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Num noms Crazy Creation

Published May 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s those Num Noms once again! Love them or hate them but it seems they are here to stay. Here are a few of the season 3 characters.


Again the little plastic collectables come with various bits, we get the Num and the nom but also lip balms, stamps and rubbers. 

Of course Num noms are all about food and crazy creations with food and the people behind Num noms have launched a new campaign #NumNomsCrazyCreation and so I was left to make a tasty but wacky food combination.

Now this is probably not to everyone’s taste and it may sound revolting to some of you. It’s not the type of thing I could eat often or eat a lot of but it did actual work together fairly well. 

This is my very own – Baconana nut sarnie! 


It’s a strange one but very easy to make. All I needed was – bread, bananas, peanut butter and bacon! Yes bacon with banana!!!

There are a few ways to put it altogether. The bread can be toasted first or the whole thing toasted under a grill together which is my preferred method.


It’s best to start with the peanut butter and use according to taste/preference. It’s a good idea to cook the bacon first before peeling and  chopping the banana as bananas tend to develop black spots quickly after chopping them. 

The banana slices go on top of the peanut butter and then add the bacon. Add as much as you like of each. I preferred more banana on mine where as Jordanna only wanted 6 slices and 2 bacon and a good helping of crunchy peanut butter.

I did not use any extra butter or spread on the bread and I cooked the bacon in a George Foreman machine to minimise the grease and fat. 

Once the sandwiches were built, they went under the grill for a few minutes each side in order to make it a crispy bite. 

And that is our #NumNomsCrazyCreation. 

A whole lotta “Really Good” stuff here

Published May 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Really good stuff, yes it certainly is good stuff from Really Good UK. It’s just my kind of website with a very large spoilt for choice funky selection of bits and bobs, kids stuff, home stuff, fun stuff and gifting type stuff. All good. 


There’s all sorts of things in this one picture; but before I start on what they are, you all really really need to see this first, and especially so if you have young children. 


Yes I was pleasantly surprised/shocked when I first spotted this actual  naughty seat. No longer will I have to designate the bottom step or one of my own chairs as the naughty spot for Izebella. She now has her very own designated naughty stool for when she decides to throw her tantrums and scream and whatever else she feels like doing. 


Oh yes, this has been used a fair few times already for my little madam. This is no quirky fancy feature in our living room it is a working product and yes it works a treat. 

I think she saw it as a novelty thing at first until she realised that’s where she sits for x amount of minutes if she does something wrong. 
Well worth the £25.00 cost in my opinion. Small enough to store in a corner or under the table when she’s being good too.

This item also works well with the naughty chair. 

A behaviour book. Forget charts that get pulled down. This book is much better. Each page is a full week with plenty of space for notes and lots of sticker sheets too. 


Izebella isn’t that naughty to be honest. She is generally well behaved, she just has her tantrum moments. 

When Izebella stays with her dad, she likes to take a few toys and teddies, so a bag just like this comes in really useful. 

It has lots of space inside for toys and sweets and other bits of really good stuff and a friendly bear on the front. Perfect for a 4 year old sleeping out. 

And a smaller overnight type bag is this one. 

It’s a tired bunny pyjama bag. It looks like a swim/p.e bag with draw string fastening and is big enough for pyjamas, toothbrush and maybe a small teddy too. Or just put pyjamas inside so you know where they are. 

Also on the above photograph is a pencil case, a wooden door sign, which Ryan has on his door right now and a toy searchlight which is really unusual.

It looks like a small plastic wallet with a teddy bear picture on, but a press of a hidden button turns on a very bright torch light. Good for finding toys at night, maybe reading and seeing in the dark. It is really really bright, it’s probably not a good idea to shine it in the eyes. It only costs a fiver too, pocket money toys. 

And here’s something else that lights up! Four of them! 


These are showtime light up cards. Each one has our initials on and they even come in ages too. I’m glad we got the initial ones, I don’t want to show my age. Each one costs £5.00. They light up with a button press and turn off after about a few seconds  For a card they are very bright. The insides are blank to write own greeting and envelopes come included. They can also be put on a bedroom wall or by the side of the bed as a little light as well as given as cards.


Yes it’s a height chart. I don’t think it’s big enough to measure my height but it does go up to 4ft 9 so not too far off. These always look good on plain walls.

Finally a selection of funky tins.

A money tin and not the sort you have to destroy to get the coins out. A girly tin with a unicorn to keep girly type treasures away from nosey brothers and then the one that I would have loved when younger – The secret stuff tin, to hide from parents which comes complete with lock and key. I dread to think what sort of junk Ryan may keep in his over the next few years. 

Yes all these things and much more  can be purchased at the same Really good website place. Some very funny funky things to be found and I don’t think anything can beat the naughty seat. This face says it all! 

L.O.L Surprise dolls + giveaway

Published May 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is not the first time we have had L.O.L dolls. We received some a few weeks ago but these dolls proved to be very popular in the shops and quickly sold out. They are now back in many toy stores, if you have not heard of these dolls then keep reading.


L.O.L dolls come as a wrapped up globe shape toy. The idea is to unwrap many layers of plastic packaging, each time revealing a small toy or sticker (hidden surprises)

It’s a bit like a solo version of pass the parcel without the passing. Eventually all layers will be off to reveal the main surprise inside! The L.O.L doll.


These dolls are the new collectable craze and there are many of them to collect. On this occasion Izebella found the roller sk8r L.O.L and she comes with a dummy, outfit and roller skates. 


Each one does different things, some of them drink, some change colour in water and other things. Girls will love them because there are so many to collect. 
GIVEAWAY

MGA Entertainment are giving away a L.O.L doll to one of my readers. To win one just click the link below. This giveaway will end on May 30th 2017

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The Amazing Mystery box

Published May 12, 2017 by Bizzimummy

*** £5 off a box using code BIZZIMUM***


I reviewed lots of subscription boxes from all over the world, containing all sorts of goodies and all at different prices. Some of them great, some okay and the odd few not so good. Of course I have my personal favourites from over the years and there’s a few which are unfortunately no longer in business. I am usually always happy with the majority of box contents but… it’s not that often that one of these boxes really makes me think….WOW!

“The Amazing mystery box is a WOW! type box”

When I saw the name of it – “Amazing mystery” and had a browse of the Amazing Mystery website (which tells me a little about what to expect) I wasn’t really expecting much. Yes the boxes are a complete mystery until you open them but the website will tell you that its character themed merchandise. They do have box choices – Star Wars, Dr who, post-watershed, kids characters etc so I was thinking “it’s another geek type box” which by the way I don’t mind whatsoever as I am a bit of a geek collector myself. However a big NO! I was wrong. 


So these are the boxes. They all look the same and don’t give much away at all.


Hmm yeah he’s getting curious too. I best get on with it and let him open it and show you all what’s inside. 

By the way, this is my first attempt at an unboxing video. I hate being videoed!! Pictures are fine but videos I just don’t do well so excuse the shaky footage and nervousness please. 

That was my son unboxing his Star Wars box and he absolutely loves it. He’s already asking how it works and if he can get another one.


This box contained about 12 items in total. The box costs £24.99 and as you can see the contents easily total much more than that. Everything is Star Wars themed and everything is brand new. Many of the boxes come with T shirts (this is clearly stated on their website too) and so when ordering a box you do get the option of a t shirt size. The amazing people behind this box got Ryan’s t shirt spot on, a perfect fit. 

The Star Wars themed box is available as a monthly subscription or as a one off taster box. 

As well as the Star Wars falcon box we also got another mystery box. Many of you will recognise this character. 


It is of course Thomas & friends. This is a one time gift type box rather than a subscription box and also costs £24.99. Again the contents are really impressive, some of them still with original price tags on so it’s easy to see this box is worth much more than what you pay. This box contained a book, straw sippy type cup, various Thomas figures, a backpack, wallet and various other items. 

A box like this would be perfect for a young child’s birthday, especially if struggling for ideas on what to get them. 

I have received two Amazing mystery boxes and I cannot fault this box subscription at all, in fact I am already trying to decide which of their boxes I wish to try next just to see what’s inside (like a big kid at Christmas). I may just have to purchase a different one each month to see the full variety of products. 

From a parents point of view. This is just the sort of subscription box I have been wanting for a while. The sort of box full of themed toys with choices for both girls, boys and teens. The boxes are amazing value for money with boxes starting at £19.99. Quality toys, stationery items and t-shirts with more items per box than I have seen in many other subscription boxes previously. Obviously as per all mystery type boxes there may be the odd item that you know your child won’t like, this can easily be put to one side and kept for kids parties or gifts to nieces, nephews at Christmas etc, thus saving even more money. 

The Amazing mystery box ranks extremely high in my long list of box reviews. I am sure that once people find out about their boxes, they will be around for a long time. 

If your reading this and feeling curious but unsure about a subscription,then take a look at their Buy it now shop and buy a one off box, once you open it you will no doubt (like me) be considering a subscription. Trust me, many of you know if I had any negatives about the boxes, I would say so – albeit in a nice sort of way but there is nothing negative to say this time.

Visit The Amazing mystery box for lots more info! 

And don’t forget it’s £5.00 off any box if you use code BIZZIMUM at checkout! 

Unicorn cushions + giveaway 

Published May 11, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If you or your little ones love unicorns just as much as we do, then take a look at this lovely little cushion. 


It comes in both pink and blue from The fox in the attic. As well as cushions just like this one, they also sell many stationery items, cards, toys and lots of other unique gifts. 


This is how our cushion arrived. Lovely packaging with string and labels. And this is the back of the cushion, which Izebella says looks like a shoe when placed top way up. 


A perfect pink accessory to my girls pink bedroom. Izebella likes to have it on her bed just like a pillow. 

This pillow costs £22.99 and here are a few other items from The fox in the attic. 


COMPETITION TIME!

If you liked the unicorn cushion as above, then you could be lucky enough to win one in either blue or pink. 

All you have to do is click the button below to be taken to the entry page. 

ENTER HERE!
This giveaway is for one unicorn cushion. It will close on June 1st 2017. Entrants must be UK residents and have valid email, Facebook and twitter accounts to take part. 

My Pocket money toy subscription box! 

Published May 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yeah it’s subscription box time once again, you all know how much I love my boxes, I think I’m perhaps a little addicted to them. Well this time the boxes were not for me, but for my girls. They were even addressed to my girls so no opening for me this time round. 


My pocket money toy box is a monthly subscription for boys and girls ages 3-10 years (hence the reason Ryan doesn’t have one). You can order one off boxes or subscriptions of 3, 6 or 12 months. The boxes are split into three age groups; 3-5, 6-7 and 8-10. Then a choice of boys, girls or gender neutral boxes. Jordanna has the 8-10 box and Izebella the younger 3-5 years box. 

Inside our boxes were toys which came wrapped like presents, sticker cards, colouring sheets and lots of sparkly packaging. 

Jordanna was very happy to take part in her own unboxing video. She had no idea that this box was arriving and no idea what was inside until she opened it.

The boxes come with various themes each month and this month seems to be all about dinosaurs and volcanoes which is really good timing because both my girls have been learning about them at school. Izebella even got on the front page of Bolton news with a big T-Rex.


Here is what’s inside Izebellas box. She’s perhaps a little too young for an unboxing video just yet, but she’s more than happy to show off the contents. 


She got a wind up walking dinosaur toy along with a large dinosaur jigsaw box which has 4 individual puzzles inside and a special volcano which magically changes into a dinosaur when placed in water. 

All the toys are good quality and certainly worth the subscription costs which start at £14.00 a month. The contents are different each month and I think as well as being good subscriptions for kids, they would also make a good birthday present for a child. All the box contents are age appropiate depending on the box age chosen. 

* GET 20% off a box using code BIZZI20 *

My girls are very happy with their box of goodies from My pocket money toys.

Our Ciao bimba doll – Anouk

Published May 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Even though I grew out of playing with dolls many years ago, I still get a sense of nostalgic excitement when I see one that’s unique and collectable. 

Ciao bimba dolls are certainly special and each one is produced in limited numbers. Ciao bimba dolls come made with all natural materials right down to what they wear. These materials include Guetermann Mara threads and polyester. All the dolls are made exclusively in the Bulgaria studio and sold on their own Ciao bimba website. You won’t find these dolls in your local toy stores. 
The dolls come in limited collections and although they are not necessarily one off productions, being handmade means they may vary slightly and therefore come with their own personality.

As well as different names, personalities and clothing; the dolls also come in slightly different sizes – Classic Ciao Bimba is 46cm (18in) tall, Darling Ciao Bimba is 48cm (19in) tall, and the smaller dolls are Mini Ciao Bimba, Baby Ciao Bimba and Mini Bambini.

We are very lucky and  very happy to now own a Ciao bimba doll of our choosing. This is how the doll will arrive. 


The dolls come in their own large box which we have kept, this also doubles up as a dolls bed as its strong and sturdy and makes a good safe place to keep the doll. 


I chose Anouk doll. The reason being because she has reddish colour hair which is curly and so it’s something my girls could relate to a little. I also loved her clothing and well she’s just so sweet isn’t she?


Anouk is a Classic Ciao Bimba doll. She stands 46 cm (18 in) tall. Anouk comes with her own jersey shirt, Tatum Liberty print dress, hat, underwear and shoes.

I was quite surprised at just how pretty this doll is. She is also very unusual and unique. She looks a little like a rag doll from a distance but feels much different and is also bigger. Our new friend Anouk is extremely good for cuddles. 


Her clothes are all fully removeable and can be washed. She is a similar size to a baby so may fit in baby clothes if we wish to change her. And look she even has a belly button! How cute. 


Izebella sure seems fascinated by our new little house guest. 

Now as you can probably guess! A handmade, natural limited edition doll is not going to come cheap, even if they are designed to be cuddly companions for little girls. Ciao Bimba is based in Bulgaria so all the prices are in Euros. The prices are different for each doll but for Anouk, she costs €204 which converts to about £173 or just under which is without a doubt a high price to pay for a doll.  If your a lover of dolls or a collector of dolls or nice things (like me) then it may be worth buying one. The Ciao Bimba website is lovely to browse and clearly indicates that their dolls are aimed at girls to play with, but if your a parent purchasing one for a young child then I imagine having big reservations about this doll being taken outdoors or to a friends etc after paying so much for one. 

Anouk is a beautiful doll which I’m sure will bring us all lots of happy play time and hugs. 

And incase you wanted to know – Ciao Bimba translates to Hello baby girl in Italian. 

Two by Two Artisan biscuits for children (& mummies of course!)

Published May 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Think of all the biscuit flavours that you may have tried in the past, be it strawberry, or any other fruit flavour. Do they actually taste anything like the fruit they are meant to be? I don’t think so! Usually not even close. Until now that is…..


These little cuties are the new Two by Two peach biscuits from Artisan biscuits. They are called two by two because each box contains two characters from well known nursery rhymes and stories. These include George and the dragon, Owl & Pussycat and the most recent addition – Mary and her little lamb. The nursery rhyme is even printed on the underside of the box. 

Artisan biscuits are a family run bakery who started over 70 years ago. All their products are still handmade by people and not robots with all natural ingredients sourced in the UK.

These new character biscuits are made with real peach juice and clotted cream. Of course I had to try the odd one myself to make sure my kids would like them as always! And I have to say Wow! These biscuits certainly are mouthwatering delicious. They do taste like real peaches with cream and if I had to liken the taste to anything then it would be the peach Oykos yoghurys which are also peaches with creamy yoghurt. I honestly was not expecting such an amazing flavour from a child’s biscuit. 

The packs contain about ten biscuits, five of each character. Each one roughly the size of my palm.  The designs are pretty, the flavour is just heavenly and of course my kids love them (as do I!) 

The other two by two products also contain natural juices and flavours including strawberry, toffee, lemon curd and vanilla. I think I may just have to try a few more flavours from the Artisan kids biscuits shop or rather my children will (honest!!). These biscuits cost £2.30 a box which is a good price for a special treat. 


They have lots of other goodies and biscuits too, even a whole section of treats just for us grown ups

Drawing cartoons using letters! 

Published May 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If you have ever wondered how to start drawing cartoons or figures then I recommend you get this book. 

Drawing cartoons letter by letter” is just one book in the Christopher Hart kids books. Christopher Hart being the worlds best author of “how to draw books”.

The book looks more like a folder of pages rather than a regular book due to its Spring binding and tear out pages. The pages don’t need to be pulled out but can be if needed. 

The only txt in this book (apart from the front page introductions) is the title of the drawing on the page. The rest are diagrams on how to draw each cartoon figure. Each figure starts with a letter of the alphabet as a base and is built up with lines and shapes to create a cartoon style character.

Here is one example from the book which Ryan did. It’s a robot which began with the letter A. As Ryan added lines and shapes a robot character was formed ready to colony in. 


It makes drawing cartoons seem really easy. The pages follow the alphabet through with the use of both capital and small letters to start off the drawings. 


When coloured in on our own paper it is difficult to tell that it all began with a letter. There are about 170 pages of cartoons to try in this book. Enough for all the family to have a go. 

The book costs about £12 from most good book stores and Amazon currently has a few offers on from various sellers for much less. 

Tokidoki by Simone Lengo

Published May 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy


 TOKIDOKI is a lifestyle brand founded in 2003 by designer Simone Lego. Todoki has achieved a cult status around the world and they have a range of designer stationary and gift books. GMC is the new distributor of these products in the UK.

The products have a very Japanese Kawaii appeal to them even tho Todoki is headquartered in Los Angeles. Kawaii being lots of quirky cute fun characters assembled together and appearing on many products in Japan. The brand has collaborations with many high profile names including Marvel, hello kitty, new era, Fujitsu, x box and a fair few more.


There are currently 11 Tokidoki products available through the GMC group which include colouring books and  note book type products and we were sent a few of them which arrived in a Tokidoki book back as above. 

My girls really like the products because some of the many characters look very similar to toys they already have such as shopkins, my little pony, tsum tsums, Num noms and others. The notebooks will always come in useful. I even have one myself as my current one is running out of space and they are quite necessary for blogging. 


The colouring pads and books will certainly keep my kids busy as the pages have lots going on. One page is certainly a few hours worth but the end result will be quite pretty. 


I don’t think they can be just limited to kids colouring books as I am sure many adults will enjoy colouring these books too. I believe things like this can help to reduce stress so I may just have to give them a go myself.

We also got a postcard colouring book where each page contains two postcards of identical images. One side in colour and the other to colour ourselves. 

They can even be pulled out and posted too just like the real thing. 

These products are probably aimed more towards girls than boys but Ryan seems very happy to also do some Todoki colouring too. 

All Todoki items can be purchased directly from The GMC group and here is a price guide for each item.

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