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Zeek 

Published May 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Summer is here and the weather is hot hot hot!! Time for a BBQ with the help of Zeek.

Zeek is a downloadable app which allows users to sell unwanted gift vouchers and gift cards. So just say Aunty whoever who has not seen you in years decides to send you a voucher for a store you just don’t shop in for Xmas. Instead of giving it away or leaving it in a drawer to grow cobwebs then put it on Zeek for slightly less than what it’s worth to get something you really want.

Zeek doesn’t just work for people selling vouchers either. It’s also great for finding a gift card for less and again saving money. Zeek allows purchasers to buy gift cards at discounted rates using the app or the website. With an average of a 10% discount per gift card or voucher, Zeek not only saves you money but means you can avoid hitting the crowded stores and spend more time enjoying the summer sun.

I have been using this Zeek all week to buy a barbecue and food to go with it for this hot weather. The purchase can be in gift vouchers, gift cards or online gift codes depending  what’s available.

Using my gift vouchers which I was able to purchase at £93 for £100 I was able to buy a small barbecue from Argos along with food, drinks and BBQ charcoal. 


Seven pounds is not a huge saving but it’s still saving money. If I used Zeek as say  weekly or monthly thing I could save quite a bit over the year. Zeek covers most high street stores plus all the big supermarkets too so it’s possible to save a lot on grocery shopping over the year.

I bought sausages, burgers, chicken, ribs, bread, salad and drinks from Iceland with my £100 of vouchers. 

The barbecue was easy to put up, light and   cook on and for once the British weather did not let us down as the sun was shining bright and it was a really hot day, perfect BBQ weather.

I’m pleased to say I even have a fair few pounds of vouchers left so I may just treat myself to something nice during the May half term. 

Zeek app is easy to use and the search function  enabled me to easily find what I needed. Vouchers and cards are constantly added to zeek so it’s always a good idea to keep checking if vouchers for your preferred place are sold out. 

 
 

FloraQueen bouquet & giveaway 

Published May 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I love receiving bouquets of fresh pretty flowers. Unfortunately I don’t really have anyone to buy me them as I on my own. So.. I had a very big smile on my face when a very nice courier turned up on my doorstep holding these for me. 


This beautiful bouquet was sent to me by FloraQueen who deliver flowers in the UK and internationally. They have many different bouquets to choose from, both big and small to suit most price budgets. 

I chose a bouquet of  lillies, roses and gerberas. I’m glad I did as it really is beautiful. I have had many visitors saying how much they like the new flowers. 


My flowers came delivered in a bouquet wrap as above, no big bulky box or unnecessary packaging. All I needed to do was remove the wrap and place them in a vase of water. 


The lillies came unbloomed, but within a day or so this happened! 


There are still a few lillies to flower yet but they are huge when they do and so pretty.

FloraQueen guarantees that all their flowers stay fresh for at least 7 days. I am now on my 4th day and they are still looking great. I think the sun and heat may be helping a little, plus the frequent water top ups. 


Not only do they look great with the mixed varieties and colours but they smell good too, just how fresh flowers should smell. 

FloraQueen also sell a selection of gifts and offer fast delivery and a choice of delivery dates. Yes you can also add a card to the bouquets too.

And if you want to win yourself a bouquet from FloraQueen then enter below. 
GIVEAWAY

FloraQueen are giving away a bouquet of flowers to my winning reader. To be in with a chance of winning, just click the Enter button below to be taken to the entry page.

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(This giveaway will end on June 9th 2017 lasting 14 days. One winner will be chosen at random by rafflecopter and contacted via email.)

A much wanted piece of art; finally on my wall. Photowall! 

Published May 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

When it comes to prints are art pictures there are only a few things I would really choose to buy. These include most things that fall within the fantasy category and no I don’t mean anything sexual. Think fairies, trolls, unicorns etc. Yes I’m a little weird and perhaps live in a dream world sometimes but some of those fantasy images are truly awesome.

I remember being a teenager and a certain shop in the Manchester Arndale which only sold posters. The posters were displayed in rows of huge boards to look at, with the actual poster being all rolled up, ready to take. I can’t quite remember the name of the shop but it was here where I first spotted some fantasy type posters that I really liked.

So many years later along comes Photowall UK who make wall murals and canvas prints. Yes canvas prints can be bought in lots of places but the ones from photowall can be made very large indeed. And they have a category just for Fantasy along with many other category choices. 

There are so many images to choose from, I could even upload my own if I really wanted to but I have lots of family photographs already on my walls and I’d already spotted this one.


This being the Castle garden unicorn canvas (it also comes as a wall mural). Now my bedroom wall was looking a little plain and bare and I wanted a big canvas to fill the space. These can be made up to 150cm in length which is really big for a standard wall. I ordered mine as 120cms and I’m glad I did not go bigger because it would have been too big. 

Because the canvas prints go really large it does mean they would be difficult to ship without the risk of damage. Also the size of them would greatly increase the shipping costs. Therefore the canvases are sent as DIY packages. Yes I felt quite nervous about the prospect of making a canvas myself. 

The packages is a very tall slim box. The canvas comes in a roll and 4 planks of wood, metal joiners, bolts and wall hanger. No instructions come with the box but there are instructions on the photo wall website along with a video which makes it look extremely easy. It’s not the easiest thing but not too difficult.I think smaller size canvases would be easier. The wood planks have peel off sticky sides which all stick to the edge of the canvas. I found lining them all up correctly very tricky with them being so long. Attaching the fastener and bolts was straightforward and hanging was so-so. Again due to the size it took a while to balance it straightish. 

Anyway here it is, in pride of place on my bedroom wall.


It looks fantastic and is placed on the main wall opposite my bed, so each morning when I wake up, this is what I will see. 

All of these images are taken from my actual canvas and not from photowall.


The detail in this print is just amazing, it’s absolutely beautiful and just the sort of image I’ve been wanting for years. I am very happy with it and even fairly happy that I managed to put the canvas together without help.

The canvases start at £38. The bigger you go, the more it costs. Options include choice of edging and cropping to get the big of the image you want. The canvas can be purchased alone without the frame too. And they have hundreds of images to choose from. I was spoilt for choice and it won’t be long until I buy myself another one.

Father’s Day photo gifts from Snapfish 

Published May 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Snapfish is the home to personalised photo gifts and I have been a customer of theirs for many years. They sell all sorts of photo gifts including cups, cushions, phone cases, place mats, keyrings and so much more. They also do a photo print service and photographs can be uploaded via a mobile phone. 

As it’s Father’s Day next month. I have been asked to come up with some personalised gift ideas from Snapfish. 


I love my wall art and I’m sure most Dads would also love a nice canvas of their children to hang up, especially so the Father’s who don’t live with their children, so this was the first thing I chose to create. 

This photo was taken at Blackpool beach a few weeks back. I’m unsure where Ryan was but I think it’s a really good picture of the girls together. 


Snapfish have many different types and sizes of wall art such as canvases and posters. 

This one is a slim canvas and measures 12×8″. It was really easy to make, I just uploaded the photograph, did a bit of cropping and the canvas arrived within a few days. It is quite small, there are bigger sizes. It can be hung on a wall (hangers not included) or stood up on a unit. 

I think most Dads would love a gift like this for Father’s Day.

And if Dad likes having a lot of memories in one place, and he’s the sort of person who takes photos of the kids but never prints them off then photobooks also make really good gifts.

The smallest photobook starts at just £6.99 for a 6×4″ size. This one has 20 pages which can hold more than one photograph per page. For 8 more additional pages it’s just an extra £1.99. 


Many of the photobooks allow for text and greetings, making them even more personalised. These photobooks mean all Dads favourites pictures are kept in one special place rather than having multiple photo prints which usually end up in a cupboard somewhere. 

Again the photobook creation process is fairly straightforward. It can take a while for multiple photographs to upload depending on the size of the book chosen. Options include colours, texts and fonts plus deciding on the layout of photographs on each page. If like me you can’t be bothered adjusting page layouts then snapfish will do it for you and arrange the photographs on each page and if it does not look right then you can manually change it. 


Visit the Snapfish website for lots more Father’s Day gift ideas.

A whole lotta “Really Good” stuff here

Published May 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Really good stuff, yes it certainly is good stuff from Really Good UK. It’s just my kind of website with a very large spoilt for choice funky selection of bits and bobs, kids stuff, home stuff, fun stuff and gifting type stuff. All good. 


There’s all sorts of things in this one picture; but before I start on what they are, you all really really need to see this first, and especially so if you have young children. 


Yes I was pleasantly surprised/shocked when I first spotted this actual  naughty seat. No longer will I have to designate the bottom step or one of my own chairs as the naughty spot for Izebella. She now has her very own designated naughty stool for when she decides to throw her tantrums and scream and whatever else she feels like doing. 


Oh yes, this has been used a fair few times already for my little madam. This is no quirky fancy feature in our living room it is a working product and yes it works a treat. 

I think she saw it as a novelty thing at first until she realised that’s where she sits for x amount of minutes if she does something wrong. 
Well worth the £25.00 cost in my opinion. Small enough to store in a corner or under the table when she’s being good too.

This item also works well with the naughty chair. 

A behaviour book. Forget charts that get pulled down. This book is much better. Each page is a full week with plenty of space for notes and lots of sticker sheets too. 


Izebella isn’t that naughty to be honest. She is generally well behaved, she just has her tantrum moments. 

When Izebella stays with her dad, she likes to take a few toys and teddies, so a bag just like this comes in really useful. 

It has lots of space inside for toys and sweets and other bits of really good stuff and a friendly bear on the front. Perfect for a 4 year old sleeping out. 

And a smaller overnight type bag is this one. 

It’s a tired bunny pyjama bag. It looks like a swim/p.e bag with draw string fastening and is big enough for pyjamas, toothbrush and maybe a small teddy too. Or just put pyjamas inside so you know where they are. 

Also on the above photograph is a pencil case, a wooden door sign, which Ryan has on his door right now and a toy searchlight which is really unusual.

It looks like a small plastic wallet with a teddy bear picture on, but a press of a hidden button turns on a very bright torch light. Good for finding toys at night, maybe reading and seeing in the dark. It is really really bright, it’s probably not a good idea to shine it in the eyes. It only costs a fiver too, pocket money toys. 

And here’s something else that lights up! Four of them! 


These are showtime light up cards. Each one has our initials on and they even come in ages too. I’m glad we got the initial ones, I don’t want to show my age. Each one costs £5.00. They light up with a button press and turn off after about a few seconds  For a card they are very bright. The insides are blank to write own greeting and envelopes come included. They can also be put on a bedroom wall or by the side of the bed as a little light as well as given as cards.


Yes it’s a height chart. I don’t think it’s big enough to measure my height but it does go up to 4ft 9 so not too far off. These always look good on plain walls.

Finally a selection of funky tins.

A money tin and not the sort you have to destroy to get the coins out. A girly tin with a unicorn to keep girly type treasures away from nosey brothers and then the one that I would have loved when younger – The secret stuff tin, to hide from parents which comes complete with lock and key. I dread to think what sort of junk Ryan may keep in his over the next few years. 

Yes all these things and much more  can be purchased at the same Really good website place. Some very funny funky things to be found and I don’t think anything can beat the naughty seat. This face says it all! 

The Amazing Mystery box

Published May 12, 2017 by Bizzimummy

*** £5 off a box using code BIZZIMUM***


I reviewed lots of subscription boxes from all over the world, containing all sorts of goodies and all at different prices. Some of them great, some okay and the odd few not so good. Of course I have my personal favourites from over the years and there’s a few which are unfortunately no longer in business. I am usually always happy with the majority of box contents but… it’s not that often that one of these boxes really makes me think….WOW!

“The Amazing mystery box is a WOW! type box”

When I saw the name of it – “Amazing mystery” and had a browse of the Amazing Mystery website (which tells me a little about what to expect) I wasn’t really expecting much. Yes the boxes are a complete mystery until you open them but the website will tell you that its character themed merchandise. They do have box choices – Star Wars, Dr who, post-watershed, kids characters etc so I was thinking “it’s another geek type box” which by the way I don’t mind whatsoever as I am a bit of a geek collector myself. However a big NO! I was wrong. 


So these are the boxes. They all look the same and don’t give much away at all.


Hmm yeah he’s getting curious too. I best get on with it and let him open it and show you all what’s inside. 

By the way, this is my first attempt at an unboxing video. I hate being videoed!! Pictures are fine but videos I just don’t do well so excuse the shaky footage and nervousness please. 

That was my son unboxing his Star Wars box and he absolutely loves it. He’s already asking how it works and if he can get another one.


This box contained about 12 items in total. The box costs £24.99 and as you can see the contents easily total much more than that. Everything is Star Wars themed and everything is brand new. Many of the boxes come with T shirts (this is clearly stated on their website too) and so when ordering a box you do get the option of a t shirt size. The amazing people behind this box got Ryan’s t shirt spot on, a perfect fit. 

The Star Wars themed box is available as a monthly subscription or as a one off taster box. 

As well as the Star Wars falcon box we also got another mystery box. Many of you will recognise this character. 


It is of course Thomas & friends. This is a one time gift type box rather than a subscription box and also costs £24.99. Again the contents are really impressive, some of them still with original price tags on so it’s easy to see this box is worth much more than what you pay. This box contained a book, straw sippy type cup, various Thomas figures, a backpack, wallet and various other items. 

A box like this would be perfect for a young child’s birthday, especially if struggling for ideas on what to get them. 

I have received two Amazing mystery boxes and I cannot fault this box subscription at all, in fact I am already trying to decide which of their boxes I wish to try next just to see what’s inside (like a big kid at Christmas). I may just have to purchase a different one each month to see the full variety of products. 

From a parents point of view. This is just the sort of subscription box I have been wanting for a while. The sort of box full of themed toys with choices for both girls, boys and teens. The boxes are amazing value for money with boxes starting at £19.99. Quality toys, stationery items and t-shirts with more items per box than I have seen in many other subscription boxes previously. Obviously as per all mystery type boxes there may be the odd item that you know your child won’t like, this can easily be put to one side and kept for kids parties or gifts to nieces, nephews at Christmas etc, thus saving even more money. 

The Amazing mystery box ranks extremely high in my long list of box reviews. I am sure that once people find out about their boxes, they will be around for a long time. 

If your reading this and feeling curious but unsure about a subscription,then take a look at their Buy it now shop and buy a one off box, once you open it you will no doubt (like me) be considering a subscription. Trust me, many of you know if I had any negatives about the boxes, I would say so – albeit in a nice sort of way but there is nothing negative to say this time.

Visit The Amazing mystery box for lots more info! 

And don’t forget it’s £5.00 off any box if you use code BIZZIMUM at checkout! 

Our Ciao bimba doll – Anouk

Published May 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Even though I grew out of playing with dolls many years ago, I still get a sense of nostalgic excitement when I see one that’s unique and collectable. 

Ciao bimba dolls are certainly special and each one is produced in limited numbers. Ciao bimba dolls come made with all natural materials right down to what they wear. These materials include Guetermann Mara threads and polyester. All the dolls are made exclusively in the Bulgaria studio and sold on their own Ciao bimba website. You won’t find these dolls in your local toy stores. 
The dolls come in limited collections and although they are not necessarily one off productions, being handmade means they may vary slightly and therefore come with their own personality.

As well as different names, personalities and clothing; the dolls also come in slightly different sizes – Classic Ciao Bimba is 46cm (18in) tall, Darling Ciao Bimba is 48cm (19in) tall, and the smaller dolls are Mini Ciao Bimba, Baby Ciao Bimba and Mini Bambini.

We are very lucky and  very happy to now own a Ciao bimba doll of our choosing. This is how the doll will arrive. 


The dolls come in their own large box which we have kept, this also doubles up as a dolls bed as its strong and sturdy and makes a good safe place to keep the doll. 


I chose Anouk doll. The reason being because she has reddish colour hair which is curly and so it’s something my girls could relate to a little. I also loved her clothing and well she’s just so sweet isn’t she?


Anouk is a Classic Ciao Bimba doll. She stands 46 cm (18 in) tall. Anouk comes with her own jersey shirt, Tatum Liberty print dress, hat, underwear and shoes.

I was quite surprised at just how pretty this doll is. She is also very unusual and unique. She looks a little like a rag doll from a distance but feels much different and is also bigger. Our new friend Anouk is extremely good for cuddles. 


Her clothes are all fully removeable and can be washed. She is a similar size to a baby so may fit in baby clothes if we wish to change her. And look she even has a belly button! How cute. 


Izebella sure seems fascinated by our new little house guest. 

Now as you can probably guess! A handmade, natural limited edition doll is not going to come cheap, even if they are designed to be cuddly companions for little girls. Ciao Bimba is based in Bulgaria so all the prices are in Euros. The prices are different for each doll but for Anouk, she costs €204 which converts to about £173 or just under which is without a doubt a high price to pay for a doll.  If your a lover of dolls or a collector of dolls or nice things (like me) then it may be worth buying one. The Ciao Bimba website is lovely to browse and clearly indicates that their dolls are aimed at girls to play with, but if your a parent purchasing one for a young child then I imagine having big reservations about this doll being taken outdoors or to a friends etc after paying so much for one. 

Anouk is a beautiful doll which I’m sure will bring us all lots of happy play time and hugs. 

And incase you wanted to know – Ciao Bimba translates to Hello baby girl in Italian. 

A “Totally funky” Gingerbread wallet & a competition too! 

Published May 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well I’m a big kid at heart and love all sorts of weird, wonderful, silly and retro things. My favourite type of store (after clothing of course) is a geek/gadget type place just like Totally funky, who sell all sorts of totally funky gifts.

Now there’s a saying that good  things come in small packages or something along those lines, and just look at this for a new purse. 


I chose this for a few reasons. Firstly I was in need of a new one. The old one was plain looking and worn out, my cards kept getting lost inside huge holes and coins too. And secondly – who doesn’t love an old fashioned fairytale. Yes it’s a gingerbread man themed wallet/purse whatever you wish to call it. 


It is a fair bit smaller than the previous big purse thing I had but it has more than enough space to store my cards, money and small bits. There is a zip pocket inside with a few card slots and a pocket on the outside separate to the main purse part. 

The wallet is decorated all the way around, both inside and out with characters from the gingerbread man story and quotes. 

It is certainly unusual and also very funky. This gingerbread wallet is part of The Once Upon A Time range of bags and purses which  are based on childhood fairytales including Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White. The  enchanting designs feature simple illustrations, pretty bows, cute catchphrases and beautifubattention to detail. 

The gingerbread wallet costs £19.99 and a matching satchel is also available for £39.99. 


COMPETITION TIME

Totally Funky are giving away one of their very funky and rather sweet gingerbread wallets as above worth £19.99. 

The giveaway is run by rafflecopter and you can enter using the link below. You must have a valid twitter, Facebook and email account and be a UK resident to enter. The giveaway will close on May 29th 2017. Onewinner will be chosen at random to win the wallet. 

ENTER HERE!

Tokidoki by Simone Lengo

Published May 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy


 TOKIDOKI is a lifestyle brand founded in 2003 by designer Simone Lego. Todoki has achieved a cult status around the world and they have a range of designer stationary and gift books. GMC is the new distributor of these products in the UK.

The products have a very Japanese Kawaii appeal to them even tho Todoki is headquartered in Los Angeles. Kawaii being lots of quirky cute fun characters assembled together and appearing on many products in Japan. The brand has collaborations with many high profile names including Marvel, hello kitty, new era, Fujitsu, x box and a fair few more.


There are currently 11 Tokidoki products available through the GMC group which include colouring books and  note book type products and we were sent a few of them which arrived in a Tokidoki book back as above. 

My girls really like the products because some of the many characters look very similar to toys they already have such as shopkins, my little pony, tsum tsums, Num noms and others. The notebooks will always come in useful. I even have one myself as my current one is running out of space and they are quite necessary for blogging. 


The colouring pads and books will certainly keep my kids busy as the pages have lots going on. One page is certainly a few hours worth but the end result will be quite pretty. 


I don’t think they can be just limited to kids colouring books as I am sure many adults will enjoy colouring these books too. I believe things like this can help to reduce stress so I may just have to give them a go myself.

We also got a postcard colouring book where each page contains two postcards of identical images. One side in colour and the other to colour ourselves. 

They can even be pulled out and posted too just like the real thing. 

These products are probably aimed more towards girls than boys but Ryan seems very happy to also do some Todoki colouring too. 

All Todoki items can be purchased directly from The GMC group and here is a price guide for each item.

A chair for a little princess from – Your Surprise! 

Published May 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Just look at this adorable chair, fit for a princess! 

And yes it even has her name on it too! 

This chair comes from a company named Your Surprise. I chose this chair because a small kids chair is something I had been on the lookout for, for a fair few months. I did not want a cheap inflatable one which would be popped within a day and many other comfy kids chairs work out very expensive or are just too small. 

I did indeed get a lovely surprise when this chair arrived. I’m not too sure what I was expecting as I had only really viewed a photo of it on the Your Surprise website. The chair is excellent quality. It’s made with 100% cotton over some sort of durable foam rubber material. Nothing that can be popped, no hard materials and no metal springs. Just a lovely comfortable soft seat with my daughters name on. 

It arrived whilst Izebella wasn’t home, giving me a chance to simply position it in the living room for her. Her little face lit up when she saw it and as her face shows in this picture, she was one very happy little girl. 

The seat comes in 3 other colours as well as red, including pink. Izebella has way too much pink stuff already and I thought it was time for a sight change to red. To add to the overall comfort of the chair, an extra seat cushion is also included. 

Now Izebella can sit and watch her movies in comfort and style and also play on mummy’s iPad in her new chair. It’s almost like her own little throne.

Here are the chair measurements – Size: 52 x 35 x 46 cm , Seat height: 18 cm, Seat width: 28 cm. Your Surprise website recommend the chair for young children ages 1-5 years but I definitely think Izebella will still beable to sit in it past her 5th birthday as the seat area is fairly large. I can even sit inside it myself with ease, it’s just too small in height to be comfortable for bigger people. Jordanna being 9 and slim can also fit on the seat. 

We are all very happy with the new chair and of course Izebella the most. 

These personalised chairs cost £38.95 plus £8.95 shipping costs. I believe this price is more than reasonable for this product as it will last a long time. The covers are fully removeable for washing and small stains can be simply wiped clean.

Your Surprise sells many more unique personalised gifts for both children, babies and adults. 

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