All posts for the month November, 2016

Christmas decorations with Gel-a-peel

Published November 30, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Did you know; Gel-a-peel isn’t just for making squiggly patterns or even jewellery.It can also be used for decorating objects and as it’s almost Chrismas, we have been decorating Xmas bits using the stuff.

This is the kit and accessories that we started out with. 

If you don’t know what Gel-a-peel is, then in short it’s a new type of craft/design product. Tubes of squirty coloured gels that harden as they dry.

And here are my children’s #craftychristmas designs. 

The gel-a-peel pens are easy to use and the stuff dries within a few hours. It is best to do it on an old towel or a non carpeted surface just so it doesn’t end up stuck everywhere.

Ryan now has his made stocking in his bedroom, yes boys will enjoy it too. My girls decorations are of course now proudly hung on our tree. 

Gel-a-peel packs and accessories can be purchased in most good toy stores. 
This post is part of the #CraftyChristmas campaign to celebrate Christmas being less than one month away.

Festive treat ideas

Published November 29, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Over the past few weeks I have been sampling a few products which I think would  be perfect if your thinking of making your own festive hampers as gifts.

First are two products from Stag bakeries who have been around since 1885. These two products form part of their West coast selection. 

The top picture shows savoury dipping crackers in some pretty unusual flavours. The idea being to dip them in your favourite dips. They go well on a buffet table too. 

And secondly the new sweet straws. These are really unusual, not quite a biscuit and not quite a pastry but something in between. We really enjoyed these. They can be dipped if you wish, be it in hot drinks or chocolate etc or eat them alone. Full of fruity flavours and just crumble away in the mouth.
Next it’s marshmallows from Baru. I have had a few luxury hampers and in the majority of them, there has been marshmallows of some sort and I love them. Look how chunky this one is.

Baru is a European company and they sell their marshmallows in boxes of 4 and 9. They also have some unusual flavoured marshmallows as well as the chocolate variety. 

Christmas just would not be the same without a good old jar of pickled onions. My parents loved them and always had them with Christmas dinner. These here bring a bit of a kick with them as they are hot and spicy. 

The onions are big and crunchy with lots of hot flavour and the company is Barry Norman.

Finally and perhaps the most unusual is a vanilla chestnut spread from Clement Faugier. It comes in a tin can and is sweet, creamy, nutty, and certainly unique. You just have to try this stuff! 

And how to use it? It’s spread just like any other. Pancakes, waffles, cooking any way you want it and made with all natural ingredients too.

The majority of these lovely festive type products can be purchased in Waitrose and other UK stores and online at the brand websites.

The Entertainer: K’nex turbo jet set

Published November 28, 2016 by Bizzimummy

If I had to choose a favourite toy store; without a doubt it would be The Entertainer. They have every toy out there and I can easily get the majority of my children’s want list from there. It’s even better now that a store has opened up in Bolton and I have probably been there 8 times or so in the past month alone. They always have lots of deals on and even a pocket money stand with toys for just a pound. The toy prices do seem lower than other toy stores too.

The lovely people at The Entertainer (knowing how much I love their store) offered to send my 3 children a toy each, so in a way it’s like Santa made an early call to our house this year.

First to toy test is my one and only son Ryan and he has been building with K’nex kits.

This is the sort of thing that Ryan loves and luckily he is pretty good at building and construction type toys. Personally I just don’t have the patience for them. 

This kit allows Ryan to build two models, although only one at a time meaning to make the other one you do have to take apart the first one.

There are 402 pieces so as you can imagine, many of them are tiny. It’s best to place a white sheet or board down before tipping the box out. This way you can easily see it all and noting gets lost in the carpet. 

The instructions come as images and diagrams rather than any txt. It’s a good idea to read the intro bit at the front of the guide as this gives explanations on how to understand the build better. It is time consuming but Ryan seems to enjoy it. These are the photographs what he took whilst constructing. Yes I left him to it! 

The green bit you see is the motor as once constructed it does move. This part requires batteries. Unfortunately half way through the jet, Ryan realised he made a mistake and put some parts on the wrong way. He did get a little upset as this meant taking it all apart and re starting. 

Anyway after about 2 hours in total, he finally got there and the finished jet looks like this. 

The other veichle to build is a heli plane. This does not come with paper instructions, instead there is a web link to download them. I don’t think Ryan is any rush just yet to take his beloved plane apart, so the heli plane will just have to wait. 

This K’nex set can be purchased from Entertainer stores and on the website for a very low price of just £18.75. The original price was £25 and still is in many other stores. It is suitable for children (and the big kids) ages 7 and over.

Testing out our Radio control inflatables! 

Published November 28, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Take a look at these dudes! 

So funky right? These are the new RC inflatables from Bladez toys. Last year Ryan tested out the Minion inflatables and this year it’s the girls turn to have a go. 

I chose Dory and Olaf which I knew both girls would love. They both come boxed and deflated. Six AA batteries are needed for each one. Four go in the bottom of the inflatable and two in each remote control. You don’t get a pump with them, we have an electric pump so used that to inflate which took a few minutes for each one. The instructions recommend manual blowing to inflate but there is no way I could of blown them both up myself. They are not overly big but would take a whole lot of puffing to get them up. 

Each one has an on/off and on but muted switch on the bottom. When first switched on they will talk and chatter. The remote does not have an on/off switch as such, but it can lose connection if not played with or switched off for a while. They can easily be repaired by holding the forward button towards the bottom of the figure. 

These inflatables are so much fun to play with and watch, they speed along the floor, turn, spin, move backwards and make noise. They seem really easy to control and even work on carpeted floors, tho obviously much better on hard floors. 

The only worry I have with these is that they could be easily popped or get holes, we do have a cat, so I do make sure my girls keep them in their bedrooms and deflate if they don’t use them for a while. Repair patches do come included.

The inflatables are priced at £24.99 each from Bladez toys. There are many other well known characters to choose from and are very easy to set up and get going.

A Christmasaurus santa letter 

Published November 25, 2016 by Bizzimummy

The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. 

Read more at puffin books.
You can join in the Christmasaurus fun as well as buying the book by heading over to Penguin. Where you can download your own Christmasaurus letter to Santa. All you have to do is download and print the themed letter, fill out the questions and send it to the North Pole just as Izebella has with a little help from me! 

Personalised advent calendars

Published November 25, 2016 by Bizzimummy

It’s the time of year when young children everywhere in the U.K. are not only counting down to Christmas but also excitedly awaiting December 1st as this is the day that those small doors on the advent calendars start to be opened. 

Now back in the day, a long time ago, when I was a little girl, advent calendars (tho still exciting) were a little boring compared to the ones in shops today. That’s because behind the doors of those old style advents was just a Christmas image and that’s all. Yup; no chocolate, sweets or fancy gift awaiting us behind the torn card, just a coloured image. 

Well times have certainly changed over the many years. I do vaguely remember the introduction of chocolate advent calendars but I remember them being very expensive at the time and I definitely do not recall ever having one. (Or maybe my parents were just tight sods) Anyway these days advent calendars never have just a boring image behind the door. The majority bare a piece of shaped chocolate behind each and these can be purchased for just a pound each in many stores. Many of them come with familiar character images, such as the calendars from Kinnerton.

Kinnerton have lots of character calendars to choose from for boys and girls. As well as the advent calendars they also sell many character chocolates including selection boxes and the majority of their products can be found in supermarkets and store such as Poundland. 

Izebella has one of their Trolls calendars which also came personalised. This option has now closed as it’s getting so close to the start of December but the Trolls calendars without personalisation are available pretty much everywhere.

Izebella loves Trolls at the moment and especially so Poppy troll. She has seen this calendar and her little face lit up. I cannot comment on how good the chocolate inside is as it’s not December 1st yet and I don’t believe in opening these early. However I have tried Kinnerton chocolate a few times and it’s not at all disappointing. Also the foil wrap in these calendars keeps the chocolates fresh! (I did always wonder how shops could sell them so early on)

Take a look at their other character chocolate products on the website which include Shopkins, peppa pig, simpsons and many more. 

Vosene kids: New troll-tactic makeover 

Published November 24, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Vosene kids products, which my girls use a lot have been going through a rather exciting makeover to tie in with the launch of the new Dreamworks Trolls movie. From now until February 2017, all kids products will feature the troll characters on the bottles.

This now makes them even more appealing to children. The products inside stay pretty much the same, with a selection of combination shampoos both 2 in 1 and 3 in 1, both of which contain head lice defence products to keep the bugs away. Then why my girls are finished washing they can use the conditioning defence spray for extra protection and detangling there long curly hair.

The new Trolls products are limited edition and on the back of each is a unique scratch off code . This code can be typed into the website (as per instructions on the product) and there is a chance to win one of 40000 mini troll dolls. And guess what? Yes we won one so now Izebella will be excited as Trolls seem to be her latest craze.

 Buy Vosene kids troll products from supermarkets, boots, Superdrug and other similar stores.

Skinny tan: tan & tone oil

Published November 23, 2016 by Bizzimummy

“Skinny Tan is the first self-tanner that combines a natural tanning active with naturally derived skin smoothing actives to tan, contour and reduce the visible appearance of cellulite!”
Skinny tan differs from many other tanning products that I have tried (and believe me I have tried loads). It differs as it’s made with naturally derived tanning ingredients and therefore does not smell like fake tan and nor does it streak. I found the no streak claim a little hard to believe at firsr; I mean what tanning product will claim otherwise? 

I use products such as skinny tan because I have very fair natural skin and so unless the weather is extremely hot (which it rarely is over here) then I just won’t tan. As my sister had treatment for skin cancer earlier this year, I won’t use sunbeds either. Therefore I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a self tan addict. I have a drawer full of the stuff, all different brands and types.

I spotted Skinny tan on an advert and was pretty eager to test out their new product –  the skinny tan tone and oil to see if the product lived up to its claims. 

The bottle itself is fairly plain, no gimmicks or half naked women or bold claims on how good the product is. It’s a spray on type oil tan. I am more used to using gels and mousse but found this pretty much mess free. 

Starting on my legs and working upwards I spray a fair few sprays all over and then use a tan mitt (not included) to blend it all in. I think the only time you don’t need to blend in a spray type tan is when you go to a salon so make sure you have a tan mitt or gloves if using this product. It does have a scent but it’s not fake tan smell, a little like coconut and something else. Bring oil, I was quite surprised at hot fast it dried (almost instantly) and it blended in really well too. The results are instant, with deeper results within an hour or so.

The finished tan look is certainly impressive looking very natural and not at all orange or fake. The shade being just right for my skin too, not dark but no longer pale skin either. And as for streaking!! There is none, none at all, it’s a perfectly even tan and I am really happy with it.

The bottle is 100ml which will be enough for approximately 4/6 applications. The tan can last up to 7 days and fades like a normal tan.

Visit Skinny tan for more details and prices.

Gotrovo meal time treasure hunt 

Published November 22, 2016 by Bizzimummy

You may have very well seen an advert on tv for the treasure hunt game from Grotovo. I spotted it myself not so long ago. As well as the game, Gotrovo also have this – The meal time treasure hunt kit.

This kit consists of a ten step treasure hunt trail board along with a cup, plate, bowl, fork, spoon, treasure cards and a gold coin. It is in a way aimed at fussy eaters and young children. The game can be played at meal times, the treasure board doubles up as a place mat which plates can sit on top of.

Whilst Izebella is eating, she can move around the numbered treasure trail using the gold coin. Moving around can be achieved in many ways to encourage children to eat more and eat healthier. For instance – trying something new, eating vegetables or just eating more or better, using cutlery instead of fingers etc. All of these things can help children move around the board faster.

Once number 10 is reached the card can be turned over. Many of the cards have stars on which may be helpful for star charts and weekly rewards. Some cards come blank to write own rewards on, so maybe the odd sweet treat for eating all their dinner and getting yo number 10.

To be honest I didn’t think Izebella would be that interested in the treasure map but she absolutely loves it and reminds me to get it out with every meal.  

And yes it really does work in our case and Izebella is certainly keen to eat more just to ger to the treasure.

I don’t think this would work for older children such as my son Ryan, he’s 12 and has to be the worlds fussiest eater. This product is too young for him but it works for the younger ones.

It is aimed at 3 years and over and I do think the addition of a small knife would make it slightly better. I’m currently trying to switch Izebella to a knife and fork rather than just spoon and fork as are many parents of 4 year olds, so the addition of a small safe knife would be really helpful and the whole treasure map thing would encourage children to try to use a knife too.

The mealtime set is priced at £22.95 directly from Gotrovo where you will also be able to putchase the treasure hunt game too if you wish.  The plate, cup and bowl all seem good quality tough plastic and nicely decorated. The fork and spoon resemble and treasure digging spade and fork and seem ok for Izebella tho a little of the light side. 

I think it would make a nice gift, perhaps a Christmas present for a young child. I can’t see it helping an older child over the age of seven much but it’s perfect for my four year old who can be fussy at times.

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