Ivy kids Scientist Academy 

Published May 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This book is part of the new Autumn collection at Ivy kids books. This won’t be released until September so I’m really happy to have a copy before release. 

Any child who has an interest in science will like this book. The pages are full of interesting science subjects and facts and there are a fair few pull outs and things to make. 


Each page comes with detailed images making the book more fun to read. 

The pull outs include a sun dial, periodic chemical symbol chart and a brief science history poster. 


The book is aimed at science lovers aged 8 and over and should be in stores September. 

The towel shop review & giveaway 

Published May 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I love the feel of brand new towels on my face and skin and I have a brand new towel bundle from The towel shop uk

I have the luxurious 6 piece bamboo towel bundle. They are (I think) called the bamboo bundle because they are made from 50% bamboo and 50% cotton. 

Six colour choices in total to match most bathroom decor. I chose cream which go well with pretty much anything. Other colours include white, charcoal grey and kingfisher which is a green/blue colour.


The six piece bundles include 2x face cloths, 2x hand towels, 1 bath towel and 1 bath sheet. Other bundles are available with more or less towels such as 4, 5, 10 and 12 piece and the towels can be purchased individually.

The 6 piece bundle costs £33.54 inc VAT (£27.95 without) 

These towels are lovely, very soft and fluffy and large in size. I have seen similar sized hand towels to the face cloths in this bundle. The towels also have some weight to them, tho not heavy but I can certainly feel the quality.

The towel shop also sell luxury bath robes available in one size and a choice of four colours. Again these are really good. I instantly felt warm when I put mine on for the first time after a bath. It is very comfy with lots of room, nice big sleeves and a deep pocket for a phone or bath accessories.

I have made a video with the gown on and showing the towel bundle (ignore my wet hair and the legs ha) 



                           GIVEAWAY                         

Yes this is your chance to win a prize from the towel shop. 

There is a choice of prize for one winner and the choices are…

4 piece bamboo towel bale (1 face cloth, 1 hand towel, 1 bath towel, 1 bath sheet)

• 1 Luxury dressing gown

The winner can choose either prize in a choice of colour (dependent on stock availability)

To take part please click the entry link below. 

ENTER HERE!


(This giveaway will close on June 13th 2017. It will run for a total of 14 days and one winner will be chosen at random by rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted by email both by myself and The towel shop U.K. The winner  must have a valid email address and reside in the U.K. A Facebook and twitter account are needed to complete entry)

Grill Masters club subscription 

Published May 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s the May bank holiday and bbq season. We have been enjoying bbq food over the weekend including burgers, sausage, chicken and a few other meaty treats. 

I’m one of those people who won’t eat sausage and burgers plain. I don’t like cheese either so this means sauce or relish or some sort of other topping. This is where I introduce you all to The grill masters club experience


These bottles don’t look one bit familiar do they? That’s because they come from the United States who are world famous for their barbecues and barbecue type joints, we need more places like they have here don’t we? 

Anyway this is a monthly subscription box and each box contains 4-5 products like those above to be used at barbecues or just general cooking, yes they are pretty good with anything these sauces. And of course us Brits don’t do barbies come winter do we? Unlike those lucky lot over in Florida which is where these boxes ship from. 

The boxes contain a selection of rubs, sauces and marinades along with mystery items. They work with many suppliers and as the boxes are US based we will no doubt get lots of lovely products that we just can’t get over here. 

So what’s in my box?

American Stockyard Memphis red bbq sauce! 

A favourite in Memphis I read. Not too tangy and not too spicy. A combination of apple cider vinegar, pure cane sugar and spices. 

It has a great bbq flavour which goes with just about anything, even dipping fries. 

Also from American Stockyard, is a burger seasoning mix. 

This one is used to give home made burgers a totally unique flavour. Only a quarter of a cup is needed per pound of burger meat so this large 133g pot will do for many burgers here.

Pain is good – Smoky maple & bacon chipotle onion relish


Okay so I may not be the smartest person in the world but I sort of think it was an easy mistake to think that “Chipotle” was the same thing as “Chipolata” as in sausages and just wap the stuff onto my burger. Well I understand the reason as to why the company is called “Pain is good” now, because of course “Chipotle” is a hot pepper and hot it is. It also has a nice flavour as well as just being hot. 
Finally and again from American Stockyard is a All purpose bbq rub. Being all purpose means just that. Season with it, cook with it, sprinkle it on cooked foods or salads etc. Anything goes pretty much with this stuff. 


What a bunch of great sauces and accondiments for a British BBQ courtesy of the lovely guys just across the Atlantic. 

These products really do brighten up out bbq burgers and bangers, much better than anything we can get over this way. 


These boxes start at $27.95 and yes that’s dollars so maybe around £22 here or there abouts. The longer the subscription the more you save and obviously as it ships from the USA, postage will be a little more for us British, but definitely worth a try as they do one off boxes too. 

The grill masters club!

Zeek 

Published May 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Summer is here and the weather is hot hot hot!! Time for a BBQ with the help of Zeek.

Zeek is a downloadable app which allows users to sell unwanted gift vouchers and gift cards. So just say Aunty whoever who has not seen you in years decides to send you a voucher for a store you just don’t shop in for Xmas. Instead of giving it away or leaving it in a drawer to grow cobwebs then put it on Zeek for slightly less than what it’s worth to get something you really want.

Zeek doesn’t just work for people selling vouchers either. It’s also great for finding a gift card for less and again saving money. Zeek allows purchasers to buy gift cards at discounted rates using the app or the website. With an average of a 10% discount per gift card or voucher, Zeek not only saves you money but means you can avoid hitting the crowded stores and spend more time enjoying the summer sun.

I have been using this Zeek all week to buy a barbecue and food to go with it for this hot weather. The purchase can be in gift vouchers, gift cards or online gift codes depending  what’s available.

Using my gift vouchers which I was able to purchase at £93 for £100 I was able to buy a small barbecue from Argos along with food, drinks and BBQ charcoal. 


Seven pounds is not a huge saving but it’s still saving money. If I used Zeek as say  weekly or monthly thing I could save quite a bit over the year. Zeek covers most high street stores plus all the big supermarkets too so it’s possible to save a lot on grocery shopping over the year.

I bought sausages, burgers, chicken, ribs, bread, salad and drinks from Iceland with my £100 of vouchers. 

The barbecue was easy to put up, light and   cook on and for once the British weather did not let us down as the sun was shining bright and it was a really hot day, perfect BBQ weather.

I’m pleased to say I even have a fair few pounds of vouchers left so I may just treat myself to something nice during the May half term. 

Zeek app is easy to use and the search function  enabled me to easily find what I needed. Vouchers and cards are constantly added to zeek so it’s always a good idea to keep checking if vouchers for your preferred place are sold out. 

 
 

Ready Brek is going on a bear hunt (GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!) 

Published May 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is heading to breakfast tables nationwide thanks to a new promotion with Ready Brek. The promotion will begin this weekend and run throughout June and July.
Ready Brek will be inviting kids and families to create their very own bear hunt featuring fun activity ideas to try at home on their packs. 

Ready Brek has been around for years and is full of good stuff including Calcium, Vitamin D, Protein and Fibre. It  is one of the UK’s most popular breakfast choices when it comes to serving up instant oat goodness. 

We’re going on a bear hunt has also been around for many years with a selection of books, stories and animated programmes. 

And of course bears and porridge are well known to work together as everyone remembers the story of Goldilocks and the three bears and all the porridge eating. 

It is the start of a two week half term break for us. As the weather is surprisingly very good, we may as well make the most of it. So after a warm nutritious healthy bowl of ready break it’s time to get out and about on our own mini bear hunts! 

Okay yes I know, the chances of seeing bears in Bolton are literally zero but there are plenty of other smaller creatures to spot up this way and have lots of fun whilst doing so and really just being outside in the sunshine rather than stuck on tablets inside. 

We have a few parks close by which are great for walking around, looking at things, searching for certain plants or bugs and spotting squirrels and rabbits etc. As well as having fun on swings and slides. 

                      GIVEAWAY                              

Ready brek are giving away a prize bundle which will consist of 2 boxes of Ready brek cereal and 2 new bear hunt books. 


The books are – My adventures field guide this is a detailed guide to plants, bugs, small animals, birds and much more for those young explorers. 

And…

My Explorers Journal – This book works well with the field guide and allows young explorers to record their journeys. Write down and record things they spotted etc. 

All this can be won by simply clicking the entry button below. 

ENTER HERE!

This giveaway will close on June 10th 2017. Prize as above consists of two books and boxes of ready brek cereal. 

FloraQueen bouquet & giveaway 

Published May 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I love receiving bouquets of fresh pretty flowers. Unfortunately I don’t really have anyone to buy me them as I on my own. So.. I had a very big smile on my face when a very nice courier turned up on my doorstep holding these for me. 


This beautiful bouquet was sent to me by FloraQueen who deliver flowers in the UK and internationally. They have many different bouquets to choose from, both big and small to suit most price budgets. 

I chose a bouquet of  lillies, roses and gerberas. I’m glad I did as it really is beautiful. I have had many visitors saying how much they like the new flowers. 


My flowers came delivered in a bouquet wrap as above, no big bulky box or unnecessary packaging. All I needed to do was remove the wrap and place them in a vase of water. 


The lillies came unbloomed, but within a day or so this happened! 


There are still a few lillies to flower yet but they are huge when they do and so pretty.

FloraQueen guarantees that all their flowers stay fresh for at least 7 days. I am now on my 4th day and they are still looking great. I think the sun and heat may be helping a little, plus the frequent water top ups. 


Not only do they look great with the mixed varieties and colours but they smell good too, just how fresh flowers should smell. 

FloraQueen also sell a selection of gifts and offer fast delivery and a choice of delivery dates. Yes you can also add a card to the bouquets too.

And if you want to win yourself a bouquet from FloraQueen then enter below. 
GIVEAWAY

FloraQueen are giving away a bouquet of flowers to my winning reader. To be in with a chance of winning, just click the Enter button below to be taken to the entry page.

ENTER HERE!!

(This giveaway will end on June 9th 2017 lasting 14 days. One winner will be chosen at random by rafflecopter and contacted via email.)

Fuss free fresh vegetables from Mash Direct 

Published May 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I do love my big roast dinners with mash, vegetables, meat and sides but it’s such a pain in the butt preparing and cooking it all from fresh. All the peeling, slicing, drizzling, chopping, boiling, steaming etc it just takes too much effort and the kitchen gets all hot and sweaty. 

Mash direct provides a fuss free solution to this problem by selling fresh vegetables pre cut and peeled and packaged and in many cases pre cooked too . They started with mash but now have a long list of fresh vegetable products.

Here are just a few of them! 


And yes they even have their own mugs too, so I can have a brew with my dinner. 

Mash direct grow all the vegetables and make the products on their own farm and many of the products can be found in Morrisons.

I have never heard of or tried a potato rosti. It is lightly fried potato with shredded onion formed into a round Pattie. 


I enjoyed the rosti, it certainly makes a nice alternative to the usual chips or roast potatoes and the onion gives it a natural flavour.  

Another alternative to chips could be the carrot & parsnip fries. These were lovely, with a natural sweetness and pre fried ready to go in the oven. 


I remember being given potato croquettes when younger which were quite nice. Since then the varieties of croquette I’ve tried have not been that nice (always frozen varieties) but Mash directs version are fresh and so taste just like the ones I had when younger. 


I was slightly unsure on the crispy vegetable bakes. I had tried some vegetarian veg cakes a few years back and was not too impressed but yet again Mash Direct proved us all wrong and again they are really tasty. They contain a fair amount of mixed vegetables – cooked potato, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, spring cabbage & parsnip all of which is coated in a crispy golden crumb. 


The taste actually reminded me of a well known childhood dish – bubble & squeak. My dad would always make too much mash and veg on a Sunday and we usually had bubble & squeak for supper or as part of a meal the following day.

Finally we have the Cauliflower cheese gratin.


I don’t like or eat cheese so I didn’t eat this one myself. My daughter Jordanna does eat cheese and cauliflower and enjoyed it very much. 

These fresh prepared vegetable products are really good. Obviously just as healthy as preparing my own but totally fuss free. They just need putting in the oven or under a grill. Some of them come in foil trays so the tray can be placed straight in the oven. They taste great, save time and generate less rubbish and mess. 


I think I will definitely continue to buy and use mash direct products as my two girls also seem to enjoy the vegetables too. I am hoping they will be sold in more stores and supermarkets soon. 

Xupo review & giveaway 

Published May 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is Xupo (pronounced Zupho) 


It is a really basic device that comes in useful for finding possessions such as lost keys and precious lost toys. It is really small, just a small plastic disc shaped device with a hole to put a key ring through. 


They are probably designed with lost keys in mind but I think they could be used on anything that a keyring clips on to. 

It works via a mobile app which is free, and by Bluetooth connection. Setting up takes seconds. When keys are lost with a xupo on, A button can be pressed on the mobile device which will start a sound on the xupo. The sound doesn’t stop until the button is pressed again. It also works the other way around too. If I misplace my phone which happens often then I can press the xupo button on my keys and a noise will sound on my phone until I locate it. 

I have tested Xupo both ways with both xupo keys and my phone in different rooms and upstairs/downstairs and it works really well. How well, depends on the Bluetooth range on the mobile device I imagine. 

No more lost keys or phone for me now! 

Xupo is a new product and was featured on Dragons den earlier this year. Therefore it is not widely available in stores just yet. I’m not too sure on price either at the moment but I can’t see it being expensive. More info can be found on the UK website. And there is also an opportunity to win your own xupo.

GIVEAWAY 

Yes Xupo are giving away one of their devices and all you need to do is CLICK HERE! to take part.  This giveaway will end June 21st.

Num noms Crazy Creation

Published May 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s those Num Noms once again! Love them or hate them but it seems they are here to stay. Here are a few of the season 3 characters.


Again the little plastic collectables come with various bits, we get the Num and the nom but also lip balms, stamps and rubbers. 

Of course Num noms are all about food and crazy creations with food and the people behind Num noms have launched a new campaign #NumNomsCrazyCreation and so I was left to make a tasty but wacky food combination.

Now this is probably not to everyone’s taste and it may sound revolting to some of you. It’s not the type of thing I could eat often or eat a lot of but it did actual work together fairly well. 

This is my very own – Baconana nut sarnie! 


It’s a strange one but very easy to make. All I needed was – bread, bananas, peanut butter and bacon! Yes bacon with banana!!!

There are a few ways to put it altogether. The bread can be toasted first or the whole thing toasted under a grill together which is my preferred method.


It’s best to start with the peanut butter and use according to taste/preference. It’s a good idea to cook the bacon first before peeling and  chopping the banana as bananas tend to develop black spots quickly after chopping them. 

The banana slices go on top of the peanut butter and then add the bacon. Add as much as you like of each. I preferred more banana on mine where as Jordanna only wanted 6 slices and 2 bacon and a good helping of crunchy peanut butter.

I did not use any extra butter or spread on the bread and I cooked the bacon in a George Foreman machine to minimise the grease and fat. 

Once the sandwiches were built, they went under the grill for a few minutes each side in order to make it a crispy bite. 

And that is our #NumNomsCrazyCreation. 

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