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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

Make Christmas 2017 special with Kinder chocolate

Published October 11, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Kinder is the well known kids confectionery brand by Fererro. Ferrero being the 4th largest player in the global confectionery market. Kinder are most known for their kinder eggs which I have been around for as long as I can remember. Kinder chocolate has its own unique milky taste which is certainly identifiable once tasted. As well as those chocolate eggs with mini toys inside, Kinder now has a selection of festive stocking fillers and pre Xmas goodies.

 


For getting children in the festive spirit, nothing quite beats an advent calendar. Especially not one full of melt in the mouth mini kinder bars.
 


Kinder even have a letter to Santa kit too. This could be given with the advent calendar at the beginning of December. The kit contains writing paper, stickers and an addressed envelope to Santa’s grotto. It also includes 8 kinder bars.



Kinder has a fair few products to be used as stocking fillers or even small gifts for relatives and friends children. These include Kinder surprise Christmas eggs, bar packs, tubes, baskets, chocolate figures and even a Kinder mini fluffy toy gift set.

 


All of these yummy Kinder products will be in stores and supermarkets this month. Products will vary per store. These festive chocolate products range in price from just one pound to just under £8.00 each.

More kinder Christmas treats can be found on the Fererro website.

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.

The Elephant in the room! Living with a speech disorder! 

Published September 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today I want to share something personal. It’s the elephant in the room that no one wants to mention but happily talks behind my back about. The thing that let me down as a child, the thing that lets me down in job interviews. It’s the elephant in the room. 

And no not that guy. 

It’s my speech disorder, my lisp, the thing that makes my S sounds come out differently to others.

Yes it bothers me, yes it knocks my confidence but I now feel it’s time to talk about it as I’m not the only one suffering with a speech impediment. It’s on the same level as a stammer or stutter. We get laughed like kids in the playground, yet would the same people laughing also laugh at a wheelchair user? No of course not because that’s wrong. Well so is laughing or judging someone on speech.

I was clever at school, finished with a A in performing arts followed by B and C grades for the rest of the subjects including Maths and English and have also completed Lang high level computer courses.

Yes my parents put me though months of speech therapy but for some reason it just did not work. I have no idea if this is available to adults too

Working as a dancer in my younger days was easy, of course I didn’t need to speak. But getting other jobs isn’t as easy. Who is going to employ someone in customer service if you don’t talk the same as others? 

I want to share my video, so next time you see me if you know me, please think before you judge somebody. 

My new tattoo

Published September 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I just had to share this. I had this done early today. I absolutely love it. 

It’s on my upper back and for the symbolic meanings please google pentagram and all seeing eye. 


Stefs tattoo & body piercing  Bolton

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