Back to School: My name label 

Published August 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

So, you’ve bought the uniform, the new shoes, P.E kit and brand new stationery for your darling child starting the new school year. Then what happens? They come home upset, they’ve lost their blazer, their expensive coat, shoes etc and you can’t afford new ones.

Losing expensive uniform can be a nightmare, but the risk of loss can be minimised by making sure everything that gets taken to school is clearly labelled with something that’s not easily removed.

I hate sewing, and it’s just not something I do. Plus it’s time consuming, so I prefer to use the ready made labels like the ones from My name label.


I like them, because they can be customised with colour and added images such as the dolphin I’ve used for Jordanna’s stickers. Also the sticker packs come with many different sizes of stickers. The two round arch shaped stickers are specifically for shoes. The white labels are iron on, these come with a special paper sheet which goes over the stickers when ironing on. The pink stickers are all peel and stick on. 


The stick on labels do not come off once applied. Even when placed on a high temperature wash, they still stay firmly stuck on. I had the labels a few years back and for the clothes I’ve kept, the labels still remain firmly stuck on, although a little faded.

The stickers are not just for clothes and shoes either, they can be applied to bags, pencil cases and even pens, pencils, books and other bits of stationery. They come in useful around the home too, especially so for socks and siblings. I sometimes never know which sock belongs to who with my girls, so the labels would certainly help here. 

Creating the labels is easy at My name label, choose the labels you want, add the name, optional image and choose a colour and the labels are with you within a few days, saving time and money on lost school items. 

Back to School: Find me a Gift

Published August 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Find me a gift are an online gift paradise with all sorts of weird, wonderful and novelty items and gifts. They also have a lovely Back to School section, with (as you can probably guess!) lots of weird & wonderful stationery pieces for the younger novelty lovers. 


Many of their gifts can be personalised, this is something that coma in extremely useful in my house and also at school. After all if stationery has your name on it, then no one can steal it and claim it as theirs (unless they share the same names that is!)


These personalised pencil sets start from £5.99. They arrive ready sharpened in packs of 12 with any child’s name on and little logos such as hearts and footballs.


My daughter Jordanna is now 10 and loves both stationery and make up. She was thrilled when she saw her new nail varnish highlighters.


They look just like my bottles of nail polish until they are opened and it’s actually a highlighter. There are 4 to a pack and these cost £4.99. Very cool and colourful indeed.

Finally, how gorgeous do these unicorns look!


We are all a fan of unicorns in this house and these are incredibly cute as well as being very practical. One of them a coloured pencil holder with 10 colouring pencils £8.99. The other is a coloured tape dispenser complete with two rolls of coloured tape £7.99. They both make great desktop pieces.  

Lovely products, which kids will love from Find me a Gift.

Back to School: Tinc review & giveaway 

Published August 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Tinc is a bright colourful inspiring place for kids of all ages, Young and old. Selling all sorts of funky colourful accesssories, Tinc is a perfect place for much wanted school supplies.

Tinc recently added two new lines in their back to school range, these being Alien and Lolly. Lolly being more for girls and Alien more for boys. These collections include backpack, lunchbag, pencil cases, water bottle  and note books. 

This is the Lolly bundle.


The products are all available to buy individually, either on line or at one of many Tinc stores across the country. Lolly is a really simple design with the light blue background and lolly image yet it still seems to really stand out. These products are also top quality too. The large pencil case holds a whole lot of pens and stationery, in fact it’s probably one of the biggest we have seen. 


Three zips and three pockets to store different items together.

The smaller hardtop case also stores a fair bit and even lights up. The backpack holds lots of things too, perfect for all those school books. 

And for all the prices!

Backpack – £35.00

Lolly lunch box – £14.00

A4 pencil case – £12.00

Flip & clip bottle  – £10.00

Jotter pad – £7.00

Hardtop pencil case – £17.50

A4 doodle pad – £4.50
Every item in the lolly collecton, is also available in the alien collecton, and that is also the fabulous giveaway prize on offer today. 

GIVEAWAY!

Tinc are giving away a fabulous prize worth £100. 


One winner will win all seven items on this photograph with a value of £100 and just perfect for starting the new school year. If you wish to enter then simply click the enter button below.
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Back to School: Thinking Gifts 

Published August 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Thinking gifts sell book accessories and novelty stationery items. These are the sort of novelty items that I would not class a necessary school essentials, but more added fun extras to make going back to school just a little bit happier. 


Thinking gifts sell some great little notepads and sticky note sets. My kids love these as it means they can leave silly notes for myself and each other. I like them because I stick them on my front door for the parcel deliveries when I’m out. 

Just take a look at these! 


It’s hard to believe that these are all sticky notes. Very funky indeed. I love the little toaster. This comes with 2 sticky more pads looking like bread. It also has a pencil sharpener on the side. They come in red and blue and the coloured surface is even magnetic so it can hold paperclips or even fridge magnets. 

Everything on the cheese board is a sticky note pad. Even the board itself. The notes aren’t just colourful and patterned on the front page either, but all the way throughout.

Then the sticky note sandwich. This is pretty amazing, not only is it really colourful but each coloured page comes as part of a sandwich. Pink being ham, yellow being cheese and green being lettuce. You can make your own sandwich with the notes.


We also have a smiley emoji sticky notepad too.


Along with the octopus book holder. This gets attached to two pages of a book and holds the book open whilst you read. 

emoji line markers clip to pages magnetically and remind where I left off. 

The flexinlight is a bookmark which lights up. Great for night time reading and as you can see it’s pretty bright. 

These are lovely unusual novelty gifts which will no doubt have my children’s school friends asking “Where did you get those from?”

Visor Thinking gifts for more information and prices.

Back to School: ScentCo

Published August 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Just a few more weeks until the new school year starts. Are you ready? Do you have everything your child needs? Uniform, shoes, coats, bags and their stationery bits? 


If you or your child love quirky funky stationery that’s a little bit different from the norm, then you may just love the ScentCo range as much as we do!


ScentCo are eco-friendly scented stationery products. They are made from biogradable materials and recycled newspaper. They all have cute animated designs and longlasting scents. 

There are various collectons includeD in the ScentCo brand which include Smencils, Smens, Scented notepads,  Smarkers and  Smencil Buddy pencil cases. The scents are meant to last for 2 years which is a long time of wonderful sweet scents.

Our “smencils” including coloured and graphite drawing/writing pencil packs. All made with 100% recycled paper. All really cutesy with characters. The pencils even come in plastic holding tubes which helps prevent them breaking and probably keeps the scents smelling better for longer. The pencil tops give an indication of what each pencil will smell like. 

These are the “Smens” which are glitter gel pens. Again in the special tubes. 


I absolutely love the scents on all of these products. The water melon is lush and we even have a pencil case in the water melon scent too.


Even the funky paper clips come with scents. It’s like scents ‘r’ us in this house right now. I could smell the ScentCo products before I even opened the package. They are just so lovely. Jordanna thinks so too because she can’t stop smelling them either. 


These are “Scratch & Sniff scented gel crayons” they glide really easy like a crayon but the finished result is more like a gel marker. Being chunky means they are easy to hold for little hands, and just look at those scents, bubble gum, pineapple, cotton candy, tangerine and watermelon. They smell good enough to eat. 


And with all these pens and pencils, my girls need something to write in.


And yes even this notebook has a scent, on every page too. The scent here is lollipop and I’m thinking it’s a blackcurrant or blackberry lollipop because we all think it smells like one of them. When you write on draw in the scented book, with any of the scented pens/pencils etc, you get double the scents and even more loveliness. These ScentCo products make me hungry and make me crave sweet foods. 

These would be lovely for back to school stationery. I think girls would probably prefer them to boys, mainly because they are bright, scented and have characters on, but the younger boys may enjoy them too. 

ScentCo products can be purchased from Amazon, Ryman, Smyths toys, and various other toy and stationery stores.

Back to School: Sambro

Published August 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This September will be Izebellas first year in “Big School”. She has been in nursery for 2 years and had no problems but going in to reception year means longer days, more children and the start of real school work. 

Although Izebella does not need her own stationery for school; as school supply this; I thought it would be a good idea to give her some of the stationery that Sambro UK sent over prior to starting school. Just so she didn’t feel left out with big brother and sister getting theirs. Plus we were sent a very lovely bundle that’s just perfect for her age.


Sambro stationery is all about the characters that younger children (& even grown ups) love. As you can see, we have a lovely mix up of well known characters from television and movies. Frozen, My little pony, Paw patrol, Despicable me, Miffy etc. Izebella is familiar with all of these.

Izebella was really happy with her gorgeous new My Little Pony bag, Im not surprised because I would of been ecstatic if I had got one when I was four.


It’s big enough to fit all her new stationery products inside too, as well as any homework or letters she gets from school. (I’m still baffled as to why they get homework in primary schools now?)

These character writing sets are adorable, Disney frozen gel pens with a shimmer & shine note book. A large Frozen stationery set with everything a little princess needs for writing and a Minion life lockable diary. Izebella has some strange fascination with diaries at the moment. 

And take a look at these amazingly cute erasers from the Disney Princess 12 pack.


12 erasers will last forever. I think Izebella may just get upset when these start to wear down.

And a pretty princess pencil case too. This opens up both sides to reveal two compartments. Plus it has an attached pencil sharpener so no need to worry about losing it. The Cinderella art work on this is just beautiful isn’t it?

And for the cold miserable rainy Summer days, a little painting set with Miffy. 


It’s a very simple set with 6 Miffy colouring sheets and a paint tray with brush. This would also make a good stocking filler or party prize.

And of course my little girl is thrilled with her brand new stationery and cannot wait to wear the new My little pony bag for her first day at big school. 

Back to School: BIC stationery 

Published August 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well here we are again, the middle of August with just 3/4 weeks left to buy all the new school uniform and essentials. This can be costly but there are many choices out there to suit most budgets. 

For myself this year, I have one child going into year 9 (high school) plus one in year 6 (last year of primary) and my youngest starting big school in reception year. Therefore quite a lot of uniform and accessories to consider.

This week I will be featuring many “Back to  School” posts with many ideas of those essential or perhaps a little more funky school bits.

Today I start with a very well known brand!


Yes it’s Bic, who are very well known for their extensive selection of pens and writing materials. If I was ever asked to name a pen brand then the first answer to pop into my head would be Bic. 

Bic products can be purchased from almost anywhere that sells pens and stationery. 

We have a few new bits from Bic, which are great for the new school year. 


A good selection of pens here, including their 4 colour fun pens (the green loose pens) These seemed to be all the rage when I was at school, everyone wanted one and the majority had one. Bic sell their fun pens in many colours which contain an assortment of four fun colours. These are good for underlining, notes, doodling etc. 


Bic stylus double up as a 4 colour writing pen with black, blue, red, green colours to choose from. The other end of the pen acts as a tablet/phone pen. It saves the fingers a lot of work. 

Bic sell literally every type of pen, that includes the fountain pens too! Hands up if you begged Mum and dad for one of these at school? 🖐 Yes I did! But I never got one. They were always too expensive or not necessary and looking back I can’t even remember why I wanted one so much. But everyone else seemed to want one too. Well back in my school days, fountain pens were not really made with kids in mind anyway, unlike today where they are specifically designed with younger people in mind as they come in all sorts of colours and patterns, costing a whole lot less than they used to. 
Moving slightly away from writing materials, Bic also thinks about their young artists and their conté tins are perfect for keeping all the colouring items together. 


We have tins of Bic Conté felt pens, all with a 0.9mm tip and a tin of the Conté colouring pencils. Both sets come in small and large selections.


For the younger artists, Bic Kids have these magic felt pens.


There are ten coloured pens and two white pens. The white pens erase the colour meaning patterns can easily be created. 

 

And if a writing mistake occurs then it is jig a problem, because Bic even has its own correction fluids, like this correction pen. 

This correction pen gives 2 methods of correction application. A large foam wedge (like the old school tipp-ex days) or a more precise fine line. So no need for messy pages with huge crossed out lines or writing over writing. 

And there we have a few great school ideas from a famous well known brand. Prices vary from store to store on these products. 

Mums luxury diary 2018 + Giveaway 

Published August 11, 2017 by Bizzimummy

To finish off the week, I have a lovely giveaway for all my lovely readers. 


We may only be in August but I bet those diaries are staring to look full and worn. Not everyone keeps a diary, I do; but if you don’t then they also make lovely Christmas gifts if your stuck for ideas as the majority (including this one) begin right after Christmas of course.

This one is a little bit more special than most. It’s designed for mums like me and is also a recipe diary meaning there is a recipe on virtually every page, or every diary week. 


The recipes are a mixture of sweet and savoury dishes to suit the season, complete with full instructions and approximate cooking times. 

As well as recipes, the diary also contains some really useful kitchen information, including weight conversions, cooking times and time saving tips.


There are pages for contacts, notes and even Christmas lists too.

It is an A5 size diary which is small enough to fit inside most standard handbags and comes with a lovely gold teal cover with ribbon, date stickers and pen loop for just £10.99.


GIVEAWAY 

I have the same diary to offer as a prize to one of my followers. This diary is the 2018 edition beginning January 1st 2018 worth £10.99. If you would like the chance to win this diary then click the entry link button below.

ENTER HERE!

(Giveaway for one Mum’s diary from Dairy diary uk worth £10.99. The giveaway will run for 28 days with final date for entries being September 8th 2017. Entrants need active email, Facebook and twitter accounts to complete entry steps.)


Mc2 crayon make up science set 

Published August 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy


The Mc2 girls are back with a few cool and funky science sets for their girly fans. This one is a great set for girls who love their make up, and especially so lipstick. It also means they no longer need to pinch Mums! 


This set does not come with one of the dolls but is one of the MC2 science sets because that’s what the MC2 girls are all about. 

Inside the box is a crayon pallette with a lipstick tray, tubes and the maker which looks like some sort of plastic test tubes with a stand. 

Personally I never retaliated just how easy making lipstick could be. All we needed was coconut oil which is very easily purchased in most supermarkets. 

To make the lipstick, we use one of the coloured crayon segments with a small amount of coconut oil. This needs melting together until it’s liquified. The instructions say to do this in the oven, but microwaving works too. 

Once melted the stuff gets poured into the plastic device. 


This sets very very fast so we had to be quick pouring it. It’s also really hot, like candle wax so it is best that an adult does the heating and pouring part. 

Then leave the product to set. It’s tempting to think it’s done just because it’s no longer liquid but taking it out too soon can ruin it and make it fall apart. 


And this is one of our finished products. A real useable safe lipstick in the tube, just like you would buy from the shop. We can also make lip stick in the palette tray too which gets applied with a lip brush. 

The only slight problem for us was thinking that the product was not melting enough and needing more oil. Don’t be tempted to add more oil or the lipstick will just turn to greasy mush or be too greasy to apply. Half a tea spoon is enough. Tho this is totally our fault for trying to be clever.

A helping hand from Ace

Published August 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With three kids, two cats and a tortoise, I have a lot of cleaning and washing to do, it often feels like a never ending cycle and there is always something to clean. Cleaning products fill my under sink cupboard. I never know which is best to use, I get a lot of stained washing and stained work tops as my kids can be messy and lazy when it cons to cleaning. We only have one toilet too, between 4 of us so regular toilet cleaning is vital.
Ace have sent over some of their cleaning and stain removal products to try.

Two of these products are for laundry – Ace for Colours & Ace for Whites. 


They are both pretty much self explanatory, one being for colour washing and the other for whites. Both are used as an addition to regular detergent. The colour product is tipped into the cap and placed on top of the laundry and the whites product goes into the machine drawer. 

The colour product helps to remove stains and it does seem to remove the majority. The tougher stains usually require a hotter or more intense wash. This product does have a rather nice refreshing scent and the clothes are left smelling good. 
The Ace white is a bleach product so does not smell that good, although there is a slight fragrance which masks the bleach odour a little. This helps to get white clothing looking white again, rather than that awful dull white/slightly grey colour. Again it does also remove stains but should not be applied directly to clothes. 
I have also been using two other Ace cleaning products – their All Purpose Spray & Descaler toilet gel. 

The multi purpose spray I found particularly impressive. Not only does it smell good but it also cleans up any surface stains with ease. It leaves my worktops looking very clean and shiny. This can also be used on coloured clothing to remove stains.

Finally the toilet gel. I’m glad I have this as there is nothing worse than manually cleaning a toilet and especially under the bowl rim where all sorts of nasty, disgusting things lurk. This has the duck shape neck which squirts the cleaner right under the rim, removing any nasties and allowing the cleaner to run into the bowl cleaning the sides. So no need to stick a sponge or brush inside. I just leave it on for an hour or overnight then flush and the toilet is clean again. I do this every 2 days or so as I hate dirty toilets.

Ace cleaning products can be purchased from all leading supermarket stores. They are really inexpensive. Find out more on the Ace website. 

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