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BritMums #HealthyRedMeat challenge 

Published September 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I like to try and cook meals from scratch for my children and use healthy ingredients. This is extremely difficult when you have the worlds most fussiest teenage boy. However he is also a good cook and often chooses to cook his own thing, albeit not always the healthiest. 

One of the healthiest, tastiest and most versatile ingredients is lean red meat. Red meat includes pork, beef, lamb and less popular meats such as Veal, Mutton, goat and horse.  

 Experts  recommend including it in children’s diet from weaning onwards. It provides a range of important nutrients that are often low in toddlers and children – including iron, zinc, B vitamins, selenium and potassium.

 The  #HealthyRedMeat challenge via BritMums UK is sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel. I was challenged to create a  recipe with beef, pork or lamb.


And I chose lamb, my overall favourite one. Lamb can be expensive sometimes depending on the cut. I opt for small joints like this from Tesco as there are only 3 of us eating it. 

For my dish I chose a lovely traditional roast dinner. However I prepare the lamb with a little honey and herbs, thyme, basil, salt, pepper prior to placing in the oven and slow cook on low heat for about 3 hours. 

 

With a bit of luck the meat will be soft, tender and will literally fall off the bone with ease. The honey and herbs give it extra flavour. 

Then add potato and some vegetables, and gravy. 

 

Me and my girls all enjoyed our delicious lamb dinner. 

York for families 

Published September 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Last month I had the pleasure of staying in York’s finest five star Grand hotel. Whilst we were there we made several trips around the centre of York to see what it had to offer for families.  

 First if you love your chocolate then you may wish to take a trip to the York Chocolate Story. This place is conveniently located near The Shambles. The tour lasts about an hour and takes families through the whole history of chocolate and the famous British chocolate brands.  


And yes of course, we got a few samples of chocolate along the way too. If you find history boring normally then believe me you won’t here, it’s pretty informative and at the end we got to make our own chocolate lolly too. I didn’t get to eat mine tho as Izebella took that pleasure from me and ate two of them.

After stuffing our faces with York’s fine chocolate it was  time to burn off that energy somehow. 

And what better way to do that than climbing a large tower. Clifford’s tower to be exact. 
This is one of York’s oldest monuments. To get into it there’s a big stone stair case to climb. Then once in, to go higher the stairs turn steep and spiral and yes it’s tiring! 


The views from the very top are pretty amazing. 


York boasts many museums. We just did not have time to visit them all. York castle museum really caught my eye when I spotted it online and I’m really glad we chose to go here as there is so much to see and do.  

 The museum has many sections including a much loved history of toys and play section at the top. It even includes a jail area which is rather eerie and spooky. A very strange atmosphere down there. 



The part that we loved the most was the old cobbled street town. 

This is like stepping into a time machine. There are old fashioned shops, stores, home scenes that we could go in and explore. Izebella loved it.

For any viking fan – Jorvik is a must. However be prepared for very long queues, huge queues in fact and I’m told it gets like that a lot. Jorvik again is a trip back in time through York’s history. It is essentially a museum too, with ancient tools, weapons etc that have been found on digs in York. The best part being the ride back in time. It can be difficult to work out the real people from the dummies. 


The Shambles is one place that should not be missed. It’s a street, the narrowest smallest street ever. It looks very old, still retaining many Victorian features and decor. Real small shops selling all sorts of treats too. Shambles is completely free of charge of course.


There are many sights to see in York and things to do. Old churches, old original buildings, a view of the river, plus many bars and shops. 


It’s a lovely place to see and stay and of course no visit to York would be complete without a visit to Betty’s tea rooms. Lovely cake here! 




NIKKO VelociTraX

Published September 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With less than one hundred days left until Santa makes his worldwide trip, it’s now the time of year when many parents consider what to buy or even ask their beloved children what they want.          


 A popular one for boys over the years has been remote control cars or other RC vehicles . They come in many forms to suit most budgets. Some being great, others falling apart within weeks. 


We have been having lots of fun with one RC viechle model and that’s the NIKKO Velocitrax from Toy State.

 



The veichle resembles something inbetween a car and a tank. It comes in orange and green colour choices. In the box is the Velocitrax machine along with the remote control. The good thing is that all batteries come included in the box too.

 The car has a rechargeable battery, charged by an included adaptor. 


Velocitrax is one of the better well designed RC cars. It is designed to go over most terrains meaning it can be played with inside and out. 

 It is rapid with an impressive 9mph speed. This may not sound fast but when you consider the size of the thing at that speed! Yes we need to make sure no toes, fingers or valuables are in its way.

The controller is basic. Two buttons, right and left. Each one controlling one side of the cars tracks. The buttons can be pressed to go forward and backwards only so nothing complicated. Pressing just one button will make the car spin rapidly. Pressing them both together makes it go forwards or backwards. 


This is us, testing it out inside and getting used to just how fast this thing is.

 And yes it even works on a thick carpet too without problems, many RC cars won’t budge on it. 
It is certainly much better when used outside, and also much safer for ourselves, our furniture and our feet. It goes over anything, be it mud, stones, leaves, sand, even water and snow (tho we have not tested it on water yet) 

 It tends to flip a lot when it hits and obstruction and sometimes needs turning the right way so again this is why I’d recommend more outdoor use than indoor.

 With a fast speed and a huge 40m range, who wouldn’t want one of these in their Christmas sack. Be it boys, big boys and even big girls, this is one RC toy that I would highly recommend. Just watch those fingers, toes and pets on first use.

This toy comes with an age guide of 8 years and over, meaning it’s not suitable for younger children or toddlers. There are no small parts but the car is very fast and can easily injure a smaller child. 


This seems to be available in the majority or toy and gift stores including Smyths, menkind, Argos and Amazon. Prices seem to vary between £39.99 – £49.99. 

Play Doh kitchen creations from Hasbro

Published September 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If there is one type of toy that Izebella especially loves to play with then it’s probably Play doh. This stuff needs zero explanaton, it’s been around for years and years and will be here to stay for many more. It’s the stuff that kids love but parents fear, parts stuck or trampled into expensive carpets and that ever so familiar smell – it’s Play doh.

Hasbro have launched some new play doh sets known as kitchen creations. 


Kitchen creations give all the fun of cooking for young children but without the mess. We have two sets – The magical oven and a Sizzlin stovetop.

 Both sets need batteries as they both make cooking sounds and the oven lights up. 

The contents of the sets are similar, both containing several pots of coloured play doh and various play utensils and plates. 



Once everything is unpacked and batteries are in, it’s time to start making and creating. There are no real rules when it comes to play doh but my girls had no problems in realising that it’s a kitchen set and play doh food was  the main objective here.


The magic oven works via a magic lever which lifts the plate of food up towards the light to cook it. It also makes a ding sound when done. It opens and closes and has a fake time display so it does resemble the real thing in a way.


The sizzlin stovetop does not light up but makes a sizzling sound as if the food was cooking in pans. 


Both of these products work really well together and especially so with siblings together as there are lots of items in each one.  

I did make the unfortunate mistake of allowing my giddy 4 year old to open and begin to play with the play doh on my living room carpet, oops! It was quickly moved onto a large splash mat in another room.

Yes play doh does get stuck in carpets and especially so deep carpets. It is best played with on an easy clean surface, Lino or wooden floor, table or on a good washable floor covering. As long as parents protect their carpets then this stuff really is not anything to dread or be wary of. It does come out of the carpet with a bit of cleaning and is a safe fun product that most kids love. 
 

Both of these play doh sets are sold at many supermarkets and toy stores including Amazon and The Entertainer. Each set costing between £20-£25 each. 

Hong Kong Crate

Published September 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yeahhh! It’s another snack subscription box from the other side of the world – Hong Kong to be precise. 

Watch my unboxing video to see what’s inside!

Hong Kong Crate subscription deliver monthly and ship worldwide. It’s $30 a month which roughly works out around £23 or so. Lots of snacks in this one, both savoury and sweet.  Subscriptions can be purchased via Crate joy

Absolute Collagen

Published September 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy


This is my box of collagen. Collagen comes in many forms and this box contains satchets of liquid collagen in ingestible form. 

 But firstly “What is Collagen & why is it so important?” –  

Collagen is a powerful anti-ageing ingredient, it acts to fights against the visible signs of ageing. Collagen is the largest natural  protein in our bodies, 

The effect of the loss of collagen on our skin is often very noticeable, Collagen depletion can cause deterioration of our skin and connective tissues.

 When we are young our collagen levels are at their highest, which explains why children and especially babies have such smooth skin and hair. 

When the collagen becomes weaker, usually with age;   it begins to sag often showing as lines, crows feet or turkey neck, doctors call this Ptosis. This is due to collagen depletion.
Collagen can be replaced. Many high end skin care and most anti aging products contain some sort of collagen.


Absolute Collagen’s formula is a unique powerful anti-ageing liquid collagen. Each 10ml serving contains 8000mg of hydrolysed marine collagen. It is also infused with vitamin C. 

“Fish collagen, also known as ‘marine collagen’, is extracted from cold water fish. After manufacturers extract collagen from the fish, they refine it to remove the unpleasant fishy odour and taste while retaining the collagen’s nutritional value.”

So that’s what this product is all about. In the box costing £29.99 I get 14 individual 10ml satchets. I take one per day, I can take it mixed with a drink or just on its own from the packet. It has a very sweet taste, not the nicest thing in the world but it’s not revolting either and there isn’t much of it. 

 As for results; I have only been taking this for a few days. It isn’t an overnight miracle treatment but more of an ongoing beauty regime. My face and body are not overfilled with lines and wrinkles anyway, but I do have a few noticeable lines on my head so hopefully this product may help a little. 



This box for women can be purchased directly from the 
Absolute collagen website for £29.99. They also offer a slightly different version for males and this can also be purchased via a subscription service. 

Back to School with Spearmark 

Published September 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well Jordanna has now decided after just two weeks back at school that she can’t stand school dinners and want a packed lunch instead. To be honest I don’t really blame her after taking a peek at the menu, it doesn’t exactly make you jump for joy at the thought of dinner time. 

Anyway this is where Spearmark came in very useful as they had already sent us over some of them fabulous lunch bags. Which I have to say look absolutely nothing like lunch bags, more like trendy hand bags I’d say. 
 


These are so cool and trendy that I bet I could walk around town with one as my bag and no one would even realise that it’s a lunch bag. 

They are both the same style, just different colours and material textures. Both have a large wipe clean space inside which feels quite cool to touch.

Plenty of space for sandwiches, drinks, fruit and a snack. The lining is specially designed to keep food at a cool temperature as nobody likes soggy warm sarnies do they? And don’t even get me started on warm milk! Just yuk.

Just like a handbag, these lunch bags come with shoulder straps for easy carrying. 

So ditch the bulky boxes and invest in a funky handbag style lunch bag for those who detest the school dinners. 

And of course if you have a boy then there are lots of other styles to choose from too. Just like these! 
 

Spearmark lunch bags are sold in many stores and supermarkets across the UK. Prices vary. 

Awesome little green men

Published September 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

So in this house we have so many collectible little figures. Everything from shopkins, to tsum tsums and Splashlings. All looking rather girly and certainly aimed more towards girls.

Well now comes something a little different yet still totally collectible!


It’s these “Awesome Little Green Men”, but they aren’t just green, there are also little blue awesome dudes here too. Maybe it should be called Awesome green and blue men,  but anyway these seem to gear more towards the boys, but of course in this gender neutral toy world, anyone can play with them.
 

Just like other collectible figures, they come in blister packs and blind bags/boxes meaning it’s a surprise each time.  And as for what they actually are – well they are like mini solidiers. Some come with weapons, others with viechles. Each with a name and number just like the real thing. 
 

There are two sides to this battle – Green and Blue. They aren’t just pretty standing figures either as a battle game can be played with these guys. There’s a fair few to collect and even their dog tags too. 
 


I do think this may be popular amongst younger boys. The battle packs costs £24.99 and blind boxes £3.99 each. Buy from Smyths toy store, Amazon, Very and other toy retailers. 

Find out more on these awesome little green men and the battles here!

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

Spooky baths and snowballs in September?? 

Published September 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

There’s been something rather strange going on in our house recently! The bath water has been turning into spooky goo and slime with eerie crackle and popping sounds. Not only that but we’ve also had snow in the garden and even a few snowballs thrown. So how can this be? Yes the weather in Britain is rather perculiar at the best of times, but we haven’t had any real snowfall this year have we??? Well no, not exactly, but our house did get hit with this stuff. 



This is snow in Summer, Spring, Autumn or whenever your missing the wretched cold real stuff. It looks like the real thing too, and even feels cold like the stuff. Personally I don’t like it, but it’s not me making it or playing with it so my opinion on this doesn’t really count for much. 

 


It doesn’t arrive like this. It’s white powdered stuff in packets and it just needs mixing with water. I strongly advise to send kids outside to mix and play with this stuff because just like snow it turns to that awful slippery sludge stuff eventually. 


Our real looking “SnoBall battlepack” is made by Zimpli kids. They are also responsible for my bath looking like something from a bubbling cauldron.


 


Yes that’s my kids bath water. It isn’t just green either, as it also turned to blue goo as well and started to hiss, pop and crackle away! 


Zimpli kids also have lots of fun and a little spookyish bath products that turn the bath into a goo or slime pit. These products come in packets of powder and all have their own simple instructions to follow
 



. Again this is not something I would want to use myself, it baffles me as to why my children were so eager to sit in a bath of slime but there you go, kids love this stuff. 


The Crackle Baff is not too bad. It doesn’t really change the water colour, just makes the water fizz with a few crackles; a bit like pouring popping candy on your tongue. The slime baff & Geli baff both change the colour and consistency of the water. The more that gets put in, the slimier and deeper colour it goes. My children could actually see the slime on their hands. It’s easily washed off, and easily rinsed away out of the bath.  

 There are a few other choices of strange packets that change the bath water. The packets seem to give between 3-5 lots depending on how much gets used in one go. A selection of Zimpli products is sold at The Entertainer toy store for £5.00 per pack. 


I think some of the “Baff” products would be great for Halloween both for baths and general slime/goo making. The “Sno” for Christmas time as we very rarely see enough of the real thing. 

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