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Culti Odarosae room spray 

Published September 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Imagine a room spray that leaves a room smelling like actual flowers or perfume? Well this is it!


This room spray by Culti can be purchased from Rooi who also sell scented candles and many homeware accessories. 
It is a glass bottle spray as opposed to an aerosol and it comes in a gift box too.

 

The aromas are very much rose and not the cheap rose scent that other sprays give, but more like the real rose oil which can be quite expensive to buy. There is also a slight fruity aroma with the rose, possibly blackberry but I’m not too sure. Anyway a couple of sprays of this stuff leaves all my rooms smelling of roses. It hides any nasty smells really well as it’s really strong. The scents also last longer than other room sprays and air fresheners and despite using it daily, the bottle is still almost full so I know this will last for quite a while. 

 It costs £34.00 for a 100ml glass bottle. This is much more than what I’d normally pay out for this type of product but obviously it’s 10-20 times better than the cheaper stuff, stronger aromas and lasts longer too. 

It would make a nice gift also for the ladies who love their scented products. 

Back to School: Flying Tiger

Published August 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Flying Tiger is nothing to do with those ferocious stripy cats, nor flying either. They are a global Danish Design store selling home decor, party pieces, toys and of course stationery. 

They have stores throughout the UK, sadly none near Bolton, but fortunately the lovely people at Flying Tiger sent me over a few stationery pieces for our last minute school sorting.


This being an unusual sharpener with pencil. In a smoothie/shake cup and straw style. Hard to believe that this can be purchased for just £1.00! Yes one pound. I had to look twice myself because many places charge much more for basic sharpeners.

Also an eraser set. In the shape of fast food! 

Burger, hot dog, shake and fries, all served in a lockable lunch box too. 

If someone was to ask me – “how much do I think this cost?” I’d have to say £5.00 at least because it’s novelty and because there are five items including the plastic case. Well it’s actually only £2.00. An absolute bargain find if you have a store near you. 

Visit Flying tiger UK for more information and to find your closest store. 

Back to School: Smiggle 

Published August 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With just two weeks to go until schools open their doors once again for the new school year, I like many parents across the UK am worrying if I have everything my kids need to start their new class. 

Smiggle are providers of some very cool and colourful stationery and school items. They have stores everywhere and if you haven’t visited one, then I would highly recommend it, even if just looking. Their products are fun and certainly unusual and bright. We have had lots of lovely Smiggle products in the past and we have even more to kick off the new school term.


Yes I told you, it’s colourful! 

These days many schools insist on children bringing own water bottles, not just for those on packed lunch but for those essential sips of water on warmer days. This was not something that was really allowed in my school days, my memories are more of those horrid luke warm putrid glass bottles of milk, enough to put someone off milk for life. 

Anyway Smiggle has these, quite peculiar looking and squishy bottles. 


Now these are certainly unique. Firstly they are made from silicone and secondly they roll up, like the one in the middle. They are designed to be space saving meaning when they don’t contain fluids they squash down and roll up and can even be attached to bags or key rings with the large clip. My kids love them and so do I. They weigh much less than the plastic bottles meaning less for me to carry if we go on day trips  (yes I get lumbered with everything on days out!). The bottles do cost £13.50 each which may seem a lot to pay just for a cup. I do think they will last a good few months, at least one school term if not longer so when you look at it that way, it’s not that much at all. 
We also have a few pencil cases. A much needed accessory for all those stationery items. 

This one is adorable!

We are big unicorn fans in this house and this has to be one of the cutest pencil cases I’ve seen. The zipper is even a colourful tail. It has two zipped sections with lots of room for all those pens and bits. This pencil case also comes with other cute character options and costs £12.50.

And for something a little different! 


These are the colourful adventures triple pencil case. They are designed a bit like a book or an organiser and have 3 sections to open up. But; they are more than just a standard pencil case because inside each one is all of this.


These are filled with coloured pencils, felt pens, pens, a ruler, sharpener and eraser, all with the Smiggle logo too. There are five colour options to suit everyone and they cost just £16.50 each, which saves money if buying the items individually.

Smiggle stationery is a great choice for the new school year. They offer free delivery on orders over £30. Visit Smiggle to buy online. 

Back to School: Find me a Gift

Published August 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Find me a gift are an online gift paradise with all sorts of weird, wonderful and novelty items and gifts. They also have a lovely Back to School section, with (as you can probably guess!) lots of weird & wonderful stationery pieces for the younger novelty lovers. 


Many of their gifts can be personalised, this is something that coma in extremely useful in my house and also at school. After all if stationery has your name on it, then no one can steal it and claim it as theirs (unless they share the same names that is!)


These personalised pencil sets start from £5.99. They arrive ready sharpened in packs of 12 with any child’s name on and little logos such as hearts and footballs.


My daughter Jordanna is now 10 and loves both stationery and make up. She was thrilled when she saw her new nail varnish highlighters.


They look just like my bottles of nail polish until they are opened and it’s actually a highlighter. There are 4 to a pack and these cost £4.99. Very cool and colourful indeed.

Finally, how gorgeous do these unicorns look!


We are all a fan of unicorns in this house and these are incredibly cute as well as being very practical. One of them a coloured pencil holder with 10 colouring pencils £8.99. The other is a coloured tape dispenser complete with two rolls of coloured tape £7.99. They both make great desktop pieces.  

Lovely products, which kids will love from Find me a Gift.

Back to School: Thinking Gifts 

Published August 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Thinking gifts sell book accessories and novelty stationery items. These are the sort of novelty items that I would not class a necessary school essentials, but more added fun extras to make going back to school just a little bit happier. 


Thinking gifts sell some great little notepads and sticky note sets. My kids love these as it means they can leave silly notes for myself and each other. I like them because I stick them on my front door for the parcel deliveries when I’m out. 

Just take a look at these! 


It’s hard to believe that these are all sticky notes. Very funky indeed. I love the little toaster. This comes with 2 sticky more pads looking like bread. It also has a pencil sharpener on the side. They come in red and blue and the coloured surface is even magnetic so it can hold paperclips or even fridge magnets. 

Everything on the cheese board is a sticky note pad. Even the board itself. The notes aren’t just colourful and patterned on the front page either, but all the way throughout.

Then the sticky note sandwich. This is pretty amazing, not only is it really colourful but each coloured page comes as part of a sandwich. Pink being ham, yellow being cheese and green being lettuce. You can make your own sandwich with the notes.


We also have a smiley emoji sticky notepad too.


Along with the octopus book holder. This gets attached to two pages of a book and holds the book open whilst you read. 

emoji line markers clip to pages magnetically and remind where I left off. 

The flexinlight is a bookmark which lights up. Great for night time reading and as you can see it’s pretty bright. 

These are lovely unusual novelty gifts which will no doubt have my children’s school friends asking “Where did you get those from?”

Visor Thinking gifts for more information and prices.

A helping hand from Ace

Published August 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With three kids, two cats and a tortoise, I have a lot of cleaning and washing to do, it often feels like a never ending cycle and there is always something to clean. Cleaning products fill my under sink cupboard. I never know which is best to use, I get a lot of stained washing and stained work tops as my kids can be messy and lazy when it cons to cleaning. We only have one toilet too, between 4 of us so regular toilet cleaning is vital.
Ace have sent over some of their cleaning and stain removal products to try.

Two of these products are for laundry – Ace for Colours & Ace for Whites. 


They are both pretty much self explanatory, one being for colour washing and the other for whites. Both are used as an addition to regular detergent. The colour product is tipped into the cap and placed on top of the laundry and the whites product goes into the machine drawer. 

The colour product helps to remove stains and it does seem to remove the majority. The tougher stains usually require a hotter or more intense wash. This product does have a rather nice refreshing scent and the clothes are left smelling good. 
The Ace white is a bleach product so does not smell that good, although there is a slight fragrance which masks the bleach odour a little. This helps to get white clothing looking white again, rather than that awful dull white/slightly grey colour. Again it does also remove stains but should not be applied directly to clothes. 
I have also been using two other Ace cleaning products – their All Purpose Spray & Descaler toilet gel. 

The multi purpose spray I found particularly impressive. Not only does it smell good but it also cleans up any surface stains with ease. It leaves my worktops looking very clean and shiny. This can also be used on coloured clothing to remove stains.

Finally the toilet gel. I’m glad I have this as there is nothing worse than manually cleaning a toilet and especially under the bowl rim where all sorts of nasty, disgusting things lurk. This has the duck shape neck which squirts the cleaner right under the rim, removing any nasties and allowing the cleaner to run into the bowl cleaning the sides. So no need to stick a sponge or brush inside. I just leave it on for an hour or overnight then flush and the toilet is clean again. I do this every 2 days or so as I hate dirty toilets.

Ace cleaning products can be purchased from all leading supermarket stores. They are really inexpensive. Find out more on the Ace website. 

Command strips: Mess free hanging

Published August 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Are you one of those people who love having family photographs hung up on wall around your home? Or perhaps a bit of art work or even a few hooks here and there! Well I do too, but I hate putting them up. They never seem to hang easy, the holes either too big or small or not in the right place, or the hanging hooks won't go in or something else. Plus holes make the walls look awful after a while too.

Luckily all that hanging fuss is now a thing of the past for me , since I discovered the range of 3M Command strips.

These save the need for screws, hooks, drills and nails. They can be purchased in supermarkets, diy stores and Amazon. They come in many different forms for multiple uses both inside and outside the home. They include hooks, clips, picture hanging strips and more.

Hanging pictures, no matter the size is now super easy. The hanging strips even come in various sizes with weight guidance on the packets. The size and weight of the picture to be hung determines how many strips are needed. The lighter pictures need just one.

The strips come in pairs, both parts of the strip need joining together, they have like a plastic clip together part and peel off sticky sides. One side goes on the back of the picture like this.

Then the other side is peeled and the picture attached to the wall, press for 30 seconds and then you need to carefully remove the picture so that the strip can bond to the wall, then reconnect the picture. This sounds slightly complicated but it really isn't.

And Ta-Da! The picture is on the wall and there is probably much less chance of it falling off than if it was hung the more traditional way with hooks.

The strips can even be removed from the wall easily when no longer required by way of a special pull tab. I have not tried to remove so I can't comment on how easy this is. But at least it doesn't leave an unsightly hole or cause any damage to the wall plaster.

Command strips can be used on many surfaces including painted walls and even outside surfaces on some packs. They aren't really suitable for walls with wallpaper and I wouldn't risk trying it on mine as I paid a fair bit for the wallpaper I have.

These decorating clips are being saved for Halloween or Christmas.

They look perfect for hanging decorations or holding small lights, something I really struggle with yearly! I hate sore thumbs from those awful drawing pins and the very thought of standing on one! Ouch!!!

The hooks look good for coats or kitchen bits too and there are many more command strip products viewable on Command UK website.

Products vary in price.

Bedding for a princess

Published August 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

As Izebella very recently went into a bigger bed, and both the girls have a brand new set of bunk beds in their room, it was time to jazz up the bottom bunk with a brand new duvet set from Ollie and Leila.

Ollie and Leila also sell some fab children’s beds with storage which are just perfect for even the smallest bedroom.

This is the Nordic pink duvet set which Izebella now proudly has on her big girl bed.

It’s pink and white and full of forest animals such as hedgehogs, rabbits and deers.

It’s a standard single size with one pillow case. On the opposite side of the duvet is a pink with grey geometric print so Izebella can choose either side to have.

It’s lovely cute and girly and pretty unique and costs £32 to buy direct from their website.

My Personal Planner

Published August 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With the new school year starting next month, then Halloween celebrations plus Christmas and all other bits to sort, it’s a good idea to have something like a planner to keep all the information in one place. Of course I have my laptop and my phone but these need power and wifi and the information can easily get lost, or worse still – the device broken or hacked. 

Planners come in all shapes and sizes with varying costs. The planners over at Personal-Planner are the ones which stood out the most for mr. 


These planners are a totally different thing altogether, compared to the usual diary type thing found in shops. The planners get made by you, personalised to yourself. They are totally unique meaning no one in the world will have the same as yours. 


Yes that’s my photograph used for the front page of my planner. There’s another at the back too.


These planners take about 20/30 minutes to create, and the interface is mobile friendky too. The reason it takes a while is because everything in the planner is personalised to suit. The page layout, the page headers, dates, colours, back pages etc. It’s just a really lovely thing to have.

These planners come in varying sizes too and this time I went for a large A4 size style. I have so much stuff to fill so needed a large space. 

This is the page layout I chose for the dates. I also chose the colours and the heart design at the top. 


There are lots of other layouts. This one helps me write daily lists. The bottom of the pages have other sections, again many choices here. I have dinners and To Do but there are many other things to choose from. 

Unlike other planners or diarys which run from January til December or even mid years; these personal planners allow me to choose my own start date. Mine began end of last month and will end next July 2018. Also I was able to add my own special dates whilst creating. Dates such as birthdays which even display as ages on the date. Public bank holidays are alraady included.

The back of the planner is also really cool. Multiple pages, again of choice. You can have sudoku, colouring sheets, blank pages, maps, yearly calendars and much more.

The planners start from £18.99 with the A4 planner costing £39.99. They are really lovely . Gift cards are also available for the perfect gift. 

Smiggle stationery

Published June 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Smiggle stationery differs from the rest, being bright, colourful, funky and performing just a good job as any others. Children and probably girls in particular will be attracted to the colourful and unique products that they sell.


Smuggles latest range is the besties collection which is a limited edition collection of cute character stationery items.


These characters come as pencil cases and keyrkings. Each character even has its own name and personality. These also smell great too. I did have to wonder why my little package smelt so good on opening and it’s because the Besties all come scented. 

Smiggle do watches too, these watch this space watches display the time when the face is pressed. 

They come in lots of bright colours too and cost £15.00 each. 


And finally we also have some cute pencils too from Smiggle.


The neon pack costs approximately £4.50 and then the single scented graphic pencils are just £1.50 each. The scented part being the eraser on top which are also interchangeable and Izebella says they look like her shopkins.

Smiggle stores are located all over the UK and there products can also be purchased in their online Smiggle shop

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