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Making festive mocktails with new Princes refresher range! 

Published January 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy


 We were asked to take part in a festive blogger challenged by Princes. Princes are the ones who make the familiar breakfast type of juice which come in many fruit varieties. They have recently bought out their new refesher fruit range. 

The refreshing flavours in Princes new Fruit Refreshers range contain no added sugar and are  perfect for any time of the day.

In six delicious flavours including Cranberry, Pineapple Coconut & Lime and Mango, as well as unique flavours, Pineapple, Peach & Passion Fruit and Orange, Lemon & Lime; there’s a fruit juice for every taste whether enjoyed with breakfast, lunch or as a non-alcoholic alternative with an evening meal.

Each flavour contains just 25 calories or less per 150ml serving, as well as no preservatives, making them ideal for adults and kids.

Our challenge was to simply create some mocktails over the festive period. Mocktails are cocktails without the alcohol and are great for kids, pregnant ladies or those who cannot have alcohol. The photograph above shows are Princes juices and a few extra ingredients in our received box. We were free to add our own extra ingredients too.

This is the citrus explosion made with Princes orange, lemon and lime refresher juice, still lemonade (the real lemon stuff, ice and real lemon juice with a slice of orange. Very easy and very zingy.

Also our festive surprise using a mixture of fruit – strawberry, banana, mango and mango refresher juice, a splash of milk too and all thrown into our smoothie maker. 

Finally the ginger zing which is a mixture of both mango and orange, lemon, lime refesher with ginger beer. Add lemon and lime juice and heated sugar around the rim of the glass and here it is. 

My kids enjoyed their mocktails and I was more than happy to leave them to drink as many as they wished whilst I stuck to the real thing.

Churchills festive biscuits + giveaway 

Published January 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

The festive season may be drawing to an end but we still have many festive treats in the cupboard including a few delicious biscuits from the famous Churchills confectionery.

These tins arrived just before Christmas and we have all been enjoying them ever since.

Churchills are well known for their decorative artistic tins such as these and it’s easy to see why. The art work is always beautiful with such attention to detail. Both tins showing pretty winter scenes and both tins containing delicious cookies. 


In one tin are the chocolate hazelnut chunk and the other contains apple crumble cookies. I have never heard of apple crumble cookies before and they really do taste just like an apple crumble. The cookie being just like crumble mixture with sweet small pieces of apple infused inside. Both cookie varieties are delicious.

And of course even better with a hot sweet drink. 

The cookies are all foil wrapped inside the tin and come in two separate foiled packs per tin. The tins can then be reused for storage. I like to keep them for my son and for when he makes biscuits or small cakes at school.

If you like the look of these cookie tins then you could have them in your home too very soon with my great giveaway!

COMPETITION 

Churchills confectionery are giving away a prize of their winter biscuit tins as above. 
Entering is easy, just click the link below to be forwarded to the rafflecopter entry page. You must have Facebook and twitter accounts to take part and live in Europe. 

The giveaway ends January 18th 2017

ENTER HERE!

http://www.theprizefinder.com/

Festive Sylvanian Families

Published December 30, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Izebella loves her very cute adorable Sylvanian family figures and right before Christmas she got another pack to add to her collection. Of course being right before Christmas could only mean one thing for the new characters and thaf of course is Christmas. I

This is a special Sylvanian family Christmas set. Three figures came with it, all being festive bunnies and included a miniature figure. There is a tree and plastic pull out type decorations to hang on the tree. Also some little pop out cardboard presents. These can be fiddly and especially so with long nails.

It is as you can see a rather cute set to have.

Tsum tsums for Xmas 

Published December 22, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Izebella received a little package the other day right before Christmas containing more loveable collectable figures called Tsum Tsums which is pronounced Zoom zooms.

She already had a few of them from the first series release and now has some from the new series 3.

The series 3 figures come with a metallic shine and again all based on Disney characters. There are four in her pack but one is hidden and a bit of a surprise for her to find.

The Tsum Tsum tin is actually a special edition Christmas product. A really nice touch which contains 6 more Tsum tsums inside. These are all pretty recognisable well known characters too.

The tin is a lovely bonus by itself for Izebella as she now has a place to store all her Tsum tsums and keep them separate from her other small toys and bits. 

Tsum tsums come from Zuru toys and can be purchased from most toy stores and Amazon. They start from about £5.00 and include many accessories and pack sizes.

Num noms advent #2

Published December 21, 2016 by Bizzimummy

It’s now just 4 days until Christmas and our big num noms box is starting to look a little empty now. My girls have been taking turns to open one present each on alternate days and have so far found many num noms, sweets, stickers, lip gloss and much more. We have also been sent yet more surprise goodies to open right before the big day. I wonder what these could be?? 

Well unfortunately Jordanna did not realise that they were both to be saved for Xmas and opened the purple package, and inside…..


It’s a new apron! As for the other package, well you may just find out after Xmas. Join in the twitter fun at #Numnomsadvent via twitter.

Christmas cake 

Published December 19, 2016 by Bizzimummy

For the past 3 years I have been getting a  lovely personalised letterbox style cake from Baker days. And keeping up with that yearly tradition, Christmas 2016 is no exception and here is this years cake. 

Once again it’s for my children and a little bit for me of course. This time I chose an Olaf design and last year I went for a more old fashioned traditional Xmas design. Baker days has so many Christmas designs to choose from and each one offers different types of personalisation from txt to photographs. I have also had the photo cakes but eating photos of my kids or even myself never feels right.

These cakes come in a tin which I then keep. Last years is used for bobbles. There was even a small cracker with this years cake too and a card. 

You don’t even need to wait in to receive a cake because the tins and boxes are slim and designed in a way to fit through most letterboxes hence why they are called letterbox cakes. 

The cake itself was a lovely sponge with delicious buttercream and obviously this is not the only flavour the cakes come in. 

The letterbox cakes cost £14.99 and they measure 12cm x 2.5cm. This is the smallest cake that Baker days do. They do larger cakes too and not just cakes for Christmas either but all year round occasions. See more at Baker days.

My favourite Christmas chocs

Published December 16, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Christmas is certainly no time for dieting, that can come later. It’s about good food and chocolate and lots of it. I don’t eat lots of chocolate but when I do, there is one sure favourite that stands out above the rest. Yes it’s Hotel chocolat, consider expensive by sons and an absolute luxury for me.

So what has Santa bought me this year?? Yeh may wonder! Well take a look at this!


Yes it’s a Yule log, it is Christmas after all. Of course this isn’t any old chocolate Yule log that can be bought almost anywhere, this is a very very special one for those of us on Santa’s nice list. 

The shape is created via a 3D scanner and finished with white chocolate for a finish of fresh snow. 50% milk chocolate praline with hazelnuts and crisped rice. It is very easy to slice for that carving-the-log moment, and can serve 14 tho this depends how generous one is being with sharing it. 

It is very very sweet and just pure chocolate throughout. This is no lightweight Yule log either I could immediately feel the weight of it, all 420g of pure indulgent chocolate. 

This is one that needs to be hidden from the kiddies because at £20.00 a go your not going to want to share with everyone.
Am I also have one of these too! It’s a chocolate wreath and it costs £8.00. This is a smaller version of the large wreath that Hotel Chocolat have costing £20.00. I actually had the large wreath at Xmas about 2 years ago. It’s huge and certainly not one for individuals plus you need an industrial type blade as the chocolate in them is very thick. This small wreath weighs 100gms and this particular one is the rare and vintage which is made with dark chocolate and infused with nuts, almonds and cranberries. There are 2 other small wreath varieties in milk and white chocolate choices and similar choices for the big wreaths.The small one would make a lovely gift or stocking filler and I think it’s just the right size for an individual.

As always, absolutely amazing, luxurious chocs from Hotel chocolat and certainly worth paying thaf extra bit of money for on special occasions.

Scholastic books gift guide 

Published December 15, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Last month Scholastic launched their brand new Scholastic Gift Guide, exclusively dedicated to finding the perfect book to give children this Christmas. With over 150 brilliant book ideas and special offers, the guide is packed full of books  to suit all ages – from toddlers to teens

All the books are significantly discounted with up to 70% off the RRP – and, when you shop, Scholastic donate 20% worth of FREE BOOKS back to the shopper’s nominated nursery or school for every order over £10, so schools can build up their rewards and spend them on free books whenever they want.
The books included in the guide have been selected from around 70 publishers and are a time-saving round-up of the most wanted titles at the moment.
To browse the guide and to buy through the online Scholastic shop please visit http://www.scholastic.co.uk/christmas

Scholastic have a book giveaway on at the moment via twitter and here is what you need to do. 
To enter the competition, all you need to do is tell us which children’s book you’d love to give to a child this Christmas and why, tagging @ScholasticUK and using the hashtag #GiveABook. The three winners will be able to nominate a school or nursery too to receive £50 credit. This will end tomorrow December 16th.

The book I would nominate to give a child is – The Guinness book of records 2017. These have been around for years with a new one bought out every year. My son loves them. Full of useful facts and achievements and it’s something kids never get bored of looking at. We also happen to have this book along with two others from the Scholatic gift guide.

Lost in the snow by Holly Webb is about fluffy the poor kitten that no one wants and Lettice A Christmas wish is about a curious bunny named lettice and her finding out what Christmas is all about. All of these make lovely Xmas reads and great as stocking fillers or presents for young relatives. 

See the Scholastic book gift guide to buy online. 

 

 

Letters from Santa

Published December 15, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Izebella was such a happy little girl when I told her that a special letter had arrived with her name on it. 

This letter had come all the way from the Lapland mail room and from Santa his self. Santa knew Izebellas name, age, where she was from, her best friends name and also a few achievements she’s done this year. He even knew of one of the presents she wanted.

The letter was a whole page long. Obviously Izebella can’t yet read by herself so she gets mummy to do the task for her many times.


The envelope did not just contain a letter, but lots of other things including a special certificate for Izebella to tell her she’s on the nice list this year, which made her very happy indeed. Also included are many things to draw and create including a Santa stop sign to colour in and hang on a door or window so Santa knows where to stop. 

The envelope comes with a special Lapland official seal stamp too. 

If you want Santa to send your a child a very special and personalized letter like this then head over to the Lapland mail room. But be quick because Santa can only post letters out up until December 21st, after that he is just too busy loading up the sleighs and many many sacs. Also Santa informs me that some of the nice people who help deliver letters may not be working as much next week and he would hate to disappoint those little children.

Now santa is very busy and needs a little help to send out the lovely letters. It’s just £7.95. 

My retro gifts from Nuku

Published December 14, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Everyone knows how much I love my retro gadgets and gizmos, anything that brings back memories from the 1980s/1990s. Anyway I came across a rather cool gift website called NUKU. They sell all sorts of funky and unusual gifts and  gadgets. Stuff for the home, gifts for him, her, the kids and lots more. I really enjoyed having a browse through it all. Then I came across two items which are both really retro and things I remember from my younger years, and well; I just had to have them both.
Hands up if you remember this! 🙋

Yes it’s the old favourite – Big mouth Billy Bass or otherwise known as the singing fish. I loved these years ago, sad but true! They can be hard to come across in the modern high street gift stores these days but when I was about 11 they were everywhere, including on the walls of many homes. 
If your a bit younger than myself and have no idea what this fish thing is – well it’s a novelty gadget which either gets hung on the wall or stood on a shelf via its stand. It has two on functions – sensor and not sensor. When the sensor is on it detects movement and when off it works via a press of the button. 

This one plays two songs – “Don’t worry be happy” and “I will survive”. It also dances and wiggles its tail and it’s quite amusing to watch. My kids love it.

The best way to show you what it does is by making this short video of the thing in action. 

And that’s the singing fish which costs £18.99 from Nuku.
Now there is one item that my bathroom has been lacking since I moved to this house and that is a toilet roll holder. Yes I have toilet roll but they usually end up sat on top of the toilet. Well all that has changed now – as I now have one and a very unusual one too.

Yes you are seeing correctly – It’s a Polaroid style toilet roll holder. Very cool and rather funky. It’s tough plastic with a removeable bar to place the toilet roll on which then goes through the Polaroid slot. Nuku even sell toilet roll with images on to make it look even more like a camera.

This comes with the relevant screws and wall plugs to hang it and I’m very impressed with myself because I managed to hang it all by myself problem free, and I am rubbish at DIY. It only took me 20 mins or so and I don’t own a drill either. This Polaroid toilet roll holder comes in two shades and cost £12.99.
Don’t you just love retro type gifts!

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