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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.

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.

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