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VARTA – Outdoor sports comfort lantern

Published January 4, 2018 by Bizzimummy

If you have not heard of VARTA yet, then in brief, they sell gadgets such as chargers, portable power banks, torches, lights and batteries. The sort of stuff that comes in very handy when travelling, or camping or even for sports.

I have one of their outdoor lanterns. Theres a few reasons why I’m posting about this in January as opposed to pre Christmas. Firstly this is the time when many people like myself have to venture into their deep dark murky lofts to put the Christmas decorations back. Also many people start keeping fit at this time of year in time for Summer, the daylight is still minimal and so something like this may just be useful.

Of course it’s not just for Winter months but any time of the year. It’s not just for the outdoors either, it comes in handy inside too.

It comes apart for battery insertion into three pieces that all screw together. It needs 3 D type batteries which are the big chunky ones.

It has a few different lighting modes which are all accessible via the press of the main button.

The amber light is extremely bright, and I mean in your face bright! Even on the dimmer function it still remains nice and bright making it perfect for the dark outdoors.

Two quick taps of the switch turns the light to the white LED which is less brighter and more suitable as a night light.

The lamp when loaded with batteries does pack a little weight but this reflects the whole quality of the overall product. It’s certainly a tough little thing, shockproof, waterproof and pretty much breakproof being tested from a 2M drop (not by myself). Therefore it’s pretty much guaranteed to last through any terrain and any weather.

It has double carry handles at the top and can be carried around just like the traditional lanterns. Underneath is an extra hook for hanging it up.

I can’t help but love this gadget.

Prices range from £30 upwards from various sellers and more information about this lantern and other VARTA products can be found on their website.

Make sure the turkey is cooked this Christmas

Published December 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Do you know how hot a turkey should be when it’s cooked? No me neither tho a bit of research tells me it’s 75-80C internal. If not cooked correctly or properly then Christmas dinner can soon turn into the stuff of nightmares.

The most accurate way to check the temperature of a turkey, any other meats or even cakes is by using a special food thermometer such as this handy gadget called thermapen.

Thermapens look simple but they don’t come cheap, retailing at around £65 each. They are however a one off purchase and it gives a slight peace of mind knowing that this can accurately read internal temperatures of food. Thus minimising the risk of food poisoning.

The device, which resembles a parked red Ferrari is ready to use straight out of the packet. The battery which is a AAA is already pre installed. There is a hidden settings menu but to be honest I doubt I’ll need to access this as it’s already set up to use.

When the metal thermometer prong is pulled out, this instantly starts the digital thermometer reading and when folded back up it turns it off.

The device will calculate the room temperature before even touching food. Touching the prong also calculates your body temperature so yes it’s a really clever device. To test the temperature of food, and turkey in particular the prong gets inserted into the the thickest part. The digital sensor will start to calculate the temperature inside the bird. Sometimes the display keeps changing but thats because the meat is still cooking inside.

It works inside fridges and freezers too to determine if it’s cool enough. There is a handy backlight on the device which automatically comes on if the device senses that there is not enough light.

It’s a small gadget with lots of uses and worth the investment for many years ahead.

Christmas stocking fillers: Bic stationery

Published November 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Bic stationery have lots of inexpensive items that could be used as stocking fillers and small gifts this Christmas, as well as stocking up for the return to school in January.

These two packs of coloured pencils are both very different. The Bic Kids pack are made super solid with kids in mind. Easier to sharpen and no splinters, should they ever split. A perfect addition to any youngsters stocking.

The Conti coloured pencils double up as conventional pencils and watercolours. The watercolour effect is done by dipping the pencils in water. It gives a totally different effect when wet. These are probably more suited to older children, teens and artists.

Bic have pens and products to suit all ages and all occasions, such as school, college, work etc. In this picture I have 3 packs of different types of coloured pens.

Again beginning with the Bic Kids (kid couleur) pack. This contains 24 coloured block tip pens for colouring and writing. They are easy to wash off skin, clothes and furnishings. Combine them with a Christmas colouring book for an inexpensive small gift.

Bic intensity fine 20 pack, gives us 20 coloured fine liner pens. These are great for writing with as well as underlining and outlines.

Finally a huge pack of Bic permanent markers. It’s probably not a good idea to give these to young children unless you want to be redecorating in the new year. Permanent usually means just that and therefore very tough to remove if not impossible. These 36 coloured markers don’t just work on paper but on just about anything else – glass, plastic, foil, metal, wood, coated papers and even oily surfaces. Teenagers who enjoy lots of crafting and know how to look after markers like these would be the better recipients.

Bic products can be found in many supermarkets and all stationery stores. See more at Bic world UK.

Christmas stocking fillers: Smiggle

Published November 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Once the main presents are bought it’s time to buy those smaller/stocking filler gifts. The extra little additions which can include just about anything.

Most kids love stationery items, and kids at high school will be in need of extra stationery bits once the new school term begins in January. Smiggle have lots of new funky pieces for those Xmas stockings.

Record me watches work like a regular watch to give the time but they also have a cool recording option which can allow the wearer to record in secret and play back.

Ever remember doing firework pictures when younger, then covering it with black crayon and scratching bits out. They took ages but always looked so good. Smiggle have ready prepared scratch books. The pages already black, and the pack comes with a scratcher and stencil sheets.

And some mixed stationery bits. Race away car erasers, pens with pen erasers and snap bands. Those old retro bands that snap on the wrist and wrap around.

Smiggle stationery is so cool and funky. We all love it here.

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Gifts for Cats: Felix Goody bag

Published November 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Although pets are blissfully unaware of what Christmas is, they may pick up that people are feeling happier. I think it’s nice to get pets a small treat for Christmas.

The Felix goody bag is the perfect festive treat for cats.

 


This treat tin from Petshop UK contains 5 packets of assorted flavour Felix Cat Treats guaranteed to get whiskers twitching.

There are different  shapes and colours in every pack, and yummy flavours to choose from. The tin is fully reusable too. My cats are loving their new Cat treats.



Pet shop UK is the place to go for all Online pet supplies, selling all sorts of food and accessories for cats, dogs, birds, fish and smaller animals.  

 The Felix goody bag for cats costs just £5.00 and there is plenty of treats inside for my two cats. 

 Pet shop UK also offer a rather useful service called Bottomless Bowl auto reorder service! They are the  first online pet shop to introduce a subscription service to pet food . Subscribers can choose to have their food (or toys, treats or accessories) delivered at a frequency of their choice (from as often as every 2 weeks to waiting until every 3 months). More about this service can be found here.

ZacSmart – interesting gifts & home stuff 

Published November 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

ZacSmart certainly sell some unusual yet very practical gifts. A browse of their website is certainly worth it. Many of their items crafted from wooden with stunning fine detail.




 

We have one of these beautiful Cantilever wooden sewing boxes. They cost just £24.99. They are great for those who enjoy sewing and crafts for keeping needles, thread, bits of fabric in. However no one in this house really enjoys sewing much at all, but this box can be used for many other things too other than sewing accessories.
 


’s also good for storing stationary with many different compartments for pens and accessories. Or even a make up box or tool box. I’ve not quite decided what I’m going to use it for just yet but I absolutely love it. There is so much space inside. 


We also have a lovely wooden photo frame. The frames start at under £4.00. Frames with a photograph always seem to make nice gifts and especially when it’s family or friends you don’t see often. 
 


The frame can be positioned either way and has a rear strut stand to prop it up. 

Other gifts from ZacSmart include mirrors, money boxes, storage, trinket boxes and much more. 

Make your home festive with Cox & Cox lighting 

Published November 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I really cannot wait to get my decorations down from the loft and up for Christmas this year. It always seems to cheer me up a little. Christmas decorations are so fun, it’s no wonder a house looks so bare when they are gone.

Lighting certainly adds to the whole warm festive look and there are so many Christmas lights and light up products to choose from.


 Cox and Cox have a great selection of festive lighting for both indoors and outside. I have picked  out a few of my favourites. 

This is the Wooden carnival star. It’s a simple piece which gives a huge effect. Placed on top of a unit or on the window sill, it would look quite stunning anywhere.






The candle tree lights make a big difference to the standard fairy lights. There are ten candles, each one clips to a tree branch and can be controlled with the included remote.



For those who like their outdoor decorations, this running deer would make quite a stand alone piece. It’s a little on the pricey side costing £75 but oh my how I’d love this in my garden. 



Finally these Naked wire icicle lights. These would be great for hanging in windows or over shelves and they can be used outdoors too.


 

See more fabulous festive lighting at Cox and Cox.

Electric jukebox Roxi

Published November 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is one amazing gift that all the family can and will enjoy this Christmas. A gift that turns a television into a fun interactive music jukebox. This is Roxi by Electric Jukebox.

The Roxi is a small simple hub which connects to most televisions via a HDMI lead. All new flat screen televisions (sold in the past 8 years) should have an HDMI port. Some older models may also have one and there are some adapters which enable connection for some without the port. It’s easy peasy to connect and comes on instantly. It needs a minimal set up too, mainly WiFi connection and a few other bits of jiggling around to suit. The screen interface menu looks like this.

Now for the music. Roxi gives instant access to a whopping 29 million tracks. I was able to find some very rare gems that I hadn’t heard for a while along with many that take me back to my childhood. As well as individual tracks there’s also over 3 million albums. Wow just wow.

I guess many of you are reading this and thinking it sounds good, but how much is it, how much per month will I be billed etc? Well surprisingly unlike other music streaming apps and devices, there is no monthly fee. Yes that’s correct no fee and access to all that amazing music, You don’t even need to sign up or add passwords or cards or anything along those lines. It’s a one off purchase cost and that’s all for a whole year. If you want to renew after a year them it remains very low cost compared to similar services.

Roxi does a whole lot more than just play and search for music too. There is a karaoke mode where the included remote turns into a microphone.

Kids will enjoy the karaoke part and it saves buying an extra karaoke unit too. It can access worldwide radio, picking up thousands of radio stations that we never knew existed. It’s not just pop, dance, rock and oldies either. Other types of music and sound exist via this one device such as chilling and ambient sounds, nature sounds and meditation tracks etc. A few strange songs exist on this too.

Then many games and quizzes which are great for parties and entertainment, kids or adults or the whole family and again, all include in the one off purchase price.

The purchase price for the Roxi music streaming device is a one off £199 which includes the device, remote/microphone, leads and a years unlimited streaming, game playing and all the above mentioned.

It comes as red, blue or black to suit decor and it really is lots of fun. When I first hooked it all up, I was so addicted to it, trying to find old rare songs that I’ve not heard in forever and messing around testing out the radio stations. Now I like to put in on when I’m cleaning and doing housework or coming in after a night out. My kids like the karaoke mode and the games are fun too.

It does sound a lot to pay out, but I think it’s worth an investment. Imagine buying all those fave songs on cds over the years. That would cost more than £199 I think.

JYSK AGERBY & Torrig dining set

Published November 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I believe meal times should be family time. A time for parents and children to sit and eat together and talk about the days events. Sadly not many families sit together for meals these days. This could be for a variety of reasons such as time or technology taking over; or through the lack of a nice dining table. Before JYSK got in touch. I had a very small table and worn out chairs; which wasn’t great for all four of us to sit around. However now I have this:

Yes it’s beautiful and creates a rather eye catching centrepiece to my kitchen/diner. This is the AGERBY & TORRIG dining set. It comes with a solid oak and tempered glass table and four TORRIG natural chairs which are made from Banana leaves and solid wood.
The dining table arrived in two parts. The solid oak frame in a long box and the glass top in another. The chairs luckily arrived ready assembled.
It was obvious from the outset that the table frame was good quality sturdy wood.

There weren’t a lot of pieces either, so getting it together was a little like a big wooden jigsaw with the pieces slotting inside each other. Despite one false start – I somehow aligned the pieces the wrong way – it did not take me long to correct things.

Getting the round glass top onto the frame requires two people as it is heavy and, being circular, needs a couple of safe pairs of hands to get everything snuggly fitted. This is quite a substantial round table top with a 119cms diameter. The table is secured to the frame via tiny suction cups which have a sticky side, however the weight of the glass top seems to hold itself in place just fine without them. 

The table frame is really unusual, being untypical from the usual four legs. It’s more like a star shape, the sort that would usually be found on more expensive coffee tables. 
I love how natural these chairs look. On first glance they may look more stylish than comfortable with their rattan/wicker effect – but they are actually very comfy to sit on. The natural effect seems to blend well with any decor.

Kids and glass tables don’t always sound like the best mix (what if they climb on it, throw something at it, slam something down too hard etc) but this is a tough, high-quality heavy table top and I think it would take a lot more than normal kid behaviour to crack it. 
 
Once you’ve chosen a glass table top, then it’s worth making sure it’s kept clean – choosing the best glass cleaners and buffing thoroughly to remove any smears. Or, if the kids are involved, the addition of a waterproof tablecloth is an excellent means of child-proofing! Glass is much easier to remove food marks and stains from than a wooden table and help create a feeling of additional space – which is great for smaller areas.

My dining set is much larger than anticipated but it slots in nicely in my dining area. It means we can now all sit and eat together and enjoy more family time. The chairs look great with the glass table, but would look just as good paired with a natural wood table.

This full dining set currently costs just over £300. It is fairly easy to assemble and gives plenty of room for four people with the potential to add smaller chairs for extra children, for those special occasions if need be, that’s one of the beauties of a round table. It will certainly make our Christmas dinner more special. Have a look at JYSK’s great range of dining tables and chairs at http://www.JYSK.co.uk  #chooseJYSK.

 

Christmas decoration at Melody Maison

Published November 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I cannot wait to put my huge Christmas tree up once again in just a few weeks time. I have a very large tree that measures almost 8ft. I tend to decorate when my children are not here, otherwise it gets too stressful. I have bags full of decorations in my loft, but this doesn’t stop me wanting more new bits every year. 

This year I’ve been sent some rather lovely items from Melody Maison who sell all sorts of wonderful items for the home. They have a Christmas product section on their website just full of beautiful products.
 


Christmas magic signs and gold instruments to hang from my large tree. I’m not one for following designated colour patterns on the tree, instead I like to add lots of unusual hanging decorations. These get a lot of people saying how lovely and old fashioned it looks. 

 This bright red wooden sleigh would look perfect on one of my cupboard tops with a cheeky elf inside.

The candy canes are made from foam and always look good hung on a tree!


 


And pretty silver sparkly bird cages with a place for a tea light!



The tea lights don’t come included, but if like me you are wary of using real tea light candles, then buy a battery operated one. Most stores sell these very cheaply. 
 And now I’m even more excited about putting the Christmas decorations up.

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