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Phoenix Gold FreeFlight iron

Published February 21, 2018 by Bizzimummy

If there is one household chore that I had to name as my worst, then ironing would come very close to being at the top of the worst list (after oven cleaning). I hate the job, I don’t seem to do it to right, but I do think that it helps a lot when using a good quality iron like the new Phoenix Gold.

Ironing does seem to be a whole lot easier using this iron, compared to other models I’ve tried. Firstly it’s cordless, or it can be used corded. It sits and locks into the power base, heats up and then can be unlocked and used cordless, meaning no need to worry about tangling the cord or the cord not being long enough to stretch.

It’s other unique features include the ceramic coated soleplate. Previous irons I have owned did not have this.

This plate enables the iron to easily glide across any fabric without sticking. Gone are the days of burn holes or iron prints on trousers or scraping off black bits off the iron.

It’s easy enough to use, like the majority of irons, you pour in the water, select the settings from the dial and wait for it to heat up, there’s nothing majorly head baffling when using this one.

There is an on/off steam selector mode to use as a steam iron, The Anti-Drip system stops stains from water droplets at low ironing temperatures while the Anti-Calc and Self-Clean functions help to eliminate lime scale build-up to prolong the life of the iron. There’s even an Auto-off safety setting for peace of mind, plus a ‘Ready to Use’ thermostat light indicator.

Overall this iron performs much better than other models I have tried and tested. The cordless function is more than useful, however the cordless function only works well if the iron is at the correct temperature on base. It does not stick or pull on clothing and it looks very smart in Gold.

This iron costs £49.99 from JML.

Personally presented gifts

Published January 18, 2018 by Bizzimummy

Now that Christmas is well and truly done with, it’s probably no surprise to find that the shops are already filling with both Valentines and Mother’s Day cards and gifts. If you hate browsing shops or want something a little more personal then take a look at Personally Presented who have lots of unique gifts for both occasions.

Now I don’t have a partner so I don’t tend to do much for Valentine’s Day which is really sad I know, but I did think this mug was rather cute.

It’s not overpowering with mushy love and could even be given to a special friend or family member as well as a lover for Valentines. The personalisation is on the back and can be anything you want. In this case I kept it really simple.

And if your other half is worth more than a fancy cup then they have lots more Personalised Valentines gifts to suit most budgets. Items such as cute bears, watches, jewellery and much more.

As for Mothers’s Day, which for all you clueless men; falls on March 11th this year then you will also find many Personalised Mother’s Day gifs too. Us mother’s do a good all year round job so it’s nice to have a day where we get a little thank you gift for it. And this will certainly go down a treat on Mother’s Day.

Yes it’s a real full size bottle of Prosecco which happens to be one of my favourite tipples. Of course my children would not really be able to buy me this themselves as they are all under 18, but it’s a very nice touch with the added personalisation. I’ve not opened it yet, it’s being saved for a better occasion.

So this year make those special dates even more special with a gift from Personally Presented.

Big Ben 3D Puzzle

Published January 17, 2018 by Bizzimummy

Big Ben may not be chiming right now but still remains one of London’s most famous landmarks. I took my children to see it for themselves a while ago, and now we have our very own mini Big Ben with a working clock.

This is in the form of a 216 piece puzzle from Ravensburger. Each piece is made from plastic and is numbered on the back which makes putting this together so much easier. Without the numbers I think it would prove very difficult as the main structure is all the same colour and the pieces look identical.

The city board at the bottom is in one piece. The square clock face also needs no construction but the main tower and the top spier do.

Even with easy follow numbers on the back, it does get difficult. If the pieces are pressed in too hard, the whole thing can collapse which becomes very annoying. If not pressed in firmly enough then they may just fall out. It took me four days to complete mine.

The clock face is a real working clock which just requires batteries so not only is this a stunning jigsaw structure but also an extra time piece. The recommended age is 10 and above but we all joined in to get this built. RRP £15 – £20.

Curbing the sweet cravings with Slissie

Published January 10, 2018 by Bizzimummy

One of my New Year resolutions was to lose weight and tone up and in particular get rid of my c-section tummy bulge. So I’ve got back into the gym and totally changed my diet to a more healthy one. But! As with most diets there’s that one problem – the sweet cravings, which is made a little more difficult with 3 children in the house and a cupboard full of chocolates and biscuits.

This is where this little device comes in!

On the outset it kind of looks like a small vaping device and it does work in similar ways. It goes in the mouth and it gets sucked on.

The Slissie device pairs with Slissie tanks which come in a variety of sweet flavours such as chocolate, ginger, banana. These tanks slot inside the device. The device charges via a USB cable. When sucked the device gives a strong blast and taste of sweet flavours which tricks our brains and bodies into thinking our cravings have been taken care of.

After a few weeks of using this device I am now eating much healthier than pre new year, and the cravings, tho still there sometimes have lessened. It’s a good device to use in aiding dieting or any sort of weight loss.

Inhaling the aromas does take a little practice and getting used to. There are a fair few flavours to choose from too. Slissie starter pack costs £29.99 and can be purchased over on the Slissie website.

VARTA – Outdoor sports comfort lantern

Published January 4, 2018 by Bizzimummy

If you have not heard of VARTA yet, then in brief, they sell gadgets such as chargers, portable power banks, torches, lights and batteries. The sort of stuff that comes in very handy when travelling, or camping or even for sports.

I have one of their outdoor lanterns. Theres a few reasons why I’m posting about this in January as opposed to pre Christmas. Firstly this is the time when many people like myself have to venture into their deep dark murky lofts to put the Christmas decorations back. Also many people start keeping fit at this time of year in time for Summer, the daylight is still minimal and so something like this may just be useful.

Of course it’s not just for Winter months but any time of the year. It’s not just for the outdoors either, it comes in handy inside too.

It comes apart for battery insertion into three pieces that all screw together. It needs 3 D type batteries which are the big chunky ones.

It has a few different lighting modes which are all accessible via the press of the main button.

The amber light is extremely bright, and I mean in your face bright! Even on the dimmer function it still remains nice and bright making it perfect for the dark outdoors.

Two quick taps of the switch turns the light to the white LED which is less brighter and more suitable as a night light.

The lamp when loaded with batteries does pack a little weight but this reflects the whole quality of the overall product. It’s certainly a tough little thing, shockproof, waterproof and pretty much breakproof being tested from a 2M drop (not by myself). Therefore it’s pretty much guaranteed to last through any terrain and any weather.

It has double carry handles at the top and can be carried around just like the traditional lanterns. Underneath is an extra hook for hanging it up.

I can’t help but love this gadget.

Prices range from £30 upwards from various sellers and more information about this lantern and other VARTA products can be found on their website.

Make sure the turkey is cooked this Christmas

Published December 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Do you know how hot a turkey should be when it’s cooked? No me neither tho a bit of research tells me it’s 75-80C internal. If not cooked correctly or properly then Christmas dinner can soon turn into the stuff of nightmares.

The most accurate way to check the temperature of a turkey, any other meats or even cakes is by using a special food thermometer such as this handy gadget called thermapen.

Thermapens look simple but they don’t come cheap, retailing at around £65 each. They are however a one off purchase and it gives a slight peace of mind knowing that this can accurately read internal temperatures of food. Thus minimising the risk of food poisoning.

The device, which resembles a parked red Ferrari is ready to use straight out of the packet. The battery which is a AAA is already pre installed. There is a hidden settings menu but to be honest I doubt I’ll need to access this as it’s already set up to use.

When the metal thermometer prong is pulled out, this instantly starts the digital thermometer reading and when folded back up it turns it off.

The device will calculate the room temperature before even touching food. Touching the prong also calculates your body temperature so yes it’s a really clever device. To test the temperature of food, and turkey in particular the prong gets inserted into the the thickest part. The digital sensor will start to calculate the temperature inside the bird. Sometimes the display keeps changing but thats because the meat is still cooking inside.

It works inside fridges and freezers too to determine if it’s cool enough. There is a handy backlight on the device which automatically comes on if the device senses that there is not enough light.

It’s a small gadget with lots of uses and worth the investment for many years ahead.

Last minute gifts for kids – Haynes

Published December 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If your dad or grandad drove a car when you were younger, then it’s highly likely he had some sort of car manual from a company called Haynes. This symbol may just get those bells ringing!

Yes Haynes are the producers of many car guides and manuals and I certainly recall both my father and grandfather having these books back in the early 1980s.

Of course times have moved on and companies become more developed. Haynes are still selling their ever so popular hand books but they now have something else too. They have special engine kits designed for teens and big boys (& the girls too of course)

There’s a few of them to choose from with each one costing anything from £20 upwards. They are all based on real engines from various vehicles, something I know absolutely nothing about, but the sort of stuff my teenage son loves doing.

Ryan has this jet engine which is modelled around an actual jet engine. Being a science kit does mean it comes with lots and lots of parts that need putting together a certain way to build this.

If built correctly the engine will move. It had motorised parts and realistic jet engine sounds. This particular Haynes kit is on the higher price range being just under the £40 price tag.

It is classed as a STEM science product which can be read about here. It does contain lots of parts, over 50 and is suitable for anyone over the age of 10 years. It’s not the easiest thing to put together and as we only got this a day ago, we just haven’t had the time to get it all put together just yet. We are getting there slowly.

Gifts for teens & big boys from Find me a Gift

Published December 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Don’t you just love the novelty fun Christmas gifts, the ones that bring back memories from years gone by or perhaps something so silly but we can’t help but love it? Well Find me a Gift is full of those type of gift ideas.

We all know that teens and some of us grown up kids at heart love the retro gadgets. Well how about one of these in the stocking for just £12.99.

This being a plug and play retro TV game console. Yes it’s a console, it’s tiny and all I needed to do was plug it in. You do need a television with the correct connectors or an adaptor if it doesn’t have one .

For £12.99 I wasn’t expecting much at all, definitely nothing like the PS4 and Xbox of today. It does beat a few similarities to the old Atari system.

The main interface certainly resembles the old consoles of the 1980s, very basic and in menu form like the above. There are 200 games on this tiny system, some of them can be quite temperamental, again just like the old consoles.

This game here looks quite familiar!

Playing the games is done by the console. The plug in lead isn’t huge so it does mean sitting close to the screen to play (no witless here). I don’t think it would be much of a hit with teens as they all prefer the much faster consoles of today. I would say it’s more for the big boys, Dads, granddads who want to relive their memories of old style gaming.

I think this next product is perhaps much more suited to a teenager.

Keeping with the whole retro and gaming theme. This is of course a Tetris light based on the old highly addictive Tetris game. I’d spend ages dropping blocks, trying to get to higher levels back in the day.

The light comes as seven individual coloured plastic blocks. They can be built up in multiple ways to make different patterns. The blue block is the base block providing the main charge to the rest. It comes with a mains adaptor.

It’s quite impressive at how the light works. Only one block is connected to the mains, yet when other coloured blocks are built up, each one of them also lights up. Then as each block is removed, the light instantly goes off.

The one negative I have is that the light is very light and easily knocked over. It’s also tempting to play with it and constantly rearrange the lights. Tetris light costs £22.99.

Utopia 360 

Published November 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy

The Utopia 360 from My Retrak is a virtual reality headset which works with most mobile phones,
The box contains everything we needed to get up and running. To use this device, all that’s required is a smart phone.
 


The 3 parts all slot together to make a useable VR headset. The main part, being the goggles has a slot for the helmet part and the earphones slot in at the back. There is a small remote too which required batteries.


 There are many similar items already out there which give similar virtual reality experiences. They all come with varying price tags, sometimes going into the hundreds for a better one. The Utopia 360 sells between £70-£85, so how does it compare to others out there?
 


I’ve had a try of both a PS4VR and the Occulus rift, but those are in a completely different league to this. If you’re wanting something similar then you need to pay a lot more for the same experience they give you. I’ve also tried a few similar type virtual reality sets in which a phone is required and this one certainly seems the best so far. 


 The goggles open up to reveal a chamber where the phone goes. It’s important to place the device in the correct place, aligned right in the middle otherwise the image will look distorted or I’ll see double. The phone stays in place well oncd aligned and the headset has a good adjustment strap for those with larger heads. A dial on the goggle part  adjusts the focus and zoom.


In order to watch or play anything in VR, I had to download apps. My retrak have a page full of suitable apps, many of them free. These apps can be a bit hit or miss. Some of them just won’t load, some crash half way and some are okay. Again this is never going to be as powerful as the PS4 even tho the headset does look slightly similar.


There’s a good few rollercoaster type apps and I also got an app where I was floating in space but could go to various zones and access hundreds more apps and games which was quite cool. I did this evil doctor type ride which was like a ghost train rollercoaster. I sat on my sofa and by the time it was over I was in a very strange contorted position. 
The  sound is okay. It’s always a good idea to turn off any background noise when using any type of VR headset to make it more real.

Some of the apps feel real whilst some don’t seem to be VR at all so it really is hit and miss when trying to find a good one.

The headset once adjusted feels comfortable enough on. I can’t work the remote out tho. It connects to the phone via Bluetooth and has various play buttons but it’s quite hard to use with goggles on and it doesn’t work with every app. 


It’s  not bad for a mid range headset. It certainly beats the standard cardboard type models and a few cheaper sets. I think it’s a good one for teens and big boys and those considering a more expensive model in the future. 


 VR headsets are not suitable for young children under 12 or those with epilepsy. It’s important to limit time spent using one of these headsets and to take regular breaks.

Beauty gift guide: Oral B genius 9000

Published November 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I purchased my first Oral B toothbrush several years ago and have never gone back to a manual brush since. Since using Oral B, my overall dental health has improved greatly. Now all four of us all have our own Oral B electric toothbrushes and that’s all we intend to use.

There are many Oral B electric brushes to choose from. These range from the more basic and less expensive to the more powerful costing a few hundred. Each one does a great job it just depends which one suits.  



 I am now using the new Oral B 9000

This seems to be one of the higher end models and it’s easy to see why when you read all the specifications and what this brush does. 



 In the box, comes the brush in a choice of white or sleek shiny black design, you get the basic white two pin charger which if you don’t have a razor port you’ll need an adaptor. There’s also the black case which has its own special charger. A brush head holder, four brush heads and a mobile phone holder with mirror suction. So a fair few bits for one brush. 
 


I do prefer the black design on this, as opposed to the usual standard white brushes. I find the white ones attract more stains which make the brushes look dirty. The compact hard tough case also protects the brush from dirt and airborne nasties.
 


This charging case even comes with a usb charging port too. Meaning phones can be charged at the same time as the brush.

The brush has more than one brushing function. The down arrow button is used to activate each one. A normal clean does not need to be activated  this is standard. The button functions are – pro clean, sensitive, 3D white, Gum Care and Tongue clean. 



This brush is also Bluetooth enabled and connects to a free app. The app is really good. It tells me how good I’m brushing and how much of my mouth I’m covering etc, also if I press too hard. It provides lots of useful tips too.


 


The instructions suggest attaching the phone holder to a bathroom mirror via the suction cups. 
 


I haven’t done this with my phone because my mirror is just too close to my toilet and I have visions of it coming loose and bye bye phone! So I just position mine elsewhere and it still works fine. 

 The app even allows me to change the colour of the lights on the brush, from white to any colour of my choosing. Izebella insisted I had to have bright pink so that’s what it is. My brush came fully charged ready to use and charging is quick compared to other brushes tho I do wish Oral B would include charging adaptorsd and we aren’t all lucky enough to have bathroom charge ports.  

 Now the price of this one varies greatly across stores. The RRP is a huge £280 but Boots are currently selling for just £99 and Amazon £89.00. I’m not sure those low prices will last so it’s best to buy before they go.
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