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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.

Kaya jewellery just in time for Mother’s Day.

Published March 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s Mother’s Day in just two days and I can’t believe just how fast it’s come around again. This year is going way too fast and yes it will soon be Christmas (oops!)

Anyway I know my children have bought me a few goodies which I can’t wait to see but I have also been getting a few lovely “mummy” type gifts in the run up to Sunday and this is just one of them. 

Yes I do love my bracelets and this one is a very special mum bracelet which came from Kaya Jewellery, it’s made of silver and is quite unusual as the bracelet is designed with silver balls rather than chain links which is what caught my eye when I spotted it. 

There is one silver heart charm which can be personalised on both sides. I chose to have Keira’s name put on this, along with her birth/death date on the back. 


The pink pearl is an extra optional charm which costs a few pounds extra, but it is very pretty. 

This bracelet comes in sizes for both children and ladies. Three sizes for us ladies plus the bracelets all have a 3cm extension chain. 

My bracelet also arrived in a very pretty gift bag with a silver polishing cloth. There is an option of a gift box too.


I was slightly weepy when the bracelet arrived. My daughter Keira passed away at ten hours old almost six years ago so it’s always lovely to have things with her name on,it’s like keeping her memory alive in a way. 

My Silver cute balls bracelet starts at £35.95 with optional added extras of additional charm, back engraving and bracelet sizing.

A beautiful gift for anyone, anytime of the year. 

Kaya jewellery have many more beautiful pieces of Mum jewellery on their website including mother and daughter sets and three generation jewellery. 

Jamie Raven “slight of hand” magic set 

Published March 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

One good thing about blogging with three kids of different ages is that they all like different things, so when a toy arrives it’s easy to know who gets to test it out first. Izebella loves dolls and really young girly stuff whilst Jordanna enjoys crafts and making things and of course Ryan is the house scientist and also the magician. From being very young he loved magic sets and tricks and I have lost count of how many magic sets he has had over the years. He turns 13 next month and still very much likes a good old box of tricks. And this time the magic comes from the well known magician Jamie Raven. 


Jamie Raven has been performing magic worldwide for over 13 years. He became more well know after appearing on Britain got Talent in 2015 where he even managed to amaze Simon Cowell. 

Jamie has recently partnered up with Paul Lamond games to develop a new line of magic sets


There are four sets available – card magic, magic of the mind, street magic and the one which Ryan now owns – slight of hand.  

The box sets are quite small but contain enough items for a few tricks. Ryan seemed especially delighted by the Jamie Raven membership card which gives access to online features, links and also the instructions for the tricks are online too. 

The sleight of hand set include tricks such as magnetic pen, jumping coins and the torn tissue trick where tissue, or paper is torn and then magically joins back together. He certainly needs a little more practice to make the tricks convincing but I guess practice makes perfect eventually! 


The false thumb part did get me a little confused but it’s what makes the sleight of hand trickery all the more convincing.

These sets cost £13.95 each from Paul Lamond, tho slightly cheaper via Amazon and they are suitable for young magicians ages 8 and over. 

They are quite small in comparison to other magic kits out there but the parts do seem good quality and not cheap tat that will easily break, so I would consider purchasing one of the other sets perhaps as a stocking filler for Christmas.

Izebella’s happy feet with Happy little soles! 

Published March 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

A good comfortable well fitting pair of shoes is essential for small growing feet. So many children suffer foot problems both when young and  later on in life due to incorrect fitting shoes. Problems from mild blisters to foot  deformities can arise due to badly fitting shoes. Children are born with relatively soft and flexible cartilage, which gradually converts to bone with age. As they are growing, their feet are vulnerable to injury and deformity due to ill-fitting footwear. 

I myself have stiff bones in a few toes. The digits can’t bend properly. This does not cause me pain or anything but looks unsightly and I can only think that it could be caused by the wrong shoes when younger. I am also very prone to ankle blisters with most new shoes.

Most good shoe stores offering foot measuring services for free and those online should also hand information on how to correctly measure little feet. 

Happy Soles sell children’s shoes online and have some good information on how to measure children’s feet. They also have a downloadable size chart. This is what I used to measure Izebella for her new shoes. It is best used on a flat surface rather than thick carpet. 

I was offered a pair of new shoes for Izebella from Happy Soles. As Izebella is now in nursery every morning I decided to go for a pair she would beable to wear for nursery plus more formal occasions as she has a fair few pairs for playing out. I chose these –Bobux Rhyme T-bar midnight. 


Izebella measures a 9.5 UK size and this pair fit her perfectly. I do sometimes have problems buying size 10 or the smaller size 9 from stores who don’t cater for half sizes. I also find that a size 9 can either be too small or too big and the same with a bigger size depending on where I buy shoes from. However these fit fine. 

The Bobux brand are well known for comfortable good kids shoes and this pair certainly live up to it. When they first arrived I was really surprised at just how soft the inner shoe sole was, it had an almost spongy feel to it and the shoes have no hard or uncomfortable bits inside them. 

These are a simple yet eye catching design and seem perfectly designed for young children as they are very easy for Izebella to put on and fasten. 


The velcro faster is very adjustable to the foot width and holds the shoe in place comfortably. Izebella told me that her shoes were so comfy and she could not wait to show her teachers and friends at school. 

The pretty shiny dark  design also means they go very well with party dresses too. I actually thought the colour was black when infact it is a very dark navy tone but it’s very hard to tell. 

Izebella has now been wearing her new shoes daily for the past two weeks to nursery and has had no problems with them at all.


Izebellas new I-walk sole Bobux shoes cost £41.99 which may seem a fairly high price for one pair of kids shoes. I would happily pay this as they are extremely comfortable and a great fit and being Bobux they will hopefully last a while. I could buy a few pairs of cheap shoes for the same price but these would just not last long or be as comfortable.

All the information about this shoe style can be found here and these shoes are available in UK sizes 7 to 10.5.

My early Mother’s Day gift! Jewellery box UK

Published March 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I have an early Mother’s Day gift which has been beautifully personalized and sent to me from Jewellery box U.K..

I love new jewellery and especially so charm bracelets, they are just so pretty.

And here is my new one which has arrived just in time for Mother’s Day.


It is a sterling silver bracelet with the 925 stamp near the fastener. Designed for women although quite small at just 7 inch. Luckily I have very small thin wrists so it fits me. 

The heart is the only charm but it’s a fairly large heart for the bracelet size. I was able to get the four names of my children on just one side of the heart. 

Personalisation can be either side and up to 30 letters. This gives it that overall personal touch which shows a lot of effort has been made with this gift. 

As the bracelet is on the small side, fastening it myself is quite tricky so I have to get one of my older two to help me with it. Obviously for people with bigger wrists this will be too tight. 

The bracelet without personalisation is £30.00 and with personalisation is £8.50 per side. Delivery is free on any order over £10.00 in the U.K and orders also get despatched the same day if ordered by 2pm. I can vouch for the fast delivery too. My bracelet arrived the very next morning after ordering it, so still time to order for Mother’s Day. This bracelet and all details can be found on this page.


And it also comes gift boxed too. 

New DC Superhero Girls book series + Giveaway!

Published March 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

      My 4 year old has developed an obsession with some of the DC superhero girls and very much one in particular – Harley Quinn. Although I have no idea how or when she has seen her as we have not watched suicide squad and nor does she browse many comic books. Izebella begged to be Harley Quinn for world book day at nursery and surprisingly she was the only Harley Quinn in the whole school. 

      We have recently been sent some new books as part of the new DC superhero girls  series from penguin publishers. 


      We have three of the books in total, one being a story type book, an activity scribble book and a sticker book.

      The story book is focused around Wonder Woman who is possibly one of the most well known and oldest female superheroes. This book is way too advanced for Izebella but big sister Jordanna also likes superheroes and anything girly. The book seems to be aimed more towards girls of Jordanna’s age, so around 9/10 years. 

      Wonder Woman™ wants to be the best super hero she can be, and that means going to Super Hero High School. But there’s a lot for the teen super hero to get used to at her new school! Save the Day alarms, a room-mate who shares everything on social media . . . not to mention the fact that Wonder Woman has never seen a boy before.”

      Wonder Woman super hero high – is the first book in the DC superhero girls fiction series by Lisa Yee. This book has an rrp of £6.99.

      Scribble book comes packed full of different activities, perfect for a young superhero who’s having a boring rainy day in or traveling. The pages are full of questions, quizzes, colouring in, mazes, notes and memories. 

      A full 160 pages of activity superhero girls fun. 

      This also costs £6.99. 

      Finally a fun Power up sticker book. Izebella loves this one. It’s full of superhero girl stickers including her favourite – Harley Quinn. 

      The stickers are in the middle with page numbers of where they go, however Izebella tends to put them wherever she feels like including on herself. This book costs just £3.99. 

      All books can be purchased directly from the Penguin website, Amazon and book shops.



      GIVEAWAY

      I have a set of the DC superhero girl  books as above to giveaway. To enter you must be a UK resident with a valid UK address and email. You also need a twitter and Facebook account. The giveaway will close on April 12th 2017. To enter please click the link below. 

      ENTER HERE!

      Sterling kids books – This or that

      Published March 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy


      This is just the sort of book that I would have loved as a kid. It is just packed with non stop fun. It may be mistaken for a joke book on first glance but it’s far from that. 

      This or That is page by page fun giving the same question on each page – “Would you rather?” and two answers, both of which can be quite gross and revolting or not so bad. Here are just a few examples. 


      Just as I imagined, my older two kids absolutely love this book and Izebella enjoys being read the questions and answering. We get a lot of laughs and lot of “Eeughs” and other strange noises. 

      This book would be great for parties and sleepovers and bound to get everyone laughing and making weird noises at some of the questions. 

      The author is Brandon T Snyder and the publishers are Sterling books. It costs about £8 and well worth it for lots of laughs. 

      Mibo board books for kids

      Published March 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

      We have three new board books from Button books. Each book is by author Madeline Rogers and the books are designed for very young children 0-3 years but also perfect for both pre and early readers as first books.

      All the books are based around animals from three different continents, being Africa, Asia and the polar regions. Each book shows five different animals from each region. 


      The books are all made with thicker board rather than paper which prevents tears. There are many bold animal images throughout. The  text is very minimal, 2 lines per two pages it is also bold and just the right size for younger children. 

      Each animal book in the mibo series has an rrp of £4.99 and these can be found on Amazon and many book shops.

      Mother’s Day ideas: Brown and blonde brownies

      Published March 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

      As it’s Mother’s Day in just a few days, I thought I would share some ideas of products I have tried recently and which I think would make great Mothers’s Day ideas.

      The first one is Brownies and I think brownies would make a great alternative to the usual shop bought chocolates.

      Of course brownie are one of those foods that need cooking correctly and to perfection or they just don’t taste good. (Did anyone have so called brownies served at school?). I have made them myself a few times and pleased to say they turned out just right, however nothing beats a baked bought brownie like the brownies from this place. 

      So who are they? Well Brown and Blond are based in Leeds and they make delicious brownies like these. 


      Brownies in lots of different flavours ans made with lots of nice things such as extra chocolate, nuts and peanut butter. These brownies were amazing and having just one is very filling so I would not advise eating lots of them at once. And just look how chunky they are too.  

      Just amazingly delicious the way a brownie should be. 

      I would much prefer brownies for Mother’s Day.  Or any day really. 

      Drumond park: Dig in! Review + giveaway! 

      Published March 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

      This is our new game, sent to us by Drumond park. 


      The concept is simple, find the items that match the images on the card, the actual playing is a little more difficult. 

      Inside the box are 128 coloured pieces which come as all sorts of items, planes, cars, trees, keys, hats, animals to name a few plus several game cards, a game bowl and a timer.

      2-4 players can play and each player begins with 15 seconds on the timer to find 6 matching pieces on their cards. The cards can be played to match the item and colour or just the item regardless of colour which is much easier. Of course it’s extremely difficult to dig through 128 pieces and find just 6 in 15 seconds; needles in haystacks springs to mind! Once each player has their 15 seconds, another 15 seconds is pressed and all players then dig in together using one hand to find more pieces. If after this time, no players have all six items then it goes into an “all in” dig round without the timer and with both hands until one player fills the card. 

      The main difficulties of the game are the pieces being so small and similar sized. The different colours also cause a visual distraction and even I found it hard at times to get the correct pieces. Add to this the short 15 seconds which is not long at all. 

      Overall it is a very simple game, minimal rules, no batteries, no dice and no playing pieces or even a board. It’s also quite fun and it does not take long to play. The winner being the one who fills 3 cards first. Of course it’s one of those games where you can bend the rules or add own twists to it etc. 

      There is one thing about this game that I don’t quite understand and that is the age guide recommendation that comes with it, which is 8 and over. Now I understand the dangers of small parts and playing pieces but this is more a danger for those under 3. By the age of 5/6 years the majority of children don’t put stuff in their mouths. Izebella being 4 years has bits of toys much smaller than the dig in playing pieces. She can also play Dig in without help and is more than able to find the pieces she needs to match the ones on her cards and that’s with the correct colour too. So I am slightly baffled as to why the age guide is set at 8 years.

      Dig in by Drumond park has an rrp of £19.99 and should be available in most good toy stores. 

      GIVEAWAY

      Drumond park are giving away one copy of their “Dig in” game worth £19.99. Please click the link below to be in with a chance of winning it. 

      ENTER HERE!
      The giveaway will close on April 24th 2017.

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