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Gifts for Girls: Aquabeads

Published November 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Aquabeads make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas. Most girls like crafting and making things and it’s even better when it’s all about well known characters such as Disney.

Aquabeads sets come in all sizes and themes and involve placing tiny coloured beads onto clear trays over stencils. The beads contain a special coating which enables them to stick firmly together once water is applied. The sets come with enough beads to make all of the templates and refill bead packs can be purchased later.

Our Finding Dory Aquabead set enabled the making of Dory, Nemo and the octopus which I have no idea of its name. This was the first time that Izebella took it upon herself to make her own aquabead design alone and with zero help from any of us and she has not long turned five.

I was quite surprised at just how fast she did it with zero mistakes or frustration. It usually takes me much longer when I try and that’s with beads constantly popping out of place which is extremely annoying.

The Finding Dory set costs approximately £15 and comes with 3 template sheets, bead palette, design table, bead pen, water sprayer and hundreds of coloured beads.

Gifts for girls: Mc2 pixel purse 👛

Published November 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Over the next few days I will be featuring and reviewing some toys and gifts designed with girls in mind. Having two girls, and being female myself means these types of gifts come almost second nature to me.

I’m Starting with a new and unique gift which is part of the Project Mc2 girls range.

Project MC2 is of course the Netflix series focussing around a team of girls who love science and all sorts of experiments and attempting to highlight that science can be enjoyed by girls just as much as boys.

We have had lots of Mc2 dolls and accessories, this pixel purse being the latest one. The purse can be used as a normal everyday purse or mini bag. It easily holds most standard size phones inside and comes with a shoulder strap attached. This however is no ordinary purse.

The front of the purse is essentially a light display. A bit like having an automated light box on your bag. It comes with 10 pre programmed animations ready to use without any extra device. When those 10 start to bore, more can be created using an app. Girls can spend hours creating their very own unique animations to light up their bags.

Animations can include lots of colour, stamps and even words to create names and swapped again and again.

The app has many different modes and the designs all begin with a blank pixel screen meaning it’s completely down to the owner what the animation turns out like.

Jordanna very much enjoyed trying out different colours and patterns and experimenting with the app to make all sorts of animations. The purse fits her phone in along with a few other small accessories.

The age guide level is 6-12 years and the purse costs around £39.99 from all good toy retailers.

Gifts for teens: Superloot

Published November 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Finding small gifts and stocking fillers for teenagers is no easy task, but if they are a bit on the geeky side and enjoy their gaming, computing, movies and superheroes then Superloot may just be up their street.

Superloot can be purchased as a subscription box service or as one off boxes . The boxes come filled with unusual geeky, nerdy type bits and pieces with changing themes each month. Superloot monthly boxes are divided into three choice categories being mystery, sweets and comic. The mystery speaks for itself, it’s a box full of surprise items. The sweet box comes with surprise world and USA sweets and chocolates and the comic box is surprisingly full of comics each month.

All the boxes including the one off purchase box will contain between 5-7 items each, all brand new products including t-shirts, toys, collectibles, key rings and much more.

To show an example of the type of products in the boxes; this is the box that I recently received.

This was the October mystery box and therefore themed around Halloween. A ghostbusters coaster, which I’m afraid to admit, I love it. I have a small collection of pop vinyl figures already so this was an unexpected surprise to add to my growing collection. Also a ghost keyring and a set of walking dead figures which look like the sort of thing that will be much sought after in many years (or so i hope! 😀) and finally the T-shirt. You can choose the size of t-shirt you want, kids, adults and sometimes between a male or female design too so you always get one that fits.

The subscription is cheaper than the one off box. The subscription cost £16.99 per month and the one off boxes are £24.99. Either way I’d say the products inside are worth what you pay. The pop vinyl figures alone start at £9.99 upwards.

Get your box here!

Gifts for teens: Marvin’s Magic

Published November 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If there’s one present I can guarantee my teenage son will like then it would be either a science kit or a magic set. He seems to love magic, his favourite magician being David Blaine.

Magic sets can be bought in most good toy stores but I often find that the selection is quite limited. Usually a choice of 3 sets, sometimes even less so very little variety. Head over to Marvin’s Magic and it’s a whole different story, a magicians paradise.

Marvin’s Magic have magic sets and kits for everyone young and old. From total beginners to hard core magicians they have sets to suit everyone to aid mastering the tricks and secrets of magic and performance.

This is just one of many sets, and out latest magic set. We have had a few of Marvin’s Magic sets and tins previously. This particular set contains all the bits and pieces to perform a massive 225 tricks; yup I had to read that twice myself – 225 tricks!

There is all sorts of stuff in this one box. A fair few different card packs for varying card type tricks, cups, balls, a few strange looking gadgets and of course the much needed magicians wand.

This is one of Marvin’s deluxe edition boxes meaning it contains more tricks than most.

Now being magic, it means I can’t reveal how any of the tricks are done. To be honest I actually have no idea as it’s not me who performs them either.

This is a set which beginners can use to get the hang of the more basic tricks. The recommended age guide on the box being age 6 to 106 so pretty much suitable for anyone.

There are a few small parts and loose bits with this one which is probably one of the reasons it’s given the minimum 6 year age. I do find this one of the downsides with sets such as this as it does mean certain parts could and usually do end up lost. And as it’s a big set we do have to keep the box really.

This particular set costs between £15-£20. If this isn’t your thing or a little too easy then browse Marvin’s Magic as your sure to find a set that suits both ability and budget.

Gifts for teens: wall racer

Published November 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

So teens are probably the hardest people to buy for and most definitely the teenage boy; mine being no exception. I thought it may be a good idea to list a few gifts that many teens (and boys in particular) may just be happy with.

I’m beginning with one from one of my favourite gift store – Hawkins Bazaar.

This is the wall racer and a gift that I expect to be popular with most males, whether young or old. Of course it’s a car, of some sort and so instantly a big hit with the men. There will of course be a few females who like this sort of thing too. I didn’t want to seem one sided by saying it’s just for the lads.

It actually looks more like some sort of space craft or a car of the distant future than an everyday car. And it’s no normal RC car either as this beauty literally climbs the walls. Yes it’s fast and rapid and glides the walls and moves along the ceilings. How? I have no idea, tho I can only assume it’s all to do with some sort of gravity technology.

Well I guess it’s not classed as the “gravity defying car” for nothing. Oh it moves along the floor too, just like any other RC car would, but you’d find it hard to find a similar priced vehicle that moves like this one. It has some sort of powerful suction that enables it to stick to walls and ceilings whilst still being able to move at speed. I’m baffled by it, we all are. However I put down strict rules whilst playing with this. No playing in newly decorated rooms, it may wreck the wallpaper (untested), no playing whilst pets are about and careful around Izebella and younger children in the house as it’s so fast.

With this space style car, you do get a choice of red or blue. You need 6 AA batteries to power it. The stronger batteries are highly recommended here. For £15 I don’t think anyone can grumble when you take into account what this can do and how much normal RC vehicles can cost. It’s a small car but comes with so much power.

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.

Monty Bojangles 

Published November 2, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Just a quick post to let you all know that all of these scrumptious truffles are all available now in Sainsbury’s stores. 


Choose from choccy scoffy, scrumple nutty or go for the mixed box of Taste Adventures. Which one will you buy? 

See more at Monty Bojangles.

Last minute Halloween from Lidl

Published October 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Happy Halloween/ Samahain blessings everyone.

I know it’s a bit late on, bus these Halloween pieces have just arrived at my door from Lidl.

So if you haven’t bought your Halloween props and decorations, then head over to your local Lidl store as there may be a few bits left to grab (before the vampires do!)

Lidl pumpkin lanterns and scary glass candles along with spider webs and floating ghosts too.

And don’t forget the sweets and treats too for when the mini ghouls come calling later!

123-Flowers 

Published October 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s such a pleasant feeling when a bunch of beautiful flowers arrives at my door. On this occasion my flowers came from 123-flowers.

Flowers from 123-flowers seem to cost less than many other similar flower delivery services with bunches as little as £19 and free next day delivery. 


My flowers are perfect for the Autumn season with a vibrant mixture of reds, deep purples and greens. A lovely selection of carnations and chrysanthemums make up this pretty vibrant delight bouquet.

Choose between small, medium or large starting at £22.00. A pop up vase comes included free which saves the need of hunting round for a glass one. However if you prefer the glass vase then one can be added for £5.99 extra. 


Plant/flower Food also comes included which is meant to make the flowers last longer. 

Other additional extras include bears, wine, balloons and chocolates. A message card can be included free of charge too. 

Staccups – cup stacking can be fun

Published October 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If I told you I had a game which was all about stacking cups then most of you would think it was boring. I did too when I first heard about it, I mean what’s fun about piling cups together right!

Well it just so happens that this game can actually be lots of fun and bring lots of laughs.

It’s possibly one of the most basic games I have come across. No board, no dice, no batteries etc. The box contains 32 small cups and a plastic device which changes colours. It doesn’t even come with an instruction sheet as the instructions fit on the back of the box.

Gameplay – It’s easy just stack your cups before other players. Well maybe not quite as easy as it sounds. See these cups cause confusion. The cup has two colours, one main colour and a top colour. When stacking, the top colour of the last placed cup determines the next. The 32 cups get divided between up to four players. Each player arranges their cups in stacks and tries to match the main colour of one of their cups with the last top colour.

Confused? Well watch this and you’ll hopefully get the idea.

And that’s just with two of us playing. More players equals more frustration along with laughs as other players block you by placing their cup first and thus changing the playing colour.

There are a few other ways to play. It can even be played solo using a timer. It’s different every time and the winning player is the one who stacks all their cups correctly first.

This game has really surprised me as I really did not think it would be any good when I first heard the description. I can imagine it being a great hit on Christmas Day for all the family, especially so when the spirits start to flow.

It costs around £19.99, cheaper in some stores and released by University Games.

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