Our Doc McStuffins Twitter party

Published February 27, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Yesterday was party day at the Bizzimummy household. It was all about Doc McStuffins whom little Izebella loves and we were sent over a huge box of Doc McStuffins goodies to help with our hosting. 



Inside the box: several Doc McStuffins toy, books, snacks, cake, posters, party plates, cups and game ideas. It was a huge box packed full of lovely things.

Our little party began at 1pm with all the action and many photographs being tweeted over Twitter with hashtag #DocMcstuffins. The Twitter party proved popular in the Twittee trending list, so much so that it beat Madonnas stage falling antics.



In total I had 6 children. I thought it best to keep to a minimum. Izebella proved a great little party host, bossing everyone around. The first game was a rather silly one and involved passing around the Doc McStuffins doll a little like pass the parcel. Except when the music stopped, the one holding the doll had to quickly put on an outfit and flashing shoes and shout out a silly phrase.

This was followed by a game of Tic Tac Toe using supplied play cards and counters.  



This proved a little difficult for Izebella who instead went off playing with her new Doc McStuffins dolll.



There was plenty of food including sandwiches, sausage rolls, cake and sweet things which we had at about 2pm.



Then another game afterwards called The Eye Test game. Which was a little like a real eye test with a chart and pretend glasses. 



We then had some free play opportunities to colour in books or dance, as Izebella did.



And making our own eye charts too! Unfortunately the day proved a little too tiring for one little girl. 



She fell asleep about 2.30 so she will have to make her eye chart another time. 

All our little guests received their own goody bag, with toys and healthy kiddylicious snacks. A great party had by all.

The Doc McStuffins takeover can be found over on  UK MUMS TV website with lots of fun activities and tips.

The DreamSnatcher book review & Competition!

Published February 26, 2015 by Bizzimummy

    Storyline

    Publishing in February 2015, The Dreamsnatcher is the first in a richly evocative series full of magic, mystery and adventure by debut novelist Abi Elphinstone.

    Perfect for fans of J.K. Rowling, Michelle Harrison and Eva Ibbotson, The Dreamsnatcher follows the story of twelve-year-old Molly Pecksniff who wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare.

    The Dreamsnatcher is waiting. He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life.

    Because Moll is more important than she knows… The Oracle Bones foretold that she and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back against the Dreamsnatcher’s dark magic. Suddenly everything is at stake, and Moll is drawn into a world full of secrets, magic and adventure.

    This is our second book review of the week. A few days ago it was Jordanna’s turn and now Ryan too has a new book to be getting on with. I love it when new books arrive. It takes the focus off the gadgets for a while.

    The Dreamsnatcher is set in a world full of magic and adventure which begins on the first page with the main character Moll waking in a strange forest. There is adventure to be found at every turn and many characters to be discovered both friends and enemies alike.

    The book is perfect for a ten year old and older, maybe slightly younger dependant on reading ability. There are no images but the storyline and adventure should be enough to keep their minds entertained until the end.

    The authors website can be found Here.
    The Dreamsnatcher can be purchased for a reduced price of £5.24 on AMAZON and if you want to win yourself a copy then enter below.

    COMPETITION

    There is a copy of the DreamSnatcher up for grabs. One winner will receive their own copy. This competition will end on March 11 2015 and the only condition is that you must be a resident of the UK. Enter by the link below.

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    New Personalised backpack from Cheeky Baby Tees

    Published February 25, 2015 by Bizzimummy

    Izebella started morning nursery last month and absolutely loves it. She needed a little bag to put her change of clothes and other bits inside and so was very happy to be sent a lovely little bag of her own from Cheeky Baby Tees. She was even more delighted to see the bag had her name on making it a very special bag indeed.

    

    Izebella has a little obsession with frogs at the moment. Not the animal as such, but more waving her fairy wand and turning us all into one, at which point we all have to hop around the floor croaking or she will get a little annoyed if the wand does not work. Therefore the frog seemed the obvious choice. There is also a ladybird and a panda which can all be viewed here.

    The bag arrived early January and she has been happily using it ever since. She takes it to nursery and also on outings or to see family, she loves it.

    

    It’s the perfect size for a toddler. It holds a fair bit of stuff too. For nursery I usually put 2 sets of clothes in, wellies and her water bottle and it all fits in with ease. There is a large zip pocket which holds her dummy, hat and gloves and even with all this, there is still room for more.

    Izebella loves carrying her frog bag herself and happily shows it everyone she sees. The spelling of her name is unusual meaning it is very unlikely to be lost or mistaken for someone else’s bag. Any name can be placed on the backpack
    

    The personalised backpack costs just  £14.99 and the frog one can be purchased here. 

    Cheeky Baby Tees sell childrens T-shirts , personalised babygrows/vests, baby bibs, PE bags and mini messenger bags for kids. They even have a new Back to School range! They are a family run business located in South Wales. 

    Get a 15% discount off anything that catches your eye at Cheeky baby Tees. Use code BIZZI at checkout.

    Cloud.b: Octo Softeez

    Published February 25, 2015 by Bizzimummy

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    Cloud b was founded in 2002 and is the worlds leading manufacturer of children’s products and accessories that assist sleep.

    This is just one of a wide range of toys and accessories.

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    This rather cute looking little pink Octopus is known as Octo Softeez. It has arrived at the perfect time as I have just moved Izebella from cot to “big girl bed” and she is also now sharing a room with big sister rather than me. She does settle very easily at night, but it’s always nice to have a cute cuddly light up companion there at your side just incase.

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    Cloud b bedtime toys are designed to incorporate children’s senses at night time. These senses involve sight, sound, sense and touch, which in a quiet dark room can bring about fear. The toys and accessories can help to minimise some of those nighttime fears and also help very young babies calmly drift off to the land of nod.

    Izebella’s new Octopus friend helps to ease the fear of the dark. It’s also quite cuddly too with it’s 8 soft tentacles.

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    The back of Octo Softeez head contains two easy push buttons, one is on/off and the other to manually change the colour of the lights.

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    When switched on a colourful light display will appear on walls and ceilings. Stars, fish and bubbles can be seen and the light go through various pretty changing colours, or this can be changed manually.

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    I especially like the red colour, it’s very effective.
    Here is a little video I made of the toy in action.

    Although Izebella is sharing a room with Jordanna, she is on her own at weekends as Jordanna stays at her dads house. Octo Softeez makes her feel a little safer, she can focus on watching the lights change colour on her wall and point out the stars. This makes her slowly drift off to her own dream cloud.

    It uses 3 AAA batteries which come already installed and if left on it will switch itself off after 45 minutes. It is completely silent, no music (which can be distracting) and no annoying motor or whirring. Just a peaceful beautiful light display which can be held and hugged.

    These Octopus lights come in other colours too (not just pink) and priced at approximately £22.00. They can be used from birth. Visit Cloud b UK for more information.

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    Aloha goodness from Appy Food and drinks

    Published February 24, 2015 by Bizzimummy

    Appy Food and Drinks is the award winning FMCG Company that emphasises its core values in formulating healthier and affordable family products, than those commonly sold on the market.

    Bringing over 10 years of market knowledge and passion they develop products using innovative natural ingredients, such as stevia, to ensure they are always healthy, affordable, and loved by the family.

    One of the Appy brands is a selection of refreshing low sugar fruit drinks known as Aloha Goodness.

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    These drinks come in big family size cartons and in 3 refreshing flavours.

    Apple & Blackcurrant
    Apple & Summer Berries
    Orange

    Each litre carton claims to contain 50% less sugar and Calories than regular fruit juices and they are also free from added sugar and artificial additives. The juices are made up of 50% spring water and 50% concentrated juice which is made up of fruits and natural flavours.

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    As there are less calories in these cartons than others. They seem perfect for those on diets and make a lovely alternative to pop and other juices. They taste really good, sweet and refreshing and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

    For more information on Appy juices, visit their website .

    Review & Competition: The Butterfly Club by Jaqueline Wilson

    Published February 24, 2015 by Bizzimummy

    It must be a total coincidence that the advert came on television the night before this book arrived. Jordanna turned round and said “Mum that looks good, can I have it?” And as if by magic, there it was the very next day.

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    Storyline
    Tina is a triplet, but she’s always been the odd one out. Her sisters Phil and Maddie are bigger and stronger and better at just about everything. Luckily, they look after teeny-tiny Tina wherever they go – but when the girls start in scary, super-strict Miss Lovejoy’s class, they’re split up, and Tina has to fend for herself for the first time.

    Tina is horrified when she’s paired up with angry bully Selma, who nobody wants to be friends with. But when Miss Lovejoy asks them to help her create a butterfly garden in the school playground, Tina discovers she doesn’t always need her sisters – and that there’s a lot more to Selma than first meets the eye.

    I never like giving too much of the story away with book reviews. It’s best for the reader to read it themselves and see if it’s for them. But here goes a little taster from what me and Jordnna have read.
    Tina is a triplet with her sisters Phil and Maddie. However Tina is much smaller as she was born with a heart condition and has to endure various operations. Being small and a little different to her sisters makes her stand out, as does her health condition meaning she can’t play contact sports and do other things. The book tells Tina’s journey through school and childhood, her relationship with her sisters and family and big issues such as bullying. Tina gets paired up with what appears to be a rather nasty bully called Selma. However throughout the story it seems Selma is not the bully which she first appeared to be and Tina and Selma eventually end up as friends.

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    The Butterfly Club seems a real easy read and fine for a 7 year old. There are over 370 pages to the story but the text is fairly large print and there are lots of images throughout the book too.

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    The back of the book contains some fun activities including a cake recipe.

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    It’s a perfect read for both girls and boys who may themselves feel different and out of place at school and may be experiencing issues with bullying or relationships.

    Jordanna now has a new book which she is enjoying reading and I am happy as it keeps her off her tablet for a while.

    Buy The Butterfly Club for £6.49 on AMAZON
    Also as an ebook for £6.17.

    Dame Jacqueline Wilson is a former Children’s Laureate and a multi award- winning, best-selling author who has recently been revealed as the most borrowed author from public libraries of the past decade. Over 35 million copies of her books have been sold in the UK alone and her books have been translated into 34 different languages. The Butterfly Club is her 101st novel.

    COMPETITION
    Penguin Random House are giving away a copy of the book to one of my readers.
    The competition is open to residents of the UK and will end on March 9th 2015.
    Click the link below to enter.

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    Wordsearch Junior game

    Published February 23, 2015 by Bizzimummy

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    Wordsearch Junior (rrp £18.99, age 4 upwards) brings Drumond Park’s unique and much loved Wordsearch ‘race’ game format to a new generation – of youngsters. It’s based on the same clever ‘turntable’ design of the original Classic Wordsearch! game and children of all ages will have hours of fun playing – while getting to grips with recognition, pattern and language.

    We received our new game during half term week (perfect week) and so had plenty of time playing. I’m always slightly flustered, (if that’s the right word) when getting new family games. I’m constantly mithered to open and play them the minute they arrive, there are usually arguments and many games can be a little difficult to get the hang of and especially for younger ones but this game was different.

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    The Wordsearch Junior is so easy to play. It comes with instructions but it’s pretty straightforward and self explanatory as Ryan soon discovered.

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    The game base is a big circle turntable, into this circle goes a selection of cards of varying difficulty levels.

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    The cards for the younger players contain images and it’s all about matching patterns. The next level is matching a picture and word and the harder level is finding words. Players take it in turns to find words and patterns and cover them with counters of their colour.

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    Counters can be removed if words cross. The game ends when no more words can be found or when one player has used all the counters who will then of could be the winner.

    I really like the game being so easy. It’s aimed at those 4 and over but even at 2 years old, Izebella is more than able to join in on the easier level with a little help.

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    It’s a fun family game which anyone can play. It doesn’t take too long to complete and needs no complex instructions nor batteries. It also assists learning, recognising patterns, spelling, spotting words and so much more.

    Next month (March) I will be hosting an amazing giveaway courtesy of Drumond Park where you will beable to win this game along with a few others. Please look out for it.

    Wordsearch Junior is available from most good toy and game stockists. Visit Drumond Park to find out more. It’s also currently for sale on AMAZON too.

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