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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.

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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.

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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.

Luxury slippers

Published September 29, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Have you ever bought a pair of inexpensive slippers only to find they don’t last long? Or they don’t quite fit or feel flimsy? I have purchased a fair few pairs and find if you want quality on your feet when at home then it’s worth paying for a better fair.

I am very pleased with my new sheepskin slippers from a company called Moorlands of Glastonbury. Moorlands have been around since 1870 and specialise in sheepskin slippers and boots for both men and women.

Being made from sheepskin, you will obviously pay a bit more for footwear here than you perhaps would on the high street or supermarket but that’s because the footwear is much better quality and will last longer.

I was able to choose my own pair of slippers and went for a pair of sheepskin seaforth slippers.

These are available in a choice of four colours, I have rose and sizes 3-8. The slippers look much better when they arrive than in the picture. They arrive boxed and individually wrapped in moorlands shoe bags. 

It’s the first time I have had shoes or slippers arrive like this and it just adds a special touch to it all. 

These fluffy slippers look so warm and inviting almost like they are shouting out for my feet to go in them. The fluffiness does not stop at the rim either as they are soft and fluffy all the way through giving tired feet some pure relaxing comfort.

They are very comfy to wear and true to size. I’m a size 5 and these fit snuggly. I don’t really like slippers with the open backs as they tend to slip off. I prefer this style so my whole foot is kept nice and warm.

A pair of seaforth slippers will cost you £64.00 which to many will seem like a high price for a pair of slippers. The higher prices reflect the products quality. Sheepskin is a natural insulator and believe me these keep my feet warm, the sheepskin process means that feet are cushioned and cradled to provide ultimate comfort and these have to be the comfiest pair I have ever owned.

Roco clothing – Ryan’s suit 

Published September 7, 2016 by Bizzimummy

I hoped you enjoyed reading my post last week on Jordannas new dress from Roco Clothing. Well today it’s Ryan’s turn to show off his new outfit. Obviously being a boy, he does not have a dress but instead he’s looking rather smart in his brand new suit.

Ryan is wearing the Boys grey Archie suit. He is 12 years old and I thought to be on the safe side to order the 13/14 years as he is quite tall. However the pants are slightly too big on him but not to worry as he is growing fast so I know it will all fit him eventually and he could always wear a belt if he needed.

The suit consists of five separate pieces – the shirt, tie, waistcoat, jacket and trousers. 

It’s a very smart suit which would be perfect for the formal occasions such as weddings and even school proms. 

I have again left shoes off but a smart pair of plain black shoes would be fine to wear with this.

The tie is a simple clip on type tie and already pre tied so no need to worry about doing those perfect knots.


The same suit can be purchased in two other colours as well as the grey.

For a suit such as this in a large boys size I would probably expect to pay upwards of £50 but this suit is incredibly low cost. The sizes start for boys at one year old and right up to the 13/14 years which Ryan has. The price varies per age but is between £19.99 and £25.99 for the larger sizes. An absolute bargain and excellent quality. 

If buying for an upcoming event I would recommend buying the actual size per age of child as the suits seem very roomy and true to size.

My final Roco clothing post will follow soon and will of course be Izebellas outfit.

Roco Clothing – Jordannas party dress

Published September 1, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Roco Clothing is one of those shops you will quickly fall in love with. They specialise in children’s party and formal wear which includes bridesmaid, flower girl, party and communion dresses and suits for all occasions for boys. The outfits are stunning in many styles and colours. Matching shoes and accessories are also available to buy.

When you imagine a store such as Roco clothing that sells such beautiful occasion outfits, you imagine it to be quite expensive. With Roco clothing however this is not the case. The girls dresses start at just under £20 and boys suits from £12.99 upwards. This means I could easily kit out my kids if I was getting married for a fraction of the price that most bridal shops would charge. 

I have previously reviewed for Roco clothing but this was about two years ago. I was really pleased that they wanted me to try out some of their clothes once again and even happier that I got to choose my kids new party outfits.

My children all have a new party dress/suit now and I will be showing all of the outfits over the next week or two. I find it almost impossible to take nice photographs of them all together so I’m choosing to review each outfit separately and today I am starting with Jordannas.

Jordanna has a beautiful Fiona party dress

This dress comes in a choice of 3 colours and this particular colour is rose. The skirt on this dress is one that many young princesses will only dream of wearing. It’s pink and lots of underlayers giving it the big wow twirling effect. Add to it a diamond encrusted lace bodice and bow.


It is a great fit although a size bigger than what I would normally buy for Jordanna so it is probably a good idea to go for the next size up and especially if buying months in advance of an occasion. There is one easy fasten zip at the back of the dress.


I think this dress is a winner for any formal occasion. It could be worn as a bridesmaid/flower girl dress or just as a party dress. Absolutely beautiful. 

I think Jordanna really suits the rose pink colour. It seems to make her cheeks glow and her little facial features more noticeable and she looks so cute and girly instead of her usual angry face. I have deliberately left her shoes off just so the focus is on the dress and not what she has on her feet. A nice pair of flat party shoes or small heels in pink, white or even black would match the dress fine as would a nice bolero wrap for when it’s a little colder.


I would of loved a dress like this one when I was nine years old. 

This dress is available for all little girls ages 0-6 months right up to 11 years and costs just £45.00.

Look out for my next two Roco clothing reviews very soon. 

Our Pep & Co shopping trip

Published June 3, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Up until last week, I had never heard of Pep&Co, not did I realise there was a store just a few miles from me in Bolton. 

Pep&Co have over 50 stores throughout the UK and seem to be expanding quickly. Their aim is to provide affordable fashion for all the family, from small baby wear to grown ups. Pep&Co keeps costs low in these tough financial times.

I was invited to go along to my local (Bolton) Pep&Co store. I was greeted by the manager Beth; who by the way is just lovely. I was very kindly given an amount to spend in store on anything I wanted which I really was not expecting. As it was half term for my girls I took them along too. Jordannas little face lit up when she realised she would be getting some things too.

There is a really good selection for children aged 3-12 years and especially so for girls. Also some nice pieces for ladies, including underwear, swimwear and nightwear and many accessories too.

It’s fair to say we went home very happy and two large bags heavier.


Our shopping trip could not have come at a better time, the weather was warm and we all needed some new Summer bits plus as had our weekend away just a few days later.

And here are just some of the lovely items we were able to come home with.

Jordanna chose this pretty summer top with flowers (£5.00) and the crotchet denim shorts (£6.00), making a cool summer outfit for just £11.00. Also……..


Rainbow cropped leggings (£3.00) which are perfect for warm or cooler days.  New York slogan long sleeve top (£5.00) and a cap sleeve Miami t – shirt. 


Izebella was also happy to pick a few items that she liked (yes she loves shopping too!) 


The cropped legging cost just £2.50 along with the two t-shirts at just £1.50 each. There are many other t-shirt designs in store. 


The pretty pink jeans are just £4.00 as is the princess t-shirt.

She spotted these My little pony pyjamas and fell in love wit them so I just had to get them. This set is £6.00.


And of course with new outfits they need new shoes too. Pep&Co does a nice selection of Summer shoes and sandals and even boots as Jordanna discovered. 


Izebella even got some new frozen underwear and both girls got a few cute accessories including sunglasses, bobbles, bags and a brolly.


The two black bags you see were actually on the sale rail on BOGOF free offer. Each one also reduced to just £2.00 from £4.00. Meaning they would of cost just £1.00 each. Perfect for little girls and I may just be borrowing one on my next night out too. I love the fishtail hair bobbles. They tie in like a regular bobble and dangle like a colourful braid, these come in many colours and cost £1.25 each.


My girls are loving all their new items. Of course I had to get a few things for myself too, such as some new tops, underwear and accessories.


The three tops, one of which I am wearing now; cost £4-£7 each one. The pyjama set just £5.00. The bag was reduced to just a fiver and I use it everyday. The sunglasses just a pound or two each too.

After all that clothes shopping we were all feeling a little hungry and even managed get some sweets from the store too.


The shop is really good for inexpensive clothing and accessories. The staff are very friendly and helpful too. Everything is set out in sections, being baby, girls, boys, women’s and men’s with accessories found inbetween making everything all really easy to find. We loved our morning at Pep&Co Bolton.

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