How long will my order take?

For our standard delivery service:

Engraved 'More than words' Products - We aim to dispatch these personalised products within 5 working days of your order being placed.

Engraved 'Handprint' Products - We aim to dispatch these products within 5 working days of receiving your useable handprints.

Handmade Products - We aim to dispatch these products within 10 working days of receiving your order/useable handprints.

Standard delivery service is sent via Royal Mail Tracked 48

How do I take prints for my handprint/fingerprint order?

We are able to use any prints that you already have, which may have been taken with paint, ink or invisible ink. If you don't have any prints that you would like to use, then all of our handprint products offer you the option to order a FREE handprint taking kit when you place your order. These kits are really easy to use and less messy than using paint!

Once you've taken your prints you can send them to us via post (there is a freepost envelope included with your kit). We do recommend that you send your prints back via email though, as it is quicker and safer to do so, it also means you can keep the original prints as a keepsake. You can either scan your prints, or take a high resolution photo with your phone and send them to

How do I use prints that I already have?

We simply need a copy of the prints that you already have. You can either scan the prints or take a high resolution photo and email them to Alternatively, you can photocopy them and send them via post to our studio:

Bella & Bow Ltd, 3b The Common, Parbold, Lancashire, WN8 7DA.

Can I return/exchange my item or cancel an order?

Goods that are personalised, bespoke or made-to-order to your specific requirements are non-refundable, unless faulty. All other items can be returned if they are in their original packaging, please contact us within 7 days to arrange any returns. 

Please see here for our full returns ad cancellation policy.

    How do I upload prints that I already have?

    For our handprint products, you are able to upload a jpeg (photo) file with your order. Use the 'upload prints' facility when you pick your product options. If you have more than one image to send us, then please email them to, using your order number as a reference.

    My item has not arrived on time, what should I do?

    Once an order has been dispatched via Royal Mail you should receive a confirmation shipping email. Your order can be tracked here . If you are unable to receive your delivery, then the postman will usually put it thorough your door or leave a delivery card. If the item is not received by the confirmed date, please check with the local depot. Occasionally deliveries may be delayed during busy periods such as Christmas. Unfortunately we have no control over delays that are due to Royal Mail. Please be patient if this is the case and keep tracking the item via the Royal Mail website.

    What do I do if I'm not happy with the prints that i've taken?

    There are very few handprints that we are unable to use, and most of the time we can clean up any smudges that are made during the print taking process. If you are unhappy with the prints that you've taken, then please send us a photo or scan of them anyway, along with a note explaining that you would like us to take a look at them for you. We can normally edit them and send a copy back to you to check before processing your order.

    If you would prefer to order a replacement kit to take another set of prints, then they are available to purchase via our website.


    Why it pays to order early for Christmas

    Why it pays to order early for Christmas

    Have you thought about ordering your Christmas presents yet? I know, it does seem a little early to be talking about it before Halloween is even over, but needs must. Because when it comes to Christmas shopping for your family, it really does pay to order early!

    Avoid any last minute panicking

    One of the biggest reasons to shop early for Christmas this year, is to avoid last minute panicking. In any normal year this would mean avoiding the last minute rush in that week before Christmas, but this year especially…

    Yes, lockdown fears and COVID 19 are having an impact on our Christmas plans. With a second lockdown seeming ever closer, we honestly don’t know how long things are going to be open for. And many places are struggling to either get deliveries or send deliveries. So ease the strain on the postal service and your stress levels - by shopping early!

    Have time to make a list and a budget

    And then there’s the practical side of ordering early for Christmas. If Santa can make a list, so can you! When you plan early, you have time to create a list of the people you need to buy for and the budget you have available to spend. You can cross off items once you’ve ordered them and not run the risk of forgetting anyone important either.

    Save some money

    Order early and you won’t have to fork out for express delivery. Gifts will arrive in plenty of time for you to wrap and, if needed, forward on. (Big hint, we offer free delivery on UK orders and can deliver direct to your recipient!).

    When you order early for Christmas, you also have the chance to spread the cost a little. It’s been a tough time financially, for many, so ease the pressure where you can.

    Can find the perfect present

    And another big bonus - when you order your Christmas gifts early, you won’t end up ordering another boring soap set!  Take a little time to find the perfect present for your friends and family. Because Christmas is better when it’s personal.

    You want to gift something that means something and can be treasured. We can help you collect memories and celebrate landmark moments, as your family grows.

    Looking for a perfect present that captures a precious moment in a Christmasy way? Check out our Hanging star handprint Christmas tree decoration or a hanging star tree decoration. They’re perfect for grandparents and parents alike. You could turn your children’s first artwork into a beautiful treasured keepsake, or select a personalised piece that speaks from the heart.

    Because when you order early for Christmas you are giving yourself less stress and the opportunity to save a little money. But you’re also giving yourself plenty of time to order the perfect present. And I may be a little biased, but you can order something unique and precious from us; something personal that can capture and share a perfect moment in your family’s life - and that will arrive in plenty of time for Christmas!

    Parenting hacks to make your life a little easier

    Parenting hacks to make your life a little easier

    Parenting isn’t always easy, is it! There may not be a manual to help make it easy for us, but thankfully there are websites full of parenting hacks that can help.

    So I took a look around and compiled a list of some great hacks to help make your life easier, cleaner and a lot less stressful.

    Parenting hacks to make your life easier

    I love this list of parenting hacks from Bored Panda. Parenting small kids can be tiring, especially when you’re tired yourself. Who hasn’t had a needy toddler who wants to feel loved and needs a little human touch - but you’re just too dog tired to stay with them? Check out #8 as its total genius! It recommends putting a bean-filled glove on your little one’s back as they drop off to sleep, so they feel loved and supported. As one commenter stated, fill it with barley and microwave it for 30-40 seconds to heat it slightly. However, it’s also wise to remove the glove before they wake up!

    And if you’re planning a baby photoshoot for your little one, you’ll love tip #20!

    Parenting hacks for fun time

    Meanwhile, over on Lifehack, they have 50 top parenting tips that will make life easier and more fun. I love the idea of keeping a lint roller in your crafting space (#1) to help you pick up glitter.

    If you want to get your kids outside to play with paint, give them a giant canvas - in the form of an old white sheet. Want to provide them with a bit of shelter from the sun? Opt for a hula hoop and a bedsheet. Wrap one end of the sheet around the hoop and let the long side of it drape down to form the sides. You can then tie the hoop with string to suspend it from a tree branch.

    Has your little Picasso drawn their latest creation on your living room wall? Grab a can of WD40. It’s great for removing crayon.

    Parenting hacks for around the home

    Over on the website, they have 20 hacks for the house. I particularly love the idea of using an elastic band to help prevent kids from getting locked in the bathroom. You wrap the band over one door handle, before stretching it around the edge of the door, before wrapping over the other handle. When you pull it around the edge of the door, you twist it to cross over the door latch, so it prevents the door from shutting correctly. When your child is at the age of knowing how to lock a door, but not unlocking it, this will prevent the door from being locked in the first place.

    Another one for the site: if you’ve got a child who just loves pumping out the liquid soap, limit how much comes out, by twisting a rubber band around the pump nozzle. The perfect amount for small hands!

    Permanent marker on your wooden cabinet? Use toothpaste to clean if off your wooden furniture!

    There are so many great parenting hacks out there to help make your life easier. I couldn’t list them all here, but if you’re looking for more genius hacks, check out 100 genius hacks on the BuzzFeed site, and 27 amazing parenting hacks over on

    And finally, as a parent myself, I know how easy it can be to shoot yourself down when you get something wrong. But be kinder to yourself! You won’t always get things right, you won’t have all the answers and sometimes (most times!)your children will make a mess when you turn your back for a second.

    But with the tips above it’ll be easier to clean up and stay calmer when they do!

    Have an excellent parenting hack that isn’t listed above? Why hot help a parent out by sharing it in the comments box!

    Websites for healthy family meals

    Websites for healthy family meals

    Anyone with children will know; it’s not always easy to get them eating healthy! But if you’re looking to improve the health of your entire family, you don’t want to be cooking different options for the fussy eaters. You want healthy family meals that everyone will love.

    When it comes to finding inspiration, there’s a range of websites you can check out. Here’s a rundown of the popular websites that have recipes for healthy family meals that the whole family will love.

    Jamie Oliver’s super food family classics

    From jumbo fish fingers through to shepherds pie and pineapple pancake mess, Jamie has a range of meals designed to get the entire family eating healthily. There are many classic recipes in here, as well as a few that will become new classics for mealtimes!

    He also has some great tips on how to get the kids involved in cooking.

    Supermarket healthy family meal recipes

    Many of the supermarkets have their own recipe sections. Tesco has a range of healthy family meal ideas that will suit even the pickiest of eaters. From roasts to pasta dishes, traybakes to gluten-free options, there’s plenty of choice here.

    Lidl and Aldi are no exception. Check out Lidl’s Key lime pie snack balls and Asian vegetable noodle salad. Whilst Aldi has some excellent back to school recipes and healthy main meals, including Thai style king prawn oriental stir fry and Chicken mango salad.

    Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s have a range of healthy family recipes. Simply use the sidebar to select the options you want, including low fat, low salt and whether you wish to make ahead or opt for quick and easy.

    If Asda is your supermarket of choice, head on over to their site. You’ll find their recipes aren’t so easily sortable, as they don’t have a healthy option in their filters, but what they do have is this excellent article listing health meals that aren’t salads!

    BBC Good Food

    If you’re trying to eat healthily as a family, the BBC Good Food website has you covered. There’s a whole raft of ideas, including The best cottage pie and Veggie slow cooker curry. Keep scrolling down their healthy family food page and you’ll find options for cheap, easy, lower salt, make ahead and even veggie family favourites.

    Good To Know Website

    Another place you can explore, for healthy family meals is the Good To Know website. They have compiled a list of 50 healthy family meals, including recipes from Weight Watchers, Tom Kerridge and the Hairy Bikers.

    NHS Change 4 Life Website

    One place you may not have thought of looking for healthy family meals is the NHS website. But they have a wealth of information for you, including a weekly meal plan, seasonal recipes and easy dinner ideas for quick, easy and healthy family meals. It’s definitely worth bookmarking the Change 4 Life website, as they have a whole range of articles to help you and your family stay healthy, including tips on mental wellbeing tips for parents and fun games to get kids moving.

    It’s not always easy to get the entire family eating healthily. But with so many websites and healthy family meal recipes to choose from, there’s bound to be enough ideas for you to try out. So why not check out the above sites and see how you get on!

    Do you have any great tips for getting your family to eat healthily? Why not share them in the comments section below.