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Drumond Park: Bang On review & giveaway

Published October 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today we have a brand new game from the lovely people at Drumond Park.

This is Bang On. One of those very fast quick thinking type games which keeps everyone interested.

There’s a board, a machine that resembles one of those arcade weight banging machines, lots of cards and a hammer. 


The object of the game – get around the board to the finish space. 

 Playing the game – Bang On is intended as a team playing game. There are only two playing pieces, so two single players could play if they so wished but it’s better in small teams. The non playing team draws a card and dependant on what colour space of the board the other team are on, one of the three questions are asked.   
The Bang On unit gets banged with a hammer on the first answer from the playing team. The team members then shout out all their answers with a Bang of the hammer for each one, thus causing the banger to rise and give extra seconds. Once the banger drops to the bottom, or ten answers are given in time, the team then move the playing piece the number of answers given and then play passes to the other team. 

 Along the board are various spaces with words. Landing on one of these can either help or hinder play. These include “Extra Bang”, gag a player and bust spaces. The bust spaces will have numbers and this means the playing team must give at least that many answers to be-able to move along the board.


Challenge cards are available to be used by the non playing teams if they dispute any of the answers given.

It uses a lot of brain power and really got us thinking about some of the questions. 


When it’s just me a my children playing, Jordanna tends to team up with me and Ryan will help Izebella out; who by the way has no problems joining in with some of the questions even tho she is only 5 years old. The game being designed for 8 year old and upwards, so still a few years above her age ability level. 

 The banger unit needs batteries but that’s really the only setting up that is required. This game costs approximately £27.99 from Drumond park.





GIVEAWAY!
Drumond Park are giving away one copy of their Bang On game. To take part you must be a UK resident with a valid UK address. You also need an email address and both Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Vremi kitchen gadgets + giveaway 

Published October 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Vremi is a kitchen supply store based in New York. They sell their products via Amazon uk. Vremi’s selection of kitchen supplies includes those little gadgets which help with every day things as well as looking quite funky or even a bit stylish. Products such as bakeware, knives, mats, bowls and glassware can all be found by searching Vremi on Amazon.

 I have two Vremi gadgets. One for wine and one for coffee! 

This strange looking set is the Vremi wine preserved which costs just £9.99. 

My first thoughts were to wonder why anyone would need one of these, but as luck happens it’s actually come in quite useful. 

See I’m not a huge drinker, but when I go for a night out; I do like the odd glass of wine or prosecco before I leave the house. Now these drinks come in big bottles and once the popper is popped, it rarely goes back in, meaning flat wine next time. 
This handy set of stoppers and a pump preserves the freshness for up to 10 days meaning the drink stays fresh and fizzy longer. 

 It’s an easy gadget to use. An Airtight Stopper goes into the  neck of a wine bottle until firmly in placeThe Preserver Pump fits over the Stopper, pump the pump up and down by hand  to vacuum seal until resistance is felt and then attach the silver ring for the data marker. 


Then pop the wine back in fridge to enjoy the week after. 


Not bad for £9.99 and certainly cheaper than a new bottle of Prosecco. The parts being small can easily be stored in a kitchen drawer too. 


 And for coffee is the Vremi stovetop espresso maker.


This could be classsed as a more decorative kitchen accessory as many people have the electric coffee machines.  However it does give a more richer flavour to the coffee than my machine would. Six small cups of espresso can be poured at anyone time and it only takes five minutes too. I think this would be a lovely Christmas gift for coffee lovers. It does not cost the Earth either like a few other coffee machines do. It’s just £14.99.




GIVEAWAY 

 If you would like to win both of the above Vremi gadgets then please enter my giveaway (hosted by Gleam). Entries will close November 13th 2017.

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Humans v Computers by Gojko Adzic

Published October 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s not often I review books myself, sure I have featured a fair few books for kids but not so many for adults. The reason for this is that they can be hard to write about, not much to photograph and just my opinions on what’s already wrote. An overview of any book can usually be read on the back cover too.

This one however is one that I just had to write about. It’s non fiction, and I would describe it as a catalogue of both human and computer errors and mishaps throughout the years.

These short stories include lottery malfunctions, names that computers cannot recognise (Null being a famous one) and huge fines and car tickets that should not have been issued. There is plenty more than just that to read about but I won’t give too much away.

I’m almost half way through the book and am not bored by it yet. I read bits before I go to bed most nights. Some of it laughable, some down right shocking but it’s a good addictive read and the stories are all true too. Yes I googled a few!

To make the book a little more fun and appealing; the author – Gojko Adzic added colourful images throughout. The back of the book contains checklists and a fair few useful facts and tips to prevent us being caught out by computer glitches.

This book proves that neither computers or people are perfect and how easy big mistakes occur.

Buy for Just £9.99 from Amazon and most good book stores. I promise you will not be disappointed with this book and won’t want to put it down.

See more at Gojko net

The mini Hornit

Published October 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If a bike or scooter is on your young child’s Christmas list this year, then you may want to consider one of these as a stocking filler.

It’s called the Mini hornit and costs £14.99. There’s a few colour choices and it attaches to most bikes, scooters and probably a few other outdoor type toys.

Mini hornit has multiple functions. It acts as a bright safety light which can be set as still or flashing, the light can also be changed to a green funky flash light too. The best bit however are the many sounds that come from this device. There are 25 sounds in total, it’s fairly loud too so does get a little annoying if pressed constantly. These sounds include fire engine, magic carpet, fart, train, truck, animals and a fair few more.

And here’s a short demonstration. I said it was loud!

The mini hornit can be controlled by the buttons on its base or via a remote trigger that Izebella can hold whilst riding.

It is a fun novelty device which provides an element of safety via the lights. It also means parents know that their child is close as no one can mistake those noises.

I think this would be a great build up stocking filler gift for a child to open right before the big present of a bike or scooter.

Scary Peeper: Peeping Tom

Published October 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Take one look at this guy, if you dare!

 


Yes I know, horrific isn’t he, and he’s arrived at my house too. He certainly won’t be sleeping in my room. 

This extremely terrifying Halloween prop is known as a scary peeper. It actually looks like a mask but who would want that on their head? Certainly not me. The idea is to hang them on the outside of a window so it’s looking inside.

 


If it’s hung at the very bottom of the window then it looks very lifelike and very much like a real peeping Tom. Just don’t call the police for this one.

These scary peepers are new to the UK market and there seems to be a few other terrifying peepers out there, all of them designed to shock and scare the unsuspecting guests. 

Now, this is meant as an outside type Halloween prop, or it can be used in haunted displays etc, but I have decided that I don’t want to look at this freakish face everytime my blinds are open. Instead of facing inwards from the outside; this Peeping Tom is going to scare the neighbors and anyone who walks past, Yes he’s going to be hung on the inside with his ugly mug facing outside. I just hope no dear old ladies see it!


 

It really is one ugly, freakish thing. Just perfect for Halloween. After Halloween it will be firmly hidden away in the loft. No doubt I will give myself a heart attack next year when it resurfaces.

Don’t have nightmares! 


 If your a little strange like myself , and you’re thinking you would like one on your window too for Halloween, then it just so happens that there is one up for grabs in my giveaway.

These cost £34.99 on Amazon but you can win one by clicking the entry button below. You only hand until October 25th on this one but the winner will get theirs by Halloween. You must be a UK resident to take part. 


 
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Gift Pup

Published September 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Gift Pup, the place for personalised gifts let us choose a few of their products. 

I do love personalised gifts as they give that extra special touch, be it birthday or Christmas; personalised gifts are in a way, a unique kind of present. 

First Jordanna has a beautiful fairy cushion with her name on.


My girls love anything fairies on and I think this is a really pretty gift for any girl. Each cushion is custom made to order within 48 hours and they are also allergy free with allergy friendly filling. The cushions cost £24.99 with included  personalisation. If fairies aren’t for you then Gift Pup have many other cushion designs to choose from including photo uploads. The cushions are all priced differently too. 


Ryan has an apron. It may seem strange for a boy to have an apron but Ryan enjoys cooking and took hospitality and catering as an option at school. He can use the school aprons but chooses to use his own and he was in need of a new one, so here it is: 


There is also a bit of a joke behind the dishwasher thing, he rarely, if ever washes the pots at home but seemed to have a strange obsession with a dishwasher whilst on a trip away.  I don’t have any pictures of him wearing this unfortunately as he wouldn’t let me take one. I am assured it fits him fine and some of his friends have told me that he wears it in every cookery lesson. 

Again many choices of Aprons at Gift Pup. Adult aprons cost £17.99 and kids for £14.99. 

Gift Pup have lots of lovely personalised gifts to choose from for that extra personal touch.

NIKKO VelociTraX

Published September 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With less than one hundred days left until Santa makes his worldwide trip, it’s now the time of year when many parents consider what to buy or even ask their beloved children what they want.          


 A popular one for boys over the years has been remote control cars or other RC vehicles . They come in many forms to suit most budgets. Some being great, others falling apart within weeks. 


We have been having lots of fun with one RC viechle model and that’s the NIKKO Velocitrax from Toy State.

 



The veichle resembles something inbetween a car and a tank. It comes in orange and green colour choices. In the box is the Velocitrax machine along with the remote control. The good thing is that all batteries come included in the box too.

 The car has a rechargeable battery, charged by an included adaptor. 


Velocitrax is one of the better well designed RC cars. It is designed to go over most terrains meaning it can be played with inside and out. 

 It is rapid with an impressive 9mph speed. This may not sound fast but when you consider the size of the thing at that speed! Yes we need to make sure no toes, fingers or valuables are in its way.

The controller is basic. Two buttons, right and left. Each one controlling one side of the cars tracks. The buttons can be pressed to go forward and backwards only so nothing complicated. Pressing just one button will make the car spin rapidly. Pressing them both together makes it go forwards or backwards. 


This is us, testing it out inside and getting used to just how fast this thing is.

 And yes it even works on a thick carpet too without problems, many RC cars won’t budge on it. 
It is certainly much better when used outside, and also much safer for ourselves, our furniture and our feet. It goes over anything, be it mud, stones, leaves, sand, even water and snow (tho we have not tested it on water yet) 

 It tends to flip a lot when it hits and obstruction and sometimes needs turning the right way so again this is why I’d recommend more outdoor use than indoor.

 With a fast speed and a huge 40m range, who wouldn’t want one of these in their Christmas sack. Be it boys, big boys and even big girls, this is one RC toy that I would highly recommend. Just watch those fingers, toes and pets on first use.

This toy comes with an age guide of 8 years and over, meaning it’s not suitable for younger children or toddlers. There are no small parts but the car is very fast and can easily injure a smaller child. 


This seems to be available in the majority or toy and gift stores including Smyths, menkind, Argos and Amazon. Prices seem to vary between £39.99 – £49.99. 

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.

Blogger board game club: Colt Express

Published September 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

 Last month was my first participation in the Blogger board game club. I was sent Timeline which is a fun plain sailing family game. I did ask for something a little different this time round and possibly more of a challenge. I had no idea what game would arrive but I really did not expect anything like this! 

 



This is so different to any game I have ever played before. Now I’m not going to put this game down in any way; as it is really well designed, it’s great to look at, once set up and it seems to have good reviews elsewhere. My problem with this game is the amount of rules and things involved. 


The game intro begins like this! 

It’s 1899 and the Union Pacific Express is headed north to deliver its payroll and forty-seven passengers. Suddenly the train is attacked by a host of thieving bandits aiming to become the richest outlaws of the old west!


Seeing the box contents for the first time made me gasp, this game looked so complicated. A box full of cardboard with pop out train carriages and other pop out parts.

The instruction booklet luckily makes an inviting read, it’s in colour which makes a change and all in English, no flipping pages to skip the foreign parts. It makes understanding this game a little less difficult.



After popping out all the  pieces we had to build a train, or train carriages anyway. No there is no board with this game it’s all played on the train. We did not need to build all the carriages. It is one carriage per player, unless there’s only two playing and then it’s 3 carriages. Yes there are different rules for less players – another complication. 

 



Anyway after building the train. We pick characters or bandits crooks from these rather shady looking lot.



There are six to choose from. (Two players pick two each) The characters come with playing pieces for the train plus character cards each as above. 

As well as the characters being placed on the train, many pieces of loot and jewellery also get scattered around the train along with the Marshall, he’s the good guy protecting the train. 

So that’s the basic set up but how do we play this unusual game?

I had to read, re read and constantly go back to the instruction leaflet to make sure we were playing it right. There is just so much to take in that’s it’s so easy to forget what we are doing. 

There are many different types of cards too. The round cards, action cards, bullet cards and a few more I think 💭 


 The round card is what starts the game off.



This card by itself contains lots of game information. See those numbers and symbols on the top? Well the numbers determine how many rounds, but those strange symbols determine how the other cards gets played! Yes I said it was complicated.  


 Next the Action cards. After choosing the preferred bandit. Each player gets 10 action cards. All of them showing the chosen character doing different things. Each person then chooses six cards from their deck to play with. 


Playing the action cards is a little difficult to explain. The action cards include actions such as moving about the train, robbing passengers, shooting etc and they can be played in any order per turn. 

Each player playing one card at a time. 

This first round of playing is called “Schemin”  Once the Schemin round is done and all cards per rounds are down, the  “Stealin”round commences 

The cards get turned over and revealed one by one beginning with the first card played. 


The actions then commence on the train going round each player one card at a time.  Run, climb, punch, Rob, shoot or alert the Marshall are the available actions. All actions then have various consequences both good and bad and getting the loot very much depends on the actions of other players as well as our own planning.



 
This is a bullet card. The one thing that no one wants in their hand. These get added to your collecton of action cards if shot. Each player starts with six, shoot another player and it turns to five, then four and so on as the shot players get them. These stay with you until the end and are pretty much useless. If they end up in the playing hand they minimise the number of actions played.  

 And the winner – The one who collects the most loot of course, along with an extra bonus for the bandit firing the most bullets.



And if all that wasn’t enough to take in, there is advanced mode game play once the basics are mastered! Err I think we will stick to the “easy play!” for now!  


It is actually a great game once we got our heads around the many rules and many different card types. It is a lot to take in and it does take a few goes to grasp the whole gameplay concept. 


The age guide is ten and over. Younger children will need more guidance on the rules and play. 


No one can really die or be knocked out of the game in this, but they can be shot at and end up with lots of bullet cards along the way or even robbed by other players. Two people can play at a minimum but as I said earlier, the rules then change slightly. 

 Both Ryan and Jordanna have played this with myself and also found it a bit mind blowing to begin with and a lot to take in.  

 One of my early worries was also about storing the game. The trains could be taken apart and rebuilt everytime but this would possibly cause them to split or break. Well no need for that anyway because the clever game makers designed the box in such a way that the assembled carriages fit inside.

 



What a great idea! 


If this game sounds your thing then the cost is approximately £27.99 from Esdevium games. It is at the time of writing reduced slightly on Amazon to £25.49.

Find out more about the blogger game club here!

Emoji’s have landed

Published August 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Emoji fever seems to be taking over the UK with the recent release of the Emoji movie. Kids everywhere want all new emoji themed accessories, and these poseable light up figure and just one of them. 


There are three to collect and for some strange reason, my kids seem obsessed with the poop shaped one – which also happens to be called “Poop” the other two are Jailbreak and Gene and we have two of these.

 

Now I’m not sure what exactly these are meant to be or their use; as they don’t really do all that much. Their arms and legs can be moved and they can be also be removed from the stands so maybe a little like dolls?

 They also both light up, but the light isn’t anything special and not really bright enough for reading, Plus it doesn’t stay on long enough. The lights are only activated when one of the characters arms are lifted and then instantly go off again as the arms don’t stay up. 

 

I actually struggled to get pictures of the lights on as one of my hands had tohold up the arm, with the other taking the picture.

Jordanna wasn’t too impressed with the short amount of light. Izebella seemed happy to have just something from the Emoji movie.

If anything they do make nice enough bedroom decorations and accessories, they aren’t soft so no good for bedtime hugs either. I’m thinking maybe in a few years time they may just be sought after by movie apparel fans and who knows perhaps worth a bit more than the £14.99 price tag. 

 

Visit Flair toys for more info. 

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