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Humans v Computers by Gojko Adzic

Published October 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s not often I review books myself, sure I have featured a fair few books for kids but not so many for adults. The reason for this is that they can be hard to write about, not much to photograph and just my opinions on what’s already wrote. An overview of any book can usually be read on the back cover too.

This one however is one that I just had to write about. It’s non fiction, and I would describe it as a catalogue of both human and computer errors and mishaps throughout the years.

These short stories include lottery malfunctions, names that computers cannot recognise (Null being a famous one) and huge fines and car tickets that should not have been issued. There is plenty more than just that to read about but I won’t give too much away.

I’m almost half way through the book and am not bored by it yet. I read bits before I go to bed most nights. Some of it laughable, some down right shocking but it’s a good addictive read and the stories are all true too. Yes I googled a few!

To make the book a little more fun and appealing; the author – Gojko Adzic added colourful images throughout. The back of the book contains checklists and a fair few useful facts and tips to prevent us being caught out by computer glitches.

This book proves that neither computers or people are perfect and how easy big mistakes occur.

Buy for Just £9.99 from Amazon and most good book stores. I promise you will not be disappointed with this book and won’t want to put it down.

See more at Gojko net

Treat Factory

Published October 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Treat Factory is the place of childhood dreams. An absolute heaven for lovers of sweets and treats with an added retro look that will take you back to the times of sticky hands and faces. This amazing place is sure to put some smiles on faces small and large this Christmas.

Remember these?

Our very own pick n’ mix sweet shop in our own home. It comes with so many old style retro sweets, all of which get put into individual containers. It even comes with sweet bags and a sweet picker.

A selection of shaped lollies that remind me of big sugar dummies. We had the unicorn lollipop. I gave this to Izebella on her birthday and a week later she is still sucking on it.

Yes it’s sweet and sugary and not so healthy, but it’s a treat and not something I will be giving her all the time.

Izebella has an annoying habit of putting things in her mouth and chewing them, this includes small toys and pens/pencils. Well here are some pencils that she can munch on without me worrying too much.

Chewy candy pencils, in lots of yummy fruity flavours. Squishy and jelly like these went very quickly in this house.

Now everyone has heard or tried jelly bears. Those fruity little jelly sweets, shaped like little bears. Well I bet not everyone has seen a giant one like this.

This jelly bear is huge. It packs some weight too. My kids thought it was rather hilarious at how much this sweet weighed. Strawberry jelly on top with a white fluffy texture underneath.

He weighs a whopping 400g and is part of the “giant sweets” product selection. He certainly is not meant for one person to eat themselves (although many may try). He’s a tough cookie to cut too, knives won’t touch him, a pizza slicer is what’s required if the giant bear is to be shared. He’s not just big, he’s also very thick and juicy.

Treat factory products can be purchased online and from a variety of stores around the UK.

Treat factory UK

Natural salt lamps 

Published October 12, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I now own one of these awesome and very natural salt lamps. 


This lamp comes from Himasal UK who mainly sell their products to trade rather than directly but their items can be purchased in many places.

Salt lamps have actually been around for years but have only recently started appearing in shops and stores for consumers to purchase. I believe many people will soon be wanting one of these in their home, as they certainly make an interesting feature.

These lamps are made with Himalayan rock sal, if you happen to put a finger in your mouth after touching the lamp then it will taste of salt. Obviously the salt itself does not light up, a hole is made in the bottom of the lamp to allow for insertion of a plug in light and base. 


It gives a lovely pinkish soft glow, a bit like a Christmas lantern. It’s really pretty. But as well as being a stunning feature, these lamps even come with some health benefits.

“Salt Lamps clean the air around them using a natural water-absorption process called hygroscopy. Our Himalayan salt pulls in moisture from the air, absorbing dust particles and pollutants with it. The heated bulb then gently warms the salt, releasing the water, but keeping the harmful irritants.”

This process can help with many health problems such as allergies and inability to sleep properly. It can also help with low mood and especially so SAD.

I was so surprised with Just how little these extremely pretty lamps cost. I was thinking in the hundreds but they are actually really cheap. The price goes off the lamp size and weight as they are all different.


Salt lamps can be shaped and carved into all sorts of shapes and sizes. I do love the natural lamp shapes the best. One thing I did not anticipate about my lamp was the weight of it. It is just so heavy and they come much bigger and heavier than mine too. I did struggle to carry mine to its chosen location, and would not want this to fall on my feet. 

Scary Peeper: Peeping Tom

Published October 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Take one look at this guy, if you dare!

 


Yes I know, horrific isn’t he, and he’s arrived at my house too. He certainly won’t be sleeping in my room. 

This extremely terrifying Halloween prop is known as a scary peeper. It actually looks like a mask but who would want that on their head? Certainly not me. The idea is to hang them on the outside of a window so it’s looking inside.

 


If it’s hung at the very bottom of the window then it looks very lifelike and very much like a real peeping Tom. Just don’t call the police for this one.

These scary peepers are new to the UK market and there seems to be a few other terrifying peepers out there, all of them designed to shock and scare the unsuspecting guests. 

Now, this is meant as an outside type Halloween prop, or it can be used in haunted displays etc, but I have decided that I don’t want to look at this freakish face everytime my blinds are open. Instead of facing inwards from the outside; this Peeping Tom is going to scare the neighbors and anyone who walks past, Yes he’s going to be hung on the inside with his ugly mug facing outside. I just hope no dear old ladies see it!


 

It really is one ugly, freakish thing. Just perfect for Halloween. After Halloween it will be firmly hidden away in the loft. No doubt I will give myself a heart attack next year when it resurfaces.

Don’t have nightmares! 


 If your a little strange like myself , and you’re thinking you would like one on your window too for Halloween, then it just so happens that there is one up for grabs in my giveaway.

These cost £34.99 on Amazon but you can win one by clicking the entry button below. You only hand until October 25th on this one but the winner will get theirs by Halloween. You must be a UK resident to take part. 


 
ENTER HERE!

Snails nail polish for stylish girls

Published October 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Snails Nails is a Greek brand of nail polish designed for little girls who dream of nice coloured nails. It has very recently become available in the UK; previously being sold in specific European countries.


There are over 50 different colours to choose from including glittery shades. 


Unlike the real stuff, this does not contain any of the harsh chemicals, so no smell and no staining to worry about. Instead it’s a gentle formula which goes on just like nail varnish but easily washes, wipes or wears away.

 



Izebella had three shades of snail polish. Her favourite from the three is the copper looking shade – Twinkle dust.


The polish is easy enough to apply, it comes out at a similar consistency to real polish, it’s not at all watery or too thick and as long as Izebella keeps her hands still then there is no problems with the application.

 



It makes a fabulous alternative to real


nail polish: something I would never steak or applying to my 5 year olds nails. The snail polish is so much safer and risk free. Little girls are always going to want to use make up and nail polish no matter what their age. They see their mummy’s applying it, or big sister and other females and simply want to do the same. 


“This product will make perfect  stocking fillers for every mini princess this year! “

 As this is a new product to the UK. I don’t yet have information on which stores this can be purchased from. It is available via some sellers on Amazon and is sold through Bertoy too.


More info on Snails nails polish can be found on the Safe nails website.

Elves behavin’ badly

Published October 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Little do my three imps know, but the elves have already made an early and very sneaky appearance in this house. In fact they have been creeping around daily, up to all sorts of mischief, stealing biscuits, moving things etc. However today they was not so clever because look what I caught on camera.
 


Look at them, looking like butter wouldn’t melt, very mischievous faces. 


The elves have actually been sent here by Santa Clause for one particular reason. That reason is to be Santas eyes and ears and keep a check on the three imps who live here. It is a little too early for them to show themselves to children just yet, but they are good at hiding and are always watching. Ready to report back to Santa to say who’s been naughty and nice.  

 The elves come in many forms, shapes, sizes, soft, tough, bendable, hangable etc and yes they sit on shelves too.



hmm now what’s he up to?

And they just had to bring their sleigh too didn’t they! Lots of naughty play in this thing. 

And yes of course it makes a beautiful Christmas ornament, that’s if the elves keep still long enough.  

Or maybe not! 


Now these elves have their own elf language but unfortunately us humans cannot hear it. It’s a special language and voice that only elves and fairies can hear. Therefore the elves need another way to communicate with us humans. And so they bought this with them! 

Did I mention they are also very clever??


Oh dear. I’m not sure who elf means here, but it looks like someone is not in Santas good list this time round, Oops! 

Well maybe if we create a new elf and make it come to life with this little kit, the elves may just change their minds about the naughty list. 


And it seems one of our elves boug their little elf baby along too. Baby elf is so cute. 


Well it seems our new Elf family is here to stay, at least until Christmas Eve. They will be making a full appearance around the end of November and will be scattered around our home, moving around daily and watching us all like hawks. 

The Elves behavin’ badly magic is well and truly here.


Happy Halloween with Snazaroo! 👻

Published October 2, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s October once again, and that means a couple of things for me. First and most importantly Izebella turns a big five on October 5th, secondly it’s about to get a whole lot colder and my heating bill will start to rise and then of course, right at the end it’s Halloween!

Yes love it or hate it, Halloween is once again almost upon us. A time for the ghosts and goblins to come out in hoards, bang on our doors and expect sweets and treats, and I won’t even start on those dreaded clowns who think they are a reincarnation of Pennywise.

Anyway no Halloween would be complete without spooky products, costumes, sweets and more. Yes it’s all getting too commercialised, my dear gran would no doubt say if she was still around; but it’s once a year and it’s lots of fun.

To kick off my Halloween posts, I have Snazaroo face paints.

 

Snazaroo are now a really well known brand for this type of product. These mini kits come in really useful for Halloween as they have all the colours needed for a certain spooky character, the image on the packs. Therefore no wasted colours and no big box.

So we have the vampire face and spooky purple spider. We all had a go at painting faces, it’s not really something I do often and to be honest I am a bit rubbish at it. It’s a whole different ball game to applying make up.

 
 

I guess practice makes perfect but it was my first attempt. Jordanna practiced on her friend too.
 

This is probably a much better attempt than mine. 

 The face paints blend in well and none of the children had any sort of reaction despite Jordanna having fairly sensitive skin. 
The packs come with brushes and sponges which help with blending and it all washes off easily with soap and water or even baby wipes.

Head over to Snazaroo to view a whole load of Halloween themed face paints and accessories! 🎃👻☠️👿😺

JYSK “Feel the Happiness” Campaign

Published September 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

JYSK is celebrating its 2,500th store internationally. To mark the occasion, the Scandinavian furniture retail store group that sells everything for the home aims to find out what makes us happy at home. I’m going to be reviewing some of the Danish home expert’s Scandi-vibe items as part of its ‘Feel the Happiness’ campaign and have partnered JYSK with a great competition for you too.

You’ll find JYSK in 48 countries with 15 stores in the UK and sells online at www.JYSK.co.uk. From furniture including bed frames, wardrobes, mattresses and sofas to soft furnishings like cushions and decorative accessories – a whole house can easily be furnished with JYSK.

JYSK is expert in HYGGE – “the Scandi art of making your home make you happy”. HYGGE (pronounced Hugar) focuses on cosiness, comfort and making time and space for relaxation and interaction with friends and family.

JYSK has one main question for this campaign; so I’ll be asking you to enter the competition and share….

“What makes you happy at home?”

JYSK’s aim is to arrive at the top 25 things that people love, that make them happy, at home. By this they mean the little HYGGE type things such as throws, a comfy mattress, a nice chair or cheerful cushions rather than the big things such as family, pets and love.

I am of course taking part in this campaign along with a select few bloggers across the UK. The campaign will involve me featuring several JYSK products and even attempting to assemble the odd few (that should be fun to watch!). And the best bit for all my lovely readers and followers –is that amazing competition which will start Monday October 2nd!

I don’t want to give too much away but this will be for a JYSK furniture product and may just be my largest giveaway so far.

Yes it’s all very exciting and I cannot wait to see the JYSK range in my own home.
With a link to JYSK ‘LET’S CELEBRATE’ 2,500 store video.

Blogger board game club: Colt Express

Published September 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

 Last month was my first participation in the Blogger board game club. I was sent Timeline which is a fun plain sailing family game. I did ask for something a little different this time round and possibly more of a challenge. I had no idea what game would arrive but I really did not expect anything like this! 

 



This is so different to any game I have ever played before. Now I’m not going to put this game down in any way; as it is really well designed, it’s great to look at, once set up and it seems to have good reviews elsewhere. My problem with this game is the amount of rules and things involved. 


The game intro begins like this! 

It’s 1899 and the Union Pacific Express is headed north to deliver its payroll and forty-seven passengers. Suddenly the train is attacked by a host of thieving bandits aiming to become the richest outlaws of the old west!


Seeing the box contents for the first time made me gasp, this game looked so complicated. A box full of cardboard with pop out train carriages and other pop out parts.

The instruction booklet luckily makes an inviting read, it’s in colour which makes a change and all in English, no flipping pages to skip the foreign parts. It makes understanding this game a little less difficult.



After popping out all the  pieces we had to build a train, or train carriages anyway. No there is no board with this game it’s all played on the train. We did not need to build all the carriages. It is one carriage per player, unless there’s only two playing and then it’s 3 carriages. Yes there are different rules for less players – another complication. 

 



Anyway after building the train. We pick characters or bandits crooks from these rather shady looking lot.



There are six to choose from. (Two players pick two each) The characters come with playing pieces for the train plus character cards each as above. 

As well as the characters being placed on the train, many pieces of loot and jewellery also get scattered around the train along with the Marshall, he’s the good guy protecting the train. 

So that’s the basic set up but how do we play this unusual game?

I had to read, re read and constantly go back to the instruction leaflet to make sure we were playing it right. There is just so much to take in that’s it’s so easy to forget what we are doing. 

There are many different types of cards too. The round cards, action cards, bullet cards and a few more I think 💭 


 The round card is what starts the game off.



This card by itself contains lots of game information. See those numbers and symbols on the top? Well the numbers determine how many rounds, but those strange symbols determine how the other cards gets played! Yes I said it was complicated.  


 Next the Action cards. After choosing the preferred bandit. Each player gets 10 action cards. All of them showing the chosen character doing different things. Each person then chooses six cards from their deck to play with. 


Playing the action cards is a little difficult to explain. The action cards include actions such as moving about the train, robbing passengers, shooting etc and they can be played in any order per turn. 

Each player playing one card at a time. 

This first round of playing is called “Schemin”  Once the Schemin round is done and all cards per rounds are down, the  “Stealin”round commences 

The cards get turned over and revealed one by one beginning with the first card played. 


The actions then commence on the train going round each player one card at a time.  Run, climb, punch, Rob, shoot or alert the Marshall are the available actions. All actions then have various consequences both good and bad and getting the loot very much depends on the actions of other players as well as our own planning.



 
This is a bullet card. The one thing that no one wants in their hand. These get added to your collecton of action cards if shot. Each player starts with six, shoot another player and it turns to five, then four and so on as the shot players get them. These stay with you until the end and are pretty much useless. If they end up in the playing hand they minimise the number of actions played.  

 And the winner – The one who collects the most loot of course, along with an extra bonus for the bandit firing the most bullets.



And if all that wasn’t enough to take in, there is advanced mode game play once the basics are mastered! Err I think we will stick to the “easy play!” for now!  


It is actually a great game once we got our heads around the many rules and many different card types. It is a lot to take in and it does take a few goes to grasp the whole gameplay concept. 


The age guide is ten and over. Younger children will need more guidance on the rules and play. 


No one can really die or be knocked out of the game in this, but they can be shot at and end up with lots of bullet cards along the way or even robbed by other players. Two people can play at a minimum but as I said earlier, the rules then change slightly. 

 Both Ryan and Jordanna have played this with myself and also found it a bit mind blowing to begin with and a lot to take in.  

 One of my early worries was also about storing the game. The trains could be taken apart and rebuilt everytime but this would possibly cause them to split or break. Well no need for that anyway because the clever game makers designed the box in such a way that the assembled carriages fit inside.

 



What a great idea! 


If this game sounds your thing then the cost is approximately £27.99 from Esdevium games. It is at the time of writing reduced slightly on Amazon to £25.49.

Find out more about the blogger game club here!

Shark bite game review + Giveaway

Published September 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy
“Just when you thought it safe to go back in the water!”
🦈

Drumond Park brings us Shark Bite! A ferocious man eating shark who eats just about anything, hungrily waits for an unsuspecting hand; and then!!!


Snap!!!


This shark is one hungry guy. Eagerly closing his jaws at random, making unsuspecting game players jump with fright. 

Our latest game from the lovely Drumond Park people has certainly had us all on edge throughout the Summer holidays, almost making us never want to take a dip again! 



And on a slightly more serious note, such as game play and rules! Well it’s simple. 2-4 players each take turns to roll a dice. The dice only has ones and two on it in the shape of fish. The player then has to use a small plastic fishing rod device to pull various plastic objects from the open sharks mouth.


It sounds far too easy to be scary doesn’t it? Well it is to an extent, especially considering the game needs no batteries! Well if a player pulls the wrong piece and old sharky realises what’s going on then he will quickly snap his jaws tightly shut, chomping away on anything remaining in his mouth, yes that includes fingers, hands, even noses if your too close. It’s best to hold the rod at arms length at all times and you just never know when the sharks mouth will go. 


Unfortunately for the player who gets caught out, they have to put back all their previously caught objects and start from zero. This is what keeps the game going for longer as there are only 12 pieces to be hooked out. 

The winner is the player with the most pieces once all the pieces have been fished out.



This is a combination of one of those old retro magnetic fish catching games combined with the old 80s spooky game of “I Vant to bite your finger” bought into the 21st century. 



It makes us feel on edge when our turn is near, almost wishing the player before us gets caught by old sharky so that we have a better chance of not being. Then slowly hooking our piece hoping not to get those jaws near our fingers🦈




Who would of thought a fishing game could be this fun. 



Shark bite is a game by Drumond Park  designed for families and children ages 4 years and over. rrp £24.99.






Giveaway


Drumond Park are giving away a copy of this amazingly fun game. If you want it then enter via the link below. 

ENTER HERE
Closing date is September 28th 2017
Open to UK residents only. 




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