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Toddler fragrance by Martine Micallef

Published June 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Does your mini me long to borrow your perfumes to smell and be just like mummy? Or do they perhaps ask for their own small “grown up” perfume to use. Well now they can have their very own perfume sets. 


Martine Micallef has created  new Parfums designed exquisitely for toddlers, young children and even baby’s. M.Micallef’s collection is named Baby’s collection but is perfect for younger children too. 

Martine imagined a child’s imaginary world with a nice rabbit companion who travels with toddlers. This pretty range comes with delicate and subtle scents. It is perfect for the sensitive nose of little ones and also gentle enough for delicate skin. 

These sets are brand new and only launched recently this year. The box will be launched with single set of scented water. The alcohol free fragrances include Tendre Douceur, Petit Coeur, Petite Fleur. The  fragrance bottles also come with a cuddly bunny named Harry. Products can also be personalized.


Izebella has one of the gift sets in the Petit Couer fragrance plus two sample fragrance bottles of the other two fragrances so that she gets to sample them all. Izebella is 4 and one of those little girls who wants to be just like mummy and have all the things that mummy has including beauty products and perfumes. And now she has her own so does not need to use mine.

It is a lovely set. Lovely packaging ans like very nice sweet contents. The perfumes all smell different with hints of essential oils, flowers, vanilla, white musk etc. They seem to have much more subtle notes than the perfumes us mums use; so no where near as strong but still enough to give them all an individual scent.


The bunny teddy is one of the flat type soft toys or one without stuffing. It is lined with gold design and makes a sweet addition to the sets. 

This is a French company and therefore prices are in Euros. For a toddler parfum collection set it costs 54€. They will make lovely gifts for children and can be purchased on line at the M.Micallef boutique.

Unicorn cushions + giveaway 

Published May 11, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If you or your little ones love unicorns just as much as we do, then take a look at this lovely little cushion. 


It comes in both pink and blue from The fox in the attic. As well as cushions just like this one, they also sell many stationery items, cards, toys and lots of other unique gifts. 


This is how our cushion arrived. Lovely packaging with string and labels. And this is the back of the cushion, which Izebella says looks like a shoe when placed top way up. 


A perfect pink accessory to my girls pink bedroom. Izebella likes to have it on her bed just like a pillow. 

This pillow costs £22.99 and here are a few other items from The fox in the attic. 


COMPETITION TIME!

If you liked the unicorn cushion as above, then you could be lucky enough to win one in either blue or pink. 

All you have to do is click the button below to be taken to the entry page. 

ENTER HERE!
This giveaway is for one unicorn cushion. It will close on June 1st 2017. Entrants must be UK residents and have valid email, Facebook and twitter accounts to take part. 

Our Ciao bimba doll – Anouk

Published May 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Even though I grew out of playing with dolls many years ago, I still get a sense of nostalgic excitement when I see one that’s unique and collectable. 

Ciao bimba dolls are certainly special and each one is produced in limited numbers. Ciao bimba dolls come made with all natural materials right down to what they wear. These materials include Guetermann Mara threads and polyester. All the dolls are made exclusively in the Bulgaria studio and sold on their own Ciao bimba website. You won’t find these dolls in your local toy stores. 
The dolls come in limited collections and although they are not necessarily one off productions, being handmade means they may vary slightly and therefore come with their own personality.

As well as different names, personalities and clothing; the dolls also come in slightly different sizes – Classic Ciao Bimba is 46cm (18in) tall, Darling Ciao Bimba is 48cm (19in) tall, and the smaller dolls are Mini Ciao Bimba, Baby Ciao Bimba and Mini Bambini.

We are very lucky and  very happy to now own a Ciao bimba doll of our choosing. This is how the doll will arrive. 


The dolls come in their own large box which we have kept, this also doubles up as a dolls bed as its strong and sturdy and makes a good safe place to keep the doll. 


I chose Anouk doll. The reason being because she has reddish colour hair which is curly and so it’s something my girls could relate to a little. I also loved her clothing and well she’s just so sweet isn’t she?


Anouk is a Classic Ciao Bimba doll. She stands 46 cm (18 in) tall. Anouk comes with her own jersey shirt, Tatum Liberty print dress, hat, underwear and shoes.

I was quite surprised at just how pretty this doll is. She is also very unusual and unique. She looks a little like a rag doll from a distance but feels much different and is also bigger. Our new friend Anouk is extremely good for cuddles. 


Her clothes are all fully removeable and can be washed. She is a similar size to a baby so may fit in baby clothes if we wish to change her. And look she even has a belly button! How cute. 


Izebella sure seems fascinated by our new little house guest. 

Now as you can probably guess! A handmade, natural limited edition doll is not going to come cheap, even if they are designed to be cuddly companions for little girls. Ciao Bimba is based in Bulgaria so all the prices are in Euros. The prices are different for each doll but for Anouk, she costs €204 which converts to about £173 or just under which is without a doubt a high price to pay for a doll.  If your a lover of dolls or a collector of dolls or nice things (like me) then it may be worth buying one. The Ciao Bimba website is lovely to browse and clearly indicates that their dolls are aimed at girls to play with, but if your a parent purchasing one for a young child then I imagine having big reservations about this doll being taken outdoors or to a friends etc after paying so much for one. 

Anouk is a beautiful doll which I’m sure will bring us all lots of happy play time and hugs. 

And incase you wanted to know – Ciao Bimba translates to Hello baby girl in Italian. 

Juratoys: Traditional playthings, just how toys are meant to be. 

Published March 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If I cast my mind back to my early childhood, I remember a fair few things. Such as things I did and things I had or didn’t have. When I was little a tablet was something you took when you was unwell. A phone was walking to a phone box or if you was slightly privelaged you may have a home phone attached to the wall. We had a video player eventually but not when I was really young. Listening to music meant placing a needle onto a vinyl disc or putting a cassette tape into a player. There were no mobiles, no games consoles (not until I was slightly older) and toys back then were real toys. Toys without plugs and without the internet and I don’t remember ever being bored playing with the toys I had. 

It’s a shame that things change so much and even children as young as Izebella seem more reliant on technology and devices. So when an opportunity comes along to try out more traditional type toys with my children, it’s always a good thing.

Izebella has been playing with two different toys from Jura toys. The first being a very traditional “old fashioned” style toy for little ones. The Janod story box circus. 

It contains 19 pieces in total, all of which are made from solid wood. It includes many familiar circus characters and props, including – elephant, tiger, clown, trapeze artists, ring master and even a monkey on a unicycle. 

There are no rules to play by, it is purely up to the child to use their imagination to create their own circus. 

All the pieces stand up and the sturdy strong box is also used as part of play as well as being used to store all the parts. The pieces are all really colourful and well designed. The horse even fits a rider and characters balance on the high beam. 

Izebella really likes her new circus set. She has been to a real circus show and remembers it well. She puts on voices for the characters and moves them all around.

This really does remind me of the type of toys I had when I was her age. 

This set costs about £21 and is currently selling over on Amazon.
As it’s almost Easter (next month), Izebella has also had an early Easter gift in the form of a very cuddly rabbit.


Our new cuddly bunny friend is the Kaloo rouge sandy beige rabbit. It comes in a few sizes and rabbit is very cuddly and fluffy and makes a good bedtime companion for Izebella. 

Cuddly toys always seem to make my little girl happy. It’s a good job she is soon upgrading her toddler bed to bunk beds so she has more room to put her new cuddly bunny, she does like him to have his own cover and little pillow at night time and she has named him “Mr Bunny”. 

Kaloo rabbit toys are also being sold on Amazon as well as a few other places and start from £20.00.

Charlie Doodle review & giveaway 

Published January 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Izebella is one very clever 4 year old who can recognise letters and even small words. She is very interested in the alphabet and how things are spelt at the moment so I don’t think there could have been a better time for a personalised print from Charlie Doodle.
 Charlie Doodle sell a fair few items for the home and as gifts but their main things seems to be wall art and prints. For young children there are these personalised wall prints which come on choices of colour and the option of a frame with the print. 


The prints come with the child’s name on and many drawings of things beginning with the letter of the child’s name, so in this case it’s an I.

Izebella is very happy with her new framed picture as cannot wait to have it up on her wall above her bed. The letter I is perhaps not one of the easiest letters to think up objects and words for but there are 18 or so words on there. Izebella recognised a few of the images and she knows they all began with the letter I, just like her name.

The personalised prints come as A4 size and start at £14.00.

Win a print

And now it’s your turn to get your own personalised child’s print. The prints are recommended for children under 10 and as you can see, they are really unique. Charlie Doodle are giving away one of their wall prints to one of my readers. The prints come in a choice of colour borders, being white, pink and blue and the winner picks their colour.

To take part in this giveaway you must have both a Facebook and twitter account and be a U.K. resident. This giveaway will close on February 14th 2017. One winner will be contacted by email. 

Click the link below to take part.

ENTER HERE!!

Gotrovo meal time treasure hunt 

Published November 22, 2016 by Bizzimummy

You may have very well seen an advert on tv for the treasure hunt game from Grotovo. I spotted it myself not so long ago. As well as the game, Gotrovo also have this – The meal time treasure hunt kit.

This kit consists of a ten step treasure hunt trail board along with a cup, plate, bowl, fork, spoon, treasure cards and a gold coin. It is in a way aimed at fussy eaters and young children. The game can be played at meal times, the treasure board doubles up as a place mat which plates can sit on top of.

Whilst Izebella is eating, she can move around the numbered treasure trail using the gold coin. Moving around can be achieved in many ways to encourage children to eat more and eat healthier. For instance – trying something new, eating vegetables or just eating more or better, using cutlery instead of fingers etc. All of these things can help children move around the board faster.

Once number 10 is reached the card can be turned over. Many of the cards have stars on which may be helpful for star charts and weekly rewards. Some cards come blank to write own rewards on, so maybe the odd sweet treat for eating all their dinner and getting yo number 10.

To be honest I didn’t think Izebella would be that interested in the treasure map but she absolutely loves it and reminds me to get it out with every meal.  

And yes it really does work in our case and Izebella is certainly keen to eat more just to ger to the treasure.

I don’t think this would work for older children such as my son Ryan, he’s 12 and has to be the worlds fussiest eater. This product is too young for him but it works for the younger ones.

It is aimed at 3 years and over and I do think the addition of a small knife would make it slightly better. I’m currently trying to switch Izebella to a knife and fork rather than just spoon and fork as are many parents of 4 year olds, so the addition of a small safe knife would be really helpful and the whole treasure map thing would encourage children to try to use a knife too.

The mealtime set is priced at £22.95 directly from Gotrovo where you will also be able to putchase the treasure hunt game too if you wish.  The plate, cup and bowl all seem good quality tough plastic and nicely decorated. The fork and spoon resemble and treasure digging spade and fork and seem ok for Izebella tho a little of the light side. 

I think it would make a nice gift, perhaps a Christmas present for a young child. I can’t see it helping an older child over the age of seven much but it’s perfect for my four year old who can be fussy at times.

Super Yummies

Published February 15, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Super Yummies are the all new toddler snacks from Cow & Gate. To be honest toddler snacks are not really something I have bothered with for a while as Izebella is now 3 and sort of went off a few of the selections I used to try. I thought I would give them a go as an alternative to the more unhealthy biscuits and things she tends to choose. 

 
There are a few different varieties to choose from being Breadsticks, which are savoury,  Rice cakes in fruit varieties, yoghurt and fruit pouches and Freeze dried fruit and veg pieces. 

Obviously being toddler snacks and from Cow & Gate we as parents can be assured the snacks are healthy and only contain fruit and veg and no unhealthy ingredients or added nasties.

The first thing Izebella tried are the rice cakes which we have in an apple and orange flavour. 

 Of course I had to try some myself and it’s now obvious why these are called “Super Yummies” because they are very yummy indeed. Full of flavour and sweet too, crispy and I could definitely taste the orange and apple in them. In fact these are a little addictive and I could not just have one. My older 2 children enjoyed them too. 

 

The breadsticks are a good replacement for crisps and crackers and again lots of flavour. The freeze dried fruit pieces are very much like fruit crisps and both went down really well too. I think Izebellas favourite product was the yoghurt pouch which she had no problem eating straight from the squeezy pouch in no time at all. 

 

All of the super Yummies products tasted good and all my children enjoyed them. They make tasty alternative healthy snacks. They can be purchased in supermarkets, Boots and other stores in the toddler/baby aisles and start at just 75p each.

Vosene kids squeaky clean

Published February 2, 2016 by Bizzimummy

  
Jordanna and Izebella have once again been testing out some hair and bathing products and this time from the well known brand “Vosene”. 

Vosene have their own new kids range called squeaky clean. These products have many benefits both in gettng hair washed and clean and the added benefit of added oils to help combat and repel headlice.

We have a 3 in one shampoo which cleanses and conditions at the same time, tho as always with the combined shampoo and conditioners I do find I need a little extra conditioned for Jordannas very thick and curly hair. 

 This product contains blends of tea tree and lemon and eucalyptus oils to help combat the head lice. Unfortunately we are having a tough time with lice at the moment so I’m happy to try out anything that claims to help. The shampoo is lovely and foamy and seems to be pretty gentle on the eyes too. 

 
The next product is a conditioning defence spray. This spray is really useful for managing tangles and knots in hair and especially so in the morning. 

 Again it contains the oils to combat lice but luckily the product has a more lemony scent rather than tea tree which can sometimes be off putting. It simply sprays onto the hair and then the knots can be easily brushed out. It leaves the hair in a much better manageable and smoother condition and is great for curly hair. 

 
Each of these Vosene products costs about £2.54 each and should be available in stores and supermarkets which sell products of this type.

More information can of course be found over at Vosene kids.

The Little Bathtime Company

Published February 1, 2016 by Bizzimummy

The Little Bathtime company are based in Ulverston and create many lovely toiletries for children. The toiletries are formulated for young skin and contain only natural and organic ingredients and free from harsh chemicals.

Here is a selection of their toiletries which my children have been testing out. 

 
There is a bubble bath, hair and body wash and a shampoo & conditioner in one. The bottles as you can see will really appeal to young children being bright and decorated with images of animals, dinosaurs and fairies. The lids are the type you press down and the liquid comes out. 

 
The bubble bath gave lots of lovely foamy bubbles using just a tiny amount.  

 
The hair and body wash makes a great double product and would be especially good for boys or girls with shorter hair who perhaps don’t yet need the extra conditioning. It also produces even more bubbles in the bath. 


The shampoo & conditioner works well to eliminate the majority of tangles. I found it worked better on Izebellas hair which is slightly curly and more finer than on Jordannas hair which is very curly and thick and I still need to use the extra conditioner as her hair here very knotty. 


The products come in 3 scents/varieties hence the different colour bottles. The pink is cherry berry, blue is Sweet and Tangy orange and green is green apple. We received one from each of the scents and they all smell pretty good. The bottles do seem to be aimed more towards younger children but Ryan being 11 had no problems or worries in also using the products and especially liked the hair and body wash.

The products cost £4.95 per bottle each or gift packs can also be purchased for £10.00.

Teletubbies box reveal

Published January 11, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Just before Christmas I recieved a very special yet secret box. This box was so secret that I have been unable to reveal the contents to anyone; until now that is. 

This box contained some brand new teletubbie toys and merchandise to which have been launched to celebrate the new release of teletubbies on CBeebies. 

Izebella enjoys watching the teletubbies, well that is when she manages to catch the show in time. Our box actually arrived Christmas Eve too so the toys meant some more special gifts from Santa.

   
 The box was quite large and all the secret contents individually wrapped making it even more of a surprise. 
There are several toys being released in the teletubbies collection and the prices range from £3.99 up to £49.99. The toys include plastic and plush figures and sets and being teletubbies means they are all aimed at the young ones.

Here are 2 of the plush toy – super soft collectables. This is La La and Dipsy. All 4 are available and they cost £6.99 each. They don’t really do much but make good cuddle sleep time  pals, therefore good for most ages.  

There are also talking plush toys and here is Po! 

 It makes several giggling sounds and mutters a few words in teletubbie language. Izebella seems to have a habit of constantly pressing it when she’s meant to be going to sleep and she enjoys keeping everyone awake with it. Again all 4 of the loveable characters can be collected and they cost around £9.99 each one.
Now onto the plastic type toys and these include figures such as Tinky Winky here. 

 These awe just £3.99 and are pretty tough hard plastic type figures. Again they don’t do all that much on their own but it would be best to collect them all and maybe use with the playsets. The age guide is from 18 months and it says collection one so I imagine many more to come.
Izebella also got a “tubby phone” at £9.99. 

 This phone lights up with sounds which luckily are not too loud. The phone displays each one of the teletubbies and this will cost about £9.99.

All of these teletubbie toys and many more should be making an appearance in most good toy shops across the country very soon.
Win with teletubbies 

A Teletubbies Twitter frenzy will be taking place next Wednesday the 20th January at 1pm.

There will be prizes and lots of tweeting fun to join in with thanks to @Ukmumstv 

 The hashtag is  #TeletubbiesToys 

 

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