Living in Florida is expensive. You almost have to have a side hustle just to get by. But one woman in Lakeland, Florida launched a side hustle so lucrative she made it her full time gig. She makes jewelry out of breastmilk. No breastmilk? She can also make jewelry from cremation ashes, hair, placenta or umbilical cord. Personalized keepsakes.

According to Good News Network, Rachel Heinze of Lakeland left her job as “a professional neuroscientist that specialized in concussions before quitting her job to stay at home with the kids.” That’s quite a leap, but she’s reportedly making $30K a year and gets to be at home with the kids. That’s everything right there. She calls her business Mommy s Comfort Keepsakes and based her on Instagram, business is good.

How she got started making jewelry out of breastmilk

As Rachel was weaning her son, she was looking for a way to commemorate their journey. She had him early with a cesarean section at 34 weeks. After time spent in the NICU and other complications they happily made it to his first birthday.

That’s when she ran across breastmilk jewelry. And then, with her background in chemistry, she realized she could make this jewelry herself and create it for others.

As you’ll see in the pictures, she does beautiful work. And most of the designs are under $150. Turn around time is 2-3 months, art can’t be rushed. Full details on her creations are on this website.

Another cool thing she does is offer ‘do it yourself kits’. That’s right, Rachel will teach you how to do your own jewelry. But personally, I’d be a lot more inclined to see what she comes up with. Here’s some of her work.

 

 

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