All posts for the month August, 2016

University Games – Chicken Charades

Published August 31, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Yes I’m back again with another fun family game from University Games

This is Chicken Charades and again I can imagine this also being perfect for Christmas Day family fun, just after Christmas dinner. We however have been enjoying playing on those long rainy Summer holiday days.

There is no board with this one so it can’t really be classed as a board game but more a fun game.

What you get in the box, is an egg timer, cards, dice and a strange rubbery squeaking chicken.

It is similar play to the regular charades game and if your intending on buying this then I’m sure you will not need a charades explanation. Rather than acting out words with hands or regular props; in chicken charades, players use the chicken to act out the words on the cards.

The words all vary in difficulty and a throw of the dice determines which number on the card the player needs to act out with the chicken. Players can’t speak and must use the chicken in their act. Other players/team members only get 10 seconds on the timer to guess.

I do think the 10 seconds should be longer, maybe 15/20 as the time is usually over before players have really begun to act out and especially so for younger players. We sort of made our own little rule up by turning the timer back over just to give that extra bit of time. 

Acting out with the silly chicken can be hard as others see just the chicken and assume it’s something to do with chicken and also it can get in the way. 

Play can be in teams or individual and players keep a card on a correct guess which equals one point. The first to ten points wins.

The game does not consist of much so it’s good for taking on holidays or breaks and possibly a good one for camping trips too.

And the price – £19.99 from Amazon, Argos, Tesco and other good toy stores. This is probably slightly more than what I would expect to pay for a game of this type but if you search around it will possibly be a bit less. The age guide is 8 years and over which I consider appropriate. 

Dork Diaries: Puppy Love

Published August 30, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Being a fan of the Dork diaries book series means Jordanna gets sent a fair few of them to read. Reading Dork diary instalments usually takes her about a week or so. I’m unsure how many instalments in this series are out but judging by the inside of the front cover; it looks like this may be the 12th one.

Dork diaries is the work of author Rachel Renee Russell. The books being aimed more towards girls than boys and perhaps for girls of Jordannas age and over (8/9 and upwards). The book series follows the adventure of the main character Nikki and her many adventures with family, friends, school and even enemies.

“When the animal shelter Brandon volunteers at is too full to take a litter of abandoned puppies, Nikki decides to look after them until the shelter has more room. Simple. There’s only one slight problem…her parents won’t allow dogs in the house so Nikki has to hide them at home and take them to school in secret. But with seven puppies to hide, things are going to get messy…Is Nikki’s plan going to end in a pawfully dorky disaster? “

The books are made to look like an actual diary of a young girl, with date and time entries, line spaces and many sketches and doodles making them very easy to read. Also readers don’t have to start from book one to follow the storyline as they are easy to from any book.

This new instalment has an RRP of £6.99 from most book stores and Amazon. Published by Simon and Schuster.

University Games – Googly Eyes!

Published August 30, 2016 by Bizzimummy

My children go back to school next week, as do many across the country. It’s also almost September and almost Autumn. This means pretty soon there is going to be one thing on the minds of many people and yes I mean Christmas. Like it or lump it, Christmas is less than 4 months away and yet again it will soon be here. 

Whether you are a parent yourself it buy for kids in your family or friends, or perhaps your just a big kid yourself – board games always go down a treat a Christmas as they bring people together for lots of fun. 

Do you remember that classic game from your childhood called Pictionary? I think there were other similar games and also a child version of it. The game where you had to draw what was on a card? Well if you liked that then you and your kids may love this. 

Googly eyes from University games is lots of fun. It’s all about drawing what’s on the cards and other teams or players trying to guess. Sounds easy right??  WRONG!!’! Because unlike other drawing and guessing games; for this one the player who is drawing needs to put on a rather silly pair of glasses – As modelled here by Ryan, rather fetching aren’t they?

To add to the games difficulty the silly glasses also come with 3 sets of colour lenses – yellow, green and blue. Blue are the most difficult. 

So; players throw a dice and move round the board like a regular board game and when they land on the coloured squares the matching lenses go in the glasses and on they go.

Those cards all have 3 words on and again colours. You get the jist – land on green it’s green lens and green questions. Each colour also has an assigned number of guessing seconds – 15, 30 and 45. There is a timer included too.

A notepad and pencil come in the box but I can’t see either lasting that long so it’s lucky they are easy to replace. I read it’s best played in teams with team members guessing each other’s doodles but if you don’t have a large number of players then individual play should be fine and you can probably add own rules,

When it’s your turn to draw, the glasses go on and the timer starts. The cards come in a few categories. Some words are easy such as teddy bear and book but can you draw the North Pole?? I know I couldn’t. 

The glasses make everything blurry and distorted and you may think your drawing looks OK until you take the damn things off and see the state of it which of course adds to the whole fun factor when everyone laughs their head off. 

If the card is guessed right the player or team throw dice and move more, hence advancing on those who don’t guess right. 

Being a board game – the winner of course is the one who gets to the finish square first.

There are a few special squares on the board too. These include no glasses and miss turns. 

A fun game for all the family and bound to be a hit for Xmas day, just picture Uncle drunkard sipping his whisky with the Googly eye glasses on.

The age guide is 7 and over. Younger players do really need to beable to read words on the cards and understand them unless playing in a team with older players. The player number is 4 – 16, 16 being for 4 teams.

Prices vary for this game but expect to pay between £14 – £25. From Amazon and most good toy stores.

Jealous sweets

Published August 29, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Jealous sweets are bought to shops by old friends Imran Merza and Taz Basunia, Jealous Sweets were created as a luxury vegan/vegetarian/halal brand of confectionery. They are stocked in the food halls of Selfridges and Harvey Nichols and in luxury hotels. They have also been endorsed by celeb. chefs including Tom Aiken and Jamie Oliver.

The sweets come in many fruity shaped varieties and include boxes of – tangy worms, grizzly bears, fruitilicious and a few more. You can buy small boxes of 50g and bigger 200g boxes. Also, coming soon are crackers containing 200g of sweets. As the sweets are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians, vegans and halal this means that almost anyone can enjoy them. 

The small sweet boxes start at £2.50 each. I was able to try 3 varieties of jealous sweets. 

My overall favourite from these three is the tangy worms. I do love my tangy sweets but they all taste rather good with lovely fruity flavours. Certainly worth a buy to try if you have not already.

Back to school with Hartleys jelly 

Published August 29, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Next week, after a long Summer break, my children will be back at school. Meaning early mornings once more and early bed time. This means they will be needing some tasty and healthy foods inside them and it just so happens that we have been trying out the new no added sugar jelly pots from Hartleys

There are five flavours to choose from, all fruity and it’s hard to believe that these are sugar free because they still taste quite sweet and retain the juicy fruity flavours.

Each one of the jelly pots contains less than 10 calories and they are also fat and gluten free. 

Being fat free and “no added sugar” means they are suitable for lunch boxes and even good for a quick fruit quench after breakfast. The pots cost 49p each but I do hear that some selected retailers will be selling them for just 25p throughout September.

Now there is a reason why there is a Hartleys lunchbox in the photographs and that’s because we have one which Izebella has been decorating and you can also get one too.

All you need to do is look out for the promotional Hartleys jelly pots and collect 12 of the pot lids. The instructions on how to redeem should (I hope) be on the pots.

Santa Maria meal kits 

Published August 26, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Santa Maria have a whole host of Mexican inspired meal kits and spices to cook tasty Mexican meals at home. 

One of the kits is their pulled pork dinner kit. This contains the sauces, flavourings, and 8 mini tortillas. What you need to buy is a red onion, pork steaks and any salad you require. 

I do enjoy pulled pork meals but never even thought about making it myself before. This kit makes it easy because the pork goes in one of those plastic oven cooking bags, cover with water and the seasoning mix and stick in the oven for 90 minutes. Yes it does take a fair bit of time but this is so that the pork is nice and soft when it comes out. There is even a seasoning mix for the onions which really makes them taste better.

Once the pork is out of the oven, use two forks to pull it apart into small pieces and that’s your flavoured pulled pork. Warm tortillas, serve and ready to eat.

It was delicious! 

This kit and other Santa Maria meal kits are available in most supermarkets. To see the full range, visit Santa Maria.

*WIN* Disney lion guard prizes! 

Published August 24, 2016 by Bizzimummy

The Kids may be going back to school in September but for the younger ones and when they get home from school, there is plenty going on over at the Disney Junior channel. This includes a brand new season of Izebellas much loved programmes – Doc Mcstuffins and Sofia the first along with the return of The Hive and Miles from tomorrow. 

Fans of The Lion Guard will be delighted to hear that these wonderful creatures are the stars of Big Adventure Wednesdays from 7th September, a weekly block of four back to back episodes of top shows packed with animated adventures. It starts each week at 5pm with The Lion Guard, followed by P.J. Masks (5.30pm), and Miles from Tomorrow (6pm) before The Lion Guard returns to conclude the adventures at 6.30pm. 

And if your little ones love watching The Lion Guard, then I have a very exciting prize giveaway today! 

The prize includes Lion Guard cap, bag and activity sets. 

If you would like to take part in this giveaway then please click the link below. 


Closing date is September 30th 2016. Giveaway is open  to UK residents only. Entrants must have valid email, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“Catch Emma Bunton in The Lion Guard on Monday October 3rd at 5.00 pm on Disney Junior. The Lion Guard will air daily throughout September, plus don’t miss episodes of other Disney Junior favourites including Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First and Miles from Tomorrow.”


Personalised football gifts + Competition

Published August 22, 2016 by Bizzimummy

If your a keen football fan then you may want to take a look at the Personalised football gifts website. They have so many unique gifts for football fans and the majority of premier and championship teams are included. I even spotted Bolton Wanderers on the A-Z team list.

The gifts include mugs, t-shirts, wall plaques, mats, flasks, certificates and lots more. Personalisation is available with each item too.

Now I absolutely hate football. I detest watching it. Most probably due to being forced to watch by my dad and brother and a few footy obsessed ex partners. I detest turning on the television to find my favourite programmes taken off for a football game. 

However I happen to have a 12 year old boy and he does have some interest in football. He follows both Bolton wanderers and Manchester United and being the better team it was the latter which I chose as a gift for him. 

The one product that really stood out for me and that I knew Ryan would also like is this dressing room print

The photo was actually taken inside the Manchester United changing room. It comes with numerous options for personalisation such as changing the player names on shirts. You will see in this nexr photograph that Ryan’s surname is on one of the shirts too.

At the bottom of the picture are player autographs. Ryan’s name again appears next to these with a space for him to put his own signature, should he wish too. 

These come with a choice of frame too which are all different sizes. They start from £29.99 and make a perfect gift for football fans of any age. We just need to find the perfect space to hang it now.


Personalised football gifts are giving away one of their personalised mugs. The mug can be in any team available with your own personalisation. A selection of available mugs can be viewed here.

To be in with a chance of winning this prize, please click the link below to be forwarded to the entry page. 

Competition will close 19.09.2016. One winner chosen by rafflecopter will be contacted by email and must reply within 10 days. You need a Facebook and Twitter account to take part and must be a UK resident.

More competitions at ThePrizeFinder

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