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Electric jukebox Roxi

Published November 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is one amazing gift that all the family can and will enjoy this Christmas. A gift that turns a television into a fun interactive music jukebox. This is Roxi by Electric Jukebox.

The Roxi is a small simple hub which connects to most televisions via a HDMI lead. All new flat screen televisions (sold in the past 8 years) should have an HDMI port. Some older models may also have one and there are some adapters which enable connection for some without the port. It’s easy peasy to connect and comes on instantly. It needs a minimal set up too, mainly WiFi connection and a few other bits of jiggling around to suit. The screen interface menu looks like this.

Now for the music. Roxi gives instant access to a whopping 29 million tracks. I was able to find some very rare gems that I hadn’t heard for a while along with many that take me back to my childhood. As well as individual tracks there’s also over 3 million albums. Wow just wow.

I guess many of you are reading this and thinking it sounds good, but how much is it, how much per month will I be billed etc? Well surprisingly unlike other music streaming apps and devices, there is no monthly fee. Yes that’s correct no fee and access to all that amazing music, You don’t even need to sign up or add passwords or cards or anything along those lines. It’s a one off purchase cost and that’s all for a whole year. If you want to renew after a year them it remains very low cost compared to similar services.

Roxi does a whole lot more than just play and search for music too. There is a karaoke mode where the included remote turns into a microphone.

Kids will enjoy the karaoke part and it saves buying an extra karaoke unit too. It can access worldwide radio, picking up thousands of radio stations that we never knew existed. It’s not just pop, dance, rock and oldies either. Other types of music and sound exist via this one device such as chilling and ambient sounds, nature sounds and meditation tracks etc. A few strange songs exist on this too.

Then many games and quizzes which are great for parties and entertainment, kids or adults or the whole family and again, all include in the one off purchase price.

The purchase price for the Roxi music streaming device is a one off £199 which includes the device, remote/microphone, leads and a years unlimited streaming, game playing and all the above mentioned.

It comes as red, blue or black to suit decor and it really is lots of fun. When I first hooked it all up, I was so addicted to it, trying to find old rare songs that I’ve not heard in forever and messing around testing out the radio stations. Now I like to put in on when I’m cleaning and doing housework or coming in after a night out. My kids like the karaoke mode and the games are fun too.

It does sound a lot to pay out, but I think it’s worth an investment. Imagine buying all those fave songs on cds over the years. That would cost more than £199 I think.

Slither.io toys 

Published November 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Slither.io remains huge gaming phenomenon and YouTuber hit, 60% wotg British children 0-14 year olds. The game can be download and 124 million games are played a month in the UK.

 New to the UK, the Slither.io toys are an instant hit! A collection of bendy, squashy and furry snake like toys. 


I’m thinking these may be the new playground collectibles. They come in lots of colours and patterns and like many collectible figures, even blind bags too.


Bend them, wiggle them, hug them, squeeze them. They don’t really do all that much to be honest but my 5 year old seems to love them. I think her favourite is the squishy slither. 


This one reminds me a bit of a stress ball, very squashy and squishy and then it returns to its normal shape.

The Slither.io game app is free and the toys and very inexpensive ranging from £3.99 to £10.99 from most good toy stores. These make cheap stocking fillers and gifts and seem to be very appealing to youngsters. 

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

Thank the teachers with Postsnap

Published July 19, 2016 by Bizzimummy

It’s hard to believe but the end of the school year is now upon us and the long Summer holidays are about to begin. For my children this is the end of this week, many schools are next week. 

To say thank you to your children’s teacher for all the hard work they have put in, then a nice card always works. If it’s personalised then this gives it that extra special personal touch.

For Father’s Day I reviewed the Postsnap app. This app allows for personalised card creations which are then made and sent to either yours or the recipients address. The cards can vary in price but are generally about £3.49 each. Postsnap also have photo postcards and annoncement cards options.

Here is the card which Jordanna helped to make.


There are many other card options to choose from. This style allowed for a photograph as well as personalisation both on the front of the card and inside. Font and colour options are also available.


Jordanna has done really well in her year 4 class and been helped a lot along the way by her teacher so I thought it was only right to make the card for her. 

The card was sent to me with a plain envelope within two days. Jordanna has now give it to her teacher.

Visit Postsnap to download the app and create cards.

Lalalabox 

Published April 8, 2016 by Bizzimummy

If, like me your obsessed with taking photos on your mobile device; then you may like to take a look at you Lalalab app.

The app allows you to upload photos from a phone or tablet and order prints, photo books and photo gifts. 

 

The app is easy to use and uploads photographs really quickly. 

The Lalabox is a collection of 36-48 photographs which come presented in a cute gift box. 

 
The boxes start at £12.69 for 36 photographs and a few pence for each extra one on top.

The photographs come as square Polaroid style with a shiny gloss finish.  

 
All my 36 photographs turned out really well. The style of them makes them look different to standard photos and the box comes in handy to store them all together. 

These make lovely memory boxes, perfect gifts, great for trips and holidays and special occasions to keep all the moments together.

Lalalab is a free downloadable app which can be downloaded via the Lalalab website.

Postsnap card app

Published December 1, 2015 by Bizzimummy

These days many people choose to send digital cards via email or social media. Personally I still prefer receiving the real thing and sending them. Sending them at Christmas can prove a daunting task and especially if the card list is rather long, plus I then have to go out and buy them, write them and then trek out to buy stamps and post them. 

Postsnap is a new card app, which combines the modern day digital world with the traditional way of sending cards. The app is not just for Christmas cards but for birthdays and other occasions all year round. The app allows the user to make the cards really personal with options such as photo uploading and own messages. 
The creation process is really easy and it only takes a few minutes to make the card. This is the one I made. 

 
I used a photo of each of us as that’s who the card is from. This is just one of the card templates available on the app. There are many others to choose from with other photograph options. 

This is the greeting inside! 

 
On my card, I left the “To name” bit out. You can of course address the card to someone. There are two postage options the first being to have cards sent to your own address with blank envelopes to send out yourself as I did. The other option is to fully personalise the card and have postsnap send it directly to your recipient meaning you don’t need do anything except create the card.

The card arrived in two days and the order progress is traceable via the app, you do need to create an account. Prices vary for different cards. It’s a very easy to way to send lovely personalised cards this Christmas. 

Visit Postsnap for more details and to download the app.

Ziffit

Published July 2, 2015 by Bizzimummy

. Ziffit.com is a trade-in website and app, which allows users to scan in their unwanted items in return for cash. 
 
With once popular items such as CDs and DVDs fast becoming obsolete in exchange for digital media, a large majority of families now find themselves with cupboards full of all sorts of unused discs, which are usually left for years to gather dust. I myself have a cupboard bursting with all sorts of music discs and movies and I cannot recall the last time I took one out to play.
 
Ziffit helps to combat the clutter through it’s easy-to-use app or website. There are many items that can be exchanged for cash including – CDs, DVDs, computer games (various platforms) and books.

I was asked if I would like to try out the service. In order to do this, and without using any of my own dusty collection just yet; Ziffit sent me a rather large box of mixed media items, the box contained a large assortment of CDs, DVDs and games along with a printed list of everything inside. There’s no need to list or show the items, as it’s not really relevant to using the service. I found that they accepted most of the items that I scanned.

I downloaded the app from the Apple App Store (also available in the Google Play Store). The app is just called Ziffit and I was able to quickly register for an account straight from the app. Once registered it’s really easy to begin, I just used my iPhone to quickly scan each item and Ziffit then gives a price for each. If you’re happy with the price you don’t need to do anything, you just keep scanning until finished.
 

 
The total will be displayed as the scanning progresses. There were 55 items in my box to scan and I dreaded the thought of being sat there all night scanning, but once I got into it, it took all of 15 minutes to do.
 
Now three of the items did scan but the app would not accept them for trade, so I can only imagine they aren’t worth anything or Ziffit has too many of the same titles already but the other 52 went through problem free. 

Once you’ve finished scanning there are a few payment options you can choose from to get your money, once the goods have been sent and checked, the easiest option is probably PayPal. There are two options for box collections: a courier collection service or a drop-off at a Collect+ store. Postage labels are available for printing off.
Once your box of items has been received and checked, the money is then paid to you leaving you with some much needed cash and clutter free cupboards. It seems to be an easy way to turn those unwanted, almost obsolete discs into money, as if by magic.  
Visit Ziffit for more information.
I would recommend this service to friends and family to help de -clutter their homes too 

Polagram photo gifts

Published November 26, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Polagram is an award winning app available to both apple and android users. It allows users to print photos directly from a mobile device and also order a selection of beautiful photo gifts.

The app itself is free and details of downloads can be found here. The selection of photo gifts includes prints, photo books and calendars. As it's already an app, it means it's extremely mobile friendly meaning no flash player notifications and no need to transfer photographs to a laptop.

I have photo books already but not one with newer photographs in so this is what I created. These photo books allow for 26 individual photographs and a large photograph is placed on each page. The front page of the book which is hard backed displays 9 of these photographs in smaller format.

There is also space to write text too.

The photographs turned out really well. I like the fact that there is just one picture per page it makes them look clearer and not cluttered.

I love my photo books I find them so much better than photo albums where I have to mess about putting photographs in. With the photo books I dint need to as they arrive as books with the pictures on the paper.

The prices on Polagram are in Euros as I think they ship the products anywhere. PayPal is the payment method and the photo books cost €24.90. My book was very easy to make and once made I was kept up to date with delivery information. It took about a week to arrive.

I was so impressed with how easy the app is to use that I also ordered a second product from Polagram. The Giftbox!

The Giftbox is just that. A little Giftbox which is full of memories. Inside the box are 36 photographs of my choosing.

The photographs come as Polastyle or Polaroids, remember those expensive cameras which could produce your photo within minutes of it being taken back in the 1980s? I used to long for one for one of those cameras!

I have albums full of baby photographs of Ryan and Jordanna. Digital cameras on mobiles were still fairly newish 10 years back so I did print many pics back then. Nowadays the majority stay in the digital universe so I do not have that many actual printed photographs of Izebella. I decided therefore to do a birth to now gift box of Izebella, starting with the first picture minutes after her delivery, until now.

I have tried to include a photograph for each month of her life so far with special occasions and milestone pictures thrown in too. The gift box is small so can just stay on a display stand or fireplace, no doubt many visitors will be dying to know what's inside. In another 2 years I may just have to make another set.

The Giftbox is just €15.90 and again really easy to make. It's simply a case of choosing and uploading the photographs and making the gifts. Then add details and check out. Simple as that.

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My Greatest Internet Fear

Published February 22, 2014 by Bizzimummy

I recently came across a challenge via Tots 100 to write about my Greatest internet fear for the chance to win a Samsung Tablet.

Well there are many things a person could fear when it comes to the internet. Perhaps the fear of coming across a picture of some tgi that scares them ( clowns perhaps), Cyber bullying is also a scary thought for parents but I like to think that I’m aware of what my kids go on and monitor it fairly well and they are not at ages where they have Facebook accounts just yet.
So what is my biggest internet fear? my answer is simply not having internet anymore. I’m not talking about an outage for a few hours or the servers going down every once in a while. I’m talking about the whole thing going and not having access to it. Perhaps cyber terrorists somehow taking it down and computers sent back to dos mode.

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It would be a living nightmare. No email , twitter, Facebook, no online shopping, no ebay, and no blog
Just the thought would make me want to SCREAM

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No online photos,no skype, no contact with those far away. Would be like being back in the dark ages. Well not quite. I’m not sure how we coped without internet before but can you imagine it gone.
: “This post is my entry into the Check and Secure challenge. For more advice on family safety online, see Mums on Security.”

Wooly and Tig App

Published December 16, 2013 by Bizzimummy

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Wooly and Tig are action dramas about a little girl named Tig and her cuddly toy spider Wooly. The stories explore feelings that children may experience in new or unknown situations such as nursery, hospital etc.
Wooly and Tig is aimed at children ages 3-5 years.
The first Wooly and Tig app is now available to purchase for apple devices for just £2.99 and can be purchased in the App Store
The app loads quickly with no sign in or annoying registration. The first thing parents and children will see is Wooly the spider.

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Wooly will talk and interact with children and children can interact back with Wooly by following a few simple touch screen commands such as tickling, stroking and hugging. Wooly will also help with learning as he shouts out numbers. Children will also be delighted to help Wooly get dressed or brush his teeth almost like a virtual cuddly pet.
There is an added feature of a scheduler which parents can access.

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The scheduler enables parents to set reminders for children for daily routines such as getting dressed, brushing teeth and even playing.

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It’s a nice little app which isn’t too expensive. It uses 395MB of memory and suitable for ages 4+ although Izebella happily sits on my knee watching Wooly and laughs her little head off and she is only one.
My only problem with this app is that if your anything like me you don’t want your children touching your expensive apple devices too much. I assume there will probably be an android version in the near future as the android devices can cost much less.

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