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Dancewear Central

Published December 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Coming from a family of dancers, it is only natural that both my girls also have the dancing feet. My parents are gold medal ballroom dancers, I preferred the podium and club dancing and my girls have done all sorts including Morris, street, ballet, tap, ballroom, jazz. They love it as much as I do.

So if you have a little dancer among you and looking for dance inspired gifts then maybe take a look at Dancewear central who cater for all sorts of dance styles and sell some lovely dance themed gifts too.

Now there aren’t many girls who don’t dream of being a ballerina in a pink tutu and that’s exactly what I have here for Izebella.

This is so pretty and even if yah have a little girl who does not do ballet lessons, it still would make a little girl very happy to receive and dress up in one of these. The skirt is coveted with silver stars to give it a sparkling effect and there is a cute pink bid at the back.

These cost £19.95 each and perfect for ballet lessons combined with ballet pumps. If pink is not your colour then they also come in both black and white too.

Dancing is thirsty work, it takes a lot of practice and energy and all dancers need a drink. Dancewear central has a selection of drinks bottles like this one.

The “like G” notebook is also from Dancewear central, and could be useful for noting down important dance dates – exams, competitions etc. They have many other similar accessories too.

Scholastic books for Xmas

Published December 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Books always make excellent stocking fillers. My children have a mini library, a book case full of hundreds of different books and thanks to Scholastic books they now have some more.

I did not know which books we were being sent but I was really happy with this selection as each book is suitable to the age of my children.

Christmas around the world – for Izebella is a lovely festive read which follows the Christmas story around several countries and how different places celebrate. It’s not one that Izebella can read herself just yet but it does make a nice bedtime read.

The girl who saved Christmas – for Jordanna tells the story of a girl named Amelia Wishart who becomes trapped on Christmas Eve in a workhouse and needs to be found by Father Christmas. There is lots of magic, pixies and more in this story.

Refugee – This one is for Ryan but I was really inspired by the plot and have decided to read it myself. As the title states it is about refugees but tells the story of three child refugees from different countries and different decades and their harrowing escape to safety. It’s really sad in parts but a great read.

All of these titles are available on the Scholastic website to buy.

Last year Scholastic books hosted the #GIVEABOOK campaign. This meant many schools and nurseries could win free books. The campaign was a big success and is back once again this year.

This year, Scholastic’s Santa style sack is packed even fuller with enough books to donate to five schools or nurseries. Join the conversation on social media and tell us at Scholastic which is your favourite book to give to a child, and why, using the hashtag #GiveABook by 15th December and we’ll select our five favourite posts and donate £50 worth of books to a school or nursery of the winners’ choice.

  • 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 Scholastic and using the hashtag #GiveABook. The five winners will be able to nominate their chosen school or nursery to receive a £50 credit to their Scholastic account, which can be exchanged for free books. Entries need to be made by midnight on Friday 15th December.

Lalaloopsy glitter potty surprise

Published December 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Lalaloopsy is so cute, big button eyes and a cute baby face. And now comes a new baby Lalaloopsy who likes to poop.

This cute little baby comes dressed in just a nappy, she has a dummy and also her feeding bowl, spoon and her potty.

She also comes with 3 pots of magic food. Each pot a different glittery colour. This is actually a substance similar to kinectic sand. It looks like play doh from the outset but it’s much softer like sand and stays together.

The idea is that the doll gets spoon fed a small amount of the food and then sits on the potty and out it comes in all sorts of different shapes.

It actually sounds a rather revolting idea for a doll but kids seem to love stuff like this and things that involve the word poop, no idea why.

The food seems to stay in good reusable shape too and doesn’t seem to dry out much. It’s also mess free and can be reused over and over again.

Most toy stores are selling this Lalaloopsy set and it retails between £20 – £30.

Hersey & Son silversmiths

Published December 12, 2017 by Bizzimummy

There’s no better gift than a beautiful piece of jewellery, well not for us ladies anyway. A few days ago I received this stunning little piece from Hersey & son.

This is my Circle of life pendant. It costs £38.00 and comes with the option of added engraving.

It’s a really simple designed piece yet stung all the same. The necklace is made from sterling silver with the silver 925 stamp appearing near the clasp. Options of 16 and 18 inch are available.

It’s just so pretty. I’m sure this would bring a smile to the face of any lady on Christmas Day.

Gifts for teens & big boys from Find me a Gift

Published December 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Don’t you just love the novelty fun Christmas gifts, the ones that bring back memories from years gone by or perhaps something so silly but we can’t help but love it? Well Find me a Gift is full of those type of gift ideas.

We all know that teens and some of us grown up kids at heart love the retro gadgets. Well how about one of these in the stocking for just £12.99.

This being a plug and play retro TV game console. Yes it’s a console, it’s tiny and all I needed to do was plug it in. You do need a television with the correct connectors or an adaptor if it doesn’t have one .

For £12.99 I wasn’t expecting much at all, definitely nothing like the PS4 and Xbox of today. It does beat a few similarities to the old Atari system.

The main interface certainly resembles the old consoles of the 1980s, very basic and in menu form like the above. There are 200 games on this tiny system, some of them can be quite temperamental, again just like the old consoles.

This game here looks quite familiar!

Playing the games is done by the console. The plug in lead isn’t huge so it does mean sitting close to the screen to play (no witless here). I don’t think it would be much of a hit with teens as they all prefer the much faster consoles of today. I would say it’s more for the big boys, Dads, granddads who want to relive their memories of old style gaming.

I think this next product is perhaps much more suited to a teenager.

Keeping with the whole retro and gaming theme. This is of course a Tetris light based on the old highly addictive Tetris game. I’d spend ages dropping blocks, trying to get to higher levels back in the day.

The light comes as seven individual coloured plastic blocks. They can be built up in multiple ways to make different patterns. The blue block is the base block providing the main charge to the rest. It comes with a mains adaptor.

It’s quite impressive at how the light works. Only one block is connected to the mains, yet when other coloured blocks are built up, each one of them also lights up. Then as each block is removed, the light instantly goes off.

The one negative I have is that the light is very light and easily knocked over. It’s also tempting to play with it and constantly rearrange the lights. Tetris light costs £22.99.

Forest feast Christmas collection

Published December 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Forest feast are home to tasty fruit and nut snacks and have recently launched a festive collection in time for Christmas.

These festive snack packs combine blends of both sweet and savoury ingredients together such as nuts, dried fruits and even bits of chocolate. These make lovely Xmas day nibbles for all the family.

If I’m being totally honest, I’m not usually a big lover of nuts or dried fruits, but I do make an exception around Christmas and these do taste incredibly good. The vanilla cashew, cranberry, chocolate, fruit and nut went down a treat. I would usually expect a mix like this to contain some sort of dried fruit that I don’t like such as raisins, currants, dates etc but no, it contained dried cranberries which are one of the very few dried fruits I actually like.

There are four festive varieties to choose from and each one costs £3.50 per bag.

Kids stocking fillers

Published December 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

For last minute stocking fillers, HMV has some good deals on their selection of stocking fillers for kiddos. Their pop vinyl figures are great. If you’re not familiar with pop vinyl then this is what they look like.

It’s figures created from vinyl. Many well known characters exist as pop vinyl and they are really collectible. I have a few myself. Characters from movies, games, comic books, fairytales along with pop and rock stars, the list of pop vinyl characters is endless.

These are great for all ages too, both young and old collectors or just a favourite one off figure as a small gift.

The prices vary, usually starting at £10 upwards, however HMV have greatly reduced the price of a selected few. The popular figures sell out very quickly tho as I found out myself from past collections.

A letter from Santa

Published December 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

When little Izebella came home from School last night, she was so happy to see a letter with her name on it. This letter came with an official North Pole stamp and was from the big guy – Father Christmas his self.

Father Christmas knows all about Izebella. He knows she lives in Bolton, a place that he likes to visit first when dropping the presents off, he even knows the name of Izebellas friend and what presents she wants this year. Izebella even got her own nice child certificate for being so good and has proudly made it onto Santa’s nice list.

Izebella can’t read the big letter herself as she can only read small books with bigger letters, so I read it to her and her little face lit up with delight.

The elves and Santa even sent Izebella a few activities to do before the big day.

Lots of things to make a colour in.

These special letters come straight from The Lapland mailroom. Each letter is made just for every individual child with names, places and wanted gifts. Santa knows everything.

Letters start from £8.95 each.

Churchill’s retro tins for Christmas

Published November 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I love my tins from Churchill’s confectionery and especially so at this time of year. If you’re reading this and are not familiar with the Churchill’s brand then take a look at their website. The majority of their confectionery products come in special highly decorative tins which makes them more unique than the rest. Festive, flowers, Art Deco and fairground are just a few of the themes on the tins.

This Christmas we are going all retro on the tins, with a touch of the USA too. I am amazed at just how realistic these tins look.

These tins resemble retro American gas pumps. They look really authentic and if i didn’t know better, I would never guess there is confectionery inside them.

Not one, but two big bags of creamy English toffees all in golf wrapping. The toffees are delightful and the tins reusable. Once the toffees are gone they can be used to store other things or just put out on display.

These retro phone booths don’t have a load of wires or change inside, but instead are full of cookies.

These look fab placed on a kitchen unit or table as everyone asks what they are? No one suspects that cookies are inside. They even have an attached little retro phone too.

Plus many other features of old retro style phone booths like the coin slots, coin return and the phone maintenance door ar the bottom.

And of course the cookies taste lovely too.

All of these retro tins and many other themed tins from Churchill’s confectionery would make amazing unique and very festive gifts for anyone young or old this Christmas

Churchill’s products can be purchased from their online shop, their London store, Amazon and a selection of other stores across the UK.

Christmas stocking fillers: Bic stationery

Published November 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Bic stationery have lots of inexpensive items that could be used as stocking fillers and small gifts this Christmas, as well as stocking up for the return to school in January.

These two packs of coloured pencils are both very different. The Bic Kids pack are made super solid with kids in mind. Easier to sharpen and no splinters, should they ever split. A perfect addition to any youngsters stocking.

The Conti coloured pencils double up as conventional pencils and watercolours. The watercolour effect is done by dipping the pencils in water. It gives a totally different effect when wet. These are probably more suited to older children, teens and artists.

Bic have pens and products to suit all ages and all occasions, such as school, college, work etc. In this picture I have 3 packs of different types of coloured pens.

Again beginning with the Bic Kids (kid couleur) pack. This contains 24 coloured block tip pens for colouring and writing. They are easy to wash off skin, clothes and furnishings. Combine them with a Christmas colouring book for an inexpensive small gift.

Bic intensity fine 20 pack, gives us 20 coloured fine liner pens. These are great for writing with as well as underlining and outlines.

Finally a huge pack of Bic permanent markers. It’s probably not a good idea to give these to young children unless you want to be redecorating in the new year. Permanent usually means just that and therefore very tough to remove if not impossible. These 36 coloured markers don’t just work on paper but on just about anything else – glass, plastic, foil, metal, wood, coated papers and even oily surfaces. Teenagers who enjoy lots of crafting and know how to look after markers like these would be the better recipients.

Bic products can be found in many supermarkets and all stationery stores. See more at Bic world UK.

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