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LOTD fashion 

Published October 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

LOTD is a new and upcoming fashion brand from Manchester. LOTD stands for “Look of the Day”. They sell fashionable trends for women at very affordable prices. I was able to get a full outfit including jeans, a top and boots for under £40.00.  



 
The Jeans
 

 I found these to be amazing value. It’s not often I can find a good pair of slim fitting jeans that I like for just £10. 


The size 10 fit for me is just perfect. The jeans do seem to be more grey in the bottom picture but it’s just a light trick. They are definitely blue.  


The top

Again a bargain at just £10. This eyelet top goes really well with the jeans. I chose black but it comes in other colours too. It’s off shoulder and cropped. 

This is Probably not something I’d wear for everyday use but more for dressing up, dates etc. It’s a lovely top. The lace does need tying or it could be a bit revealing.  


The Boots 

 And my boots finish my outfit off just perfectly. Big chunky heels and a velvet finish. Zip to the back. They are great for dancing, walking and go nicely with just about any outfit.


These boots cost £18.00 and also come in burgundy and grey.  


The outfit 

And here I am. This was taken at hotel prior to watching a show with the kids.
 

And all for under £40. 

It’s a bargain. The clothes are great quality too and vert fashionable  for ladies like myself. 

Visit LOTD and don’t forget to spin the wheel to get money off and discounts.



Last minute Halloween from Lidl

Published October 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Happy Halloween/ Samahain blessings everyone.

I know it’s a bit late on, bus these Halloween pieces have just arrived at my door from Lidl.

So if you haven’t bought your Halloween props and decorations, then head over to your local Lidl store as there may be a few bits left to grab (before the vampires do!)

Lidl pumpkin lanterns and scary glass candles along with spider webs and floating ghosts too.

And don’t forget the sweets and treats too for when the mini ghouls come calling later!

Degustabox October reveal

Published October 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My October degustabox arrived a few days ago. And as always, here is my box reveal.


TREATS!


My favourite bit of Degustabox are the treats. The chocolates, sweets, crisps etc. 

This month bought me a large bag of Chippeas which seem to be a new take on puff type crisps. Instead of being made from potatoes they are made with chickpeas. Unfortunately they was not to everyone’s taste. I thought they was okay, a little herby but my children did not like them at all.

Millions Vimto however went down a right treat. I actually didn’t even get to try one of the tiny flavoured vimto sweets and it was a fairly big tub too. My kids were like vultures with these. 

Michel et Augustin cookies – I made sure I did get to try one of these. I say one because there were only two cookies in the pack. Soft, sweet and ever so slightly like the taste of rusk. I would of liked a few more but yes these get the thumbs up. 

Nuttvia breadsticks – This is a new type of chocolate spread product, similar to Nutella but claims to contain 97% less sugar. It comes as a jar spread as well as the breadstick pots which are like the old retro choc pots I had when younger. The chocolate is delicious and certainly doesn’t taste like there is less sugar. They do not come cheap tho, forget the old 30p choc snack. These cost £2+ each. It was probably my favourite product this month from my box but there is no way I would pay that amount for a small breadstick and chocolate dip snack. 

 The small white packet contains a chocolate disc from the Real hot chocolate company. These discs are all wrapped and sealed individually by hand. They make an excellent cup of dreamy milky hot chocolate. Just what I need on a cold Autumn dark night.



DRINKS!

Just two drinks this month, both of which I am quite familiar with.

They are from the same company – Feel Good. The infusions being one of the new refreshing additions but not really a flavour I’m too fond of. It just doesn’t sit well with my palette, I don’t like mint and it’s quite watery too. The orange and mango still juice is on the other hand a lovely refreshing treat.



CUPBOARD ITEMS!

Finally the cupboard treats, or the items with a longer shelf life that can be stored in my cupboard.


Heinz spaghetti hoops, the no added sugar variety make a very simple and easy lunch during school holidays. Tinned spaghetti on toast being one of the rare things that all three of my kids will actually eat.

Misfortune cookie – I think this was put in as a Halloween treat, or trick. They don’t taste too great.

Lo salt – I don’t think this needs much explanation. It’s a tub of salt that contains less sodium than regular salt so a bit healthier. 

Pulsin bar – A healthy bar, they don’t taste great to me tho and far too expensive. It’s probably cheaper to make my own. 


AND ALSO !


Kabuto Noodles – I’ve had a fair few of these noodle pots in my boxes over the past few months. Unfortunately again, I’m not a big fan of pot noodle snacks or microwave noodles so I end up giving these away.

Valfrutta seems to be a vegetable Quinoa product. I have not made this yet. Not too sure if I will or what I’ll make it with.

Lee Kum Kee – Now these look really interesting and tasty. Real Chinese, Cantonese and oriental sauces to make delicious dishes. Instructions in English too. I cannot wait to make the king prawn dish. I just have to get round to buying the ingredients.


 I found the October box a little bit of a strange one. There seemed to be a fair few “repeat” products from previous months. A few social network comments from box subscribers state the same too. 

 I did enjoy a few of the products, mainly the Nuttvia, hot chocolate, and my children loved the millions and always enjoy spaghetti. The salt will come in useful as it will last a while, salt of course being used for many things, not just chips. The Chinese sauces will be used in the next few weeks and I’ll hopefully remember to get a quick snap of the dishes I make. All the treat products are now gone, along with the drinks. I did like the addition of the novelty fortune cookie, even tho they don’t taste great to eat, it’s one of those silly food type products that everyone wonders what’s actually inside. None of us like the protein bars or the noodle snack, but apart from that it’s been a fairly good box. 

The content total is approximately £21.00 or just over and subscribers pay just £12.99 per box including the postage and packing. Therefore it’s still worth it even with the odd few products that we don’t really like. Degustabox currently have an amazing offer of 55% off a box, meaning the box only costs £5.99 (including p&p) instead of the usual £12.99.

 If you’re new to reading my posts and have never heard of Degustabox then head over to Degustabox UK to read all about the monthly subscription.

In a nutshell you get up to 15 different full size products delivered in a box each month. The products are usually new items that have recently appeared in UK stores and supermarkets or even products yet to hit stores, sometimes mixed with a few well known items. The products will never be small sample packets as no one wants those do they? Some boxes contain alcohol, some don’t, you can choose whether to receive an alcohol box or not. It’s all about trying new things each month. Yes there will usually be one or two items which you won’t like but just do what I do and offer them to friends and family to try instead.

Degustabox is without a doubt my favourite food/snack subscription box and yes I’ve sampled a fair few different ones.

Back to School – Bureau Direct

Published October 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Half term is now over for my lot, and it’s back to school once again. Wow! this year does seem to be flying fast doesn’t it?

With a new school term, comes new school supplies; not usually uniform or big things, but stationery. We had lots of stationery at the beginning of September but it never lasts forever. 

 Here we have a few bits from Bureau direct . They sell a selection of notebooks, journals, pens amongst other stationery type items.
 

The larger black book is in fact an “observers notebook”, aimed towards those who have any sort of interest in astronomy (think star gazing etc). It’s not my thing but my teenage son seems to have an interest in space and telescopes and that kind of thing so it’s him who now has this notebook.

Inside are 140 pages with varying layouts along with many astronomy illustrations throughout.

 

I’m not exactly sure what it is that gets recorded about stats and space, but there is plenty of space in this book to do it. Pair it with a telescope for a very thoughtful gift or just a nice addition for someone more experienced in the hobby. 
 The  “Whitelines” notepads  are a new product. You write the notes and then scan with an app and save to a device. Clever eh? 
 
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They seem a  good idea for students and anyone who uses notes in their job. The app is free and the pads come in various sizes. 
 Finally there isn’t much point having notepads and journals without the pen. The pen you see in the pictures above is a new Japanese brand called Mark Up. In true Japanese style they aim to confuse by adding the French days of the week and French text around the pens. It’s a slim pen designed for fitting inside notebooks, black ink with various pen colours (just to confuse even more). The ink is refillable and they cost £5.95 each.

For more products and info; visit Bureau direct.

JYSK happiness survey results 

Published October 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I received a lot of answers as part of my JYSK happiness question in my recent competition. My answers along with the answers from other bloggers taking part have all been published into a survey. 

The UK seems to be happiest cuddling pets on the sofa in a clean and tidy home with all of their favourite people and things in one place – and wearing pyjamas while we’re cuddling, makes the happiness complete. We seem to be a nation of regular cat and dog snugglers – and yes, they are allowed on the sofa. (But not in my house) 
Playing with the kids also hits the top of the happiness at home table just above a love of our own beds, clean sheets and very  rare moments of ‘me time, once the kids have gone to bed. (This one I do agree with) 
JYSK’s ‘Feel the Happiness’ Report, also states that the majority of us are utterly devoted pyjama-wearers. Our homes may be our castles but we are at our happiest at home after donning fleecy night attire, comfy slippers and wrapping ourselves in a cuddly throw.  

However Britain is far from the happiest place on Earth, ranking only 23rd place in 2017. Year on year Scandinavian countries dominate the top of the table for the world’s happiest nations. They put it down to a combination of things; one of them is Hygge.  
 2017 World Happiness League Table 2013-15 World Happiness League Table

1.​Norway 1. Denmark

2.​Denmark 2. Switzerland
3.​Iceland 3. Iceland
4.​Switzerland 4. Norway
5.​Finland 5. Finland
19. UK 23. UK
The new JYSK survey, which asked 30,000 followers of popular home and family bloggers about what makes them feel the happiness at home found that fairy lights, candles, softer accent lighting and real fires are important contributors to creating a relaxing environment. Just like our Scandinavian cousins, we are looking at lighting; greater use of natural and softer materials and appreciating time spent interacting with loved ones.  
Other Hygge happiness triggers include someone else – usually a partner – preparing dinner and sharing a glass of wine or a warming hot drink on a squishy sofa under a cuddly throw. Family activities such as movie nights in were also highlighted as activities that see people happiest at home.

And of course, the soft furnishings, throws, cushions and slippers were also important but having a clean and tidy home with plenty of well-thought out storage and was the number one contentment generator – as it sets the perfect environment to relax.  

Here is the British top 20 results for what makes us happiest at home.
1.​Clean and tidy house – everything in its place​

2.​Favourite people and things all in one place​
3.​Pets – snuggling with cat/dog on the sofa​
4.​Playing with the kids​
5.​Our own bed with clean sheets and particularly when it’s raining outside​
6.​‘Me time’ after kids’ bedtime​
7.​Fairy lights and candles/soft lighting/natural lighting​
8.​Darker nights making it cosier inside, snuggling on sofa with throws & cushions​
9.​A real fire​
10.​Grandchildren over for games & cuddles​
11.​Partner cooking dinner​
12.​Pyjamas/bedtime​
13.​Night in DVD, family , chocolate​
14.​Home cooking/smell of​
15.​Sofa, throws, cushions, family​
16.​Reading in a comfortable armchair​
17.​Cuddling on sofa​
18.​Family and friends meals/relaxing​
19.​Pyjama TV box set ‘binge’
20.​Time with pets and kids​

​Other Hygge happiness hits included one of my favourites – which is  long bubble baths in a clean and tidy bathroom. And also  uninterrupted time, hanging out the washing, baking and sofa naps.

Also popular were cotton sheets, lavender scented pillows, old Christmas movies, crocheting and cuddling pet guinea pigs at dusk.
Family photos and children’s artwork generate smiles and happy memories, Scandi style is growing in popularity thanks to its calming neutrals and natural materials and there is a marked trend in people including unique furniture pieces that draw the eye. All of these things make our homes our own and contribute to our wellbeing.

Some of the simplest things make people happy at home – when the baby is finally asleep, enjoying a crumpet (in pyjamas), creating a reading corner in the sitting room, the teenagers being out of the house and no technology interruptions for example.
Others are at their happiest and most relaxed in front of the computer, having a ticked off ‘to do’ list, watching garden birds from a cosy chair or finally achieving possession of the remote control.
Watching fish in the aquarium, finding a rare space on the sofa ‘in a house full of hounds’ and home-birds that are happy as soon as they get through the front door also featured.
Wardrobes and storage generally were seen as significant mood lifters, particularly for struggling born minimalists sharing their home with a hectic young family.
Playing the ukulele and ‘the three teddies that live on my bed’ also got a mention from individuals describing their ultimate happy time at home.

The 2017 world happiness report showed Norway, Denmark and Iceland in the first, second and third places. Finland and the Netherlands were in fifth and sixth (after Switzerland in fourth). The UK is at number 19, rising from number 23 – JYSK, which now has 15 stores here, was interested to note that the rise of happiness at home is mostly attributed to the Hygge elements beloved and enjoyed in Scandinavia. To find out more about Hygge and Scandi style visit http://www.JYSK.co.uk.

*JYSK analysed a sample of 1,000 taken from an engagement of 30,000 around its Feel the Happiness initiative. The sample is from across the UK’s nations and regions, collected from followers of leading home and family bloggers.
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Tomy: Greedy Granny

Published October 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Greedy Granny is so greedy. She takes all the biscuits away and keeps them on her tray, all to herself. But Granny gets tired and falls asleep, meaning children get a chance to steal Grannies biscuits. 


Players take a turn each to spin the spinner.  Then they either miss a go, or try to steal the biscuits. The number on the spinner indicates how many times the Granny button must be pressed. 


But beware, as one of those button pushes will eventually wake Granny up, who won’t be happy that everyone is trying to get the biscuits. She will jump up, raise her arms and her false teeth come flying out along with the tray and whatever biscuits are on it. 


Should Greedy Granny wake up on your turn then all your stolen biscuits go back to Grannies tray. 

To win, you need one of each of the four different biscuits. 

This reminds me a bit of buckaroo but uses a granny and biscuits as opposed to a horse. It’s one of those games that keeps us on edge because none of us know when granny will wake up and it can be quite a scare when she does. Spinning a 3 button push increases the risk of granny jumping up,  but she can literally pop up any time, it’s a matter of luck. 

Izebella is quite wary about pressing Grannies button. I don’t think she enjoys the whole suspense at all. 

Greedy Granny, from Tomy Toys is for ages 5 and over and for 2-4 players. It costs £15 or so from most good toy stores. 

JYSK Bedroom Hygge!

Published October 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Do you remember me telling you about JYSK not so long ago? Well I’m now extremely happy to say that my chosen items have arrived.


JYSK’s Feel the Happiness #chooseJYSK campaign part of a celebration of the Scandinavian store group’s 2,500th store opening involved asking people “what makes you happy at home?” For me, the thing that makes me happiest is my bed. My bed is my place to relax after a busy day with the kids. Whatever worries I may have throughout the day; my bed is the place that takes them away.

JYSK has many mattresses to suit all bed sizes and most budgets, have a look here http://www.JYSK.co.uk. Mattresses can be very very expensive, usually much more than the bed frame itself, so it’s worth looking at JYSK’s range which offers great quality and value.
 I strongly believe if you want a good night’s sleep on a comfortable mattress then you have to pay a bit more for luxury. The phrase “you get what you pay for” seems to ring true in this department. The wrong mattress, can not just affect sleep but cause all sorts of health problems with backs and joints.
It’s always a good idea to invest a bit more on something you will be using every day.

This is my new Plus 25 mattress. I have king size which costs £225. Compared to many similar mattresses on the market, this is actually relatively inexpensive. I paid more for my old mattress from a very well known mattress brand and it was nowhere near as comfortable as this one.
 This has to be the thickest, bounciest mattress I have ever owned. It is 32cms thick, that’s almost a third of a metre!


This boasts 325 springs and padded with pressure relieving memory foam. To say I get a good night’s sleep on this is an understatement. I have been sleeping like a baby since it arrived.




It wasn’t the easiest thing to manoeuvre onto my bed. The lovely delivery guys took it upstairs for me, but I had to lift the old mattress off the bed first and then get this new one through my bedroom door and onto my bed alone! It weighs a whopping 47kg, it’s not far off my weight and it’s big. I was glad to find handles on either side of the length which really helped.

 I was not the only one, amazed by the sheer size of it. As soon as my girls saw it, they were straight on it, testing out how soft and bouncy it is. Izebella told me it was like a trampoline.


I like the overall top pattern too, it reminds me of old style white wallpaper. I could just sleep on this mattress by itself, no bedding needed as it is just so amazingly comfy.

I think teddy likes his new bed too! 


 Of course, I don’t sleep on it alone. I’d be too worried about marks or bits of make up/perfume rubbing off and it looking grubby, plus I would no doubt get a bit cold during the night with no bedding. 

 As well as lots of furniture items, both big and small; JYSK also has lots and lots of lovely accessories and soft furnishings including some bedding items to make my bed fit for a queen.


First; and most importantly – the duvet.

 



The ULVIK duvet, again in king size. When I just picked up this duvet up, my thoughts were that it felt too light to be suitable for Winter. It is a 10.5 too but it’s really deceptive. The filling inside is airy siliconised spiral shaped hollow fibre so it seems to weigh much less than its discount store counterparts. Once on my new mattress however, my thoughts completely changed. It felt much much heavier over me than it did lifting it.




It keeps me warm, it does not make me over heat. It keeps me a just the right temperature. I have no idea how it does, but believe me it does. Again just look at the floral pattern on this duvet and the quilted effect just says luxury. However this duvet (king size) costs just £20. 

Not wanting to spoil my duvet in any way. I also have a new duvet cover set too.


I feel it’s important to get a duvet set that matches the room decor. White of course always blends well with anything so it’s a good choice.
 The Nell Sateen duvet set costs £30.00 and it certainly looks great on my bed.



Soft and luxurious, combined with my new duvet and mattress. It feels like heaven sleeping in this bed.

The set includes the duvet cover and two pillow cases.


And that’s not all. With my bed being my happy place. I just had to add a few more little extras.



My added touches are fake fur throws and cushions from JYSK Lotus range. The cushions are £5.00 each and the throws £15 each. They come in the brown, which I have, and also a silver option.



Yes they do appear more white than brown. The brown is the under layer of the throws and a base layer for the cushions with white fake fur over it. The two colours really blend so well.



You can see here, the brown showing through in the light, it almost appears as gold.


The feel of fake fur on my arms at night is amazing. It’s a light throw too, and therefore doesn’t feel heavy. I just love having one on my bed.


The cushions can of course be used on sofas too. The colour shades blend well with a black background.



The throw can be washed if needed but unfortunately the cushions cannot. The fake fur covers do not come off and putting them in a washing machine would no doubt ruin them. They can be wiped clean with care, but it’s probably best to just try to keep them clean and away from sticky hands and substances. 
 

Well I will certainly be enjoying my very comfortable nights sleeps from now on, thanks to my amazing mattress and bedding from JYSK.
























Luci Light

Published October 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is the new Luci Light. It may just come in useful for Halloween and Christmas as a nice decorative feature but it’s also really good for the dark evenings or nighttime.

It does not look like a light to begin with. It’s inflatable so I had to manually blow our up. No batteries are needed for this light as it runs off solar power. Placing it by a window during day time (even if minimal sun) should be enough to make it last the majority of the night.

It’s a nice soft glow with two modes. A still light and a flickering candle like mode. My children thought the light was faulty when they saw it flickering but this is part of its features that imitate a candle. The only downside is the air vent at the top which makes the light look a bit strange. This would be much better elsewhere.

As well as a cool Xmas and Halloween decoration, this would be a good product for camping as it does not need any power source other than the sun and takes up no space.

Luci lights are available via First Ascent

Nutty Putty 

Published October 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I never understand why kids seem fascinated by squishy squashy stuff, be it slime or dough, my kids seem to love the soft stuff. 

Nutty Putty is shapeable, bendable putty, made from silicone. It’s totally safe for kids being non toxic and even gluten free. 

It comes as air clay and can even be baked.


Our air dry clay pack is really unusual as the clay comes white and colourless. It comes with special dye in little pots.


What we had to do was add a little dye to bits of pulled off clay, mound the clay and the dye will blend in and totally change the clay colour. 


There are only four small pots of dye, but if you use your imagination like Jordanna did, then it’s easy to create other colours, such as purple from red and blue. 

Once the clay is coloured, it can then be moulded into anything you wish. Izebella chose to create some mini monsters as it’s almost Halloween.

Our other kit is a crazy keyring bake set. With this one, the clay is shaped and then baked to set. We did find getting the key rings onto the creations really difficult, but still had fun making things like this. 


It’s squashy, squishy and totally mess free, even the dyes don’t stain hands. Visit Nutty putty to buy. 

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