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L.O.L Surprise series 2 

Published August 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Remember my posts several weeks ago with miniature dolls and accessories all hidden in a plastic ball? They are known as L.O.L Surprise dolls. They were the first series and we are now on series 2 of these things. 

Series 2 is the same as series 1 but with more characters introduced. Izebella still had to unwrap the large ball to find all the hidden accessories and finally the doll right in the middle. 


This doll is named DJ. Each doll has its own name and style and each one does its own little thing with water, such as pee, change colour etc.

Of course Izebella loves them. I do find the accessories really small. If I had a younger child I’d certainly be wary. Also there is a lot of plastic rubbish when unwrapping the ball, but girls seem to love them and they do make easy Xmas presents and stocking fillers. 

My Pocket money toy subscription 

Published August 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is our 3rd months box from the My Pocket money toy subscription which brings subscribers a box of age appropriate toys each month complete with a changing theme. We have so far had dinosaurs and space themes. August theme was very exciting for my girls being unicorns and rainbows. 


Here you can see Izebella looking fairly pleased after opening her monthly box of goodies.


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She found lots of lovely toys and sets in her special box, including a sticky bug, a rainbow alphabet puzzle, a hatching egg unicorn and a window decoration which she absolutely loved doing all by herself. She would not let anyone help her. 


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Jordanna also received her box of toys. The toys are curated around the child’s age each time so that children get toys that are not too young or old for them. Jordanna’s box therefore contained some different items to Izebellas box.






 
Jordanna’s box contained a lockable unicorn diary, a unicorn shrinkies craft set, a rainbow twirly stunt ribbon and also a tumble insect sticky bug, tho a different style to the one Izebella got. 

My girls have enjoyed all their monthly boxes and they both tell me that this was the best one so far. 

These subscription boxes start at £14.99 and subscriptions can be purchased 

here.

Degustabox August reveal

Published August 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

August Degustabox has arrived, and this box came with a Back to School theme. A few lunchbox and snack treats came included and in my opinion; this is possibly one of the best boxes this year..

 

 

So starting with some lovely treats or snacks. I got a 6 multipack of Seabrook crisps. Seabrook happen to be one of my favourite crisp brands. The crisps are also big pieces with minimal crumbs and with a crinkle cut design. This multipack of six would usually cost £1.00.


Also two packs of Popped chips, usually costing 99p each. The sweet and smokey Chipolte are very spicy. The Pesto and sundries tomato really do taste like sun dried tomato and not just artificial flavours.

 

 And even more yummy treats here! Bahlsen biscuits, are loved by us all here. We haven’t had these Black & White pick ups before but; not surprisingly they didn’t last long here. £1,69 for a 5 pack.

Refreshers Softies seem to be a softer version of the well known refresher tubes. Soft and chewy and still with the fizz. Just a pound a bag too.

Cadbury’s new product resembles broken bits of curly wurley which taste just like Curley Wurley but are meant to look like worms. Curleywurly Squirlies will cost a rather overpriced £1.89 per bag in shops.

Also from Cadbury, a Dairy milk big taste toffee whole nut bar; I have to wonder why the extra long name for a bar of chocolate costing just 65p? It was delicious tho. Shame I only had one.

  

Next the drinks! There are always a drink or two or maybe more of some sort of drink in every 
Degustabox.
 

I included the JellySqueeze here too because they look like drinks and get drunk like drinks but it’s Jelly and they cost 69p each.

Orangina was the biggest box surprise this month. I remember loving the original Orangina when it first came out years ago. It still tastes great and the price has not increased all that much at £1.20 per bottle.

Twisted Halo sounds more like a video game than an alcoholic beverage. This one is made with vodka and natural flavours. I’m not too sure how this could be a back to school themed product. Although maybe it’s meant for us parents as a stress buster?

 

 Moving on to the cupboard items or products with the slightly longer shelf lives.

   First from Hellmann’s who don’t need much introduction as the majorly of people know they make mayonnaise. I love the stuff on salad and sandwiches and even hot dishes such as chilli. I don’t mind paying the £1.69 for this.

Tabasco green pepper sauce – I have not used this yet so not really able to comment much on it. It says it’s mild and made with mild Jalapeños with salt and vinegar. It’s basically a light Mexican dressing costing £1.89 per bottle. 

 Finally two packs of noodles from Maggi. I’m not normally a fan of packet noodles but these are actually quite good and flavoursome. 

 

 I have used the sticky Hoisin duck packet and added some actual duck meat. I made mine in a wok. Inside the packets and other small packets containing oil, flavour and some dried vegetables and I had to combine them together to make this.  They tasted really good, and I’ll be having the other pack soon too. These cost £1.39 per pack.

Degustabox costs just £12.99 per month as a monthly subscription box. This price includes 10-15 full size product food items, packaging and delivery. Sign up at Degustabox UK. They constantly have offers and discounts on boxes too.

Bobble It! 

Published August 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Bobble It, is a new type of creative play colourful material. It’s mess free and lots of fun.

It stretches, moulds and sticks just like play doh but looks and feels completely different. It’s a little like air clay meets kinetic sand, soft, mouldable and zero mess. No need to worry about bits sticking to carpets with this stuff. The appearance reminds me of those colourful little spog sweets that are usually found in a pack of liquorice all sorts.  

At the moment there are just two Bobble It play sets – A picture frame, and a vase with flowers (Famcy flower set) ; which is the set we have, plus individual Bobble It refill packs. 

In the vase and flower set we start off by putting together the vase, which is just 2 pieces of shaped plastic 
Unfortunately these need to be taped together, this is the one thing that let the set down, as sellotape with Bobble material don’t seem to bond so great.

By stretching the coloured material, then applying it to the vase, it can then be moulded to fit where it needs to go.

There were no instructions inside the box so we were left to our own imagination really and went off the images on the box cover to know what we had to do. 

   

My girls decided to use all of their colours to create stripes all around their vase. I helped too and it’s lovely easy stuff to work with. 

The flowers were also easy. There are several petal cutters or the petals could just be moulded onto the plastic flower bases.

 


The stuff sets with air after a few hours yet still feels soft and squishy to touch. 

 

Ours  doesn’t quite look as good as those on the box, but it’s not to bad for our first attempt I don’t think. And we still have a fair bit of the material left too to make whatever we like. 

My girls are already asking for more sets of this stuff so I’m hoping to get them the other set too and hopefully Addo may just bring out more.

Bobble IT is available from The Entertainer store. 

Emoji’s have landed

Published August 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Emoji fever seems to be taking over the UK with the recent release of the Emoji movie. Kids everywhere want all new emoji themed accessories, and these poseable light up figure and just one of them. 


There are three to collect and for some strange reason, my kids seem obsessed with the poop shaped one – which also happens to be called “Poop” the other two are Jailbreak and Gene and we have two of these.

 

Now I’m not sure what exactly these are meant to be or their use; as they don’t really do all that much. Their arms and legs can be moved and they can be also be removed from the stands so maybe a little like dolls?

 They also both light up, but the light isn’t anything special and not really bright enough for reading, Plus it doesn’t stay on long enough. The lights are only activated when one of the characters arms are lifted and then instantly go off again as the arms don’t stay up. 

 

I actually struggled to get pictures of the lights on as one of my hands had tohold up the arm, with the other taking the picture.

Jordanna wasn’t too impressed with the short amount of light. Izebella seemed happy to have just something from the Emoji movie.

If anything they do make nice enough bedroom decorations and accessories, they aren’t soft so no good for bedtime hugs either. I’m thinking maybe in a few years time they may just be sought after by movie apparel fans and who knows perhaps worth a bit more than the £14.99 price tag. 

 

Visit Flair toys for more info. 

Chatham kids shoes 

Published August 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Shoes from Chatham are certainly a little bit different than the norm, being that the majority of their shoes are designed in a naval/boat/deck style. Shoes that are flat, comfortable which still have that bit of sophisticated. They even have their own children’s section of footwear.

On first glance at the children’s shoes, you may be mistaken to think they all look boyish, but if you click on a few pairs, you will find alternative colours such as pink which looks much less boyish.

These are the children’s Henry Deck shoes, at £45.00 per pair. There are 3 colour choices here including the pink shade.

 

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I think they look very pretty on, if matched with the right outfit. I have had mixed opions from both adults and children on these shoes. Most adults agree and find them very unusual yet sweet and pretty. Izebella, who now owns a pair also loves them and she tells me they are very comfy. Jordanna however was not so keen and said they are not something she would wear, so I guess it’s a good job I didn’t get these for her.
 

These shoes are made with premium nubuck leather. As these are only shoes that Izebella has with laces on, it seems a good opportunity to try and teach her how to tie laces too.  

Well the new deck shoes certainly measured up to their comfyness as Izebella wore them last weekend to walk around York all day , and even climbed a large tower in them, beating md to the top. 

 

And then it was time to put her feet up along with shoes and sit on a big throne, shoes fit for a princess! 
 

Sea-band – Do they work? & Giveaway! 

Published August 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Izebella suffers quite badly with travel sickness, be it train, bus or car; any journey over 30 minutes and her tummy starts to hurt and out it comes before I can even grab a sick bag. I know the feeling all too well because I also suffered with it for many years when younger. If your lucky enough to never have suffered with travel sickeness then the nearest comparison would be morning sickness.


Tablets do work but side effects include drowsiness and a very dry mouth and I’m wary of giving them to Izebella being so young. I had heard of Sea-band many times before. But I was doubtful as to whether they would have any real effectiveness. I mean it’s just wristbands isn’t it? 


Yes Sea- bands are bands that fit round the wrist for the length of the journey. However on the wrist is an acupressure point known as P6. The plastic studs on the bands stimulate this pressure point
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Acupressure is the technique of applying pressure to the acupoints and meridians. Pericardium 6 (P6) is one of these points, governing the movement of energy in the chest, harmonisation of the digestion and stomach, the regulation of blood flow and the calming of the mind.


The Chinese use acupressure on P6 to treat chest pain, irregular and painful periods, pre-menstrual depression, insomnia and to relieve nausea and vomiting, acid regurgitation, hiccupping and belching.”



Even with this information I was still dubious whether they would work for Izebella. So on a train to York we went to test them out.


It is recommended to apply both bands to each wrist prior to traveling, in our case that’s prior to boarding the two trains. 

York by train takes just over 2 hours from Bolton and two trains are needed to get there. 



The bands are slightly tight, this helps stimulate and press the right point, they did leave a slight mark on Izebellas wrists but they was not too uncomfortable for her and most of the journey she totally forgot that she was wearing her “magic bands!”


I am pleased to say that my doubts were proven wrong. She was not sick once there or coming back, no tummy ache, no headache or paleness or feeling at all unwell. I did explain beforehand that the bands would stop her from being and feeling sick so perhaps the notion/placebo that they would helped a little too, but they certainly did work.  


 Sea-bands come in sizes for children and adults. The child bands are really small, and older children would probably be better using the adult bands.  They come in different colours too and can even help with pregnancy sickness and other things too. 

Both adult and child Sea-bands can be purchased at Boots costing £8.95 each. 


 It also helps to keep young children distracted whilst travelling to take their minds off the worry of sickness. Sea-Band also sent us some activity books that include colour in pages and puzzles. 

Books, tablets, games and even talking can also all help distract a worrying mind when travelling. When on a train it is advised to sit a passenger with travel sickness in a front facing seat.

Motion sickness is thought to occur when there’s a conflict between what your eyes see and what your inner ears, which help with balance, sense.

The brain holds details about where you are and how you’re moving. It constantly updates this with information from your eyes and vestibular system. The vestibular system is a network of nerves, channels and fluids in your inner ear, which gives your brain a sense of motion and balance.

If there’s a mismatch of information between these two systems, your brain can’t update your current status and the resulting confusion will lead to symptoms of motion sickness, such as nausea and vomiting.”





GIVEAWAY 

 Sea-Band are giving away 3 bundles to 3 winners (one each). The bundles include – 1 adult sea-band set, 1 child sea-band set and an activity book. 

All you need to do is enter below!


ENTER HERE
This giveaway will close on September 18th 2017 and is open to UK residents. 

Shnooks

Published August 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Meet the Shnooks, cute balls of magical fluff from the land of Zuru a magical place full of fun and adventure. Shnooks are bright and colourful and are hatched at the spot where the rainbows meet the waterfalls. 



They arrive in their very own bubble, a little like a baby.

The bubble needs bursting open. The Shnook inside is flat out tired from the journey to your home and needs a little help to wake up.  


A simple shake and a lot of love usually does the trick. Shnook will then grow and grow ready for lots of love and new home with you.


 Shnooks come with fluffy fuzzy hair and come with their own little comb and hair clips ready for their new owner to style. 



These are so cute and cuddly, perfect for any little princess. 
They can be found ready and waiting in many magical stores like The Entertainer for approximately £8.00 each. 

Back to School: Epson eco tank 

Published August 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With the majority of the world becoming digital and online, it was only a matter of time before most school homework would also follow suit. Most school age children now have access to a laptop, tablet, phone or other device which connects to the internet. Whilst it’s good that we have the internet, it’s no good if we need something off the internet or computer unless we also have a printer. 

It’s my belief that all households should have a printer as we all need something printing at some point, be it homework, postage labels, tickets or something else. 

Printers can often be picked up relatively cheaply, many under £100, but the cost of replacement ink is usually much more than the printer value itself with ink cartridges lasting just a few months if that. 

Epson is a well known printer brand. I have had several of their products previously and never been disappointed. One of their most recent models aims to change the whole concept of expensive frequent ink changes.


This being the new Epson “Eco-tank” ET-2600.

From the outset this printer looks no different from many other Epson printers. A sleek black simple shell, lift up cover, pull out paper tray, wifi and various other function buttons at the front. 

The big difference lies with the ink. Unlike usual rectangular ink cartridges, this one uses special ink bottles instead.

The four primary ink colours – black, cyan, magenta, yellow remain the same (I do wonder how the printers print any colour from these). 

The bottles don’t go in the printer like the cartridges would. They need carefully tipping into the printer ink tank. 

This shows corresponding ink colours in 4 individual tanks, each one complete with own lid. The ink process needs completing prior to switching on. Once switched on the printer will go through the usual ink charge process and then it’s ready to print.

These ink bottles last a lot longer than cartridges. The first four ink bottles come included and may just last long enough to print a massive 7500 coloured pages. For us that will be about 3 years. 

As for printer set up – It is the same as most other printer set ups. This does come with an installation disc, but many new laptops don’t come with a disc drive anymore. Epson realise this too and provide a website link to download set up files. For tablet and mobile device users, again the website in the set up leaflet will allow iprint installation. 

This is something we already had and once set up you can print from anywhere if printer is switched on. Epson remote printing allows me to send documents to  specific unique address when I am not home and the print outs are usually there once I return.



Wireless wifi printing means no running cables, and can be done anywhere within my router range by mobile or laptop. From my iPhone it’s a simple click and confirm and the printer starts up. 

The Epson software menu box gives many printing options. Many of them I don’t use myself. Paper type, quality and size, along with image placement and colour options are the ones I use the most. It also includes an option for test prints and alignment, cleaning etc incase of problems. 

This printer is also a 3-in-1 meaning it also copies and scans documents. Scanning is done via the epson software on laptop or the app for mobile devices and again it’s just a button press. 

This is a well designed printer, being similar size to previous printers I have owned means it fits where I need it to fit. Printing is fast and with minimal noise. Set up fairly straightforward and extremely easy and fast via mobile devices. The new ink bottle format means we will certainly save pounds on buying ink every few months too. 

Now of course there has to be a catch somewhere with all these good features and that is the current price tag. Epson are currently selling this at £229.99 which probably isn’t a price that many normal households want to fork out at this time of year. However if you google around then you may just find this considerably cheaper. John Lewis sell for £179 at the moment and Amazon is always going to be cheaper. Of course for those not in a desperate hurry for a printer may wish to wait a few months and see if the price falls considerably. I believe the price reflects the ink cost saving. If you have a standard cartridge printer and add up the cost of ink over 3/4 years then I’m sure that would end up being a lot more, so maybe it is worth paying that little bit more now. 

Back to School: Tangle Angel 

Published August 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

School mornings can be so damn stressful can’t they? The rush of getting washed, ready, fed and out. The shouts, the frustration etc. And for girls with long thick locks – the dreaded morning hair brushing. 

Hair that’s just been slept in, full of knots and tangles which are worse if they had a bath the night before. Having your hair pulled and tied up first thing is not a great experience at all.

Special little princesses need special brushes to brush their long locks, brushes that will easily get through any tangles without too much pain. They need a brush that even the angels would use. They need a Tangle Cherub by Tangle Angel.


The tangle cherub is smaller than the regular tangle angel brush and comes with the famous well known angel wings design in a choice of pretty princess colours. 


Tangle Angel brushes are specially designed to easily glide through even the most tangled hair with ease. Tangled cherub are made even gentler and even have antibacterial additives embedded into the plastic making the brush very hygenic.

This brush can easily get through both wet and dry hair, even hair that’s been freshly washed or just out of the pool. They are also heat resistant to be used with hair dryers.

Izebella usually cries, shouts and moans when using other brushes but she doesn’t seem to mind using the Tangle cherub brush on her long locks. 

 

 


Buy the Tangle  cherub from Tangle Angel and various stores for £9.95 and make school mornings a little less stressful. 
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