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STRIVE! Comfortable seasonal footwear 

Published September 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Last season – Summer (or at least what we had of it) I reviewed a lovely comfortable pair of sandals from Strive footwear. Those sandals have been worn many times, unfortunately the poor sandals now have to go away to the land of shoe box for a few months as the awful colder weather and Autumn creeps in. 

Lucky for me,  a new pair of Strive shoes arrived to take their place. This time it’s a pair of Bamford boots. What lady doesn’t love her boots at this time of year? And especially so on a frosty morning when we have to leave for the school run or work. Us ladies and busy mums need a comfortable pair of boots in the colder weather to keep our feet warm and dry.


A real benefit of wearing Strive footwear is the instant comfort in my feet. Usually a new pair of shoes or boots takes a real toll on my sensitive feet and I end up enduring a week or two of aches and blisters whilst I get used to them. But not with Strive shoes. 


Strive footwear is made using special technologies that make the usual flat footbed contour to actual dimensions of the feet. This reduces the stress and improves foot posture meaning less aches and soreness.


The boots each have two zips either side, and are very easy to slip on and off. They are a really simple boot design without heel. They keep my feet dry in the rain and warm enough when it’s cold. 

I can wear them with pants, jeans, or a winter dress and tights. Black is one of two colour options, the other being charcoal grey. I think black goes with pretty much anything but the grey probably would too.


The boots cost £94.95 and are sold directly via the Strive website. This is quite a fair amount to shell out for one pair of boots, but if you do buy them then you certainly won’t regret paying that much as they really do provide maximum comfort. 

Heelys from Skates UK

Published September 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I cannot skate to save my life. My balance is rollerskates is hopeless. My ten year old daughter can skate a little and is getting better with practice. She has been asking for a pair of Heelys for some time now as she thought they would be easier than regular skates and thinks they look better too. Well I think she’s right on that part. Just look how pretty these are!


These are perfect for my little diva, pink, shiny, sparkly and so cool. 

Heelys combine a trainer/sneaker shoe with a skate. These Heelys come from Skates UK. They have lots of other styles to choose from to suit both boys and girls and adults too. These are the pair that really jumped out for us.

Heelys arrive like normal trainers, in a shoe box and without the wheels.

In the box are two wheels and a metal wheel tool. Fitting the wheels is easy peasy, even for someone like myself. The black cover just pops off. The wheels go in, and then just pushed into place until secure. 

 


The wheels can be just as easily removed again and the Heelys changed from shoe to skate as the user pleases.


 


As for learning to use Heelys, well I have not used them myself, but like anything else it takes time, practice and a few accidents to get the hang of them. Heelys are different to rollerskates and rollerboots. Jordanna is still getting used to using hers. She has to start by lifting her toes and rocking back slightly on the heel of one foot and push off with the toes on the other foot.

 



It is important not to go too fast and also recommend to wear a helmet and protective pads to lessen any injuries which are bound to happen whilst practicing. 

There is lots of useful information online on how to use Heelys correctly. 


They do seem a little easier than rollerboots and are also much lighter on the leg and foot meaning less strain on the joints. They look so comfortable too and keep feet warm just as a comfy pair of trainers would. I love this style and colour that much that I wouldn’t mind a pair myself, not too sure if I’d beable to learn to skate in them tho. 

 


Heelys differ in price because they come in all different styles and sizes at Skates UK. This pair costs £59.95. 

A brilliant idea for Christmas if a child likes skating or wants to start skating, just imagine their face if they unwrapped these on Christmas Day.  

 
Skates UK also sell stunt scooters, skateboards, ice skates, inline skates, balance boards, rollerskates, safety equipment and many other items to take care of all your skating needs.

Chatham kids shoes 

Published August 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Shoes from Chatham are certainly a little bit different than the norm, being that the majority of their shoes are designed in a naval/boat/deck style. Shoes that are flat, comfortable which still have that bit of sophisticated. They even have their own children’s section of footwear.

On first glance at the children’s shoes, you may be mistaken to think they all look boyish, but if you click on a few pairs, you will find alternative colours such as pink which looks much less boyish.

These are the children’s Henry Deck shoes, at £45.00 per pair. There are 3 colour choices here including the pink shade.

 

new shoes!

I think they look very pretty on, if matched with the right outfit. I have had mixed opions from both adults and children on these shoes. Most adults agree and find them very unusual yet sweet and pretty. Izebella, who now owns a pair also loves them and she tells me they are very comfy. Jordanna however was not so keen and said they are not something she would wear, so I guess it’s a good job I didn’t get these for her.
 

These shoes are made with premium nubuck leather. As these are only shoes that Izebella has with laces on, it seems a good opportunity to try and teach her how to tie laces too.  

Well the new deck shoes certainly measured up to their comfyness as Izebella wore them last weekend to walk around York all day , and even climbed a large tower in them, beating md to the top. 

 

And then it was time to put her feet up along with shoes and sit on a big throne, shoes fit for a princess! 
 

Back to School: Easy 2 Name

Published August 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Easy 2 Name is all about personalisation. They sell personalised name labels which are essential to minimise lost items at school. They also make personalised bags and pencil cases too. 


This is one of their shoe bags which has been made for Izebella. It’s called a shoe bag but they are also used as PE bags for carrying the PE kit to and from school. I very much doubt that anyone will mistake this bag for being theirs. It is very bright with her name clearly displayed. It’s things like this which make my little girl more happy and less wary about starting her first day at big school. 



 




These bags cost £9.95 each and come in a choice of pink and blue. Up to 28 characters can be used and an optional shoe logo can be added too. 

Splash About Swimwear 

Published July 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

All children should be encouraged to swim and be taken, when possible to a local pool. Swimming is fun but also an essential life skill. Children should be taught water basics from an early age. 

To aid young swimmers Splash About have lots of lovely swim costumes, shorts and swimming aids. They even have towels and wetsuits and pretty much all a parent needs to make swimming fun, be it in a pool or at the sea.

Izebella has been regularly testing out one of the floatsuits.


These floatsuits are designed to help children swim rather than just buoyancy. They contain 16 floats around the waist which can be removed and adjusted as needed. A child starts off with all the floats and as they learn to swim the floats get gradually removed until they are swimming without any. This suit also removes the need for bulky armbands meaning arms are free to practice swimming and more fun of course.


It comes with added sun protection too, if it’s a hot day or if travelling abroad to much warmer climates; this suit is SFP50+ giving maximum sub protection where the body is covered by it.

It’s also easy to put on and get off because unlike regular swimsuits, this one has a large zipper at the back of it.

The first few times, Izebella had it on, she did struggle a little with it. I think we both thought it worked like armbands and rings to keep her constantly upright but it’s not like that at all. The suit is designed to support a child in the swimming position and yes children can still get stuck and can still end up with their face in the water whilst wearing one as it’s not a life saving product. Young children should never be left unsupervised in water no matter what they are wearing. 

Izebella did tell me that it felt strange wearing the new suit at first as the floats are round her stomach rather than arms or chest but she did seem to have more freedom to splash. The floats did make her a bit unbalanced too at first but she was fine once she had worn it a few times.

The floatsuits come in many colours and patterns and sizes from 1-6 years. Prices vary per style so check the  Splash About website for more details.

Strive sandals 

Published July 11, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Strive footwear is different to everyday footwear as their shoes offer much more comfort.


A lot of information about how Strive shoes are made can be found over on their website

I guess many shoe companies claim that their shoes offer maximum comfort but unfortunately many shoes don’t and end up causing damage or blisters to feet. My feet seem very sensitive to new shoes, I always end up with blisters until my feet get used to them. With my new strive sandals; this did not happen.


These are my new Montana sandals. They have four colour choices and this is the Oxford tan shade. 

It states on an information leaflet that some people may feel a little discomfort when first wearing Strive shoes, but I did not. However I can understand why some people would. The new footbed technology used in these shoes gives a bit of a bump in the middle of the shoe. It’s hard to explain and tricky to get it on a photograph. It’s like a small soft hill which contours to the bottom of the foot. To me it felt really comfortable as soon as I put them on, but I can understand why it could take a few days of wearing to get used to it as it’s not like wearing a regular pair of sandals. To me it felt a little strange but really comfortable. 

The straps are also comfortable enough. I’ve had plenty of sandals where the straps dig into or irritate the skin, but not with these. 


These sandals are very multi functional too and can be worn for every day use during hot weather or even with a long dress in the evenings.


They make great beach shoes, easy to take off and lovely on the feet to walk in, even with bits of sand in the toes. 

Beautiful dresses from David Charles

Published July 11, 2017 by Bizzimummy

David Charles children’s wear are designers of luxury girls dresses and accessories. They have been making dresses for tiny princesses since 1970 and have even designed dresses for some real life princesses too – being Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, and the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco. Along with a fair few celebrity children including Madonnas daughter Lourdes.

Not surprisingly, I felt very privalaged choosing a dress each for both my little princesses too. 

David Charles offer two dress collections. Their sophisticated designer dresses for ages 2-6 years and David Charles designer dresses by Gail Ingram ages 2-12 years. All the dresses are made with special occasions in mind, so weddings, christenings, parties, special days etc. These are what I would call high end mini ball gowns, which is reflected in the price. Therefore certainly not just a pretty dress for everyday wear. 
Izebella’ dress is from the 2-6 year collection. It is named the Pink and blue flower power dress

And here she is, proudly wearing her very special dress.


It is an absolute stunner of a gown. We went away so I let her wear it for the evening parties. I had many people telling me how lovely it was. It is made with 100% polyester and feels a lot different to other dresses. Very smooth and silky. On the back is a large bow which is also a clip fastener that fastens over the zipper. 


The floral design is very bold with lots of pink and light blue. Perfect Summer colours. 


This dress is so pretty. Izebella is wearing her white sandals here but most party shoes would be fine with this dress and a pink hair bow or band seems to finish the look off perfectly. 


Izebella absolutely loves her dress and loves the flary twirly skirt too.


This dress is currently on sale at £149, reduced from £229.
Jordanna also chose a dress. This time from the slightly older 6-12 years section. She chose the Black and pink premium party dress.


This dress is slightly more expensive, currently costing £275 which is the reduced price from £319. With Jordanna being 10 (tomorrow) it means next year will be school prom time along with other parties here and there. This dress is one that would stand out at any prom, it is beautiful and very unique too. It is also ever so slightly big on her, hence why the waistline may look a bit on the low side, so I am hoping that it fits her perfectly this time next year. Being a little large does not stop her wearing it now too as she was very eager to put it on and show it off.


Just like Izebellas dress, this one also has a concealed zip at the back which is hidden by a big bow.


This Stylised flower and leaf motif keeps this look fresh for parties and proms, while pink pearl drops embellish the waistline perfectly . The back is V-shape  cut-out with black satin bow detail. 

Two beautiful dresses for two beautiful princesses!


And yes, these dresses may be designer but they are still fine to party the night away in, as demonstrated here by my 4 year old. 

Although I think all that partying tired her out! 

Summer dresses at “Their Nibs” plus pyjama giveaway 

Published June 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Every little girl loves a pretty summer dress and Izebella has a brand new one from Their Nibs.


This dress is part of the French vintage collection. The French vintage print which runs all the way around this dress is inspired by vintage handkerchiefs and painted using soft pink hues. The dress itself seems to take inspirations from the 1950s/60s eras. It has one of those lovely twirly skirts, the type that flare up as the wearer spins around. 


It is a lovely light weight material and just perfect for the hot Summer days that we have been having recently. It’s also very pretty and could make a good party dress too. 


Izebella is wearing a pair of white sandals which match the dress perfectly, add a small kids clutch type bag or purse and she would be ready for the ball. 


I guess the park will have to just do for now! 

This dress costs about £30 and there are a few similar ones over at Their Nibs. The size I requested for Izebella was 5-6 years. She’s only 4 but quite tall and as you can see on the pictures, it fits her perfectly. I think it’s always best going one size up.
GIVEAWAY

Their Nibs also sell kids pyjamas amongst many other things and are. They have styles for both girls and boys ages 2-8 years. These cost £20 per pair.

Their Nibs are giving away 2 pairs of their pyjamas. One from the girls section and one for the boys. It is therefore important to state on the entry option which is your preference.

The giveaway will close on July 12th 2017 and open to UK citizens only. 

ENTER HERE!!!

Saltrock fashion

Published June 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Saltrock started off in 1988 when two brothers, Angus and Ross, started printing t-shirts in order to fund their surf lifestyle. They are still producing cool t-shirts with great graphics almost 30 years later.

Saltrock is now a North Devon based beach lifestyle clothing brand which has 39 stores across the South West of the UK. If like me, you live no where near Devon or the South west of the country then don’t worry because they also have their online Saltrock store. Which currently has a big 75% sale on many items. 

We were invited to review Saltrock and I managed to purchase a fair few items of clothing for both myself and my children. This included a fair few of their T-shirts which start from just a few pound and many of which are included in a 3 for 2 offer. 

Saltrock have t-shirts amongst other items of clothing for both adults and children, women, men, boys and girls for the young and old. 

They also have vest tops for the really hot days. I was able to get this smoky grape vest top for Jordanna for an amazing sale price of £0.50, yes just 50p.

Izebellas t-shirt here was £5.00 but part of the 3 for 2 offer.

Ryan’s t-shirt was also included in our 3 for 2 offer. This one would normally be £7.50. 


And one for me too! 


Saltrock also have a great inexpensive selection of hoodies and jumpers for when it gets a bit cooler. 

I knew Jordanna would love this Halloween hoodie at just £10. Yes I know it’s months until Halloween but she did take a trip to the dungeon with it on, and also a ride on a ghost train. 


It’s pink and girly but pull the hood up and zip it all the way and my girl turns into a skeleton monster and she even glows in the dark with it on. She sure glowed up inside Blackpool dungeon. 

Izebella also got a cute hoody. Again just £10.00 and so very cute on her. 


And look we got more T-shirts plus a dress for me and pants for Ryan too! 

We just haven’t got around to wearing these yet but we will do soon.

Saltrock clothes are really great quality at really good prices. You can even earn £10 by inviting friends by generating your own unique share code on the website. 

The sizes are really generous, true to size but room to grow if that makes sense. I have size 10 t-shirts which fit me really well  with room to cover any of those baggy body bits. The kids sizes all for perfectly.

Also get 25% off your first shop by going to Saltrock UK via the clickable link.

I think we will certainly be shopping at Saltrock again very soon. 

Saltrock is amazing value for t-shirts and clothing for all the family.

Summer waterproofs from Didriksons

Published May 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Didriksons has become a firm favourite in our coat cupboard over the years with its broad collection of outdoor “All weather” clothing and shoes. It’s one of those brands that never seems to let us down.

Didriksons have lots of new products in their new Summer 17 collection including Summer waterproofs and jackets. All with bright Summer colours and designed for those unpredictable rainy moments. 

The Freneka softshell jacket is the one that stood out for me. 

It’s a very bright fuschia colour or there is a navy if preferred.  The hood is removeable and the high zip line acts as a chin guard. Inside the jacket is a thin line of fleece and there is one pocket on the front.

I think this is probably the first time I have come across the softshell material. It differs hugely from the usual waterproof coats. It does not feel waterproof to touch but it certainly keeps a bit of light  rain at bay. 


All of Didriksons products come with a specific weather system – Storm, breeze, thermal and Mo.ve. Each system giving different levels of protection from various types of weather and temperature. More about the system guides can be found here. The Freneka jacket come with the Breeze system. This means it is windproof and able to withstand wind and light rainfalls and therefore suitable for a British Summer. 


Izebella loves her new coat and especially so because it’s pink. I like it because it’s very light and can easily be folded into a small bag when not needed. It also keeps her dry during rainfalls and warm when the weather starts to get cooler. It is really breathable too and does not make her too hot or sweaty despite having a fleecy layer. 


Yes it can also withstand all sorts of hungry creatures too, and the odd bit of sand, with lots of wind. 


Or just playing about and a bit of silliness! 


I do tend to go for a size bigger than I normally would when it comes to jackets and outdoor wear. I got a European size 120 this time which converts to a UK 6/7 years. Izebella will be 5 this year. The jacket is a little long on the arms so I’m just rolling the sleeves back a little until her arms grow a bit. Apart from that it’s fine and does exactly what it says on the label – keeps her warm and dry but comfortable. 

The jackets do seem to differ in price, depending on where they are bought from. Many outdoor gear type stores sell Didriksons products and I have found this particular style of jacket at Alpine Trek, Snow + rock, Nipper skipper, Bootz, and Amazon with prices between £30-£45.

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