Swizzels Halloween Giveaway! 

Published October 21, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Halloween is almost upon us yet again. A time when the ghosts and ghouls come out to play and not to forget those nasty clowns. 

To make sure your ready when those little goblins come knocking, Swizzels has once again bought out a terrifying assortment of sweet bags. These include Trick or Sweet, Chew crew and creepy squashes. These can all be found in those creepy supermarket aisles but be quick as they are bound to be snapped up by other hungry monsters.

However for those brave enough to be reading my blog, fear not because Swizzels are giving away a frightening feast of Halloween sweeties just for one brave reader. 

Included in this spooky selection giveaway is – 1x Bumper Bag, 1xChew Crew, 1xLots of Lollies,1xOrange and Blackcurrant Squashies 160g and 1x Trick or Sweet Bag. 

For those brave enough to enter, you are dared to click the link below. But be quick as this will all be over on Tuesday 25th October. 



(T&Cs – one winnner will win all the sweets as listed, I cannot guarantee a delivery before Halloween as deliveries can take up to 21 days. If selected as a winner please reply asap to the winning email) 


Published October 21, 2016 by Bizzimummy

STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that the final volume in Season One of the popular Cbeebies show Bing was released on DVD on 17 October, releasing as Show… And Other Episodes. To celebrate, they are giving one lucky winner a copy on DVD! 

Bing: Show… And Other Episodes is the eighth and final volume in Season One, following Swing, Storytime, Paddling Pool, Fireworks, Surprise Machine, Music and Cat. The DVD comes with paper cut-outs of the characters where families can enjoy creating a scene, prefect for a night in this Halloween!


Round the corner, not far away, Bing and Flop (voiced by OSCAR-winning Mark Rylance) are ready to play!


Celebrating the noisy, joyful, messy reality of pre-school life, Bing stories may be small, but they are full of everyday dramas that all young children and the grown-ups in their lives will recognise!

To win a copy of this DVD, simply click the link below.  

The competition will close on November 4th.


Elizabeth Shaw: Thoughtfulness campaign & competition

Published October 21, 2016 by Bizzimummy

I am taking part in a campaign by Elizabeth Shaw (yes the chocolate company!) which is focused on thoughtfulness and consideration.

The campaign coincides with the twice yearly clock change next week (October 30th) when the clocks go back an hour and we gain an extra hour. Unfortunately the clock change and changing seasons means dark nights and less sunlight. Many people feel down and a little depressed when the cold dark nights creep in. I for one know all about this as o suffer from S.A.D which brings with it depression and low mood at this time of year.

The dark nights also indicate that Christmas is not far off. Whilst many families look forward to this, there are many that don’t and find this time of year very sad and lonely.

I therefore want to encourage all my readers to spend the extra hour we get next weekend thinking of others and perhaps think of thoughtful gestures to help that person. For example – , calling an old friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, taking your neighbour’s dog for a walk, giving a stranger spare change if they are short of a few pence at the shop. Sometimes just a small act of kindness goes a long way and especially at this stressful time of year.

Next week I will post my thoughtful gestures. 


Elizabeth Shaw have an extremely kind gesture of their own, and that is this huge hamper full of chocolate goodies. 

Yes all this can be yours, and before Christmas too. Inside the hamper is all this.

· Dark Chocolate Cappuccino flutes

· Dark Chocolate Lemon flutes

· Dark Chocolate Mint Flutes

· Dark Chocolate Orange Flutes

· Milk Chocolate Amaretto Flutes

· Dark Chocolate Mint Crisps

· Milk Chocolate Mint Crisps

· Milk Chocolate Orange Crisps

· Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Crisps

· Milk Chocolate Almond Bites

· Milk Chocolate Cappuccino Bites

· Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bites

· Dark and Milk Chocolate Mint Collection

· Orange Merry Christmas Mini Gift – includes orange flutes and bites

· Mint Merry Christmas Mini Gift – includes mint flutes and bites

I would advise the winner not to eat all of this at once as I cannot be held responsible if you do! 

To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, simply click the link below to be taken to the entry page.

This giveaway will close on November 11th 2016. One winner chosen at random. 

For more information on the luxury chocolates visit Elizabeth Shaw,

Helping families stay together with McDonalds

Published October 20, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Everyone knows of McDonalds. The fast food restaurants that kids love and can be found in pretty much every town. However what many people know little about is some of the charity work that McDonalds does. 

The Ronald McDonald house charity  has been helping families for over 25 years. They are the UK’s leading provider of free family accommodation at NHS hospitals. The charity provide families with a free ‘home away from home’ which enables them to stay close by while their child is in one of their partnered children’s hospitals. Families can stay for as long as they need to.

There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK, all located close to specialist children’s hospitals. The Houses are open 365 days a year and are equipped with everything you would find in a family home. Families can get a good night’s sleep, prepare their own meals and feel at home, knowing that they’re only a moments away from their child. 

McDonalds restaurants across the country are hosting a charity event this weekend (Saturday 22nd October) to raise funds for the houses. The day will take on a jungle theme and cuddly toys with a jungle theme will be on sale. These can be purchased at almost every McDonalds restaurant in the country and 100% of all proceeds will go to the charity. 

So I am asking you all, please pop into your local McDonalds this Saturday, take your family for a treat and purchase a toy or two. No parents ever expect their children to be so unwell or injured that they have to stay in hospital but if it was your child then surely you would be extremely grateful for a charity such as this. I know I would. 
As well as buying the toys, most restaurants also gave donation boxes to pop any loose change inside. 

Here is a video starring Jeff Brazier  who is the “Help keep families close” ambassador as well as a celebrity dad. This video shows exactly where your donations will go and the work the charity does.

I will most definitely be having lunch at McDonald’s on Saturday. The longest any of my children have spent in hospital is two nights which was hard enough. I cannot imagine the thought of my children having to stay alone in hospital which is why this charity deserves the support.

( #spon. This is a sponsored post)

Our Britmums #FrubesMovesChallenge

Published October 19, 2016 by Bizzimummy

We were chosen by Britmums to take part in the #FrubesMovesChallenge. The challenge is a dance off between the michevious pigs and Angry birds from the must see family film of the year which is of course Angry birds.

Frubes have teamed up with Angry birds to bring a selection of character frubes.

Frubes are known as portable yoghurt. The yoghurt comes in squeeze tubes and are available in strawberry, red berry, peach and banana. They contain calcium and vitamin D for strong bones, and are great for kids lunchboxes.

And now time for our challenge! 

We did a few videos but the one that won it for me was Izebellas who chose a pig team frube.

I did not tell her how to dance or what to do. Her moves are 100% her own. She does dance lessons once a week and loves dancing around the house too.

This post is an entry for the BritMums #FrubesMoves Linky Challenge, sponsored by Frubes < https://angrybirds.frubes.co.uk// >

Kids magazines from DC Thomson

Published October 18, 2016 by Bizzimummy

DC Thomson have been producing magazines and newspapers for over a hundred years. Some of their best known kids magazines include The Beano and The Dandy. They now publish many magazines for both adults and children which can all be purchased from supermarkets.

I had the pleasure of meeting some of the DC Thomson team at the recent Blog On conference last month. I came away with one of their magazines for Izebella which is The Twirly Woos.

This magazine is based on the CBeebies show. It is £2.99 per issue and I’m thinking it’s a monthly one but may be wrong. It’s aimed at the younger ones with several colouring in pages and activities.

Since then I have been sent a few other magazines too. Such as Noddy which I think is quite a new one and also monthly.

Like the majority of the kids magazines, Noddy comes with free gifts and on this issue it was an alphabet set which are a bit like alphabet dominoes. Noddy again is based on the well known tv series and character and aimed at youngsters. It costs £3.25 per monthly issue.

For an older child and geared more towards girls is The Official Jacqueline Wilson mag. 

Jacqueline Wilson is a famous writer of children’s literature . This magazine is aimed towards girls aged 7-12 years. It features puzzles, Stories and ideas. This one came with lots of extra freebies which Jordanna was rather impressed with.  This one is £3.99 monthly.

Finally one for Ryan, it’s Epic. 

Think movies, gaming, sport, jokes, superheroes and more all packed into one magazine and tug you have Epic. Freebies included sweets, jokes and other bits, perfect for boys. 

DC Thomson offers subscription services for all their magazines with saves money than buying individually.

Build a Bear workshop

Published October 13, 2016 by Bizzimummy

My children have often walked past a Build a Bear store and been quite fascinated by the huge bear stuffing machines on show. Build a Bears are lovely but when you have three children, it can work out very expensive to buy them one each along with the clothing and accessories.

Spinmaster toys have bought out this unique Build a Bear workshop which is based around the actual stuffing machines seen in stores. It gives a cheaper option to make bears and all in your own home too.

With the Build a Bear workshop, your child/children get to make two bears. The kit includes the stuffing station, 2 bags of stuffing, 2 bears, clothes, note hearts and accessories. As well as the workshop we also got an extra Bear kit meaning we could make three bears – one each and I guess that makes me Goldilocks! 

The bears start off looking very flat and not much like teddy bears at all.

The stuffing machine is manual operation so no batteries to worry about or leads. The stuffing goes in the top and the back of the bear on the device, turn the handle and the stuffing goes in.

The bears are smaller than the ones you would probably purchase from the store but each one comes with the Build a Bear logo plus a certificate which you fill out for your child with names and dates. 

Each one also comes with a t-shirt and the heart. The heart is a small heart shaped trinket where a child can write their wishes on paper, fold it up and place the heart inside the bear.

My children really enjoyed the Bear workshop and are happy to all have a bear each (even Ryan). The workshop costs between £20-£25 depending on the store and extra kits around £13.00. It is fun, however once the bears have been made the stuffing station becomes a little useless unless you go out and buy multiple extra kits, and kids don’t need too many teddy bears. I think it would be a lovely idea to perhaps buy it for small birthday parties and maybe let guests make a Bear rather than a party bag. The bears are quite small too and once the novelty wears off will probably end up at the bottom of the toy box. It is really one of those one use type of toys but lots of fun while it lasts.

Sand Art

Published October 12, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Sand Art comes to us from Kids bee happy. The sets cost about £7.00 each and contain all we need to create beautiful sand art pictures. There are many different themed packs, many of which are Disney. We have the Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck set. This set contains 2 image boards and 16 tubes of coloured sand.

The images come with yellow stickers on and the idea is to peel off part of it bit by bit to reveal the white sticky board, then add sand to each area.

The stickers can be tricky to peel off but a tool is included to help with lifting them. The more you peel off , the more the picture comes to life. 

All the picture can be peeled, even the background area. It’s best to use lots of different sand colours for the best effects.

It is sand and it can get messy. After areas of the picture are covered, the excess sand gets tipped off. The sand tubes are extremely difficult to fully open so tipping the sand back in is quite impossible. It’s a good idea to do the sand creations on a large tray to avoid lots of sand on the floor.

The images look very easy to do, and they are but it can be time consuming as there are a lot of areas to fill in with sand.

These are great as rainy day projects! 


Published October 12, 2016 by Bizzimummy

My poor baby girl has the dreaded Norovirus. She was sick at nursery on Monday and unwell ever since.

Norovirus is also known as the “Winter sickness bug” but can occur anytime. It spreads like wildfire and especially so in schools and nurseries.

Symptoms include – vomiting, diarreah, stomach cramps, temperature, chills, muscle aches and fatigue.

Unfortunately Izebella has all the symptoms.

Norovirus is highly contagious so I am crossing my fingers that I don’t catch it too. It cannot be treated with antibiotics and it usually goes away within a few days. Doctors recommend lots of fluids, water or weak juice, calpol and foods when asked for. 

I hope my baby recovers soon. 

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