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Moana DVD giveaway 

Published March 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Join the journey of a lifetime with “Moana”, the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the larger-than-life demigod Maui. “Moana” sets a new course, arriving to homes on Digital Download on 27th March and on DVD, Blu-ray™ and 3D Blu-ray™ on 3rd April. To celebrate the release, one lucky winner will win a copy of the film on DVD!


Continuing the fun-filled adventure, families can continue their journey, filled with hours of extensive and entertaining bonus offerings including: a new, hilarious mini-movie featuring Moana and Maui; an in-depth look at how the people, cultures and heritage of the Pacific Islands shaped the story of “Moana;” 

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of Moana on DVD, just click on the entry link below. 

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(This giveaway will close April 14th 2017. One winner will be chosen at random to win one copy of Moana on DVD courtesy of Walt Disney studios. All entrants must be UK residents with a valid UK postal address, email address, Facebook and twitter accounts. Winning name will be mentioned on my blog after the giveaway and also on my winners page)

March Degustabox reveal 

Published March 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I was left very happy after opening up my Degustabox this month. It’s possibly one of the best ones I’ve had. Lots of yummy treats which we have all enjoyed. 


And as always I will start with the treats, sweets and snacks.

1) Cadbury’s dairy milk Oreo – I found two bars in my box, one being peanut butter and the other mint. I had the peanut butter and Jordanna had the mint one to herself as I’m not a fan. These bars combine the tastes of dairy milk, Oreo and flavours together. 

2) Jelly bean factory – Certainly one for my kids. I don’t think I got to try a single one and there are apparently 36 flavours inside the box. 

3) £onepounders chocolate eclairs – Called £onepounders because they cost just a pound. Many more £1 sweet bags to choose from too. 

4) Pipers crisps – I have tried Pipers before but not this cider vinegar and sea salt flavour. They don’t contain any sort of cider so don’t let the name put you off.  It’s a unique flavour and differs from the usual salt & vinegar. Pipers crisps are full of flavour and chunky real round crisps, hardly any crumbs or small bits at the bottom and a good sized share bag too. 

And of course lots of refreshing drinks to try! 

5) Gusto organic lemon drink – I am always a little dubious with unknown organic drinks in glass bottles. I’ve tried a few and some of them from previous Degustaboxes and they have not always been that nice. This one, I’m pleased to say is nice, very nice actually. It’s pleasantly refreshing, sparkling and fruity. Best served chilled of course.

6) Rebel kitchen chocolate mylk – No it’s not a spelling mistake it’s how this drink is spelt. Rebel mylk products are dairy free. They are made with coconut milk and added ingredients to flavour such as cocoa. For a drink that is dairy free, this tastes very good indeed. A different taste to a regular chocolate milk drink but just as good.

7) Naturelly – I was unsure whether to add this to the drinks section or the snack section as it can be a drink or jelly snack. Unfortunately ours had leaked a little in the box so there wasn’t too much of it left. It’s suitable for youngsters aged one year and over so probably more a healthy type drink/snack for toddlers than adults or bigger kids.

8) Weetabix on the go – I was glad to find two of these. I was feeling a little unwell, sore throat and sniffles and was in need of a cool refreshing milky drink or two. Now I hate weetabix, detest the stuff. To be honest I don’t like cereal full stop, never eat the stuff but weetabix is definitely at the bottom end for me. These drinks do not in any way taste like weetabix, they just happen to be made by the same people. They don’t need to just be for breakfast either and of course they are pretty healthy too. 

Now for some cupboard treats: in other words those bottles, tubs, tins, tubes and packets that can be stored in my cupboards for a while! 

9) Heinz: (seriously) good sauces – I did not realise Heinz did stuff like this, I am more used to beans and baby food from them. I think there are a few varieties which come in glass jars. I was lucky to get this creamy pepper sauce, which of course is just perfect for steak. 

The sauce is ready to use from the jar and can be heated if required. It saves me the job of making it from a packet, which usually ends up burnt in a pan.

10) Maldon smoked sea salt flakes – okay so it’s salt, probably not the most interesting thing but it is good for cooking with and especially fish dishes. I coat fish fillets in this stuff prior to cooking and it helps bring out the flavours. The salt is like little crystals. It’s also good on chicken. 

And I also had two cans of cider in my box being from Caple road & Purity brewing:pure hopped. I don’t drink cider and have not done for years. An extremely drunken episode in my younger days put me off for life so I did not drink these but passed them to a friend who does so at least they have not been wasted. 

This has been one damn good Degustabox this month. I hope next months is just as good or even better. 

And if you want a Degustabox to try them head on over to Degustabox uk. You can also find them on social media channels and view what others think of their boxes too. @DegustaboxUK, Instagram- @degustabox_uk, and Facebook.

Sylvanian family accessory set 

Published March 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Being part of the “friends of sylvanian families” blogger group means that my girls get sent lots of cute little sylvanian family members and accessories. Of course my son Ryan could play with them too but for obvious reasons; chooses not to. 

Izebella seems to like Sylvanian family’s the most and our most recent product is a little accessory set.


This set contains lots of little accessories which can be used on the sylvanian family characters. There are headbands, jewellery, bags and even sunglasses. Obviously this is just an accessory kit and it would only be bought if you already have Sylvanian family characters.  Izebella has quite a collection of the sweet furry animals and seemed very pleased to have a few more bits to put on them. 

All the parts in the set are really small. I think they will be easily lost and it’s probably best to have some sort of container to put them all in. I have a few boxes for small accessories such as these and other bits such as dolls shoes. 

Some of the headbands can be difficult to get on certain characters as the heads do seem to vary in size. 

There is not much else to say about this, Izebella is happy with it so it’s kept her quiet for a bit. This costs £7.00 which is not too bad. Perhaps a stocking filler for lovers of Sylvanian families. 

National stationery week

Published March 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Next month is National stationary week beginning April 24th. This is a yearly event and for the second year running, a digital competition is launched to celebrate the written word. 

Bloggers and online influencers everywhere are taking part to write about any stationery related topic they wish in the hope to win the “Blogger of the year” award.

To get me in the mood for next months stationery week, I was sent a lovely bundle of stationery items. 

My package of stationery goodies come from a variety of stationery brands including Stabilo, Mustard, Maped/helix and Sheaffer. We have lots of different bits and there is something got us all in this bundle.

My favourite item is my new Oxford fountain pen from the Mapedhelix brand. A fountain pen is the one stationery item I longed for when I was at high school but never got. They seem to have come down in price a bit over the years and like a big kid, I was overjoyed to finally get one. 


This fountain pen comes with 5 refills so should last a while. My (almost) teenaged son already has his eyes on it so looks like I’ll be hiding this away.

Also from the same brand – Mapedhelix, a few other useful bits and bobs. 

I do love the quirky little stationery things like this. I really enjoyed picking stationery out for my son when he started high school too and these are just the type of things that he can use. There is the Zenoa+ eraser, a bunny sharpener  which younger kids will like as the bunny teeth eat away at the inserted pencil. 

The red tube thing is Color’peps superhero paint which I am going to save for the warmer weather, when painting can be done outdoors. And finally a sample of the new double sided Color’peps duo tip felt pens. These pens have one fine tip for drawing/writing and a thicker tip for colouring in.

The next brand is quite a colourful collection of stationery things. Mustard Products will no doubt appeal to children, teens and stationery loving adults. 

The funny cactus things at the bottom are page markers. It’s hard to believe but this little set actually contains 100 page markers in total. Page markers help to point out important documents. They stick on and come off easily. 

Sticky notes – have become something I regularly rely on. No I don’t leave notes for my children or anything like that but I do leave notes on my door off parcel couriers. When I run out of sticky tape these can be a life saver. My kids also use them for various things and the watermelon design is just fab. 

These rainbow coloured pencils, quickly caught the eye of my 4 year old daughter. 

I’ve never seen pencil crayons like this, the tips are muticoloured with all the rainbow colours in them, so depending on how we hold the pencil, it’s a different colour each time.


Sheaffer seems to be a more grown up brand of stationery with a selection of fine pens, gifts and other writing accessorises. 

I never really understand why pens come in boxes such as this one, unless for a gift, a box really is not needed as it just gets thrown away. I have given this pen to my son to use at school as it is a quite fine looking pen. I have kept the notebook and it has a pretty good section for people just lols me. – yes a blogger section.



Stabilo – Is a brand I am very familiar with. Their stationery appeals to both kids and adults alike. Bright, bold and a mixture of colours. They have a good selection of pens, pencils, highlighters and other funky writing materials. It’s a school kids paradise. 

Write size is quite a new brand. Their main concept being pencils for children, but at the correct size for little hands. Their pencils are developed in many sizes to lessen the strain of writing and gripping on young hands. A correct size pencil can also help improve handwriting. 

And last but not least – a new notebook from Nuco international. Lots of bright colours and different styles to choose from, notebooks that will certainly stand out in a classroom. 

Wow, we are in stationery heaven! #writingmatters. 

Gel-a-peel sparkle bead station

Published March 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy


This is the latest product from the creators of gel-a-peel. Gel-a-peel is the craft gel/glue product which can be used for multiple crafts including jewellery. 

Inside the box is 3 tubes of sparkly gel-a-peel, jewellery elastic string, jewellery accessories and the design station itself. 


Gel-a-peel is recommended for children ages 8 and over. It can be used by younger children with supervision. I do let Izebella have a go with the gels sometimes and she was happy to try out the new product with Jordanna. 

This can be used with the templates just like previous gel-a-peel products or on the design station rods.


One rod gets placed on the station and gel gets applied to the rod to make little beads (as above). It is better to make the beads as close together as possible so that it’s easier to remove them when dry. The rods turn round making it a little easier and a little less messier to apply the gel.

The designs shown on the outside of the box look really good but unfortunately ours didn’t quite turn out as good as those. This is one of my girls creations .

It is not as easy as it sounds as the beads just did not turn out the right shape or size plus some of them came apart when we removed them from the rods.

I think Jordanna preferred decorating her phone instead. 

It costs £24.99 to buy the gel-a-peel design studio. I don’t think it is something I would really go out and purchase again as my girls found it quite difficult, Jordanna being 9 and Izebella being just 4. Even I could not make the rod beads much better when I had a go.

However if you are slightly more artistic or have kids who are then they may get more out of it than we did. 

My Mother’s Day treats from Lily Obriens

Published March 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well there I was on Saturday just gone, worrying I would not get a thing for Mother’s Day. Then as if by magic, knock went the door and there stood a knight in shining at our bearing chocolate gifts from Lily Obriens

Well the chocolate gift party at least is true, the knight was the courier who bought it and his only armour was his vehicle but I can dream eh! 

Lily Obriens can be purchased in supermarket and they seem to be one of those brands that really jump out from the rest when spotted on the shelves. They are a luxury brand compared to the rest of the standard chocolates.

They have many selections available from small to large gifts boxes in all shapes and sizes with mixtures of milk, white and dark chocolates. Many of their gifts come pre wrapped as in the photograph above. They are purchased with the wrapping paper already on meaning no need to buy extra. Each one also comes with a label showing exactly what chocolates are in each box. 


I received two lovely boxes of Lily Obriens chocolates just in time for Mother’s Day and no I haven’t eaten them all just yet, I’ve been a good girl this time. 


This is the petit indulgence collection. Now on first glance it looks a small box and you only see six chocolates upon opening. However it’s deceptive as there are extra layers underneath. Not just one extra layer either but two, giving 18 delicious chocolates in total and all for just £5.50. 

The flavours are Lily O’Brien’s most decadent recipes and include Sticky Toffee, Simply Chocolate, Raspberry Crème, Chocolate Orange, Le Crunch Chocolate and Praline Perfectio.
And then this box too! 

This box contains an extra layer underneath giving a total of 24 chocolates. The Petit Desserts Collection has a wide range of indulgent flavours including Crème Brûlée, Key Limey Pie, Raspberry Infusion, Passion posset, hazelnut torte and banofee pie. This box costs £6.00.

I have really enjoyed these chocolates, they look and taste amazing, very chunky thick chocolate with multitudes of fillings and very low cost compared to other luxury chocolate brands. 

Lalaloopsy glitter hair dough

Published March 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy

 
The Lalaloopsy dolls were once rag dolls who magically came to life when their very last stitch was sewn, taking on the personalities of the materials that were used to make them.

 New for 2017, Lalaloopsy has launched its own Netflix Original Series – We’re Lalaloopsy! This launched in January.  The animated series features all-new original music that brings to life the popular Lalaloopsy line of dolls.

 The new season trailer can be watched here.
To accompany the new series MGA Entertainment is also introducing new Lalaloopsy products based on core characters as seen on Netflix.

One of those products is a new Lalaloopsy doll with glitter hair dough.  

We all love Lalaloopsy dolls in our house. They are so cute with their large heads and big button eyes. If I had to describe a Lalaloopsy doll to someone who had never seen one, then I would say something in between a big doll and a puppet. 

This doll is one of the larger Lalaloopsy’s as they do come in various sizes. 

She comes with removeable skirt and shoes and 3 tubs of glittery play dough. The top of her head opens up and the play dough goes in. There are 3 pink moulds to choose from which attach to the hole in the head.

It then locks in and Lalaloopsy pigtails act as handles to lift the play dough up and out through the small holes in the moulds. It then comes out a bit like silly hair.

For very long hair, more playdough needs to go in and the colours can be mixed too. 

Each mould gives different styles of hair and then when finished it can be taken out and more put in. 


This doll is suitable for ages 3 and over. The only slight problems I found with the doll are – the playdough mould which fits in the head can be tough to lock into place even for me when full of dough so a young child may struggle with this. The pigtail handle can also be tiring to turn if longer hair is required. 

However despite this my 4 year old really likes it. She loves play dough anyway so when it comes with a Lalaloopsy doll it’s even better. The doll also comes with play scissors and clips to use on the playdough hair.

As for playdough mess – it really is not an issue with this stuff. Yes Izebella gets the odd few bits on my deep carpet but it doesn’t really stick and easy enough to hoover up.

The price for one of these Lalaloopsy dolls with playdough and accessories is £29.99 (RRP). Would I pay this?? Yes I would because I know this is just the thing my daughter loves playing with and it’s much more than a simple boring doll.

 

Hot choc club subscription 

Published March 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well this subscription is certainly a first for me, yes it’s chocolate but chocolate that gets drunk rather than eaten. I have not come across any other hot chocolate clubs before this one and yes it’s certainly a good one. 

Hot choc club delivers monthly and there are about six box choices ranging from small to extra large and price starting at £12.00.
The boxes will look a bit like this, which of course happens to be mine. 

This is one of the bigger boxes and also a variety box meaning it’s a mixture of all sorts of hot choc drinks. Each hot chocolate variety comes in its own individual packet, and I do love the mini pegs which attach the little labels.

This hot chocolate is very different to the usual tubs found in supermarkets. Each packet is different but all contain actual chocolate rather than just powder. Some are chunky chocolate discs or blocks which get stirred into hot milk until melted. Others are chocolate drops which look very much like your regular edible chocolates and others resemble chocolate flakes. Some are dark chocolate, some milk, some white and some a mixtutre. Many of them also come flavoured such as mint, fruit, fudge and even a chilli hot chocolate which was nice. All of them are to be made with milk so it’s a good idea to stock up on big bottles of the stuff prior to receiving a box. 


This box is perfect for hot chocolate lovers and even as gifts too. I do love a nice cup of milky hot chocolate in the evening, it helps me relax and drift off peacefully into the land of nod. 

Fish delivered! Ramus fish box

Published March 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I do enjoy eating fish, and I don’t mean the type you get from the chippy. My only problem previously has been cooking and preparing it. But! Being sent a box of lovely fresh fish has changed all that completely. I didn’t even need to go to a store or carry it home and risk smelling fishy as it was delivered to my doorstep. My fish box came from Ramus and they deliver various fish boxes nationwide. 

This photograph shows the full contents of my fish box. In total six different varieties of fish, each packet containing two fillets and also a pot of salmon rub. 

The fish arrives cool with ice but not frozen. It can be kept in the fridge and used within 2/3 days or frozen. I put it all in the freezer to begin with and found that the fillets only take a few hours to defrost when required.


All the fish arrives sealed in individual packets. This box contained sea bass, haddock, salmon, trout, hake and smoked haddock. 

Sea bass is a fish that I have enjoyed in the past but have not had for a while. It can be a very expensive fish to buy and is often found on high end restaurant menus. It is not something I have previously cooked myself and certainly never prepared. I did a bit of research and watched a few videos on how to prepare this full fish fillet. 

Yes this fish came complete with head,eyes, fins and tail on and the last thing I wanted was to do something wrong or eat a part I’m not meant to. A fish with head still on does put me off eating it a bit so the head was the first thing I cut off, followed by the finns and the tail. Then I had to literally slice it open and remove the guts and bones which wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but I got there in the end. 


The silver scales also got scraped to remove any rough bits. I placed some onion inside the fish, with salt and pepper and a bit of oil infused with lemon, wrapped in foil and cooked in the oven for about 25 minutes. Then the fish was cooked to perfection, lovely and flakey and I served with yellow rice, sweet chilli sauce and a bit of mayonnaise. Lovely! 

I will be buying sea bass again as I do like it, tho I may ask them to prepare it for me next time.

The salmon fillets are really easy to cook as it’s already filleted. Salmon can be cooked in so many ways and has a very distinct flavour. I do prefer all my fish grilled or oven cooked. I used the little pot of salmon rub with the fillets. It’s just a seasoning to help enhance the flavour and optional. I enjoy salmon served with pasta, rice or vegetables. Here the salmon is served with sweet potato mash, green beans a little sauce. A very healthy dish. 


Next the smoked haddock fillets. These can be purchased fairly cheap but make a great dinner. Again they can be oven cooked, grilled or fried. This time served with crispy potatoes and green beans. 


I stlll have the rest of the fish in my freezer which I am of course looking forward to using. It’s been really good cooking with fresh fish for a change and something I am hoping to continue to do at least once a week if not more. Fish is of course very healthy and full of good stuff for the body. Served with vegetables and it’s even more healthier and also very tasty. Fish can also be used to make various recipes such as fish pies. 

Jordanna has also enjoyed the fish meals with me as she likes it too. Izebella has tried the fish and Ryan is still as fussy as ever. 

Our Fish box costs £25.00. There are other box selections to choose from on the Ramus website as well as hampers, platters and fish gifts via the online seafood shop.

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