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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.

Quirky gifts: Not for Ponies

Published December 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I so love receiving things for me rather than my children and especially when it’s something a bit more unusual, like this unique sweatshirt.

Of course I love unicorns so I sort of fell in love with this top when I saw it. I’m actually wearing it now too as I’m writing this.

My new unicorn top comes from a strangely named place called Not for Ponies. They have a few other animal themed tops for ladies like myself such a red panda and a cutie kitten but the unicorn did it for me. They don’t just stop at tops for ladies either as there are clothing items for both kids and men, including a few festive themed pieces and a few accessories to buy such as bags and purses.

As for my new unicorn sweatshirt- I love it.

I decided not to include my head or face as my hair was a mess.

I do find it hit or miss when getting the correct size clothing from the internet. For this top I went for the small fitting – 8/10 size. It fits surprisingly well, no tightness, snug but plenty of room left and warm but not so warm that I’m sweating. I do love the little unicorn motif too, so cute.

It costs £28 for one of these and they come in sizes small (8/10) to XXL (16-18)

LOTD fashion 

Published October 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

LOTD is a new and upcoming fashion brand from Manchester. LOTD stands for “Look of the Day”. They sell fashionable trends for women at very affordable prices. I was able to get a full outfit including jeans, a top and boots for under £40.00.  



 
The Jeans
 

 I found these to be amazing value. It’s not often I can find a good pair of slim fitting jeans that I like for just £10. 


The size 10 fit for me is just perfect. The jeans do seem to be more grey in the bottom picture but it’s just a light trick. They are definitely blue.  


The top

Again a bargain at just £10. This eyelet top goes really well with the jeans. I chose black but it comes in other colours too. It’s off shoulder and cropped. 

This is Probably not something I’d wear for everyday use but more for dressing up, dates etc. It’s a lovely top. The lace does need tying or it could be a bit revealing.  


The Boots 

 And my boots finish my outfit off just perfectly. Big chunky heels and a velvet finish. Zip to the back. They are great for dancing, walking and go nicely with just about any outfit.


These boots cost £18.00 and also come in burgundy and grey.  


The outfit 

And here I am. This was taken at hotel prior to watching a show with the kids.
 

And all for under £40. 

It’s a bargain. The clothes are great quality too and vert fashionable  for ladies like myself. 

Visit LOTD and don’t forget to spin the wheel to get money off and discounts.



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! 

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