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Oral B for kids

Published April 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

After all those chocolate eggs and other Easter treats, it is slightly worrying that my kids teeth have been exposed to so much sugar, much more than what they would normally have. It was certainly time to try out some new and more powerful toothbrushes to give their teeth a proper “spring” clean. 

Oral B are the first thing that come to mind when thinking of electric toothbrushes. I have been using their products for a few years now and have not been disappointed.   They now have a new selection of character rechargeable toothbrushes for children. 


These are the Oral B stages power kids toothbrushes. Ryan already has a pretty good Oral B brush so Izebella and Jordanna were able to also have an Oral B too. Both of the brushes came with toothpaste and chargers. 

The toothbrush heads are specially designed for kids whilst still giving a much more intense clean compared to manual brushes. Izebella said it tickled her mouth when she first used it and both girls prefer there new brushes. 

The brushes even have a 2 minute timer function which is the recommended amount of time to brush teeth. The rotating/oscillating feature removes the need to “scrub” the teeth roughly side to side as we would with a manual or cheap battery brush. This was the slightly confising bit as my girls were still fastly brushing their teeth as they did before. The reason we brush so differently with these brushes is because the rotating brush head does the work for us. All we have to do is put the brush onto our teeth and gently move to the next tooth for a few seconds and the brush head cleans for us, no scrubbing and less risk of damage to our mouths. 


Brush heads need changing every few months, just like a manual toothbrush would. Packs of replacement brush heads can usually be purchased at the same place that sold the toothbrush and also stores such as Boots. Any of the kids stages brush heads are compatible meaning the characters can be changed as they only really appear on the changeable toothbrush heads.

Unfortunately my kids have had a few dental problems. Ryan had to have a few teeth removed and Jordanna has one bad one which did cause a few problems. I am hoping that the new brushes help to minimise dental problems from now on as we won’t be going back to manual or battery brushes now we have these. 

The only problem I have with Oral B brushes is the charger they come with. This is a 2 pin razor plug charger and I don’t know of anyone who has one of these razor charge sockets in their homes. Luckily I do have an adaptor for these chargers and they can be bought for a pound but I just don’t get why Oral B use these chargers or why an adaptor is not included with it. When I first saw one of these chargers I actually thought it was a foreign plug. Therefore if you intend to buy an Oral B toothbrush and don’t have a razor socket then you will need to buy an adaptor. Once charged the brush will last anything up to a week on one charge.

The kids brushes cost about £20 each. 

Beauty treats for me: Crabtree & Evelyn: La Source

Published April 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Continuing on with my beauty treats hi I have also been trying out La Source.

La Source is new collection from the Crabtree & Evelyn brand. Here I have two products from that collection – Eau du Toilette and a warming foot soothed.


The Eau du Toilette contains a delicate marine accord and our antioxidant-rich Green Seaweed Extract. There are certainly identifiable citrus aromas combined with a fresh ocean breeze type scent. It’s really lovely. This large 100ml bottle of Eau du Toilette combines a perfume with a luxury body spray and it’s great for spraying on any time of the day. This costs £37.00 per bottle. 

La Source warming foot soother is perfect to use in a hot bath or a foot spa machine. It contains green seaweed extract and blue sea kale mixed with refined Tahitian volcanic sand, pumice and salt crystals. 

It has a thick grainy texture which enables exfoliaton of the feet. The cream helps to create a warm almost tingly sensation on the foot area. It needs to be used on slightly wet, clean feet so it works best when bathing as it can then be easily washed off. 

As well as being good for the feet and providing a warm moisturising effect. This stuff is also really good for pre self tanning. I always seem to have problems with self tan products on my feet and end up with them looking patchy. 

This product costs £17.00. 

Beauty treats for me: Wikaniko Moringa oil

Published April 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Before receiving a bottle of this stuff to try out, I had never heard of Moringa or Moringa oil before. 

Moringa oil comes from the seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree, a fast growing leafy tree species native to the Himalayas but found in many other parts of the world. The seeds, harvested from their pods, yield approximately 35–40% of non-drying Moringa oil, also known as Ben oil or Behen oil.

Moringa seed oil is clear and smells nutty. Thanks to the numerous antioxidants in it, the oil does not become rancid for several years after it is produced. This makes it very much sought after for a number of health and beauty applications.
Moringa oil has so many benefits including anti aging and wrinkle reduction, dandruff reduction, hair and scalp hydration, dry flaking skin conditions, acne, dry lips, blackheads, bruises, cuts, blemishes, even sunburn  and many other uses. It is found in many beauty products, soaps, shampoo, balms, body wash, perfume, make up and much more.

Although the oil is viable for use as a cooking oil, its high demand and low levels of production do not make it conducive for every day use as a dietary product. However, small amounts of oil are often used in recipes. Moringa oil is also occasionally used as a dressing for vegetables, salads, and other green dishes.
My bottle of Moringa oil come from Wikaniko who grow their own plants specially to avoid any sort of product contamination which is often found in products from other places. 

The bottle is minimal design and there is no extra unnecessary packaging which is always a good thing. I did find the oil had a really strange and unusual smell, more woody than nutty and a bit like pencil sharpener shavings. I have used the oil for both skin and hair. It can be used alone or mixed with body lotions and moisturisers which may be easier with it being an oil. For my hair I apply it mainly to the ends which are always dry.

Wikaniko Moringa oil is £16.95 for 100ml and comes with a multitude of useful uses. 

Beauty treats for me: Creightons Argan smooth 

Published April 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today it’s all about the hair and hair care. The brand is Creightons who own a good selection of popular high street beauty products. One of their latest ranges is the Argan smooth.


Argan oil has become a very well known miracle ingredient in health and beauty and especially so in hair care products. The antioxidants contained in Argan oil can help work wonders on all hair types, adding shine and nourishment to even the driest of locks.

I have tried out five of the new Argan smooth range. The shampoo, conditioner, heat defence spray deep conditioning masque and thd miracle hair oil.


I love the shiny blue/silver packaging which glimmers with light. I think it’s worthwhile having a few of these products together as they can all be used one after another, starting with the shampoo, conditioner, deep masque, heat defence spray and finishing a style with the miracle oil. It’s like a complete twice weekly hair care routine, I do only wash my hair twice a week as it requires heat styling due to a natural wave/curl and a bit of frizziness due to colouring so the less heat on it, the better.

Using products has made my locks more manageable and the best thing overall is the price of the products – mega cheap. All costing between £1.99-£2.99 each. All of these products together comes to less than £15.00 which is really surprising compared to other brands. 

These products have recently been introduced into supermarkets too, as well as being available to buy online on the Creightons website. 

And my hair after using these products for two weeeks. 

Beauty treats for me: Marula 

Published April 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Today’s selection of pamper treats come from Marula UK. Marula is not just the company name but also the main ingredient contained in all their products – Marula oil. Marula oil comes from the Marula fruit which is grown in Africa and harvested mainly by African women. The nuts get hand cracked and the purest kernels cold pressed to release the Marula “natural” oils.

Marula oil is known to contain many antioxidants and omega acids. The benefits include hydration, rejuvenation, and anti aging. As well as a daily facial treatment the Marula oil can even be used as a make up primer, and help with distressed skin and sunburn.


This is the Pure Marula facial oil. There are other facial and skin products available including the lotions and a cleanser but this is the pure oil. It can be used alone or mixed with usual moisturizers of face creams. 

The bottle itself is really appealing, dark and mysterious and leaves one wondering what’s inside. It’s a glass bottle with a pippette dropper applicator and just the sort of product you would expect to find in a high end store.

I tend to use the oil, with or after applying moisturizer. It seems good stuff so far, smooths on nicely and is non greasy. It does cost £37.50 but only a tiny amount is required due to it being an oil type product. 

As well as skin products, Marula oil is also used in hair products just like this one. 

As well as containing marula oil the deep moisture hair mask also contains keratin, wheat protein and pro vitamin b5 all which help to condition, smooth, moisturise and lock in colour. 

It’s a lovely product to use after the regular shampoo and condition. It helps to make my hair less dry and frizzy. After rinsing it off I will apply a tiny bit more to my hair and leave this on to dry. My hair certainly feels more manageable after using this product. 

The deep hair conditioning mask costs £24.00. I can’t be sure how many uses I’ll get from this one product and although good I do feel it is fairly pricey. 

See more at Marula UK

Beauty treats for me: SBC

Published April 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I love receiving treats and gifts for myself and especially anything beauty or pamper related. It makes a nice change writing about things I enjoy using rather than just my children. 

Today’s beauty treats come from SBC which are the initials for – Simply Beautiful Collection.


A browse of their website will reveal many pamper type products for the skin, face, body and bathing products. SBC products aim to be practical, effective and affordable. For the past 3 weeks or so I have been trying out four SBC products of my choosing. 

For bathing, I chose the Arnica muscle soak.  A few drops of this in running hot water helps me to have a nice relaxing stress relief bath. The Arnica flower properties can help to relieve body and muscle  aches after  sports or hard work. It can also be added to a foot spa to relieve tired aching feet. I do have a foot spa but am yet to test this product with it. A 250ml bottle costs £15, smaller and bigger sizes are available. Only a few drops of this is needed per bath so this size bottle will last a long time. 


Also for bathing/pampering I have a lovely Superfruits body scrub. This looks and smells like a creamy yoghurt and is made with cranberry and raspberry fruit extracts.  It’s also enriched with pomegranate seeds to buff away skin impurities and exfoliate as it cleans. It’s really nice, smells good and great for my pre self tanning too. It also contains lots of good stuff – high levels of minerals, anti oxidants and vitamins. A 450ml jar which is fairly large coats £25.00. 


I also chose two skin care products, both of which contain collagen and thus help with the whole anti-aging process.

Collagen hydra gel serum costs £35 for 30ml and is a facial serum that moisturises, smooths and minimises the appearance of fine lines. It feels very cool on and dries quickly. I use this once a day and have been for about 3 weeks along with the other product – Collagen day and night cream. The day and night cream starts at £29.00. Again this helps to reduce aging facial lines as well as moisturising and hydrating the skin. It seems to be a much richer and thicker overall product than the serum, a little like a white soufflé. 

None of these products are greasy and yes they do help to make the skin smoother and softer and I’m sure I have noticed less lines. However these are probably the type of products which have to be used for longer periods to see more beneficial effects. 
I would buy these products again, probably not altogether but I would certainly recommend them all for gifts or just a pamper treat for yourself. My favourite overall product from the four is the collagen day and night cream. 

Perfect pamper gifts

Published February 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With Valentine’s Day over for another year, it’s perhaps time to think about Mother’s Day once again which is on its way in just a few weeks. 

Us Mothers need a bit of pampering every now and then and the majority of us ladies just love to receive pamper/bathing type gifts for any occasion. 

Now most ladies get fed up of the same bog standard supermarket gift sets that can be purchased anywhere and we like things a little different and special. This is where Perfect pamper gifts comes in very handy.

Perfect Pamper gifts create unique gift sets and pamper hampers containing luxury fragrant products. 

My own hamper arrived in a lovely little bow tied Jute bag, like this.

And yes you can even choose the bag colour. 

Before opening the bag, I knew it was going to be good inside because I could smell the lovely fragrant aromas inside. And inside – all these lovely pamper Goodies. 


The aromas are delicious and smelt so good, they made me hungry. 

I absolutely love all of the products inside. Just take a look at this Pomegranate & Vitamin E face mask!

It looks and feels like a fruity whipped cream and feels lovely on my face. 

The Whole lot of love bath bomb is huge and I can’t wait to drop into my bath. The centre rose part is made of soap petals which get pulled off and scattered in the bath before fizzing the bath bomb.

Then Sweet cherry body wash – the scent reminds me of my favourite yoghurt flavour and that’s black cherry. It contains cherry kernel oils and smells very sweet. 

Seville orange lip balm really helps my dry lips which I seem to get whenever I have a cold (which I do now!) 

And finally, for an added bit of bathing luxury – Wild rose scented candle. 

There are many pamper hampers to choose from, be it for mum, sister, daughter, friend etc. You can also Build your own hamper by choosing specific products and Perfect Pamper gifts even offer a Monthly subscription pamper box which I am considering signing up to. Monthly pamper treats sound amazing. 

The pamper hampers make wonderful gifts for us ladies and are a great idea for a Mother’s Day gift. The gifts hamper bundles such as the one I have start at £14.99 and include choice of bag, gift tag and personalised message. Each bag contains at least 4 pamper items depending on which one is chosen.

There are many to choose from at Perfect pamper gifts.

Transformulas anti-aging

Published February 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This year I turn a big 40! Although I’m constantly told I don’t look my age, I am still conscious of the tell tale signs of aging and mainly facial lines. I’m not afraid to admit it, but last year I had one round of Botox injections to my forehead as I was getting slightly paranoid every time I looked in a mirror. The Botox procedure, although pretty much painless and very quick gets very expensive so I am always happy to give other products a go. This time it is three products from Transformulas. Whose motto is “beauty without surgery”


These three products have now become a part of my daily beauty routine. I use them together and start with the face contour and tightening cream.


This gets applied to the whole facial area apart from close to the eyes. It has a slight menthol type scent and the box gives instructions of how to apply best. From first use I could instantly feel it working. It feels like my skin is being pulled or tightened and this feeling lasts a few minutes. It doesn’t feel uncomfortable or hurt in any way and it certainly works. I could see the effects within just a few days of use. 
For my eyes, I’m using the Transformulas eye lift gel

This one is pretty much odourless and clear. 

Many women suffer aging problems around the eyes first, with sagging and lines and dark rings to name just a few problems. I apply the gel all around my eyes and it feels really cool on, almost like I have cucumber on my eye. Again it gives a slight tight feeling but it’s a nice sensation.

Finally for my lips – Lip Volume!


This is probably the product I was most looking forward to using. The reason being – I have small lips. There doesn’t seem to be much volume to my lips at all and I have considered fillers but they hare very expensive and I hear quite painful too. 

The lip volume has a minty menthol aroma. It goes on like lip glosss does and instantly made my lips tingle and feel cool. It can be applied before lip stick or just as a daily routine. And yes it does seem to increase the volume a little, even if only temporarily. 

Apologies for the duck pout here! 


I love all three products and the fact that they do make my skin feel different and tighter.

I am including a before and after picture. See if you can see the difference after two weeks of use. 


Of course products that work don’t come amazingly cheap. You won’t find Transformulas in your local pound world. However all three of these products together cost less than one round of Botox which is for one area rather than three.

Contour cream – £36.95

Eye gel – £29.95

Lip volume – £29.95

So just under £100 for all three but still a lot less than the more evasive treatments and surgery.

If you want to know what’s in the transformulas products and how they work then you can find all the information and more on the Transformulas website. Products can also be purchased from the website as well as Boots and a few other places. 

Heavenly scents this Valentine’s Day

Published January 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yes it almost February already and February is all about love and romance (the things I lack at the moment!) and also lovely fragrances. 


This is the body & soul collection from Joan Collins timeless beauty and it would make a lovely valentines gift. Unlike many beauty/fragrance sets which come with body cream of some sort (which rarely gets used) this one comes with both perfume and a reed diffuser. 

The scent – I am woman is similar in both the products so both room and woman can smell equally as good. The perfume is a fairly strong one with both woody, floral  and citrus hints, tho it’s not so overpowering that it smells like an old ladys handbag as it does have softer tones to it too. The eau du perfume bottle is fairly small in this set being only 12ml but with this, a little really does go a long way.


The reed diffuser comes with a fragrance bottle and several reeds. The reeds just sit in the liquid and I turn them twice daily. It gives a different but rather lovely scent to my room. The diffuser liquid will eventually all evaporate into the air but this will probably take many weeks so the scent will be around for a while.

The set costs about £32.50 and can be purchased from Joan Collins beauty, QVC, Urban retreat, Harrods and M&S

Swapping the pop for Get More vitamin drinks 

Published January 12, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Like most people I am trying to start the new year a little bit healthier and hoping to get in shape for the Summer. Unfortunately I am one of those people who enjoy chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks (usually Pepsi or coke) and as many people know it’s these things that contribute to weight gain, health issues and dental problems. Luckily for me, a big box full of more healthier drinks arrived as the new year started and they taste really good so I’m determined to swap the fizzy stuff and cut down.


Get more drinks contain vitamins that are essential for our bodies. These are in most normal diets but for those, like myself , who often skip meals and don’t eat properly it can be hard to get what the body needs. I often feel tired but find it hard to get back into regular mealtime routines. Of course my kids eat healthily. 
The drinks come in lots of refreshing flavour and we have tried the majority of them. They come as both still and sparkling varieties. They don’t need refrigerating which makes them more handy for storage but I do like to put a few in the fridge just so they are really cool.

Many  of the drinks are a blend of two fruits together, such as mango and passion fruit with a few single flavours also available. The bottles come in different colours and each colour gives a different source of goodness to the body. These include vitamins A,B,C,D, multivitamins and minerals. The drink inside being clear liquid.

Because they are a flavoured water type drink and also healthy, my children’s schools allow them to take these drinks in if they wish, although it has to be the still variety. 

Get More also has a range of drinks designed especially for children callled “A little more”

Again these come in a choice of flavours and come with a leakproof cap. Just like the bigger bottles they also contain lots of good vitamins and things for little growing bodies. They are perfect for packed lunches and have no added sugars, natural flavours and low calories so schools will allow them. 

My children like both the little more and get more varieties, as do I. We find them really refreshing and fruity and enough to quench the sugar cravings. 

The drinks come alone or in multipacks and can be bought in most supermarkets and a few other stores which you can find out about on the website.

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