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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 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.

Me&I kids clothing 

Published April 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With a lot going on over the Easter holidays including – Ryan’s birthday, trips out, Easter, a christening and a few other birthdays, it was time to show off some new outfits with a little help from Me&I. They are a Swedish clothing company who make comfortable clothing items with unique designs. 

My girls both wanted a new dress each and Me&I have many lovely dress designs. These are the two we chose. 

Jordanna has the Doggie dress which costs £30. The dress is black with a lovely flary skirt, the type that lifts up when spinning. The pattern is multiple pink and green dog images which seem to glow slightly in the dark. 

It is very much a party dress and good with a simple black pair of shoes or sandals. It could also be worn as a summer dress. 
Izebella has the pink dandelion dress which costs £29. This one is really girly and possibly more suited to a younger girl than older. It falls just below the knee and the white circles all over it represent those white dandelion dead flowers that we all used to love blowing away as youngsters. 

Both dresses are lovely, good quality materials and stitching and they both wash well too with minimal ironing needed. 

Ryan was not left out either. I do struggle to find clothes for him as he’s now 13 and constantly growing. He’s too small for most men’s clothes and teenage sizes can be hit and miss. I spotted these jeans for him on the website which luckily were available in the larger size of 158/164 which converts to a 12/14 years. 

They seem good quality jeans and are actually slightly too long in the leg at the moment but should fit him better soon as he seems to be constantly growing. These jeans cost £35.

Now all three of my kids have something new to wear this Easter thanks to Me&I clothing.

Summer sandals from Start rite 

Published April 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I would love to say that the weather is improving, but sadly it isn’t and Easter weekend has been a bit of a wash out. We did have the odd few days of sunshine last month and I am very much hoping that the sunshine comes back again. Izebella is also hoping for nice weather as she has a brand new pair of very pretty sandals to show off in the sun. 

These are the Clara leather rip tape sandals from Start-rite. Being from Start–rite I had a pretty good inkling that they would be a good strong, but comfortable pair of shoes for my daughter and I was not wrong. 

These sandals are made from leather which helps keep sandals dry, or less sweaty. The soles are really soft, almost spongy making them really good to wear in the sun all day long. I wish I could get sandals this comfy for my feet. 

They have riptape type fastenings which even young children are able to easily fasten. The straps simply stick down and can be pulled up. The straps, being soft leather are also really comfortable and don’t dig in or leave marks like some sandals do. 

The colour is white/silver and they do look rather pretty with a nice dress on. All Izebella needs now is some better weather to wear them in. 

As for the price – they cost £38.00. This is probably a lot more than I would usually spend on a pair of summer sandals but I do think they are much better quality, both I design and comfort than cheaper versions. 

Kaya jewellery just in time for Mother’s Day.

Published March 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s Mother’s Day in just two days and I can’t believe just how fast it’s come around again. This year is going way too fast and yes it will soon be Christmas (oops!)

Anyway I know my children have bought me a few goodies which I can’t wait to see but I have also been getting a few lovely “mummy” type gifts in the run up to Sunday and this is just one of them. 

Yes I do love my bracelets and this one is a very special mum bracelet which came from Kaya Jewellery, it’s made of silver and is quite unusual as the bracelet is designed with silver balls rather than chain links which is what caught my eye when I spotted it. 

There is one silver heart charm which can be personalised on both sides. I chose to have Keira’s name put on this, along with her birth/death date on the back. 

The pink pearl is an extra optional charm which costs a few pounds extra, but it is very pretty. 

This bracelet comes in sizes for both children and ladies. Three sizes for us ladies plus the bracelets all have a 3cm extension chain. 

My bracelet also arrived in a very pretty gift bag with a silver polishing cloth. There is an option of a gift box too.

I was slightly weepy when the bracelet arrived. My daughter Keira passed away at ten hours old almost six years ago so it’s always lovely to have things with her name on,it’s like keeping her memory alive in a way. 

My Silver cute balls bracelet starts at £35.95 with optional added extras of additional charm, back engraving and bracelet sizing.

A beautiful gift for anyone, anytime of the year. 

Kaya jewellery have many more beautiful pieces of Mum jewellery on their website including mother and daughter sets and three generation jewellery. 

Izebella’s happy feet with Happy little soles! 

Published March 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

A good comfortable well fitting pair of shoes is essential for small growing feet. So many children suffer foot problems both when young and  later on in life due to incorrect fitting shoes. Problems from mild blisters to foot  deformities can arise due to badly fitting shoes. Children are born with relatively soft and flexible cartilage, which gradually converts to bone with age. As they are growing, their feet are vulnerable to injury and deformity due to ill-fitting footwear. 

I myself have stiff bones in a few toes. The digits can’t bend properly. This does not cause me pain or anything but looks unsightly and I can only think that it could be caused by the wrong shoes when younger. I am also very prone to ankle blisters with most new shoes.

Most good shoe stores offering foot measuring services for free and those online should also hand information on how to correctly measure little feet. 

Happy Soles sell children’s shoes online and have some good information on how to measure children’s feet. They also have a downloadable size chart. This is what I used to measure Izebella for her new shoes. It is best used on a flat surface rather than thick carpet. 

I was offered a pair of new shoes for Izebella from Happy Soles. As Izebella is now in nursery every morning I decided to go for a pair she would beable to wear for nursery plus more formal occasions as she has a fair few pairs for playing out. I chose these –Bobux Rhyme T-bar midnight. 

Izebella measures a 9.5 UK size and this pair fit her perfectly. I do sometimes have problems buying size 10 or the smaller size 9 from stores who don’t cater for half sizes. I also find that a size 9 can either be too small or too big and the same with a bigger size depending on where I buy shoes from. However these fit fine. 

The Bobux brand are well known for comfortable good kids shoes and this pair certainly live up to it. When they first arrived I was really surprised at just how soft the inner shoe sole was, it had an almost spongy feel to it and the shoes have no hard or uncomfortable bits inside them. 

These are a simple yet eye catching design and seem perfectly designed for young children as they are very easy for Izebella to put on and fasten. 

The velcro faster is very adjustable to the foot width and holds the shoe in place comfortably. Izebella told me that her shoes were so comfy and she could not wait to show her teachers and friends at school. 

The pretty shiny dark  design also means they go very well with party dresses too. I actually thought the colour was black when infact it is a very dark navy tone but it’s very hard to tell. 

Izebella has now been wearing her new shoes daily for the past two weeks to nursery and has had no problems with them at all.

Izebellas new I-walk sole Bobux shoes cost £41.99 which may seem a fairly high price for one pair of kids shoes. I would happily pay this as they are extremely comfortable and a great fit and being Bobux they will hopefully last a while. I could buy a few pairs of cheap shoes for the same price but these would just not last long or be as comfortable.

All the information about this shoe style can be found here and these shoes are available in UK sizes 7 to 10.5.

Bamboo Pete review & giveaway 

Published February 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

When I hear the word “Bamboo” I instantly think of Pandas andBamboo Pete is all about cute pandas and panda clothing. They sell t-shirts, vests, hoodies and jumpers and all panda style for panda lovers. 

I have a very cute hoodie from Bamboo Pete – the Arctic white college hoodie

Boasting a lovely panda image, company name, drawstring hood and one of those large pocket things on the front to keep hands warm. There are other colours and styles available but I really like white when it comes to clothes. 

It’s lovely a fleecy inside so keeps me warm, but it does not make me sweat like some jumpers do. I doubt I’ll have the hood up much but here’s a pic anyway.

It’s a lovely style warm top, just perfect for the U.K. weather. The sizes start at XS all the way to XXL. I have size S (adult) which is the second smallest size. The top gives quite a lot of room as sizes seem generous. I would of easily fitted in the XS one too and I’m normally a size 8/10. 

One of these hoodies costs £35.00.


Find Bamboo Pete on the Website and on both Twitter and Facebook

And on to my giveaway!!!


Bamboo Pete are giving one winner a choice of prize. The winner can choose from one adult t-shirt or two Kids t-shirts in any design.

If you want to take part to win then please click the link below. Entries close March 4th and one winner will be chosen at random. U.K. residents only.


New Bella boots

Published December 13, 2016 by Bizzimummy

No these boots aren’t named Bella and nor do they come from any shop or company called Bella. They just belong to my little girl – Izebella, whom we call Bella for short.

As you can see by the tag, they are Didriksons Kids boots and therefore you just know they are going to be comfy and great for winter weather. 

The main thing I liked about these splash man kids boots is the very rich striking and rather pretty colour which is amethyst. They do come in other colours of course but I knew this would be a favourite for Izebella.
The boots have lacing at the front and reflective strip at the back. They are fully waterproof and windproof meaning little Bellas feet will keep both dry and warm, come rain, hail, ice or snow. They are made from natural rubber and compared to your everyday standard welly boot, I think they look pretty stylish. In fact if they did these for adults, I’d happily wear a pair to go splashing in puddles with Bella.

See how bright they look, even on a dull dreary morning! 
As Didriksons is a European company, the sizes are also European. However for those of us confused by this and wondering what size converts to my child’s size, then a simple google search of kids shoe conversion chart will help.

Didriksons products can be found in most outdoor type stores so think Blacks, Go outdoors, out north, also a few sport clothes stores and many online stores including Amazon (is there anything Amazon doesn’t sell??) The prices will vary but I have spotted the boots from £30. They would go really well with one of the kids matching waterproof jackets or sets too I think, which would give total waterproof protection against this awful weather we are having.
See more at Didriksons.


Rockin Baby: charity work and new pyjamas for Izebella! 

Published November 16, 2016 by Bizzimummy

In our country many of us take for granted things like clothes and clothes for our children. If an adult was to spot a child walking the streets alone and  without clothing then there is no doubt they would take that child in or at least report to the relevant authorities.

Sadly for many children in poor African countries this won’t happen. Many African children face poverty and with the fairly recent Ebola outbreak it left many children orphaned without parents and no where to go. These children are usually left to fend for themselves alone. There are so many orphaned children who are alone and without suitable clothing, usually forced to wear the same rags over and over again. For the children who are lucky enough to be with family; it’s usually a case of food being put first and no money left for clothes.

Not having adequate clothing can be humiliating for these children just as it would be for a child in this country. The children also become very dirty wearing the same things over and over (as you can imagine, washing machine are extremely rare over there). Children also get cold easily, yes Africa is hot but at night the temperature drops. 

I met Rockin baby at the Blog On conference back in September who explained to me about the charity work they do in partnership with ChildFund International. 

They gifted  21,377 practical, brightly coloured and comfortable t-shirts, shorts, pants, dresses and baby vests were  to children in Sierra Leona, orphaned due to Ebola. These greatly appreciated donations are all part of Rockin’ Baby’s commitment to helping thousands of families facing enormous challenges daily. Its child to child charity mission means that parents, buying an item from it’s stunning childrenswear collection are funding a donation item from its ‘Hero’ range, which will then be gifted to a child in need from 30 countries around the world. Its ‘You buy, we give’, message means that the clothes are like for like, with no compromise. 

At the Blog On conference I also got to view a selection of their kids clothing range which can all be found on their website.

The styles change to match the seasons and their current selection includes lots of lovely warm winter must haves. Included is a cute range of nightwear and Izebella has a pair of Rockin baby pyjamas. 

This is the Fox appliqué matching set. They cost £20 which is a bit more than what I would normally pay for pyjamas but I’d be very happy if my kids got these as gifts. The quality is certainly better than her cheaper pyjama sets. They are made of cotton, feel comfortable, look good and keep Izebella fairly warm. They also fit her really well and sizes are available from 18 months to 10 years.

She looks so cute in them. 

Visit the Rockin baby site and spare a thought for the children without clothes as your purchase will help one of them. 

Winter coats from Didriksons

Published November 10, 2016 by Bizzimummy

BRRRR! It’s getting rather cold outside. Icy, frosty, windy and lots of rain. Yes the awful Autumn weather has kicked in along with the dreary mornings and dark nights. It’s time to ditch the short Summer jackets and swap for a warm, waterproof winter coat and especially so for the younger ones. 

Didriksons take care of all the families outdoor needs with an ever changing selection of coats, boots and waterproofs. This time it was Jordanna’s turn for a new coat and it’s from the Hamres jacket range. 

These jackets are available in six colour designs and Jordanna now has the dark lilac one which is this colour.

I think this is a really good value quality coat. When you think of a brand such as Didriksons you probably expect to pay loads for a coat such as this, but a shoppping search on google brings it up for less than £35 on some websites which is roughly the budget I try to stick to for new coats.

Some of the coats features include the 140g insulation and Jordanna tells me it keeps her really warm outside but without making her all sweaty. It is completely waterproof as with all Didriksons clothing. The hood stays up and can be detached if needed. The hood even has a volume adjuster for a snug fit.

The reflective pads are useful during the dark evenings, especially so on the roads or really dark places. It is windproof as well as waterproof. Didriksons storm system products are designed for very harsh and cold weathers and being in the U.K. we can never be sure what the weather will throw at us from one day to the next.

The coat comes with two big zipped chest pockets and adjustable wrist cuffs. There is also an option to extend the size of the coat by unpicking a seam to increase the arm size and make the coat last longer. 

I am very happy with the quality and price of this coat. It ticks all the boxes and is more than suitable for an every day winter coat for school. It keeps Jordanna warm and dry during the cold awful weather.

Didriksons coats and outdoor wear can be purchased from many outdoor gear type stores.

See more at Didriksons.

Keeping warm this winter with Hatley kids clothing 

Published October 3, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Hatley started over 20 years ago in the Canadian village its named after – North Hatley. It began as a gift shop which also sold artwork and aprons and then expanded into an extensive children’s clothing line and the women’s sleepwear. Hatley designs are now sold worldwide and are well known for the quality and design of their kids clothing.

I was sent a rather large package full of beautiful winter items for my girls. I have a lot of items from Hatley which we are all really impressed with.

Starting with some beautiful coats and outdoor wear which are just perfect for the colder weather.

The theme that many little girls are loving this year is horses and unicorns and Hatley have got it spot on with their new selection. 

A perfect school winter coat is the Fairytale horses jacket. This is fully reversible with the horses on one side and a deep blue and pink on the other side giving 2 different styles to wear.

Not only does this coat look fab on, it also keeps Izebella very warm and dry. She has so far only been able to wear it once as the weather just is not cold enough which makes a change for this time of the year. It would be perfect for snow and ice weather.

If you want one of these fairytale horses coats then it will cost you £52.00 which is what I would expect for a decent long lasting winter coat. Izebella is wearing a size 5 and she is not quite 4 just yet. It is ever so slightly long on the sleeves but fits quite well otherwise and will certainly do for winter 2017 too.

In the same patten as the winter coat is also a reversible gilet. It is very similar to the coat but without the sleeves and hood so maybe a good thing to put over a hooded jumper in winter for that extra bit of warmth. 

Izebella seems to really like this one, I think the horses are really her thing. Now in these photographs she had insisted on wearing fancy dress clothes so she sort of looks like she’s off to one of those medieval conventions where people dress at knights and fairies. 

And this gillet is £32.00.
Keeping with the fairytale horses and unicorn theme and something else for the colder weather are some gorgeous raincoats and matching umbrellas. Just look how pretty these are. 

The raincoats in either style cost £35.00 each and matching umbrellas are £14.00 each. The raincoats keep Izebella dry from the rain but it’s always nice to carry an umbrealla too. 

Moving on from outdoor wear, Hatley has a lovely range of kids pyjamas and sleepwear. The long sleeved winter pyjamas come in many patters including the horses and unicorns and cost £22.00 each. Here are just a few of their designs. 

Izebella and Jordanna have a few pairs of Hatley pyjamas and compared to other brand pyjamas I find these very good quality. They are made from 100% breathable cotton. I could tell just by the thickness of the material that it was good quality. Unlike others they also wash quite well with minimal creasing and no shrinkage or noticeable wear. 

Finally as part of girls daywear selection is this pretty Nordic flowers tee.

A very pretty long sleeve top with stripy sleeves and a beautiful flower design. Again good quality material and this costs £19.00.

Well I think I can say that girls wear from Hatley is absolutely lovely, excellent quality and superb cute designs. Izebella says a big thank you for all her new Autumn/Winter clothes.

Girls sizes start from 2 years up to 8/9 years with a selection for babies and younger girls also available. Hatley also sells boys clothes and a selection of women’s wear and gifts. Visit Hatley for more information and styles.

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