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Spring cleaning with humble stuff

Published April 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy


This is humble stuff, cleaning products from a small Scottish based company without the harsh chemicals. They sell a small selection of products but are multi surface meaning they can be used in any room and most surfaces and general uses around the home. I am always confused as to why supermarkets stock multiple cleaners for bathroom, kitchen, glass, wood etc but then next to all those are also bottles of multisurface products containing exactly the same stuff. 

Humble stuff products differ slightly from the usual supermarket shelf brands because they don’t contain the usual chemicals or bleaches. They contain, instead blends of bicarbonate of soda, and natural oils and fragrances yet still clean just as good. 

The multi-surface spray is great for worktop sides after food preparation and also the side where the kettle is which often ends up with tea bag drips on it. I also used it in my living room to give the units a quick clean and dining room table. 

The soft cleaning paste is a white paste which resembles a soft putty. This can be used where a more intensive clean is required. Think cookers, white furniture stains etc. It’s pretty good too considering it’s made mainly with bicarbonate of soda and no bleaching agents. I’ve found it works wonders on getting cups and mugs clean of those nasty tea and coffee stains. I just add a little all around the cup, leave for 20 minutes, scrub and thoroughly wash and have managed to get the majority of my cups looking white inside again. It can be used to clean cooker tops and I’ve read inside the oven too. I haven’t tried this as my oven was not long cleaned with oven cleaner (very harsh nasty stuff) but I will give it a go soon. It’s pretty useful in bathrooms as well and even in the toilet bowl. Again wipe on, leave and flush away. 

The biggest surprise I had using this paste tho is possibly one that this paste may not really be meant got at all. Therefore I would advise you to do this at your own risk. My daughter Jordanna had a new pink top. She managed to get several stains all down it. I think it was a mixture of chocolate, ice cream and possibly sauce (she’s very messy!) I washed it and the stains were still very much there, even after wash number 2.  It was looking like the pink favourite top was destined for the bin, and then I had a bright idea. I scooped a small handful of cleaning paste and applied it to the stains on the top, scrubbed a little and then put it in the machine on a 60 degree wash cycle. (I wish I had taken before and after pictures but just didn’t think) And low and behold it came out stain free and looking very clean indeed. This was a last resort before binning the top so again use this way with caution. 

Humble stuff also sell a toilet freshener too and all their products cost just £5.00 each or buy all 3 for just £12.00. 

One “cheeky” little gnome 

Published April 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

As many of you probably already know by now, I absolutely love unusual and novelty items. I love quirky things for both my house and my garden. As it’s now starting to get slightly warmer I have been getting a few ornaments and plants for my garden and here is one of the latest things.


This is one cheeky gnome and comes from Nuku which is home to a big assortment of unusual gifts

The cheeky mooning gnome also doubles up as a solar light when it’s dark, meaning that the light literally does shine right out of his backside. 

All I had to do when I got him was switch him on and position the little fella in a sun spot in the garden and let him absorb a few rays via his special panel. 


My kids thought he was a very funny gnome indeed with Izebella shouting that he’s sticking his bum out. 

Well we waited a few hours once receiving him and look what happened when it got dark!


His little backside lights up for all to see. It’s quite a bright light too considering the size of the gnome. It’s enough to light up a small flower bed and give a bit of a glow to a garden. 

This picture was taken at night but with the flash on so it does not show the solar light lit up but more the glow it gives off around it. 

Mooning gnome costs £18.99 and he’s perfect for any garden in need of a bit of mooning and fun. He’s bound to get many people interested and asking where they can get one.

I think gnome will be fine throughout the Spring and Summer months outside, but as with most solar lights and features; the colder weather can cause damage so he may just have to go into hibernation in the colder months. 

National stationery week

Published March 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Next month is National stationary week beginning April 24th. This is a yearly event and for the second year running, a digital competition is launched to celebrate the written word. 

Bloggers and online influencers everywhere are taking part to write about any stationery related topic they wish in the hope to win the “Blogger of the year” award.

To get me in the mood for next months stationery week, I was sent a lovely bundle of stationery items. 

My package of stationery goodies come from a variety of stationery brands including Stabilo, Mustard, Maped/helix and Sheaffer. We have lots of different bits and there is something got us all in this bundle.

My favourite item is my new Oxford fountain pen from the Mapedhelix brand. A fountain pen is the one stationery item I longed for when I was at high school but never got. They seem to have come down in price a bit over the years and like a big kid, I was overjoyed to finally get one. 


This fountain pen comes with 5 refills so should last a while. My (almost) teenaged son already has his eyes on it so looks like I’ll be hiding this away.

Also from the same brand – Mapedhelix, a few other useful bits and bobs. 

I do love the quirky little stationery things like this. I really enjoyed picking stationery out for my son when he started high school too and these are just the type of things that he can use. There is the Zenoa+ eraser, a bunny sharpener  which younger kids will like as the bunny teeth eat away at the inserted pencil. 

The red tube thing is Color’peps superhero paint which I am going to save for the warmer weather, when painting can be done outdoors. And finally a sample of the new double sided Color’peps duo tip felt pens. These pens have one fine tip for drawing/writing and a thicker tip for colouring in.

The next brand is quite a colourful collection of stationery things. Mustard Products will no doubt appeal to children, teens and stationery loving adults. 

The funny cactus things at the bottom are page markers. It’s hard to believe but this little set actually contains 100 page markers in total. Page markers help to point out important documents. They stick on and come off easily. 

Sticky notes – have become something I regularly rely on. No I don’t leave notes for my children or anything like that but I do leave notes on my door off parcel couriers. When I run out of sticky tape these can be a life saver. My kids also use them for various things and the watermelon design is just fab. 

These rainbow coloured pencils, quickly caught the eye of my 4 year old daughter. 

I’ve never seen pencil crayons like this, the tips are muticoloured with all the rainbow colours in them, so depending on how we hold the pencil, it’s a different colour each time.


Sheaffer seems to be a more grown up brand of stationery with a selection of fine pens, gifts and other writing accessorises. 

I never really understand why pens come in boxes such as this one, unless for a gift, a box really is not needed as it just gets thrown away. I have given this pen to my son to use at school as it is a quite fine looking pen. I have kept the notebook and it has a pretty good section for people just lols me. – yes a blogger section.



Stabilo – Is a brand I am very familiar with. Their stationery appeals to both kids and adults alike. Bright, bold and a mixture of colours. They have a good selection of pens, pencils, highlighters and other funky writing materials. It’s a school kids paradise. 

Write size is quite a new brand. Their main concept being pencils for children, but at the correct size for little hands. Their pencils are developed in many sizes to lessen the strain of writing and gripping on young hands. A correct size pencil can also help improve handwriting. 

And last but not least – a new notebook from Nuco international. Lots of bright colours and different styles to choose from, notebooks that will certainly stand out in a classroom. 

Wow, we are in stationery heaven! #writingmatters. 

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.

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