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Lingerie gifts from Hunkemoller

Published February 5, 2018 by Bizzimummy

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day and what better gift for us ladies than a nice piece of lingerie.

Hunkermoller UK have lots of glam and sexy pieces perfect for that special person in their Valentines collection.

This one piece really stood out for me.

It’s a stunning slip dress, available in six colours including a Valentine’s sexy red. I prefer the white myself, being angelic as I am. The white looks cute whilst still being sexy.

The arm straps are fully adjustable just like a bra and the length falls nicely just above the knee. I chose the small size which converts to an 8/10, there is one size smaller than this and a few larger sizes. I found the small size to be a perfect fit on myself. I was also really impressed with the quality of the material on the whole. This lace slip dress costs just £22.50 so I wasn’t expecting it to be so lovely.

Now this would not be a proper feature unless of course I showed you all what it actually looks like on myself, so here goes!

It was quite hard to get a half decent photograph of me wearing it as I’m having to take it myself, but yes it looks and feels great and I’m sure it will be one to spice up any Valentine’s Day.

Personally presented gifts

Published January 18, 2018 by Bizzimummy

Now that Christmas is well and truly done with, it’s probably no surprise to find that the shops are already filling with both Valentines and Mother’s Day cards and gifts. If you hate browsing shops or want something a little more personal then take a look at Personally Presented who have lots of unique gifts for both occasions.

Now I don’t have a partner so I don’t tend to do much for Valentine’s Day which is really sad I know, but I did think this mug was rather cute.

It’s not overpowering with mushy love and could even be given to a special friend or family member as well as a lover for Valentines. The personalisation is on the back and can be anything you want. In this case I kept it really simple.

And if your other half is worth more than a fancy cup then they have lots more Personalised Valentines gifts to suit most budgets. Items such as cute bears, watches, jewellery and much more.

As for Mothers’s Day, which for all you clueless men; falls on March 11th this year then you will also find many Personalised Mother’s Day gifs too. Us mother’s do a good all year round job so it’s nice to have a day where we get a little thank you gift for it. And this will certainly go down a treat on Mother’s Day.

Yes it’s a real full size bottle of Prosecco which happens to be one of my favourite tipples. Of course my children would not really be able to buy me this themselves as they are all under 18, but it’s a very nice touch with the added personalisation. I’ve not opened it yet, it’s being saved for a better occasion.

So this year make those special dates even more special with a gift from Personally Presented.

Big Ben 3D Puzzle

Published January 17, 2018 by Bizzimummy

Big Ben may not be chiming right now but still remains one of London’s most famous landmarks. I took my children to see it for themselves a while ago, and now we have our very own mini Big Ben with a working clock.

This is in the form of a 216 piece puzzle from Ravensburger. Each piece is made from plastic and is numbered on the back which makes putting this together so much easier. Without the numbers I think it would prove very difficult as the main structure is all the same colour and the pieces look identical.

The city board at the bottom is in one piece. The square clock face also needs no construction but the main tower and the top spier do.

Even with easy follow numbers on the back, it does get difficult. If the pieces are pressed in too hard, the whole thing can collapse which becomes very annoying. If not pressed in firmly enough then they may just fall out. It took me four days to complete mine.

The clock face is a real working clock which just requires batteries so not only is this a stunning jigsaw structure but also an extra time piece. The recommended age is 10 and above but we all joined in to get this built. RRP £15 – £20.

Last minute gifts for the girls – Baby Born Bath

Published December 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Most little girls love Baby Born and my little girl is no exception. Just a few days ago she was delighted to receive an early present from Santa to use with her Baby Born doll.

Her very own Baby Born interactive bath tub. This is no plain normal bath tub that just gets filled with water, no this tub is lots of fun and has lots of extra features.

The tub lights up whilst Baby is bathing and even plays music. There are bubble sounds and laughter too and all sorts of other fun sounds. The water pump makes water flow from the shower head and then the foaming pump makes the water foam up more.

Bubbles can be added for lots of foamy fun and it also comes with a little duck friend too.

It’s all ready to go straight from the box and even came with batteries ready installed.

This costs approximately £39.99 from most good toy retailers. The Baby Born doll is a separate purchase but most standard size baby dolls will fit in the bath.

Dancewear Central

Published December 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Coming from a family of dancers, it is only natural that both my girls also have the dancing feet. My parents are gold medal ballroom dancers, I preferred the podium and club dancing and my girls have done all sorts including Morris, street, ballet, tap, ballroom, jazz. They love it as much as I do.

So if you have a little dancer among you and looking for dance inspired gifts then maybe take a look at Dancewear central who cater for all sorts of dance styles and sell some lovely dance themed gifts too.

Now there aren’t many girls who don’t dream of being a ballerina in a pink tutu and that’s exactly what I have here for Izebella.

This is so pretty and even if yah have a little girl who does not do ballet lessons, it still would make a little girl very happy to receive and dress up in one of these. The skirt is coveted with silver stars to give it a sparkling effect and there is a cute pink bid at the back.

These cost £19.95 each and perfect for ballet lessons combined with ballet pumps. If pink is not your colour then they also come in both black and white too.

Dancing is thirsty work, it takes a lot of practice and energy and all dancers need a drink. Dancewear central has a selection of drinks bottles like this one.

The “like G” notebook is also from Dancewear central, and could be useful for noting down important dance dates – exams, competitions etc. They have many other similar accessories too.

Scholastic books for Xmas

Published December 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Books always make excellent stocking fillers. My children have a mini library, a book case full of hundreds of different books and thanks to Scholastic books they now have some more.

I did not know which books we were being sent but I was really happy with this selection as each book is suitable to the age of my children.

Christmas around the world – for Izebella is a lovely festive read which follows the Christmas story around several countries and how different places celebrate. It’s not one that Izebella can read herself just yet but it does make a nice bedtime read.

The girl who saved Christmas – for Jordanna tells the story of a girl named Amelia Wishart who becomes trapped on Christmas Eve in a workhouse and needs to be found by Father Christmas. There is lots of magic, pixies and more in this story.

Refugee – This one is for Ryan but I was really inspired by the plot and have decided to read it myself. As the title states it is about refugees but tells the story of three child refugees from different countries and different decades and their harrowing escape to safety. It’s really sad in parts but a great read.

All of these titles are available on the Scholastic website to buy.

Last year Scholastic books hosted the #GIVEABOOK campaign. This meant many schools and nurseries could win free books. The campaign was a big success and is back once again this year.

This year, Scholastic’s Santa style sack is packed even fuller with enough books to donate to five schools or nurseries. Join the conversation on social media and tell us at Scholastic which is your favourite book to give to a child, and why, using the hashtag #GiveABook by 15th December and we’ll select our five favourite posts and donate £50 worth of books to a school or nursery of the winners’ choice.

  • To enter the competition, all you need to do is tell us which children’s book you’d love to give to a child this Christmas and why, tagging Scholastic and using the hashtag #GiveABook. The five winners will be able to nominate their chosen school or nursery to receive a £50 credit to their Scholastic account, which can be exchanged for free books. Entries need to be made by midnight on Friday 15th December.

Hersey & Son silversmiths

Published December 12, 2017 by Bizzimummy

There’s no better gift than a beautiful piece of jewellery, well not for us ladies anyway. A few days ago I received this stunning little piece from Hersey & son.

This is my Circle of life pendant. It costs £38.00 and comes with the option of added engraving.

It’s a really simple designed piece yet stung all the same. The necklace is made from sterling silver with the silver 925 stamp appearing near the clasp. Options of 16 and 18 inch are available.

It’s just so pretty. I’m sure this would bring a smile to the face of any lady on Christmas Day.

Gifts for teens & big boys from Find me a Gift

Published December 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Don’t you just love the novelty fun Christmas gifts, the ones that bring back memories from years gone by or perhaps something so silly but we can’t help but love it? Well Find me a Gift is full of those type of gift ideas.

We all know that teens and some of us grown up kids at heart love the retro gadgets. Well how about one of these in the stocking for just £12.99.

This being a plug and play retro TV game console. Yes it’s a console, it’s tiny and all I needed to do was plug it in. You do need a television with the correct connectors or an adaptor if it doesn’t have one .

For £12.99 I wasn’t expecting much at all, definitely nothing like the PS4 and Xbox of today. It does beat a few similarities to the old Atari system.

The main interface certainly resembles the old consoles of the 1980s, very basic and in menu form like the above. There are 200 games on this tiny system, some of them can be quite temperamental, again just like the old consoles.

This game here looks quite familiar!

Playing the games is done by the console. The plug in lead isn’t huge so it does mean sitting close to the screen to play (no witless here). I don’t think it would be much of a hit with teens as they all prefer the much faster consoles of today. I would say it’s more for the big boys, Dads, granddads who want to relive their memories of old style gaming.

I think this next product is perhaps much more suited to a teenager.

Keeping with the whole retro and gaming theme. This is of course a Tetris light based on the old highly addictive Tetris game. I’d spend ages dropping blocks, trying to get to higher levels back in the day.

The light comes as seven individual coloured plastic blocks. They can be built up in multiple ways to make different patterns. The blue block is the base block providing the main charge to the rest. It comes with a mains adaptor.

It’s quite impressive at how the light works. Only one block is connected to the mains, yet when other coloured blocks are built up, each one of them also lights up. Then as each block is removed, the light instantly goes off.

The one negative I have is that the light is very light and easily knocked over. It’s also tempting to play with it and constantly rearrange the lights. Tetris light costs £22.99.

Wise words from the book of everyone.

Published December 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This book would make a brilliant stocking filler or small gift this Christmas!

Wise words comes from the creators of The book of everyone. Wise words is designed for the younger people, not tots or pre schoolers but more towards young teens and older children like my ten year old.

It’s a personalised book with the child’s name and who it’s from (mum). The books pages are full of quotes and funny tips which may just prove useful one day.

These quotes and tips can be chosen from a list and even altered to suit the child and the situation, just like this.

The quotes are all placed where an animals head should be and the pages are all designed with colour and themes.

It’s an absolute buzz to read through it. I would have loved for someone to give me a book like this when I was younger. I chose the quotes which are relevant to Jordanna and her current behaviour. Hopefully she will take some of it in.

Wise(ish) words for kids supports the Well child charity who’s aim is to support seriously unwell children at home.

Wise words comes as many formats to purchase – digital, soft back, hard back and deluxe and all the prices and options can be viewed on the website.

Quirky gifts: Not for Ponies

Published December 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I so love receiving things for me rather than my children and especially when it’s something a bit more unusual, like this unique sweatshirt.

Of course I love unicorns so I sort of fell in love with this top when I saw it. I’m actually wearing it now too as I’m writing this.

My new unicorn top comes from a strangely named place called Not for Ponies. They have a few other animal themed tops for ladies like myself such a red panda and a cutie kitten but the unicorn did it for me. They don’t just stop at tops for ladies either as there are clothing items for both kids and men, including a few festive themed pieces and a few accessories to buy such as bags and purses.

As for my new unicorn sweatshirt- I love it.

I decided not to include my head or face as my hair was a mess.

I do find it hit or miss when getting the correct size clothing from the internet. For this top I went for the small fitting – 8/10 size. It fits surprisingly well, no tightness, snug but plenty of room left and warm but not so warm that I’m sweating. I do love the little unicorn motif too, so cute.

It costs £28 for one of these and they come in sizes small (8/10) to XXL (16-18)

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