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Craftbox fairy charm jewellery 

Published April 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Both my girls love anything to do with fairies. Even my 9 year old who considers herself past playing with dolls still loves fairy things. They also both love jewellery and making things and this small craft set from Interplay UK enables my girls to make bracelets or necklaces with beads and fairy charms. 


Inside the box we get many colourful beads in bright princess style colours with coloured elastic string, fasteners and 12 metal charms. The charms are all fairy inspired with wands, crowns, rainbows, stars and more. 

No instructions came with our box but I do believe that these are meant to be included so I have no idea what happened to them. However it is really just a case of threading beads onto the string and adding charms. 

The bead holes are big enough for the elastic string to be easily threaded through, I even found this easy and my fingers are slightly larger than a childs. All sorts of designs can be made and as the string is very stretchy, even the smallest made bracelets will fit. 

This is just one little bracelet that my girls made for me.


If getting this craft kit then it’s a good idea to have a small tin or tub to keep the beads and charms in because once the box is opened there is nothing to keep them in place and they just fall out of the box.

It costs approximately £9.99 and will make 10 pieces of jewellery, possibly more. 

L.O.L doll Easter hunt 

Published April 12, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With so many chocolate eggs sent from everyone it’s always good to look for alternative gifts other than chocolate. I was sent a little package of girly type things and I hid them around the house for Izebella to find, just like a traditional Easter egg hunt. 

Included in the Easter hunt was a colouring sheet, jokes, a postcard, sweets, a diva bow and the L.O.L doll. 


Izebella has lots of fun going round the house trying to find things and follow a mini trail. She did get a bit of chocolate too as the sweets were chocolate buttons which went rather quickly. She loves drawing and colouring and seemed happy with her doll colouring sheet. 


And the best find of course was the big prize at the end – the L.O.L surprise doll which she now has two of.

The dolls get hidden inside the L.O.L globes. Layers of wrapping get peeled off to reveal accessories and in the middle is the doll.

Izebella has a new friend 

Published April 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Just look at how happy that little face looks! 

Yes Izebella has a new little friend to cuddle and care for, the new Baby born doll. 

This doll is a similar size to what Izebella was when she was born and it does bare some life like features to a newborn.

Baby born comes with lots of interactive accessories including a nappy, bottle, potty, a packet of baby doll food, bowl, spoon, bracelets  and a dummy.


The nappy fits on the doll and fastens just as a real nappy would on a baby, somehow my clever four year old knew exactly how to put one on, I’m thinking she probably remembers wearing them herself a few years back. 

There are two baby born bracelets which act a little like the baby hospital wrist tags. One is on the doll and the other for Izebella to wear. 

The bottle can be filled with water and the doll will drink. 

The doll food is a powder in a packet which gets mixed with tap water and looks like a clear gloop mixture. It’s not harmful if children eat it and no I have not tried it myself. The bowl and spoon and used to mix and feed the mixture to baby born.

The potty is used by the doll for the interactive features (more about that below)

A birth certificate card means Izebella can give baby born her own name and birth date. 

I was really happy to see that the baby dummy came with a plastic clip. Every time my girls have had baby dolls with dummies, the dummy always ends up lost within a week or two so this is a really good idea. However the dummy can be removed from the clip as Izebella soon discovered.

Baby born comes ready dressed in a little new born romper and a hat. There are lots of optional outfits to purchase that will fit her but I also think a few actual new born or prem baby clothing would do too. 
She doesn’t need batteries, her interactive features include drinking water from the bottle, eating from spoon (you actually just pour the stuff in her mouth) then peeing it out and pooping in the potty as she has two holes down below instead of the usual one. 

Izebella seemed quite fascinated when her baby did a wee wee first time in the potty. 

To make her pee or poop, Izebella presses the belly button. As well as using the potty she can also have tears. Baby born can be bathed too, her own bath set can be purchased and she can go in a real bath for a short period of time. The instructions explain how to fully dry her out to avoid damage and mould inside the doll body. 


Well I think Izebella is very happy feeding and hugging her new baby born friend.

I have been browsing a few toy stores online including Smyths, Toys r us and Argos and found the price for the new baby born doll to be the same – £44.99. 

Would I buy this?? – Although I think the doll is fairly overpriced, considering that it’s not a battery type interactive doll which moves etc; Yes I would still buy this if my four year old specifically asked for one. The reasons being is that I know Baby born is a good brand of doll which is safe and won’t fall apart within a few weeks. The accessories are also all safe and fairly unbreakable and baby born is one of those dolls that all little girls long for. This is the sort of doll that I would of begged my parents for at her age but would probably never have got and instead been given some cheap tatty thing that lost its arms a few weeks later. 

Sylvanian family accessory set 

Published March 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Being part of the “friends of sylvanian families” blogger group means that my girls get sent lots of cute little sylvanian family members and accessories. Of course my son Ryan could play with them too but for obvious reasons; chooses not to. 

Izebella seems to like Sylvanian family’s the most and our most recent product is a little accessory set.


This set contains lots of little accessories which can be used on the sylvanian family characters. There are headbands, jewellery, bags and even sunglasses. Obviously this is just an accessory kit and it would only be bought if you already have Sylvanian family characters.  Izebella has quite a collection of the sweet furry animals and seemed very pleased to have a few more bits to put on them. 

All the parts in the set are really small. I think they will be easily lost and it’s probably best to have some sort of container to put them all in. I have a few boxes for small accessories such as these and other bits such as dolls shoes. 

Some of the headbands can be difficult to get on certain characters as the heads do seem to vary in size. 

There is not much else to say about this, Izebella is happy with it so it’s kept her quiet for a bit. This costs £7.00 which is not too bad. Perhaps a stocking filler for lovers of Sylvanian families. 

Gel-a-peel sparkle bead station

Published March 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy


This is the latest product from the creators of gel-a-peel. Gel-a-peel is the craft gel/glue product which can be used for multiple crafts including jewellery. 

Inside the box is 3 tubes of sparkly gel-a-peel, jewellery elastic string, jewellery accessories and the design station itself. 


Gel-a-peel is recommended for children ages 8 and over. It can be used by younger children with supervision. I do let Izebella have a go with the gels sometimes and she was happy to try out the new product with Jordanna. 

This can be used with the templates just like previous gel-a-peel products or on the design station rods.


One rod gets placed on the station and gel gets applied to the rod to make little beads (as above). It is better to make the beads as close together as possible so that it’s easier to remove them when dry. The rods turn round making it a little easier and a little less messier to apply the gel.

The designs shown on the outside of the box look really good but unfortunately ours didn’t quite turn out as good as those. This is one of my girls creations .

It is not as easy as it sounds as the beads just did not turn out the right shape or size plus some of them came apart when we removed them from the rods.

I think Jordanna preferred decorating her phone instead. 

It costs £24.99 to buy the gel-a-peel design studio. I don’t think it is something I would really go out and purchase again as my girls found it quite difficult, Jordanna being 9 and Izebella being just 4. Even I could not make the rod beads much better when I had a go.

However if you are slightly more artistic or have kids who are then they may get more out of it than we did. 

Lalaloopsy glitter hair dough

Published March 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy

 
The Lalaloopsy dolls were once rag dolls who magically came to life when their very last stitch was sewn, taking on the personalities of the materials that were used to make them.

 New for 2017, Lalaloopsy has launched its own Netflix Original Series – We’re Lalaloopsy! This launched in January.  The animated series features all-new original music that brings to life the popular Lalaloopsy line of dolls.

 The new season trailer can be watched here.
To accompany the new series MGA Entertainment is also introducing new Lalaloopsy products based on core characters as seen on Netflix.

One of those products is a new Lalaloopsy doll with glitter hair dough.  

We all love Lalaloopsy dolls in our house. They are so cute with their large heads and big button eyes. If I had to describe a Lalaloopsy doll to someone who had never seen one, then I would say something in between a big doll and a puppet. 

This doll is one of the larger Lalaloopsy’s as they do come in various sizes. 

She comes with removeable skirt and shoes and 3 tubs of glittery play dough. The top of her head opens up and the play dough goes in. There are 3 pink moulds to choose from which attach to the hole in the head.

It then locks in and Lalaloopsy pigtails act as handles to lift the play dough up and out through the small holes in the moulds. It then comes out a bit like silly hair.

For very long hair, more playdough needs to go in and the colours can be mixed too. 

Each mould gives different styles of hair and then when finished it can be taken out and more put in. 


This doll is suitable for ages 3 and over. The only slight problems I found with the doll are – the playdough mould which fits in the head can be tough to lock into place even for me when full of dough so a young child may struggle with this. The pigtail handle can also be tiring to turn if longer hair is required. 

However despite this my 4 year old really likes it. She loves play dough anyway so when it comes with a Lalaloopsy doll it’s even better. The doll also comes with play scissors and clips to use on the playdough hair.

As for playdough mess – it really is not an issue with this stuff. Yes Izebella gets the odd few bits on my deep carpet but it doesn’t really stick and easy enough to hoover up.

The price for one of these Lalaloopsy dolls with playdough and accessories is £29.99 (RRP). Would I pay this?? Yes I would because I know this is just the thing my daughter loves playing with and it’s much more than a simple boring doll.

 

Jamie Raven “slight of hand” magic set 

Published March 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

One good thing about blogging with three kids of different ages is that they all like different things, so when a toy arrives it’s easy to know who gets to test it out first. Izebella loves dolls and really young girly stuff whilst Jordanna enjoys crafts and making things and of course Ryan is the house scientist and also the magician. From being very young he loved magic sets and tricks and I have lost count of how many magic sets he has had over the years. He turns 13 next month and still very much likes a good old box of tricks. And this time the magic comes from the well known magician Jamie Raven. 


Jamie Raven has been performing magic worldwide for over 13 years. He became more well know after appearing on Britain got Talent in 2015 where he even managed to amaze Simon Cowell. 

Jamie has recently partnered up with Paul Lamond games to develop a new line of magic sets


There are four sets available – card magic, magic of the mind, street magic and the one which Ryan now owns – slight of hand.  

The box sets are quite small but contain enough items for a few tricks. Ryan seemed especially delighted by the Jamie Raven membership card which gives access to online features, links and also the instructions for the tricks are online too. 

The sleight of hand set include tricks such as magnetic pen, jumping coins and the torn tissue trick where tissue, or paper is torn and then magically joins back together. He certainly needs a little more practice to make the tricks convincing but I guess practice makes perfect eventually! 


The false thumb part did get me a little confused but it’s what makes the sleight of hand trickery all the more convincing.

These sets cost £13.95 each from Paul Lamond, tho slightly cheaper via Amazon and they are suitable for young magicians ages 8 and over. 

They are quite small in comparison to other magic kits out there but the parts do seem good quality and not cheap tat that will easily break, so I would consider purchasing one of the other sets perhaps as a stocking filler for Christmas.

Izebella’s happy feet with Happy little soles! 

Published March 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

A good comfortable well fitting pair of shoes is essential for small growing feet. So many children suffer foot problems both when young and  later on in life due to incorrect fitting shoes. Problems from mild blisters to foot  deformities can arise due to badly fitting shoes. Children are born with relatively soft and flexible cartilage, which gradually converts to bone with age. As they are growing, their feet are vulnerable to injury and deformity due to ill-fitting footwear. 

I myself have stiff bones in a few toes. The digits can’t bend properly. This does not cause me pain or anything but looks unsightly and I can only think that it could be caused by the wrong shoes when younger. I am also very prone to ankle blisters with most new shoes.

Most good shoe stores offering foot measuring services for free and those online should also hand information on how to correctly measure little feet. 

Happy Soles sell children’s shoes online and have some good information on how to measure children’s feet. They also have a downloadable size chart. This is what I used to measure Izebella for her new shoes. It is best used on a flat surface rather than thick carpet. 

I was offered a pair of new shoes for Izebella from Happy Soles. As Izebella is now in nursery every morning I decided to go for a pair she would beable to wear for nursery plus more formal occasions as she has a fair few pairs for playing out. I chose these –Bobux Rhyme T-bar midnight. 


Izebella measures a 9.5 UK size and this pair fit her perfectly. I do sometimes have problems buying size 10 or the smaller size 9 from stores who don’t cater for half sizes. I also find that a size 9 can either be too small or too big and the same with a bigger size depending on where I buy shoes from. However these fit fine. 

The Bobux brand are well known for comfortable good kids shoes and this pair certainly live up to it. When they first arrived I was really surprised at just how soft the inner shoe sole was, it had an almost spongy feel to it and the shoes have no hard or uncomfortable bits inside them. 

These are a simple yet eye catching design and seem perfectly designed for young children as they are very easy for Izebella to put on and fasten. 


The velcro faster is very adjustable to the foot width and holds the shoe in place comfortably. Izebella told me that her shoes were so comfy and she could not wait to show her teachers and friends at school. 

The pretty shiny dark  design also means they go very well with party dresses too. I actually thought the colour was black when infact it is a very dark navy tone but it’s very hard to tell. 

Izebella has now been wearing her new shoes daily for the past two weeks to nursery and has had no problems with them at all.


Izebellas new I-walk sole Bobux shoes cost £41.99 which may seem a fairly high price for one pair of kids shoes. I would happily pay this as they are extremely comfortable and a great fit and being Bobux they will hopefully last a while. I could buy a few pairs of cheap shoes for the same price but these would just not last long or be as comfortable.

All the information about this shoe style can be found here and these shoes are available in UK sizes 7 to 10.5.

New DC Superhero Girls book series + Giveaway!

Published March 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

      My 4 year old has developed an obsession with some of the DC superhero girls and very much one in particular – Harley Quinn. Although I have no idea how or when she has seen her as we have not watched suicide squad and nor does she browse many comic books. Izebella begged to be Harley Quinn for world book day at nursery and surprisingly she was the only Harley Quinn in the whole school. 

      We have recently been sent some new books as part of the new DC superhero girls  series from penguin publishers. 


      We have three of the books in total, one being a story type book, an activity scribble book and a sticker book.

      The story book is focused around Wonder Woman who is possibly one of the most well known and oldest female superheroes. This book is way too advanced for Izebella but big sister Jordanna also likes superheroes and anything girly. The book seems to be aimed more towards girls of Jordanna’s age, so around 9/10 years. 

      Wonder Woman™ wants to be the best super hero she can be, and that means going to Super Hero High School. But there’s a lot for the teen super hero to get used to at her new school! Save the Day alarms, a room-mate who shares everything on social media . . . not to mention the fact that Wonder Woman has never seen a boy before.”

      Wonder Woman super hero high – is the first book in the DC superhero girls fiction series by Lisa Yee. This book has an rrp of £6.99.

      Scribble book comes packed full of different activities, perfect for a young superhero who’s having a boring rainy day in or traveling. The pages are full of questions, quizzes, colouring in, mazes, notes and memories. 

      A full 160 pages of activity superhero girls fun. 

      This also costs £6.99. 

      Finally a fun Power up sticker book. Izebella loves this one. It’s full of superhero girl stickers including her favourite – Harley Quinn. 

      The stickers are in the middle with page numbers of where they go, however Izebella tends to put them wherever she feels like including on herself. This book costs just £3.99. 

      All books can be purchased directly from the Penguin website, Amazon and book shops.



      GIVEAWAY

      I have a set of the DC superhero girl  books as above to giveaway. To enter you must be a UK resident with a valid UK address and email. You also need a twitter and Facebook account. The giveaway will close on April 12th 2017. To enter please click the link below. 

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      Sterling kids books – This or that

      Published March 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy


      This is just the sort of book that I would have loved as a kid. It is just packed with non stop fun. It may be mistaken for a joke book on first glance but it’s far from that. 

      This or That is page by page fun giving the same question on each page – “Would you rather?” and two answers, both of which can be quite gross and revolting or not so bad. Here are just a few examples. 


      Just as I imagined, my older two kids absolutely love this book and Izebella enjoys being read the questions and answering. We get a lot of laughs and lot of “Eeughs” and other strange noises. 

      This book would be great for parties and sleepovers and bound to get everyone laughing and making weird noises at some of the questions. 

      The author is Brandon T Snyder and the publishers are Sterling books. It costs about £8 and well worth it for lots of laughs. 

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