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Ready Brek is going on a bear hunt (GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!) 

Published May 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is heading to breakfast tables nationwide thanks to a new promotion with Ready Brek. The promotion will begin this weekend and run throughout June and July.
Ready Brek will be inviting kids and families to create their very own bear hunt featuring fun activity ideas to try at home on their packs. 

Ready Brek has been around for years and is full of good stuff including Calcium, Vitamin D, Protein and Fibre. It  is one of the UK’s most popular breakfast choices when it comes to serving up instant oat goodness. 

We’re going on a bear hunt has also been around for many years with a selection of books, stories and animated programmes. 

And of course bears and porridge are well known to work together as everyone remembers the story of Goldilocks and the three bears and all the porridge eating. 

It is the start of a two week half term break for us. As the weather is surprisingly very good, we may as well make the most of it. So after a warm nutritious healthy bowl of ready break it’s time to get out and about on our own mini bear hunts! 

Okay yes I know, the chances of seeing bears in Bolton are literally zero but there are plenty of other smaller creatures to spot up this way and have lots of fun whilst doing so and really just being outside in the sunshine rather than stuck on tablets inside. 

We have a few parks close by which are great for walking around, looking at things, searching for certain plants or bugs and spotting squirrels and rabbits etc. As well as having fun on swings and slides. 

                      GIVEAWAY                              

Ready brek are giving away a prize bundle which will consist of 2 boxes of Ready brek cereal and 2 new bear hunt books. 


The books are – My adventures field guide this is a detailed guide to plants, bugs, small animals, birds and much more for those young explorers. 

And…

My Explorers Journal – This book works well with the field guide and allows young explorers to record their journeys. Write down and record things they spotted etc. 

All this can be won by simply clicking the entry button below. 

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This giveaway will close on June 10th 2017. Prize as above consists of two books and boxes of ready brek cereal. 

FloraQueen bouquet & giveaway 

Published May 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I love receiving bouquets of fresh pretty flowers. Unfortunately I don’t really have anyone to buy me them as I on my own. So.. I had a very big smile on my face when a very nice courier turned up on my doorstep holding these for me. 


This beautiful bouquet was sent to me by FloraQueen who deliver flowers in the UK and internationally. They have many different bouquets to choose from, both big and small to suit most price budgets. 

I chose a bouquet of  lillies, roses and gerberas. I’m glad I did as it really is beautiful. I have had many visitors saying how much they like the new flowers. 


My flowers came delivered in a bouquet wrap as above, no big bulky box or unnecessary packaging. All I needed to do was remove the wrap and place them in a vase of water. 


The lillies came unbloomed, but within a day or so this happened! 


There are still a few lillies to flower yet but they are huge when they do and so pretty.

FloraQueen guarantees that all their flowers stay fresh for at least 7 days. I am now on my 4th day and they are still looking great. I think the sun and heat may be helping a little, plus the frequent water top ups. 


Not only do they look great with the mixed varieties and colours but they smell good too, just how fresh flowers should smell. 

FloraQueen also sell a selection of gifts and offer fast delivery and a choice of delivery dates. Yes you can also add a card to the bouquets too.

And if you want to win yourself a bouquet from FloraQueen then enter below. 
GIVEAWAY

FloraQueen are giving away a bouquet of flowers to my winning reader. To be in with a chance of winning, just click the Enter button below to be taken to the entry page.

ENTER HERE!!

(This giveaway will end on June 9th 2017 lasting 14 days. One winner will be chosen at random by rafflecopter and contacted via email.)

Fuss free fresh vegetables from Mash Direct 

Published May 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I do love my big roast dinners with mash, vegetables, meat and sides but it’s such a pain in the butt preparing and cooking it all from fresh. All the peeling, slicing, drizzling, chopping, boiling, steaming etc it just takes too much effort and the kitchen gets all hot and sweaty. 

Mash direct provides a fuss free solution to this problem by selling fresh vegetables pre cut and peeled and packaged and in many cases pre cooked too . They started with mash but now have a long list of fresh vegetable products.

Here are just a few of them! 


And yes they even have their own mugs too, so I can have a brew with my dinner. 

Mash direct grow all the vegetables and make the products on their own farm and many of the products can be found in Morrisons.

I have never heard of or tried a potato rosti. It is lightly fried potato with shredded onion formed into a round Pattie. 


I enjoyed the rosti, it certainly makes a nice alternative to the usual chips or roast potatoes and the onion gives it a natural flavour.  

Another alternative to chips could be the carrot & parsnip fries. These were lovely, with a natural sweetness and pre fried ready to go in the oven. 


I remember being given potato croquettes when younger which were quite nice. Since then the varieties of croquette I’ve tried have not been that nice (always frozen varieties) but Mash directs version are fresh and so taste just like the ones I had when younger. 


I was slightly unsure on the crispy vegetable bakes. I had tried some vegetarian veg cakes a few years back and was not too impressed but yet again Mash Direct proved us all wrong and again they are really tasty. They contain a fair amount of mixed vegetables – cooked potato, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, spring cabbage & parsnip all of which is coated in a crispy golden crumb. 


The taste actually reminded me of a well known childhood dish – bubble & squeak. My dad would always make too much mash and veg on a Sunday and we usually had bubble & squeak for supper or as part of a meal the following day.

Finally we have the Cauliflower cheese gratin.


I don’t like or eat cheese so I didn’t eat this one myself. My daughter Jordanna does eat cheese and cauliflower and enjoyed it very much. 

These fresh prepared vegetable products are really good. Obviously just as healthy as preparing my own but totally fuss free. They just need putting in the oven or under a grill. Some of them come in foil trays so the tray can be placed straight in the oven. They taste great, save time and generate less rubbish and mess. 


I think I will definitely continue to buy and use mash direct products as my two girls also seem to enjoy the vegetables too. I am hoping they will be sold in more stores and supermarkets soon. 

Xupo review & giveaway 

Published May 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is Xupo (pronounced Zupho) 


It is a really basic device that comes in useful for finding possessions such as lost keys and precious lost toys. It is really small, just a small plastic disc shaped device with a hole to put a key ring through. 


They are probably designed with lost keys in mind but I think they could be used on anything that a keyring clips on to. 

It works via a mobile app which is free, and by Bluetooth connection. Setting up takes seconds. When keys are lost with a xupo on, A button can be pressed on the mobile device which will start a sound on the xupo. The sound doesn’t stop until the button is pressed again. It also works the other way around too. If I misplace my phone which happens often then I can press the xupo button on my keys and a noise will sound on my phone until I locate it. 

I have tested Xupo both ways with both xupo keys and my phone in different rooms and upstairs/downstairs and it works really well. How well, depends on the Bluetooth range on the mobile device I imagine. 

No more lost keys or phone for me now! 

Xupo is a new product and was featured on Dragons den earlier this year. Therefore it is not widely available in stores just yet. I’m not too sure on price either at the moment but I can’t see it being expensive. More info can be found on the UK website. And there is also an opportunity to win your own xupo.

GIVEAWAY 

Yes Xupo are giving away one of their devices and all you need to do is CLICK HERE! to take part.  This giveaway will end June 21st.

Num noms Crazy Creation

Published May 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s those Num Noms once again! Love them or hate them but it seems they are here to stay. Here are a few of the season 3 characters.


Again the little plastic collectables come with various bits, we get the Num and the nom but also lip balms, stamps and rubbers. 

Of course Num noms are all about food and crazy creations with food and the people behind Num noms have launched a new campaign #NumNomsCrazyCreation and so I was left to make a tasty but wacky food combination.

Now this is probably not to everyone’s taste and it may sound revolting to some of you. It’s not the type of thing I could eat often or eat a lot of but it did actual work together fairly well. 

This is my very own – Baconana nut sarnie! 


It’s a strange one but very easy to make. All I needed was – bread, bananas, peanut butter and bacon! Yes bacon with banana!!!

There are a few ways to put it altogether. The bread can be toasted first or the whole thing toasted under a grill together which is my preferred method.


It’s best to start with the peanut butter and use according to taste/preference. It’s a good idea to cook the bacon first before peeling and  chopping the banana as bananas tend to develop black spots quickly after chopping them. 

The banana slices go on top of the peanut butter and then add the bacon. Add as much as you like of each. I preferred more banana on mine where as Jordanna only wanted 6 slices and 2 bacon and a good helping of crunchy peanut butter.

I did not use any extra butter or spread on the bread and I cooked the bacon in a George Foreman machine to minimise the grease and fat. 

Once the sandwiches were built, they went under the grill for a few minutes each side in order to make it a crispy bite. 

And that is our #NumNomsCrazyCreation. 

A much wanted piece of art; finally on my wall. Photowall! 

Published May 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

When it comes to prints are art pictures there are only a few things I would really choose to buy. These include most things that fall within the fantasy category and no I don’t mean anything sexual. Think fairies, trolls, unicorns etc. Yes I’m a little weird and perhaps live in a dream world sometimes but some of those fantasy images are truly awesome.

I remember being a teenager and a certain shop in the Manchester Arndale which only sold posters. The posters were displayed in rows of huge boards to look at, with the actual poster being all rolled up, ready to take. I can’t quite remember the name of the shop but it was here where I first spotted some fantasy type posters that I really liked.

So many years later along comes Photowall UK who make wall murals and canvas prints. Yes canvas prints can be bought in lots of places but the ones from photowall can be made very large indeed. And they have a category just for Fantasy along with many other category choices. 

There are so many images to choose from, I could even upload my own if I really wanted to but I have lots of family photographs already on my walls and I’d already spotted this one.


This being the Castle garden unicorn canvas (it also comes as a wall mural). Now my bedroom wall was looking a little plain and bare and I wanted a big canvas to fill the space. These can be made up to 150cm in length which is really big for a standard wall. I ordered mine as 120cms and I’m glad I did not go bigger because it would have been too big. 

Because the canvas prints go really large it does mean they would be difficult to ship without the risk of damage. Also the size of them would greatly increase the shipping costs. Therefore the canvases are sent as DIY packages. Yes I felt quite nervous about the prospect of making a canvas myself. 

The packages is a very tall slim box. The canvas comes in a roll and 4 planks of wood, metal joiners, bolts and wall hanger. No instructions come with the box but there are instructions on the photo wall website along with a video which makes it look extremely easy. It’s not the easiest thing but not too difficult.I think smaller size canvases would be easier. The wood planks have peel off sticky sides which all stick to the edge of the canvas. I found lining them all up correctly very tricky with them being so long. Attaching the fastener and bolts was straightforward and hanging was so-so. Again due to the size it took a while to balance it straightish. 

Anyway here it is, in pride of place on my bedroom wall.


It looks fantastic and is placed on the main wall opposite my bed, so each morning when I wake up, this is what I will see. 

All of these images are taken from my actual canvas and not from photowall.


The detail in this print is just amazing, it’s absolutely beautiful and just the sort of image I’ve been wanting for years. I am very happy with it and even fairly happy that I managed to put the canvas together without help.

The canvases start at £38. The bigger you go, the more it costs. Options include choice of edging and cropping to get the big of the image you want. The canvas can be purchased alone without the frame too. And they have hundreds of images to choose from. I was spoilt for choice and it won’t be long until I buy myself another one.

Brownie bar Yum Yum! 

Published May 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

After a hectic few days, it was time to put my feet up with a nice hot cup of tea and a big gooey yummy brownie from Brownie bar

The brownie bar is a unique subscription box which I came across over on Cratejoy. It is a monthly subscription which starts at £14.50. Each month bringing a selection of delicious brownie to your door. Each month with a new delicious flavour too. 


And there is my large bar of brownie. Baked to perfection just as a brownie should be – like sponge cake on the top and all soft and gooey in the middle. We got 8 smaller individual slices from this. 

Brownie bar must have read my mind as they sent me salted caramel flavour which happens to be one of my favourites. The top even came sprinkled with gold. 


And just look how thick these brownies are! 


And they are so filling too. Just one of the slices was enough to fill my belly for a while. They are very sweet, very gooey and just incredibly delicious. What more can I say? 

The brownie subsctipton can be ordered via Cratejoy or directly from the Brownie bar website. They deliver to addresses in the U.K. They have a choice of normal brownie box or gluten free and nut free boxes. If you don’t want to sign up for a subscription straight away then individual brownie bars with 8 square pieces can also be purchased. 

You can also find Brownie bar here on Facebook.

YumeTwins Kawaii subscription box

Published May 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Today I have a subscription box from Tokyo.  YumeTwins is a kawaii box from Tokyo treat who also do Japanese candy boxes. 

Kawaii means cute and all things cute. Kawaii items cover a large range of cute products including plush toys, stationery, pictures, stickers and more. Therefore a Kawaii box is a box full of cute stuff.

Yumetwins boxes are priced in dollars but are shipped worldwide and start from $27.50 a month which works out about £22 or there abouts and are available as one off boxes too. 

The contents will vary each month and will include stationery items, toys and a mixture of Japanese cute kawaii straight from Japan. 

Me and Izebella have done our unboxing video to show the contents. 

In our box we found two cute key chains, a reuseable fold up shopping bag, cute picture hook and the big plush teddy which is called a Fumofumo- San. They are said to have therapeutic powers and there are 24 different types all from Shinda/Japan. 


It’s a cute little box with some quirky things inside. Items which we won’t find over here in the UK. Izebella loved opening the box with me and has already claimed most of the contents for herself!


Although she has very kindly said I can have the shopping bag. The bag is actually very useful as it holds a lot of shopping without breaking or taking up much room. It folds into a small pouch when I don’t need it which easily fits in my handbag.

YumeTwins Kawaii box is just super cute!

The labels on all products are in Japanese but the booklet that comes with the box is in English and tells me what’s in the box. YumeTwins offer a few monthly competitions to win more Kawaii too. 

Get Yumetwins box here 

Father’s Day photo gifts from Snapfish 

Published May 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Snapfish is the home to personalised photo gifts and I have been a customer of theirs for many years. They sell all sorts of photo gifts including cups, cushions, phone cases, place mats, keyrings and so much more. They also do a photo print service and photographs can be uploaded via a mobile phone. 

As it’s Father’s Day next month. I have been asked to come up with some personalised gift ideas from Snapfish. 


I love my wall art and I’m sure most Dads would also love a nice canvas of their children to hang up, especially so the Father’s who don’t live with their children, so this was the first thing I chose to create. 

This photo was taken at Blackpool beach a few weeks back. I’m unsure where Ryan was but I think it’s a really good picture of the girls together. 


Snapfish have many different types and sizes of wall art such as canvases and posters. 

This one is a slim canvas and measures 12×8″. It was really easy to make, I just uploaded the photograph, did a bit of cropping and the canvas arrived within a few days. It is quite small, there are bigger sizes. It can be hung on a wall (hangers not included) or stood up on a unit. 

I think most Dads would love a gift like this for Father’s Day.

And if Dad likes having a lot of memories in one place, and he’s the sort of person who takes photos of the kids but never prints them off then photobooks also make really good gifts.

The smallest photobook starts at just £6.99 for a 6×4″ size. This one has 20 pages which can hold more than one photograph per page. For 8 more additional pages it’s just an extra £1.99. 


Many of the photobooks allow for text and greetings, making them even more personalised. These photobooks mean all Dads favourites pictures are kept in one special place rather than having multiple photo prints which usually end up in a cupboard somewhere. 

Again the photobook creation process is fairly straightforward. It can take a while for multiple photographs to upload depending on the size of the book chosen. Options include colours, texts and fonts plus deciding on the layout of photographs on each page. If like me you can’t be bothered adjusting page layouts then snapfish will do it for you and arrange the photographs on each page and if it does not look right then you can manually change it. 


Visit the Snapfish website for lots more Father’s Day gift ideas.

SuperGeek heros animated series + competition 

Published May 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy


The SUPER GEEK HEROES are a unique group of super-kids… having fun in turn with a mission to learn! Their seven friendly ‘super-powers’ are derived from the three prime and four specific development areas of the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’. 

​These are… Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Literacy, Numeracy, Physical Development, and Creative Arts & Design.  

By introducing “superhero characters” to represent learning and development areas within EYFS, children (and adults) interact more effectively when they understand and relate to their meaning. The use of fun animated 3D characters in this way make children’s learning and development cool, exciting and interesting right through their early years and beyond.

The series is shown on You Tube via many short episodes. They have recently added ten new episodes and I imagine there will be many more to come. All of the episodes are short lasting between 3-7 minutes long. There are 7 main characters in the series and each one teaches children a different thing.

· Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Suzi Smiles

· Understanding the World – Peter Planet
· Communication & Language – Vicky Voice
· Literacy – Jake Jotter
· Numeracy – Mille Maths
· Physical Development – Ant Active
· Creative Arts & Design – Ronnie Rock

Today me and Izebella have been watching a few of the episodes on SuperGeek heroes channel. I think the episodes are perfect for Izebellas age. They encourage learning in a friendly way. The colourful characters each have their own name and personality which children will start to recognise.

The episodes are also really short meaning Izebella doesn’t lose interest in fact she wanted to watch more.

Izebella especially likes Milly Maths and Vicky voice. I think that’s because they are girls in pink/purple. 


Adults and kids can subscribe to SuperGeek heroes channel here. They have their own website too – http://www.supergeekheroes.com/.

COMPETITION 

Yes there’s even a giveaway here too. The prize on offer is – A free 6 month subscription to KidsCast APP where you can download and view Super Geek Heroes on the go or cast to your TV! There’s a bit of information about the app here.

To take part just click the link! This giveaway will close June 1st 2017. The winner must have a compatible smart device to use the app. 

ENTER HERE

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