COMPETITION – Ribbit & Puddleducks

Published March 27, 2015 by Bizzimummy

 

 Ribbit

 Ribbit is a frog with an identity crisis. Unlike frogs, he hates hopping and has a strong aversion to water. Feeling a misfit, he is full of questions about his life… and so together with his best friend, a flying squirrel, he embarks on a soul-searching journey in search of the truth and his rightful place in this world. Set amongst the breathtaking backdrop of the Amazon rainforest, they surge ahead in their quest for the answer to life’s mysteries… encountering a zany variety of colourful characters, both friend and foe, along the way. Confusion reigns when Ribbit is accidently hypnotised. Is Ribbit a human prince trapped in a frog’s body by an evil curse? 

Ribbit is due for release on dvd on March 30th.


Puddle Ducks

Puddle Ducks’ wonderful swimming programme delivers nurturing, fun classes to over 14000 babies, toddlers and children across the UK every week. Babies and children can join our swimming classes at any age from birth, developing into confident swimmerswithout even realising they’re learning to swim. By engaging each child’s abilities and natural affinity with water, Puddle Ducks offer simple steps to a lifetime love of swimming. We recognise that every child is different: our fantastic teachers adapt each activity to suit each child, nurturing water confidence so that your child will become a happy little swimmer before they start school.  

    

Puddleducks classes are offered nationwide in many towns across the UK. Check the Website  for local classes.

COMPETITION

This competition will produce 4 winners. The star prize is  A 30 Minute Puddle Ducks swimming lesson and a copy of Ribbit on DVD. 3 runner ups will also receive a copy of Ribbit on DVD.

This competition will end on April 10th and is open to UK residents.

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Beeches Fine Chocolates: Chocolate Thins

Published March 26, 2015 by Bizzimummy

I can’t believe it’s almost Easter already. It’s next weekend, so I thought there’s no better post than a chocolate one. Don’t worry it’s not eggs (I am already sick of seeing them all over my house) but rather some delicious chocolate thins infused with flavour from Beeches Fine Chocolates.  

These are Chocolate Thins although there is nothing thin or skinny about these chocolates. As you can see I have 8 packets. Don’t worry I haven’t ate them all myself this time, I have been quite generous, sharing the odd chocolate with family members 😃.

These Chocolate Thins come in 4 varieties – Lime & Chilli, Mint, Anglesey sea salt and Natural ginger. They are lovely disc shape chocolates, great for sharing and having with my good old favourite nice cup of tea.  

There’s is about 20 chocolates to each box (I think, I am too busy eating them to count!). The chocolates are the perfect size for brew dunking too. Each one makes me want another one, they are quite hard to put down.

There are no bits on the chocolates but rather the unique flavours are infused with the chocolate to form the whole flavour. Ther are all created using natural ingredients. The Anglesey sea salt are milk chocolate and the other varieties are dark chocolate. The flavours are lovely and strong but not too overwhelming that it spoils any chocolate taste. It’s just enough flavour to taste. Each box of thins come wrapped in plastic packaging and when I removed this I could instantly smell the lovely flavours before I opened the boxes. 

These tempting chocolate thins cost £4.99 per 150g pack. Beeches have an offer on too, which is if you buy 3 or more packs then the packs cost just £4.00 each and delivery is also free on orders of £12 or more. This offer makes them a great buy for occasions such as Easter, birthday gifts, Weddings, Christmas (oops probably shouldn’t mention that word just yet 😄) or for the many chocolate lovers out there.  

They are very nice, and great for sharing in the evening.

Buy from  Beeches fine chocolates.

   

Sweet trees by Browns

Published March 26, 2015 by Bizzimummy



I walk passed the windows of chocolate stores, bakers and wedding shops and glance in awe at the magnificent creations of “Sweet Trees” if you are unfamiliar with this all new and rapid growing trend, then let me explain. Sweet Trees are creations which are designed to look like mini trees but instead of green leaves they are covered in favourite chocolates or sweets. Healthy? Definitely not. Enjoyable – they certainly are. They are very often seen at weddings as luxury table pieces and usually devoured by hungry children or that well known “drunken uncle… dare I say it!. They look very spectacular and most definitely too good to eat. 

One place that creates these stunning edible plants is Sweet Tree by Browns. They even sent me my very own tree to consume as I wished. 



I was over the moon when this arrived. No I’m not getting married and nor am I attending a wedding anytime soon. This lovely tree is all for me. 

The Chocolate trees come in all sorts of designs made with all sorts of delicious treats and in many sizes. I have spotted many of my favourite chocolates on the website including maltesers, Ferrero rocher, minstrels, creme eggs. For those who don’t want or can’t have chocolate then there are many sweets including Haribos, Marshmallows and Love hearts to name just a few. 

The swest trees are great for all occasions be it birthday, anniversary etc. There are even specially made ones to suit the big events like the upcoming ones – Easter and Father’s Day. 



They are totally edible apart from the plastic stem which connects the base to the tree. Apart from that it’s sweet stuff all the way. One of the tree sizes does come with an edible stem and prices obviously vary depending on chosen tree and size. Some of them also accommodate for personalisation messages.

My tree arrived boxed and fully intact. It looked like a little sculpture and I really felt bad pulling it apart to eat it. It was made with malt balls, belgian chocolate and edible button flowers. 



The tree is formed with chocolate malt balls which  are all fused together with rich Belgian chocolate. This part is then joined to the base with a tough plastic stem which keeps it altogether. It’s put together really well. 



Little eyes gasped in awe when they saw this sweet tree. It’s a good job I kept it high up or little hands may have started to wander onto it. The hardest part was eating it. They are created to stay standing and (for the first part) be glared and stared at (they are beautiful to look at) thus meaning they must be strong enough to take a few odd knocks and jilts. The malt balls are designed to stay on and it’s also designed in a way to not melt so easily. This does mean that getting into them to eat is slightly tough but not impossible. I found the best way to share out some of the delicious sweet tree fruits was to use a sharp knife and  slice and share. 

These sweet trees can last a few weeks I read. We haven’t eaten all of ours yet and placed it in the fridge to stay fresh.

These delicious sweet trees start from £16.99 upwards and are delivered by next day courier. Visit Sweet tree by Browns for more information.

New F&F kidswear preview

Published March 25, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Tesco has just launched its brand new SS15 Kidswear collection. I will be hopefully reviewing a few pieces soon, or rather my kids will be for me. For now I would like to show a little sneak preview of what the new collection has to offer this Summer.

BOYS

The boys collection takes a slightly urban edge here. With long shorts, baggy tops and cool hoodies. Also a selection of cool sandals and not forgetting the baseball caps of course.  

The colours are really cool with coordinating dark and light tones. Here there is something to suit all weathers, come rain or shine. The look is relaxed, cool and edgy and certainly something which Ryan would be happy to wear.

GIRLS

The girls collection combines pastel colours here with floaty florals. Pretty floaty dresses and skirts which remain cool and trendy whilst still being girly.  

 

Shorts are always in fashion for girls and combined with a denim jacket give a very upbeat look. Girls also need their accessories too such as baseball caps and bandanas and of course a girl never has too many shoes.

This brand new collection will be hitting Tesco stores soon and will be available online. 

Send me Cakes

Published March 25, 2015 by Bizzimummy

i cannot think of anything much nicer to receive in the post than a box filled with yummy cakes. A nice surprise delivered through the letterbox amongst the usual bills and junk.

Well that’s exactly what I got through my door one day last week. This box… 

Full of delicious cakes! 



These cake boxes come from a company called Send Me Cakes. The name speaks for itself as it’s all about cakes being sent. Send Me Cakes is owned by the lovely Lou Milligan and the company grew from her original baking business – Lou’s Ladle.

The cakes are all ethically handmade using local and British ingredients. Then beautifully wrapped and boxed ready to be sent to the recipient of choice. There’s a few choices of cake boxes including a gluten free option. 

Lou kindly sent me the Ultimate bake box currently priced at £22. Inside this box is a massive 9 slices of cake. 

There are both cake slices and the smaller bake slices. The varieties in this box are currently…

  • Cherry Bakewell Sandwich 
  • Ginger Jam Sandwich 
  • Kent Apple Cake
  • Treacle Toffee Drizzle
  • Gran’s Shortbread 
  • Peanut Flapjack 
  • Chocolate Orange Brownie 

We really enjoyed all the cakes. There were far too many for me, so this time I did share a little with my children ha. There is not one variety that I disliked. Lovely sweet cakes. All go down very well with a nice cup of tea too. 

There is information about each of these cakes and the ingredients in them On this page. The cakes are good for about 5 days. They lasted for 3 in our house and then the box was empty.

These cakes both taste and look lovely.  I love the old fashioned “brown paper packaging with string” which they came in and the little gift tag note. The box doesn’t give much away either so if sending as a gift then the recipient is certainly in for a lovely surprise when they open their cake box. The box is letterbox friendly incase no one is home. 



Visit  Send me Cakes to send some special cakes to that special person or even order a box for yourself.

Belvita breakfast biscuits Tops

Published March 24, 2015 by Bizzimummy

I'm not a breakfast person at all. Despite the constant drone of “breakfast is the most important meal” i still rarely eat it. I hate, hate cereal to me it's all,a soggy mess in a bowl which often reminds me of something else (think morning after a night out). I rarely get time to make toast and rarely feel like toast first thing anyway. Although I love a full English it's just not possible nor practical or healthy every morning. But… For people like me there is an easy tasty alternative. That is the new “Tops” from Belvita.

They are of course biscuits, albeit healthy biscuits. Rich in cereal, fibre, iron, magnesium and vitamins B1 & E. They are made with five whole grains and sound just the perfect thing to start off the day. They come in two delicious flavours which are Strawberry and Choco Hazelnuts. It's a crunchy biscuit base topped with a soft topping and they are both quite tasty. The biscuit reminds me a little of rusk with a similar taste.

Each box contains 5 foil wrapped packets of the breakfast biscuits and each little wrapped packet contains 3 biscuits. Therefore 15 biscuits per pack. As they come in individual packs of 3, this makes it easy to pop them in a bag or lunchbox and take them with you to work or even school.

These Belvita breakfast biscuits have a high content of slowly digestible starch which is a slow release carbohydrate. Eating foods such as these raises blood glucose levels less after a meal meaning blood sugar is more steady over the morning.

These new biscuits are perfect for me and people like me who for whatever reason rarely eat breakfast due to time or not liking what's on offer. They are a convenient healthy and tasty option for a much needed morning snack.

Children love them too. Even the younger ones. Probably best hiding them so they don't know they are there ha. I don't get anything to myself in this house.

The RRP for the new Breakfast Tops is £2.79 per pack and they are available from most major retailers. Check the Belvita website for more info.

 

Paediasure – The shake for fussy eaters

Published March 24, 2015 by Bizzimummy

If you haven't yet seen or heard of this stuff then you may have been living on a different planet as it seems to be constantly advertised on television. I myself have a very fussy eater so was pretty eager to try this out. Ryan is almost 11, since being 2 years old he has refused point blank to try any vegetables, he just won't eat them no matter what I try. His fruit intake is also quite limited and he refuses to try many new foods. I actually think he has some sort of food phobia and of course I worry that he may not get enough nutrients and enough of what he needs. Jordanna on the other hand as always eaten both fruit and vegetables and I have never had any food problems with her. Unfortunately it seems Izebella may be following big brother, she is only 2 but also refuses many vegetables and can be funny with certain meats, tho I am hoping she may grow out of her fussy stage.

So with 3 children it can be hard getting the correct nutrients and vitamins inside them as they all have different eating habits and this is where the Paediasure comes in.

Paediasure is designed for fussy eaters. It is a nutritionally balanced shake for children. The shake provides a balance of 26 vitamins and minerals, it also contains protein, calcium and vitamin D as well as iron. All of these being essential nutrients which each child needs to grow and develop. Giving the Paediasure to fussy eaters, along with a healthy balanced diet will help to get children back on track.

Paediasure comes in 3 flavours – chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. I am trying out all 3 flavours. Ryan is so fussy that I wasn't even sure if he would try these (being something new) luckily he did.

The shake is powder in a tin and on first glance it reminded me a lot of the baby milk powder. It even has a very similar measuring scoop,

I was quite surprised and even a little relieved to learn that the shakes are made with water rather than milk- nothing worse than wondering if there's enough milk left.

To make one shake, I measure out 190ml of cold water and add 5 level scoops of the powder. Then stir until dissolved. It's a lot like making up baby formula.

It's really easy to make. I was wondering how it would taste. We are more used to shakes being made with milk and these are water, but.. they are really nice. I did of course try one just to see for myself and it tastes just like most milkshake drinks, very refreshing and full of flavour. Ryan really likes them too which is a bonus as it's him I worry about the most.

On the back of the tins, comes a guideline as to how many shakes per day each child should have. It's suitable for children aged 1-10 years and the guideline states that children aged 1-4 years should have two shakes per day and children 5-10 years can have 3. Ryan is at the older end of the age guide and he turns 11 next month. I will continue to give him the Paediasure as he likes it and it know it's helping give him the vitamins and goodness he needs. It's pretty impossible to change his eating habits – I have been trying for 9 years. He has one in the morning after breakfast, one after school and another in the evening. He likes all the flavours too.

Of course Jordanna won't sit there and watch Ryan enjoy something so she has it too. These arrived at a fairly coincidental time for Izebella. She has been really unwell with another virus. Coughing, sneezing, sore throat, blisters on tongue and refusal to eat. She will pick at the odd thing now and again but refuses meals and even breakfast. Like most patents this makes me worried so whilst she's unwell I have been giving her the shakes and she manages to drink a full one each time, despite being poorly (that's how good they taste) so as well as being great for fussy eaters I think they are also good for children who are feeling unwell too.

Paediasure is made by Abbott nutrition who have been making leading nutritional products for many years. Paediasure is available to buy from most Boots stores and online at Boots.com. A 400g tin costs £9.99. More information on Paediasure along with lots of helpful information for parents can be found at the FussyEaters website.

Paediasure contains milk protein and is therefore NOT milk free. It is suitable for vegetarian and halal diets. It is also gluten, lactose and nut free. Check the website and ingredients before trying.

 

 

 

 

Peter Rabbit: Tales of the Start of Spring, + COMPETITION

Published March 23, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Peter Rabbit has been around for years. As a child I remember having a collection of books which I really enjoyed reading. The stories bt Beatrix Potter have entertained children for generations and now they can be entertained in the digital age too with the release of the first ever Peter Rabbit collection of episodes on one DVD.

Peter Rabbit: The Start of Spring is released by Abbey Home Media and goes on general sale on March 30th, just in time for the actual beginning of Spring.

There is over 100 minutes of adventure with many episodes including

The Tale of the Start of Spring ,The Tale of the Secret Treehouse, The Tale of the Radish Robbers, The Tale of Benjamin s New Map, The Tale of the Peekaboo Rabbits, The Tale of the Terrible Trap, The Tale of the Broken Bed, The Tale of the Dash in the Dark.

The adventures feature Peter Rabbit with friends Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail. They encounter real dangers, overcome obstacles and lots more. My two girls absolutely love it. Just look at them in this video.


 

The DVD also includes a free hop along guide. It is due to go on sale on March 30 but can already be preordered at AMAZON for a price of £7.25.

 

 

COMPETITION

Abbey Home Media are giving away a copy of this timeless DVD to one of my readers. As always, entering is very easy. You need to be a UK resident then just click the link below.

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Morse Toad: send a chocolate message

Published March 23, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Last week was a really bad week for me. Izebella was unwell with yet another virus. Coughing non stop all night meaning very little sleep for me. I then still had to get up before 7am for the school run so I have been a little down and exhausted. It's always nice to receive packages through the post and as you can imagine I get a lot. However a few days ago I received a special little message which simply said “You are Awesome”. The best thing about this message is that it's all in delicious chocolate.

This came from a company called Morse Toad. Morse Toad is all about reliving the good old days, a time where people sent letters sealed with wax and a time when pigeons carried messages afar (a very long time ago). These days all I seem to get letterwise is a pile of bills and PPI insurance offers.

Morse Toad allows users to create and send personalised chocolate messages just like mine in the photograph above. The messages can be for many occasions such as birthdays, new baby, exams etc or just to let someone know you are thinking of them.

Each chocolate message is made up of several individual chocolate chunks. Each one with a letter stamped onto it to form a message. Names can be added to many of them if required. The chocolate message comes in a small box which will easily fit through the letterbox.

I was home when my postie bought me mine but they can simply be popped through the box if the recipient is not home. The chocolate is very chunky, big melt in the mouth pieces of quality Belgian chocolate , tho it was a shame to break the lovely message up to eat it.

These lovely little chocolate messages start from £7.50 per box. The price is dependant upon how many chocolate pieces (letters) are required. I would much prefer one of these messages for Easter over any egg. My message cheered me up a lot.

Order a chocolate message at Morse Toad

 

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