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Special photo gifts this Mother’s Day from Supersnaps

Published March 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Mother’s Day is now just weeks away and it’s time to consider gifts for that special lady in all our lives, be it mum, or gran or the one who is always there for us, just like a mum.

Flowers and chocolates are always good but gifts like that just don’t last. Photo gifts are perfect for a lasting, more personal touch.

Supersnaps have many types of photo gifts for all the mums out there. You can make a mini scrap book online using all your favourite prints, meaning lots of memories to keep and treasure. There are also mini magnets which are great for sticking on the fridge meaning mum will see them each time she needs something and packs of retro prints which can even be personalised with messages such as “Happy Mother’s Day” .

So this Mother’s Day it’s time to make it more personal with a gift from Supersnaps.

Bloomon flower subscription 

Published March 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is a subscription first for me. I’m used to the foodie, snack, kids, beauty and even geek boxes but I have not come across a flower delivery subscription before now. 

Bloomon is a London based subscription service which started in the Netherlands. Bloomon flowrs are cut inin their fields in Holland and delivered to your door the very next day via fast express shipping.  The delivery service is subscription based and you can set up an account to have flowers delivered weekly, fortnightly or monthly and pick from a small, medium and large size bouquets. A free glass vase comes with the first order.


I was really pleasantly surprised to receive a rather large bouquet from them, complete with a large vase. There is nothing worse than receiving beautiful flowers and having nothing suitable to place them in. The bouquet came in huge tall box which was almost as big as myself. The flowers get wrapped and packaged really well with the flower stems wrapped in a wet sponge type material to keep them fresh on their journey. 

To keep the flowers fresher and blooming longer, a satchet of plant food also comes included which gets tipped into the water. 

My bouquet is really big and so it’s hard to get a good picture of the whole thing at a good angel. Instead I have taken various shots at different angles so the majority of the flowers can be seen. 

My bouquet is an array of beautiful colours and lovely scents. Vibrant oranges, baby pink, purple, white surrounded by greenery, a lovely large bouquet which is now sitting perfectly on my new unit in my hallway for all to see as they come in. Having flowers or plants in my home do seem to make me feel slightly happier. 

I am no flower expert so I’m unable to say which flowers are in my bouquet. The only one I really know is the rose which by itself is a beauty. 

I also have no idea how to properly arrange flowers so I’ve just done the best I can with these and I think it looks okay so far. 

Many of the flowers arrive unbloomed, being freshly cut so it’s always nice to see a new flower that perhaps was not their before. 

Getting new fresh flowers delivered regularly to your doorstep is such a lovely idea. Bloomon prices start from £20.95. 

Quinn Lilly home fragrance and candles (review & giveaway) 

Published March 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

March is upon us already and it will soon be time to spring clean our homes in time for the Summer. 

I do love my home fragrances, I find candles a little hard to use as I have both kids and cats so I have to be careful with flames. I do like my diffusers and have recently received one from Quinnlilly. Quinlilly sell lots of diffusers, scented candles and home fragrance type products and this is my new reed diffuser. 

The packaging box that the product arrives in is quite pretty and so makes it a rather nice gift to give. This one is Grapefruit and Mimosa and there are three others to choose from costing £12.99 each.

Diffusers don’t need lighting like candles do and nor do they require batteries or plugging in. The glass bottles come filled with essential oils and the reeds sit inside the bottle absorbing the fragrances and releasing into the home. The reeds just need turning frequently and I turn mine daily.


It’s a lovely sweet, zesty aroma which makes my home smell much better.
GIVEAWAY

Quinn Lilly are giving away a prize from their website. One winner will beable to choose from either a scented candle or reed diffuser in any fragrance. 


Entering is easy. You just need to be a UK citizen and have Facebook, twitter and email accounts. 

This giveaway will close on March 22nd 2017. One winner will be notified by email. 

ENTER HERE!

Bertie & Jack wall art 

Published February 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My girls bedroom is about to get a little makeover. This is because they are both getting a little older and need bunk beds and new wallpaper. So! along with wallpaper and paint, there walls also need a few pictures, such as this one from   Bertie and Jack.


This is just one of many framed wall pictures for children. They have many others to choose from with animals and fun characters. We particularly liked this one as it has the Alice in Wonderland theme which my girls both love. It’s even called Wonderland.

The prints all come as cut out images with a colored background behind. Yes you do also get to choose the background colour pattern and there is a long list of choices. The frame colour is also chooseable and messages/words can be added at the bottom of the print too. I chose not to add a message and I was really unsure what to add.

This is the print hung up. 


As it’s in a glass frame, it is very reflective so taking a photograph can be tricky. 

The prints can all be purchased with or without a frame in 4 sizes. The small framed prints such as ours start from £45.00.

Charlie Doodle review & giveaway 

Published January 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Izebella is one very clever 4 year old who can recognise letters and even small words. She is very interested in the alphabet and how things are spelt at the moment so I don’t think there could have been a better time for a personalised print from Charlie Doodle.
 Charlie Doodle sell a fair few items for the home and as gifts but their main things seems to be wall art and prints. For young children there are these personalised wall prints which come on choices of colour and the option of a frame with the print. 


The prints come with the child’s name on and many drawings of things beginning with the letter of the child’s name, so in this case it’s an I.

Izebella is very happy with her new framed picture as cannot wait to have it up on her wall above her bed. The letter I is perhaps not one of the easiest letters to think up objects and words for but there are 18 or so words on there. Izebella recognised a few of the images and she knows they all began with the letter I, just like her name.

The personalised prints come as A4 size and start at £14.00.

Win a print

And now it’s your turn to get your own personalised child’s print. The prints are recommended for children under 10 and as you can see, they are really unique. Charlie Doodle are giving away one of their wall prints to one of my readers. The prints come in a choice of colour borders, being white, pink and blue and the winner picks their colour.

To take part in this giveaway you must have both a Facebook and twitter account and be a U.K. resident. This giveaway will close on February 14th 2017. One winner will be contacted by email. 

Click the link below to take part.

ENTER HERE!!

Love the Sales! 

Published January 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yes I do love the sales but that was not actually a question. I wanted to share a website that I recently came across called Love the Sales. This website is particularly handy for people like myself who just love bargains. Love the Sales don’t exactly sell products themselves but they partner with hundreds of stores worldwide to find the best offers and discounts and put them all in one place. By using this website you can find the best deals on items you really want. Prices change frequently so it helps to shop around for deals and this website makes it easier as all the main brands are in one place. 

I have just finished decorating my hallway and my home was missing one important thing – A big mirror. I used the Love the sales website to find the perfect one. I typed in mirror into the search bar and many of them came up, so I then sorted via price order and finally found this one.


This Shelley oval mirror is sold by Marks and Spencer’s. The usual price is £69.00 and the price sticker was on the back of the mirror when it arrived. However Love the sales tells shoppers the now discounted price of £35.99 which is almost half price. See it for yourself here.

And now I have a very beautiful and fairly large mirror taking pride of place on my hallway wall. 


It’s a lovely pretty mirror, the colour states pale blue but it’s more of a turquoise or very pale green colour which works fine with the purple background. It’s 60cm high and designed with flowers around the edging.


I am very happy with my mirror and will be checking Love the Sales for more bargains.

My first attempt at decorating 

Published January 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I am probably the most anti-diy person in the world; but I have come to realize that if I really want something doing then I have to try it myself, either that or pay someone a ridiculous amount to do it for me. 

I have been wanting my hallway redone for ages as it’s not been touched at all since we moved in. I did the majority of painting before Christmas which was not too difficult and now attempting the wallpapering a bit at a time. As I have never done it before, I don’t think I’ve done too bad a job.


I purchased both the wallpaper and the paint from Graham Brown, both in the sale.

The wallpaper is paste the wall. I can’t really do a comparison to the normal paste the paper type as I’ve not used it. However from just watching others decorate this paste the wall type paper looks so much easier. No decorating table is needed, no measuring each piece and no sponging. I just pasted the wall and hung it. The hardest part for me was cutting away the excess around the edges.

I will post more pictures once the rest is done. Now I have the hang of it I may even do the rest of the house myself too. 

Oh and I highly recommend ready mixed wallpaper paste too rather than attempting to mix your own.

New year, new light

Published January 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I recently received beautiful new ceiling light from Lite Craft. Unfortunately I have not yet got anyone to fit it for me, plus I have just started decorating my hallway which is where I am hoping to hang it. Despite not yet being up, I would still like to show you all it. 


This is what the finished light looks like once up. This is the Marie Therese chandelier with five bulbs. There are other versions which cater for more bulbs. It also comes in a few colour choices, this ones being a blush colour which is light pink. 

The chandelier comes with all necessary fittings, unfortunately I know very little about electrics and even less about light fittings, so although it comes with full fitting instructions; I really don’t want to be messing with wires myself and am hoping someone will help me with it soon. 

It does look like it needs some minimal assembly such as the dangly petals attaching prior to fitting. 

It takes five E14 small Edison screw bulbs. The main chain drop can be adjusted as short or as long as required, which is a good thing as my ceilings are quite low. 

This is a beautiful light and as my hallway will have hints of pink, purple, gold and white I think it will look great once up.


These type of chandelier lights start at approximately £50 upwards from Litecraft.

My Dolce Gusto Jovia 

Published January 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s not often, in fact probably never that I post about presents that I have received for Christmas but this one is so good that I just had to.


This is the jovia machine which is part of the Nescafé Dolce Gusto range of machines. It comes in red and white as well as black and unlike some other machines on the market it’s pretty compact and small size making it perfect for kitchen sides.

I would of never really considered or used a machine like this as they are classed as coffee machines. I don’t mins the odd cup of normal coffee now and then but I do prefer tea and when it comes to coffee I prefer my lattes.Well this one machine does it all. Latte, espresso, cappucino, cafe au lait, Lundo and a few other stronger coffee types, but it doesn’t stop there! It also makes several types of hot chocolate, tea lattes, and a few cold tea and ice coffee varieties. It’s a clever little thing isn’t it?

To make the drinks you need to buy the pods. The Dolce Gusto pods are compatible with all their machines including this one. There are so many varieties and it helps to shop around as not all stores sell them all.


The pods come in boxes of 16. Some of the boxes will make 16 drinks and some will make 8. The reason for this difference is that some drinks, such as the latte’s and hot chocolates require 2 pods to make the drink. One pod being the milk and the other being the drink. The pods vary in price at different stores but usually between £3-£4 per box. Asda currently has a 3 box for £10 deal on which I’ve took advantage of. You do get 4 pods with the machine to try out and also a £10 voucher to buy pods on the Dolce gusto site.


Once pods are bought, all you need then is water. There is literally next to nothing in setting the machine up. A small tank of water attaches to the back and the instructions recommend a machine clean on first use prior to making drinks. 

Making the drinks is easy and faster than making a hot drink with a kettle. Once the water tank is full of cold water and attached, a pod is placed in the pod holder like this. 

The pod holder is closed and the machine switched on. A red light will flash for about 30 seconds and then turn green and it’s then ready to make drinks. The lever at the top can be switched either side for cold or hot water. I haven’t really used any of the cold drink varieties but do enjoy the hot drinks. The lever is switched to hot and the hot water is instant even tho the tank stays cold. The pod gets pierced and the drink gets made. If the drink requires 2 pods then you simply stop it, and insert a second pod and repeat.

The pod boxes tell you how much water to use per cup/glass. There is no measurement indicator device to accurately measure the water but it’s pretty easy to work it out by size of glass being used. 


I can now make much loved hot drinks in my own home for a fraction of the price of coffee shops. And yes it even froths the milk.

Needless to say I have used my registration voucher and took advantage of the supermarket offers. I think I now need a pod stand.


Those are all my favourite drinks so far. I have never tried a tea latte before but it’s delicious, that’s what’s in the cup by the way. I’m not a lover of very strong coffee or ice teas so I can’t comment on those but I have not been disappointed with the pods I have tried. There is even a nesquik box of pods out at the moment too which I am yet to try.

This is probably one of the best presents I’ve had and I would highly recommend one of these machines if you enjoy hot drinks and lattes. The price for the machine seems to vary greatly from what I’ve seen on line. Some places sell them for around £40 whilst others are £65 and upwards so it’s hard to give an actual price. 

House clean for 2017 with help from Vileda

Published December 29, 2016 by Bizzimummy

It’s almost time to leave 2016 behind and welcome in another new year. It’s out with the old and in with the new. I have been spending the past two days re-cleaning my home and trying my best to clear the bags of rubbish from Xmas day. I’m getting there slowely but by far the hardest thing to clean for me is the windows. Yes I have a window cleaner but what’s the point in clean windows outside but dirty or streaky inside? No matter what solution I use on windows, they always end up streaky and usually look even worse.  So……. when Vileda offered to send me one of their new Windowmatic cleaners, I was a little dubious as to whether it would do the job, or yet again leave a streaky mess. 


This is the device and there really isn’t much to it. It measures the length of my forearm and is easily stored away. The instructions state to give it 6 hours charge but I did find mine had a bit of charge in straight from the box. It’s already set up to use I just had to attach the nozzle part.


You don’t get any sort of glass cleaner with this, you clean the window with your usually cleaner and wipe with a clean sponge then the device hoovers up and swipes away the dirty water and remaining dirt which cause the streaks. When on it even feels like a small Hoover with a gust of air blowing. I find it best to start from the top and glide down as this way it all goes to the bottom and gets sucked up rather than clinging to the top or middle of the windows.

The nozzle part has a flexible neck meaning it can be bent for small windows and awkward edges. 

The dirty water collects in a see through tank which is easily removed for emptying. This can get a little smelly so it’s a good idea to wash it out after every use. 

The unit will clean a whole house of windows and more on just one charge and the results are much better than using a sponge or even newspaper as some recommend. I wouldn’t say it’s 100% streak free but then again neither is a window cleaner man. The streaking is minimal and the windows look much cleaner inside after use. 

Prices for the Vileda windowmatic start at about £40 and as it’s sale season if may be on offer for less. Vileda have a few videos of this in action on their website.

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