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Back to School: My name label 

Published August 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

So, you’ve bought the uniform, the new shoes, P.E kit and brand new stationery for your darling child starting the new school year. Then what happens? They come home upset, they’ve lost their blazer, their expensive coat, shoes etc and you can’t afford new ones.

Losing expensive uniform can be a nightmare, but the risk of loss can be minimised by making sure everything that gets taken to school is clearly labelled with something that’s not easily removed.

I hate sewing, and it’s just not something I do. Plus it’s time consuming, so I prefer to use the ready made labels like the ones from My name label.


I like them, because they can be customised with colour and added images such as the dolphin I’ve used for Jordanna’s stickers. Also the sticker packs come with many different sizes of stickers. The two round arch shaped stickers are specifically for shoes. The white labels are iron on, these come with a special paper sheet which goes over the stickers when ironing on. The pink stickers are all peel and stick on. 


The stick on labels do not come off once applied. Even when placed on a high temperature wash, they still stay firmly stuck on. I had the labels a few years back and for the clothes I’ve kept, the labels still remain firmly stuck on, although a little faded.

The stickers are not just for clothes and shoes either, they can be applied to bags, pencil cases and even pens, pencils, books and other bits of stationery. They come in useful around the home too, especially so for socks and siblings. I sometimes never know which sock belongs to who with my girls, so the labels would certainly help here. 

Creating the labels is easy at My name label, choose the labels you want, add the name, optional image and choose a colour and the labels are with you within a few days, saving time and money on lost school items. 

Back to School: Tinc review & giveaway 

Published August 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Tinc is a bright colourful inspiring place for kids of all ages, Young and old. Selling all sorts of funky colourful accesssories, Tinc is a perfect place for much wanted school supplies.

Tinc recently added two new lines in their back to school range, these being Alien and Lolly. Lolly being more for girls and Alien more for boys. These collections include backpack, lunchbag, pencil cases, water bottle  and note books. 

This is the Lolly bundle.


The products are all available to buy individually, either on line or at one of many Tinc stores across the country. Lolly is a really simple design with the light blue background and lolly image yet it still seems to really stand out. These products are also top quality too. The large pencil case holds a whole lot of pens and stationery, in fact it’s probably one of the biggest we have seen. 


Three zips and three pockets to store different items together.

The smaller hardtop case also stores a fair bit and even lights up. The backpack holds lots of things too, perfect for all those school books. 

And for all the prices!

Backpack – £35.00

Lolly lunch box – £14.00

A4 pencil case – £12.00

Flip & clip bottle  – £10.00

Jotter pad – £7.00

Hardtop pencil case – £17.50

A4 doodle pad – £4.50
Every item in the lolly collecton, is also available in the alien collecton, and that is also the fabulous giveaway prize on offer today. 

GIVEAWAY!

Tinc are giving away a fabulous prize worth £100. 


One winner will win all seven items on this photograph with a value of £100 and just perfect for starting the new school year. If you wish to enter then simply click the enter button below.
ENTER HERE! 

(The giveaway will close on September 13th 2017. One winner chosen at random by rafflecopter. 

Allow 28 days for prize delivery. All entrants must be UK residents and have working email, Facebook and twitter accounts.

By entering our competition you are agreeing to receive marketing emails from Tinc. They will never share your details and you can unsubscribe any time!)

Back to School: ScentCo

Published August 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Just a few more weeks until the new school year starts. Are you ready? Do you have everything your child needs? Uniform, shoes, coats, bags and their stationery bits? 


If you or your child love quirky funky stationery that’s a little bit different from the norm, then you may just love the ScentCo range as much as we do!


ScentCo are eco-friendly scented stationery products. They are made from biogradable materials and recycled newspaper. They all have cute animated designs and longlasting scents. 

There are various collectons includeD in the ScentCo brand which include Smencils, Smens, Scented notepads,  Smarkers and  Smencil Buddy pencil cases. The scents are meant to last for 2 years which is a long time of wonderful sweet scents.

Our “smencils” including coloured and graphite drawing/writing pencil packs. All made with 100% recycled paper. All really cutesy with characters. The pencils even come in plastic holding tubes which helps prevent them breaking and probably keeps the scents smelling better for longer. The pencil tops give an indication of what each pencil will smell like. 

These are the “Smens” which are glitter gel pens. Again in the special tubes. 


I absolutely love the scents on all of these products. The water melon is lush and we even have a pencil case in the water melon scent too.


Even the funky paper clips come with scents. It’s like scents ‘r’ us in this house right now. I could smell the ScentCo products before I even opened the package. They are just so lovely. Jordanna thinks so too because she can’t stop smelling them either. 


These are “Scratch & Sniff scented gel crayons” they glide really easy like a crayon but the finished result is more like a gel marker. Being chunky means they are easy to hold for little hands, and just look at those scents, bubble gum, pineapple, cotton candy, tangerine and watermelon. They smell good enough to eat. 


And with all these pens and pencils, my girls need something to write in.


And yes even this notebook has a scent, on every page too. The scent here is lollipop and I’m thinking it’s a blackcurrant or blackberry lollipop because we all think it smells like one of them. When you write on draw in the scented book, with any of the scented pens/pencils etc, you get double the scents and even more loveliness. These ScentCo products make me hungry and make me crave sweet foods. 

These would be lovely for back to school stationery. I think girls would probably prefer them to boys, mainly because they are bright, scented and have characters on, but the younger boys may enjoy them too. 

ScentCo products can be purchased from Amazon, Ryman, Smyths toys, and various other toy and stationery stores.

Back to School: Sambro

Published August 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This September will be Izebellas first year in “Big School”. She has been in nursery for 2 years and had no problems but going in to reception year means longer days, more children and the start of real school work. 

Although Izebella does not need her own stationery for school; as school supply this; I thought it would be a good idea to give her some of the stationery that Sambro UK sent over prior to starting school. Just so she didn’t feel left out with big brother and sister getting theirs. Plus we were sent a very lovely bundle that’s just perfect for her age.


Sambro stationery is all about the characters that younger children (& even grown ups) love. As you can see, we have a lovely mix up of well known characters from television and movies. Frozen, My little pony, Paw patrol, Despicable me, Miffy etc. Izebella is familiar with all of these.

Izebella was really happy with her gorgeous new My Little Pony bag, Im not surprised because I would of been ecstatic if I had got one when I was four.


It’s big enough to fit all her new stationery products inside too, as well as any homework or letters she gets from school. (I’m still baffled as to why they get homework in primary schools now?)

These character writing sets are adorable, Disney frozen gel pens with a shimmer & shine note book. A large Frozen stationery set with everything a little princess needs for writing and a Minion life lockable diary. Izebella has some strange fascination with diaries at the moment. 

And take a look at these amazingly cute erasers from the Disney Princess 12 pack.


12 erasers will last forever. I think Izebella may just get upset when these start to wear down.

And a pretty princess pencil case too. This opens up both sides to reveal two compartments. Plus it has an attached pencil sharpener so no need to worry about losing it. The Cinderella art work on this is just beautiful isn’t it?

And for the cold miserable rainy Summer days, a little painting set with Miffy. 


It’s a very simple set with 6 Miffy colouring sheets and a paint tray with brush. This would also make a good stocking filler or party prize.

And of course my little girl is thrilled with her brand new stationery and cannot wait to wear the new My little pony bag for her first day at big school. 

Back to School: BIC stationery 

Published August 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well here we are again, the middle of August with just 3/4 weeks left to buy all the new school uniform and essentials. This can be costly but there are many choices out there to suit most budgets. 

For myself this year, I have one child going into year 9 (high school) plus one in year 6 (last year of primary) and my youngest starting big school in reception year. Therefore quite a lot of uniform and accessories to consider.

This week I will be featuring many “Back to  School” posts with many ideas of those essential or perhaps a little more funky school bits.

Today I start with a very well known brand!


Yes it’s Bic, who are very well known for their extensive selection of pens and writing materials. If I was ever asked to name a pen brand then the first answer to pop into my head would be Bic. 

Bic products can be purchased from almost anywhere that sells pens and stationery. 

We have a few new bits from Bic, which are great for the new school year. 


A good selection of pens here, including their 4 colour fun pens (the green loose pens) These seemed to be all the rage when I was at school, everyone wanted one and the majority had one. Bic sell their fun pens in many colours which contain an assortment of four fun colours. These are good for underlining, notes, doodling etc. 


Bic stylus double up as a 4 colour writing pen with black, blue, red, green colours to choose from. The other end of the pen acts as a tablet/phone pen. It saves the fingers a lot of work. 

Bic sell literally every type of pen, that includes the fountain pens too! Hands up if you begged Mum and dad for one of these at school? 🖐 Yes I did! But I never got one. They were always too expensive or not necessary and looking back I can’t even remember why I wanted one so much. But everyone else seemed to want one too. Well back in my school days, fountain pens were not really made with kids in mind anyway, unlike today where they are specifically designed with younger people in mind as they come in all sorts of colours and patterns, costing a whole lot less than they used to. 
Moving slightly away from writing materials, Bic also thinks about their young artists and their conté tins are perfect for keeping all the colouring items together. 


We have tins of Bic Conté felt pens, all with a 0.9mm tip and a tin of the Conté colouring pencils. Both sets come in small and large selections.


For the younger artists, Bic Kids have these magic felt pens.


There are ten coloured pens and two white pens. The white pens erase the colour meaning patterns can easily be created. 

 

And if a writing mistake occurs then it is jig a problem, because Bic even has its own correction fluids, like this correction pen. 

This correction pen gives 2 methods of correction application. A large foam wedge (like the old school tipp-ex days) or a more precise fine line. So no need for messy pages with huge crossed out lines or writing over writing. 

And there we have a few great school ideas from a famous well known brand. Prices vary from store to store on these products. 

DC Comics Wonder Woman Hero Light 

Published August 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

The lovely people at Paladone have sent me over a brand new light to brighten up my bedroom a bit. 


This is just one of many lights and gadgets that Paladone have. They also have many funky products dedicated to the DC Superheros characters. 

It’s an easy “use from the box” type product with the only assembly being to place the actual light inside the battery box.


It works off either batteries (not included) or a USB cable which is included. The USB cable which I prefer plugs into a standard phone charger or laptop and removes the need for constant batteries. 

Now as you can see by the photograph above. This light doesn’t really look or do that much during the day time. But that all changes once it get darks! 


Yes it’s quite bright, and really illuminates the room. I keep it by my bed, so when things go bump in the night and I start getting scared that the monsters have come in, I simple press the button and it scares them away. It also looks really cool and retro too. Wonder Woman television series is a bit before my time but she is still probably one of my favourite DC characters. 

And if you want one of these then it’s just £19.99. 

Blogger board game club: Timeline British history

Published July 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I am very happy to be part of the Blogger board game club. Each month we will be sent a different game to play from the Esdevium games collection. 

Our first game is Timeline. Timeline games come in tins and without the usual board or dice. There are many versions of Timeline. The version we have is British History. Other versions include inventions, music & cinema and even a Star Wars version (I would be hopeless at that one)

Timeline is essentially a card game as that is all that the game consists of, along with a decorative tin to keep the cards in. 


There are 110 cards in total, each one being double sided with very clear artistic images on both sides. 


One side has a description of an event in British history (left card) and the other side will have the same event but with a date added.

The idea of the game is to make a timeline. To do this, 4 cards get dealt to each player with the date side face down so only the event side is visible. One card from the remaining deck is turned onto the side with the date and this starts off the timeline. The first player reads out the event on the card and needs to guess whether the event occurred before or after the initial playing card and then places the card. 


If correct play passes to the next player and so on, if wrong they have to choose another card from the deck and everyone keeps playing with the timeline getting bigger and bigger. 

The winner is the person to place all of their cards correctly first so they have no cards remaining.


The timelines get long quickly, so can be made into other shapes rather than long lines as above. 

Timeline British history is a good fun family game which doesn’t take too long to play, but it’s a whole lot more than just fun. Many children (and even adults) find history a bit boring but this game makes it fun without them even realising. The timeline makes a good history lesson, learning about events and when they happened. My children were especially happy when a card came up that they knew the date of – The great fire of London being just one. The dates may even come in useful for school history lessons, when a teacher asks “if anyone knows when x event happened etc and also helpful with homework. Discovering British events on the timeline also gives a chance for family discussions. My children have asked about a few of the events on the cards including the Newtons Law one. I do my best to a serf and it’s easy to google it if I don’t know. A game like this has many learning benefits. 

Another good thing about Timeline is that it’s one of those games where the rules can be slightly altered to suit. For instance – The four cards dealt can be changed to a bigger number, we like to play 6/7 each at a time. A timer can be introduced for quicker thinking and cards placed wrongly can be put in their correct place rather back in the pile, again increasing the size of the timeline.

The size of the game and practicality of the small tin makes it a good game to take away on holidays, trips and time at relatives. 

One timeline tin is suitable for 2-8 players. The recommended playing age is 8 and over: but…. I do think this could be lowered a little. Izebella is only 4 and obviously can’t read the cards herself, yet she still plays along with us. She joins in just the same and the only difference being that I read the card to her. She then looks at the pictures on the cards and places where she thinks it will go. She knows what modern day people and places look like and knows if a picture looks much older etc. She is actually quite good at guessing and again it’s educational fun for her.

This version of Timeline is currently available over on Amazon starting from £12.99.

(I received this game as part of the blogger board game club, free of charge)

Airhogs hyper stunt drone 

Published June 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s taken us a while to get this one going. At first it just would not work and I have no idea why. But after a call to customer service and a slight jiggling around with buttons, it now works, or I should say, when it chooses to. 


This picture is a little deceptive because the actual drone is tiny. It fits in my hand. 

But size does not mean slow, and especially not with this thing. 

The remote control works off 2 batteries AAA. It won’t work with cheap batteries from the pound store, or it may for a minute and then fail. I use energiser but I hear rechargeables are best. The drone itself charges via USB connected to a laptop. It will charge if connected to a USB plug but  this seems much slower. 

When charged the drone connects to the remote and the way to know its connected is when the drone lights stop blinking. 

Now if I was to give just one piece of advice with this product, that would be to not try to fly out inside, unless of course you don’t mind your eye, face, ears, hands being damaged or worse and you don’t mind your expensive television screen being smashed. Trust me this thing is lethal. 

I’ve only had a short go of it myself as I am hopeless at flying these things so I leave it to my son. This drone (I’m told) is easy to fly. It is a beginners drone product with both a beginner and more advanced mode on the remote. If you have a teenager/older child who is interested in drones then this would perhaps make a good starter.

It is extremely fast and if like me you can’t control it then it could do some damage, hence why it needs to be flown outside. Me being silly tried it in the kitchen and nearly had my skin on my hand ripped off. It can go on any surface, floors, doors, etc. It will spin and roll rapidly as well as flying. 

The stunts are performed via a special stunt button on the remote. This takes practice but once learnt the drone can do back flips and rolls.

It flies pretty high, and is much easier to control outside where less damage can be done. 

Here is Ryan to demonstrate how it flies! 

The description states that if this crashes, it still keeps going. This is not necessarily correct. It does keep going but not always flying, it more rolls and bounces uncontrollably around the floor, hitting anything and anyone in its path.

One charge gives us about 15/20 minutes fly time which is not a huge amount but charging does not take too long either. 

It is very temperamental  when trying to get it to take off from the ground and fly . It tends to go a bit wild and hyper crazily rolling around but a reset on/off usually works. Connecting to the remote can also be hit and miss and the guide that comes with it is not great for trouble shooting. 

The age recommendation for the drone is 8 years and over. Personally I would not let a younger child play with it as it does hurt if the drone blades hit you. 

This is a stunt drone only and is not the type of drone which comes with a camera for recording. 

It’s fair to say we have had a few problems with this drone, but once it decides to work properly it is good for flying outdoors for a few minutes. 

It does cost £39.99. I would be disappointed if I had paid that, given the problems we seem to have, it is really temperamental. 

Kids lighting from Ginger Snap & giveaway

Published June 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Ginger snap are a design led company specialising in unique gifts and light products. There range includes lights for kids or teenagers too, many of which come with an emoji theme like this happy little lamp. 


This happy smiley lamp runs off batteries so no need for trailing cables and has a simple on/off switch. Izebella uses this at night time in her bed to help keep the monsters and robots away. It does not get hot and gives a nice bright glow so she can see but still sleep as it’s not overly  bright. 


The same batteries have been in this lamp for a good few weeks now and it is used most nights for several hours. Therefore it does not use up much juice. One of these costs £25.00 and with most children and teens having a thing for emojis at the moment, it does make a good bedroom accessory. 

They also have emoji lightboxes too. These are plastic display boxes which come with letters, images, numbers and light up to display messages.


They come with 65 letters, numbers, symbols and 51 emoji symbols and images all on plastic see through cards. These don’t require a mains plug or wires either but it does need 6 AA batteries. 


The letters simply slot in on 3 rows and you can get up to 8 of the cards on one row. It does of course look much more effective when switched on in total darkness.


You can write whatever you wish using the included letters, such as birthday messages or even notes or just mess about with the emojis.


This light box costs £24.00. If I was to make a suggestion to improve this product then I would recommend adding some sort of a slot or pull out tray on the back so there is a space to put the many letters and cards, otherwise it means either keeping the box, or finding somewhere to store them all or them becoming lost. 

And if you like the light box then maybe you could win yourself one. 
GIVEAWAY

Ginger snap are giving away one of their light boxes. To be in with a chance of wining one, just click below.

 ENTER HERE!

The giveaway will end on July 24th 2017 and is open to residents of the UK only. 

Xupo review & giveaway 

Published May 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is Xupo (pronounced Zupho) 


It is a really basic device that comes in useful for finding possessions such as lost keys and precious lost toys. It is really small, just a small plastic disc shaped device with a hole to put a key ring through. 


They are probably designed with lost keys in mind but I think they could be used on anything that a keyring clips on to. 

It works via a mobile app which is free, and by Bluetooth connection. Setting up takes seconds. When keys are lost with a xupo on, A button can be pressed on the mobile device which will start a sound on the xupo. The sound doesn’t stop until the button is pressed again. It also works the other way around too. If I misplace my phone which happens often then I can press the xupo button on my keys and a noise will sound on my phone until I locate it. 

I have tested Xupo both ways with both xupo keys and my phone in different rooms and upstairs/downstairs and it works really well. How well, depends on the Bluetooth range on the mobile device I imagine. 

No more lost keys or phone for me now! 

Xupo is a new product and was featured on Dragons den earlier this year. Therefore it is not widely available in stores just yet. I’m not too sure on price either at the moment but I can’t see it being expensive. More info can be found on the UK website. And there is also an opportunity to win your own xupo.

GIVEAWAY 

Yes Xupo are giving away one of their devices and all you need to do is CLICK HERE! to take part.  This giveaway will end June 21st.

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