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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.

Canagan for cats

Published November 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s not often these two fluff bundles get a mention here, but…… today they do!

This picture is a few months old, with the youngest Pandora being much bigger now. They are mother and daughter, the mother is Daisy who is now over 2 years.

Anyway the reason they are being mentioned today is because of Canagans. They sell both dog and cat food and have sent us over some cat tins and pouches.



Canagan’s cat food seems different from the usual mush I tend to buy for them. It’s grain free for a start, and actually looks more like something we would eat than cats.

This fresh chicken tin is made with shredded chicken breast that’s cooked in its own gravy with the skin removed. Other tins and pouches are similar being made fresh meats or fish.

Well I can’t comment on how good they taste because I’m not the one tasting them and I have no intention of trying pet food either, no matter how good it looks. My two cats literally wolfed it down in seconds so I think they were very satisfied with the new food. I guess it makes a nice change for them than the usual shop bought tins.


 The tins and pouches are fairly small being just 75g and 85g each, so one doesn’t stretch far at all and especially not when there are two of them to feed. The wet food is best mixed with dry food to make it go a bit further. Canagan also sell dry cat food in larger bags too. 

 
Pet food for dogs and cats can be purchased from Canagan website but only in bulk orders (e.g 12 tins). The website will give a list of local stockists if you put in your postcode.

Canagan seems to be a high end more luxury type of pet food. It seems to be slightly more expensive than some other brands, therefore reserved for well behaved kitty’s!

JYSK Bedroom Hygge!

Published October 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Do you remember me telling you about JYSK not so long ago? Well I’m now extremely happy to say that my chosen items have arrived.


JYSK’s Feel the Happiness #chooseJYSK campaign part of a celebration of the Scandinavian store group’s 2,500th store opening involved asking people “what makes you happy at home?” For me, the thing that makes me happiest is my bed. My bed is my place to relax after a busy day with the kids. Whatever worries I may have throughout the day; my bed is the place that takes them away.

JYSK has many mattresses to suit all bed sizes and most budgets, have a look here http://www.JYSK.co.uk. Mattresses can be very very expensive, usually much more than the bed frame itself, so it’s worth looking at JYSK’s range which offers great quality and value.
 I strongly believe if you want a good night’s sleep on a comfortable mattress then you have to pay a bit more for luxury. The phrase “you get what you pay for” seems to ring true in this department. The wrong mattress, can not just affect sleep but cause all sorts of health problems with backs and joints.
It’s always a good idea to invest a bit more on something you will be using every day.

This is my new Plus 25 mattress. I have king size which costs £225. Compared to many similar mattresses on the market, this is actually relatively inexpensive. I paid more for my old mattress from a very well known mattress brand and it was nowhere near as comfortable as this one.
 This has to be the thickest, bounciest mattress I have ever owned. It is 32cms thick, that’s almost a third of a metre!


This boasts 325 springs and padded with pressure relieving memory foam. To say I get a good night’s sleep on this is an understatement. I have been sleeping like a baby since it arrived.




It wasn’t the easiest thing to manoeuvre onto my bed. The lovely delivery guys took it upstairs for me, but I had to lift the old mattress off the bed first and then get this new one through my bedroom door and onto my bed alone! It weighs a whopping 47kg, it’s not far off my weight and it’s big. I was glad to find handles on either side of the length which really helped.

 I was not the only one, amazed by the sheer size of it. As soon as my girls saw it, they were straight on it, testing out how soft and bouncy it is. Izebella told me it was like a trampoline.


I like the overall top pattern too, it reminds me of old style white wallpaper. I could just sleep on this mattress by itself, no bedding needed as it is just so amazingly comfy.

I think teddy likes his new bed too! 


 Of course, I don’t sleep on it alone. I’d be too worried about marks or bits of make up/perfume rubbing off and it looking grubby, plus I would no doubt get a bit cold during the night with no bedding. 

 As well as lots of furniture items, both big and small; JYSK also has lots and lots of lovely accessories and soft furnishings including some bedding items to make my bed fit for a queen.


First; and most importantly – the duvet.

 



The ULVIK duvet, again in king size. When I just picked up this duvet up, my thoughts were that it felt too light to be suitable for Winter. It is a 10.5 too but it’s really deceptive. The filling inside is airy siliconised spiral shaped hollow fibre so it seems to weigh much less than its discount store counterparts. Once on my new mattress however, my thoughts completely changed. It felt much much heavier over me than it did lifting it.




It keeps me warm, it does not make me over heat. It keeps me a just the right temperature. I have no idea how it does, but believe me it does. Again just look at the floral pattern on this duvet and the quilted effect just says luxury. However this duvet (king size) costs just £20. 

Not wanting to spoil my duvet in any way. I also have a new duvet cover set too.


I feel it’s important to get a duvet set that matches the room decor. White of course always blends well with anything so it’s a good choice.
 The Nell Sateen duvet set costs £30.00 and it certainly looks great on my bed.



Soft and luxurious, combined with my new duvet and mattress. It feels like heaven sleeping in this bed.

The set includes the duvet cover and two pillow cases.


And that’s not all. With my bed being my happy place. I just had to add a few more little extras.



My added touches are fake fur throws and cushions from JYSK Lotus range. The cushions are £5.00 each and the throws £15 each. They come in the brown, which I have, and also a silver option.



Yes they do appear more white than brown. The brown is the under layer of the throws and a base layer for the cushions with white fake fur over it. The two colours really blend so well.



You can see here, the brown showing through in the light, it almost appears as gold.


The feel of fake fur on my arms at night is amazing. It’s a light throw too, and therefore doesn’t feel heavy. I just love having one on my bed.


The cushions can of course be used on sofas too. The colour shades blend well with a black background.



The throw can be washed if needed but unfortunately the cushions cannot. The fake fur covers do not come off and putting them in a washing machine would no doubt ruin them. They can be wiped clean with care, but it’s probably best to just try to keep them clean and away from sticky hands and substances. 
 

Well I will certainly be enjoying my very comfortable nights sleeps from now on, thanks to my amazing mattress and bedding from JYSK.
























Luci Light

Published October 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is the new Luci Light. It may just come in useful for Halloween and Christmas as a nice decorative feature but it’s also really good for the dark evenings or nighttime.

It does not look like a light to begin with. It’s inflatable so I had to manually blow our up. No batteries are needed for this light as it runs off solar power. Placing it by a window during day time (even if minimal sun) should be enough to make it last the majority of the night.

It’s a nice soft glow with two modes. A still light and a flickering candle like mode. My children thought the light was faulty when they saw it flickering but this is part of its features that imitate a candle. The only downside is the air vent at the top which makes the light look a bit strange. This would be much better elsewhere.

As well as a cool Xmas and Halloween decoration, this would be a good product for camping as it does not need any power source other than the sun and takes up no space.

Luci lights are available via First Ascent

A rather “royal” street sign

Published October 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Take a look at my new sign, proudly hanging on my hallway wall for all to see!

 

That’s correct – The palace of err… Me!

This very special and rather quirky sign has had many of my guests amused and even wanting one for themselves. Oakdene designs are the people who designed it for me. They can make the signs with any personalisation. Family names, palace of, castle of, cave of, street of, literally anything you can think of. It doesn’t need to be something of either. Basically if it fits then it can go on.

The sign also allows for place marks, cities, towns, postcodes etc, again anything you choose as long as it fits.

 

They are made of metal, with various options: different colours, sizes, frames, boxes etc, plus an option to add mounting tabs so it can easily be hung on the wall without any screws or any drilling.

They start from £17.50 and will certainly have visitors talking.

123-Flowers 

Published October 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s such a pleasant feeling when a bunch of beautiful flowers arrives at my door. On this occasion my flowers came from 123-flowers.

Flowers from 123-flowers seem to cost less than many other similar flower delivery services with bunches as little as £19 and free next day delivery. 


My flowers are perfect for the Autumn season with a vibrant mixture of reds, deep purples and greens. A lovely selection of carnations and chrysanthemums make up this pretty vibrant delight bouquet.

Choose between small, medium or large starting at £22.00. A pop up vase comes included free which saves the need of hunting round for a glass one. However if you prefer the glass vase then one can be added for £5.99 extra. 


Plant/flower Food also comes included which is meant to make the flowers last longer. 

Other additional extras include bears, wine, balloons and chocolates. A message card can be included free of charge too. 

Vremi kitchen gadgets + giveaway 

Published October 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Vremi is a kitchen supply store based in New York. They sell their products via Amazon uk. Vremi’s selection of kitchen supplies includes those little gadgets which help with every day things as well as looking quite funky or even a bit stylish. Products such as bakeware, knives, mats, bowls and glassware can all be found by searching Vremi on Amazon.

 I have two Vremi gadgets. One for wine and one for coffee! 

This strange looking set is the Vremi wine preserved which costs just £9.99. 

My first thoughts were to wonder why anyone would need one of these, but as luck happens it’s actually come in quite useful. 

See I’m not a huge drinker, but when I go for a night out; I do like the odd glass of wine or prosecco before I leave the house. Now these drinks come in big bottles and once the popper is popped, it rarely goes back in, meaning flat wine next time. 
This handy set of stoppers and a pump preserves the freshness for up to 10 days meaning the drink stays fresh and fizzy longer. 

 It’s an easy gadget to use. An Airtight Stopper goes into the  neck of a wine bottle until firmly in placeThe Preserver Pump fits over the Stopper, pump the pump up and down by hand  to vacuum seal until resistance is felt and then attach the silver ring for the data marker. 


Then pop the wine back in fridge to enjoy the week after. 


Not bad for £9.99 and certainly cheaper than a new bottle of Prosecco. The parts being small can easily be stored in a kitchen drawer too. 


 And for coffee is the Vremi stovetop espresso maker.


This could be classsed as a more decorative kitchen accessory as many people have the electric coffee machines.  However it does give a more richer flavour to the coffee than my machine would. Six small cups of espresso can be poured at anyone time and it only takes five minutes too. I think this would be a lovely Christmas gift for coffee lovers. It does not cost the Earth either like a few other coffee machines do. It’s just £14.99.




GIVEAWAY 

 If you would like to win both of the above Vremi gadgets then please enter my giveaway (hosted by Gleam). Entries will close November 13th 2017.

ENTER HERE!

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