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Gifts for Girls: Aquabeads

Published November 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Aquabeads make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas. Most girls like crafting and making things and it’s even better when it’s all about well known characters such as Disney.

Aquabeads sets come in all sizes and themes and involve placing tiny coloured beads onto clear trays over stencils. The beads contain a special coating which enables them to stick firmly together once water is applied. The sets come with enough beads to make all of the templates and refill bead packs can be purchased later.

Our Finding Dory Aquabead set enabled the making of Dory, Nemo and the octopus which I have no idea of its name. This was the first time that Izebella took it upon herself to make her own aquabead design alone and with zero help from any of us and she has not long turned five.

I was quite surprised at just how fast she did it with zero mistakes or frustration. It usually takes me much longer when I try and that’s with beads constantly popping out of place which is extremely annoying.

The Finding Dory set costs approximately £15 and comes with 3 template sheets, bead palette, design table, bead pen, water sprayer and hundreds of coloured beads.

Gifts for girls: Mc2 pixel purse 👛

Published November 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Over the next few days I will be featuring and reviewing some toys and gifts designed with girls in mind. Having two girls, and being female myself means these types of gifts come almost second nature to me.

I’m Starting with a new and unique gift which is part of the Project Mc2 girls range.

Project MC2 is of course the Netflix series focussing around a team of girls who love science and all sorts of experiments and attempting to highlight that science can be enjoyed by girls just as much as boys.

We have had lots of Mc2 dolls and accessories, this pixel purse being the latest one. The purse can be used as a normal everyday purse or mini bag. It easily holds most standard size phones inside and comes with a shoulder strap attached. This however is no ordinary purse.

The front of the purse is essentially a light display. A bit like having an automated light box on your bag. It comes with 10 pre programmed animations ready to use without any extra device. When those 10 start to bore, more can be created using an app. Girls can spend hours creating their very own unique animations to light up their bags.

Animations can include lots of colour, stamps and even words to create names and swapped again and again.

The app has many different modes and the designs all begin with a blank pixel screen meaning it’s completely down to the owner what the animation turns out like.

Jordanna very much enjoyed trying out different colours and patterns and experimenting with the app to make all sorts of animations. The purse fits her phone in along with a few other small accessories.

The age guide level is 6-12 years and the purse costs around £39.99 from all good toy retailers.

Make your home festive with Cox & Cox lighting 

Published November 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I really cannot wait to get my decorations down from the loft and up for Christmas this year. It always seems to cheer me up a little. Christmas decorations are so fun, it’s no wonder a house looks so bare when they are gone.

Lighting certainly adds to the whole warm festive look and there are so many Christmas lights and light up products to choose from.


 Cox and Cox have a great selection of festive lighting for both indoors and outside. I have picked  out a few of my favourites. 

This is the Wooden carnival star. It’s a simple piece which gives a huge effect. Placed on top of a unit or on the window sill, it would look quite stunning anywhere.






The candle tree lights make a big difference to the standard fairy lights. There are ten candles, each one clips to a tree branch and can be controlled with the included remote.



For those who like their outdoor decorations, this running deer would make quite a stand alone piece. It’s a little on the pricey side costing £75 but oh my how I’d love this in my garden. 



Finally these Naked wire icicle lights. These would be great for hanging in windows or over shelves and they can be used outdoors too.


 

See more fabulous festive lighting at Cox and Cox.

Gifts for teens: Superloot

Published November 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Finding small gifts and stocking fillers for teenagers is no easy task, but if they are a bit on the geeky side and enjoy their gaming, computing, movies and superheroes then Superloot may just be up their street.

Superloot can be purchased as a subscription box service or as one off boxes . The boxes come filled with unusual geeky, nerdy type bits and pieces with changing themes each month. Superloot monthly boxes are divided into three choice categories being mystery, sweets and comic. The mystery speaks for itself, it’s a box full of surprise items. The sweet box comes with surprise world and USA sweets and chocolates and the comic box is surprisingly full of comics each month.

All the boxes including the one off purchase box will contain between 5-7 items each, all brand new products including t-shirts, toys, collectibles, key rings and much more.

To show an example of the type of products in the boxes; this is the box that I recently received.

This was the October mystery box and therefore themed around Halloween. A ghostbusters coaster, which I’m afraid to admit, I love it. I have a small collection of pop vinyl figures already so this was an unexpected surprise to add to my growing collection. Also a ghost keyring and a set of walking dead figures which look like the sort of thing that will be much sought after in many years (or so i hope! 😀) and finally the T-shirt. You can choose the size of t-shirt you want, kids, adults and sometimes between a male or female design too so you always get one that fits.

The subscription is cheaper than the one off box. The subscription cost £16.99 per month and the one off boxes are £24.99. Either way I’d say the products inside are worth what you pay. The pop vinyl figures alone start at £9.99 upwards.

Get your box here!

Gifts for teens: Marvin’s Magic

Published November 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If there’s one present I can guarantee my teenage son will like then it would be either a science kit or a magic set. He seems to love magic, his favourite magician being David Blaine.

Magic sets can be bought in most good toy stores but I often find that the selection is quite limited. Usually a choice of 3 sets, sometimes even less so very little variety. Head over to Marvin’s Magic and it’s a whole different story, a magicians paradise.

Marvin’s Magic have magic sets and kits for everyone young and old. From total beginners to hard core magicians they have sets to suit everyone to aid mastering the tricks and secrets of magic and performance.

This is just one of many sets, and out latest magic set. We have had a few of Marvin’s Magic sets and tins previously. This particular set contains all the bits and pieces to perform a massive 225 tricks; yup I had to read that twice myself – 225 tricks!

There is all sorts of stuff in this one box. A fair few different card packs for varying card type tricks, cups, balls, a few strange looking gadgets and of course the much needed magicians wand.

This is one of Marvin’s deluxe edition boxes meaning it contains more tricks than most.

Now being magic, it means I can’t reveal how any of the tricks are done. To be honest I actually have no idea as it’s not me who performs them either.

This is a set which beginners can use to get the hang of the more basic tricks. The recommended age guide on the box being age 6 to 106 so pretty much suitable for anyone.

There are a few small parts and loose bits with this one which is probably one of the reasons it’s given the minimum 6 year age. I do find this one of the downsides with sets such as this as it does mean certain parts could and usually do end up lost. And as it’s a big set we do have to keep the box really.

This particular set costs between £15-£20. If this isn’t your thing or a little too easy then browse Marvin’s Magic as your sure to find a set that suits both ability and budget.

Gifts for teens: wall racer

Published November 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

So teens are probably the hardest people to buy for and most definitely the teenage boy; mine being no exception. I thought it may be a good idea to list a few gifts that many teens (and boys in particular) may just be happy with.

I’m beginning with one from one of my favourite gift store – Hawkins Bazaar.

This is the wall racer and a gift that I expect to be popular with most males, whether young or old. Of course it’s a car, of some sort and so instantly a big hit with the men. There will of course be a few females who like this sort of thing too. I didn’t want to seem one sided by saying it’s just for the lads.

It actually looks more like some sort of space craft or a car of the distant future than an everyday car. And it’s no normal RC car either as this beauty literally climbs the walls. Yes it’s fast and rapid and glides the walls and moves along the ceilings. How? I have no idea, tho I can only assume it’s all to do with some sort of gravity technology.

Well I guess it’s not classed as the “gravity defying car” for nothing. Oh it moves along the floor too, just like any other RC car would, but you’d find it hard to find a similar priced vehicle that moves like this one. It has some sort of powerful suction that enables it to stick to walls and ceilings whilst still being able to move at speed. I’m baffled by it, we all are. However I put down strict rules whilst playing with this. No playing in newly decorated rooms, it may wreck the wallpaper (untested), no playing whilst pets are about and careful around Izebella and younger children in the house as it’s so fast.

With this space style car, you do get a choice of red or blue. You need 6 AA batteries to power it. The stronger batteries are highly recommended here. For £15 I don’t think anyone can grumble when you take into account what this can do and how much normal RC vehicles can cost. It’s a small car but comes with so much power.

Electric jukebox Roxi

Published November 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is one amazing gift that all the family can and will enjoy this Christmas. A gift that turns a television into a fun interactive music jukebox. This is Roxi by Electric Jukebox.

The Roxi is a small simple hub which connects to most televisions via a HDMI lead. All new flat screen televisions (sold in the past 8 years) should have an HDMI port. Some older models may also have one and there are some adapters which enable connection for some without the port. It’s easy peasy to connect and comes on instantly. It needs a minimal set up too, mainly WiFi connection and a few other bits of jiggling around to suit. The screen interface menu looks like this.

Now for the music. Roxi gives instant access to a whopping 29 million tracks. I was able to find some very rare gems that I hadn’t heard for a while along with many that take me back to my childhood. As well as individual tracks there’s also over 3 million albums. Wow just wow.

I guess many of you are reading this and thinking it sounds good, but how much is it, how much per month will I be billed etc? Well surprisingly unlike other music streaming apps and devices, there is no monthly fee. Yes that’s correct no fee and access to all that amazing music, You don’t even need to sign up or add passwords or cards or anything along those lines. It’s a one off purchase cost and that’s all for a whole year. If you want to renew after a year them it remains very low cost compared to similar services.

Roxi does a whole lot more than just play and search for music too. There is a karaoke mode where the included remote turns into a microphone.

Kids will enjoy the karaoke part and it saves buying an extra karaoke unit too. It can access worldwide radio, picking up thousands of radio stations that we never knew existed. It’s not just pop, dance, rock and oldies either. Other types of music and sound exist via this one device such as chilling and ambient sounds, nature sounds and meditation tracks etc. A few strange songs exist on this too.

Then many games and quizzes which are great for parties and entertainment, kids or adults or the whole family and again, all include in the one off purchase price.

The purchase price for the Roxi music streaming device is a one off £199 which includes the device, remote/microphone, leads and a years unlimited streaming, game playing and all the above mentioned.

It comes as red, blue or black to suit decor and it really is lots of fun. When I first hooked it all up, I was so addicted to it, trying to find old rare songs that I’ve not heard in forever and messing around testing out the radio stations. Now I like to put in on when I’m cleaning and doing housework or coming in after a night out. My kids like the karaoke mode and the games are fun too.

It does sound a lot to pay out, but I think it’s worth an investment. Imagine buying all those fave songs on cds over the years. That would cost more than £199 I think.

My tile slim

Published November 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I’m often panicking last minute having misplaced my keys or worse still my purse just before going out. I also put my phone down in random places too but can usually locate it by ringing on the house phone, that is, so long as it’s not on silent.

There are a fair few “locate it” gadgets available and I was recently sent one of these to try out.

This is the Tile slim from Tile Inc. It costs £30 and works via Bluetooth and an app. The tile itself is really small and slim, meaning it easily fits into even the smallest of purses.

The app is free and very fast to download. It’s compatible with most devices, be it iOS or Android.

Bluetooth needs to be enabled but the device is connected by a simple button push which then plays a tune.

This device can be kept anywhere be it purse, keys, toys. The device can be located by the app and it even gives a precise street location. To find a lost phone, it works the opposite way. The button on the device gets pressed and the phone will ring. The tile app will always show the last place and time that the tile device was located.

As the tile is incredibly slim and small, it did make me wonder where the battery was and how it would need changing. Well there in the small print of the instructions it informs me that tile has a non replaceable battery that should last at least a year and then I have the option to buy a new discounted device.

The Tile Slim is not the only device sold by Tile inc. They have other designs that do similar jobs, including the new Pro series featuring a tile sport and style designs.

Now there’s no need to lose your phone Xmas morning under the mountain of wrapping paper.

Slither.io toys 

Published November 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Slither.io remains huge gaming phenomenon and YouTuber hit, 60% wotg British children 0-14 year olds. The game can be download and 124 million games are played a month in the UK.

 New to the UK, the Slither.io toys are an instant hit! A collection of bendy, squashy and furry snake like toys. 


I’m thinking these may be the new playground collectibles. They come in lots of colours and patterns and like many collectible figures, even blind bags too.


Bend them, wiggle them, hug them, squeeze them. They don’t really do all that much to be honest but my 5 year old seems to love them. I think her favourite is the squishy slither. 


This one reminds me a bit of a stress ball, very squashy and squishy and then it returns to its normal shape.

The Slither.io game app is free and the toys and very inexpensive ranging from £3.99 to £10.99 from most good toy stores. These make cheap stocking fillers and gifts and seem to be very appealing to youngsters. 

My Golden Ticket 

Published November 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Every child can be a big part of the Willy Wonka chocolate factory tour. It’s a great adventure that will make anyone feel rather hungry and craving a sweet treat. 

Most children will be familiar with Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate factory story but with this book they get to me part of it as all the books are personalised.


They also all come with unique features such as songs and names of candy bars. Each one being made into a unique different adventure. 


The pages are full of colourful images and I was almost positive that the pages had some chocolate or vanilla aroma somehow infused into them, tho this is probably more down to us reading about chocolate. 

A lovely book for that well behaved child costing £19.99 from Wonderbly.

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