and children suffer abuse.

SMALL BIZ OFFER: Use code SMALLBIZ for FREE delivery

INSTA PRIZE: Follow @everythings_sweet_threads to WIN a SISTA HOOD T Shirt




Mama Knows is a Mama led business that creates beautiful, contemporary jewellery that, when being worn by an adult, is safe for grabby little hands and teething mouths to pull, play and gnaw. Say goodbye to broken necklaces and scratch marked chests - hurrah!

All of our necklaces are handmade, original designs with a focus on style - our necklaces look like stylish necklaces, not teethers! Just because you have littlies in your life shouldn't mean the end to wearing stylish jewellery.

SMALL BIZ OFFER: Get free postage on all orders with code SBSFREE

INSTA PRIZE: Follow @mamaknows_uk to WIN a necklace of your choice




Albie & Sebastian is run by Amie and Carlie who believe that babies and toddlers should be able to look cool whilst still being comfortable. They launched in 2017 and have recently expanded their range to include long sleeved tops and t-shirts to match leggings, dribble bibs and organic wooden teethers. Sizes range from newborn to 4 years and have been designed to grow with your little one. With a range of unique prints that are truly unisex they will make your little one stand out from the crowd. All fabric is ethically sourced, and the ladies search high and low to find fabrics that are super soft and on trend! Everything is handmade in the UK with love!

SMALL BIZ OFFER: Use code SBS10 for 10% across the range

INSTA PRIZE: Follow @albieandsebastian to WIN a gift set with personalised star and penguin dribble bib




A Year of Dates started in Sept 2016 with our date jars and boxes; we’re all busy this a fun way to bring some excitement and romance to your life. The rules are simple – choose an envelope to open every week and follow the instructions!

We have gifts for those BIG birthdays with our 30 and 40 boxes - the idea is to make memories and have adventures throughout the year with family and friends.

For families there is A Year of Play; aimed at children aged 5-12 the cards are to help find things you can all do together come rain or shine. Split between indoors and outdoors we hope they inspire.

SMALL BIZ OFFER: Use code SBS15 for 15% off all orders

INSTA PRIZE – Follow @ayearofdates to WIN A Year of Play




Ami is a mum of two who created Angelcasts when she found out she was pregnant and could no longer work in film or TV making props with dangerous chemicals. Ami wanted to give everyone more choice over their castings and jewellery and bring a contemporary approach to a traditional art form. Angelcasts can stop a moment in time for you to always treasure and keep loved ones close to you. From the fingerprint and written word jewellery to the baby and adult body castings. You design every detail.

SMALL BIZ OFFER: Use code MANCMUM17 for 10% off

INSTA PRIZE: Follow @angelcasts to WIN either a fingerprint ring, a handprint bead or a paw print bead




Eleanor Bowmer is a textile designer and illustrator based in Manchester. She's worked in textile design for over 8 years and her passion lies with painting. She quit her job 3 years ago to create beautiful artwork and homeware for interiors which she sells both independently and on Not On The High Street. A lot of her designs can be personalised which makes them the perfect gift for any occasion!

SMALL BIZ OFFER: Use code SMALLBIZ20

INSTA PRIZE: Follow @eleanorbowmer to WIN any print of your choice.




PUR Candles is run by Laura Morris from her home workshop in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. A mum of 2 boys, Laura took her passion for natural candles and started experimenting with soy wax and essential oils in her kitchen and still makes the candles at home in small batches.Each candle is blended, poured and packaged by hand and is 100% natural and certified vegan. They are available in single wick candles, tea lights and more recently a 2 wick candle with a 50 hour burn time. With each candle serving an aromatherapy purpose, the range includes candles such as INVIGORATE (Lemongrass) & RELAX (Lavender & Orange).

SMALL BIZ OFFER: Use code SMALL for Free Delivery

INSTA PRIZE: Follow @purcandles to WIN a Single Wick WARM (Cinnamon, Ginger & Orange) Candle (35 hour burn time)



Manc Mamas was formed last year by Gemma, Lynda and Lisa. We're three Greater Manchester-based mums with three very different professions, but one shared interest... to make the return to the workplace after maternity leave easier for women.

Between us, we've found solace and support in the return to work journey and continue to do so in the ongoing battle for work/life balance. Out of all this, Manc Mamas, our sixth baby, was born.

We host meet-ups and events which include everything from talks from local working mothers who can share their successes and experiences, to workshops in association with the Business School at the University of Manchester to help women who want to start their own businesses, as well as the odd knees up and shopping event once a quarter (or so).

Photo credit @clairebrookesphotography

INSTA PRIZE: Follow @mancmamas to WIN a pair of tickets to the next Manc Mamas event














By Laura Morris, Sep 15 2017 12:46PM

Anyone who works from home knows all too well the temptation to pull on tracksuit bottoms as day wear (or possibly just stay in PJs..if only this were appropriate attire for the school run) Anyone else guilty of having worn the top they slept in underneath a jumper for the drop off?..no?, just me then.


I did read somewhere that making the effort with what you wear and slapping a bit of make up on when you work from home makes you more productive, as you feel more in a kind of 'prepared/ready to work' zone. Well it's definitely true for me. Even if it's only a bit of moisturiser and mascara I always feel a bit more 'ready'. But I obviously don't want to wear 'workwear' in its traditional sense, unless I'm meeting with a retailer or doing a pop up shop. The rest of the time I need to be comfy, as I'm either in the kitchen melting wax and mixing essential oils, in my workshop polishing candles and trimming wicks and rarely at my desk.


My wardrobe however is in serious need of an update. The summer clothes have been packed away and I'm feeling the need for some cosier clothes that still feel like workwear for me. So when I was kindly invited to the Golden Square Shopping Centre in Warrington for their GS LookBook Live event it was perfect timing.


I headed straight for my trusty high street shops, H&M and Topshop, where I'm always guaranteed to find something that immediately lifts my wardrobe without breaking the bank.


The knits in H&M were lovely, in an array of colours and nicely oversized which I love. But this Topshop number was the winner for me. Gorgeous nudey pink colour, goes with everything (I'm mainly in jeans or leather leggings) and at £34 it definitely feels and looks more expensive.






I also love H&Ms Conscious Collection so will definitely be popping back for a few of these deliciously soft t-shirts.



Working from home also means that I'm in the house pretty much all the time, so seem to constantly be on a mission to update, add a cushion here, put some more accessories there. I found this beautiful tray in Monsoon and am thinking of using it as a make up tray instead of rooting around in my mucky makeup bag every morning. I seriously wanted everything in this range. Anything wood with marble effect and I'm sold.



It was so lovely to have some rare time to myself and it's only when I do actually go shopping alone that I realise how much good it does me. As good as any relaxation I'd say. Focusing on 1 activity...can this be classed as mindfulness? Well I mindfully shopped and I mindfully ate my lunch, which I luckily got to share with one of my besties from Uni. We cosied up in a booth in Golden Square's Prezzo and caught up over Pizza & Salad...before I dashed back to Sunday evening chaos, feeling a little bit more like myself.


Laura x





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